As I said before in this very thread...
Although the maximum 0.25 second exposure in video mode is truly impressive with the Sony A7S, I anxiously await more demonstrations of its capabilities in still mode with single exposures under 30 seconds and also with the noise reduction or wide dynamic range functions enabled depending on the target DSO. I want to see jpeg stills with any in camera processing that improves the output, not raw images.
Video is not required for near real time observing of DSOs so why cripple the Sony A7S output in this fashion? I think it will truly shine for stills under 30 seconds with OTAs in the f/4 to f/6 range with moderate apertures and moderate ISOs.
Ideally, I would like to use the Sony A7S via Wi-Fi with a tablet for both control of camera settings and display of the current still image. Alternatively, I would like to eventually control it with software like AstroLive, but that will be a LONG time coming, if ever, I am afraid.
Anyway, more technology like the Sony A7S is needed in this endeavor, and I am happy to see products like this develop and become popular. It can only help!
I am glad you agree...
Good point about why limit the A7s NRT viewing to just video mode? We are using multiple second exposures of 3-90s using existing Mallincam or AVS cameras so why not showcase what this A7s can do with 20,30 or 60s exposures??
No one will see me use the "V" - word where it pertains to EAA unless I absolutely have to. If someone wants to go directly to an analog monitor to display at 30fps what are essentially still images, many seconds in length, fine.
But I have no interest in that. Give me a camera LIKE the Sony A7S and a means to easily (as close to automatic as I can get) transfer that wonderful short exposure still image to a tablet or laptop, complete with all of the internal or external automatic processing I can throw at it, and I will finally be a happy camper. Things are moving in this direction with cameras and software and I will continue to cheer everyone involved that will eventually lead us to that ideal EAA system… or maybe I should say MY ideal EAA system.