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0 Atomos Shogun Review – Part 1

This is an early look for now, my unit has only just arrived!! I will be posting some ProRes samples in 4K from the A7S later this weekend. This is a device that’s set to unleash total magic from the Sony A7S in 4K. It also offers a way for Panasonic GH4 users to record 4K in 10bit to ProRes rather than heavily compressed 8bit 4:2:0 H.264. For the Samsung NX1 it is also…

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0 Atomos Shogun sneak peek and EOSHD review coming soon

Three of the most exciting cameras of the year, the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4 and Samsung NX1 are about to go into a different league as far as video quality and monitoring go. The Atomos Shogun 4K monitor / recorder is now shipping ($1995 / £1220 + VAT) and one is on the way to me, scheduled to arrive this week. I plan to put it to use with all 3 of the aforementioned…

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0 Samsung NX1 – which is 4K video and which is the 28MP raw still? Can you tell?

All will be revealed tomorrow. Until now do feel free to take your guess in the forum comments. I am using a special grading technique here for the first time which is giving beautiful results on the NX1. There will be a full blog post about this when the results are revealed. Camera settings were all on default. Picture profile turned off. Sharpening on default level for video and in Adobe Camera Raw…

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0 Sony A7 II review – 5 axis stabilisation in video mode

Test based on pre-release hardware, firmware v1.0 The Sony A7 II is the first full frame mirrorless camera with 5 axis stabilisation inside (sensor shift based). It also gets some ergonomic and video upgrades such as XAVC-S at 50Mbit/s and S-LOG. But how does image quality compare to the Sony A7S and how effective exactly is the much anticipated “SteadyShot Inside” for video?

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0 Panasonic CM1 review part 2 – the camera

Although I found the CM1 mediocre as a 900 Euro smartphone compared to other high end smartphones like the OnePlus One and iPhone 6 Plus, I’ll approach the CM1 purely as a compact camera that you can make calls on. This review has the focus on image quality and camera features. How does it perform?

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0 Samsung NX1 with Sigma 35mm F1.4

The NX1 is now in stock at B&H for the first time In my first shoot with the NX1 I only had the rather cheap and cheerful kit zoom on the camera. That doesn’t go any faster than F3.5. I’ve since been ordering in some Canon / Nikon adapters and have found the Sigma ART lenses to be a perfect match for the Samsung NX1 in 4K. The video footage above was…

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0 Photography: Shooting under moonlight with the Sony A7S

Here’s a short behind the scenes video: https://vimeo.com/111783226 As part of a new Photography section of EOSHD I’m going to be taking a closer look at some of the best cameras and lenses for stills. The Sony A7S makes new creative possibilities a reality with its incredible sensitivity to light. Shooting a personal project with my sister Zara Reid to showcase her floristry work, the boat was dressed and floated on the…

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0 First footage of the Blackmagic URSA at 80fps in 4K

Thanks to Norbert Bielan in New York for this test footage. You can read his thoughts on shooting with the URSA below. Blackmagic’s latest unified firmware release is mainly about the URSA and what an update it is. The new firmware bumps the maximum frame rate up to 80fps in 4K and adds a new 3:1 compression setting for raw recording, fitting more material onto CFast cards. The URSA also makes…

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0 Samsung NX1 Review – The glory of technology

As always, be sure to download the 4K version from Vimeo here to get any idea at all about the full image quality! Not a Vimeo Plus member? Download one of my original NX1 4K clips here. This is H.265 converted to ProRes LT. The NX1 costs $1499 body only or $1699 with the 16-50mm power zoom OIS lens. The NX1 is a 4K camera out of the box but make no mistake, it is really a…

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0 Sony A7II gets in-body 5 axis stabilisation and S-LOG 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eikcKu89fDs Long ago there were rumours Sony had licensed 5 axis IBIS from Olympus. Either way they now have the technology and the Sony A7 II is the first to get it. If Sony can put an internal 4K codec and 5 axis stabilisation on the A7 S II then they will keep me as a customer for a VERY long time. How can anyone else really have an answer to that? So…

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0 The Samsung NX1 Review (evolving) – the legend of the un-editable codec and one giant leap for specs-kind!

This is part 1. FOR FINAL REVIEW AND CONCLUSION – CLICK HERE! The NX1 costs $1499 body only or $1699 with the 16-50mm power zoom OIS lens. I’ve been shooting with the Samsung NX1, an absolutely massive leap for camera technology – even a leap too far? Take a cup of tea and enjoy my rolling review to find out whether the NX1 is a petulant robot here to make your life difficult, or pushing the bar higher for 4K…

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0 DJI Inspire 1 – all new “Hollywood 4K drone” for under $3000

Availability – 1st December 2014. Pre-order from B&H now Well, DJI Phantom 2 is toast! The new DJI Inspire 1 is a massive upgrade taking it much higher end. The camera that comes with the Inspire 1 shoots DCI 4K at 4096 x 2160 as well as Ultra HD at 3840 x 2160, with support for 30,25 and 24p. Radio range is 1.2 miles and it streams a high quality 720p…

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0 Surprise! 4K Super 35mm JVC GY-LS300 costs just $4K

JVC had a prototype of this camera (missed by almost everybody) at IBC. Now the LS300 is available for pre-order at B&H for just $4450 with an expected shipping date of February 1st 2015. It features a Super 35mm sensor, snuggly fitting in a Micro Four Thirds mount able to take advantage of lens adapters for almost anything, with an internal 150Mb/s 4K codec at 30/24p. It also has a…

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0 Shooting with a 4K pocket camera – the exceptional Panasonic LX100

Song ‘Her’ from the EP collection ‘The Mud Here Has Memories’ by Bunny Suit. Copyright owned by Universal Music Publishing. Filmed by Andrew Reid.  Featuring guest vocals from Aurora Aksnes. Poster frame shows close-up resolving power of the LX100 at 11mm F1.7 in 4K mode. The first retro-styled camera from Panasonic is the first ever compact to shoot 4K video from a large sensor. The first compact that I would call “exceptional” in almost every respect.

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0 Sony A7S Review Part 2 and Conclusion

A while has passed since part 1 of this review but I’ve been spending a lot of time with the A7S in-between. I am really under the skin of this camera. That’s a good sign because somewhere along the way, the A7S became my main filmmaking tool. Perhaps surprisingly for me, a huge Panasonic GH series advocate on EOSHD over the years, I have been using the Sony A7S more often. The GH4 still has many…

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0 Last chance to order your early 4K raw AXIOM Beta – a Linux based open source camera

The crowd funding campaign for the AXIOM camera ends in just hours and has been a massive success, surpassing the funding target early. The open source cinema camera is backed by Magic Lantern, Philip Bloom and other leading lights of the DSLR community. It’s the people’s camera, taking control back into our own hands. What’s interesting is that it also unleashes Magic Lantern’s extraordinary ability for the first time outside the closed platform of a Canon DSLR. They now have hardware they…

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0 Interview with Panasonic – raw HDMI output may be coming to future GH4 firmware plus anamorphic aspect ratios in firmware V2.0

New firmware for the Panasonic adds higher vertical resolutions in various aspect ratios, making further use of the camera’s 4K video ability. For photographers also a brand new in-camera workflow is now available to extract high resolution stills from “4K Photo Mode”. For 4K video, resolution increases from 2160 lines in 16:9 for standard 4K to 2336 lines in 3:2, 2496 lines in 4:3 and an enormous 2880 lines in 1:1. By comparison…

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0 Nikon D810 video quality leapfrogs Canon 5D Mark III

The D810 now shoots better quality 1080p out of the box than the 5D Mark III. It isn’t 4K or raw but it’s good. In fact Nikon are now providing better image quality than Canon across the range in video mode. Beginning with the D3300 and D5300 which provide a better APS-C image than the 7D Mark II with less moire, Nikon have taken the same improvement to image quality…

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0 Nikon D750 video quality is a step forward, but how much of one?

At Photokina (Photokino for video users!) I briefly played with the Nikon D750. With the camera tethered to a sales rep stand and so much else for filmmakers at the show like the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1, Blackmagic and Red, I didn’t really have much time for the Canon or Nikon areas, but I did form some first impressions of using the new camera.

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0 Panasonic LX100 first impressions review and 4K footage

For those who find video very lacking on small cameras especially the Fuji X100S and X100T, Panasonic now have a high end retro-styled compact with 4K video. The sensor and EVF come from the GX7, which in turn is quite close to the GH4 in performance terms. We are talking a gigantic sensor here for a compact, larger even than the 1″ sensor of the Sony RX100 M3. As well as…

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0 SLR Magic 2x Anamorphic – my footage and first impressions

What informs the film look? Of all the technical aspects that do, I think it comes down to three key ingredients. 24p, a wide dynamic range and a 2x anamorphic lens. I and many other filmmakers chase that look. Well, I’ve just returned from Photokina in Cologne, Germany with a surprise. 2 years on from my first visit to SLR Magic at Photokina in 2012, they are back with a 2x anamorphic lens in 2014. This lens has…

0 Sony A7S Review – Pros and Cons (Draft)

Pros Full frame rendering of your shot backed onto some of the best internal HD quality available from any consumer camera Pioneering new sensor with brave 12MP pixel count finally to the benefit of video quality and a close match to 4K Full pixel readout and digital low pass filter greatly reduces moire and aliasing in 1080p footage Astounding low light performance, 3 stops better than GH4 and better than Sony’s own top end F55! Future proof…

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0 Photokina report day 1 – Sony FS7

Day one at Photokina and first on the agenda is a catch-up chat with Sony product managers Bill Drummond, Ben Pilling and Robbie Fleming who had arrived fresh from IBC. I took a tour of the Sony booth and briefly tried the new Sony FS7 Super 35mm cinema camera for filmmakers!

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0 A GH4 in your pocket – Panasonic LX100 with 4K and Micro Four Thirds sensor

The Panasonic LX100 is an engineering marvel. Along with the Apple Watch this has been the most impressive feat of miniaturisation of 2014 so far. To take both of these products travelling would be extremely liberating relative to taking a clunky DSLR and a standard smartphone. If the application of the technology is impressive, wait to you see what is being applied. The specs are outstanding for a camera of…

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0 New Panasonic CM1 smartphone shoots 4K video with Leica lens

UPDATE, the original article refers to 4K video – turns out it is only 15fps so more like a continuous stills burst mode than a video mode The iPhone 6 Plus hasn’t even been released yet, but as of today it has been made obsolete for photos and video by the Panasonic CM1. This is quite simply a new benchmark for the camera phone, with an overall camera spec that beats every…

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0 Panasonic FZ1000 gets 24p for 4K in firmware update!

The Panasonic FZ1000 (see my first impressions here) is an absolutely fantastic camera for video. I’ll bring you my full review and footage later today. However it had one very important omission at launch, the lack of 24p. The European model had 25p but the prospect of importing it and shooting PAL for US shooters didn’t appeal. Panasonic has recognised this and will add 24p to the camera in a…

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0 Samsung NX1 announced with 4K, 24p and **H.265 HVEC codec**

Review part 1 is now online here This is a bombshell announcement, a massive upset and a surprise that the NX1 has a 4K H.265 codec. With this model, Samsung have taken technological step-change to the market, adding the first ever High Efficiency Video Codec (HVEC H.265) along with 4K 24p and Ultra HD at 30p to a $1499 mirrorless camera with Super 35mm sensor (APS-C). The codec is a successor to…

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0 Official Nikon D750 promotional video was shot on a… Sony F5

https://vimeo.com/105934767 This official Nikon D750 video I received as part of the PR pack of media was directed by the excellent Jeff Pinilla. Watch some of his Emmy award winning filmmaking work here Let’s be clear. The Sony F5 was a sensible choice… What were they supposed to use without Nikon being in the cinema or video market?

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0 10 questions I’ll be asking Canon and Nikon at Photokina – join me and present yours

It is rare to see a less than positive review of a camera online today and rarer still to see tough questions asked of camera companies in interviews. At EOSHD I don’t agree the ‘yes man’ relationship does the camera companies any favours at all. Here are my 10 tough questions for Canon and Nikon at Photokina. I’ll be asking product managers in person exactly these on the day. Although these are…

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0 4K for $899 – a look at the Panasonic FZ1000

In 2010 when EOSHD started and the 5D Mark II was all the rage, if anyone had predicted that 4 years later we’d be shooting 4K through a Leica 25-400mm lens for $899 I’d have told them to put their tin hat back on and return to planet lala to play with the moon bunnies. Alas here we are in 2014 shooting 4K through a Leica 25-400mm lens for $899.

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0 Sony FS7 versus the Canon C300 (and their own cameras too?)

The Sony F55, F5 and FS700 now have a fierce competitor for less money, and it’s not a Canon, nor is it a Red or a Panasonic. It’s one of their own, the Sony FS7. Yet this cannibalisation may be worth it because the potential market for the FS7 is enormous. It’s the fiercest arrow yet fired at Canon’s most popular interchangeable lens video camera for pros, the Cinema EOS…

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