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Andrew Reid

Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:28 AM

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Starting with number...

5. Sony RX100


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:50 AM

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Andrew, what is this news on the EM-5 getting an update with video benefits? I was pretty attracted to that camera when it first came out, but (as you have mentioned) the video quality is lacking and that kept me away. 

 

Also, you've used one, right? Perhaps you could clear up something that I was never able to find a straight answer for: does the EM-5 use 5-axis image stabilization in video mode, or not? 



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

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So happy to see the RX100 on this list. It is certainly not the best performer but I think for its price point exhibits the most innovation and progression in camera technology this year. I wish the RX1 would have followed suit with a zoom lens, but I really what Sony has done with the "RX" line so far and hope to see more. 



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 02:54 PM

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GoPro 3 would be in my list.... Probably C100 too.

 

Both stunning and affordable cameras for their target markets.



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 03:33 PM

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The only thing preventing me from buying the EM-5 is the lack of 24p.  If this comes out in a firmware, I'm on board.


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:07 PM

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No nikon D800?
You can push the footage a lot further than a 5DM3.



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

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Andrew, what is this news on the EM-5 getting an update with video benefits?

 

It sounded more like a wish than a news report I think :)



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

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Perhaps you could clear up something that I was never able to find a straight answer for: does the EM-5 use 5-axis image stabilization in video mode, or not? 

 



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

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No nikon D800?
You can push the footage a lot further than a 5DM3.

Andrew is not a Nikon guy, I would defiantly put this in place of the 5D3, It does has clean HDMI out, is cheaper cost wise and has a nice built feel in your hands. Canons to me feel to plastic y. I do like the Canon colour profiles and I'm hoping this is where Nikon will make some improvements.



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

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D800 is littered with moire and aliasing.... Surely that negates any plus points (and yes, for nature and shots you can avoid the aliasing/moire, it has a beautiful image).

 

Canon get alot of stick... but Nikon are the real no-show in this... They could completely dominate


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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

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I checked amazon/ebay few stores. Can't buy black magic camera anywhere. Hardly 2012 camera - LMAO. Pretty good "stretching the truth" techniques though. ppl will buy it but next time I'd suggest checking what kind of products get "product of the year" label.



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

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No nikon D800?
You can push the footage a lot further than a 5DM3.

 

Can't feature something I've not shot with regularly. Also there are small things that stopped it from reaching the top 5 like:

 

- Lens mount isn't as adaptable as Canon (can't use my Contax Zeiss on it for example)

- Mild moire & aliasing

 

Still, I'm tempted to switch.



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Posted 21 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

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My personal top cams:

 

1. BMCC - just the closest I can imagine getting to an ARRI Alexa at my budget level.

 

2. Nikon D800 - Just a gorgeous image in terms of Dynamic Range and Highlight handling.  Color is highly editable using the HDMI signal.  Full Frame aesthetic.  FX and DX modes.  Also great stills camera as well.

 

3. Panasonic GH3 - overall great package.  Nice clean and detailed image.  Strong codec and best bang for buck camera of all.

 

4. Canon 5DMKIII - Excellent low light camera.  A bit soft, but still overall solid camera if doing scenes with actors rather than buildings.  The way most people doing narrative work use cameras this camera should fit the bill.

 

5. Olympus OMD EM5 - SOOOOO close to being a great camera.  Have to hope for 24p or a hack.

 

Also agree about the GoPro Hero 3, Sony RX100 and C100.  I'd also add Camcorders like the Panasonic AG-AC90 and Sony CX760v as useful tools to round out the kit and augment one of the cameras above.

 



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 12:56 AM

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dpr poll.jpg

 

Interesting results of the poll at DPR. A lot of love for Olympus but not much for Sony and Canon.

 

Telling.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:39 AM

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Mr. Reid
How can you include the BMCC as a contender in 2012 when it's not shipped ??

Does anyone have a firm ship date??

Anyone recall how long it took RED to ship Scarlet???

So in reality, #1 in 2012 is the GH3

If the BMCC even ships in 2013, we can probably say it has an edge over anything shipping in Q1, Q2 or Q3 2013 ;)



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:42 AM

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attachicon.gifdpr poll.jpg

 

Interesting results of the poll at DPR. A lot of love for Olympus but not much for Sony and Canon.

 

Telling.

Yea but DPR is now mostly amatuer pixel peepers. Once Phil sold out to Amazon, that was it. Besides, DPR has got to be 95% still shooters doing travel and flowers and for that the Olympus OMD EM5 seems to be the best, I sure would prefer it if I was still shooting stills.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:43 AM

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attachicon.gifdpr poll.jpg

 

Interesting results of the poll at DPR. A lot of love for Olympus but not much for Sony and Canon.

 

Telling.

 

 Definitely single poll is telling the whole story. Reality check.



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:44 AM

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D800 is littered with moire and aliasing.... Surely that negates any plus points (and yes, for nature and shots you can avoid the aliasing/moire, it has a beautiful image).

 

Canon get alot of stick... but Nikon are the real no-show in this... They could completely dominate

I used Nikon all my life it seems. Sad they didn't jump on the video bandwagon sooner. Still, ANYONE can deliver me my dream camera, since NO ONE has done it yet ;)



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:47 AM

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It's not like RED where NO ONE had a Scarlet for years.   From what i've read it seems they're going to start shipping in greater quatity soon.  Besides we all know what time it is.  That camera is amazing at that price point.  Nothing else near it can compare to what you can do with it shooting RAW.

 

As for Nikon.  I think that it's been underrated just how nice the image can be from that camera.  The Dynamic Range is really good and with the exception of low light shooting and some Aliasing and Moire issues, it's a really pleasing image.  The Mosaic Filter seems to be the answer to the Aliasing and Moire, so really the only weakness is the low light aspect, but even then it should be fine in most situations save for really dark scenarios where you can't use lights.  That's not going to be an issue for everyone.  The extra edge goes to the stunning photo quality you get as well.  IMO a top notch Hybrid Camera. 



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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

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Mr. Reid
How can you include the BMCC as a contender in 2012 when it's not shipped ??

 

It's his personal opinion ;). His opinions don't have much in common with unbiased approach. He's great cameraman/filmmaker etc., though.


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