The Panasonic GH5 is now officially announced after the Photokina preview phase. Shipping starts end of March 2017 and now Panasonic have released all the details of the camera. Some of it a little bit controversial.
Micro Four Thirds is increasingly going up-market and into pro territory, and unfortunately new Panasonic and Olympus cameras are getting more and more expensive by the day. Thankfully the G85 is a pro camera without a pro price – it represents a genuine advance over the Panasonic GH4 with cleaner low light performance, better automatic white balance and of course 5 axis in-body stabilisation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9j7n5hRvYw&feature=youtu.be The Samsung NX1 and Sony A6300 have been warned. Fujifilm has arrived! No really. The X-T2 shoots the best 4K I have yet seen for $1500, with a great lens range, pleasing colour science, less rolling shutter and a different approach to ergonomics to Sony.
Download now for just $9.99 ($29.99 usual price) The EOSHD C-LOG and Film Profiles Pack is now available and works in both video and stills mode – on all Canon DSLRs. Crafted using my Canon 1D C as a development camera, the EOSHD Film Profiles pack installs “Canon LOG” to cameras previously without it, plus a range of film simulation modes to DSLRs such as the 5D Mark IV, 5D Mark III, 1D X Mark II…
All hail the democratising C700!
The Canon 1D C has seen dramatic price falls from $12k to $7k and finally to $5k. Now the camera is listed as discontinued at UK pro-video retailer CVP.
The video crop factors of the current 4K cameras, and an easy way to calculate crop factors…
The first reliable rumours are coming in about the GH5. According to 43Rumors it will not be ready for Photokina, instead we might be looking at an early 2017 release date. They also appear to be confident about two other aspects – no extra crop of the sensor when shooting 4K and the codec has been bumped up to 10bit 4:2:2 internally!
https://youtu.be/NM04V6RO9dU Yet another 4 year wait is over. Here’s a list of great things about the 5D Mark IV…
The leaked specs of the Canon 5D Mark IV are now all over the internet but the video mode warrants further investigation…
Check out this fantastic early review of the X-T2 by Kevin Mullins The Fuji X-T2 was announced today. It turns out to be something of a monster for video, bringing many of Fujifilm’s photographic strengths to 4K for the first time.
I’ve recently had a Video Assist 4K 7″on loan from Blackmagic. Here are some observations on this newcomer to the 4K recorder party.
The Canon XC10 is underrated on paper, not least by me! Having very little interest in one I decided anyway to give it a try. Glad I did.
From now on all EOSHD videos and camera tests will be on YouTube, not only Vimeo. Subscribe to the EOSHD Youtube Channel here. Recently EOSHD forum user “Werner” had the chance to meet Canon at the European HQ in Germany.
“Creeeek” What was that sound? Was that the sound of the coffin lid closing on Olympus’s hope of ever getting any more video users? For a long time Olympus have had the best video stabilisation on the market but failed to capitalise on it! The system was far more powerful than any OIS lens, smoother and more effective than any other camera for handheld shooting without a gimbal. An absolute pleasure to…
Welcome to my rolling review of the Sony A6300. Like the rolling shutter of the A6300 this review takes a long time to get from the top to the bottom so grab a hot drink (be careful not to overheat) and enjoy the ride…
Only Sony can put one of the world’s most advanced AF systems ever made into a $1000 camera but leave out a joystick for direct AF point selection and a touch screen.
Here’s Nikon’s answer to the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II. With 4K video, 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps the video spec does rival the Sony cameras. Indeed in 2016 Nikon appears to be rolling out 4K video “as standard” so far. Featuring fast lenses, compact size and likely the same stacked DRAM Sony Exmor RS 1″ sensor as the RX100 IV, the sensor size is a match for Super 16mm in cinema…
According to Japanese news outlet Nikkan the Panasonic GH5 will get a resolution bump to approximately 20MP, with 18MP stills pulled from the 6K video mode in 16:9 aspect ratio. 4K at higher frame rates such as 60p, likely with a crop of the sensor is rumoured to be possible.
HDMI monitor manufacturers continue to miss a trick by not building an ultra thin monitor the size of a smartphone (or phablet) with build in battery rather than a bulky brick-like Sony NP block on the back of a chunky monitor. Now a solution might be at hand to turn your existing Android smartphone or tablet into an HDMI monitor and even recorder.
Panasonic now provide a smaller version of the VariCam S35 which is aimed squarely at the high end cinema market. The VariCam LT is Panasonic’s answer to the Alexa Mini and also competes with the Canon C300 Mark II and Sony F55 although at $18k for the body-only is a world away from the Sony FS7 pricing when it comes to the wider pro market for b-cameras and drones.
Sony have announced a huge step up in specs for their A6000 series with the latest model, the A6300. With a completely new sensor, the camera now does a 6K full pixel readout to produce ‘perfect’ oversampled 4K video. For $998 at B&H Photo & Video this is a superb bargain of a camera.
Disclaimer: the full specs aren’t out yet and nothing is officially announced New 1D X Mark II specs (via Canon Rumors) have just come out which reveal it to shoot DCI 4K in MJPEG format (4096 x 2610 and likely 8bit) just like the 1D C. However the maximum frame rate for 4K is now 60p! However at first glance there appears to be a glaring omission – that of Canon LOG.
How does the new Nikon D5 compare to the Canon 1D C flagship for 4K?
UPDATE: Unfortunately the D500 uses a heavy crop of the sensor to readout 4K video. More about this below. As well as the Nikon D5, we have a surprise. Although the Nikon D5 can only record 4K for up to 3 minutes at a time, the D500 can go for a full 30 minutes in one continuous take. The D500 also comes in much cheaper than the larger FX pro body.
Since the issue of black levels in LOG mode on the Leica SL was raised on EOSHD, Leica have reached out to me. Here I can reveal Leica are working hard on video related refinements. Last week in Berlin, product manager Steffen invited me to see the new firmware in action.
The quality of 1080p had barely been made film-like before being cast aside for 4K and now manufacturers are racing to make 8K a reality, which is in the region of 36MP, before 2018. It seems the megapixel race has truly come to filmmaking.
Panasonic froze image sensor research and development in 2011 and have only now resumed. The company has committed $80m to revitalise their image sensors business in light of growing revenue from their imaging business as a whole and hot demand for sensors. One of the goals of the $80m investment is the creation of an 8K sensor to be released in Panasonic cameras around 2018.
Comment on the forum Samsung NX1 users are in for a treat with the latest release of Adobe Premiere CC. The NLE has been updated with hardware accelerated 4K H.265 (HVEC) support. This means NX1 users no longer have to transcode clips to an editable format like ProRes. I have just tried out H.265 support in Premiere, so a brief word on this now…
UPDATE – this article only cites one source (Samsung customer support). There are in fact numerous sources all saying the same. See below for the detailed update. Samsung are telling potential buyers in Europe that the flagship NX1 is discontinued, less than a year after it was released. The timing is very odd given the peak sales period (Christmas) is just a few weeks away. Say Samsung: “We quickly adapt to…
UPDATE: Subsequent 2016 firmware updates address the issues with L-LOG highlighted in this earlier 2015 article The Leica SL has hit Berlin already and retail units will begin to ship in just over a week. I took the final camera in my hands to suss it out from a video point of view.
Comment on the forum Rule number 1 of the camera industry – you don’t make a brand new 24MP full frame sensor without using it yourself, or in as many cameras as possible. Rule number 2 of the camera industry – Leica must extract massive profit margins from rich customers.
The Sony A7S II has arrived at EOSHD. Does it impress? Yes. Before my full review, I can give you an initial brain-dump of what I have noticed so far.
The Sony RX100 IV review is done and it is a camera I’ve found myself using a lot… but not for the 4K.
The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed I’ve been taking over a month off from EOSHD. Here are my views on what happened whilst I was away.
DJI are stepping into new areas where GoPro won’t dare tread… The DJI Osmo has been initially cast aside as an expensive ‘selfie stick’ by some – it’s anything but. This device has the cinema credentials to be seriously disruptive.
Comment on the forum It’s here already, no time to enjoy our Sony A7R II was there?
Some interesting new developments from Apple on the new iPhone 6S camera. The phone now shoots 4K video with a new 12MP sensor. A new feature, Live Photos stores multiple 12MP frames with a new compression technology to give movement to still photos.
By now you might be wondering which to pull the trigger on – the RX10 II or RX100 IV? The good news is I have now finally got round to finishing my review of the RX10 II and have also bought the RX100 IV to compare it with…
Give your Panasonic GH4 LOG already with the EOSHD LOG Converter. The LOG Converter includes an instruction manual and my Canon 1D C style cinematic LUT, which is designed to mimic the Canon colour science of the 1D C for a more cinematic colour rendition on the GH4.
I have just released a Setup Guide for the Samsung NX1. This guide makes the camera compatible with a range of LUTs so you can more easily apply stylistic moods to 4K footage in post. Along with the LOG conversion workflow, the guide explains the best settings for the NX1 and what you must know before using it for video work.
EOSHD is now 5 years old and 5 years proudly advertising free. I want it to stay 100% impartial. I grew up with the BBC and they are the role model for me. No advertising on EOSHD. Nice rhyme to it doesn’t it?! In part 1 of the Sony A7R II review we will look at the A7R II not as a consumer camera but as a professional cinema camera. The benchmark for…