As regular followers will know, I used to write for a respected authority on digital cameras, DPReview. One of the first sites I read for camera reviews back in 2001 when DSLRs were first coming onto the market. As a contributor for 3 years between 2012 and 2015, I wrote pages about video for some of their camera reviews starting with the Canon 5D Mark III.
Comment on the forum I’ve been considering the Panasonic FZ2500, and have also tried out the long awaited EOS M5 that nobody was particularly waiting for.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wNs5b8SGCM Canon have made the biggest step forward with their DSLR technology in 2016 than I’ve seen since 2009’s 5D Mark II. It isn’t the 5D Mark IV that has excited me so much as the 1D X Mark II, a camera that will see out the next 6 years as the benchmark for others to follow.
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!
Comment on the forum Update: Rather an an SDI port, it seems the XC15 is set to feature an audio connector for a set of XLR jacks on a top grip accessory which slots into the hot-shoe similar to the C300. The larger hot-shoe has been redesigned with a screw-thread, again another hint the update is all about accommodating a handle with XLRs. With a camera so ripe for a change,…
Comment on the forum Various sources have suggested that the C300 Mark II is having difficulties coping with the run-away success of the Sony FS7 on the rental market. Is it truly being left on the shelves? EOSHD analyses an unexpected situation…
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 leaked specs of the Canon 5D Mark IV are now all over the internet but the video mode warrants further investigation…
Why are marketing departments obsessed with action sports?
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.
Early adopters have put the Sony A6300 image quality and autofocus to the test – the results are incredible (see below). Could Sony have achieved something very special with their combination of 6K sensor readout and 425 phase detect points?
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?
Comment on the forum Right now I am shocked at the lack of innovative product design coming out of the DSLR market lead by Canon and Nikon and the failure to respond to the growing threat of consumer smartphones. Canon’s response has been to ignore the shrinking consumer market by focusing on business to business technologies like security cameras and the pro video market with Cinema EOS. Nikon’s response has been to…
Canon today issued an unusual development announcement for two upcoming cameras. The first is a Cinema EOS C500 successor with 8K recording. The second is a 5DS style full frame DSLR featuring 120 megapixel resolution.
Just over 2 years ago Canon reported the testing of a prototype low light camera which I covered on the blog. Now they have commercialised it for $30,000 and it shoots 4 million ISO. Missed however by almost everyone is the fact this camera has a locking EF mount. Isn’t this something the Canon C300 Mk II should have had?
In this illuminating interview with Canon’s Masaya Maeda by Neil Matsumoto, stuff happens.
Canon reported their most recent quarterly profit today and said that DSLRs continued to face ‘severe market conditions’ noting yet another slide compared to the same period last year. The firm cut its outlook for the rest of the year.
Lets hop over to the world of stills for a moment. For the first time I now have usable AF with Canon EF lenses on the Panasonic GH4 and other Micro Four Thirds cameras. I’ve been trying out the new Speed Booster Ultra, which as well as the AF improvement offers new and improved optics.
Canon EF mount Super 35mm 4K (internal) solutions are expensive. Canon’s only current one costs $15,999. Here is an alternative for a fraction of the price. It’s also great for those who can’t justify spending $3200 on the upcoming Sony A7RII for 4K S35.
This video very clearly shows how impressive the new Kipon EF adapter is for Micro Four Thirds. It is shown working with the Canon 70-200mm F2.8L on the Panasonic GX7. I might even expect performance to be more impressive on the GH4 thanks to its faster AF engine.
Comment on the forum The Sony RX10 – $999. OLED EVF. Check. Raw stills, check. F2.8 (constant) Zeiss zoom. Check. The Canon XC10 – $2500 – none of the above. Here’s why…
Update: here’s a quick test from me confirming Dual Pixel CMOS AF works during raw recording. Check the Vimeo description for more details / workflow. The convenience of Dual Pixel CMOS AF is now coming to raw video, with Magic Lantern now available for all 70D owners. Previously the software only worked on a very select few 70D bodies and not the earlier serial numbers, which had a slightly different firmware revision.
The EOS M3 features Canon’s new flagship 24MP APS-C (Super 35mm) sensor, the flag bearer for future Canon APS-C DSLRs such as the 760D. Now released in Europe and Asia but not in the US, does the M3 rage against the dying of the light or go quietly into the night?
The Canon C300 Mark II specs are now out and you can see my opinion of the new camera below. As well as the C300 Mark II, Canon also announced the XC10 today, a 4K bridge camera with 12MP 1″ sensor. One is a winner and one isn’t!
Many people aren’t ready for 4K yet. These people just got the bargain of the century with a massive Canon price reduction on the old Canon C300. You can read my most recent views on the C300 here. But should you give into temptation and buy one? Let’s have a look at the options.
Magic Lantern just turned your 5D Mark III into a desktop computer. The cameras (running ARM processor and up to 512MB of RAM) are seen in this video booting into the Linux kernel, version 3.19. The development paves the way for third party apps to run on the camera and to control all functions of the device.
Canon have revealed a little of their broad future objectives in the company’s latest annual report.
In my opinion these are some of the best adapters currently on the market for Canon & Nikon glass. They take a normal Canon or Nikon lens and turn it into a PL mount (positive locking) with no play between the mount and lens.
This is probably the most revealing interview I can remember with a Canon exec. Barney Britton and Rishi Sanyal at DPR have asked not just tough questions, but the right questions! Canon imply a small GH4-like 4K camera is “under consideration” and they want to satisfy demand from the news media industry.
It’s well known that DSLR sales are sliding now, following the worrying trajectory of compact cameras. Then I read with great interest Vincent Laforet’s prediction that the era of stand-alone cameras is coming to an abrupt end for the mass market. There was a very key chart in that blog post which you can see above. I believe it speaks volumes about why the mass market is migrating from hardware…
Canon Professional Network have release detailed technical information on the 5DS and 5DS R. “The uncompressed HDMI output found on the 5D Mark III has not been included on either of the cameras as the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are more prone to moiré and skewing, making them less suitable for high-end video production. A headphone socket, for monitoring audio, is not included. This is due to a lack…
Canon Watch and Canon Rumors have posted the London press release for the 50 megapixel Canon 5Ds. It omits any mention of video. Has it been quietly dropped now Canon have the Cinema EOS range?
Canon’s next step on the entry level Rebel / XXXD series is about to arrive and it will be interesting to see the video specs now Panasonic are doing sub-$1000 entry level 4K with the LX100 and FZ1000. This time Canon are releasing two models – the 750D and a 760D, with the difference seeming to be the addition of a 70D-like top LCD panel on the 760D.
Canon Rumors suggests the 5Ds records 1080/30p (translated from the Japanese source at DCI). Looks like we will have to place our hope in the 5D Mark IV and a continued reduction in 1D C prices on eBay to get 4K from Canon anywhere near in line with the pricing of competitors. Here are the detailed specs…
Above is the new EOS 5Ds, a high megapixel full frame camera from Canon. Specs have been leaked online ahead of the official announcement next week.
Is this a sign of things to come? The 1D C is currently sold for $12,000 in the US, however Canon in Hong Kong have just lowered the list price, according to one Canon rep to “put it in-line with the Sony FS700”. Converted to US dollars the Hong Kong street price now works out at just $7000.
Canon look to have blocked Magic Lantern and new 5D Mark III bodies which won’t roll back to older firmware. Users are presented with an error saying “firmware older than 1.3 on the card, update using newer version”. Source – Magic Lantern forum Via Canon Rumors
Canon are finally on the move. They have given the strongest hints yet that they see mirrorless as the future and have several mock-up designs in the lab. This is great news for video. How long before DSLRs are phased out?
At Photokina I talked to product specialists Jörg Ammon and John Morris, both of Canon Europe. We talked about what improvements the 7D Mark II brings for video as well as few other relevant topics for filmmakers.
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…