Full frame kaleidoscopic video with the Sony RX1

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The Sony RX1 has amazing stills but awful video! I began thinking how could I use this otherwise great little camera for video? The answer is to rough up the image beyond comprehension, with trick filters. Here’s how I did it.

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Consumer DSLRs “dead in 5 years”

Engaging the uninterested general public with dedicated cameras was never going to be sustainable – not with smartphones around.

But I think the decline of consumer DSLRs will actually be the best thing to happen to photography and video in the digital era.

Finally companies will have to get innovative, putting more weight behind enthusiast and pro orientated camera line-ups.

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The REAL difference between normal DSLR video and 5D Mark III raw video

To learn more about using raw video on the 5D Mark III, get your copy of the EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide here

What is the real advantage of installing Magic Lantern for raw video on your Canon DSLR, specifically the powerful full frame 5D Mark III?

Is it possible to finally SHOW it? Yes it is.

Here is the most in-depth comparison yet between the standard video mode and raw and why the image quality is worth your attention.

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Detailed Panasonic GH4 rumoured specs – 10bit 4:2:2 and 4K video

Compelling Panasonic GH4 rumours have come in from two good sources. Disclaimer: I’m not a rumours site but if I was I’d give this a high rating. That said, it’s still a rumour! Nothing official has been announced by Panasonic.

The model has a pro-range product code. It will be dubbed the Panasonic AG-GH4.

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In depth test – 5D Mark III and 7D raw video vs Blackmagic Pocket vs GH3

68GB worth of material was used to get a studio based test this finely tuned, with the cameras matched in post as close as possible. This effort to remove the variables of grading and camera settings leaves behind a truer picture of the differences in hardware capabilities.

The 5D Mark III raw (from Magic Lantern), if it were a film stock, would be Fuji. Warm vivid colours which may need taming a bit in post. The Blackmagic is more Kodak, cooler and more muted, it often requires the opposite treatment in post to the Canon cameras. The 7D is totally back from the dead – with Magic Lantern raw and the Mosaic Engineering VAF-7D tested here, it offers lovely image quality from a Super 35mm sized sensor, at a similar price to the Pocket Cinema Camera. The Panasonic GH3 – best of the standard system cameras out of the box without modifications does a good job keeping up with them.

The scene was lit three ways to test resolution, dynamic range and low light performance.

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Surprise! New Sony RX10 sensor has 5K full pixel readout

According to Imaging Resource the new video mode of the new Sony RX10 with 1″ sensor is a big step forwards. The RX10’s sensor reads out the entire 5472 x 3080 frame at 60fps sending the maximum amount of raw video data to the image processor.

The new Bionz X processor is designed to take the 5K video stream (for the first time). The advantage is that Bionz X can intelligently downsample and compress to 1080p from a much higher baseline than usual.

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A look at the new video features of the new Sony A7, A7R and RX10

The full frame Sony A7 and A7R are disappointing for lacking 4K and a high bitrate codec (the time is now…), choosing to stay with 1080p and AVCHD from the last generation. However Sony have pushed on in other areas and are promising “pro-quality” video. Marketing speak or genuine breakthrough? Let’s take a closer look…

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