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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Updated Panasonic CM1 review and gallery (final part and conclusion)

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So for the past few days I’ve been using the CM1 as my main phone and have forced myself to get used to Android. I have to say that the charms are starting to grow on me, the frustrations from earlier have thawed and I’m starting to have a lot more fun with it. I still don’t think it’s as good a smartphone as the iPhone and the camera isn’t as cleverly implemented in some ways – but let’s revisit the main review and put some more user experiences down on the page.

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Does Cinema EOS mark the end of high spec Canon DSLR video?

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The 5D Mark III

If Canon announced that they were withdrawing from the enthusiast stills camera market, you’d be surprised. It’s a pretty big market. But withdraw from the enthusiast video market they almost certainly have at the moment, whether they meant to do or not.

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Panasonic CM1 review part 2 – the camera

Panasonic CM1

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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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 shot very quickly but it should give you an idea of just how superb the NX1’s 4K video really is. Fantastic detail, colour and overall feel.

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Photography: Shooting under moonlight with the Sony A7S

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Here’s a short behind the scenes video:

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 lake to create images inspired by the 1888 John William Waterhouse painting Lady of Shalott, in turn based on the beautiful 19th century poem of the same name by Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson. Here’s the first verse…

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro’ the field the road runs by
To many-tower’d Camelot;
The yellow-leaved waterlily
The green-sheathed daffodilly
Tremble in the water chilly
Round about Shalott

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 an interesting back-end for your existing 4K HDMI camera such as the Sony A7S. Has anybody actually tried this combination yet?

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