It's looking extremely likely that at NAB this April Panasonic will be releasing a successor to the AF100, with 4K and 18MP still capability, as well as other great features. If Canon doesn't release their own take on this video/still hybrid device at NAB 2015, they will be generations behind the competition. Reading Andrew's selected grabs from the man from Canon, it reminds one that even chief executives can be either significantly out-of-touch, or simply lacking insight. The senior Olympus designer recently featured on EOSHD, seemed to make similarly misguided comments - about there being no real need for 4K now in Olympus cameras, since it was only Panasonic and Samsung seeking to generate content and therefore business for their 4K screens. That's like saying, "We'll build fast cars when all the motorways are completed." I've already let my local dealer know that I want to be first in line when the new Panasonic's become available... And, with the new firmware for the GH4 imminent, it's looking good for m43 right now. I couldn't care less (yes, I said it the right way) what Canon comes up with.
Good point, but I can take my BMPCC, with my Honu cage, and my Alphatron evf, and get great focussing and monitoring, as well as recording a very high quality 1080 10-bit image in the camera. You'll be able to put a cage around the GH4, and attach an Atomos Ninja, and get a very crisp 1080 10-bit image recorded to that.
They'll both take up about the same amount of space, neither will pass as stealth or even low-key particularly. The difference is, I don't need to spend a dollar more - I can do it today.
I applaud Blackmagic for providing us the opportunity to take great images cheaply, and for kicking the bigger guys up the arse.
I applaud Panasonic for putting this option out there - but seriously, internal recording 10-bit, 422...