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  1. No. It's not going to add the secret sauce of an Alexa for instance, but it's still better to have more resolution if all they are giving you is an 8bit image. Which is what we typically get on these cheaper cameras. It means I can produce a nicer 4K image in the end. Not Alexa nice, but better than using a 100% crop of a GH4.
  2. I can't afford to shoot on big guns like Alexa, RED or Venice, so I'm never really getting the true potential of 4K from a 4K H.264/5 camera. Bring on the 8K. So long as most of these Japanese camera makers are going to continue to deliver us 8bit H.264/5 files, at least give me more resolution so I can make up the difference in post.
  3. It's a pretty looking camera but it's a one trick pony. Once every other camera offers the ability to automatically upload photos to your phone while also offering traditional features like built in storage, evf and lcd, then there really isn't a point to this thing anymore. Unless it comes in super cheap, but I doubt that.
  4. I wouldn't want to give up the fully articulating screen in order to get a screen that folds. I also don't want to hear all the drama about wear and tear in the folded area of the screen compared to the rest of the screen. What I would like however are AR glasses that my camera can wirelessly tap into, so I can have a nice big 20-65" monitor floating in front of me when I want.
  5. There is a compelling argument that 8K is the way to go from an image standpoint. It doesn't have to be sharp. Sharpness and resolution are separate things. That said, I'll remain skeptical of this. I'm not sure what RED has to gain here. Keep in mind the market for cinema cameras is not the same as the market for smart phones. Most people aren't shooting video for a living, let alone cinematic movies. Saying you're going to make up for dwindling smart phones sales by making cinema cameras just seems like a strange step to take. But hey if they can give me something like a Weapon for a few grand, I'm all for it.
  6. These cameras are still too small for me. Give me something at least the size of the GH4 but preferably a 60D.
  7. Yeah but she still has the best skin tone and still pretty hot. You kinda wish you could hook up with her again (even just once) if it wasn't for all her issues and the fact that she's a gold digger.
  8. Out of curiosity, in your sample video were you using Panasonic lenses or Canon adapted lenses?
  9. I used to say that if I could get a VHS camera that recorded images that looked like 35mm film, I would take that over any regular HD camera any day. It's all about the character of the image. We've all spent years trying to dig down and figure out just what those individual elements are that make up the character of 35mm film images many of us love. But whatever they are, you can display them a VHS tape with bad color bandwidth, low resolution and interlaced frame rate and still get something super cinematic.
  10. I think you have that backwards. I think most people assumed it too expensive for what it is. It's a super 16 sized sensor that shoots 2K raw. The BMPCC is basically the same thing for one third the cost. It was inevitable this was going to happen. Despite the fact that this shot a nice image and raw, we now live in a world where you can buy a GH4 that shoots 4k on a larger sensor with a flip out screen and EVF and doubles as a stills camera for $1500 or less. Half the cost or more than the D16. While you lose the raw, most people really aren't equipped to handle raw editing anyway. As a camera maker you have three customer bases you can appeal to, consumer shooters (doing family videos) which has pretty much all been lost to smart phones and low cost DSLRs, shoestring filmmakers who in a lot of ways see the super 16 sensor size as anticlimactic since we've had super 35 sized sensors since the DSLR revolution. So to shoot super 16 it needs to be cheap for them, which this wasn't. Lastly Pros who are pretty much all shooting with FS7s and above and aren't going to bother with a physically large sized super 16 camera they can't use as a crash cam. Which meant that this camera was really just a niche hobbyist camera from the start for people who wanted to use something retro looking on the exterior.
  11. That's assuming you won't sell more if you drop the price. If the Playsation was $2000 there would be a lot less people that owned that and it too would be considered a niche item and use its lower sales numbers to try and justify its higher price.
  12. I'm sure it's nice, but the price of cinema gear is out of hand. I realize it's a niche market, but these companies price this stuff like we're all working on multi-million dollar productions. This thing shouldn't cost more than a Playstation. It neither has the size or complexity of a smart TV yet you can buy a couple of those for the price of this.
  13. Yes. But unless it's a macro lens, a 50mm is typically f1.8, f1.4 or f1. So to complete with other lenses in the market from other companies those new Panasonic super35mm lenses would need to also be f1.8, 1.4 or f1. Thus bigger.
  14. I read the whole article before first responding. But I still disagree. Like I said before, full frame and APS-C existed before Panasonic and Olympus consciously made the choice to build a smaller m43 system. They did this to reduce size of all components and carve out a niche for themselves. Now you're asking them to confuse their niche. They're already competing just fine and GH4 sales are good. They can continue this with a 60fps GH5 and 10-bit internal. Those two alone will sell the next camera to a lot of people. Let's say they dd this tomorrow, who else on the market is offering you a 4K 60p 10-bit camera for under $2000? Will Sony catch up, sure. But that's just the nature of the game. That's why you don't pick cameras based on the latest specs but the one that works for you when you need it. Again, adding a S35 sensor is just going to upset people who are already invested in m43 glass. Because now they can't get the most out of their new camera with their investment in m43 lenses. Which will make them not want to invest further in m43 lenses going forward. If Panasonic makes APS-C lenses as premium glass, that just fragments a system that doesn't need to be fragmented. The only reason APS-C DSLRs exist is because Canon and Nikon needed to find a way to get better yields on their sensors in the early days when making full frame sensors was a lot more expensive and more prone to error on the larger waffers. So they fragmented out of necessity. M43 doesn't need to go this route and I don't think they will. Nor do I think they will become irrelevant if they don't. What you're looking for is a cheaper/smaller Varicam. That's what you should be asking them to make. Not disrupt their m43 line. No they would not. Larger sensors require a larger circle of confusion which requires larger glass elements to retain certain speeds. Why do you think 16mm lenses are smaller and medium format lenses are bigger?
  15. What's the point? It's not like APS-C wasn't around when Panasonic and Olympus made the conscious choice to build a smaller sensor camera system. They did that so they could carve out a niche for themselves making smaller bodies and lenses for people that might like that. Now you want them to essentially conform to APS-C. Why should Panasonic build a camera that basically tells people to use third party lenses if they want the best quality out of that camera? That doesn't make much sense for them or most people who buy m43 cameras. I mean if the camera had an APS-C sensor at 24 megapixels and people using Panasonic lenses could only get say 18MP photos (or whatever the m43 crop resulted in) that kind of looks bad for Panasonic. People would be like "what do you mean I have to buy Canon lenses and an adapter to get the full resolution my camera advertises and even then it may not autofocus as well?" It's silly when you really think about it. If you want APS-C, then buy into a different camera system. Plenty of others offer them. Just seems weird to ask Panasonic to change their sensor size when you could just buy a Sony or a Canon or a Nikon and demand from them the features you want. Out of all of those, go to Nikon because they don't have eighteen plus thousand dollar cinema cameras they would have to risk cannibalizing by loading up a DSLR with cinema features. Panasonic, like Sony and Canon, do. Plus if Panasonic can offer a 20MP sensor for stills (which we know they can) that's a perfectly great resolution. Heck the 1D XmkII shoots at 20 megapixel and the Canon 5D is around that. If they can then do a full sensor width readout of a 16:9 area and produce 4K video downsampled in camera from that, great. If Sony and Samsung can, Panasonic shouldn't be far behind. If they can increase dynamic range and offer a global shutter and compressed raw recording, even better. There are plenty of ways for them to improve without increasing sensor size.
  16. But you're not considering that eventually people need to upgrade their media as well. Because you could say the same thing right now about 8MB SD cards not being able to record 100Mbps h.264 video. Technically they'll fit in the camera. But good luck shooting 4K video with them. So you can't always cater to the lower common denomiator or you never progress. That's why I said maybe a GH6 in order to give more time to get memory speeds/capacity up. A simple solution might be to offer both an SD slot and a CFast slot and allow only Cfast for raw recording. Which is what the 1D X mkII requires if you want to shoot 60fps 4K. Of course I don't think it's realistic they'd go this route, but you never know. Canon's little XC10 has CFast and priced around what a GH4 was new. But I'm more inclinded to think they'd wait till a faster SD card solution is available. Even then it's still a wishlist item I don't put high on the reality scale of actually happening. Those are also eighteen plus thousand dollar cameras. At that level of the market they can't sell their cameras unless they provide lens mount options for people who already have Canon or PL mount lenses, some of which cost as much or more than the camera body. They would be laughed out of the market. Even Canon knew they had to offer PL mount options on their higher end cinema cameras.
  17. Compressed raw would be great on a GH. But I wouldn't bet on it for a GH5, maybe a GH6 in 2019/2020. By then memory speeds should be even faster. Eventually these companies should do raw video like they do raw stills, but I think it's a matter of memory speed and NLE support before they want to make that jump. I also think Panasonic is more likely to create a full frame line of cameras and lenses than to go with a Super35 sensor in a GH. It's a bigger jump in sensor size and puts them in a whole new market segment. They can price it above the GH line like most full frame cameras. At which point the GH5 would be the flagship of the smaller sensor line the way the 7D is for Canon. The question would be whether or not they see a market for that with so much competition there already.
  18. I think you're asking too much from what is basically a consumer camera. I think Panasonic is interested in output formats that meet predefined display specs, so you can throw 6K recording out the window. Best we can hope for is: 4K from a 6K (20mp) sensor with full readout of that sensor and no crop (closer to 5K in 16:9 mode) downsampled in camera. 4K at 60fps and 200Mbps, 4K at 30/25/24 still being 100mbps 10-bit internal recording Slightly higher dynamic range due to an improved sensor/DSP. Maybe a choice of H.265 recording at the same bitrates. They'll stick to an m43 size sensor.
  19. Depends what the fans are cooling. If it's a new single Digic 7 chip, maybe it won't need a fan. If it's the sensor itself, you might be right.
  20. My guess is that the 5D4 will get 4K (up to 30fps and 60fps in 1080) with a 100mbps H.264 implementation. If we're luckly it will get a CFast slot in there so the Magic Lantern team can do their work. Otherwise I don't know how that camera would fare with Magic Lantern. Probably very cropped 1080p raw. But I doubt it will have CFast.
  21. Yes but the D5 is limited to 3 minute recording time in UHD mode and cropped to APS-C. Why I don't know. The D500 is the better choice for vieo of the two, it has a tilting screen and can do 30 minutes in UHD mode but also crops 1.5x giving you basically a m43 sized video sensor for UHD.
  22. Well they didn't ask me. I would have told them an 8bit 4:2:0 H.264 option, a 10bit 4:2:2 ProRes option and a lossless compressed raw 1080p/2K option. All internal. Along with a raw 4k external option.
  23. Totally agree there. If they could nail the Alexa look in a camera at this price, you'd have a lot of shoestring budget filmmakers switching from saying "wow this is an expensive camera" to "wow this thing is a steal and a big winner." That aside, it's really cool to see them work with you on this and those are some great suggestions you've added.
  24. Why stop at their DSLRs? Why not complain that their point and shoot cameras aren't capable of ALEXA-like imagery? At this point in time, anyone complaining about video on Canon DSLRs is pretty clueless. They've got an entire line of cinema cameras made for doing just what you want. They solved this problem the right way years ago. Building actual video cameras for video use and then improving on them in the latest models. If you can't afford them, it's because you're not working hard enough to be the kind of person that is using them. If you actually produced imaginative and interesting stuff that was marketable with even the cheapest DSLRs Canon offered, then you'd be getting the recognition and funding needed so that your next project could be made with these better C series cameras. If you're not producing work like that, then you really don't need anything more than what Canon is offering you in their DSLRs right now. You may think you need it. You may want it with every fiber of your being, but you don't really need it because what you're producing doesn't merit it. I'm not saying it's bad stuff you're making. Just that it's obviously not important enough to other people for them to invest in you getting a better camera for it. Whether they are investing as a producer, client or consumer that you want to buy what you're making. What is needed is not some whizbang new toy from Canon that shoots super clean 4K raw for $800, but a reality check on your part. These video-centric DSLR packages are aimed at the startup filmmakers and hobbyists or even people with no technical knowhow that are looking to shoot some interviews for their organization/company/blog. Now I'm not saying Canon couldn't do better to compete on specs with their competitors. But they don't really need to. Their philosophy is different from Panasonic and Sony who are cramming every video-centric bell and whistle they can into their high end stills cameras. Canon already has a solid footing in the stills market. They don't need video bells and whistles to sell stills cameras to photographers who have been using their cameras and lenses for decades. Plus they have video cameras for video and cinema cameras for cinema. Everything neatly organized into the proper space. I'm not talking specifically about you Andrew, but anyone who thinks this way. You're kind of an interesting guy because you can shoot with these C series cameras and yet you spend your time rabble rousing the masses over the video in Canon's cheaper DSLR offerings. I can only assume it's because you know that's where a lot of your readership is. Because once most people move up out of the low rent neighborhood into the good one, they don't typically care to revisit it, nor do they expect it to improve greatly because it is low rent afterall.
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