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  1. BasiliskFilm

    EOSHD Opinion - The Sony A6400 is an absolute turkey

    Sorry I probably meant the a5100. My comment on Nikon was a flippant one about animal eye autofocus. Seriously I want animal eye autofocus before our next pup arrives, and as half the videos on youtube are of cute dogs and cats, I am not the only one...
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    EOSHD Opinion - The Sony A6400 is an absolute turkey

    Sony still sells shedloads of the A6000, so I think that is the target market for this. From a serious video point of view, I would look on this only for pointers to where the next prosumer models may be going. It is aimed at the sub $1000 market, and at this level all the kit zooms have stabilisation anyway. Sony often starts their upgrade rollouts with the cheapest, best selling models - remember when the A5000 had better quality 1080p video than the more expensive models? The higher end version will be along soon. Animal eye-AF - I would love that! Come on Nikon, keep up...
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    ND filter, Issue or not

    As above, and I guess you have discovered that with a very wide angle lens you get an additional effect of the oblique rays from the edges of the image having to pass through two layers of filter at an angle producing extra vignetting.
  4. I'm all in favour of retro fun; I even put a roll of Ilford FP4 through my Pentax Spotmatic recently. Sadly I don't have the time or money to buy multiple expensive bodies, and the Z6 seems to be the Swiss Army Knife sweet spot at the moment, especially with my existing Nikon modern and vintage glass.
  5. You can keep a model on the shelf longer if you keep improving it through its lifetime. Sony have been a bit cursed by releasing so many different models of camera, some with major, some with minor improvements, but with no upgrade path - beyond the fact you could keep you lenses and accessories. To some extent it makes sense to "build in" the cost of software upgrades, as later purchasers will get them included in the price of the camera. Like Apple now does with OSX and iOS updates. There is an argument that not many users use Log output, so perhaps only the few should pay, but there are quite a lot of folk who buy for the flagship features who never use them, so it is probably worth including all possible software improvements to boost sales. This is the same company who produced the retro Df, which deliberately removed video to keep all the photo purists happy! Nice to see they have moved on.
  6. Slightly off-topic, but the "Film Maker's Kit" doesn't actually look like a bad selection of stuff, if you don't have any of the items already. Any thoughts?
  7. Perhaps we are seeing some truth in the theory that Nikon, as the main company without a professional line of video cameras to protect, is free to go where it wants without undermining high end models. We are also seeing a change in philosophy with the mirrorless range towards continuous upgrade with firmware updates (more in line with an electronics company like Apple, than a traditional camera company where you have to buy a new body to get the new features). At least while the Z6 is young, and with no plans to replace it, then squeezing extra juice out of it can only be good for sales.
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    Well at the very least it looks like they are still working on updates which is good news. Maybe there will be improvements to AF beyond the addition of EyeAF.
  9. BasiliskFilm

    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    So the light levels and aperture were identical between the shots?
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    Surely the amount of light received by the PDAF pixels is down to the lens aperture, regardless of image ISO sensitivity. It looks to me like he keeps the same aperture/DOF between his two test sessions. Sure it is dark, but the AF looks pretty good in the first half with otherwise identical settings.
  11. BasiliskFilm

    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    Has anyone else had this experience of shooting NLog to a recorder having a hit on AF performance?
  12. BasiliskFilm

    Nikon Z6 Rolling Shutter?

    If you add in some of the best sensor stabilisation on a full frame camera, the ill effects of rolling shutter are much minimised in hand held footage. I have not seen much of it in footage online, even when using non-stabilised lenses.
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    10 bit log output - looks like Sony's handicapping may not be very effective
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    Autofocus is not just down to the focus points on the sensor - most the heavy lifting is done by the CPU, in calculating when and where and how fast the lens needs to move. This involves ever more sophisticated software and I imagine AI and machine learning algorithms (such as face detection). Nikon is newer to the game of using both sensor PDAF and CDAF together than Sony (though perhaps it had a trial run with the N1 series?), so it doesn't seem unlikely that some firmware update might give improved performance in this area, like Panasonic did with the GH5.
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    Yes - it's not the first time it has been suggested. Maybe AFC prioritises smoothness, which is great for video, but not great for stills if you are always a fraction of a second behind the action. I would like a Nikon that lets me ditch the DSLR for all stills photography as well as video. Let's hope they are still working on the firmware.
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