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  1. Since the environment seems like the biggest determining factor for getting great shots here (shooting a fast-moving subject in a natural environment) I would suggest focusing on cameras and gear that work best for those kinds of shoots, like Snowbro recommended. BTM_pix posted this info about the Wiral LITE wire rig that looks like it would be great for mountain biking: I recently bought a GoPro Hero 7 black and would definitely recommend it for the new hypersmooth stabilization (check out the many YouTube vids / comparisons) if you're doing any POV stuff or ride-along shots.
  2. Just theorizing here since I don't know a ton about sensor design but if you have a per-pixel ADC then could you, for example, expose for the blown-out windows in an indoor shot and then boost the gain only on the darker pixels to get the equivalent of a bracketed HDR shot?
  3. For us laypersons can you elaborate on what benefits this brings? Does this get us per-pixel HDR?
  4. Uhh yeah but that's a Micro-4/3rds sensor. Big difference to doing 4K 120p in full frame, which is what I was predicting within 5 years. Sorry that wasn't clear. This is a pretty interesting concept.. a 360 cam on a stand / pole that you can throw up in a few locations to get lots of coverage does sound pretty good for events. What if you could mount it on a roomba-style robot base to get some motion in those shots? :). That Insta360 Titan already has WIFI video preview, seems like it would be pretty great for events to be able to control several of these remotely. With respect to cropping into the 360 cam footage, is there any issue cropping into the side of the frame, wish all that distortion from the fisheye lens?
  5. Your description of the automatic exposure control using built-in variable ND is exactly how the Auto ND feature on the Sony FS5 works as far as I know (video). I would definitely love to have that feature in a smaller body. Fiddling with screw-on variable ND's to get the shutter speed where I want it is always a hassle and just takes time away from the creative aspects. I agree with you about the face tracking and shot analysis features to help mainstream consumers get into editing. In the same way that AI neural nets are taught what type of content to look for in image processing you could probably teach them what kind of shot types are attractive to the YouTube audience and then have it use that to rate a user's raw footage, then assemble a rough cut like you suggest.
  6. Let's hear your ideas, people! Some of these might be things you expect to happen in the next few years, or maybe as far out as the next 10 years. Personally I am super stoked for the next 5-10 years in camera video tech. We're all used to improvements on the hardware side and that will continue of course, but with more and more image processing advancements happening in software I predict we'll start seeing a lot more features coming from advanced processing techniques combined with new hardware, like the GoPro 7 hypersmooth. Ok let's get started. I've chunked up my predictions into some major categories but feel free to add your own if they don't fit into these: AutoFocus: There's been a ton of innovation in AutoFocus over the last 5 years and I think we'll continue to see more, including more stills AF features making it to video, like runtime eye-AF which is now shipping on the Sony A6400 and upcoming A9 firmware update. Face registration with priority This is another existing stills feature that we don't have in video yet (to my knowledge) 3D Focus tracking? Generating 3D models from multiple high resolution stills (photogrammetry) is tech that's in common use right now in a variety of fields (e.g. Google Earth) It's reasonable to imagine that with enough processing horsepower and good software a camera could build a 3D AutoFocus model of a subject (rotate around subject to get data) With a 3D AutoFocus model it's possible we could have highly accurate tracking even as a subject moves / rotates in space Sensor / Resolution I'm not super well versed in sensor tech so below are some of my layman's predictions. @androidlad, wanna chime in here? Realtime HDR? High-res quad bayer sensor which combines short and long-exposure pixels into an HDR frame. This is a feature on recent smartphones (see EOSHD thread) Sony's STARVIS Micro-4/3rds sensor does quad bayer HDR already for video Full-readout 8K with 4x Clear Image zoom? The Sony A9 can already do 2x Clear Image Zoom without any noticeable loss in quality (example) With a full readout of an 8K sensor (33.2MP) downscaled to 4K, we could get 4x Clear Image zoom while still outputting a full-res 4K signal Imagine being able to use, say, the 24mm 1.4 GM as a 24-96mm 1.4 zoom lens. Sounds pretty sweet to me Stabilization In-camera image-processed stabilization (a la GoPro 7 hypersmooth) I've got a GoPro 7 and this stabilization tech truly lives up to its name. All done in-processor in realtime in 4K right now (albeit with a much smaller sensor readout). Bringing this tech to larger-sensor cams seems like a big win Codecs / Compression 10bit 4:2:2 / higher bitrates / blah blah Already here in the GH5, only a matter of time before it trickles down to more cams Lossless compressed RAW (a la BlackMagic RAW) I could see some other manufacturers making their own version of this type of codec, and maybe selling it as a paid firmware update on prosumer cams for those users that want RAW 120p 4K 4K 60p is already here on APS-C, 120p seems reasonable in 5+ year's time with enough processing power / heat management Realtime encoding features Realtime hyperlapse Already on smartphones and the GoPro (which works great - example) Simulated Depth of Field This is already a stills feature on modern smartphones and it works pretty well (Google's Pixel portrait mode explained). Not super exciting for those of us that like real bokeh from fast lenses on large sensors but I could see some smaller action cams / vlogger cams making good use of this. Ergonomics / Body / Usability Smartphone touchscreen performance It's a travesty that we still don't have this level of performance in our camera touchscreens given how long smartphones have been doing this well Smartphone-style touchscreen interface / usability Again a travesty that $3500 cameras are light years behind a $200 smartphone UI. Leave the legacy UI mode for people who want familiarity but give us a proper 21st century UI. In-camera ND This already exists on higher end models like the Sony FS5. Obviously this is a much larger body with an APS-C sensor and I'm sure the current system wouldn't fit into an A7/A9 body, but maybe we'll see some miniaturization of this or some kind of on-sensor ND tech. Clear Image Zoom on focus ring Ok this is a small idea but imagine being able to swap the functionality of your focus ring (since many of us are using AutoFocus) into a Clear Image Zoom ring, so you can zoom smoothly while recording. Could even give it a power-zoom mode where you twist to zoom in/out at various speeds. Connectivity / Net features Realtime bluetooth video feed and camera control over for all settings over Smartphone This already exists to a large degree on the GoPro. The live video feed and changing of camera settings works well although they can't output the video feed while recording. What are your predictions?
  7. 2x crop with the Clear Image Zoom to maintain 4K I take it? Do you find it has any additional jitter / image stabilization issues? I always seem to see a bit of bounce in the frame in the clear image zoom tests: I must say I've been remiss in not trying it out, I should do some testing with it. I've been thinking about the potential of switching to the 16-35mm 2.8 as a single all-purpose lens when you can effectively turn it into a 16-70mm 2.8 with Clear Image Zoom.
  8. Looking forward to touch screen tracking. Still no picture profiles though? Sigh..
  9. Still hoping they do a firmware update to add picture profiles to the A9. Then we could get EOSHD color on it :). Every time I see a new firmware release for the A9 (new one yesterday!) I get my hopes up, but every time it's not in there. Pretty certain we're never going to get them.
  10. Awesome series! Camera fumble portrait is such a great tip, can't wait to use it.
  11. Looks really good. Can't wait til this tech makes it to full frame prosumer cams.
  12. Great test, Max's stuff is awesome. Did anyone else see the color moire on the Pocket 4K video though? I kept expecting him to call that out but he never mentioned it. Seemed pretty obvious on those 400% crops on wires and such. Didn't notice it at all without the crop though (watching on a 4K monitor fullscreen).
  13. @mojo43, I'd also love to hear your tips on crafting the audio tracks. Your videos have a ton of great sound effects to sell the transitions and action, which makes a huge difference. Be curious to hear where you get your effects, how you choose and edit them, etc.
  14. Great tips and you're travel videos are very professional. Would love to hear the video on how to get great portraits, although I feel that like photography it'll largely be about personality - how you can connect and make a rapport with people in a short amount of time. Something many of us gear-heads are terrible at..
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