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  1. David Bowgett

    Canon EOS RP specs leaked, features 26MP sensor and 4K video

    To be fair, it wouldn't be completely without precedent, seeing how the Z6 and A7iii are both cheaper than the Z7 and A7Riii (even if they're not really entry-level per se) and generally regarded as better video cameras. And honestly, the EOS R already set the bar so low that just the smaller crop factor and more classic-style controls would have been a big improvement; it's just a shame that Canon crippled it in so many other ways.
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    Sharp's new 8K M43 camera

    It's clearly not physically impossible, but 8K resolution and m43 does mean that diffraction would start eating into the image detail much more quickly. Though at what point it would become a serious issue, I'm not really sure.
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    Nikon Z6 features 4K N-LOG, 10bit HDMI output and 120fps 1080p

    The Z6 already downsamples from 6K to get its in-camera 4K output, so assuming it's done early enough in the processing pipeline they can send the output as RAW over HDMI instead of encoding it to h264 and writing it to the memory card. I have a feeling an APS-C crop might be necessary for raw output on the Z7, as the line-skipping it uses for full-sensor 4K would make for some fugly RAW video.
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    Why Is Sony Fanboyism So Bad?

    I've noticed over the years that when a company is dominating in a product market in innovation and/or market share, even if that market is only quite niche, it leads to this attitude among fans of the company that they have some divine right to hold a monopoly over that market, and that all competing products (and the people who buy them) are preventing them from achieving that goal, and are thus the enemy. Even as a primarily Nikon user, I have to admit that Sony were absolutely killing it for the last few years, but I think the A7Riii was seen by some as kind of an underwhelming upgrade, and then a whole bunch of strong rivals showed up all at once from Fujifilm, Nikon and Panasonic (and one from Canon that was at least worthy of a participation award), which has probably led to fears about whether or not Sony can keep up that pace. Well, either that or it's just bleed-over from the console wars. 😋
  5. We're only just now starting to get past the overheating issues that dogged a lot of earlier large-sensor 4K cameras. Unless there's been a big jump in their manufacturing technology, Sony are going to find it seriously difficult to keep the sensor at acceptable temperatures in 8k30 mode, to say nothing of 80k60.
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    Sony 31MP APS-C sensor with GLOBAL SHUTTER might be coming to A6700

    Full-Frame mirrorless cameras, and especially the lenses that go with them, are still well out of the price range of the average consumer. Plus, Fuji still seem very much dedicated to the APS-C format, so I doubt mirrorless APS-C cameras in general will be going anywhere anytime soon. I suspect we'll see a few more models from Sony (and probably also Canon), but the real question is how they push the market on from where it currently is.
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    EOS R official video specs discussion

    Is there really going to be that much demand for a full-frame, $2,000+ vlogging camera, though? Because even if we restrict ourselves to talking about Canon cameras, I'd have thought the 80D and M50 would have had most bases covered for that market (outside of the lack of 4K support on the former).
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    EOS R official video specs discussion

    Canon's own ones might be, but there are plenty of decent third-party crop lenses. The real problem is, if you're going down that route, you may as well slap them on a mirrorless from... well, basically any of the other manufacturers and call it a day.
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    EOS R official video specs discussion

    You know, several years back I compared Canon to Nintendo, in that while they were occasionally capable of making something truly incredible, a lot of the time their products were so embarrassingly awful that you ended up wondering how they ever got to be an industry leader. Well, at least since then Nintendo have managed to produce the Switch. Canon have done the equivalent of producing a Wii U with a slightly nicer gamepad. Maybe it was Atari I should have been comparing Canon to - one revolutionary, industry-defining product, and then a whole load of disappointments. (And no, I don't doubt that Canon will sell a ton of these based on reputation, lens quality, stills performance, and after-market service. They didn't get to be an industry leader for nothing. It's just kinda sad that a decade ago this November they came out with such a groundbreaking product, and now they're in the position whereby the only company in this market sector with unquestionably worse video quality and features is Pentax)
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    G7 as backup to G85

    Probably not. As a rule, if you can open the battery door and swap out the battery on the G80 while it's attached to the plate, you should be good to go (the G7's compartment door is a bit bigger, but mostly in the direction away from the mounting point).
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    G7 as backup to G85

    The G7 also has its memory card slot in the battery compartment, as opposed to the G80/G85, which has a separate slot. For the circumstances you're describing that's probably not going to be an issue unless you have it attached to a really big locking plate or tripod head, but it's something to bear in mind.
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    Canon M50 mirrorless camera features 4K video

    From the charts it looks to be about on par with the A7Rii in full-frame 4K in terms of moire and aliasing. Not bad enough to be a showstopper by any means, but enough to be a major pain given the right (or wrong?) situation. Then again, odds are most people will be using the M50 in 1080p mode anyway, and the footage from that looks absolutely fine. If anything, it's probably the lack of DPAF in 4K mode that'll be the bigger discouragement to using it. Good point about the Super 16 possibilities, though - I'd remembered S16 as having less of a crop factor for some reason. At any rate, it'd definitely be a more affordable solution than the Digital Bolex, and lack most of the pitfalls of the original BMPCC.
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    Canon M50 mirrorless camera features 4K video

    True, there's no definitive confirmation as of yet. But when you compare the M50's 4K output to that of the G7 and D7500, which are both confirmed to output 1:1 from a 4K crop of their respective sensors, it's noticeably softer and more moire prone. I suppose it's possible that Canon are just using a really poor codec, but the upscale theory seems to make sense given that Canon employed it on their early VDSLRs. As to why they'd be doing that, could be any number of reasons from heat dissipation to "product segmentation." We can only speculate. No, the 1080p uses the full width of the sensor, so it's probably the pixel bin and downscale technique that's believed to have been used on their sensors since the 80D came out. It's probably higher than full HD, but not 3.3K.
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    Canon M50 mirrorless camera features 4K video

    I could kinda understand it if they were upscaling on a full-sensor readout, since Canon do have form for that technique. But this massive crop and upscale combo just seems to be the worst of both worlds! Oh, and that's assuming you've got the camera's electronic stabilization features disabled. On the highest stabilization setting, you're looking at a 3.6x FF crop and roughly ~2.5K of resolution upscaled to 4K.
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    Canon M50 mirrorless camera features 4K video

    DPReview just posted their take on the camera, and yowzer; that's some horrible moire in the 4K mode! Probably worse than on any 4K camera I've ever seen outside of the A7Rii's full-frame mode. I can understand not being able to put out footage as sharp as the A6300/A6500's oversampled 4K, but when it can't even match the G7 or D7500, something is clearly very wrong here (DPR themselves speculate that the footage is actually upscaled from ~3.3K).
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