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David Bowgett

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  1. Is the Z6 II's 4k60 actually APS-C? Everyone's talking as though it is, but this part of the press release makes it sound like it's full-frame (emphasis mine): "Building on the vast pro-caliber video capabilities of the Z 6, the Z 6II is capable of recording 4K UHD video quality with full pixel readout, demonstrating the advantages of mirrorless technology. The camera is capable of a variety of frame rates, including 4K UHD 60p with full pixel readout, which is planned to be available in February 2021 via a firmware update."
  2. Wait, the S1/S1H/S5 sensor is the same as the Z6's? If that's true, then why are Panasonic's cameras still limited to DFD for auto-focus? Shouldn't they have access to PDAF if it's using the same sensor as the Z6?
  3. It's like Sony hastily came up with something to compete with the Panasonic G100, then realized that they already had a G100 competitor in the shape of the ZV1, and then just said "eh, screw it" and released it anyway.
  4. The overall amount of light coming through the lens wouldn't change, but you lose a stop in terms of depth-of-field, and generally also a stop in terms of ISO performance (although the latter isn't always consistent) when going from Full Frame to APS-C.
  5. Well, I was talking stills cameras specifically. It's a bit of a different picture (excuse the pun) in the pro video market, since there's already so many lenses, both new and vintage designed to project a Super 35 image circle, and APS-C's obviously a better fit for that.
  6. It's not needed, but right now it's the direction the industry seems to be moving in. Only Fujifilm and, weirdly enough, Canon really seem to be pushing the boundary in terms of APS-C sensors right now, and things have been even slower on the m4/3 front.
  7. So, in the age where mirrorless is king, Canon's best option for video (not counting their cinema cameras) is a DSLR aimed primarily at sports shooters. You couldn't make this s**t up if you tried.
  8. The most mind-blowing thing about all of this is that they've apparently managed to create an imaging processor that can handle 8k30 RAW and 4k120 while maintaining reasonable temperatures, at a time when Fujifilm, Panasonic and Sony only have processors capable of 4K60 (and Nikon don't even have anything capable of that), but have crippled it to the point of near-uselessness. Okay, maybe it's not really that mind-blowing when you consider Canon's history, but still...
  9. Meanwhile, the EOS R is looking like the Phantom Menace of cameras. Initially greeted with widespread groans and people saying "We waited all those years for THIS?", only for people to quickly soften their opinions on it after being even more disappointed with what came next.
  10. I've been wondering that as well, actually - whether Canon were originally aiming for feature parity with the A7Riii and Z7, only for Sony to throw them a major curveball with the A7Riv, leading Canon to hastily beef up the camera's video specs in order to prevent it from being dismissed as yesterday's news as soon as it was announced. But then again, that would only explain the R5. There'd still be no valid reason for the R6 to overheat as much as it does, other than Canon having some bizarre desire to continue the 6D family's tradition of being absolutely hopeless for video.
  11. Why Sony specifically? I think buying Fujifilm, Nikon or Panasonic would send the message just as well.
  12. HDMI 2.0 can do 8K up to 30Hz. It's anything above that you need HDMI 2.1 for.
  13. Ironically, the 1080p mode might actually be quite decent if they're using the same kind of approach as the 5DS, which used pixel binning to get a ~2.5K image that was downsampled for the final output, and produced arguably the best 1080p image of any of Canon's DSLRs.
  14. All the rumours have been pointing to the Z6S using the same sensor as the Z6, with with an extra Expeed processor, a second XQD slot (probably with CFExpress support out of the box this time), and maybe one or two other design tweaks.
  15. ...on a low-end camera that's intended as a competitor for the A7ii (no 4K at all, worse battery life, weaker IBIS implementation) and the EOS RP (awful, barely usable 4K with a comparable crop, even worse battery life, no IBIS at all). The Z6S is the one that's going to be going up against Canon's and Sony's new entries.
  16. If it were, the AF would be contrast-detect only; the Z5's AF looks to be phase-detect.
  17. If it had full-sensor over-sampled 4k30, you'd basically have a Z6 with dual SD slots, a slightly smaller buffer and shooting rate, and no top screen. It wouldn't just move a lot of units, it'd completely cannibalize the Z6 and Z6S. Once the early adopter tax wears off, the Z5 will most likely be competing against the EOS RP - and it should come out way in front in that comparison, seeing how it has IBIS and (unless Nikon have really been going to town on the cripple hammer) a flat profile, peaking, and zebras.
  18. I thought the X-T4 (and X-T3) suffered from overheating problems after about 20 or so minutes as well?
  19. Not necessarily. Canon have been releasing bodies with multiple DIGIC processors for quite a while now - mostly in the 1D series, but the 7D Mark II had dual DIGICs as well. Most likely Nikon's next Expeed processor isn't anywhere near ready for release yet, and they figured slapping a second one in there was good enough for what I'm guessing are incremental updates.
  20. If Nikon are putting a second Expeed processor in the body, my guess is it'll be full frame. It's the same trick that Canon used when they needed to put 1080p60 in the 7D Mark II to tick that box on the feature set, but their newest DIGIC processor at the time was only capable of 1080p30; they just bunged a second processor in there to get the job done.
  21. There must be at least something of a demand for long-yet-compact primes, seeing how you can still buy mirror lenses - and I'm guessing that people who use said lenses would be willing to pay a bit extra to gain autofocus and lose the infamously horrible bokeh that goes hand-in-hand with them.
  22. I can certainly see the appeal of using these smaller lenses over their ungodly huge (albeit much faster) EF counterparts; still, it does make me wonder whether Canon intend on bringing out faster RF 600mm and 800mm lenses in the near future, or if they figure people who really need faster lenses will just adapt the EF versions.
  23. Been looking around the websites of UK retailers, and stock of the EOS R seems to have dried up all of a sudden - the RP is in plentiful stock, as are all the full-frame mirrorless options from Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic, but hardly anywhere seems to have an R for anything like what you'd expect the normal price to be. I suppose it's possible that either it's some COVID-related manufacturing/shipping issue, or that an inexplicably huge number of people have decided to buy them to use as vlogging cameras during lockdown, but still, it makes me wonder if Canon are intending to pull the plug on the R, and have the R6 slot in at its old price point.
  24. The rumours do seem to be pointing to the R6 supporting 10-bit video in some way, but no indication as to whether that's internal, or the 8-bit internal/10-bit over HDMI split that a lot of mirrorless cameras seem to go with.
  25. The APS-C, 4k-capable camera closest to the G9 in terms of ergonomics would probably be the Nikon Z50 - and that doesn't have 10-bit video or IBIS (albeit it does have much better video autofocus). The A6400 and Canon M6 mk2 are also options in that price range, but again, neither of them has 10-bit video nor IBIS, both of them are pretty far-removed ergonomically from the G9, and the M6 mk2 has some of the absolute worst 4K you'll ever see.
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