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  1. Active cooling removes weather sealing. It’s a photo camera first and weather sealing is top priority for pros. Canon also make cinema cameras if a fan is what’s needed. S1H is a video camera first - hence fans. No perfect hybrid exists.
  2. No I own two cinema cameras and three hybrids. As I say it’s irrelevant. I use the tool that works best for the job. For interviews it needs to be something that doesn’t crash after 30 min. Did I make that point already?
  3. I think perhaps we’re missing the point. Just like their previous “hybrids” it’s a stills camera first and foremost. The difference now is that instead of video being an afterthought thrown on in case photographers *must* shoot a few clips, it is now “video for photographers.” What I mean by that is the 8K video mode is basically a 30fps burst mode to pull stills from. It’s the first stills camera in what is probably going to be the near future of photography - no distinction between stills and video. 8K RAW is the first video mode that can really claim the image quality of a frame is equal to high-end photography (especially in combination with Canon’s AF making every frame perfect). I’m surprised they’re not offering an open gate mode to be honest.
  4. I’m currently very much enjoying using an Instax Wide 300. It’s not great for interviews but probably on par with an R5.
  5. My experience is that bitrate impacts motion artefacts in IPB footage (higher=better, obvs). 170mbps in h265 is pretty high. Almost up there with the C300mkII 10bit ALL-I 4K (about 400mbps in h264 I believe). I’d be quite hopeful it’s going to be decent IPB, and I’d choose IPB a lot anyway, if I had the choice, simply to keep file size down. A Ninja V can be used if Intra frame is really needed. Hell, the C200 can’t even do 10bit external 4K. It’s not a disaster for me. Rolling shutter and overhearing remain the big question marks.
  6. How is this a response to what I said? You're trying to talk yourself out of a nonsense position. I don't see any value in continuing this conversation for either of us.
  7. You literally have no idea what you're talking about! I've already answered all your questions but you keep flogging a dead horse. You must have very little experience of shooting interviews. I have used all sorts of cameras for all sorts of different jobs - from tiny client work to feature films to short docs for VICE - from crappy DSLR's to cinema cameras. Whatever the job calls for. That's why I know what is needed for interviews. If you are focussing on "what camera I use" and think that's what makes a filmmaker, that confirms your naivety. It's a problem with a lot of talk on this forum - confusing technical camera knowledge for filmmaking.
  8. I always shoot interviews with 2 cameras. The exact issue remains. If you stop with one camera then you're reduced to one angle, which is no good. If you stop and start recording it makes it even more difficult, because when you're synching Multicam clips you have broken files to match up. Yes there are workarounds for hobbyists, but when you're turning over interviews day in, day out, these "little" workflow things are the difference between professionalism, happy clients, comfortable interviewees and stressful edits. I'd rather shoot a 1080p interview on a proper video camera than have to ditch a 4K camera after 30 min. What if the interviewee finally gets comfortable at around 25min (not uncommon in my experience), drops their guard and starts revealing some really compelling emotional story? Do you say "oh can you wait 10 min while my camera recovers"? Or do you accept that you'll just use the second angle - guaranteed to be the one that doesn't let the viewer see the emotion in their eyes, or the tension in their gestures? It's not about it not being right for me, it's about it being unsuitable for 4K capture of interviews.
  9. That’s why I want a clamp. Keep the wire from moving around in the port.
  10. This is nonsense. Shooting interviews is the backbone of my job and they regularly last longer than an hour. Especially the good ones. More importantly, you want the contributor to forget about the camera and you want to focus on the interviewing, not think about the gear. Stopping the interviewee mid-flow and asking them to start that question/sentence again can derail a well conducted interview. I assume recording time limit will be negated by an Atomos, so sorting a rock solid clamp for that shitty micro HDMI port will be priority #1 for me.
  11. Have to say I see the high data rate of the 4K 120fps as a positive. It's 4X the bitrate of 24p, which is exactly what it should be if it's going to look as good. I'd be complaining if it was less! When looking at the table, the data for 4 minutes of recording time looks huge but then that's actually 16+ minutes of footage. Personally I only shoot short clips in 120p anyway. Though the fact DPAF works in 120p means it'll be an absolute killer gimbal camera and that'll mean people wanting to do long takes.
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