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  1. In the real world, today, we have cameras with good features and good codecs that make external recorders less valuable if IQ is a big concern. Tomorrow, we will have better cameras with better codecs that make external recorders pretty bulky and not worth it. |--8Mbps H264-------------------------------150Mbps h264----480Mbps HEVC--1000Mbps ProRes--|
  2. No, that is not my argument. Of course sourcing video at 8Mbps is stupid and laughable today. I'm saying as you go up, the differences become less and less to the point of not making any meaningful IQ difference whatsoever. The lions share of benefits are on the backend. I'm posing the question to you, if I capture the same scene in ProRes HQ and say the R5's 480Mbps HEVC, and then upload it to YouTube or Vimeo will you be able to tell which one is which at normal viewing distance on a normal laptop or monitor? Was it worth your effort and time (strictly comparing IQ; not editing performance) to have a $600 external recorder, with SSD, and HDMI cable plugged in to capture something that is 0.02% better than internal 480Mbps HEVC at the end of the pipeline? The answer for me is no, its not worth it at all for image quality. My scenario was hypothetical for people that use their camera to make more than home videos....
  3. External recorders are like the donut spare tire of the camera world. Like @KnightsFan said, I would much rather pay several hundred dollars for some firmware upgrade for internal features than bolt on external products through flimsily breakable ports, etc… Perhaps they could pay the patent royalty man and then pass the charge on to me plus some markup for profit to have internal RAW in some future mirrorless cinema camera. That would be great. Everybody makes money and I get what I want for a cost I could determine worth it or not for myself. Back to the topic, most video is going to get compressed to some shitty h264 format because most video is going to be compressed or streamed in some way. Also, is some bride or corporate manager going to spot the difference between ProRes and a good internal H264 (which most 2 year old cameras have) if the material you give them is lit, shot, and composed well? I just don’t think it’s worth the time to fret over and really the only benefit of products that shoot ProRes is the editing performance and availability of cheaper capture media. All of that will improve over time with internal H265 capture as CFExpress gets cheaper and new CPUs hardware accelerate.
  4. P4K has this and it uses a FGPA. I think Apple has a ASIC ProRes chips but probably isn't sharing.
  5. If the product doesn't exist from any manufacturer there is probably some kind of liability or patent around such a concept. Otherwise there would be something from Atomos and 10 Chinese knock-off products for cheaper.
  6. The dual camera could make up for the size and weight. I can imagine, if true, you could get some very dynamic shots with this that were only possible before with much bigger drones or needing two models. I liked the Air 2S a lot but the lack of variable aperture killed it for me. Still waiting on a smallish drone with variable aperture. Someday we will have a 250g Mini with variable aperture and 4K D-Log....
  7. Hybrid AF could mean many things. Perhaps with faster scanning speeds and readouts from newer sensors DfD is finally able to achieve performance like PDAF. The inherent weakness of DfD is it having to pulse focus to achieve focus. This side effect is clearly hard to hide and ugly and undesirable. I just don't think they will get over the stigma of DfD without getting rid of the pulsing (which becomes more apparent with wider and wider apertures) and then rebranding their autofocus technology. Anything branded as DfD Version 3 has already failed in its naming alone. Overcoming the interia of years of "contrast based AF is inferior to Phase Detect AF" in almost every camera review featuring a Panasonic camera will be hard without PDAF or a massive performance improvement and a rebranding of the technology—at least in the mirrorless market dominated by Sony A7 and Canon R series cameras.
  8. Yeah, the whole device is silly. If you need it, you bought the wrong camera to begin with.
  9. I think film is a great exercise from digital photography and I enjoy the slower process and the space between time photo was taken to development and viewing. I own three film cameras. For 135 film I use the Nikon FM2 with 50mm f1.4 lens. I vastly prefer the FM3a metering system but the prices are insane for a 35mm camera so I settled for the FM2. My second two cameras are for 120 film. I have the 6x6 Yashica-Mat 124G TLR camera. Small and light as far as medium format cameras go and a unique square format and a solid, built-in Yashinon f3.5 lens. Third, and my favorite medium format camera currently, is my Mamiya 645 Pro TL. Excellent meter, packed with features, 90s nostalgia design. For me, the perfect balance between size, weight, interchangeability and negative size for landscape photography. Love the 645 format: 2.5x larger than 35mm film, 4:3 aspect ratio, with a few more extra shots per roll (15 shots) for bracketing compared to 6x6 (12 shots) or 6x7 (10 shots). Sekor C 45 & 80mm f/2.8. There is also a 80mm f/1.9 available which I hope to snag. I believe it is one of the fastest medium format lenses made.
  10. 8K from A1 is much better. From what I've seen, the 4K out of the A1 is very similar to the 4K out of the A7SIII even though the A1 is pixel-binning in 4K. Noise performance is also surprisingly good with very little difference between the two. It's pretty much does everything the A7SIII does but also has 8K and has a 5.8K oversampled S35 mode. Perhaps the only downside is aggressive noise reduction and the price.
  11. I would just wait for R5C or R3...worth the money, imho, to just not faff around with something like this.
  12. Gerald Undone tested some of this and Gordon Lang has some test chart shots comparing A7Siii, A1, and R5.
  13. I think this update was needed for the R5 and R6 to be reliably used in weddings and other corporate jobs were there is potential for no do-overs or very expensive do-overs. Glad we have it now.
  14. I think this is the general impression with the 12K. The G2 still produces a better image and I know some people that decided to stick with the G2 over 12K. Especially since the 12K suffers a lot from moire in certain circumstances. I do think it is an interesting concept.
  15. It will probably be a while. If R5C is a real thing it sounds like it will get us 75-80% the way there minus internal ND and DGO. However, I think product supply chains have been so disrupted that any plans around R5C have probably been heavily disrupted as well. R3 not so much because they needed a more flagship fast readout photo camera to compete with A1. I have access to an R6 as a B-camera so I'm fine waiting it out for several years. Not to mention the wallet will need a rest.
  16. Another solid release. Interesting they are going to include a 5K cropped RAW mode. I'm not particularly interested in external recorders at the moment, especially on cameras that have micro-HDMI directly off motherboard. Just asking to brick your camera because of a shitty cable.
  17. In Sony Semiconductor Imaging's laboratory.
  18. This "DFD is much improved" is worst than a Dragon Ball Z episode. Panasonic still charging the spirit bomb it seems.
  19. Lots of potentially exciting cameras coming from Canon R3, "R5c", R1. My dream RF camera would be smaller than C70 but still have internal ND, FF DGO sensor (RAW not that important for me if its DGO), EVF, 4" flip screen. If there is no EVF for the love of god put a large, bright, robust screen on the camera! If it takes photos that is a bonus.
  20. I have owned the R5 since December of 2020. I can't speak to the IDXIII, having never owned one, but I do have access to an R6 and have been playing around with that camera for several weeks now. I still prefer having the R5 over the R6 even after latest FW update for the R6. Mostly because R5 has: 4K 120fps that looks great 8K Canon RAW Lite 45MP stills that look absolutely amazing Custom video modes! Hitting record button in photo mode switches to C3 video (It's switches to fully auto mode in R6, yuck). I use 3 custom settings: 4KHQ 24fps, 4K120, 4K non-HQ on C3. Hitting record button in photo mode jumps to this setting. The R6 is pretty good but still inexplicable crippled in weird ways–the lack of custom video modes being the biggest one imho. This has been the single biggest pain in the ass when using the camera. You simply can't use it very fast when switching between 24fps or 120fps. Battery life on the R6 seems to be better than the R5 in cursory usage. I haven't thoroughly tested. Rolling shutter on R6 leaves a lot to be desired. Much prefer the 4K120 out of the R5 to the 1080 from R6. R6 AF shits the bed in moderate low-light situations compared to R5. The R5 has a much better 1.6x video crop mode. Overheating has not been an issue for me (on either camera) but I don't shoot long form stuff and if I did I would just use the regular 4K mode or a proper cinema camera. Sony is still the better option if you want a small mirrorless camera to record for longer periods of time and with quick recovery times. Editing performance has not been a problem whatsoever on my M1 MBP. I hear it's painful for a lot of people so if that is you don't get a Canon mirrorless camera until there is widespread support for hardware accelerated H.265 10-bit 4:2:2. I'm still very happy with getting the R5 over the something from Sony. A7SIII is great but I wanted more MP if I was going FF as I was coming from Micro Four Thirds. I also enjoy the Canon body ergonomics more than Sony and that is pretty important aspect for me. Things I don't like about RF system as a whole (at time if writing): Lack of wide angle fast primes (16,18,20mm f1.8 or faster) The RF lens ecosystem is expensive (but there is always EF). No RF Sigma options...yet. Overheating timer is there and could potentially be a problem (it hasn't been for me). Really surprised Canon is releasing major firmware updates with major features. I hope they continue this.
  21. I'm sure @Matt Perks will do it as well as add brass accents somewhere.
  22. You can see 1 stop extra retention on the scopes. In the real world I see more detail in the shadows (with more noise on R5) as well as better roll off from highlights to shadows than C-Log 1 (especially noticeable on a face). C-Log 1 aggressively clips shadow detail. C-Log 3 a great match for R6, I think. Now if they will fix the custom mode situation it will feel like a $2500 camera.
  23. Oh, gotcha. In the case you provided MF is the right tool to use. No arguments there. A7III AF pretty mediocre compared to latest Sony cameras.
  24. Navigate it to the subject you want to track, press select, it then tracks a box on the object and maintains continuous focus on it. I then can pretty much concentrate on framing and camera movement. It works well and is nice to have. Why companies don't sell battery grips with features like this is beyond me. Battery grip with extra battery and 32-bit float audio in/out, maybe even wireless option to maintain weather sealing.
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