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7 hours ago, webrunner5 said:

You can add noise just as easy as film grain. Different things. Noise is not film grain. Years ago we added noise to cover up poor resolution. It was a TV trick for years for early ENG cameras..

I've seen people add noise in preparation of harsh compression to prevent banding and other compression artefacts, especially for online compression.

It's a common technique - they add noise in audio under very specific situations because it can lower artefacts (dither).

6 hours ago, webrunner5 said:

Speaking of BM 4K BMPCC screens. There is this photo I found. It doesn't look too big in this shot. That guy is not that big either.

But we are not going to be able to stick one in our pocket that is for sure!

Oh, I don't know.  There's talk in other threads about just using a small kit lens or a single wide angle, so if you do that and have cargo pants or one of those vests that can take a 70-200 2.8 then it might be just fine!  ?

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5 minutes ago, Savannah Miller said:

I say lackluster, because these days, less than 14 stops of DR doesn't cut it as a cinema camera.  So many prosumer cams (ursa mini pro, eva1, c200, fs7) offer noticeably more dynamic range.

I doubt anyone can actually tell the difference between 13 and 14 stops. 

Also, I believe the Pocket 4k will offer more than 13 stops, and less than 14 (if it has a similar sensor to the GH5s, since it seems to have more dynamic range than the 13 stops on the GH5).

 

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8 minutes ago, Savannah Miller said:

I say lackluster, because these days, less than 14 stops of DR doesn't cut it as a cinema camera.  So many prosumer cams (ursa mini pro, eva1, c200, fs7) offer noticeably more dynamic range.

So you are saying the Pocket doesn’t cut it as a cinema camera, is that right?

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4 minutes ago, jonpais said:

So you are saying the Pocket doesn’t cut it as a cinema camera, is that right?

No it does.  But more of a secondary camera for smaller shots or in tight situations.  Or if you're traveling and need something small and light.

Terra 4K is a similar image, but it's marketed as a main-body camera by housing it in such a professional body and having such PRO accessories.

Kinefinity cameras have always looked very expensive, but their images have suggested otherwise.  With the newer lineup, MAVO and MAVO LF, this looks to be different as now they finally have more DR too.

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3 minutes ago, Savannah Miller said:

No it does.  But more of a secondary camera for smaller shots or in tight situations.  Or if you're traveling and need something small and light.

Terra 4K is a similar image, but it's marketed as a main-body camera by housing it in such a professional body and having such PRO accessories.

Kinefinity cameras have always looked very expensive, but their images have suggested otherwise.  With the newer lineup, MAVO and MAVO LF, this looks to be different as now they finally have more DR too.

How can you be so sure the Terra 4K has a similar image when we haven’t even seen footage yet?

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Because it's believed to be Sony Starvis sensor and has similar specs as the new pocket 4K.  The images will surely be different, but in terms of Dynamic Range, I doubt there will be a noticeable difference.

Kinefinity has always been significantly more aggressive than Blackmagic. They were way ahead of Blackmagic in doing 4K, and they definitely had High Frame rates much earlier than Blackkmagic did, and they still can do much higher framrates than anything Blackmagic does.  Size/weight/form factor were also more aggressive compared to Blackmagic too.  In terms of images and operation, they had more fundamental issues compared to the Blackmagic cameras.  Rolling shutter was worse, their slow motion modes were full of artifacting, and their cameras have a weird monitor lag that they still haven't fixed.

 

Blackmagic was much less aggressive with their cameras and prioritized dynamic range, and color.  Two things which they are doing better than a lot of other manufacturers.  Now with the new sensors in Mavo and other cameras, dynamic range is now closing in on the dual-gain sensors that BM uses.

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8 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if they already have warehouses in a few countries full of packed up cameras ready to ship out. 

There is always the possibility they may not fulfill *all* orders at once on the first day, it might trickle at only a few hundred at a time. So they're "meeting their target date" but also many pre orders might also still have a long wait ahead. Who knows. 

1 hour ago, Savannah Miller said:

I say lackluster, because these days, less than 14 stops of DR doesn't cut it as a cinema camera.  So many prosumer cams (ursa mini pro, eva1, c200, fs7) offer noticeably more dynamic range.

It is funny what different people see as "prosumer" cameras. 

I might maaaaaybe classify an LS300 as "prosumer", maybe.

But a FS7?! Nope!

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1 hour ago, IronFilm said:

I might maaaaaybe classify an LS300 as "prosumer", maybe.

But a FS7?! Nope!

You mean because the FS7 is pro and LS300 borders pro and prosumer?

While I totally agree that those cameras listed aren't really 'prosumer', it does depend on how you classify that category. If you go by price for example, then yes they're not top of the range, pro movie cameras, neither are they consumer cameras. Since they can be used for both if you wanted to though, maybe prosumer is a good category for them?

If you're making music videos and documentaries, they are the cameras pros are using, so does the way you use a camera change it's classification? If so, I semi-regularly use a GX80 in a professional setting for TV broadcast... does that make it a pro camera? Of course it doesn't.

I would generally class those cameras @Savannah Miller listed as pro, but then what would you call an Arri? Maybe also pro, but for a different purpose? Pro mkii ?

 

 

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I bought a $50 hammer to build a cabin. It didn't make my hammering any better, I still managed to hammer my thumb just as much as I did with a $10 hammer. It is a nice hammer though, people see it and they stop and say "that's a great hammer you've got there". Do you think anyone who stays at the cabin gives a shit whether I built it with the $50 hammer or a $10 hammer?

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Well then why are we here discussing cameras? If nobody cares what tools you're using, grab a 550d to shoot stuff and edit it on a $200 laptop.

You're right, tools don't make you a better workman, but they can get you more inspired and change how you work. The hammer analogy is much too simple, the way you hit the nail (or your thumb) never changes, but the way you encode the footage, light your scene and basically use your camera definitely does change depending on which one you're using.

My previous point was, there's no clear definition of consumer - prosumer - pro, but whats more important is how you use each camera and what you're using them for. EG a 'consumer' GX80 in a professional broadcast setting doesn't change that it's a 'consumer' camera. Like you say, the audience don't care what camera I shoot with, and in those settings, the GX80 fits the bill.

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Well the words "professional", "consumer",  "prosumer" are kinda empty words for me. Words like "High End", "Entry level", "mid market" have more value in my eye. I mean working as a "professional" only means that he is earning money with it, and not the level of quality. There are "professionals" out there shooting with 550D, and professionals shooting with Arri Alexa SXT, where I would state the one is "entry level", and the other "high end". (same for skill level, he has professional skills: could mean he is filming weddings, where for another means he is shooting the next Avatar movie.)

 

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3 hours ago, squig said:

I bought a $50 hammer to build a cabin. It didn't make my hammering any better, I still managed to hammer my thumb just as much as I did with a $10 hammer. It is a nice hammer though, people see it and they stop and say "that's a great hammer you've got there". Do you think anyone who stays at the cabin gives a shit whether I built it with the $50 hammer or a $10 hammer?

Actually, if we apply the analogy to photography, they'd say "That's a great looking hammer - it must make spectacular houses!!"

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5 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

You mean because the FS7 is pro and LS300 borders pro and prosumer?

While I totally agree that those cameras listed aren't really 'prosumer', it does depend on how you classify that category. If you go by price for example, then yes they're not top of the range, pro movie cameras, neither are they consumer cameras. Since they can be used for both if you wanted to though, maybe prosumer is a good category for them?

If you're making music videos and documentaries, they are the cameras pros are using, so does the way you use a camera change it's classification? If so, I semi-regularly use a GX80 in a professional setting for TV broadcast... does that make it a pro camera? Of course it doesn't.

I would generally class those cameras @Savannah Miller listed as pro, but then what would you call an Arri? Maybe also pro, but for a different purpose? Pro mkii ?


What proportion of FS7 owners/users are professionals? The vast majority. 
What proportion of GX80 owners/users are consumers? (not pros) The vast majority. 

Thus as a rough rule of thumb those are quite clear cut you'd say at first glance. 

It is the in between those two extremes that it might get a bit murky. Where do you draw the line, at what ratio? What even are the usage/sales figures for various cameras?

I've got no idea how the sales and usages of the LS300 breakdown, but I'd hazard a good proportion are to pros and enough to at least in my books make it deserve "prosumer" (even arguably beyond that and just straight "professional" perhaps). 

4 hours ago, zerocool22 said:

Well the words "professional", "consumer",  "prosumer" are kinda empty words for me. Words like "High End", "Entry level", "mid market" have more value in my eye. I mean working as a "professional" only means that he is earning money with it, and not the level of quality. There are "professionals" out there shooting with 550D, and professionals shooting with Arri Alexa SXT, where I would state the one is "entry level", and the other "high end". (same for skill level, he has professional skills: could mean he is filming weddings, where for another means he is shooting the next Avatar movie.)

Agreed, although I still don't mind the classifications of pro/prosumer/consumer. 

So long as they're used somewhat reasonably. 

And to call an FS7 fvcking "prosumer" is just bonkers nuts! 
(maaaaaaaybe somewhere like oil rich Dubai might have something insane going on with lots of FS7 cameras being sold to consumers? More than to pros. But I doubt it! And in the rest of the world the FS7 absolutely is not a prosumer camera)

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13 minutes ago, IronFilm said:



And to call an FS7 fvcking "prosumer" is just bonkers nuts! 
(maaaaaaaybe somewhere like oil rich Dubai might have something insane going on with lots of FS7 cameras being sold to consumers? More than to pros. But I doubt it! And in the rest of the world the FS7 absolutely is not a prosumer camera)

Haha yeah you are right (however I am one the many consumer exceptions that shoot with a UMP)

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45 minutes ago, IronFilm said:

So long as they're used somewhat reasonably. 

The problem is that everyone speaks from their perspective, and humans are adaptive, and contextual creatures.  

$2 for a cup of coffee doesn't sound like a lot, but to someone in the 1,000,000,000 people living on less than $1 per day income, that would some like a ridiculous luxury.

Considering that most of us can afford hundreds or thousands of dollars to buy camera equipment, and care about things like Dynamic Range and Colour Science, we are all in the vastly deluded minority of people whose concerns seem trivial and frivolous.

Potentially the largest problem this forum has is that the members habitually fail to acknowledge that we are each coming from a different environment, trying to accomplish different things, and have different priorities, and then we howl at each other furiously because of our lack of almost the tiniest bit of perspective.

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13 hours ago, sanveer said:

I doubt anyone can actually tell the difference between 13 and 14 stops. 

Also, I believe the Pocket 4k will offer more than 13 stops, and less than 14 (if it has a similar sensor to the GH5s, since it seems to have more dynamic range than the 13 stops on the GH5).

 

Well with the 4K BMPCC having Raw in it I am sure it will have more DR than the GH5s. How much, heck who knows. But I would guess an easy 1 stop more. I am more thinking the GH5s really has 12 stops in V Log. So the 13 might be right on the BM.

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21 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

Haha hilarious! I opened a calendar and counted until 5th August. That's fantastic.

Edit: 5th of any month is irrelevant anyway - Doubling down on stupidity today!

Please don't do that anymore.  I have a project that I have to finish on a deadline and I thought I lost a month of time BSing on EOSHD!

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