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2 hours ago, Don Kotlos said:

Having total control is a very different experience indeed and a very pleasurable as well, but there are times that I appreciate technology (like AF or smooth AE with ISO) which actually allows me to enjoy the moment instead of focusing all my effort into getting the shot. I am pretty sure many would have an issue with the old hand crank, even though at times it would be fun to use ;)  . But I agree with you there are going to be plenty of pocket returns because of its "incoveniences". The remaining bunch are going to be pretty happy though. 

 

 

Don, I think News/ENG camera ops are the real ones living in their own universe still. Zooming, focusing, riding the iris without thinking twice about it. Just experience and muscle memory for these people. Heavy rigged cameras, beefy sticks and head etc, and they do it solo, day in day out.

Attached a photo of an old timer in OZ shooting digital for the first time in his life, no drama to get around a problem.

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EOSHD Pro Color for Sony cameras EOSHD Pro LOG for Sony CamerasEOSHD C-LOG and Film Profiles for All Canon DSLRs

Most viewed thread in 2 weeks ever on EOSHD about a camera launch

https://www.eoshd.com/2018/04/blackmagic-pocket-4k-watched-camera-launch-ever-eoshd/

Blackmagic are onto something.

Begs the question why doesn't GH5S have raw, ProRes and baked-in LUT support? It should have done.

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14 minutes ago, Andrew Reid said:

Most viewed thread in 2 weeks ever on EOSHD about a camera launch

https://www.eoshd.com/2018/04/blackmagic-pocket-4k-watched-camera-launch-ever-eoshd/

Blackmagic are onto something.

Begs the question why doesn't GH5S have raw, ProRes and baked-in LUT support? It should have done.

It begs the question why everything related to this camera must be discussed in this thread. When a thread is 82 pages long it makes sifting through the post time consuming. 

Proof in point, I asked Panasonic about this very question. And reported the answer here. 

Sub-topics are ok. 

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This  is on my acquisition list.  I hope Panasonic is watching.  This is going to give both Panasonic and Sony a run for their money.  I notice however there is very little information related to it's image shooting capabilities.  Just  like Panasonic's GH5, although the focus is on video it still is very much an image camera.  To what  extent can we regard the 4K Pocket Cinema Camera as a capable camera with controls, to take images.

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The GH5 is the true Pocket camera. Without any rigging at all, I can shoot handheld without a gimbal, tap to focus, battery lasts for hours, I can custom white balance, record simultaneously to two SD cards, delete and format cards in camera, and import footage and export with virtually no grading. Sure, it might not be a cinema camera, but it is one heck of a video camera. 

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26 minutes ago, tokyojerry said:

I notice however there is very little information related to it's image shooting capabilities.  

It's my understanding that the stills button basically saves a frame from the video. So it has the same resolution as the format you're set to record in.

Likewise, if you're filming in raw, you'll get a raw image. If you're set to film in prores, the camera will save a jpeg frame.

I think it's more for generating thumbnails or testing lighting setups than for taking photos on holiday for exmple.

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15 minutes ago, jonpais said:

The GH5 is the true Pocket camera. Without any rigging at all, I can shoot handheld without a gimbal, tap to focus, battery lasts for hours, I can custom white balance, record simultaneously to two SD cards, delete and format cards in camera, and import footage and export with virtually no grading. Sure, it might not be a cinema camera, but it is one heck of a video camera. 

I like and agree with these important points but without a gimbal you cannot move with the camera. This may not be something you want to do, but purposive camera movement is an important dimension of video. IBIS is not a complete substitute for a gimbal, and the GH5 (not really pocketable) is really too large for extensive gimbal use. Of course, this new BM camera is no better in this regard, and handheld use is even more limited.

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36 minutes ago, jonpais said:

The GH5 is the true Pocket camera. Without any rigging at all, I can shoot handheld without a gimbal, tap to focus, battery lasts for hours, I can custom white balance, record simultaneously to two SD cards, delete and format cards in camera, and import footage and export with virtually no grading. Sure, it might not be a cinema camera, but it is one heck of a video camera. 

How do you fit a GH5 in your pocket.

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2 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

Most viewed thread in 2 weeks ever on EOSHD about a camera launch

https://www.eoshd.com/2018/04/blackmagic-pocket-4k-watched-camera-launch-ever-eoshd/

Blackmagic are onto something.

Begs the question why doesn't GH5S have raw, ProRes and baked-in LUT support? It should have done.

For the simple reason that they have to protect their higher end camera offerings. That is also why Both the BMPCC 4k and the GH5s Do Not have 4k at 120fps (despite the sensor being capable of it). 

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45 minutes ago, jonpais said:

The GH5 is the true Pocket camera. Without any rigging at all, I can shoot handheld without a gimbal, tap to focus, battery lasts for hours, I can custom white balance, record simultaneously to two SD cards, delete and format cards in camera, and import footage and export with virtually no grading. Sure, it might not be a cinema camera, but it is one heck of a video camera. 

I agree, GH5 is one hell of a hybrid camera. 

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3 hours ago, jonpais said:

The GH5 is the true Pocket camera. Without any rigging at all, I can shoot handheld without a gimbal, tap to focus, battery lasts for hours, I can custom white balance, record simultaneously to two SD cards, delete and format cards in camera, and import footage and export with virtually no grading. Sure, it might not be a cinema camera, but it is one heck of a video camera. 

I agree that the GH5 is a more suitable camera for run-and-gun shooting, particularly because of IBIS, EVF, flip-/tilt screen, battery life and the option to record in more densely compressed codecs/smaller file sizes.

However: The Pocket has tap-to-focus, can format cards in camera, and you can record Rec709 ProRes video that requires no grading at all and has beautiful colors out-of-the-box. (Actually, the old Pocket can format in-camera and record great Rec709 ProRes as well.) 

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1 hour ago, cantsin said:

I agree that the GH5 is a more suitable camera for run-and-gun shooting, particularly because of IBIS, EVF, flip-/tilt screen, battery life and the option to record in more densely compressed codecs/smaller file sizes.

However: The Pocket has tap-to-focus, can format cards in camera, and you can record Rec709 ProRes video that requires no grading at all and has beautiful colors out-of-the-box. (Actually, the old Pocket can format in-camera and record great Rec709 ProRes as well.) 

I'm not sure that Pocket has tap-to-focus, what I've understood is that it has just a square at the center of the image pressing the autofocus button.

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