The death of full frame in video land?

As the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D3S show, full frame may be winning now – but do we really need it?

Rise of the compact High Sensitivity sensors

Recently I was comparing sample photos from the Canon G11 to the Panasonic GF1, I found that at ISO 3200 the G11 was almost matching the GF1 for resolution, detail, colour and noise simply through virtue of having a very sensitive imager and very intelligent noise control… from a sensor the size of a baby’s pinky finger.

Back in video land I rested easy… but then yesterday came episode 2 of the Great Zacuto Shootout (spoilers ahead)

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German precision versus Japanese ingenuity – Zeiss Flektogon 35mm F2.4 meets Canon FD 35mm F2

Two of the ‘must-have’ bargain lenses for the Canon 5D Mark II and Panasonic GH1 are in the 35mm range. The GH1 needs a good fast portrait lens around the 35mm mark because the Lumix pancake is a bit too wide at 20mm, and a 50 is too much like a telephoto. 35mm is the perfect compromise and gives you shallower depth of field than the pancake for half the price. Remember 35 on the GH1 = 70 on the 5D Mark II in terms of your framing and field of view.

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Anamorphic Widescreen – Panasonic GH1 with LA7200 Lens – Part 1

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Here at EOSHD I am a bit fan of widescreen cinema. When I shoot, I think of the greats of cinema like Hitchcock and Kubrick, and I not only find it fun to try and get the best out of the GH1 – but to get something unique. The look and feel of super-wide screen shooting with anamorphic lenses is unique, and very very cinematic.
At the moment, normal 16:9 widescreen is ubiquitous and everybody is doing it. So get ready to step away from the crowd and let’s investigate proper cinema widescreen with some real life shooting!

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EOSHD Shootout Part 1 – 5D versus GH1 in Low Light

https://vimeo.com/10657409

If possible please watch the test footage on a proper display via DVI or HDMI, not a laptop screen. It makes a HUGE difference in perception.

The results of EOSHD’s low light shootout between the mighty Canon 5D Mark II and the Panasonic GH1 are in! This is a real-life natural light test, this is what happens when you take out the cameras and shoot. There are no test charts. No technical waffle in the video (I left it for this article!). But I have selected the shots quite carefully to show a range of typical low light challenges.

I’ve also made sure that on-camera picture profiles are taken into account. They’re set quite neutral and to match the other camera as much as possible. I also included shots which compare different picture profiles and settings so you can get an idea of their effect on the camera’s footage relative to one-another.

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