Can the Olympus cameras compete with a full frame Canon DSLR for those with extensive EF lens collections? And is video quality improved with the epic firmware updates just released?
Well hell has officially frozen over and Fuji have full manual control in video mode along with 24p.
You can download the V3.0 firmware for the X-T1 and X-T1 Chrome edition here. It adds a lot of improvements.
Fuji will add a much improved video mode to their X-T1 fleet of cameras in December. The new graphite silver edition will get some of the features early like a silent electronic shutter, and has just been released.
This is a bombshell announcement, a massive upset and a surprise that the NX1 has a 4K H.265 codec. With this model, Samsung have taken technological step-change to the market, adding the first ever High Efficiency Video Codec (HVEC H.265) along with 4K 24p and Ultra HD at 30p to a $1499 mirrorless camera with Super 35mm sensor (APS-C). The codec is a successor to H.264 and is capable of providing ProRes quality at less than half the file size.
The Olympus E-M1 is sitting on a goldmine. The 5 axis stabilisation system is heaven for video, but very little attention was given to video specs. The codec is only capable of recording in one frame rate, 30p, which is an NTSC rate completely unsuited to 70% of the world’s population living in Europe, the UK, China, Brazil and Australia. Consumers need 25p or 50p… and filmmakers are desperate for the 24p look!
Now Olympus are said to be working on a firmware update (source: 43rumors) that gives 21 steps of manual audio gain control (1 step more than the GH3).
Here is a summary of what else video users need.