Magic Lantern Raw Video – Current camera capabilities, updated for 2017

There are 3 performance classes of Canon camera for raw video. Which should you use and what image quality can you expect?

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Nikon D5200 review

UPDATE: The HDMI output on this camera is uncompressed 4:2:2, for a leap in image quality over the internal 24Mbit codec! Check the forum for my ProRes noise grain sample shots

The Nikon D5200 is the best mid-range Nikon yet for video. What is more of a surprise is the relish in which it takes on the much more expensive 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH3 and Nikon’s own flagship the D800 and D4.

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Latest Magic Lantern with HDR Video out now for Canon 60D, 600D, 550D, 50D and 500D

To download and donate go to Magic Lantern here

Please consider donating to the project – in return you will get the preview version of the 5D Mark II firmware tested here on EOSHD – and a ready to run HDR Video workflow!!

So 22nd December is here and so is the HDR Video mode and variable frame rates for the Canon 600D and siblings. The new version of Magic Lantern even supports the 50D!

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Which is best for low light? Sony NEX 5N or NEX 7 and A77?

(Click the ISO 12,800 sample image above to enlarge to 1:1). Original samples from http://www.imaging-resource.com

Will Sony’s decision to put 24MP in the NEX 7 and A77 backfire? It certainly seems so.

The mid-range 16MP NEX 5N has by far the better image quality at high ISOs despite being half the price. It’s the Fuji F31fd of DSLRs!

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EOSHD @ DigitalRev – Canon 60D, Panasonic GH2 Review

If you are interested in how the GH2 and 60D (ditto 600D) stack up for stills as well as video check out these articles I wrote for DigitalRev. It’s a 2 part comparison but part 1 has an emphasis on the GH2 and part 2 deals mainly with the 60D.

Part 1 at DigitalRev

Part 2 at DigitalRev

Kai Man Wong’s video-review of the GH2 and 60D

There’s also a direct high ISO comparison in there as well, and you can see that the Canon generally beats the GH2 for stills quality (but not for video).

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Canon 60D versus Panasonic GH2 – Full Review – Part 2

https://vimeo.com/17414803

Further reading:
Photography side of the GH2 (vs 60D), Part 1 at DigitalRev
Part 1 here
First impressions here

I shot this footage with the GH2 at the weekend which will give you an idea of what proper resolved 1080p looks like on a DSLR for the first time. I’ve used affordable Contax Zeiss 85mm F1.4, Olympus 9-18mm for the really wide shots, and Contax Zeiss 50mm F1.7. Nothing that fancy but great lenses.

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Century Optics anamorphic viewfinder hood for DSLRs

Buy on eBay from London based Cinematographer, big version (ex-BBC stock)

A few months back I said to Steve Weiss in an email, come up with an anamorphic version of the Z-Finder so we could have a true 2.35:1 screen in our eye while shooting.

Well it turns out there is already such a product and it was made by Century for the BBC. Zacuto and others are not yet in on the act but if anamorphic shooting really takes off in the next few years they may want to look at coming up with a similar thing.

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Why Canon are right to reheat existing technology

Canon have released the same camera 3 times in 12 months. But here, EOSHD.com explains why they are right (from a business perspective) to do so.

In October 2009 Canon released the 7D. They had developed a brand new cutting edge sensor for the camera and spent a great deal of time and resources on it, plus the new AF system.

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