In the last few weeks I’ve been locked away in a dark studio in Berlin working just on EOSHD.com, but I also found time with my resident music-producing mate to make this video, shot with the available lighting in the studio:
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.
On the surface, the 60D appears to be the better camera. Picking up the 60D and GH2 for the first time, the Canon feels more serious, the GH2 more light-weight…
Sadly, it seems November 2010 is to be the month Canon lose the DSLR video image quality fight to Panasonic.
UPDATE 2: This will give you a visual idea of the extent of the crop – [url]http://www.twitvid.com/GHWFB
UPDATE 1: Vimeo does not display AVCHD .mts files in full resolution, reducing it to a very compressed 720p format. If you are a plus user, download the original file at Vimeo here (right click this link, save as). The image above is not representative of the resolution that is being delivered by the GH2’s crop mode. That is an actually 1:1 crop to 820px wide of a frame from the AVCHD but it is heavily compressed by my site’s content management system. So watching the AVCHD video file is HIGHLY recommended.
Video page on Vimeo is here: [url]http://www.vimeo.com/17217169
I am seriously excited about this feature. Here are the bare facts sans sugar:
• True 1080p resolution for first time on a DSLR
• No moire
• No aliasing
• No scaling
• No binning
• No line skipping
With that, we introduce the GH2’s secret weapon – 1:1 crop mode…
DPReview.com’s most recent review is very revealing. They’ve benchmarked the Canon 60D, Panasonic GH2 and Nikon D7000 for RAW sensor noise.
Who takes the lead in the sensor race? Surprisingly, Canon is beaten to second place and Nikon now has the best APS-C sensor in terms of high ISO noise. But not by much.
Canon’s next DSLRs feature some handy video orientated features.
First the 60D – this is going to be my new favourite camera. Apparently it is ‘movie orientated’, rumoured to feature DIGIC 5 with better video processing capabilities. Bye bye moire. The screen is articulated – a feature 2nd guessed by rumours as far back as 3 months ago! Now it’s official, as these shots from CanonRumors reveal – this is no Photoshop mock up! This is the actual camera being tested right now.
As you can see it flips out to the side on a hinge, just like with the Panasonic GH1. I love this feature. On the other side of the camera a video record button is present like on the 7D, and the camera has the same handy wheel with a ‘set’ button.
Lots of rumours are hitting the net ahead of the expected ‘2 waves’ of announcements from Canon next month and in August. One of the cameras constantly mooted is a 60D.
But I see a problem with this and something profound has been missed.