Canon – the REAL technical and political reasons behind the lack of decent video

In 2009 Canon introduced a disruptive technology. His name was the 5D Mark II and it was the devil incarnate. At the time they had a pro line-up of video camcorders like the XL2 which were used by filmmakers all over the world. Canon’s 60+ year old management probably thought they’d just killed an entire business, by accident, with a consumer DSLR.

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Now available – EOSHD Picture Profiles brings C-LOG to all Canon DSLRs including 1D X Mark II and 5D Mark IV

Buy It Now – Special sale price $19.99

The EOSHD C-LOG and Film Profiles Pack is now available and works in both video and stills mode – on all Canon DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Crafted using my Canon Cinema EOS 1D C as a development camera, the EOSHD C-LOG and Film Profiles pack installs a “Canon LOG” picture style on cameras previously without it, plus a range of film simulation modes.

The pack is supplied with full easy to follow instructions and no modification or firmware update is necessary. It is compatible with all Canon DSLRs and mirrorless cameras such as the EOS RP, EOS M series, 5D Mark IV, 6D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 1D X Mark II, Rebel series, EOS R and more.

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Nikon D500 with cropped 4K video (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Unfortunately the D500 uses a heavy crop of the sensor to readout 4K video. More about this below.

As well as the Nikon D5, we have a surprise.

Although the Nikon D5 can only record 4K for up to 3 minutes at a time, the D500 can go for a full 30 minutes in one continuous take.

The D500 also comes in much cheaper than the larger FX pro body.

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EOSHD opinion: smartphones are not killing DSLRs, apps and online services are

 

It’s well known that DSLR sales are sliding now, following the worrying trajectory of compact cameras.

Then I read with great interest Vincent Laforet’s prediction that the era of stand-alone cameras is coming to an abrupt end for the mass market.

There was a very key chart in that blog post which you can see above. I believe it speaks volumes about why the mass market is migrating from hardware focussed imaging tools like DSLRs to innovative new growth areas like apps and services orientated smartphones.

Incidentally in our own little world of DSLR video, this is also why Canon were so utterly wrong to dismiss Magic Lantern as a intolerable ‘hack’.

Let’s diagnose the problem and suggest the solution…

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