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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Rumours claim Nikon have acquired Samsung’s NX technology

The already very strange Samsung controversy just took an unexpected turn. It must be noted this is a rumour and it is up to you whether to believe it or not! There’s no official announcement but looking at it logically it would definitely explain why Samsung felt it ok to pull their NX system off the market despite having some very valuable (class leading) technology under the hood.

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Steve Jobs on Xerox PARC – this video explains EXACTLY why photography companies are failing to innovate with consumer cameras

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1rXqD6M614

Right now I am shocked at the lack of innovative product design coming out of the DSLR market lead by Canon and Nikon and the failure to respond to the growing threat of consumer smartphones.

Canon’s response has been to ignore the shrinking consumer market by focusing on business to business technologies like security cameras and the pro video market with Cinema EOS. Nikon’s response has been to add a WiFi button to every camera.

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Nikon Hacker enables raw video

(Thanks to A1ex for the tip off). Developer “leegong” of Nikon Hacker has made enormous progress in getting raw video from the live view function of the Nikon D5100. Early builds of the patch output raw frames to the card and A1ex of Magic Lantern has written a prototype / test DNG converter.

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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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Does Cinema EOS mark the end of high spec Canon DSLR video?

The 5D Mark III

If Canon announced that they were withdrawing from the enthusiast stills camera market, you’d be surprised. It’s a pretty big market. But withdraw from the enthusiast video market they almost certainly have at the moment, whether they meant to do or not.

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