In 99% of cases there seems to be little benefit to using 10bit other than more difficult to edit, larger file sizes.
I decided to take another look at the Canon 1D X Mark III – giving it a second chance in the post EOS R5 and R6 world.
With the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, Cupertino has shifted up a gear and are marching into enthusiast camera, and even professional territory with the new technology. 5 axis IBIS, 10bit Hybrid LOG Gamma (Dolby Vision HDR) and even a new RAW format for photography dubbed ProRAW (not to be confused with ProRes RAW). There’s also now an improved optical zoom and 47% larger main sensor with 26mm lens – at least 13 stops dynamic range in ProRAW mode, which brings the sensor closer and closer to the important 1″ mark where low light performance and image quality takes a huge step up from small chip sensors.
Panasonic S1H owners today can start recording in high-end cinema camera standard 6K 12bit ProRes RAW via HDMI to the Atomos Ninja V.
Unlike many ProRes RAW HDMI outputs this one is a full pixel readout from a native 6K sensor, with dual gain circuitry and incredible low light performance.
Most cameras have to pixel bin to achieve 12 bit colour depth in their 4K RAW outputs from a higher resolution sensor, but not the Panasonic S1H. This should result in the cleanest and best ProRes RAW output on the market.
Canon have finally admitted that their approach to video in the past has been wrong and maybe – just maybe – EOSHD was right! With the EOS R5 apparently video users are important again, even outside of the Cinema EOS range.
But are the flagship 8K RAW and 4K/120p modes of the EOS R5 actually practical to shoot with on a day to day basis?
The above screen shows the Canon EOS R5 codec selection menu in 8K!
Sony has confirmed that the A7S III is finally on the way this Summer, likely in July to coincide with the big Canon rivals – EOS R5 and R6.
I have some more information on what we can expect from the new flagship full frame mirrorless cameras.
In my opinion the Sigma Fp was a great camera milestone for creative shooting. As the first Sigma camera to shoot cinema quality 4K and the first full frame stills camera to record 4K RAW internally to SD card, Sigma have gained the attention of filmmakers and set a tone for a very bright future.