UPDATE: James Miller removes optical low-pass filter from 5D Mark III for resolution increase / new footage

http://vimeo.com/39594898

Update: James has had a full day’s shooting now with the modified 5D Mark III. Check out the footage above.

Warning: please wait for this to all shake out. Don’t hastily modify your 5D Mark III without the necessary technical knowledge and research. Opening the camera voids the warranty and risks irreparable damage.

James Miller has decided to open up his brand new Canon 5D Mark III, tear it down and remove the blurring anti-aliasing filter from in front of the sensor. It does seem like a particularly strong optical low pass filter on this camera, which produces very soft results in video mode.

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Panasonic GH2 vs 5D Mark III

http://www.vimeo.com/39171656

Today I shot this comparison between the 5D Mark III and hacked Panasonic GH2 with EOSHD Unified Patch. The results are all in the video.

Now you just need to factor in overall aesthetics to your decision, which are important. Personally I’d say that full frame sensor aside there is no reason why I like the 5D Mark III’s cinematic image more than the GH2’s. But I do need a full frame camera! It is another look, another option.

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$3000 Nikon D800 thrashes flagship $6000 Nikon D4 for video

Freelance BBC shooter Johnnie Behiri has had his hands all over the new Nikon DSLRs recently and has been keeping me informed about their pros and cons. The big news here is just how good the Nikon D800’s video with cutting edge Sony sensor is relative to its big brother the D4.

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CineStyle on the 5D Mark III and fixing softness in post

Good news – Technicolor CineStyle works with the 5D Mark III already. The picture profile loads in the same way as before on previous Canon DSLRs. You will need to install the EOS Utility from the CD that came with your 5D Mark III to put CineStyle on your camera.

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Sony HX9v vs Canon 600D – DSLR gets beat by compact in video mode

http://www.vimeo.com/24747873

Buy it now – Sony HX9v

This is what happens when you don’t overhaul your imaging chips for 3 years, Canon. The new Sony HX9v compact out-resolves the 600D’s video mode for resolution, and has 1080/60p. It is also a lot closer to a DSLR in terms of dynamic range than I expected it would be. It fits in my pocket and has a stabilised 24-380mm lens.

It has an image processor powerful enough to handle 43 megapixel panoramas in-camera as well, but that along with the incredible ACT stabiliser is something I’ll go into more detail on in the full review later.

The HX9v’s video mode is to compacts what the 5D Mark II’s video mode was to DSLRs.

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Panasonic GH2 1:1 crop mode changes everything again


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…

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Mini resolution test – Hacked Panasonic GH1 versus AF100 in 1080p

Image above is softened by my content management system’s JPEG compression. View the full 1080p GH1 frame (44mbit AVCHD) and Crew.tv’s Panasonic AF100 frame (100Mbit AVC-Intra) here

Do DSLRs really lack resolution compared to professional cameras? In the technical sense, yes. But in practical terms, not really.

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