Panasonic GH2 in Shanghai – Part 2

This footage is using my Vanilla patch which is a steady 44Mbit for high reliability on the hacked Panasonic GH2.

The title of the video is from a disturbing Cultural Revolution era poster showing a Red Guard crushing a¬†Buddha and book with a hammer. “Destroy The Old World, Forge The New World” is the heading.

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Zen – Shooting anamorphic in Shanghai with an Iscorama and $20 lens

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I was in Shanghai for most of November. Shanghai is a monstrous megapolis of concrete really and not quite what I was expecting. It is FAR rawer than Tokyo or Taipei and a lot of the old cultural relics have been swept away – but it was a very interesting place to visit and to film footage in. Down the road there was the Jade Buddha Temple in Jing’An¬†district which is part tourist destination part temple of worship for the local Chinese, I took a look inside…

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Latest GH2 hack unlocks stunning ISO 12,800 with film-like grain

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Vitaliy Kiselev revealed his latest version 3.63 GH2 hack yesterday. In it is a innocuous patch that removes the ISO limit (3200) in video mode allowing us to go all the way to ISO 12,800. Now at first I didn’t think much to this, since the image would be unusable at ISO 12,800 right?

Well it turns out I was wrong.

“Seeing in the dark is an understatement, it is like having Infra Red!” was overheard on Vitaliy’s forum so I went out in a hurry to test it and recorded the footage above at ISO 12,800. What I found amazed me. The amount of detail still present in the image is just astounding. No noise reduction is applied to the footage, and it is turned off in-camera. Not only that but noise has a very fine film-like grain because of the accompanying high bitrate hack. The look of the noise is similar to the Nikon D3S’s video mode at high ISOs but with far more resolution. It doesn’t look like digital noise, it is more like 8mm film at ISO 800.

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