EOSHD

EOSHD

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Joined on Jun 7, 2011

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abluesky: This was the worst article I've ever read on DPR.

The D800 accepts user created picture profiles, installed from the SD card. Videographers have been using flat profiles for the D800 for years. The D800's profile is explained and can be downloaded here http://www.similaar.com/foto/flaat-picture-controls/index.html

How do I know this? I simply Google searched "D800 flat picture profile". If only your illustrious writer had bothered to do the same.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2014 at 17:12 UTC
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abluesky: This was the worst article I've ever read on DPR.

What seems to have been missed is that the 'old' D800 already had a flat picture profile for video, so the claim that the flat picture profile is 'new' is poorly researched. I'd have to agree, this has been one poor piece of writing from start to finish.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 19:55 UTC
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James Booba: A cam at this price point, advertised as the ultimate movie machine with worst video quality then the cheapest inhouse model? 2014 with no 4K? Sorry doesn't work for me.

At the moment there is so much more innovation outside of Canikon not just for video but stills too. Fuji X-T1 with that glorious EVF, best JPEG engine on the market, noise in raw files that copies the characteristics of grain on film. The 18-55mm F2.8-4 kit zoom is a fantastic piece of optics and now they have got AF up to speed, I'd rather shoot stills with the X-T1 than the D810. I had bought a D800 for stills previously & also have a D600...both seem clunky compared to the Fuji. As for video again it is mirrorless leading. 4K internal on the GH4 is in a different league to the Nikon which has banding, softness and moire. 100Mbit/s vs 24Mbit/s at 24p. Again a big difference. And if you want full frame then A7S with 4K over the HDMI, indeed just look at the features it offers for video vs the D810 and you have a total no brainer over which to choose. So in light of that revolution the addition of a flat picture profile (haha) does not add up to the 'big difference' the author claims.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 19:50 UTC
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chiane: Last question for photographer, did you ever shoot stills with it?

Hi Bill. I found the JPEGs to be as good as video if not a bit less compressed, so I'd check your settings and maybe see if you're shooting with the same photo style between movie mode and stills mode, and that you have JPEG set to the highest quality.

I did a comparison frame here which you can download (as Vimeo is not 4K, it really is best to download...) and the JPEG looks almost identical to the 4K video mode...
https://vimeo.com/90809303

There's not many cameras you can say this about. Try comparing a JPEG from a 5D Mark III to the 5D Mark III's video mode!

The only other camera that does video to stills level is the Canon 1D C and that is $10,000 ($13k before the price drop).

GH4 is $1699 so pretty amazing performance to price ratio in my view and creatively I love capturing stills from 4K video, you get to re-time the shot in post. Henri Cartier Bresson would have loved it for decisive moments. Shoot like you would stills, but in video mode. It's better.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 18:18 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (245 comments in total)
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EOSHD: You can't judge noise levels on YouTube. Compression removes it. ISO 1600 looks worse than 25,600. There's also the matter of rolling shutter on this camera, it isn't pretty! http://www.eoshd.com/content/12631/sony-a7s-rolling-shutter-test

No it's not about surface area, it's actually about having to read out a 4K image. It is 2160 lines to scan with the rolling shutter top to bottom so takes twice as long as with 1080p which is 1080 lines, and also more pixels per line (3840 vs 1920). Sony need to speed the sensor up otherwise this camera is going to have a deal breaker.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 17:09 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (245 comments in total)

You can't judge noise levels on YouTube. Compression removes it. ISO 1600 looks worse than 25,600. There's also the matter of rolling shutter on this camera, it isn't pretty! http://www.eoshd.com/content/12631/sony-a7s-rolling-shutter-test

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2014 at 16:44 UTC as 87th comment | 12 replies
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)
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ZAnton: Same law in Germany exists for years.

So elaborate?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 01:45 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)
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makofoto: Can you imagine if Henri Cartier Bresson had interrupted the Decisive Moment to first ask permission ?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haha good point. Germany will be next. Their privacy laws are also the work of nuts.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 20:13 UTC
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: As far as I understand, lots of countries have similar laws. And the laws are very often enforced very mildly. IOW no cops are going to tail every person with a camera.

The point of the law (A) prevention of sneak photos and (B) making sure that any person who is in the image also has a legal standing.

Because even in a public place, private person is allowed to have some expectations of privacy.

Why should people in public spaces be entitled to privacy? That's nonsense. Public is not private by the very definition of the word. What matters is how respectfully the material is used and published and that is where the law should focusing on.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 20:12 UTC
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bobbarber: "Why would anyone buy this for stills?"

Answer: 4k VIDEO = 8 MP stills @ 30/fps.

I guess it remains to be seen how well that works out in practice, but on the surface it is a pretty amazing spec. 8 Mp pretty much covers whatever you would need for journalism.

I have printed 4K video still frames at A1 size and can't tell the detail apart from 22MP 5D Mark III stills printed at the same enormous size.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 18:17 UTC
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KrisAK: Has it been determined if:

Native 1080 / 60fps video is generated via line-skipping, or via down-sampling from a full-frame readout (what I think's referred to as pixel binning)?

(I know 4K 24/25/30fps can be down sampled in post, but for 60p everything's in-camera, right? I'm also considering Sony's 4K handycam which claims to do full-frame down-sampling for 1080/60p, and was hoping the GH4 would do the same internally.)

No line skipping, it is done by averaging and pixel mixture. In other words pixels are blended so the downscaling is smoother and with less moire and aliasing than on the Sony and Canon cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 18:16 UTC
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dr Ate: Don't worry. Very soon Canon will release their long-awaited 7Dmk2 that will also include 4K recording, and they will be followed also by Nikon D400 with 4K too...

Extremely unlikely I'm afraid!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 18:15 UTC
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Nukunukoo: 10-bit 4.4.4 on the GH4?

http://www.eoshd.com/content/12140/discovery-4k-8bit-420-panasonic-gh4-converts-1080p-10bit-444

Of course the question is that does that actually translate to a better DR... Or will it turn out to be the same DR but encapsulated in a 4.4.4 latitude?

4:4:4 is not related to dynamic range, it's a colour sampling method. Means smoother edges and highlights.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 18:14 UTC
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Jogger: Seems ok for budget video folks.. but, why would anyone buy this for stills when the A7 is cheaper, much smaller, better built, and with 4x the sensor size... at this size and price, you might as well go for the D610.

The Micro Four Thirds cameras have faster AF and more lenses than the A7. The GH4 is not 'a lot bigger' either. The lenses are much smaller in fact, and getting a decent fast 50mm does not cost you £950. I have the GH3, Olympus E-M1, Sony A7R and Sony RX1 and the A7R gets the least use out of all of them. Video on it is very poor but for stills I prefer the ergonomics and stabilisation of the E-M1 and the sheer pocket friendly go anywhere nature of the RX1.

I have a lot of Canon glass and it knocks the socks of Sony's launch range for the A7. Why not just use a Canon or Nikon full frame body and make use of the better lenses, than go A7R and try and make it work through adapters with really terrible AF?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 13:32 UTC
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Eric Calabros: Ok, Andrew Reid got what he wanted-at price only himself can justify.

Eric I am not 100% sure what you mean. Price too high? The Canon 1D C is £8600 for 4K video and this is £1299 for a better all-round feature set, better codec and the ability to get 10bit 4K with the add-on box. It's no more expensive than other high end mirrorless cameras for stills and not really any more expensive than the GH3 when it came out. This is a camera mainly aimed at the video market, so you need to appreciate how much of a bargain it is for 4K video. Great stills camera too, different sensor to the GH3, better low light performance, better screen, better AF, better viewfinder and more features. Focus peaking very helpful for manual focus glass. GH3 did not have that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2014 at 13:29 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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Musicjohn: So when are manufacturers going to design a photo-camera which excells in taking photographs (just as the word PHOTO-camera implements) instead of concentrating on video features? If I want to make superior video images, I'll buy a video camera instead.

Musicjohn has quite a dangerous opinion, I think. Many people want to see video continue to improve on stills cameras, and if manufacturers get feedback from the market that the perception is video comes at the expense of stills, they will stop the whole thing in its tracks. Olympus and Fuji for example, have pitifully basic video modes thanks to people like Musicjohn and their misconceptions. Complaining that manufacturers are taking their eye off photos because of a video record button is like saying that WiFi comes at the expense of better photos. Total nonsense. Besides, this is ONE camera, which has video as a headline feature. Yes it is unashamedly aimed at filmmakers and video enthusiasts. But what's wrong with the GH3's still side anyway? Seems excellent to me. Absolutely packed with stills features and the new sensor has superb stills quality, best of the Micro Four Thirds cameras and the fastest continuous shooting speeds, not to mention 40fps burst mode.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 17:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Samuel Dilworth: That DMW-YAGH Interface Unit is pretty nifty – balanced audio-in! – but it’ll probably cost as much as the camera.

The GH4 is a serious-looking bit of kit, but I can’t help feel it’s still being held back a little to protect Panasonic’s dedicated video cameras. I can’t think of a good reason for limiting the in-camera recording capabilities to 8-bit depth with 4:2:0 chroma subsampling. Can you? Extremely fast memory cards are today readily available.

Correct, you do have a point, would have liked to have seen 10bit internal and if the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera can do 10bit 4:2:2 1080p to SD cards internally for $999 then the GH4 doesn't have much of an excuse. Maybe it's tied in with the JPEG engine, which is 8bit. We don't have 10bit JPEG either, not even on a Canon 1D X and nobody is suggesting the stills are crippled on a 1D X to protect something higher up because there isn't anything higher up! Raw on the other hand doesn't require much processing at all so it's easy to have 14bit raw stills, not so easy to take that and put it into a 10bit JPEG or 10bit video file.

Maybe they just want us to buy external recorders for this and indeed it is a business decision, but to be honest at this price level they are in their rights to hold back on 10bit unless someone else comes up with a better spec. Canon charge $12,000 for their 8bit in the 1D C. What's THEIR excuse?!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 15:40 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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FrankS009: I wonder what the G7 will be like, and whether Panasonic will introduce a new enthusiast stills camera between the G7 and the GHK4. Will a new GF camera play that role? My guess is that Panasonic still has a card or two up their sleeves.

F.

Hopefully the GH4 frees Panasonic to focus on photographers for the more classical G and GX models. Video is already very good on the G6, GM1 and GX7 - at least as good as the GH3's 1080p was. Casual video shooters would miss that if they didn't have it, but do they need 10bit and 4K? If they do, I think that's worth paying a bit extra for don't you?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 14:12 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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The Photo Ninja: Tech question: after reading the specs, it seems like 1080p will offer higher resolution (i.e. high bitrate). So if the ultimate goal is to output to 1080p. Are you better to shoot 4K so you can crop or just shoot 1080p at 200Mbps?

The reason the bitrate is so high (200Mbit) in ALL-I mode isn't so people can boast about the spec. It needs to be higher in ALL-I because every single frame is compressed and stored individually. ALL-I has an advantage over IPB in motion cadence. Movement looks more film-like with an ALL-I codec.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 14:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4: a quick summary article (471 comments in total)
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Maverick_: The MFT is becoming more and more a gear for indie filmmakers not wanting to go the 5D route. At the end of the day, it's sensor size that matters for stills. I am a long time GH series user and will not upgrade to another GH. My next camera will have a large sensor.

How does the Panasonic MFT cameras being good at video steer MFT away from stills? It doesn't. Customer misconceptions like these are the reason video sucks on Olympus cameras. Olympus and Fuji dare not place any emphasis or beefy specs on the video side in case photographers start believing it has morphed into a video camera.

Let's get real photographers, over video. It does not come at the expense of anything. If you don't like it, buy the GH4 for it's superb stills capabilities and fastest AF on any mirrorless camera, largest native lens range of any mirrorless camera (leaves the A7 in the dust for both these things) and disable the video record button in the menus.

And if sensor size bothers you, use the Metabones Speed Booster which gives you practically APS-H 1.3x crop from Nikon lenses instead of 2x crop.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 14:05 UTC
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