Seems to me Mr. Chung caught the movie bug and is extrapolating too much from his crush. The videos shown, while technically beautiful, are not exceptional journalism and look more like exercises in cinematography, verging on art. None of them have the impact of his Iraq shot.
As for still photography’s place in journalism, news consumers are primarily seeking information, and quickly. There may be a place in the news cycle for meditative studies like these videos, but they are no substitute for the classic aggregate of striking images and text, or information-based and street-level video. Next stop for Mr. Chung: Hollywood. He almost says as much.
Stills are still the backbone of journalism. But photojournalism as a profession is shrinking for a reason Chung doesn't touch on (I saw this in the my last couple of years before I retired): news outlets are accepting more and more images from citizen journalists as digital technology has advanced.
Unlike a reporter, who can put a story together though online research, phone interviews, etc., the PJ must obviously be there, to get the shot. With the ubiquitousness of digital cameras, cell phone cameras, etc., - there are millions of high-quality digital eyes present on every scene, and the internet makes transmission of those impressions quick and easy.
Some venues like sports, concerts, editorial concepts, etc., that require a high level of expertise, or press conferences and venues that require credentials, or familiarity with journalistic protocol, are still shot by pros. But it's a shrinking field, as the democratization of high-quality image production grows ubiquitous.
I learned a long time ago that certain lenses hit it off with certain cameras. Those lenses rarely leave those cameras.
I don't see the advantage of a tiny camera with a protruding, non-retractable lens. Seems to have the disadvantages of both form-factors, without the benefits.
I've been a fan of this camera line since the S3is. This one might be the all-purpose grab-and-go buddy I've been waiting for.
I shoot commercials at 60i, but like shooting personal video at 24p, for its movie look (which is why I balked at the SX30).
If the stills are decent, and when the price comes down, I'm on it.
Sarge_: AVCHD or it doesn't matter, Apple. (and I'm an Aperture/Mac user)
Spec says it edits AVCHD natively, though why anyone would want to edit in that hateful format when ProRes is available, is beyond me.
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