LukeDuciel: This one is huge new for the indie film makers. I expect a lot of great works done with this cam.
I agree with you Luke. My bet is on a full feature shot with it out by early 2013. Francis - you have no idea what you're talking about. Try shooting with an Arri SR2 or 535 straight out of the box and see how you get on. ALL cameras that are not single-lens camcorders need to be rigged, whether film or video.
lajshay: John Brawley is a capable DP and as he said not a Blackmagic employee.Don't hate on him.
That being said, the footage felt desaturated and not very impressive. I expected the beach scenes to be prettier.
It also did have a feel of a 16mm film...which is what the active imaging area of the sensor most closely resembles.
So, that look may have been intentional. Unfortunately, no 16mm lense will work without vignetting. If only they release a firmware update for a 16mm imaging area.
There was a lack of REAL lowlight tests as well.
The built-in battery means this will only be good for filmmakers and NOT videographers. The use of RAW is another clue that this is for filmmakers.
Lack of a hot-swappable battery is a death-knell to anyone doing more than a 2 hour event. And do you want to risk being a few minutes off on battery life when those minutes could be nuptial vows? Very dissapointing. Hope there will be a remedy.
I love how a camera that harks back to the great days of S16 at a GREAT price is being criticized for not shipping with C-mount, or being 'plasticky'. Felt a $15k C300 lately? Or an F3?
On the look, I've posted elesewhere that this is a 'look' that the Canon 15-85 gives you, that I also like. John is one of the few other DOPs I've seen shooting with it. Knowing that lens as I do, I'm sure it can handle that RED sharp, oversaturated look no problem.
Tape5: The emperor's new camera ....does it all and better at one tenth the price ...
John Brawley's footage by the way looks outright awful to me...and what is this Bondi thing? shy of smaller places? close ups? wider lenses? low light indoors? faster camera movements ? shy of all things indie?
And this aluminium weird shape locked battery thing... has a bit too much of Jobs in it for my liking: take more of their money by pushing form over function.
I say no thank you.
Are you kidding? There will be a TV drama shot with thos cam by the end of the year. There will be a few 'effect' shots in other shows, and a doco or two to boot.