Tome gun: As a newbie, I have a question. I have Aperture, Lightroom 4 and Elements 10. Can Elements 11 now replace them all?
In all seriousness -- if Adobe Lightroom is bringing an Intel i7 with 16 gigs of ram "to its knees" -- then you've got some other rather serious problem going on with your system.
DREWnetwork: There seem to be quite a few amateur still photographers making some nasty and uninformed comments in this section.
So -- speaking to the amateur still photographers...
H.264 is like taking your photos in JPEG. Essentially your video/photo is what you see.
RAW is like taking your photos in RAW -- you can do all sorts of things in post ("Photoshop") that you can't possibly do with a JPEG.
In the video world -- the cheapest camera that shoots RAW is $14,000, and all the others are over $30,000.
This new camera shoots RAW video and costs US$3000.
MEANING -- this is a very big deal, it's revolutionary, and it will have effects across the entire digital cinema marketplace.
16mm film has been a standard in movie and television production for well over fifty years. Every "classic" TV show or documentary you've seen was filmed in 16mm -- like "Cheers" or "Life On Earth" for example. The 16mm sized sensor on this camera is irrelevant to your Canon T2i or Nikon whatever.
nrojc: Don´t get me wrong.. I have nothing against cinematography.. but.. is this not Digital PHOTOGRAPHY Review? I understand that they mention the 1D-C, since it is a hybrid.. but this? Hmm.. you are geting off-topic with the whole concept of this page.. :)
The imaging business is evolving -- motion imaging is as much a part of digital photography as still images.
Ten years ago a comment like this would have argued that "digital" can never replace film.
The business is changing and photographers are evolving -- both in creative terms and in business requirements. I'm sorry, "photographer" doesn't mean the same thing today it meant twenty years ago, and it won't mean the same thing five years from today.
Well, your question is vague and open to creative interpretation -- meaning your question could imply a 5D Mark 3 actually costs US$12,000 to operate.
The direct answer is -- you can shoot with the camera out of the box -- as long as you have a lens. Regarding lenses, it's clear they designed this to be open-ended with widely available and affordable lenses. Meaning, you don't have to go out and buy S16 motion picture lenses. Instead, you can stick a "nifty fifty" on it and start filming.
There seem to be quite a few amateur still photographers making some nasty and uninformed comments in this section.
645D: Same price as a D800. Better video?
Regarding video -- comparing a D800 to this Blackmagic Cinema Camera is like comparing a tricycle to a Ferrari. 12 bit, RAW is a different universe from "AVCHD with B frames."
artnaz: Zeiss ZF? That means Nikon F-mount. Why don't they say "Nikon F-mount" which covers all possibilities including the Zeiss ZF?
Or am I missing something? Maybe because the ZF are mechanically the same as the old Nikon Ai(s) lenses?
I suspect this means no electronic controls with Nikon F mount. Saying "ZF" says that without sounding like they're missing features.
Roberto Mettifogo: 13 stops of dynamic range it's the greatest feature of this camera, this is the main feature required to create "cinema like" footage.
Maybe there will be new lenses made for this camera ? many people complaining about the crop factor... I would not be surprised to see new lenses soon, also because a small camera like this can be very good for steadycam usage and there wide angle is very common.
Anyway there is nothing like this at 3k$.
16mm (movie film) are the lenses made for it. Hundreds of models going back about 40 years from every major manufacturer. And, most of them cost $3 on Ebay.
And, it looks like both EF and EF-S lenses from Canon can be (electronically) used on this camera, and Nikon F mount (manual focus) also.
Deleted-pending: "It may not compete with the D800 in low-light"
Why not ?
If it offers a dedicated 2.5K sensor it may easily compete with the D800 in terms of low light. Besides, the D800 is quite poor in terms of low light vs the Sony SF100... It offers the exact same low light handling than the D7000 or D5100
Perhaps your numbers are more comforting than reality. Relative to the recently released DSLR's, and even legacy Canons, the D800 is profoundly mediocre in low light. Seriously mediocre.
And, relating to this topic -- yes, the first released low light footage from this Blackmagic looks better than a D800 -- and I don't need an external recorder to record RAW video, and I saw no moire and aliasing.
FastFisher: Revolution Begins !
For this price, I can live with 2.3x crop factor. :D
Yes on "Revolution." This is big. This is exactly what the Scarlet was supposed to be -- three years ago.
2.5k for 3k. Well, close enough. And, it's from a real and established company -- not a "kick starter" type gamble.
People who want point-and-shoot want to point and shoot. They're not interested in interchangeable lenses, they don't care.
People who want interchangeable lenses are hobbyists at a minimum. This means they want manual controls and actually care about the size of the sensor.
Trying to ram (colored) interchangeable lenses down the throat of point-and-shoot consumers and/or trying to force hobbyists on "AUTO" is yet another blunder from Nikon.
I thank the reviewer for this article and respect an open mind. But, the truth is that Nikon presented a solution to a non-existent market. This new system is irritating to hobbyists/pros and not all that great for point-and-shoot regular folks.