Najinsky: Will this do the software correction for the lenses prior to encoding?
Many of the m43 lenses require significant software correction to remove distortion. There are a handful of lenses with low distortion (for example the 2 45mm's, the 25/1.4 and the 75/1.8, perhaps the 12/2) but most of the rest will need correcting.
If the capture is only 1920 x 1080, wont there will be noticeable resolution loss with some lenses due to the severity of the distortion?
An excellent question. I'm hoping further details will be forthcoming soon.
marike6: By some of the comments about below like the "many consider the GH2 better" I get the impression some are not really sure what the Black Magic Cameras are capable of. So here a quick look at a travel type video:
@javidog: I see no reason why this guy is BS. Three lenses, a monopod, a stabilizer, and a camera is not at all unreasonable for an enthusiast to bring with him on vacation. And everything he shot is available light, with no audio, so I see no need for assistants or crew. With a bit of talent and a reasonably patient wife, I see no reason he couldn't be capable of doing this.
Jen003: So much to like about this shot - very pretty. Jen
Thanks Jen! I really got lucky with the weather that day to get such a mirror-like surface on the lake... Beijing can be very windy in the spring.
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$.
@DREWnetwork: Unfortunately, unless I"m reading the press release wrong, this will NOT be able to use 16mm (c-mount) movie lenses, even though many of these (as well as m4/3 lenses) might be an excellent match for this camera. It only has EF and ZF mounts, both of which have a deep flange distance, which would seem to preclude adapting many other more appropriate lenses. Hopefully this oversight is rectified quickly!
tkbslc: It's only slightly higher res than a Canon 600D/ 60D/7D while having a smaller sensor and higher price. Not sure I see the point.
The point is that it records uncompressed video in raw format, which no other camera at anywhere NEAR this price point does. RAW will hold up much better in post-processing, and afford greater flexibility in adjusting color, contrast, etc. when grading. Existing DSLRs that record directly to h.264 have all this essentially "baked in" and fall apart quickly when trying to make even minor adjustments in post. Very much like the difference between shooting jpg and raw.
Also, according to their specs, it should also offer MUCH more dynamic range than most current DSLRs.
Keith Lommel: It's obvious they're using the 19/2.8 and 30/2.8 which they're also marketing for m43 and NEX.
Looking at the dimensions, it doesn't seem the lenses are very deeply integrated into the body... Seems they could have engineered some kind of lens mount so you could swap one for the other without increasing size that much. That might have made for a much more exciting product, rather than forcing foveon fans to pick one and only one focal length, or buy two (likely very expensive) cameras.
Or better yet, put a NEX mount on there. I'm sure a lot more people would try such a camera if they could add it to an existing system and feel like their lenses could be reused on future bodies...
I'm a m4/3 user myself, so I'm also partial to that mount (and the better selection of lenses available for it). But with Sigma's sensor being APS-C format, m4/3 would not be appropriate.
It's obvious they're using the 19/2.8 and 30/2.8 which they're also marketing for m43 and NEX.
charliedid: That would be a much better photo in landscape orientation.
Read the article and you'll see that he did try a horizontal composition as well, but ultimately rejected it because of distracting elements in the framing.