ET2: Remember last year in NAB they claimed they were going to "ship it" in July of 2013?
7 months delay.
Black Magic has been turned into a joke of company.
A joke except for the fact that their products are in every TV studio in the world.
foocando: Is it strictly a video camera or you could shoot still images??? I have some Olympus prime lenses micro 4/3 that I've been using on my OMD EM5 so please clarify??? Thank you.
If it does shoot stills, I'm guessing they will be much lower res than your EM5. Most still cameras that also shoot video skip lines of pixels on the sensor to take 1080 video because they have way more pixels than they need to capture HD video. Unwanted artifacts arise as the result of this line skipping. This camera will probably be optimized for shooting only video, which is a very good thing. I'm guessing though. Any other thoughts on this?
Ausphoto2011: Yeah sure, its a good looking small powerful camera. But at the end of the day you're still stuck with a terrible crop factor even worse than the BMCC. Goodbye Wide angle shots... you can forget it with this. However, Still intrigued to how the video will look from it.
list of movies shot on the super 16 format http://shotonwhat.com/apertures/super-16-camera-aperture
I really like that they're doing this. Video cameras for video and still cameras for stills. No more line skipping DSLRs. Canon really needs to jump on this sub $1K HD-video-optimized-interchangeable-lens-bandwagon. They'd be geniuses if they do. Everyone would buy 2 cameras from them. Now lets see some sample shots of distant power lines against a graded blue sky!
Gevorg: Just desided to get GH3 and.. Surprise :)
Hold on to it. It'll take Better stills than this because it was designed for stills and this was designed for 1080p movies. I reckon that the Pocket Cinema Camera will only be able to take 2 megapixel pictures. Then you can use this for video, your GH3 for stills and have one set of lenses. Now if only Canon would make a $1K camera with a sensor dedicated to only video, people can stick to their 7D range for stills and get a proper movie camera that doesn't skip sensor lines. They would sell 2 cameras to everybody.
Wide angles are for surf and skate videos. They've got the GoPro for that. A lot of great films are comprised of many close up and Medium shots, lots of coverage, and great editing. A film teacher I had plays Searching for Bobby Fischer every semester for his students to show how we can make a great dramatic film by doing just that without spending tons of money. Plus you save money by not having to dress a huge set. And it doesn't hurt to have a creative lighting person. Wide angles are best used for quick establishing shots, with a crop factor like this all you gotta do as the DP is back up some. People can totally tell great stories through cinema with this camera. Now if they'll only show us where the SD card goes. It doesn't show in the schematics on their site.
Mssimo: Global shutter is a big deal. I hope we see them in DSLRS soon. They will be silent, and able to sync any shutter speed. Shutter speeds of 1/20,000 plus will also be possible.
Not likely to happen. The sensors on DSLRs are designed for shooting still photos upwards to 40,000 pixels. This one is designed to shoot 4,000 pixels of video (oversimplification, I know.) To get a global shutter on a DSLR sensor they'd still have to skip lines and would need tons of bandwidth if they didn't. I'm glad they're doing this. It draws a more distinct line between still and motion cameras.
utomo99: I think main Go pro problems is the lens distortion. They need to reduce this. so the videos look better.
Not many people need a matrix like effect. but many are need good videos
@sportyaccordy, record audio separately and sync it later, get a simple recorder like a Zoom H1n with a foam windscreen or deadcat on it and put it in your backpack and set it to 48/24 or 48/16. It still might be too windy. Maybe a super fuzzy backpack would work, and don't let the recorder touch the walls of the backpack, make it suspended in there somehow. Or put it inside a fuzzy seat bag on a shockmount. I've always wanted to try that. Your bike will probably be loud enough to hear through all the wind protection. What kind of bike is it?
TotallyFred: I think that the 3D aspect of it is the most compelling aspect for now -- at least it can be grasped by many and has more immediate applications the public/viewers could want to use.
The effect seems limited however.
It would be interesting to understand more about the "shifting" capability. Is it really shifting or rotating or a shift/rotate ?
Mine is 60mm. The eye doctor measures it when I get new glasses. Do you think that someone with a bigger or smaller head than me has a different perception of depth than I do? That would be such a trip.
LeonTheremin: What do people use these f/4 lenses for? Is there an inherent advantage with them for closer distance focusing? Is it something with the fact that its easier to put an image stabilizing system on the smaller glass? Are people only thinking of gaining stops from hand held motion? Or is it simply that they're less expensive and IS is considered a consumer feature? Having been schooled by a film photography pedagogy, I would never think to spend money on such a slow lens that (from my perspective) can only be used with studio strobes or in bright sunlight. I can't imagine the practicality of a lens with such a slow maximum aperture outside of large format photography. For reals, I wanna know.
Thanks. In the context of Canon's superb high ISO performance, I guess it does makes sense.
What do people use these f/4 lenses for? Is there an inherent advantage with them for closer distance focusing? Is it something with the fact that its easier to put an image stabilizing system on the smaller glass? Are people only thinking of gaining stops from hand held motion? Or is it simply that they're less expensive and IS is considered a consumer feature? Having been schooled by a film photography pedagogy, I would never think to spend money on such a slow lens that (from my perspective) can only be used with studio strobes or in bright sunlight. I can't imagine the practicality of a lens with such a slow maximum aperture outside of large format photography. For reals, I wanna know.
RussellInCincinnati: Pretty nice images for a phone. Should get out an old Minolta Dimage 7i and see if that bridge camera can match 'em.
Yes the 4S image on the left is sharper, surely due to less camera movement. Heck the news blurb said the newer camera runs at lower ISO maybe. We haven't the slightest idea what post-processing was or should have been done to either image, if any.
Interesting thing is that the presence of the iPhone 5 actually made the sea level rise.
Why the Minolta Dimage 7i? Is there something unique about that camera?
Lectures and Interviews. I film lectures that are consistently longer than 30 minutes. But I got an XA10 because it has no time limit and has XLR inputs to hook up to a sound board or lav mics.
It would be so awesome if Canon came out with a Mark IV that shot AVCHD, had balanced 3.5mm mic jacks with phantom that would plug into mics with a 3.5mm balanced male to female XLR wire.
The only problem with AVCHD is that all the DSLR movie people don't realize you have to import it in your system with a utility, similar to logging and transferring a tape. They always say "what are all these .mts files?"
Archiving AVCHD is awesome too, just make a fat 32 .dmg the same size as the "private" folder on your card, drop the "private" folder in there and mount it whenever you want to log and transfer footage off of it.