I would rather see a small lightweight setup for use with brushless gimbals.
Randy Veeman: Nice, but I see nothing worth $3300.I am sure others will find features making it worth the price. For the other 98% of ILC buyers there are better performance/price options.
I'm loving the photos I'm getting from my iPhone 4s so if this is better, I'm sold!
NeilJones: As a "drone" flyer. I have waited along time for this to come out. The 4k video i currently shoot is great from a small camera on my birds but stills have always been a let down. Once I can get this on a decent gimble and flying, i can't wait to see the still image results.
As a drone photographer, do you think controlling the shutter via smartphone app will be adequate for any distance? Personally I would be more interested if they put in a simple remote port that I could control via radio.
Michael Houghton: I've followed this through the beta process.
I'm no photoshop god but I think this package has more than enough for a *huge* number of photographers. Not being a Lightroom user (and doing my raw development in OpticsPro), I cancelled my Creative Cloud subscription as soon as I was clear the betas were stable enough to use.
There will now be a litany of comments saying that if Serif were "serious", they'd have launched on Windows first.
All I can say is: they are going to make a lot of money. It's an excellent product which pairs well with Affinity Designer, and they've demonstrated a remarkable level of commitment to quality.
Actually the comments here have been impressively non-partisan.
whyamihere: I find the level of cynicism of most of the comments to be simultaneously unsurprising and utterly infuriating.
Nowhere else can you find a group of people who are completely defeatist about a production team taking a photography and film tool that the majority of people have on their person at any given time and making a full-length feature.
I'll gladly argue against the use of a 'real camera'. I'm fed up with footage from 'real cameras' being post-processed into appearing as amateur handheld video. This is the real deal, which lends to the character and authenticity of the movie.
For all the concerns about the footage quality, I can't say that I've read a single review of the film thus far complaining of how the film looks. Your average audience member doesn't care about IQ unless it adds or completely distracts from the story being told. It looks like an interesting movie, which means I'll probably take it over the countless beautifully-shot yet otherwise-garbage films out there.
whyamihere, what a great point about a full-length film made with a product most people carry, and not primarily as a camera.
Joel Benford: Whilst it is impressive that a dog can play piano, it does not play the piano very well.
I'll even bet that a human playing a piano keyboard on his iPhone 5 will probably play better than that dog on a Steinway.
I love this for its uniqueness and that is probably why they did it. I'm sure using a slightly more versatile camera like a Canon 5D or Panasonic GH series would not have added much to the budget though.
photo_rb: It kills me that companies bring out small light camera bodies that would be ideal for UAV (drone) or any remote use if only they could add a couple small features such as AV output and remote triggering.I know this can be done with WiFi but probably distance limited.
canonpro, yes I was looking at that Black Magic. They are the only camera makers that actually get it. It would be nice to see more of them. I would want stills and video.
It kills me that companies bring out small light camera bodies that would be ideal for UAV (drone) or any remote use if only they could add a couple small features such as AV output and remote triggering.I know this can be done with WiFi but probably distance limited.
Nice images. I don't mind the "land" shots as they show the photographer's range although maybe they should have been at the end.
I remember another military aviation photographer who used to post on DPReview...maybe he is still here. Jeremy, Jason...? I loved seeing his work too.
photo_rb: I take a bit of issue with the comment that this was caused by man-made construction. Perhaps, but it is easy and popular to automatically blame any tragedy like this on man. A few sites I visited did not come to that conclusion. From what I read, there were a combination of factors, primarily calm weather being responsible for low oxygen levels.
Erez, my apologies. You are right it is not the point of the article at all. But the way you presented this information it will come out as fact to anyone reading it and that can be damaging too.
And "oselimg", the posts above yours are not saying construction wasn't the culprit. No one knows what is at this point.
I take a bit of issue with the comment that this was caused by man-made construction. Perhaps, but it is easy and popular to automatically blame any tragedy like this on man. A few sites I visited did not come to that conclusion. From what I read, there were a combination of factors, primarily calm weather being responsible for low oxygen levels.
Marcin 3M: For about 170 years photography was proud to reflect reality. Not any more.
Sorry, I disagree. It is like saying that painting should only attempt to convey realism and that was actually a serious argument when the "Old Masters" were in their heyday and the Impressionist were trying to take a foothold, some like van Gogh failing miserably in their lifetime.
Marcin 3M, I understand where you are coming from but I don't think this is much more than a sophisticated technique bringing up or hiding what is actually in the photos. I could be wrong but I doubt it adds anything like the cloud generating filter that has been a part of Photoshop for years.
Tell that to all the people who have been using photography to interpret their version of reality for the past 170 years burning and dodging, bleaching and intensifying, double exposing and sandwiching negs, etc, and etc and etc.
BTW, Ansel Adams photos are probably very realistic...to a dog. :-)
The Dehaze filter in Lightroom really needs to be available in the brush and graduated filter adjustments so it can be applied on an image in different doses without going into Photoshop. Any view from an elevated platform is going to show the distant background with much more haze than the closer foreground.
From reading the article, it looks like more of a high speed still shooting process rather than a way to get great stills from your video. IOW, if video is your prime need, you wont be shooting this way. Still it is nice to see.
zsedcft: This thing should have 2 card slots. Most professionals will not buy this if they can't have in-camera backups, it is not worth the risk of losing client photos or even once-in-a-lifetime shots.
I can't even consider this camera because of that one omission and it is annoying. I'm sure that it is cramped inside the A7rii body, but they need to find space for a second card.
Film cameras only used to take 36 shots before changing rolls. Maybe people should "get over themselves" for expecting more than 36 images per memory card. :-)
I want two cards!
The two things I would miss if I switched from Canon are the dual card slots and the GPS module that sits on my Canon Hot-Shoe.
photo_rb: Not sure how they get a 360MB capture...maybe they meant degrees?
I suppose if you added up the HDR exposures you could come up with 360MB, although that's generally not how it's done.