GH1 is going to be Affordable!

Started Mar 4, 2009 | Discussions thread
OP LizaWitz Regular Member • Posts: 461
No, it really is 1080/24p. No interlace artifacts.

RRJackson wrote:

Actually, it's kind of a mixed bag, IMO. You can only use the motion
jpeg capture at 720p.

You can capture 720/60p using AVCHD, or 720/30p using MJPEG.

The 1080p24 setting is in reference to internal
processing, but the camera has to store it in AVCHD at 1080i, so it's
interlaced capture. Now, I can't stand interlacing artifacts, so to
me this is a 720p60 camera.

You're mistaken. The 1080/24p is really 1080/24p. Its just stored in a 60i stream, which means you do a lossless pulldown before editing. You get real 1080/24p, with NO interlace artifacts. Its stored in the 60i stream to give you live HDMI out while capturing (without having to put two codecs in there doubling the workload of encoding to both formats.) It does this by splitting the progressive frames into fields and then duping one of them to fit the 60i timing-- but the images are captured all at once, not interlaced, and so when they are recomposited, you have no artifacts.

Which is cool, but on paper there's
already a good reason for people serious about video to prefer the
Canon 5DII. The autofocus doesn't really play into it much, since
very few people shooting video for a living would be likely to use
autofocus.

I see no reason to prefer the 5D, as it gives you no control over exposure, aperture, framerate while shooting. Plus people who are serious want to do things like focus follow so the actor stays in focus as they move around the scene-- the GH1 does this automatically, while the 5D doesn't make it easy.

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