D800 vs D4 - VIDEO MODE : a few thoughts

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D800 vs D4 - VIDEO MODE : a few thoughts

In this link, I collected all actual videos of both Nikon D4 and D800.


Nikon D4 videos :

http://vimeo.com/35858905 (low light tests)
http://vimeo.com/35639074 Joe McNally, Little Freddie King)
http://vimeo.com/35638937 (Joe McNally, on location)
http://vimeo.com/34666308 ("Why" clip)
http://vimeo.com/36123378 (English preview)
http://vimeo.com/35879899 (french preview)
Nikon D800 videos :
http://vimeo.com/36326055 (“Joy Ride” by Sandro Miller)
http://vimeo.com/36306101 (“Joy Ride” behind the scenes)
http://vimeo.com/34805730 (In the Studio with Rob Van Petten)

http://www.nikon-image.com/...ducts/camera/slr/digital/d800/features02.htm#a3 (more videos and time lapse)

While the Nikon D4 seems to be extremely clean in low light, the D800, due to its price tag will become a very, very popular camera.

This is why, I guess, the D800 will be the 1st camera being hacked by Vitaly or some other genius programmer. For the ones who don't know what firmware hacks are, I invite you to read everything about the Panasonic Gh2 hack, and "magic lantern" custom firmware for the T2i and Canon 5D mark II. The hackers succeeded to increase the bit rate from the files, improving the compression (lower compression) and making them look extremely clean (almost no artifacts). They also added many features such as live zoom (for manual focus) , zebras, audio monitoring etc...

My guess is that the D800 could be on par and beat the D4 video thanks to an hypothetical video hack.

What do you think ?

Canon EOS 550D (EOS Rebel T2i / EOS Kiss X4) Canon EOS 5D Mark II Nikon D4 Nikon D800 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
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