tjbates

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Photato: 4K Video is most of the times overkill.
High quality 1080P is what the majority of Videographers need in terms of usability and efficiency. 10Bit 4:2:2 is the holy grail for quality 1080P in my opinion. Raw is still better but its huge size makes it unmanageable, a diminished returns thing.
Kudos to Pany for this.
Would be super nice if Pany can upgrade the LX100 firmware to record 10bit 4:2:2 as well.

My understanding is that downsampling and transcoding 4K to HD are the same thing - achieved either in the edit timeline and export/share or by using conversion software like MPEG Streamclip. By the way - for those of you - like me who are waiting for Apple to release an update to natively recognize 422 files. I found that a converter called Rocky Mountain Movie Converter works great.
With the GH4 - shooting 4K and converting to HD gave the best results - now IMO the GH5 HD files look as good as 4K.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 13:20 UTC
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Internet Enzyme: Man. 400 Mbps Intraframe 4K. That is FS7 level stuff. With the caveat of having a quarter the ergonomics of course. But still impressive considering that this costs a fraction of the price of an FS7

I'm close to the "full frame look" with my Voigtländer f0.95 lenses. Also, when I shoot a group in low light, there's a 2X better chance of getting everyone in focus. Noise and auto focus is so much better than the GH4. EVF is bigger and brighter for manual focus work. IBIS with my fast primes - this really is miles ahead of the GH4.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:43 UTC
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Treeshade: Is the 1080/50p oversampling from the full sensor width?

If it does, then it is a much better option for FHD output (compared to downsampling UHD/50p, which has good IQ but is very time-consuming)

No one seems to be talking about the GH5 HD quality which is a shame because it's very, very good. I've shot several hours of HD video on my GH5 in various scenarios and to my eye, it looks almost the same as the 4K files. Another thing very few are talking about is how clean Ex-Tele-Convert ETC is in HD. ETC is also now available in 4K which is amazing. Now my primes become 2 lenses in one.
Love this camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 19:32 UTC
On article At the market: Panasonic GH5 sample video (79 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: What lens was used?

Thanks for the video! Great stuff. I'm curious - is the 12-60 f2.8-4.0 parfocal? Hoping it may be a good replacement for my 12-35mm f2.8 which can not keep focus when used in manual focus mode on my GH4 and 5. The lens hunts in manual focus mode when I zoom even a little bit. Sometimes it hunts and finds focus (in manual focus mode) and other times it misses it completely spoiling the shot. Hoping the new V2 lens or 12-60 performs better.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 22:28 UTC
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eno2: From a video with one of the Panasonic reps: The - settings on the auto focus parameters will make the AF more responsive while + settings will make it less responsive. Have you taken this into account?

The Engineers really made this complicated with the positive/ negative menu choices. The menu should simply show more "responsive" or more "locked on."

Thanks DPREVIEW for chasing this one up.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 10:41 UTC
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eno2: From a video with one of the Panasonic reps: The - settings on the auto focus parameters will make the AF more responsive while + settings will make it less responsive. Have you taken this into account?

Yeah, I found that video helpful as well. The GH5 looks like a complex beast.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PyqWrztPkc

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 15:53 UTC

Barney, great video and many thanks! Question: what were your PP and settings on the M5 for video? I would like to sell my 5DMK2 and replace it with something like the M5 for video.
Trouble is that the latest batch of Canon (80D, M5) cameras seem to reproduce skin tones with a plasticy appearance. Is it just me? Maybe the contrast was turned down too much?

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 16:07 UTC as 18th comment
On article CES video: the Panasonic GH5 (76 comments in total)

Matt's the man, but I would have mentioned the larger higher rez viewfinder, IBIS and the add-on pro audio module as benefits over the GH4.
Matt, have you guys fixed the noise in shadows at low ISO yet? Please hope this is gone!
Also, the horrible focus hunting problem when zooming in manual focus mode on 12-35mm f2.8 and 35-100 f2.8.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 23:00 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply

Easy solution. Sell Yahoo shares and delete your account.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 18:14 UTC as 10th comment | 13 replies

It was hard to upgrade my 2007 17" MBP to the 2015 model. This says something about how uninspiring recent offerings have been - performance was the only reason for my upgrade - I still need and use ethernet and firewire ports. Glad I listened to the rumours and didn't wait for the "disabled" 2016 version.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 17:08 UTC as 57th comment
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Lars V: I think the "Pro" moniker just got retired. Apple no longer targets creative imaging professionals - this is a consumer mass-market decision.

Yeah, I don't get it. Where's the Pro 17" 32GB version. 17" means more room for all the ports and slots that everyone still uses and needs - that's why I'm still using my 2007 MBP. The 2016 version is impractical, frustrating and definitely uninspiring.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 16:51 UTC

I bought the 2015 model because it was rumoured that USB, SD slot and magsafe would be missing. I also didn't want Siri. I recommend going with the 2015 model as long as stocks last. It'll still work with the firewire and USB drives we've all accumulated over the years. Glad I didn't get the 2016 model!

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 10:45 UTC as 199th comment | 1 reply

I dropped WD years ago when they introduced a proprietary USB connector. Bad idea.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 15:47 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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freejay1166: What I most hate are these "isn't class leading" remarks: Thats the problem with class leading: There's only one leader - all others are not. So if Canon would have "class leading" video, all other cameras would "suck" in this regard!
So its absolutely idiotic to demand to be "class leading" in every aspect. For me Canon is class leading in ergonomics (specially in DSLRs - at least for my hands) and concentration on the basics (e.g. the menu system, not a zillion options and possibilities etc.) and with DPAF (EVERYBODY says that this is the best autofocus system for video).
So you just can't be "class leading" with everything.

Actually, I don't need Canon to be class leading. I just want them to be somewhere near the best. In 2008 they were class leading. Today, they are clearly at least 2 years behind which is huge in technology years. Trouble is Canon have consistently given it's faithful poor quality video in DSLR and mirrorless since their huge class leading success of the 5DMKII. Now they are nowhere near the rest of the pack.
As for stills performance - just visit DxO for a benchmark. It's a shock.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 06:38 UTC
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freejay1166: What I most hate are these "isn't class leading" remarks: Thats the problem with class leading: There's only one leader - all others are not. So if Canon would have "class leading" video, all other cameras would "suck" in this regard!
So its absolutely idiotic to demand to be "class leading" in every aspect. For me Canon is class leading in ergonomics (specially in DSLRs - at least for my hands) and concentration on the basics (e.g. the menu system, not a zillion options and possibilities etc.) and with DPAF (EVERYBODY says that this is the best autofocus system for video).
So you just can't be "class leading" with everything.

"Thats the problem with class leading: There's only one leader"
Absolutely right!
Would like to see Canon class leader in more than just ergonomics and DPAF.
But that's okay - in the meantime - I'm shopping elsewhere and I'm not afraid to express disappointment - just like our mate Barney.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 20:59 UTC

Why is it not okay for someone to express the opinion that they're disappointed? I'm disappointed as well. If I wasn't disappointed with Canon I wouldn't be using mirrorless systems from other manufacturers.
I still use my 5DMKII occasionally and love my Canon lenses but there hasn't been a significant improvement in video quality since the 5DMKII (2008) that suits my needs.
The 5DMKIII video quality was not a significant improvement over my 5DMKII with AA filter. And now the 5DMKIV? OOoops. It is a fact that Canon are behind right now and have been trailing the mirrorless race from the start.
I love my Canon gear but will continue to look elsewhere if Canon stays at least 2 years behind.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 16:05 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Everlast66: Great. Now this will push Canon to respond with a great 5Dmk4 ... er, oh wait ...

mk4 is Japanese for 4 years behind.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 19:25 UTC

Great to see you call it as you see it Mr. Britton. I'm a little disappointed as well. All I want is a Canon camera with reasonably better HD video quality than my 5D MKII with AA filter.
Almost a decade after the 5DMKII and all Canon DSLR's (IMHO) that aren't moire riddled, produce video that looks a little plasticy (80D) or soft (5DMKIII). Keen to see the M5 video files.
I think we deserve better. Other camera makers seem to manage.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 10:01 UTC as 91st comment

You're right about the 80D video being "just fine." Unfortunately, unless the M5 improves on "just fine" then for me it's "just not on."

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 07:00 UTC as 118th comment | 2 replies
On article Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review (2141 comments in total)
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toolan: 4k is stupid right now. Not a lot of content for 1 plus the price, how many middle and low class can afford 4k? I know I can't and neither can most of my friends and family. People still buy DVDs over Bluray in 2016

Yeah, Dale's right. My disappointment is that the mk4's HD video quality is apparently not much better than the mk3 quality which wasn't much better (except moire and aliasing) than the mk2. Canon live in incremental heaven.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2016 at 21:43 UTC
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