Nothing serious. Just thought I would try out the 1fps + 120fps S&Q feature on the Sony A6500 Mirrorless Camera today. Used available light indoors and out. Shot with the Sony 16-35mm F/4 Lens and Sony 35mm F/1.8 Lens. Used continuous Autofocus and shot Hand Held. Because I was shooting with mixed lighting indoors, I found the footage really hard to color balance. Since I was shooting at 120fps, I set my shutter to 1/250th which cut a lot of light indoors and shot mostly around ISO 2500. It's a neat camera, but the footage works best if you can expose properly. I found it hard to shift the exposure and color around much in post.
Here's some early footage from Simon Shasha shot on the (not yet released) BlackMagic Design Micro Cinema Camera. I remember putting my pre-order in the day it was announced at NAB2015 so seeing some footage feels like it should be out any day now. [Thanks Simon]
As much as everyone loves the original BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera #BMPCC, it does lack high frame rate options. That's what makes this new Micro Cinema Camera so exciting is that it now offers up to 60fps in 1080HD. The design has shifted so that it can be used more like an 'Action Camera' strapped to a Drone, or attached to the side of a Helmet.
Image wise you still get your 13 Stops of Dynamic Range, RAW, ProRes Recording. It's not exactly the same sensor as the previous BMPCC as it offers a Global Shutter (in some settings), and at least now it's powered by a Canon LP-E6 battery. I really hated the old Nikon battery in the BMPCC.
Simon also shares some images from the setup he used which included a BlackMagic Design Micro Cinema Camera Cage from CAME-TV (found here), along with a few stabilizer shots from a CAME-TV SINGLE Gimbal (found here).
I think we can all admit Canon has been slacking in the DSLR Video market, but the new specs on the Canon 1DX Mark II might just help them get back in the game.
Besides upgrading the amazing stills photography features, the new Canon 1DX Mark II will offer Full Frame 4K Video up to 60fps (800 Mbps) and 1080HD at 120fps (360 Mbps). Of course the baked in Canon color science is one that many favor over Sony's cameras too. Here's an introductory video put together by B&H and Adorama.
For the high data rate video, the 1DX Mark II uses CFAST Media, but you can also record externally via the HDMI out. While there are certainly many other video camera options for the price of the 1Dx Mark II, none that I know of has paired this level of professional Photography and Video features together in a small body. So this camera should appeal heavily to hybrid shooters.
So Canon's latest 7D Mark II has arrived (in stock now here) and they're pushing hard mainly marketing towards still photographers. It's actually quite an amazing camera for sports and action photos, but some may say it falls a bit short in the video market compared to the new offerings by Sony and Panasonic.
Yet mainly because of the image quality and color that can be achieved from Canon DSLRs, there are still many videographers who just can't let go of their Canon 5D Mark IIIs. The main gripe has been to at least upgrade to a camera that can add 1080p @60fps to their existing workflow. So much of a need that the latest Canon C100 Mark II at $5K+ was being heavily considered.
But now that the new Canon 7D Mark II offers 1080/60p at just $2149, offers excellent AF in video mode, and also allows you to attach an external HDMI Recorder to capture a higher quality ProRes, this might be a camera to fill that void for another year or two until Canon can finally release a proper 4K DSLR camera.
Canon's pretty smart about releasing just enough features to make it interesting enough for production teams running around with several Canon DSLRs, but not enough features to step into their high end Cinema market. I know a few people who already have eyes on this camera. For more information about the new 7D Mark II (click here).
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - via B&HPhoto
Another practice run on the Electric Skateboard. I'm determined to learn how to ride this thing, and I think I'm getting pretty comfortable. I picked up quickly for someone who never really knew how to skate. I had to warm up a 21 year old car and decided it would be fun to chase it around. Surprisingly this car still gets her 35+ MPG and passed the smog so clean, the Smog techs were in awe. Keep in mind i'm still not shooting with a Video camera Stabilizer, this is all with a short Velbon UltraStick monopod and the Sony HX9 point and shoot camera. The full 1080/60p helps with these moving shots. I'm almost pretty comfortable to take out my Steadicam Vest and Glidecam setup, so that should yield much better results.