The spec list on the Panasonic GH5 is absolutely ridiculous with 4k @ 60P, 1080p @ 180fps, 10 bit, unlimited recording, and so much more. It brings professional video features to a compact mirrorless camera that takes up less bag space than your average DSLR. But despite it's unassuming looks, it packs an unbeatable punch. So let’s go in-depth after some wedding filmmaking to see if the GH5 really is the ultimate video camera.
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Canon has just announced a successor to the popular Canon 6D, a more consumer driven high end full frame DSLR. With a body that looks almost identical to the Canon 80D and a familiar feature set, Canon’s new highlight feature is the new full frame 26MP sensor that is hopefully an improvement from current sensor technology. The 6D Mark II does benefit from Canon’s newest Digic 7 processor and features such as digital image stabilization & Bluetooth first seen in the Canon T7i and 77D. Thankfully the 6D Mark II does inherit a few improvements from the higher end 5D Mark IV including dust and water resistance and gps.
The Canon 6D is currently up for preorder to begin shipping late July 2017 at a price of $1999
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Sony has just completed the Holy Trinity of lenses by releasing a new Sony 16-35mm F2.8 Gmaster Lens. As a part of the Gmaster series, the 16-35 boasts plenty of high end features as well as the promise of incredible sharpness while retaining beautiful defocused areas even at wide apertures. In addition, a super wide 12-24mm F4 lens was also introduced brining another offering to the growing Sony E mount lens lineup. We went hands on with these lenses over several days with both the high resolution Sony A7RII and new powerhouse Sony A9 and the results seem to speak for themselves.
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While drone sales have been increasing at breathtaking speeds, DJI has been one of the few manufactures setting the standard for quality in both drone technology and camera image quality for these aerial UAVs. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro does exactly that with a new camera boasting a larger 1” 20MP sensor capable of 4k video at up to 60fps! But the Phantom 4 Pro is more than just a camera upgrade with a host of new sensors, longer maximum range & flight time, new autonomous mode, speed increase, and more. So let’s take a look at DJI’s newest drone option.
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The Sony A9 is official and ready for a grand entrance with some stunning specifications meant to challenge Canon’s 1DX II and Nikon’s D5 with a 24mp sensor, 20fps burst rate with autofocus and AE, and 693 Phase detection AF points covering 93% of the frame. And on paper, it certainly does. But as we often find with Sony cameras, you need way more than a spec sheet to get a clear understanding of the Sony A9 and this camera is no exception.
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Nikon has just announced the new Nikon D7500 filled with all the latest features and many of the abilities from the Nikon D500. With a 20mp sensor including the same EXPEED 5 image processor from the D500, expect incredible low light performance with a maximum ISO of 51,200 at a fast 8fps and up to 50 images at 14 bit RAW.
Video shooters will also be extremely pleased with included 4k internal recording up to 30fps with a full pixel readout, clean HDMI out, mic and headphone jack, and that tilting touch screen for quick focus changes. Video is also available in both MP4 and MOV formats.
Unfortunately it's not all good news with several features stripped from the D7200 so check out the details after the break.
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Adobe has released an update today adding full RAW support for Canon's newest cameras including the EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 77D, and the EOS M6 as well as the Pentax KP. New lens profiles have also been added for a variety of lenses. A handful of bugs were also corrected. These updates are available for the newest Lightroom CC and you should be able to download immediately. Also, check out our recent comparison of the Canon T7i and 77D to see which new DSLR might be best for you!
Gimbals have been a pretty frustrating experience for me thus far. I have tried everything from the higher end DJI Ronin M to cheaper $500 models and I just haven’t found anything that I loved. I absolutely was a huge fan of the smooth motion they were able to provide, but the setup, construction, ergonomics, weight, and other issues seemed to just be a thorn in my side. Now enter the Zhiyun Crane, a portable, powerful, well built, and easy to use 3 axis stabilization system that costs less than $650! To me, this is a game changer.
The Sony A99II absolutely has my favorite spec list of all time. While using one of the most amazing full frame 42mp sensors on the market today from the A7RII, the A99II is still able to maintain 12fps with full AF and AE. Combined with a Hybrid AF system with 399 on sensor AF points paired with a traditional 79 point dedicated AF sensor and 5 axis in body image stabilization, the results are unparalleled by any other competing system. In true Sony fashion, videographers are never left to the curb since the A99II has 4k recording at up to 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, log recording, focus peaking, my favorite tilt screen mechanism, and a host of other features. If we just stopped there, the A99II would be the greatest camera of all time. But there is always more to the story so let’s dive a bit deeper with this Sony A99II Review Purchase: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
SSD drives offer insanly high speed rates and much greater protection from shock and drops so it only makes sense to pick up some external high speed SSD drives for storing important files and for using as working drives. I have personally been using the Samsung T3 series to allow me to edit video projects from my laptop on a drive the size of a thick credit card. These drives easily handle the speeds needed for 4k video editing and keep my data secured. Well now Western Digital wants in and I am stoked. Check out more information after the break.
Sigma has just released 4 new professional lenses. All will be compatible with Sigma Optimization Pro software and the Sigma USB dock for updating the lenses and configuration. They are also announced with availability for Canon EF, Nikon, and Sigma mounts. Sony users can utilize the Sigma MC-11 Sony E mount converter to use the Canon EF version for Sony E mount cameras. Currently there has been no announcement for Sony A mount systems. Pre-orders, timelines, cost and more information is on the way so check back soon and check out the details past the break.
Canon is having a rather big day today with the introduction of 3 new cameras. The new Mirrorless EOS M6 will probably be the star of the show bringing the most features to an incredibly small package. Both the Canon T7i and 77D DSLRs offer almost the same feature set with different body styles. Notably absent from these 3 new cameras is 4k video recording which both Sony and Panasonic have been pushing even in their entry lines. Look for these new cameras to begin delivery on March 30th.
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