While Canon is busy locking down its video product line with no 4K options in its DSLRs and spotty support for clean HDMI-output, Sony is throwing the kitchen sink into its cameras with each release cycle.
The latest evidence of Sony’s bold digital imaging market moves is in the new A7R II, which sports a 42.4MP full frame image sensor with internal 4K video capture using the Sony XAVC-S codec at 100Mbps. While this is solid performance for a camera as small as the A7R II, Sony leaves room for users to go a little more professional by enabling uncompressed HDMI output of the sensor’s 4K signal. [Read more…]
The Canon EOS C300 Mark II is due out in September. The above short film, Trick Shot, is the first film shot on the new C300 Mark II and it is made available on YouTube in full 4K resolution. You may have to click over to YouTube if you have a 4K display and watch to want it at full resolution.
The short was directed by Evan Kaufmann and shot by cinematographer Gale Tattersall, who you might recall also made headlines after he shot an episode of House M.D. entirely with the Canon 5D Mark II.
Canon XC10 Key Features
- 1″ CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 5 Processor
- UltraHD 4K at 29.97/23.98p
- H.264 Recording in MXF Wrapper
- Up to 305 Mbps 4K / 50 Mbps HD Recording
- SDHC/SDXC and CFast Card Slots
- HDMI Output – Supports 4K Monitoring
- 10x Zoom / 8.9 to 89mm Focal Length
- f/2.8 to 5.6 Aperture Range
- 100 to 20,000 ISO Range
- Ergonomic Tilting Hand Grip
My first impression was that it was much lighter and plastic-feeling than I was expecting. While it is bigger than a Canon Rebel DSLR, the feel of the material and build very much reminds me of what a Rebel feels like. [Read more…]