Above is a cityscape timelapse video from Dominic Boudreault. He shot it with a Canon 5D Mark II from late 2010 to early 2011 with locations including Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, New York and Chicago. Fullscreen the HD version and turn up the volume.
Philip Bloom has put together a handy little real-world comparison of the latest “big-chip” camcorders. If you’ve been wondering how this evolution from the HDSLR boom has been going, this is a pretty informative video that mixes in footage from the Sony FS100, Sony F3, Panasonic AF100 and the Canon 5D Mark II.
Check it out below. [Read more…]
Carl from Digital SLR Shooter put together the above comparison video between the new Rode Videomic Pro and the original Rode Videomic. I’m pretty impressed with the difference the +20db gain setting makes on noise for the new mic. Thanks for sharing your test Carl. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to try one out for myself soon.
There’s a new beta version of the Magic Lantern firmware that ups the 5D Mark II‘s bit rate up to a maximum of 76Mbps, although 66Mbps is the best sustainable bit rate in 24p mode. In order to keep the buffer clear at such a high bit rate, you’ll definitely need a fast CF card.
The Focus 35 Rotation 360 Skater Dolly is a compact dolly designed for use with HDSLRs and prosumer camcorders. It is based on a 1/4″ aluminum plate with axles on the front and rear and 4 ball-bearing wheels. It’s almost like a baby skateboard – hence the “Skater Dolly” name. [Read more…]
First up, I’ve got a more in-depth overview of the Sony NEX-VG10 over at Tech Tilt.
And second, I just wanted to point out that the location product shots of the NEX-VG10 appear to have been captured with a Sony A850 and Zeiss lenses. I realize that’s not quite as juicy as a 5D Mark II on Sony’s set (and I’m sure this will generate the obligatory “who cares” comment), but I figured I’d give Sony a bit of credit where credit is due.
Eric Austin has cooked up the above contraption, which is an electric, radio-controlled helicopter with a Canon 7D mounted on it. With his HeliVideo he’s providing his commercial clients with unique still and video shots.
DIY Photography has a nice little Q&A session with Eric if you want to read more about it.
Switronix, maker of a variety of video accessories for HDDSLRs, has introduced the Powerbase 70, which will be on display at NAB 2010. The Powerbase 70 is a dedicated accessory for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D and provides up to 6x runtime thanks to its 14.8v battery pack.
More details in the press release below.