With the ability to capture High Dynamic Range and High Speed Motion, the new 4K camcorders are the best in their class
By David Schloss
Significant technological changes are sweeping through the cinema and broadcast video markets, driven by the ever-increasing consumer demand for high-quality video content and a range of improvements in the delivery and playback of that content.
The HDTV sets that flooded the market in the early 2000s were sold on the promise of more precise, better-looking... Read more
Which is the better Micro Four Thirds camera… the video-centric Panasonic LUMIX GH5 or the photo-centric LUMIX G9?
Two Camera Directions
The LUMIX GH5 is Panasonic’s flagship camera, which now sits alongside the G9 and the GH5S. Last week I compared to the GH5S, and now it’s time to compare the more video-centric GH5 to the more photo-centric G9. Which is the better camera? Actually, the real question is… which is the better camera for you? Both are exciting... Read more
Testing the video quality on this compact, versatile, APS-C travel camera
The Canon G1X Mark III is a compact, affordable APS-C travel camera, and a great all-around in-your-pocket compact camera. While the G1X Mark III is limited to 1080p, the quality of the video is quite good, as shown on this video, featuring footage from Hawaii, Brighton, and beyond.
For a full review of the Canon G1X Mark III, see the comprehensive... Read more
Sony's trio of PXW-790V, HXR-NX80, and FDR-AX700 bring best-in-class autofocus to the professional and consumer shooter
The advances in digital video technology over the last decade are nothing short of astounding.
Today’s consumer and professional video cameras have a level of resolution, dynamic range and color fidelity that, just a few short years ago, would have been available only to the upper echelon of Hollywood productions.
One area that has lagged behind... Read more
RED’s WEAPON 6K boasts amazing specs, but what’s it like to work with?
Text & Photography By Dan Brockett
I’ve always been impressed with the RED cinema cameras. It seems as if I’m in good company, with an impressive number of recent and upcoming film and TV projects being shot with RED cameras, as well—you know, productions like Stranger Things 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Transformers: The Last Knight and Logan Lucky. All you have to do is... Read more
Stepping into the wayback machine, I can recall the excitement I felt when I finally bought my first digital cinema camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Canon didn’t intend to start the DSLR revolution, but that’s what ended up happening. While I had owned many film and digital video cameras, I had never dreamed that a low-light-sensitive, large-imager,... Read more
For creatives who require top-notch photo quality and high-end video capability in the same body, this is the best option out there
When it was first released, I was so impressed by the photo and video quality of the Sony a7R II that I was willing to look past an enormous list of inconveniences in order to shoot with it. Battery life was terrible, the single card slot was slow, the menu, impenetrable, and the controls were imprecise. Despite that, the a7R II was a clear sign to... Read more
Making spectacular images—“tiny planets”—with the mini-drone
You’ve seen them before, those really cool images dubbed “tiny planets,” where your immediate surroundings are wrapped around a sphere into an impossibly small “planet” hovering in the sky! Typically produced by 360˚ cameras, they now can be generated by drones—specifically, the DJI Spark. I had an absolute blast this week flying the drone... Read more
With the release of firmware update 2.1, it seems like the right time for a detailed report on the 20.3-megapixel mirrorless camera that shoots 4K video
I’ve been a huge fan of the Panasonic GH mirrorless camera series almost as long as I’ve been producing TCSTV. As someone who regularly jumps between stills and video capture, yet focuses on video professionally, the concept of a capable stills camera that is optimized for high-end video production has always appealed me. I’ve used the GH3 and... Read more
With the usability and image quality the D850 can provide video shooters and Nikon’s intent to deliver a pro mirrorless camera, videographers and cinematographers finally have a great reason to hang on to their Nikkor lenses
I’ve always been a huge fan of Nikon’s DSLRs for photography, but as far as using them for video capture is concerned, calling myself ambivalent would be generous. I’ve tried several times to shoot TCSTV episodes with Nikon cameras, but I’ve always come away frustrated with their operation and underwhelmed by the final image. With that background,... Read more
With video quality increasing, today’s action cameras are finding their place in productions
Editor’s Note: This piece first appeared in our May/June issue and reflects the products available at the time of publication. The recent big introductions in this market include the GoPro HERO6 Black and Sony RX0 cameras.
GoPro HERO6 Black
When Felix Baumgartner stepped off of a floating platform at the edge of space in 2012, seven GoPro cameras... Read more
This marvel of miniaturization features a 1-inch sensor, and combined with the speed of the Sony a9, you can easily fill an SD card and get your shot
It was just about a year ago that I reviewed the Sony RX10 Mark III for another publication. I was impressed then and even more impressed now. That’s because this update adds the a9 image processing to a compact body already chock full of Sony’s tech.
If you consider the camera for more than the specs and where it sits in the marketplace, it’s... Read more