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
A video review of the new roller, which can hold a huge amount of gear with some creative division of compartments
Do you like bags? Of course, you like bags. You’re a photographer; these seem to go hand-in-hand! The problem with bags is that you need *the right one* for every occasion, such as when you need to carry a lot of gear on a plane, but don’t want to have to check it. Airline bag restrictions are tight, and if your bag is an inch oversized, it could... 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
Comparing the design and capabilities of the external video recorders
One fun thing about working on The Camera Store TV is it gives us the chance to help explain some of the tools and techniques that often intimidate shooters. External video recorders are a great example of this. It seems everyone knows that using one can give you better video quality, but I see so many videographers confused about when to use one, and... Read more
With the Lustra 50, PRL has figured out LEDs so photographers and videographers don’t have to
Last week in Seattle, on Tuesday, when I was writing about dreariness (I called it dreeping), it was three times darker than the solar eclipse. THREE TIMES, and that reminded me to share with you how I’m getting street shots, even on the darkest days.
It’s the Lustra 50 light, and what you need to know is that PRL has figured out affordable high-quality... 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
To have this much capacity at this speed, with dock functions and without breaking the bank, it’s easy to be excited about storage
I like storage. I really do. Most of the projects I work on are shot in 4K and beyond, so storage is important. It doesn’t help that directors don’t have much incentive to say “cut” as they might have done when they shot on film. A recent project tied up nearly 18 terabytes of storage during finishing.
I’m always on the lookout for more storage.... Read more