We get hands on with the Panasonic FZ2000, a compact bridge camera with great video functions. It’s the first of its kind with a 1 inch sensor, built in ND filters and 4K DCI recording on a super zoom lens. We talked to Mark Baber from Panasonic, who explained a little more about the camera. Also, make sure to check out the footage we recorded directly on the Panasonic FZ2000. The Panasonic FZ2000 was one of the many announcements by the Japanese manufacturer at Photokina 2016. It has a 20MP 1 inch CMOS sensor with a zoom range of 28-480mm at f/2.8 – 4.5. It shoots 4K video internally in both DCI and UHD resolutions, which is a feature many filmmakers will be pleased about. Although it has a fixed lens, the FZ2000 has built-in ND filters (a feature usually exclusive to video and cinema cameras) which means a shallow depth of field at wide apertures can be used even in bright sunlight. It can also output 4K 24p in 10bit 4:2:2 via HDMI to external recorders like the Atomos Shogun Inferno, giving greater colour depth. The inclusion of 10bit in both this camera and the GH5 is pushing the boundaries of mirrorless and DSLR technology, meaning other camera manufacturers will now need to keep up. Both CINELIKE D and CINELIKE V picture profiles are included in camera, with the V-Log L picture profile to be available as a paid upgrade, ideal for grading in post production. At wider angles, the 5-way optical and digital stabilization works very well to compensate shake and movement. This of course struggles to keep up at the telephoto end. For many video shooters using a DSLR or mirrorless camera, this combination of features in a small camera body is a very good reason for not buying a video or cinema camera. The fixed lens can be seen as a downside, but the zoom range and wide aperture (even at f/4.5) gives a shallow depth of fiend on the larger 1 inch sensor. Here are the detailed specs of the Panasonic FZ2000: 1 inch 20MP sensor 4K DCI at 24p @ 100mbps 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/24/25/29.97p @ 100mbps. HD recording in 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94p @ 200mbps (All-I), 100mbps (IPB). 1.7x crop in 4K 10bit 4:2:2 4K via HDMI output. 8bit 4:2:0 4K internal recording to SD card. High bitrates of 200mpbs in MP4 and MOV formats. Flat profiles (CINELIKE D/CINELIKE V) included. V-Log L profile to be available as a paid upgrade. ND filter stops – 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 and auto. 5-way optical and digital stabilization Fixed 24-480mm f/2.8 – 4.5 lens Internal focus and zoom lens elements. ISO sensitivity of 125 to 12800, expandable to 25600. Mini-jack microphone input. EVF and touchscreen display like the GH4. The Panasonic FZ2000 is available to pre-order from B&H now. What do you think of this camera? Could it be the next addition to your kit bag?Read more
There was a time when we laughed at the thought of DSLR cameras shooting professional video and challenging 35mm film. That time has passed. But today it seems we’re getting closer to the next shock, when mobile phones come into play. Here is a side by side video between the new OnePlus One phone and the Canon 5D mark III. Notice how well the phone reproduces the scene and how clean the image is, very much on-par with the 5D mark III, or even better. Furthermore the image of the OnePlus One video is a lot sharper than the 5D mark III, that is due to the fact that it records in 4K resolution and can on top of that shoot 120fps in 720p. With the right accessories maybe this phone could even become a GoPro replacement. Certainly one must point out that the phone’s sensor is a lot smaller than the one on the 5D mark III which both affects lowlight capabilities as well as limiting the depth-of-field to be very large, meaning there will not be any natural soft background which cinematographers love to use. The above video gives only a partial insight to what the phone can achieve as a video camera, limited to wide shots under perfect lighting conditions. It seems to cost $299 as the 16GB version which seems fairly affordable, both as a phone as well as a 4K pocket video camera. We can be curious to see where all this is going with the iPhone 6 announcement around the corner that is said to have an even better camera and rumors of lens mounting options. This is the first phone by startup company OnePlus. “One” is currently only available through an invite system. www.oneplus.net The videos were shot by filmmaker Giacomo Mantovani who says: The reason of this comparison is exclusively to discover how good is the OnePlus One camera in ideal light conditions, compared to a professional DSLR, nothing less nothing more. I wouldn’t use a phone for professional shooting, but for sure this is an incredible device for all filmmakers that want to be able to shoot something great on the go, when they don’t have their professional equipment in the bag.Read more
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