Camera manufacturer Pentax (now Ricoh Imaging) has been rather quiet in terms of video functionality on their DSLR’s. With the new Pentax K-3 that brings a lot of innovation to the stills side the movie recording side has received some promising improvements as well. cinema5D took the Pentax K-3 for a spin and has some insights on its video capabilities.
Recently, Canon announced the availability of the long-awaited 25p 4K firmware for its filmmaking-focused DSLR, the Canon 1DC (watch my Canon 1DC review video here and our comparison to the Sony F55 here). So far, the camera was only able to record 24p in 4K, basically making it irrelevant for any TV production in Europe and other PAL countries around the world (which rely on 25p/50i workflows and broadcasting).
This makes the camera a whole lot more interesting to filmmakers and production companies in said countries. However, if you think you can download the firmware update and install it yourself, you are mistaken: Canon requires you to hand your 1DC over to a Canon-certified service center to perform the upgrade.
The Panasonic GH2 has gotten a lot of attention since the firmware hack that was achieved about 2 months ago and brings important improvements to an already great camera.
Apparently Panasonic is in full battle mode to join the camera wars for the next generation of large sensor cameras.
Here’s what product developer Mr. Uetmasu from Panasonic Japan has to say (ephotozine):
A firmware update may be coming for the GH2 to add support for 25p, and additional improvements in video abilities. If there are features you want adding, contact Panasonic and let them know. They are aware of the work the “hackers” are doing and are impressed with their work, but that they (Panasonic) need to test everything / confirm there are no problems before rolling out updates. The GH3 is not due imminently, as the GH2 is still extremely popular, but that there is a high end GF series camera in the works.
A little more than a year ago Panasonics video dslr the GH1 was hacked. It was an amazing breakthrough that made a barely useful hdslr a real 5D competitor. Many people claimed the hacked GH1 would even outmatch the 5D mark ii in terms of picture quality.
The GH2 was released in October 2010 as a successor to the GH1 and has some very convincing advantages in terms of image quality over Canon’s lineup. Compared to the 60D and 7D, the GH2 has virtually no moire, less rolling shutter and even delivers a sharper picture in some occasions.