It’s official. The Canon EOS 7D was just announced at the Canon event at Photokina. The new addition to the Canon DSLR family FINALLY does 1080p at 60 fps, something only Canon buyers of the flagship EOS 1DC have had a their dispense. The Dual Pixel CMOS allows AF in Video mode and benefits in live view when switching between subjects and, in combination with Canon’s Custom Movie Servo predictive AF, when tracking moving subjects. ISO sensitivity in video mode parallels stills mode to 16000 and video, as well as stills, can be recorded to both SD and Compact Flash cards in the dual card slot. Also an applauded new feature for timelapsers out there: The EOS 7D Mark2 interval timer takes from 1 to 99 shots at preselected intervals. Not sure if 99 is the cap on the interval, but we’ll find out soon. For action sports photography friends out there, the EOS 7D Mk2 has 65 AF points at shoots at 10fps. Here is Mark Horsburgh from Queensland, NZ testing its photo and video features. Specs so far: 20.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Clear View II LCD Monitor Full HD 1080p/60 Video & Movie Servo AF Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Live View 65-Point All Cross-Type AF System Native ISO 16000, Extended to ISO 51200 Continuous 10 fps Shooting Magnesium Alloy Body Construction Built-In GPS Receiver & Digital Compass The will be a lot of questions surrounding the image quality and codecs options over the 5D mark3 and other Canon DSLRs. Other companies have since advanced from 1080 h.264, offering sharper and more robust images, often at 4K. My instinct suggests the answer to these questions, but we’ll wait for the roll out of further info and test imagery for know for sure.Read more
The price of the EOS-M has dropped several times this year. Now that the much more expensive Sony a7 has proven to have its flaws it might be a good time to consider the most affordable HDSLR again: Now it’s at $299 including the 18-55mm kit lens. That’s a really nice deal considering that it’s basically a Canon T4i/650DRead more
One could certainly argue about which DSLRs are best for video, but it’s a fact that these three are the most popular and still valid choices in 2013. This makes today’s big discount on these cameras at B&H a very welcome one. These after cart checkout deals will show up once you start the payment process. [UPDATE]: B&H has now also added a deal for the Canon EOS 6D. The 6D has some aliasing issues but does have a large sensor just like the 5D if that look is what you’re into: (Note: The offers end on October 26th)Read more
Magic Lantern development with the Canon 7D has now advanced to raw video, bringing it up to date and with other precessing Canon DSLRs. The current maximum resolution for raw bursts is 1736 x 1156, falling a little shy of full HD. But it is capable of sustaining write speeds of 91MB/s. Which is above the minimum requirement for continuous 1080 24p, which comes in a 83MB/s.Read more
As announced by Canon earlier this year the new firmware for your Canon EOS 7D is here. The Canon 7D was released in fall 2009. Canon told us they are very proud about this camera and the technical internals which is also why its technology has been reused in so many of their later HDSLR’s and why it now gets its dedicated update. The firmware 2.0.X is a substantial firmware update that also affects movie recording. It gives us manual audio controls.Read more
Have you seen PART 1 of Zacuto’s Camera Shootout 2012? If you haven’t go here. If you have, you’re probably eager to find out which camera was which in their scientific and philosophic comparison between the most important up to date small and big digital film cameras. If you’re serious about being a cinematographer you shouldn’t miss this series. It’s free to watch on Zacuto’s page. They just released the second part, continuing an in-depth look at today’s most important tools for cinematography ranging from the Sony F65 down to the iPhone 4S. Just like last year a professional team of cinematographers compared the cameras in a controlled studio environment, later presented the results to filmmakers in the form of a digital cinema projection and eventually made a documentary about the whole thing which gives you a great scope of opinions and thoughts on the matter. This year they added some life to the test by allowing the shooting teams to alter the light setup to perfectly fit each camera’s needs which I think is a very cool approach to show what each camera is really capable of. Because as we know each camera’s strength also depends on what people make out of it. Here’s part 2: LINK Cameras used: Arri Alexa, Canon C300, Canon 7D, Panasonic GH2, Sony F3, Sony F65, iPhone 4S, RED EpicRead more
Zacuto presents its much anticipated Camera Shootout 2012. A both scientific and philosophic comparison between the most important up to date small and big digital film cameras. If you’re serious about being a cinematographer you shouldn’t miss this series. It’s free to watch on Zacuto’s page. Here’s part 1: LINK Excerpt from the site: We’ve got a lot to prove in Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012. Some of it will surprise you, some of it will shock you, and some of it will change the way you work forever. Let’s make this clear: This is not the shootout you’re expecting. Watch last year’s shootout series here. Cameras used: Arri Alexa, Canon C300, Canon 7D, Panasonic GH2, Sony F3, Sony F65, iPhone 4S, RED Epic So what letter was your favorite camera? Have you written down your rankings?Read more
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