Johnnie Behiri just confirmed that the Canon T4i seems to be Canon’s first HDSLR camera that has a clean hdmi-out feed! Is it usable? That’s an important question. Initial testing was done with an Atomos Ninja 1 and the footage had some issues. The signal is clean, but further testing has to be done to see if the 650D’s signal is actually usable for external recording. Canon & Atomos have been contacted to make sure they can work out any issues here. We’ve seen a similar situation before when the Nikon D800 & Atomos Ninja combination posed some challenges that have now been resolved. A source of the problem could also be the fact that the camera used was a beta model. What does it mean? Up until this day all Canon HDSLR cameras had overlays within the hdmi signal that could not be removed making an external recording impossible. The signal coming from the beta Canon T4i / 650D tested is clean. In theory having a clean signal means that you can record the video feed to an external device like the Atomos Ninja and get a ready to edit, quality encoded Apple ProRes file. The signal from the beta 650D seems to be routed to the hdmi port before it is being compressed. There are definitely less compression artifacts in the footage recorded on the Ninja than in the h.264 internally compressed files. The Canon Rebel T4i / 650D kit with the 18-55 STM lens is still in stock at B&H. If any of you can do further testing please let us know the details.Read more
It’s a big time for HDSLR. The next generation of Nikon and Canon cameras is due to be delivered. The Nikon D800 will arrive tomorrow! Although the Canon 5D mark III is an important camera and has very pleasing technical specs, the Nikon D800 is no less interesting. It is the first serious HDSLR to offer a clean, 4:2:2 hdmi signal that can be recorded with a field recorder for improved image quality. The D800 is also known for its 1,2 crop video mode that provides a sensor crop readout without losing video resolution. It’s not a cheap camera that’s for sure. At $3000 it sits almost at the top end of DSLR photo cameras, but for someone serious about HDSLR the D800 might be a viable option. We have created a Nikon D800 Subforum. As always you can find it in our funky HDSLR forum selector that will save your forum selection for whenever you return to us: The Nikon D800 will start shipping tomorrow March 22nd 2012 here: B&H – $2999.95 Adorama – $2999.95 Europe: (probably shipping 22nd as well, contact the sellers) – around 2900,00€Read more
Everybody’s talking about it: At yesterday’s Nikon press release the Nikon D800 was released and it looks nice for HDSLR: It was a cool surprise when we saw that the new Nikon D4 would have clean hdmi output which means high quality recording with a field recorder like the Atomos Ninja that just received a firmware update. What was uncool about the D4 was its pricetag of $6000 and its unpleasant bulky size. Well here’s the Nikon D800 that apparently offers the same clean hdmi output (4:2:2 8 bit) as the D4 and goes for $3000, available for preorder at B&H.Read more
If you’ve been involved with HDSLR a bit then you know that Nikon hasn’t had a very big piece of the cake. Mainly due to bad compression formats their cameras weren’t used for video that much. With Canon, Sony and Panasonic taking most of the opportunity lately everybody’s wondering if Nikon has any products that can hold up against the competition. Well the yet unannounced Nikon D4 could be hitting the nail on the head. Nikon Rumors posted an article saying that the D4 would have “Uncompressed video out through the HDMI port“. Uncompressed HDMI out would be amazing because in conjunction with a harddisk recorder such as the Ninja it could turn the DSLR into a powerful high quality video camera. Is it true? We’ll see when the camera is announced. According to Nikon Rumors the “(…) rating on those specs is 90% which means this is the real deal with maybe some small details being wrong possibly due to wrong translation.” via nikonrumors, via canonrumors, thanks PaulRead more
There’s a rumor that the Sony A77 offers clean hdmi out. It would be nice because this camera has some important advantages over other hdslrs like no moire, higher framerates and a nice screen. Only the bad compression Sony uses is what really bugs us all, so we would like to record via hdmi to a disk recorder. Unfortunately in the 30 minutes I spent with the Sony rep on the camera menu we couldn’t get rid of the tiny square in the middle of the picture. Maybe there’s a workaround I didn’t find, but taking into consideration that crippling the hdmi outs on these cameras has become a standard procedure I suppose the facts are quite obvious. We had even worse issues with the new Sony NEX-5N. The camera menu is constantly displayed on the right hand side of the feed. It seems like a camera has to be as “shitty” as the Sony HX9v in order to be allowed with clean hdmi out. Find an hdmi grab of this camera I recently posted here. Only the new and yet unreleased Sony VG-20 offers a clean hdmi output. I will post a detailed report and test results in the next days.Read more
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