Although it is not a HDSLR, it does fall into the large sensor cinema category. The Panasonic AF100 looks like it will be a very good tool for cinema work.Used in conjunction with the Hot Rod Cameras micro four-thirds to PL mount adapter . It will take PL mount lenses and that opens the door for a bevy of options. The AF100 has all the standard features that a HD camcorder should have with a relatively decent price point. I do not think it is going to kill HDSLR’s any time soon.
**We tried to shoot a comparison test with the Canon 5D mark II and were denied. We were told that the Codec on the AF100 was still in the process of completion and was not available for the test.
We tried our ass off to get a good shot of the Varavon viewfinder. It was just too hard at the expo. However, it has some killer attributes for both stills and motion. The viewfinder is rock solid but a little bulky for my taste. It does work very well in bright light conditions as both a hood and viewfinder for the LCD on the back of the camera. The top viewfinder image is smallish but will let you see the image in tight situations. The Varavon is a cool innovation on an existing product for sure.
Philip Bloom got his hands on the new Panasonic AF 100. I must admit that this camera is looking very promising as a great film making tool. It should be compatible with most lenses via some type of adapter. Philip will be testing this camera for a few days. Here is a quick low light test at 3200 ISO. Here is a rip from his site.
“I will do as much testing as I can, unfortunately the timing is not ideal as I have a shoot tomorrow so I won’t get a chance to do anything with it. But first impressions are good. I have shot a little footage at 3200 ISO and it looks pretty damn good! Great to have features on the camera that I miss SOOOOO much on my DSLRs.
Great to have a 4 setting ND filter wheel. Great to have a really good quality waveform, XLR inputs, zebras, headphone jack (!), the list goes on and on…stuff I struggle with not having on my DSLRs.
First thing I did, despite my hideous jet lag was a quick and dirty low light test. In the devastation that used to be my kitchen I set the camera to 3200 ISO, stuck a Leica M mount Voigtlander 50mm 1.1 with Fotodiox adaptor (costs around $900 for the lens, an amazing lens), used a box of matches and a fat cuban cigar (smoking is bad, only lit it for the piece…mostly!)”