The firmware update for the Canon 5D Mark III scheduled for April 30 has just been leaked by an unknown source. It enables the camera to output clean HDMI, and according to Canon “HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal”.
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 Paul
These images looks like spy pics but apparently this is an official press release which I got in my mail.
Someone (a collective of “video & cine entusiams”, as they call themselves) underwent the hassle to create an hdmi harddisk recorder, a device that will record hdmi signals from cameras, just like the many others that were announced or came out this year (Atomos Ninja, Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle).
The good thing about these harddisk recorders is that they are mobile. Unfortunately this one seems to be 10 times as big and is 3 times as expensive as its competition. Size and prize, 2 things potential buyers like myself don’t like.
Also the language, the design and the photos on the site don’t make a trustworthy impression on me.
On the other hand it is able to record footage uncompressed and some open source windows formats, like Cineform among others and runs a full copy of Windows. So you could always use it as a mobile desktop computer as well. If you’re into that…
If you want to give this unit a shot (As this seems to be a DIY project among other reasons I strongly recommend you wait for reviews first), this device is said to be available by August.
Cinemartin Press release