Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Sony a7III vs Fuji X-T4 vs Nikon Z6: IBIS and Video Comparison
YouTuber Max Yuryev recently went out on the streets of New York with the Sony a7 III, Nikon Z6, and the brand new Fuji X-T4 to compare the video quality and—of particular interest to stills shooters—the IBIS performance of all three cameras side-by-side.
It’s really worth watching the comparison in its entirety above, especially if you have a 4K display and can crank the video’s resolution for the video comparison, but even without that it’s immediately obvious that Fujifilm did a lot of things right with this new flagship.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Would You Buy an Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark III Instead of a Sony a7 III?
The launch of the new Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark III has reminded the world that micro four-thirds is not dead, and right now, it’s almost exactly the same price as the Sony a7 III. If you were in the market, which would you buy?
Over on B&H Photo right now, there’s a dollar difference in price between these two cameras, though if you opt for the Olympus, you are buying a camera with a much, much longer name. That said, in a world when full-frame offers so much, why would you ever want the smaller sensor? This entertaining video from Vistek makes a compelling case for the Olympus, and clearly it’s a tool that definitely fits well under certain circumstances.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better
The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market?
GearComments Off on Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Announced – Ultra-Wide-Angle AF Lens with Manual Aperture Ring
Mens is a new ultra-wide-angle fast full-frame E-Mount lens. It features a compact design with clickless/clicked manual aperture ring, customizable button, 67mm front filter thread, and dust- and moisture-resistant body. It will be available in March 2020 for around €1,100.
Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens. Image credit: Jakub Han / cinema5D
Sony has had a line of full-frame cameras for a long time with the Alpha series. Last year, they announced the Sony FX9 full-frame cinema camera. Naturally, they want to provide their customers with a wide range of native Sony E-mount lenses to take full use of the autofocus capabilities of their full-frame cameras.
GearComments Off on Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro Announced – New Generation CineAlta Phones with 5G
Sony has just announced their new flagship smartphone – the Xperia 1 II. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G connectivity, and the 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display. The phone has three 12MP rear-facing cameras (16mm, 24mm, and 70mm) and many useful functions for photographers and filmmakers. Sony has further announced the development of a new Sony Xperia Pro for professionals. Lastly, they have announced the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 II.
The Xperia 1 II (Mark II) is Sony’s new flagship smartphone. It will feature the Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity, a 4.000mAh battery with wireless charging, and USB Type-C connector. It comes with IP65/68 water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides.
When it comes to memory, the phone has 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage and it supports microSDXC memory cards with up to 1TB capacity. Good thing is that, unlike most competitors, Sony decided to keep the 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also features two front-facing stereo speakers. The dimensions of the phone are 6.5″ × 2.8″ × 0.3″ and it weighs 6.4oz.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on The Three Main Advantages of Sony Cameras Over Fujifilm
Last year, Usman Dawood of Sonder Creative decided to switch systems from Sony to Fujifilm for both his stills and video work, but he didn’t end up doing it. In this video, he shares the three main reasons why the switch never happened—in other words: the three “major” advantages of Sony cameras over Fuji.
The point of this video, says Dawood, is not to trash on Fujifilm or turn people off from the system. His goal is to inspire change in a company he respects a great deal.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Sony Axes Mirrorless Camera Features Due to Parts Shortage: Report
Sony has reportedly canceled features that were set to be released in an upcoming mirrorless camera due to a scarcity of parts that its other businesses are competing for.
In an article titled “Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts,” Bloomberg reports that there isn’t enough flash memory to go around between Sony’s video game, smartphone, and camera products.
“The company’s biggest headache is ensuring a reliable supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory, with both in high demand as smartphone makers gear up for fifth-generation devices, according to people familiar with Sony’s operations,” Bloomberg states.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on Yongnuo and Venus Optics Officially Join the Micro Four Thirds Standard
The 12-year-old Micro Four Thirds standard just got a nice third-party boost today. In a joint release, Olympus and Panasonic announced that three new companies were officially joining the group: Yongnuo, Venus Optics, and a B2B company called Mediaedge.
Mediaedge isn’t terribly relevant for photographers, but both Yongnuo and Venus Optics have released Micro Four Thirds compatible products before.
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on The Affordable 21mm f/1.5 for Leica M and Mirrorless: A Quick Review
Cheap lenses are getting better, faster, and more interesting these days. So, how’s this wide angle for Leica M mounts?
The TTArtisan (not 7artisan though as Burling says in the video, they share a factory…) 21mm f/1.5 is for Leica M mounts and can be adapted for other mirrorless bodies. It’s only a few hundred dollars brand new, it’s wide, it’s fast, and it’s just another entry in to the recent spate of affordable manual focus lenses. But are they any good?
GearComments Off on Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Announced – Impressive Stabilization and Photo Features
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a new 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds camera with an impressive image stabilization system that compensates up to 7.5 shutter speed stops when paired with a compatible stabilized lens. There are many professional photographic features such as 50MP handheld High Res shot and Live ND. The improved autofocus works for video as well. The camera records only H.264 8-bit 4:2:0 video internally up at to DCI 4K 24fps.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Source: Olympus
Along with Panasonic, Olympus has been a proud propagator of the Micro Four Thirds system for years. Panasonic, who lately invested a lot into their full-frame L-mount LUMIX ecosystem, has been known for a more video-centric approach to their cameras. Olympus, on the other hand, mostly offered better features for photographers. With the recent announcement of the new Olympus camera from their OM-D line, it seems to continue this trend, although there are some minor improvements in the video capabilities as well.
Gear, NewsComments Off on This Week’s Top Deals for Filmmakers – Sony a7 III, Canon M6, LUMIX S1, S1H, GH5, and G9, Sachtler Tripod and More
There are a couple of new, interesting deals for filmmakers available. We have selected the best offers of filmmaking gear from our partners’ online shops for this week – including Sony a7 III, Canon M6, Panasonic LUMIX S1, S1H, GH5, and G9 cameras, Sachtler tripod, SSD, HDD and more.
I went through the current deals on our partners’ websites and have selected the best offers currently available, which I think could be interesting for you. First, there are B&H offers listed for our readers based in North and South America, and then there are a couple of deals from our European partner CVP. By shopping at our partners’ stores, you are supporting cinema5D through our buy links, as we get a small affiliate commission when a purchase is completed.
During the third X Summit in London, FUJIFILM announced the development of the FUJIFILM X-T4. Otherwise, there is currently no information at all about this new camera. Also, the new FUJIFILM X100V, a camera designed mainly for photographers, was launched. Finally, for filmmakers, three new lenses for GFX and X-Mount cameras were announced. Let’s take a closer look at it!
FUJIFILM X Summit 2020
FUJIFILM is one of those Japanese camera manufacturers who takes the video capabilities of their mirrorless camera seriously. As such, we have decided to share with the community their X Summit meeting happening in London, live.
A year ago, almost to the date, the 1st. X Summit was held in Dubai, and that is where past GFX medium format camera concept ideas, along with a working prototype of their GFX 100 were shown. Since then, lots of water has flown in the Thames river. The successful GFX 100 is already shipping (watch our two parts documentary on how this camera is being made by clicking here and here). Additionally, as promised during this X summit, the FUJIFILM X-T3 is continuously being updated with new firmware, adding features and improvements to our camera of the year 2019.
Gear, Mirrorless, NewsComments Off on Fujifilm Announces the X100V: Major Upgrades to the Beloved Camera
The Fujifilm X100 line is a favorite of many photographers, and today, the company has announced the X100V, the fifth iteration. It comes with some significant upgrades over the X100F; check out what the camera has in store!
I’ve always loved the X100 line; I owned an X100S for several years, and it was probably the most fun (particularly the unique viewfinder) I’ve had with a camera. Over time, the X100 has gone from quirky but capable camera to quite the portable powerhouse. Check out the specs of the new X100V:
Enhanced grip, ISO dial, and lens barrel
Optional weather resistance with AR-X100 adapter ring and PRF-49 protection filter
New two-way tilting touchscreen (1.62 million dots)
Newly designed 23mm f/2 lens (35mm equivalent)
26.1-megapixel X-Trans 4 sensor with back-illuminated design for increased dynamic range
Four-stop internal ND filter
Hybrid viewfinder offering .52x OVF or 3.69-million-dot OLED EVF
95% coverage OVF with parallax-correcting frame lines and electronic rangefinder function
4K video at 30 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps
Weight: 16.9 oz (478 g) including battery and SD card
Altogether, the X100V looks like a worthy fifth installment in the X100 series. What do you think of it?
Gear, MirrorlessComments Off on The Nikon D6 Is Likely on Its Way Soon Along With Two New Mirrorless Lenses
The Canon 1D X Mark III was recently released with some truly astounding specs, most notably a 20 fps burst rate with the mechanical shutter and 5.5K raw video at 60 fps. Now, attention is turning toward the Nikon camp, as the company prepares to announce the D6, the next iteration of their flagship DSLR.
GearComments Off on Canon EOS-1D X Mark III – First Look
BSC Expo 2020 in London, and our team had a chance to catch up with Barry from Canon to talk about the brand’s newest flagship camera: the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. Let’s take a closer look at it!
The newly announced Canon 1D X III. Photo credit: cinema5D
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III – Features
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III was announced at the beginning of January 2020 during CES 2020. If you’re new to Canon’s latest flagship DSLR camera, here is a quick sum-up of all its features:
The magnesium alloy body houses a Full-Frame 20.1MP CMOS sensor.
With the new DIGIX X processor, the camera is capable of capturing photos at 16 frames per second and 20 frames per second in LiveView mode.
You can shoot videos in 5.5K (5,472 x 2,286) up to 60fps in RAW 12-bit with no crop.
4K DCI up to 60fps in 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log using an H.265 / HEVC codec. There is a slight crop in 4K DCI mode, around 256 pixels on each side.
For slow-motion and B-roll lovers, you can record at up to 120 frames per second in FullHD 1080P.
The 1D X Mark III uses CFExpress cards to store your media, and they are two slots for redundancy purposes. Also, you can set the camera to use the first memory slot to record your RAW footage and the second memory slot to store Proxy media.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s sensor is not stabilized. There is a Movie Digital IS to compensate a bit by cropping in the image.
New AF sensor that covers 90% of the image sensor. Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology is still there, but it doesn’t work in 4K 50P/60P uncropped modes and 5.5K RAW 60P video shooting modes.
Peaking and focus guides are available in video modes.
There is a headphone jack, 3.5mm mini-jack input, and micro HDMI port. You can record externally through the micro HDMI port of the camera in 4K 4:2:2 10bit but you can’t record RAW externally.
GearComments Off on Moment Variable ND Filters for Cameras and DJI Mavic 2 Pro
Moment, the company specialized in mobile filmmaking, has just introduced two new products: the Moment Variable ND filters for cameras, and a version for DJI Mavic 2 Pro drones. This offer from Moment is their introduction to the “traditional” camera accessories market. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Moment Variable ND Filters for Cameras
A couple of months, Moment released their first ND and CPL filters for smartphones. Today, the team at Moment is back with a combination of the two pieces of glasses, but for cameras. Indeed, they just introduced two sets of variable ND filters for DSLR/Mirrorless and cameras that accept screw-in filters in general.
GearComments Off on Canon to Release ‘EOS R5’ with 45MP Sensor, IBIS, and 8K Video: Report
After 24 hours of back-and-forth, unconfirmed leaks, Canon Rumors is reporting with high confidence that Canon is working on a camera called the EOS R5 with a 45MP sensor, in-body image stabilization, up to 20fps electronic burst, and an insane 8K/30p video mode.
It’s been a confusing week if you’ve been keeping up with the Canon rumor mill. An initial set of specs for the so-called EOS R5 (marked low-confidence) was widely discussed and even mocked, but over the past 24 hours, Canon Rumors seems to have received some sort of confirmation that much of the information is, in their words, “bang on.”
GearComments Off on A Review of the Panasonic S1’s After 10 Months
The Panasonic S1 is a nicely balanced stills and video camera that brings with it quite a few top-shelf features all packaged in a rugged, versatile, and well-designed body. This great video takes a look at how the camera has held up after using it for almost a year.
Action cams, GearComments Off on Insta360 Unveils the One R Modular Action Cam ‘Co-Engineered’ with Leica
Insta360 has just revealed the (painfully) teased Insta360 One R “adaptive” action camera. The modular creation was co-engineered with Leica, and features a “unique interchangeable lens design” that lets you swap between modules for standard 4K, 360° video, 5.3K with a 1-inch sensor, and more.
It’s hard to see the Insta360 One R as anything other than a more versatile version of the GoPro Hero 8. While GoPro is showing off their Media Mods with attachable mics and lights at CES 2020, Insta360 just released an even more versatile creation that combines a “core” processing unit with a bunch of very useful modules.
“The concept is simple — one battery, one processor and a selection of quick-swapping lens Mods,” explains Insta360. “In an instant, ONE R transforms from a dual-lens 360 shooter to a standard action cam.”
Here’s the One R intro video just released by Insta360: