Our buddy Chris Burkard that we interviewed the other day recently published a video shot entirely with the new Nikon D7100 DSLR. The video is all about surf photography and what it’s like to be so close with the ocean To do it, they used an AquaTech Waterhousings in the surf. When they got onto the beach they used it with the new Nikkor 80-400 F4-5.6 VRII zoom. They also got to play with the 800mm F5.6. He had been playing with the camera since the winter of last year before it was announced. And the result is some beautiful footage that quite obviously puts the GoPro to shame when there is a wide angle attached.
Take a look at the video after the jump. And also be sure to check out our D7100 review.
Because they can, SquareTrade recently created some content where they dropped a Canon T5i and Nikon D5200 in the rain and on the NYC concrete in front of B&H Photo Video’s store in NYC. But don’t worry! They destroyed perfectly good cameras all in the name of science!
The experiment was done to figure out which would suffer less damage in a fall. And at first it seems like Nikon really took the lead. However, the Canon T5i seemed to have just suffered a slight concussion.
It’s worth it to check out the video. But after you do, we encourage you to go hug your camera.
Magic Lantern just made another awesome announcement via their Facebook page. One of their coders has implemented double buffering–which therefore results in less frame tearing. For those not in the know, frame tearing is when artifacts from a previous frame carry over to the next. It can be quite unsightly if you can spot it. However, the company has made great strides since first announcing that they found the CineDNG RAW video codec. Just the other day, they found a way to record the video output.
The footage above is from a 5D Mk II, and the footage looks buttery smooth. Way to go guys!
In the world of the cameraphone, the Nokia Lumia series is trying really hard to take down the iPhone and the likes of Samsung. But in another recent campaign video, the company took the camera out into the wilderness to show off more of its video capabilities. Unfortunately, it experiences lots of jello, fringing and there are loads of artifacts due to the compression.
Now keep in mind though that this doesn’t mean that it’s a bad camera, but it could mean that the video quality isn’t quite up to par although demonstrating some advantages over the iPhone and Samsung’s S3 in a previous video. If you’re going to use it as a still camera though, it will probably still wipe the floor with your point and shoot.
We’re going to try to get a unit in for review as we work more with testing cameras out.
Generally, people often wonder what the world looked like in olden times. We have loads of black and white images, but as we know, the human eye doesn’t (usually) see in black and white. Indeed though, the world was dramatically full of color–and lots of it too. Claude Friese-Greene, a British Cinema Technician, was able to shoot lots of video using a color process that his father was using.
The process was called Biocolour, and started in the 1890s. It was often in conflict with Kinemacolor–another British invention and the first commercialized attempt to introduce color video. By the time he really tried to get it going though, Technicolor was already rapidly growing in the US around 1916.
Either way, the important thing is that Greene was able to show off the olden times in full color.
It’s here, finally! Magic Lantern announced previously that they found a CineDNG RAW Live View output on the Canon 5D Mk II and Mk III. However, they couldn’t record it for more than 10-12 frames per second at 1080p because the buffer was too large. They recently announced though that they figured out a way to do it at 1920 x 820–which is 2.35:1 aka anamorphic native on the 5D Mk III. Of course though, it helps to have a CF card at 1000x speed. Apparently from the post, 720p HD video is no real issue at all–but 1080p is. They can achieve 1928×902 recording for up to 700 frames before it stops; which equates to around just under 30 seconds of footage.
And from the samples that they’ve shown off, they really do seem to have that RED and Black Magic look to them. Unfortunately, after reading through their forums, it doesn’t seem like there is a solution for the Mk II yet. Take a look at two comparison videos after the jump.