There is some good news. The high ISO is stunning on this camera. 40,000 ISO (forty thousand!!!) looks great and even 409,600 (yep, that many zeros) looks somewhat useable (at least through the 4K HDMI output before compression). The body is small with a good EVF and solid controls. It even has a clever way to attach XLR inputs. The only flaw I could find with this “video optimized” camera was discovered by chance...when I accidentally kicked the tripod.Andrew Reid offers his thoughts:
Sony A7S rolling shutter test | EOSHD
Even in 1080p XAVC-S mode on the A7S the sensor is still scanning every line and every pixel so the rolling shutter is likely to be the same in that mode. It will be interesting to see if it improves between 24p and 60p modes though, but I was hoping that 4K 24p would not suffer from quite some much wobble.
Netflix begins 4K streams | CNET
Netflix's 4K streams are only viewable on 2014 4K TVs that include a built-in H.265/HEVC decoder. That includes most of the major-brand 4K sets announced at CES, the earliest of which are starting to ship now.
G-Men Media, video collaboration,redefined and real time [PDF] | Adobe
G-Men Media first tested Adobe Anywhere on shorter productions, and then used it to edit a featurefilm. The studio is able to integrate with its existing technology infrastructure to enable an entirely new,more productive workflow. Overhead is also lower using Adobe Anywhere because the studio spendsless money on travel and overnight shipping services for sharing files.
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 SAMPLE PHOTOS from Sony NEX5N | Dark Shape
I was lucky enough to test the brand new Samyang 12mm f/2.0 wide angle lens for Sony NEX. This lens is so compact!The lens is for APS-C sensor cameras, and is available for pre-order under the Rokinon badge at B & H in a number of mounts including Sony E-mount, Micro Four Thirds and Canon EF-M for $399
News Shooter did a great job of covering news at NAB, and you should really check out their coverage, but here are some high-lights:
NAB 2014 LIVE SHOW REPLAY: DEFY BRUSHLESS GIMBALS
Defy have been making a big name for themselves since first showing a prototype handheld brushless gimbal at NAB last year. One of the first companies into that market they have brought three models out that vary in price and payload capacity. We talk to Drew Janes about their range and the latest innovations they are bringing to their products.
NAB 2014 LIVE SHOW REPLAY: WHY DIFFUSION FOR YOUR 4K IMAGE? INTERVIEW WITH TIFFEN’S CAREY DUFFY
Can a 4K or HD image be too sharp and unflattering to your subject? Carey Duffy from Tiffen filters thinks so and he has the evidence to back it up. The filter company have been working on a video so show the effects of various diffusion filters on the image.
NAB 2014: IMPROVED SONY XLR AUDIO JACKPACK FOR A7S
Our Newsshooter reporter Chuck Fadely managed to spot something at the Sony booth under glass that many Alpha series video shooters will surely be looking for – a smaller version of Sony’s existing XLR-K1M audio jackpack that mounts directly on top of the camera, instead of on a separate hotshot on a cord.
NAB 2014: TOKINA HYDROPHILIC RAIN DISPERSION FILTERS NEARS PRODUCTION
According to Tokina’s reps at NAB their new rain dispersion filters are almost ready to go on sale. We first reported on them back at IBC in Amsterdam last year and since then the company have made a screw-in version of the filter which they were showing. It looked like a finished product and should come in a range of sizes.
Sunset shoot with Freefly Cinema MoVi M5 and SmallHD Monitor, Canon 5D Mark II. No post stabilization was done... all shots done handheld with MoVi M5.
Healbe Hustle: The full story of how a failed Russian cake shop owner humiliated Indiegogo and took “the crowd” for over $1m | Pando Daily
For the past three weeks, I’ve been reporting on a company called Healbe and their Indiegogo campaign for a seemingly-miraculous calorie counting wristband, the GoBe. I’ve shared with Pando readers each new scientific red flag, each new comical statement from the company’s CEO, each new piece of bluster from their PR flacks, and each inexplicable head-in-the-sand response by Indiegogo.