But it’s the video that he’s most excited by:
The video quality is "Oh my god" the 1st time you see it play back on a 1080p screen.... blacks are crushed a bit ( picture style fixable ) but that's ok....
Very little noise.... this thing practically sees in the dark.
On the other hand, he bemoans the inability to lock settings, suggesting that if you’re doing multiple takes and want to keep the settings identical, your best bet will be to leave the camera running between takes!
A little more troubling:
If you're planning on smoothing out your shaky footage with "smoothcam" or any other post stabilization you are not going to be happy. The rolling shutter is not obvious in normal shooting, but it will/does create a wobble with smoothcam.
He also found the Auto Gain Control annoying, cranking way up during quiet passages; so your best bet is probably to use external audio recording.
Canon 5D Mark II Unboxing
If you want to see a 5D II out of the box, there’s an unboxing here, though it’s not in English, so you have to guess at some of the images!
They didn’t announce new products, but RED’s “ground breaking” announcement turned out to be lower prices on the recently announced cameras, as well as a trade-in program for RED ONE owners.
That the 3K Scarlet without lens is going to be $2,500 certainly must give those considering a 5D II some pause. The Scarlet will probably be a much better video camera than the 5D II. On the other hand, the 5D II will probably be a better still camera, and it’s available now (if you can actually find one!)