Thursday, November 26, 2009

There is much to hate about the Nikon video features! Even though Nikon was the first to bring video to the DSLR market (with the D90), there newest flagship D3s still got the same issues like every previous Nikon Camera; Motion JPEG compression (arghs!), 720p (come on you can do better!), very wobbly rolling-shutter effect (no-go!), 5 minute max clip lengths limit (no go for event shoots), auto ISO (I am not sure if that is still the case with the D3s, but if so, that would also be a no-go!). Those are the reasons why I have never wrote much about the Nikon VDSLRs and why I never considered them for serious video-work.

On the other hand, Nikon got an amazing sensor that can beat everything you know in low light performance (even your own eyes! but maybe not the 1DMK4). Here are some of the very first videos that were taken with the D3s by Vincent Munier and Bill Frakes:

Other sample videos can be found here!
Can't wait to compare this cam with the Canon 1DMK4, but my bet is that the 1DMK4 wins because of much better compression.

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