I' ve found some vidz from the new AF100;
Update: oh Panasonic just pulled there demo video. Oh well, I can understand why.
and of course a vid from Philip Bloom, who would never miss out an opportunity to put himself to show (is he already selling bed linen with his face on it?) ;-)
I also found an article from the crews.tv folks, where they compared the internal codec with a 100mbit/8 bit AVC-Intra recording via SDI-out.
If you really need to own your own guerrilla gear, here are my thoughts:
Lets compare the Af100 with the 5dmk2;
5d is half the price, the sensor has twice the size of a 4/3, it is apparently superior in low light situations, you get it better throw air port security, and it allows you to shoot discreetly. (oh... and you get a great still camera with it)
The Af100 on the other hand (from what I've heard), has no moiré or rolling shutter problems. It has build in ND's, Zebra, vector-scope and waveform, XLR audio inputs, and it has HD-SDI output. Wonderful!
Panasonic gave us, what I wanted 3 years ago, with some regressions. Come on! The HVX200 at it's time had already DVCproHD @100mbit/sec with 4:2:2 color sampling. This is a much superior codec than this AVCHD crap!
You can get all this bells and whistles that comes with the AF100 for your 5dmk2; You can get a superior EVF from Redrock for about 500 bucks, you can have a superior sound recorder for about 300 bucks (a Zoom for instance), a vary-ND gives you even more freedom then the build in ND's of the Af100. You might end up at the same price point of a Af100, put you will be much more flexible. If you would ever upgrade to a new cam, you would still be able to use all those accessories, and if you don't need it, you will travel cheaper and lite.
The footage we saw on vimeo did not impressed me at all. I still find the skin tones much superior on the 5dmk2. Also the 100bit test record via HD-SDI seams not a huge improvement.
Buttom line is: Handling is one thing, but what it comes down to is the image quality. If I can have superior images on a camera half the price, well then that is what I'll go for.
If I need a better codec, I will wait for the 5dmk3 (it really seams, we'll finally get raw HDMI output on that one) and I would buy myself a Atomos Ninja recorder and I will end up with a great cam, with a good back-up cam about the same price of one AF100.
But let's face it, whoever needs top of the line camera-gear for best handling and image quality, should not buy. He should rent the right tool for the right project. For example, if pure image quality is your goal, you might just want to go with the new Alexa (a real camera) and a nice set of digi-primes! (I like!)
just my thoughts...
Friday, October 22, 2010