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Differences between the Sony FS7 and FS7 II

Monday, May 8th, 2017

 

Subject

FS7

 

FS7

FS7 II

sony fs7 ii 500

Changed ND filter ND filter with 4 levels Electronic Variable ND filter from ¼ to 1/128
Changed E Mount Standard E mount E mount locking mechanism
Improved Colour space Rec 709 Rec 2020 (same as F5) so get better colours
Added Power LED NA Above the on off switch to show if the camera is on
Thumb Screw on grip arm extension Required a screw driver No screw driver required to control
Assignable User buttons 6 10
Changed Recording card holder Sticks out 4.3mm more for easier removal
Changed big viewfinder loupe One of the two flimsy loupe attachments has been removed. They also added a nice foldable sun hood as an alternative to the loupe when using the LCD in sunlight.
Changed LCD attachment The round rod with a square one, so the LCD doesn’t tilt so easily.

What hasn’t Changed

Super  35 sensor, 4k DCI resolution upto 60fps, internal Slo mo till 180 fps,

Electronic Variable ND filter

While the FS7 has 4 levels of ND, The FS7 II gets the an electronic neutral density filter which is continuously variable from 1/4 to 1/128 strength. It can also be completely disengaged when unneeded and is automatically replaced with a clear glass.

 

The Electronic ND works in 3 ways

1. You can preset the four-position filter wheel to whatever fixed discreet levels of ND you want – in a similar way to the way you can assign values on the gain switch on other models. This allows you to work in much the same way as you would with a conventional ND filter wheel, with rapid ND changes if you need them.

2. Alternatively you can use a thumbwheel to vary the ND continuously, through seven stops of correction. This is essentially a better version of a front mounted variable ND filter, but without the drawbacks.

3. You can use automatic ND for auto exposure without varying f-stop, gain, or shutter speed. The electronic neutral density control doesn’t affect the color the way a regular ND fader filter on the front of a lens does, and it quickly becomes your primary exposure control, allowing you to work at a constant aperture in almost all situations.

E mount locking Mechanism

 

The innovation about the E-Mount Lever Lock mechanism makes it very similar to the PL mount system used in cinema productions: instead of turning the lens you now turn the collar.

 

This helps lock lenses more tightly and is ideal for large camera setups such as when you have a matte box and follow focus setup, as you don’t need to twist the lens.

This mount is ideal for cinema, large lens setups and also when the camera is on a tripod but could be challenging to use single handedly.

 

Tool-less operations

The FS7 II’s “tool-less” mechanical design lets users make on-the-fly changes to the camera’s set-up and operation. For example, no tools are required to adjust the Smart Grip or viewfinder positions

 

Changed Microphone mount

 

The microphone mount is now runs on a 15mm rod, rather than being fixed on the rod as on the FS7. The mount has been modified for better noise isolation from handling. The new mount allows you to use a microphone either on top, or slightly underslung closer to the lens.

 

Changed View finder mount

The viewfinder mount’s front and rear adjustment has been changed from a round rod, to a very slightly longer squared-off tube that will ensure that the viewfinder stays in a horizontal orientation. The earlier circular rod has been provided for users preferring the old one.

 

In the nutshell, a few changes making it primarily useful for feature film makers. Documenatry and smaller film crews will continue to prefer the older version

 

 

GoPro Camera (Hero 4 & Hero 3+)

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…                                                                            Hero 4 Black                                      Hero 3+ Black

Weight/weight with housing                     88g/152g                                             74g/136g

Video mode /Max frame rate                   4K / 30fps                                          4K / 15 fps
…                                                                          2.7K / 50 fps                                     2.7 K / 30 fps
…                                                                         1440p / 80 fps                                   1440p / 48fps
…                                                                         1080p / 120 fps                                1080p / 60 fps
…                                                                         960p / 120 fps                                   960p / 100 fps
…                                                                         720p / 120fps                                    720p /120fps

High Bitrate (H.264)                                   60Mb/s                                                 45 Mb/s

Protune                                                            Video + Photo                                    Video

High Light Tag                                               Available                                               -

Wifi                                                                      Available                                             Available

Bluetooth                                                        Available                                               -

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony FS 7 vs Canon C300 mark II – comparison

Monday, July 11th, 2016

FS7         Canonmark2

 

Internal specs  FS7  Canon C300 mii
Sensor Super 35mm Super 35mm
Resolution  4k  4k
Slow mo  180 @ 1080  120 @ 2k CROP
ISO sensitivity  2000  800
Dynamic range  14 stops  15 stops
Record format XAVC   10 bit XF AVC    10 bit

The cameras almost have similar specs but the C300 mark II costs twice as much!

Internationally it seems to have fallen behind the Sony FS7 though its has some advantages over the FS7

C300 mark II records 10 bit 4K in 4:2:2 at 410 Mbps per second.

The FS7 shoots 4K at 10 bit  in 4:2:2 at 240 Mbps.

So C300 is better for green screen work

The C300 Mark II has extra internal ND filters.

The C300 Mark II also has an additional stop of dynamic range.

FS7 is 14 stops.

FS7 records 60 fps at 4k & 180 fps at 1080 & so does C300 mark ii but the C300 does that with a cropped sensor !

You can get superb images from both cameras, so which is best for you is basically going to come down to the needs of your production and the budget.

 

 

 

 

Comparison between Sony A7R II & Canon 5DSR

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Key Features Comparison

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Sony Alpha A7R II Canon EOS 5DS R
Sensor 42.4mp BSI FF CMOS 50mp FF CMOS
Image stabilisation YES NO
ISO range 50-102400 50-12800
Video spec 4K video FullHD
Mic / Headphone socket(s) Mic and headphone Mic only
Wi-Fi / NFC Wi-Fi and NFC None
Battery life 340 700

On the whole Both the camera will mainly cater to the still photography market. The 5dsr scores due to wider choice of lensing and higher mega pixels for sharper pictures while the Sony A7RII scored when it comes to low light, Image stabilization & 4k

Nikon D810 advantages over Nikon D800

Monday, June 13th, 2016
Reasons to choose Nikon D810 over Nikon D800

6 advantages

 Max ISO 51.200 vs 25.600 100% higher Max ISO
 LCD Screen Resolution 1.229k dots vs 921k dots 33% higher resolution screen
 Continuous Shooting 5.0 fps vs 4.0 fps 1 fps faster
 Battery Life 1200 shots vs 900 shots 300 more frames with a single charge
 Color Depth 25.7 vs 25.3 higher color depth
 Dynamic Range 14.8 vs 14.4 higher dynamic range

New video features in Nikon D810 include an Auto ISO in M exposure mode, which eliminates the need to adjust the aperture, a highlight-weighted metering option to help prevent blown-out highlights in video, and the addition of zebra stripes to make it easier to spot overexposed areas while filming. A new flat/neutral color profile is also especially handy when shooting video as it gives users maximum flexibility in post-production. The built-in microphone on the D810 is also stereo.

The level of detail and sharpness, the wide dynamic range and rich tonality is far better than the Dnikon D800 and makes it ideal for still and multimedia photographers including landscape, studio, wedding and portrait pros.
Faster autofocus, fast frame rates and image processing, smaller file formats, greater energy efficiency are some advantages. How we wish they had added a 4k option though!