Posts Tagged ‘HD cameras’

Canon 5D Mark IV – Unconfirmed Specs

Friday, August 19th, 2016


Sensor : 30.4 mp or is it 28 mp

Frame rate : 7 fps

4K at 25/30 fps (120 fps at 2K)

Processor : Digi 6+

Dual Pixel Raw AF

4:2:2 / 500 mbps

So after seeing the success of Sony A7S ii, has Canon fallen back in the race ?

Comparison between Sony A7R II & Canon 5DSR

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Key Features Comparison




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!


Friday, February 12th, 2016

Most Indians have a story to tell. They love watching movies and given a  
chance would love to make movies. The advent of internet video channels made that happen. User generated content on popular channels. Over 100 hours
of videos are uploaded on youtube every minute!

The arrival of video on DSLRs and evolution of mobile phones as great video cameras fulfilled the desire of many Indians. A whole new breed of film makers have emerged. The poor amateur uses mobile phones. The rich amateur uses DSLRs.

Videos are produced for fun, for sharing thoughts or shooting serious work. Video interviews today has emerged as an important tool for CEOs to share their views with their colleagues across the globe. Often the shooting team is inhouse which is often at sea about getting the best out of their limited equipment.

Here are a few tips that may help them make good videos.

Choose a language you think in

Make the film in a language that you have a good grasp over. Choose your actors who are comfortable in that language. If you feel that your language will not be understood by all, use subtitles, it’s easy. One does not need to use English to make a great film.

Avoid ‘Up the nose’ shots How many times have you seen a pack of journalists and cameramen flock towards the exterior courtroom steps on the street to get an interview with some famous, or infamous… probably hundreds. The camcorders used for these news gathering normally include the hand held professional camcorders.

These camcorders being hand-held, the cameramen often make the mistake of holding it at chest height. This results in the up-the-nose look due to the camcorder not being on the ‘eye-level’ of the person being filmed. The slightly lower shooting angle makes the camera lens look up the subject’s nose. This looks amateurish, and just plain bad from a compositional point of view.

Not too many locations
Change of location means shifting and readjusting to the new location. Maximum time is consumed in changing locations. Find locations that offer you the 2 or 3 ‘different looks’ you would need without too much movement.

Script sensibly
Please write the complete script and dialogues that you wish to shoot. Write with practicality.     
Do not include requirements of train stations, five star hotels etc., unless you have access to
them. Most often, you would not have the budget for such sets and using a cheap room
for a five star will never sell. Since too many lights many not be affordable, choose
concepts that can be shot in day light.

Audio is important
Many amateur film makers spend on the camera but when to comes to audio requirements that                                          
choose the camera’s internal mic. The mic records ambient sound i.e. it records the dialogues
but not without recording the surrounding noise. Low budget films tend to rely on dialogues.
It is essential that while one has already compromised on the visual quality and lights, it is
the dialogues that will keep the audience involved. Having a good mic does not cost much but will make the film much more watchable and interesting. It will also save you the cost and time of dubbing.

Plan well – leave nothing to last minute
The cost of production is directly proportional to the time of shooting. If you have               
planned your shoot well, you will finish in good time as well as earn the respect
of your team. Planning well means, make the script and dialogues in advance.
Choose an appropriate crew and cast early. Choose a team that is comfortable
with you and the script. Send the script to them, in advance, for preparations and inputs
List your requirements of equipments, props etc and book them in advance.
Break down your script as per the locations and natural light requirements.
Don’t use too many funny angles. Remember, you are here to tell a story.
Keep the requirements to the minimum. Leave nothing for last minute because even after all your planning, we promise, you will be still have last minute hiccups.

The first edit can be done on a PC at home. Free softwares can be downloaded                 
on your PC. If you are not comfortable with the idea then try to choose an editor
who has an editing machine at home. Most editing softwares have basic titling
and graphics available.

Go with a complete list of your chronology of shots to your editor. If you are not
prepared you won’t even realise the huge bill you will run up.

To prepare the sequence of shots, you may go through the shot material and list out your chronology on paper.

Add a soundtrack. This is really optional but your film may seem empty without                                          
some music. Go prepared with the type of music you would like as background.
There is enough free music available online. After the edit is done choose the music
that would go with your film.

Now prepare your subtitles if required.

Sony a7s (Mirrorless) : Our Take

Monday, February 1st, 2016

sony a7s

Experts Speak
Full Frame & Super 35
Internal recording 2K @ 50mbps
with Slog 2.
Phenomenal Low Light capability
Small & Light Weight
Wide Dynamic Range – more than 15 stops
Wireless transmission to smart phone option

Please note
Being mirrorless, the sensor is exposed. Needs careful
handling & regular cleaning.

A7S produces amazing videos with it’s special features
of auto focus, high ISO, zebra exposure features, peaking,
it is light & compact. The controls for video are simple,
shutter, f-stop and ISO all are separate on top of the

The camera is really catching on for
Wedding & Documentary Shoots.