Category: Cameras

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Sony, NEX-FS100 at IFA 2011 (with a 50p sample)

Posted by Charbax – September 6, 2011

This is a new semi-professional HD camcorder from Sony with a lot of manual features and controls on it, with 2 XLR audio inputs, a full HDMI output and many other features as well as being compatible with the Alpha lenses, offering some slow motion recording modes and more.

The NEX-FS100UK is an interchangeable lens camcorder featuring a Super 35mm sensor equivalent in size to Super35mm film cameras ( same as PMW-F3), and a Sony E-Mount 18 to 200mm zoom lens. Developed specifically as a digital motion camcorder, it captures fine detail and image texture with image fidelity, low noise and wide exposure latitude. Find more info at http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-broadcastcameras/cat-nxcam/product-NEXFS100UK/

Here's a sample file recorded with the Sony NEX-FS100 at 50p: Watch on YouTube Download on Google Docs

JVC GC-PX10 Falconbrid 1080/50p 36mbitps camera

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2011

JVC releases this new Falconbrid powered interesting new camera design, it can shoot 50 frames per second at 8.3 megapixels for 130 frames, or 50fps progressive 1080p at 24mbitps and 36mbitps, there is also a 720p at 50 frames per second mode. This camera is going to be released later this month in Europe for 799€.

You can download some samples recorded with this camera in the links below (consider that the camera hardware and software used to shoot these samples may not be completely finalized although they are planning to release this camera later this month):
Download Samples on Google Docs (includes the 1080p 50fps at 24mbitps and 36mbitps, the 720p 50fps, a full quality picture and a 130 frames 8.3 megapixel fast picture taking series)

Panasonic Z10000 at IFA 2011 (with samples)

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2011

Panasonic releases this new semi-professional camcorder in November for around 3500€. It has this 3D lense and records at 1080p at up to 50 frames per second and with a 50mbitps bitrate. You can download some samples recorded with this camcorder here:

1080p 50fps 3D: On YouTube, Download the Sample On Google Docs
1080p 50fps 2D: On YouTube, Download the Sample On Google Docs
1080p 25fps 2D: On YouTube, Download the Sample On Google Docs

Panasonic HX-WA10 and Panasonic HX-DC10

Posted by Charbax – September 4, 2011

Panasonic bought Sanyo about a year ago, while it takes them several months to get all things coordinated within this acquisition, here are the first couple of Sanyo-style camcorders released by Panasonic in the HX-DC10 and the waterproof version in HX-WA10. Hopefully very soon Panasonic will also release the successor to the Sanyo HD2000 form factor with better quality, optics, low light, microphone options, perhaps even some built-in YouTube upload feature.

Samsung NX200 camera, 20.3Megapixels APS-C sensor, interchangeable lenses

Posted by Charbax – September 1, 2011

Samsung releases their new slim mirror-less DSLR-alternative of a photo camera with interchangeable lenses and a bunch of new camera UI features.

Samsung Multiview MV800 camera with fold-out screen and touch screen functions

Posted by Charbax – September 1, 2011

This is Samsung's new Multiview MV800 has a fold-out 3" AMOLED screen, takes pictures, and provides a bunch of picture modes that can be accessed through the Home screen menu on the touch screen on this camera.

3D capture and playback on the ST-Ericsson U8500 platform

Posted by Charbax – February 19, 2011

ST-Ericsson U8500 can capture 720p 3D at 30fps and 1080p 2D at 30fps. Here's a demo of the 3D effect captured using 2 cameras and displayed on a 3D HDTV.

Canon HF M41

Posted by Charbax – January 18, 2011

This is Canon's new mid range consumer camcorder series that includes HF M41, HF M40, and HF M400 camcorders.

You can watch sample video recorded with this camera here:
24mbitps@1080p:

Download sample video file on Google Docs (100MB for 36 seconds)

12mbitps@1080p:

Download sample video file on Google Docs (33MB for 23 seconds)

Canon Vixia HF G10 Sample recordings

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2011

As I am considering the new 2011 camcorder Series from Panasonic/Canon/Sony/Nikon for upgrading to higher quality 1080p video-blogging, I thought I would test the qualities of the newest $1500 Canon Vixia HF G10 series camcorder by recording samples onto my own SD card and post them here on YouTube and include the full download of the original sample video file for your analysis.

The picture quality on Canon Vixia HF G10 should basically be the same as on the $500 more expensive Canon XA10, that nearly only ads XLR audio inputs, so if I find out I might want to upgrade my audio recordings to XLR, I might go with that.

The Canon Vixia HF G10 sensor is 1/3 of an inch in size and has a pixel count of 2.07 megapixels, which corresponds exactly to a 1920 × 1080 resolution. Canon’s theory is that by having a sensor that matches to Full HD resolution, the video image will benefit overall. (read more infos on camcorderinfo.com) Canon uses their new DIGIC DV3 Processor which hopefully thus provides good compression quality even when filming at 12mbitps or lower bitrates for easier uploads.

No in-camera cut and join editing? No 720p modes? No 60p mode? No overlay graphics integration (such as transparent png file with my logo at bottom right corner of videos)? No built-in Bluetooth mics and sound mixer (Canon says they got an external Bluetooth microphone option, though may not support more than one Bluetooth microphone at the time)? No built-in fast WiFi and Ethernet YouTube uploads? I would like a good in-camera compressor to make high quality at low manageable bitrates to upload HD on YouTube without requiring PC re-encoding, without it taking too long especially at conferences where there is slow upload speed. Those are features I would like in my next camera, but I still may do without if quality can be much improved over the Sanyo HD1000 that I have been using for all my video-blogging since March 2008. Do you think I should upgrade my video-blogging to this camera or do you have another suggestion for what new camera I should consider?

24mbitps@1080p@24p Sample:

Download sample on Google Docs (96MB for 34 seconds)

12mbitps@1080p@24p Sample:

Download sample on Google Docs (52MB for 35 seconds, this is probably the quality I would record my video-blogging in for it not to take too long to upload to YouTube)

Panasonic HDC-HS900 Sample recordings

Posted by Charbax – January 14, 2011

As I am considering the new 2011 camcorder Series from Panasonic/Canon/Sony as my new video-blogging camcorder, I thought I would test the qualities of the newest Panasonic HS900 series camcorder by recording samples onto my own SD card and post them here on YouTube and include the full download of the original sample video file for your analysis.

The Panasonic HDC-HC900 comes with same 3MOS three 1/4.1-inch CMOS sensors as last year-s HDC-HS700 series, but now includes a better processor called Crystal Engine PRO. Panasonic claims this new processor reduces noise by 45%, and should produce better images in low-light conditions. (read more infos on camcorderinfo.com)

No in-camera cut and join editing? No 720p modes? No 24p mode? No overlay graphics integration (such as transparent png file with my logo at bottom right corner of videos)? No built-in Bluetooth mics and sound mixer? No built-in fast WiFi and Ethernet YouTube uploads? I would like a good in-camera compressor to make high quality at low manageable bitrates to upload HD on YouTube without requiring PC re-encoding, without it taking too long especially at conferences where there is slow upload speed. Those are features I would like in my next camera, but I still may do without if quality can be much improved over the Sanyo HD1000 that I have been using for all my video-blogging since March 2008. Do you think I should upgrade my video-blogging to this camera or do you have another suggestion for what new camera I should consider?

Sample at 1080p@60fps@24mbitps: Download original sample file on Google Docs (108MB for 38 seconds)

Sample at 8mbitps HX mode: Download original sample file on Google Docs (31MB for 30 seconds)
Watch that sample on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE1tMrzvjxs

Sample at 6mbitps HC mode: Download original sample file on Google Docs (24MB for 31 seconds)
Watch that sample on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTCf8XHc_UQ