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Title: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: etto72 on January 06, 2012, 05:50:30 AM
While its hard to say which of the cameras is a better still photography tool,it s quiet evident that Nikon took the lead on the HD side:
-Uncompressed HDMI output: By using the camera’s HDMI port instead of the CF or XQD card, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera
-Full-time AF - In addition to manual focus, four modes are available, including normal, wide area, face detection and subject tracking, which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view.
-Multi-area Mode Full HD Video: FX/DX, and 2.7x crop mode at 1080p video modes - Whether shooting for depth of field in FX format mode, or looking for the extra 1.5X telephoto benefits of DX mode, the high resolution sensor of the D4 allows videographers to retain full 1080P HD resolution no matter what mode they choose. With the 2.7x crop, users can experience ultra-telephoto benefits in full HD resolution all at 16:9 aspect ratio
On paper this represents a real leap forward in Dslr movie making: Expanding possibility for experienced cinematographer but also helping still photographer(weddings,ceremony,journalist etc.) shooting movie on the fly without getting stacked with manual focus issues
Is Canon going to retouch the 1DX movie capability before releasing the camera?
I really hope so!!
Cheers
Ettore
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Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: D.Sim on January 06, 2012, 07:24:29 AM
On paper, on paper... I'd rather wait for the real things to come out before we judge which one got it right...

Either way, dSLRs are first and foremost for stills, I'd rather they get the stills right rather than the movie mode. That one is just an added benefit imo, and I'd be way happier if Canon didn't "strike back" here, but came back arms swinging on the stills side - more accurate (and faster) AF (especially in low light), good ISO performance, sharper images...

Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Gothmoth on January 06, 2012, 07:45:45 AM
i would really really like to see numbers how many pros who buy a 1D X or D4 want/need that video stuff in their cameras.

i have a lot of customers (newspaper, sport, studio) who buy the latest flagship the day it comes out. but from what they told me... the majority is not interested in video functions.

sure i can only speak for myself and my experience not for the whole market.
thats why i really love to see such survey results.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: wickidwombat on January 06, 2012, 07:53:46 AM
On paper, on paper... I'd rather wait for the real things to come out before we judge which one got it right...

Either way, dSLRs are first and foremost for stills, I'd rather they get the stills right rather than the movie mode. That one is just an added benefit imo, and I'd be way happier if Canon didn't "strike back" here, but came back arms swinging on the stills side - more accurate (and faster) AF (especially in low light), good ISO performance, sharper images...

agreed. however they are so close that both canon and nikon shooters who have so much invested in glass that they wont be switching brands
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: JR on January 06, 2012, 08:35:37 AM
On paper, on paper... I'd rather wait for the real things to come out before we judge which one got it right...

Either way, dSLRs are first and foremost for stills, I'd rather they get the stills right rather than the movie mode. That one is just an added benefit imo, and I'd be way happier if Canon didn't "strike back" here, but came back arms swinging on the stills side - more accurate (and faster) AF (especially in low light), good ISO performance, sharper images...

agreed. however they are so close that both canon and nikon shooters who have so much invested in glass that they wont be switching brands

+1.  They are so close indeed!  However for me i would have loved so much to see the same af capability in video mode from canon.  Will be interesting to see if canon dies anything about it.  Again i would. Ot switch for this, but would be nice.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: vuilang on January 06, 2012, 08:35:53 AM
i would really really like to see numbers how many pros who buy a 1D X or D4 want/need that video stuff in their cameras.

i have a lot of customers (newspaper, sport, studio) who buy the latest flagship the day it comes out. but from what they told me... the majority is not interested in video functions.

sure i can only speak for myself and my experience not for the whole market.
thats why i really love to see such survey results.
I do.
I would jump over to nikon D4 if Canon doesnt have a dslr (preferrably 5d3) with AF in video mode.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Orion on January 06, 2012, 09:05:10 AM
While its hard to say which of the cameras is a better still photography tool,it s quiet evident that Nikon took the lead on the HD side . . . . .

Hey the people that buy a DSLR especially for movie making will get the Cine dslr that Canon is making, that has stills as secondary offerring. It just makes MORE sense that way. People can decide on a particular Canon camera for thier speciic needs. Right now it is kinda silly to have all these Hollywood directors using a 5DmkII in place of their normal video cameras, when the 5DmkII is mainly a stills camera . . . would it not be better for Canon then, to release a Cine DSLR that has stills as a secondary feature ;)

nevermind 1Dx v D4. wait for the Cine dlsr from canon with secondary stills option. They need to stop bowing down to stills photographers that crave RED ONE video capabilities from their stills camera, you know.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Maui5150 on January 06, 2012, 09:27:09 AM
When it comes down to it, even though I have had my 5D MK II for a month, have not shot one second of video.

Now my T2i is quite different.  I have had that for about 14 months and have maybe 25 minutes total video...
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: jbl55 on January 06, 2012, 10:05:08 AM
You guys are to conservative. Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome.

Listen... It is plain and simple to see that DSLR's are 'NOT' simply for stills.

I will also state that, with Nikon coming out with such an amazing camera (which is weird for me to say considering I am a canon fanboy) it shows that DSLR's are for multimedia purposes.

THINK ABOUT IT... Nikon more than Canon has focused on Still only photography. For so long they have ignored Movie mode, but the importance of it could just not be ignored. The photography world is not driven by simple pictures that look great anymore. It's about show reels, blogging, vlogging, and getting your name out there and a lot of that requires Video as well as stills. Photography will not survive on its own in this changing age so grow up. Nikon did, so why dont you all.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: sb on January 06, 2012, 10:26:11 AM

On paper this represents a real leap forward in Dslr movie making: Expanding possibility for experienced cinematographer but also helping still photographer(weddings,ceremony,journalist etc.) shooting movie on the fly without getting stacked with manual focus issues


Cinematographers generally don't care about auto-focus with video, because it's a lot like using "auto" exposure mode on your SLR - you're completely giving up creative control. Sometimes you want to go in and out of focus on purpose, or perhaps you want a scene to be completely defocused. But most importantly, there is a lot of beauty that comes from the particular way you transition from "out of focus" to "in focus". You make that visual decision and this simply cannot be automated to look the way you want it to look.





Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: sb on January 06, 2012, 10:51:53 AM
Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome.


LOL this made me laugh so hard :-) I'm guessing you're talking about wedding photogs, because I can't visualize too many retro hipsters shooting wildlife in Siberia or covering the Olympics :-)
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Canon-F1 on January 06, 2012, 10:57:17 AM
You guys are to conservative. Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome......
Photography will not survive on its own in this changing age so grow up. Nikon did, so why dont you all.

your average 17 year old, who spends 6 hours a day on facebook has not the money to buy a D4 or 1D X.
it´s pros who buy this camera not some blogger or youtube nerd with no job and too much time.

how many timelaps videos can you watch before it gets boring?

you can´t frame or hang a video on your wall.. video is for youtube. stupid little clips for people with too much time.
it will never have the same impact as a good photograph.

canon splits the cinema and still cameras and that´s a good thing.

i hope the next STILL cameras will see more improvements for STILLS.

and you sure don´t need AF as cinematographer.... so this whole thing makes not much sense beside a bigger featurelist.

Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: thepancakeman on January 06, 2012, 11:10:09 AM
Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome.


LOL this made me laugh so hard :-) I'm guessing you're talking about wedding photogs, because I can't visualize too many retro hipsters shooting wildlife in Siberia or covering the Olympics :-)

I love still photography.  I love taking pictures that look good as poster size prints.  But I am not everybody else.  And for better or worse, the world is changing.  People don't have photo albums they have flickr pages and facebook.  They don't read books, they wait for the movie.  They think a quality MP3 player is the pinacle of audio fidelity.  And people want video with their SLRs.  The times they are a-changin', and if we don't adapt with them....well I think I can sum it up like this:  Kodak.   :-\
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: macrodust on January 06, 2012, 11:11:13 AM
While I agree that autofocus is probably not on the top of the wish list for professional cinematographers, uncompressed HDMI output does sound like something that could win some video guys over to the Nikon camp.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on January 06, 2012, 12:09:33 PM
Here is a sample D4 video, pretty impressive shallow DOF stuff.  Nice tracking shots too!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nZZMIo7Zfys

The C300 has an HDMI out, so why can't it pump out raw?
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: iTasneem on January 06, 2012, 01:01:31 PM
You guys are to conservative. Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome......
Photography will not survive on its own in this changing age so grow up. Nikon did, so why dont you all.

your average 17 year old, who spends 6 hours a day on facebook has not the money to buy a D4 or 1D X.
it´s pros who buy this camera not some blogger or youtube nerd with no job and too much time.

how many timelaps videos can you watch before it gets boring?

you can´t frame or hang a video on your wall.. video is for youtube. stupid little clips for people with too much time.
it will never have the same impact as a good photograph.

canon splits the cinema and still cameras and that´s a good thing.

i hope the next STILL cameras will see more improvements for STILLS.

and you sure don´t need AF as cinematographer.... so this whole thing makes not much sense beside a bigger featurelist.

OUCH!!
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: ssrdd on January 06, 2012, 01:23:43 PM
i don't care if 1dx doest shoot stills, but it should have a better video capability.
still are old school.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: VerbalAlchemy on January 06, 2012, 01:46:32 PM
Perhaps there should be a moratorium on the "but video is really secondary and I could do without it" talk, at least in threads with video-centric titles. This perspective has been voiced (with few points that elaborate on the base idea but many that demonstrate biased thinking) so often as to be implicit. The world knows some of you could care less about video, that you're all about stills. The argument now goes without saying.

The original poster is clearly interested in video, and anyone could see as much from the thread's title alone. Nonetheless, his original talking points have been only indirectly acknowledged. I don't understand why the anti-video perspectives hijack so many threads. It's not like pushing the "we don't care about video" agenda in the CR forums is going to dramatically sway Canon's thinking, especially since most of the arguments rely on anecdotal experience or emotional reasoning. Moreover, it's not like improvements in stills AND video are mutually exclusive. Allowing a "what do you think of this video feature" thread to evolve without anti-video interference will NOT change Canon's thinking. If there's some evidence that Canon's stills technology is lagging because the company has redirected too much R&D to video, then perhaps there's a valid gripe-- but I don't often see this sort of argument. I also doubt that it's the case.

Is the HDSLR video revolution a little played out? Given the surplus of shallow DOF fetish videos and time lapse movies on YouTube, sure. But this doesn't invalidate the entire enterprise so much as attest to an age-old truth: better tools won't necessarily make an unimaginative person more creative. But the technology is used in innovative and engaging ways by many, including some for whom traditional camcorders would be inadequate and non-DSLR large-sensor video cameras prohibitively expensive. Plus, some people actually prefer (notwithstanding "limitations" that require elaborate rigging) the DSLR form factor for video-- something the DSLR-inspired design of the C300 demonstrates. In short, video is here to stay. If someone has a more substantial criticism than "SLRs are supposed to be for STILLS, darn it," that's one thing. But a lot of the commentary fails to evolve beyond this (not altogether cogent) idea.

As for the OP's original point, I think Canon will have to reassess the clean HDMI output-- but if they weren't convinced the C300 required it, I'm skeptical that this move by Nikon will force Canon's hand. That said, the fact that the EOS division has to negotiate a bit with Canon's broadcast division seems to give Nikon some relative flexibility, at least for the present. That latitude could allow Nikon to aggressively pursue some things that Canon has been sheepish about. I'm still uncertain about Canon's likely response, though. In certain ways, the C300 is less impressive on paper (at least for the price) than the FS100, let alone the F3 or Scarlet. The reviews, however, have suggested that Cinema EOS is a pretty impressive new system, it's lowly 8-bit codec notwithstanding. If Canon is similarly confident that 1DX vs. D4 tests will bear out the merits of their product, then I doubt they'll change anything for now. The photographers at whom these cameras are targeted won't buy cameras based on specs alone, since virtually all of them will have glass investments to consider and enough experience to know that press releases don't translate into the best product.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: pedro on January 06, 2012, 03:38:02 PM
You guys are to conservative. Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome......
Photography will not survive on its own in this changing age so grow up. Nikon did, so why dont you all.

your average 17 year old, who spends 6 hours a day on facebook has not the money to buy a D4 or 1D X.
it´s pros who buy this camera not some blogger or youtube nerd with no job and too much time.

how many timelaps videos can you watch before it gets boring?

you can´t frame or hang a video on your wall.. video is for youtube. stupid little clips for people with too much time.
it will never have the same impact as a good photograph.

canon splits the cinema and still cameras and that´s a good thing.

i hope the next STILL cameras will see more improvements for STILLS.

and you sure don´t need AF as cinematographer.... so this whole thing makes not much sense beside a bigger featurelist.
+1 I also hope for a more STILL oriented camera. 5D3. Hope it's not the videoking. Hope it's going to be a still oriented as posted earlier by CRguy. A 1Dx-ish 5D3 would rock quite a bit. May the "C" labeled body get the MP and whatever they like put into it, or the mystic 3D.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: wickidwombat on January 06, 2012, 06:01:10 PM
Perhaps there should be a moratorium on the "but video is really secondary and I could do without it" talk, at least in threads with video-centric titles. This perspective has been voiced (with few points that elaborate on the base idea but many that demonstrate biased thinking) so often as to be implicit. The world knows some of you could care less about video, that you're all about stills. The argument now goes without saying.

The original poster is clearly interested in video, and anyone could see as much from the thread's title alone. Nonetheless, his original talking points have been only indirectly acknowledged. I don't understand why the anti-video perspectives hijack so many threads. It's not like pushing the "we don't care about video" agenda in the CR forums is going to dramatically sway Canon's thinking, especially since most of the arguments rely on anecdotal experience or emotional reasoning. Moreover, it's not like improvements in stills AND video are mutually exclusive. Allowing a "what do you think of this video feature" thread to evolve without anti-video interference will NOT change Canon's thinking. If there's some evidence that Canon's stills technology is lagging because the company has redirected too much R&D to video, then perhaps there's a valid gripe-- but I don't often see this sort of argument. I also doubt that it's the case.

Is the HDSLR video revolution a little played out? Given the surplus of shallow DOF fetish videos and time lapse movies on YouTube, sure. But this doesn't invalidate the entire enterprise so much as attest to an age-old truth: better tools won't necessarily make an unimaginative person more creative. But the technology is used in innovative and engaging ways by many, including some for whom traditional camcorders would be inadequate and non-DSLR large-sensor video cameras prohibitively expensive. Plus, some people actually prefer (notwithstanding "limitations" that require elaborate rigging) the DSLR form factor for video-- something the DSLR-inspired design of the C300 demonstrates. In short, video is here to stay. If someone has a more substantial criticism than "SLRs are supposed to be for STILLS, darn it," that's one thing. But a lot of the commentary fails to evolve beyond this (not altogether cogent) idea.

As for the OP's original point, I think Canon will have to reassess the clean HDMI output-- but if they weren't convinced the C300 required it, I'm skeptical that this move by Nikon will force Canon's hand. That said, the fact that the EOS division has to negotiate a bit with Canon's broadcast division seems to give Nikon some relative flexibility, at least for the present. That latitude could allow Nikon to aggressively pursue some things that Canon has been sheepish about. I'm still uncertain about Canon's likely response, though. In certain ways, the C300 is less impressive on paper (at least for the price) than the FS100, let alone the F3 or Scarlet. The reviews, however, have suggested that Cinema EOS is a pretty impressive new system, it's lowly 8-bit codec notwithstanding. If Canon is similarly confident that 1DX vs. D4 tests will bear out the merits of their product, then I doubt they'll change anything for now. The photographers at whom these cameras are targeted won't buy cameras based on specs alone, since virtually all of them will have glass investments to consider and enough experience to know that press releases don't translate into the best product.
very well said.

What it all boils down to is business decisions and personally i feel canon have made a few very serious mistakes recently which Nikon have used to their advantage dealing canon a double blow. Perhaps canons mistakes have been born because of the success of the 5D2 which is ironic because it was and still is such a hit camera and bang for buck it is still king despite its faults. I think canon were not prepared for the sales hit the 5D2 would deliver to the uber flagship 1Ds3 and have mistakenly crippled subsequent cameras so as not to canabilise sale further up the chain. Video played a significant part of the popularity of the 5D2 and that is why those users would like to see the next model improve on the things they use, this is perfectly understandable and human nature.

Personally i don't use the video features so its not a consideration in my decision to buy at all, i don't care if the camera has video or not i don't understand all the codec stuff and don't want to but i don't feel the video features take anything away from the functionality of the camera for its still shooting purpose as far as i can tell its all mostly programing stuff that gives it these functions. If they started changing button layouts to suit video over still shooting then i would have a problem but as long as the bodies remain functional and accessible for the primary intended purpose shooting stills then i am happy.

Now Nikon have gone the other way and propogated high end tech into much lower bodies for example a suitable AF system even the low end Nikon Dslrs have an acceptable AF system and everything from the D90 up. well canon don't really have much that can compete if it doesn't have a 1 in its name, (I don't have a 7D but apparently its AF system is not without its quirks too but it seems it is much closer to what it needs to be).

Nikon also don't have a cinema line to try and protect so they can go balls out on video, don't think they sat by and watched the 5D2 take off like a rocket, they want in on that action no doubt and have come back into the ring swinging. I am sure the 5D2 took a lot of potential sales away from Nikon over the years too. Perhaps Nikon execs are spending more time on canon rumors than their canon counterparts  :P

Currently i have alot invested in canon glass, far too much to change back to nikon on a whim and Nikon are not without their faults either. My current cameras work for me although for me the AF on the 5D2 is a real pain
so i am really hoping the successor fixes this. I like everyone else here am waiting anxiously to see if canon step up to the challenge. I am most interested in seeing what happens with a non gripped pro body to compete against the D800. if the put out some crippled wishy washy upgrade then i will have to seriously look at the economics of changing back.

Canon need to look at the success of the 5D2 and try to replicate that success in its replacement not to fear it as it seems they have been. from a business standpoint it makes sense for them to retain the still a video integrated into one body because of the manufacturing savings compared to having seperate niche bodies.

my feelings are they should keep the 5d line where it is affordable feature packed best seller but for gods sake fix the AF.

I really would like to see a non gripped pro body come out at a higher price point with more of the 1Dx in it.

one thing is certain and that is there are interesting times ahead in 2012 :)
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Edwin Herdman on January 06, 2012, 08:59:35 PM
Those are some good features on the part of the D4, but what about the 1D X's full-sensor sampling (to reduce moire)?  Those D4 features won't obviate the need to get a replacement anti-aliasing filter (at best) if it's not binning on par with the 1D X.

Other than that, though, Nikon deserves credit for the new memory card format (assuming it's ready for prime time, but the minimum transfer rate specs look pretty darn good compared to CF) and especially the uncompressed HDMI (I guess lacking that was the cost to Canon of the binning - maybe no CPU horsepower left to do it).

It would be interesting if the decision from each manufacturer was to either trade away uncompressed HDMI output or to forego full-sensor sampling (I would expect one of these would take more CPU time than the other, but wouldn't be surprised if each was CPU intensive enough that it essentially foreclosed implementing the other feature within the CPU and power budget).
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: AG on January 06, 2012, 10:28:32 PM
Cinematographers generally don't care about auto-focus with video, because it's a lot like using "auto" exposure mode on your SLR - you're completely giving up creative control. Sometimes you want to go in and out of focus on purpose, or perhaps you want a scene to be completely defocused. But most importantly, there is a lot of beauty that comes from the particular way you transition from "out of focus" to "in focus". You make that visual decision and this simply cannot be automated to look the way you want it to look.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

When you look at the specs the ONLY thing that i can see that can be classified as a bonus to a cinematographer is the clean HDMI.

And thats only really if you are using the HDMI monitor for focus pulling. Most of the video guys i know still rely on things such as the Z Finder and just use the HDMI for playback on the external monitor.

*Now if Canon can make the HDMI resolution independent to the internal screen and have both "ON" that would be a much better solution.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: AG on January 06, 2012, 10:34:13 PM
Perhaps there should be a moratorium on the "but video is really secondary and I could do without it" talk, at least in threads with video-centric titles. This perspective has been voiced (with few points that elaborate on the base idea but many that demonstrate biased thinking) so often as to be implicit. The world knows some of you could care less about video, that you're all about stills. The argument now goes without saying.

The original poster is clearly interested in video, and anyone could see as much from the thread's title alone. Nonetheless, his original talking points have been only indirectly acknowledged. I don't understand why the anti-video perspectives hijack so many threads. It's not like pushing the "we don't care about video" agenda in the CR forums is going to dramatically sway Canon's thinking, especially since most of the arguments rely on anecdotal experience or emotional reasoning. Moreover, it's not like improvements in stills AND video are mutually exclusive. Allowing a "what do you think of this video feature" thread to evolve without anti-video interference will NOT change Canon's thinking. If there's some evidence that Canon's stills technology is lagging because the company has redirected too much R&D to video, then perhaps there's a valid gripe-- but I don't often see this sort of argument. I also doubt that it's the case.

Is the HDSLR video revolution a little played out? Given the surplus of shallow DOF fetish videos and time lapse movies on YouTube, sure. But this doesn't invalidate the entire enterprise so much as attest to an age-old truth: better tools won't necessarily make an unimaginative person more creative. But the technology is used in innovative and engaging ways by many, including some for whom traditional camcorders would be inadequate and non-DSLR large-sensor video cameras prohibitively expensive. Plus, some people actually prefer (notwithstanding "limitations" that require elaborate rigging) the DSLR form factor for video-- something the DSLR-inspired design of the C300 demonstrates. In short, video is here to stay. If someone has a more substantial criticism than "SLRs are supposed to be for STILLS, darn it," that's one thing. But a lot of the commentary fails to evolve beyond this (not altogether cogent) idea.

As for the OP's original point, I think Canon will have to reassess the clean HDMI output-- but if they weren't convinced the C300 required it, I'm skeptical that this move by Nikon will force Canon's hand. That said, the fact that the EOS division has to negotiate a bit with Canon's broadcast division seems to give Nikon some relative flexibility, at least for the present. That latitude could allow Nikon to aggressively pursue some things that Canon has been sheepish about. I'm still uncertain about Canon's likely response, though. In certain ways, the C300 is less impressive on paper (at least for the price) than the FS100, let alone the F3 or Scarlet. The reviews, however, have suggested that Cinema EOS is a pretty impressive new system, it's lowly 8-bit codec notwithstanding. If Canon is similarly confident that 1DX vs. D4 tests will bear out the merits of their product, then I doubt they'll change anything for now. The photographers at whom these cameras are targeted won't buy cameras based on specs alone, since virtually all of them will have glass investments to consider and enough experience to know that press releases don't translate into the best product.

+1

Well said
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: J. McCabe on January 06, 2012, 11:47:09 PM
Other than that, though, Nikon deserves credit for the new memory card format (assuming it's ready for prime time, but the minimum transfer rate specs look pretty darn good compared to CF) and especially the uncompressed HDMI (I guess lacking that was the cost to Canon of the binning - maybe no CPU horsepower left to do it).

Isn't binning is a rather cheap operation in terms of CPU cycles?
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: M.R.Rafsanjani on January 07, 2012, 07:20:53 AM
To be honest after seeing the D4 feature, I feel wanna switch.

But looking at the positive side and my faith in Canon which generally well known with its movie making capabilities and HDSLR : I think a new (maybe) Cinema EOS DSLR will able beat D4 in term of recording. I knew D4 is great, but Canon can do better.



Just my belief.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: 5D Freak on January 07, 2012, 08:20:14 AM
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I read the D4 video specs and it says 1080i (not 1080p) for uncompressed readout. I'm not a video man, but I think this could be a snag for some.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: JR on January 07, 2012, 09:41:24 AM
To be honest after seeing the D4 feature, I feel wanna switch.

But looking at the positive side and my faith in Canon which generally well known with its movie making capabilities and HDSLR : I think a new (maybe) Cinema EOS DSLR will able beat D4 in term of recording. I knew D4 is great, but Canon can do better.



Just my belief.

I agree the D4 seem like a great machine.  However I still think for still the 1DX will be better (and hopefully match the D4 in high ISO performance).  I dont know enought about video to comment, but I am confident about the still portion!

 8)
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Ryusui on January 07, 2012, 08:31:14 PM
I love still photography.  I love taking pictures that look good as poster size prints.  But I am not everybody else.  And for better or worse, the world is changing.  People don't have photo albums they have flickr pages and facebook.  They don't read books, they wait for the movie.  They think a quality MP3 player is the pinacle of audio fidelity.  And people want video with their SLRs.  The times they are a-changin', and if we don't adapt with them....well I think I can sum it up like this:  Kodak.   :-\
Best post in this thread, IMO.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: M.R.Rafsanjani on January 08, 2012, 02:10:01 AM
To be honest after seeing the D4 feature, I feel wanna switch.

But looking at the positive side and my faith in Canon which generally well known with its movie making capabilities and HDSLR : I think a new (maybe) Cinema EOS DSLR will able beat D4 in term of recording. I knew D4 is great, but Canon can do better.



Just my belief.

I agree the D4 seem like a great machine.  However I still think for still the 1DX will be better (and hopefully match the D4 in high ISO performance).  I dont know enought about video to comment, but I am confident about the still portion!

 8)

I read somewhere (I think NR) D4 might make the videographers change their mind not just because the the HD video recording, but the high ISO performance during the recording <seems some claims that ISO performance in  Canon HD recording still poor, I don't know about this due to lack of exp.>.

What's your opinions guys?
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: traveller on January 08, 2012, 05:38:27 AM
I'm no expert here, but I happen to think that on the video front, the D4's AF abilities will be a greater advantage than all this uncompressed video-out stuff.  Here is my logic: the market for the 1D X's video features is primarily from photojournalists that need a video capable camera for mixed media reporting.  These people are (like myself) less interested in the technicalities of cinematography and more concerned about the ease with which they can shoot a video for consumption on their news outlet's website.  AF in video would be a boon to these people, as it's one less new skill for them learn. 

For the people out there who are looking for a cheap, large sensor video camera for indie movie production, I think that Canon's new video-DSLR will be more tailored to their requirements. 
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: JR on January 08, 2012, 06:25:51 AM
I'm no expert here, but I happen to think that on the video front, the D4's AF abilities will be a greater advantage than all this uncompressed video-out stuff.  Here is my logic: the market for the 1D X's video features is primarily from photojournalists that need a video capable camera for mixed media reporting.  These people are (like myself) less interested in the technicalities of cinematography and more concerned about the ease with which they can shoot a video for consumption on their news outlet's website.  AF in video would be a boon to these people, as it's one less new skill for them learn. 

For the people out there who are looking for a cheap, large sensor video camera for indie movie production, I think that Canon's new video-DSLR will be more tailored to their requirements. 

+1 well said.  I totally agree with you.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: AdamJ on January 09, 2012, 05:54:29 AM
-Full-time AF - In addition to manual focus, four modes are available, including normal, wide area, face detection and subject tracking, which uses fast contrast detect AF to accurately focus while recording video and in live view.

On paper this represents a real leap forward in Dslr movie making: Expanding possibility for experienced cinematographer but also helping still photographer(weddings,ceremony,journalist etc.) shooting movie on the fly without getting stacked with manual focus issues

"Fast contrast detect AF" is surely a contradiction in terms. It might prove to be "less slow" but I feel sure it won't be "fast" by any comparison with phase detect AF. Remember that contrast detect AF cannot focus-track on moving subjects.

If you're expecting Nikon's AF system to lock immediately when panning from one focus distance to another, thereby eliminating the intervening period of non-focus, prepare to be disappointed.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on January 09, 2012, 12:35:12 PM
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I read the D4 video specs and it says 1080i (not 1080p) for uncompressed readout. I'm not a video man, but I think this could be a snag for some.

I think its the separate RGB channels that are interlaced at a higher frame rate. This may be done to reduce motion artifacts.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Window Frame on January 09, 2012, 01:05:17 PM
Knowing Canon, they won't do much.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: ssrdd on January 10, 2012, 03:26:37 AM
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I read the D4 video specs and it says 1080i (not 1080p) for uncompressed readout. I'm not a video man, but I think this could be a snag for some.

I think its the separate RGB channels that are interlaced at a higher frame rate. This may be done to reduce motion artifacts.


Can u pls explain a bit more,? thank u.
1080i won't be giving the same image as 1080p. then whats the advantage we got from D4, i know uncompresses thing, but does really improve the quality over 1080p+H.264?
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: jspiteri on January 10, 2012, 08:03:33 AM
Perhaps there should be a moratorium on the "but video is really secondary and I could do without it" talk, at least in threads with video-centric titles. This perspective has been voiced (with few points that elaborate on the base idea but many that demonstrate biased thinking) so often as to be implicit. The world knows some of you could care less about video, that you're all about stills. The argument now goes without saying.

The original poster is clearly interested in video, and anyone could see as much from the thread's title alone. Nonetheless, his original talking points have been only indirectly acknowledged. I don't understand why the anti-video perspectives hijack so many threads. It's not like pushing the "we don't care about video" agenda in the CR forums is going to dramatically sway Canon's thinking, especially since most of the arguments rely on anecdotal experience or emotional reasoning. Moreover, it's not like improvements in stills AND video are mutually exclusive. Allowing a "what do you think of this video feature" thread to evolve without anti-video interference will NOT change Canon's thinking. If there's some evidence that Canon's stills technology is lagging because the company has redirected too much R&D to video, then perhaps there's a valid gripe-- but I don't often see this sort of argument. I also doubt that it's the case.

Is the HDSLR video revolution a little played out? Given the surplus of shallow DOF fetish videos and time lapse movies on YouTube, sure. But this doesn't invalidate the entire enterprise so much as attest to an age-old truth: better tools won't necessarily make an unimaginative person more creative. But the technology is used in innovative and engaging ways by many, including some for whom traditional camcorders would be inadequate and non-DSLR large-sensor video cameras prohibitively expensive. Plus, some people actually prefer (notwithstanding "limitations" that require elaborate rigging) the DSLR form factor for video-- something the DSLR-inspired design of the C300 demonstrates. In short, video is here to stay. If someone has a more substantial criticism than "SLRs are supposed to be for STILLS, darn it," that's one thing. But a lot of the commentary fails to evolve beyond this (not altogether cogent) idea.

As for the OP's original point, I think Canon will have to reassess the clean HDMI output-- but if they weren't convinced the C300 required it, I'm skeptical that this move by Nikon will force Canon's hand. That said, the fact that the EOS division has to negotiate a bit with Canon's broadcast division seems to give Nikon some relative flexibility, at least for the present. That latitude could allow Nikon to aggressively pursue some things that Canon has been sheepish about. I'm still uncertain about Canon's likely response, though. In certain ways, the C300 is less impressive on paper (at least for the price) than the FS100, let alone the F3 or Scarlet. The reviews, however, have suggested that Cinema EOS is a pretty impressive new system, it's lowly 8-bit codec notwithstanding. If Canon is similarly confident that 1DX vs. D4 tests will bear out the merits of their product, then I doubt they'll change anything for now. The photographers at whom these cameras are targeted won't buy cameras based on specs alone, since virtually all of them will have glass investments to consider and enough experience to know that press releases don't translate into the best product.

Well said.
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: treyconnally on January 10, 2012, 12:25:46 PM
On paper, on paper... I'd rather wait for the real things to come out before we judge which one got it right...

Either way, dSLRs are first and foremost for stills, I'd rather they get the stills right rather than the movie mode. That one is just an added benefit imo, and I'd be way happier if Canon didn't "strike back" here, but came back arms swinging on the stills side - more accurate (and faster) AF (especially in low light), good ISO performance, sharper images...

agreed. however they are so close that both canon and nikon shooters who have so much invested in glass that they wont be switching brands

My thoughts exactly
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on January 10, 2012, 12:53:31 PM
Tell me if I'm wrong, but I read the D4 video specs and it says 1080i (not 1080p) for uncompressed readout. I'm not a video man, but I think this could be a snag for some.

I think its the separate RGB channels that are interlaced at a higher frame rate. This may be done to reduce motion artifacts.

Can u pls explain a bit more,? thank u.
1080i won't be giving the same image as 1080p. then whats the advantage we got from D4, i know uncompresses thing, but does really improve the quality over 1080p+H.264?

Start at the top of page 13. This explains how the canon-c300 uses a faster frame-rate interlaced set to produce 1080p. I presume the D4 will do something similar. 

http://learn.usa.canon.com/app/pdfs/white_papers/EOS_C300_New_35mm_CMOS_Sensor_WP.pdf

Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: Axilrod on January 10, 2012, 01:04:26 PM

As for the OP's original point, I think Canon will have to reassess the clean HDMI output-- but if they weren't convinced the C300 required it, I'm skeptical that this move by Nikon will force Canon's hand. That said, the fact that the EOS division has to negotiate a bit with Canon's broadcast division seems to give Nikon some relative flexibility, at least for the present. That latitude could allow Nikon to aggressively pursue some things that Canon has been sheepish about. I'm still uncertain about Canon's likely response, though. In certain ways, the C300 is less impressive on paper (at least for the price) than the FS100, let alone the F3 or Scarlet. The reviews, however, have suggested that Cinema EOS is a pretty impressive new system, it's lowly 8-bit codec notwithstanding. If Canon is similarly confident that 1DX vs. D4 tests will bear out the merits of their product, then I doubt they'll change anything for now. The photographers at whom these cameras are targeted won't buy cameras based on specs alone, since virtually all of them will have glass investments to consider and enough experience to know that press releases don't translate into the best product.

I agree with everything you're saying, but I'm wondering about the whole clean HDMI output and if HD-SDI makes it pointless......
Title: Re: Nikon D4 gets it right on movie mode!.....will Canon strike back?
Post by: wockawocka on January 10, 2012, 01:32:23 PM
The only time I've ever used video in my 5D2 and 1D4 is if a friend asked me to record something for them.

Whilst the specs are great I would have no idea what to do with them  ;D