Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Canon EOS-1D X Announced

Canon's latest and greatest was announced today. What matters ? Improved everything including reduced ( or no ?  ) moire in video mode, better 18MP sensor ect. Dual CF cards, file spanning to get around 4G file size problems. So what is the problem ? MSRP of $6800 ! Please, lets get real.

As a still camera its overpriced. Too many great cameras out there already unless you really shoot everything low light and ISO 51,000 is something you need, or even ISO 25000 to get your cash paying work done. Note I said CASH paying work, not being a status symbol you tote around to shoot your kids soccer game to impress everyone with. UPDATE : ISO 100,000 and 200,000 are also available. Thats nite vision range. If you need to see bad guys in the dark and get the goods on them, guess what camera you want ? besides with the govmint price isn't an issue, is it ? :(

As a video camera, there are LOTS of real cameras for $5K or so that are great cameras with all the things the 1D X lacks, like audio connectors, video friendly form factor, ect.

oh yes, it has an ethernet jack. Its about time for this as many Sony products have had IT connections for a while. At least you should be able to stream the compressed video data to a laptop for recording or even broadcast... provided of course its a CLEAN FEED and not a monitor out. You never know... until you know.

Now that said, read the contents of the actual press release from Canon and there are LOTS of tasty things to like :

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Enhanced EOS HD Video

- New Compressions, Longer Recording Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work. The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i )  [ Hello, finally ! was sounds a lot like AVCintra, but 8 or 10 bit ? take a guess :( ] compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they need for their ideal workflow [ Sounds like higher data rate h264 they are already doing and hopefully it really does look better ]. Answering the requests of cinematographers and filmmakers, the EOS-1D X includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing multiple cameras or separate sound recording to be synced together in post production. [ Ok, HOW do you sync them ? IR ? Cable ? just blast TC out of the speaker for the other camera to pick up ????? ]

Canon's all new full-frame CMOS sensor ensures that video footage captured on the EOS-1D X will exhibit less moiré than any previous Canon model, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. A desired feature for many documentary filmmakers using Canon DSLRs was to enable recording beyond the four gigabyte (GB) file capacity and the EOS-1D X is the answer. The new camera features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB. The new file splitting function allows for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files; no frames are dropped and the multiple files can be seamlessly connected in post production, providing filmmakers the recording time they want in the same convenient DSLR form factor. The camera records Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards.  

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Take is as a preview of things to come Nov 3.  which I suspect will be all video related. While this camera sounds like a super great still camera, and finally delivers on all the video features everyone had been wanting, price is just out there as far as I am concerned if you want to use it primarily as a video camera. You don't need the super performance still part of the camera for video, if at all.  However this will certainly feed the frenzy for their event Nov 3 to be sure.