Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Can A Pro Go Mirrorless?
Like the transition from Speed Graphics to 35mm film and SLRs, today’s pros might consider making a full switch to a mirrorless system. Before you scoff at the notion, take a rational look at the advantages and disadvantages.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
Panasonic's GH cameras have been noted for their video capabilities. The GH3 expands on them. It can shoot MOV (H.264) 1080p at 60, 30 and 24 fps and 720p at 60 fps, 50 Mbps with IPB compression and 72 Mbps with Al-Intra compression. It can also shoot AVCHD Progressive at 1080/60p and AVCHD 1080 at 60i and 24p—all with SMPTE timecoding, if desired. It can also shoot MP4 1080p, 720p and 480p video at 30 fps. The camera is designed to disperse heat for longer run times. Built-in microphones record stereo sound, and there's a 3.5mm external microphone jack, plus a headphone jack.
A 1774K-dot OLED Live View Finder provides handy eye-level still and video shooting, while the free-angle 3.0-inch, 640K-dot OLED touch-screen monitor offers easy odd-angle shooting and autofocus-point selection. A flash-sync socket lets you connect studio flash systems. There's also a built-in flash, a hot-shoe and wireless off-camera flash capability.
Built-in Wi-Fi provides easy linking to smartphones or tablets. Images are stored on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, including UHS-I-compliant. A new Tough Battery is CIPA-rated for 500 to 550 images per charge (depending on the lens), and the optional Battery Grip DMW-BGGH3 doubles that. Estimated Street Price: $1,299.
A top shutter speed of 1⁄8000 sec. with a very brief lag, along with 8 fps shooting at full resolution, puts the NX20 right in there with the top APS-C DSLRs in terms of shooting speed. It can shoot at up to 30 fps at reduced 5-megapixel resolution.
Video features include full HD 1920x1080, HD 1280x720, 640x480 and 320x240 at 30p, plus widescreen 1920x810 at 24p. There's also Multi Motion that lets you produce clips at ¼ to 20X normal speed. Sound is stereo via a built-in microphone, and there's a jack for an external mic.
In i-Function 2.0 mode, you can make many camera settings using the lens' focusing ring. The depth-of-field preview button can be programmed for other functions, including activating/deactivating the RAW+JPEG feature.
Built-in Wi-Fi means you don't need a Wi-Fi card or other device to upload your images to a social-networking site or compatible smartphone, or e-mail them. Estimated Street Price: $599 (with 18-55mm zoom).
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