Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Two New Superstars For Still & Motion
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800 may be the perfect pro multimedia cameras for their combination of performance, price and features. See their similarities and the surprising differences.
|Nikon D800 As Pro Multimedia Camera
The D800 joins the new flagship D4 as Nikon's DSLRs with the best video capabilities.
|Audio. A built-in microphone records mono sound, and there's a jack for an external stereo mic. Sound is recorded in Linear PCM. Audio is adjustable in 30 steps (20 steps with an external mic) and can be monitored using headphones via the D800's headphone jack or via levels gauges on the LCD monitor.
Full HD And More. The D800 can do 1920x1080p full HD video at 30, 25 and 24 fps, and 1280x720p HD at 60, 50, 30 and 24 fps. The 60, 30 and 24 fps rates are really the true NTSC video rates of 59.94, 29.97 and 23.976, respectively, important for pro projects. The 50 and 25 fps rates are PAL rates, not used in the U.S.
Uncompressed Output Option. Like the D4, the D800 can, via its HDMI port, stream an uncompressed full HD signal (8-bit, 4:2:2) to a display, digital recording device, or display, then recording device. You can view this image both on the camera's LCD monitor and an external monitor simultaneously.
|Full Manual Control. In manual mode, you can adjust exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO manually for videos, as well as for still shooting. And you can focus manually or use contrast-based single-shot or full-time servo AF while shooting videos. In AE mode, you can lock exposure by pressing the AE lock button.
||DX Crop Video. You can shoot videos in full-frame FX format or in DX format (to add a 1.5x magnification factor to any lens) at full 1080p and 16:9 aspect ratio.
Format. D800 videos are recorded in MOV format with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression. B-frame data compression provides a good balance of image quality and file size, allowing for single clips of up to 29 minutes, 59 seconds in length.
|Wide Lens Line. You can shoot videos with any Nikon F-mount lens. Current FX (full-frame) AF lenses range from a 14mm ƒ/2.8 superwide-angle and 16mm ƒ/2.8 full-frame fisheye to a 600mm ƒ/4 supertelephoto; DX lenses (the camera will automatically switch to cropped 1.5x DX mode when one is attached) start at the 10-24mm ƒ/3.5 zoom and 10.5mm ƒ/2.8 fisheye. There are also 1:1 macro lenses, PC-E tilt-shift lenses (although you can't use tilt and shift on the D800) and 1.4x, 1.7x and 2x teleconverters.
|Dimensions: 5.7x4.8x3.2 inches Weight: 31.7 ounces Estimated Street Price: $2,999 (D800); $3,299 (D800E) Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com|
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