Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
The Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 II is designed
for double-duty. This Micro Four Thirds
model offers a solid option for capturing
still images, but with its vari-angle LCD (and,
more importantly, its excellent five-axis
image stabilization), the E-M5 Mark II is great
for shooting video as well. With that kind
of stabilization, you can shoot hand-held,
avoiding the hassle and extra weight of a
stabilizing rig. Although its resolution maxes
out at 1080/60p and not 4K, the E-M5 Mark
II offers a number of pro-level video features.
In addition to high bit rate, multi-frame rate
and the ability to set time codes, an external
monitor or recorder can be attached via the
HDMI port. Focus peaking is available in four
colors, with adjustable intensity for easier and
more accurate focusing.
Attach an Olympus IC recorder to the
microphone jack for high-quality audio. And,
while you’re looking at accessories, consider
the optional HLD-8G camera grip, which
comes with a headphone jack to monitor
audio while you’re shooting. Stack on a
battery grip (HLD-6P or HLD- 6) to get extra
recording time (the camera will switch over to
the designated secondary battery when the
first runs out of juice).
Wi-Fi is built in and a free app is available
for smartphones and tablets. The E-M5 Mark
II is splash-proof and dust-proof so it’s ready
to go wherever your shoot takes you.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Since its release last year, the 16-megapixel
Lumix GH4 has made its mark among
photographers and videographers.
The camera offers 4K cinematic video (4096
x 2160 at 24 fps) as well as 4K UHD (3840 x
2160 at up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) with high
dynamic range. Ultra-high bit rate recording
at 200 Mbps is available using the ALL-Intra
codec, or at 100 Mbps when recording in IPB.
You have the option of outputting a 10-bit file
for monitoring while simultaneously recording
an 8-bit video file internally to SD cards.
While the vari-angle LCD is convenient
for hand-held recording, you can also attach
an external monitor via HDMI. Other ports
include 3.5mm microphone and headphone
jacks. The camera also offers AV outputs, a
flash sync terminal and a 2.5mm jack for a
remote controller. New firmware, rolled out at
the end of January, delivers time code output
via HDMI, plus improved 4K video playback.
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The Sony PXW-X70 hand-held camcorder features a 1-inch type Exmor R CMOS
sensor with 14. 2 million effective pixels. An f/2. 8-4. 5, 12x optical Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with a lens ring provides an equivalent focal range of 29-348mm
(16: 9 aspect ratio) or 35.5-426mm (4: 3 aspect ratio).
Offering multi-format recording, the camera can capture full HD 1920 x 1080
at multiple frame rates with a maximum bit rate of 50 Mbps. Sony plans to unlock
4K recording in this camera in a future firmware upgrade.
Dual media slots (Memory Stick; SDHC/SDXC) are available for simultaneous
recording or automatic overflow recording to the second card. Other features
of note include built-in clear and four-stop ND filters and 99 custom camera
profiles. The latter can be copied between PXW-X70 cameras to ensure
continuity of settings, which can also be saved for each scene.
Relatively compact, the camera measures 4. 86 x 4. 13 x 10. 86 inches and weighs 3
pounds, 1 ounce fully loaded. Multiple input and output ports/jacks are available.