Lots of features strangely missing on the video end that are becoming standard on cameras less than half its cost. No picture profiles (no S-log), no flip out screen, no full-size hdmi, no 10 bit out, no 10 bit internal, according to Tony Northrup's initial impression: poor video AF. I know this is essentially a stills camera for sports but for a 4500 Sony hybrid camera the movie side of things seems intentionally kneecapped.
"Adequate" is exactly how I'd describe cropped 35mm. I was watching "There Will be Blood" (shot on 35mm, projected in a 35mm theatre) and the otherwise beautiful landscape vistas fell apart through lack of resolution. In this age of one spectacle after another, it's sad that we're still hovering around this "adequate" quality. Studios spend hundreds of millions of dollars on every tentpole movie and consumers spend 50 dollars for two tix and some concessions--it's long, long, long, past time we moved past adequate. It's 2017--it's time we get something magnificent for our money. 8k (or higher) means the return of Imax, better than it ever was for a fraction of the cost. And in a few years, ultra high rez, ultra lightweight headsets will give you a beyond imax experience anywhere and any time.
You can watch Lawrence of Arabia on an iphone 3s all you want. But that doesn't have anything to do with how people who really love movies would like to experience them. I still miss real Imax--and hate Liemax--so if 8k is the way back to that, that's fantastic. There's nothing stupid about 8k, just as there's nothing stupid about a medium format camera. I heard these tiresome arguments 17 years ago when all the hacks were whining about being forced to switch to "stupid" HD because "no one will ever tell the difference on 25 inch screens from across the room--and lighting and lenses are much more important anyhow--and talent will never put up with how unflattering HD is..."
Skyfall always looked soft to me, like I was seeing a second hand copy of a well-shot film.
Did I miss something? Which of the specs is 4k, top to bottom, side to side, at a usable frame rate?