July 27, 2015

The First Footage from the Panasonic DVX200 Looks a Lot Like the GH4, Which Is Great

Panasonic DVX200 First Footage
Just one day after I lamented the fact that the internet was devoid of DVX200 footage, the first DVX200 footage magically came into existence. Coincidence? I think not.

All joking aside, German DP Sebastian Wiegärtner posted this brief reel of footage from a pre-release version of the DVX200 this morning, and it looks quite lovely. Check it out:

Here are the notes that Wiegärtner included along with the video (the camera is limited to 4:2:0 internally, though it should have about 12 stops of dynamic range):

Shot on a pre production model in UHD resolution and 50p. Sadly the compression of Vimeo and YouTube is so high, you just really can't judge the image. All I can say: This is the perfect camera for Documentaries and fast TV work, where you have to be fast and where you still want to achieve a cinematic image. Due to the M4/3 sensor it's way easier to focus than with a Super 35 or Full Frame sensor. Almost everything shot full wide open. Native ISO of this camera is 500.

I used the flat V-Log profile, applied VariCam 35 Rec 709 and graded everything very hard + added some grain to the footage. This was shot during the Panasonic #DVX4Ktour. Shot on Location in Kyoto, Japan.

My very first impression of this footage is that it looks really similar to what you'd expect from a GH4. Even with the web compression, it's easy to tell that there's a ton of detail in the images, which isn't surprising considering the UHD resolution. Just look at the trees in those first few shots. Very crisp. Very clean. Not to mention that the color and skin tones look great overall. It's important to note that this video has an aggressive grade on it though, along with some additional grain, so this is by no means exactly what you'd get straight out of the camera, especially in V-Log.

Ultimately, it looks like Panasonic has a real winner on their hands in terms of the documentary and broadcast camera market. While it's still not clear how much the camera will cost — all we know is that it will be less than $5,000 — the DVX200 is shaping up to be an excellent option for shooters wanting a larger sensor in a more traditional medium-sized camcorder body.     

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I think the video rather showcases the DP's post processing skills which he casually describes as: "I used the flat V-Log profile, applied VariCam 35 Rec 709 and graded everything very hard + added some grain to the footage." I trust the camera is secondary in this case.

July 27, 2015 at 4:16PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
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The camera is only as good as the operator. This footage clearly shows what this camera is capable of in the hands of a good operator. Shooting footage is only a piece if the puzzle. Post production work is always necessary to squeeze the best image possible from the camera. Sorry you want a camera that shoots footage that looks already graded without the actual work; I'm sure this and other cameras shoot a very fine image that requires no obvious color grading for fast hand-off to clients in modes that are not log-based. This video is an example of a DP working with log. That's it.

November 8, 2015 at 1:18PM

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Jason R. Johnston
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I suspect this will be a popular camera. If the price point is substantially lower than the C100, the DXV200 will be rented out when budget is a concern. Especially if the quality is similar to GH4.

July 27, 2015 at 4:34PM

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The footage is some shots looks hideously oversharpened, and in other shots it looks like the lens has an astigmatism. Disappointing debut for an anticipated sequel to a beloved camera.

July 27, 2015 at 4:58PM

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Film Voltage
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Exactly my thoughts. Plus there is quite a bit of aliasing visible on the rooftop.

July 27, 2015 at 5:21PM

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Kotlos
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I'm not crazy about the post processing of this video, but it does give some idea about what this camera will be like when it reaches final production quality. This camera is supposed to have a better sensor than the GH4 ( there's almost 1.5 years between the release of the GH4 and this new camera ) and better electronics, so it should produce a great image when it's finally ready to ship.

I just hope that the zoom is parfocal enough to hold focus while zooming during a live event, whether it's a wedding or a rock-show it's got to be able to hold focus. ( if it does this via electronics the adjustments have to be so fast that the image will always appear to be in focus ) Fingers crossed.

July 27, 2015 at 7:33PM, Edited July 27, 7:33PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Who need 10 stops today?For example you can get 15 stops from blackmagic URSA mini camera. And this is only 2990 USD

July 27, 2015 at 9:24PM

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its 5k, not 3k...3k will give you standart 4k ursa mini, witch uses old bmp4k sensor, that has 12 or so stops of dynamic range (i would say 11 usable). For 5k you will get 4.6k ursa mini, that has new sensor with high dynamic range.

July 27, 2015 at 11:51PM

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Linas
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There is absolutely no reason to spend 2000 more bucks to get that extra .6 sensor. I bet the 4K sensor of the "old" black magic is still better than the one in the Panasonic. I guarantee you that the ability to shoot just ProRes at 444 is going to be a blessing in post compared to what that pany shoots. Let me guess, in 6 months or a year when BM releases a 5K sensor you'll feel that the people who have a 4.6 are holding a piece of crap in their hands? FYI the last iteration of Jurassic Park just released recently was mastered in 2.5K. Tell me again why you need 4.6?

July 28, 2015 at 4:50AM

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It's not just an extra .6K. It's an entirely new sensor.

July 28, 2015 at 6:50AM, Edited July 28, 6:50AM

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I understand. It's not just another Iphone, it's a new Iphone.

July 28, 2015 at 7:57AM

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Doesn't the "old" Blackmagic 4K sensor have FNP issues and the usual reds looking orange problem though? Or was that just a small batch that had the noise problem?

July 28, 2015 at 7:48AM

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It's been fixed.

July 28, 2015 at 9:14AM

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I had FNP problems with the BMPC4K. It's gone now.

July 28, 2015 at 3:25PM

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Christopher Kou
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Yes but you have to think about the target of this camera.It's an all in one camcoder, with a large sensor, fixed lens, stabilization, xlr input, a log curve, 120 fps and more... with this range price. Think about doc, wedding, corporate... With Ursa you need to work with rig, monitor, nd, and a lot of other accessory.

July 28, 2015 at 1:18AM

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Vincenzo Viscuso
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Exactly, this camera is more an ENG camera with features to produce a more “cinematic look”, kind of like the original Varicam. The URSA is a Cinema Camera that can be converted into an ENG style camera, albeit without built-in ND filters and other easy access buttons necessary in run-and-gun productions. Also, it will require a very expensive lens if your production and shooting style call for a zoom with a rocker. Currently the only options for the Super 35 sensor are Fujinon Cabrio and Canon zoom lenses.

July 28, 2015 at 3:46PM

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Sorry...Don't know why it double posted. Can't delete it.

July 28, 2015 at 3:49PM

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I wouldn't use this camera for interior docs or much less weddings--500 iso is just too low for that. 5-10 years from now sensors will be so, well, sensitive that size won't matter as much but for now we're hitting a very problematic limit of what 4/3 can do.

July 29, 2015 at 7:29AM

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J Robbins
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Very strange-looking bokeh. It's like having a diffusion together with bluriness.

July 28, 2015 at 4:18AM

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Panos Karachristos
Director - Filmmaker
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Tooo sharp. Pretty sure it's not the cameras fault.

July 28, 2015 at 4:38AM

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Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography
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Hmm, the post-processing on this is... interesting? Not sure that it really shows us what the camera is capable of.

July 28, 2015 at 4:55AM

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Agreed.

July 29, 2015 at 4:11AM

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John-Jo Ritson
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Wow both looking really nice. But it seams the footage its really orange ish. Also a bit too much washed out. Or its just my personal view.

July 28, 2015 at 5:22AM

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Cathy Danneberg
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Video looks killer! Unfortunately this camera doesn't stand a chance given its lack of features in the price bracket its in. Not to mention the small sensor, its gonna suck in low light. Also, reading that the video was graded "hard" doesn't leave one very hopeful.

July 28, 2015 at 1:13PM

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Kaster Troy
Director, DP, Editor
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Turn outs:
1] 30 mm wide starting
2] Variable F/stop
3] 4:2:0 8bit

July 29, 2015 at 1:15AM

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The sample footage looks really bad.

July 30, 2015 at 9:34AM, Edited July 30, 9:35AM

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Benton Collins
Camera aimer
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Looks like a very practical camera.

However UHD@50/60p using 150Mbs is rather low.

July 30, 2015 at 3:45PM

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Cary Knoop
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Am I the only one who's psyched to FINALLY have an affordable larger sensor servo zoom camera???

October 3, 2015 at 10:46AM, Edited October 3, 10:46AM

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Ben McGinley
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