So it looks to basically be a GH4 + interface unit all in one tidy package with a fixed lens plus ND filters. I've used the similar form factor Panasonic HCX-1000 and thought it was a great run and gun doco unit, the image stabilisation on hand held shots on that was great, so I can see how this would be good for indie documentaries. Now if they could only squeeze in 422 internal recording.
Mixed results for me, some seemless, some not. Definitely want to be locked off with a static background (although I did manage one shoulder mount shot just fine). Choosing which frame to start and stop the transition on will make a huge difference. I had one that looked terrible, then trimmed just a single frame off the start and it was perfect.
Would be good if they registered all these with lenstag.com I have all my gear logged with them, and it is the database I check when buying any second hand gear.
Really impressed with what Sony have been doing for a while now. Now if they would just add DCI 4K to their gear as well I'd be extremely happy.
Filming in Antarctica: start to get camera gear specific at about the 5 min mark...https://vimeo.com/77556498
I was really impressed with how seamless it was, knowing what technological changes they must have been dealing with.
I went through an entirely digital evolution for my film Antarctica: A Year On Ice, with over 10 years of footage. I started shooting time-lapse in 2003 with digital stills as it was the only commercially viable method of getting cinema quality images at the time.http://goo.gl/lY1UtF