DP / Filmmaker
After 10+ years of making a living solely off of content creation and camera work... I agree with most of what he's saying ESPECIALLY in regards to lighting and less gear = limitations.
We absolutely need lighting regardless of what ISO you can crank out clean images & less gear is often a blessing. I always try to take the fewest pieces of gear possible for a shoot and I might pack a couple bonuses in the car just in case.
Only point I slightly disagree with is that "cameras don't matter". This is true to an extent, but it largely comes down to the task at hand. For most run and gun productions and possibly music videos, you don't have to have the latest & greatest. A better way of saying it is cameras aren't all that matters or you can still make amazing spots on a beginner kit... but they definitely matter. I'm not going to shoot an evening event on my old 7D, I'll need my A7iii or A7sii (insert similar low-light camera). If it's a doc I might want something that makes audio easier to handle like a C300.
Regardless, I do appreciate the sentiment and I think it's very important to bare in mind (especially for beginners) that your camera is NOT a limitation, it's a tool for creation. You don't NEED the best to make something great, you just need to get creative and shoot. I think that was the underlying message of his words.
Great video, thanks.
Nice ingenuity... but this is nothing new.
It's 100% a vape pen & I've been using a vape for product shots and jewelry shots for the past 2 years. Works wonders.
Only difference here is you don't get any benefits after the shot is over.
You make some great points, that I'm afraid are lost due to the lack of formatting. Paragraphs are your friend here. No disrespect.
Unfortunately, this is what happens when the Camera manufacturers are following suit with the TV manufacturers... placing shareholders and sales targets before the needs of our filmmaking community and what is realistically useful to the consumers. They aren't satisfied selling a couple cameras and a couple TV's to each of us. They must come up with new ploy's to get us to purchase new gear and new monitors every few years to keep an upward trend.
I'm 100% with you. 4K was a great place to take a break on pushing pixels... focus on DR and Pixel quality, better codecs, higher bitrate 4:4:4 color space, and so on.
I don't think there is an Actor or Actress on the planet who is lobbying for 8K TV's and 8k acquisition... hell, they've been growing more self-conscious by the day since the advent of 1080p. The make-up artists are going to be lathering on latex foundation before we know it, just so we don't have to examine the individual pores of the talent each time we cut to an ECU. Fucking madness...
Steve, I had a very verbose and deep thinking reply typed up for this post... but after reading the comments I can see that the community as a whole is really already voicing many of my thoughts and opinions. It's incredible how all of use can be so different, yet so collectively on the "same page" in our assessments of the points you've called attention to as well as the shortcomings of an industry driven more by marketing and a bottom line than by innovation for the sake of fulfilling what we as filmmakers are truly interested in them provinding us.
All there is really left to say here is a resounding, Thank you!
You've done a wonderful job with this comprehensive comparison and I truly appreciate the work you've dedicated to this informative piece.
My only "wishlist" item would have been to add 2 more cameras to the already solid and completely sound lineup. That would be an A7III at 4K & maybe something like the BMCC at 1080p with it's S35 sensor. IMHO, those two cameras do a great job at those respective resolutions and it would have been nice to see how they fit into the mix.
Edit: after watching Part 2, I can see that adding these additional cameras may have been neat to see for the sake of direct comparison... but it would have largely been a waste of time given the purpose of the test and the variance we are already able to see when you take us in to the individual pixel-level. Again, thank you!
First off... this title could be better as it got me excited for ZERO reason. You say "Fly a DJI drone..." when you should clearly state, "Fly the Mavic 2 Pro or Zoom".
I fly a P4P & Inspire 2, so of course I'd love this and the click-bait worked.
Second, in paragraph 2, I believe you meant to say "sometime you want an integrated control unit that DOES NOT require cables and connections..."
Next, not sure why it was necessary to even mention that this one has a 1000nit brightness and not a 3000nit brightness. Who would expect this? Why is it important to draw this random out of place comparison?
Lastly, this price point is shit.
I'd hope the next iteration has a broader range of support, because barely anyone in that price range are going to spend 1/2 of what they already spent on their drone, just for a 2nd controller.