yes absolutely but it is a very Minor thing in the scheme of things, I just have no idea what people are shooting that they have to switch codecs frame rates and resolutions that frequently? for one who ever is editing that project will hate you. You don't have to reboot in any standard frame rates (23.98,24,29.97 etc), and if you are shooting high speed generally that isn't something done on a whim. So lets just say I don't get it and I shoot sports (professional boxing) quite a bit. So it's not like I'm just shooting scripted narrative work
when's the last time you updated your firmware? you're aware that the audio controls are now assignable to the control wheel right?
And yes I believe that this review was targeted at narrative work and focused on the cameras image quality which may have been overlooked by people listening to chatter about reboots or issues that were sorted three firmware revs ago. I as well as 3 other shooters switched to the LT from Sony F5 and F55 and have been nothing but thrilled, yes there were growing pains for early adopters but Panasonic can be commended for sorting 99% of them out with regular firmware revs. I came to the LT from an F5 and before the Sony F5 I owned a RED and I can honestly say this camera is in a class of it's own well above the others
I think the c700 is an accurate comparison, not the c300 MKii. Line for line the Varicam LT matches the C700 for less than half the price. add an Atomos Shogun Inferno or 7q+ for Raw and compare that price and performance value to the c700 codex combination.
C700(production bundle $35,000.00) + Codex($6,995.00)+ 2 capture drives($5,350.00 each) = $52695
Varicam LT Pro EX Kit With 2 P2 cards and the PL mount ($24,100.00)+ Shogun Inferno($1,495.00) + (2x) 1tb Angelbird SSDs($799.00 each) = $27193.00
So yes the comparison to the Alexa and The c700 is Warranted as the varicam LT is a veritable bargain. As an early adopter and owner who has owned and shot everything else (only camera I haven't owned is an Alexa) I can say for a fact that the only camera worth discussing in comparison to the Varicam is the Alexa and Amira. The Arri Alev sensors are the only thing out there currently delivering this caliber or image
my question is what are you shooting that requires changing frame rates and codecs with that level of frequency? I've been shooting professional jobs (Professional Boxing, and a few national broadcast spots) and The 16 second restart has never been and issue, and if 16 seconds when the cameras output and viewfinder are live in 3 seconds is an issue, then someone has clearly never used an Alexa or a Red. The Alexa SXT requires restarts too and those take at least a full minute and change. I Just AC'd a spot with one and no one on set was complaining. I often wonder if the people who post about "Issue" on cameras they've never used. actually shoot?
Yet and still It's being used on Tons of professional shows and feature films. A little misnomer and major success of RED marketing the idea that RED records Raw. NO it does not. Compressed RAW is not RAW. what the RED records is for all intents and purposed a version of cineform RAW. It's a compressed RAW. great for low data RATEs ETC. Shooting REAL RAW (which In my experience is CODEX) is a data management and logistic nightmare for anything other than a feature film. I've owned My Varicam LT for a year now and I AVC-I 4.2.2 delivers more than I was getting in "RAW" from the Read Dragon I used to own, Also The 12 bit RAW from the Varicam LT to an ATOMOS or a 7Q+ out performs any version of R3D redcode RAW in post.