Sony PXW-FS7 Mark II Coming in November!


Well, this is a nice pre-Christmas surprise. Creative Ventures of Europe has released the above image of the Sony FS7 Mark II. Let us hope they did not raise the price significantly as compared to the FS7 Mark I.

They also released  following specs:

– Electronic Variable ND (FS5)
– 10 assignable buttons
– New Lens Lock Ring (Lever Lock Type) No rotation of lens anymore to detach.
– MPEG 2 Cache Recording
– BT 2020 Color Space
– New Arm Grip Position and Adjustments
– New 1/4 Full HD LCD (960/540) and rod ergonomics improvements

Panasonic G85: More Videos and News on the IBIS Issue

First, regarding the IBIS stickiness issue, it appears this occurs when the camera’s IBIS is compensating for rotation (on the Z-axis):


Thus this issue can be mitigated somewhat by being careful to reduce Z-axis rotation when panning.  Some users have reported this behavior to a much more subtle degree on the GX85.

It remains unclear whether or not this can be fixed via firmware, and if it can, will it?  We suggest holding off purchasing this camera until this issue has been sufficiently clarified.

Some additional videos:

Olympus E-M1 Mark II Price and Sample Videos

There has not been a video centric review of the Olympus E-M1 Mark II yet but at least now we have the price and sample videos. The price is $2000 and it will take some careful evaluation to determine whether or not this camera is worth it.

Ming Thein, a respected photographer, has commented on this camera. In regards to the dynamic range in video, Ming points out: “Unfortunately, dynamic range is still limited, so care is required with exposure.”  For my video uses I would pick dynamic range over sharpness any day but the saving grace for this camera may be its IBIS.  This doesn’t bode well for the Panasonic GH5 which is reported to use a similar sensor (lets hope their 10-bit and log implementations address dynamic range sufficiently).