The founder of RED makes a bold statement on the REDUSER.net forums: â€œI fully expect the DSLR mfgs to get it right at some point. Make a non-line-skipping 4K camera. At that point, the difference will be RAW 5K and 6K vs. whatever they make. Until then, a line-skipping 1080P camera is just not in the running for a pro camera. Can you make OK images with a line-skipping 1080P camera? Sure. Should you be embarrassed? Yes. We are not in that business.
I saw the Canon commercial about shooting â€œmotion stillsâ€. They should be ashamed. Just try to take a still from their motion 1080P captureâ€¦
Update: I had a couple of queries about what a “Line skipping camera” was… so here's my quick explanation:
The 5D2 is a “line skipping camera” – in movie mode, it does not use the full sensor to output the video – it skips 2 out of every 3 lines. The 5D2 sensor is 5616 x 3744 pixels – yet the output of video is only 1920×1080 – so about 1 out of 3 rows of pixels in the sensor is used (and 2 or so are skipped). The exact ratio of full sensor size to movie output size is 3.47 – so I don't know exactly how Canon gets 1080 out of 3744, but it is about 1 out of every 3.47 lines of the sensor.
If you don't keep up with RED, they've announced yet another delay in production of their new units. Not only is there some kind of bug they've been working on, but their manufacturer overseas is having trouble. But yet, Jim has enough confidence to make those bold statements.
I've enjoyed reading some of the thread there and reading other posts on the subject. But so far, Vincent Laforet's balanced post leads the pack in my book.
“Every camera has itâ€™s place. Every camera excels in some things – and fails in others. Every end user has specific needs, quality standards, and budgetsâ€¦
In the end – learn all of the tools (if you can) – and use the best tool for any given job.“
Yes, planet5D is currently totally devoted to the Canon line, but that doesn't mean we don't keep an eye on what is going on in this space. Keep an eye on RED and Alexa and Canon and Nikon etc… There is a lot of cool stuff coming!
(Photo credit: snap from the video)