We haven't yet talked much about the newer cameras coming that are going to attempt to be Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) killers, but that's about to change because there are now several videos out showing off video from the Panasonic AG-AF100 (also called the AG-AF101 for the PAL version). It will be important to learn about these new cameras as there will be lots of debate about how they compare to the Canon HDSLRs as well as the Nikons as the HDSLR revolution continues.
The first video that has gotten a bunch of attention is this one from crews.tv who have said this about the Panasonic AG-AF100: “here at CREWS.TV we are beginning to think it wonâ€™t be a gentle shower that spoils the DSLR fun â€“ itâ€™s going to hose down.” So there you go, some people are calling this $5000 AF100 4/3″ video camera an HDSLR killer… but is it?
Title says it all, we decided to extend a few shots for a better evaluation. There is no audio on this clip.
If you have any questions please refer to our articles and technical documents on www.crews.tv
Also please refer to our original cut with comments and questions vimeo.com/15765280
For this posting, we chose a more efficient process.
– Import AVC-Intra 100 P2 media via Final Cut Pro 7 Log & Transfer.
– On import transcode to ProResHQ quicktimes.
– Edit in a ProResHQ 1920×1080 sequence.
– Export Master Quicktime same as source.
– Compress with Apple Compressor.
– 1920×1080. H264. Quality – Full. Keyframes – All. Frame Rate – 25.
– Upload 1.54Gig Quicktime to Vimeo.
The new Panny is terrific:
no aliasing, no moirÃ©, the rolling shutter is present but minimum, great resolution.
The release in my hands, is not the definitive one and there are some bugs in the menu (the variable frame rate doesn't work, for example) but I'm in love with this baby.
A very special thanks to:
Pietro Bianchi for the BTS footage
Valerio Barbati for the precious help
Gordon de Adamich from Centro Internaziole Guida Sicura (VARANO DE' MELEGARI – ITALY).
See you tomorrow (October 20th) for the next test!
THANKS FOR WATCHING AND STAY TUNED!
A quick and dirty test of the low light of the AF100.
Voigtlander 50mm F1.1 Lecia M mount with Fotodiox adaptor. Retail for this lens is around $800-$1000.
This is obviously compressed. The original looks better.
Music by Aphex Twin
So, we'll have a lot more info coming in the next few months about the other cameras in the HDSLR space as well as covering those wanting to kill the HDSLR all together. What do you think about the AF100?
(Photo credit: snap from the video)