Barry Green from DVXUser.com was at IBC and had a chance to work with upcoming Panasonic AF100. Barry has been working with Panasonic cameras for years and definitely knows his way around a video camera. From his interaction with the AF100, it is obvious that it has earned his approval.
After looking at the footage that we posted yesterday and watching Barry’s overview, the AF100 is looking to be a very solid camera in my opinion. My main concern has always been the use of the micro 4/3″ sensor. I have been spoiled by the 5D’s full frame sensor and the micro 4/3″ will have a 2x crop in comparison. What does this mean? Many things, but mainly wrapping your head around a new set of lenses and getting used to the crop factor if using any existing lenses.
Is it all worth it? I very well could be. Having no aliasing, reduced rolling shutter, better controls, more inputs/outputs, etc. could make this the camera that the Red Scarlet should have been. And at a MSRP of $4995, it is in the right price range for indie filmmakers and production companies.
Want to read more? Check out Prolost’s article about the pros and cons of the AF100.
Photo credit: frame grab from video
You are totally right. Now I want one… lol
Can’t wait to get my hands on one or work with one which will be the true test.
Like he said, I think DSLR’s are close but not quite there.
I looked at this camera, but the price point and delivery date didn’t quite fit into my plans. I ended up buying a Sony HXR-NX5U, and just got it yesterday.
Looking over the rig here, I see a camera system that will cost approximately 12K to 15K as it sits. Reminds me of the when Medium Format cameras with digital backs dominated photography. That was right before Canon released the EOS 1Ds.