Flash photos & CMOS video.

There’s a recent event in Texas where one lucky soul won a new Mazda Miata. However, the video is marred by hundreds of weird partial frames of brightness, from flashes. Why? A CMOS shutter in the video camera. Do you want your video to look like this? (video after the break)

Sony PMW-EX1 CMOS FAILS Strobe Test.

FreshDV shot some interesting footage with the Sony PMW-EX1 and video of a police car with numerous strobes firing clearly demonstrated that Sony’s new flagship SxS camcorder, despite being knighted with the CineAlta badge, clearly has problems with capturing partial-second instances of time. There is going to be trouble in Teaneck…

Red Rolling CMOS Shutter Redux, again.

One of the easiest ways to f— with video is to use flashes and strobes while shooting. With CCDs, you’ll likely end up with one field of interlaced video completely blown out and the other “half” of the image is normally exposed. Apparently, with CMOS imagers, including the soon to be replaced first 100 RED… Continue Reading →

Canon XF300 on the way for review. Questions? Tests? [UPDATE] It’s here.

Canon says that the Canon XF300 Professional Camcorder is on it’s way to me for test & review. This camera features 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 recording to Compact Flash (CF) Cards. Utilizing file-based MPEG-2 compression with an MXF File Wrapper ensures the widest compatibility with existing industry infrastructure, metadata and non-linear editing (NLE) systems. And 4:2:2 color sampling provides ultra-fine transitions in tone and color for maintaining the highest quality image for use in advanced post production.

Canon’s PowerShot SX-20 IS – review

Those wishing to avoid the CMOS distortions I easily demonstrated in my earlier review of the CanonSX1 were left out in the cold, despite cameras lower in Canon’s lineup offering CCD-based HD video. Finally, Canon brought the SX20 to market which adds HD video and more megapixels to the camera. Is it a winner? My hands-on will find out.

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