EXPERIMENT: City Tour (looping footage)

It was such a nice day on Saturday, that my son and I went out to have some fun with my GoPro HD camera.  If you haven’t heard of, or seen, one of these cameras, it is a super small, and lightweight camera that is designed to attached to helmets, bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, and anything else you can think of.

Designed for extreme sport coverage, these little camera’s pack quite a punch when it comes to capturing intense action in high definition.  That’s right, this camera captures HD!  So what did we do with it? Attached it to the front of the car, and took a little trip.

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Enter the Ninja

With all the shooting I’ve been doing on the Canon 5D MkII lately, I’ve realized two things; first, that I like to shoot longer than five minutes at a time, and second, that I need a lot of hard drive space to get the footage in and out of the system.

I’ve used several HDD systems over the years, and I’m particularly fond of the CityDisk system for my Sony Z1U (yes, I’m still using that camera), but I need something that is not a FOCUS FireStore system.

I’ve just been made aware of the Ninja system from Atomos, and I think it may solve my problem.

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Sony announces NEX-FS100 Super 35mm camcorder

Just when I make the jump from the Sony Z1-U to the Canon 5D Mark II, Sony announces a 35mm CMOS sensor camera that the company claims can create film like video.

The NEX-FS100 is a new E-mount professional camcorder equipped with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor specifically designed for shooting motion pictures ideal for commercials and music videos, as well as action scenes in budget drama for example.The large-format sensor’s high sensitivity enables it to produce footage with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.

The included camera is a 27mm to 300mm lens with an aperature of F3.5-6.3, which isn’t great for that shallow depth of field. It also records in the MPEG-4 AVCHD format or the MPEG-2 format if you want to shoot in standard definition… though I have no idea why you would want to (snark).

The bad news? The camera as shown costs $6,550.00

via Sony