Saturday, July 13, 2013

Shooting high quality video from Panasonic micro four thirds (m4/3, uFT) bodies … Part 3 – Sunny day test of auto exposure (AE) and movement

Here, I use fast and slow motion to give you a feel for how the three lower end cameras look with their video juxtaposed across the frame. The audio is all Sony royalty free music, so you don’t have to listen to me blather at all :-)

The insect flying at half speed gives some indication that there is a small advantage to shooting the G6 at 60p with a 180 degree shutter at 1/120s versus the others at 30p with a 180 degree shutter at 1/60s. Using a 180 degree shutter gives us exactly the kind of motion blur that we have been trained to expect through viewing of countless movies. So it is important to maintain that look for normal footage. Obviously a faster shutter looks great for “Zombie movement” effects with staccato movement, but it is not something to use just because you could not find another way to get the exposure.

Anyway, I got it to work here and I quite like the smoothness of the insect’s flight with the G5. You will probably have to backtrack and watch each part of the frame separately to see the difference. I will probably have to figure out an even better test to make it easier to see … but for now this will do.