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Lumix GH6 will do 120fps 4k & maybe more!

Lumix GH6 Panasonic

Panasonic unveiled in May the GH5 Mark II which is a slight refresh of the venerable m4/3rds GH5 with live streaming, better dynamic range in video, better AF algorithms, and slightly better IS on a very similar body with just a few cosmetic red buttons and rings for refresh purposes.  The slow motion remains at 180fps VFR at 1080p and 60p at 4k on the GH5 II since it is using the same sensor and imaging engine. It is a better overall camera than the original but a mild refresh nonetheless. 

That brings us to the pre-announced GH6 which is an in-development camera that aims to refresh the entire Micro 4/3ds line in Panasonic and aimed at professional video users.  It sports a new sensor, new imaging engine, new body and new technologies yet to be disclosed.  According to rumors, this camera should be able to keep micro 4/3rds alive for another five years delivering an array of video and photo features that will set it apart much like the original GH5 carved a place in camera history. We have also received rumored specs that may or may not pan out regarding frame rates which we find somewhat credible.  → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony Xperia 1 III is Slow Motion Capable!

Sony has now released the third iteration of their Xperia 1 series which are the flagship phones from the company that really push the capabilities of the brand. Many point out that Sony smartphones are excellently made and perform admirably while also including the now coveted 3.5mm audio jack which has been removed at the behest of Apple iPhone influence in the vast majority of phones. We will say it once more, USB C audio adapters are terrible connections compared to 3.5mm jacks which offer the best possible audio transmission possibilities without compression and other trade-offs.

The new Sony Xperia 1 III continues the 120fps 4k HDR pedigree of the Xperia 1 II which is clearly a much-coveted feature for video enthusiasts. This time around the phone improves color, compression, and HDR fidelity to deliver an outstanding image when light allows it. The phone also has the typical 1080p 120fp and 240fps frame rate that have been showing up as commonplace features in flagship smartphones but absent is any higher frame rates that were included the Motion Eye TM technology used in previous Sony phones allowing 1000fps 1080p recording for a short time. → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony Xperia 1 Slow Motion Samples!

Sony Xperia 1 Slow Motion Samples

Now that the Sony Xperia 1 has been reviewed by more people, there are now sufficient video samples at 960fps to make a judgment on the performance of the slow motion mode. As you may recall, the phone is only capable of recording 0.1 seconds at 960p at full HD 1080p and 0.2 seconds at 720p at the same frame rate. That translates to a maximum of 3.2 seconds at 1080p played back at 30p and 6.4 seconds at 720p 30fps.

There is no increase in recording time from the XZ2 and XZ3 phones which had essentially the same feature as the Xperia 1.  We, however, saw a little better color reproduction and slightly better artifact handling on the new phone but so minute an edge that we simply cannot recommend upgrading for this feature or considering it over other 720p slow motion phones like the Galaxy S10 or OnePlus 7.

Same feature, different year:

Before you start looking at the samples, be aware that this is the exact same feature spec found on the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 phones when it comes to 1080p slow motion.  There was no change or big improvement made; even when the camera app has gotten an extremely professional makeover based on Sony CineAlta Color Science. We recommend you look at other options in the phone space instead like the Galaxy Series or OnePlus Phones.

Sony Xperia 1 Slow Motion Samples:

Sony Xperia 1 – video sample – camera test – slow-motion 960 fps FHD by GSMONLINE.PL:

Sony Xperia 1 My daughter Slow Mo part 1 by Sony Xperia Fan Channel: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony Xperia 1 First Slow Motion Samples 960fps!

Sony Xperia 1 First Slow Motion Samples 960fps

So now that the Xperia 1 phone has started shipping to some parts of Asia and Oceania it is time to see what the initial slow motion 960fps samples look like.  It seems that the length of the playback video is unchanged at 6.4 seconds for 720p and 3.2 seconds for 1080p. So 96frames are recorded at 1080p 960fps and 192frames at 720p. This is the same restrictive spec for three years in a row by Sony.

You would think by now the phone could have increased the slow motion buffer to something useful like at least half a second instead of 0.2sec for 720p and 0.1sec for 1080p. Think again, it seems we will not get anywhere near usable times in 2019 from the Xperia Line again. Your best bet for recording on Sony will be to get a camera like the excellent RX Series that allow much longer recording times and greater resolution.

Sony Xperia 1 First Slow Motion Samples 960fps:

So here are the confirmed initial samples we could find for this handset. We are not recommending it for the slow motion feature due to the low recording times. See the OnePlus 7 and Galaxy S10 for what we believe to be better high frame rate specs.

Sony Xperia 1 960 fps movie by DCFever Video Demo:

Sony Xperia 1 Super Slow Motion vol.2 by Alexander Hansen: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony Xperia 1 Continues 960fps FHD Legacy!

Sony Xperia 1 Slow Motion

This week Sony Announced Xperia 1, the successor to their previous flagship the Xperia XZ3 with a few new features and a very ultra-wide 21:9 CinemaWide™ 4K HDR OLED display which creates cinematic like aspect ratio UHD video with what they claim Cinealta HDR color science. The footage does look impressive at first glance but we have to remember the small sensor on phones simply cannot compete with an APS-C or Full Frame Cinealta camera sensor.

The good news is that the phone continues to offer the 960fps Full HD 1080p spec as in previous phones the XZ series. Sony chose to not allow initial samples of footage shot in various modes including the high speed because the phone is not finalized. From anecdotal evidence, it seems to compare favorably with their Xperia XZ3 but with some better color characteristics due to the Cinealta heritage color LUTs.


  • Cinema Pro powered by CineAlta – 21:9 movie recording
  • LOOK colour settings
  • 4K HDR movie recording
  • BIONZ XTM for mobile
  • RAW noise reduction
  • Eye AF
  • Up to 10FPS AF/AE
  • Dual photo diode
  • RGBC-IR sensor
  • Hybrid OIS/EIS video stabilization
  • 960 fps Super slow motion video (FHD/HD)
  • 2x optical zoom & 5x digital zoom
  • Bokeh effect
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo
  • Hybrid Autofocus
  • 3D Creator
  • Exmor RSTM for mobile memory-stacked sensor
  • 1/ 2.6” sensor size
  • Pixel pitch 1.4μm
  • 78° angle
  • F1.6 lens
  • OIS photo stabilization
  • Hybrid OIS/EIS video stabilization

More Camera Modules To Get Around Limitations:

As you may have seen lately, phones area adding full camera and lens modules to get around the limitations of small spaces that cannot allow a full-fledged zoom lens on a thin phone form factor.  As to why the call a 50mm lens a telphoto that is up for debate. Usually, these focal lengths are called standard or portrait lenses. On a phone that has such wide view lenses, we estimate that a 2x is now considered a tele focal range.  A 3x or 4x with a minimum of 100mm would be ideal here to really spice things up. Problem is the sensor would be further reduced to accommodate such a lens on a thin phone.

Slow Motion 960fps Mode!

Since the main camera on the Xperia 1 has the largest sensor of the bunch with the preferable Pixel pitch of 1.4μm, we estimate the slow motion feature will only be attached to this module to have the stacked MotionEye memory module capable of super slow motion.

Sony Xperia XZ3 Super Slow Motion 1080p 960fps Camera Test by Phone Battles:

In previous releases from Sony the slow motion feature was only for 0.1seconds at 1080p full HD and for 0.2sec for 720p. We have not seen any samples from the feature on the Xperia 1 yet but we estimate there might be a direct feature translation from the XZ3 which means no improvement in time recording.  Sony has not given any specifics for the feature and initial reviewers were not allowed to share any details on this.

Until the phone is released we will have to wait for direct comparisons. What is encouraging is that the phone has more onboard memory and faster processing which in theory could allow for more recording time. Right now 3.2 seconds slow motion in a 30p timeline at 1080p and 6.4sec at 720p is just too short to be useable.

Sony Xperia 1 hands-on preview by GSMArena: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Panasonic GH5 vs Red Epic Slow Motion!

Panasonic GH5 vs Red Epic Slow Motion

The Youtube channel CRFTSHO has created a guessing video game that pits the Panasonic GH5 vs the RED EPIC Camera in a slow motion 1080p match.  The fun is that even for the trained eye there is no easy way to tell which camera is actually on screen playing until you get the revelation footage which is the 2nd part of the game.

What is interesting about the results is that the RED Epic a camera worth over 10 times more than the Panasonic Lumix GH5 is almost indistinguishable and in some shots the cheaper camera is preferable in sharpness and detail.  It probably has to do with the GH5 doing full sensor downsampling up to 120fps at 1080p vs the RED doing sensor windowed mode.

To be fair the RED Epic camera is using a sensor with up to 14 stops of dynamic range in APS-C format vs micro 4/3 sensor on the GH5 at 10 stops and with up to 12 stops if using V-Log L.  Also the RED is saving in Redcode RAW which is a 16 bit wavelet proprietary format, which is not only easily grade-able but extremely clean even while using compression. The RED also allows for faster frame rates i.e. 300fps than the GH5’s 180fps max.

Epic Frame Rates: 1-120 fps 5K, 4.5K, 1-150 fps 4K, 1-200 fps 3K, 1-300 fps 2K.

This is not a GH5 is as good as RED test, this is not the point. The real take away from it is that both cameras are extremely good and can be intercut to produce a piece without much trouble. And to marvel at how good the technology has gotten as to be comparable when used properly and exposed without blowing out the image.

In our view,  the RED is still a large production camera that allows for the flexibility needed to grade cinema quality images with no compromise digital negative quality and superior audio; while the GH5 is a jack of all trades small production camera that is good enough to be used in larger productions and films if needed as a crash camera or B camera where using a RED is not an option.

You can visit http://www.crftsho.com for the website of the creators of this test or subscribe to their youtube channel here to support them: CRFTSHO

Panasonic GH5 vs Red Epic Slow Motion Test:

Part 1 Blind test: See this first!

GH5 Slomo Shoot out 120FPS – can you figure out GH5 or RED footage? by CRFTSHO:

Part 2 Final Reveal: See this second!

GH5 or RED SLOW MOTION SHOOT OUT – the revelation! by CRFTSHO:

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