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Old December 12th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Upgrading from Z1U ...

With the recent rash of CMOS sensors and HDSLRs, I wouldn't be surprised if some of you reading this have to google Z1U to know what camera I currently have.

I've been using it since the year it hit the market, it's been a great camera but it's starting to show it's age, has no depth-of-field and I'm really getting sick of having to "capture" my footage from Mini-DV tapes.

Camera technology has been advancing so fast (sensors, brands, recording media, formats, etc.) in the last 5 years that I'm at a loss for what the best choice is for my needs.

Here are my criteria, maybe you can help steer me in the right direction.

- Budget is about $5K for a full working body
- Don't NEED XLR inputs (though they're nice), but should have something more than a single 1/8th inch headphone jack as an audio input
- As close to full frame 35mm as possible
- Interchangeable lens
- HD-SDI out
- Auto-focus would be nice, but not necessary
- Generally prefer a purpose built video camera over a photo camera with video capability
- Would like to shoot in more than 1080p so I can crop (but won't distribute in anything over 1080)
- Overcranking at 1080 would be nice
- Obviously raw is best, but reasonable compression in the recording format is acceptable

Let me know what your thoughts are based on this criteria.

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Old December 13th, 2013, 05:41 AM   #2
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Re: Upgrading from Z1U ...

The ONLY one that fits this criteria is the Blackmagic 4K cinema camera. It's the only global shutter CMOS camera that is actually affordable and close to full frame as possible.

Blackmagic Design: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Only downside is no 60p, only 60i.
I wait for the day cost-efficient global shutter 60fps capable CMOS sensors emerge for use on major manufacturers' cameras. (Sony, Canon, etc.) Rolling Shutters are a plague.
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