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Old March 16th, 2009, 01:48 AM   #1
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Panasonic HMC150 vs Sony Z5 Side By Side Comparison Clip

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours with the Sony Z5. We did a low light comparison at various gain settings.

We also compared how the two cameras handle a camera flash. There has been a lot of talk about rolling shutter, but this was the first time I experienced it first hand. This internet clip will give you a glimpse at what it looks like, but it does not paint the true picture until you watch rolling shutter footage on a 40+ HD monitor.

The final test is a whip pan. Many videographers will not pan this quickly, but if a really quick pan is part of your shooting style, you need to know how the rolling shutter of CMOS will affect your footage.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 05:58 AM   #2
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Very good Mark, Thanks.

The Z5 image does appear brighter at the different gain levels. Color reproduction looks pretty close, although I prefer the saturation levels a bit more on the HMC clips.

Wow, I've never seen rolling shutter reproduced like that.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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That is some skew for sure.

I have been happy with my HMC-150. I would like to decrease the mosquito noise that seems to be at all settings though.

I have become pretty picky after watching HDTV for a year now.
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At the end of the video with the pan shots of the pool, all of the shots are labelled as coming from the Z5 with none from the HMC150 - just a typo?
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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:44 PM   #5
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Hi Brent,

You bring up a good point. I did not test the HMC150 by the pool. The HMC150 is not affected by rolling shutter. So to answer your question, no, it is not a typo. All of the pool footage is from the Z5.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:47 PM   #6
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Hi Mark - Thanks for clarifying!
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Old March 24th, 2009, 02:49 AM   #7
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Very interesting footage Mark, thanks a lot! In many of those shots, the last few anyways, low light did not seem all that much different.
The rolling shutter demo was most interesting as well. I think all the flash shots looked bad, and in reality shots from either like that would not be acceptable for use, in my opinion anyways.
And that panning clip was also surprising.
It's still the HMC150 for me.
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