Is video the future of still photography?

Written by RedShark News Staff

CanonIs video the future of still photography?

The Canon 1DC is the best part of a year old now (since the first review samples went out) but, despite the fact that all modern DSLRs have a sensor that's way in advance of 4K's 8 megapixels, there are still no other "traditional" 4K DSLRs out there

At least part of that is probably because storing thirty eight-megapixel pictures per second is asking a lot of a camera and its storage system - not to mention the storage media.

The Canon 1DC doesn't make this any easier by foregoing the usual H.265/MPEG-4 Long GOP compression and using instead MJPEG, which isn't as heavily compressed, but which is compatible with a very wide range of software.

And it's this decision to use the older, more familiar MJPEG that makes one of the things that the 1DC can do very much easier: extracting single frames from 4K video footage.

You might think that 8 megapixels isn't much in comparison to the stratospherically high pixel matricies you can find on most modern cameras: 24 megapixels isn't unusual and 36 megapixels is out there.

But it's enough for some very sharp photographs. Here's the proof: it's a video sponsored by Canon that shows how this amazing camera can shoot video, and output high quality stills from the video clips.

Who wouldn't want to choose their master shot from a selection 1/30th second apart?

Video after the break

 

Video

 

We have a 1DC at RedShark at the moment and you'll see our report as soon as it's done.

Tags: Technology

Comments

Related Articles

31 July, 2020

This is how Netflix is adapting Anime to modern technology

The streaming service brings 4K and HDR to the classic Japanese artform in the latest example of its prototyping production techniques.

Netflix's...

Read Story

30 July, 2020

Gigabyte Aero 17 XA review: A competition beating powerhouse [sponsored]

The Gigabyte Aero 17 XA has some pretty nifty specs on paper. How does it stack up in the real world, and more importantly against the competition?

...

Read Story

30 July, 2020

For all film makers: How to avoid losing your stuff and where to put it

Replay: The technological revolution has created great opportunities for new film-makers everywhere, but has in its wake created a new challenge:...

Read Story