I’ve been thinking about getting my first full-frame DSLM camera for some time now, there are a whole lot of very tempting offerings out there. Not one however was able to tick all the boxes that are most important for me – including excellent auto-focus, great battery life, no recording limit and a price tag of around 2k. Very recently, Sony announced the Alpha 7c, Sony’s smallest full-frame camera so far. While the A7c recycles a lot of established components from earlier Sony cameras and received quite a bit of flak for that (same sensor! no 4K60! no 10bit!), it did include some minor improvements over the Alpha 7 III that might actually be a major deal for some: a fully articulating screen, eye-tracking auto focus for video and unlimited recording. On the other hand, reviewers found that the in-body image stabilization via sensor shift (IBIS) was curiously worse than that of the A7 III.Read On
Tag: video stabilization
The fact that nowadays pretty much everyone owns a smartphone and shoots video with it has brought a gigantic wave of shaky handheld footage along. While some folks are actually allergic to any kind of shakiness in video, I personally think that depending on the amount and context it can work just fine – but definitely not all the time and under any circumstances. So there is a need to stabilize shaky handheld footage. Now the best thing to get smooth n’ stable footage is to avoid shakiness in the first place while shooting. While there are techniques for shooting (more) stable video handheld, the most common thing would be putting the phone on a tripod (using any kind of rig or clamp for mounting it). But maybe you want to move around a bit? More and more smartphones do have internal stabilization, be it on the hardware side with OIS (optical image stabilization) or on the software side with EIS (electronic image stabilzation). Over the last years there has also been a considerable and increasingly affordable influx of (motorized) gimbals that allow smooth camera movements. But let’s be honest: Unless you’re going to a planned shoot, you probably won’t carry around a tripod or gimbal (if you have one) – as compact as they have become over time, they are still too big and clunky to just put in your pocket. So it’s likely that you will find yourself in situations where you shoot video handheld and want to smooth out some distracting jitter afterwards. While most desktop video editing software has a built-in stabilizer function these days, things don’t look quite as bright on mobile but there are still a few (good) options.Read On
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