I need to shoot in a reception room with no windows and low-light conditions. My Canon XF300 has a very good Gain feature that allows me to shoot pretty good video in dark conditions but I'm afraid of the image quality being affected by the noise it creates. So my question is: Am I better off using a light mounted on my video camera or should I use the Gain feature? The down side of the camera-mounted light is that it flattens the subjects and takes away the perspective. Thanks for you input!
Just a few short days ago, news came out that the firmware for the Panasonic Lumix GH1 got hacked. Now typically, you'd think that was a bad thing, and typically, you'd be right. However, in this case, that is far from the truth. Instead, the firmware hack for the GH1, made by Tester13, allows it to take MJPEG videos with a bitrate of up to 50 Mbps.
The newest offering from Panasonic will include a 5x optical zoom and best of all, record video in the AVCHD Lite format instead of the conventional Motion JPEG format. This should be a huge sigh of relief to cinematographers looking to utilize the benefits of a photographic sensor while still being able to edit in a widely supported format.
Panasonic Introduces the LUMIX DMC-ZR3 Featuring AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording Capability. Panasonic LUMIX ZR3 includes 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens and powerful 8x optical zoom in a slim and portable body.