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    Sony PXW-Z280 - Test Footage !
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    So I had a good look at it today (could've spent longer, but had to get back to the office !). Obviously shooting without having a full brief and just picking random things is always a bit different, but this'll give you a better idea of how it looks.
    I shot everything in 25p in a mix between UHD and HD, with a shot in S & Q 60p (which looks good). I did try shooting S & Q out to my Atomos but it came out very choppy and jagged, so not sure what goes on there.

    Not being familiar with Sony menus, I had to dig to find Slog 3 - you have to change the operating mode from SDR to HDR and then HDR settings in the paint menu. A lot of my Slog test footage was very grainy, so I've not included it here - I'm sure with more experience, it'd be fine.
    It's quite a beefy camera, and tried to put it on my shoulder rig, but the ergonomics don't lend them selves to what I was using and still trying to handhold with the zoom rocker in your hand. It was fine on my Manfrotto monopod however, you just have to balance it.

    The aperture is constant unless you put it on auto, so everything was shot at 1.9 to get some form of depth of field. There's so many extra settings for knee, etc that I didn't even touch on. Macro is also something you can switch on and off and seems to do pretty well.
    Didn't test audio, and was only the internal microphone recording at the time.

    If you shoot in XAVI-L you can only do 1920x1080p50 and a few other variations, so in XAVI-I you get 3840 x 2160 25p, 23.976, 50, etc.

    For a run and gun (and for nice b-roll shots), it probably doesn't have the creaminess of a GH5s (which I also own) but it certainly doesn't look too 'videolike' as I thought it might have been.

    Hope this helps !

    Video - On 25p UHD timeline, exported at 1920 x 1080.

    https://youtu.be/rhdlOXYxwU4
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    Thanks for that. I will be checking this out when it hits our dealers. Looks like a good replacement for the EX series.

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    No worries - I'm getting it loaned for the weekend so I'll do green screen at 4:2:2 10 bit and whatever else I can dream up !
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    More Footage !
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    Here's a short 30 second clip grabbed over the weekend - XAVC-I, UHD, no grading....

    https://youtu.be/yDcZztSNuTw
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    Horrific rendition of over exposed areas - the worst of sony?


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    Agreed, Sam. Yuck. Surely the camera is capable of better footage...


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    Quote Originally Posted by markfpv View Post
    Agreed, Sam. Yuck. Surely the camera is capable of better footage...
    Of course it is. I really hate it when people post haff-assed footage like this with no regard to proper camera setup, exposure, or anything else. What is the point of posting such crap?


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    So sorry Doug....my time was limited on the weekend, and I'm so sorry for not doing it properly...won't do it again.

    These forums aren't very forgiving. Don't know why I bother.
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