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    Nikon Z RAW Recording
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    From CES...

    The Nikon Z Series: Upcoming Firmware on Display

    The Nikon Z series will continue to adapt to changing user needs through the development and roll-out of firmware updates to meet and exceed creative expectations. Taking into account feedback from photographers and creators, Nikon will display three feature updates under development that open creative opportunities for the Z 6 and Z 7.

    Displays will include:
    CFexpress - Coming soon to the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras is support for CFexpress, which is compatible with the XQD memory card form-factor.

    Eye AF - Under development is an Eye AF function, which will automatically detect the subjectís eyes to make attaining critical focus on the eyes easier. It will allow users to capture photos in which focus has been clearly acquired on the subject's eye, which is useful for portrait, event and street photography scenarios.

    RAW Video Support - Nikon is currently developing a feature that works with the ATOMOS Ninja V to output video in RAW format, using the ProRes RAW codec.

    Details, including the release date of new firmware updates, will be shared at a later date.


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    Pretty amazing. I like what I hear/see!


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    Wow - RAW via HDMI, never thought it would be possible...

    Congrats to Nikon and Atomos!
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    ProRes RAW HQ Example
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    https://youtu.be/jDInuqvPnYg

    Test run using Edius to edit. Shot with Nikon DX 16-80 ED lens on Z 6. If you do not like the colors, it is on me, since you can use RAW to look like anything you want - lots of latitude for 12bit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by markr041 View Post
    https://youtu.be/jDInuqvPnYg

    Test run using Edius to edit. Shot with Nikon DX 16-80 ED lens on Z 6. If you do not like the colors, it is on me, since you can use RAW to look like anything you want - lots of latitude for 12bit.
    LOVED the footage.

    nikon's 16-80 is thought to be a sharp lens and in DX mode using the center of the Z6's full frame surely added.

    next test needs to include faces so you can demo the camera's abilities with various skin tones.

    i also want to see the quality of the internal 8bit.

    how good is it?

    is the Z6's 8bit "good enough" for youtube and web distribution?

    thanks for the effort and the sharing.

    thumbs up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robfilms View Post
    LOVED the footage.

    nikon's 16-80 is thought to be a sharp lens and in DX mode using the center of the Z6's full frame surely added.

    next test needs to include faces so you can demo the camera's abilities with various skin tones.

    i also want to see the quality of the internal 8bit.

    how good is it?

    is the Z6's 8bit "good enough" for youtube and web distribution?

    thanks for the effort and the sharing.

    thumbs up.

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    Thanks. I think the internal recording quality is very good. Here, though, is a ProRes RAW recording with lots of faces, of different colors:

    https://youtu.be/Apj0flXbCZ0


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    FWIW, the new firmware upgrade supposedly made the auto focus comparable to the best of Sony/Canon ... at least, for the stills.


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    Quote Originally Posted by markr041 View Post
    https://youtu.be/jDInuqvPnYg

    Test run using Edius to edit. Shot with Nikon DX 16-80 ED lens on Z 6. If you do not like the colors, it is on me, since you can use RAW to look like anything you want - lots of latitude for 12bit.
    Thanks for posting. Did you happen shoot any normal codec footage to compare to on that day? It would be interesting to see the differences.

    Since Edius is a 10bit program, there is probably more to be gained by using higher bit programs, but 10bit is often plenty.


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    Quote Originally Posted by markr041 View Post
    Thanks. I think the internal recording quality is very good. Here, though, is a ProRes RAW recording with lots of faces, of different colors:

    https://youtu.be/Apj0flXbCZ0
    from the opening shot onwards there appear to be loads of clipped highlights
    is this
    - failure to expose correctly?
    -failure to treat in post correctly?
    -artistic desire?
    -the best you could do with low dynamic range of the camera/codec?


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    Quote Originally Posted by morgan_moore View Post
    from the opening shot onwards there appear to be loads of clipped highlights
    is this
    - failure to expose correctly?
    -failure to treat in post correctly?
    -artistic desire?
    -the best you could do with low dynamic range of the camera/codec?
    The waveform on the Ninja V makes it very clear what is clipped and not in the field, and the waveform in post is equally informative. So there are no inadvertent clipped highlights. I believe, since that is what I intended, there are no clipped areas on faces or anything important in the video, just specular OOF highlights and not vast areas of clipped whites either. If you do see clipped faces then that is my mistake. I often expose to avoid all clipped highlights, but that results in not so great skin tones.

    The DR limit is not the 11-stop+ dynamic range of the sensor, but REC709 - 5-6 stops is all you can render. I do make HDR versions of videos (that is an advantage of RAW - the color is REC2020) so as to actually show the wide DR of the sensor and the scene, but what I find is even on sophisticated forums like this people seem uninformed how to view HDR video or are confused whether they are viewing them in HDR, so it ends up with misunderstandings.


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