Monday, May 11
After four or five days of continuous research, I have preordered the GH-1 from amazon. I have been so obsessed with this thing, I’ve been feeling sick. Went to bed thinking about it. Woke up thinking about it. None of that, of course, helped my research, but I tend to obsess on things. This camera could provide the look I’ve been hoping to get on this film at a very doable price, and I couldn’t get it out of my head till I made a decision on it.
Tough choice, cause it’s not perfect. And I don’t have one to play with. Thankfully, though, there are people out there like Director of Photography Philip Bloom, posting footage and laying down some knowledge on his blog:
And another DP, Kholi Hicks, on dvxuser.com who tested the shit out a Japanese model whose menus he couldn’t even read. Posted a lot of footage, and all of his findings. Very very helpful.
Of course, I didn’t interact with any of these guys. I just lurk.
In a nutshell, what I have learned is that at 1080, the codec falls apart with lots o’ detail or fast motion. But at 720p 60fps (which can be easily converted to 24p if I choose) we should be ok for this film. There’s an automatic gain control for the audio that can’t be turned off, no vu meter, and no way to monitor live audio or video while you shoot.
There’s also a sweet auto focus; some kind of crop factor option that apparently get you tighter on your subject than your lense allows with, apparently, no loss in quality; then there’s the sweet freaking picture.
It’ll be a little weird shooting a feature with a still camera, but I’ll get over it. Just hope it gets released on time and I don’t wind up on backorder. I really want to shoot on this camera.