Panasonic’s New Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds Camera Shouldn’t Worry GH5 Owners

Panasonic rolls out a new Lumix G9 Micro Four Thirds camera with 4K video.

If you’re reading this wondering if the Lumix GH5 you bought has just been out spec’d, don’t worry, it hasn’t. We’d classify the Lumix G9 as more of a stills-focused camera with video functionality. The G9 does have the same 20.3MP Digital Live MOS sensor, Venus Image Processor, 5-Axis Sensor Stabilization (Dual I.S. 2) and DFD (Depth From Defocus) AF technology as the GH5, but Panasonic has slimmed down its video capabilities while bumping photo specs.

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How to Build a Cinema Camera Kit for Less than $250

Want to capture beautiful, cinematic images but don’t have the cash? Well, you might need less than you think.

If you’re looking to get your hands on a cinema camera, expect to spend at least $ 2000. (The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is one outlier at $ 1000.) And that’s just for the body alone—this doesn’t include the cost of lenses and accessories, like filters, memory cards, extra batteries, and cages. So, is there a solution for filmmakers who don’t have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on camera gear? Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you how he built a full cinema camera kit for less than $ 250 in the video below.

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How to Get the ‘Film Look’ Regardless of What Camera You Use

Whether you’re shooting on an ARRI Alexa or a Canon T3i, you can achieve the “film look” by putting these cinematic techniques to work.

We’re all going for the film look, but if you aren’t capturing their images on a powerful cinema camera like the ARRI Alexa or RED Weapon, you might think that this is a level of quality you’ll never be able to achieve. That’s simply not true. Though cameras do play a role in making an image look “cinematic,” there are so many other factors that play an even bigger one, and Jonny Von Wallström of Creative North talks about some of them in the video below.

When it comes to creating a cinematic image, there are several important elements that will dictate (more than your camera will) the look of your images: color, composition, camera movement, and lighting.

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Tilta Arm Gets Your Camera On The Move

Tilta continues to roll out products at a furious rate with the new Tilta Arm for more stable shots from moving vehicles.

The gimbal revolution has opened up a whole world of camera movement that was beyond most of our budgets before, and with the Tilta Arm, the Chinese company further extends that freedom into rigging your camera for stabilized car shots. Filmmakers have been using gimbals to stabilize cameras on cars since at least the 1970s, with a famous early example being Claude Lelouch’s A Certain Rendevous, but the technology was far from mainstream until very recently.

The flexible system can be used both with dedicated camera cars and with properly rigged aftermarket car mounts.

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5 Basic Camera Moves That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Your Handheld Gimbal

Are you using your gimbal to its full potential?

In the last four years, much of the hype from the release of the first handheld gimbal stabilizer, the MōVI, has died down and with it a lot of the crazy and often unnecessarily complicated camera moves. Nowadays, new gimbal operators are just looking for the basics—the meat and potatoes that will help them build a sturdy cinematic foundation (on which they can build if they so choose). In this video from PremiumBeat, filmmaker Zach Ramelan provides a bunch of great beginner tips for working with a gimbal, including essential camera moves that you’ll want to put into practice on your next project. Check it out below:

Let’s get real—these camera moves aren’t rocket science but they will come in handy on virtually every one of your film shoots. In the video, Ramelan mentions:

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Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses

Caltech engineers have developed a type of camera that doesn’t require any lenses. They are replacing curved glass with something that does the same job computationally – an ultra-thin optical phased array. Traditional cameras—even those on the thinnest of cell phones—cannot be truly flat due to their optics: lenses that require a certain shape and […]

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First Official Trailer for Horror Film ‘Polaroid’ About a Deadly Camera

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“Sometimes to deal with tragedies we make up urban legends.” The Weinstein Company / Dimension Films has debuted the official trailer for a horror film titled Polaroid, about an Polaroid camera that kills people. Well, not exactly. The story is about a high schooler who finds an old Polaroid camera, and anyone who gets their picture taken by it will die in a “violent and tragic death.” Not the most original concept, but seems like it has some good kills in it. Starring Kathryn Prescott, Mitch Pileggi, Grace Zabriskie, Tyler Young, Keenan Tracey, Samantha Logan, Priscilla Quintana, Madelaine Petsch and Javier Botet. This is based on the horror short Polaroid also from director Lars Klevberg, who is making his feature debut here. ›››

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‘Polaroid’ Trailer: What Do You Do With a Haunted Camera?

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Everything is haunted! Everything is scary when all objects are possessed! Everything is haunted! And teenagers are in distress!

You know the drill before your even watch the Polaroid trailer: there’s an evil camera, haunted by some kind of demonic presence, that kills all of the unfortunate young adults who let themselves be photographed by it. Like The Ring and Sinister before it, these primal, malevolent forces have a nasty habit of learning juuust enough about technology to make our lives a living hell.

The bulk of the cast is made up of young, blandly pretty people you’ve probably never seen before, but there are a few casting choices that should stand out to genre aficionados. Yes, that is The X-Files alum Mitch Pileggi as the adult “voice of reason,” who seemingly exists just to tell the kids “No, that antique polaroid camera is not causing all of your suspicious deaths” (bad advice in this case). Even more interesting is the casting Javier Botet, the impossibly tall and thin Spanish actor who has made a career out of playing horror movie monsters. You may remember him from Rec, Mama, and The Conjuring 2. This isn’t even his only 2017 horror movie – he’ll also be playing a monster in the adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

Anyway, here’s the trailer. It looks fine – this is the kind of Saturday night horror junk I like watching with a platter of bad (delicious) food and a strong drink or six.

Polaroid is the feature debut for Norwegian director Lars Klevberg, who is adapting his own short film of the same name. The original Polaroid made the festival rounds in 2015, where it won enough acclaim to secure Klevberg a Hollywood gig. The full short doesn’t appear to be online, but you can watch a trailer for it below.

While the Polaroid trailer looks awfully generic, I can’t help but wonder if Klevberg is using this opportunity to make something really cool, even if the surface wrapping is familiar. We’ll find out when Polaroid opens on August 25, 2017.

From the producers of the THE RING and THE GRUDGE and based on the award-winning short by Lars Klevberg, comes the next iconic and bold new vision in horror: POLAROID. High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.

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