Just found out about the new FS700 from Sony. Looks pretty impressive and I’m stoked to hear more about it at NAB. The basic details appear to be that this that once Sony releases a planned firmware update the camera will become the cheapest 4K camera on the market at “under 10k” There’s going to be some grousing about the internal codec and how you need a really expensive external recorder to really take advantage of the camera but even so it’s still a smoking deal. What I’m really excited for is the planned high speed shooting. 300fps at 1080p and even faster at slower speeds!
We got our 5D MKIII this week and I have to say I am pretty impressed. Almost all of the problems that plagued DSLR shooters have been at least addressed if not solved completely. I’m going to do more thorough testing and some videos but my initial list of pros is pretty long. First and foremost, 30 minute clip size limits!! I know it’s still not perfect but hey, now you can shoot an interview. The headphone jack with on the fly adjustment is awesome as well. I haven’t gotten into the nuts and bolts of the new recording formats but look forward to having more info about that soon. Spoiler alert: It’ll do 60P in 720 so that’s really nice. As a part time photography nerd, some of my favorite stuff is going on outside of the video mode. I’ll keep it brief but suffice to say, it’s a hell of a still camera with a lot of cool tricks up it’s sleeve.
Today I learned that even if you accidentally format a memory card you may not have lost the contents. Canon cameras perform a sort of soft erase when you format the card in camera. They remove the files from easy access and mark their locations as available space to be written over but they do not actually overwrite the area with random numbers or new data which would make recovery impossible.
Canon does not endorse any particular software solution for recovering files but many of the major brands including Lexar and Sandisk bundle recovery software with their cards and I’ve heard reports that many pieces of software work well to recover data if you use them right away after you accidentally format the card.