Is the Panasonic S1R the best 6K 10bit camera, even better than the S1H?

Panasonic S1R camera

Why does nobody write about the Panasonic S1R 6K 10bit h265 with 200mb/sec at max. 30fps? Everyone writes and tests the S1 and S1H!
Do the manufacturers think we're stupid or are we really stupid? 
We should buy, purchase or even better change the system because the S1H is the best DSLM!

What does the best DSLM mean: That's not enough for me, why isn't there a leaderboard where all cameras are listed? Then there will probably be a difference between the No. 1 and the No. 22? Of course, consumers always want to see a test winner. So instead of one category, we'll have 10 categories on the same topic and we'll have 10 test winners! 

The best cinema cameras have been coming from ARRI for decades. All other brands are good too: Canon c500 mark2 or Sony fx9, or Red Monstro. These are all top devices, but they are not perfect, because something is always missing. 

If you were in charge of choosing the camera for a feature film and only not be dismissed if something goes wrong when you take ARRI! So what are we talking about? Of course the money shouldn't be an issue...

Back to the S1R camera. 
Is 6K, 10bit H265 with max. 30fps enough for you?
Where do your films end up: YouTube, TV or cinema?
Who pays you: private individuals, companies, TV stations or cinema viewers?
No log, no RAW output, only 420 instead of 422, max. clip length 10min.
If you need more, get the SL2 camera from Leica. 
About 3.000 € more, all extremely expensive, especially the batteries and lenses, but she films with log and has 422 10Bit HDMI DCI output! Everything else is pretty much the same as with the S1R.
The disadvantages with the SL2 are: Only a fixed screen, good but unique menu, the Profoto flashes do not work. 

Let's talk RAW and log for mere mortals. 
RAW with log is good, but leaves a huge rate tail in post production. 
If you expose accurately, choose the right WB, have a good sound and perfect lut, you'll get there super fast, and above all, it's affordable for customers.
The difference to the very elaborate RAW setup on location as well as in post remains disproportionately large, and is not visible in the finished film for rental! Clearly, with 400% magnification and a calibrated monitor that can display more color than the eye can detect, we will see differences. Of course, if someone is filming for his ego and especially cool making-off's are shooting in parallel, he won't get along with my minimalist but affordable workflow at all. 

What I still miss on the S1R: Define the guide line on the monitor, vectorscopes and parade, manual focus magnifier on Record, HDMI out 10bit 422, shutter speed in degrees and seconds. You can get a lot of this and much more for only 625€ with Atomos Ninja V. 
What I dream of, not only for the S1R, but for all interchangeable lens cameras is an electric Vario ND filter adapter for all DSLR and DSLM.

There's something I need to get off my chest: With me, you don't have to click on Subscribe or the Like button. 😂

But I am very happy about comments or other opinions. Actually I am not a film maker, but a master photographer. My company takes care of large hotels with online marketing, especially with SEO, optimization of OTAs and Metasearch machines. So if I am completely wrong somewhere, please don't be too angry...Thanks!


Everyone wants a drone

Me too, but not just one. It's just awesome to fly. To have the possibility to film or photograph, simply a dream. To watch a landscape in real time on a mobile phone or a fixed display that no one has ever seen from this height. Who does not wish for that?

The drones have become very small in the meantime. Only two years ago we flew around with a diameter of 1.36 m and 15 kg. Every time again cold sweat on our foreheads and wet hands during take-off. It's a huge responsibility if this thing goes down. AUSTRO CONTROL Approval took over 6 months. Sure, you could fly into densely populated areas with that, but who'd dare? Once again: If 15 kg fly around at 80 km/h, everyone is in danger. Especially the pilot who's flying the drone. Today we are flying the DJI Phantom Pro IV: Small, fine, easy to take off and land, perfect picture quality, 60 frames per second. The Austro Control approval is now in about 2 weeks. The insurance has also become cheaper (approx. 150€ per year).

Just follow a few basic rules and be happy: Fly max. 120 m, always fly max. 45° above persons, never leave the display, always be with one eye on the drone, stay on the ground without GPS support and as always: DO NOT EXCEED.


An image film must generate emotions

Hotel Image Film

We are always amazed when we learn how long a good film production took, how many experts were involved and above all what the production cost. As a normal mortal you don't ask yourself this question.

You just watch a movie, whether it's a commercial or Image film is. A movie makes an impression. The problem is, no matter how good or bad the film is, they all cost a lot of time and money. So it's worth to add 20% and 100% to your target group or the audience, not only to reach them but to really inspire them. This does not work over night and already twice not with simple means. But with a good script, a systematically constructed storyboard, suitable technology, models adapted to the target group, a speaker who gives goose bumps with his voice, anything is possible. These are the things that have to fit in advance.

If everything is well prepared and if Sergio (our employee and sound engineering expert at RATKO MEDIENAGENTUR) has enough time to conjure up suitable sounds, then nothing stands in the way of a super emotional film. So that not only we, but first and foremost you and your customers will have a great time.


Is YouTube overtaking Google?

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But 100%ig. Be honest: If you search for something in Google and a movie about what you were looking for appears right at the beginning - where do you click? On the text results or on the YouTube Movie?

Especially if you see right away that the movie doesn't last too long, already the title describes exactly what you are looking for and at the end there are some ratings with at least 4.5 stars. At the latest now everything is clear. I lean down, press the play button and watch this video. No annoying reading (maybe get the glasses first ;-)) and constant scrolling back and forth with the mouse. In addition, the movie offers the possibility to integrate animations much better with sound and pictures.

There are not yet that many movies that can cover your search results for 100% But the fact is that very soon Film results will come before the text results in the Google search, both quantitatively and qualitatively. We, RATKO MEDIENAGENTUR, have been working for years on optimizing our own films so that they are presented in the best possible way not only on the homepage but also in search engines.


Sensor in comparison: Which one is really worthwhile?

Which is better: large sensor with a lot of data, difficult to focus or small sensor, no depth of field, no cinematic look?

That's for everyone to decide. I think everything up to 4/3 of an inch can still be considered small. From APS-C over full format to medium format counts as large, professional and expensive. Usually good lenses and expensive storage media with fast storage rates are added.
Good, even pointed results are already achieved with smartphones. If you want more, you should dig deep into your pockets. But if the cash register is not so full, there are other ways:

Simply invest a lot of time in a video editing program and get the maximum out of average material afterwards. For films this is best done with the free version of DaVinci Resolve 15. For photos there is the ADOBE Lightroom no alternative.


DJI again the No. 1 on the market

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I love it when DJI launches a new product. Not only is it better than its predecessor, but often - as with the OSMO Pocket - it opens up new possibilities that greatly expand your creative scope.

On the one hand, the Mavic 2 Zoom an image quality that is simply incredible. In addition, the size and battery life make this drone a must-have. So if you can live without 4K/60FPS, there's nothing better on the market right now. The OSMO Pocket I just ordered, but it hasn't arrived yet. However, various reviews show what the Chinese conjure up for us. Besides the GoPRO 7, this is the best action camera. Smaller and with a 3-axis gimbal is not possible anymore. The photo quality is not exactly top-notch, but the video function is incredibly good.


Depth of field in the picture - HUAWEI Mate20 Pro

Or rather a iPhone XS? Something that previously only the best and brightest lenses could do in combination with large camera sensors is now simply done by software or three lenses.

With the iPhone XS this does not yet work perfectly, but with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro you get fantastic results with 3 Leica lenses. I myself am impressed by the technology HUAWEI uses in this smartphone. No matter if portrait or aperture mode: Both deliver results that are perfect for direct instagram-postings. You simply select with your finger which area should be in focus. The other two lenses do the rest with extreme blur. The image result looks almost perfect on your smartphone. Unfortunately you can see the partly unclean processor work on the big screen. In return, the 40MP photo mode of the Mate 20 Pro, including night mode, make it a clear winner.

Sorry iPhone XS, you can't win them all...


DaVinci Resolve 15 - Hollywood editing and colorgrading program for free


Version 10 was the first version I was allowed to do noise reduction in DaVinci Resolve. There was always a free and a paid version. At that time we were still working with ADOBE Premiere. Then came FinalCut Pro X.

Those were the days: Those who worked with it up to then didn't want to know about version X anymore and stayed with version 7. Others were enthusiastic about the new features. Resolve one has more or less only, or rather without exception, for Colorgrading used. From version 12.5 everything has changed: Resolve has got an editing section, from the current version 15 on even 3D Fussion and Music Firelight are included.

And again a big decision was made: Instead of editing movies in two or even three different programs, we switched completely to DaVinci Resolve in 2018. A studio version that supports RAW, 10bit and noise reduction has become the best choice for us. For every beginner, who is not sure what he needs, we recommend the free version, which is available from Blackmagic page is free to download. Good computers for film editing have always been a prerequisite.


Apple OS X vs. WIN 10 for photo and movie editing

That's enough to argue about for hours. Mac guys not only believe in OS X, they swear by it. But die-hard Windows network administrators don't want to know about Apple.

I think that with the introduction of own hardware in Windows (Microsoft Surface) the situation in image editing and film post-production has become quite relative. What years ago clearly belonged to the Apple world (including musicians who produce music themselves) can now be done 1:1 on both platforms without compromise.

The important point here is that Apple has always been very expensive, but now the prices of professional Microsoft products are just as high. I am talking about products from 3000 € and higher. We work with Mac without exception, but due to the need for hotel software (Casablanca) we have to install a virtual Windows machine on iMac Pro install.

I would recommend to everyone who wants to work with photos, movies or music on the PC in the long run, despite the advance of Windows Workstation, to get at least one MacBook Pro to increase. Even better an iMacPro. We have all of them in the office in a variety of configurations and are more than happy with all of them.


Is the Panasonic GH5 the best film camera?


I read almost daily posts from international video blog portals:, and Just as often, new hardware and software comes out with revolutionary tools designed to make the world a better place and Indie Filter to make life easier.

But there are few that can really hold their own for years and leave the competition behind so well that they are still top dogs years later. One of them is certainly the PANASONIC GH5. The GH4 was already the ultimate hammer, with features that belong in cinema production.

Besides, really everybody can afford the camera (under 2000 €). I have been filming for 2 years with the GH5 and I'm thrilled every day. Precisely because something new comes onto the market almost every day, but ultimately nothing better... Even if there is still hope on paper that there will be a new GH5 will. But in the end, or rather at the latest when you hold the camera in your hand and start working with it, the "true face" comes out. You find a lot of little things that are not nearly as good as GH5. What fascinates me most about this camera is the perfect manual way to attack, freely assignable buttons, a sensor that is not too big, but not too small either, and the image quality that can just about be enough for a movie (provided you used the right prime lens).

If you work up to 12 hours a day with this camera, you know what to expect. In theory and practice, however, it all looks quite different. Whether I film 16 hours at a wedding, on one day without interruption, or 10 hours with models in a hotel or lying in the snow for 3 days for a commercial of 20 seconds - I can say, with the GH5 I have everything I need.

Whether I will finally get a film of the appropriate quality is then definitely not up to the film camera.