Here’s the first two tests, right out of the box, of our new Nikon D5000 in movie mode. You’ll notice that in the first clip there’s a lot of noise (look at the red kettle to the right, although the H264 compression on the YouTube video masks a lot of the noise). The ISO was set to 1600 and it’s a relatively dark room with no additional lights.
In the second part of the first clip (the little asian man), the ISO was set to 400 and it’s a bit overexposed. This is how it looks in an exterior setting.
Both tests were handheld (not recommended without the new DSLR kit from Redrock Micro, see how shaky we are without it?) and using the stock 18-55mm lens at f4.5.
In the second video, we have two clips. Both were shot from our truck, on a CineKinetic CineSaddle tied to the hood. We used a Zeiss 50mm prime lens (the stock Nikon lens kept slipping focus) set at f1.4 and focused at infinity. The lens has a small hood to help reduce lens flares.
Part one of this clip was shot at ISO 3200. Part two was shot at 1600. Speed was about 20-30 mph.
It’s early days, and we have a lot to learn about this camera. We’ll be posting a lot more over the next few weeks. I’d also like to point out that these are just tests- we’ll be making prettier pictures once we figure this camera out.