Podcast: Why Is 4K Video in a Point-and-Shoot Camera?


Digital video is a huge a part of “photography” now. There are almost no digital cameras introduced without some kind of video capability and, in some cases, “still” cameras are the go-to choice for professional videographers. Recently, we have seen 4K video top 1080 as the standard, and many camera lines, from DSLR to smartphone, are now providing 4K capability, but is this level of quality really warranted or even effective in a point-and-shoot camera? Today’s episode of the podcast will take on this question and, in so doing, we will discuss the particulars of 4K, including what camera models offer this high-definition quality, how do sensor size and form factor affect image quality, what peripherals are needed to make videos of a quality that merit 4K, and what’s the point of recording 4K if you can’t screen 4K? Join us as two B&H experts help clear the air regarding 4K video in still cameras.






Shawn Steiner, Allan Weitz, and Josh Pomponio


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Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Lawrence Neves

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Okay, 4k is most important as a mastering format.  For even professionals using high end kit, they will more than likely be delivering HD or even lower for the web.  Simply not enough places for it to be shown beyond computers with good graphics cards.  The original material, the digital master, yes, all 4k.  The actual viewed version? More than likely HD or lower.

When you factor in shooting video with a Point and Shoot... the need is even less.  For uploading to YouTube, or family viewing, for the general populace who use this kind of camera, where pro considerations, gamma, shadow detail etc, are more a minefield than control points.  For video? There's little need for video on a point and shoot to be 4k.

Most compelling reason is the kind of feature Panasonic do with their 4K stills offerings, the ability to grab an 8 megapixel image from the video stream.