Nikon D7500 Video Tests and Samsung Note 8 Super-slow Motion Test

So, I’ve been trying out the D7500’s video capabilities using the 70-300mm kit lens. Not too bad, I would venture to say. 

First, a random photo from a previous post . . . 

That has nothing to do with this post and hence why I said a random photo. 

So, I’ve been playing with the video function of the Nikon D7500.

This was during the first few days of owning the camera.

As was this . . . 

That was shot in the evening on our front porch (facing East) and hence lots of shadow and backlighting. 

This next video was shot at the Rend Lake spillway (some might remember THIS post from the same area . . . and I still have to do a full post on that day). 

I like how the water coming over the dam forms those interesting shapes as it runs down the cement wall. 

I’ve shot a number of videos with the camera but this next one is the first 4K video.

You can choose to view the video in 4K by clicking on the sprocket (lower right) and choosing the highest quality version. 

I have mixed opinions about 4K videos. This short video was almost a GB in raw file size. I’m not sure it shows any better than the other videos unless you have a large screen to enjoy it in. Even then, we humans don’t see in 4K. Why the option, then?

As far as I can tell, the advantage of it is that if you have a big screen to play it on, the picture will look good because there’s more data there. For instance, if you choose the full-screen option (the little square at the lower right corner – press escape to exit full screen) the 4K video will look better than the 1080p video. The 1080p video looks better than the 720p video.

Again, it has to do with the amount of data you have. 

Why I think it’s mostly a crock is because many people will look at videos on their phones or tablets. Sure, they are high resolution, but the screen is still small. Again, you don’t see in 4K

I just recently bought a TV and it’s a 4K TV ($289 on sale). The picture is fine . . . and not in 4K because I don’t have any 4K media.

Well, I do now (see above) but, realistically, unless someone takes the time to view the videos above on different size screens, most people won’t (can’t) see a difference.

So, one more thing . . . with the last Android update, Samsung pushed a Super-Slow Motion capability update to the Note 8. Previously, it was only slow motion.

You can’t get more than about 8 seconds of video out of it (the actual recording time is something like one to one-and-a-half seconds). It could be fun for some things but it’s difficult timing stuff for filming (like a coin dropping). 

Earlier today I sat (I kid you not) for nearly one hour in front of the hummingbird feeder so I could bring you this video. Enjoy it because I’ll probably not do this all that often.

Once I get the hummers to be more comfortable with me being a few inches from the feeders, I’ll probably have better (but still short) super-slow motion videos but that won’t probably happen until sometimes in August when they are readying for their migration and they don’t care about anything other than eating as much as they can. 

Like in THIS post. Those videos were shot with the Note II. I hope to do better with the Note 8 . . . as long as I can get as close.

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