Are you using it for video or photo? If you're using it for video, the LX100 has advantage of more zoom range because of the crop factor so it's better for macro. You will also need to pay attention to the custom white balance of the Sony since they're known to have issue when come to custom white balance for video.
For photo, the LX100 has larger sensor, not sure what Sony's 1" stacked sensor translate to in term of quality. One thing to keep in mind is the RX100M4 is more expensive, the street price of the LX100 is $799 these days, $200 cheaper than the Sony. Other things like built in timelapse on the LX100 vs ND filter on the RX100?
Finally! There is another 4K diving video!!!! I was just wondering, there are so many GH4 shooters out there but I only saw EJ from Korea upload video in 4K. I guess you have been missing in action. The song is catchy, anyway you can add some tambourine track because it could really use one.
Thanks! There are a lot of frogfish in Anilao, I believe I saw all the color of frogfish in this trip. I saw the yellow juvenile frogfish but it got spoke back behind/under the rock by the divers before me so I didn't get to shoot it. To answer your question, those tiny little crawling thing are not nudibranch, I believe they're some sort of crab/bug. you can see them at 2:12 of this clip by Chris Parson:
Alright, got the frogfish out of the way. I have to say, they're not my cup of tea, but I finally saw hairy frogfish!
Finding music for frogfish is tough, shooting them on wall dive is even tougher! I probably should have learn how to use the Zebra feature on my Panasonic LX100, many of these guys are white like a snow ball and being down in at least 40 feet deep, it's hard to keep the surrounding properly expose while not to blow out the white frogfish. I have a couple shot of black frogfish, but they didn't make it into the video because they really look like a clump of charcoal. Anyway, enjoy (Watch in 4K setting even if you don't have 4K monitor just so you can benefit from the extra detail):
PS: Looking back, I could have shoot the white subject in more flat profile and grade them later. But there is no Cine-D or Cine-V kind of profile in the LX100, will have to research and see how to make one up. Any critique/comment is welcome! I think I got low enough, what other angle would you shoot frogfish at? Didn't see them yawn or snatch a fish up for meal, it's a tricky subject to shoot.
Did you shoot custom white balance the whole time? The Manta ray clip sure doesn't look like it, while the other clips seems fine in term of coral color, but the blue water is on the purple side, and when looking at the diver's mask band, it appear you took the color too far.
It's my first time shooting with the Panasonic LX100, Nauticam CMC-1, first time to Anilao and second time shooting macro. I'm starting to accept the result especially I only have around 150 dives under my belt. I found that the more dive experience I have, the more comfortable I feel about getting close, slow down to think and adjust my camera setting (not having a big group of divers lining up or selfish dive buddy would help too!
I'm starting to get a hang of the editing portion too, music is always hard! Here is the result:
If you have 1080P display, watch in 1080P setting, then watch again with 4K setting, see if you can see the benefit of 4K. If you have 4K display, then of course watch it in 4K setting.
I output my final video to target of 80Mbps. A 8 minutes video is about 4.6Gb, it took about two hours to upload to Youtube and process. It's really hard for countries that do not have fast internet to provide 4K content. I don't know what's the final bitrate that Youtube produce, but if it's buffering right, the Youtube deliver quality is very close to my 4.6Gb mp4 sitting in my local hard drive.
Make sure you watch the whole thing!
As usual, suggestion, critique, comment are all welcome!
Nice work as usual Dustin! Like the different view of the plane. May be because I don't have knowledge of the plane, I think it would be nice to have divers around for scale reference? I mean the plane looks really big during the top down view of the plane at 2:45 but I have no idea how big.
Not sure what muddled 1080p footage you are referring to, but footage from a 5d II or III isn't muddled. 4k does look nice sampled down to 1080p, but that doesn't make 1080p footage muddled. To me, color is everything...It's what captivates the viewer, along with the subject being shot. Detail is nice, but I don't think its lacking by any reasonable camera made in the last 5 years.
I'm sorry, I need to clarify that. What I mean muddled is when watching 1080p footage on a 4K monitor. Just like SD/DVD get pixelated when watch back on a 1080p monitor.
I had the focus on the sand/burrow in the beginning, so when the eel poke its head out, it was focus. I thought the eel would just stay straight out of its burrow, but whole know it gets so long and dances in between the fish! I have another clip where the focus was on the fishes, I was hoping that when the eel is in the fish area, its head would be in focus together with the fish. Yeah, I swear a lot, not to mention there were lines of diver behind/next to me waiting for their shot.
It was definitely and interesting experience, not sure if I will get the chance to see this kind of behavior a lot. Let's hope the next time I would better shot!
Here are two screen capture of the LX100 shot with ISO800:
The Octopus is night dive, while the Nudibracnch is day time with custom white balance without video light. As you can see ISO800 on the LX100 is usable and pretty good, just not on scene where you have lot of blue color water. The Sipadan LX100 clip posted at the top of this discussion shows very nice/clean blue, I'm not sure if it's because the diving condition in Sipadan is much better than Anilao, or the fact that the Sipadan clip is 1080 instead of 4K sort of hide the noise at the blue part of the clip.
I'm still going through my clips, I have about 800 clips! If I found some that show the water column in ISO400 or ISO200, I will post it here for people to judge/reference.
I used Magic Filter with the LX100 during my recent Anilao trip. I have an extra 2x2" Magic Filter from a while back when I bought a pack of three. The 2x2" is more than enough to cut to size and stick on top the lens before putting the camera into the housing. You do loose a bit of light, but it won't be a problem in tropical water. The weather condition in Anilao turned cloudy so I stopped using it after 1 day.
Here is the screen capture of the dive when I used the Magic Filter + Custom White Balance:
The dive was in the morning around 9 am. I shoot the video in Manual mode, Shutter: 1/60, ISO 800, either F8 of F11 (I don't remember). To get the best result out of Magic Filter, the sun should be behind the shooter. I have to say, Anilao is not a good place to shoot wide angle video because the water just have too much sand/murky. There were a lot of traffic in the area so the sand could be caused by diver stir up sand as well. I was with a group of U/W photography, they had workshop so in mid trip everybody switch to WA and I'm stuck with them. Feel like I just joined a group of people travel to Asia to eat McDonald.......I wanted more macro dives!!!!!
PS: ISO 800 is too noisy for WA, ISO400 is the max I would go if you have a lot of blue color water to show in your composition. I used higher F-stop because I wanted more flat depth of field, and paid the price of needing to use high ISO. Good thing the LX100 can open up to 1.7F so that's not an issue, I would choose low noise video over flat depth of field from now on.