All of this has me thinking- I've ordered the D800E (which may cause some trouble when video shooting with aliasing and moire) does it make sense to spend $3000 on a recorder for it or $3000 on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera which will do it all?
These are interesting times in which we are living.
The Nikon I believe is still a great cam, especially for photos.
Problem with the codec is that you can not do much in post such as, color correction, grading etc etc. You really have to film with the look in mind, but of course you know this otherwise you would not be looking into spending another 3000,- for an external device.
Personally I believe its a whole lot of money. If you do not need to use the Nikon much for photos, then I would not invest in the external device. But if you use it for both photos and filming it may be a good investment.
Just saw a review of the Black magic and I was Super Surprised, its 2.5 K (not 1080). Whow, thats really good for that price.
the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. It captures 2.5K (2432 x 1366) 12bit RAW footage with a claimed 13 stops of dynamic range on a sensor that is, at 16.64 x 14.04mm, slightly smaller than the Four Thirds standard. It features a Canon EF mount and the compact body includes a capacitive touchscreen and a Thunderbolt connection.
My first impression is, this is fantastic, still need to look into the specs though, such as the lens etc. but for that price 2.5 K........whow.
I would be recording in DNxHD and editing on Avid Symphony, which has a decent color corrector (though admittedly not nearly as powerful as the BlackMagic Cinema/DaVinci workflow).
Recording to the internal card on the Nikon is discarding the camera's potential as a video camera. I'm going to try the cheaper BlackMagic Hyperdeck approach first-- and see how that does. I liked the Pix 240 for the audio interface and time code features, but at $3000, it's not cost effective for what I'm doing.
$3000 would better be spent on the BlackMagic Cinema camera. It records DNxHD native. There are some videos from the camera floating around-- they look promising.
I have a D700 which doesn't shoot video. I want the D800E for studio photo/portrait work. It's one heck of a studio camera for photography. The $500 Hyperdeck is at least a starting point for video, but I'm very concerned about aliasing and moire on the 800E, which removes the aliasing filter from the camera. Great for stills, not good for video.