Filmmaker Kevin Railsback Makes AJ-PX270 His Primary Camera For Nature Shoots
Director of Photography Kevin Railsback, a specialist in nature and wildlife cinematography, is always looking for a camera that will deliver improved low light capability and off-speed shooting. A longtime Panasonic shooter (he also owns an AG-HPX250 and AG-HXP170), Kevin quickly made the AJ-PX270 P2 HD his “A” camera. He values the PX270 for its extra low light sensitivity, improved codec, 1080/60p capture, electronic level, redundant recording, smaller size and other benefits.
“Nature and wildlife filmmakers are most active at first and last light–that’s when you have the most wildlife activity as well as that magic hour of light for landscapes,” Kevin said. “The PX270 pushes deeper into low light country without any additional noise. For example, I was filming a purple coneflower on a tallgrass prairie using the camera’s high sensitivity mode. I looked at the time and it was 17 minutes after sunset. With other cameras I would have been halfway home, but I was just wrapping up in the field.
“As Panasonic pushes cameras’ low light ability down, they’ve raised my creativity by allowing me to film in light previously too dim to get usable footage.”
“I’ve come up through the Panasonic ranks with the HVX200, HPX170, HPX250 and now the PX270—each new camera is a giant leap in image resolution,” he continued. “The PX270 resolves so much more detail that I’m confident when shooting busy nature scenes of, say a tallgrass prairie, that every stem of prairie grass will be incredibly defined and not meld together and be lost with all the surrounding vegetation.”
Regarding the PX270’s 1080/60p format, Kevin added, “When dealing with wildlife, you may only get a fraction of a second to capture something amazing. Slowing down the footage two and a half times real time means you encounter playback as more than just a glimpse.”
The filmmaker’s upcoming PX270 projects include shooting historical recreations on an upcoming feature for Fourth Wall Films, creating a meditation video, and acquiring diverse material for his stock footage agency. Read more about Kevin at www.filmmakingnaturally.com, or follow him on Twitter @film_naturally.
For more about the PX270, see http://www.panasonic.com/business/provideo/AJ-PX270PJ.asp