This just in from a top-end sound engineer:
Did you watch the Paul Lewis Beethoven 4th piano concerto this evening? The BBC abandoned the usual broadcast cameras and used ‘Q-Ball’ cameras instead. The pictures were very poor resolution and foggy in comparison, and the obsession with close-ups through a wide-angle lens makes everyone look close as well as bulbous. What is in the BBC’s heads? The cameras have a single 1/3″ 2MP sensor which is comparable with the Canon camcorder we take on family holidays, and has resolution at best a sixth of that of a studio camera. I knows times are hard, but the BBC is so snotty about contractors using full broadcast grade cameras and yet they use something I would hesitate about using for cctv on sessions.
Any comment from BBC vision control?
There’s further discussion starting here.