Category: Cameras

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$3699 SmallHD 1703 P3X, 900nits 17″ Field Monitor

Posted by Charbax – September 20, 2017

SmallHD 1703 P3X ($3699 at Amazon.com) is a bright 900nits 17″ Full HD (133ppi) IPS LCD display monitor with a wide colour gamut with 100% DCI-P3 10 bit reference grade colour accuracy (with a Delta E average of 0.8), 1,400:1 contrast, with 178 degrees vertical and horizontal viewing angle useful for Focus Pullers, Directors, and DITs on set. Users can install own 3D LUT calibration with advanced colour management solutions, it has 2x SDI and HDMI inputs, 2x SDI and HDMI outputs, VESA mountable. This video also features the 5" 720p SmallHD Focus ($499 at Amazon.com) Sony Bundle that improves Sony A6500/A6300/A7Smark2/etc by increasing battery life and removing battery overheating issues from the current Sony camera.

Sony RX0, 1″ sensor, waterproof, crushproof camera

Posted by Charbax – September 20, 2017

Sony releases the ultra-compact RX0 ($698 at Amazon.com) with a 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor (3:2 aspect ratio), 15.3MP, BIONZ X image processor, super slow motion movies at high frame rates up to 1000fps, uncompressed high-quality 4K data can be recorded on an external recorder, comes with a wide-angle 24mm ZEISS lens (F4.0 aperture), and a tough, rigid body that is IPX8 waterproof down to 10m/33ft, shockproof when dropped up to 2.0m/6.5ft above ground, and up to 200kg/440lb/2000N crushproof.

Sony Venice 6K Camera CineAlta Full-Frame 35mm

Posted by Charbax – September 20, 2017

Sony introduces Venice, their next generation 36x24mm full-frame sensor motion picture camera, advanced colour science exceeding Rec. 2020, records at up to 6048x4032 resolution, and by switching imager modes, it can natively support Super35 24.9x18.7mm, 4096x3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film) and Super35 24.9x14.0mm 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film). In other words, VENICE’s new full-frame sensor can capture in almost any format, including full 18mm-height Super35 Anamorphic and spherical and full-frame 24mm-height Anamorphic and spherical. Almost any aspect ratio can be conjured up: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 17:9 and more in full-frame or Super35.

Sony 8K Camera UHC-8300 at IBC 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 19, 2017

Sony brings their 1.25" portable 7kg 8K 120p Camera with a 1.25" 8K 3CMOS sensor at 7680x4310 with S-Log3 or HLG HDR supporting ITU-R BT.2020 colour space. Pricing is at about $500 thousand for the camera, it outputs the raw 8K at 100Gbit/s which then can get processed by the engine into a 8K60p stream for now, with a 8K120p stream later possible.

Canon XF400, XF405, 4K60 Camcorder with Dual-Pixel AF

Posted by Charbax – September 18, 2017

The new $3499 Canon XF405 and $2999 XF400 Camcorder can record UHD 4K at 4K50 in PAL regions and at 4K60 in NTSC regions to a 150mbit/s H264 bitrate, soon to come also in the XF-AVC wrapper. Using a 1" CMOS sensor with Dual-Pixel CMOS autofocus, two XLR audio inputs, 15x optical zoom, nine-bladed iris, five-axis optical image stabilization, powered by dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors with high sensitivity and low noise, supporting Wide DR Gamma. It has dual SD card slots, and outputs via HDMI 2.0 and 3G-SDI ports (on XF405 only). It features four channels of audio with manual/automatic recording levels from two XLR audio inputs, built-in Wi-Fi to control the camera's functions via browser and transfer proxy files. Camera control is also available using the included WL-D89 remote. Canon is also releasing the cheaper Canon GX10 ($2499 at Amazon.com) that has the same features but is more compact without the XLR audio inputs and without the Ethernet port.

$1899 Sony FDR-AX700, 4K30 HDR HLG Camcorder with phase-detect AF

Posted by Charbax – September 18, 2017

The new Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 brings 1" stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor 4K30/4K25/4K24 camcorder at 100mbit/s and 60mbit/s XAVC S Mp4 H264 codec with instant HDR HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) workflow with a fast Hybrid Autofocus system with 273 phase-detection AF points covering 84% of the shooting aread. Includes 3.5″ 1555k dots LCD touch-screen display, 0.39″ 2359k dots OLED viewfinder. It supports Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active mode. Dual SD card slots for backup or relay recording. HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 models are similar but they add dual XLR audio input and the PXW-Z90 also adds SDI output.

$7495 Panasonic AU-EVA1

Posted by Charbax – September 17, 2017

This new Panasonic AU-EVA1 camera is a compact 1.2kg 5.7K Super 35 Handheld Cinema Camera with EF Lens Mount, 4K60p and 2K240p support, Dual Native ISO 800/2500, 14 Stops of Dynamic Range, 4:2:2 10bit, dual SD Card Recording, up to 400Mbps ALL-I recording, V-Log / V-Gamut, 5.7K Raw Output (with a future firmware update), to be available starting next month.

You can see footage shot with the EVA1 here:

Thule Covert DSLR, Laptop Accent Backpack, Subterra Carry-On and more

Posted by Charbax – September 11, 2017

I've been using my Thule Covert DSLR Backpack ($199 at Amazon.com) for the past few months as my main video-blogging backpack. Here's a tour of all the latest Thule Backpacks including the Thule Covert DSLR Backpack, the Thule Accent Backpack, the Thule Travel Backpack and the Thule Subterra Carry-on and Check-in bags that Thule of Sweden currently has on the market. Thule claims to provide a high quality testing and materials guarantee on their bags, something that is not easy to do. Thule claims to provide the best high quality/value bags also compared with brands like Samsonite in the carry-on and check-in luggage market. You can see all the Thule bags at http://thule.com

Smart Mike wireless Microphone for iPhone (BT+Wi-Fi sync)

Posted by Charbax – September 11, 2017

Smartwave Tech presents the Smart Mike, a compact microphone that records wirelessly perfectly and then automatically synchronizes the audio into the video using the smartphone app. As smartphones are getting amazing 4K video recording capabilities, even perhaps some with their dual-cameras soon enabling smooth video-bokeh in 4K (perhaps with the upcoming iPhone8), yet all Smartphones record bad sound quality on board. The Smart Mike is currently only working on any iPhone from iOS9 upward, later hopefully soon with Android support (once they get the Bluetooth-trigger incompatibilities and the sound synchronization video editing app acceleration in Android sorted out in software), it's got an omni-directional but distance limited lapel microphone type sound recording that cancels all surrounding noise, they say they will later be able to support up to 7 microphones, currently only supporting one and also enabling the user to choose the volume for the internal iPhone microphone compared with the Smart Mike volume as the user merges the audio with the video in the app. Since it records on board the microphone's 8GB of storage, it can currently record up to 2 hours before needing to be synchronized to the iPhone with the video (of which then the audio storage is each time cleared from the Smart Mike). Film making experts often do post-production sound synchronization from wireless audio recorders in software, the Smart Mike automates that procedure automatically. While they are also tweaking the sound sync to hopefully remove any type of echo when synchronizing the Smart Mike audio with the built-in Smartphone microphone audio. They say they might also release a version of the Smart Mike that has a mini-jack audio input so any microphone can be used with their system. You can read more about it at http://smartwave-tech.com

Distributors and industry insiders can contact Smart Wave Tech here:
Jeff Liu, VP
Jeff@smartwave-tech.com
+8613923787020 / +886 932369210

Firmware 2.0 on Panasonic GH5 at IFA 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 1, 2017

The new upcoming firmware update 2.0 for the Panasonic GH5 to be released at the end of September 2017 will hopefully fix and much improve auto-focus speed/performance/reliability on the camera, it adds also a 72mbit/s H265 HEVC 4K30p mode with 4:2:0 10bit Hybrid Log Gamma HDR recording mode that is said to be totally compatible with direct YouTube upload! (I'm hoping that since this new HEVC is 10bit 4:2:0, and not 4:2:2, then it would be nice if that would support 60p recording also, but I guess that it probably won't ever support HDR (HLG) at 4K60p) The new firmware also adds 400mbit/s all-i 4K30/60p recording on new V-90 SD cards (possibly support from some V-60 rated SD cards for sustained guaranteed bandwidth support). This new firmware might also add new Dual image stabilization tracking improvements when locking onto a subject and moving around it. A function to remote control the device over Bluetooth and over USB Type-C host with an application for Windows and Mac that lets users remote control and preview photography onto the computer in real-time, maybe it can also be used for real-time video previewing perhaps even real-time video recording over the USB Type-C port to a computer (I'm hoping even directly to an external USB Type-C hard drive), to be confirmed. The firmware is not yet ready to let me put my SD card in the camera to test out the actual new auto-focus performance and HLG HDR H265 mode. Some other Panasonic approved YouTube users have posted some samples though already.