At IBC 2016, Indiecam presented their version of a VR camera. True to their roots, the nakedEYE is a small, lightweight and all-manual VR RAW camera. Austria-based Indiecam develops and manufactures high-quality miniature action cameras for filmmakers. Their RAW action cameras have been used on dozens of famous productions, like Ron Howard’s Rush or Into the Heart of the Sea. The Indiecam nakedEYE is the logical next step when it comes to miniature RAW cameras. But according to managing director Raphael Barth this VR RAW Camera is just the first step in their move towards Virtual Reality Acquisition. While a resolution of 4K is rather limiting when it comes to a full 360° VR image, the intriguing attributes about the Indiecam nakedEYE VR RAW Camera are: Full Manual Controls Global Shutter High Dynamic Range and good low-light performance 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW 2 lens construction for an easy workflow 2x 2K square sensors (4K 60p) To me this looks like a very important step in professional VR production. While this seems to be the “Digital Bolex of VR cameras”, it surely is heading in the right direction for larger formats to come. The Indiecam nakedEYE starts at about $9,000 and is only available at indiecam.com. The VR RAW camera can also be rented for $600 per day. More VR samples shot on the Indiecam nakedEYE VR RAW camera: More information on the Indiecam website.Read more
Digital Video Interface manufacturer AJA has recently moved into the camera market with the introduction of their highly anticipated AJA Cion 4K RAW camera. A while ago we told you why we are looking forward to this beautiful camera. Today AJA announced the official date the Cion will be shipped and it’s good news for this Christmas season. The AJA Cion is an intriguing product in terms of looks and specs on paper. With 120p RAW capabilities in 4K and an affordable pricetag it has definitely won our interest. Check out Andy Bellamy’s interview to find out all the details. Today at the Inter BEE Conference in Japan AJA announced that the company has started accepting pre-orders and looks at an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. And here’s the pre-order page, ready to be flooded: LINK To use the AJA Cion Production Camera you require AJA Pak SSD Media and an the AJA Pak Dock. There’s already a wide range of third party accessories available to make the AJA Cion work perfectly. We like how AJA has worked together with these manufacturers to offer a complete and ergonomic camera solution from the start. This is definitely out of the usual and shows the company’s commitment and professional approach into the camera production world. Check back at cinema5D for our AJA Cion review that we will prepare as soon as we get our hands on the camera.Read more
A few days ago Samsung announced their first video shooting large sensor camera. The Samsung NX1 can shoot 4K on an APS-C sized sensor. Furthermore the camera is the first to make use of the new H.265 codec. What’s remarkable about this camera is not just its price point ($1,499 at B&H) but Samsung’s decision to move with a 4K Super35 sensor (APS-C) into the HVEC H.265 codec space. The new codec succeeds the very common H.264 codec and is capable of providing ProRes quality at 1% of the file size (5Mbit bitrate for 500Mbit video quality). Samsung NX1 product manager Mr. Sung Lae Park also mentioned that the camera would have a clean 4:2:2 hdmi output for external recorders. The camera is avalable for pre-order here: LINKRead more
Leica just announced the new Leica S (Typ 007) that is worlds first medium format camera that can shoot 4K video in 24p. This is the first day at Photokina 2014 in Cologne Germany and Leica just announced a few new cameras updating their range from compact mirrorless up to their flagship Leica S medium format cameras. This is very intriguing news (with a downside) as the only camera that has been able to record video on a sensor this large was the Pentax 645Z that left a lot to be desired in terms of the video functionality. The sensor is a 37.5MP 30mm x 45mm CMOS sensor providing a very unique look. Medium Format cameras are often used in high-end photography like billboard shots. Seeing the new products in photography at Photokina we can make out that more and more manufacturers are going into the video market. This is a very interesting development creating more competition and bringing more intriguing technologies into the video- and cinematography field in the near future. Video Features of the Leica S (007) As mentioned the full sensor size is 30mm x 45mm CMOS. The camera can record 4K video, but uses a super35mm sized portion of the sensor for that. Pixel to pixel readout without downsampling for high quality 4K video. HD video 1080p uses the full sensor size (down sampled) and can record framerates of 24,25 and 30p. Unfortunately only MJPEG as an internal codec (same as Canon 1D C). Uncompressed, clean 4:2:2 8bit output via hdmi. Focus and exposure precision, focus peaking and a histogram with exposure clipping display. Note that there is false information circling the web that the camera can do 60p at 4K. We have spoken directly to the product managers from Leica here at Photokina, so our information comes from the source. The major downside if you consider working with this camera is the pricepoint of $25k and the expensive medium format lenses required to shoot with it. If however the look is something you are after as a cinematographer this camera might be an interesting and unique tool for your work. Certainly photographers who already invested in this technology will benefit from the unique video features and we’re looking forward to be testing this camera as soon as we get the first sample at cinema5D. Stay tuned for much more coverage from Photokina 2014.Read more
3 days ago Sony announced the new Sony Alpha 5100 mirrorless camera that has made some headlines on the film blogs as it brings the powerful new XAVC S codec as well as 1080p at 60 frames per second. At cinema5D we already had this new camera in our test labs today and we have some interesting things to share. We tested dynamic range, rolling shutter and observed sharpness and aliasing.Read more
Nikon’s newest flagship DSLR was announced today: The new Nikon D4s shows balls in terms of video functionality and addresses many things that can only be desired on other DSLR’s. Let’s take a look:Read more
Canon has just released its latest camera in the Powershot line – The Canon Powershot G16. I know what you’re thinking; this is a fixed lens, small sensor compact still cameras. Why are we talking about it? Well, there’s a few interesting features in G16 specification list that are quite exciting in terms of video. Some that we’ve neverRead more
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