The announcement is making its rounds on the web: GoPro just presented the specs for their new GoPro HERO 3 camera. It’s 4K!!! Well yes, it’s 4K, but only at 15fps – So it’s kind of not 4K then. Still, 15fps at 4K is very powerful for such a small camera and the 2.7K resolution the HERO 3 achieves will probably produce a very nice, sharp image to create some action shots that go well with your 2.5K Blackmagic Cinema Camera. With the ProTune update released this week (LINK) that allows better integration and a higher bitrate this camera even looks interesting for the video and film production market. The specs promise comparably cool quality over the previous HERO 2 camera. 2x faster video recording, less distortion and finally a flat lens that allows for unblurred underwater recording. They also say they vastly improved the sound quality and built wifi into the camera (remote included). Additionally the camera is 30% smaller and more lightweight than the previous one. Sweet. Frame Sizes and Rates: – 4K at 16:9 or 17:9: 12-15 fps – 2.7K at 16:9 or 17:9: 24-25/30 fps – 1080p: up to 60 fps – 720p: up to 120 fps It’s also nice to see the camera will be shipping next week! This one will surely make big sales, as everyone is crazy about the 4K number and everything else also looks like a futuristic deal. Make sure you buy wisely and thoughtful. New cameras around every corner… You can pre-order the HERO 3 for $399 here: Here’s their new nice GoPro HERO 3 image video:Read more
[UPDATE]: Pricing information on the new Kinefinity camera has been made official. The Chinese Alexa clone 2K digital cinema camera will start at $6300. The basic kit lacks HD-SDI and WiFi (these are added extras) but you won’t be facing the kind of additional expense that a Red Scarlet body entails. 3 XLR audio jacks, HDMI for monitoring and standard generic SSD drives are the order of the day for the basic Kineraw kit.Read more
In this interview Dan Chung from DSLR News Shooter speaks to JH from Kinefinity, the Chinese based company that is about to release a digital cinema camera. The camera has been resembling the industry leading Arri Alexa from the start, but it’s interesting to see a lot of RED in there now too, like the screen overlays that look almost identical and the front port that is dedicated to their proprietary EVF’s and screens just as on the RED’s. RED initially had a rough time to build a service and maintenance infrastructure and make sure their cameras worked as advertised. Let’s hope Kineraw can manage to get their camera and infrastructure live up to the standards required by the industry. In the video interview Dan and JH go over all the features and specs of the camera. The company seems to have improved the internal debayering and incorporated a new low-pass filter that should get rid of the aliasing as seen in previous beta footage. The camera records in 2K resolution at 12bit RAW to either the cinemaDNG or cineformRAW codec. And their mounting system is universal with adapters for many different lens systems. I think I overheard that it’s scheduled to come out in late August, but I couldn’t understand what JH said about the price. Maybe one of you had a better ear there, then please let us know in the comments. via DSLR News ShooterRead more
These images looks like spy pics but apparently this is an official press release which I got in my mail. Someone (a collective of “video & cine entusiams”, as they call themselves) underwent the hassle to create an hdmi harddisk recorder, a device that will record hdmi signals from cameras, just like the many others that were announced or came out this year (Atomos Ninja, Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle). The good thing about these harddisk recorders is that they are mobile. Unfortunately this one seems to be 10 times as big and is 3 times as expensive as its competition. Size and prize, 2 things potential buyers like myself don’t like. Also the language, the design and the photos on the site don’t make a trustworthy impression on me. On the other hand it is able to record footage uncompressed and some open source windows formats, like Cineform among others and runs a full copy of Windows. So you could always use it as a mobile desktop computer as well. If you’re into that… If you want to give this unit a shot (As this seems to be a DIY project among other reasons I strongly recommend you wait for reviews first), this device is said to be available by August. Cinemartin Press releaseRead more
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