China based camera manufacturer Kinefinity is known for their very affordable RAW shooting cameras that were released earlier this year. Now they introduced a new codec that improves storage space by 3x. Kinefinity has created a lot of headlines for their very affordable 4K KineMINI camera and the 6K KineMAX that is to arrive next. We notice that Kinefinity is still working on improving the camera firmware and eco system around it. The introduction of their proprietary KineRAW codec and the continued improvement of the internal color matrix is just another step in making their cameras more accessible to filmmakers. Previously users could only record uncompressed DNG files in camera, the KineRAW codec promises a 3:1 compression without loss of quality. The new codec will be available soon. For more information check out their website: www.kinefinity.tv image via newsshooterRead more
The image on the left depicts the prototype of the ongoing project named “AXIOM”, a camera by people who are passionate about creating a strong competitor in the quickly growing 35mm digital cinema camera market. We reported about the AXIOM camera in July when the project was first made official which they had started work on in 2006. They are now in the next phase of their project with a soon to be finished prototype which is exciting news. Apertus personally stopped by at our office and discussed their project with us in detail. I can tell you that these are very dedicated people and they seem to have all the parts together to create an exciting camera.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
CVP the British reseller for professional camera gear got a visit from Blackmagic and had a chance to try the 2.5K Cinema Camera. In their blog post they talked about many important points giving us a good reminder of what the Blachmagic Cinema Camera will be. They mention some major downsides like the BMCC’s unergonomic design, it’s weight, the small sensor size and lack of shallow depth of field as well as the weak out-of-the-box lowlight capabilities. Apparently the camera only goes up to ISO 1600, but the real question about ISO is what can be pulled out of the BMCC’s RAW files… Read on for the full article:Read more
First came the Blackmagic Camera now there’s another brand that enters the digital film revolution. The name is Axiom, a camera concept ready to be produced by Apertus, a brand that evolved around an open source camera project in 2006. Much like RED, the Apertus idea started with the need for a great cinema camera on a forum and gathered film enthusiasts. Today they are ready to produce a serious cinema camera to defeat the competition and make today’s digital filmmakers happy.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com [Update]: Check out the footage that surfaced above. It shows a very filmic look and ok ISO performance at ISO 800: LINK New cameras seem to pop up by the minute. Yesterday we saw the Canon 1DC, today Blackmagic Design presented their own version of an HDSLR camera and its specs are very, very intriguing. A 2.5K cinema camera that records RAW or compressed to an SSD drive.Read more
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