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
I know a lot of people who shoot a lot of concert shows without knowing about the danger of laser arrays for their cameras. Lasers are extremely focused beams of light that can result in serious permanent damage for image sensors, they simply can’t handle it (in fact, our eyes also can’t handle it, but cameras are unable to blink unlike we are!) Check out this video and watch a Red Epic sensor being fried, POV-style. Dr. Evil would rejoice. (the original video posted here was removed by the user on YouTube. I replaced it with another video of an Epic being fried at another concert.)Read more
by Clint Milby | 4th November 2011
In the wake of the big premiere of the Canon Cinema EOS comes the announcement from Canon of a new-concept EOS series digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Here’s all the details from Canon: HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 – Canon Inc. today announced that the company is developing a new-concept EOS-series digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Incorporating an enhanced version of the video-capture capability offered in the current EOS-series lineup, the new camera will be ideally suited for cinematographic and other digital high-resolution production applications. The model will be equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and, enabling the recording of 4K video* (at a frame rate of 24P, with Motion-JPEG compression), will make possible the type of exceptional image quality and sublime imaging expression to be expected from the next generation of “EOS Movies.” The announcement coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories. Further details regarding the new EOS digital SLR camera currently under development, including the product name, specifications and scheduled launch date, have yet to be decided.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 26th January 2010
Photo Provided Bv 4Chan CNET Asia suggests freezing your DSLR to get better results from the CMOS sensor, or CCD sensor in this case. The overheating issues with CMOS sensors are fairly common knowledge. Anyone that has shot with the Canon 7D for extended periods of time will attest to this. The red blinking thermometer is a party I like to avoid. An anonymous poster on 4chan put up this image shot at ISO 3200. The bottom still image is from a cold CCD; the top is at room temp. This brings up the overheating issue. Footage shot with the blinking thermometer could be degraded, compared to footage shot prior to overheating. This is something I hope Canon will address in a future firmware update. Otherwise, keep the dry ice close by. Click Here For CNET Asia.Read more
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