Canon is displaying their prototype of 8K camera at Photokina 2016. This crazy setup shows a complete working 8K solution from start to finish. The Canon 8K Cinema EOS camera presented here is part of Canon’s complete demonstration of their vision of an 8K future. The camera is hooked up to a prototype 10″ 4K on-camera display and an 8K monitor as well as an 8K printing solution for stills. The camera body of this 8K prototype is actually a slightly modified C300 mark II body with an 8K super35mm sensor developed by Canon. It is connected to a prototype debayering box that distributes 4K signals to 4 Convergent Design Odyssey recorders for high quality recording. Canon 8K Camera Prototype at Photokina 2016 Compared to the RED Helium solution, Canon’s current setup is huge and will most definitely not look like that as a final product. As cameras get smaller and smaller, we might see all that technology packed into a camera body similar in size to the Canon C300 or recent Canon C700 we talked about during IBC. At this moment, the Canon 8K camera prototype has no internal recording. The current recording format is 8K RAW 60fps. This results in over 10TB of data for every hour of footage. Surely this is not the end of development, but rather the beginning of what lies ahead in the 8K area for Canon cameras. Like many other companies, they have recently been focusing on providing solutions instead of products, and we’re curious to see where exactly will Canon be taking this technology 4 years down the road. Do we need 8K? Certainly not (yet). But as technology progresses further and we see storage and speeds of systems increase by the month, we might see a working 8K workflow in the not too distant future that can certainly open up greater possibilities in post production, flexibility in live boradcast and more, even though as an end format we might not need that 8K too soon. Companies are certainly pushing in that direction. The question is: will they convince us to go along?Read more
Canon has swooped in with a host of new concept announcements. New developments include an 8K EOS Cinema Camera with lens, 8K reference display and monster 120 megapixel DSLR. The C300 Mark II announcement signified the end of the line for the C500, out performing the old flagship EOS Cinema camera in both features and price. There was talk that to maintain ranks its replacement would exceed 4K, it seems the talk is getting a little more serious. Canon has announced development of a new 8K EOS Cinema Camera that could potentially be the new C500. “The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut.” Canon also states reference to offering 8k to 4K as well as 8K acquisition on the developing camera, they’re EOS Cinema line has always used a downscale to yield desired image quality, it’s nice to hear this as a user option as well as native high resolution support. The 8K camera continues support of the EF lens mount. The huge lens collection is one of Canons big assets so it comes as no surprise that a new cinema camera will offer support as standard. I’d imagine they’d be a slight tweak as to offering a positive lock EF mount to support the vastly larger and heavier glass it will require in front of the sensor. Speaking of which, the new 8K developing camera has been unveiled along with the 7x 8K lens that surfaced as a concept lens last year. The mammoth lens will offer a 19.7 to 138mm range on super35mm at a constant f/2.8 aperture. Canon has also mentioned a new 8K display to accompany the camera (what’s the use in recording quad 4K if you can’t view it, right?) “Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible.” Lastly in Canon’s press release is announcement of a super high megapixel DSLR, resolving an incredible 120 megapixels. Whilst no official image is supplied of the camera we are presented with a placeholder graphic of a Canon 5D body, and assured that it will slot into the existing EOS series platform and EF lens line. “The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity”. Such high resolution in reality is hard to fathom right now, and there’s no word of exactly how far along any of these developments are. We’ve seen this behaviour from Canon before, some that turn out to be production line cameras (odd ball 4K DSLR that turned into the 1DC), and some that fall into the shadows from which they were conceived (that weird spherical one). The 8K Cinema Camera makes perfect sense in terms of Canons current line; it’s surely a matter of when over if. The second one I’m sure we’ll be waiting a while for at the very least, despite promises of continued native EF-lens support 120 megapixels will surely demand a completely new set of high resolutions lenses. via/ Canon GlobalRead more
We talked to Hien Le, CEO of Letus, about their new gimbal stabilizer, the Letus Helix Jr. The Letus Helix was introduced last year and made for medium-sized cameras, e.g. C300 and Red Epic. The Helix Jr. takes the same concept and applies it to smaller cameras like the A7s or GH4. It’s extremely refreshing to see a gimbal product that is different from the Freefly Systems MoVi concept in form factor – which is a concept that many, many other manufacturers copied and sell on the market under different names. The Helix Jr. has a different form factor which is immediately obvious. It is a more compact design that allows you to bring the camera much closer to the body than the Freefly designs do. Also, the handles are on the side directly next to the camera, so you have a more intuitive operation of the device. A monitor can be mounted on top and there is a less jarring experience than on other systems where the monitor is usually mounted on the handle bar. With the Helix Jr. it seems much easier to go from low to high angle in one take, which is almost impossible with the MoVi. Also, the length of the camera rig is much less of an issue. The Helix Jr. can also be put down without a stand, which is a big plus in my book. Last but not least it can also be used on a multicopter easily by detaching the handles. The Helix Jr is currently shipping and you can order it at www.letus35.com for immediate delivery.Read more
edelkrone, the Turkish DSLR-rig manufacturer, has come up with a very interesting slider concept. A slider that lets your camera travel longer than the slider actually is in length. edelkrone’s new funky invention isn’t cheap at $499, but the mechanism is an intriguing idea. When used on a tripod the slider can travel 1.7 inch (52cm) even though it’s only 1.3 inch (39cm) in length. The way this works is that the slider base has a second slider sled that works in conjunction with the camera plate like a pulley tackle.Read more
If you haven’t seen you should. Since yesterday there’s talk about these photos of a new camera by Canon that looks like it could be the yet unannounced 5D mark III.Read more
Last week was a crazy ride. The two indie cinema revolutionizers RED and Canon presented their new tech and its impact can be expected to become huge. There’s so much to talk about and cinema5D exists for just that purpose. We’ve installed new subcategories for all 3 models in our unique forums. Come in and join us. Our forums comprise 2 major categories: Large Sensor DSLRs and Large Sensor Camcorders Both hold a graphical interface so you can easily customize and choose the camera forums you’d like to watch. The Canon EOS C300 forum: With the EOS C300 Canon has entered the professional cinema market. Alongside their new cine lenses the C300 is the first in Canons Cinema EOS lineup. See the related Canon C300 announcement article here. Go to the forums now. The Canon EOS Concept Cine DSLR forum: We call it the 5D mark III for now. See the related Canon EOS cine concept article here. Go to the forums now. The RED Scarlet-X forum: The new RED Scarlet-X looks like a truly revolutionary camera for independent filmmakers. Never before has 4k been that affordable. See the related Scarlet-X announcement article here. Go to the forums now.Read more
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