by Sebastian Wöber | 26th September 2016
The Canon EOS C700 was announced last month and raised a lot of interest, but also criticism among our readers. The new flagship model for Canon’s Cinema line was on display at IBC 2016 and we took the chance to take a closer look at the new camera. A Closer Look at the Canon C700 With the C700, Canon moved on to a different form factor for the first time in quite a while. The Canon EOS C700 is reminiscent of competitor cameras such as the Panasonic Varicam, Arri Amira or the Sony F55/F5, and its features and pricing clearly target it at the higher end of filmmaking. Like with their C300 and C500 line, there will be separate EF and PL versions of the camera. Both are already available for pre-order at retailers: US: EF Version PL Version Global Shutter Version EU: EF Version PL Version Global Shutter Version The Canon EOS C700 camera offers internal 4K recording to CFast 2.0 cards at up to 59.94p in XF-AVC (10-bit 4K) and also in ProRes (even in 4K 10-bit 422HQ, or 2K in ProRes 4444 at 12 bit). Sampling from a 4.5K sensor and using the optional, specifically-developed Codex CDX-36150 recorder, the Canon EOS C700 provides 120fps 4K RAW recording, which is probably its most mind-blowing feature. 4.5K RAW recording at up to 100fps is said to be coming at a later stage via a firmware upgrade. To read the full set of features check out this extensive article: LINKRead more
by Nic Divischek | 16th September 2015
Confused about XAVC-S, XAVC-L, XAVC-I? We spoke to Claus Pfeifer from Sony Europe about the Sony FS5 and how it uses XAVC in a surprising way. The latest addition to the sony digital cinema camera family, the Sony FS5 has caused quite a stir. We wanted to follow up on some open questions. Will the FS7 receive a 240fps firmware upgrade? What are the main differences between the FS7 and FS5? Which codec is used in which situation and what are the benefits? All questions answered in our exclusive interview. Interestingly, we found out that the 240fps high speed shooting mode is “only” a burst mode similar to the FS700, not like in the FS7, where you can record 180fps continuously internally if you use the faster XQD memory cards. A big junk of the interview was dedicated to learn about XAVC. Nino asked Claus about XAVC-L, which is an interframe codec (as opposed to XAVC-I, which is intraframe), with the FS5 being the first camera using XAVC-L as its exclusive codec. It’s 4:2:0 color space in UHD (the “broadcast 4K”) and 4:2:2 color space in 1080p resolutions. As a reminder here are the specs of the new camera. See the details in our Sony FS5 announcement article. Sensor Size: 4352 x 2662, 11.6 Megapixels (8.4 Megapixels Effective) Sensor type – EXMOR 4K Super35mm E-Mount Lens type S-Gamut3.Cine & S-Log3 Native 3,200 ISO with 14 Stops of Dynamic Range Built in Electric Variable ND from 1/4 to 1/128 Codec: XAVC-L 3840 x 2160 8-bit, 4:2:0, up to 30fps continuous. 1080p 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 60fps continuous S&Q Mode: 120, 240, 480, 960 fps (buffered like FS700) Less than 5 sec boot time, Direct Access Menu, No rebooting for Rec format changes, etc., 2K Center Crop 4K RAW output via future firmware Dual SD Card Slots Built-in microphone Dual XLR input (one on body, one on handle) 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI, WiFi, Wired LAN, Same batteries as FS7 Weighs: 0.8kg List Price: $6,700 without lens, $7,300 with 18-105mm f/4 PRE-ORDER HERERead more
by Sebastian Wöber | 19th November 2012
If you were keen on actually seeing the F5 and F55 cameras operated here’s a nice video in which Richard Lewis, Cinematography & Product Specialist from Sony shows you around their new babies. Recently the Yen prices for the new cameras have popped up (LINK) ahead of official announcement (apparently by mistake). A rough conversion of the prices gives us the following (seems to be before tax): Sony F55: $34k Sony F5: $20k the R5 RAW recorder: $5.8k oled EVF: $6.5k normal EVF: $3.9k 7″ LCD: $5.3k olivine Batteries: $579 RAW card reader: $763 6-lens kit: $30k 3-lens kit: $17k And these are expected to ship in February 2013. You can pre-order this bank account sweeper at B&H: LINK And we also have another discount pre-order code for Europe, but the final pricing is not official there yet, so you can only make a deposit for pre-order: CODE: 311212C5DF55 (gives you 500€ off, for what it’s worth) Insert at checkout when pre-ordering the Sony F5 or Sony F55 at A.F. Marcotec. More info on the cameras in our announcement article: LINKRead more
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