So, it was a paid upgrade, then Jeromy Young of Atomos told us it wasn’t, and now that Nikon has officially announced it, it is again. Starting today, you can ship off your Nikon Z6 or Z7 to Nikon USA to have it upgraded to output RAW over HDMI to a compatible Atomos recorder. But you’re going to have to pay $200 for it.
It was way back in January that Nikon first announced that the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras would be seeing raw over HDMI as well as CFexpress support. And Nikon mirrorless shooters have been waiting patiently (I’m being nice) ever since. It was teased again a few months ago when it was suggested that raw support would be a paid upgrade (it’s not, sort of).
Now it seems it might finally be getting released this week. At least, the raw part will, anyway, according to a post on Nikon Rumors. They say they’ve received confirmation from two different sources that Nikon will announce the new firmware at some point this week.
The G-Technology Shuttle XL EV is a beast of a RAID array and has the storage and speed to deal with just about anything you can throw at it. Or so they say.
As anyone who has read any of my articles before, you would know that as a video producer, I need lots and lots of fast storage. And if you haven’t read any of my stuff before, well, just assume that as a video producer, I need lots and lots of fast storage. ;)
At least, it’ll shoot full frame 12-Bit RAW video when the new firmware comes out in a few weeks. The Z6 (and Z7, and a few of Nikon’s DSLRs) will also support CFexpress when the new firmware update comes, too. Not surprisingly, Nikon was showing off the new Z6 Filmmaker’s Kit at NAB 2019, so we stopped by the booth to have a chat and find out more about it.
First teased last month at CES with the launch of the Nikon Z6 Filmmaker kit, Nikon has now officially announced that new firmware updates are coming for the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 mirrorless cameras. One of the things this firmware update will introduce is RAW output via HDMI. Atomos has also now announced that the Atomos Ninja V will be able to record the 12-bit output to Apple ProRes Raw.
Another update mentioned before was that the Z6 and Z7 would also be getting CFexpress support. Well, Nikon has also now confirmed that their DSLRs containing XQD memory card slots (the Nikon D5, D850 and D500) will also receive CFexpress support in a new firmware update.
If you are a fan of Magic Lantern, you know that this piece of software can greatly enhance video on Canon cameras. Why shouldn’t you be a fan, it can give your 5dmkIII 4K raw?). But now, Magic Lantern is reported to enabling 5K RAW on the (older, $150 on Amazon) Canon EOS M. (see the ML post here)
If you take a look at the screens below, you’ss see that there is now a new option for 5K 3×1 24FPS recording. 5K, stands for 5K footage, 3×1 stands for 3 pixels binning and 24 is the FPS, not bad for a sub $150 camera.
So, it looks like the new Z mount 14-30mm f/4 S lens isn’t the only thing coming out of CES from Nikon today. They’ve also announced that three new pretty major features are coming to Nikon’s Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras in a new firmware update. And they’ve announced a filmmaker’s kit to take advantage of one of those features.
Which of these features is the biggest will depend mostly on what you use the camera for. For photographers, you’re getting Eye AF. For filmmakers, The Nikon Z6 and Z7 will soon be able to output ProRes RAW video when recorded externally to the Atomos Ninja V. Finally, Nikon is the first manufacturer to announce future support for the new CFexpress cards.
After a recent leak over new 8K full frame Sony sensors, as well as the spec sheet for one of them, now we’re seeing information about Sony’s new “XEVC” codec, which offers 8K 12-Bit RAW 24fps video at up to 240Mbps and 1080p 10-Bit video up to 240 frames per second.
Leaked through both Sony Alpha Rumors and EOSHD, the XEVC codec seems to be based around H.265 (HEVC) Version 2. It supports Bayer RAW encoding, 8K and 4K resolution at bitrates low enough for even today’s current SD cards. You might not even need UHS-II.
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K seems to be all people have been talking about since its announcement a few days ago. A 4K raw cinema camera capable of shooting ProRes and CinemaDNG RAW video for under $1300. And while the design might have suggested it, did you know that it’s also a stills camera, too?
YouTuber Kinotika had a quiock play with one during NAB recently and put together this list of the most important things you need to know about this camera.
The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was wildly popular when it was released. A Super 16mm sensor HD camera capable of shooting RAW video at consumer level prices. What’s not to love? It was a great little camera, but it’s not without its issues. Many of the problems with the BMPCC were updated with firmware, but in 2018, such a camera needs more to compete.
And more is what Blackmagic have given us, by announcing the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC 4K). The sensor size has gone from Super 16mm to a full-size Micro Four Thirds, it’s had an obvious bump up to 4K resolution, and it’s capable of shooting both 4K UHD (3840×2160) 10-Bit ProRes 422 and 4K DCI (4096 x 2160) 12-Bit CinemaDNG RAW.