So, you’re into video and the time has come to buy your first camera. Congrats! But before you spend your hard-earned money, let Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom.net help you out. In this video, he guides you through nine things to consider before buying your first camera, and these will help you make the best possible decision.
The advancement in camera technology is pretty astounding. I remember only a decade ago shooting with great big standard definition Sony DSR500 broadcast cameras that were £7,000 a piece for the body alone. Now, here we are with 4K UHD monsters that have so much higher quality, detail, colour and tone, it’ll make your head spin. And they’re here at less than half the price.
Blackmagic have today announced their new URSA Broadcast camera for TV and the web. Retailing for a mere $3,495, it’s a very attractive looking piece of kit. It offers B4, PL, EF and F mount lens options, and four memory card slots. It will output to 12Bit DNx145, DNx220X, ProRes and even RAW video for many broadcast and editing workflows.
We’ve seen a few remarkable experiments with large format cameras. But young photographer Zev Hoover added something new to it: motion. He made a working 8×10 large format digital video camera, most likely the first of its kind. He shares a video he shot on this unusual camera but also talks a bit about how he made it.
What’s the camera you are looking forward to? Are you upgrading your gear this year? There were several exciting announcements of cameras we can expect in 2017. Zacuto ran a poll asking the users what is the most anticipated camera for them in 2017. They have published the list of top five most anticipated cameras, and one has won a very convincing victory.
2015 was definitely a year of video for everyone, especially with Sony and Canon releasing the A7RII and 5D SR which made (semi)pro video available at a pretty low price point (assuming you consider 3K low).
If you think that 3k is too high, here is some perspective for you. The other side of the production continuum has cameras where 2-3 thousand dollars can be their daily rent fee. Of course there is a reason for that, and those cameras provide superior image quality (usually at low light), dynamic range and bit depth, as well as other non-quality related features.
To get your GAS going cinematographers Tom Fletcher and Gary Adcock compiled a list of all available production cameras for 2015. Starting with the Alexa 65 which shot parts of The Revenant through the Sony F65 (shot Tomorrowland) and Red Epic Dragon (The Martian) all the way to the affordable Canon C300.
AJA is one of the most respected names in the video production business, and their presence at the NAB Show was bound to bring about high expectations. With the announcement of their newest video camera, it looks like they intend to deliver. At their keynote presentation, alongside a variety of mid and high-range products, AJA introduced the Cion.
Back about a month ago came the announcement of the Panasonic GH4, a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with the ability to record 4K video. Panasonic released word of its plans to keep the camera at a reasonable price of less than $2000, and it seems now that they went through and delivered.
Thanks to Planet 5D for the heads up on this!
Disclaimer: if you have a weak wallet, then don’t read this.
Actually, in this case, all of our wallets are most likely crying in the corner, so it’s okay. Just appreciate the camera, I guess.
Panasonic took part in a press conference just yesterday in New Jersey, where it announced a new entry targeted towards the high-high-high end market of cinema. The 4K camera/video-recorder is titled the VariCam 35 (AU-VREC1), and it claims to be a powerhouse in handling a variety of formats.
It’s called the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100, and it looks just as complicated as its name.
The announcement came just this morning through Canon Professional Network of a remote control designed by the digital imaging leader; the RC-V100 is built for compatibility with the Cinema EOS camera line and the XF Series professional HD Camcorders.[Read More…]