Category: Digital Video Cameras
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Blackmagic Design have announced the Blackmagic Studio Camera, which is billed as the world’s smallest live broadcast camera with the world’s largest viewfinder. Available in 1080 HD and Ultra HD models, the Blackmagic Studio Camera includes features specifically targeted at the requirements of live production. Inside the lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Blackmagic Studio Camera boasts a 10” viewfinder, 4-hour battery life, talkback, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections and built in optical fiber and SDI connections. Additionally, the Blackmagic Studio Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount meaning customers can start out with a more affordable setup based on photo lenses and then move to larger but more expensive ENG lenses (attached via an MFT-to-B4 lens mount adapter) as they grow their business, the company says. The Blackmagic Studio Camera HD is available now for $1,995. The Ultra HD version will be available in June for US$2 ,995.
The Blackmagic URSA is a new high-end digital motion picture camera featuring a user upgradable sensor and lens mount. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single-person use, the Blackmagic URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, Super35 size 4K image sensor and internal dual raw and Apple ProRes recorders. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, customers can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount, then upgrade the camera in the future. The Blackmagic URSA EF model will retail for $5,995. The camera is now on display at the Blackmagic Design NAB 2014 booth (#SL219).
Friday, April 4, 2014
Kenro has released the new Braun SixZero Ultimate Action camera. Offering 1080i/60fps, 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps capture modes the Braun SixZero Ultimate Action camera has an electronic high speed shutter, an ultra-wide lens and an integrated 1.5 inch LCD monitor. The device ships with an underwater housing that makes it possible for users to dive up to a depth of 30m, plus a remote control, mounting accessories for bikes, cars and helmets, a user manual, power adapter, USB-cable and HDMI cable - all for £200.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Kenro have announced the Braun Master Action Camera. Featuring a 16-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, ultra-wide lens and multiple shooting modes; the Braun Master Action Camera records 1080p videos and connects to the included external TFT screen for movie playback. Other accessories that come with the camera as standard include a waterproof housing (with own case), 2 flat stickers, 2 convex stickers, cloth bag, USB cable, waterproof plug and lithium-ion battery. Optional accessories include an external special-purpose microphone, head strap mount and self-timer accessories, various 3m adhesives, strap and surf accessories. SRP for the Braun Master Action Camera is £249.95.
Canon has expanded its professional video range with the launch of the XF205 and XF200 Full HD camcorders. Successors to the Canon XF105 and XF100, these compact video cameras have been enhanced to reflect feedback from professional videographers. Each features a 26.8-536mm Canon HD lens, a HD CMOS PRO imaging sensor and a powerful DIGIC DV 4 processor. Combined with 50Mbps MPEG2 recording and 4:2:2 colour sampling, the result is video quality suitable for broadcast, the company says. A range of recording options provides the flexibility to simultaneously record high definition MXF files to CF cards and MP4 files to an SD card, in HD or lower resolutions. An optimised viewfinder features a resolution of 1.23m-dots, whilst an upgraded 8.8cm OLED display offers higher contrast, more vivid colours and faster response times. Each camera also features WiFi and Ethernet LAN connectivity, with the XF205 (pictured) additionally including selectable 3G-SDi/HD-SDI, Timecode and Genlock terminals. The Canon XF205 and XF200 will be available in mid-July for $4,400.00 and $3,900.00, respectively.
Monday, March 24, 2014
Panasonic today unveiled the world’s first 4K Ultra HD/25p wearable camcorder, the HX-A500. Enabled by a new high-speed image processor, the Crystal Engine Pro+; the Panasonic HX-A500 provides 4K video recording at 25 frames per second (fps). The HX-A500’s Levelling Correction function automatically detects when the recording is at a tilt and levels out final images, while the new slow motion function means the HX-A500 is also ideal for analysing sporting techniques, such as your golf swing, at one of three speeds: 200 frames per second (at 848x480 pixels); 100 frames per second (1280x720); or 50 frames per second (1920x1080). A new colour, 1.5 inch LCD monitor has been incorporated into the HX-A500’s main body so you can check the camera’s field of view during recording. Available from May 2014, the Panasonic A500 will be priced RRP £379.99.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS C100 cinema camera. Version 184.108.40.206.00 incorporates the following enhancement:
a Continuous Recording function has been added allowing for nonstop recording. At the same time the camera creates IN and OUT points in the footage every time the START/STOP button is pressed. At this time, this function is compatible with "EDIUS Pro 7" software which is distributed by Grass Valley.
Website: Canon USA
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Kenro team will be exhibiting a range of new products at the inaugural Photography Show in Birmingham. Visitors to the stand will have an exclusive preview of the Nissin i40 flash, the new Braun ActionMaster Camera (pictured), a collection of Benro Falcon Camouflage Rucksacks, a smartphone scanner and a Super 8 film scanner from Reflecta, and much more. You can meet the Kenro team at stand L65.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Canon has announced a variety of performance updates for cameras in its Cinema EOS and XF professional camcorder line. Designed for the capture of crucial, unpredictable scenes during wedding/event, documentary, news, or wildlife filming, the Continuous Recording Function firmware update for the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera enables videographers to insert metadata markers identifying crucial scenes and moments in their footage while continuously recording to the memory capacity. A new Peripheral Illumination Correction firmware update adds the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens to the seven other Canon CN-E Series Cinema Lenses that share this performance advantage, Finally, there is an optional dual-pixel CMOS autofocus feature upgrade available for the Canon EOS C300 Cinema camera, adding support for continuous AF with all compatible Canon EF series lenses when shooting subjects positioned in the centre of the imaging area. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Cinema camera will be made available to users through an authorised service centre.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The professional-grade, Ultra HD-resolution Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping. Retailing at $2,995 - $1,000 less than originally suggested -, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features an EF lens mount and Super35 sized sensor with a global shutter. Other highlights include Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and CinemaDNG raw file recording, timecoding, a 5" LCD touchscreen, a built-in SSD recorder, 6G-SDI output, a Thunderbolt port, 1/4” jack mic/line inputs plus 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC remote control. “The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Polaroid is expanding its line of high-definition action cameras with three new models at CES 2014. The Polaroid XS100i (pictured) builds upon the success of the XS100 model but adds Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps so consumers can adjust settings remotely, watch video in real-time and share videos instantly. In addition, the Polaroid XS100i camera is shockproof and waterproof up to 30’ or 10m. The XS100i is now shipping and available at retailers for $179.99. The Polaroid C³ camera features a square design, 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and a lens that provides 120° of coverage. It can capture video in 720p and VGA resolutions, is waterproof up to 2m and, features a microphone and LED light. The Polaroid XS1000i model camera boasts a unique patent-pending quick-change mounting system, a 16-megapixel Aptina CMOS sensor and a lens offering 170° of coverage.
Tiffen has announced the availability of its new Steadicam CURVE for Go Pro HERO camera stabiliser system. First seen at the NAB 2013 show, Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO is a stealth camera stabilising system engineered for the rigours of extreme sports and events. Compact enough to fit in your back pocket, the new Steadicam Curve weighs in at 1/2 lb. with an ergonomic design for one-handed, smooth video capture. Steadicam CURVE for GoPro HERO is available today for $99.95.
JVC has announced two rugged, all-weather Full HD camcorders. Waterproof to a depth of 5m/16.4ft, able to withstand a drop from 1.5m, as well as dust-proof and freeze-proof down to –10˚C/14˚F; the JVC Everio GZ-R70 and GZ-R10 feature 40x optical zoom, 2.5 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, audio that zooms with the picture, and compatibility with third-party editing software, including iMovie and Final Cut Pro X. The JVC Everio GZ-R70 additionally offers a built-in LED light and 32GB of internal storage. The GZ-R10 will hit the shelves in March at an SRP of $399.95. The GZ-R70 will be available in April for $499.95.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Billed as the world's smallest and lightest 4K camcorder capable of recording in XAVC S, the Sony 4K Handycam AX100E allows users to record video clips in stunning Ultra HD resolution with a body that allows easy one-handed operation. Equipped with a back-illuminated 1.0-type CMOS sensor, the Sony 4K Handycam AX100E camcorder features a new BIONZ X processor, 29-348mm equivalent lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, and a pro-style control layout with manual ring, dial and built-in ND filters. Dual Video Recording lets you simultaneously record high quality movie clips in AVCHD or XAVC S formats and ready-to-share MP4 files. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC lets you wirelessly transfer movie clips and photos from the Handycam AX100E to your smartphone or tablet with a single touch. The new FDR-AX100E 4K camcorder by Sony will be available in Europe from May 2014.
Sony's latest Full HD Handycam comes with a back-illuminated 1.0-type CMOS imager, high-bit-rate XAVC S recording and manual functions. The Sony Handycam CX900E boasts improved SteadyShot image stabilisation, high frame rate recording at 120fps, and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that features a 7-bladed aperture. There’s a bright, high-contrast OLED electronic viewfinder for framing shots with a wide angle of view. A comfortably-placed Lens Ring and Manual Dial allow fingertip control of focus, zoom, exposure, gain/ISO and shutter speed. The camcorder can record high-bit rate Full HD footage at 50 Mbps using the XAVC S format, simultaneously with web-friendly MP4 for easy smartphone transfers and web uploads with its built-in NFC/Wi-Fi function.
The splash-proof Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100VR wearable digital video camera is capable of capturing Full HD footage in XAVC S format at 50 Mbps. For the first time, up to five Action Cam HDR-AS100VR units can now be controlled wirelessly with the wearable wristwatch-style RM-LVR1. Footage is crisper and clearer thanks to the camera’s uprated Zeiss Tessar 170-degree wide-angle lens, 13.5 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful new BIONZ X image processor, the company says. As an added extra, the new Action Cam can shoot high-quality video at high-speed 120 fps or 240 fps with sound. NFC (Near Field Communication) allows fuss-free hook-ups with compatible smartphones and tablets at a single touch, while the new Interval Still Recording mode allows the camera to automatically capture a sequence of still photos at selectable intervals between 1 and 60 seconds. The new Action Cam HDR-AS100VR wearable video camera goes on sale in the UK from April 2014.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Panasonic has unveiled five new HD camcorders. The Panasonic HC-W850 (pictured) features a new Twin Camera function which enables users to capture two scenes at once. Made possible by the rotatable sub camera on the side of the LCD screen, users can shoot using this sub camera while also shooting with the main camera at the same time. The W850 and HC-V750 feature an all-new 20x zoom lens, 6.03-megapixel sensor and processing engine capable of processing at about 1.5 times faster than before. The camcorders incorporate a 4-drive lens system, and are capable of recording Full HD video at up to 120fps for slow-motion playback. The Panasonic HC-V550CT and HC-V250 boast 50x optical and 90x intelligent zoom to effortlessly bring faraway subjects up close. The W850, V750, V550CT, and V250 additionally feature Wi-Fi with NFC. Finally, the entry-level HC-V130 HD camcorder offers 38x optical zoom and a host of Creative Control effects.
The Canon VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder gives shooters the freedom to film and record their hobbies, specials interests and memorable moments hands-free, now with "professional-like" features and outstanding audio quality. The Canon VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $399.99 / £349 / €449.
Canon has revamped the VIXIA HF R-Series lineup of camcorders with the announcement of three new models, the VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500. The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders all feature a 57x Advanced Zoom, an upgrade from previous VIXIA R-Series HF camcorders, along with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, a Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and three-inch capacitive touch panel LCD. The VIXIA HF R52 and VIXIA HF R50 camcorder models feature advanced Wi-Fi capabilities.
The VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500 camcorders are scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively.
In the UK and Europe, only two models are being released, the LEGRIA HF R56 which retails for £329 / €429, and the LEGRIA HF R506 which retails for £239 / €299.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Kenro has announced the UK availability of a waterproof digital camcorder, the Braun Vidi Proof. In addition to recording Full HD videos, the Braun Vidi Proof camcorder can also capture 5-megapixel stills. Other features include a self-timer and a 2.0 inch LCD screen. The camera is powered by two AA-sized batteries, and records photos and videos on microSD memory cards. The suggested retail price is £103.80.