New cameras announced at NAB

NAB is happening all this week in Las Vegas (unfortunately, I’m not there) and it’s been punctuated by the announcement of several new cameras.  I list the highlights so far after the jump.

Canon has announced the EOS-1D C and the C500, both of which are capable of producing 4K images.  Canon screened two shorts, each one highlighting one of the cameras.  “The Ticket” shows off the EOS-1D C and was shot by – of course – Shane Hurlbut, ASC.  You can watch it here on his blog.  The C500 was shown off in “Man and Beast,” shot by Jeff Cronenweth, ASC.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be online yet, but I’ll post a link as soon as it is.

Sony unveiled the FS700.  It shoots up to 240 fps in 1080p and has a Super 35 4K sensor, though it can only record 1080p internally (a firmware update will eventually allow it to send 4K RAW out its HD-SDI port to an external recorder).  You can see some footage shot on it here and here.

Panasonic showed off a mock up of a potential 4k Varicam.

Arri announced the Alexa Plus 4:3 for anamorphic acquisition and showed off the Alexa M, an incarnation of the Alexa where the sensor and lens mount are a separate unit connected to the rest of the camera by fiber optic cable.

Black Magic Design surprised everyone with their Cinema Camera, which shoots 2.5K RAW with 13 stops of dynamic range.  It also includes copies of DaVinci Resolve and Black Magic Ultrascope with purchase.  The cost for all that?  Only $3000.  There are some potential downsides though.  It has a sensor only slightly larger than a Super 16 frame.  Also, it doesn’t take PL mount lenses, only EF and ZE.  The lack of a viewfinder, electronic or otherwise is a little odd too.  Some early footage can be seen here.

Ikonoskop showed off their A-cam dII, though it doesn’t seem to be getting much buzz on the internets.

It’s a good time to be making movies.

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