The Digital Film Camera

The 4K AJA CION offers a true cinematic experience in a simple package
By Neil Matsumoto
Founded in 1993 by engineer John Abt, AJA Video Systems, up until now, was known as the company with all of the converters, rackmount frames, I/O cards and, more recently, external recorders (Ki Pro series). Now they're following in the footsteps of Blackmagic Design, who have had recent success in…

August 2015

Ultra-high-precision alignment technology is used to implement three 4K sensors on a new prism, allowing the support of next-generation ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard's widening color space.
By The Editors
4K GAME CHANGER The new Sony HDC-4300 is the first camera to use three 2⁄3-inch 4K image sensors while mounting B4-mount lenses like Sony's popular HDC-2000-series cameras. The existing HDLA-1500 series, control and shading systems, viewfinders and master setup units can be swapped between the HD and 4K systems. The…

Cinema EOS V2.0

Profiling the new Canon EOS C300 Mark II and testing the EOS C100 Mark II
By Neil Matsumoto
Announced back in 2011, the Canon EOS C300 has been one of Canon's most successful video cameras since the launch of their Cinema EOS division, and at NAB 2015, they finally upgraded the camera to 4K. The EOS C300 Mark II is targeted at a broad range of shooters (cinema,…

June 2015

Blackmagic Design's new URSA Mini is small enough for handheld work, but offers professional features a film crew needs.
By The Editors
URSA'S LITTLE BROTHER Blackmagic Design's new URSA Mini is small enough for handheld work, but offers professional features a film crew needs. Although it doesn't have all the features of the URSA, the Mini uses the same sensors, core processing, battery processing and dual CFast 2.0 recording slots. The URSA…

In The Driver's Seat

With groundbreaking new cameras, ARRI looks to dominate all sectors of the high-end production industry
By Neil Matsumoto
Along with Panavision, ARRI has been the gold standard in the production industry for decades, but the Munich-based company has had a much smoother transition to the digital age than their American rival. ARRI released the Arriflex D-20/21 in 2005, and although it wasn't an immediate success, cinematographers appreciated that…

Get Ur Freek On

DitoGear launches VibraFreek, a stabilizer arm for smooth moving vehicle shots
By Neil Matsumoto
Getting professional looking shots from a moving car can bring a lot of production value to your low-budget indie film. DitoGear, a provider of cutting-edge motion control equipment, just announced their new VibraFreek, a vibration dampening system for car cinematography that lets you capture smooth shots from a moving vehicle.…
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