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MFT Rising

MFT Rising

Why Micro Four Thirds is a good option for low-budget filmmakers

The Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system was started by Olympus and Panasonic back in 2008 for mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital cameras.

All-In-One Flexibility

All-In-One  Flexibility

The Canon EOS C500’s multiple formats should have you covered now and into the future

2013 has been the year of 4K, and if you believe all of the marketing hype, you can't be a serious filmmaker if you're not shooting 4K.

Visual Velocity

Visual Velocity

Camera chase car innovations bring speed, agility and control to filmmakers

When you see a motion picture or commercial, often there are sequences that beg you to ask the question, "How did they do that?"

The World On Your Shoulder

The World On Your Shoulder

New ENG cameras from the big three manufacturers reveal convergence and divergence

Let's take a look at what Panasonic, Sony and JVC have just introduced for the ENG camera class of 2013.

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D

Canon’s revolutionary new autofocus system will change the way DSLR filmmakers shoot on the fly

I've said this many times, but achieving critical focus is probably the hardest learning curve to master in filmmaking.

Good Things Come In Small Packages

Good Things Come In Small Packages

Blackmagic Design’s Pocket Cinema Camera wows the NAB crowd

As a journalist covering NAB, your back is against the wall to see as many manufacturers as possible in a short amount of time.

The Big Leagues

The Big Leagues

After revolutionizing indie filmmaking with the 5D Mark II, Canon’s Cinema EOS line takes aim at Hollywood

With the unexpected success of the 5D Mark II with cinematographers in 2008, Canon became an overnight sensation with the indie film community.

At A Glance: Rokinon VDSLR Lenses

At A Glance: Rokinon VDSLR Lenses

The “V” is for video

Large-sensor cameras, especially video-enabled DSLRs with APS-C or full-frame sensors, have changed low-budget filmmaking forever. Like HD or 24p capture, the ability to use fast prime lenses to capture cinematic shallow depth of field was a huge breakthrough for filmmakers used to shooting with camcorders that contained 1⁄3-inch CCDs and fixed zoom lenses.

Hands On With The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Hands On With The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

A low-cost digital motion-picture camera designed for cinematographers

Today, almost everyone is aware of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, so I don't have to remind you about the bomb they dropped at NAB 2012, nor do I have to rehash the impressive specs of the camera, which retails for only $2,995.

4k Here And Now

4k Here And Now

Sony expands the 4K market with two new cameras, the F5 and F55

A few months back, I attended a small press gathering at the new Sony DMPC (Digital Motion Picture Center), where Sony executives introduced their latest CineAlta camera system.

Full-Frame Fever

Full-Frame Fever

With their monster-sized CMOS sensors, the Sony NEX-VG900 and SLT-A99 deliver big-screen results for filmmakers

Just two years ago, the NEX-VG10 was released and was branded a revolutionary product since it was the first consumer camcorder to contain an APS-C sensor.

The Mini-Blockbuster

The Mini-Blockbuster

4K, Protunes and CineForm Studio propel GoPro’s HERO3 Black Edition to cinematic heights

Back in 1999, GoPro founder-CEO Nick Woodman wanted to create a camera that would enable surfers to take high-quality stills, and in 2004, GoPro released its first camera, a 28mm wrist camera that shot 35mm film.

Compact Slo-Mo

Compact Slo-Mo

Cinematographer Jim Geduldick uses Vision Research’s Phantom Miro to capture action sports

Earlier this year when cinematographer Jim Geduldick first heard that Vision Research was developing their new Phantom Miro M120 and M320S high-speed cameras, he went straight to the U.S. distributor, AbelCine, about the possibility of being the first DP to use it on a project.

Heard The News?

Heard The News?

JVC releases two forward-thinking camcorders for low-budget filmmakers

Adding Internet protocol and connectivity to a video camera isn't a new idea. JVC created the first "streaming video" camera, the Streamcorder, in 2002.

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