Canon announces three new affordable handheld camcorders, a travel video kit and new flagship PowerShot camera, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II at $529 will be on hand at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas
David Alexander Willis
The day prior to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs January 5-8th in Las Vegas, Canon has announced brand new updates to their consumer lines of VIXIA camcorders and video-capable PowerShot fixed-lens cameras. With 1”, 20.2 megapixel sensor, the latest flagship in the PowerShot line, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II ($529 for a... Read more
With a stellar top light sensitivity equivalence of more than 4 million ISO and a massive imaging sensor, Canon’s first full-frame video camera is capable of working in a variety of applications
Text & Photography By David Alexander Willis
The Canon ME20F-SH multi-purpose camera with full-frame sensor features insanely high light sensitivity and an extremely modular form factor.
With the “M” standing for multipurpose, the very new Canon ME20F-SH camera is not only a cinema camera with the internal benefits of large-sensor capture, but also an extremely versatile video solution for... Read more
The Lytro Immerge light-field camera is almost here, the most exciting, and potentially disruptive, thing to happen to filmmaking in decades
By Robert Powell
In film production, the phrase “We’ll fix it in post” has always been synonymous with mistakes and failures. Just this month, I was on a commercial set calling for a live Bengal tiger to be shot in front of a greenscreen. Unfortunately, the spot’s director and production team were so enamored with filming the beautiful animal that they completely... Read more
The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K offers 15 stops of dynamic range on a Super 35 sensor, plus 60 fps of RAW 4K-quality footage. In a word, it’s impressive.
By Jimmy Matlosz
The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K is a lightweight camera designed with handheld ergonomics in mind. Images captured during tests proved to be rich and organic, with plenty of latitude. Blackmagic’s latest camera is an excellent choice for film, reportage and documentary filmmakers.
Blackmagic Design has been a player in the video scene since the early... Read more
Panasonic has entered the 4K market again, this time with a lightweight, compact, high-end Super 35 camera
By Jimmy Matlosz
Panasonic was the first pioneer of nonlinear motion-picture cameras with the legendary AG-HVX200, a camcorder released over a decade ago that quickly attracted the attention of filmmakers for its progressive capture on 3CCD 1/3-inch sensors. Once larger-sensor cameras made it to marketplace, however, Panasonic soon found itself at the back of the pack.... Read more
Designed with user input, this powerful update offers creative flexibility, with 4K/2K/full HD internal and external recording and a new 10-bit Canon Log 2 Gamma, for a variety of applications
By Simon Wakelin
Only a few months old, the Canon EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera offers a batch of new and improved features compared to its younger brother, the C300. This is a production-grade 4K camera offering both broadcast (3840×2160) and DCI cinematic (4096×2160) resolutions, perfect for any number of professional productions.
The review unit... Read more
The new Canon XC10 is a versatile camera, ready to go UHD right out of the box
By David Alexander Willis
As a small fixed-lens camera aimed at those looking for 4K at an affordable price, the Canon XC10 is a handheld UHD camcorder in a body that’s also compact and versatile enough for use with car mounts or professional drone systems.
Measuring less than five inches in each direction (4.9×4.0x4.8 inches) and weighing only 2.3 pounds when fully equipped... Read more
The Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ features the world’s first 4/3 sensor with a fixed Leica lens capturing 4K up to 60p. But will a fixed-lens camcorder be a hit in the modern age?
By Simon Wakelin
Panasonic’s desire to offer the new handheld 4K AG-DVX200PJ with an integrated lens system may seem a step backward in HD evolution, at first glance, but a closer look reveals that the sleekly designed camcorder has merit for a variety of professional uses. Upon its release, the first question asked was probably the most obvious: Why no interchangeable-lens... Read more
The Leica SL-System is a sign of things to come from Leica AG—and perhaps the future of the DSLR form factor
By Jimmy Matlosz
The Leica SL-System taps into many production possibilities all at the same time, and once it’s in your hands, you’re torn on how you want to use it. While my intent was to fully review and test the camera’s video capabilities, I couldn’t resist what the SL offers in the stills format. Considering that Leica is a relative newcomer to the DSLR... Read more
A compelling new option for filmmakers, the ALEXA Mini uses the same ALEV III sensor as all other ALEXA cameras
Text & Photography By Jimmy Matlosz
Since its rollout at NAB this year, the ALEXA Mini from ARRI has become one of the most sought-after cinema cameras on the market today. Word on the street is, “Have you seen the Mini?” or “Have you shot with the Mini?” For most cinematographers, the answer is no, and as orders are sent out to private buyers and rental houses, the ultimate question... Read more
The diminutive Micro Studio Camera 4K houses innovative built-in features that make it especially appealing to live productions
By David Willis
Designed as an affordable multiple-setup camera that also offers large-sensor, cinematic capture with live production capabilities, the Micro Studio Camera 4K (MSC4K) from Blackmagic Design is an extremely versatile tool given its size, housing myriad options for reality television, sporting events, live performances, comedy stand-up, educational... Read more
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 ARRI listened to... Read more