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…

The Sony FS7 - Cinéma Vérité Style

Sony’s 4K PXW-FS7 delivers the goods for both non-fiction and narrative shooters
By Neil Matsumoto
Up until recently, most non-fiction content was primarily captured by shoulder-mount camcorders containing 2/3” type CCDs (Panasonic AJ-PX800, Sony PDWF800, etc.). Many run-and-gun documentarians or low-budget filmmakers gravitated to compact, fixed-lens camcorders like the Sony PXWX200 or the JVC GY-HM650U. Although all of these cameras deliver great images, with smaller…

Canon Announces Two New 4K Camera Systems

Canon USA announces two new 4K systems at NAB 2015 - one a familiar face and the other a brand new category
By Neil Matsumoto
At NAB 2015 Canon was the first camera manufacturer out of the gate by announcing two new 4K digital cameras. Unlike ARRI, Canon was not gun shy in releasing a 4K camera with their Cinema EOS C500 and 1D C both hitting the market in 2012. The C300, which was…

Samsung NX1 - Easy 4K

With the NX1 and its efficient H.265 codec, Samsung delivers a 4K powerhouse
By Neil Matsumoto
While we're still a long way off from viewing 4K television broadcasts, 4K capture has been a reality for several years, with cameras like the RED EPIC and Sony F55 for high-end features and the Panasonic GH4 and Canon EOS-1D C for indie productions. But with this explosion of cameras,…


ARRI to release the ALEXA SXT, which offers in-camera 4K capture
By Neil Matsumoto
For years, one of the biggest criticisms of the ALEXA camera was that it did not offer 4K recording. Because it's a professional digital camera system whose primary distribution is through broadcast and cinema, ARRI took their time in releasing a 4K camera since 1080 and 2K are still the…

The Indie Broadcaster

Whether you’re shooting for the small screen or the web, broadcast gear doesn’t have to break your budget
By Alex Cunningham
Back in the old days—think 15, even 10 years ago—there was a huge gap when it came to the sort of gear used to shoot big-budget features and TV shows compared to low-budget indies and cash-strapped broadcast productions. But thanks to the digital revolution, and fueled by the insatiable demand…
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