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Panasonic releases not one, but two new VariCams, the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS
By Dan Brockett
A decade ago, the original Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam was a ground-breaking technical achievement. It was the first 2⁄3-inch-CCD, high-definition production camera that was capable of variable frame rates. Featuring frame rates that were selectable from 4 fps to 60 fps in single-frame increments, the camera could also change frame rates…

Compact Broadcaster

Sony’s PXW-X70 XDCAM camcorder delivers the “ENG” experience in a small package
By Neil Matsumoto
You may have read reports that the camcorder is dead. After all, the masses are now shooting video with their mobile phones, and the rest are shooting motion with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Even with vast improvements in DSLR technology, if shooting video is your primary function, a camcorder is…

The Anvil - Hands-On The Blackmagic URSA

Blackmagic’s URSA weighs a ton, but delivers a professional 4K RAW workflow
By Neil Matsumoto
For the past few years, Blackmagic Design has been the most forward-thinking company in the industry, creating innovative cameras, software, i/o devices and more. After purchasing DaVinci Resolve five years ago, in 2012, they released the Blackmagic Cinema Camera—a box-like camera that featured a 2.5K sensor and could capture CinemaDNG…

The DSLR Evolution

DSLR, mirrorless and compact camera innovations have created a new generation of accessories for motion capture
By Clint Milby
Back in 2008, Canon released the EOS 5D Mark II, which forever changed the way we shoot video. It was an act of rebellion, as novice and pro shooters alike traded their dedicated video camcorders in lieu of video-enabled DSLRs. Thus, the DSLR Revolution was born, and with it, an…

Sony a7S

Could the $2,500 compact camera be the king of dynamic range and sensitivity?
By Neil Matsumoto
Main Features Of The Sony a7S • Full-frame image sensor (35.8x23.9mm) • Wide ISO sensitivity (ISO 200-409,600) for movies • Captures 15.3 stops of latitude • Captures XAVC S files at 50 Mb/s • S-Log2 gamma expands dynamic range by up to 1300% • Can output UHD (3840x2160) to third-party…

Workflow Special: Stepping It Up

The Nikon D750 delivers a better video experience than its predecessors
By Neil Matsumoto
In the stills world, one can argue that Nikon is the gold standard in the industry, with professional photographers coveting their camera bodies and Nikkor lenses. In terms of their sensors, Nikon currently occupies six of the top 10 positions in the DxOMark.com sensor ratings scale, which is based on…
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