From Still To Motion

The latest DSLR accessories enhance the next wave of DSLRs

In the past decade, the video-enabled DSLR revolutionized the production industry, especially indie filmmaking. As you already know, the DSLR allowed low- or no-budget shooters the ability to create cinematic shallow depth of field with camera systems costing a fraction of the amount of film or high-end digital camera systems. But with the recent introduction... Read more

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. While the camera was a success, its importance was reduced by the limited bandwidth available a decade ago. Today, with robust Wi-Fi networks blanketing most urban centers, JVC returns... Read more

The 5D Mark III

Canon’s long-awaited update to its landmark 5D Mark II has arrived

In developing the EOS 5D Mark II, Canon wanted to give AP still photographers the ability to capture video while on their photo assignments. Little did they know that professional cinematographers would flock to the camera because of its VistaVision-sized sensor. Released back in September of 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was a landmark camera that... Read more
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The AG-HPX600

Panasonic updates its popular HPX500 with a lightweight ENG camera capable of capturing new AVC-ULTRA formats

Is it really, finally here? Panasonic’s existing entry-level, shoulder-mount 2⁄3-inch-CCD broadcast camera, the AG-HPX500, has long been a staple in news, event and sports markets. But for those interested in cutting-edge video tools, the AG-HPX500 is based upon relatively ancient technology. Essentially a shoulder-mount, 2⁄3-inch-CCD-sensor... Read more

First Look: Back In The Game

Nikon releases the D4 and D800, two DSLRs with much improved features for filmmakers

When it was announced, back in September 2008, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was the game-changing DSLR that helped start a filmmaking revolution. But how many of you recall that Nikon was the first camera manufacturer to release an HD-enabled DSLR? The D90 was announced in August 2008 (it’s still in production), but unlike the 5D Mark II, the D90... Read more

Scarlet Fever

RED’s modular Scarlet-X delivers 5K stills and 4K motion picture capture—definitely not for amateurs

I have a confession to make. Although I’ve seen plenty of RED ONEs and EPICs on sets and have placed my hands on models at trade shows (when they’re not encased behind glass), I’ve actually never shot with one. As you may know, RED’s long-awaited Scarlet-X has had many starts and stops over the years. It originally was announced... Read more

First Look: Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic Design launches a revolutionary digital cinema camera

At NAB 2006, RED Digital Cinema announced the 4K RED ONE camera, which became the talk of the show for both ASC cinematographers as well as eager film students. Show attendees crowded RED’s booth to peer at a prototype behind glass and surrendered their credit cards to place $1,000 deposits at the chance to buy one. Within a year, RED created... Read more

True Cinematic Results

Hands-on with the Canon EOS C300, the ultimate camera for indie filmmakers

In the April issue of HDVideoPro, I wrote up a First Look on the new Canon EOS C300, Canon’s first professional large-sensor digital camera system. For the story, I profiled the specs and features of the camera, as well as getting a shooter’s perspective from filmmaker Jonathan Yi, one of the C300’s initial beta testers. As you probably... Read more

First Look: Canon C300

Canon releases its first large-sensor video camera for its new Cinema EOS line. With a number of professional features designed for motion picture capture, don’t call it a DSLR.

In recent years, no tool has changed the production industry as much as the DSLR. With the release of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II nearly three and a half years ago, Canon helped kickstart a filmmaking revolution that enabled low-budget (or no-budget) filmmakers to produce high-quality cinematic images for a fraction of the cost of a typical production.... Read more

Hands On With The Sony NEX-FS100U

A true digital motion-picture camera with a budget-friendly price

I first saw the Sony NEX-FS100U on a press excursion last year in Japan a week before the earthquake and tsunami hit. Although Sony did show us the prototype of the new 4K F65, the camera journalists literally were climbing over tables to get their first glimpse of the large-sensor video camera targeted toward indie filmmakers. The FS100U is a compact... Read more

Delivering The Goods

Sony releases the F65, a true 4K camera system that may change the game

In the past year, the ARRI ALEXA and the RED EPIC have been scoring points with some of the best filmmakers in the world, including Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Many in the industry were wondering what Sony would come up with next, even though its flagship... Read more

At A Glance: Sony NEX-7

At A Glance: Sony NEX-7

The Sony NEX-7 with an LA-EA2 mount adapter, which enables much faster phase-detection autofocus. As the worlds of stills and HD video continue to merge, we’ve seen a number of interesting mirrorless cameras, aka DSLMs (digital single-lens mirrorless), released in the past year. The cameras are so new that a consensus acronym... Read more
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