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

Building A Hot Rod

Hot Rod Cameras’ Illya Friedman discusses the latest large-sensor camcorders

In the past year, we’ve seen a new wave of large-sensor camcorders hit the market, which many see as the video industry’s response to the HD-enabled DSLR. The camcorders are compact and address many of the workarounds associated with DSLRs, such as dual-system sound, monitoring, compression, etc. The Panasonic AG-AF100 was the first out... Read more

An X-citing New Camera

P+S Technik’s PS-Cam X35 offers high-speed digital shooting

The year 2011 represents an interesting time for narrative filmmakers. Traditional, long-established, film-based workflow has largely given way to the present-day multiple-format/workflow chaos of electronic cinematography where it seems that almost everyone is shooting with a different kind of camera, recording widely varying codecs to different forms... Read more

Camp RED

Kids go to summer camp to make movies with the RED EPIC

Many moons ago, when I attended summer camp, the most impressive skills I brought home were tying the bowline and the clove hitch, spinning the nunchaku and flipping open a butterfly knife. Sure, I’ve been able to employ a few of those tricks later in life, but I wish I’d been able to attend something like this year’s inaugural Camp... Read more

Speed, Power & Portability

Fastec’s TS3Cine looks to make high-speed imaging accessible

Digital HD imaging has spoiled us, frankly. When shooting HD using solid-state media, it seems as if a lot of shooting modes that used to take highly specialized, hyper-expensive gear now have become commonplace. Interval recording for time-lapse photography? Check. Variable-frame-rate shooting up to 60 fps? Piece of cake. However, there’s still... Read more

Small Sensors Still Thriving

Panasonic’s latest 1/3-inch AVC-INTRA and AVCCAM camcorders make their debut

Walking the floor at NAB 2011 was an eye-opening experience. In the camera arena, it seemed that the majority of excitement was generated in the lower end by large-sensor cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100 and the Sony PMW-F3 and in the higher end by cameras like the ARRI ALEXA. Since the recent DSLR revolution, does anyone even care about small-sensor... Read more

The Sleeping Giant Awakens

At NAB 2011, Sony releases revolutionary new products, from consumer 3D to true 4K capture

In the evolving motion-picture production industry, we’re living in radical times. Who would have predicted the Canon EOS 5D Mark II—a godsend to the production industry during the worst economic crisis in decades—would be used on feature films and broadcast television shows? After being branded the "Tucker" of the camera world,... Read more

Action Shooters Part 1

Capturing the thrills and adventures from the latest nonfiction reality television shows

"Right over there!" The van veers hard as it rounds the corner. I brace my legs to stay balanced while struggling to hold my camera steady. Rolling to a stop behind the one-story apartment, the van doors fly open and the officers are out, moving rapidly but with stealth to avoid detection. I pop my door and dash quickly to catch up, one eye... Read more

What Do You Have in Stock?

Top stock-footage firms and their shooters sound off on why the content business is booming

As we’re living in the age of recycling and reducing our carbon footprint, people are trying to find new ways to use and reuse everything from old cell phones to yard clippings. As content producers, we’re only too aware of the amount of footage left over from any given project, and many times, it’s aesthetically acceptable. Nonetheless,... Read more