December 2014

LIGHTWEIGHT SHOULDER-MOUNT

Offering 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-ULTRA alongside low-bit-rate formats for high-speed wireless transmission, the Panasonic AJ-PX800 shoulder-mount camcorder with a 2.2-megapixel, 2⁄3-inch-type 3MOS (RGB) sensor is a new shoulder-mount solution ideally suited for ENG and documentary crowds. At a weight of slightly more than six pounds, the extremely lightweight design has a litany of features, including network functions like wired LAN, wireless LAN and 4G/LTE connections for on-site preview, streaming and uploading of data to servers via PC/Mac, tablet and smartphone. AVC-Proxy can be encoded at bit rates from 6 megabits down to 800 kilobits per second for faster preview, edit or transfer of high-quality files. Three AVC-LongG bit rates are available: AVC-LongG50 and 25 for 10-bit, 4:2:2 quality at bit rates of approximately 50 or 25 Mbps, respectively, and the more economical AVC-LongG12 for transmitting wirelessly from the field. The PX800 can record in AVC-Intra100/50 (1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p, 24p and 720/60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. Additionally, 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz are switchable for worldwide use. Professional interfaces include MON out or HD-SDI output, HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI in/out, genlock in for multicamera operation, timecode in/out, USB 2.0 (Host and Device) and a two-channel UniSlot-compatible wireless receiver. An interchangeable B4 mount is compatible with 2⁄3-inch lenses, and two P2 card slots also allow microP2 cards through adapter. List Price: $15,000 (body); $17,250 (body and CVF15 viewfinder); $19,500 (body, viewfinder and lens). Contact: Panasonic Corporation of North America, www.panasonic.com/business/provideo.

SMALL WONDER

Following in the footsteps of the popular and diminutive 2KSDI camera head, Canada-based IO Industries‘ new 4KSDI camera garnered a lot of attention this last IBC, with its small form factor, Super 35mm-sized sensor, global shutter and 10-bit, 4:4:4 capture at up to 30p or 10-bit 4:2:2 RAW capture. The unit is only 90x90x60mm in size at a base weight of 1.6 pounds. Ideal for POV and action shots or hiding in a scene, the remote-controlled 4KSDI is a single-piece 4K/UHD head with four 3G/SD-HDI outputs to connect to peripheral recorders and monitors. An optical Low Pass Filter is provided to reduce moiré. The camera is capable of mounting PL, Nikon F and Canon EF glass, and stereoscopic camera synchronization is possible using a tri-level sync reference. Estimated Street Price: $8,000 (with lens mount). Contact: IO Industries Inc., www.ioindustries.com.

SEEING DAYLIGHT

Designed as a flicker-free choice for videographers and photographers working with stills and motion, the HMI F1600 joins Broncolor‘s previously available range of 200- to 800-watt lights as the flagship model for the line of daylight continuous lights. The F1600 comes with an Open Face focusable reflector for homogenous illumination, but a special accessory mount accommodates a variety of light-modification tools like PAR lenses to control light spread, Fresnel lens, barndoor, 3400K conversion and diffusion filters or softbox as a bare-bulb setup. At 9.8×11.9×16.1 inches, the HMI F1600 weighs only 9.5 pounds. The ballast unit provides 100% to 50% dimming. Estimated Street Price: $8,700 (Open Face Kit); $9,000 (PAR Kit). Contact: Bron Elektronik AG Allschwil, www.bron.ch.

ZEISS GLASS FOR SONY E-MOUNT

With an image circle that will cover large-sensor, full-frame cameras like the a7/a7R/a7S series of mirrorless still shooters, Zeiss has announced two new manual-focus primes for Sony E-mount cameras, the Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50. With bright ƒ/2.0 apertures, the robust all-metal barrel construction includes a consistent 180º of focus ring rotation and a DeClick feature with included tool that will provide silent and smooth adjustment of iris for video work. At roughly three-quarters of a pound, the low-weight lenses are well matched to lightweight mirrorless cameras like the a7/a7R/a7S. The Loxia 2/35 includes a Biogon lens design with nine lens elements in six groups while the Loxia 2/50 incorporates a Planar setup with six lens elements in four groups. List Price: $1,299 (Loxia 2/35); $949 (Loxia 2/50). Contact: Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/camera-lenses.

LIVING LARGE

Giving video professionals and content creators enormous potential capacities of up to 64 TB, the G-SPEED Studio XL from G-Technology is an 8-bay RAID 7200 rpm hard drive solution capable of supporting multiple streams of HD, 2K and compressed 4K workflows at up to an incredible 1350 MB/sec. Configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 setups, the Studio XL can be set to numerous automatic backup arrays for favored trade-offs between writing speeds and redundancy options. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports allow daisy-chaining of other drives and devices with the same interface. At 9.9×7.4×14.2 inches and a weight of 18.5 pounds, the stylish black enclosure houses smart fan technology for demanding workflows. List Price: $6,999 (64 TB); $5,499 (48 TB); $4,599 (32 TB); $3,599 (24 TB). Contact: G-Technology, www.g-technology.com.

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