February 2011


With a 16.2-megapixel, 2,016-pixel RGB DX-format CMOS sensor that can capture in full 1080p HD, the Nikon D7000 DSLR offers a cost-effective video solution for videographers and photographers. The 23.6×15.6mm sensor is larger than the chips found in most camcorders, and with the vast array of available Nikon lenses, the camera can produce the highly sought-after cinematic appeal of video from HD-capable still cameras. The D7000 includes an external stereo microphone jack for recording audio directly to clips, which can be recorded up to 20 minutes. The high sensitivity of the camera includes an ISO range from 100 to 6400, with an expandable mode that easily captures video in extremely low light with an Hi2 setting of 25,600. Along with video capabilities, the camera also includes 6 fps continuous shooting for up to 100 stills, 14-bit A/D conversion for large color gamut, twin SD card slots for expansive memory capabilities, a built-in Speedlight flash with i-TTL flash settings and Wireless Commander support for control of external flashes. List Price: $1,199. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.


Available with a PL lens kit that includes a set of fast 35mm, 50mm and 85mm T2.0 fixed-focal-length lenses, the PMW-F3 is the first compact professional handheld from Sony to offer a Super 35mm-sized image sensor for full-format, high-resolution video capture. Based on Sony’s XDCAM EX workflow and compatible with SxS ExpressCard recording media, the large sensor size produces shallow depth of field with high sensitivity and low noise, including an ISO of 800 and a signal-to-noise ratio of 63 dB in the 1920×1080/59.94i mode. The HD-SDI dual-link outputs for direct external video recording, with 4:2:2 1080 50/59.94p standard and RGB 1080 23.98/25/29.97PsF as an option for seamless integration with content shot on Sony’s F35 or SRW-9000PL cameras. S-Log, Sony’s raw digital-negative format, allows access to the full dynamic range of the Super 35mm sensor for maximum flexibility in post, and Hyper Gamma is selectable for increasing dynamic range. Recording formats include 1920×1080, 1440×1080 and 1280×720 at 23.98/25/29.97p, 50/59.94i and DVCAM 25/29.97PsF and 50/59.94i. Slow and quick recording is available from 1 fps to 30 fps at 1920×1080 (17 fps to 30 fps in dual-link mode) and 1 fps to 60 fps at 1280×720 (17 fps to 60 fps in dual-link mode). The PL mount adapter can accommodate both PL and future Sony zoom lenses for compatibility with a variety of cine lenses from Cooke, Fujinon and Zeiss. List Price: $16,000 (PMW-F3L); $23,000 (PMW-F3K with PL Lens kit). Contact: Sony, (800) 883-6817, pro.sony.com.


A new addition to the Element Technica family of 3D rigs, the Pulsar 3D provides a stereoscopic solution for midsized, high-resolution digital cameras with ENG-style lenses, including the RED EPIC, Silicon Imaging SI-2K, Sony PMW-EX3 and Sony HDC-P1. The Pulsar can be configured to side-by-side and beamsplitter modes in both over/thru and under/thru setups, and reconfiguration from one to the other is designed to be done efficiently. Material construction features aircraft-grade, CNC-machined aluminum, stainless steel and carbon fiber for rigidity, durability and an efficiently compact design with minimal weight. Stereoscopic control of interocular and convergence is available via wired or wireless linking with the Technica Hand Controller (THC), and the Pulsar can be interfaced with stereoscopic optimization processors such as the Sony MPE-200 and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft HHS STAN for quick integration into multicamera productions. All three Technica 3D rigs employ the same small tool kit and setup/alignment procedures for interoperability. List Price: $59,000. Contact: Element Technica, (323) 641-7327, www.elementtechnica.com.


With a 30-pound lift capacity and a tools-free adjustable Iso-Elastic stabilizer arm that can support up to 24 pounds in payload weight, the Steadicam Zephyr offers a variety of future-proof features for versatility with an ever-evolving classic camera-support system. Designed to provide large camera systems with level, smooth panning and tracking shots, the construction of the Zephyr includes a telescopic carbon-fiber post and “on-the-fly” weight adjustment that frees the operator from dismounting the system to perform changes. A Zephyr vest assembly includes an ergonomically built breastplate, solid metal shoulder fasteners, and vest and pad covers that are easily removed for cleaning or replacement. The two-section arm can be separated for compact storage and transport, and the system comes standard with a seven-inch, 16:9/4:3 HD/composite LCD monitor that’s available with an optional monitor with enhanced image quality and a wider viewing angle. The camera-mounting solution offers a connector-rich base and rigid aluminum monitor and battery mounting rods, as well as expandability ports for future accessories. Input configurations include Analog NTSC/PAL Composite/S-Video/Component/RGB and HD/SD-SDI (SMPTE-274M, 296M, 260M, 125M) with active loop-through. List Price: Begins at $8,995. Contact: The Tiffen Company, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.


The AG-MSU10 P2 media storage unit gives Panasonic users a lightweight and mobile workflow tool for simplifying the process of backing up P2 video content during initial capture and archiving. Available as a standalone unit or as a system with a 256 GB solid-state drive or 500 GB hard disk drive, the AG-MSU10 delivers fast and stable transfer of data at four times the real-time playback of video without the need for computers or field appliances. The AG-MSU10 offers the flexibility of AC or battery operation, and includes USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces for connection to NLE editing systems. The bus-powered unit retains a slot for a P2 card, as well as a second allotment for the AG-MBX10 tray, which supports a 2.5-inch solid-state drive or hard drive. In addition to backup from the P2 card, the AG-MSU10 allows Host and Device functions for using the device as a P2 card reader when connected to a computer or to host an external drive for copying files. Other features include a 3.2-inch LCD screen, a one-touch operation interface and P2 thumbnail display for review and metadata. Clip-by-clip copying and 10-bit AVC-Intra (100/50), DVCPRO/HD/50 and DV recording formats are supported. List Price: Begins at $2,500. Contact: Panasonic Solutions Company, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.