CANON GOES 4K
Canon is welcoming new family members to the Cinema EOS line with two cameras capable of 4096×2160 resolution and four lenses. Building on Canon’s first camera in the Cinema EOS system, the C300, the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL is planned as a professional camcorder and still shooter hybrid solution with 4K RAW capture and uncompressed output of 10-bit RAW data with no de-Bayering to external recorders. The C500 will sport a brand-new Super35mm-equivalent, 8.85-megapixel sensor, quad full HD resolution at 3840×2160, 2K resolution at 2048×1080, full HD at 1920×1080 and 12-bit 4:4:4 sampling during 2K output. Available in Canon’s EF mount or an industry-standard PL mount, the C500 features Canon Log Gamma for wide exposure latitude of up to 12 stops and frame rate support of up to 120 fps in both 4K and 2K resolution when switching to 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2 mode.
Meanwhile, unlike the first few generations of Canon video-capable cameras that used line skipping to resolve video, the simultaneously announced EOS-1D C hybrid DSLR promises video without downscaling thanks to an APS-H-sized crop at the 18-megapixel full-frame sensor (during 4K shooting) and a Super35mm crop option for working with full HD. With the advantages of a still camera, like easy placement, greater low-light sensitivity (up to ISO 25,600 with video and ISO 51,200 with stills) and high-quality, 18-megapixel stills at 5184×3456 pixels, the EOS-1D C also incorporates many video standards, including Canon Log Gamma, timecode and a built-in headphone jack. The camera captures 4K video in 4:2:2 8-bit Motion JPEG at 24 fps and 8-bit 4:2:0 1920×1080 HD in H.264 at frame rates of up to 1080/60p. Video of all resolutions can be captured to internal CF cards or output to external recording devices in uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal. The wide-angle and telephoto cinema zoom lenses are available in EF or PL mounts, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L. List Price: Approximately $30,000 (C500/C500 PL); $15,000 (EOS-1D C). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
Part of Sony‘s growing line of NEX digital still and motion picture cameras, the FS700U contains a Super35mm sensor and is designed for high-speed shooting. The camera can capture full HD-quality images at 120 and 240 fps in a 16- or an 8-second burst, and for even faster shooting, you can capture 480 and 960 fps at reduced resolutions. In terms of its sensor, the FS700U uses a new 4K Exmor Super35 CMOS sensor (11.6 million pixels) and is optimized for motion picture capture. The FS700U contains an E-mount, which accepts Sony’s growing list of E lenses. There are built-in ND filters that rotate across the sensor, and the FS700U has a very handy detachable top handle that contains a cold-shoe, plus two sets of 1⁄4- and 3⁄8-inch holes to mount accessories. The big news is that Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the camera to output 4K data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder. The NEX-FS700U (body only) and NEX-FS700UK (with 18-200mm zoom lens) will hit the market in June 2012. Estimated Street Price: Less than $10,000 each. Contact: Sony, (212) 833-6800, www.pro.sony.com.
WEISSCAM T-CAM & SOHA
Weisscam GmbH announces the launch of T-Cam and SOHA, a modular camera platform designed to extend the life cycle of your digital camera system. At the moment, the T-Cam contains a 2⁄3-inch sensor, can shoot up to 350 fps, has a native ISO of 600 and 12 stops of latitude, and can capture 12-bit RAW or 10-bit HD files. What makes SOHA unique is its modular platform, containing an interchangeable sensor board (2⁄3-inch, Super16 and Super35 formats), high-performance throughput (up to 1200 Mbps) for industry-standard recorders, uncompressed RAW and HD output, and modular software architecture. In other words, instead of buying an entirely new camera, the SOHA user simply can replace the camera’s sensor boards to cover whichever format he or she chooses, as well as upgrade the hardware to the latest sensor design. The camera platform is still under development so a list price hasn’t been determined. It will be distributed through P+S Technik. Contact: P+S Technik, (323) 467-6000, www.pstechnik.de.
Vision Research has unveiled the Phantom v642, which updates its high-frame-rate predecessor, the Phantom v641, with a brand-new Multi-Matrix Color Correction Technology for independent adjustment of saturation and hue on each of 16 axes, allowing more seamless mixing of color-corrected footage with video from regular-speed broadcast cameras. The Phantom v642 will record and play back simultaneously, and it packs in an array of frame rates, all the way up to an incredible 90,200 fps (at a cropped resolution of 256×64). The camera, whose technology has been seen in a variety of live sporting events like the Super Bowl, World Series and World Cup, also captures various frame rates at more commonly used resolutions, including 1450 fps at 2560×1600-sensor resolution and 1080p at 2560 fps, as well as shutter speeds all the way down to a single microsecond for highly specialized applications. The global electronic shutter provides sharp images with minimized image blur and motion artifacts. The v642 is a standard PL-mount, and there’s 8 GB of internal RAM standard, with upgrade options for 16 GB and 32 GB available. The camera offers 8-bit or 12-bit pixel depth and Extreme Dynamic Range (EDR) for maximizing a single frame from two exposures. Estimated Street Price: $115,000. Contact: Vision Research, (866) 450-7426, www.visionresearch.com.
3D MICRO MACHINE
With a flyweight design of less than nine pounds, the P+S Technik PS-Micro 3D rig is compatible with highly efficient micro cameras, making the mirror system an optimum solution for close-up stereoscopic shooting. Some of the many micro-style cameras with which the PS-Micro will work include the Cunima MCU, Lux Media Plan HD 1200, sinaCAM, Iconix Studio 2K, micro2, Sony PMW10MD, indiePOV, Canon EOS 7D, Toshiba C-mount cameras, solutions from Silicon Imaging and many more. Offering both manual and remote-control operation, the PS-Micro packs the features of a standard 3D rig into a much more compact and versatile fixture. It’s balanced for Steadicam use, and it’s compatible with a variety of accessories from P+S Technik and others. Estimated Street Price: $19,600. Contact: P+S Technik, (323) 467-6000, www.pstechnik.de.