June 2013

PANASONIC AJ-PX5000G P2 CAMCORDER

The first P2 HD camcorder to offer Panasonic’s native AVC-ULTRA recording codec, as well as built-in microP2 card slots, the 2⁄3-inch 2.2-megapixel 3-MOS Panasonic AJ-PX5000G shoulder-mount camcorder captures up to 10-bit, 1080/60p AVC-Intra Class100 files, as well as standard AVC-LongG in a selection of compression options up to 10-bit, 4:2:2 files. High-resolution AVC-Intra Class200 provides twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra100 for visually lossless, master-quality video. AVC-Proxy files will be available for offline editing, and DVCPRO HD/50/25 and DV capture also are available. Other features include wireless metadata input, Wi-Fi capability, and USB and Gigabit Ethernet connections, as well as operation integration with live video uplink transmitter devices from a selection of partners. The AJ-PX5000G weighs just over eight pounds with two microP2 slots (similar to an SD card in dimensions) and two standard P2 card slots, as well as an SD slot for proxy and metadata. Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) maximizes lens performance, and the Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) mode automatically compensates for wide lighting variations. Ins and outs include MON out, which can be set for HD-SDI monitoring, HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI in/out, 3G-SDI out, genlock-in for multi-camera operation, timecode in/out, USB 3.0 and a two-channel UniSlot wireless receiver. There also are two XLR audio inputs for up to four channels of 48kHz, 24-bit audio. The AJ-PX5000G is switchable between 50Hz and 59.94Hz for working worldwide, and the 16:9, 3.5-inch, 920K-dot LCD screen includes simplified waveform and vectorscope. List Price: $28,000. Contact: Panasonic Solutions Company, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.

THAT NEW BLACKMAGIC

Blackmagic has announced two new cameras with lossless CinemaDNG RAW video capture. A 4K-capable model, the EF-mount Blackmagic Production Camera 4K incorporates a Super 35-sized sensor with 3840×2160 resolution. The BMPC 4K is almost identical to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC—announced last year) in form factor and most other respects, but it does offer less dynamic range at only 12 stops, in comparison to 13 in the BMCC. Announced concurrently, the much smaller Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BPCC) provides 1080p on a Super 16mm-sized sensor with two dynamic range settings for up to 13 stops, film Log or video REC709. With both CinemaDNG raw (via a future firmware update) or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) file capture, the BPCC closely resembles a mirrorless still camera in design, thanks to the compact Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens mount. (Third-party adapters are available for using Super 16 lenses or PL and other classic film lenses.) It captures footage to commonly available SDXC cards, which can be edited directly from the card via the included DaVinci Resolve Lite program. Connections include a standard 3.5mm stereo mini-jack mic input, a mini-jack headphone socket for audio monitoring, 2.5mm LANC input for remote operation and a micro HDMI-out with optional overlays for previewing video on a monitor. Frame rates for all three Blackmagic cameras include 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p and 30p, as well as 50i/59.94i in the BPMC 4K. List Price: $995 (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera); $3,995 (Blackmagic Production Camera 4K). Contact: Blackmagic Design, (408) 954-0500, www.blackmagicdesign.com.

COMPACTS FOR PROS

Offered as an ideal camcorder choice for ENG and run-n-gun videographers on location, the Canon XA25 HD and XA20 HD cameras capture simultaneous MP4 and AVCHD video, with Wi-Fi capabilities that also allow remote operation, upload and playback through computers and mobile devices. Both models weigh only 2.6 pounds and incorporate a 20x zoom lens (26.8mm-576mm equivalent) with an ENG-style "rocker" zoom control and built-in optical image stabilization. The cameras include a newly developed Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor and a high-sensitivity 2.91-megapixel 1⁄2.84-inch HD CMOS imaging sensor. Two separate SD card slots provide extended recording times or simultaneous capture of full 1080p video formats in either AVCHD Progressive (59.94p / 59.94i / PF29.97 / 23.98p) at 28Mbps or MP4 (59.94p / 29.97p / 23.98p) at 35Mbps. With dual-band wireless support of both 5GHz and 2.4Ghz, a much lower bit rate also is available for quickly transmitting MP4 files at 3Mbps through FTP. Both designs include a detachable handgrip with joystick and user-assignable buttons, a 1.56K adjustable-angle viewfinder and an OLED electrostatic touch panel with a 3.5-inch, 1.23K-resolution screen. Audio features include XLR terminals with phantom power, a mic holder and independent audio level controls. There’s also a multipurpose accessory shoe and infrared emitter for low-light shooting. The XA25 sets itself apart from the XA20 with an HD/SD-SDI (BNC) connector to directly feed the signal to vans, satellites, transmission systems or separate external recorders for uncompressed video. List Price: $3,199 (Canon XA25 HD ENG); $2,699 (Canon XA20 HD). Contact: Canon Broadcast, (800) 321-HDTV, www.canonbroadcast.com.

NICE ASPECTS

Providing a similar feel to classic Cinemascope film productions, the PL-mount Optimo Anamorphic 56-152mm 2S Series zoom lens is the first model to represent a new anamorphic line of lenses from Angenieux. The "2S" stands for 2x squeeze, which gives a film-esque dimensional character to images while still providing lower optical distortions than comparable standard anamorphic lenses. The aperture is a fast T:4, and Angenieux claims no ramping or breathing throughout the 2.7x zoom range, thanks to spherical and cylindrical elements in the same group. The 56-152mm features the same characteristics as the high-quality Optimo series, including 320º of focus rotation with over 50 focus marks, as well as precision optics and a mechanical zoom system. The lens weighs 4.8 pounds, and it’s available with optional PV-mount. List Price: N/A. Contact: Thales Angenieux, (973) 812-3858, www.angenieux.com.

FULL-FRAME PRIMES

Schneider-Kreuznach‘s new family of Xenon FF-Prime Lenses have been designed specifically to meet the high-resolution needs of full-frame sensors in HDSLRs and the latest high-resolution cameras. Built in Germany, the first-introduced focal lengths in the line include a Xenon FF-Prime 35mm T2.1, a 50mm T2.1 and a 75mm T2.1. Available in Nikon F-, Canon EF- or PL-mounts, the full-frame lenses transmit imaging quality that meets 4K resolution at 4096×2304 pixels while covering the full 45mm image circle of full-frame DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800. Each lens is compact at 3.3 pounds with a circular 14-blade aperture for very smooth bokeh in backgrounds and out-of-focus elements. A "constant volume" focusing design minimizes breathing, and there’s 300º barrel rotation with manual focus markings for repeating movements. The lenses are color-matched, and each features the same exterior dimensions of 100mm front diameter and 95mm thread for a consistent image across the line, as well as use of the same filters, follow focus units and other tools with each lens. List Price: N/A. Contact: Schneider Optics, Inc., (800) 645-7239, www.schneideroptics.com.

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