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A free firmware upgrade for the Panasonic EVA1 will add support for external Raw recording and new All-I 10-bit 4:2:2 at 400Mbps formats among a range of other new features. It will be released at the end of March.

In a bid to match up to rival cameras from Sony and Canon, the Raw option will give the ultimate quality but will need an external recorder like and Atomos. The All-Intra options will mean the file sizes are larger but quality should be improved, for those who don't want the extra post processing and strain on memory that Raw files require.

There will also be 2K recording up to 240fps in Raw. If you shoot at 5.7K Raw, frame rates go up to 30fps and in 4K up to 60fps.

The new features include:

All-I frame rates:

  • 4K 400Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p
  • UHD 400Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/23.98p
  • 2K/FHD 200Mpbs 10-bit 4:2:2 59.94p/50p
  • 2K 100Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/24p/23.98p
  • FHD 100Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 29.97p/25p/23.98p

Variable frame rates:

  • 4K/UHD VFR up to 400Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 1-30fps
  • 2K/FHD VFR up to 200Mbps 10-bit 4:2:2 1-120fps.

 

 

 

Canon's new EOS M50 is a mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K video that features Canon's Dual Pixel autofocus for the first time. It has a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder, 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD and can record in UHD 4K and HD 720p at 120fps. 

There's Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth, the ISO range is 100-25600, extendable to ISO 51200 and it features 5-Axis Image Stabilisation.

It has a maximum bitrate of 120 Mbps when shooting 4K (UHD) and up to 60 Mbps at Full HD when shooting at 50fps or 59.94fps. If you want to shoot at 120fps you can only do so at 1280×720 resolution at 52Mbps.

When shooting in 4K, there is an additional crop of 1.7x and autofocus is limited to contrast detection only and doesn’t use the Dual Pixel system.

The camera is aimed at Vloggers who want to move up from a smartphone so is an easy-to-use camera with lots of connectivity. 

The EOS M50 will be available to purchase from March 2018 and costs £539.99/ $780 for body only and as a kit with M50 + EF-M 15-45mm lens - £649.99/ $900.

Canon has also unveiled the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D, entry-level DSLR cameras. Both record Full HD movies. The EOS 2000D featured a new 24.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor, and the EOS 4000D used an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor. 

Key Features:

Canon EOS 2000D:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC4+ processor
  • ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • Full HD 1080p video up to 30fps and Video Snapshot mode
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • 9-point autofocus
  • 3” (7.5 cm) 920k-dot TFT LCD monitor with inbuilt Feature Guide
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Creative filters
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity

Canon EOS 4000D:

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC4+ processor
  • ISO range from 100-6,400 (expandable to 12,800)
  • Full HD 1080p video up to 30fps and Video Snapshot mode
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • 9-point autofocus
  • 2.7” (7.5 cm) 920k-dot TFT LCD monitor with inbuilt Feature Guide
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Creative filters
  • Wi-Fi

Both cameras will be available to purchase from March 2018 priced:

  • EOS 2000D body only - £369.99
  • EOS 200D + EF-S 18-55mm lens - £469.99
  • EOS 4000D body only - £329.99
  • EOS 400D + EF-S 18-55mm IS lens - £369.99.

 

Fujifilm has unveiled the new X-H1, a flagship 24MP APS-C camera that has 5-axis image stabilisation and higher video spec than the old XT-2. And Fujifilm has also released its MK cinema zooms in an X-mount to match.

The new camera can record in DCI 4K, in addition to UHD recording at up to 30p. It can also record F-Log footage internally for the first time and adds a movie-style Eterna Film Simulation mode. You can also select the compression rates for your video, at up to 200 Mbps which is double that of the X-T2.

The X-H1 shoots stills at 14 fps with electronic shutter or 8 fps with mechanical shutter. That can be boosted to 11fps with optional grip which also extends continuous 4K recording to 30 minutes and adds a headphone socket for audio monitoring.

It will cost £1699/ $1899 when it goes on sale next month.

 

 

 

The long-awaited and much-marketed Kodak Super8 movie film camera has taken a step closer to reality with the launch of a video showing some actual footage. Kodak says the camera will cost between $2500-3000 when it comes on the market this year,  and have launched a film showing some footage of the typical hipster-style target market and fashionistas caught in behind-the-scenes shoots. 

Panasonic has revealed a video-focused version of the GH5 mirrorless camera called the GH5S with a newly-developed 10.2-megapixel high-sensitivity Live MOS sensor, Timecode IN/OUT for multi camera shoots and internal 4:2:2 10-bit recording at 400-Mbps All-Intra in 4K 30p/25p/24p. V-Log comes pre-installed on the camera, the ISO goes up to 51,200 and there is Dual Native ISO technology as used in the Varicam and EVA-1 cinema cameras.

Based on the popular GH5 micro four-thirds camera, there is expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality, say Panasonic. It's designed for professional filmmakers,  with Panasonic's highest-ever sensitivity and video image quality. 

Following pressure from filmmakers following the debut of the Sony Venice cinema camera, full-frame image capture will be available from day one rather than in a firmware upgrade, in time for the shipping in February 2018.

The feature enables filmmakers to use the camera's full potential by utilising 24x36mm Full-Frame 6K recording in Sony’s established 16-bit acquisition format, X-OCN. In addition to Full Frame image capture, Sony plans an extensive roadmap of features planned to be implemented in future firmware upgrades. 

“Sony’s development of the Venice motion picture camera platform represents our commitment to the film industry in furthering image capture in the key areas of dynamic range, colour rendition and large format aspect ratio freedom. Venice demonstrates our commitment to developing tools that support Directors and Cinematographers in bringing their vision to the screen”, said Claus Pfeifer, Head of Technical Sales, Broadcast & Cinematography, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “This announcement reflects our strong relationship with filmmakers around the world and enables them to create Emotion in Every Frame.”

The Venice CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018. For more information about the VENICE platform please visitwww.sony.net/pro/VENICE

 

Sony has taken some of its latest technology from the A9 and included it in the speedy new A7R III mirrorless camera, an update on the current A7R II. A lightweight new 24-105mm f/4 lens to accompany the camera has also been revealed, as well as the promise of a 400mm f/2.8 super telephoto to further boost Sony’s credentials as a serious player in the sports and wildlife market

The new £3200 camera still uses the same 42 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor as the Mark II, but hardware and software changes increase dynamic range up to 15 stops. The A7R III now allows 10fps continuous shooting with AF, five-axis image stabilisation dual SD card slots, and a new body which has the A9-style rear AF joystick and AF-ON button. It also gets the improved A9 viewfinder and the larger-capacity A9 battery.

The camera also has a new Pixel Shift Multi-Shooting Mode which takes four images, by moving the sensor by one pixel for each shot, similar to features found on some Olympus mirrorless cameras. The images can then be combined using Sony's new Imaging Edge software for improved colour and resolution.

The A7R III will shoot 76 JPEG, or 29 Raw images when shooting at 10fps with continuous AF, using either the silent or mechanical shutter.

For video shooters, there is 4K recording that uses full-pixel readout without pixel binning. It now supports Hybrid Log-Gamma for HDR video recording, and instant playback with compatible 4K HDR TVs but the HDMI output is still 8-bit.

There are S-Log2 and S-Log3 options, for a wide dynamic range of up to a claimed 14 stops. There’s also a new S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.Cine wide colour space.

There a Super 35mm mode, and a new Slow and Quick Motion Mode where frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps can be selected in eight steps for up to 60x quick motion and 5x slow motion while recording in full-HD quality.

The camera will go on sale next month, alongside the new full-frame FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS lens. The £1200 lens has a minimum focus distance of 38cm, weighs just 663g and has built-in optical image stabilisation.

Sony has also confirmed it is working on a 400mm f/2.8 telephoto lens that will be on sale next summer. This will be a large and expensive lens, forming part of the G-Master series of high-end full-frame optics. It’s the first fast super-telephoto prime in a E-mount to be released by the company.

The official information from Sony says:

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