Camera technology has changed virtually beyond recognition over the years, and this is really obvious in the BBC's ground-breaking Planet Earth series. From film cameras of the 1980s to infra-red and thermal cameras, this behind-the-scenes documentary highlights what the teams use now to film their amazing night time scenes. The Red Dragon and the Sony A7S are highlighted as two of the tools that have transformed low-light filmmaking.
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Blackmagic Design’s new URSA Mini Pro is a big upgrade from the current URSA Mini 4.6K, although it still uses that camera’s Super35 size sensor. The Pro model now features built-in ND filters, user-changeable lens mounts and a new control layout to make it faster and easier to use – especially for faster run-and-gun type work. It’s designed to mix a cinema-style camera with an ENG-type camera and is aimed at stealing sales from the popular Sony FS7 and Canon C300 Mark II.
The changeable lens mounts are unique in a camera of this type. The camera comes with a Canon EF mount, but you will be able to buy PL, B4 and Nikon mounts. You just unscrew the EF mount and bolt on the mount of your choice.
The camera has four card slots, two for C-Fast 2.0 and two SD. There will also be optional SSD recorder that fits between the camera and battery.
The LCD panel is now easier to read and there is a now a dedicated high frame rate button. Frame rates are the same as the URSA mini and go up to 60fps in 4.6L although you can overcrank to 120fps in a cropped 2K size.
The camera will record resolutions of 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.40:1), 4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9), 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic), 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9), 2048×1080 (2K DCI), and 1920 x 1080.
The camera is available now for £5902/ $5995 and comes with a full version of DaVinci Resolve. The full press release says:
The Panasonic LUMIX GH5 features a new Digital LIVE MOS Sensor offering 20.3-megapixels, as well as 4K 60/50p video and 6K Photo.
The Canon XC15 is a professional compact 4K camcorder with high-end audio interface. The camera can record UHD (3840 x 2160) 4K footage at 25p or 24p to an internal CFast 2.0 card at up to 305Mbps, or Full HD to an SD card at up to 50Mbps. The XC15 is available from September 2016 with the RRP $3000 / £2,409. For more information read the official press release below:
Canon has announced the release of two new flagship models in the Cinema EOS system – the EOS C700 (EF/PL) and EOS C700 GS PL. Both models capture creative slow motion 4K video footage internally with high frame rates of up to 59.94P/50P and 2K up to 200p/240p (sensor crop mode), or 4K RAW up to 100P/120P, to the optional dockable Codex RAW recorder. The EOS C700 (EF/PL) is available from December 2016 with the RRP $35,000 / £28,839 inc VAT, and the EOS C700 GS PL is available from Q1 2017 with an RRP of $38,000 / £30,789 inc VAT. For more information read the official press release below: