16th July 2014
It’s been a busy start to this week at Prokit with two Open Days in as many days.
The Canon XF205 proved to be a compact and versatile addition to Canon’s XF arsenal. Slotting in between the XF100/105 and 300/305, the camcorder combines a new 1/1.28” sensor with dedicated focus/zoom/iris rings, 20x optical zoom and the proven 50mbps 4:2:2 MPEG2 recording capability, along with a 35mbps MPEG4 mode as well. We think it’s an ideal actuality/events/documentary camcorder thanks to the great zooming range and diminutive form factor.
Atomos have added a miniature Pro Res recorder called the Atomos Ninja Star to their range of inexpensive external recorders. The recorder is absolutely tiny, has an L-series battery mount moulded into the body and takes CFast cards. The kit (which is only £179 + vat!) includes a mounting cheeseplate and a small battery, along with a neat carry case.
It’s fair to say that we are excited by this recorder. It’s portable, low-cost and very simple to use. In the photo below we’ve bolted it to our C100, thus making it broadcast legal:
Prokit would like to thank Saj from Canon and Richard from Atomos distributor Global Distribution for their expertise and help on the day, and everybody who came down to see these new products.