1st May 2015
4K technology was high on the agenda at this year’s NAB Show, with Blackmagic, Canon and Panasonic all announcing new models.
Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April’s event saw over 103,000 people attend, that’s an increase of around 5,000 from 2014.
Commenting on the positive boost in numbers for the world's largest annual convention covering film and television developments, NAB Executive VP of communications, Dennis Whaton, said: “This year's NAB Show demonstrates again the power and reach of the global NAB Show brand.”
He continued: “We're thrilled with the feedback from attendees and exhibitors alike, and are proud to host the world's preeminent media, entertainment and technology event.”
Prokit was at the event and have selected a number of new and exciting products that we think might be rather noteworthy in 2015.
New cameras announced at NAB:
The EOS C300 Mark II by Canon, can record high bitrate 4K files internally to dual CFast 2.0 media, while simultaneously recording 4K RAW files to an external recorder.
The Mark II has the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD, with up to 15 stops of dynamic range.
Canon’s new XC10 ‘hybrid’ camera delivers rich colour, with a high ISO of up to 20,000, ensuring excellent results in low light conditions. Furthermore, a 12-stop Wide Dynamic Range provides vivid detail in both highlights and shadows.
The XC10 is also Wi-Fi compatible; enabling remote control of key features via a browser, smartphone or tablet – securing its position as an essential part of any Cinema EOS video shooter’s toolkit.
The new Blackmagic URSA 4.6k EF digital film camera has an EF lens mount plus an amazing 4.6K Super 35 image sensor with a global shutter and 15 stops of dynamic range.
All this makes it easy to use a wide range of high quality lenses such as low cost DSLR photo lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss and more.
Blackmagic's new Micro Cinema Camera is miniaturized for remote use with PWM and S.Bus for use with model airplane remote controls. It also includes a super 16 size sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range and RAW plus a ProRes recorder.
The camera includes a built in SD card recorder for capturing up to 1080HD in CinemaDNG RAW or ProRes, MFT lens mount and operates up to 60 fps with global shutter up to 30 fps. It also has an integrated stereo microphone, which is active when the camera is recording.
The new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6k features an incredible 4.6K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and a massive 15 stops of dynamic range.
Furthermore the compact and lightweight design is perfectly balanced for handheld use and comfortable enough for all day shooting. You can select from four models of URSA Mini with 4.6K or 4K image sensors and either EF or PL lens mounts.
Panasonic’s AG-DVX200 Camcorder follows the success of the company's breakthrough AG-DVX100 which was released back in 2002, and considered one of the first consumer-affordable digital progressive scan camcorders.
Now the DVX200 debuts as the world’s first 4/3-type large format, 4K/60p camcorder to feature an integrated zoom lens. Using it's fixed Leica Dicomar 4K 13x zoom lens the camera captures stunning imagery and offers a blend of aesthetics like shallow focus, attractive Bokeh, and an amazing 12 stop dynamic range made possible by the VariCam style V-Log L processing.
Be sure to look out for our next round-up of the new lighting products released at this year’s NAB Show.