Photographing a demonstration with a Canon 600D

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Today I went to Hampden Park Football ground to photograph a demonstration by Glasgow Rangers fans against Scottish football’s ruling body the SFA. The SFA have decided rightly or wrongly to impose a hefty fine on Rangers FC and a years ban from buying any new players. Rangers are going through a very rough time and are in administration so the fine and ban from the SFA went down like the coastguard firing a torpedo into the Titanic after she hit the ice berg !

My friend Neil from Scottish TV with one of the older DVC-PRO camcorders.

It’s always fun to turn the camera on the press themselves…they don’t like it.

This young lady was using a Sony HVR-V1E another camcorder thats seen better days though she was using one of the new Sachtler ACE tripods.

Sky had their usual Panasonic P2 camcorder.

This was my favourite picture a lovely lurcher with a “Rangers Fans Fighting Fund” scarf.

This will probably be the lead photograph in all the Scottish newspapers. The Canon 600D coped very well and with three lenses from my C300 bag, the 11-16 F2.8 Tokina, 17-55 f2.8 IS Canon lens and the 70-200 f4 IS Canon L glass.

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Free DVD with all new Canon C300s from H Preston Media

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H Preston Media are giving away a free “You and your Canon C300 DVD” (Worth £20) with every new Canon C300 starting from Monday the 2nd of May 2012.

The main teaching part of the DVD runs 48 minutes with a further 2 minutes of cock up’s covering…

CF cards and compatible speeds

Filming a Web Commercial at the Football Nation in Edinburgh with the new hybrid Glidetrack slider

Custom Picture showing you how to set up a custom picture with filmed examples

Low Light filming at 12dBs of gain

Short Drama in a disused railway tunnel

Cleaning the C300 sensor and the LockCircle body cap

Overview of the C300 hand grip with a tutorial to assigning the function facility to button 7

Lenses, showing you my bag of lenses from the 11-16mm f2.8 Tokina to the Canon 70-200 f4 IS “L” zoom

Filming a corporate shoot in an ice cream factory

Using the iPad 3 prompter and filming green/blue screen

WFT-E6 Wi Fi dongle and the iPad 3

Plus lots of hints and tips throughout the DVD

John Preston “We are glad to be offering the DVD with all our new C300 orders, Phil’s done a great job as usual, this will be an invaluable resource for anyone buying the Canon C300, we are getting a lot more stock this month and are also offering 12 month interest free credit.”

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New firmware V1.1.2 is now available for the Canon 5D Mk111

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Not owning a Canon 5DMk111 its impossible to comment on the “light leak” problem but having just spoken to Canon UK the understanding is that if you have a 5DMk111 with the serial numbers mentioned below Canon UK will repair the fault under warranty. NOTE : The updated firmware V 1.1.2 does not address this problem. (Note. Yesterday I had an email from Canon UK telling me that the new firmware addresses the light leak problem, sorry to all who read this genuine mistake).

FAQ: EOS 5D Mark III – Quality Issue Announcement

Issue

Concerning the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, when the LCD panel illuminates in extremely dark environments, the displayed exposure value may change. Canon has decided on our service policy to address this phenomenon, so we would like to inform you of the details as described below.

Affected Products
EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera whose sixth digit in the serial number is 1 or 2.

For example, “xxxxx1xxxxxx” or  “xxxxx2xxxxxx” (x represents any optional number)

Cause

In extremely dark environments*, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change. However, when shooting with a lens attached, this change in exposure value will not significantly affect the shooting results.

* Some examples of a dark environment are as follows:

1. When the body cap is attached

2. When the lens cap is attached

Answer :

The products affected by this issue will be inspected and repaired free of charge after 10 May 2012 therefore you are kindly requested to contact one of our authorised service facilities.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact us using the e-mail support or telephone supportoption.

We offer our sincere apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this. Canon strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers, and we spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.

 

Here is a link to the latest firmware V1.1.2 to download :

http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_5D_Mark_III.aspx?type=download&page=1 

EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.1.2 [Mac OS X]

Description

Changes Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes. 1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2. 2. Fixes a phenomenon where a pink cast may develop over the image when the shutter is completely pressed with the camera’s power turned off (by the auto power off setting). 3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera operation stops after one shot when shooting in High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. 4. Fixes a phenomenon where the Shooting Date/Time in the EXIF data of the image shows a later time than the actual shooting time. 5. Fixes the time zone for the Samoa Islands. 6. Corrects errors in the Finnish menu screen. (Products for the Japanese market do not display the Finnish menu.)
Firmware Version 1.1.2 is for cameras with firmware up to version 1.0.7. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
Q&A Section: Preparations for the Firmware Update:
Macintosh After the downloaded compressed file (.dmg file) is extracted, a firmware folder is created.
*Extracting the downloaded file: The downloaded folder is automatically extracted, and a firmware folder is created. If the download folder cannot be automatically extracted, double-click the folder.
The extracted folder contains the firmware (file name: 5D300112.FIR / file size: 17,780,108 bytes) and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese).
Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.

Compatibility

Operating system(s): Mac OS X, Mac OS X v10.6, Mac OS X v10.5
Language(s): English, Français, Español, 日本語, 简体中文

Software

File version: 1.1.2
File Size: 18.7 MB
Downloads: eos5d3-v112-mac.dmg

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You and Your Canon C300 ADVERT

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This has wiped at least 3 weeks off my schedule but I hope you like it. It comes in two flavours the SD DVD at £20 plus £1.50 postage (UK) and a Blu Ray DVD at £30 plus postage, the DVD runs 42 minutes and is packed with various scenarios. Please note I have kept a note of those of you who kindly sent me an Email I will be contacting you today.

Chapters :

CF cards and compatible speeds

Filming a Web Commercial at the Football Nation in Edinburgh

Custom Picture showing you how to set up a custom picture

Low Light filming at 12dBs of gain

Short Drama in a disused railway tunnel

Cleaning the C300 sensor and the LockCircle body cap

Overview of the C300 hand grip with a tutorial to assigning the function facility to button 7

Lenses, showing you my bag of lenses from the 11-60mm Tokina to the Canon 70-200 f4 IS “L” zoom

Filming a corporate shoot in an ice cream factory

Using the iPad prompter and filming green/blue screen

WFT-E6 Wi Fi dongle and the iPad 3

Plus lots of hints and tips throughout the DVD

 

Please add the following postage UK postage by 1st class mail is £1.50      EU postage is £2     World (USA, Australia etc) is £2.60

SD DVD = £20 plus postage        HD (Blu Ray DVD) = £30 plus postage

Send me an email stating SD or HD with your address and I will send you a PayPal request by return : Email  hdwarrior@me.com

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From Time-lapse to Slow motion

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Here we go again, last year it was how many time-lapse videos can one produce… to this year with the 240fps FS700’s slow motion feature.

Rightly or wrongly the FS700 will be known for its ability to to slow the world down by ten times rather than the fact its now been re-designed fit for purpose.

NAB 2012 was all about 4K and the FS700’s ability to shoot 4K in a future firmware update is interesting but till we see the results I will reserve judgement.

Do we need 4K ? I am not the chap to answer that question but what I will say is that if the camera performs equally well at 4K it will undermine anything above it in price.

Sony have opened a pandoras box with this C300 sales buster but will it also affect the F3 or even the F35.

The pictures out the FS100 were indeed stunning and by all accounts as good as the Canon C300, tested by myself just before I had to part with my FS100 but the 100 started life trying to convince people like me she was fit for purpose.

No one in their right mind would have designed a large sensor camera with NO neutral density filters but Sony tried their level best to convince us that they did not have the space to include ND filters on the FS100 when it turns out they clearly did.

The best glass at that time for my money was the Nikon glass as the Sony E & A (with Sony adapter) mount lenses are a bit of a hit or miss, let me explain.

I had the Sony A77 for a while and it was a good camera apart from the wonderful flashgun that wobbled on top of the hot shoe due to a poor design flaw. I was confronted by 3 ranges of lenses from Sony (Minolta) to Sony “G” glass and finally Carl Zeiss glass.

As I knew the A77 was a passing phase I did not want to spend a lot of money on lenses so I bought the Sony 16-50 f2.8 and the 70-300 f4.5-5.6 G lens, the photographs out of the camera were very good indeed but I had a struggle choosing lenses for the A77 (Unfamiliar territory).

Canon and Nikon are far easier and produce a lot more f2.8 lenses than Sony, this brings me to the point I was trying to make, the FS100 has a thumbwheel for aperture and only worked recently with Sony lenses, the Metabones EF to Sony E adapter is just becoming available at the $400 price point which should by all accounts work the aperture with the clunky thumbwheel.

The extra expense for a $400 Canon to NEX adapter is money well spent if you finally get to see your aperture on the LCD, this is sadly missing if you choose the manual Nikon route and finally caused me to swap over to a Canon C300. Not knowing your aperture with a large sensor camera is very hit and miss and should be avoided at all costs.

I was expecting Sony to bring out a 4K F3 with a hi-res viewfinder but was nonplussed by the announcement of the FS700 which in theory should out perform the F3 with its 4K upgrade.

The only saving grace for the F3 is build quality against the plasticky FS700, I am still a bit confused as to the marketplace for the FS700 as its a wee bit fragile for the 4K pro rental market yet as a 2K camera it ticks all the boxes from weddings to corporate.

The only thing I can predict is all the boring slow motion Vimeo videos that will be produced with the first wave of FS700’s as boys with toys will be only be to happy to demonstrate to the nth degree.

 

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You and Your Canon C300 is now available

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This has wiped at least 3 weeks off my schedule but I hope you like it. It comes in two flavours the SD DVD at £20 plus £1.50 postage (UK) and a Blu Ray DVD at £30 plus postage, the DVD runs 42 minutes and is packed with various scenarios. Please note I have kept a note of those of you who kindly sent me an Email I will be contacting you today.

Chapters :

CF cards and compatible speeds

Filming a Web Commercial at the Football Nation in Edinburgh

Custom Picture showing you how to set up a custom picture

Low Light filming at 12dBs of gain

Short Drama in a disused railway tunnel

Cleaning the C300 sensor and the LockCircle body cap

Overview of the C300 hand grip with a tutorial to assigning the function facility to button 7

Lenses, showing you my bag of lenses from the 11-60mm Tokina to the Canon 70-200 f4 IS “L” zoom

Filming a corporate shoot in an ice cream factory

Using the iPad prompter and filming green/blue screen

WFT-E6 Wi Fi dongle and the iPad 3

Plus lots of hints and tips throughout the DVD

 

Please add the following postage UK postage by 1st class mail is £1.50      EU postage is £2     World (USA, Australia etc) is £2.60

SD DVD = £20 plus postage        HD (Blu Ray DVD) = £30 plus postage

Send me an email stating SD or HD with your address and I will send you a PayPal request by return : Email  hdwarrior@me.com

For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Company Ltd

My thoughts on the new gear

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NAB 2012 was all about the new Sony NEX-FS700 with its updated feature set…4K upgradable, 3 ND filters, 10x slow motion in Full HD and a far superior new handle. Sadly the 50 Mbps Sony PMW-100 was overshadowed by the new JVC camcorders with their far superior 23x optical lenses.

The new camera from Black Magic Design will appeal to those who like 24 and 25p workflows, not my cup of tea but then I am a 50p man myself.

Panasonic had a new shoulder mount camcorder the HPX-600 and a new microP2 card adapter allowing SDHC class 10 cards to be used to record Full HD P2 footage. The AF101 was given a $250 upgrade to 1080 50p but in my opinion won’t do much for the camera standing at a mere 800 lines resolution.

Canon had their 4K C500 on show but have taken the best feature in my opinion…the hand grip ! We now get some major fan grills that don’t bode well for camera noise.

Not the best NAB in my opinion for new innovative equipment fit for purpose, Sony missed a trick by not revamping the XDCAM line with a new 1/2″ EX camcorder, Panasonic have decided not to compete with Sony’s FS700 and give us a 1080 50p paid upgrade for the tired AF101.

I take my hat off to Black Magic who produced the shock of the show with their quirky Cinema Camera, totally unexpected and at just under £2000 will have more than a few sales, thats for sure. UPDATE : I have just learned from one of my readers that the BM Cinema Camera has a BUILT IN BATTERY…YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING…lets hope that changes before production !

 

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AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K & 2K Recording

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Ki Pro Quad Delivers Future-Proof Recording, Making 4K Workflows Efficient, Affordable and Portable.

Las Vegas, NV, NAB Conference, Booth SL3305 (April 16, 2012)-AJA Video Systems announced Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder at NAB Show 2012. Ki Pro Quad is capable of capturing high-quality edit-ready files in formats including 4K (4096 x 2160), Quad HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and HD (1920 x 1080), for the fastest path from camera-to-editorial with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2 color support.

 

Ki Pro Quad Overview:

  • 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD Solid State Video Recorder
  • Supports 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2
  • RAW support
    • Debayer and ProRes encode to on-board SSD
    • Realtime pass-through of RAW data via Thunderbolt
  • Uncompressed and debayered 4K monitoring output
  • Dedicated HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
  • Record to edit-friendly 4K, 2K, or HD ProRes files on removable SSD media
  • Offload ProRes files to your non-linear edit system via AJA Thunderbolt SSD reader

Ki Pro Quad Workflow:

  • Camera outputs 4K RAW over SDI
  • Ki Pro Quad accepts 4K RAW over SDI
  • Ki Pro Quad performs debayer processing of RAW
  • Debayered image is used for on-board compressed recordings to SSD media
  • Debayered image is used for 4K monitoring output
  • Debayered image is used for scaled/cropped HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
  • RAW signal is passed from camera to Ki Pro Quad and out via Thunderbolt to computer/storage
  • Further manipulation of RAW is made possible via Canon software tools
  • HD, 2K, and 4K compressed recordings made to SSD media may be used directly in popular non-linear editors

Ki Pro Quad will be available later in 2012 through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $3,995 US. For a complete set of features and technical specifications, please visit www.aja.com.

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Blackmagic Design pull another unexpected surprise

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The show stopper so far has been the appearance of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a revolutionary digital cinema camera design that includes powerful features such as super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, high resolution 2.5K sensor, built in high bandwidth SSD recorder, open file format support, color correction with full version of DaVinci Resolve and a built in LCD with metadata entry, all in an attractive compact design for only US$2,995.

Our man in the heart of NAB caught Grant Petty of Blackmagic Design showing off his new baby, lets hope the heath robinson cine rig is a lash up for the show !

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, large 2.5K sensor, a built in SSD recorder that has the bandwidth to capture open standard CinemaDNG RAW, ProRes and DNxHD files, a built in capacitive touch screen LCD for direct metadata entry, standard jack audio connections, built in high-speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output, a refrigerated sensor for low noise, and is fully compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZF mount lenses.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera also includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for color correction and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring. UltraScope can be run on a laptop connected to the camera via a Thunderbolt connection.

One of the most important features of the camera is its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. Commonly people focus on more pixels, however often this just creates a higher resolution, but still “video” looking images that suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, the included DaVinci Resolve color correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images. The high quality EF and ZF lens compatibility also helps create sharp and cinematic images that look incredible.

To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage creates, Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a fast SSD recorder. The built in SSD recorder can record on fast solid state disks the full sensor detail in 12 bit Log RAW files in the open standard CinemaDNG format. These files can be read by all high end video software. The full 2.5K sensor data is stored in the files completely uncompressed because the SSD has the speed to store video data at the required rate. Then this high quality file can be color corrected on DaVinci Resolve for the same high quality result currently only possible on cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect companion to Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer NLE software. Unlike other cameras, which require the use of custom video file formats that are not compatible with popular NLE software, often making the post production process a nightmare, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file formats, and every file type included is open standard. It records into CinemaDNG format for RAW files, ProRes and DNxHD for HD resolution files compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.

The built in large LCD display makes focus easy, and allows playback of captured files. Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When playing back recorded clips, a speaker is built in, and there is an included headphone socket, as well as embedded audio on the SDI output and Thunderbolt connection. The SDI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control, shutter angle, color temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in attractive anti aliased fonts.

For easy metadata entry, the built in LCD features fast and responsive capacitive touch screen technology. When the user taps the display with a finger, a data entry window called the “slate” appears. This lets the user enter shot information just like typing on a smart phone. This data is then stored in the files so can be accessed by NLE software when editing content later. Metadata is compatible with popular software such as Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve. All camera settings can be changed on this touch LCD, such as frame rate, shutter angle, color temperature, dynamic range, focus assist settings and more.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes an innovative industrial design built from solid machined aluminum metal which results in an attractive but rugged design. All of the camera, recorder and display have been shrunk down into a lightweight design thats very portable.

“This is one of the most exciting products we have ever created and its been a work in progress for a very long time,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Ever since I was a telecine engineer back in the 1990’s I have wished that video cameras would include features that allowed them to perform creatively similar to film. However current digital cameras are too heavy, way too expensive and need costly accessories to work. We felt there was a need for a camera that delivered these features in a design that’s optimized for professional video shoots, as well as being a compact, elegant design that’s easily affordable. We think we have achieved that!”

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Key Features

  • High resolution 2.5K sensor allows improved anti aliasing and reframing shots.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Built in SSD allows high bandwidth recording of RAW video and long duration compressed video.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. No custom file formats.
  • Includes no custom connections. Standard jack mic/line audio in, BNC 3 Gb/s SDI out, headphone, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
  • Capacitive touch screen LCD for camera settings and slate metadata entry.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses.
  • Supports 2.5K and 1080HD resolution capture in 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Thunderbolt connection allows direct camera capture via included Media Express software and supports live waveform monitoring via the included Blackmagic UltraScope software.
  • Includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve 9.0 color grading software.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Cinema Camera will be available July 2012 for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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JVC GY-HM600 and 650 broadcast news camcorders

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Once again we see two new handheld camcorders from JVC with 23x lenses upstaging the new Sony PMW-100 now looking rather lame in comparison. JVC have taken their information from a white paper from EBU as follows…

Although a camera can meet the requirements of a Tier (or standard) it may be let down (or even downgraded by an on-board codec. EBU R-132 recommends minimum acquisition codec.

  •   50 Mbit/s 4:2:2 minimum for MPEG-2 based inter-frame codecs.
  •   100 Mbit/s 4:2:2 minimum for intra-frame codecs.Additionally, AVCHD above 35 Mbit/s 4:2:0 may be acceptable provided all post processing is carried out in the native camera codec.

    For Journalism/News these standards can be relaxed to allow the use of.

  •   35 Mbit/s MPEG-2 based inter-frame codecs at 4:2:0.
  •   50 Mbit/s AVC intra-frame codecs at 4:2:0.
    Additionally, AVCHD at a minimum of 24 Mbit/s 4:2:0 may be acceptable

JVC Professional Europe Ltd. has announced the GY-HM600, a next-generation handheld ProHD camera that delivers exceptional imagery and features for news, sports, and independent production. It features a built-in wide angle 23x autofocus zoom lens, delivers superior low-light performance and provides excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux) in a comfortable, versatile form factor. The new HD camera will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C4314) in Las Vegas.

The lightweight camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. In addition to relay mode for uninterrupted recording, the GY-HM600 allows simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup or client copy.

“JVC understands the needs of today’s video professionals, and our new GY-HM600 delivers innovation without compromise,” said Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager. “It sets a new standard of performance for handheld cameras with incredible optics, intuitive operation and the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow.”

With a 1.22 MP colour viewfinder and colour 3.5-inch LCD, the GY-HM600 is versatile enough to handle tripod-based shots and run-and-gun situations. A second trigger and servo zoom control on the built-in handle make it easy to record while holding the camera at low or high angles, while the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to five seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events.

The GY-HM600 is equipped with three, 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920×1080 pixels. The built-in Fujinon HD lens features a wide focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and has manual focus, zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters. Other features include auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.

A built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound, but the GY-HM600 also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, as well as a headphone jack and separate input for a wireless mic receiver. The GY-HM600 is equipped with a LANC remote connector and includes a time-code synchronization input as well as HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, and is expected in Autumn 2012.

JVC Professional Europe Ltd. has ushered in a new era of mobile newsgathering with its new GY-HM650 ProHD handheld mobile news camera, which can shoot and deliver news footage faster than ever. Equipped with dual codecs, it produces full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. With built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the GY-HM650 delivers the footage back to a station without a microwave or satellite connection.

With a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens, superior low-light performance, and excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux), the GY-HM650 has ideal optics for challenging shooting environments. The HD lens has a focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters and a removable hood. Other features include JVC’s auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.

Equipped with three, 1/3-inch 1920×1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, the lightweight GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. It also records .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata that is optimized for asset management. The camera also includes HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for easy monitoring of HD footage.

“Newsgathering and independent production continue to evolve. One or two-person teams have become commonplace, and many shooters are capturing images for TV, the Internet, and mobile devices,” said Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager. “With built-in web connectivity, simultaneous recording of a web-friendly video file, and .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata, the GY-HM650 is ideal for today’s file-based workflows.”

Designed for versatility, the GY-HM650 features a 1.22 MP colour viewfinder and color 3.5-inch LCD to handle run-and-gun and tripod-based stand-ups. The Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to five seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking news, while a second trigger and servo zoom control on the built-in handle makes it easy to record while holding the camera at low or high angles.

In addition, the GY-HM650 provides a number of essential audio features. Its built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound on location, but the camera also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, as well as a headphone jack and separate input for a wireless mic receiver.

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