Sony FX6 is £5994

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Dont ask me why there was a secret on this camcorders price. Very few of us are working because of this pandemic so there is not a lot of spare cash going around.

Today we finally got the official price of the new Full Frame Sony FX6 at a reasonable price of £5994 incl. vat.

Sony FX6 ILME-FX6 – Full-Frame Cinema Line Camera. The Sony FX6 provides cinematic expression to professional filmmakers and freelancers of tomorrow. With a light and modular body, it seamlessly adapts to your style of shooting without compromising on video quality. It records outstanding 4K full frame quality at up to 120p with minimal rolling shutter, excellent low light capabilities (up to 409,800 ISO) and a wide dynamic range thanks to its 10.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and new Bionz XR processor. It allows for more shooting expressions with the inclusion of S-LOG3 and S-CINETONE picture profiles defining a new era of Cinema line cameras from Sony. The Sony FX6 also provides more freedom for shooting videos with a fast and accurate Autofocus technology including Real-time Eye Autofocus,  Real-time touch tracking and customisable autofocus tracking sensitivity. It also includes a unique Variable ND filter to maintain a cinematic look and changing lighting environments for more creative expressions.

The FX6 takes both SDXC cards and CF Express Type A cards Alister Chapman advises users to only use Sony cards…

Alister Chapman : Use the cards Sony recommends. You are playing with fire trying to get away with other cards. The big risks are A : Losing footage and B: Ending up with no media as the capacity has gone to zero.

Tech Specs…

  • 4K 10.2 megapixel full-frame back-illuminated CMOS Exmor R™ sensor , 15+ stop dynamic range, ISO expandable to 409,600 for low light conditions
  • 627 points phase-detection AF, Real-time Eye AF
  • 4K (QFHD) high-frame-rate 120fps recording
  • XAVC-I 4:2:2 10-bit class 300 internal recording, DCI 4K/QFHD 16bit RAW output with 12G-SDI 
  • BIONZ XR™ image processing engine optimised for mobile movie shooting style
  • S-Log3/S-Gamut3, S-Gamut3.Cine for post production flexibility
  • Built-in electronic Variable ND Filter controlled from 1/4ND to 1/128ND linearly, or set to auto
  • Magnesium body and frame for high durability with light weight
  • The Sony Cinematic Look: Full-frame 4K recording at up to 120p with S-CINETONE picture profile
  • Outstanding 4K Expression: 4K 120p, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, up to 15+ stops dynamic range, Variable ND filter, LUTs input
  • Fast, Precise and Customisable Autofocus System: Fast Hybrid AutoFocus ,  Real-time Eye AF, Touch tracking Autofocus, Customisable Autofocus sensitivy, 
  • Designed for Professional Workflow: 890g compact and light weight modular body gives you outstanding mobility, reliability and expandability
  • High Connectivity: 16bit RAW output, 12G SDI, HDMI, USB-C, WiFi, LANC, 2x XLR, Mi-Shoe, E mount

Our good friends over at Cine D have done a great 1st review of The Sony FX6

A wee look at Philip Blooms take on the new Sony FX6

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AI mistakes bald linesman for the ball

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You might imagine this is a particularly inept cameraman, only to find out that – in fact – the camera is operated by artificial intelligence, programmed to track the ball automatically. The reason it keeps making mistakes? It keeps picking up the bald linesman on the touchline instead.

Fans of Scottish football team Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC experienced a new hilarious technological glitch during a match last weekend, but in all honesty, you’d be hard-pressed to say it didn’t improve the viewing experience dramatically.

The club announced a few weeks ago it was moving from using human camera operators to cameras controlled by AI. The club proudly announced at the time the new “Pixellot system uses cameras with in-built, AI, ball-tracking technology” and would be used to capture HD footage of all home matches at Caledonian Stadium, which would be broadcast directly to season-ticket holders’ homes.

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Panasonic BGH1…Why ?

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I did think this was a complete waste of time when I first saw this camera, especially with no LCD or VF.

After watching the video produced by ExtraShot it has some interesting features.

I have to put my cards on the table and tell you that I deliberately sold my GH5S to upgrade to a Panasonic X2000 because the DSLR or mirrorless cameras are not made with fast moving sport in mind.

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NEW…The Panasonic BGH1 £1900

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Panasonic has announced a new Micro Four Thirds video camera, the Lumix DC-BGH1. This box-style camera is built around a 10.2MP Live MOS sensor. Based on specs, the BGH1 might appear to be essentially a Panasonic GH5S minus the screen and controls, and to some degree, it is.

The aluminum and magnesium alloy body is relatively small, at 93mm per side and 78mm deep (3.66 x 3.07 inches). Notably, the camera lacks both a viewfinder and a screen but includes eleven 1/4″-20 sockets for mounting accessories or a tripod. An integrated fan and internal heat dispersion system allow for unlimited record times, and a hot shoe mount on top of the camera can be used to mount a microphone or Panasonic’s DMW-XLR1 XLR adapter.

Camera controls include a dial with a four-way controller on top, several dedicated function buttons and three custom function buttons.

The BGH1 also has very different ports than your typical Micro Four Thirds camera. For example, there’s an ethernet port that can utilize Power over Ethernet+ to power the camera over ethernet in addition to transmitting video signal and camera control.

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NEW…Sachter aktiv tripod

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Sachtler‘s unique SpeedLevel™ and SpeedSwap™ technologies deliver the fastest way to place and position your camera; adjust the level in an instant without ever taking your eye off the action; get closer to the ground than ever before for extreme low angle shots or swap between a tripod, slider, jib or even hand held without missing a beat. Capture the widest range of shots in the shortest time with aktiv.

Prices start at system aktiv6 flowtech75 MS $2,650 USD which includes the flowtech 75 tripod.

Here is a video produced by Carl from ProAV

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NEW EOS Canon C70…£4,799

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Just announced the new Canon C7. The EOS C70 is a new generation RF Mount Cinema EOS System camera featuring Canon’s 4K Super 35mm DGO sensor. With 4K 120P Slow Motion, High Dynamic Range and Dual Pixel CMOS AF in a compact body, it takes the RF System into a brand new era.

The EOS C70 features a Super35 sensor using Canon’s next-generation Dual Gain Output (DGO) technology. The DGO sensor reads each pixel at two different gain levels, with one prioritizing saturation and highlight protection and the other suppressing noise in the shadows.

When combined, Canon claims the camera can deliver 16+ stops of dynamic range at up to DCI 4K/60p or 2K/120p (using a Super16 crop). It can also capture 4K/120p and 2K/180p without extended dynamic range. Recording choices include both All-I and intra-frame options using Canon’s XF-AVC or MP4 (H.265) codecs.

А роwеrful 4К Ѕuреr 35mm DGО Ѕеnѕоr

Ніgh Dуnаmіс Rаngе wіth 16+ ѕtорѕ

Іntеllіgеnt DІGІС DV 7 Рrосеѕѕоr

Ѕuреr-hіgh frаmе rаtе rесоrdіng uр tо 4К 120fрѕ

Саnоn’ѕ fіrѕt RF mоunt сіnеmа ЕОЅ саmеrа

А Duаl ЅD саrd ѕуѕtеm fоr ѕіmultаnеоuѕ rесоrdіng

Аlѕо саtеrѕ tо rесоrdіng іn multірlе fоrmаtѕ

Аn іmрrоvеd Duаl-Ріхеl СМОЅ АF

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Рrоfеѕѕіоnаl аnd vеrѕаtіlе І/О tеrmіnаlѕ

4К ХF-АVС (4:2:2 10-bіt) rесоrdіng uр tо 410Мbрѕ

Ѕuрроrtѕ АLL-І аnd Lоng GОР fоrmаtѕ

4К МР4 (4:2:2 10-bіt) rесоrdіng uр tо 225Мbрѕ

Ѕuрроrtѕ Lоng GОР fоrmаt аnd НЕVС

Рrе-Rес./Ѕіmultаnеоuѕ Rес./Rеlау Rес./Міхеd Соdес Rесоrdіng

НDR rесоrdіng ѕuрроrt іn bоth ЅМРТЕ ЅТ 2084 аnd ІТU-R ВТ.2100 (РQ/НLG)

Іntuіtіvе Тоuсhѕсrееn Ореrаtіоn

Ѕіtѕ іn bеtwееn Саnоn’ѕ С100 МК ІІ аnd С300 саmеrаѕ

Соmраtіblе wіth ѕераrаtеlу ѕоld ЕF-ЕОЅ R 0.71х mоunt аdарtеr

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Making an add for Kinder in Spain 2020

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Laura Hogg “It was filmed in el Escorial in the north of Madrid.
Leo and the other 3 actors were tested for covid 3 days before the shoot. Leo had a back up actor as well who was tested for covid days before.”

“As soon as we arrived at the location a medical team were testing all the crew members and actors before they started. I was also tested on the 1st day.
On arrival Leo was given a kiddy covid pack with gloves, two masks and a bottle of hand sanitiser.”

The Director of Photography was Pablo Hernandez AEC

Young Leo the star of the new Kinder adverts with fellow actors Ana Garcia and David Mora.

Laura “It’s crazy how the advert only last for around 25 seconds yet we shot for 3 days solid! All very professional with buffet catering breakfast, snacks lunch…covid test team on site testing us all everyday.

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Canon admits to overheating problems, new firmware will help but not fix the problem.

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As usual Johnnie Behiri from Cine D gets to the point and interviews Canon’s Product Manager Mr Katsuyuki Nagai-san asking him why the Canon R5’s overheat.

Here is a snippet of his interview with a link to the whole interview down below.

Johnnie – CineD: Both cameras suffered from overheating issues in video recording and more than that, long recovery times. By introducing the latest firmware update, it seems as if Canon is trying to overcome some of those issues by allowing longer recording and shorter recovery waiting times (until the camera can film again). What exactly is causing those cameras to overheat and what’s the new FW doing in order to help here?

Katsuyuki Nagai-san – Canon: I think we should look at the fundamentals of the whole topic to give a better perspective. The cameras feature cutting edge features squeezed into compact bodies designed to offer weather resistance.

This is where we come to the first of the two governing factors that affect the cameras when it comes to overheating. Holding a very warm object for an extended period has the potential to result in what is known as low temperature burns. Secondary is to protect the internal components of the camera from the overheating. We limit how hot the external body of the camera can get to protect users, which is one of the causes of overheat shutdown. Some heat management must also be applied to ensure the camera continues to operate.

HDW : As I have pointed out before on this blog. Why if you know you are going to limit this camera by heat did Canon not design an internal fan the same as Panasonic did with the S1H.

I think its shocking that Canon produced this camera knowing its vastly reduced limitations using 4K and 8K due to heat when the answer was available via their competitors using an internal fan.

UPDATE with latest firmware installed : The new firmware allows the camera to record 20 minutes in one go. The recovery time is 10 minutes and then you will be able to record for another 10 minutes. This “recording/pausing” dance can continue for rather a long time with different recording/pausing times on each circle.

The link to Johnnies full interview below…

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BBC Scotland NOT DOING THEIR JOB during the 2nd wave of this Pandemic

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This should not be a decision for the BBC to take. After the BBC admitting daily viewing figures of 280,000 on BBC One Scotland the people of Scotland deserve to see and hear what our elected leader has to report whenever she decides to speak to them. If anything is a good reason for daily briefings it’s a pandemic! It is not a political issue as the First Minister has repeatedly made clear, despite the efforts of others including many so-called journalists.

There is no doubt this poor decision has been constructed by the top brass in BBC London, again.

The Scottish Government Covid-19 Briefings have been and still are an essential tool in dealing with this public health crisis, used to convey important information to the people of Scotland. To deny that is to put the country at a serious risk.

We have no control over broadcasting rights and no national media and not everyone has access to internet. The BBC are causing an issue where the only one should be that of public health.

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Panasonic S5 could have had a full size HDMI

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Its the new normal today with designers, everything must be in a straight line therefore sacrificing a much needed full size HDMI socket on the new Panasonic S5.

I have now proven via Photoshop that a full size HDMI socket could have been an option.

A micro HDMI is a complete waste of time and has proven itself on many shoots how fragile it is.

Panasonic broke the mould with the GH5 using a full size HDMI and hey presto a few professional cameras down the line the mould is now broken.

Micro HDMI is not a professional connector !!!

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