NAB 2012 Day ONE

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So here it is day one of NAB 2012 and it looks to be the year of the large sensor and not so much 3D. Today was the big announcement from Panasonic and her is the big news…

At NAB 2012, Panasonic unveiled the AG-HPX600, a new P2 HD camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording and the lowest weight of a shoulder-mount unit.

Weighing less than 7 pounds and using low power, the HPX600 incorporates a newly-developed 2/3 type MOS sensor to produce beautiful HD and SD images. The HPX600 will achieve the high sensitivity of F12 (at 59.94 Hz) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 59dB. It supports AVC-Intra100/50, DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, and DV as standard. It is 50 Hz and 59.94 Hz switchable for worldwide use.

The HPX600 will allow the user to upgrade his camera as new functionality becomes available.

This future-proof camera will provide inventive functionality and improved workflows, with options such as wireless metadata input, proxy recording, and variable frame rates (available this Fall), and then AVC-ULTRA recording. When available within 2013, AVC-ULTRA will offer master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in Full HD to meet variety of user needs from mastering to transmission (the AG-HPX600 will not support all AVC-ULTRA formats). The HPX600 also features wireless and wired connection ability with Wi-Fi, USB and Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, a future option will support LiveU for video uplink with real time indication of LiveU’s transmission status and video transmission quality to camera operator.

“With its ultra-light weight and low power consumption, the HPX600 is the first shoulder mount that’s easy on the shoulder while being super-efficient on battery usage,” said Joseph Facchini, Vice President, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “With its innovative design and selectable options, the HPX600 is upgradability to new technology such as wireless remote from a smart phone and much more.”

Ideal for news, sports or live events, the interchangeable lens camcorder will be equipped with Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) to maximize lens performance, Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) function to help compensate for wide variations in lighting, and a highly accurate flash band detection and compensation software that eliminates this effect.  Original features will include a smart user interface that permits accessibility to the camera’s extensive functions from an LCD display on the side of the camera. The HPX600 will offer two P2 Card Slots and an SD Card Slot.

AG-HPX600 will be available in the Fall at a targeted suggested list price of less than $16,000 (body only) and less than $18,000 with AG-CVF10 new color viewfinder.

Continuing its evolution to higher-speed, lower-cost media, Panasonic announced today a new series of memory cards called microP2 card, which have an SD card form factor to further cost-efficiencies in media pricing. The simultaneous introduction of a microP2 Card Adaptor assures that the new series of 64GB and 32GB microP2 cards will operate in current P2 hardware*.

The microP2 card will ensure high-speed transfer, high reliability and the writing assurance of all P2 frame rates, formats and codecs, as well as Panasonic’s newest compression platform, up to the AVC-Intra200 mode of AVC-ULTRA, which will be available within 2013. Furthering the versatility of the microP2 card adaptor, its design allows Class 10 or high-quality SD cards (at bit rates only up to 50Mbps) to be used in P2 products in emergency situations.

“Since introducing this Emmy Award-winning, solid-state recording format nearly a decade ago, Panasonic has continued to make improvements to P2,” said John Baisley, Executive Vice President, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America (PSCNA). “The development of the microP2 card brings additional innovation to the owners of the more than 250,000 P2 products in use worldwide.”

Panasonic has introduced a software upgrade to augment the recording and shooting functions of its popular AG-AF100 Large Imager HD Cinema Camcorder. The upgrade (AG-SFU100) will enable acquisition in the 1080/60p and 1080/50p HD recording formats (in new 28Mbps PS mode), and will substitute the 2.39:1 aspect ratio marking for the current 2.35 marker.

Recording in the high-resolution 1080/60p and /50p master-quality formats is rapidly gaining popularity in broadcasting, sports and scientific analysis. The 2.39:1 marker in the AF100’s viewfinder/LCD monitor will be valuable for narrative and documentary shooters, as it is a standard aspect ratio for presenting films in movie theaters.

The AG-SFU100 software will be available in May at a suggested list price of $250. (More about this tomorrow)

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Its all about timing…Panasonic ?

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I can’t stress enough about hype and teasing, two ingredients that make people want your product. This week we were treated to a Sony announcement about a 4K upgradable camcorder..,.the NEX-FS700.

Not only did Sony provide pictures but Den Lennie was sent out to make a film with a prototype FS700…everything so far is pointing to Sony and a new camera, a camera that everyone who attends NAB will want to see !

Panasonic on the other hand have given us…ZERO…NOTHING…why ?

Panasonic think its good to keep us all in the dark till Sunday but I totally disagree…whatever they announce albeit a P2 10bit AF202 its to late to capture the imagination of potential customers, once again Sony, Canon and JVC are two laps ahead of Panasonic in the “get to the stand and see…

Sony : NEX-FS700

Canon : EOS-C500

JVC : New ENG camcorder

Panasonic : ZERO

News just in ..

JVC will usher in a new era of newsgathering with new cameras at the 2012 NAB show that are smaller and lighter than current models, delivering better sensitivity in low-light shooting environments. Key is the ability to instantly transfer files back to a television station without a microwave link.

According to Gustav Emrich, JVC European product manager, the new technology should be particularly appealing for one-person ENG operations that need to get footage on the air immediately. “The technology to instantly move files to the newsroom directly from the camera will fundamentally transform the way news is gathered,” he predicted.

Thats my point all three major video manufacturers have now issued a press release and not a dicky bird from Panasonic, it’s old fashioned 1980’s thinking…shame.

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Canon launch a direct hit on RED with two 4K cameras

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 The EOS-1D C is a unique product offering a package of features not comparable to any other product on the market.

Based on the powerful core specifications of the EOS-1D X, it incorporates additional features such as 4K recording and Full HD/60p support, alongside the option of high quality stills capture.

As part of the Cinema EOS range, it’s also compatible with the complete range of EF and Cinema Lenses, offering video professionals exceptional flexibility.


 Key Headlines:


  • Internal 4K (4,096 x 2,160) recording with 4:2:2 colour sampling – direct to CF cards
  • 8-bit Motion JPEG compression
  • ISO sensitivity up to 25,600
  • Clean HDMI out (Full HD, 4:2:2)
  • Canon Log Gamma
  • 24p support during 4K shooting
  • 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60p frame rate support in Full HD (1920x1080p) resolution
  • Full-frame sensor with crop support (APS-H, Super 35mm)

All other specifications are the same as the EOS-1D X.

EOS C500

 Targeting both the motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 will offer 4K RAW output and will be available with Canon’s EF mount and the industry-standard PL mount.

In November 2011 Canon announced the EOS C300 – the first camera in the Cinema EOS System, marking the company’s entry into the motion-picture and digital production market. Highly acclaimed by video professionals since launch, the EOS C300 offers exceptional video quality performance, outstanding mobility, durability and expandability, thanks to its modular design and its compatibility with Canon’s range of EF and EF Cinema Lenses. The EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will be based on the same advanced platform, adding support for 4K RAW video capture, and 4:4:4 sampling during 2K capture.

Supporting next-generation 4K-resolution video capture and RAW data output, the EOS C500/EOS C500 PL will achieve exceptional video results without any loss in quality. The camera’s uncompressed 4K output will unleash the full potential of Canon’s premium range of EF Cinema Lenses, combining with Canon Log Gamma, which delivers the high-quality video and wide exposure latitude required by digital cinematographers.

Furthermore, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal during 2K (2,048 x 1,080 pixels) video output will deliver rich colour and high compatibility with image processes such as chroma key compositing. Support for frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K resolution will provide enhanced creative flexibility, enabling high-speed (slow motion) video capture in high resolution.

A development prototype of the EOS C500 digital cinema camera will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16-19 in Las Vegas, USA.


 Cine lenses

 The new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories.

In addition to compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, the four cinema zoom lenses will also offer superior flexibility. Each lens will feature a compact, lightweight body supporting a wide focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting. Combined with the Canon’s existing high-end EF Cinema primes, the new lenses will offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for video professionals of all types.


Prime Lenses

CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF)

CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL)


Telephoto cinema zoom lenses

CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF)

CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL).

Prototypes of the new cinema zoom lenses will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16 to 19 in Las Vegas, USA.

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Canon to announce 12bit 4K C500 to compete with RED Epic ($35,000)

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Things are hectic as I am frantically editing “You and your Canon C300” DVD which is why the blog has had a bit of a rest but thats the lull before the NAB 2012 storm. So far only Sony have announced their new camera line up and the NEX-FS700 is causing a storm with its 4K sensor and the 10x slow motion in full HD.

Not a dicky bird from Panasonic but this just in from our friends over at Canon Rumours…

Canon Cinema EOS 1D

  • Full Frame
  • Higher Megapixel than 1D X
  • ALL-I, IPB and MJPEG 4K.
  • Log Profiles
  • Super35 Crop Mode
  • Compatible with cinema lenses
  • Priced around $10,000

 Canon EOS C500

  • To compete with RED Epic
  • 4K at 120fps EOS RAW via 3G HD-SDI
  • At 60 fps EOS RAW from the C500 is 12 bit.
  • Priced around $35,000

The boys at Canon Rumours got the C300 spot on so I have no doubt that the C500 is on its way…fantastic. It puts my Lock Circle story in a bit of an anti climax but I just received my EF body cap protector and its the most practical device to arrive on my desk for a long while.

If like me you are changing lenses all day during filming you will not regret buying a “Lock Circle” body cap as the engineering is second to none and is 100x less footery to use than Canon’s original plastic effort.

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NX70 FW now available (FS100 19th April) (CAUTION : USA website)

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Sony has finally released the NX70 firmware, sadly I no longer own this camera so I won’t be able to see the improvement myself.

Please Note :  This info and FW is from the USA website ! CAUTION should be observed till I get the green light from Sony UK before installing US software.

Sony NX70

1. Improvement of zoom rocker operation(Selectable zoom speed)
2. Dual Recording for Simultaneous Rec. to its internal memory and memory card
3. Added 1920×1080/30p and 1280×720/60p.
4. The EXPANDED FOCUS and HISTOGRAM buttons are now assignable keys.
5. Added Last Scene Review feature.
6. The Display ON/OFF button now also controls display of the Face Detection Box onto video output.
7. Display ON/OFF optionally overlays Zebra and/or Histogram display onto video output.

Sony FS100

1. Added 50Hz recording system (PAL): 1920×1080 50p, 50i, 25p and 1280×720 50p.
2. Camera Profile (camera settings can be saved to and loaded from a memory card).
3. Additional 4x and 8x Expanded Focus magnification: (with user selectable focus area).
4. Selectable ISO or GAIN sensitivity display.
5. Selectable Focus indication in FEET or METERS (E-mount lens only).
6. Selectable Shutter indication as EXPOSURE TIME or SHUTTER ANGLE.
7. Added the following Aspect-Ratio markers: 2.35:1, 1.85:1 and 1.66:1.
8. Display ON/OFF button enables Zebra and/or Histogram overlay onto video output.
9. Compatible with the new A-Mount to E-Mount adaptor, model LA-EA2. One push Auto-IRIS
and continuous 15-point, Phase-Detection Auto-Focus operation with most Alpha A-Mount lenses
is available. Lens metadata is displayed onscreen and stored real-time to image file.

NOTE : This is the US screen that my link takes you to and I have already downloaded the new FW onto my computer but the FS100 has been delayed till April the 19th.

Link to FW is here :

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Sony trailer of the new FS700

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Canon 5D Mk111 v Nikon D800

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NAB 2012…The story so far…Sony

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So far we have only had Sony’s declaration, three cameras from the FS700 at 4K to the PMW-100 50MBps and the HXR-NX30. I will start with the weekest in my opinion the NX-30.

Sony seem to have this passion for building small cameras and an even stranger fettish for developing semi pro cameras from their domestic line up, the NX-30 comes with a projector built in. I may be wrong but do we really need a tiny projector on a semi pro video camera ?

The PMW-100 is far more interesting with its 4:2:2, 50Mbps, SxS…although for those of us who are cash strapped there is an alternative XQD card which is about £170 on the web, though it still does not compare to £70 for a 32G CF card that the Canon cameras use and CF cards are more accessible worldwide.

The big announcement is the NEX-FS700 with some very interesting new features not to mention the upgradable 4K output to a dedicated Sony 4K recorder.

The 10x Full HD slow motion will be a very useful feature and the camera finally sports an HD-SDI socket. We also see the addition of 3 sets of ND making this camera finally fit for purpose and the new handle design is also very welcome.

Once again Japan drives the “need” for 4K yet there is a very limited amount of 4K production houses in the UK let alone monitors to view 4K onto. It’s become obvious to all of us in the video line that 3D has not taken off so the boys in Japan are now driving 4K as the next big, must have format.

Will 4K be enough to persuade you to part with the best part of £6,634 not to mention the possibility of a paid 4K FW upgrade then a dedicated 4K recorder and media ?

Remember 4K is fine if the 4K picture is truly stunning but some of the tech boys I have been speaking to are worried that Sony are asking far too much from the Super 35mm sensor and noise may be an issue, especially at lower light levels. Sony do not tend to disappoint when it comes to video pictures so I am confident that the picture will be stunning…my man at NAB will tell me next week.


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Sony PMW-100 (€4000 Euros) Pre NAB

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1/2.9-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor for uncompromising full HD image capture

The PMW-100 is equipped with a 1/2.9-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor, providing super low-light sensitivity with a low noise level, enabling the camcorder to capture beautiful pictures while remaining light weight and compact.

MPEG 422 / 420 HD and SD recordings ensure compatibility with existing XDCAM work flows

The PMW-100 supports both MPEG 422 and 420 recording modes, so footage can be easily intercut with material shot by either opticalor memory-based XDCAM and XDCAM EX camcorders. The PMW-100 also supports both UDF and FAT shooting modes on SxS cards so you can use existing XDCAM and XDCAM EXwork flows.

Large 3.5-inch WVGA (852×480) LCD panel

The PMW-100 is equipped with a large, easy-to-read, 3.5-inch WVGA colour LCD panel. This higher resolution LCD panel helps you to make more precise focusing adjustments as well asto read the status and markers displayed onthe LCD panel. When this LCD panel is not being used, it is placed above the lens so it’s out of the way when carrying the camcorder.

Over 4 hours continuous recording with two 64 GB SxS memory cards

The PMW-100 uses Sony’s renowned high-speedSxSExpressCard recording media. The PMW-100has two SxS card slots which support both SxSProand SxS-1 recording media. Using a singleSxS-1 64 GB memory card, you can record approximately120 minutes of 50 Mbps HD422 video.Using 64 GB SxS cards in both SxS slots enables you to record approximately 240 minutes ofvideo. While recording to one card, you can exchange the other full SxS card for an empty one. In case of an emergency, a Memory Stick*, SDCard* or XQD can be used as alternative recording media in the PMW-100 with the appropriate memory card adaptor.

*FAT mode only

Sony is the first to support the recently adopted XQD specification for high-speed, high performance digital image capture. With blazing fast data transfer speeds (up to 1GBps/125MB/s), Sony’s XQD Memory Card achieves stable, continuous shooting to capture each moment in the highest quality. Average price for a 32G card is £170 that compares favourably to a similar 32G SxS card at £390.

Slow and quick motion recordings

The PMW-100 offers over-cranking and under-cranking,which enables photographers to createslow- and fast-motion visual effects in-camera. Withthis Slow & Quick Motion function, images are recorded natively with no padded frames and at full resolution. The quality of the slow- and fast-motion images created in-camera is significantly higher than those created through an editing process.

Lens controls for greater versatility

Focusing and zooming are manually controlled using the focus/zoom ring. Also, the exposure level can be manually controlled using an exposure control dial. A wide conversion lens is also available for close range shooting.

Instant shooting with video buffer

Never be caught off guard and miss a critical shot. The PMW-100 will start recording within 3.5 seconds after turning the power on. Also, cache recording enables you to constantly buffer a 15-second video loop in camera. When you press the record button, the loop is written to the SxS card while normal recording begins.

SD operation

The PMW-100 supports DVCAM recording as well as MPEG HD recording. The file formatin DVCAM recording mode is selectable from either MXF or AVI, and most non-linear editing systems accept these files. The PMW-100 is also equipped with an i.LINK interface and ingestto non-linear editing systems can be done via the i.LINK (DV) interface as well.

Multi-camera operation

The PMW-100 is equipped with Genlock input and time code input/output (selectable) in order to support multiple camera operation. Video from the cameras (e.g. through SDI) can be connected to a switcher for live switching. Or the recorded content on the camcorders can be edited with a non-linear editing system that offers a multi-camera editing function.

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Sony NEX-FS700 2K camera with 4K capability (€8,600 Euros) Pre NAB

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Finally Sony have something to shout about, the NEX-FS700 is a 2K camera with a 4K capability. Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the NEX-FS700 to output 4K bit-stream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder. Gemini production should be stepped up now !

We asked for it and Sony produced it…a set of NDs from 1/4 to 1/64th, it’s amazing what engineers can do when they put their minds to it, this is a long overdue addition to the FS camcorder range and in my opinion should have been in version one !

The second bug bear with the FS100 was the handle, this looks to be a far better design let alone more sturdy, capable of the rough and tumble of daily use. Although you can’t see it Sony have also introduced an HD-SDI socket with the FS700.

I do wish Sony would get away from that silver domestic lens stuck on the front of the FS700 when they have such a choice of “A” glass used with a Sony A – E adapter a nice bit of Ziess would look fantastic.

You can see where Sony are going with the updated F3 if the FS700 is anything to go by…at about £8,200 this is a severe hike on the last model but having a 4K capability that might just be a price worth paying for some of you.

Sony is pushing the creative boundaries once more with the new NEX-FS700 Full-HD Super Slow Motion camcorder, the latest in Sony’s line-up of NXCAM interchangeable E-mount camcorders. The new Super 35mm model is designed for high-speed shooting and is capable of capturing footage at up to 960 frames per second. The camcorder also features a range of capabilities such as 3G HD-SDI output and built-in ND filters. Additionally, it also offers several creative options, shooting styles and enhanced ergonomics – all based on customer feedback – to deliver a flexible production tool that fits seamlessly into a variety of shooting applications.

“The NEX-FS700 opens the door to a new world of creative shooting,” said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Europe. “You can record beautiful high speed Full-HD movies with the freedom of choosing interchangeable lenses. The NEX-FS700, with its super slow motion mode, is ideal for pop promos, commercials and documentaries as well as sports and a variety of events productions.”

The camcorder delivers Full-HD quality images at 120 and 240 frames per second in an 8 or 16 seconds burst mode respectively. The NEX-FS700’s high sensitivity and low noise shooting capability makes super slow motion shooting more convenient without additional equipment.  480 fps and 960 fps rates at reduced resolution are available for faster frame rate recording.

The NEX-FS700 camcorder uses a new 4K “Exmor” Super 35 CMOS sensor (total 11.6 million pixels). This high-speed readout chip is optimised for motion picture shooting, giving high sensitivity, low noise and minimal aliasing.

The NXCAM’s E-Mount flexibility is designed to accept virtually all SLR and DSLR 35mm lenses, with the use of simple, inexpensive adapters without optical degradation. FS series owners can make use of their existing lenses and add more lenses without being forced on a brand or mount.

Users can capture high-quality still images with the NEX-FS700. The camcorder also includes face detection and auto focus to help ensure the subject is always kept in focus.

NEX-FS700 operators can take advantage of the camcorder’s built-in ND filters, with a newly designed wheel that rotates across the sensor like a turret. The wheel includes positions for Clear, 1/4 (2 Stop), 1/16 (4 Stop), and 1/64 (6 Stop).

The camcorder is 60/50Hz switchable to give people the freedom of working in any geographic region without being restricted to only PAL or NTSC recording.

The NEX-FS700’s 3GHD-SDI and HDMI connectors can output Full-HD 50p and 60p, in addition to standard HD 60i, 24p, 25p or 30p frame rates with embedded time code and audio. 3G HD-SDI can output native 23.98, 25, 29.97 progressive signals; users can choose to output PsF over the 3G HD-SDI. Thanks to flexibility of the digital ports virtually any external recorder can be connected.

Users can save up to 99 camcorder profile settings on a memory card and can copy the same setting to multiple units. Compatible media includes MS and SD memory cards and Sony’s HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit that attaches to the camcorder.

The NEX-FS700 features include a robust detachable top handle, secured by a pair of screws (a cold shoe, plus two sets of 1/4 and 3/8 inch holes) that allow heavy accessories to be mounted. The handle is attached with a rosette mount.

A key element of the handle is an “active grip” that features four buttons for commonly used functions – expanded focus, auto iris, still capture and Recording Start/Stop – so users can easily operate the camcorder while holding it. Function buttons are also enlarged to make operating easy, even while wearing gloves.

The camcorder’s enhanced durable design also includes anchor points for compatibility with third party accessories.

Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the NEX-FS700 to output 4K bit-stream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder.

The NEX-FS700 is planned to be available in June 2012.

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