Review of the JVC GY-LS300…Filming this Sunday at Glasgow Speedway

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I was the first video company in Glasgow to cover Glasgow Speedway from 1988 to 1992 at Shawfield Stadium, Glasgow. Today the Glasgow Tigers are at a new home on the North side of Glasgow at a newly re-generated Ashfield Stadium.


JVC have kindly sent me their new GY-LS300 to review, a Super 35mm 4K camera with a micro 4/3″ lens mount. This is the reason for the trip to Ashfield Stadium today, to do a production recce.

Ashfield used to be a greyhound track but is now solely owned by Glasgow Tigers Speedway. Today I had my first look at the all new stadium and I was more than impressed. I am hoping to produce some sexy footage from the JVC LS300.


Although the LS300 has 4K abilities I am using the cameras full HD capabilities 1920 x 1080 50p because of the nature of the sport, fast action never looks good at 25p.


I am looking forward to filming Speedway once more, its a very exiting sport and can be very dangerous.


Back in 1988 we filmed Speedway with the first commercially available CCD camera called a Panasonic F10, recording onto a portable VHS recorder. The camera had an interchangeable 12x lens.


I am almost having a reunion on Sunday bringing back Chris Malcolm, my good friend who used to interview the Tigers…23 years ago !


I took this photograph back in 1992, the last year Steve Lawson (2nd from left) rode for the Glasgow Tigers. We produced a documentary called the Steve Lawson Story and went to Steve’s farm at Workington. The youngest chap on the far right, Richard Lawson now rides for the Glasgow Tigers.

So lets hope the JVC GY-LS300 puts in a good account of itself, I hope to use some sexy Canon glass to get some cracking shallow depth of field shots.

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The NAB 4K Post Mortem

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Now that NAB 2015 is out of the way lets have a serious look at what each camera manufacturer had to offer in the 4K stakes.


Panasonic 2015

Panasonic brought out a 4K run and gun camera called the DVX-200 at £3500 this camcorder should sell well.

Plus Points...

4K filming at 200Mbps onto SDXC cards (C10 U3)

13x 4K optical f2.8-4.5mm, 5 axis stabilised servo zoom lens in 4K 29.5mm – 384.9 or HD 28mm – 365mm (35mm equivalent)

4/3″ large sensor giving a reasonable shallow depth of field and low noise at higher ISO.

422 10bit output from HDMI socket

4K 50p recording onto SDXC cards (C10 U3)

Very stylish with all the usual professional switches, XLRs etc.

ND filters

Price £3500 or less

Not so useful…

Records 420 8 bit internally…possibly the one feature that will curtail AF101 type sales figures.


Again Panasonic are throwing caution to the wind with this fantastic 4K offering with all the features a professional could ask for. This is the first non interchangeable 4K camcorder with a 4/3″ chipset and unlike Sony’s PXW-Z100 does not rely on expensive proprietary card media. With most of Sonys latest offerings being 422 10bit, including the PXW-X70, I was disappointed in the DVX-200 only being 420 8bit though taking the same principal as the semi pro HC-X1000 it will produce cracking downscaled HD footage from 4K.


Canon 2015…

Canon delighted its followers with the next generation C300 Mk11 with 4K internal recording, at £11,300 its going to have a rough ride aside Sony’s PXW-FS7 priced at £6,200.

Plus Points…

4K internal recording up to 410Mbps using XF-AVC intra for 4K, and XF-AVC Long GOP for 2K and Full HD.

Interchangeable lens mount from the default EF Mount, to EF Mount with Cinema Lock, or to the industry standard PL mount, as a service option.

Super 4K 35mm sensor

ND filters

422 10bit internal or 444 12bit external.

Not so useful…

4K 25p maximum frame rate

XLR’s not on the body itself, as requested by C300 owners.

Relies on expensive CFast media



I think Canon have missed a trick with the latest C300 Mk11 offering, they are hard up against the Sony FS7 at almost half the price and also records up to 4K 50p !

Because of its price it won’t fly off the shelves and the upgrade to CFast media also makes it an expensive 4K recording media, £676 for 128G Sandisk card.


Canon 2015…

Another 4K camera from Canon this time the smaller XC-10. At the street price of £1600 I think this will be a good seller amongst C300 Mk11 owners looking for a good run and gun “B” camera.

Plus points…

Record 4K footage at up to 305Mbps 422 8 bit with Canon’s XF-AVC H.264 codec

10x zoom with optical image stabiliser

1.0 inch Canon CMOS sensor

One ND filter

4K filming to an internal CFast 2.0™ memory card and Full HD video or stills to a separate internal SD card

10x fixed manual zoom…Video Mode: 8.9 – 89mm (27.3-273mm 35mm equivalent)
Stills Mode: 4:3 – 24.1 -241mm,/ 3:2 – 25 – 250mm, /16:9 – 27.3 – 273mm (approx.)

Not so useful…

Fixed lens

No optional XLR accessory

Expensive CFast media for 4K

4K 25p maximum.


I think this will undoubtably  be a great success for Canon, its petiteness and keen price will take the place of the C100 as a “B” camera for all of Canons cinema camera range.

ursa-mini-v3Blackmagic Design 2015…

Blackmagic have come a long way in camera manufacturing in such a short time, this NAB is no exception, one of their new camcorders is the 4K URSA mini, a reflection on the disgruntles made of the original 7.4Kg URSA the URSA mini is a mere 2.27Kg.

Plus points…4.6K EF model

The 4.6K sensor features global shutter up to 30 frames per second and rolling shutter up to 60 frames per second with 15 stops of dynamic range

Compact and lightweight digital film camera

12G-SDI output with optional “V” lock adapter

Weight 2.27Kg

5” fold out monitor

Dual CFast media card slots

Price £3565

No so useful…

Viewfinder is optional at £1079

No ND filters

Using expensive CFast media


I think this is by far the best value for money 4.6K camera on the market, once again Blackmagic have pulled a rabbit out of the hat and set the bar even higher. The URSA mini is three times cheaper than the Canon C300 Mk11 and half the price of the Sony FS7. Even the Canon XC-10 has one ND filter…to bring out a professional large sensor camera in 2015 with no ND filters is stupid as it will clearly affects sales.

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NAB News 2015 Panasonic also release a new P2 shoulder mount camera AJ-PX380

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Panasonic’s multi-codec AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in full raster HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, high-resolution AVC-Proxy encodes in parallel with higher bandwidth production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 megabits down to 800 kilobits per second.

The PX380 will record in AVC-LongG to provide on-air content direct from the shooting location and for workflows using content transferred over the internet. The camera will offer three AVC-LongG bit rates: AVC-LongG50/25 providing10 bit, 4:2:2 quality at bit rates of approximately 50/25 Mbps, and the more economical AVC-LongG12, which is optimized for field wireless workflows.

Built-in network functions support wired LAN, wireless LAN and 4G/LTE connections, enabling on-site preview, streaming and uploading data to a server quickly and easily at low cost with a PC/Mac, tablet or smart phone; or users can connect to the camera via WiFi to control, add or edit metadata, view proxies, or watch live streaming for logging or monitoring. Unique to Panasonic’s live streaming protocol is a quality of service (QoS) layer that rapidly and dynamically adjusts the bit rate of the streaming signal to optimize the transmission speed as bandwidth of the cellular network changes.

The PX380 will include a “Rec during Uploading” function to allow automatic transfer of previously  recorded content to an FTP server, which means that recording is possible even while video content is being uploaded.  The camcorder will also support a P2 Remote Operation Panel (ROP) application, enabling wireless control of PX380 camera settings (video parameters, camera painting and rec/stop operation, for example) using an iPad. (The P2 ROP App is available free of charge at the Apple App Store.) Remote control will also be available using Panasonic’s AG-EC4 camera extension control (serial) AJ-RC10 Remote Control Unit (serial) or AK-HRP200 ROP (LAN).

Weighing just over six pounds, the PX380 will incorporate high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3” 3-MOS imagers to produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. With the flexibility of an interchangeable lens, the PX380 can be used with 1/3″ to 2/3″ lens adapters for use with existing 2/3″ zoom and prime lenses. The PX380 will feature a wide range of recording modes, including the full range of 100 Mbps AVC-Intra formats, up to 1080/60p,50p. Two microP2 card slots will facilitate cost-effective operation; a P2 card slot and SD card slot are also included.

Professional interfaces will include HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI in/out, 3G-SDI out to support 1080 60p video output, genlock in/video out for multi-camera operation, timecode in/out, USB2.0 (host), and USB 2.0 (device).

dels are all AVC-ULTRA capable, with the same recording formats, codec and file structure. When used in modern field production–whether fast -breaking news or scheduled interviews–the tool kits provided are similar across the range of camcorders, differing only in the lens / imager format and pricing.  In many cases a mixture of cameras can used by various crews.

The AJ-PX380 will be available in September 2015 with a suggested list price under $12,000, including supplied Fujinon 17x lens and AG-CVF15 Color LCD viewfinder.

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NAB News 2015…ARRI SkyPanel…Soft lighting – Redefined

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ARRI proudly introduces SkyPanel, a brand new line of LED fixtures. SkyPanel is a compact, ultra-bright and high-quality LED soft light that sets a new standard for the industry. With a design focused on form, color, beam field and output, SkyPanel represents the culmination of more than a decade of research and development of LED technology at ARRI.


The new ARRI SkyPanel is an exceptionally versatile LED soft light – compact, fully tuneable and delivering light of unsurpassed power and quality. Because different application areas call for different lighting needs, SkyPanel has been designed as a series of fixtures. The S60 is the mid-range model and the S30 is the smaller, more portable version. With SkyPanel, the sky is limitless…


SkyPanel ‘C’ (Color) versions have the ability to adjust the correlated color temperature anywhere between 2,800 K and 10,000 K, with excellent color rendition over the entire range. Full plus and minus green correction can be achieved with the simple turn of a knob, and in addition to CCT control, vivid color selection and saturation adjustment is also possible.


High output is usually not associated with a fully tuneable LED fixture, but with the SkyPanel ARRI has been able to accomplish both. SkyPanel has tremendous light output across the entire CCT range. Brighter than a 2 kW tungsten soft light or a 6 kW tungsten space light, the SkyPanel S60 has more than enough light for most applications. In some cases the fixture can even compete with natural sunlight; at the same time, it is able to perform beautifully at lower light levels.

ARRI SkyPanel Features film from ARRI on Vimeo.

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NAB News 2015…Ikegami SHK-810 shoulder mount 8K camera

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The Ikegami SHK-810 camera employs a single 33 million-pixel Super 35 CMOS sensor, achieving 4,000 TVL horizontal and vertical resolution. The color filter on the sensor employs a dual-green SHV color arrangement and achieves a high level of modulation depth.

The System Expander enables the use of large viewfinders and full studio lenses, converting the portable camera into a full-facility studio/field camera.

A viewfinder detail (VF DTL) function allows the camera operator to increase the detail edges to the viewfinder and picture monitor video for easy focusing. A lens aberration correction function and communication features (tally, intercom, etc.) are also available for conventional HDTVcamera operation.

The PL-Lens mount allows the operator to use the camera with 8K lenses, cine lenses, 4K lenses and custom-designed zoom lenses for single-chip SHV cameras. A flange-back adjustment system is built-in, enabling back focus adjustment of PL-mount lenses without shims.

Standard SMPTE fiber cable can be used between camera head and camera control unit (CCU) to enable long-distance transmission for live broadcasting.

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Panasonic’s Break from Tradition with the new DVX-200 4K camcorder (£3500)

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The Panasonic DVX-200 is striking because of its red body and superb design qualities but this is not the first time Panasonic have broken away from tradition, John Preston from H Preston Media reminded me of the Panasonic V3.


The V3 goes all the way back to 1986 thats 29 years ago and had 3 half inch Newvicon tubes, a signal to noise ratio of -54dB and a 1.5″ black and white viewfinder. It provided 570 lines resolution and a minimum illumination of 30 lux.

This was the bad boy of low light, John remembers selling 5 Panasonic V3’s to the local constabulary only to get all 5 back a week later because of their shocking low light capabilities.


This is probably one of Panasonic’s best looking hand held camcorders to date, I have moaned on about boring black and grey cameras for years and Panasonic have obviously listened.


How it performs is another question but with its newly-developed 4/3” large-format MOS sensor it should be good in low light and have a reasonable shallow depth of field. Remember the Panasonic HC-X1000 has a 1/2.3″ sensor so there should be a vast improvement in low light performance over the semi pro HC-X1000 in which the DVX-200 is being compared to.

Apart from its striking looks the DVX-200 should in my opinion be equal to or out perform the Panasonic GH4 in 4K mode not to mention the five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilised lens.

Having the ability to zoom from 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, 4K and 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, in HD (35 mm equivalent) is a major bonus for a 4K professional camcorder.

Lets not forget the other major advantage of the DVX-200, low cost media in the form of SDXC C10 S3 cards, Transcend 64G are £25 each while the 128G is £55 which is a major advantage over Sonys XQD cards 128G = £420 !

This will be the first true 4K run and gun camcorder and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

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Importing Sony’s XAVC footage into FCPX v10.2

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Firstly if you stick to the rules you can import Sony’s XAVC L footage into FCPX v10.2 via an FS7.


You can’t import directly into FCPX 10.2 via Sony’s FS7 4K XAVC L via FCPX 10.2 or you get a green screen like this. (above), you need to use Catalyst Browse/Prepare or Edit Ready.


You also can’t import XAVC HD (Long GOP) footage from Sonys PXW-X70..all you get is audio and small JPEG images. (above). Once again you need Sony’s Catalyst Browse (FREE).


You can import XAVC Long GOP HD footage from your FS7 as you can see above.


XAVC I frame has always available to FCPX both on HD and 4K via your FS7


XAVC I frame 3840 x 2160 50p 500Mbps via Sony’s XQD G series card.

Both Peter from FCP.Co and myself worked on this last evening into the small hours.

Here are the facts to date when importing Sony’s XAVC footage into FCPX 10.2

XAVC S seen in Sonys A7s footage has always been supported in FCPX for a while now.
XAVC I seen in Sonys FS7 has also been supported both HD and 4K footage.
XAVC L seen in the Sony FS7 is only supported up to HD, 4K footage is not yet supported.
XAVC HD (Long GOP) as seen in the Sony X70 is not yet supported (HD only).
There is no need to download the PDZK-LT2 plugin if you are working with FCPX 10.2.
Sonys Catalyst Prepare does not transcode 4K L GOP footage as there are no presets for 4K PreRes (This may change)
Edit Ready is the best overall solution to transcode both HD and 4K Sony Long GOP footage to PreRes.

It’s not advisable to mix and match I frame and Long GOP footage on the same card.

I am sure Apple and Sony are working on a fix for this lets hope a solution will be available sooner rather than later.

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NAB 2015 News…Panasonic pull a blinder 4K AG-DVX-200 (£3500) Updated

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Delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the DVX200 is the ideal companion camera to the company’s groundbreaking VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder. With an integrated lens design, the DVX200 will excel in independent film and documentary production, as well as event videography.

Just in : The DVX-200 is 420 8bit recording with a 422 10bit HDMI output. The camera records a maximum data rate of 200Mbps to the SDXC card C10 U3 (Official from Panasonic)

The DVX200 will be optimized for 4K/HD production, and shares the esteemed VariCam family characteristics of filmic tonality and colorimetry, with natural, subtle rendering of skin flesh tones, and a V-Log curve emulating the natural grey-scale rendition of the VariCam 35. The camcorder will incorporate a newly-developed 4/3” large-format MOS sensor and offer variable frame rate recording up to 120fps in FHD mode, enhancing the DVX200’s utility in sports and VFX production.


The new handheld 4K camcorder will offer an array of professional features including a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent), time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs, easy focus and zooming, and programmable user buttons.

The DVX200 will record 4K (4096 × 2160) / 24p, UHD (3840 × 2160) / HD (1920 × 1080) 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p in either MP4 / MOV file formats. There are two SD card** slots, facilitating backup and relay recording. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.


The DVX200’s three manual operation lens rings—13x zoom (Cam driven), focus and iris—will provide a comfortable manual control similar to an interchangeable lens camera, but without the need for actual lens changes. The zoom ring’s solid feel and smooth action allow delicate ultra-slow zooming. In addition, the camera’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action, yielding the creative freedom every camera operator desires. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots. The DVX200 also features an enhanced Image Stabilizer,

including a five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilizer that produces clear images without blurring, and a micro-drive focus unit that improves focus speed, tracking and capture performance, facilitating 4K focusing and shallow focus shooting.


The new Leica Dicomar 4K zoom lens with F2.8 aperture is an optimal choice for 4K video, with the ability to produce elegant imagery and subtle “bokeh” Also, Leica’s exacting quality standards serve to suppress the occurrence of ghosting and flare to a minimum. Since the DVX200 is an integrated-lens camcorder, there is no need to perform the flange back adjustments or shading corrections when changing lenses. Even with a large diameter lens, the DVX200’s weight and balance have been optimized to facilitate agile, mobile 4K acquisition. With superb center-of-gravity balance, the camcorder will be ideal for such flexible shooting applications as mounting on today’s popular stabilized camera rigs


The AG-DVX200 utilizes a front element lens / filter diameter of 72mm, a very common size. It is expected that many third party lens accessory manufacturers will announce items such as close-up lenses and other desired options.

The AG-DVX200 will feature next-generation ergonomics, with the battery positioned in the rear so as not to interfere during handheld shooting. The DVX200 comes with a rugged woven carbon,fiber-like finish, and the recording section is distinctively styled with crimson shading.


Note the 5 Axis Hybrid IS which has only been seen on the likes of the Sony A7II and works a treat. On the down side the DVX-200 uses a new Panasonic Li-ion battery.

EDITORS NOTE : Having just received the information about the recording specs, 420 8bit, you have to remember like the HC X1000, if you film in 4K with the DVX200 and edit it on an HD timeline the picture quality will be equivalent to 444 10bit.

The AG-DVX200 will be available in Fall 2015 with a suggested list price under $5000.

* UHD (3840×2160) resolution, when 60p mode is selected.

** Requires a SD card of UHS speed class 3 (U3) for 4K recording.

Here is the 1st look at the Panasonic DVX-200 from News

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NAB NEWS 2015 BlackMagic’s new URSA mini (£2,149)

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When we introduced our first Blackmagic Cinema Camera, we really designed it to be hand held, like how a DLSR is used, but its was a true digital film camera with wide dynamic range. Of course a lot of people wanted to use it shoulder mounted and tripod mounted and it was not as good for that kind of use.

Our URSA camera solved these issues, however URSA is designed for a larger crew so it has multiple screens, scopes, high performance and higher frame rates and more. This makes it larger and not as portable as the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera.


The result of all this work is URSA Mini. It’s a portable URSA based digital film camera, and while it does not have all the features of URSA, it has a lot and it uses the same sensors and core processing of URSA. It features magnesium alloy for its design so it’s very small and very lightweight which is perfect for portable and hand held use.

URSA Mini features the same 4K and 4.6K sensor options as URSA and is compatible with the new Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder. It features frame rates up to 60 fps, and it has a bright 5 inch full HD touch screen that folds out and angles. Like URSA, URSA Mini also has dual CFast card recorders so you can continue to record while changing cards and uses the same battery options.

URSA and URSA Mini shoot the same looking images so you can easily use both cameras on the same shoot and intercut the shots perfectly.


URSA Mini is a true digital film camera so it can be used on feature films, television shows, commercials, indies, documentaries, music videos and more. The stunning quality of the 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range really lets you capture cinematic shots, while its small size is perfect for solo shooting or intimate handheld shots.

URSA Mini has multiple mounting points so it can be easily accessorized with lenses, rails, matte boxes and more. There is an optional Blackmagic URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, which features a shoulder pad with a quick release mount built into it so it can go from handheld to shoulder or to a tripod without changing any of the rig. The shoulder kit has been designed specifically for URSA Mini so when its used and the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder is added, this camera looks amazing!


It has an included side handle as standard that has a LANC based record, focus and iris buttons, however when the shoulder kit is used, you can relocate that handle to one of the front rosettes and really hold the camera well on your shoulder. It’s a great shoulder mounted camera rig!

There are 4 models of URSA Mini as there is two lens mounts and two sensor options. URSA Mini 4K EF is $2,995, URSA Mini 4K PL is $3,495. With the new 4.6K sensor, URSA Mini 4.6K EF is $4,995 and URSA Mini 4.6K PL is $5,495. URSA Mini will be available late July.

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BlackMagic deliver again with the Micro Studio Camera 4K (£929)

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With such a small Micro Cinema Camera design, we quickly realized that if we removed the built in recorder and digital film sensor cooling and replaced with SDI connections and a 4K video image sensor, we could build a really small studio camera for live production!

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K looks the same as the new Micro Cinema Camera but it’s really a completely different camera because its a broadcast quality Ultra HD studio camera!

Although you can use it with an external recorder as a production camera, it’s really designed to be used in live production with a live production switcher. It has an Ultra HD sensor so it works in native Ultra HD and of course with a sensor at that high resolution, it makes an incredible HD camera also!

Because it’s a live camera, it’s features are almost identical to our Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K. It has SDI in and out, a built in color corrector and all the control to the camera can be sent via the SDI input so it uses the same SDI control protocol as our studio cameras and ATEM switchers. It uses 6G-SDI, so supports all Ultra HD frame rates up to 30 fps, but it does 1080 HD frame rates up to 60 fps using the full sensor size.


It includes an expansion connector, but it’s also different. This camera has a PTZ serial connection out and this can be used for controlling a remote head. Any pan, tilt and zoom commands sent to the camera via SDI from the switcher will be output on this PTZ connection and if you have a zoomable MFT lens, it will adjust the zoom on the lens as well


Also on the expansion connector is a B4 lens control connection so we can control broadcast lenses. We have been asked for this a lot by high end broadcasters and now with this camera and the B4 lens connection you can use add accessories to turn this camera into a fully featured studio camera. Imagine using it as a full sized studio camera with external monitor and broadcast lens. Or using it on set concealed so you can get all kinds of exciting and interesting camera angles!

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K will be available in July for $1,295.

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