The new Canon MS-200S-SH… £4,370 (Video added)

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Canon camera

The rush is on from all camera manufacturers to make a small HD camera, with all those medical hospital productions like 24 hours in A&E this is the new market for such cameras.

The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera is equipped with the advanced 16:9 Super 35mm Canon CMOS Image Sensor, the same sensor used in our Cinema EOS cameras.

The large 8.29 megapixel sensor is sensitive in low light, helping to minimize noise, capturing independent Red, Green, and Blue channels for Full HD 1920×1080 video. This large sensor format allows for depth of field control and has dynamic range characteristics reminiscent of film, for truly arresting images.

The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera allows users to capture subjects even under some of the most challenging low light conditions, helping to deliver an optimum balance between image quality and sensitivity, making it ideal for a wide range of night time and low light applications.

The combined performance of the camera’s Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor achieve a very high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light. This advanced performance yields a maximum ISO speed of 204,000 and a wide dynamic range with up to 12 stops.

The high-dynamic-range shooting ability of the ME200S-SH camera helps diminish the loss of dark detail at a low luminous intensity, which tends to arise when shooting under low luminous intensity conditions, and overexposure of the high-brightness areas. The camera’s wide dynamic range of 600% helps to suppress brightness while maintaining seamless gradations

In addition, Canon Log Gamma helps to preserve shadow and highlight detail, for maximum editing and grading in post-production. Contrast and sharpness are subdued with characteristics similar to negative film. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from mid-range to highlights and realizes 12-stops of Dynamic Range (DR). At ISO 850 and above, Canon Log Gamma enables 5.3 stops of latitude above optimal exposure (and 6.7 stops below), broadening the available dynamic range in color grading.

Canon back

Sensor Super 35mm CMOS   Total Pixels Approx. 9.84 (4206 x 2340)  Effective Pixels Approx. 8.29M (3840 x 2160)
Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280×720   Min. Sub. Ileum.  0.015 lux or less (at 56dB, F1.2, 29.97P, 1/30 sec shutter)

Color Filter Array RGB Bayer

Canon front

The ME200S-SH camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain focused even as they move- particularly helpful in remote or gimbal shooting situations.

Even in unpredictable shooting conditions, the camera can maintain focus within the center portion of the frame, and is compatible with select Canon EF autofocus lenses.

The camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. This feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while, providing a natural, smooth autofocus movement.

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Canon first with 18-80mm T4.4 L IS 4K servo lens £4,700

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When we started down this large sensor road with the Panasonic AF101 it was all about prime lenses, we have now matured and see the major benefit of servo zoom lenses, the only problem being till today they have not been wide enough taking the Sony 28-135mm as a good example or within reasonable budget.

We have been banging on about a wider lens for our PXW-FS7 or C300 and now Canon have produced the goods though you will still need to use a Canon adapter to E mount to use it directly on the FS7.

At £4,700 this is not unreasonable for a 4K high quality servo zoom S35mm lens. The zoom handle is an extra £430.


  • Canon EF mount compatibility provides support for fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus, camera-to-lens servo power supply, automatic lens metadata acquisition for easy post-processing, and lens functions such as peripheral illumination correction.
  • Purpose-built video lens with a focal length of 18-80mm and optical zoom of 4.4x
  • High-end features make the Canon CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S ideal for professional or advanced videographers
  • Optional Canon ZSG-C10 remote zoom grip (sold separately) offers fluid zoom control, a dedicated one-shot AF button, and the flexibility to use handheld, shoulder-mounted or with a tripod
  • Superior Canon optics provide stable brightness levels of T4.4 (F4) across the entire zoom range
  • DC & USM motors for fast, fluid and quiet servo zoom and focus control
  • 3 modes of image stabilisation for crisp, clear video
  • Easy to use and work with, weighing a drone-friendly 1.2kg
  • 9-leaf iris helps create beautiful, cinematic bokeh effects
  • High optical resolving power and optomechanical design to meet all 4K shooting requirements
  • Significantly reduced ‘focus breathing’ means less distortion and more consistent shooting

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Panasonic GH5 rumour

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GH5 copy

GH5 will probably be a 6K camera

6k recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
– Each 6K frame has 18 Million Pixels. this means you can screen grab 18MP photos from each 6K recorded frame
– If the camera records 6K than the Four Thirds sensor will have 20+ Megapixels in “normal still photo mode”.

Even at 4K 50p a GH5 will be a stunning camera let alone 6K 25p

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Lytro Cinema”The Future of Television Production”

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As a photographic concept the Lytro camera never quite made the grade it was far too dear at £1299 but has dropped down to £375 but cameras like the Panasonic GX8, GH4 have kind of caught up with fixing the focus in post.


The cinema version of this camera has amazing potential apart from its size (huge)…It reminds me of the camera in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory.

Lytro Cinema captures all the rays of light within a scene, providing a rich amount of Light Field data. Every pixel has color properties, directional properties, and its exact placement in space.

Lytro Cinema is defying the traditional physics of on set capture by virtualizing creative camera decisions. Infinite creative choices can be generated in post-production including unprecedented control over focus, perspective, aperture and shutter angle – recreating impossible shots.

The highest resolution video sensor ever designed, 755 RAW megapixels at up to 300 FPS. Up to 16 stops of dynamic range and wide colour gamut integrated high resolution active scanning.


Lytro Cinema will be available for production in Q3 2016 to exclusive partners on a subscription basis. For more information on Lytro Cinema, visit

Watch the future of television in this short video its fascinating..

Lytro Cinema from Lytro on Vimeo.

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Sony is rumoured to be bringing out a wider PZ lens 18-105 for NAB 2016

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Rumour has it that Sony are to announce an 18-105 PZ lens this month at NAB 2016…long overdue in my opinion. If its true FS7 and FS5 owners will be rejoicing.

SONY ALPHA RUMOURS “Just heard from an industry source that Sony are producing an updated G-Master E PZ Cine Lens 18-105mm due around Nab 2016 (Editos’r note: Updated version of the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens)
My Source was not sure of the final f-stop except that it would be Parafocal and maintain the same f-stop throughout the zoom range. Their own personal feeling was that would still be about f3- f4 but with improved image resolution and performance to warrant the G moniker.”

NAB Update : If its going to happen it will be this Sunday the 17th April 2016 at the Sony NAB press conference where Sony have invited a lot of photographers.

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NAB 2016 NEWS…SmallHD go bigger with production monitors 17″..24″..32″

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SmallHD title v2

Small HD have now produced a cracking set of production monitors from 17″ 24″ and 32″ all with daylight bright screens the best having a whopping 1500nits (32″).

The need for on set HDR preview is on the horizon. With 10-bit, 1000 NIT+ displays (17″ and 24″), SmallHDR monitors are the first production monitors worthy of the challenge.


As you can see the new Small HD monitors can use streaming kits like the zero latency Teradek Bolt for line of sight monitoring by the production staff.


These monitors are extremely well made with SDI and HDMI sockets plus 4pin XLRs for power.

Car tyre v2

As usual the boys at Small HD put everything to the test with a monitor standing the riggers of a car on top of it.

SmallHD 1703 HDR 17″ Specs

  • 17″, 1920×1080 Display
  • HDR Preview
  • SDI and HDMI Video I/O
  • Bright 1000 cd/m² Panel
  • Colorflow 3D LUT Processing
  • 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Shoe-Mount System
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR
  • 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output)
  • Prices to follow after NAB

SmallHD 2403 HDR 24″ Specs

  • 24″, 1920 x 1080 Display
  • HDR Preview
  • SDI and HDMI Video I/O
  • Bright 1000 cd/m² Panel
  • Colorflow 3D LUT Processing
  • 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Shoe-Mount System
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR
  • 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output)

SmallHD 3203 HDR 32″ Specs

  • 32″, 1920 x 1080 Display
  • True HDR Rendering
  • SDI and HDMI Video I/O
  • Bright 1500 cd/m² Panel
  • Colorflow 3D LUT Processing
  • 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Shoe-Mount System
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR
  • 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output)
  • HDR Production Monitors by SmallHD from SmallHD on Vimeo.

    Small HD is distributed in the UK by Holdan.

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The work of photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov

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Photographer and animator Alexey Sakharov has done a cracking job on these old photographs bringing them literally back to life.

It’s a “photo-based animation project” that offers a “travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine,” Zakharov says. “The main part of this video was made with camera projection based on photos.”

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NAB 2016…Datavideo’s new KMU-100 delivers multiple HD scaled camera angles

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At NAB 2016, Datavideo has announced it will be showing its new KMU–100, which will accept the single 4K/UHD output of any existing camera and turn it into up to four 16×9 user-defined cropped windows that are sent out as four separate HD signals through HD-SDI.

According to Datavideo, these user defined windows can be scaled to zoom in on a particular subject that you would like to highlight on the 4K signal. An additional 4K camera could be connected to allow up to eight defined outputs from the two 4K signals. As an option, the Datavideo RMC–180 camera controller can be added to facilitate panning, tilting, and zooming to create the user defined windows on the 4K signal. The user can also set up these shots in advance and save them as presets, or you can do it in real-time.

One example cited by Davavideo is: If you wanted to broadcast a live three-piece band concert using a 4K camera, you would simply set up the 4K/UHD camera with a wide angle shot, then connect the camera output to the KMU–100. The, you could use the RMC–180 controller to select up to four 16×9 windows which could be positioned with a joystick as well as resized from any part of the original 4K signal. You can then have the following shots:

  • Wide angle of the band
  • A close up shot of the lead singer
  • Close up drummer and drum set
  • Close up of piano player

These 4 virtual camera signals (up to 1080p) could be connected to any HD-SDI video mixer (commonly but imprecisely known as “switcher”), giving the illusion of a multi camera production when in reality, you only have a single 4K camera.

KMU-100_workflow_broadcast-8 copy

Video Inputs

  • Quad SDI, 6G-SDI or 12G-SDI
  • HDMI 2.0 video input with support for up to 2160p60. I just checked with Datavideo, and it supports 25p, 29.97p, 50p and 59.94p.
  • Display port video Input with support for up to 2160p60. I just checked with Datavideo, and it supports 25p, 29.97p, 50p and 59.94p.

SDI Video Output

  • 8x 3G-SDI, either 1080p, 720p or 1080i


  • 2x HDMI 1.4


  • SDI Audio Input (16 Channels)
  • SDI Audio Output (16 Channels)

Sync Input (Genlock)

  • blackburst or TriSync

Computer Interface

  • Ethernet RJ45 for control configuration and updates (for laptop)
  • RS–232 / RS–422 x 1

According to Datavideo, the KMU–100 will be shipping the summer of 2016. KMU–100 will be on display at NAB, 2016 – booth SL8011. As of publication time of this article, Datavideo has not yet stated the price of the KMU–100. Price to be confirmed.


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Sonys new 4K action camera (No price yet) August 2016

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Sonys action cam

Sony’s new UMC-S3C video camera offers the highest sensitivity in its class with 4K video recording, full frame, E Mount, allowing users to capture details even in challenging low-light conditions.  The camera also features tremendous flexibility and long duration video recording with 12 megapixel color still image capture capabilities.

“New products like the UMC-S3C allow us to expand our 4K line-up and bring high resolution and high sensitivity to new markets,” said Atsushi Seki, Director, Business Development at Sony Electronics. “This latest video camera is a testament to Sony’s continuing efforts to provide solutions that meet users’ individual business requirements.”

Capable of achieving sensitivity and resolution with color video recording in 4K, the UMC-S3C realizes the highest sensitivity in its class – under 0.004lx, expandable to ISO 50-409600. The camera uses advanced imaging technologies from Sony’s consumer and professional groups – a full-frame 35mm Exmor sensor, to realize high sensitivity with high light condensing efficiency, and an image processing engine, which enhances noise reduction. Using compatible E-mount lenses that maximize the performance of the 35mm full-frame sensor, resolution is kept high across the entire image area.


Area-specific noise reduction selectively divides images into areas based on patterns. Image quality is further enhanced through detail reproduction technology, allowing clear and sharp video recording in near pitch-black environments beyond the capabilities of the human eye. This helps optimized images fit various scenes while ensuring a more natural sense of dimension. In addition, the camera’s high shutter speed allows users to capture letters and numbers clearly.

Weighing approximately 400g, the lightweight UMC-S3C is currently the most compact camera in Sony’s full-frame line-up. With mounting points on the camera body to enhance mobility, it easily attaches to moving objects. Users can control the camera via multi terminal, including micro USB compatible devices, remote controls or compatible software.

The UMC-S3C is suitable for a variety of applications including disaster response; wildlife monitoring; landscape mapping or surveying; surveillance, inspections and investigations; live camera; and as a dashboard/professional point-of-view (‘POV’) camera, among others.

Supporting multi-camera systems, the UMC-S3C fits into nearly any existing infrastructure and also allows playback functions with the use of a PC as well as Live View via HDMI.

Long-duration video recording is also possible as the camera is equipped with a memory card slot on the camera body instead of network cabling. With a 64GB memory card, users can record up to 125 minutes of 4K footage at standard quality (30 fps/60 Mbps). In 4K resolution, where images are four times more detailed than full HD, users can cover larger areas with the highest image quality.  The UMC-S3C also supports the XAVC S format for high-quality 4K recording at 100Mbps, especially useful in environments where cabling or space is limited.

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NEW Camcorders from JVC the GY-HM660 and the 620

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JVC has today announced two upgraded models in its 600 Series of ProHD mobile news camcorders, including the GY-HM660, the industry’s first streaming camcorder with an integrated IFB (interruptible foldback) audio channel (this feature is a free firmware update in the very near future). Both the GY-HM660 camera, which replaces the current GY-HM650, and the GY-HM620, which replaces the GY-HM600, feature new CMOS image sensors for greater sensitivity, together with a brighter LCD display for improved daylight viewing. JVC will demonstrate both models during the 2016 NAB Show (Booth C4314) that runs from 18th-21st April in Las Vegas.

Both new cameras feature three new 12-bit CMOS sensors with improved F13 (50Hz) sensitivity for superior low-light performance. The cameras also include an upgraded 3.5-inch LCD display, which can be swivelled for use as a talent monitor, as well as a 1.22 MP LCOS colour viewfinder. The integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens offers a wide 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and includes three ND filters as well as manual zoom, focus and iris rings.

“JVC continues to expand our advanced IP technologies,” said Gustav Emrich, European product manager. “The new GY-HM660 will allow reporters in the field to communicate with the studio through IFB while streaming live HD reports from the field. We’ve also added SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for increased stream reliability.”

GY-HM620 copy

When paired with a 4G LTE modem or hotspot, the GY-HM660’s built-in video-over-IP technology delivers high-quality streaming with a choice of resolutions, bit rates and formats without a backpack transmission system or external encoder. For more reliable streaming, it offers SMPTE 2022 or Zixi forward error correction (FEC), automatic repeat request (ARQ) and adaptive bit rate control. The camera also includes support for Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), which allows a direct connection to a number of content distribution networks (CDNs) including Ustream and YouTube, together with compatibility with Streamstar’s range of streaming production tools.

Designed for news, sports and independent production, the cameras record HD and SD footage in a variety of file formats – including 1080p/60/50 and XHQ with virtually lossless 50 Mbps H.264 (.MOV) – to SDHC or SDXC media cards. With two card slots, both cameras support relay mode for uninterrupted recording or simultaneous recording to both cards for instant backup or client copy. The Pre Rec feature can be set to continuously record and store up to 15 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events. The GY-HM660 can also record full HD on a memory card while simultaneously streaming footage for live broadcast.

A LANC-based remote interface allows either camera to be controlled remotely for jib or crane shots, or paired with JVC’s DT-X71H ProHD seven-inch portable monitor for use in an affordable studio system. While the cameras include a built-in stereo microphone for capturing natural sound, they also include dual XLR inputs with phantom power, an additional 3.5mm input for a wireless mic receiver, headphone jack and shotgun mic holder. Other features include HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, as well as a time-code synchronization input.

“The new 600 Series camcorders are built to deliver the best performance for run-and-gun ENG and EFP shooters,” adds Gustav Emrich. “They have all the tools you need in the field – a specially designed Fujinon lens with optical image stabilization, excellent low-light performance and multiple native recording formats for the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow.”

The GY-HM660 and GY-HM620 will be available in May 2016, with the IFB feature available for the GY-HM660 as a free firmware update in the very near future.

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