New Canon camcorder lineup with the XF range 4K 50p 420 8bit

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Canon are sticking to their guns by revamping the XF and XA camcorders

XF405 and XF400 – versatile, compact 4K quality

The XF405 and XF400 are equipped with a newly developed 15x optical zoom lens (35 mm film equivalent: 25.5 mm–382.5 mm), a 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and a Dual DIGIC DV 6 image-processing platform to achieve high-quality 4K/50p images across the entire zoom range. They also offer continuous 100fps recording in Full HD in order to deliver slow motion footage. These advanced features are all integrated in a compact and lightweight body. Thanks to built-in Neutral Density (ND) filters, the XF405 and XF400 can capture stunning images with a shallow depth of field – even in adverse lighting conditions. Relay and simultaneous recording are provided via Dual SD card slots, which helps to expand recording times and to create an immediate backup. A range of interface options are featured in the XF405 and XF400, including HDMI, an XLR Professional audio terminal, LAN and Remote. The XF405 also features a 3G-SDI terminal. Built-in WiFi capability enables FTP file transfer and allows the camcorders to be controlled with a mobile device via Browser Remote.

4K UHD/50P high frame rate recording to SD cards

The XF405 and XF400 support UHD/50P MP4 and XF-AVC* format (150Mbps) recording and 100fps continuous slow motion shooting. Low noise and high sensitivity are managed by the combination of a 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC DV 6 image processors, which deliver high-quality footage with great clarity and detail. Additionally, Wide Dynamic Range (DR) mode enables the user to shoot with 800% wide dynamic range, providing greater detail in the mid to high tones.

High-quality 4K 15x zoom lens

A newly developed 4K lens, 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and Super UD elements combine in the XF405 and XF400 to minimise chromatic aberration and to provide stunning image clarity. Both camcorders comprise an ultra-wide 25.5mm, high magnification, 15x optical zoom in 4K. Moreover, 30x Advanced Zoom capability is offered in Full HD mode, without any image deterioration. An advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilizer (IS) ensures stable images are captured in any scenario which involves camera movement. A 0.8x Wide angle and 1.5x tele-converter deliver additional flexibility and coverage in 4K and Full HD.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise autofocus

Dual Pixel CMOS AF is featured in both the XF405 and XF400 for fast and accurate autofocusing in approximately 80% of the image. A touch screen allows further focus control and intuitive camera operation. Various AF options are offered including Face Priority AF and Face Only AF, alongside the innovative Dual Pixel Focus Guide. This feature supports manual focus shooting by visually indicating the focus position.

XF405/0 key features:

  • 4K UHD/50P recording on SD cards with high frame rates
  • High-quality 4K lens with 15x zoom
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise autofocus
  • Network capability with FTP transfer and remote control
  • Compact and lightweight body, professional operability

XA15 and XA11 – professional performance and functionality

The XA15 and XA11 are Full HD camcorders which feature stunning 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lenses to flexibly capture a variety of scenes with superb image quality. A Hi-UD lens supports the reduction of chromatic aberration and drives vivid imaging. Canon’s HD CMOS Sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV4 image processing platform deliver great performance in low light and the ability to capture superb Full HD images in 50P at 35Mbps. Wide DR mode supports the smooth compression of high luminance areas to achieve 600% DR. This makes it possible to shoot with smooth colour gradation and suppressed overexposure. This is applicable to any shooting environment where the difference between light and dark areas is prone to causing overexposure. Flexible image expression is supported by a Slow/Fast Segment function that enables users to select shooting speeds from 0.4x to a maximum of 1,200x.

Both camcorders are capable of recording in both AVCHD and MP4 formats, at multiple bit rates, simultaneously, to Dual SD card slots. The XA15 and XA11 offer a range of various interfaces including HDMI, XLR professional audio terminals, headphone jack and optional GPS support. The XA15 also features an SDI output. Comprising compact and lightweight bodies, the XA11 and X15 are ideal for high-action shoots when both speed and mobility are essential. Dynamic Mode provides 5-Axis image stabilization – roll axis, horizontal roll, vertical roll, up-down and left-right – to ensure smooth image capture in various styles of fast-paced shoots.

*XF-AVC will be supported in a future firmware update in 1H 2018

XA15/11 key features:

  • High optical performance
  • Stunning Full HD image quality
  • Professional recording options
  • Professional interfaces
  • Easy operability and compact design


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Being the scenes of the new Panasonic EVA-1

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Two years ago almost to the day Panasonic invited us to London’s Groucho club to meet their new baby the DVX-200 and have a hands on afternoon with the new gear. Strangely while looking back on those JPEGs I discover the very same Director of Photography involved in the new EVA-1, Filippo Chiesa.

Bio…I’m a professional filmmaker. It’s difficult to summarise my expertise in just a few lines. I’m a traveller for choice.

As always when I visit another country, I immediately try to enter the local reality and to “steal” with a glance everything that’s around me.

My profession role tries to cover both the artistic aspects and the highly technical aspects.
I diligently probe the market and I’m a tireless researcher.

I don’t necessarily love technology for its own sake, but I think it is quite important to know as much as possible what the market offers in order to communicate my personal view of things in the best way possible and to be able to give first-rate advice to my clients.

I own 4K cameras for all needs, PrimeCircle Zeiss cinema lenses and equipment to fully cover the majority of the work that I am asked to carry out.

I offer my passion and my wide-ranging experience.

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Advert…Panasonic EVA-1 at H. Preston Media Open Day… 28th September 2017

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Why not make a date to see the first UK sighting of the Panasonic EVA-1 Super 35mm camcorder.

From 10am on the 28th of Spptember 2017, John and Andy will be on hand along with a rep from Holdan to show off the new 10bit camcorder.

Address…103 Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1EP or phone 01684 575486

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Advert…Panasonic EVA-1 Open Day at Production Gear (27th September 2017)

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Panasonic EVE-1 Open Day…12.30 till 4pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

Just North of London… Unit 12 & 13, Wrotham Business Park, Barnet EN5 4SZ or phone 020 8275 1070

Simon, Stevie and the lads will be on hand to let you see the new Panasonic EVA-1 camcorder.

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VENICE from SONY a new 6K full frame sensor camera €37,000 body only

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36x24mm Full-Frame Sensor for cinema

VENICE is equipped with a 36x24mm full-frame image sensor, designed specifically for the demands and performance of high end cinematography, and can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 6048 x 4032*. By switching imager modes, VENICE can natively support Super35 24.9×18.7mm, 4096 x 3024 resolution (equivalent to 4-perforation motion picture film) and Super35 24.9×14.0mm 4096 x 2160 resolution (equivalent to 3-perforation motion picture film). In other words, VENICE’s new full-frame sensor can capture in almost any format, including full 18mm-height Super35 Anamorphic and spherical and full-frame 24mm-height Anamorphic and spherical*. Almost any aspect ratio can be conjured up: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 17:9, the list goes on in full-frame* or Super35.

With VENICE, Sony is giving users the option to customize their camera by only enabling the features needed, according to their individual production requirements. Licenses will be available to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and full-frame*.

* Firmware update required

Full-Frame Full width 36 mm 6K*

In full-frame, you can use the full 6048 pixel width of the sensor for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in a number of ways – for example, to allow for extra shallow depth of field or super-wide shooting.

* Firmware update required

VENICE has an exceptional 15+ stops of latitude, with low noise for extraordinary performance in delivering phenomenal images in conditions from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE’s real-world performance also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging and allows unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

VENICE comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount. It is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses, spherical and anamorphic. The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke/i Technology. Lens information is recorded as metadata frame by frame.

E-mount offers unsurpassed compatibility with Sony lenses. E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed, saves time during a production.VENICE can exceed Rec. 2020 colour space. This means the colour range is wider than DCI-P3 and can beautifully reproduce the true colour of the scene in front of your lens. This also provides the broad palette in the grading suite using the established workflow of Sony’s third generation LOG gamma encoding (S-Log3), and Ultra-wide colour space.

Jello effect is something that we don’t need when filming. VENICE has high speed readout sensor which minimizes the jello effect that are typical in the CMOS sensors. For anamorphic shooting and production, Super35 full height 2x squeeze anamorphic is supported.

As the sensor size gets larger, depth of field becomes shallower. VENICE’s wide 36 mm full-frame sensor can capture images that have the equivalent of 1-2 stops shallower depth of field compared to Super35.*

* Firmware update required.

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New tripod from Sachtler..FlowTech 75…£810 plus vat

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Sachtler have produced a new set of carbon fibre legs called the Flowtech 75 at a reasonable price of £810 plus vat.

The Sachtler 1017 System Ace XL fluid head with flowtech™75 tripod legs offers a tripod system for videographers who use cameras weighing up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs). The Ace XL system enables broadcast-style performance while using lightweight components more suited to HDSLRs and compact camcorders.

The Ace XL fluid head features fiberglass-reinforced composite construction and weighs only 1.7 kg (3.7 lbs). The two-stage carbon fiber legs weigh only 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs). This makes the system lightweight at only 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs).

The Ace XL Fluid Head has a fiberglass-reinforced composite construction that is both lightweight and strong, a counterbalance system with eight stepped settings for up to 17.6 lbs of counterbalance, Sachtler’s Synchronized Actuated Drag (SA-drag) fluid drag system for both pan and tilt.

The SA-drag system provides three drag grades, plus a zero setting for no drag and a panning range of 360° and tilt range of +90 to – 75° +. The ACE 5.5″ long camera balance plate allows 4.1″ of sliding balance adjustment, there is a 75mm ball for fast levelling, and an illuminated bubble level built into the head plus one mounting point for the pan bar on the right side of the head.

The flowtech™75 tripod legs are unique with quick release brakes which deploy and enable you to adjust your tripod in an instant.  New ergonomic carbon fibre leg design means it is easy to transport and has exceptional torsional stiffness.  The versatile hinge lock mechanism enables you to capture extremely low and high shots.

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Panasonic EVA-1 increased by £329 thanks to BREXIT

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Shocking news… Panasonic are to increase the EVA-1 camera by £329 and its not even out yet..once again BREXIT is to blame for our very poor exchange rate.

Will be interesting to see if Sony, Canon, Blackmagic and JVC do the same.

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ADVERT…H Preston Media’s Sony FS5 Raw Deal

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Buy a Sony FS5 during September from H Preston Media and get a FREE RAW upgrade CBKZ-FS5RIF worth £500 for £3899 incl vat this also includes a £300 cash back when you buy a lens adapter.

PLUS 12 Months 0% Interest on every order over £500.00. Some people have been questioning this deal as being too good, phone John Preston and he will explain the deal to you.

Call John or Andy on 01684 575486 or email

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Lexar are bought over by Longsys

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Not before time someone has bought the Lexar brand just in time for the Panasonic GH5 and EVA-1. I do hope this will allow the Lexar brand to expand and become a market leader both in price and availability.

Strength of Lexar Brand Combined with Longsys’ Consumer Storage Dedication Enables Continued Support to Existing Lexar Customers as well as Exciting New Growth Opportunities

SHENZHEN, China and SAN JOSE, Calif (Aug. 31, 2017) – Longsys, a world leader in consumer flash storage, today announced that it has acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron Technology, Inc. The Lexar brand has long been recognized as a leading brand for high-performance, high-reliability removable storage solutions for a wide variety of applications, such as the professional photography market. This acquisition provides assurance to existing Lexar customers that the solutions and support they have come to expect from Lexar branded products will continue to be available. Additionally, the market reach and product breadth provided by Longsys promises to expand the Lexar customer experience into new market segments and geographies.

“We are very honored to acquire the Lexar brand,” said Huabo Cai, CEO of Longsys Electronics Limited. “Lexar has built a great brand name and our vision is to make it even greater. Existing customers can rest assured that the innovative solutions and excellent support that they have experienced from Lexar will continue. The mission to make Lexar the go-to brand for high-performance removable storage continues, and we will expand upon it to offer even more compelling solutions as the age of wireless and big-data impact the consumer storage markets.”

Longsys has been focused on flash storage for over 18 years and provides a broad portfolio of solutions. Its embedded storage brand FORESEE® is leading in the market in China and growing rapidly on a worldwide basis. The company develops complete solutions, including software and hardware, which is key to innovation and deploying leading-edge flash technologies, such as 3D NAND. Longsys currently sells over 100 million flash-based products to the market on an annual basis. Lexar customers will benefit from the strategy and company culture of Longsys, including innovation, stability, strict quality control, localized and customized support and services, and a consumer storage focus.

Longsys envisions continued growth in the removable storage market, as many industry trends impact the consumer, including big data, wireless, and Quality of Service (QoS). Virtual reality, 8K video, automotive infotainment, video surveillance and drones are all examples of emerging applications expected to drive demand for high-performance, high-reliability removable storage. Longsys, with its focus on consumer storage, innovation, quality and reliability, is uniquely positioned to offer Lexar products and services to help solve these complex problems and provide solutions the market will demand.

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GH5 FW v2 has been announced..No sign of the new software on Panasonic’s web site yet ?

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Panasonic email to lots of customers “We’ve just released a firmware update for the GH5 which enhances the functions of the camera.”

Yet on Panasonic’s own web site we have the following statement…

To further compound the issue, I get a reply from Panasonic saying this to my question Q. “Still no sign of the new software on the Panasonic web site yet ?” Panasonic respond A.”It’ll be available in a few days to download from the software site.”

Sorry but as end users we have been waiting quite a while for this firmware and can’t quite understand why we have to wait a further month to use it.

Apart from the obvious updates to bit rates and 10bit 4:2:2 implementation, I am glad to see the ability to lock the “Display” button as this can be a pest when using the GH5 hand held. One of my readers put it in a nutshell “Now, thats what I call a serious update from a camera manufacturer. We have everything we need for less than 2000 Euros.”

Panasonic announcement “Panasonic has announced the forthcoming release of a major new firmware version for the Lumix DC-GH5 that adds a collection of new features to upgrade many of the camera’s operations. The improvements apply to modes for both still and video users, and centre around enhancing the quality of the camera’s output and handling.”

New features:


  • Tethered shooting via Lumix Tether software
  • Improved handling for 4K Photo and 6K Photo
  • New wireless features
  • Improved AF in low contrast scenes


  • 4K HDR video recording
  • Improved AF in video recording
  • All-Intra recording mode
  • 6K and 400mbps 4K anamorphic shooting
  • Improved in-body stabilisation

Tethered shooting via Lumix Tether software

Now still life, portrait and macro photographers will be able to check composition on the big screen and control camera functions remotely via a new tethered shooting mode. Using the new Lumix Tether software users can connect the GH5 to a PC via USB and record stills, video and 4K/6K Photo sequences.
The software allows control of all the main features of the camera, including exposure, focus, white balance, flash controls and file formats – to name just a few. With the camera connected to the computer we can preview our images, make adjustments and inspect the results from a distance. The images can be saved to the camera’s memory card or downloaded directly to the computer as they are recorded.

Improvements to the focusing system

The GH5’s AF system is improved in performance and handling for both still and video shooters. An important change comes in the camera’s ability to work in low contrast areas, as this helps in both still and video work. Autofocus tracking is also improved in video modes, and when using the AF Tracking feature we can now place the tracking box on the screen before the subject has arrived. Also now the AF point can be moved during Burst mode if the subject is traveling across the frame.
If you want to keep an eye on what is being focused on there is now an option to keep the AF display on when multi-area modes (auto or custom) are in use.

4K/6K Photo

Better processing has reduced the time we have to wait between one 4K/6K Photo burst and the next, and now the AF point can be shifted while a 4K/6K Photo sequence is being recorded. 6K Photo can also now be used in loop recording mode.

Higher quality video

The new firmware adds 400Mbps data rates and 4:2:2 10-bit colour as well as ALL-Intra compression to the camera’s 4K and Cinema 4K video formats. This improves the range of tones and colours that can be recorded, while the compression works on each individual frame rather than on groups of several frames at a time. All-Intra compression also reduces the file size of your video so we can fit more into the same space on the memory card. Those who shoot in Full HD will benefit from an additional 200Mbps mode, also with the enhanced colour and compression characteristics.

HDR recording

The Lumix DC-GH5 is, according to Panasonic, the first digital camera that’s capable of shooting ‘HLG’ 4K HDR video. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and means that the camera can produce a wider range of brightnesses in its video to create footage with detailed highlights as well as shadow areas. This mode is designed to work with the new wave of 4K HDR televisions and computer monitors, and will allow users to continue to create technologically advanced content well into the future.

High resolution anamorphic modes

Firmware Version 2.0 enhances the DC-GH5’s ability to record anamorphic content with new 6K resolution settings, as well as giving 4K anamorphic formats the extra bit rates and colour depth introduced to normal video shooting modes.
Anamorphic shooting is assisted by a new de-squeeze display mode that compensates for the squeezing effect of the lens to show what the letterbox-shaped footage will look like after stretching in post-processing. Guide line options allow users to preview the area that will be used as well, with guides selectable for 1:1, 16:9, 2.35:1 and 2.39:1 formats. A new in-body stabilisation mode is available that’s designed for use with anamorphic lenses and adapters, and users have a choice of 1.33x and 2x settings to match the characteristics of the lens in use.
Using almost the full sensor the anamorphic mode allows lenses to squeeze wide views into a 4992×3744-pixel frame (full sized stills are 5148×3888 pixels) which can then be stretched to the 2.39:1 format and 8948×3744 pixel dimensions. Stills from the de-squeezed footage contain 33.5 million pixels.

Wireless functions

Bluetooth plays a much bigger role in the wireless communications between the DC-GH5 and your smartphone with Version 2.0 firmware. Previously Bluetooth could be used to connect the camera and phone, while WiFi took over for the hard work. With the new firmware the camera can be controlled via Bluetooth, so users can access the shutter release remotely. Bluetooth also allows for a shutter lock to be activated for Bulb exposures or burst sequences, and video recording can be started/stopped in the same way.

Enhancement of Body I.S. (Image Stabilizer)

* [I.S. Lock(video)] is added. This powerfully compensates for handshake when the viewing angle is fixed.
* A new handshake correction mode is added, which provides optimum correction when using 2.0x and 1.33x anamorphic lens.

Correction of white balance setting

* When the K (Kelvin) value was changed after adjusting the color temperature with 2-axis white balance compensation, the setting was reset. This bug has been fixed.

Improved usability of Time Lapse Shot

* The time to finish shooting and the number of recordable pictures are displayed on the stand-by screen.

Improved usability of Power Save LVF

* Power Save LVF can now be used in all stand-by display options.

Other Settings and Bug Fixes

  • A rating function using an Fn button is available in Playback Zoom and Multi Playback.
  • The following functions can be assigned to Fn buttons – [Constant Preview] [6K/4K PHOTO Bulk Saving]
    [Min. Shtr Speed] [RAW Processing] [Rec/Playback Switch] [Destination Slot] and [Mic Level Adj.].
  • The DISP.Button can be locked.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was not able to be reset. This bug has been fixed.
  • In Relay Rec, there were cases where the video file number was reset after formatting the SD Memory Card. This bug has been fixed.
  • In Backup Rec, there were cases where the file number was not reset even after applying resetting.
    This bug has been fixed.
  • The image quality when applying the following settings is improved:
    Extended low ISO, [i.Dynamic] (Intelligent D-range Control) and Highlight Shadow.

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