NAB 2012 was all about the new Sony NEX-FS700 with its updated feature set…4K upgradable, 3 ND filters, 10x slow motion in Full HD and a far superior new handle. Sadly the 50 Mbps Sony PMW-100 was overshadowed by the new JVC camcorders with their far superior 23x optical lenses.
The new camera from Black Magic Design will appeal to those who like 24 and 25p workflows, not my cup of tea but then I am a 50p man myself.
Panasonic had a new shoulder mount camcorder the HPX-600 and a new microP2 card adapter allowing SDHC class 10 cards to be used to record Full HD P2 footage. The AF101 was given a $250 upgrade to 1080 50p but in my opinion won’t do much for the camera standing at a mere 800 lines resolution.
Canon had their 4K C500 on show but have taken the best feature in my opinion…the hand grip ! We now get some major fan grills that don’t bode well for camera noise.
Not the best NAB in my opinion for new innovative equipment fit for purpose, Sony missed a trick by not revamping the XDCAM line with a new 1/2″ EX camcorder, Panasonic have decided not to compete with Sony’s FS700 and give us a 1080 50p paid upgrade for the tired AF101.
I take my hat off to Black Magic who produced the shock of the show with their quirky Cinema Camera, totally unexpected and at just under £2000 will have more than a few sales, thats for sure. UPDATE : I have just learned from one of my readers that the BM Cinema Camera has a BUILT IN BATTERY…YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING…lets hope that changes before production !