Thanks to our friends over at SonyAlphaRumours.com this is the first picture of Sony’s new prototype 4K camcorder possibly to be shown at IBC this September.
This would be a direct hit at BlackMagic Design both price and specification. What you can’t see is the LCD or viewfinder but don’t hold your breath, for a £3,200 4K camcorder we are not expecting miracle’s.
XQD memory card
Switchable between 4K and 2k
Records in XAVC
20x Optical zoom (fixed lens)
3x ND filter
Price….less than $5,000!
At £2,675 the BlackMagic 4K camera is still £500 cheaper but the lack of professional XLR inputs and remember you don’t get a lens at this price, the Sony FDR-AX1 is looking a very hot contender to pip BlackMagic off their perch.
Some people are less than impressed with the Sony 4K concept…”Fixed lens” and “One third inch chipset”. Firstly the fixed 4K lens will be a bonus for those of us who can’t be bothered with “lens swapping” and “sensor dirt”.
It makes sense to have a “video” 4K camcorder that acts like a camcorder rather than the “DSLR” lens type that can leave certain jobs “lifeless” without a servo zoom.
As for the 1/3″ sensor, no one has let that cat out of the bag yet but logic tells you that you won’t be able to produce a 4K image from a 1/3″ sensor so I am banking on a minimum APS-C or a Super 35mm sensor.