EXCLUSIVE: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K gets Time of Flight Autofocus with Prototype add-on

Time of Flight / LiDAR continuous autofocus is really quite remarkable technology. There are rumours Panasonic will implement it on future cameras like the GH6. Don’t you wish the current AF-challenged cameras (like the Blackmagic Pocket 4K or Panasonic GH5) could do smooth Dual Pixel AF-style continuous autofocus?

Well, you could soon be in luck. Time of Flight Autofocus is a reality and I’ve seen it working.

With this prototype add-on, a ToF/LiDAR sensor sits in the hotshoe and talks wirelessly to the Pocket 4K via a Bluetooth controller. The autofocus motors in the Micro Four Thirds lens are commandeered based on real-time depth sensing information from the LiDAR beam.

I met up with CDA-TEK’s Ian this week in Manchester to take a look at what he’s been working on.

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The $2000 Z-Cam E2 gets upgraded to 4K 160fps with firmware update, RAW codec coming later

I really do like the look of the Z-Cam E2. Reading Erik Naso’s very detailed review was an eye-opener. For a modular camera, it’s very forgiving in terms of bare bones shooting. You do need a cage and ideally an external EVF or monitor – but it runs off a small Sony NP camcorder battery and records internally at a very high spec – so you don’t need to add an expensive external recorder and heavy V-lock battery.

I’ve been rather impressed by the colour science on this camera as well. It has a certain Digital Bolex mojo to it. All the sample footage I’ve seen so far has been absolutely beautiful and cinematic.

For more details, check out the Z-Cam website.

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Sigma FP announced, palm sized FULL FRAME camera with 4K 12bit Cinema DNG RAW!!

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Sigma has surprised us all and announced a hybrid Cine/Stills full frame L-mount camera. Rather than the Foveon sensor Sigma traditionally uses, this one has a 24 megapixel full frame BSI CMOS sensor (likely the same as the Panasonic S1 and Nikon Z6).

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