Sony drop a bombshell with 4K raw, 180fps and global shutter – here are the Sony F5 and F55!

Sony F5 / F55

Sony are set to shake up the digital cinema market with a specs war, at less than half the price of the Epic and also at the C300 price point of $15k.

The Sony F5 (priced to compete with the Canon C300) takes the compact form of the FS100 / FS700 but adds a Red-style modularity and the more logical control layout of the Alexa. The F55 has the same ergonomic design but even more importantly the more expensive camera features an utterly ground-breaking new sensor with a global shutter for the first time on a digital cinema camera.

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Interview with Canon’s Mike Burnhill on the Canon 1D C 4K DSLR

Canon 1D C at Photokina 2012

The EOS 1D C is a $15,000 DSLR which is heavily based on the $6000 1D X but has extra recording modes for 4K/24p and 1080/50/60p. Canon’s product manager at Photokina (not a hired hand or a sales rep) to my surprise told me the main difference to the 1D X was just firmware and that the hardware was identical other than a slightly different selection of connectivity ports. Canon contacted me a couple of weeks ago to expand on and correct this from their side – there are other subtle hardware changes to enable 4K video, other than just firmware.

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Latest Magic Lantern brings anamorphic live preview to 5D Mark III, clean HDMI out and tons more

5D Mark III and Iscorama 36

Get the new firmware here for the 5D Mark III

The 2nd Alpha release of Magic Lantern for the 5D Mark III brings a very useful feature for anamorphic shooters such as I, a real-time anamorphic aspect ratio preview in live view. This is extremely useful for shooting bare bones with an anamorphic lens, or for those with no monitor / EVF that supports anamorphic de-squeeze.

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Full 1080p high bitrate GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition footage now available for download

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As well as having the coolest name for a camera ever conceived, this is a camera that kind of makes you wonder what the Japanese camera manufacturers have been up to all this time. Although the 720/120fps mode is shared by Panasonic, the GoPro team have smashed a number of barriers here in terms of 4K / 2.7K resolution and processing power in such a small camera, for a frankly unbelievable $400.

EOSHD takes a look at the new HERO3 camera.

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Introduction to LOMO OCT 19 cinema lenses on the GH2 and FS100

Dreamleaver cast Lili & Niklas

Above: Lily & Niklas magic hour amour, shot with OCT 19 LOMO 35mm anamorphic

The OCT19 mount is a Super 35mm cinema camera mount from Russia, essentially was their equivalent of PL mount.

Long time EOSHD readers will know I am in love with the look of OCT 18 mount lenses, but mechanically speaking they are very basic. OCT 19 lenses are improved mechanically, much more solid.

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For the curious – Panasonic GH3 updated hardware and firmware report

Panasonic GH3

Thanks to a chance encounter I was able to very briefly try a GH3 this week in Barcelona. The camera was on loan from Panasonic and not available to the public to try, it was part of the private beta test program but they very kindly let me give my impressions of it after a brief 20 minute play with the camera behind closed doors. Again this was not the final camera but it had some interesting tweaks compared to the models Panasonic brought to Photokina last month.

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera rumour of revised camera in 2013 with active MFT mount

BMC MFT mount camera

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera hasn’t shipped in volume yet but already there is talk of quite an extensively revised camera according to my good friend 43Rumors. If this is true (and I stress – IF!!) then I have mixed feelings because I think it is WAY too soon to be doing a ‘Blackmagic Cinema Camera V1.5’ in early 2013, effectively making your existing cameras obsolete before they have even shipped.

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