“Maestro 4K” cinema camera powered by Nvidia with H.265 codec

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Here’s a new cinema camera, the Maestro by French electronics firm NexVision. They’re building a Super 35mm 4K camera backed by NVidia image processor and the same sensor as the AJA CION. The design concept is also very similar.

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SLR Magic Anamorphic 2x on the Panasonic GH4 (4:3)

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At Photokina 2014 I gave my first impressions of the prototype SLR Magic Anamorphic 2x on the GH4. Now I have a newer version of the lens with me in Berlin to see how it compares to my other anamorphic lenses.

Unlike the previous SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x, this is a 2:1 anamorphic, which is the cinema standard (and the look that goes with it).

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Alexa Mini timing suggest C300 Mk II announcement at NAB

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Due to feedback from filmmakers in favour of smaller cameras Arri has introduced the Mini – but the timing is very interesting.

We are just over 1 month away from NAB in early April. The Alexa Mini is still a prototype and it isn’t due to ship until May. Clearly in the long term development process of this camera Arri aimed for NAB 2015 – so why rush out an announcement and a rough looking prototype at BVE in February?

This is the clearest signal yet that new Cinema EOS cameras are coming at NAB and Arri wanted to avoid having their announcement drowned out by a glut of other cameras.

So let’s look ahead just 1 month and predict what the C300 Mark II will look like…And whether a new 4K DSLR is coming from Canon too.

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EOSHD opinion: smartphones are not killing DSLRs, apps and online services are

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It’s well known that DSLR sales are sliding now, following the worrying trajectory of compact cameras.

Then I read with great interest Vincent Laforet’s prediction that the era of stand-alone cameras is coming to an abrupt end for the mass market.

There was a very key chart in that blog post which you can see above. I believe it speaks volumes about why the mass market is migrating from hardware focussed imaging tools like DSLRs to innovative new growth areas like apps and services orientated smartphones.

Incidentally in our own little world of DSLR video, this is also why Canon were so utterly wrong to dismiss Magic Lantern as a intolerable ‘hack’.

Let’s diagnose the problem and suggest the solution…

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