Meeting with Sony to discuss FS5 cinema camera improvements – optimised firmware available Friday 7am London time

Sony FS5 meeting

Friday 7am London time sees the release of a firmware update for the Sony FS5 which optimises the performance of internal recording, fixing the issues spotted by early adopters of the camera including myself (Andrew Reid) and Paul Antico.

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Nikon launch affordable Super 16mm 4K cameras with fast lenses starting at $649

Nikon DL24-85

Here’s Nikon’s answer to the Sony RX100 IV and RX10 II.

With 4K video, 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps the video spec does rival the Sony cameras.

Indeed in 2016 Nikon appears to be rolling out 4K video “as standard” so far.

Featuring fast lenses, compact size and likely the same stacked DRAM Sony Exmor RS 1″ sensor as the RX100 IV, the sensor size is a match for Super 16mm in cinema terms.

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Panasonic GH5 to come at Photokina 2016, shoots 6K video and 4K 60p?

Panasonic GH4 with Canon 85mm F1.2L

According to Japanese news outlet Nikkan the Panasonic GH5 will get a resolution bump to approximately 20MP, with 18MP stills pulled from the 6K video mode in 16:9 aspect ratio. 4K at higher frame rates such as 60p, likely with a crop of the sensor is rumoured to be possible.

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Sony 4D AF versus Canon Dual Pixel AF – the differences explained + new A6300 AF test

Sony A6300 close-up

Early adopters have put the Sony A6300 image quality and autofocus to the test – the results are incredible (see below).

Could Sony have achieved something very special with their combination of 6K sensor readout and 425 phase detect points?

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New footage and test of the $995 Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is the not-quite-a-replacement for the Pocket Cinema Camera.

Although lacking the ready to shoot straight out of the box form factor of that camera, the new model adds a switchable rolling shutter / global shutter mode as well as high frame rates.

10bit ProRes, 12bit RAW and 13+ stop dynamic range for $995 round out the spec.

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