You can now make your own Digital Bolex – well not quite. The sensor is smaller than Super 16mm and there’s not yet a RAW output or processing capability, but the Raspberry Pi camera module marks an interesting step towards accessible camera development for enthusiasts and small companies to enter the cinema camera market, much in the same way Digital Bolex did with their successful crowd funding campaign in 2013.
I often look at the 4 or 5 cameras in my bag and think “this cost me far too much and they’re all the same”. Then I have a cup of tea and try to forget about it.
Yes it’s true, the full frame market is overcrowded and image quality differences between them are getting smaller. What about selling 3 or 4 of those cameras, I thought to myself… And consolidating them into one giant mad one.
The toughest competition in 2020 will come from the surprise Canon EOS R5 with 8K video. Although 8K is an attention grabbing technical achievement, most people will use this camera in 4K mode. The competition nevertheless now has an ‘image problem’ delivering cameras at 4K and 6K resolution to customers obsessed with resolution. I do expect the Sony A7S III to shoot 8K and for the GH6 / GH8 to also shoot 8K but really it is all a distraction. What matters isn’t 8K, it is the following…