Panasonic S1H review / hands-on – a true 6K full frame cinema camera

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The S1H is the best featured mirrorless camera on the market for filmmakers – just to put it into perspective, let’s start by summarising the entire competition as quickly as we can.

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Blackmagic Pocket 6K surprises with Super 35 sensor, anamorphic modes and 5.7K 60p RAW for $2495!

In an understated announcement which was a surprise to almost everyone, Grant Petty CEO of Blackmagic just announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K in a YouTube video. Blackmagic have not just put the cat amongst the pigeons with this camera but a proper lion in a field of flamingos.

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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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You can now get an Arri Alexa for £4900

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Fantasies do come true for people willing to work hard over many years but sometimes, a dream can be realised simply by sitting down for a very long time and doing nothing, until the object of your desire becomes a bit old and tatty.

Yes, now is your chance to own an Arri Alexa.

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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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Panasonic’s small new VariCam LT is a thing of beauty, with Canon EF mount

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Panasonic now provide a smaller version of the VariCam S35 which is aimed squarely at the high end cinema market. The VariCam LT is Panasonic’s answer to the Alexa Mini and also competes with the Canon C300 Mark II and Sony F55 although at $18k for the body-only is a world away from the Sony FS7 pricing when it comes to the wider pro market for b-cameras and drones.

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