Panasonic GH4 pricing official – $1698 body only. UPDATE: £1299 in the UK!

UPDATE: The UK and European pricing has now been announced. The great news is the UK price is just £1299 (£1083 + VAT). That’s barely any different to other high end mirrorless cameras and cheaper than the Sony A7. I am amazed at such low pricing, and it seems Panasonic have not chosen to mark-up the camera for these regions like some other manufacturers despite greater demand for mirrorless here than in the US. The European price for the body only is €1499. The GH4 body and external unit bundle is £2499.99. That’s only £300 more than the Blackmagic Production …

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SLR Magic Anamorphot-50 officially announced

Above: beautiful new film from Seb Farges shot with the SLR Magic Anamorphot on the Sony A7 and Olympus E-M5.

SLR Magic have officially announced the Anamorphot developed with feedback and technical assistance from EOSHD and the anamorphic community.

To order: there is currently a pre-order offer for people who follow the Twitter handle @anamorphot and email a screen grab of it to [email protected] by Feb 14th (GMT +8).

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Hands-on preview of the powerful 4K shooting Panasonic GH4!

gh4 and external HD-SDI XLR unit

Based on a pre-production model

Since the GH1 I have been shooting with Panasonic’s mirrorless system for video. Without this series of affordable cameras my early work as a cinematographer and filmmaker simply wouldn’t be the same. The GH4 marks a much needed major leap for the line, the first to shoot 4K to an efficient internal codec AND output 10bit 4:2:2 1080p over HDMI to an affordable external recorder like the Atomos Ninja!

On a visit to Panasonic I got to see the camera, see 4K sample footage and give my feedback. Here’s an account of what I saw…

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Live coverage – Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Pocket Cinema Camera

Blackmagic have announced two ground-breakng cinema cameras at consumer price-points.

OVERVIEW OF THE CAMERAS IN THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE

Here’s a closer view of the 4K sensor in the Blackmagic Production Camera. So there you have it – 4K for $4k.

bmpc sensor

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Phantom Flex 4K revealed – 1000fps at full resolution

Key info

  • 4K at 1000fps, uncompressed raw and TBA ‘industry standard’ codec
  • $140,000 with 2TB CineMag
  • October delivery date

The record breaking (4K at 900fps) FT-One just got bettered by Vision Research who have unveiled their latest Flex high speed camera at NAB.

Delivery doesn’t start until October at the earliest as features are still being added throughout the Summer of 2013, but the prototype at NAB is able to record and function at a high level despite the early state of the firmware.

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Sony F35 reaches $12,000 on eBay from $250,000 in 2008

Sony F35

View or buy the Sony F35 for $12,000 on eBay US (this version is enhanced by Clairmont camera in Hollywood)

A Hollywood workhorse to this day, the Sony CineAlta F35 (also rebadged as Panavision Genesis) is a Super 35mm PL mount digital cinema camera and also an extraordinarily good deal on the used market in 2013.

It has 14 stops of dynamic range and a global shutter. It has taken CMOS sensor in the F65 a full five years to surpass the CCD sensor in the F35 / Genesis, which was used to shoot Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, Superman Returns and Apocalypto.

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