As another IBC draws to an end we take a brief look at some of the newest releases from what has been a busy September and show, from the likes of Canon, JVC, Sony and Sigma to name a few.
Canon kicked things off with the announcement of their first full frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R complete with a brand new RF mount and four new lenses. The camera features a 30.3MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor and 4K video up to 30fps or Full HD 1080p up to 60fps. The four new RF lenses, the 24-105mm f4 L IS USM, 28-70mm f2 L USM, 50mm f1.2 L USM and 35mm f1.8 macro IS STM all feature a control ring that lets you change settings quickly. Our full blog post about the release of the Canon EOS R and RF lenses can be found here.
Canon then added the flagship XF705 professional camcorder to their XF line. The world’s first 4K UHD 4:2:2 10-bit camera with H.265 / HEVC support. The all-in-one compact XF705 features a 15x optical zoom 4K UHD lens with a 5-axis optical image stabilisation system, a 1.0 inch CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Find out a bit more about the Canon XF705 with our dedicated blog post here.
Sony also announced their own handheld camcorder, the HXR-NX200. A 20MP 1.0 inch Exmor R CMOS Sensor camcorder, offering multi-format recording with 100Mbps XAVC S 4K, HD and DV. HXR-NX200 offers PAL only recording frame rates of 25p 4K:QFHD 3840×2160 50p, 50i, 25p Full HD and 50i SD. The camera has 3 independent manual lens rings to allow smooth, natural adjustment of focussing, zooming and iris control, a Sony G lens with 24x clear image zoom (FHD) or 18x clear image zoom (4K), built-in 4-step ND filters and dual memory card slots for flexible recording, the HXR-NX200 is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards.
Another announcement from Sony was the VENICE Extension System and version 3.0 firmware update. The lightweight, easy to use tethered extension system allows the camera body to detach from the image sensor block with no degradation in image quality, from 2.7m or 5.5m apart, offering a highly configurable and portable method of operation. The new Extension System will be compatible with existing and new VENICE cameras. The version 3.0 firmware upgrade is expected in February 2019 and further augments the VENICE’s capabilities. A new profile called X-OCN XT captures the highest quality imagery with AXS-R7 portable memory recorder. Other highlights include new imager modes, including 6K 2.39:1 and 5.7K 16:9 for greater shooting flexibility.
We then got four new 4K/HD HDR live production system cameras from Sony, including the world’s first 2/3 inch 4K global shutter three CMOS sensor system. The HDC-P50, HDC-3500, HDC-3100 and HDC-3170 offers content creators unprecedented flexibility and reliability, in addition to uncompromised, premium 4K/HD HDR picture quality.
HDC-P50 is a compact, lightweight, POV system camera, featuring the first 2/3 inch 4K global shutter three CMOS sensor system, delivering a wider dynamic range. It includes three 4K sensors on its newly-developed prism, which achieves ITU-R BT.2020 broadcast standard widened colour space. Resulting in stunning, high-quality images for the most demanding of 4K HDR live productions.
HDC-3500 expands on the capabilities of the current HDC-2000 series with the addition of the new 2/3 inch 4K global shutter three CMOS system. Offering high modulation of depth for HD and 4K production as well as wider dynamic range. The HDC-3500 supports HD, HDR, 4K and IP capabilities.
The HDC-3100 Fiber and HDC-3170 Triax system cameras, with 2/3 inch HD global shutter three CMOS sensor system, are ideal for primarily HD productions. Both cameras are capable of HDR and SMPTE ST2110. The HDC-3170 supports 3rd generation digital Triax technology and is capable of connecting over distances up to 1800m.
Sony’s final new product was the BVM-HX310 4K HDR 31 inch reference monitor, which is capable of fully reproducing 4K and High Dynamic Range content and supports industry standard brightness of up to 1000 nits in full screen and a 1000000:1 contrast ratio for HDR productions.
Not to be left out JVC announced two new models in the CONNECTED CAM range, the GY-HC500 and the GY-HC550, offering unparalleled IP connectivity in a handheld camcorder form factor. Both feature a 1 inch 4K CMOS sensor combined with a newly developed 20x control, resulting in excellent imaging shooting flexibility. Both cameras are capable of recording to SSD media in a variety of formats, including 10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates.
JVC also took the opportunity to showcase the new GY-HC900 CONNECTED CAM broadcast camcorder for the first time at IBC. The camera features three 2/3 inch CMOS image sensors for full HD imagery, as well as enhanced connectivity, for a complete news over IP workflow solution in the field. The GY-HC900’s complete IP workflow includes streaming performance up to 20Mbps and built in wireless LAN (2.4Ghz/5Ghz) with dual external antennas. Equipped with an industry standard B4 lens mount and four position optical filter, the GY-HC900 delivers excellent sensitivity (F13 at 50Hz in extended mode) and high 62dB signal-to-noise ratio (in standard mode).
JVC also announced two new UHD/4K Monitors, the DT-U31 a 31 inch UHD model and the DT-U31PRO a 31 inch 4K model. Both monitors can support 12G SDI or quad 3G HD-SDI, along with HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 for 4K input support.
Panasonic used IBC 2018 to announce their new ENG camera, the AJ-PX5100, a B4 shoulder mounted P2HD camcorder which is an upgrade on the PX5000 series. Featuring a Full HD 2/3 type 3 MOS sensor in a lightweight body, the AJ-PX5100 offers HDR (HLG) content and 1080/50p recording for the first time in a Panasonic ENG camera. The camera offers wireless and wired connectivity with Wi-Fi, USB and Gigabit Ethernet, as well as bonding with both the LiveU and TVU networks.
Sigma expanded their cine lenses line up with the announcement of three new FF High Speed Prime lenses, a 28mm T1.5, 40mm T1.5 and 105mm T1.5, empowering cinematic expression to an even higher degree. All three lenses are compatible with a full-frame image circle and optimised for ultra-high resolution 6K-8K shooting. All of the lenses are available in PL, EF and E-mount.
Previously announced at NAB, Atomos used IBC 2018 to further showcase the Ninja V, a 5 inch HDR monitor capable of recording up to 4Kp60 10-bit HDR video direct from the cameras sensor over HDMI 2.0. You can find our video review of the Ninja V here. Announced for IBC though was the new AtomX Ethernet/NDI Module and AtomX Sync Module for the Ninja V. The AtomX Ethernet/NDI has a wired Ethernet (1 GigE) connector that makes it possible to deliver live broadcast-grade video over IP networks. The AtomX Sync Module allows for professional wireless timecode and sync plus Bluetooth control with the Ninja V. You can sync and/or control literally thousands of Ninja V units equipped with the AtomX Sync modules on the same network at ranges of up to 300m.
TV Logic announced they had released the world’s brightest 7 inch Full HD field production monitor, the F-7H, with ultra-high luminance of 3600nit and HRD emulation. The monitor features focus assist allowing the user to easily differentiate the focused area from an out of focus area, especially when shooting with a shallow depth of field. An audio level meter display shows the level of the embedded sound signal together with the video signal input through the terminal such as SDI or HDMI.
September has been a very busy month so far, but with Photokina next week we are expecting a few more nice surprises from big brands.