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Sony hits “The XD Factor” with Bono!

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”  Gandhi With that in mind and the pending release of Sony’s PDW-U2 XDCAM drive we took time out recently to evaluate a pre-production unit. In order to track Sony’s progress you have to look back and take stock of what they’ve delivered down the years… […]

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Sony NEX-FS100E Super 35mm NXCAM Camcorder

Sporting the Super-35mm Exmor CMOS sensor from the amazing PMW-F3 digital cinematography camcorder in an ultra-compact chassis with integral 24Mb/s AVCHD recording, the bizarrely named Sony NEX-FS100E is set to give users a real alternative to Panasonic’s popular Micro Four Thirds equipped AG-AF101. We had a hands-on preview of the FS100 in February but were […]

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0-3D in 2 seconds with the Sony HXR-NX3D1E camcorder

The new HXR-NX3D1E is Sony’s first palm-sized professional HD 3D camcorder and with delivery of the finished product now just a few days away we’ve finally managed to get our hands on a prototype for evaluation. Better late than never! At a glance I thought this was two MC50E’s shoe-horned into a dual lens chassis, […]

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Sony HXR-NX70 – the water baby

Product introduction and operational review Sony claim that their new HXR-NX70E is the World’s first rain and dust-proof camcorder. So what? Over the last 25 years I’ve owned and operated literally dozens of broadcast camcorders and thanks to the unpredictability of the British weather I’ve been caught out in rain showers on many occasions. Luckily, […]

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Sony NEX-FS100

  Camcorders that deliver a similar shallow DoF (depth of field) to 35mm film are very much ‘en-vogue’ at the moment, with manufacturers reversing the former trend of producing cameras with ever decreasing sensor sizes in favour of large sensors which accentuate the shallow depth of field. This is the new NEX-FS100EK camera from Sony, […]

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Sony F65 4K resolution CineAlta SR Memory camera announced

  At NAB 2011 Sony are demonstrating their next-generation CineAlta digital cinematography camera, the F65…

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New products from Panasonic announced at NAB 2011

There are several new products from Panasonic at NAB 2011 – here they are: AVCCAM Camcorders (Entry Product – based on SD cards and AVC-HD codec) AG-AC130 “Handy” Camcorder (3.9k Euros / Fall 2011) • 1/3” CMOS Sensor • 2.2M Pixels (1920×1080 Native) • 21x Optical Lens (28-588mm) • Three Ring Design (Focus, Zoom and […]

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New Sony zoom lenses for PMW-F3?

We’ve gleaned a bit more information with regard to the specification of the highly anticipated Sony zoom lenses for the PMW-F3 super 35mm camcorder: It is rumoured that a super wide angle 11-16mm zoom lens with PL mount, an aperture of T3 and a price tag of around £5,000 will be released shortly after NAB. […]

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Sony F65 – Fantastic images and Fantastically low price

As the delivery date for Sony’s new F65 HD / 2K / True 4K flagship s35mm Digital Motion Picture Camera fast approaches, Sony have announced their tentative launch pricing and it’s exciting news. A basic F65 package will be around £60,000+VAT*, to include: Sony F65 Digital Motion Picture Camera Sony HDVF-C30WR Colour HD Viewfinder Sony […]

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Media Composer v5.5 is best yet

Chris Brumwell says MEDIA COMPOSER v5.5 IS THE BEST YET! You’ve got to feel just a little bit sorry for Avid.  They produce arguably the best editing and finishing system in the world – but each year, they have to think of more ‘features’ to add to keep it fresh and stay at the top of […]