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April 13, 2011

NAB Video: Ikonoskop's A-cam DII Ultra-Compact RAW Camcorder

I haven't stopped by camera startup ikonoskop's booth for more than a few seconds yet, because of their history of announcing a camera and not shipping it for years. But their new dII is apparently shipping in limited quantities now, and so I'll definitely take a longer look -- I will say that the images on their monitors looked great. The guys at NextWaveDV stopped by their booth to get the lowdown on the RAW-shooting (Cinema DNG), diminutive A-cam dII:

The website lists the camera at € 6,950, which translates roughly to ten grand in the US. The sensor is 10x6mm (roughly the size of 16mm film) and it shoots 1080p at 1-30 FPS. I think it's probably going to be hard for ikonoskop to find a market -- when they originally announced their first camera (now known as the A-cam SP-16) in 2003, it got plenty of buzz, but now the market is being flooded with cameras that have larger sensors, shoot faster frame rames, and/or are cheaper. Still, good luck to the small Swedish company... as I said, the images were very solid. I'll check it out again tomorrow.

Link: ikonoscop DII

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defo hit them up again, wanna hear more about this camera, the accessories and other issues that have been floating about the net!

April 14, 2011

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These guys caught my eyes on the way to visit the Zacuto booth. I had heard about them like 2 years ago and totally forgot about them. I was surprised to see them with product. These guys are not only incredibly nice people but you can tell they have a passion for filmmaking. They truly have designed a camera that is based in the spirit of independent filmmaking.

The camera is SOLID. It actually feels like a little brick. At first glance I thought..."yikes...this is one ugly duckling" but the more I handled the camera, the more sense it made. It is QUIET and it does not hot like some other cameras I've worked with. The image is awesome. It has a natural look...organic.

I've downloaded footage from their sight and have color corrected it many ways...never does the image crumble. The latitude is quite superb.

I spent almost 3 days "pestering" them and they always treated me with the utmost respect. You can't say that of many camera companies. They even let me hook up to their drive and download googles and googles of RAW footage...pretty awesome.

Their camera might fit a niche. I don't think they will cut into the profits of the big boys...but if their pricing would come down just a tad, and their footage transfer actually was MUCH faster (got to get rid of that USB 2.0...which they said they are in the process of), they could potentially become a player and carve into the future Epic Light sales...

Call me crazy...at 17K for a complete system minus lenses, I might be sold to get one of these babies and get back to the simplicity and pure enjoyment of just shooting.

April 18, 2011

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Here's a link to a quick review: http://story-architect.com/?p=743

November 24, 2011

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George Washington

Hmm, I'm curious to see which is the better deal: this or a BMCC. Both have relatively small form factors and shoot RAW, but they also have their differences...

September 9, 2012

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Edge