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4-4K-JVC-CamerasIt’s camera season here in Vegas, and adding to the mix is JVC, announcing not one (who announces just one camera anymore?) but four new 4K-capable large sensor camcorders. So if you haven’t already had enough new cameras to sift through yet, hit the jump for the details. More »

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Sony Consumer 4K FDR-AX1In what was a bit of a surprise, Sony announced not one, but two 4K 1/2″ sensor size cameras back in early September — the $4,500 FDR-AX1 and the $5,500 PXW-Z100. The industry has been moving forward with large sensor 4K cameras for a little while now, but we haven’t really seen small sensor 4K cameras until now (the one exception being JVC’s camera). Event and doc shooters still have a use for small sensor cameras, and we’ve got some of the first footage now out there from the AX1 courtesy of cinema5D. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Panasonic 4K Varicam - nofilmschoolEver since ‘digital’ became synonymous with ‘cinema,’ digital motion picture cameras have held a kind of dual citizenship. Now, any such camera can be considered either a video camera or a digital cinema camera. The only difference is how the camera’s used. Manufacturers such as JVC and Panasonic have mostly stuck to professional broadcast and prosumer video solutions — leaving the expressed digicine market in the hands of peers like Sony. Regardless, the push for 4K and UHD has leaked into broadcast and prosumer realms, leaving some folks (such as myself) wondering: when will Panasonic get to the party? And, in what way? Read some details on Panasonic’s upcoming 4K Varicam, and reasoning behind its 4K hesitancy, below. More »

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Sony Consumer 4K FDR-AX1[Update: Looks like there will be a professional version of this camera as well, the PXW-Z100, with higher data rates.] We saw a sneak preview of this camera all the way back in January at CES, but it wasn’t clear what the final specs would be or when we might actually see the thing. Details were scarce at the time, but today Sony finally pulled the wraps off of their first consumer/prosumer 4K camera, the FDR-AX1. Check out one of the first samples below: More »

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With NAB just days away, Canon has announced not one, not two, but three new camcorders to their prosumer line. The XA20 and XA25 are a followup from their 2011 model the XA10, but with an all new image processor. The Canon HF G30 is an update to the G20, and their new flagship consumer camcorder. The cameras share a lot of features in common, so hit the jump to get the rest of the details below. More »

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JVC was first out of the gate with an affordable consumer 4K camera, but it was inevitable that competitors would follow suit. At this year’s CES, Sony is showing off a 4K “handycam” prototype that may or may not be built around the ’60fps at 4K’ sensor that surfaced a few months ago. Engadget has some eyes-on (and these images are courtesy their CES coverage), so check out what we know so far below. More »

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Today Canon pre-announced an announcement — which they’re calling “historic” — to take place in Hollywood on November 3rd. What would be hilarious is if they show up in Tinseltown and announce a new line of inkjet printers. But because it’s Hollywood, hopefully it will have something to do with, you know, movies. In the “proper video camera with large sensor” market, Sony has their FS100 and F3, and Panasonic has their AF100. As of right now, Canon has nothing. Just saying! Here’s their teaser: More »

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I was being overly harsh when I said Sony was bringing a knife to a gunfight with their forthcoming NEX-VG10 — the camera does feature interchangeable lenses, a big ‘ole APS-C sensor, and video-shooting ergonomics that will presumably put DSLRs to shame. But its lack of 24p (which Sony is saving for a yet-unannounced pro version) will mean most people interested in shooting narrative material will have to look elsewhere. Or will they? As it turns out, there may be a way to get 24p out of the camera yet. More »