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Sony X160Sony stunned us all when they introduced their ultra-sensitive 4K a7s camera to the world at NAB, proving that innovation is still one of their priorities. Not quite as stunning, though still impressive, are Sony’s two new additions to their XDCAM line, the PXW-X160 and PXW-X180 cameras, both equipped with a the world’s first electronic variable ND filter that allows users to more precisely choose their density range from 1/4ND to 1/128ND. Though these cameras aren’t outfitted with large sensors (three 1/3″ sensors), they do pack a pretty powerful prosumer punch with other features that might appeal to those shooting documentaries, news, and event filmmakers. More »

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Sony a7sThe Sony a7s is an exciting camera for so many reasons: it shoots in 4K, is inexpensive, and compact, and has ISO settings ranging from 50 to 409,600, meaning that this little devil can essentially see in the dark, while still producing a relatively clean image. We’ve seen a few videos demonstrating just how sensitive the a7s is, and here’s another one that shoes you that not only can you shoot in pitch black darkness, but you can actually overexpose it!
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Imax cameraIMAX announced today that they have developed the first fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital large-format 3D camera, designed to give moviegoers a “truly immersive IMAX 3D experience” with the camera’s exceptional crispness and clarity, as well as its 1.9:1 aspect ratio that offers a reported “26% more of the image than standard cinemas.” Oh, and guess what — it has already been used and vetted by none other than explosion maestro Michael Bay and cinematographer Amir Mokri on Transformers: Age of Extinction. More »

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Lumix dmc fz1000Something pretty exciting was just announced by Panasonic a few hours ago. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 camera is a bridge-style point-and-shoot camera that shoots in 4K at 30 fps, making it the world’s first compact camera to shoot at that level of resolution. Other than its large 20.MP 1″ MOS sensor, it also features an ISO of up to 25600, continuous 50 fps shooting, and built-in wi-fi — which sounds pretty good, especially for a hybrid photo/video camera. More »

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Canon Call Center - Taking Care of Lenses and CamerasOver a long enough time period, cameras and lenses can take a beating, and the best way to keep them functioning and minimize issues like dust is to clean them on a frequent basis. What’s the best way to do that? While you will likely get different answers from different people, Canon has released a video that aims to provide some basic information on maintaining lenses and cameras. This might be a Canon-focused video, but the tips are certainly applicable to any brand out there. More »

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Panasonic GH4 vs Canon 5D3 RAW vs C100We already saw how the new Panasonic GH4 compares to the RED EPIC and the Canon 5D Mark III shooting Magic Lantern RAW, and today we’ve another comparison with the 5D Mark III shooting RAW. We’ve also got an interesting look at the GH4 versus the more video-oriented C100, so you can see how the budget-friendly Panasonic fares against the beefier and more expensive Canon camera. Check out both tests below to see which cameras came out on top. More »

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ARRI ALEXA XTThere were some rumors that ARRI might be talking about a new 6K 65mm camera or a new 4K camera at NAB 2014, but there wasn’t a peep from the company about any new cameras except for the AMIRA. While there are plenty of ALEXA projects shot at 1080p and 2K, Michael Cioni, CEO of Hollywood post house Light Iron, talks about how shooters can get the most out of the almost-3K sensor in a 4K world and how to optimize the ALEXA XT for 4K and UHD applications. More »

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Dale McCready Atlantis Season 2 Camera TestCamera technology has come a long way in the last 5 years. Dale McCready, the DP on the TV show Atlantis, normally shoots on 35mm for the show, but wanted to see how newer solutions stack up and could be intercut with the film material for Season 2. Since he already knows the ALEXA well, he took the 6K DRAGON from RED and his Canon 5D Mark III shooting Magic Lantern RAW and tested all sorts of different combinations of filters on the cameras. More »

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HERO3Plus_black_cluster1In the first three months of 2014, GoPro brought in more revenue than they did in all of 2011 ($235.7 vs.$234.2 million) . So it’s not too surprising that the company is officially going to go public, with the hopes of raising $100 million dollars in their IPO. With all of this money talk, and the potential to branch out into more markets, one has to wonder if the company will ever release a pro version of their little HERO cameras, or maybe even a true interchangeable sensor camera? More »

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Panasonic GH4 Launch Event Hot Rod Cameras CroppedThe Panasonic GH4 has only just started hitting the streets, and while we’ve seen a mix of footage from all different kinds of shooters (including an interesting video that showed how this little $1,700 camera stood up against the $20,000 RED EPIC), there’s a good chance most of you haven’t actually seen the 4K from this camera on a cinema screen projected in 4K. That’s exactly what Illya Friedman over at Hot Rod Cameras in Los Angeles, California is planning on doing this Wednesday, May 21st. It’s not just a screening of footage, however, so click through to learn more. More »

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Sony a7sThe Sony A7s may be small, but it is mighty! Since making its big debut at this year’s NAB, we’ve seen some incredible test videos revealing exactly why this new full frame 4K camera deserves that little “s” at the end of its name – picking up clean 4K in candlelight thanks to its unprecedented ISO range of 50 to 409,600. Sony has finally announced the pricing and availability for the A7s, so continue on for pricing information as well as when it’ll be available. More »

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hack 3Now that we have post production software like Photoshop, many effects processes that used to be done in-camera (or at least while shooting) are now being done after all of the shooting is over. However, photography magazine COOPH has produced a video that demonstrates 7 super cheap and easy camera hacks that will produce certain effects in-camera, helping you bypass hours of post work. Continue on for the helpful video. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video The Most Gorgeous Footage Yet of the Super 16MM Digital Bolex D16 - No Film SchoolAs the final D16 cameras ship to Kickstarter backers this week, the team over at Digital Bolex has announced that international shipping is now possible. They’ve also got a promotional video shot on, and for, the D16, which shows off some of the beautiful analog aesthetic that the team was going for when they first launched their crowdfunding campaign back in 2012. The promo has some of the best-looking footage I’ve seen out of the camera to date, and really shows off what’s possible when it’s put into use on a full production. The D16 was also featured in an episode of GLEE that just aired. Check out both videos below. More »

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Caleb Pike power supplyIf you’re tired of juggling batteries, having to switch them out ever couple of hours, and interrupting the flow of your shoot, then you might want to take a look at Caleb Pike’s super cheap power solution for Canon DSLR cameras. Using a $100 battery plate and two compatible $20 batteries, you could power your DSLR, as well as a separate monitor, for an entire day, or roughly at least 8 hours, of shooting. Continue on to find out how to get your hands on this nifty rig. More »

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GH4At NAB we were finally able to get up close and personal with the highly anticipated Panasonic Lumix GH4, the sub-$2000 camera which offers internal 4K recording, as well as an optional YAGH interface unit. For months we’ve been wondering how well the GH4 performs in the field — not just in tests, but in actual narrative filmmaking. Nick Driftwood has produced the very first non-commissioned short film using the GH4 — a comedy, which is a little bit Euro Crime Caper, a little bit Spaghetti Western, and has a whole lot of camera geek goodness. Plus, it was written and filmed in just 2 days! More »

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WALLEY POS-86 CameraEvery once in a while a new camera is announced that simply blows away everything else on the market, whether that’s in terms of specs, price, or a combination of both. We live in a time of extremely fast-paced development, so these announcements have come much faster than they might have even 5 years ago. It seems like every other day something new is coming to the market, and today is another one of those days. Check out the first introduction video for the WALLEY POS-86, the “most advanced camera ever built,” below. More »

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Under the SkinDirector Jonathan Glazer’s artsy sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansonn as the alien seductress preying on men in Scotland, hit theaters this month, earning the highest per-theater average during its opening weekend, even above Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Success like that makes one wonder what it’s got going on, and thanks to a few featurettes and interviews with Glazer, we get to take a peek behind the scenes as the filmmakers of this hauntingly fascinating movie quietly and secretively capture the disturbing world of a sexy alien disguised as a human using a tiny CCD camera developed specifically for the film; the One-Cam. More »

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GoPro 3DIf you’re feeling a little like the footage you’ve been taking with your action camera lacked a little bit of — action, you might want to check out the rig GoPro demonstrated at this year’s NAB, the 3D Dual Hero System for the Hero3+, which allows users to record synchronized footage with 2 Hero3+’s that you can later convert to 3D with GoPro Studio. However, as you might suspect, there are inexpensive DIY solutions in case the $199 price tag isn’t conducive to your budget. We have all the specs and features of GoPro’s 3D system, as well as helpful tutorials on the entire 3D capturing process , including how to build a DIY 3D rig for less than $25. More »

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Lytro Illum Front AngleLytro introduced their light-field camera a little over 2 years ago, and if you haven’t heard of it, the technology inside lets you change the focus point of your images after you’ve already taken the shot. Part hardware and part software, the tech has been steadily improving (with other companies like Toshiba getting in on the action). The company has now introduced a brand new version called Illum that is capable of much higher quality than the previous camera, and it also takes the shape of a more traditional DSLR/mirrorless camera for better usability. Besides the possibilities with still images, we’ve also got word that they are working on using the technology for video capture as well. More »

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Action Cam testOver the last several years, action cameras have exploded in popularity, becoming the go-to piece of gear for many extreme athletes and adventurists, as well as filmmakers. Though it is considered the best, as well as the preferred action cam for most, the GoPro isn’t the only one  out there, which is why Gizmodo put not one, not two, but six of Spring’s leading action cameras head to head in this comparison video. Find out how the GoPro Hero 3+ Black, the Sony Action Cam 2 (HDR-AS30V), the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2, the Garmin VIRB Elite, the Drift Ghost-S, and the Ion Air Pro 3 performed. More »