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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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Sony’s tight cluster of NAB 2013 4K-centric announcements featured some of the most affordably priced UHD TVs yet seen all the way over to the external recorder-enabled 4K shooting capabilities of its FS700. The latter announcement also made it clear that Sony is looking to put a wide variety of encoding and format options into the hands of shooters — and beyond, potentially. Aside from external and third-party recording expansion, Sony is opening up its efficient 4K XAVC codec — native to the F5 family — to the consumer as well as the prosumer. Read on for some details regarding these new ‘lite’ encoding/wrapper options, dubbed XAVC S. More »

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Somehow this slipped through all of the news surrounding the CES show in Vegas, but Panasonic showed off a prototype similar to the Sony 4K camera we covered recently. This new 4K model was hooked up to a 4K display and is also capable of being connected to the 20″ 4K Windows 8 tablet they were teasing at the show. We already know that professional cameras are heading towards 4K, but all of these consumer/prosumer models are really going to be what pushes the industry forward. Check out a full-size picture of the prototype 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 »