March 20, 2018
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Affordable 6K is Coming Courtesy of Kinefinity

With the release of the Mavo and Mavo LF, Chinese camera manufacturer Kinefinity debuts 6K resolution at an affordable price.

Considering its price point, the Kinefinity platform hasn't quite made the dent in the North American market that some might have expected. With nice-looking test footage, a good review from popular blogger Philip Bloom, and an amazing price point for their Terra 4k (around $4,500), it felt like a possible dark horse entry in the "which camera do I buy?" department. However, the company's lack of a North American dealer base has proven to be a dealbreaker.

This hasn't stopped Kinefinity from continuing to innovate. The company announced two new cameras over the weekend that could welcome significant interest from buyers, even if having at least one North American support facility would help.

Credit: Kinefinity

The new cameras are the Mavo and the Mavo LF. The "normal" Mavo boasts a roughly Super35mm sensor—larger than the original Terra sensor size—and the LF, unsurprisingly, boasts a large format sensor. These moves put Kinefinity squarely in the "large format cinema camera" club, right next to ARRI, Sony, and RED.

While a price has yet to be announced for the LF, the base Mavo comes in at $7,999 (body only), meaning that the LF will only be a fraction of the price of any of its major full frame cine competitors. By retaining the same 6K resolution for both sensors, Kinefinity can use larger photosites on the LF, leading to a higher base ISO of 1600.

In addition, there is a new KineBACK available that provides wireless video and integration with wireless follow focus units from Movcam. This will simplify camera build setups and accelerate the speed of switching from a body-only gimbal mode to a fully built studio mode. Considering the power of wireless video and focus for gimbal shots, many users might consider keeping the KineBACK on for gimbal use.

Credit: Kinefinity

Kinefinity has also teamed with filter manufacturer NiSi to create the Kinefinity Full Frame Prime set, with primes ranging from 10-to-25mm T2 glass. A set of five only costs $11,999.

We recently did a full frame prime test with what we considered "affordable" Tokina and Sigma lenses, but of course, this would come in at an even lower price point of $2,399 a lens. Cine lenses are a complicated beast, however, and while we're excited about more competition, we'd really need to see them in action before making any guesses as to their quality.

Credit: Kinefinity

The Mavo will be ready to ship in April, with a price of $7,999 for the body and $1,399 for a full package. The LF will be coming later this year.

Tech Specs:

  • 6016x4016 open gate resolution
  • CinemaDNG 3:1, 5:1 and 7:1., ProRes 444XQ, 444, 422HQ, LT and Proxy, and KRW KineRaw
  • 24mm x 16mm sensor (Super 35mm), 36 x 24mm sensor (LF)
  • 25, 35, 50, 75, 100mm T2 prime lenses available in PL mount
  • 2.5" SSD SATA drive recording
  • KineMOUNT, with adapters for PL, Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony E Mount
  • Base ISO 800 for Mavo, 1600 for Mavo LF

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I think you missed "0" in the description of lenses and "3" in price of the total package.

March 20, 2018 at 1:40PM

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March 20, 2018 at 2:25PM

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Your move Blackmagic...

March 20, 2018 at 3:42PM

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little error : "with primes ranging from 10-to-25mm T2 glass. " maybe 100mm ?

March 20, 2018 at 5:24PM

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Roberto Mettifogo
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Lol, even the picture shows a range from 25-100mm. Not sure where the 10 came from.

March 21, 2018 at 6:44PM, Edited March 21, 6:44PM

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Kaster Troy
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Is this the first and last we will hear of this iteration? I wonder...

March 21, 2018 at 12:29AM

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I have their Terra 6K and work with other DPs who have used Their Kinemax and T4k. They do bring their cameras to market ( with the exception of the Terra 5k ) - but if you live in the states you have to order directly from China our one of their European dealers. They haven’t really made thebcaneras easily accessible in North America.

March 23, 2018 at 12:46PM

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Jordan Wright
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A price of $7999 affordable does not make.

March 21, 2018 at 4:59PM

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Charles Duoto
Floor Director
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It's called context. Is 8K affordable for someone accustomed to shooting on an A7S? Nope. Is it affordable for professionals who spend 10's of thousands on gear? Yup.

March 22, 2018 at 12:06AM

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Emil
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Have you priced out a similarly configured RED? Your looking at a minimum of $35,000.00 for a production ready configuration.

I have their Terra 6K and it cuts remarkably well with footage we have shot in production with Alexa cameras at 1/8th the cost. I think given how well these cameras are fighting outside of their weight class they are very affordable.

March 23, 2018 at 12:51PM

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Jordan Wright
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That's pretty affordable for a cinema camera

March 23, 2018 at 6:37PM

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Arguably the Panasonic GH5 has been shooting 6k anamorphic for just $2k but only sorta. More like 5k with 6k headroom - or if you have to produce social media videos in anything like vertical videos or square cropping - then you could say it's equivalent to 6k since it has the vertical resolution of 6k (in a $2k camera)

One thing the Canon C100 showed us was that not all 1080p video was the same thing. Was it overpriced compared to DSLR's back when it came out? Depends how you looked at it.
The GH5 was that same innovation for us with 4k. Coming from Sony mirrorless cameras to the gh5 for mirrorless our jaws dropped. Now with 400mbps codec in 4k and their "open gate 6k" (more like 5k with headroom). They're really punching above their weight class.

So the ultimate question - will this look like soft DSLR's did with 1080p (I remember asking if my 5d2 was in focus when reviewing footage compared to the C100 - using the same lens!) or will it be thin (like Sony 100mbps 4k files that can fall apart in post) or will it be the GH5 example where they over deliver on codecs and sharpness.

What will it be?

March 23, 2018 at 1:31PM

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Travis Johansen - Minneapolis
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The specs look an awful lot like the DJI Zenmuse X7 camera available for the DJI Inspire 2 quadcopter drone. Both offer 6K CinemaDNG @ 30FPS as their highest resolution. My guess is, both sensors are identical. And so:

This camera == $8000.
DJI Zenmuse X7 camera == $2700 ($5300 cheaper).

BUT... the DJI Zenmuse X7 camera also includes a stabilization gimbal !!!

Each of the four prime lenses (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm) for the DJI Zenmuse X7 camera cost $1299 each... or save a bit and pay $4300 for a set of all four lenses.

Add the DJI Inspire drone for another $2700 and you have an almost complete camera package.

That's $2700 for drone + $2700 for camera with gimbal + $4300 for 4 lenses == $9700 total (or $5400 with no lens, or $6700 with one lens). Compare that to the above camera at $8000 with no gimbal or lens and... the DJI looks much better value.

Realistically, one must buy other accessories like batteries, controller and other accessories for the Zenmuse X7, which adds a few hundred bucks more to the DJI solution. But the total DJI cost is still much lower and includes remote control, stabilization gimbal, lenses and other accessories... unlike the other camera.

To fly the drone (not just buy the drone to operate the camera + gimbal + lenses)... another $5,000 to $12,000 is necessary to end up with a complete package (with lots of batteries, two drone/camera/lens wireless remote controllers, two big LCD screens and so forth.

So a complete drone + gimbal + camera + 4 lenses + huge set of batteries and controllers and LCD screens and other accessories will cost $15,000 to $22,000. That's clearly more than the camera described above... BUT... to own a camera like the one described above and NOT have a stabilization gimbal and drone is just nuts. Which means, the only reasonable comparison is a comparison of the bundle of all these elements (in my opinion), and the DJI comes out way on top in any such comparison.

March 23, 2018 at 1:59PM, Edited March 23, 2:29PM

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This is the silliest comparison I've ever encountered. Who in his right mind compares a drone camera with a dedicated cinema camera?

March 23, 2018 at 6:41PM, Edited March 23, 6:43PM

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What kind of shutter? What kind of sensor, how many levels of exposure? To me these are the important things...left out.

March 23, 2018 at 3:41PM, Edited March 23, 3:41PM

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Ronn Hague
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Rolling shutter (16ms), S35 and Full Frame, both >14 stops. There I saved you some precious Googling time.

March 23, 2018 at 6:45PM, Edited March 23, 6:45PM

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