It feels pretty obvious to me that they are marketing this camera towards the gimbal/steadicam user crowd. It's lightweight, compact, and shoots slow motion at high resolution. It's a cine camera, sure, but I suspect many will target it as the camera that lives on the gimbal or steadicam on big shoots. Like someone else said, many lens companies are making EF mount version of their cine glass these days, but I bet a lot of the reason behind the EF mount is to use high end photo glass with autofocus motors in them, another benefit for gimbal/steadicam ops.
I think people need to not look at this as simply a replacement camera for the Scarlet or a competitor for the BMD Ursa Mini or as the A camera in their arsenal that they sell all their old gear to save up for... I think its calling is a gimbal B-Cam and as a result is in a class of its own (while rigged up and ready to add a lens it sits at just under 5 lbs!) and the industry will realize that once it's out in the open. Just my 2 cents, though.
This looks like it would be equally useful for feature shoots for dailies review, especially since it seems like they'll be adding NLE integration in the future. This could conceivably work for that, right? Or is this mostly kinda just aimed at video production for commercial and freelance style work?
Yeah, I don't see the benefit of this. It looks like it's adding unnecessary weight. The shots it's getting look almost identical to the shots we've gotten with our Ronin. I'm not sure I see the point in spending that much to make it even heavier. And I don't mind the "bulky" backpacks, there's a reason they are the go-to method for camera stabilizers. They're basically saying "Add all this weight for $1,000 and on top of that buy our own gimbal stabilizer (wink wink) which doesn't remove all the weight from your arms, too, instead of one of those backpacks." This feels like a total opulence purchase and not a practical one.
Unless I'm just totally misinterpreting this device, which is possible, but I just don't get it.
Am I the only one who sees this as one of the best cinema cameras for gimbal work? 3.5lbs for the brains alone? Jetpack module designed specifically for aerial and gimbal use? With the jetpack module the camera weighs only 4 lbs. A 4 pound camera (before lens) on a gimbal that can shoot RAW 4K at 120fps, 3K at 160fps, and 2K at 240fps is pretty damn clutch for steadicam and gimbal operators. I could see this being very popular in rental houses for action/sports filmmakers and cinematographers.
We rented our Paralinx from an online rental house. It came with their own Mophie USB power banks to keep them powered on, but we actually didn't need them, we were near outlets and were able to connect that way. The building we were in that was old was definitely a concrete structure, but we weren't shooting around corners or anything. We had the camera in the middle of a hallway, then set up the receiver at the corner behind the camera, pointed at the transmitter, and then connected to a monitor just around the corner. Whenever it would connect, the image would be distorted and artifacted and completely unusable.
The first time we used it was outdoors at a small music festival and it worked... well, it worked just okay. It would get signal, but it would cut out a lot. Could be from electrical interference from all the people there with their cell phones, but we weren't far away from one another. Maybe 50 feet. It worked better out there, but it was far from perfect.
We just didn't like that we invested money into this system to use on our projects and it did us practically no good. We rented two systems for the live shoot, and one system for two short films we shot the same week. So we spent more renting this system with subpar/failed results than the Aries Prime costs to own, so... yeah, we're washing our hands of Paralinx as far as budget based wireless transmitters go. If it works for others, more power to them, but it didn't work for us :/
I'm kinda done with Paralinx. Rented the Arrow system twice and both times it was finicky and unreliable. The last time we tried using it the transmitter and receiver were literally just 10 feet away from each other, pointed directly at one another, and it couldn't keep a signal or connect properly. Maybe the conditions we were in were interfering (we were in an old historical building though, so not a lot of electrical interference to be had if that's the issue), but it didn't work and it pissed us off and we washed our hands of Paralinx
Just tried a Nyrius Aries Prime last night. Very cheap and affordable, and we had some connection issues at first, but once it got connected it stayed on, provided we stayed in range. Also realized our HDMI cables were the likely culprit as the slightest nudge would disconnect it. Downside to that particular system is you need to be close for it to work good (10-20 feet), but what do you expect for $200? As long as we were in range, it looked fantastic and it had very little, if any, latency. The Paralinx wouldn't even work for us. It costs roughly $100 less to rent the Paralinx kit for a weekend than the Nyrius costs to own. Would prefer the Nyrius Pro, but the Prime worked perfectly fine for short range wireless monitoring.