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Sony intros 4K camera with 6K full-frame sensor, auto-focus

At IBC 2019, Sony announced the PXW-FX9, its first XDCAM camera featuring an advanced 6K full-frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new camera offers content creators greater creative freedom and flexibility to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences.

Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 combines high mobility with an advanced AF system for higher bokeh and slow-motion capabilities thanks to its newly developed sensor. The FX9 also inherits its color science and a dual base ISO from the Venice digital motion picture camera, creating the ultimate tool for documentaries, music videos, drama productions and event shooting.

The FX9 was designed in close collaboration with the creative community. It offers the versatility, portability and performance expected of an FS7 series “run and gun” style camera, while also offering high dynamic range and full-frame shooting features.

“With the new FX9, we are striking a balance between agility and creative performance. We’ve combined the cinematic appeal of full-frame with advanced professional filmmaking capabilities in a package that’s extremely portable and backed by the versatility of Sony E-mount,” says Sony’s Neal Manowitz.

The new Exmor R sensor offers wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K 4:2:2 10-bit. Oversampling of the full-frame 6K sensor’s readout allows pros to create high-quality 4K footage with bokeh effects through shallow depth of field, while wide-angle shooting opens new possibilities for content creators to express their creativity.

A dual base ISO of 800 and 4000 enables the image sensor’s characteristics to best capture scenes from broad daylight to the middle of the night. With S-Cinetone color science, the new sensor can create soft facial tones. The camera can also capture content up to five times slow-motion with full HD 120fps shooting played back at 24p.

The shallow depth of field available with a full-frame image sensor requires precise focus control, and the enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system, with customizable transition speeds and sensitivity settings, combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% in width and 96% in height of the imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive tracking — even with fast-moving subjects while maintaining shallow depth of field.

Inspired by the high mobility run-and-gun style approach from the FS7 series of cameras, the FX9 offers content creators shooting flexibility thanks to a continuously variable Electronic Variable ND filter. This enables instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment, such as moving from an inside space to outdoors or while filming in changing natural light conditions.

Additionally, the FX9’s image stabilization metadata can be imported to Sony’s Catalyst Browse/Prepare software to create stable visuals even in handheld mode. Sony is also working to encourage third-party nonlinear editing tools to adopt this functionality.

The FX9 will be available toward the end of 2019.

Panasonic offers compact 4K Super 35 VariCam LT

At an event held in LA at the Directors Guild Theater, Panasonic introduced the VariCam LT, it’s next-gen of 4K cinema cameras. The lightweight The VariCam LT camcorder features the super 35mm sensor and imaging capabilities that its VariCam 35 offers, but with reductions in size, weight and price.

Incorporating this identical imaging “DNA” in a more compact rendition, the VariCam LT (model AU-V35LT1G) delivers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log, and cinematic VariCam image quality and color science, as well as the VariCam 35’s dual native ISOs of 800/5000.

Weighing in at just at under six pounds, the VariCam LT is suited for handheld, SteadiCam, jib, crane, drone, gimbal and overall cinema verité work. The VariCam LT will also target owner/operators, independent filmmakers, documentary makers and corporate productions.

The VariCam LT will be available at the end of March in two packages, with a suggested list price of $18,000 (body only) and $24,000 (body + AU-VCVF10G viewfinder).

The VariCam LT handles formats ranging from 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, and like the VariCam 35, is fully capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) field capture. The new 4K camcorder offers Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30p) and ProRes 422 HQ (up to 60p) support for HD recording, as well as Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of advanced video codecs.

New codecs introduced in the VariCam LT include AVC-Intra LT and AVC-Intra 2K-LT, both of which are designed to offer capture rates up to 240fps in imager crop mode, ideal for sports and other fast motion footage.

The new camera features color management capabilities along with VariCam’s extended color gamut and support for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow, which allows for full fidelity mastering of original source material. The VariCam LT offers in-camera color grading, with the ability to record an ungraded 4K master along with all on-set grading metadata. A new color-processing feature is V-Look, which acts as a blend of V-Log and video, and allows filmic documentary acquisition without the same need for intense color grading.

The VariCam LT differs from the VariCam 35 in being a one-piece, short-bodied camcorder versus a two-piece camera head plus recorder. While the VariCam LT does not feature parallel sub-recording, it does have an SD slot for high-resolution proxy recording. Proxy files can be wirelessly uploaded via FTP, which facilitates wireless color grading. Variable frame rates are available with LongG6 recording.

There is one expressP2 card for all formats, including high frame rate and HD/2K/UHD and 4K recording (the 256GB expressP2 card can record up to 90 minutes of 4K/4:2:2/23.98p content). RAW output from SDI will likely be supported by a firmware upgrade in early summer 2016.

The VariCam LT features an EF mount (vs. the VariCam 35’s PL mount), suitable for the wide array of lenses available for smaller cameras. The EF mount can be switched out to a robust standard PL mount, expanding the range of compatible lenses that can be used. The control panel can be separated from the camera body to facilitate realtime control and easy menu access. The camcorder has a production-tough magnesium body to assure durability and reliability in challenging shooting locations.

Other features new to the VariCam LT are power hot swap, IR shooting (further enhancing the camcorder’s extreme low-light capture at ISO 5000), 23.98 PsF output and image presets as scene files.

Among the camcorder’s top-level production assets are ND filters (CLEAR, 0.6, 1.2, 1.8), an optional OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with optical zoom functionality, 24-bit LPCM audio for in-camera audio master recording, Focus Assist, anamorphic lens de-squeeze, special REC functions (PreRec, interval, one-shot), IP control via Panasonic’s AK-HRP200 camera remote controller, and built-in GPS.

Pro interfaces include 3G-HD-SDI x 3 (SDI-OUT X 2 and VF), LAN, genlock in, timecode in/out, USB2.0 Host and USB2.0 Device (mini B) and three XLR inputs (one 5-pin, two 3-pin) to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. In addition, its flexible interfaces allow use of the Panasonic AU-VCVF10G viewfinder, as well as third-party viewfinder solutions.

JVC offers new 4KCAM line of camcorders

During NAB 2015, JVC Professional introduced the new 4KCAM line of professional camcorders. The new product line contains three models — the GY-LS300 Super 35 mm camcorder, GY-HM200 streaming camcorder and GY-HM170 compact camcorder — all employing the newest advancements in 4K imaging and efficient encoding to accommodate a variety of workflows.

The JVC GY-LS300 (our main image) is designed for cinematographers, documentarians and broadcast production departments. It features JVC’s 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and an industry-standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. JVC’s Variable Scan Mapping technology electronically adapts the active area of the Super 35 sensor to provide native support of PL- and EF-mount lenses, among many others. As a result, the GY-LS300 camera provides many lens options when used with third-party lens adapters.

Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include a built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity that allows live HD transmission directly to hardware decoders, the Wowza Streaming Engine and the ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi. The camcorders support various streaming protocols in order to stream directly to websites and content delivery networks.

JVC's GY-HM200

JVC’s GY-HM200

The GY-HM200 and the GY-LS300 also include dual XLR audio inputs that are mic/line switchable, with built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and SDI and HDMI video outputs.

JVC’s most affordable streaming camcorder, the GY-HM200, is built for corporate video and ENG apps. It features a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip and built-in 12x zoom lens (24x dynamic zoom in HD mode) with optical image stabilizer. It delivers 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 full HD (50 Mbps) and SD imagery.

The GY-HM170 features a heavy-duty body with comprehensive video profile settings and controls for professional use. It records 4K Ultra HD as H.264 files and can record HD and SD footage in a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Other features include an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5 mm audio input and live 4K UHD output through a built-in HDMI connector.

4KCAM cameras feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, back-up, and continuous recording. The camcorders also include a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel color viewfinder (both with smart focus assist functions) and offer two-channel audio recording.

All three camcorders are now shipping.