Craig Johnston /
03.20.2012 01:38 PM
Cameras -- NAB Show 2012

The 4K digital cinematography threshold will be crossed by several more camera makers at the 2012 NAB Show, along with advancements in a number of other areas of camera design and performance.

3ality Technica will debut IntelleCal, a self-calibrating geometry harmonizer that automatically aligns two cameras on a 3D system at the push of a button, enabling fast and precise setup without human intervention. Also new is IntelleCam, which automatically manages S3D to provide comfortable stereo in a live shooting environment. The company will also show accessories for the Sony PMW-F3.

Camera Corps Q-Ball Pre-Set

Canon EOS C300

ARRI will showcase its Alexa range of 2K cameras, the Alexa, Alexa Plus, Alexa M, and Alexa Studio, which boasts 14 stops of dynamic range, a base sensitivity of EI 800 and cinematic image quality. Their ergonomics, menu systems and functionality are based on film cameras to provide ease of use for experienced film professionals.

Grass Valley LDK3000
Camera Corps will introduce its Q-Ball Pre-Set, the latest version of Camera Corps' Q-Ball compact remotely controlled pan/tilt/zoom HD/SD camera system. Q-Ball Pre-Set allows 18 shot settings, each comprising pan angle, tilt angle, zoom and focus, to be stored prior to a live or real-time recorded shoot.

Canon USA will introduce its Cinema EOS Cameras, the Canon EOS C300 and C300PL, designed for digital cinematographers. Available in either EF- or PL-mount configurations, features include a Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor, Canon DIGIC DV III image processor and 50 Mbps 4:2:2 codec. Canon will also unveil its remote-control robotic HD PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras, including models for indoor and outdoor use.

Grass Valley will return with its LDK line of cameras and will introduce the LDK 4427 3G Fiber Camera to 3G Triax Converter, which allows users producing programs in resolutions up to 1080p50/60 to send their signals across any type of cable infrastructure. The LDK 4427 performs a 1-to-1 conversion of a 3G fiber camera signal to a 3G triax signal. Ancillary data—such as return video, control, and intercom—are also converted on a 1-to-1 basis.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America will introduce its SK-HD1500 slow-motion HDTV camera, featuring RGB sensors with 2.3 million pixels each, HD-SDI out, 720p and 1080i at 150 and 180 fps via a 6 Gbps SMPTE-compliant optical hybrid fiber cable. Normal HD and SD are simultaneously delivered. The slow-motion camera provides seamless workflow integration with existing SK-HD1000 series.

I-Movix X10 Live Ultra Motion System
I-Movix will show off their brand-new X10 system, touted as the industry's first live ultra motion solution to deliver real-time continuous extreme slow motion in full HD at 300 fps (or 600 fps in 720p). The camera system was developed in partnership with EVS, with the X10 system used with an EVS XT3 production server under LSM control. The company compares it with existing continuous super-slow motion systems that are restricted to three times slower than real ime.

Indiecam GmbH will present its IndieGS2K, a miniature CMOS global shutter camera incorporating a high-grade 2/3-inch CMOS imager to deliver up to 60 frames of 2K footage in 10-bit uncompressed and 12-bit RAW. The high image quality is obtained by utilizing an Instant-RAW workflow that delivers 12bit Cinema DNG files. The camera has a C-mount with adjustable back-focus that allows the choice of a wide range of high-resolution lenses. IndieGS2k is designed to be well suited for 3D and other multicamera applications.

Ikegami Electronics (USA) will present the HDK-97C, a new 3G field production camera employing next generation CMOS sensors. This multiformat camera supports not only 1080i/720p, but also 3G signals such as 1080/60p 4:2:2 and 1080/30p 4:4:4. The HDK-97C is a compact low-profile docking-style camera. Also new from Ikegami are the HDK-97A and HDK-55 Unicam HD Cameras. The HDK-97A is a new 3G multiformat production camera. The HDK-55 is 1080i. Both are compact low-profile docking cameras.

JVC Professional Products will introduce its GY-HM150 compact handheld three-CCD camcorder, based on the ergonomic design of the company's popular GY-HM100. The new camcorder features a new encoder for improved HD recordings and to add support for standard definition (SD). The company will also mark the NAB debut of its GY-HMQ10U 4K compact handheld camcorder, capable of capturing and recording real-time video at four times the resolution of full HD—3840x2160 images at 24p, 50p, and 60p. It employs an f2.8 10x zoom lens specifically designed for 4K imaging.

Panasonic will showcase the HDC-Z10000, a twin-lenses handheld 2D and 3D camcorder, which is AVCHD 3D/Progressive standard compatible. Also on hand is the AG-3DP1, a 3D integrated twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder providing full 1920x1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. Another camera debuting is the AG-HPX250, Panasonic's first P2 HD handheld camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, full 1920x1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording.

JVC GY -HMQ10U 4K Compact Handheld Camcorder

Sony F65 CineAlta Digital Motion Picture Camera

P+S Technik will show the PS-Cam X35 camera, a combination sync sound workhorse and motion effects camera providing frame rates up to 450, using a 35mm-sized CMOS imager and a global shutter. The film-style digital cinematography camera can be utilized for normal video imaging, as well as slow motion, fast motion, ramped motion and time lapse motion.

Sony Electronics will roll out its F65 CineAlta digital motion picture camera, featuring Sony's 8K image sensor with approximately 20 total megapixels. It provides 16-bit linear RAW file output capability, creating a gateway to an end-to-end 4K file-based mastering workflow. Sony will also showcase its full line of Super 35 mm professional camcorders, including the PMW-F3 and the NEX-FS100U, as well as the HXR-NX70U rain- and dust-proof professional HD camcorder. Two 3D professional camcorders—the PMW-TD300 shoulder-mount model and HXR-NX3D1U NXCAM compact camcorder will also be shown.

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Posted by: Brian F Kobylarz
Thu, 03-22-2012 10:24 PM Report Comment
Noted that RED Digital Cinema did not make the list - although they are already delivering both 4K and 5K cameras. I understand they are expected to showcase some very interesting accessories that expand capabilities of their system. It is wonderful that so many options and possibilities are opening up! Interesting times indeed. Off topic question - Is it possible? Could the moderators change the "Anonymous" credit on my 5:21 PM post now that I have registered? Had expected to be prompted for that info, never saw that credit line coming...
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 03-22-2012 04:55 PM Report Comment
The Alexa is not 4K it's 2K.
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 03-22-2012 05:21 PM Report Comment
Oops- there is a major tech spec listed above that is not true. None of the ARRI Alexa cameras are 4K. They are commonly referred to as 2K cameras. The max you can record is in ARRI RAW mode at 2880x1620. Other modes downsample to 1920x1080. This is not to say there is anything wrong with the camera. It is beautifully engineered and is exceptional in image capture.
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 04-05-2012 05:06 PM Report Comment
strictly speaking, 2K=~2048x1152 or 2048x1536 (4x3) 3K=~2880x1620 or 2880x2160 (4x3)
Posted by: Anonymous
Fri, 04-06-2012 02:04 AM Report Comment
How hard can it be... Alexa is neither 4K or 2K. As mentioned below it is 2880 in width. Called 3K! If you consider Alexa to be a 2K camera then you should consider Red4K to be ~3,2K. And SonyF65 might be 8K width but not in hight. /Carl

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