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The NAB Show is always full of exciting announcements and new innovations in broadcast technology. Even after just 1 day, the 2014 NAB Show proves no different.
Adorama is in Las Vegas getting the latest news and showing off some of the hottest products on the market. Make sure the visit them at the show at booth C10548 in the Central Hall. Learn more about what's happening at the Adorama NAB booth here.
Getting the most attention at NAB so far is the Blackmagic Design URSA camera. With the URSA Blackmagic is allowing users to take the reigns and swap out the lens mount or sensor personally. This will offer great efficiencies for both parties, with the savings passed on to the consumer. The mounts can be switched between EF, PL and B4, and the sensors are available in Super 35 or a broadcast standard 2/3” version.
The URSA cameras include two user-friendly 5" touchscreen panels, allowing you to control the camera settings from either side of the camera. The most obvious feature is a 10" built-in, fold-out set monitor. This is a huge shift from the tiny approximation of what is ultimately meant to be seen on large screens that is currently available on most cameras. It will be interesting to see if this soon becomes the norm rather than a luxury.
Cinematographers will also be interested in the inclusion of truly continuous recording capabilities thanks to the dual CFast slot interface, allowing you to swap cards without interrupting the shot.
Blackmagic also kicked off NAB 2014 with the announcement of 2 new Blackmagic Studio Cameras, available in HD and 4K options. Blackmagic claims the Studio Cameras to be the world's smallest broadcast cameras with the world's largest viewfinder. With a 10" viewfinder, that might be a pretty safe bet.
The Blackmagic Studio Cameras are built with live broadcasting in mind with features like illuminated Tally, remote camera control, built-in talkback and a large 4-hour battery. Both Blackmagic Studio Cameras feature a micro-four thirds mount.
Joining the Fuji family of professional lenses is the Fujifilm Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio lens, offering outstanding optical performance.
Pricing and availability details have not yet been released.
Last night brought the announcement of the Sony a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera with a full-frame sensor and 4K video capability. The Sony α7S features a newly developed, 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range expandable to ISO 50 – 409,600 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.
Pricing and availability details have not yet been released. Get more announcement details here.
Canon got to the gate early this year with exciting pre-show announcements. First, the Canon C100 Cinema Camcorder got an upgrade. It is now available with Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus. This is a sensor-based, phase detection AF technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance continuous focus for movies. Ideal for fast and accurate autofocus, the Dual Pixel upgrade allows filmmakers to create stunning footage by maximizing the creative options offered by fast lenses and shallow depth-of-field.
Canon also announced an interesting and versatile new cinema lens: a 4K-optimized 17-120mm T2.95 Servo Zoom with a removable ENG-style Digital Drive handgrip available in PL or EF mounts. The fantastic flexible zoom range, speedy constant aperture and relatively small form factor will appeal to filmmakers requiring maneuverability, ease of use, and discretion while retaining cinema standard optics and reliability.
This lens is expected to be available in August 2014.
The cameras internally output 4:2:2 MXF and MP4 format files at 50 Mb/s, and can record the codecs in Full HD simultaneously to CF and SD cards. The 20x optical zoom has been upgraded to maintain a light weight and small footprint while reducing chromatic aberration over previous models. The XF205 also features Timecode functionality, 3G-SDI/HD-SDI and Genlock connectors.
Tell us what you think of the announcements so far in the comments, and stay tuned for more NAB Show news!