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The death of DSLR revisited: Blackmagic Design’s new affordable digital motion picture camera

Amid all the shiny new toys announced and demoed at NAB 2012 by the usual suspects of companies such as RED, Arri and Canon, one company not even known for cameras at all lay the smackdown on all the camera manufacturers. Past the initial shock and gadget giddiness, I’ve had a chance to collect my thoughts on this exciting new development.

Blackmagic Design -best known for their high end video capture cards and cross converters- unveiled their new DIgital Cinema Camera to the shock of everybody at NAB2012. It is a 2.5K camera that shoots in Prores, AVID DNx, and RAW in the ADOBE CinemaDNG format in 23.976/24p/25p/29.97/30p fps. All for $2995 USD. This is big news. Seriously. The key lies in how it shoots and records

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Panasonic’s New LUMIX GH2 Announced

Panasonic announced and showcased the highly anticipated followup to their GH1 camera, the LUMIX GH2, at the latest Photokina, held every other year since 1956 in Cologne Germany.  More of an update than anything else, it appears Panasonic has listened to their customers and improved the features based on customer feedback on the GH1.  In a nutshell, here they are: a brand-spanking new 18 MP multi-aspect ratio sensor that offers 16.05 MP output ISO range of 160-12800 in 1/3 EV steps touch sensitive LCD screen HD video at 1080 60p…

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Sony NEX-5 camera review

We first got a quick peek at Sony’s NEX-5 at a Sony event a couple of months back, and were suitably impressed with the overall design.  It’s not as bulky as a full on DSLR, while having more control, than your average point-n-shoot pocket camera.  We finally got a review unit from Sony a couple of weeks back and have passed it around the bullpen.  Click on past the break for our impressions, and some sample images from the NEX-5.

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Sony Announces New Digital Cameras

Sony has just announced yesterday four brand new Alpha DSLRs – the A33, A55, A560 and the A580.  Sporting the brand new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensors, the A33 and A560 clock in at 14.2 MP while the A55 and A580 are 16.2 MP. The main difference between the A33/55 and A560/580 is the mirror technology that they utilize. While the later are traditional DSLR’s the former are what Sony call ‘Single Lens Translucent’ cameras. The “new” SLT technology Sony is unveiling with the A33 & A55 models is a Translucent…

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Nikon D3100 Officially Announced by Nikon

First reported by and turning those very loud rumors into reality yesterday when Nikon officially announced their new D3100 DSLR along with their new batch of lenses.  This is very cool as it becomes the first Nikon DSLR to be able to shoot HD in glorious 1080 @24p!   The Nikon Canada website has the D3100 listed with a street price of $569.95 for the body only, and $699.95 for the D3100 Kit with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR Lens.  This is great news for indie filmmakers!

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