I'm not at NAB this year.... first time in over 8 years but there is a reason for that and I'll reveal more later.
It's interesting not being at the show because I get to be a spectator for the first time. This morning I woke up to see a facebook note that Blackmagic Design have announced 2 new cameras. A 4K super 35mm camera with a global shutter (that's incredible as the only other camera offering such a function is the Sony F55).
But that's not all!
In addition to the lineup they've announced a 2k Super 16mm pocket cinema camera. I don't know about you but I have become a real iPhone photographer and the size means I always have it with me. This is very exciting news to have a 2k camera that fits in your pocket. The camera will use Sd cards and record in ProRes and Raw Cinema DNG
Here's the initial specs:
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
Compact 4K camera with large super-35 sensor, global shutter, Ultra HD and 4K support, built-in SSD recorder, touch LCD metadata entry, compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes recording, Thunderbolt and EF lens compatibility, Includes DaVinci Resolve and UltraScopes.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Ultra-portable super-16 digital cinema camera with super wide 13 stops of dynamic range. Super 16 sized 1080p HD sensor, built in SD card reader, High resolution LCD, ProRes and Lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording, Active Micro Four Thirds lens compatibility, Micro HDMI monitoring with Overlays.
The future is 4K
Having seen 4K and 3D I am convinced that 4K will become a far more significant deliverable in the coming years. The immersive experience you get when watching 4K is far more exciting than wearing those daft glasses.
However there are some practical considerations before we all rush out and place orders.
Lenses, Support & Storage Considerations
While there is no doubt that 4k acquisition in your hands is very very exciting news, the fact is you will need to consider upgrading your lenses, tripod and definitely your storage.
With all of that resolution any imperfection in glass or wobble from a lightweight and inadequate tripod and your stuff will look pretty rubbish.... so bear that in mind when getting your credit card out.
I'm not at NAB this year because I've just completed work on a short film with Bruce Logan ASC, I first met Bruce on Zacuto/Kessler's Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout but Bruce has a long list of film credits including, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Star Wars IV A New Hope, Tron, Batman Forever as well as music videos for Madonna and R Kelly. I was thrilled when Bruce agreed to work with me on a short film called 'Les Bohemes' which is a showcase piece for SONY that will be screening on the booth at NAB and will be going online soon (I hope). But more importantly we've also created a production diary series that will be released by SONY charting the production process of the film. These are 3x 6 minute video diaries and promise to be very insightful. As soon as I have permission to release the details I will let you know.
Thanks to Fresh DV - here is a video looking at the cameras