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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

NAB Trend #3 : Film is So Dead

 

Maybe I should call this series of posts the Walking Dead of NAB ? The first affordable 4K camera was RED. To say it has its quirks and workflow issues is understatement. Now Sony has their act together finally with the new F65 4K camera. 
 
 
Sony 4K projected as 4K looked amazing ! Low light performance was excellent, reproduction of color, dynamic range was excellent. Not only was the camera's 4K images amazing, they were also very low noise as well. Sony can make great cameras when they want to, and price is no object. I won't be that harsh on Sony since they do make several reasonably priced HD cameras too these days that they never would of dreamed of making when the F900 came out. This is the first Sony camera I've been interested in for a very long time.
 
The body is pretty compact compared to some other 4K cameras out there. Sony built a 1TB memory card to go along with camera. I didn't catch a price, but I'm sure its not cheap, and more then an Alexa. This probably isn't a camera anyone will personally own, but for rentals it should be pretty hot. 
 
That thing on the back that looks like a triax adapter or battery pack is actually the recorder. It takes one of those 1TB cards to record on and provides additional I/O connectors on the other side.
 
 
The camera actually has an 8K sensor downresing to real 4K, 2K or HD. Lots of options here plus 1.85:1, 1.78:1, 1.66:1, 1.33:1, 2.35 spherical, 1.3x anamorphic, or 2x anamorphic cropped, FPS 1-120. 
 
The camera shoots 16bit RAW, so image quality is pristine, and its got lots of dynamic range. Now if working with a RED was maddening, this camera I think takes all those problems away, for a price. The question is, now that there is a camera that equals film in every way, and in some ways exceeds it, why will anyone bother to use film anymore ? 
 
Check out the Behind The Scenes Video On the Sony Site