Datavideo Joins the Pro Camera Game With their Nighthawk Micro 4/3 Camera

By Adam Plowden

Datavideo NightHawk

The datavideo NightHawk prototype was unveiled at IBC 2017 – it’s a camera based around a new self developed 20MP Micro Four-Thirds low-light sensor.

Known for event mixers and engineering hardware, datavideo has moved into the professional camera market by creating the “NightHawk”. Equipped with a very light-sensitive 20MP CMOS sensor capable of ISO speeds up to 409,600, real-time HDR and equipped with a Micro Four-Thirds mount, which gives users a wide range of lens choices (Such as Panasonic and Olympus lenses). Datavideo hopes to capture the imagination of those who are in the market for a compact design and in a need of a camera that can shine with various applications.

The target audience of the datavideo NightHawk will be broadcast and remote application use. With 3 HDMI outputs and plans for adding an SDI outputin the future, the camera would fit in perfectly for live events such as concerts, presentations, or even remote wildlife applications with live video outputs.

The modifiable body gives you the freedom to build up and enhance your own professional camera rig, especially when there is no internal means of recording the footage. Datavideo suggesting customers to build their own rig with devices such as the recording products from Atomos. In terms of sound, the prototype only featured a 3.5mm jack input, but this will be replaced by dual XLR inputs for embedded audio. Although the camera will have built-in WiFi for control features, there is no confirmation of whether remote focus or zoom will be available in the datavideo NightHawk.

datavideo NightHawk – Tech Specs:

  • 20 megapixel Micro Four-Thirds sensor
  • HD recording format up to 30p
  • Micro Four-Thirds lens mount
  • External recording only via HDMI (and SDI in the future)
  • Dual XLR audio inputs coming in the future
  • ISO sensitivity up to 409,600
  • RMTP streaming over 4G

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TV Logic Introduce the VFM-055A – A High End 5.5″ OLED Field Monitor

By Nic Divischek

TV Logic VFM-055A

TV Logic, a popular name for high end monitors, has just announced a new 5.5″ on-camera field monitor. The TV Logic VFM-055A sports a high contrast OLED display and packs a whole lot of features.

TV Logic VFM-055A

Does TV Logic VFM-056W ring a bell? This has been one of the most successful high end field monitors a few years ago. Now TV Logic are releasing the new TV Logic VFM-055A, which packs some of the same features but also has an OLED display.

What is the benefit of OLED over LCD? LCDs have colour desaturation in the low colour levels and make dark colours appear more dull than the actual scene. The TV-Logic VFM-055A has an OLED display, which bring back the lost colours in the dark scenes with a more accurate colour reproduction and higher contrast.


The TV Logic VFM-055A supports multiple video formats via 3G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs.

The monitor includes:

  • 2 x 3G-SDI / SDI (in/out)
  • 2x HDMI 1.4 (in/out)
  • 1x 6-12V DC In, 3-pin
  • 3,5mm Stereo jack
  • USB for Firmware updates

Markers, Waveforms and more

The most important features that a monitor must have can be found on the TV Logic VFM-055A. Features such as waveform and vector scope, markers, focus assist, audio level meters and more are fully supported. You can see the full list of settings below:

  • Types : OFF, 16:9, 4:3, 4:3 On-Air, 15:9, 14:9, 13:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 1.85:1 & 4:3
  • Safety Area : 80%, 85%, 88%, 90%, 93%, 100%, EBU Action 16:9/14:9/4:3, EBU Graphic 16:9/14:9/4:3
  • Marker Mat : darkness level outside the marker, OFF(transparent) ~ 7(Black)
  • Custom : Colour, thickness, position

TV Logic VFM-055A HDMI protector

Pre-Installed LUTs Support

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cinema5D IBC 2017 Innovation Awards – Sony RX0, Sachtler Flowtech 75, Hudson Spider Light

By Nino Leitner

The cinema5D team thought long and hard about who to award our IBC 2017 awards to – and it wasn’t easy, the discussions went on for long. In the end, we agreed on three products that really show some innovation in their fields – the field of small cameras, camera support, and lighting.

Congratulations to the hard-working people behind these amazing products!

Sony RX0

Read our coverage here. The Sony RX0 deserves one of our IBC 2017 Innovation Awards because it packs a rather large 1″ sensor into a tiny body with a 24mm equivalent field of view, an extremely sturdy and waterproof housing as well as professional features like Slog2, continuous RAW photo shooting, focus peaking or 4K output via HDMI. It’s going to make GoPro’s life even harder, but will branch out beyond the action cam / sports cam sphere. We predict that this camera will be used in all kinds of different applications very soon. It will cut beautifully with all kinds of other Sony cameras and also makes it possible to build quite small VR rigs with a bunch of RX0’s.

Yoshiro Furukawa from Sony accepting the cinema5D IBC 2017 Award.

Sachtler / Vinten Flowtech 75

Read our coverage here. Tripod technology hasn’t seen a lot of real innovation in decades, with the underlying principles of currently available tripods being identical to tripods that were sold 20 years ago. With the Sachtler / Vinten Flowtech 75, Vitec Videocom (their mother company) showed that there is still a lot of room for making a shooter’s life easier → continue…

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Atomos Announces Affordable Sumo 19M Production Monitor

By Daron James

Atomos launches a slimmed down version of its Sumo19 monitor for filmmakers.

The Sumo19 was shown off at NAB this year and now Atomos has released a monitor-only variant dubbed Sumo19M, ideal for professional shooters looking for an affordable solution on set. Priced at just $1,995, the Sumo19M monitor has many of the same features as its counterpart but lacks the ability to record.

The 19″ HDR monitor touts a 1920 x 1080 resolution with 1200 nit brightness and wide viewing angle capable of displaying 4K and HD sources. The redesigned interface provides easy access to scopes on the screen as an overlay. It can accept up to 4K 60p or HD 240p over HDMI or the dual 12/6/3G-SDI inputs. Additionally, there are dedicated input selection buttons on the touchscreen user interface to make A/B comparisons.

HDR friendly, Atomos’ AtomHDR engine provides easy HDR monitoring where you can easily set correct exposure for HDR or Rec 709. It comes with Log gamma settings pre-installed and custom LUTs can be stored and displayed which are loaded via a standard 2.5″ drive from the Atomos Master Caddy.

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Sony RX0 Hands-On at IBC 2017

By Adam Plowden

“Definitely not an action camera”. The Sony RX0 features a 1-inch sensor, ZEISS 24mm lens and the S-Log2 picture profile.

We get hands on with the tiny Sony RX0, which includes many of the features seen in the RX100 series of cameras with the same high-quality image from the 1-inch, 15.3 megapixel sensor. The menu system will be familiar to Sony users, with the ability to change exposure settings, picture profiles, and even add markers to aid in the video framing and composition. It shoots in HD up to 60p, with HDMI out for external 4K recording.

The construction of the Sony RX0 is extremely sturdy. Sony has put it through stress tests to withstand a load of up to 200kg, and is completely waterproof up to 10m for up to 60 minutes without any external housing.

Multiple cameras can be mounted together and controlled simultaneously through the Sony Wireless Commander, the Play Memories Mobile app and a control unit that is still in development. This expands the capture capabilities of the RX0 from bullet time rigs to virtual reality and 360-degree video applications.

For further information, check out our previous article on the Sony RX0 here.

Will the Sony RX0 replace the older action cameras in you kit bag? Let us know in the comments.

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Vufine+ Wearable Display Field Review

By Graham Sheldon


The Vufine+ is a wearable device that sends a 720p image from your HDMI-equipped camera to your sunglasses. Sounds great, but how does it hold up in the field and, more importantly, does it really work? Let’s find out.

Image: Graham Sheldon, Model: Shewan Edward Howard – Sony a7s w/Sigma 85mm Cine T1.5

The Vufine+ Wearable Display is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, and there is much to like in the design. For one, the Vufine+ connects to a magnetic docking unit that is compatible with the supplied non-prescription glasses as well as all the different brands of glasses I have in my house. Simply snap the magnetic docking unit in place on the right side of your favorite pair of glasses and you are in business. For this review I used my trusty Sony a7s and connected a thin 3ft HDMI cable from the camera directly into the Vufine+. The image popped right up into the wearable display without any menu tinkering.

I expected the ergonomics of having to connect a cable to my glasses to be cumbersome, but I was surprised to find the connected cable wasn’t annoying at all, although I imagine a heavier or cheaper cable would not be the way to go with this setup. My movement didn’t feel inhibited and after shooting handheld for several minutes I even forgot I was tethered. While wireless is clearly the future for this technology, having to work wired is not an insurmountable barrier.

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Canon Announces New 4K 50p Camcorders – Canon XF405 & XF400

By Fabian Chaundy

The Canon XF405 is at the helm of a whole fleet of small-sensor camcorders just announced by Canon.

4K 50/60p – The Canon XF405 & XF400

At the forefront of Canon’s latest announcement are the XF405 & XF400, two videojournalist-style camcorders with a 1” 1.0-type 13-2MP CMOS sensor paired with a Dual DIGIC DV6 image processor. This combination makes it possible for these two models to capture a resolution of up to 4K, at frame rates of up to 59.94p. This means that – should you have the need – these cameras allow you to deliver 4K content for use in news broadcast environments in cases where 50fps is required, or to add a slight slow motion effect to your 4K footage.

Both the Canon XF405 and the XF400 feature a 15x optical zoom with a full-frame equivalent range of 22.5-382.5mm, making it ideal for fast-paced news or documentary environments, but still offering an adequate shallow depth of field and low-light capabilities with a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Both cameras offer Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel Autofocus seen in their cinema line of cameras, as well as optical and electronic image stabilisation – another plus for dynamic, documentary-style shoots.

Both cameras record AVC-HD and MP4 to dual SD cards – which allow for simultaneous or relay recording – in HD 10-bit YCC 4:2:0 35Mbps, although they drop down to 8 bit in 4K albeit at 150Mbps. Additionally, they offer up to 100fps at Full HD resolution, and will be capable of recording in the XF-AVC codec after a firmware update coming in the first half of 2018. Externally, 4K remains 8 bit, but 4:2:2 color sampling is possible if shooting up to 25p. Both cameras offer an HDMI output, but only the XF405 offers SDI which, incidentally, is HD only.

SmallHD Killer? Smartphone Size 4K DCI / UHD Native 1920×1080 Pro Monitor From Cinemartin

By Al Caudullo

Cinemartin is proud to introduce Loyal LT 5.7 inch (AS), a new ultra compact 4K (DCI, UHD) HDMI Monitor that will provide you a compact and super light unit.

5.7 inch 4K DCI / UHD Native 1920×1080 Pro Monitor
Compact as your smartphone, consume less power. Just 179€ or around USD$216

Available at 5.7″, Cinemartin is proud to introduce the new Loyal LT 5.7inch monitor, called Cinemartin (AS), featuring an ultra compact size for maximum portability and lightness. In fact, there are things like attachable mounting points that makes this device the most compact and smaller at 5 to 6 inches.

Supporting video up to 4K DCI 4096x2160p, featuring a 1080p native display with 550 NITS of luminance, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, this new unit provides HDMI in/out with loop

Loyal LT (AS) 5.7 units comes with plenty of features for focus & exposure, called Assist Tools, suited for the day to day job, also nice for those cameras that lack that features. Assist tools include False color, Histogram, Peaking, Zoom and much more like Markers, Aspect ratios picture stretch, as well as other tools like Audio Meters, Audio Gain, Color Bar, Image Flip as well as standard ones like Brightness, saturation, hue, etc …

Cinemartin is now taking orders, deliveries in about 2 weeks starting from October. Introductory price of just 179€ or around USD $216 for the standalone unit (only monitor) as well as 199€ or around USD $240 for complete Ready to shoot kit. Check the website for more info and ordering.


Again, we beat the market, this is the most affordable 5 inch monitor ever made.
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Panasonic GH5 Cage Review & Shootout – Zacuto vs. Movcam vs. Came-TV

By Jakub Han

We put three camera cages for the Panasonic GH5 head to head for an in-depth look, review and comparison. Came-TV, Movcam, Zacuto… Let’s see which one comes out on top on this GH5 Cage Shootout!

To use the full potential of any camera, it is crucial to find the right cage on order to mount whatever third-party accessories you may need. That said, cages don’t just add several mounting threads and cold shoes, they also improve protection of the camera body, usually add better grips and handles, and protect the HDMI connector and other ports.

In the case of the Panasonic GH5, there is now wide variety of compatible cages, and the quality differences are quite significant. For this comparison, we received three popular cages for testing, but please note that this is not an exhaustive list of Panasonic GH5 cages.

Structure of Each Review:

  • Ease of assembly and disassembly.
  • How securely is the camera attached to the cage?
  • HDMI cable protector design.
  • Do we have access to the side outputs, slots and all the buttons?
  • Is it possible to use the Panasonic XLR adapter?
  • How good is the included Rod Support?
  • Quality of the Metabones Mount.
  • The top-handle design.
  • Overall ergonomics.
  • Conclusion.

At the very end of the article I’ll summarize the main pros and cons of each cage and announce our veredict. Please note that no cage is perfect and it’s up to each user to decide which cage better fits their needs and preferences.


Came-TV has the simpliest design out of all three tested cages. It does not feature HDMI support, but has many threads and offers a rod support piece. How well did it perform?

Ease of assembly and disassembly

It is quite easy to assemble and disassemble the camera in the cage. It just secures with one screw at the bottom in the camera’s tripod screw hole. The cage itself also has → continue…

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Can China Bests Oculus and Vive with the PiMax 4K VR Headset?

By Al Caudullo

Getting people to watch VR in the right headset can either make or break the experience. If it doesn’t look good, you lose the audience. If it does, then they are converted to VR believers for life.

The biggest issue facing VR today is resolution. When you have VR headset that close to your face, resolution, pixels per inch of the display make a huge difference.


Oculus Rift 2160×1200 with 456 PPI

HTC Vive 2160×1200 with 447PPI

PiMax 4K 3840×2160 with 806PPI

Right from the start, you can see that the PiMax 4K has better specs. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive offer 2.5 million pixels (1.25 million pixels per eye), but PIMAX delivers 8.29 million pixels. The first time you put it on and view a 360 video in the PiMax 4K, there is absolutely no doubt that it is the best VR Headset for video on the market.

Let’s examine All the specs of the PiMax 4K VR Headset

110 degree Field of View (FOV)

60Hz refresh rate

3840 x 2160 4K UHD screen resolution with 8.29 million pixels and 806 PPI.

An acceleration sensor, magnetometer sensor, range sensor, and a light sensor with 18ms MTP.

Auto light adjustment system, auto demisting system and blue light filter coating.

1000Hz dual Gyroscope

Dual 53 mm large aspherical optical lens

Self-adaption 58 -71 mm pupil distance

HDMI 1.4B Video Output Port, USB v2.0/USB v3.0 Interface

Audio: Virtual 5.1 Soundstage

3.5 mm earphones jack and features 40mm driver unit

1x USB Cable

1x HDMI Cable

Build: ABS Plastic, Glass, and Sponge

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Cinemartin Adds Eclipse 1000 NIT 4K Monitor

By Al Caudullo

Gearbest promotion

Supporting video up to 4K DCI 4096x2160p, featuring a 1080p native display with an astonishing luminance, a contrast ratio of up to 1200:1, this new Eclipse unit provides dual HDMI, dual SDI in/out as well as DTAP and XLR power input support great for use with gimbals, drone controllers, etc ..

It has a built in zoom that, as with almost any feature, can be assigned to any of the custom buttons located on top.

A part of the high resolution and luminance, Eclipse comes with various assignable functions including Peaking for optimal focus, false color, histogram, markers, meters, zoom, etc …

Other tools, include adjusting Brightness, Hue, Saturation, Color temperature, etc …

One of the great features of Eclipse is that can be powered by two swappable batteries (Sony NP-F series) allowing continuous power.

AC Input connector is of XLR type providing more robust power.

The kit comes with a DTAP to AC input well suited for users of popular gimbals.

The high brightness feature of this unit makes it ideal for use in almost any place, inside or in outdoors, and the dual connector, in / out for either HDMI and 3G HD SDI make it ideal for any camera, as it supports almost any resolution up to 4K DCI.

Will retail for 695 € / 795 $, with a limited introductory price of just only 495 € / 590 $ during the initial promo phase, Cinemartin is now taking orders at this half grand promo with all deliveries starting in later September 2017.

To order Eclipse and for more information visit Cinemartin product website at:

Cinemartin has just released a new Super Slim High Brightness 4K monitor. and the specs are pretty impressive. Check it out in the presse release below.

Cinemartin is proud to introduce Eclipse, a new High Brightness 4K (DCI, UHD) 1000 NIT HDMI + SDI Super Slim Monitor that features Dual connections and Triple power source, ideal for almost any usage.

Up to 4096x2160p DCI, Super Slim 17mm depth, plus tools

Available at 7″, Cinemartin is proud to introduce its new device, a High Brightness monitor, like a Ferrari.

Supporting video up to 4K DCI 4096x2160p, featuring a 1080p native display with an astonishing luminance, a contrast ratio of up to 1200:1, this new Eclipse unit provides dual HDMI, dual SDI in/out as well as DTAP and XLR power input support great for use with gimbals, drone controllers, etc ..

It has a built in zoom that, as with almost any feature, can be assigned to any of the custom buttons located on top.

A part of the high resolution and luminance, Eclipse comes with various assignable functions including Peaking for optimal focus, false color, histogram, markers, meters, zoom, etc …

Other tools, include adjusting Brightness, Hue, Saturation, Color temperature, etc …

One of the great features of Eclipse is that can be powered by two swappable batteries (Sony NP-F series) allowing continuous power.

AC Input connector is of XLR type providing more robust power.

The kit comes with a DTAP to AC input well suited for users of popular gimbals.

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