The Sony PXW-Z90 – a compact 4K camcorder with auto focus at it’s best!

By alisterchapman

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Normally when I travel up to arctic Norway for my annual Northern Lights expeditions I take a large sensor video camera. Last year it was the Sony FS5, which performed very well and gave me some great results. But this year I decided to down size and instead of taking a bulky camera I chose to take a pre-production sample of Sony’s diminutive new PXW-Z90 camcorder.

In Norway with the PXW-Z90.

On the outside the Z90 looks almost exactly the same as the older PXW-X70 camcorder. I’ve shot several videos with the X70 and it’s a great little camcorder that produces a very good image considering it’s small size. Being a new model I expected the Z90 to offer some small improvements over the X70, but what I didn’t expect was the very big improvements that the Z90 brings.

The Z90 is the first camcorder from Sony to incorporate a new design of sensor. It’s a 1″ type sensor, so like the X70, bigger than you used to find on small handycams, but not as big as the super 35mm sensor found in the FS5, FS7 etc. This is a nice size for this type of camera as it makes it possible to obtain a shallow depth of field by using the cameras built in ND filters (yes- it really does have ND filters built in) and a large aperture. Or if you need a deeper depth of field for easier focussing or run and gun then you can use a smaller aperture by switching out the ND filters. The maximum aperture of the zoom lens is f2.8 but it does stop down to f4 towards the telephoto end.

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Sony VENICE Gets Dual Base ISO & Starts Shipping

By Jakub Han

As Sony VENICE is about to start shipping this month, Sony announced that it will come with a dual-native ISO of 500 and 2500, similar to Panasonic VARICAM 35.

Sony VENICE cinema camera

Firmware Features Coming in Stages

Sony is planning to bring various features to their new camera in phases through firmware updates. They are starting with firmware version 1.0 which will be available in all Sony VENICE cameras from the very beginning. Version 2.0 is planned for release in August 2018 and firmware version 3.0 is scheduled for early 2019. To get more information about the key features of the new Sony VENICE Full-frame cinema camera go ahead and check our article about it.

Full Frame from the Start, plus Dual Base ISO 500 & 2500

As we already reported, despite Sony’s initial plan to only add the full-frame option at a later stage, version 1.0 firmware will include support for Full-Frame 24x36mm recording (via a paid upgrade). Several new capabilities have been now announced for the VENICE – for example a “Dual Base ISO” mode. Apart from the native 500 ISO, Sony VENICE will support an additional High Base ISO of 2500 to utilise the sensor’s proclaimed 15+ stops of exposure latitude. According to Sony, this should improve image quality in low light and achieve exceptional dynamic range – from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% middle gray. It’s cool to see this feature in another camera apart from Panasonic’s line-up of pro cameras (VARICAM, VARICAM LT and EVA1 have the dual base ISO feature too).

Another unique feature on the Sony VENICE is its built-in 8-step optical ND filter with servo mechanism that also allows remote control. New color science is designed to deliver a soft tonal film look with → continue…

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Sony Venice to ship with “Dual Base ISO” mode and built-in 8-step optical ND filter

By Matthew Allard ACS

Sony has made a few last minute changes to the VENICE just before the camera starts to ship. New capabilities include a “Dual Base ISO” mode. Along with the previously…

The post Sony Venice to ship with “Dual Base ISO” mode and built-in 8-step optical ND filter appeared first on Newsshooter.

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PolarPro unveils collection of filters and accessories for the DJI Mavic Air

Accessories manufacturer PolarPro has introduced new versions of its Cinema filter series for those ordering the DJI Mavic Air drone. The filters are designed to give photographers control over the shutter speed of their footage, as well as polarizing reflected light to improve color saturation.

The company has also announced it will make two cases for the drone, as well as a customizable mount for filming with the drone hand-held.


Users will be able to choose from a pack of ND filters in ND4, ND8 and ND16 strengths, or to have the filters combined with a polarizer to intensify color as well as reduce the amount of light reaching the lens.

For especially bright conditions a further pack of NDs is available in ND32 and ND64 strengths both with and without a polarizer.

The filter packs will cost $80 for the three-packs of ND and ND/PL units, and $150 for all six together. The Limited Collection of extra dense filters will be $100. For more details see the PolarPro website.


Both cases on offer have soft exteriors, with the Minimalist ($30) designed to be as compact as possible, and the Rugged ($50) designed to provide the most protection.

DJI Mavic Air Soft Case – Rugged DJI Mavic Air Soft Case – Minimalist

Katana ‘Tray’ System

Finally, the Katana Pro Tray system allows used to clamp the Mavic Air into a set of handles so that it can be used to film at ground level and in places where drones aren’t allowed to fly. Depending on your preferred filming orientation, you can go with the standard DJI Mavic Air Tray ($50) or purchase the Air Tray/T-Grip Combo ($80) for one-handed operation and low-angle → continue…

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Solved: Update From Aurora Aperture About Focus Shift Issue With Rear Mount NDs

By Canon Rumors Aurora Aperture has responded to a review by Dan Carr that we posted last weekend about a focus shift when using the 12-stop and 16-stop rear mount ND filters from Aurora Aperture’s CR Format Filter Set. The problem when using the two darker ND filters is that you cannot see through them to use autofocus … → continue…

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Canon patents innovative lens adapter with built-in electronic ND filter

A Canon patent from October, 2017 resurfaced on the Canon rumor mill today, and it describes something pretty innovative from the Japanese camera giant. The patent shows a lens adapter—ostensibly designed for a mirrorless camera—that features a built-in variable-voltage ND filter.

The ND filter component is “formed from an electrochromic device [or a liquid crystal element] which changes light transmittance on application of a voltage.” That way, you could electronically and silently change the amount of light hitting your camera’s sensor without stopping down the lens.

As Canon News points out, this would be particularly useful for video shooting, since it’s silent, and it would allow you to separate depth-of-field control from brightness (i.e. shoot with a shallow depth-of-field in bright light).

We could see this technology more readily appearing in a Cinema EOS system, but Canon has (naturally) written the patent as broadly as possible so that no one else can use the idea for stills. Canon Rumors also speculates that it might be the patent behind a rumored EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter specifically designed to adapt cinema lenses to an EF-M mount camera.

As always with patents, it’s impossible to know what parts of this idea—if any—Canon plans to bring to market. But it’s a rather innovative design that we wouldn’t mind seeing in action.

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