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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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A Look at Blackmagic’s URSA Mini pro Mirrored SSD Recorder Add-On

By Adam Plowden

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro Mirrored SSD Recorder Add-on

Blackmagic Design showed us their new URSA Mini Pro mirrored SSD recorder add-on at IBC 2017, as well as the newly announced native Nikon mount and mic holder.

URSA Mini Pro Mirrored SSD Recorder

Blackmagic Design has listened to customer requests and developed an SSD recorder for the URSA Mini Pro, which was announced earlier this year. This allows users to to get fast recordings on to larger-capacity media. It attaches to the rear of the URSA Mini Pro and enables you to mirror recordings in the same codec and format that is recorded internally.

The URSA Mini Pro Mirrored SSD Recorder connects via 2 SDI cables to the camera. However Tim tells us that it records the files as original data in the chosen format and not via an SDI stream.

For productions that require multiple sets of rushes, such as for sending to archive or a post-production facility, the new URSA Mini Pro mirrored SSD recording capability allows for a much faster workflow than needing to create copies of sometimes very large files or long video clips.

The choice of using SSDs was due to the low cost and wide availability of the medium. The SSD recorder works in the same way as the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck, and recommends the same high-speed drives to use in the recorder. It mounts directly onto the camera, and is designed to be used exclusively with the URSA Mini Pro.

In terms of proxy recording in a lower bitrate or more compressed version of the recorded media, unfortunately this is not possible – the URSA Mini Pro mirrored SSD recording capability offers only a direct copy of what is being captured.

The SSD recorder for the Ursa Mini Pro seems to make more expensive and inconvenient tools like the Atoch C2S obsolete. It will be available in → continue…

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Canon Modular Camera In The Works

By Fabian Chaundy

IBC 2017 has seen the announcement of an upcoming Canon modular camera for uses ranging from action cam to professional broadcast.

In a very un-Canon manner, Canon has presented a concept for an upcoming mini modular camera, and will be taking feedback from the industry to implement along the development of the product.

According to Marcel Hess, this new Canon modular camera will only be a couple of centimetres thick and will incorporate a non-removable wide-angle lens that will allow it to be dust and splash proof. The battery will only be 1cm thick, allowing the whole package to remain quite compact, recording internally to MicroSD cards.

What’s interesting about this Canon modular camera is that its functionality will be expandable with additional parts, such as an additional SDI output module or a larger battery. This would make the camera capable of fulfilling many roles, from a body cam to a studio and broadcast-capable tool.

This type of crossover action camera is proving to be quite a popular concept – the recent announcement of the Sony RX0, for example, has stirred quite a lot of interest in the industry. Check out our hands-on with the RX0 at IBC 2017 HERE.

What’s very interesting about this announcement is Canon’s sudden change of mentality in opening up about upcoming products and actually requesting market feedback. We can only hope that this much-requested change of manufacturer-customer dynamics will translate into future big cameras.

Could you see a use in your professional work for a miniature SDI-capable device like this Canon modular camera? Let us know in the comments.

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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.

Vision Research introduces Phantom VEO 4KPL and Phantom VEO 590L

By Nic Divischek

Vision Research has just introduced its newest flagship model, the Phantom VEO 4K PL, as well as the Phantom VEO 590S and VEO590L. How do these newly-introduced cameras compare to other models? Will the camera break my bank? We have the answers for you below.

What is the Phantom VEO line?

They say that when you touch a Phantom camera you go straight to heaven. At least that’s how I feel. Vision Research is a company that started out with high-speed cameras for military testing and analysing car-crash impacts, only to later turn its eye to the film industry with its revolutionary tech. In 2014, Vision Research introduced the mind-blowing Phantom Flex 4K camera, capable of 1000 frames-per-second at full 4K DCI resolution, in what many would consider the best quality 4K RAW compared to RED and even ARRI. Last year, Vision Research introduced the VEO line, a more compact version of their film industry cameras that continue the trend set by the ARRI Mini and RED – that smaller is better. Less weight and a more compact design mean more possibilities, such as the use of stabilisation platforms and even UAV. In comparison, the Phantom Flex 4K body weighs an incredible 5kg without ANYTHING on it. Add a lens, follow focus, rods, viewfinder, batteries, monitor and you can easily accumulate a weight that not many gimbals can handle.

Phantom VEO4K-PL and Phantom VEO590S and L

VEO4K‐PL is available with either 36 GB or 72 GB of RAM, and includes SDI and HDMI video outputs, as well as a PL mount and OLPF with the black housing. Otherwise, there are two performance levels. The 590S and L models go 500 fps at 4K, with the 4K-PL going all the way up to 1000 fps. Previous VEO models were inferior in terms of → continue…

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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.

4K (FHD native) HIGH BRIGHTNESS 1000 NIT MONITOR
DUAL HDMI, DUAL SDI, DUAL BATTERY + DTAP FOR Gimbals
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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