With NAB being over I though I’d mention some new products that were released or announced.
First off what surprised me and came out of the blue was this Blackmagic Cinema Camera. With an internal battery and a plastic body I’m going to hold off any judgment till I have had a chance to hold the unit. That being said the price point is amazing, $2,995, but the I/O options are crazy as well. BNC HD-SDI out as well as XLR and HDMI options. This thing is a budget filmmakers dream and opens the door for great projects. It also means companies like Red Rock are going to sell more matte boxes and accessories as people purchase these cameras and realize that it takes more for them to become shootable. Photo swiped from Jesse Rosten.
The NEX FS-100 was already a great camera that I was looking to purchase but now Sony has announced the next model in the FS line, FS-700. Adding things like ND filters and HD-SDI output would have been enough to make me consider it, but now with the slow motion capabilities of 240 frames at full HD it’s going to be a great tool. All this bundled with the promise that you will be able to record 4k via an external recorder in the not too distant future. For more info I recommend watching thisÂ video by Fresh DV.
SmallHD also announced a new line of DP7 monitors. With a super bright LCD and an OLED option, this brings more options to people who already love their current SmallHD monitors. I often say the best money I spent was on my SmallHD DP6 and I love it.
Lastly, the $1000 price drop of convergent designs nanoFlashÂ caught my eye. This box gives you the options to bypass your camera’s internal codec and record in 820 Mbps 4:2:2. Although not a new product the lower price makes it affordable and extends the life and options of cameras like my Sony EX-1 and the FS-100 by removing the codec issues.