We have seen quite a lot of new slow motion footage inundate the Intertubes this week. The amount and quality of the footage seem to have exploded recently with more and more cameras able to shoot at higher frame rates and at qualities that make it bearable to watch. Of course, there is also the occasional professional high speed camera shot i.e Phantom Flex 4k, which makes it the icing on the cake.
It is also time to get inspired by looking at the work of others to better your own shooting and gather new ideas or inspiration. It is time to lay back and relax while you watch some extremely cool slow motion footage. And as always remember to be safe if you attempt any of the stunts or experiments shot. Take Care!
Blackmagic Design has announced a new camera today. The URSA Mini Pro is a marriage of their higher end URSA camera with the still in the product line URSA Mini. It offers built in ND Filters, 15 stops of dynamic range “which is huge for filmmakers”, tons of ports, in body buttons and controls and easy interchangeable lens mounts.
For our slow motion fans there is not a whole lot offered by the camera but there are some built in features. 60fps in 4k DCI and also at 4.6k full sensor resolution is very useful and keeps the trend with the 4k over-crank frame rates debuted in 2016 on several cameras. The other is 120fps at 2k windowed resolution which is passable but not ideal. However the slow motion on these cameras is high quality and seldom does it have artifacts.
In what could be condensed into a mild refresh at best; the newly released Sony FS7 Mark II Super 35mm 4k Camera does little to entice owners of the Sony FS7 to upgrade. It seems to be a way to replace the camera and entice new buyers without actually offering anything really revolutionary.
To be fair there are a few improvements like the E Mount now has a PL like locking mechanism for easier lens detachment without twisting. This is ideal for lenses with filters and matte box attached. Also the integrated electronic Variable ND brings it in line with other cameras that offer this compelling option to avoid ND filters altogether while setting the camera for 1/180º shutter. Added also is BT.2020 color space for UHD recording at 10 and 12 bits, 10 assignable buttons vs 6 in the Mark 1 and a few new LEDs and ergonomic fixes from user feedback on the Mark 1.
The Sony PXW-FS7 Pro camera besides the 4k up to 30p spec also offers a great 180fps slow motion mode at 1080p continuous. We expected the quality to be as good or better than the FS700 and it was the right call. The quality of the slow motion is extremely good and uses a better XAVC codec; And will position for now the FS7 in the 3rd spot of the camera list guide right behind the FS700 displacing the GH4 to 4th place.
Slow motion and Rolling Shutter test FS7 by Shug M.
Card Deck Test FS7 by Dan Read
Last Friday it was announced that the rumored successor to the FS700 slow motion camera will launch but there were inaccuracies in the rumors. The presented camera the PXW-FS7 4k will not be the successor to the FS700 but a camera sold as a new product line. No direct replacement for the FS700 was mentioned.
The new camera specs:
- 180fps in full HD 1080p
- Super35 ‘Exmor’ CMOS sensor with 8.8 million-effective pixels
- 4k QFHD (3,840×2,160) at up to 60fps internally
- Two XQD card slots
- 4:2:2 10-bit colour sampling up to 600Mb/s XAVC Intra codec
- Raw output up to 240fps
- Body only price: $7,999.00
The quality of the camera is professional in every sense and we expect the slow motion to be as good or better than the FS700 because it sports a much better codec than AVCHD, while internally it only does 180fps in 1080p it can output 240fps to a raw recorder which will retain the utmost quality. However It seems that the FS700 still retains the crown for the best slow motion quality in the Sony camp for budget customers as the price has now been reduced further to $5,999.00
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