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Sony IMX472-AAJK sensor offers huge frame rates in 4/3ds format!

Sony has released some white paper specs on a new Micro 4/3rds sensor that is as of now, the most advanced ever on the format considering the mix of Backside illumination, Stacked technology and high resolution color at 10 bits on full sensor read outs. The frame rates offered are also quite impressive with up to 1139fps at 0.46 Megapixels or 1760px Horizontal x 262px Vertical on the fastest range and 121fps at the full sensor area read-out at 20.9MP.

The Panasonic GH6 is coming later this year and it is estimated that this new sensor is actually the one that will be used on that camera. If Lumix technology can make full use of the sensor specs even for small fractions of time, we could have a killer slow motion mass produced camera.  The VFR mode on Panasonic Lumix cameras has always been more than acceptable and they could breathe new life into the format if these sensor specs are used to their fullest. We expect at least 1080p at 240fps which will be a slightly stretched delivery from the 1760 x 1318 240.2fps mode listed on the sensor specs → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Lumix GH6 will do 120fps 4k & maybe more!

Lumix GH6 Panasonic

Panasonic unveiled in May the GH5 Mark II which is a slight refresh of the venerable m4/3rds GH5 with live streaming, better dynamic range in video, better AF algorithms, and slightly better IS on a very similar body with just a few cosmetic red buttons and rings for refresh purposes.  The slow motion remains at 180fps VFR at 1080p and 60p at 4k on the GH5 II since it is using the same sensor and imaging engine. It is a better overall camera than the original but a mild refresh nonetheless. 

That brings us to the pre-announced GH6 which is an in-development camera that aims to refresh the entire Micro 4/3ds line in Panasonic and aimed at professional video users.  It sports a new sensor, new imaging engine, new body and new technologies yet to be disclosed.  According to rumors, this camera should be able to keep micro 4/3rds alive for another five years delivering an array of video and photo features that will set it apart much like the original GH5 carved a place in camera history. We have also received rumored specs that may or may not pan out regarding frame rates which we find somewhat credible.  → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Z Cam E2 Starts Shipping To Customers!

The Z Cam E2 has finally started shipping and is now available for direct order at their site. The camera caught our attention for its low price of just $1999 and the high frame rate features of 240fps 1080p and 120fps 4k.  It seems to be using the same 4/3 sensor as the great Panasonic GH5s but with extended features.

The camera company ZCam has also released some samples in a variety of scenarios so you can see what the camera is capable of. At first inspection, it is clear this camera is a clear step up from the Z Cam E1 which had some image quality issues. The E2 seems to go out of the box ready to produce class-leading imagery and offer some very nice high frame rate action. There are also some rumored comments that suggest the team is testing 300fps at 720p as an added bonus for future software.

Z Cam E2 Main Features:

  • 4K @120fps, 10-bit color
  • 4/3″ Dual Native ISO sensor
  • 13 stops dynamic range
  • 16 Stops in Extended DR Mode
  • Gigabit Ethernet for data, control & live streaming*
  • iOS app for control setting & live preview
  • Multi-cam synchronization**
  • HDMI Clean Signal Out!
  • Monitoring Required*

Z Ca, E2 Sample footage at 120fps:

Max Variable Frame Rate 120 fps for 4096 x 2160
120 fps for 3840 x 2160
59.94 fps for 3696 x 2772
240 fps for 1920 x 1080300fps 720p (Rumored Testing)

16 Stop Dynamic Range Test:

More footage from the Z Cam E2 Here at their official company Vimeo Page!

Z-Cam E2 Testing at Afton by EatsTooMuchJam:

It is clear the Z Cam E2 camera is capable of some very high-quality video output and could be easily used for cinema productions as a crash camera with remote access built in.  However, the camera’s lack of screen and irregular cuboid shape may put off some buyers and it may not be for everyone.  Add the fact that it shoots 4k 120fps and 240fps at 1080p makes it a desirable higher frame rate solution.  For under 2k this is one camera you may be able to afford as a production assist with also the quality needed for drone imagery without being too bulky. HSC

More info on the Z Cam E2 at their official website here!

and Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/zcamera/

fps4000 Camera Available for Rent in the UK!

fps4000 Camera

Warning: The parent company of FPS cameras “The Slow Motion Camera Company Ltd.” went out of business and entered liquidation proceedings. No further development of cameras is expected. More information here on Google Search

The fps1000, fps2000 and fps4000 projects are alive and well and are progressing forward with a unified hardware base. We are not able to share information the current state of the project other than it is advancing to a ready to ship point in the future to all outstanding backers. The fps4000 camera is able to be rented now in the United Kingdom at this website for £150.00 pounds a day plus VAT & Insurance.

We are awaiting a 4k version of this camera in the future and the current fps4000 looks to be evolving to include a Sony Infolithium standard battery which also looks like a grip of sorts.   You are able to rent it with a micro 4/3 mount or a Canon EF if needed. Some may point out that if its available for rent it should be ready to ship but these cameras are engineering non-mass production samples that are still evolving. The rental house also helps the project by testing and finding issues with the camera with the help of production users, that can be corrected before final production.

fps4000 camera & what about the other models?

The cameras share the same basic hardware platform aside from the sensor and memory configuration.  Once the platform is solid for production all cameras will be able to be shipped and supported by a unified firmware platform.

fps4000 Rail Skateboard Video sample:

Showreel by Alexis Barreyat, Media Production at GoPro & Worm fps4000:

fps4000 Showreel Jan 2018 by Graham Rowan:

The fps4000 and the fps line of cameras have been on a long road from their humble beginnings. They will be able to shoot 4k at up to 500fps, 1080p @ 2000fps and 720p at 4000fps.  After several years of snags and technical hurdles, it is now very close to becoming a solid product.  We wish we could share more information about the cameras but that will come in due time. We will be ready to share all the information as soon as we are allowed to.  It seems the affordable slow-motion market is starting to become more mainstream with cameras that are able to push the limits of performance over price.  This is good for camera enthusiasts and for advancing the adoption of higher frame rates. -HSC

More information about the fps4000, fps2000 cameras available at the official site here:  https://www.slomocamco.com

fps2000/4000 Camera available for rent here:

https://london.motiontribe.io/en/listings/1673-fps2000-1080-super-slow-motion-camera → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Z Cam E2 Best Value 4k Slow Motion Cam?

Z Cam E2

Z Cam the relatively new Camera company from Shenzhen, China has announced the Z Cam E2 at NAB 2018 MSRP $1,999.00 USD. It is not a direct replacement for their ambitious but half-baked Z E1 m4/3 camera which costs $399.   The new camera is a beast specs wise with up to 120fps 4k  and full HD 1080p at 240fps.  The codecs will be H.264 and H.265 at 10 bit but no RAW support so far which might be acceptable if the codec is clean enough and their promised Log Flat curve preserves the estimated 13.5 stops of dynamic range.

The camera is still being developed for a June 2018 estimated ship date. It lacks a back screen and relies on a Wifi or Gigabit Ethernet link to their dedicated control application. They intend to support iOS devices and or a PC client. No mention of Android support or Mac which should be included in order to maintain the widest compatibility.  We feel lacking Android control is a big deal and should be promised in a future update. It is also unclear if the camera will be possible to use by using a touch screen field monitor which probably will not be the case. Using an iPhone or an iPad as the control interface is probably the best use case.

Z CAM E2 Main Specs:

  • 4K @120fps, 10 bit color
  • H.264 & H.265 (10 bit) Codec With Log Flat S-Curve.
  • 4/3″ Sony CMOS sensor
  • pixel size = 4.63m
  • 13.5 Stops of Dynamic Range In Flat Log Profile.
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount
  • Auto, Manual (ISO 100-6400)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port for control setting & live streaming
  • iOS app for control setting & live preview
  • 4K @60fps HDMI 2.0
  • 4K 60fps, 10bit
  • 4K 60fps SDI 12G (optional accessory)
  • Deep Learning Engine built in with SDK
  • Global Shutter Option Planned
  • MSRP $1,999.00

Z Cam E2 4K m43 camera with 4K 10bit 120fps by Personal View:

Frame Rate Options:

4096×2160 4k DCI @120fps/60fps/50fps/
30fps/25fps/24fps

3840×2160 4k UHD @120fps/60fps/50fps/
30fps/25fps/24fps 

1920×1080 Full HD @240fps/120fps/60fps/
50fps/30pfs/25fps/24fps

There are no image samples of the camera aside from snippets in their NAB 2018 Booth demo which shows a deep learning algorithm that can be programmed to recognize people or objects in real time which may prove to be a very useful tool for surveillance, research laboratories, and educational object recognition programming.  It may also be used to control AF with compatible micro 4/3 mounted electronic lenses to keep diverse objects in focus as the camera moves.

Z Cam E2 4K 120fps Cinematic Camera First Look | NAB 2018 by CreatorUp!: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Z E2 Camera Rumor of 4k 120fps!

Z E2 Camera

The Z Cam E1 which delivered excellent quality 4k footage from a tiny package and was able to do 720p 240fps frame rates “at less than ideal quality”, however,  a new Rumor from 4/3 Rumors here shows a Twitter message that hints at a new Z E2 m4/3 camera that is able to do 120fps at full 4k resolution.  If this turns out to be true it could yield further performance improvements in 1080p and 720p along with higher quality that could be usable.

As far as linear specs go a 120p 4k pipeline could in theory yield 480fps 1080p and 960/1000fps 720p without going out of spec. As we have come to know over the years, however, it is usually wrong to extrapolate these specs to the maximum possible metric as the sensor or memory could be bottlenecks that limit the performance. So this rumor could have some legs to it and NAB 2018 could be the show that makes 4k 120p a regular feature for cameras.

Z E2 Camera What We Want In Specs:

  • 12-16MP 4/3 sensor
  • 24p,30p & 60p 4k UHD
  • 120fps 4k Slow Mo
  • 240fps 1080p
  • 480fps 720p
  • 2hr Battery Life
  • 12-14 stops of Dynamic Range
  • Full electronic m4/3 lens compatibility
  • Clean High Sensitivity up to ISO 25,600

So the list above sounds pretty much like a wishlist and it is. So take that with a scoop of salt.  If we finally get the 120p 4k spec in a  camera under 1k that delivers quality then we expect it to do very well in the market.   That said NAB 2018 in early April may turn out to be an excellent announcement show with cameras from specialized markets to wide release expected to be shown and or announced. Slow Motion should also be prominently displayed which will probably show the usual big players show their wares.

Below you can see the 240fps 720p quality of the current Z E1 Cam which is not ideal. Will we see a big increase in quality? only time will tell.

Z Camera E1 by Finepoint 240fps 720p 2:35 time:

Seagull crash landing in slow motion Z-CAM E1 240 fps by BlueNoite:

Z Camera E1 Water Balloon Exploding 720P @ 240FPS by aussiemikeysaru: → Continue Reading Full Post ←