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Panasonic Lumix GH6 does 300fps in Full HD!

We have been expecting Panasonic to deliver a GH5 and or GH5s replacement camera for over a year now. The pandemic and component shortages pushed back the release of almost all high tech imaging equipment. The Lumix GH6 is now announced and it does everything right for Micro 4/3 and then some but will that be enough to make the format survive in a world of ever-decreasing Full Frame camera prices getting cheaper?  

The GH6 has a new sensor, new Venus processing engine, new IBIS with up to 7.5 stops which is bordering on ridiculous, and a body that has active cooling. For HSC however, only one set of specs matters and that is frame rates for video. The camera is now on top of the Lumix and almost all of their pro division cameras by shooting up to 300fps 10 bit Full HDish, 240fps Full HD 10bit, and 120fps at 4k 10 bit.  For slow motion enthusiasts, it looks to be a great camera on paper and at just under $2,200 USD it is not going to break the bank.  But after all of this, should you invest in the GH6 as a slow motion tool or save more for an affordable dedicated high speed camera? → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Has 300fps in RAW!

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2

Blackmagic Design has been working behind the scenes to deliver yet one more professional camera solution that at $5,995 for up to 300fps in RAW recording at 1080p and 2k in windowed mode; makes it possible to have flawless image quality without breaking the bank.  New Super 35mm sensor with 15 stops dynamic range with the ability to shoot at 120fps 4.6k full sensor RAW and 150fps at 4k UHD and DCI 4k makes it possible to really deliver on the slow motion promise for quality projects.

If you need more the 300fps 1080p and or 2k recording in the cropped windowed sensor should help you get that extra edge. It also records in Blackmagic RAW and delivers flawless looking 1:1 pixel footage with no aliasing or moire due to throwing away information. This camera has the capacity to really up your video game with these frame rate options.

Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 Camera Features:

Effective Sensor Size

25.34mm x 14.25mm (Super35)

Lens Mount

EF mount included. Interchangeable with optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts.

Lens Control

Electronic control via EF mount pins or 12pin broadcast connector for compatible lenses

Dynamic Range

15 Stops.

Shooting Resolutions

4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.40:1),4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9),
4096 x 2160 (4K DCI),
3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD),
3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic),
2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9),
2048 x 1080 (2K DCI),
1920 x 1080

Frame Rates

Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.

High Speed Frame Rates

Blackmagic RAW 8:1

4.6K Full – Up to 120 fps
UHD Windowed – Up to 150 fps
HD Windowed – Up to 300 fps

ProRes 422 HQ

4.6K Full – Up to 80 fps
UHD Windowed – Up to 120 fps
HD Windowed – Up to 240 fps

Built in ND Filters

Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop ND filters.


Focus button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses.

Iris Control

Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.

Screen Dimensions

4 inch

Screen Type

LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Metadata Support

Automatically populated lens data from electronic EF, B4 and i/Technology compatible PL lenses. Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take and special notes.


Touchscreen menus on 4 inch screen. Push buttons for other controls. 2 assignable shortcut keys.

Timecode Clock

Highly accurate timecode clock. Less than 1 frame drift every 8 hours.

“URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is a more powerful second generation camera with entirely new electronics and a new high performance image sensor that lets you shoot crystal clear slow motion footage. You can record full sensor 4.6K images up to 120 frames per second, windowed DCI 4K at up to 150 frames per second, and regular windowed 1080 HD at an amazing 300 frames per second. A dedicated off-speed button on the camera’s body lets you quickly switch between your preset high frame rate and regular frame rate shooting! When it comes to high frame rate shooting, URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is ideal for fast action sports, high speed nature photography and more!” Blackmagic Design

HSC: As you can see from the video sample above, expect to have incredibly good dynamic range, noise control and color accuracy in the high frame rate modes. As we have seen in previous Blackmagic cameras, there is a tendency to allow frame rates only when quality is not thrown by the wayside. Expect your images to look as good as possible when shooting HFR with no added artifacts because the camera will not throw away lines in the image to achieve these frame rates.

Blackmagic Update March 5th, 2019: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony RX10 IV & AX700 Slow Mo Samples Surface!

Sony RX10 IV & AX700 Slow Mo Samples

There is a lot of interest on the new Sony RX10 IV and new Sony FDR-AX700,  HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90V Palm 4k Cam-Corders.   We have found a couple of new sample videos showing these cameras in action with HFR high frame rate modes. We estimate all four cameras to have comparable image quality in HFR mode but depending on the price a better overall codec with more detail retention.

However the best value out of all of them could be the AX700 which costs about the same as the RX10 IV but in a more professional body with lots of control that the SLR form factor lacks.  Also for a paid job you may be inclined to go with the more professional looking body to avoid judgmental stares.

New Sony Samples of the HFR mode:

Sony RX10 IV Slow Motion Samples by Fan of Tech:


Sony | Handycam® | FDR-AX700 – Super Slow Motion / Slow & Quick Motion: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Sony RX10 IV Improves HFR Resolution!

Sony RX10 IV

As expected Sony has released the RX10 IV super zoom camera.  It is a good update to last year’s RX10 III which had a maximum HFR recording rate in quality priority of 2 seconds. This new model is, in essence, the exact same Sensor and HFR spec combination as the excellent Sony RX100 V which was our camera pick for 2016 when it came to price/performance for high-speed recording.

The RX10 IV has, however, a brand new AF system with 315 AF phase points in total with also 25 region contrast AF areas for extra accuracy.   The camera is mostly identical to its predecessor in appearance with improvements and refinements like a better screen and improved weather sealing. However, the imaging system processing is the exact same upgrade we saw in the 2016 RX100 V.

Sony RX10 IV Main Features:

  • 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 Zoom Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K 30p Video, Full HD 1080p at 960 fps*
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
  • ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

HFR Recording with NTSC/PAL Selector:

[PAL] mode XAVC S HD: 50p 50M(1920×1080/250fps), 50p 50M(1920×1080/500fps), 50p 50M(1920×1080/1000fps)/25p 50M(1920×1080/250fps), 25p 50M(1920×1080/500fps), 25p 50M(1920×1080/1000fps),

 [NTSC] mode XAVC S HD: 60p 50M(1920×1080/240fps), 60p 50M(1920×1080/480fps), 60p 50M(1920×1080/960fps)/30p 50M(1920×1080/240fps), 30p 50M(1920×1080/480fps), 30p 50M(1920×1080/960fps)/24p 50M(1920×1080/240fps), 24p 50M(1920×1080/480fps), 24p 50M(1920×1080/960fps)

Sensor Readout Number of effective pixels:

Quality Priority 4 Seconds:

  • RX10 IV: 240fps/250fps (1824×1026) RX10 III: (1,824 × 1,026)
  • RX10 IV: 480fps/500fps (1824×616) RX10 III: (1,676 × 566)
  • RX10 IV: 960fps/1000fps (1244×420) RX10 III: (1,136 × 384)

Shoot Time Priority 7 Seconds:

  • RX10 IV: 240fps/250fps (1824×616) RX10 III: (1,676 × 566)
  • RX10 IV: 480fps/500fps (1292×436) RX10 III:(1,136 × 384)
  • RX10 IV: 960fps/1000fps (912×308) RX10 III: (800 × 270)

As you can see from the HFR frame rate and resolution tables above, the RX10 IV is an improvement in HFR resolution compared to the RX10 III but it is exactly the same as the very good RX100 V of 2016 which we fully recommend. The new camera has the improved AF, long reach 24mm-600mm fixed lens and speed refinements to be an RX100 V on steroids with the same recording time in HFR modes from 240fps to 960/1000fps.

The resolution increase in HFR mode is good but considering the camera is now $1,698.00 instead of the $1,499 of the RX10 III when launched; we expected a lot more improvement above what the $999 RX100 V is capable of. The RX10 IV does have a larger and deeper still image buffer at 249 frames of full resolution 20MP buffer at 24fps continuous shooting or 10 seconds worth.   The RX100 V has a 149 image limit buffer for instance.

There is no question the AF system in the RX10 IV is a beast, you will be able to track and shoot very difficult subjects. Seems very close to the impressive a9 AF module we saw earlier this year.

Sony | Cyber-shot | RX10 IV – Product Feature:

Sony | Cyber-shot | RX10 IV – 4K movie with Fast Hybrid AF: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Canon C200 Cinema Camera 120fps Slowmo!

Canon C200

There is no question Canon has had great success with their EOS Cinema line of cameras. They continue to dominate the rental production market and even when they are overpriced compared to competitor’s options it is in a class of its own when it comes to Dual Pixel Continuous AF with Canon EF lenses which are plentiful and part of the stable of most serious camera professionals.

The latest iteration just announced is the Canon EOS C200 EF Cinema Camera which has some serious performance improvements over the current price/performance kind in their camera line. The new camera slots between the lower priced C100 Mark II and the more professional 4k C300 Mark II. However the C200 records in 4k RAW Light format which gives 15 stops of dynamic range with all the benefits of RAW editing with some compression.

The other big feature is improved full-time dual Pixel Autofocus which now predicts motion coming closer and further from the camera more accurately than before, preserving natural looking focus transitions.

For Slow Motion fans, the camera is now competitive in 4k higher frame rates with 50p and 60p 4k UHD recording with 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon RAW Light. Also 120fps full HD 1080p with no sensor crop is continuous/ unlimited and records to SD cards.

Canon C200 Frame Rate Specs:

=&0=&Resolution: 4096 x 2160 Bit Depth: 12 bit (29.97P/23.98P/25P/24P), 10 bit (59.94P/50P) Bit Rate: 1 Gbps

=&1=&Resolution / Color Sampling: 3840 x 2160 YCC420 8 bit, 1920 x 1080 YCC420 8 bit Bit Rate: 150 Mbps (3840 x 2160), 35 Mbps (1920 x 1080)

120fps Full HD 1080p No Sensor Crop 35 Mbit/sec wrapper in 30p

Other Important Specs:

ISO Range Standard: 160 to 25,600
Expanded: 100 to 102,400
Processor 2 x DIGIC DV 6
Sensor Size Super 35
24.6 x 13.8mm effective size / 6.4 x 6.4µm pixel pitch
Effective Pixels Approx. 8.85 MP (4096 x 2160)
Approx. 8.29 MP (3840 x 2160)
Lens Mount EF
Built-In ND Filters Standard: 2, 4, 6 stops
Expanded: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 stops

Canon C200 – Hands On Preview by ProAV TV:

Canon C200 | Hands-on First Look by Wex Photographic:

Looking at the previews, it is clear that Canon is finally playing their cards when it comes to price/performance in order to stave off Sony and Panasonic from eroding their camera lines when it comes to ownership. The bold move of including a new codec like Canon RAW Light which at 1Gbps is enormous / 125 MBytes a second would fill up  a 128GB CFast  2.0 card in just 17 minutes.  You better start buying more storage if you plan on getting this camera and recording RAW. Fortunately, they also allow recording on MP4 format at 150Mbits/sec which is in line with other more normal storage requirements, however, it is only 4:2:0 8 bit which is a non-starter for many when it comes to color grading.

There is also the fact that Canon is developing a future software update for the C200 that will allow XF-AVC in 4:2:2 10 bit to solve the color issues on compressed video.

When it comes to slow motion the quality from the samples seen so far in the video previews we have shared is very good with both color, dynamic range and lack of artifacts all welcome signs. The 120fps mode will be a  joy to use considering the camera is not cropping the sensor and you are getting a fully sampled image to create buttery smooth footage from this mode. Even when now it is limited to 4:2:0 8 bit.  It is unclear at this time if the XF-AVC update will apply to the slow motion mode.

One thing to note is that the 4k 50/60p is also able to record in Canon RAW Light at 10bit and not the full 12bit of the 24, 25 and 30p modes of  DCI 4k and UHD.

First look at the Canon C200 with Kai from CVPTV:

Pricing and Availability:

The Canon C200 should be available by summer 2017 with pricing depending on options as follows – Links To Adorama Preorder Page Below:

C200 Camera Body With Viewfinder & Standard Accessories $7,499.00 – Adorama

C200B Camera Body Only with no OLED Viewfinder, Screen or other accessories $5,999.00 – Adorama

C200 Body & Accessories plus the 24-105 Canon EF Kit Lens $8,399.00 – Adorama

At $5,999 for the body only it is still an expensive proposition for camera ownership. You still have to factor in CFAST 2.0 cards a plenty to use the RAW recording feature and lenses if you plan on getting a few.  The most sensible option for the Canon C200 is the $7,499.00 configuration which is shoot-ready sans recording media.   You get 15 stops of dynamic range on an excellent sensor with very good low light abilities. The continuous dual Pixel AF feature which is top class when it comes to dependable Autofocus and a form factor that is hard to pass up with improvements in many aspects to previous cameras like the built in ND filters which should liberate most operators from Variable and fixed ND filters.

We will have to re-examine the C200 as a slow motion camera when more samples are released.

However, expect quality to be competitive with the excellent GH5 at 120fps and or the buttery smooth Sony a9 in this full HD mode.-HSC

You can read more about the camera at the Canon site here: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/explore/cinema-eos-c200-cameras

URSA Mini Pro Offers Pro Features and 120fps!

URSA Mini Pro

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.

Camera Features

Effective Sensor Size

25.34mm x 14.25mm (Super35) – “Not micro 4/3 as rumored”

Lens Mount

EF Mount (Interchangable with PL and B4 mount)

Lens Control

Electronic control via EF mount pins or 12-pin broadcast connector for compatible lenses

Dynamic Range: 15 Stops.

Shooting Resolutions

4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.40:1), 4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9), 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic), 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9), 2048×1080 (2K DCI), 1920 x 1080

Frame Rates

Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.

Off-speed frame rates up to 60p in 4.6K, 120p in 2K windowed.

Built in ND Filters: Four position ND filter wheel with clear, 2-stop, 4-stop and 6-stop ND filters.
FocusFocus: button turns on peaking, auto focus available using compatible lenses.

Iris Control

Iris wheel and touchscreen slider for manual iris adjustment on electronically controllable lenses, iris button for instant auto iris settings on compatible lenses so no pixel is clipped in film mode. Scene average auto exposure in video mode.

Screen Dimensions  – 4″

Screen Type :  LCD capacitive touchscreen.

Metadata Support

Automatically populated lens data from electronic EF, B4 and i/Technology compatible PL lenses. Automatic recording of camera settings and slate data such as project, scene number, take and special notes.

Camera and DaVinci Resolve Press Conference by Blackmagic Design –Skip to Minute 42 for the URSA Mini Pro:



Touchscreen menus on 4” screen. Push buttons for other controls. 2 assignable shortcut keys.

Timecode Clock

Highly accurate timecode clock. Less than 1 frame drift every 19 hours.

Recording Formats

Lossless CinemaDNG RAW, RAW 3:1 and RAW 4:1 with film dynamic range at 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920, 4096 x 2304, 4096 x 2160, 3072 x 2560, 2048 x 1152, 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080. Apple ProRes 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920, 4096 x 2304, 4096 x 2160, 3072 x 2560, 2048 x 1152, 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080 with either film or video dynamic range.

Storage Type: 2 x CFast 2.0 + 2 x SD UHS-II cards

Pricing and Availability: $5,995.00 and it is available now For Pre Order at Adorama!

A New URSA Mini!

The press conference above does a pretty good run through of what the camera is capable of but doesn’t go deep into the frame rates. In past cameras the URSA has delivered excellent slow motion quality up to 150fps and we expect the 120fps 2k – 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9) mode which will be windowed in the Super 35mm sensor should give a heavy crop but it should retail pixel and line quality without sacrificing detail or incorporating artifacts.

Other cameras show these artifacts when doing higher frame rates. The Panasonic GH5 for example has near excellent 60fps 1080p slow motion but it has 150fps and 180fps 1080p frame rates that decrease detail severely while adding aliasing to the shot.  You get 720p resolution in the end with some line skipping which can cause shimmering and can ruin shots.

The URSA Mini Pro is not a camera geared for the slow motion crowd. It is a camera that offers 15 stops of dynamic range with no compromise RAW DNG recording and completely targeted to the mid range film maker crowd.  The kind of image quality you get from these cameras rivals the ARRI Alexa and RED Dragon cameras and that is why it is so important.  You get digital film quality for $5,995 USD body only.  Other rivals start in the mid range five figures which puts these options out of the majority of mid-range and small video producers and filmmakers.

You get a highly capable production A camera with large batteries, uncompromising quality and SSD storage options if you do not like SD or CFast cards of which it has 2 ports for each format; 4 in total. You get 60fps up to 4.6k in RAW and 120fps in 2k resolution by windowing the center of the sensor. It is adequate for many productions but we cannot recommend it as a slow motion tool when there are some real options out there for much less money.

You could get a Sony FS7 for 8k , Sony FS5 for $5.9k or FS700 with lens for $4.6k which offer pretty good production quality footage on a capable body. Or go for an edgertronic SC1 700fps for $5.5k You will not get RAW quality without an external recorder on the Sonys or the 15 stops of dynamic range offered by the URSA Mini Pro but you get better slow motion features.

Final Word: If you need a 15 stop RAW camera for film making and 60fps 4.6k and 120fps 2k is your bread and butter you really cannot go wrong with an URSA Mini Pro camera, it is an excellent production all in one camera package with the added benefit of offering DaVinci Resolve included. If you need higher frame rates there are many more options out there in several price ranges including the surprisingly good Sony RX100 V which offers 4 seconds at 1080p 240fps among other high speed frame rates for $999.   See our HSC Camera Guide or the best slow motion cameras of 2016 for more info!

The URSA Mini slow motion example below from the non pro camera should give you a good indication of the slow motion quality the URSA Mini Pro can deliver:

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K – Slow Motion Test by Adam Roberts: