The Sony Fs5 has received a new free firmware 2.0 update. One of the key features is an auto Neutral Density filter function changes the strength of the electronically controlled variable N.D. filter. This is an excellent use of Sony’s amazing new electronic N.D. By adjusting the N.D. the user is allowed to adjust exposure without affecting aperture, shutter speed, or gain values. This translates to all elements of the image such as depth of field, motion blur, and noise, being unchanged while simultaneously adjusting exposure values of the image. Other additions include expanded zebra functions as well as GPS capability.
Ever since the camera was announced Sony has alluded to the coming capability of RAW recording. For those who wish to record RAW with the FS5 you must acquire the newly announced RAW upgrade option for 600 dollars, model number CBKZ-FS5RIF. This then allows, though the 3G-SDI connector, continuous output of DCI 4K 60p and up to 240p RAW in 1080p. If you have right recorder you can then record 12-bit RAW video or you can also choose to convert this to Apple ProRes for recording. This workflow has proved popular with FS7 users who pair the camera with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+. Unlike the FS7 however, the FS5 has an extra trick. It can also record DCI 4K at up to 120 fps for up to 4 second bursts. It does this by using the internal cache recording function of the camera. The images are buffered in camera and then played out of the 3G-SDI port at a regular frame rate for recording, once image capture has finished. This system will be familiar to anyone who has the FS-Raw option on the FS700 which features the same ability. Both the free and the paid firmware updates will be available in June.
What is hotter then a flame? An INFERNO! Hot on the heels of Atomos shipping the new Flame series recorders they have now announced a new top-of-the-line Inferno. The Inferno appears to be similar to the Shogun Flame in most ways but the Inferno is capable of recording 4K up to 60p, HD up to 240p, and it will allow for for RAW input, and features quad SDI connectors.
As seen in the new Atomos Shogun Flame and Atomos Ninja Flame HDR is now a killer feature when shooting in flat or log profiles Atomos have introduced the AtomHDR image processing to capture with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile while maintaining vibrant true-to-life colors. The 10-bit monitor expands the colour range to over 1 billion colours, giving a near true reproduction, and the 1500nit brightness allows for easy monitoring of wide dynamic range scenes or in bright sunlight conditions. The Shogun Inferno will be $1,995.
Today Atomos has announced the new “Flame” -series of monitor/recorders. The Flame series sets itself apart featuring 1500 nits, 10 stops of dynamic range, and 10-bit color. From Atomos: “The Atomos Flame Series delivers the world’s most advanced 7” field monitor, delivering the luminance detail of Log with HDR Post Production color accuracy for the first time in a field monitor. The AtomHDR engine not only resolves HDR brightness detail, with 10-bit monitor processing it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels. For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded power management system that will keep you shooting longer in the field. Of course you also get the professional 4K/HD ProRes/DNxHR Recording, Playback and Editing that has made Atomos famous.”
These appear to be essentially new versions of the existing Shogun and Assassin monitor/recorders but with new hi-brite displays. Atomos has a unit called the Shogun Flame which is selling for $1,695. They also have a model called the Ninja Flame (should it be the Ninja Assassin Flame? Is that too much?) selling for $1,295.
I have great news. We’ve received our first batch of Atomos Shogun 7” monitor and 4K video recorders. This has been a very hotly anticipated product. It offers 4K recording via HDMI and 1080p recording up to 120 frames per second. It is a naturally perfect match for the Sony A7s as well as the Panasonic GH4.
My first wave of pre-order customers already have theirs in there hands. I have a few more pre-orders to fill and then I’ll have them on the shelf ready for sale or rental. Post by Eric C. Petrie
Even though we like DSLRs and we know a lot of our customers use them we don’t normally sell a lot of DSLR equipment. This is typically because most DSLRs are sold through their respective companies consumer photo divisions, not through their broadcast and industrial divisions. It’s harder then you would think to get two different divisions with in Panasonic or Sony to talk to each other.
Luckily, Sony had the foresight to know that the A7s was being targeted at a more niche group, mostly of professional video acquisition people. Sony has partnered with their CineAlta dealers and has requested that we distribute this camera as part of their CineAlta line. And if you’ve ever played with the camera you would know why. The A7s features S-Log2 dynamic range, 120fps over-crank, XAVC-s 50mbps codec, and a photo-size Full Frame sensor. These are incredibly powerful tools, most of which you would typically find in a true professional camcorder.
We have the A7s in-stock today. We sell the Sony A7s and a lot of the higher end Sony lenses in both the E & A-mount series. We’re very familiar with the advanced video features and deep video menus in this camera because their so similar to what we know from the FS700. And we know the 4K workflow. We’ll be selling the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder that has been designed specifically with this camera in mind. We’ve been working with 4K ProRes capture for years now, beginning with the Canon C500+AJA Ki-Pro Quad. We have a demo model of the A7s. Come on in and try it out.
Other then our knowledge and experience why else would you buy a Sony A7s from us? We also sell the Atomos Shogun and Odyssey 7Q 4K recorders We’re familiar with how they will work together and we always guarantee the best price on these 4K recorders.
We are extremely excited to announce that we will be selling the forthcoming Sony A7s 4K photo-full-frame SLR-type camera. This is a very exciting new camera that, while technically not an SLR, features a full frame sensor capable of extreme low light capture. The camera has a max ISO in video mode of 409,600. That number is crazy big. To put it in perspective thats about 5x more sensitive then the class-leading Canon EOS C100. Sony has custom designed this sensor to offer premium video quality at 4K resolution. Because it is only a 12 mega pixel sensor it has virtually no aliasing effect when shooting in 4K. The relative low pixel count (compared to many 24+ mega pixels DSLRs) and the sensors large surface area allow all the photo sites to be bigger. Thus it is more sensitive in low light and picks up more detail on every pixel.
The A7s does not record 4K internally. Rather, it has already been shown featuring the Atomos Shogun 4K HDMI recorder. Atomos and Sony partnered early in the development process so that these tools would fit together naturally. The A7s also features an optional XLR module that can provide 2-channel balanced phantom power audio with hard gain control.
We are currently taking pre-orders for the A7s and the Atomos Shogun. The A7s will sell for $2,498 body only. The Atomos Shogun will sell for $1,989. To pre order with us give us a call at 503-780-6293 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . It’s also worth noting that we will not only be caring the A7s but also the full line of pro Sony A-series and E-series SLR bodies and lenses.
We all knew it had to be right around the corner. And here it is. Atomos has just announced an amazing field recorder, the Shogun. Shogun marks Atomos’ first 4K field recorder unit. Like their Samurai series of products Shogun has a 7” monitor for full composition assist functionality. Shogun offers 12G SDI input and HDMI 2.0, both offering single cable 4K input. It allows for inputting 1080p signals up to 120 frames per second. Video is encoded into ProRes 4K in a 10-bit 4:2:2 format. It can also record Cinema DNG RAW files over the SDI This would run about 600mbps. This is the obvious and logical companion to the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s cameras. From the Sony A7s you would get 8-bit 4:2:2 strait out of the cameras native HDMI. From the Panasonic you could take 10-bit 4:2:2 out of the built-in HDMI or, with the Panasonic docking expansion model, you could take RAW 4:4:4 out of the SDI output. This niftily little device is expect to cost less then $2,000. The unit is expected to ship by the summer. Post by Eric C. Petrie