Pro Camcorders

The New Sony PMW-F55 and F5 Digital Cinema Cameras

Sony has unveiled the PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera, and the spec sheet has filmmakers everywhere abuzz. Consider a hypothetical list of qualities that would be essential to your dream motion picture camera.

The Sony NEX-VG900 Full-Frame Camcorder

Sony is expected to start shipping the NEX-VG900 camcorder in November 2012, and with no shortage of competitive options out there, it may be helpful to take a closer look at what sets the VG900 apart. The new camera includes some significant advancements for the VG line. Most notably, the VG900 will be the first camera to pair the camcorder form factor with a full-frame sensor.

Sony's New NEX-VG30

Sony has announced the NEX-VG30 interchangeable lens camcorder. With E-Mount lenses and a 16.1MP Exmor APS-C sized CMOS sensor, the NEX-VG30 will yield a beautiful, cinematic image with shallow depth of field and low noise characteristics. This newest iteration of the VG series will also offer videographers some welcome upgrades over NEX-VG20.

The New Sony PMW-160 Camcorder and PMW-50 Field Deck

Sony is expanding its XDCAM HD422 lineup with the new PMW-160 handheld camcorder and the PMW-50 SxS field deck. With three 1/3” Exmor CMOS sensors, the camcorder was designed for broadcast and television productions.


The New Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder

The NEX-EA50UH Camcorder initiates Sony’s new EA Series of camcorders designed for cinematic event videography. The camera comes with an 18-200mm servo zoom lens, the first E-mount lens with servo zoom. The NEX-EA50UH also features a new APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor and delivers Full HD 1080p at up to 60 frames per second.

Hands-on Review: The Sony XDCAM PMW-200 HD422 Camcorder

The PMW-200 will join Sony’s XDCAM HD422 series of professional camcorders and serve as a successor to the venerable PMW-EX1R. The new camera strikes a balance between the compact, lightweight form-factor of the PMW-100, and the image quality of its larger, shoulder mounted brethren.

Hands-On Review: Sony PMW-100 XDCAM HD422 Handheld Camcorder

The compact and lightweight Sony PMW-100 XDCAM HD422 Handheld Camcorder is designed for the true working broadcast professional. It supports broadcast quality 50 Mb/s MPEG-2 recording in Full HD and records to SxS cards

Basic Equipment for New Filmmaking Students

Your first day of film school is right around the corner and maybe you’re already thinking about what kind of gear you’ll need to make the most of it.  Sure, you’ll most likely get access to a lot of great equipment through your film school, but what if you want to practice framing a shot, lighting an interview subject, or capturing sound on your own? 

New Panasonic AG-AC160A & AG-AC130A Camcorders Announced at NAB

A pair of updates to existing camcorders put Panasonic’s AG-AC130A and AG-AC160A on a slightly higher plane than their predecessors. This month Panasonic is expected to make available these two improved models.

New Panasonic AJ-HPX255 Camcorder Announced at NAB

At the NAB 2012 show, Panasonic announced the AG-HPX255, an update to its popular AG-HPX250 handheld camcorder. The AG-HPX255 carries over all the existing advanced features of its predecessor and adds a big one: Compatibility with the Panasonic AG-EC4G extension control unit.


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