The NAB Conference is going on in Las Vegas this week and we get to see some of the coolest new toys for image making. I’m going to geek out a little here on two of the new cameras, so bare with me.
Everyone is talking about moving on from HD video capture into 4K, which is the horizontal resolution of 4,000 pixels — more than twice the resolution of 1920 full HD. Granted, you still can’t really view a 4K file unless you’re in a movie theater, but all of us video geeks want the best gear possible for the least amount of money.
First, and most impressive to me, is the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Holy Cow, the features this camera offers for under $1000 are just amazing! A year ago, any kind of 4k camera was over 10 grand. One of the biggest problems in digital imaging has been its limited dynamic range, and this camera offers 13 stops, which is simply astounding.
The camera is tiny, barely the size of a point-and-shoot, and there are lens mounts for a variety of lenses and lens styles.
This camera isn’t shipping until July, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. Start saving those pennies now!
The second camera has been out for a month or so, but it’s still big news: the GoPro HD HERO3.
GoPro has revolutionized the photo world with their wide-angle, high-speed cameras, allowing us to see — and capture — things we would never be able to without them.
The HERO3 is available in three models, and all are under $400. Yes, that’s right, and this camera also shoots 4K. It’s not quite a true 4K file, but it’s very close and it looks amazing. You can also shoot at 120 frames per second for some unreal slow-motion, like when you fall off your bike or get wiped out by that 15-foot wave.
What this all means to me is that I can now really afford to make very high quality video without spending a lot of money. These game changers allow me to share my ideas with the world and not have to sell my house to do so. These kind of innovations in cameras will change the way we see the world and the way the world is shown to us. I can hardly wait for July!
We’d love to hear what these changes in video camera quality and affordability mean to you? Are there any other releases you’re getting excited about from the NAB Conference this week?