ARRI Announces the ALEXA MINI

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ARRI has surprised the cinema world with their 2.3kg ALEXA MINI that they have released to fill the need for a smaller, lighter video camera than their standard 5kg camera. The ALEXA MINI does shoot 4K (UHD).

Price has not been confirmed but the one price that we’ve had reported to us a few times is $44,999 US.

Read more on ARRI’s own page about the ALEXA MINI.

See these two videos relating to the ALEXA MINI:

JVC GY-LS300 Updates

More information and some new videos have come out in regards to this camera.

This sensor is found to have about 11.5 stops of dynamic range which is not unreasonable although we were hoping for a bit better.  The image so far seems to be pleasing and have potential when properly exposed.

See the following new videos as well as an article about the JVC GY-LS300 from the News Shooter website:

New 4K Panasonic Video Camera with Unique Sensor Technology

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We have received two separate reports that Panasonic is announcing a video camera at the 2015 NAB show (April 11-16) that has unique and innovative sensor technology. In particular the innovation is centered around dynamic range. We have to wonder if this is the organic CMOS sensor that Panasonic and Fujifilm have been working on.

Apertus’s AXIOM Beta and Gamma May Be the Best 4K Video Cameras of 2015

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*By best we mean in terms of best value.

The Apertus project is a community that aims to bring the open source ethic to cinema hardware.  They have also partnered with the Magic Lantern team who have done great work liberating the photo and video capacities of Canon cameras by modifying the firmware.

Apertus were successful in their crowd funding campaign and they will be bringing out the AXIOM Beta video camera in 2015 and hopefully the AXIOM Gamma camera as well.  There are several options for image sensors and lens mounts and they may support a frame rate as high as 300FPS in 4K!  See their AXIOM Camera page for more information.

The AXIOM team released a YouTube update on January 27, 2015:

Gizmodo’s Hands-On with Sony’s New 4K Action Camera

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In Gizmodo’s blog post titled Sony 4K Action Cam Hands-On: Giving GoPro a Run for Its Money they provide a preview of the Sony X1000V action camera that is expected to be released in March of 2015 and sell for around $500USD.

GoPro has dominance in the action camera market, and based on Gizmodo’s post it does not sound like this camera from Sony will change that.