New 4K Panasonic Video Camera with Unique Sensor Technology

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

*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.

$1,500 Camera Beats $15,000 Video Camera

Andrew Reid from EOSHD has compared the video footage from the previously $15,000 Canon C300 to the video footage from the $1,500 Samsung NX1 mirrorless hybrid camera. The Canon C300 has useful features that the Samsung NX1 doesn’t have so it’s not an apples to apples comparison, but the 4k video quality from the Samsung NX1 is impressive.

The results speak for themselves:

You can read Andrew’s full post here.

Three New 4K Video Cameras from JVC

JVC has announced three new 4k cameras.

Pictured above is the GY-LS300 ($3,999 USD), a Super 35mm camcorder with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Expected to ship in April around the time of NAB.

Pictured below are the GY-HM200 ($2,999) and the GY-HM170 ($2,499), both of which have a 1/2.33″ backside-illuminated sensor and expected to ship in March.

hm200 hm170All three cameras will have a 150 Mbps codec which is better than a lot of the competition.

The following are the only samples we have for now of these camcorders:

For further information follow this forum thread at the DVInfo forums.