It would be great to grade RAW from this camera, I hope it happens and we get some footage to edit.
Basically this gives amazing 2K RAW footage for $3000, I hope it gets made as it would really sell I am sure, it does not follow the current “I want a bigger sensor” fashion but it would make great looking films and there are plenty of C-mount lenses out there from security cameras at low F numbers to help with depth of field choices. Of course anyone with 16mm lenses already would be able to use all their existing glass. What about sound? well the spec is for real XLR connections and uncompressed sound, great!
Here are the specs, you can download the specs as a pdf at their web site.
|Resolution||2048 x 1152 (Super 16mm mode) + 1920 x 1080 pixels (16mm mode)|
|Format||Adobe Cinema DNG, TIFF, JPEG Image sequences|
|Colour depth||12 bit – 4:4:4|
|File size||2 to 3 MB per frame in RAW|
|Sensor||Kodak CCD: 12.85 mm (H) x 9.64 mm (V) – Similar to Super 16mm|
|Pixel Size||5.5 micron (compared to the 4.3 micron size of many DSLRs)|
|Framerate||up to 32 fps at 2K, 60fps at 720p, 90 fps at 480p|
|Sound||Balanced, 2 channel, 16 bit, 48 kHz via XLR|
|Viewfinder||320×240, 2.4” diagonal, with Focus Assist|
|Video out||640 x 480 B&W via ⅛” video jack (HD-SDI avail in separate unit)|
|Ports||⅛” video, headphone, USB 3.0, Audio XLR (2), 4-PIN XLR|
|Data Storage||Dual CF card slots, SSD (buffer drive)|
|Power||Internal battery, 12V External via 4 pin XLR port|
|Body||Milled steel and hard plastic|
|Size (body)||Approximately 5”H (without pistol grip) by 4”W by 8”D|
|Size (grip)||5”H by 2”W by 5”D|
|Lens mount||C-mount comes standard; Optional PL, EF, B4|
|ISO Options||100, 200, 400|
|Also in the box||pistol grip, USB 3.0 cable, internal battery, 4 pin XLR Battery, cable, video cable, transcoder/raw conversio|
This reminds me a little of an Ikonoskop camera which was 2K RAW but now is HD RAW with a 16mm sensor 10.6 x 6mm. The digital bolex sensor is bigger at super 16 size.
With any RAW camera you will be getting through cards quickly as RAW eats up data and you will be getting about 1 frame for each 2 to 3 megs, so that is around 5 gigs per minute.
A 32 gig card is only going to deliver 6.5 minutes of footage so data wrangling will be the order of the day on shoots. The sensor is a Kodak sensor and is CCD so no rolling shutter! I do dislike the picture break up you get with CMOS. It makes me wonder what camera the Kodak chip is in or destined to be in commercially?