New update! Alexa LF, Sony Venice, DJI drones and more!
Today’s free update includes the following:
Arri Alexa LF brings large format cinematography to the Alexa series, with a larger sensor and a wider LPL lens mount. It also includes a new lens data system (LDS2).
DJI Drones both consumer and professional are now in the app under the “Other” tab. The full list includes the Phantom 3, Phantom 4, Inspire 1 (X5 & X5R) and Inspire 2 (X4S, X5S, and X7).
Panasonic GH5s augments the GH5 with a number of video-specific features, including dual native ISO and greatly improved low-light capability. It also offers a wider field of view than the GH5, but at the expense of the in-body stabilization feature. Disadvantages of the GH series, such as the modestly-sized MFT sensor and the difficult ergonomics, apply to the GH5s as well.
Panavision Millenium DXL2 upgrades the original model with Red’s new Monstro sensor, which offers 2/3 stop more dynamic range than the Dragon, and includes a new Light Iron color science. Like the original DXL, the camera is a heavily modified version of the Red Weapon, with a number of operator-friendly improvements like side LCD menus and additional physical controls, outputs, and mounting points. It is only available as a rental.
Red Epic-W (Gemini) is a sensor upgrade to the Red Epic, offering resolutions up to 5K with a Super35 field of view, and much improved low-light performance via a dual native ISO system.
Sony a7R III keeps the basic design and features of the a7R II, while improving low light performance, dynamic range, battery life, and high-speed frame rates. It also adds S-log 3 and the ability to record proxies. It’s small size and light weight are advantageous when needed, but also a point of criticism for some in terms of usability.
Sony Venice supersedes both the F55 and F65 as the flagship in Sony’s digital cinema line, and is the first in that line to offer a full frame sensor. It also features an interchangeable sensor, and compared to the 8K raw on the F65, records to a more manageable 4K raw (along with X-OCN up to 6K). It’s slow motion capabilities are limited to 60p, and raw/X-OCN support requires an external recorder.
ProRes Raw is Apple’s new raw format. It applies the principles of ProRes compression to raw data, allowing for the flexibility of debayering in post but with smaller file sizes and optimized processing. It is currently only compatible with Final Cut Pro X.
This version also includes updates to the Sony FS7/FS7 II, Panasonic EVA-1, Panasonic Varicam LT, and Premiere Pro compatibility results. It also fixes an issue that generated incorrect results in the calculator.
As always, I’d love to hear your ideas for new cameras and features! You can email me, or send me a message on Twitter or Facebook.
// Zak and the team at Gray Hour