September 19th, 2013
September 4th, 2013
This may be the year of the 4K-compatible CompactFlash card, the latest coming from Delkin. The new 1050X UDMA 7 Delkin Cinema card targets videographers, particularly those shooting 4K on DSLRs such as the Canon EOS-1DC and C500. This is Delkin’s fastest card to date, featuring write speeds of up to 120MB/s and read speeds up to 160MB/s.
As Delkin explains, the Canon EOS-1DC, for example, requires UDMA 7 cards with a minimum write speed of 100MB/s in order to record 4K footage at 24 frames per second without dropping frames or stopping recording.
The 1050X is also compatible with digital file recorders such as AJA’s Ki Pro Mini.
Delkin’s CF Cinema cards are available now in three capacities: 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
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Priced at less than $5,000, Sony’s new FDR-AX1 4K Handycam will appeal to indie filmmakers and videographers on a budget who want to move into 4K video without breaking the bank. Built around a BSI 1/2.3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the FDR-AX1 can record 4K as well as HD video.
Movies are recorded in the XAVC S format using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP for extended recording time of almost two hours of 4K/60p or 3 hours of full HD when storing footage on a 64GB XQD card. The camcorder features dual, hot-swappable XQD card slots so you can continue to record while replacing a full card.
Equipped with a 20x, image-stabilized G lens, the AX1 has an optical zoom range of 31.5-630mm (35mm-equivalent). The camcorder also features dual XLR connectors and an HDMI out. The latter will be upgradeable to the new HDMI 2.0 standard via a firmware update. Since 4K TVs are expensive and haven’t become as ubiquitous as HDTVs, the AX1 can easily output full HD by changing the camera’s output settings.
Although there are a few 4K cameras that are smaller than the 7 7/16 x 7 19/32 x 14 ¼ inches, 86.1 ounce FDR-AX1 and less expensive (see Greg Scoblete’s roundup of a half-dozen 4K cameras on PDNOnline) but, at first glance, the FDR-AX1 seems to provide entrée to 4K video without too much compromise in terms of pro features and functionality. It’s likely that the competition for prosumer-type 4K video cameras will increase in the coming year. We’ll have to wait and see what happens but our money’s on a very interesting NAB show in April 2014.
The FDR-AX1 ships in October and comes with Vegas Pro 12 Edit software and a 32GB XQD memory card.
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