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posted by - Tuesday, 11 September 2012

IBC is always full of exciting gear announcements, and this year Blackmagic and Sony didn’t disappoint. Blackmagic announced a new version of their Digital Cinema Camera; this one with a passive Micro 4/3 mount. With a sensor size somewhere between Super 16mm and four thirds, the Canon-mount version of the BMCC had some people concerned about getting a wide angle lens on the camera. Canon has wonderful lenses, but they are generally designed for larger sensors. This new M43 version of the camera allows for wider lenses to be used on the camera. At the same time, it can be adapted to just about any mount. Adapters from Micro 4/3rd to Nikon, PL, Leica, and others are available already. Otherwise, the camera is the same as the original announced at NAB ’12. Look for the new camera to ship at the end of the year. 

Sony also announced an addition to their camera lineup. The PMW-160 adds another option in Sony’s PMW 50Mbps 422 recording series, which includes the PMW-100, PMW-200 and PMW-500. The PMW-160 has three 1/3″ EXMOR sensors and a 20x lens. It records to SxS cards, Memory Stick, SDHC and XQD cards via adapters. Additionally, it features SDI output, timecode in & out, and genlock which make it well-equipped for multi-camera use. With a wifi adapter, the PMW-160 can even be controlled by a tablet or other mobile device. Expect the camera to ship in December with a list price of $7,790.

Finally, Sony has also added a new deck to their lineup, the PMW-50 SxS field deck. It offers the ability to play back content on set and transfer data to external drives. Featuring a 3.5″ LCD panel for viewing content, and it can also work as an ingest station into an NLE. Watch for the PMW-50 in December at a list price of $5,740.

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