#NABShow 2014: Cutting Edge Camera Wrap Ups!…Boy, We’ve Come a Long Way

NAB ShowIn my mind, the 2014 NAB Show will go down as one of the most interesting and exciting years for innovative cutting-edge camera technology! Walking the show floor and having the opportunity to demo and review all of these incredible state of the art 4K cameras was such a crash course! Looking into the future on how these technologies will impact the way we shoot and import to post for years to come, was such an eye-popping reality that it will certainly become the benchmark workflow for broadcasters, filmmakers, and video hobbyists alike. The sleek new designs and the innovative approach that these camera manufacturers have brought to the table are certainly noteworthy. These important industry giants are beginning  to build this technology lighter, better, and cheaper, so that the technologies can be utilized and most importantly obtainable for both big and small production houses alike! The sharpness and detail that 4K has to offer is quite exciting for us in the industry! Of course there are some “loose ends” in the overall push for 4K workflow that we need to overcome- but, rest assure that day will follow soon as well.  Here is my preferred NAB 2014 Cutting Edge Camera Round Up! I hope you all get the opportunity to  enjoy them or at the very least demo them in the near future…

 The AJA CION this shoots and records 4K ProRes video, making this camera a true post production seamless ingesting monster!  The AJA brand has been a fixture in our industry for over 20 years and now with the introduction of their own camera technology in place that supports the the Apple ProRes family of codecs, the CION creates a stable bridge from production to post-production workflows. AJA is set to release the CION this coming August 2014 and for under US $9,000.00! CHEERS!

 The Blackmagic URSA camera line is set on a large high resolution 4K Super 35mm sized sensor with absolute superior handling of the image detail! The URSA comes in four “flavors” the URSA EF US $5,995, the URSA PL US $6,495, the URSA HDMI US $4,495 and the URSA Broadcast coming late 2014! Check this camera out it will not disappoint!  BRAVO!


* I know this is not a 4K camera- but with the ability to stream to the cloud, the sleek build out, and the cost factor- Really how could this not be on the list for “cutting edge”...

The JVC GY-HM890U  includes a interchangeable Fujinon 20x zoom lens and  lists at $9,995. The cameras FALCONBIRD Image Processing Engine can process large amounts of video data at high speeds, as well as, the 2D DNR processing and dynamic range makes this high quality image producing camera a very solid choice! The direct file transfer from shooting location is so user friendly and simple to use all you need is Wi-Fi, 4G-LTE/3G modem, or USB-RJ45 adapter to the USB hot interface to begin transferring files directly from your shooting location to the cloud or physical server! Another nice feature is the you can view your footage live on a ISO/Android smartphone or tablet when you are connected to the Wi-Fi, as well as, controlling the camera’s primary functions such as record, pause, and zoom. The internal GPS unit is built-in to the camera which provides the shooting location information for metadata purposes! BELLISSIMO!


*OK, OK, OK…This is in a totally different price point then the others listed above, but I just had to mention it!

The ARRI AMIRA records Rec 709 or Log C images using ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444 codecs. By recording to in-camera CFast 2.0 flash memory cards with super-quick data rates, the route into post-production is made as simple as possible. CFast 2.0 is an open format,Costs per GB are brought right down and higher-than-broadcast-quality image pipelines are made available even to low budget productions. The AMIRA features the same sensor and exceptional image quality as the ARRI ALEXA, recording superior HD 1080 or 2K pictures that are suitable for any distribution format. With a dynamic range of more than 14 stops, low noise levels, subtle highlight handling, natural color rendering, breathtaking skin tones and speeds of up to 200 fps- it camera is quite impressive! The basic package will start at around: US $40,000.00! PROST!



* I just couldn’t resist mentioning this camera- Love the collaborative effort made by both Ikegami and ARRI!

The Ikegami HDK-97ARRI large-format CMOS camera now bridges the digital cinema Super 35mm sensor attributes of the film industry to the new evolution of ENG style  broadcast camera. This “pure cutting edge technology” and winner of the 2013 IABM for Design and Innovation Award, showcases the exceptional engineering teams of Ikegami and ARRI’s collaborative  innovation. Simply put, this design is a one of a kind  ENG style broadcast camera all centered around the  Super 35mm sensor! 乾杯!


 Thanks for taking the time and reading this post! Boy, there were so so so many cameras out there and so so so many state of the art  technology improvements, that this was only the tip of the iceberg! I hope you enjoyed it- more to come!

 For all of your up to the minute information on the 2014 NAB Show News, NAB Show Coverage,  and Broadcast Engineering News be sure to stay “in the know” with Broadcast Beat Magazine!


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Matthew has worked in both the private sector and in higher education for over 25 years. He specializes in the areas of digital media project management, broadcast engineering and media production. Matthew has extensive knowledge in digital post production, digital asset management, digital cinema production, and broadcast facility integration. Mr. Harchick actively researches state of the art broadcast, cutting edge digital cinema and smart audio visual technologies for client implementation and is available for your consultation needs.

Matt and his family currently reside in the Washington, D.C metro area.
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