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May 2015

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Page 25 of 51 24 POST MAY 2015 ne of the biggest highlights for any shooter/director at an NAB show is the introduction of new cameras. We (ok, it's me) turn into big kids at the candy store, anxiously waiting our turn at the counter. NAB 2015 was no exception. The new camera models I had a chance to get close to were designed with an unprecedented attention to detail in both imaging and engineering. Here's a look at what impressed this tech geek at this year's show in Las Vegas. CANON'S C300 MARK II & XC10 Canon ( unleashed two beautiful new cameras that take the classic Canon look to a new level — the C300 Mark II and the XC10. The C300 Mark II (list price $20,000) is loaded to the gills with its reworked sensors and incredible sensitivity to low light. The C300 Mark II brings such exquisite detail and color to the screen. I looked at a lot of footage shot both for interiors (Trick Shot, a short film running on Vimeo) and exteriors, including a great demo from John Dorn and Dorn Productions. Dorn trekked all around the globe shooting in what looked like pretty darn tough envi- ronments. The C300 Mark II took advan- tage of its new Super 35 CMOS sensor to produce some drop dead gorgeous im- ages. Also, when I looked at the interior shots from the C300 Mark II used in the short film Trick Shot, what really caught my attention was how well the camera handled shots with a ton of contrast, including one scene with a darkly-lit pool table and a huge window behind it. Most shooters would know getting any detail from the exterior would be hard, but the C300 Mark II clutched out. Also shooting 4K in a very compact and svelte 2.3 pounds is the compa- ny's second NAB camera offering, the versatile and mobile XC10 (list $2,500). The XC10 was showcased in a short film called Battle of the Ages (also cur- rently on Vimeo). I can't give away the whole story, but I can say that the XC10 performed really well in quite a few fast- paced, moving shots in what I consider challenging locations, including a sketchy alleyway. If the requirement for your pro- duction is 4K with mobility, such as being handheld or a run-and-gun documentary, the XC10 should be on your must-see list. New Models Take Center Stage At The 2015 NAB Show Focus On Cameras O Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini features a 4.6K image sensor. BY M.J. FOLEY

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