Here at KitSplit, we’re always excited about the opportunities that new gear brings to content creators everywhere. And our very own Lisbeth Kaufman and Daniel Gurzi have been on the scene in Las Vegas getting the scoop on all the latest tech and gear. These are the 2018 NAB gear announcements we’re most excited about.

We can’t wait to get our hands on these items and get them listed on KitSplit so the community can start renting them. If you’re buying any of the items below, or other new products let us know. We’ll list them for you and promote!


BlackMagic’s 4k Pocket Cinema Camera

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Blackmagic Design pulled the curtain back on a long awaited feature with its new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.  That’s right, your favorite portable RAW camera is getting true 4K capabilities: 4K HDR RAW at 4,096 x 2,160 and 60 fps in 12-bit RAW or 10-bit ProRes.  And all for just $1295!  Another welcomed change comes with the navigation.  There will be dedicated buttons for ISO, shutter, aperture, and white balance instead of having to click through menus on the rear screen.  In an unexpected move, Blackmagic is also offering the ability to record straight to a hard drive via USB-C connection. Yes, you’ll still be able to record standard SD, UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards in both ProRes and RAW, but if your turnaround is tight this could prove to be a useful feature.

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Sony’s New 4K FS5 II

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Sony touted its newest 4K offering, the FS5 II.  A host of new amenities come with this upgrade to the popular FS5.  It features a 4K Super 35mm sensor with new color science that is said to improve skin tones.  And for all you high-speed lovers out there, you can record 4K at 120 fps for 4 seconds using an external recorder.  Or you can bump down the resolution and record continuously at 120 fps in full HD. If that’s not slow enough for you, you can do 240 fps for 8 seconds in camera in Full HD or 240 fps continuously in 2K with an external recorder.  HDR options also increase with this upgrade. S-Log 2 and 3 are supported, as well as Sony’s “Instant HDR Workflow”, which they say will allow for HDR images to be baked in with minimal color grading to save time in post.

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More 4K from Sony: PXW-Z190 XDCAM and Sony PXW-Z280

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For those looking to capitalize on the full specs of the FS5II, Atomos has announced that the camera will be compatible with the Shogun Inferno 7” HDR monitor.  When used in tandem, you will be able to record Apple ProRes RAW. Same goes for the Atomos Sumo 19.

Two other 4K models are also on the way from Sony.  They both feature three chip Exmor R CMOS image sensors.  The PXW-Z280 will be replacing the PXW-X200. This 4K handheld camera will also support Sony’s Instant HDR Workflow and will record 4:2:2 10-bit 4K at up to 50/60p in XAVC Intra or Long, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD or DVCAM on SxS or SD cards.  S-Log 3 is supported as well and the lens is a 17x optical zoom.

A slightly stripped down version of the above will be the PXW-Z190, and it also has 4:2:2 10-bit 4K at up to 50/60p.  That said, it can only record to SD card using XAVC Long-GOP encoding. So it may not have the same recording capabilities as its older brother above, but one can expect the yet-to-be-revealed price point to reflect this and make it a very affordable way to shoot 4K (and with a 25x zoom lens to boot).

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The New Full Frame Canon EOS C700 FF & CN-E 20mm

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Canon is also present this year with their latest entry into the EOS line: the Canon EOS C700 FF.  That’s right, a full frame camera from Canon! The CMOS 5952×3140 sensor has an aspect ratio of 17:9.  This behemoth sensor will support a variety of lenses, including super 35mm, and with an adapter, Super 16mm lenses.  Recording options include XF-AVC and ProRes to CFast cards and internal recording allows for up to 168fps while in 2K crop mode.  But if you’re looking for RAW recording, Canon says the Codex CDX-36150 will record 5.9K at up to 60 fps, 4K RAW up to 72fps and additionally 4K ProRes up to 60fps.

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Equally as exciting for cinema camera users out there was the announcement of the ridiculously fast Canon CN-E 20mm T1.5 L F.  This lens is a welcomed addition to the lineup of Cinema Lenses Canon currently offers, and will work well with the C700’s full frame sensor.

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Panasonic’s Handheld AK-UC4000 4K Studio Camera

Panasonic has revealed the AK-UC4000 4K/HDR/high-speed studio camera.  It has a 4.4K native resolution and high-speed 240fps* capability in a body that is familiar and well loved by studio and handheld ENG shooters everywhere. The UC4000 is geared towards live sports productions and high-end event broadcast market, with Large Single Sensor Internal Expansion Lens optics and a super 35mm image sensor capable of capturing 4.4K native resolution.

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A New Camera & 16 Lenses From Arri

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And Arri arrived big this year with the showcasing of a new large format camera, the Arri LF.  The native recording on this puppy is 4.5K at 800 ASA, and it is configured for three different sensor modes.  LF Open Gate mode allows 4448×3096 recording at up to 90 fps. LF 16:9 Mode offers 4K recording while maximizing lens choices.  And LF 2:39:1 Mode combines widescreen options with up to 150 fps in Arri Raw for high speed, beautiful possibilities.

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But what’s a camera without its lens?  Arri is also letting loose 16 (yes 16!) large format lenses in its brand-spanking-new Signature Prime series.  These new LPL mount lenses are quite fast at a T1.8 that is showcasing a creamy bokeh and natural feel. They will be offered in a wide range of focal lengths from 12mm-280mm.  And don’t worry, Arri has kept compatibility in mind so these lenses will be usable on all Arri cameras (or 3rd party PL mount cameras) with the use of their no-tools LPL to PL adapter.

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There’s more to come as NAB continues this week, and we’ll keep you posted with all the latest and greatest announcements as they roll out!


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