GEAR OF THE YEAR
Every year the most forward- thinkingmanufacturers drive technical innovation with new designs and ideas. The past year has been no different. Our special awards for Innovation of the year and Launch of the year recognise new technology and thinking that deserves recognition, and Pro Moviemaker is only too happy to step up to give praise to the latest tech. Our Innovation of the year goes to the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, a shockingly feature- packed and affordable small camera that has proved so popular it’s sold out pretty much as soon as it hit the shelves. And it’s easy to see why. It has a five-inch touchscreen so you don’t need an external monitor, USB-C to power the camera or record footage to an external drive, dual native ISO for great low light performance, and it can record DCI 4K at up to 60p in a range of codecs including CinemaDNG Raw and ProRes 422. It has built-in LUTs and comes bundled with a full copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio. It’s a mirrorless camera exclusively designed for filmmakers and for the money - £1055/$1295 body only – nothing comes close. Our Launch of the year once again comes fromFujifilm. Last year, the maker of very high-end broadcast and TV lenses brought that know-how and technology to an affordable pair of cinema zoom lenses for E-mount. This year, Fujifilm launched its own flagship mirrorless camera with a special focus on the professional filmmaker, the X-H1. And with it came the MK lenses re-engineered specifically for the X-mount of the X-H1. The camera had Fujifilm’s best- ever video spec and was beefed up to take the extra strains of larger cinema lenses. The camera also has built-in image stabilisation, whichmakes it very useful for handheld shooting. Teamed up with the MKX 18-55mm and 50- 135mmT2.9 cinema lenses, it makes a formidable filmmaking kit that’s surprisingly affordable.
Innovation of the year BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Launch of the year FujifilmX-H1 andMKX Lenses
PRO MOVIEMAKER SPRING 2019
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