Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The 35mm NXCAM: Another Sony Super 35mm camcorder?

The Japanese InterBEE broadcast electronics conference is underway, and Sony is showing what's being called the "35mm NXCAM" camcorder. Unlike the PMW-F3 that was announced last week, this new model looks more like a prosumer version of the NEX-VG10 consumer camcorder. According to Alistair Chapman, it has a Super 35mm sensor, flip-out monitor and modular attachment points for a handgrip and microphone, so that the camcorder can be configured to meet the user's needs. (Shades of Red, anyone?) It also has a cavity at the rear of the camera that's too big for a battery alone, and may be another modular attachment point for a solid state memory module and/or a HD-SDI output.

Notes on Video is reporting that a Sony Electronic Marketing Manager has tweeted the following specifications for the new camcorder:
  • Large format sensor Super 35mm is over 20% larger than micro 4/3"
  • Existing and future E-mount lenses attach directly. Alpha A-mount lenses via LA-EA1 adapter
  • Designed from the ground up for "motion picture capability"
  • From the design team that brought you the HXR-NX5u
In addition, Engadget is reporting that it will record in 1080p at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 and 23.98 frames per second, and will be available in mid-2011. Notes on Video reports a rumored price for the 35mm NXCAM of approximately 6,000 Euros. This looks like the camcorder intended by Sony to take on the Panasonic AG-AF100/101. We're likely to see a working model is NAB at April 2011, if not sooner.
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