For-A has just announced a High Speed 4K (4096 x 2160) camera capable of capturing full resolution up to 1000fps. The camera captures 8.5 seconds of footage at it’s top end to an Internal RAM buffer (aprox. 6min. playback time). It offloads raw camera data to one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges. Footage is instantly ready for on camera playback at either 4k or 1080p. The processing for playback is separate from the capture processing, so playback and recording can happen simultaneously. The camera will come standard with a PL mount.
The FS700 is a new camera from Sony, set to fit in line just below the F3. Major features include a 4k super35mm sensor that is planned to one day offer more than the current 1080 4.2.0 AVCHD recording to SD, and high frame rates including a reportedly capable 240fps buffered in camera and up to 960fps at low resolution. This could be a really interesting fit for the indie or documentary film maker.
Also check out Frank Glencairn’s hands on review.
On the heels of yet another 4k camera announced by Canon this week, I think it valid to spend a bit of time on the subject of resolution. 4K and 3D are both popular buzz words for camera manufactures these days. As with everything else in the world of retail, being as good as or better than your competition, at least in print adds, is going to sell cameras. So why 4K, considering most cinematic digital projection is still 2K.