Now, the rigs are still pretty expensive. The MT-10 is capable of holding cameras up to 10lbs and costs around $15,000, but it definitely offers a lot of versatility for a much more portable thing. Imagine you go on a shoot somewhere remote, you could easily budget this in instead of having to carry a steadicam, a jib, a slider and other things like that. Does it replace all those? Never, but it adds a lot to a production budget for an equivalent price of all those items together. Now... what this also means is that in a year or two there will be much more affordable stabilizers based on similar designs and tech, so it's only a good thing for the film industry, especially the indie filmmaker. They are also planning on adding iris/focus control on the handles, so that solo operators can control everything easily.
We personally cannot wait to try one of these. For now, read more info on Laforet's great blog.
BlackMagic took NAB by storm last year when they released the Cinema Camera. Pretty amazing 2.5K camera, for a really affordable price that shot uncompressed RAW and ProRes with 13 stops of dynamic range. Since then, they've gotten a lot of slack for not delivering it on time. The MFT mount version of the camera is only now shipping to a handful of people so they annoyed a lot of people with their supply issues. They say they've learned from their mistakes and that they sorted out the issues, and of course, they released another bombshell announcement at NAB this year. Not one, but TWO new cameras that sound and look really promising: the Pocket Cinema Camera and the Production Cinema Camera 4K.
The Pocket Cinema Camera is for less than $1000 a pretty amazing deal. The size of a very compact photo camera, it's a Super16 digital camera that shoots compressed RAW and ProRes. It has a MFT mount so you can get cheap affordable pretty good quality lenses, and there's a ton of them available. And it's small. Really small. It has the similar touch screen on the back and a lot of the functionality of the Cinema 2.5K camera. It has a removable battery and it only weighs 355g. Crazy stuff. Cannot wait to see what people do with this. It's very small, so obviously hard to hold for filming, but I'm sure this will bring a ton of potential to places you could never bring a camera before. And it shoots RAW. Compressed. Pretty Amazing. You can get the full gist of the camera on this link and of course pre-order it already through B&H:
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