Cine Gear: Sony, Panasonic, Canon Unwrap New Digital Cinema Camera Plans

Cine Gear Expo opened Friday at Paramount.
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The digital options available to cinematographers are continuing to expand, as Sony, Canon and Panasonic all brought camera announcements to Cine Gear Expo, the annual production gear exhibition that opened Friday on the Paramount lot.

Sony’s message was a commitment to high-end motion picture cinematography, with a new top-of-the-line CineAlta camera that is scheduled to be available in early 2018.

According to Sony, the camera will have a newly-developed full frame 36x24mm sensor that would be “aspect ratio-agnostic” and maintains the CineAlta 16bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC  workflows. The company added that it would also be compatible with other hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras, including the HD OLED viewfinder.

Panasonic previewed the AU-EVA1 camera with a newly-designed 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor, which is aimed at uses including indie and documentary filmmaking. With a body weight of 2.65 pounds, Panasonic said it could be used for handheld applications and can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig or jib arm. The body will be available in the fall for roughly $8,000.

Just prior to the start of Cine Gear, Canon announced new 4K-capable camera models: the EOS C200 and EOS C200B, both scheduled to be available in August for roughly $7,500 and $6,000, respectively. Both are on display at the expo.

Also at Cine Gear, ARRI Rental is showing its growing selection of 65mm format lenses for its Alexa 65 camera. Recent films lensed with the camera system includes Thor: Ragnarok, Life, War for the Planet of the Apes and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Panavision unwrapped new tools for its Millennium DXL 8K camera, which was unveiled a year ago at Cine Gear. New items include a set of “Primo Artiste” lenses and, notably, an HDR OLED viewfinder.

Among the projects that will make early use of the Millennium camera are Robin Hood: Origins, with director Otto Bathurst and cinematographer George Steel; and Can You Ever Forgive Me, with helmer Marielle Heller and lenser Brandon Trost.