Nikon's full-frame DSLRs (D4, D800/800E and D600) all offer the same basic video capabilities: 1920x1080p at 30, 25 and 24 fps, and 24 or 12 Mbps bit rates; and 1280x720p at 60, 50, 30 and 25 fps, and 12 or 8 Mbps. Movies are recorded in MOV format with H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression, or you can record uncompressed video to an external recorder via HDMI. You can use the built-in mono microphone or an optional external stereo mic, and there's a jack for headphones. Continuous AF is available during shooting. Nikon full-frame DSLRs can use all current and many earlier AF Nikkor lenses. With DX lenses (designed specifically for APS-C sensors), the cameras automatically crop to DX mode; FX (full-frame) lenses range from 14mm through 800mm, including macro and manual-focus PC-E tilt-shift optics.
RED offers unique modular still + motion digital cinema cameras that also deliver still images, use a wide variety of popular cine lenses and feature some remarkable capabilities. The new RED EPIC DRAGON can do 6K video at 100 fps and 4K up to 200 fps, with 16.5+ stops of dynamic range. The RED EPIC Mysterium-X can deliver 5K video at up to 120 fps, with up to 18 stops of dynamic range. The RED SCARLET DRAGON can shoot 5K at up to 60 fps and 4K up to 75 fps. The RED SCARLET-X can shoot 5K at 12 fps and 4K at 30 fps. Mounts are available for Canon, Nikon, Leica M, cinema-standard PL and many other lenses (retaining autofocus and image stabilization with lenses that provide it). RED's own REDCODE RAW format provides great versatility. Accessories include viewfinders, monitors, power supplies, recorders, handle and more.
The Sony SLT-A99 can shoot 1920x1080 AVCHD video at 60p/28 Mbps, 50p/28 Mbps, 60i/24 Mbps, 60i/17 Mbps, 50i/24 Mbps, 25p/24 Mbps, and 24p/24 and 17 Mbps, plus 1440x1080 MP4 video at 30 fps/12 Mbps. It can record uncompressed 4:2:2 video to an external recording device via HDMI. You can use the eye-level EVF or the tilting/rotating external LCD monitor for composing and focusing. Full-time continuous phase-detection AF is available, when desired. There's a built-in stereo mic and a headphone jack, and you can add the optional XLR adapter for pro-level stereo sound. The A99 can use all A-mount Sony and legacy Konica Minolta lenses, automatically cropping to APS-C format when a DT (APS-C) lens is used. Current full-frame lenses range from a 16-35mm superwide zoom through a 500mm, including macro optics.
Blackmagic Design 4K And Pocket Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Design offers a couple of interesting new video cameras. The $995 Pocket Cinema Camera features a Super 16-sized sensor and can shoot 1920x1080p video at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps, in either Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or lossless CinemaDNG RAW formats. It uses a Nikon EN-EL20 lithium-ion battery, takes Micro Four Thirds lenses (and many others, via adapters), has a built-in stereo mic, and stores images on SDHC and SDXC media.
The magnesium-alloy body lives up to its pocket billing, measuring 5.0x2.6x1.5 inches and weighing a mere 12.5 ounces. The new Production Camera 4K is a $3,995 pro model that shoots 4K video at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps, and 1920x1080 full HD at those rates, plus 50 and 59.94 fps. It features a 3840x2160 Super 35-sized sensor with professional global shutter, and takes Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses. Images are saved on removable SSD recorders. A 5-inch touch-screen LCD provides easy viewing and camera-setting. The Production 4K provides focus peaking for easy manual focusing.
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