Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:30 PM
It's official: Sony announces release of α7R II high megapixel 4K-capable digital camera
Patrick van Weeren, WTS' resident cameraman and production specialist, takes a look at the impressive spec of Sony's not-so-secret new high-megapixel, 4K-capable digital camera, the α7R II, available from August 2015....
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:00 AM
Sony releases new firmware update 6.0 for F5 and F55 cinema cameras
Sony has announced firmware update version 6.0 for its large sensor PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 digital motion picture cameras. The update adds Apple ProRes 4444 as a recording format with the Sony CBK-55PD codec board, enabl...
Posted: Friday, June 05, 2015 12:00 AM
Sony Optical Disc Archive (ODA) can challenge LTO with its significant workflow and performance advantages
WTS workflow specialist Michael Byrne takes a look at Sony's Optical Disc Archive (ODA) system - and finds it can offer significant benefits over LTO in workflow and performance, as well as reliability and longevity. ...
Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:00 AM
Sony's world-first HDC-4300 4K systems camera threatens to steal the show at NAB
Amid a formidable array of new camera releases at NAB in Las Vegas (more on them soon), it's the Sony HDC-4300 – the world's first camera to use three 2/3-inch 4K image sensors – that's really got the WTS team excite...
Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2015 12:00 AM
Sony releases PXW-FS7 firmware V2.0
New firmware for the Sony PXW-FS7 has arrived, bringing full 4K recording, HD Apple ProRes codecs and additional audio channels, amongst other enhancements and fixes. Juan Martinez of Sony has explained the key points...
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 12:00 AM
The future ahead of schedule: Sony's December firmware updates
At the tail end of last week, Sony updated three of its cameras - the PXW-FS7, the PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55 - in the space of two days. Arriving earlier than expected, the newly released version 1.10 firmware for the...
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 12:00 AM
Little fanfare, but Sony's PXW-X500 can be a classic ENG camera
Cameraman and WTS Production Specialist Patrick van Weeren looks at an unheralded new arrival in Sony's XDCAM series, and discovers that the PXW-X500 has taken a classic ENG camcorder and made it even better. ...
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:00 AM
Sony, sensors, smartphones and sensation
A leaked document suggesting that Sony is developing an Active Colour Sub Sampling Sensor had techies going wild over the weekend, while Sony itself has just announced a new sensor with HDR and auto-focus technology. ...
Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014 12:00 AM
Nature cameramen go wild for the new Canon 50-1000mm cinema lens
WTS’ Production Specialist – and experienced sports cameraman – Patrick van Weeren was at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol this week, where he spotted a new leader of the pack when it comes to telephoto zoom lenses....
Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00 AM
Panasonic are ready to take on the high-end market with the new Varicam
Patrick van Weeren, Production Specialist at WTS and a cameraman with almost 20 years experience, is getting excited about the imminent arrival of the Varicam. Is Panasonic ready to challenge the Arri Alexa's look? ...