pdnonline.com MARCH 2018
gear & techniques 4K cameras
The XC15 is Canon’s rather unusual hybrid camera, blending
cinema-friendly features with a DSLR-friendly build. The
XC15 features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with up to 12 stops
of dynamic range when shooting in the Canon Log profile.
The camera records 4K video (8-bit, 422) at up to 30p using
Canon’s XF-AVC codec. It can also record full HD video at
up to 60p and snap 12-megapixel still images. 4K footage
can be stored internally to a CFast 2.0 card. There’s also
an SD card slot which can store HD video and still images.
Unlike an EOS DSLR, the XC15 has a fixed lens: a 10x optical
zoom lens (27-273mm, f/2. 8-5. 6). It’s also bundled with the
MA-400 microphone adapter which slides into the XC15’s
cold shoe mount and has two XLR inputs for adding external
audio sources. You’ll also find
Wi-Fi for wireless remote
control and image preview.
DSLR & mirrOrless
Sony a7S II
This low-light beast records 4K video using the full
width of the sensor with no pixel binning. You’ll
have picture profiles such as SLog3 for creating
flatter video files with high dynamic range (up to
14 stops), for post-process color grading, time code,
clean HDMI output (8-bit, 422) and 5-axis internal
image stabilization. When shooting in SLog, there’s a
Gamma Display function to help preview your image.
You can shoot movies at high ISOs-up to the same
range as stills (409,000 on the high side). HD video
frame rates top off at 120 fps.
At nearly half the price of a GoPro 6, the YI 4K+
certainly doesn’t scrimp on features. It sports a 2-inch
touchscreen display built from Gorilla Glass. You’ll enjoy
better-than-average battery life on this camera with up
to two hours of 4K/30p recording on a single charge.
There’s Wi-Fi, a gyroscope and accelerometer for image
stabilization, dual microphones and Bluetooth Low
Energy for remote control from mobile devices. The YI
features a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that can deliver
4K at bitrates up to 60Mbps.