Sony NXCAM 35

Additional astonishing announcements at Atsugi, Japan, where we’re visiting Sony’s Tech Center. The team behind Sony’s NXCAM 35 camcorder wins our praise for one of the most refreshing and well-executed designs this year. Production models of Sony’s NXCAM 35 will be shown at NAB. The first mock-ups were shown in New York and LA on November 17, 2010. Pictures will have to wait until next month…but we can describe what’s new:  Take a look at the Pre-prototype, above. Add a 3.5″ flip-out monitor on the top of the camera. There’s a removable eyepiece extender with rubber eyecup, similar to the EX-1. A removable top handle attaches on top. It holds an audio module with shotgun mike, 2 XLR inputs, and audio controls. Imagine a Hasselblad style digital motion picture camera with great audio. A handgrip attaches to the camera right side with a 1/4-20 thread. Speaking of threads–there are enough 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 mounts to satisfy the most critical cinematographer. You’ll be able to mount this camera anywhere. Yes–both 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 on the bottom for versatile tripod mounting.

The NXCAM Super 35 camcorder uses a single Super35 CMOS sensor–the same one as the Sony F3.

Interchangeable lenses attach to the camera’s E-mount. This is the same mount as Sony’s NEX-3 and NEX-5 still cameras, and NEX-VG10 consumer camcorder. The very short flange focal de ableepth lets you mount, with adaptors, most 35mm still and motion picture lenses in the know universe.Adaptors are available from Sony, MTF, Novoflex, and many others–for PL, Leica M, Sony A, Canon, Nikon, etc.

Images are recorded in AVCHD full HD 1080p (60p / 30p / 24p or 50p / 25p) MPEG4 AVC/H.264

Price will be under $7000. Shipping probably between April-June.

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