It’s been quite a day for all you cinephiles out there. First Canon outed its pair of Cinema EOS cameras, and now RED has finally released the Epic’s baby sister Scarlet. Scarlet packs a similar punch as her older brother, so she takes 5K (5120 x 2700) resolution stills at 12fps, or can shoot your next cinematic masterpiece in 4K (4096 x 2160) at 25fps. The Scarlet also can use all of the Epic’s accessories and comes with a Canon mount so there’s plenty of glass to choose from, too. Best of all, Scarlet can be all yours for the low price of $9,750. That’s right, for the price of a used Honda Civic, you can shoot video that essentially looks as good as those made by pros like Peter Jackson and John Shwartzman (assuming you’ve got their moviemaking skills).


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Diet and filmmaking legend Peter Jackson’s given us another insight into the making of the Hobbit movies, and this time he’s talking about his envious collection of tech. Filming with no less than 48 Red Epic cameras at 48fps in full 5k resolution might sound fantastic, but it hasn’t all been a bed of cotton candy. Two 3D cameras need to be mounted at the same “interocular” (the inch-or-so distance between your eyes) which is impossible given the size of the Epic and its lenses. The team had to hire specialist firm 3ality to build a rig where one camera shoots the action and the other is pointed vertically at a mirror. Those who would love to shoot with an Epic should also beware that the cameras naturally desaturate the action to such an extent that the makeup, costume and set design teams have to over-color everything to look natural in post production. Full video is inside, try not to imagine how many years bad luck you’d get if you broke one of those mirrors during a key scene.


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Stick a piece of gaffer tape over the unmistakable X, and Canon’s latest EOS-1D pro-level camera will look virtually identical to every 1D model that came before it. But once you flip up the power slider, this new king of the jungle will hum like no other. Canon’s phenomenally powerful EOS-1D X really sounds like the DSLR to rule them all. Its 18 megapixel full-frame sensor uses oversized pixels to battle noise and is supported by a pair of Digic 5+ imaging processors, which also help drive a 61-point high density reticular AF system, a top ISO setting of 204,000 (51,200 native), a 252-zone metering system, a 14 fps JPEG (or 12 fps RAW) burst mode and a built-in wired gigabit LAN connection, for remote shooting and image transfer. The camera’s curious single-letter name represents a trio of industry milestones: the X is the 10th generation Canon professional SLR (dating back to the F1 in the 1970s), it’s a crossover model, filling in for both the 1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III (which has been discontinued), and, well, it sounds to be pretty darn “Xtreme.”


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A Mountain View start-up is promising that its camera, due later this year, will bring the biggest change to photography since the transition from film to digital. The breakthrough is a different type of sensor that captures what are known as light fields — basically, all the light that is moving in all directions in the view of the camera. That offers several advantages over traditional photography, the most revolutionary of which is that photos no longer need to be focused before they are taken.

This means capturing that perfect shot of your fast-moving pet or squirming child could soon get a whole lot easier. Instead of having to manually focus or wait for autofocus to kick in and hopefully centre on the right thing, pictures can be taken immediately and in rapid succession. Once the picture is on a computer or phone, the focus can be adjusted to centre on any object in the image, also allowing for cool artsy shots where one shifts between a blurry foreground and sharp background and vice versa.


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Eizo Nanao Corp announced a 36.4-inch LCD monitor which can easily handle 4096 x 2160 (4K) resolution. Though there is no manufacturer’s suggested retail price, it will be sold for ¥2.88 million (approx US$35,915) at the company’s online store. Eizo claims it’s perfect for air traffic control, where staff can make full use of specs like “Digital Uniformity Correction” circuitry to compensate for uneven color or brightness, motion sensors to power the monitor on or off as needed, and a stand that can be minutely adjusted to get the perfect angle. Because it is designed for specialist industrial application, Eizo guarantees a non-stop operation of the device running 24/7 for two (!) years.


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While Japan’s NHK has been working on the successor to HDTV, Super Hi-Vision, for years, there haven’t been any direct-view HDTVs capable of showing its full 7,680 x 4,320 pixel resolution until this prototype unveiled today by Sharp. Its 103 pixels per inch may be just a fraction of those found in some of the pocket displays we’ve seen at SID this week, but that’s still far more than the 36ppi of a 60-inch 1080p HDTV. If estimates are correct, we’ll still be waiting until around 2020 for that 33MP video and 22.2 channel sound to actually be broadcast, although there’s a possibility of some demonstrations happening during the 2012 Olympics. Skip past the break for the available specs and a video demonstration, or just head over to the NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories in Tokyo between the 26th and 29th of this month.


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The first candidate is Ortus Technology that have released a Full HD MID-scale panel. The 4.8-inch display runs at 1920 x 1080 resolution for a whopping 458 pixels per inch; which in contrast, makes Apple’s 326ppi Retina Display look low-res.


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Ever wanted to slow down time?! The Vision Research’s Phantom Flex might be just what you have been craving for. By shooting an enormous amount of frames per second, this ‘time machine’ is able to create an illusion of slowing down the time by shooting an incredible 2,570 frames per second footage (can even shoot at up to 10,000fps at lower resolutions). And even though it carries a price tag of around $100k (unconfirmed), it is worth every penny. Let’s not forget that some of the greatest blockbusters (Inception for example) were shot using Phantom series cameras such as Phantom HD Gold.
Read more for additional info including other rigs used by Hollywood such as Typhoon HD and Red One.


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Canon has exhibited the prototype of a new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x at the CP+ event held in Pacifico Yokahome from February 9 -12, 2001.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x will be developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.


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Graphics giant Nvidia, which recently celebrated a billionth GeForce chip sold, is adamant to become the key silicon provider for portable gear. It’s no secret that Tegra 2 has “failed to launch” in 2010 and displace chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments in world’s most popular ARM smartphones and tablets. Learning from its Windows Mobile disaster, Nvidia has plotted an ambitious plan to put its silicon inside more gadgets by focusing on Android and improving its Tegra architecture. At CES 2011 Nvidia showed  that existing Tegra 2 chips will power flagship Android devices like the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix 4G smartphones, as well as Motorola’s Xoom tablet.

While the upcoming Tegra 2 3D is the enhanced version of Tegra 2 (performance 5520 MIPS versus 4600 MIPS), the upcoming chips T30 and AP30 are truly new generation of company’s mobile processors. Tablet’s Tegra 3 T30 (performance up to 13,800 MIPS) will be equipped with quad code ARM architecture Cortex-A9 and 1.5GHz frequencies as well as enhanced GPU as opposed to Tegra 2. It can be seen from one of the presentation slides below that this chip will have a special ULP energy saving mode, will be able to play Blu-ray video and can output resolution of up to 1920×1200.


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