Indie company Kinefinity wants to give you image quality comparable to the BMCC. Seeing the market potential, the company has released details on the KineRaw Mini–which is placed at a much lesser price than its bigger brother, the KineRaw 35, in a much smaller size. The rumor mills are churning out a $4000 price point but we’ll have to wait for an official announcement.
The KineRaw Mini is essentially what makes up the KineRaw Super 35mm camera but in a lesser form. Inside, you’ll find the same sensor capable of ISO 10,240 and 2048×1080 resolution. Sadly, there is no compressed raw codec from the KineRaw or ProRes of DNxHD from the BMCC, just CinemaDNG codec that seems to be recording only internally. There is talk of an optional CineRaw encoder in the works if you need the specific format.
To keep things palm-sized, the built-in monitor had to be given up. Instead, monitoring will be done via HDMI or EVF. The built in Cineform encoder is gone and there are also no fans running. Everything then equals much less power usage. An additional battery handgrip accessory is on the way too.
With the KineRaw Mini comes two versions with two lens mounts. One that is entirely EOS for Canon lenses with aperture control, or there is the choice of an interchangeable lens mount version that is compatible with PL, Nikon, and other electronic Canon EOS mounts. Keep in mind that the pure Canon version will be lighter.
We have yet to see any sample video so cannot make any proper judgements to who a $4000 camera stands up against the much more expensive cameras RED is producing. However we will see these on show at NAB 2013 in Vegas in April.
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