BVE 2016 show report

As we glide over the Thames in an Emirates cable car, golden rays of the setting sun warms us against the winter cold. Looking back fondly as the ExCel centre looms above Royal Victoria Dock. Enough of this clap trap!
BVE 2016 has been and gone for another year, exhibiting lots of new and exciting kit for the broadcast market. Below are our picks of the exhibitions highlights.

sony_Z150_350pxNew Sony PXW-Z150 camera revealed

There was a great surprise at BVE 2016 in the shape of the fantastic Sony PXW-Z150 camcorder on show on the WTS stand. This camera is a superb addition to the XDCAM range of lightweight, easy to use professional camcorders with new functionality to enable wireless operation and 4K / HD high quality shooting.

The combination of fixed lens, featuring a very impressive 24x zoom and 18x zoom in HD and 4K modes respectively, in addition to the standard optical 12x zoom (using The Clear Image Zoom technology) The single 20 megapixel*² 1.0-inch type large sensor size offers clear pictures even in low light, giving filmmakers superb clarity and sharpness, opening up the opportunities for flexible shooting in a variety of environments.

The PXW-Z150 features a 1.0-inch type “stacked” Exmor RS® CMOS image sensor, providing users with spectacular 4K recording and impressive 5x slow motion in Full HD – essential functionality for content creators looking to deliver corporate or broadcast productions to fantastic quality.

Sony-FS5-side_350pxSony PXW-FS5 gathers momentum

Continuing with Sony, BVE 2016 was a great opportunity for visitors to see the PXW-FS5 announced last September at IBC. This camera is a superb reworking of the popular FS7 into a more handheld camera, enabling you to now work in more nimble or difficult to film scenarios, many of which being difficult to with the larger FS7 body and lens. The camera compliments the FS Series with a body weighing less than half the FS7 at an unbelievable 0.8kg.

The Sony FS5 offers a solution for mounting the camera on gimbals, mini jibs or drones, whilst still boasting the same sensor as the FS7 to maintain stunning picture quality. There are new features too, the camera boasts slow motion up to 240 frames per second, still at full HD XAVC 10bit 4:2:2. The camera also has the amazing ability to shoot at up to 960 fps at specific lower resolutions.

C300-Mark-II_350pxCanon C300 MKII dazzles visitors

Canon centered their stand around the stunning EOS C300 Mark II. The new Canon-designed Super 35mm CMOS sensor and an increased ISO range up to ISO 102,400 deliver exceptional low light performance, allowing operators to capture low-noise footage across a variety of challenging environments without compromising on image quality.

The C300 MK II has the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD,with up to 15 stops of dynamic range,the EOS C300 Mark II provides footage suitable for extensive post-production work, producing crisper images across the full colour spectrum with reduced “colour bleed”. There are several really nice touches to the design also, such as back-lit buttons.

The on-board recording adopts a similar fashion to the output of a C500 (except no need for separate recorder), so this is a great upgrade. Familiar EF Mount means no change needed for lenses and the Dual DIGIC DV5 Processors and 35mm CMOS Sensor make this a powerful upgrade. If that’s not enough adding 15-Stops of Dynamic Range surely sets this new camera apart from it’s predecessor.


Small-HD_300pxSMALL HD impress with monitors

The quickly growing company which has recently been acquired by Vitec has announced a big brother to their 502 5” monitor. The 702 7” full HD monitor weighs in 300g, is powered by Sony L Series batteries and features a ‘daylight viewable’ screen and user-replaceable acrylic screen protectors.
The clever software allows you to set up different custom pages with peaking, LUTS, waveforms focus assist etc and then quickly swipe between them.

Lykos-panel_350pxManfrotto Lykos lights are compact and powerful

A small Litepanel that can be camera or stand mounted. It is the same LED Tech as the Litepanel Astras and it produces the same light output as the original Litepanel 1x1s and is perfect size to slip into camera bags. Soft boxes are also available to turn them into a great soft-light source.

Available as Daylight or bi-colour, the also features a Bluetooth dongle that allows you to control dimming and colour temp. This technology is also available as an add-on for the Astra panels.

HDR-10_250pxDataVideo HDR-10 highlight replay recorder

The Holden stand showed this interesting Slow motion replay device for live action. The HDR-10 features a 4GB Buffer and SSD Slot to store your clips in uncompressed MOV for playback later. The device uses a LISN (Local Interconnect Synchronous Network) connection between main unit, remote controller and other devices.

Shooting Partners have strong links with exhibitions and events as project management team for the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) which is held in September every year at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam.

We will be tweeting live from each broadcast kit exhibition this year. Follow us @shootingpartner

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