Lynx: A camera that makes 3D models

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This future camera captures the world in 3D models; yet another exciting innovation funded through Kickstarter.

We have become so used to technological progress with mainstream video cameras being dizzyingly relentless that it’s almost a shock to come across a field where the dominant models are two years old and, as yet, there are no new ones on the horizon.

Recently, I had to buy a new toaster. You would think this was a simple process: it’s not. And the problems I encountered along the way tell us a lot about what is wrong with buying technology today.

ARRI’s Amira - First user review

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 The ARRI Alexa has become hugely popular due to the intelligent processing and the delicious image it creates.The company’s latest camera, the Amira, thus has an exceptional pedigree and, in this review of the first Amira in Australasia by Kiwi cinematographer Donny Duncan, proves to be a pretty exceptional camera too.

In our article How should we test cameras? we asked what was better: unblinking scientific testing or judging on the perceived quality of the image, and we discussed some of the issues surrounding camera evaluations. But we thought it was only right to get the perspective from the people on the front-end doing the reviews themselves. Here, Phil Rhodes talks about objectivity vs subjectivity.

The dangers of relying on camera shootouts

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They’re often entertaining and they undeniably create headlines, but we need to stop treating camera shootouts as if they give us the definitive picture.

What can we expect from the new Varicam?

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Next week Panasonic will unveil a brand new Varicam, but which of the many different possible directions available to the modern camera manufacturer will the company have taken it in? Phil Rhodes reads the runes.

With the recent news that the new ARRI ALEXA SXT uses the same sensor as its prececessor, we ask whether innovation in cameras is slowing down

How upgradeable is your camera?

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You won’t find this information on your camera’s spec sheet. But it needs to be there.

Does this mean we’ll be buying cameras in Six Packs next?

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You can now buy six of Amazon’s new colour Kindles (i.e. a fully-fledged tablet) for $250. It was eye popping enough to see the price for individual tablets, which is $50, but if you buy five, you get an additional one free. Is this degree of commoditisation about to happen to cameras?

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