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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Cameras Sony has released the a7 II (ILCE-7M2), an interchangeable-lens camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor. A 24.3 effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor moves along fi ve axes to compensate for camera shake, providing optical image stabilization equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction for still images. The camera has been designed for shooting sharp handheld stills and video under conditions that may have required a tripod in the past. Other features include 30% faster AF responsiveness than its predecessor. The a7 will be available in Europe from January 2015. The sixth series of the BBC’s daytime drama Moving On was shot on the EF mount version of Blackmagic Design’s 4k Production Camera, it has been revealed. Liverpool-based indie LA Productions produced the fi ve-part show using cine style prime lenses with a quarter of the series acquired in 4k and the rest captured in ProRes 1080p25 using the log fi lm mode. Head of post Patrick Hall said: “Our ultimate aim is always to achieve a high end look on the dramas we produce, irrespective of the budget or project. What the Blackmagic Production Camera 4k gives you is a fi lmic look that is really organic, and is comparable with far more expensive cameras for, in this particular case, a tight daytime budget.” The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) has invested in new XDCAM cameras from Sony. Following a mini tender, as part of a framework agreement for the procurement of cameras, approximately 130 cameras will be rolled out made up of sixty PXW-X200s and 70 PXW-X500s. The cameras will be used to produce national and regional news and also for sports and regional transmissions. AJA Video Systems has started accepting orders for its new CION production camera and expects to begin shipping by the end of December. CION is capable of shooting at 4k/ UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions direct to Apple ProRes or AJA Raw. CION records to AJA Pak SSD media at 12-bit ProRes 444 and outputs AJA Raw at up to 4k/120p. Support for CION has been announced by Adobe and Colorfront while Alphatron, MTF, Portabrace, Wooden Camera, Vocas, Zacuto and others are all developing accessories. The new AJA camera costs $8,995 and is available worldwide via resellers. 8 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 96 DECEMBER 2014