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“go-to” camera for wildlife photographers back in the day, and Panasonic were able to recreate the “look” of the original Varicam in the tapeless Varicam35. Whilst it was not widely taken up, cameramen that I know and trust felt it was a “proper” camera, built with the cameraman in mind, if perhaps a little heavy for shoulder-mounted work. The subsequent VaricamLT has been more successful with a slightly reduced feature set in a much smaller form factor. I see this progression continuing with the Pure, and the Codex collaboration should help Panasonic gain ground in the most demanding of camera sectors. It does seem clear that Codex is perceived to be the strongest partner to help them all succeed in this market. Based in the heart of Soho post-land, they understand what is required of a manufacturer, and are meeting that need pretty well. They’ve been in the top-end drama and feature film space for so long now, and having spent time with them at IBC it’s pretty clear they are a main cog in the on-set production workflow. I also like that they are also keen to help up-and-coming film-makers and do offer some altruistic assistance where possible for low budget projects needing to borrow some kit. It’s always good to see companies giving something back. RED buck the Codex trend of direct collaboration, as they so often do, and their technology continues to push the boundaries. I confess to only having the briefest of visits, such is the scale of IBC, but their upgraded 8k Weapon and Helium products are leading the K race. The display technology isn’t yet widely available to view the full resolution of the camera, but the ability to crop the shot and still have sufficient resolution allows the director / cameraman some latitude to get the shot they really want. The data rates must be immense. Moving on to the more main-stream camera announcements, Sony launched the only shoulder mount 4k camcorder at the show, the PXW-Z450. It has a single CMOS sensor, 2/3” mount, but contrary to most single sensor cameras the depth of field resembles the traditional 3 sensor look with a deep depth of field that a jobbing cameraman would appreciate. Panasonic announced two 4k handy-cam style camcorders, the AG-UX90 and UX180, with launch dates later this year. Their form factor is in line with previous Panasonic models and both feature a MOS sensor. The UX90 has a 15x optical zoom and can record up to UHD 30P, whilst the UX180 has a 20x optical zoom and can record up to UHD in 60P. Cleverly, the AG-UX180 also supports dual codec recording, and has a handy infrared recording setting for extreme low light shooting. Panasonic has led the market in PTZ cameras for some time now, and new for the show was their weather-proof model. It has the internal chip set and workings of their flagship HE-130 camera, but fitted with its very own crash helmet and windscreen wiper to protect it from the British summertime weather. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 118 OCTOBER 2016 | 65