updated 10:05 am EST, Mon January 16, 2012
Sony returns fire by shipping its first 4K pro cam
Sony followed up on its promises at the start of the week by shipping its first CineAlta F65 pro video camera. Movie camera rental firm Otto Nemenz International picked up the 4K-capable camera. About 400 pre-orders had lined up, with "at least two" large studios planning to start using their F65s almost immediately on projects.
The camera is proclaimed by Sony as the first with "true" 4K, since it's built around a sensor that's technically 8K and reaches a full 4096x2160 rather than in-between specs like 3840x2160 or the Academy-ratio 3656x2664. Theoretically, it puts out some of the highest-quality output when using 16-bit Linear RAW, and like its rivals can jump to 120 frames per second if bitrate isn't the absolute priority.
Among the tricks of the $65,000 camera is the ability to remotely control it over Wi-Fi from an Android tablet or an iPad.
Sony is relatively late to greater-than-HD video shooting and is being undercut by cameras like RED's $34,500 Epic-X and $9,000 Scarlet-X, both of which can shoot in 4K and are already being used in major projects like Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.