Many rumours are circulating about a EX1 replacement being announced on Tuesday in Paris.
Specs are rumoured to be SD recording, HDMI output, a new viewfinder (as current is utterly useless!), Cache recording, One push mode for slow and quick recording like the EX3, quicker start up, better ergonomics.
SD will supposedly be .AVI files and it can even record 4:3!!!
Actually SD recording will be very handy for some projects and the new viewfinder, cache and other features are all very welcome. Other rumoured features are two cold shoes, reverse image for DOF adaptors, 2.4:1 and 2.35:1 markers. There are loads of other rumoured features. Nothing is confirmed but will be on Tuesday. Fingers crossed. Sounds like some nice improvements. Shame no 50mbs or 4:2:2 but wasn’t expecting it.
What we will most likely have is the new Exmor R chip which is supposedly very very good in low light. Now this would be great!
The other camera… Shoulder mounter 2/3″ SxS…OR this is one of the more out there rumours is a full frame Sony Alpha DSLR that records on SxS. If this happens this would be BIG. But, this is highly highly unlikely…The biggest hurdle with the 5dmk2/ 7D is the recording format. If we can have a full frame DSLR that records in a proven format like the EX does then i will be very excited!!
Shoulder mounted camera we are probably looking at something called a PMW-350K. I hope it will be 50mbs/ 4:2:2 if this is the case, the bit rate/ colour space to meet with the very top end HD broadcast specs. BUT this would eat into the PDW 700/800 sales so maybe not…We will know for sure tomorrow, but if this is the case this is very exciting especially at at £13,000 price point. Hope it does SD as standard too…
The other rumour is 32gb SxS cards will be £200 too. Now that is cheap, really cheap. As cheap as fast compact flash cards or the same capacity.
I will update this when I get more info.