July 12, 2010

Weisscam gets high speed revamp

The new Weisscam HS-2 MK II high-speed camera now offers improved image quality and is ready for 3D shoots. A year after introducing the Mark I, P+S Technik and the DoP Stefan Weiss have brought out a revamped version of their Weisscam HS-2 model (which can do more than 1,400 frames per second in 2K, 2,000 fps in 1080p or 4,000 fps in 720p).

The Mark II should produce better pictures, thanks to an innovative Dark Reference Adjustment function with sophisticated noise reduction, which enhances and stabilizes blacks and low light areas while providing an extended dynamic range.

The camera's speed rates have been extended, and it can now do any frame rate from 1 to 4,000 (depending on resolution), with any shutter speed.

To make it easier to use on stereoscopic 3D productions, it gains multi camera synchronization capability.

It has two Dual Link HD-SDI outputs, allowing parallel recording and monitoring of both 12-bit RAW and 10-bit (4:2:2 or 4:4:4) HD signals via HD-SDI. It also has Gigabit Ethernet output.

Users can set up predefined Recording Modes and customizable Segments for different settings to ensure latitude and flexibility on set.

On-board memory has been increased to 36GB from 16GB, which allows extended recording time, and the electronic viewfinder has an integrated DVI interface.

The camera has a Super 35 format CMOS sensor, with greater than 600 ISO sensitivity, and more than 10 T-stops dynamic range.

The complete package consists of a Weisscam HS-2 MK II "Basic", DM-2 DigiMag recorder, HU-2 HandUnit, Electronic Viewfinder, HS-2 Camera Control Software (XP based), and cases.

By David Fox

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