Issue: Monday, April 16, 2007


LAS VEGAS – Dalsa Digital Cinema (www.dalsa.com), the developer of 4K motion picture capture technology, is at NAB with a number of new products, including a smaller, lighter 4K camera. The Evolution 4K camera will be available in early 2008 and incorporates the company’s latest generation frame transfer CCD image sensor, delivering high image detail, exposure latitude and highlight handling performance. The new camera uses cine lenses and has a real optical viewfinder. It also features an HD/SDI output feature for enhanced on-set monitoring and direct HD recording.

Dalsa is showing its upgraded Origin II camera at the show too, which now features its latest generation frame transfer CCD image sensor, along with new ease-of-use features, such as a simplified touchscreen interface, 24 reference white balance curves/display LUTs, and an enhanced "Visualize" on-set image analysis toolset.

Dalsa’s new Flashmag is an on-board data recorder that can capture RAW, uncompressed 4K data from the Origin II and Evolution 4K cameras. The device uses solid-state memory to capture 20 minutes of RAW, 16-bit, uncompressed 4K data or 40 minutes of RAW, mathematically-lossless data. The recorder can also double as a playback device for on-set review of dailies. It will be available in early 2008.

The company has also expanded its line of high performance PL-mount cine lenses to include new 4K Anamorphic lenses. Built for Dalsa by Eric Peterson of A&S Precision and designed by Dan Sasaki, the new anamorphic models will give cinematographers the opportunity to shoot anamorphic widescreen digitally. They will be available in late 2007.