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May 8, 2011 / nicotvandenberg

Ikonoskop 1080p RAW

It has been a couple of years now where the DSLR community has been crossing there fingers for the day when Canon announces their RAW codec for video mode. That day has yet to arrive and many people think that day will never come. Whether that day will arrive or not is almost  irrelevant, we have found or created our workarounds, developed or invented a creative solution. The fact still stands that the camera can only be so powerful at the price point it stands.

During my stay at NAB 2011 I found a hidden gem amongst the chaos, that gem being “Ikonoskop,” a camera company hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. Originally known for their Super 16mm camera, “A-cam SP-16, the smallest, lightest and most affordable Super-16 camera on the market.” In my opinion they are revolutionizing the market once again with their new, “A-Cam DII,” 1080p RAW camera. They are a company that has truly married the design elements of form and function. It is ergonomically designed and built with high performance in mind. I was fortunate enough to have some hands-on time with the camera while at NAB. At first glance the camera seems awkward and I’m unsure of how to handle it. However, once I got the camera into my hands, that all changed very quickly. The camera almost molded to my body as it comfortably balanced against my shoulder and the view-finder to my eye.

Continuing on with the design of the body, their weren’t many buttons. Nothing was unnecessary, each button had a particular function or served the purpose of multiple functions. It had all of the standard industry in and out puts, nicely hidden until you need to access them.

Now for one of the most important features, the ability to shoot RAW. How the Ikonoskop achieves this is, rather than shooting a video file. The camera records images sequences, shooting RAW native 24 frames per second. Which I thought was a creative alternative to shoot in a RAW codec. Ikonoskop sells both 80GB and 160GB memory cards, and be ready to hand the media, because the cards fill quick when shooting RAW. The Ikonoskop sales rep that I spoke to mentioned with a 160GB card you will be able to shoot 32 minutes of media. Not a whole lot, but the price you pay for shooting RAW.

Now lastly, price point. Be ready to burn a sizable hole in your wallet because it isn’t cheap. The body alone will cost you $9,900. Which I believe is an extremely reasonable price. This is a professional camera for a professional cinematographer. It is a lot of money but the bang you are getting for your buck I believe is well worth it. To really have this camera ready and operational you will probably be looking at an investment of around 15K.

For more stats and info check out their website Ikonoskop.


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