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Slowly as S35 Sized Sensors become the norm, almost every major manufacturer has an option. Here, trying to put them together.


JVC LS300 : Compact, convenient, and ultra high definition! The GY-LS300 is equipped with a 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor and accommodates a wide range of cinema and photographic lenses and adapters for dazzling cinematic effects. Create hours of pristine recordings on SDHC/SDXC media in a variety of image formats including 4K Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD and web friendly proxy formats. Conventional DSLR cameras simply can't match the high reliability, long recording time and ergonomics provided by JVC's GY-LS300. Its dual codec design allows you to make 2 copies of your program simultaneously. You can even stream live HD over the internet to content delivery networks such as USTREAM while recording full HD. No other removable lens video camera offers this much flexibility in such a compact, easy-to-handle form factor.

Cinema 4K and Cinema 2K Recording for the ultimate cinema look (Version 2.0 available September 2015)
    Record images in Cinema 4K (4096 x 2160) at 150 or 70 Mbps, or Cinema 2K (2048 x 1920) at 50 Mbps. Both modes support recording in 23.98p or true 24p to match the frame rate of film.

4:2:2 Full HD recording at 50Mbps
    The GY-LS300 records 4:2:2 HD signals up to 60p at 50Mbps making it an ideal camera for general HD production work. 50Mbps files are stored in the Quicktime (.MOV) format for easy editing. Conventional AVCHD (4:2:0) recording is also possible, providing wide editing compatibility in an array of standard HD and SD formats.


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Sony PXW FS7

Sony's Super 35 Exmor® CMOS Sensor
Sony α-mount system with 18 mm flange back distance
On-board 4K (3840 x 2160) and Full HD (1920 x 1080) recording
Wide choice of recording systems
XAVC (Intra/Long GOP)
MPEG HD, 4:2:2, 50 Mbps (HD only)
Apple Pro Res codec (with future upgrade and extension unit, sold separately)
RAW recording (with extension unit and outboard recorder, sold separately)
Slow & Quick Motion for over-and undercranking
Dual XQD card slots
16-bit analog-to-digital converter
ISO 2000
Supports S-Gamut3Cine/S-Log 3 encoding
Die-cast magnesium frame
Environmentally sealed electronics
Wireless operation with CBK-WA100, sold separately

Quick recommended settings for the Sony FS7 are here.



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Panasonic Varicam LT is slightly expensive but still cheaper than the high end S35 offerings.

35mm Single-Chip MOS Sensor
Lightweight & Compact design
14+ Stops of Wide Latitude
Dual Native ISO of 800/5000
Native 4K/60p Shooting / 2K/HD 240p Slow Motion
In-Camera Color Grading


14+ Stops of Dynamic Range with V-Log

To maximize the dynamic range, the V-Log gamma curve offers 14+ stops of dynamic range and facilitates advanced color grading adjustments in post-production. The VariCam LT also permits the assignment of various LUTs to individual recording channels and camera outputs.

Dual Native ISO of 800/5000

The unique dual native 800/5000 ISO setting offers true innovation for cinematic image capture. Use ISO 800 for shooting at conventional light levels, but shoot ISO 5000 in low light levels where conventional lighting setups are impractical or not permitted. At ISO 5000, the VariCam "sees" better in the dark than you. With lighting needs much reduced, you'll work faster and more efficiently, saving setup time and enabling faster turn-around.

Native 4K/60p Shooting

The LT records in 4K (4096 x 2160) or UHD (3840x2160) resolution at 60p (60 fps) to produce smooth, high-resolution images when recording fast-moving action scenes.

Multiple Codec 4K/UHD/2K/HD Recording

The VariCam LT delivers superior image handling in multiple formats ranging from 4K, UHD, 2K, HD and ProRes, and like the VariCam 35, is fully capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) field capture. The new 4K camcorder offers Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30p) and ProRes 422 HQ (up to 60p) support for HD recording, as well as Panasonic's AVC-ULTRA family of advanced video codecs Using the 256 GB expressP2 card, the camera can record about 90 minutes of 23.98p 4K video with AVC-Intra 4K422.


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Sony NEX FS100 is another option. Though for some reason, I prefer FS7. 

Equipped with a large CMOS sensor equivalent in size to Super 35mm film, the NEX-FS100P enables shooting with the same creative depth of field as the PMW-F3.

The sensor also features the optimum number of effective pixels for shooting HD moving images. At a high 50fps in all-pixel scan mode, this allows images to be captured with less colour aliasing, jaggedness and rolling shutter than DSLR cameras, while providing the sensitivity to shoot at a minimum illumination of 0.28lux*. Another advantage of Exmor™ technology is minimal noise when shooting low-light scenes.

* When using a fixed shutter speed of 1/25, auto gain and an iris setting of F1.4. The SEL18200 lens supplied with the NEX-FS100P enables shooting in illumination as low as 1.5lux when using a fixed shutter speed of 1/25, auto gain and auto iris


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BlackMagic Ursa is another one.

Sensor Size
25.34mm x 14.25mm (Super35)

Shooting Resolutions
4608 x 2592
4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9)
4608 x 1920 (4K 2.4:1)
3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD)
3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic)
2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9)
1920 x 1080
Frame Rates
Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected.
Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Dynamic Range
15 stops


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There's the new Panasonic Compact Cinema Camera AU EVA1

(why cant they name it simpler like Christie for example)



    422 10-BIT/400Mbps
    Timecode In/Out
    1.2 KILOS
    5.31" x 5.23" x 6.69"



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And there is the Sony NEX-VG900 unfortunately the camera is discontinued.

The NEX-VG900/PRO consists of the NEX-VG900 AVCHD camcorder with a pro audio microphone kit.

The VG900 camcorder is built around a 24.3 megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor that captures more of the world in bright, lifelike detail with rich colour and tone. With manual controls for iris, shutter speed and gain on the side of the camera, you can make on-the-fly changes as you roll. Choose from a wide range of lenses for any shooting situation. You can also directly fix an E-mount lens with manual or power zoom, or use the supplied lens adapter to attach full-frame A-mount lenses for even more creative freedom.

Capture precise dialogue and other sounds in stereo or 5.1 channel surround sound with the precision Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone. Or use the XLR-K1M XLR adaptor kit, made up of the XLR-A1M adaptor and ECM-XM1 bidirectional monaural microphone, for further sound recording versatility and enhanced audio quality.

    High resolution 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor camcorder with 24.3 effective megapixels

    Large size sensor accurately reproduces tonal gradations for beautiful, true-to-life images.
    Supports 24p recordings and RAW still images with Cinema Tone controls

    Give your HD videos that cinematic look, with more depth and detail even in low-light. The 35mm Full Frame sensor for HD videos can shoot in 25p, 50i, 50p and movie standard 24p frames per second – it gives you scope to shoot anything from classic movies to action.
    Interchangeable lenses for limitless creativity

    The supplied LA-EA3 lens adaptor makes it easy to use high-quality lenses from the comprehensive Sony A-mount line-up, as well as new additions to the E-mount lens line-up featuring internal zoom drive.
    Supplied with XLR-K1M XLR audio adaptor kit

    Includes XLR-K1M adaptor and ECM-XM1 bidirectional monaural microphone.



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