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IO Industries: Compact 4K camera head

12 September 2014

IO Industries’ new Flare 4KSDI compact 4K camera head has a Super 35 global shutter sensor and quad-link 3G/HD-SDI outputs. It can shoot up to 60p in both 4K (4096×2160) and UHD (3840×2160) with either 10-bit 4:2:2 or RAW output, or up to 30p with 4:4:4 RGB output.

It also has an interchangeable lens mount system, taking PL-mount, Canon EF-mount and Nikon F-mount options, and all camera settings can be adjusted remotely with the same handheld remote control as IO’s existing 2KSDI camera or it can be used with third-party control panels.

Multiple cameras can be synchronised together with a tri-level-sync reference, for live events or multi-camera systems.

However, there’s no recording inside the camera, which requires a separate 4K field recorder such an AJA Ki Pro Quad or Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q, but that means it is smaller (only 92x92x75mm) and weighs 600g without a lens, so that it can be used for tight PoV angles in race cars, inside small gimbals for helicopters (or drones) or in underwater housings. It also simplifies jib work, as it can be used with much lighter units, such as the Polecam.

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