Kinefinity have been pushing the boundaries of not just price to performance, but also resolution for some time ever since the release of their first generation KineRAW S35 camera. For those unfamiliar, the Asian manufacturer’s latest camera is the 6K budget oriented digital cinema camera dubbed the KineMAX 6K, capable of some super impressive specs such as 16 stops dynamic range at 3K, Super 35 CMOS imager, 6K recording, and 4K slow-motion up to 100 fps. And while we’ve seen some really nice 6K footage so far from their flagship KineMAX 6K camera (captured at 6K that is) the camera has quite a bit more to offer than just super high resolution. However many shooters out there are curious to see what the slow motion capabilities of the camera are.
Not only because it’s capable of capturing 6K Raw internally on consumer SSDs, but also for the fact it’s an affordable piece of equipment costing about $10K depending on the options. To be more specific, you can get the KineMAX 6K body for $9,000, whereas the professional kit with all the bells and whistles will cost you $13,000. But how about the slow-motion?
KineMAX 6K Features:
- 6K Super 35 CMOS sensor
- 14 stops / 16 stops in 3K (via binning)
- 4K HD@100fps
- 3K HD@100fps
- 2K HD@100fps
- 1x 2.5″ SSD Slots
- 3G SDI & HD Video Outputs
- In-camera MIC; Support KineAudio with 48V Phantom Power XLR
- Wifi Control Function
HDVideo Shop also released a buyer’s guide for the KineMAX 6K in a recent blog post explaining what is included in each package as the way it was written on their website it was a bit confusing to understand exactly what is included and what not.
BASIC Package/ENTRY Bundle includes:
bundled software features:
- KineStation transcoding software
- 6K Option included
- HiSpeed Option included
- 1yr license for assimilate scratch
included hardware features:
- Dual 3G-SDI
- Kine Audio/ Professional Audio Module with 48V phantom power
- Integrated Battery Plate (V-mount or Anton Bauer)
- 1 x KineMAG-120GB high speed SSD
- Upper Hand Grip by Movcam
Check out the video below explaining the Bare Bones Kit:
While the KineMAX 6K may not be a camera for everyone it does feature impressive slow motion capabilities. As the Sony FS7 has established itself as the de-facto all-in-one camera these days mainly due to the fantastic XAVC codec and slow-motion whether 60p in 4K or 180fps in FullHD (with the option to shoot in Raw to an external recorder) the compressed 10bit codec that Sony created is very robust and can produce lovely images when properly colour graded. On the other hand, the KineMAX 6K is a much bigger camera that records slow-motion in Raw in camera.
This is serious digital cinema territory, which up until recently had been exclusively occupied by the RED Epic/Dragon and the good old RED ONE MX, a lot of which are still kicking about. The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K is about to be released (hopefully before the end of the year) and alongside its chunkier predecessor the URSA MAJOR – may every well try and throw a wrench in Kinefinity’s plans to take on the Raw high-speed hegemony of the RED EPIC.
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