There are way too many cameras and formats to worry about today, and there aren’t any signs of this trend slowing down anytime soon. Luckily, there is an app for that. A phrase we are all too familiar with these days. But, I am not messing about here, I am talking about a very useful app called Cameras + Formats. Some of you may recall, I did a post about it a few months back (check it out here),
Cameras + Formats is the brain child of DP and colourist Zak Ray of Gray Hour Media and is a really handy filmmaking app that can be used by DITs, ACs, DPs, and just about everyone in between to reference vital key parameters of the most widely used professional cameras on the market.
The latest Update 3.2 adds support for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, the new Blackmagic RAW format, as well as the Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast camera. The Sony A7III and FS5 II have also been added to the supported camera list. Update 3.2 also includes updates to the Canon C200, ARRI Amira, Sony Venice, and DJI Inspire 2.
The latest update also improves accuracy of ProRes calculations on ARRI cameras and fixes LinearPCM calculations giving too high a result. The new Power Calculator is a very good idea as it lets you figure out how many batteries you’d need for a shoot, or how long your batteries will last given the camera selected.
Cameras + Formats 3.2 Update
- quick snapshot of critical information such as:
- Sensor size,
- dynamic range,
- maximum resolution
- year released
- New Specs includes
- shutter type, internal ND filters, and price.
- Price fetches the current cost of the camera from B&H (and affiliate link)
- Power Calculator
- a simple way to figure out how many batteries you’ll need for a shoot
- or how long your set of batteries will last you.
- allows you to enter a custom amount of watts for any additional accessories
- is a convenient place to store observations, opinions, or anything you want to write down about a camera.
Cameras + Formats Update 3.2
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
- Blackmagic URSA Broadcast
- Sony FS5 II
- Sony A7III
- Sony F35
- Sony PDW-700
Update 3.2.1 is also available, which takes care of a few bugs reported by users.
For the moment, Cameras + Formats is iOS only; fingers crossed for an Android version soon. For those of you with iOS mobile devices you can head over to the iOS App Store and get Cameras + Formats for $9.99.
You can also follow them on Twitter for the latest developments around the app.