Closer Look at the Kinefinity MAVO Mark II S35 and LF Cameras

Kinefinity has been making powerful cinema cameras at surprisingly affordably prices for a minute now—long enough that it is time for them to release a mark2 MAVO series.

The S35 and LF models that were just announced take on plenty of features from Kinefinity’s high-end options while coming in at even more reasonable prices. It’s very nice.

These 6K shooting monsters have a lot going for them that is worth a deeper dive. It’s actually surprisingly just how much they inherited from the more premium Edge series.

If you want to learn more about the MAVO mark2 S35 and LF you should check out this quick piece from ProAV TV.

Carl starts off by talking about while these may replace the original MAVO cameras they feel more like expansions to the premium Edge 8K and Edge 6K since they share many of the features that make those high-end models feel high-end.

The body design is the biggest similarity. The mark2 cameras have the same general design and layout as the Edge series with a few key features trimmed out to get the price down.

There is no built-in ND system, only one media slot, no Ethernet, and no power outputs on the body itself. Unfortunate but the price points are extremely competitive and the cameras are still very good.

Kinefinity MAVO mark2 LF Large-Format Digital Cinema Camera

Image Credit: Kinefinity

As for what they can do we are going to start looking at the imaging system. The MAVO mark2 LF actually uses the same sensor as the MAVO Edge 6K while the MAVO mark2 S35 has a brand-new 6K Super 35mm/APS-C 3:2 sensor.

Both cameras now have a dual native ISO. The LF offers ISO 800/5120 and the S35 has ISO 800/3200. This should indicate that the LF will perform better in noise and dynamic range over the S35. That’s not to discredit the S35 as it appears to have made some big improvements over the original.

Frame rates are very respectable as the LF can shoot in the 6K Wide format at up to 75 fps and 4K up to 150 fps. The S35 is actually going to be able to get a touch faster with 96 fps in 6K Wide.

Kinefinity MAVO mark2 S35 Digital Cinema Camera

Image Credit: Kinefinity

Dynamic range is improved in both cameras to 14+ stops with the LF taking it up a notch in highlight retention per Kinefinity. Rolling shutter should also be improved with the faster readout speeds.

Lens mounts have always been flexible thanks to the KineMOUNT which supports an endless number of adapters to get PL, EF, and more. Now, the native mount can actually be removed and replace with an Active PL or Active E mount for even wider support. More mount options is always good.

There is a bit that is still unknown until the cameras make their way into the hands of reviewers but they are very exciting.

What do you think about the Kinefinity MAVO mark2 S35 and LF cinema cameras?

[source: ProAV TV]

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