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KineMAX 6K – Amazing Super Specs
For the longest time now, RED has been the biggest company we know to make 4K cameras and higher but it seems that things are about to change sometime soon. In fact, in this year’s Oscar Awards none of the nominated films were shot using a RED. And it is not only Arri that seriously wants to nab the leading spot in professional digital cinema products. Chinese camera maker, Kinefinity™, just recently released a potential game-changer, the KineMAX 6K.
Yes, you read that right—a 6K camera!
Let’s take a look at the amazing super specs of this promising workhorse:
KineMAX 6K can record up to a whopping 5760 X 3240 pixels at up to 30 fps with its Super35 CMOS Sensor—that’s nine times the resolution of a 2K or an HD. This feature is combined with a dynamic range of 14 f-stops and 12-bit color depth. What’s more, the camera can also record 3K with a 16 f-stop dynamic range and 14-bit color depth using pixel binning techniques.
It has a base sensitivity of 800asa and comes with an optical low pass filter designed for 6K performance. Its high speed mode allows 2K at 100fps and 3K at 30fps. It also has a crop mode for 4K running up to 50fps, as well as additional crop modes for 2/3 B4 ENG lenses and S16 sensor sizes.
That’s not all. KineMAX 6K can record lossless and uncompressed compression. The 6K resolution can also be recorded in three formats—Cineform RAW, lossless compression of CinemaDNG, uncompressed CinemaDNG (in resolutions of 480 pixels, 720 pixels, and 1080 pixels as well as 2K, 3K, 4K and 6K)—with each resolution receiving the highest quality RAW output, giving you only the best picture quality.
Let’s summarize the specs:[list type=”check]
- Super35 CMOS Sensor at 5760 X 3240
- 12 bit 6K up to 30fps
- 4K High Speed Mode at 3K/30fps and 2K/100fps
- 4K/50fps, 3K/60fps and 2K/10fps cropped modes
- 1080P and 720P Options as well
- Native ISO of 800
- Dynamic Range in 6K at 14 stops
- Pixel-Binned 3K Resolution at up to 16 stops
- Two KineMAG for uncompressed CinemaDNG 6K
- One KineMAG for compressed Cineform Raw
- B4, Canon EF, Nikon, PL mount options
- 2-SDI and HDMI Ports
- Monitoring and controlling over Wi-Fi, along with SDI and HDMI using iPhone
- Phantom Powered XLR, USB and headphone ports
- OLPF designed to work with both 6K and cropped/scale modes
- V-mount or Anton Baur type batteries
- Color: Metallic and Black
- Less than 2kg
Of course, as amazing as it comes, this camera is not perfect. It could use some improvement in terms of storage. Currently, because of high data rates, 6K must be recorded in DNG format. Uncompressed DNG needs two KingMAG SSDs. While lower resolution videos (e.g. 4K, 3K, 2K and HD) can be recorded to a single SSD in KineMax’sCineform RAW. Other than that, there’s nothing more I can complain about this workhorse, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it for real world test.
And, oh, regarding the price. Rumour has it that the company is planning to bring it down at less than $10,000.
6K KineMAX Specification
|Codec||Resolution||Frame Rate||Recording Time Over 128GB KineMAG||Recording Time Over 130Wh Battery|
|Compressed CinemaDNG||1920×1080||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 100||57 mins@24fps||3.5 hrs|
|2048×1080||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 100||53 mins @24fps|
|2880×1620||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 50||25 mins @24fps|
|3840×2160||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 50, 100*||14 mins @24fps|
|4096×2160||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 50, 100*||13 mins @24fps|
|5760×3240||23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30||6 mins @24fps|
|Cineform RAW mov||1920×1080||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 100||140 mins @24fps||3 hrs|
|2048×1080||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 100||135 mins @24fps|
|2880×1620||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 50||65 mins @24fps|
|3840×2160||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 50, 100*||36 mins @24fps|
|4096×2160||23.976, 24, 25, 30, up to 50, 100*||33 mins @24fps|
|5760×3240**||23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30||16 mins @24fps|
- * Means HiSpeed Mode.
- ** Means 6K Cineform RAW mov can not be recorded online: it needs KineStation to transcode the CinemaDNG into Cineform RAW mov offline.
- Frame Rate can be adjusted as 6~MAX fps, step accuracy of 0.001fps
|Camera Type||6K S35mm Film-Style Digital Cinema Camera|
|Sensor Type||6K S35mm Format CMOS|
|Lens Mount||Short-FFD KineMount (Sub-PL Mount)||Steel KineMount Adapters: Support Various Mounts Lens: 1. K2PL: Support PL Mount lens 2. K2F: Support Nikon™ F Mount lens 3. K2EF: Support Canon™ EF mount lens 4. K2OCT19: For OCT-19 Lens|
|Compressed RAW||Cineform RAW/DNG||KineLOG 12bits/14bits|
|Record Media||2.5′ SSD with x2 slots|
|Dynamic Range||14 f-stops||16fps@Bining 3K|
|80||800||20480||* EI ISO may not be accurate|
|Sync Function||Tally, AutoSlate, Beeper, Trigger, SMPTE LTC, 3D/Multi-cam Sync|
|LUT||Preset: KineLOG/Kine709/KineColor, Support User-Defined LUT|
|Audio Capture||48V Phantom Power XLR MIC; In-camera MIC|
|Power||DC IN||Consumption||*LiveView/CinemaDNG Rec/Cineform Rec@Typical Case, no SDI output|
|Weight (Only Body)||1.9Kg||*Only Body, no Handgrip, no SSD|
|Size (WxHxL, mm)||93x117x212||*Without projections|
|Operating Temp||0°C to +40°C|