Cinematographer and workflow expert DAN MULLIGAN reviews the IO Industries FLARE 4K camera with a tried and tested sensor and processing that may appeal to the more adventurous.
Since the Thomson Viper camera, back in 2003/2004, we have had a proliferation of 4K digital camera systems that currently now appear to be flooding the market place.
I mention the Viper as it was indeed a 4K camera, using a 4320 x 1920 sensor, but it delivered a sub-sampled 1920 x 1080 HD image. There was also the Dalsa camera, a 4K CCD recording 16-bit RAW 4096 x 2048 around the same time.
Now jump a few years and we have a new 4K camera delivering a 4K pixel count at 4096 x 2160 to your recording device but about the size of two small SSD drives. Nothing perhaps particularly new, except what is new could be a slight game changer as digital matures and grows at a rate probably unknown in film times.