New Gear for Video Shooters as NAB Beckons

March 31, 2015

By Greg Scoblete

The 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show is just around the corner, which means a slew of new video gear to sift through. While many of the show’s headliners have yet to tip their hand, there’s been a steady trickle of new and noteworthy gear to take stock of. 

Here’s a look at some of what video shooters can look forward to in 2015.

SmallHD 502

The 502 (pictured above) is a 5-inch external monitor from SmallHD that will deliver off-camera viewing for video cameras. The 1920×1080 screen packs 441 pixels per inch and covers 85 percent of the NTSC color gamut. It supports access to 3D LUT (Look Up Tables) and uses a joystick or Bluetooth remote for navigating its menu. The joystick also doubles as a zoom lever to enlarge a scene for confirming focus. Connectivity options include an HDMI input and output in addition to an SDI in/out. The 502 runs on Canon LP-E6 batteries. Pricing and availability haven’t been set.

Arri Alexa SXT

The new Alexa SXT records 4K (4096×2637) and UHD (3840×2160) in ProRes (in-camera) and ARRIRAW (externally via HD-SDI output). It boasts the same 3.4K ALEV III image sensor from earlier versions of the Alexa but adds processors and other electronic components from the newer Alexa 65. Among the new features of the SXT is a new color management engine with a new look file (ARRI Look File 2) and a 3D LUT. According to ARRI, the new color tools will let operators match the look of existing Arri cameras while opening the door to “radically different looks.” The SXT will be available in three models. Full details are here.

Anton/Bauer Digital Batteries 

Anton/Bauer will be updating its digital battery series with an assist from electric car maker Tesla. New Fuse Link technology, pioneered by the car maker, will be incorporated into the company’s 2015 lineup of batteries. Essentially Fuse Link adds a protection circuit to save Lithium Ion battery cells in the event that adjacent cells are punctured or damaged.

Zylight Newz On-Camera Light

This on-camera LED light delivers variable brightness from tungsten to daylight in a 60-degree beam with a CRI of 95. The Newz draws power from an AC outlet or 7.2V and 14.4V camera batteries.  Using ZyLink wireless technology, you can link the Newz to other wirelessly-enabled Zylights for wireless control. The water-resistant Newz ships in May for $429. 

BBS Lighting Pipeline Reporter Kits

These new remote phosphor LED lights are designed to assist the traveling journalist. The kits will include a pair of lights in either daylight or tungsten output with footprint about the size of a computer mouse. Color temperature options will include 3200, 4300 and 5600. Pricing and availability have not been set.