Cinematographer & Filmmaker
Corey Steib
Kinefinity Shows New 6K KineMAX & 4K KineMINI RAW Cameras
by Corey Steib on March 14th, 2014

If you have not heard by now a Chinese company has slowly been making waves in Asia and across Europe with there new 2K, 4K and now 6K Raw cameras. Kinefinity™ based in China is the brand of professional digital cinema products including KineRAW cameras, KineMAG SSD, KineKIT accessories, KineStation transcoding software, KineGrip sidegrip, and more. The KineRAW cameras and related products are designed, developed, assembled in China by a team with passion, concentration, vision and technical background from high performance astronomy camera design.
I first heard about this camera from EOSHD and he has done a couple of reviews on the camera (BlogPost-1) (BlogPost-2). Now I do take his blog post with a grain of sult as he can be a little one sided at times but I always love to read what other people think no matter what, but both of the post above are well written and the footage does look very yummy :).

Now for the longest time RED has been the big company to make 4K and higher cameras but now it seems that Kinefinity has announced there very own 6K cameras called KineMax along with the KineMini 4K Camera which are sure to make a lot of noise at this years NAB.
You maybe asking yourself why have we not heard about this company before? Well they don't have a (US) distributor and RED has always been the big USA player but I have a feeling that it's about to change as it has been for the past year as Kine Cameras is not the only one chasing them. You now have Arri right behind them and if you saw the Oscars this year none of the niminated and or winning films where shot on a RED.  Now I am liking everything about this camera so far with it's different lens mounts to having CinemaDNG which the Black Magic Cameras have which I love. They also have compressed raw in Cineform which is nice and it's really the only closest thing to REDCODE RAW.

KineMAX

Specs on the 6K KineMAX
  • 5760 X 3240 Super35 CMOS Sensor
  • PL, Nikon, Canon EF, B4 mount Options
  • 12 bit 6K up to 30fps
  • 4K High Speed Mode at 3K/30fps and 2K/100fps
  • Cropped Modes: 4K/50fps, 3K/60fps and 2K/10fps
  • 1080P and 720P Options as well
  • Native ISO of 800
  • 14 Stops of Dynamic Range in 6K
  • 16 Stops at Pixel-Binned 3K Resolution
  • Uncompressed CinemaDNG 6K to 2-KineMAG
  • Compressed Cineform Raw to 1-KineMAG
  • 2-SDI and HDMI Ports
  • Phantom Powered XLR, USB and Headphone Ports
  • OLPF designed to work with both 6K and cropped/scale modes

KineMINI

Specs on the 4K KineMINI
  • 4K Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (Same as original Mini)
  • PL, Nikon, Canon EF, B4 Mount Options
  • 12-bit 4K and 14-bit 2K
  • 4K Uncompressed or Compressed CinemaDNG
  • 2K Cineform RAW
  • 4K RAW up to 30fps
  • 2K up to 96fps
  • 1080p up to 100fps
  • 13 Stops of Dynamic Range in 2K (Possibly less in 4K)
  • HDMI and SDI
  • 2 USB 3.0 Ports
  • Built in WiFi
The price for the KineMINI is a little over $3,000 and packages range from barebones which is a little under $4,000 to a full package being a little under $6,000.
The Price for the KineMAX  is still unknown but the Pre Order is around $3,000.

Final Thoughts

So my final thoughts are the footage from the original mini looks pretty good and the price is right up there with the Black Magic Cameras but then comes the need for more hard drives and all though I do like the Compressed RAW I would like to see a ProRes or a quicktime wraper to bring down the storage data. Other then that I would love to get my hands on it and take it for a real world test from shooting to post and see if I and or my clients have a need for it :). I know me will :).

Happy Shooting everyone and be Sarah Jones Safe and watch out for your fellow brothers and sisters.


Posted in 4K    Tagged with Kine Cameras, KineMINI, KineMAX, 6K, 4K, EOSHD, Kinefinity, Black Magic Design


2 Comments

Fanto - June 17th, 2014 at 5:17 AM
Kinemax 6K - But how I can edit this ABroll??..
Fanto - June 17th, 2014 at 5:17 AM
Kinemax 6K - But how I can edit this ABroll??..
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