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Kinefinity Digital Cinema Cameras

Introducing the TERRA 4K, Mavo 6K and Mavo LF.

Introduction

Since the introduction of its TERRA 4K camera in 2017, the Chinese company Kinefinity has managed to be recognized as a serious manufacturer. The TERRA 4K was followed by the MAVO 6K in September 2018 and the MAVO LF in 2019.

Even though Kinefinity cannot hold a candle to the "big ones" due to a lack of large marketing budgets and distribution network, the TERRA 4K and the MAVO line are definitely worth a closer look. Since more and more sales partners are being added throughout Europe, a better and, above all, faster repair service can be expected in the upcoming years.



TERRA 4K

The TERRA 4K is equipped with a 19.5 x 13mm sensor. Kinefinity calls this 4K 3:2 sub-S35mm format CMOS. The resulting crop factor is 1.85. The maximum resolution in open gate mode is 4,096 x 2,700 pixels (about 11 megapixels).

The dynamic range is about 13 f-stops.

Frame rates in 4K are up to 160 fps, in 3K up to 200 fps and in 2K/ FHD up to 300 fps.

Possible codecs are ProRes (10bit), CinemaDNG (12bit) and KineRAW (12bit). Compression rates in CinemaDNG are 3:1, 5:1 and 7:1 and in KineRAW 2:1 to 10:1.

Although the TERRA 4K "only" offers a rolling shutter and no global shutter, due to the somewhat smaller sensor size, rolling shutter effects remain within tolerable limits.

The dual-base ISO system enables native ISO values of ISO800 and ISO3.200. 

The TERRA 4K is delivered natively with Kinefitys Kine-Mount. However, a variety of other lenses, e.g. PL, EF, E-, F- Mount or Speedbooster, can be used via adapters.
The recording medium are SSD removable disks. The manufacturer offers them as KineMAG+ with 500GB. But other SSD are also possible as long as they are not thicker than 7mm.

It is interesting to note that the TERRA 4K always records in log mode. A LUT can be added via USB and used for previewing. This LUT can also be found in the file structure on the SSD, which massively simplifies the postproduction workflow. Also the automatically generated slate-file (.txt) is helpful due to saving the camerasettings.



The video signal can be picked up via an HDMI and/ or 2 SDI outputs. Please note, however, that the TERRA 4K can record internally in 4K but only outputs an FHD signal via these outputs. 

A new feature is that the sound is also captured during high-speed recordings. If the frame rate is at the standard value (on-speed), the sound is additionally inserted into the video file (e.g. ProRes). At the same time, two separate sound files are created, which also contain the sound at higher frame rates (off-speed).

The case is solidly built. The basic weight is only 0.99 kg / 2.18 lb. User guidance and menu are kept simple but in parts probably a bit unfamiliar when you are used to other cameras.

The battery life is about 90min. The usual WiFi functions are integrated.





Mavo 6K

With the exception of the sensor, the Mavo 6K is almost identical to the Mavo LF. The sensor of the Mavo 6K has a size of 24 x 16mm. The crop factor is 1.5. 

The maximum resolution is 6,016 x 3,984 (about 24 megapixels).

In 6K frame rates up to 66fps, in 4K up to 100fps, in 3K up to 130 fps and in FHD up to 192fps are possible.
Possible codecs are KineRAW (12bit), CinemaDNG (12bit) and ProRes (12bit/ 10bit). The compression possibilities are between 2:1 and 10:1 for KineRAW and between 3:1 and 7:1 for CinemaDNG.

The native ISO is 800. The basic weight is 0.99kg / 2.18 lb.





The Mavo LF

The Mavo LF sensor measures 36 mm × 24 mm. The LF reaches 6.016 × 4.016 "Open Gate" native resolution. One of the important features of the camera is that it also records HFR in 6K. In 6K wide mode up to 75 fps, in 4K up to 100 fps as well as up to 150 fps in 3K and 200 fps in 2K are possible.

According to the manufacturer, the dynamic range reaches more than 14 f-stops. In addition to the usual standard aspect ratios of 16:9 and 17:9, a variety of other image formats such as 4:3, 6:5, S35 (for anamorphic recording) and 3:2 up to 24 megapixels can be used in the menu with full sensor utilization.

Possible codecs are KineRAW (12bit), CinemaDNG (12bit) and ProRes (12bit/ 10bit). The compression possibilities are between 2:1 and 10:1 for KineRAW and between 3:1 and 7:1 for CinemaDNG.

The dual-base ISO system natively enables either ISO800 or ISO5.120

Like the other models, the Mavo LF comes with a Kine Mount. Many common lenses can be used via adapters. The image circle is 46mm, the focal distance (FFD - "Flange Focal Distance" or FBD - "Flange Back Distance") is 15mm.

The recording medium here is also SSD (KineMAG+). SSDs up to 7mm thick can also be used independent of the manufacturer. Since the camera offers only one slot, a backup recording in full quality is not possible.

Without accessories, the camera weighs just 0.99 kg / 2.18 lb. Connections and functions for synchronizing multi-camera recordings are available.

The camera is compact and lightweight and therefore suitable for reduced camera setups with gimbals and drones.
 
The battery life is slightly above 60min.


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