+++ Please note . This KineMax 6K review and footage are based on a Pre Production model . We tend not to publish our LAB test results unless the camera is in its final stage . A full LAB review will be published then +++
The weatherman promised sunshine . So what . All I got was a grey windy day with some kind of natural 8220 ; pro Mist filter 8221 ; cast . Instead of crying my heart out and kick myself in the head for not running with the camera a day earlier , I decided to live with what I have and give it a try . After all , I had to send the camera back the next day .
This is not the first time that I 8217 ; m testing a Kinefinity camera . Back in 2013 it was the KineRAW mini which made me appreciate what the relatively new to the market Chinese manufacturer is doing , supplying affordable high quality cameras to filmmakers like us .
And then came the opportunity to test the yet to be released KineMAX 6K camera and let me tell you , what a powerful piece of gear it is !
When the package arrived at our cinema5D premises , I thought there was a mistake . The small size box made me believe we only got some accessories to the camera and not the camera itself , so to my surprise , after opening the package , there it was . Small , lightweight , robust , well made . ( Almost 8220 ; German build quality 8221 ; sort so to speak ). Also in the package there were two mounts , for PL and EF lenses . Kinefinity developed an interchangeable mount system for their camera . Just turn the bayonet lock and change to the lens mount of your desire , depending on the lenses you have . My take was to go with 3 EF lenses . The Tokina 11 - 16mm F / 2 . 8 , Canon 24 - 105mm F / 4 . 0 IS and the Canon 70 - 200mm F / 4 . 0 IS . Kinefinty 8217 ; s EF adapter is an electronic one , allowing you to control Canon lenses much like the Metabones adaptors do .
10 minutes into the process of refreshing my ( old ) memory with the menu structure and I could easily appreciate the actual external buttons layout which allowed me to quickly change the camera settings to my desired resolution / recording format / FPS / ISO / Picture Profile / WB / SSD ( activating and formatting )/ Shutter speed / and IRIS . So much easier then AJA 8217 ; s CION we 8217 ; ve tested just a while ago . ( Try dealing with CION 8217 ; s menu without reading the manual and be prepared to lose your nerves a little ).
When it comes to recording media , based on Kinefinity 8217 ; s advice we had great success recording 6K into Samsung 850 PRO 256GB SSD. ( Remember 8220 ; de - activating 8221 ; the SSD prior to taking it out of the camera slot , otherwise you might encounter error messages when connecting the SSD to your computer ).
Kinefinity supplies a cross platform ( Mac / PC ) free copy of their KineStation software in order to transcode the recorded 6K footage ( in KineRAW or CinemaDNG formats ) to Cineform RAW or Cineform RGB444 .
Obviously transcoding to Cineform RAW ( MOV ) will reduce the overall 8220 ; downtime 8221 ; required from finishing shooting till you get to edit your footage ( which is anyway challenging because of the high 6K resolution ) but the real alternative should be moving into a native in - camera ProRes recording or at least ProRes transcoding and guess what , when asked about the possibility to move towards this direction the official answer we got was , 8220 ; Kinefinity will add ProRes codec in KineStation or in - camera recording in the future , but there is no detailed timetable 8221 ;.
All in all I had a very positive experience shooting with this new camera . Its build and picture quality are very promising . On the negative side , evident rolling shutter effects can be seen under certain shooting conditions .
The Kinefinity KineMAX 6K will be available to Chinese customers in April and internationally during May . For the complete camera pricing information , please head to Kinefinity site.
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- * Means these resolution modes are only included in 6K RAW option ;
- ** Means these fps modes are only included in HiSpeed option
- When Cineform recording , 3K HD @ 24fps , 2K HD @ 48fps or less .
- Frame Rate can be adjusted as 6 ~ MAX fps , step accuracy of 0. 001fps