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  • Color me Impressed: The Ikonoskop A-Cam dII
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    Brian Shultz
Color me Impressed: The Ikonoskop A-Cam dII

With the proliferation of 4K, 6K, and now 8K, who would shoot with a camera that has a s16-sized sensor and an imaging resolution of 1080p?  The Ikonoskop is by no means in competition with the cameras now shooting higher resolutions on larger sensors.  Instead, the camera's strengths lie within the image quality it produces, rather than the quantity of pixels.

In the image above you can see the Ikonoskop's s16-sized sensor.

The Ikonoskop records a 12 bit uncompressed image using the Cinema DNG filetype, giving the user plenty of information to dial in their look in post.  It also features a CCD sensor and global shutter--a rarity these days.  All of this lends itself to a camera that produces an image that appears much like the film size it is replacing:  s16.

Here's an Ikonoskop reel to lend some visual evidence to the quality of images that the camera produces:

RawCinemaShop's Ikonoskop 2012 Reel from Joachim Vansteelant on Vimeo.

Coupled with the camera's interchangeable mount system allowing for the use of s16, s35, ff35, and still PL, EF, F, M and even BNCR lenses, the Ikonoskop A-Cam dII is a lightweight and powerful digital s16 camera that produces images with wonderful color reproduction.

Here is a quick shot of my own of the Brooklyn Bridge:

Brooklyn Bridge from MNHS on Vimeo.

Overall, the Ikonoskop is a small camera capable of recording outstanding images on its s16-sized sensor.  The Cinema DNG filetype saves each frame as an individual image as well, allowing the user to dial in their preferred look on top of the already stellar Ikonoskop image.  And now that all the NLEs can read cinemaDNG natively, RAW footage is now drag and drop.

One extra bonus: because every frame is an individual 3.4Mb RAW still, frames pulled from the video are identical to what is being read by your NLE.  That means that you can bring the raw still into photoshop or lightroom, make a LUT and throw it back onto the footage really easily.

Or have a folder with 25,000 jpegs in it and try to make a really huge gif.  Whatever.


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    Brian Shultz