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Ikonoskop Discounts A-Cam dII Raw HD Camera Through December

With all the attention paid to raw recording formats in cameras from the industry's big guns — Red, Sony, and Canon — it's worth noting that Stockholm's Ikonoskop has its own version of the raw-format HD camera, the A-Cam dII. With the company offering roughly 10 percent off for the month of December only, it might be time to take a closer look at what the Swedes have been up to.

Here's the deal. First off, the A-Cam dII incorporates a 16mm (10.6mm x 6mm) CCD, not CMOS, sensor. That means the camera, with a global shutter range from 5 to 360 degrees, is not prone to CMOS artifacts like flash-banding and rolling-shutter "jello-cam," which may or may not be important to you. Some users will find the 16mm sensor size is a major disincentive compared to larger, CMOS versions. But if you already have a nice collection of 16mm glass, that apparent shortcoming becomes a serious advantage. The IMS mount makes it easy to use PL-mount, C-mount, and other kinds of lenses.

The camera records full 1920x1080p imagery in the CinemaDNG format, using a 12-bit raw implementation that lays down data at 3.4 MB per frame at frame rates between 1 and 30 fps. Ikonoskop rates the sensor at 200 ASA with 11 stops of dynamic range. Recording takes place to Ikonoskop-designed memory cards that come in 80 GB and 160 GB sizes, and Ikonoskop sells a card reader to get that raw footage into a Mac at faster-than-real-time speeds (up to 40 fps). It also has a 10-bit 4:2:2 1080p output via HD-SDI and runs on a Sony NP-F770 type battery.

The A-Cam is not the cheapest raw solution available — that honor still goes to the $2999 Blackmagic Cinema Camera. But Ikonoskop is, perhaps, taking advantage of continued delays in Blackmagic's delivery schedule by announcing a roughly 10 percent discount in the price of an A-Cam dII body for the month of December. It's now going for €6,900, or $9,000 for U.S. customers, compared to a regular price of  €7,700. A package deal that includes two 80 HB cards, a card reader, two batteries and a charger will set you back $11,200.

Visit the Ikonoskop website for more information. 

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  • Joachim Vansteelant

    Unpriced? The Start Kit is € 8700 during december (normally € 9.500) – http://www.ikonoskop.com/a-cam-dll-/ .
    Cheers!

  • Abobakr

    The Camera is lovely and everything and I would have picked one with my eyes wide closed.. but the problem is with its pricing compared not to only with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera but to also Red One and Red Scarlet and the Sony F55!! The Ikonoskop could have sold a buck load of these cameras if they knew how to get these cameras anyway cheaper.. These pricing for the Ikonoskop are meant and set for an era before the year 2012.. and we are now entering 2013.. not only the problem with the Ikonoskop is with its pricing with the camera but also with its pricing for its memory cards, it’s almost 1300 dollars for a single GB160.. The Ikonoskop is great but they really went in a wrong direction with its pricing.. two years back they could have sold buck load of these, but not today and not tomorrow, not with these pricing.. they need to figure away out to make these cheaper.. it’s a tough competition

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