CINEMARTIN FRAN 8K Camera
Cinemartin has announced what could be THE camera of 2018. The Fran is an 8K Global Shutter powerhouse with some really amazing specs. Below is the release from them with more details. We hope to have a demo unit to test for a real-life hands-on review.
Supported recording formats:
● Uncompressed sequence of raw or plain files (by default)
● Uncompressed 422p video (processing on camera)
● Prores 4444 (post-processing by software)
● Prores 422 (post-processing by software)
● Up to 8K (8000×6000) RAW / Uncompressed 12 Bits
● Global Shutter
● Sensor 4:3 – 37 x 27mm (Supports VistaVision 1:47 aspect ratio 7920 x 5388)
● Video tools: Histogram (monochrome, color), False color, Focus Assist
● Customizable software: Object count, automated magnification, face detection
● User-defined Color temperature, Auto White Balance, Sharpness
Fall 2018. Expected limited availability and quantities during 2018 and early 2019
Gorgeous 50 MP sensor World highest resolution.
An 8K sensor 4:3 with a resolution of 7920 x 6024 providing up to 24 fps at 47.7 MP
Global Shutter Perfect movement shoots
Global Shutter means no deformations on recording on movement or recording things in
movement. Global Shutter means all sensor readout at the same time, as opposed to Rolling
shutter on the sensor is read typically up to down.
Global Shutter required higher performance chip (FPGA / ASIC) in order to achieve 8K resolution
at a one pass readout. In fact, no other camera company achieved 8K using a global shutter.
Sony Venice’s, RED Monstruo or Arri’s uses an advanced optimized Rolling Shutter sensor but
as RED say “When working with strobes or fast subjects, this mode reduces partial exposure issues”.
the key is “partial”, and this is resolved with Global Shutter.
VistaVision Sensor World biggest sensor*
*commercially available as for purchase
With a dimension of 37 x 27 mm this equals to an
area of 999 mm (37*27).
Red Monstruo VV sensor size is 40.96 x 21.6 mm,
that equals to 884 mm. Arri 65 is rental only.
Fran allows recording in original VistaVision aspect
the ratio of 1.47:1 (7920×5388) as well as full 4K 4:3
(7920×6024), 4K 16:9 etc.
Fran can achieve 15.5 stops of Dynamic Range
Initially in Canon EF mount as shown in the left picture.
RAW DNG, Uncompressed & Prores
Fran record in uncompressed stills (dng or dib) by default.
It has a post-processing tool to transcode to uncompressed avi or prores (4444 or 422).
Color & Monochrome
Fran by default can record in color up to 6K, 8K is done at monochrome until 2019 when a
planned firmware/hardware update will bring color to the 50 MP 8K.
It has a special programming interface (opencv based), that will allow third parties to develop
custom software for the camera to do things like object/s detection, automate ROI for better
● To have an example, NASA or an Airplane can use the camera to detect
other planes or things in the scene, and let the camera to crop the sensor for
a better readout, so like zooming to where the object or objects are alive (in
real-time) -as the camera supports multi-crop (many areas)- in order to get a
● Internally the camera has Certified m.2 NVME SSD media with 1TB or 2TB.
● Users can backup or cut/copy the recorded media by simply connecting a
USB or TB3 drive and pressing the backup button located on the side Camera
Controller module of the camera.
○ A backup or copy of 1 TB of media using the TB3 port and some unit
like Fusion TB3 from Sonnetech takes 8 minutes approx.
Useful built-in tools
It has false color, Histogram (color and mono) as well as LUT (as monitor and/or a record),
Focus Assist and other pro functions usually only available on high-end monitors.
Compact & Functional
Chasis made of Aluminum dimensions similar to RED’s with: 11cm (w) x 14cm (h) x 9cm (y).
It has built-in Wireless as well as USB 3.0, Gigaethernet and ThunderBolt3 (TB) ports.
An HDMI port with the output resolution of up to 4K provides for monitoring.
One Controller module (right side) and an Audio module (left side) are under development to
provide better control, to be available when the first units of the camera will become
Price is not defined as of now, but will be less than its competitors and will be announced
when the camera becomes ready to purchase/order.
The limited quantity of units will be available for fall 2018 and early 2019, with more general
availability in the rest of 2019.
Alejandro Barrada Martin, product manager
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