Over the years we have slowly grown our collection of top-notch camera gear. We’re always on the lookout for the latest and greatest so we can elevate our work to better execute content for our clients. Getting new gear regularly also means we need to keep up to speed with using it. Jonny and I completed the REDucation course provided by Red Digital Cinema, part 102 drone certification course, and spent countless hours in the FPV simulator. This helps us to improve our composition, get familiar with the cameras and create epic content (Shannon touched on the value of upskilling in Creating a Culture We Can Be Proud Of).
The latest and greatest from Red Digital Cinema. The Gemini is our workhorse, providing a massive 6K S35 sensor with superior low light performance. Time for some techy talk. The Gemini is an absolute beast with 16.5 stops of dynamic range, a massive 30.72mm x 18mm sensor and Redcode RAW encoding. What does all this mean? When we point this camera at a scene, it looks better than the naked eye (we’re not joking). We still find ourselves in awe when we get back to the office to review the footage – it’s stunning.
The Fujifilm is our newest addition to the team. It’s a medium format camera with a MASSIVE 102-megapixel sensor (yes, you read that correctly), 16-bit uncompressed raw photos and superior visual noise performance that allows us to shoot mouth-watering stills that can be used in any application, such as social, print and billboards. The GFX produces photos that have an absolutely insane amount of detail. Below is an example of this detail, from 100% to 1500% scale (this was shot with a 110mm Fujifilm Lens).
Our B camera, the Komodo is the Gemini’s little brother. Smaller, lighter and just as powerful. The Komodo allows us to have the ultimate “run and gun” setup. With this little beast being so small, we can rig it up on a small hand-held gimbal and capture smooth shots while being operated by one person. Don’t be put off by its size, this little camera packs a punch. The Komodo is the perfect pairing with our Red Gemini.
Our camera in the sky, producing smooth aerial footage. Boasting a 6K S35 sensor and 14 stops of dynamic range, dual pilot capability and a top speed of 94km/h, the Inspire 2 is an absolute weapon. The added safety features of this drone make our job way easier, featuring a dual battery for power redundancy, and forward and upward obstacle avoidance.
Our two FPV drones truly expand what was previously possible with aerial videography. Spending over 10 hours in the simulator before we even took to the skies, our two pilots (Jonny and myself) are able to accurately fly a defined route; hitting gaps, flying low and getting up close and personal with subjects. We currently fly a DJI FPV for any fast-paced action scenes and a GREP Cinelog 35 for indoor and slower or more technical shots. Both drones carry the GoPro Hero 10, allowing us to capture smooth video in up to 5.3K resolution.