At the heart of the MAVO Edge is a newly-designed 44.7-megapixel 36mm x 24mm full-frame CMOS sensor that can record 8K ProRes RAW at up to 75 frames per second (fps) and features dual native ISO of 800/3200. It can also record 8K Open Gate (8192 x 5460 pixels) at up to 48 fps, 6K up to 100fps (in Super 35 mode) and 5K up to 120 fps (in Super 35 mode). Powering all of this data is a new processing engine, which helps to pull up to 14 stops of dynamic range from the sensor and minimizes rolling shutter to just 12ms when shooting 8K full-frame (9ms in Super 35 mode).
|Illustration showing what section of the MAVO Edge’s full-frame sensor is used depending on the capture mode.|
All of the data is recorded to KineMAG Nano cards, which are now built on NVMe M.2 SSD. The MAVO EDGE uses two KineMAG Nano slots, which can record at up to 10Gb per second thanks to its PCIe 3.0 protocol. The two card slots can record identical footage for redundancy or record separately for times when you need to shoot original footage and proxy footage. Kinefinity isn’t keeping its KineMAG Nano drives exclusive either; the company will also be selling KineMAG Nano enclosures so you can use any third-party NVMe M.2 SSD with the camera.
Kinefinity has also included a motorized electronic neutral density (ND) filter, which lets you steplessly dial in the strength between 0.6 and 2.1 ND (2–7 stops of light) in 0.01 stop increments. As for inputs, the camera features two 3G/1.5G SDI ports, Timecode IN/OUT (5-pin), BNC Genlock, 12V RS Output (three-pin), a seven-pin sync port, an R45 Ethernet port, a 12V D-Tap Out a 3.5mm headphone jack a USB-C port and more.
The MAVO Edge uses Kinefinity’s KineMOUNT, which uses adapters to offer compatibility with PL, LPL, Active EF and passive Sony E-mount lenses. Kinfinity has also included an internal three-axis gyroscope for recording the camera’s positioning during filming, but it’s not clear how this information will be used at this time. GPS and Bluetooth 5.0 support is also included.
All of this is housed inside a carbon fiber frame outside wraps around an aluminum allow frame. It measures in at 10.5 x 12.1 x 11.9 cm (4.1 x 4.8 x 4.7″) and weighs 1.2kg (2.6lbs). Powering the camera can be done via its two-pin DC input or via batteries via the hybrid battery plate, which can power the camera with either V-mount or Sony BP-U batteries.
The MAVO Edge will retail for $11,999 with an expected release in September 2020. The camera is currently available to pre-order through Kinefinity’s website, with a $149 deposit. Newsshooter has written up a thorough post diving into the specs and comparing it with similar cinema cameras on the market.