DP and VFX Supervisor Rob Bannister talks about his experience with the 4K Kineraw Kinemini

By technical editor Matt Allard:

The Kinefinity Kineraw Mini 4K
The Kinefinity Kineraw Mini 4K

The KiniMINI from Chinese manufacturer Kinefinity is a fully featured 4K cinema camera in a compact form factor. It has a near 35mm sized sensor and can record 4K RAW DNG files to an internal SSD drive. The sensor and has a claimed thirteen f-stops of dynamic range.

Shooting 4K RAW files can be cumbersome and requires lots of disk space but the extra image data can have big advantages for VFX and post work. I caught up with DP and VFX supervisor Rob Bannister who bought the camera for his work. He has worked on such movies as Limitless, RED, and Invictus. In the video below we talk about his experiences using the KineMINI:

Rob also talks about his Metabones Speedbooster that was specially modified by Dog Schidt Optics to enable him to get a near full-frame look. It adapts Canon EF mount lenses to the KineMINI’s native sub PL mount. The modification is based on a regular EF to E-mount Metabones Speedbooster Ultra but with a PL mount added to it can fit onto the KineMINI. A word of caution – Like the Sony F5 and F3 the sub PL mount on the KiniMINI does not directly take PL lenses – it needs another adapter for that. Trying to attach a PL lens directly will likely damage the sensor.

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The modified Metabones adaptor was engineered so Rob could remove the modification and use it as originally intended on an E-mount camera if needed. Infinity focus can be maintained with the adapter thanks to the ability to move the element in it.

Modified Speedbooster for Kinemini 4k
Modified Speedbooster for Kinemini 4k

The KineMINI has a crop factor of slightly more than Super35 so once the Speedbooster is mounted it gets you closer to full frame. A same lens can now be used to give near full frame with the Speedbooster, Super35 and also S16 (by using the KiniMINI’s crop mode).

Field of view comparisons
Field of view comparisons

Below are some videos and tests shot with the Kinemini 4K.

Barber Brian Burt from Jonathan Nicol on Vimeo.

Kineraw Kinemini Specifications

4K RAW In-Camera Recording
100fps@1080p(RAW) / 96fps@2K(RAW)
Multiple Codecs: CinemaDNG, CineformRAW, ProRes, H.264,…
sensor crop function
13 stops dynamic range
3D multicam-sync function
Built-in 2.5” SSD Slot
HDMI & SDI video output
Exchangeable lens mount system
Only 1.9 kg body weight

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