Presentation of the Aaton Delta camera

Lecture by Jean-Pierre Beauviala

La Lettre AFC n°229

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Presentation of the camera by its designer and film projections
Nothing will replace film and the photochemical grain for ideally recording images. Yet digital has now infiltrated all strata of technology : shooting, recording, editing, postproduction, calibration, projection, restoration…

With digital, the pixels are set, the randomness of grain disappears, information is equalized, and images become over-defined but not, for all that, better understood by the brain. Can camera manufacturers still offer quality instruments able to meet the demands of those head cameramen and filmmakers still sensitive to light and colours ? It so happens that the Aaton company, which was one of the first to adopt digital for sound recording, has just come up with a digital camera that follows the Penelope. The highly awaited Delta is equipped with a reflex optical viewfinder, a CCD specific pick-up ordered from the Canadian manufacturer DALSA, an Adobe RAW Cinema DNG codec, the whole offering staggering resolution close to 8K. How does one design a digital camera today ? For what uses ?

Jean-Pierre Beauviala is an engineer and inventor. After working at Éclair, he founded and runs the Aaton company, headquartered in Grenoble. Currently the sole French maker of professional movie cameras, Jean-Pierre Beauviala has designed revolutionary silent, miniature portable cameras, equipped with the famous time-code, as well as a digital sound recorder, the Cantar. He has worked closely with Godard, Rouch, and Depardon. His latest creations : the Penelope and digital Delta.

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