The great thing about the NAB is that we will see a lot of new products targeted at the HDSLR market. The bad thing is that most of these wont be available for my trip to Iceland…
The first of these product is the HDSLR PowerBase 70. First, the picture:
Then the press release:
April, 9th 2010
Rockville Centre – NY: Switronix Inc has just released their newest addition to their DSLR power solutions.Preparing to solve the need for HDSLR higher power Switronix introduces The PowerBase 70. On Display at this years NAB show, The PowerBase 70 is a 70wh 14.8v Lithium Ion Battery pack providing up to 6x the runtime of OEM batteries for the Canon 5D MkII and 7D.The PowerBase 70 mounts under the camera doubling as a grip or attach to a HDSLR support via its 1/4-20 release plate or V-mount.
Wired as a 14.8v battery pack it can provide extended power to up to two additional 12vdc devices, as well as other devices requiring lower voltage through an additional XP power regulation cable. The pack is also furnished with a 1/4-20 on either side to mount accessories.
Switronix has confirmed that More Compatible Camera Models are to follow. See it on Display with Switronix at the Zacuto Booth at NAB #C5041
For more information on this and other DLSR products, Visit: www.switronix.com
The unit will be priced around 275$, charges from nil to full power in about 4 hours and will be available early to mid May.
My take on this? I want one! First, it provides enough power for me to leave all my battery at home which means less stuff to carry or lose on the set and less time wasted switching battery. But what is even better is that you can use the battery to power other accessories like lights or external monitor!
I will have to have one in hands to give it my seal of approval. but from its spec sheet, it looks like a must have product for anyone who is shooting for extended periods of time.
Now the question: how many pictures can you take before running out of power with one of these?