Category: Accessories

Friday, April 28, 2017

Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lastolite By Manfrotto today launched the new Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus mini softbox. Developed in partnership with acclaimed photographer Joe McNally, the new Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus attaches directly onto a flashgun whether it is on or off camera. Based on the successful Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 which was launched in 2015, the Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus features Joe’s preferred white interior for a softer/creamier light and a removable inner and outer diffuser. The Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus also features a unique, design patented, folding mechanism that incorporates two magnets which enable quick attachment of the Lastolite By Manfrotto Strobo honeycomb and gel holders. The Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus carries a recommended retail price of £59.95.

Lastolite By Manfrotto today launched the new Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus mini softbox. Developed in partnership with acclaimed photographer Joe McNally, the new Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus attaches directly onto a flashgun whether it is on or off camera. Based on the successful Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 which was launched...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Aurora Aperture Introduces PowerND Filter Family

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Aurora Aperture has introduced the PowerND family of high-quality neutral density filters. The range comprises three ratings of light reduction capability: ND64 (6 stops), ND4000 (12 stops), and ND65000 (16 stops). Four different formats are available: circular filters from 37mm to 95mm, 100 x 100mm square filters compatible with popular square filter adapters, 150mm circular filters with an adapter for the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens, and the Aurora CR format, an industry first, a rear mount glass filter for the Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM lens. “We introduced a variable ND family last year and it was embraced by photographers and videographers worldwide,” said Jinfu Chen, founder and CEO of Aurora Aperture Inc. “the fixed ND family we introduce today is much more powerful in terms of light reduction capability and offers even better optical performance, along with more formats for different camera lenses.” The Aurora PowerND family will be available to dealers and direct orders in August 2017. List price starts at US$42 and varies depending on filter format and size.

Aurora Aperture has introduced the PowerND family of high-quality neutral density filters. The range comprises three ratings of light reduction capability: ND64 (6 stops), ND4000 (12 stops), and ND65000 (16 stops). Four different formats are available: circular filters from 37mm to 95mm, 100 x 100mm square filters compatible with popular square filter adapters, 150mm...

DJI and Hasselblad Unveil 100-megapixel Aerial Photography Platform

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital SLR Cameras
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DJI and Hasselblad have introduced the World's first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform. The flight platform for the combination is the DJI M600 Pro drone, an advanced and adaptable six-rotor flight platform equipped with the powerful Lightbridge 2 transmission system, a dustproof propulsion system and six Intelligent Flight Batteries. The M600 Pro can be guided by the D-RTK GNSS navigation system, which can withstand strong magnetic interference to provide highly precise centimeter-level 3D positioning. The on-board camera is the 100-megapixel Hasselblad H6D-100C, which features a 645 format sensor that offers outstanding detail, colour reproduction and tonal range even in poor lighting conditions. The camera mounts on the drone through the Ronin-MX three-axis stabilized gimbal, which uses powerful motors and inertial measurement units to resist high G-forces, maintain stability and hold the horizon. The M600/Ronin-MX/H6D-100c platform is on display through April 27 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in DJI booth #C2807 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The combination will be released in the third quarter of 2017 at a price to be announced later.

DJI and Hasselblad have introduced the World's first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform. The flight platform for the combination is the DJI M600 Pro drone, an advanced and adaptable six-rotor flight platform equipped with the powerful Lightbridge 2 transmission system, a dustproof propulsion system and six Intelligent Flight Batteries....

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Atomos Sumo

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Atomos have introduced their first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200-nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12-bit raw or 10-bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording and HD capture up to 240p. Sumo’s 19” 1920x1080 10-bit LCD panel is driven by the AtomHDR engine which precisely maps the Log/PQ/HLG from popular cameras to resolve 10+ stops of HDR in real time. The brightness range and vivid colours of HDR bring scenes to life either on the monitor itself, or when output to larger HDR/Rec709 displays for on-set review. It can also be used with popular NLE or grading suites for affordable HDR or SDR editing or grading in the studio. The 19” Atomos Sumo will launch in Q3 2017 for an MSRP US$2,495.

Atomos have introduced their first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200-nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12-bit raw or 10-bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording and HD capture up to 240p. Sumo’s 19” 1920x1080 10-bit LCD panel is driven by the AtomHDR engine which precisely maps the Log...

DJI Announces Features and Specs for its FPV Goggles

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DJI has announced features and specifications for DJI Goggles, a first-person view system that gives drone pilots a seamless bird’s eye view of the world in Full HD. DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, as well as polarization to prevent any image overlap. Through DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system, up to two pairs of DJI Goggles can be connected to a single Mavic Pro aircraft. DJI Goggles can receive video data directly from the drone bypassing the controller to minimise lag. When flying with the Mavic Pro, DJI Goggles offer both 720p at 60 fps and close range 1080p at 30fps viewing with latency as low as 110ms. A touchpad integrated into DJI Goggles makes navigating the internal menu system simple, providing easy access to key intelligent flight features such as ActiveTrack, TapFly, Terrain Follow, Cinematic Mode and Tripod Mode. In Fixed Wing Mode, DJI Goggles bring with them a whole new way to fly the Mavic Pro. In this mode, the aircraft flies forward with enough rotational movement to simulate realistic flight. An AR trajectory prediction feature in Fixed Wing Mode makes using this mode much safer in complex environments. Priced at £499 (€549), DJI Goggles will start shipping after May 20, 2017.

DJI has announced features and specifications for DJI Goggles, a first-person view system that gives drone pilots a seamless bird’s eye view of the world in Full HD. DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, as well as polarization to...

G-Technology Adds Thunderbolt 3 to G-DRIVE, G-RAID and G-SPEED Families

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Western Digital today announced upgrades to their G-DRIVE, G-RAID and G-SPEED product families, including the addition of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. Designed for creative professionals, the new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 (available now, priced at $699.95 for 10TB, with 12TB available next quarter for $799.95; pictured) features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port (supports USB 3.1 Gen 1). Users can conveniently daisy chain up to five additional devices, allowing them to keep connected to multiple drives and quickly move HD videos and 4K footage through a single connection. G-RAID with Thunderbolt 3 will become available June in up to 20TB and next quarter with up to 24TB for $1999.95. G-SPEED Shuttle XL with Thunderbolt 3 is expected to hit shelves in in up to 20TB capacity and next quarter with up to 96TB for $10,199.95, whilst the G-SPEED Shuttle XL with ev Series bay adapters will come next quarter with up to 72TB for $7,799.95.

Western Digital today announced upgrades to their G-DRIVE, G-RAID and G-SPEED product families, including the addition of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connectivity. Designed for creative professionals, the new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3 (available now, priced at $699.95 for 10TB, with 12TB available next quarter for $799.95; pictured) features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a...

Monday, April 24, 2017

DJI Introduce New Accessories

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DJI has introduced new hardware and a premium customer support programme to help professional customers get the most out of their aerial and hand-held imaging equipment. The new Cendence remote controller is DJI’s first multi-platform controller for professionals who need versatility, efficiency and personalisation at their fingertips. Users can program and store customised button configurations for different flight and shooting options, and can use two dials to adjust the pitch and yaw of the gimbal at the same time. With Cendence, pilots have instant access to functions like ISO, sharpness, shutter speed, focus and more, without navigating the touch menu settings on their mobile device. Cendence features built-in SDI and HDMI video transmission ports for live HD broadcast and streaming applications, and can be easily adapted to use DJI’s Lightbridge or WiFi video transmission technology. DJI Tracktenna is a high-gain antenna that improves signal reliability over long distances and resisting interference. Its built-in sensors and two-axis gimbal automatically point the antenna to the aircraft at all times, bolstering the connection even while the operator is in motion or on a vehicle. The CrystalSky family of dedicated monitors offers a brighter and more reliable display screen for pilots, photographers and filmmakers who need more robust visual information than is available on smartphones and tablets. The CrystalSky monitors are available in 5.5-inch and 7.85-inch sizes. They attach directly to the new Cendence controller, and use a new dedicated mounting bracket to attach to other DJI controllers. CrystalSky will be available soon in three configurations: a 5.5-inch, 1000 cd/m2 version for £449 (€549); a 7.85-inch, 1000 cd/m2 version for £669 (€799); and a 7.85-inch, 2000 cd/m2 version for £949 (€1,149). Cendence, DJI Tracktenna and CrystalSky are on display at the DJI booth at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 24-27.

DJI has introduced new hardware and a premium customer support programme to help professional customers get the most out of their aerial and hand-held imaging equipment. The new Cendence remote controller is DJI’s first multi-platform controller for professionals who need versatility, efficiency and personalisation at their fingertips. Users...

DJI Ronin 2

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DJI have introduced their Ronin 2 three-axis camera stabiliser. Based on DJI’s transformative gimbal technology, Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile to be used in every situation, and has more intelligent features than its predecessor. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to handle payloads up to 13.5kg. Aided by onboard GPS, the powerful encoded motors let Ronin 2 travel at speeds of up to 75 mph while delivering the same 0.02 degrees of sub-pixel level precision that Ronin users have come to expect. New axis locking levers and fine tuning knobs deliver faster and more precise balancing, while the Auto Tune Stability feature intelligently adjusts motor parameters for optimal use in seconds. A new integrated touch screen with 1,000 nits of brightness lets professionals directly configure the gimbal settings for on-the-fly adjustments and for full control of mounted RED cameras.Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017. Pricing will be announced prior to availability.

DJI have introduced their Ronin 2 three-axis camera stabiliser. Based on DJI’s transformative gimbal technology, Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile to be used in every situation, and has more intelligent features than its predecessor. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to...

Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF

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Light & Motion today unveiled their new Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF single-point LED lights. Adding complete wireless control to their list of features; these extremely portable, weatherproof and rugged 5600K continuous lights can be set up practically anywhere, with no need for DMX controllers or external wireless RF modules. Leveraging a new new technology partnership with Elinchrom, Light & Motion has incorporated the Elinchrom ‘Skyport Protocol’ into these two new Stella Pro RF units. With this protocol, the RF Control for Stella provides users with 20 channels, 4 separate groups, and the ability to turn the unit on and control its power from 0 to 100%. In addition, it is also capable of controlling up to 20 lights at a range of up to 656’/ 200m outdoors and 197’/ 60m indoors. This shared technology also potentially allows the Stella RF lights to be controlled by the new Speedmaster L858D-U with the Elinchrom/Phottix module and the Litemaster Pro L-478D-U-EL. The Stella Pro RF units will be available in June 2017. However, pre-sale is available beginning 4/24/2017 at StellaProLights.com and select participating specialty dealers across the United States.

Light & Motion today unveiled their new Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF single-point LED lights. Adding complete wireless control to their list of features; these extremely portable, weatherproof and rugged 5600K continuous lights can be set up practically anywhere, with no need for DMX controllers or external wireless...

Light & Motion and Elinchrom Announce New Lighting Collaboration

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a technical collaboration two years in the making. The synergetic relationship between the two companies is billed as "an exciting development for the ever-expanding world of on-the-go content creators requesting lighting solutions that are reliable, compact, and timesaving." The announcement of the Light & Motion and Elinchrom partnership comes with their first collaborative release of the Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF lights. These powerful, portable, and cord-free daylight balanced lights from Light & Motion now add complete wireless control thanks to the addition of the Skyport Protocol from Elinchrom. A new Elinchrom Skyport Remote Control for Stella was also released to conveniently manage the lights’ settings from alongside the camera/monitor, in any environment.

Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a technical collaboration two years in the making. The synergetic relationship between the two companies is billed as "an exciting development for the ever-expanding world of on-the-go content creators requesting lighting solutions that are reliable, compact, and timesaving." The announcement of the Light ...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PolarPro FiftyFifty HERO5 Dome and Katana Mavic Tray

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PolarPro has announced it will launch two new accessories for the action-bound cinematographer later this year. The PolarPro FiftyFifty HERO5 Dome ($49.99) is an accessory lens designed for the latest GoPro HERO5 action camera to enable split-level over/under images at the waterline, while the PolarPro Katana Mavic Tray ($49.99, pictured) allows owners of the popular DJI Mavic Pro to use the compact drone as a stabilised, hand-held shooting platform. PolarPro will first demonstrate the new accessories at the upcoming 2017 NAB Expo (April 24-27 in Las Vegas, NV).

PolarPro has announced it will launch two new accessories for the action-bound cinematographer later this year. The PolarPro FiftyFifty HERO5 Dome ($49.99) is an accessory lens designed for the latest GoPro HERO5 action camera to enable split-level over/under images at the waterline, while the PolarPro Katana Mavic Tray ($49.99, pictured) allows...

Manfrotto Nitrotech Fluid Video Head

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Manfrotto have launched the new Nitrotech Video Head - a revolutionary head that combines the most successful features of Manfrotto’s video heads with the company's unique-to-the-market Nitrogen piston mechanism that guarantees continuous counterbalance. The Nitrotech N8 (£449.95) - the first model in the Nitrotech range - securely supports a load up to 8 kg. The new head features a precise, continuous counterbalance system that effortlessly and safely holds and operates a wide array of video camera models in a variety of sizes. It also features a 3/8” Easy Link equipped with an anti-rotation function that enables an external monitor or other accessories to be fitted.

Manfrotto have launched the new Nitrotech Video Head - a revolutionary head that combines the most successful features of Manfrotto’s video heads with the company's unique-to-the-market Nitrogen piston mechanism that guarantees continuous counterbalance. The Nitrotech N8 (£449.95) - the first model in the Nitrotech range - securely...

Sennheiser MKE 2 Elements Microphone for GoPro HERO4

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The waterproof Sennheiser MKE-2 elements microphone has been designed specifically for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver action cameras. The MKE 2 elements is based on a professional Sennheiser microphone, with innovative features making it nearly immune to snow, wind, and water. It is even capable of recording under water. Its special windshield continues to reduce wind noise for clear sound when it gets wet, while an elastic suspension suppresses any structure-borne noise. Available from 24th April, the Sennheiser MKE 2 elements action microphone comes complete with a special windshield and a back cover for the GoPro HERO4 protective case, keeping the camera hermetically sealed.

The waterproof Sennheiser MKE-2 elements microphone has been designed specifically for the GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver action cameras. The MKE 2 elements is based on a professional Sennheiser microphone, with innovative features making it nearly immune to snow, wind, and water. It is even capable of recording under water....

LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3

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Today LaCie announced the next evolution of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. Now with Thunderbolt 3 technology, the LaCie 2big Dock delivers fast speeds and up to 20TB of storage, making it a powerhouse tool for photographers and videographers. More than storage, the LaCie 2big Dock is a powerful docking station that helps photographers and videographers simplify their workflows. Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow the pro to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a phone or connects a shuttle drive or digital camera to offload footage or files. Via DisplayPort, professionals can connect the LaCie 2big Dock to high-resolution 720-1080p or even 4K displays. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports can also power a compatible laptop while simultaneously daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt or one USB-C drive. Plus, the USB 3.1 port enables universal compatibility with USB-C and USB 3.0 computers via the included adapter cable. The new LaCie 2big Dock will be available in 12TB, 16TB or 20TB capacities through LaCie Resellers this summer. It will be showcased for the first time at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week.

Today LaCie announced the next evolution of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. Now with Thunderbolt 3 technology, the LaCie 2big Dock delivers fast speeds and up to 20TB of storage, making it a powerhouse tool for photographers and videographers. More than storage, the LaCie 2big Dock is a powerful...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spark Camera Remote

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Alpine Labs have launched the compact and adaptable Spark camera remote. Currently available at a pre-­sale discount on Kickstarter, Spark has three distinct shooting modes. It can be used as a quick infrared trigger from 30’ away, as a wired trigger via a camera’s trigger port, or as a more powerful app based camera controller (iOS & Android). “Spark adapts to whatever situation you are shooting in and the three control modes are what make that possible. Its kind of like the swiss army knife of triggers,” commented Greg Horváth, Alpine Labs CEO. With the ability to control a wide variety of DSLRs and compact system cameras, Spark opens the world of wireless camera control for users of Sony, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Pentax, Olympus, Canon, Nikon etc. bodies. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $59, but backers on Kickstarter can receive a Spark unit for $44.

Alpine Labs have launched the compact and adaptable Spark camera remote. Currently available at a pre-­sale discount on Kickstarter, Spark has three distinct shooting modes. It can be used as a quick infrared trigger from 30’ away, as a wired trigger via a camera’s trigger port,...

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced

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DJI has introduced a new addition to the Phantom family of drones. The new Phantom 4 Advanced model improves on the original Phantom 4, giving photographers a 1"-type, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter. The drone’s upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second. The more powerful video processing now supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. The Phantom 4 Advanced+ version offers a 5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated into the controller. In addition, creators can now do more with the Phantom 4 Advanced’s increased storage capacity using a 128GB microSD card and a flight time extended up to 30 minutes. The retail price of the Phantom 4 Advanced and Phantom 4 Advanced+ is 1,469 GBP (1,549 EUR) and 1,699 GBP (1,849), respectively. Availability is slated for 30th April.

DJI has introduced a new addition to the Phantom family of drones. The new Phantom 4 Advanced model improves on the original Phantom 4, giving photographers a 1"-type, 20-megapixel sensor and a mechanical shutter. The drone’s upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second. The more...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Polaroid Expands Photo Studio Kit and Accessories

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Polaroid today announced the expansion of their photo studio kit and accessory line-up. The Polaroid digital flash umbrella mount kit features two 6’ air-cushioned heavy-duty light stands made from molded aluminum. Each stand holds up to 15lbs with non-slip legs to prevent movement. To help soften, broaden or diminish light output, the kit’s two attachable umbrellas ship with white satin interiors and include a removable black cover. The two-shoe mount umbrella adapters fit most standard light stands. The corresponding cold shoe mounts hold most shoe mount flashes and provides smooth swivel capabilities that allow photographers to precisely aim lighting. Weighing in at 8.6lbs in total, each kit item collapses down to fit neatly into the deluxe case for light and easy transport. Photographers can purchase the Polaroid digital flash umbrella mount kit from Amazon for $69.99.

Polaroid today announced the expansion of their photo studio kit and accessory line-up. The Polaroid digital flash umbrella mount kit features two 6’ air-cushioned heavy-duty light stands made from molded aluminum. Each stand holds up to 15lbs with non-slip legs to prevent movement. To help soften, broaden or diminish...

G-Drive USB-C

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Western Digital today announced the expansion of its G-Technology brand G-Drive storage portfolio with the G-Drive USB-C device. Available in capacities up to 10TB, the G-Drive USB-C device is built to provide expansive capacity for storage of HD videos, photos, music, backups and more in a stylish extruded aluminium enclosure. The drive features the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface with USB-C connector, and also ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable for compatibility with traditional systems with a USB-A port. The produc will be available to purchase in the US this quarter, in 10TB, 8TB and 4TB capacities, with a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of $449.95, $349.95, and $199.95, respectively.

Western Digital today announced the expansion of its G-Technology brand G-Drive storage portfolio with the G-Drive USB-C device. Available in capacities up to 10TB, the G-Drive USB-C device is built to provide expansive capacity for storage of HD videos, photos, music, backups and more in a stylish extruded aluminium...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fantasea Line Now Taking Orders for FA6500 Housing

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Fantasea Line is now taking orders for the FA6500, a rugged and stylish underwater housing for the Sony A6500 and A6300 mirrorless cameras. Featuring an ergonomic design with access to all essential camera functions, the Fantasea FA6500 is depth rated to 60 metres / 200 feet, and offers double O-ring protection for a perfect watertight seal. The housing ships with a Moisture Detector and Alarm, a Hand Strap and a Body Cap. The estimated retail price of the Fantasea FA6500 housing is $980.

Fantasea Line is now taking orders for the FA6500, a rugged and stylish underwater housing for the Sony A6500 and A6300 mirrorless cameras. Featuring an ergonomic design with access to all essential camera functions, the Fantasea FA6500 is depth rated to 60 metres / 200 feet, and offers double O-ring protection for a...

Sony Publishes Medium-Format Sensor Roadmap

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Sony has updated its medium-format sensor roadmap. The company is planning to launch a 44x33mm, 100-megapixel back-illuminated sensor (IMX461), as well as a 55x41mm (645 format), 150-megapixel back-illuminated imager in both full-colour and monochromatic editions (IMX411) in 2018. THe roadmap also reveals that a monochromatic version of the existing front-illuminated, 100-megapixel IMX211 sensor - which lies at the heart of the Phase One XF 100 camera system - will be released later this year.

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Sony has updated its medium-format sensor roadmap. The company is planning to launch a 44x33mm, 100-megapixel back-illuminated sensor (IMX461), as well as a 55x41mm (645 format), 150-megapixel back-illuminated imager in both full-colour and monochromatic editions (IMX411) in 2018. THe roadmap also reveals that a monochromatic version of the existing front-illuminated, 10...