Friday, April 10, 2015
Canon is developing a free firmware update for its DP-V3010 30-inch professional UHD reference display (pictured). Through the firmware upgrade, users will be able to take advantage of such new functions as an HDR display mode, which enables the display of HDR video with minimal underexposed and overexposed areas, and a function for displaying content captured in the ITU-R BT.2020 next-generation broadcast standard colour gamut, which was adopted for 4K UHD-TV broadcasting tests. Plus, the new firmware will enable the DP-V3010 to support the latest ACESproxy transfer standard. When used in combination with input devices supporting the ACESproxy standard, the DP-V3010 display can deliver consistent colour reproduction both on-set and during the editing process, the company says. The new firmware upgrade is expected to be available in November.
Canon have unveiled a 24-inch reference display featuring a 10-bit Ultra HD IPS panel, eight look-up tables and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Weighing approximately 26lbs. the Canon DP-V2410 monitor has a resolution of 4096x2160 pixels and an aspect ratio of 17:9. A special anti-glare coating helps ensure faithful image reproduction within challenging environments often encountered when shooting on location. A Canon-designed RGB LED backlight system and specially developed high-bit depth image processing engine helps ensure highly uniform brightness and accurate DCI-P3 colour reproduction. The display panel and associated digital video processing offer two modes of HDR portrayal. In addition, the internal debayering facilitates direct live viewing of the uncompressed, raw 4K/2K outputs of the Canon EOS C500 and EOS C300 Mark II cameras. The Canon DP-V2410 4K Reference Display is scheduled to be available November for a list price of $18,000.
With sales of consumer orientated camera drones on the up, and the technology getting ever more affordable, Chinese manufacturer DJI has announced what it is terming the possible “future of aerial imaging and video”. It has launched not one but two updates to its Phantom series. These are the Phantom 3 ‘Professional’ – a 4K shooting unmanned aerial vehicle with gold detailing and a suggested retail price of £1,159 – plus a second model in the Phantom 3 Advanced. The latter records 1080P video, costs a more affordable £899 SRP, and is outwardly distinguishable via its silver detailing. Gavin Stoker attended the London launch and was able to get hands-on with the devices.
DJI have announced the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced drones. Using DJI’s innovative Visual Positioning System), these Phantom 3 platforms can hold their positioning indoors without GPS and can easily take off and land with the push of a button. Controllers for the Phantom 3 come paired with DJI’s Lightbridge technology, which allows pilots to see what the Phantom 3 camera is seeing in HD (720p) at a distance up to 1 mile. The Phantom 3 Professional (£1,159 / $1,259) is capable of shooting 4K video at up to 30fps, while the Phantom 3 Advanced (£899 / $999) records at resolutions up to 1080p at 60fps. These cameras are stabilised using 3-axis gimbals to keep the video smooth regardless of flight or wind conditions. Both models shoot 12 megapixel photos using a 94⁰ UWA lens and a 1/2.3"-type sensor. ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation, can be set using both the DJI Pilot app and the physical controls on the remote controllers.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
LaCie's Rugged Thunderbolt SSD will soon be available in a 1TB capacity. With double the storage, the new LaCie is just as tough and portable with no size or weight increase compared to the 500 GB offering. The new external drive delivers speeds of up to 387 MB/s, enabling users to transfer 100 GB in less than five minutes. The LaCie Rugged even provides enough bandwidth to review and edit photos or video in the field, the company says. The new 1 TB SSD version of the LaCie Rugged drive will be available later this month for $949.99.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Venus Optics has announced the Kuangren Macro Twin Flash KX-800, billed as the world’s most powerful macro twin flash with flexible arms. Featuring a combined guide number of 190 (in feet) with 8 levels of power adjustment, the Kuangren Macro Twin Flash KX-800 has a recycle time of 2-5 seconds. Powered by 4 AA batteries, the kit weighs in at 1 pound and comes complete with two 48cm long dual flexible arms and a LED focusing light. The recommended retail price is $299.
Datacolor has released Spyder5, the next generation of its popular monitor calibration solutions. The Spyder5 colorimeter is compact, portable and protected for use on all laptop and desktop monitors. Datacolor has redesigned Spyder’s 7-detector optical engine to deliver up to a 55% improvement in tonal response, resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients. Spyder5EXPRESS (£102 / $129) is a cost-effective tool for serious photographers seeking an easy-to-use colour accuracy solution through a simple, interactive four-step process guide. Using its before and after feature, users can evaluate calibration results using a professional Datacolor composite image. Spyder5PRO (£153 / $189) is ideal for photographers and creative professionals looking to take their skill and artistic vision to the next level by achieving precise colour accuracy. Spyder5ELITE (£222 / $279) offers a built-in tripod mount to easily calibrate front projector displays. Expert features include an unlimited range of calibration settings, comprehensive display analysis, advanced before and after evaluation of imported images, monitor matching and tuning, and optimized grey balance routines.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Transcend has launched a range of MLC-based, UHS-I Speed Class 3 compliant microSD memory cards for 4K action cameras. Available in capacities up to 64GB, these cards boast transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s in devices supporting the UHS-I specification. The cards are not only temperature proof, enduring extreme temperatures from -25°C to 85°C, but also waterproof, static proof, x-ray proof and shockproof. They all come with Transcend's exclusive RecoveRx software, which features a user-friendly interface that allows users to search deep within a storage device for traces of erased files that can be rescued. The UHS-I U3 (633X) microSD cards carry Transcend's Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Adaptalux is an adaptable, miniature portable lighting studio designed for macro and product photography. "This lighting system for macro photography is all about innovation and creativity, both in the product design and the incredibly creative pictures and videos it allows photographers to make without having to travel the world," says Martin Brenig-Jones, Co-Owner and Business Director, Adaptalux. "Macro photography subjects are everywhere and look amazing with the right lighting!" Adaptalux is split into three main parts; a control panel, a set of lighting arms and a set of effect components. Currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, the Adptalux project has already raised over £42,000, with 29 days left to go.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
PolarPro will launch its newest POV action cam accessories at the 2015 NAB Show. The product line-up will include new hand-held and hands-free POV action cam mounts, battery-integrated carrying cases and lens filters specially designed for use with drones and quadcopters. Attendees of the upcoming 2015 NAB Show can visit PolarPro in booth #C12362 to demo the entire PolarPro range.
Friday, March 27, 2015
National Geographic and Manfrotto have launched a sporty new line of photography backpacks, totes and holsters. The Mediterranean Collection offers 7 different models including small and medium backpacks, shoulder bags, a medium holster and a medium sling bag. Each bag is ergonomically designed for photographers to travel in comfort, whilst maintaining easy access to their gear. The Mediterranean collection is available from £64.95.
Transcend has launched a new range of wide-temperature SDHC and microSDHC memory cards. Compliant with SD Specification Version 3.01, Transcend's MLC-based SDHC memory cards boast 20MB/s and an extra large 32GB capacity. The cards can operate effectively between -40°C to 85°C and are ideal for use in cameras with demanding performance and capacity requirements. Available in capacities of up to 32GB, these Class 10 cards feature built-in Error Correction Code that helps detect and correct potential transfer errors.
TurnsPro is a time lapse camera mount designed to create panning time lapse videos or movies with your phone, DSLR or action camera. With an industry standard screw fitting in the base to securely attach the unit to any tripod of your choosing and a similar screw on the top, thereby allowing a wide range of cameras to can be fitted to take footage. GoPros, action cams and compact cameras easily fit on TurnsPro and even a DSLR with a smallish lens has been used (the suggested maximum weight is 1kg, however with a separate mounting cradle the mechanism is rated to 1.5kg as long as the camera is balanced). In addition, a mobile phone mount is included which will securely hold your smart phone or tablet in place. The device allows the user to select the speed and direction of rotation. TurnsPro is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.
Manfrotto has just launched its new Lumie series of portable LED lights. They feature super bright surface mount LED technology and superior colour accuracy (>92% CRI), and each Lumie LED kit comes with a snap-fit filter mount as well as a variety of CTO and diffusing filters. In addition to the standard filters, there are Portrait, Classic and Multicolour kits as well as a friction-based ballhead that enables 360° pan orientation and up to 35° in any other direction. The series comprises three units that differ in their power output and the number of LEDs they contain. The Lumie Play has 3 diodes, offers 220 lux of illumination and costs £44.95. The Lumie Art (6 LEDs, 440 lux) is available for £69.95. The Lumie Muse (8 LEDs, 550 lux) is £99.95.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
In celebration of World Backup Day, ioSafe has announced a special offer on its Solo G3 external hard drive. Featuring fanless FloSafe Vent Design for near-silent operation, the ioSafe Solo G3 is waterproof to 10m and protects data from loss in temperatures up to 1550°F for up to half an hour. Visit ioSafe to get 15% off the 3TB version plus a free upgrade to the 3 year Data Recovery Service until 15 April 2015.
Monday, March 23, 2015
X-Rite are offering a one-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, worth £102, with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2. “When working in Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC or both, photographers need the confidence that they are seeing an accurate representation of their image. They need the reassurance that the adjustments they are making in these powerful applications will appear correctly on screen and in print,” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” For more information, visit the website below.
Fantasea Line has announced the availability of the FG7X underwater housing for the Canon PowerShot G7 X digital compact camera. Manufactured to the highest professional standards, the Fantasea Line FG7X housing provides access to all camera essential functions with ergonomically designed and labelled controls. The FG7X has been successfully depth tested to 80 metres (240ft.) and is certified to a maximum depth of 60m (200ft.), which is well beyond the 40m (130ft.) dive limit of most compact housings. The FG7X was designed to be compatible with a complete accessory system including wide-angle and macro lenses, color correction filters, flashes, video lights and all necessary adaptors and connectors. The housing is now available and accepting orders.
Friday, March 20, 2015
California-based camera bag manufacturers CineBags have introduced their latest design, the CB26 GP Bunker. Designed for GoPro cameras and accessories, the CineBags CB 26 GP Bunker has a padded carry handle, removable shoulder strap, exterior pouches with over-sized zippers and a padded laptop compartment. The new CB26 GP Bunker will officially be introduced at the 2015 NAB show in Las Vegas and is available from B&H, AbelCine, Adorama, Express Video Supply, Studio Depot, Filmtools, and Amazon.
Modelled after its American parent company, MAC Group US, the new MAC Group Europe unit will bring the same unique line of products to the EU. "We believe in the old-fashioned way of selling, people-to-people," says MAC Group president Jan Lederman. "So our new sales team will be bringing that message, face-to-face, with our European dealers." Leading the foray into this territory from the company's new Wolverhampton headquarters will be Managing Director Nigel Fielden, who previously spent many years overseeing the European market for Lowepro and Manfrotto. The group's current brand portfolio includes Benro, Induro, MeFOTO, Tenba and Vü.
This year, Tiffen will be showcasing a large variety of brands that fall under the Tiffen umbrella, including Lowel Lighting, Steadicam, Domke and Tiffen filters, at The Photography Show. “Tiffen believe that today’s photographers are becoming increasingly creative and are thirsty for the knowledge and believe The Photography Show have addressed this need by offering invaluable talks, seminars and training sessions for visitors whilst they search for the best price on products and accessories to help them achieve such content". Daniel Waite, International Sales Manager Tiffen International Ltd says. “Tiffen have organised a number of such sessions with Damien Demolder, who will be hosting 45 minute presentations with the full range of XLE filters. These will take place, free of charge on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday from 2:30pm on the Tiffen stand - H61." The Photography Show will be taking place from tomorrow until 24th March at the Birmingham NEC.