Category: Digital Video Cameras
Thursday, July 23, 2015
RED have issued a firmware update for their Epic and Scarlet camera platforms, adding several still photography features. One of these is a new multi-shot mode. In this mode, if you press the red button on the side-handle once, the camera will capture a single frame - but if you keep it depressed, it will record all the frames for the duration you hold down that button. Another new mode is Motion+Stills, which allows users to mark individual frames for extraction while recording video, reducing the amount of time needed to find the perfect one at the post processing stage. Finally, the S-M sliding switch on the side handle now toggles between Stills and Movie modes. The default settings in Stills mode include 6K resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio, so in essence by switching to this mode you can turn your RED device into a "traditional" 19-megapixel digital camera. Click through / scroll down for the details and a video explanation.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Digital imaging startup “Z” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of the E1, a diminutive 4K video camera with a FourThirds sized imager and an MFT lens mount. Billed as the World's smallest interchangeable-lens 4K video camera, the new E1 is Wi-Fi 802.11N, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) compliant and comes with an Ambarella A9 image processor. Advanced 3D noise filters using motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) technology reduce noise and jitter, promising "incredible low-light performance" with a top sensitivity of ISO 102,400/51°. Proprietary iOS and Android apps provide the ability to control, live stream and manage content via a wide range of smartphones and tablets. Advanced users can customise the functionality of the E1 through a software development kit available in two versions. Once the Kickstarter campaign has been completed, the E1 will retail for $699 in a body-only configuration, as well as in a kit with a 14mm f/2.5 lens for $999.
Monday, July 6, 2015
GoPro have announced HERO4 Session, which is billed as the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. Fifty percent smaller and forty percent lighter than GoPro’s HERO4 Black and Silver cameras, HERO4 Session benefits from a durable waterproof design that eliminates the need for a separate housing, and features simple one-button interface. An expanded set of controls and settings can be accessed when using the GoPro App or Smart Remote. The new action cam captures 1080p60, 720p100 and 1440p30 video along with 8-megapixel photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. HERO4 Session is compatible with existing GoPro mounts and will retail for $399.99
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Yuneec International have just launched the Typhoon Q500 4K quadcopter, which offers 4K movie recording and 12-megapixel still image capture. The newest member of the Typhoon family offers up to 25-minutes of flight time while filming with its CGO3 4K camera. The unit comes ready to fly with a standard ST10+ Personal Ground Station featuring a 5.5-inch touchscreen, while the 3-axis anti-vibration CGO3 gimbal camera comes with a fixed-focus UWA lens and is capable of recording Full HD videos at 120fps for slow-motion playback. Stills can be saved as DNG raw files or JPEGs. The Typhoon Q500 4K system is available for the suggested retail price of $1299.
Friday, June 26, 2015
The next generation of the Polaroid Cube "lifestyle action camera," the WiFi-enabled Polaroid Cube+, made its debut at CE Week 2015. Compatible with iOS and Android devices via the Polaroid Cube+ app, users can sync the camera with their smartphone or tablet to capture and share their 1080p videos and still images instantaneously. The app allows users to control their Polaroid Cube+ lifestyle action camera through their mobile device, or use their device as a viewfinder. Additionally, users can edit, save, print and share their videos and photos instantly from their mobile device using the app. The Polaroid Cube+ will become available in August, priced at $149.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Eyefi announced today that its Mobi Pro photography solution now integrates both GoPro and Olympus Wi-Fi cameras. With Eyefi, photos from these cameras are instantly transferred and automatically organised alongside the ones from their smartphones. “No one uses just one device for taking pictures anymore,” said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. “We understand that photographers want to choose any camera... and still have instant access to all their photos all together in a single collection without having to go home, upload them into a computer and manually merge each one. We’re giving photographers the flexibility and convenience to share images from all their cameras and the insight to discover more about their photos.” Eyefi apps and cloud service automatically organise these images and make it easier than ever to find and discover more about them. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera solution is available to all Eyefi Cloud members as part of their £3.49/$4.99/monthly subscription service. Non-Eyefi Cloud customers can purchase it through the Eyefi Mobi app on their phone or tablet for £3.49/$4.99. This feature is currently available for Android devices and is planned for iOS devices later this year. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera connectivity is available for use with GoPro Hero+ LCD, Hero 3, GoPro Hero 4 and Olympus Stylus 1, Olympus PEN E-P5, Olympus Stylus TG- 860, and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Inspired by Eepy Bird’s film “Extreme Sticky Note Experiments." Sony Japan's team attached the FDR-X1000V 4K ActionCam to a miniature train and sent it on a vibrant journey through a world made entirely of sticky notes. Fifty cleverly designed stunts, using 200,000 sticky notes in eleven different colours, form a journey through green forests and wild rivers whilst exploring waterfalls and rainbows- all captured in stunning detail by the FDR-X1000V. Click through / scroll down to watch the movie "Colour Adventure with Sticky Notes," directed by Kanji Suto.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Sony NXCAM HXR-NX100 is a new professional video camera featuring a 1"-type 20-megapixel sensor, which is approximately the same size as a Super 16mm film frame. Other highlights include a fixed Sony G lens, offering 12x optical zoom and a built-in 4-step ND filter; manual focus, zoom and aperture rings; a 0.24"-type 1550K-dot EVF and 3.5"-type 1550K-dot LCD; and a wide variety of connectivity options including HDMI, Multi/Micro USB, XLR terminals, REMOTE, Composite (BNC) and a Multi Interface (MI) Shoe. The camcorder offers multiple recording formats including AVCHD and DV which are suitable for conventional workflow, and newly implemented XAVC S 50Mbps which delivers better image quality especially for professional needs. The Sony HXR-NX100 will available in October 2015.
Monday, June 1, 2015
GoPro today launched their its new HERO+ LCD camera. Capble of recording Full HD 60p movies and 8-megapixel photos, the GoPro HERO+ LCD features a convenient touch display for easy shot framing, settings control and access to an all-new in-camera video trimming feature. Rugged and waterproof to 40m, the new GoPro HERO+ LCD also includes advanced features like HiLight Tagging and in-camera video trimming to make it easier to identify and share your favorite moments. HiLight Tagging lets you mark key moments while recording and during playback so you can easily find them later, and the all-new video trimming feature allows you to create short clips in-camera for easier sharing without a computer. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connect the GoPro HERO+ LCD to your smartphone or tablet for easy camera control and shot preview when your camera is mounted or out of reach. The GoPro App also allows for easy content sharing to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The HERO+ LCD will be available for purchase in the United States from 7 June 2015. International availability will begin five days later.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Canon have launched a cashback promotion in the UK and Ireland. The offer enables photographers to claim up to £50/€60 cashback on a variety of products including three dSLRs, the EOS M3 compact system camera, four EF-S and four EF lenses, two flash units, five compact cameras, five camcorders and four printers. The promotion runs until 19th August 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Narrative’s tiny, automatic Clip 2 camera - which features wireless connectivity and versatile mounting options - is now available for pre-order. Those who order their Clip 2 before 31st May will receive their Clip 2 first with free shipping and an exclusive Narrative Clip skin to customise the camera for optimised wearability. Each pre-order customer also has a chance to win a “Golden Ticket,” a free round-trip ticket to visit a loved one by answering the question, ‘who would you like to reconnect with and why?’ The winner will be selected after pre-order closes and will be able to capture the special experience on the new Clip 2 camera. Pre-orders can be made at the Narrative website for $199.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Kenro has announced an updated version of the Braun Jumper ActionCam. This affordable action camera shoots 8-megapixel stills and 1080p/30fps video footage, and includes an underwater housing that allows the camera to operate at a depth of up to 30m. The images and videos captured with the camera can be viewed on an integrated 1.77in LCD screen. The suggested retail price is £63.12 including VAT. "This is an easy to operate, no fuss ActionCam that will ideally suit those coming into this market for the first time," says Paul Kench, Kenro's managing director. "With such a great price point this is also set to make a superb gift."
Monday, May 11, 2015
Kenro has announced an updated version of its Braun Champion ActionCam. Featuring a 2-inch TFT display, longer battery life (up to 150 minutes), 130-degree lens and Wi-Fi functionality, the camera shoots Full HD (1920x1080p/30fps) movies and 5-megapixel stills. A waterproof housing is included with the kit, which is depth rated for 55 metres. The recommended retail price of the Braun Champion II ActionCam is £117 including VAT.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
TomTom today launched the all-new TomTom Bandit action camera, which makes editing and sharing videos quick and easy. Billed as the first-ever camera to come with a built-in media server, the TomTom Bandit action camera works with a companion app (iOS only for the time being), making it possible to create and share videos in a matter of minutes. In editing mode, a simple shake of the smartphone instantly creates an exciting movie. Users can then easily make changes, add music and add overlays of favourite metrics. In addition to capturing HD, Full HD, 2.7K and 4K movies, the TomTom Bandit can also shoot 16-megapixel stills using a CCD sensor and an UWA lens. Connectivity options inlcude Bluetooth, Wi-fi and USB 3.0. The TomTom Bandit action camera will be available in May priced at £299.99.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Garmin has announced two HD action cameras, the VIRB X and the VIRB XE. Waterproof to 50 metres, theVIRB X and XE boast a plethora of built-in sensors and wireless functionality options, which can be utilized through the new G-Metrix feature for a wide array of data overlays and a richer viewing experience. The VIRB XE is designed to shoot professional HD footage at 1440p/30fps and 1080p/60fps with super slow-mo, image stabilisation and different zoom levels. The VIRB X shoots crisp HD footage at 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps with slow-mo and zoom options. Both versions can capture 12-megapixel stills, and the XE version has a Pro Mode with more advanced manual camera adjustments such as white balance control, sharpness control, colour profile control, ISO and exposure compensation. The Garmin VIRB X will have a suggested retail price of $299.99, and the VIRB XE will have an SRP of $399.99.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Blackmagic URSA Mini is the World's lightest handheld Super 35 digital film camera with a 4K or 4.6K sensor. Key features include up to 15 stops of dynamic range, switchable global or rolling shutter, a large 5" fold-out monitor and dual raw and Apple ProRes recorders. The Blackmagic URSA Mini is available in 4 models, customers can choose either EF or PL lens mounts and 4K or 4.6K image sensors. Prices for the Blackmagic URSA Mini start at $2,995 for the 4K EF model.
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is an interchangeable-lens Full HD action cam with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount and a Super 16 sized sensor. The unique feature of this new camera is the built in expansion port that provides access to many of the camera’s unique functions via radio model aircraft remote controls and other common remote control solutions. The expansion connector includes 4 PWM channels for using all brands of control gear, or custom wiring, as well as a single S.Bus connection which can accept up to 18 channels of control using the single cable. Offering 13 stops of dynamic range, 12-bit raw image recording, and a choice of a 60fps rolling shutter or 30fps global shutter; the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera will be available in July for $995.
The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is a tiny Ultra HD and HD studio camera claimed to deliver "dramatically better quality" than the biggest and most expensive studio cameras used today. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K comes equipped with a broadcast grade Ultra HD sensor and features a built-in colour corrector, talkback, tally indicator, PTZ control output, B4 lens control output, and an MFT lens mount. When used for regular HD, the extra sensor resolution completely eliminates any colour loss from the sensor’s bayer pattern so customers get full bandwidth RGB HD colour and superior sub pixel anti-aliasing. The camera also features 6G-SDI output and a program return input that allows it to be controlled remotely from a switcher using Blackmagic’s SDI control protocol. The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K will be available July for $1,295.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. Among the winners are the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (Best Digital SLR Expert), the Fujifilm X100T (Best Premium Camera), the Fujifilm X30 (Best Expert Compact Camera), the Leica T (Best Design), the Lytro Illum (Best Imaging Innovation), the Nikon Coolpix P610 (Best Superzoom Camera), the Nikon D5500 (Best Digital SLR Entry Level), the Nikon D810 (Best Digital SLR Professional), the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark ll (Best CSC Expert), the Panasonic LX100 (Best Photo/Video Camera Expert), the Panasonic FT6 (Best Rugged Camera), the Panasonic GM5 (Best CSC Advanced), the Pentax 645Z (Best Medium Format Camera), the Pentax K-2 (Best Digital SLR Advanced), the Ricoh WG-M1 (Best ActionCam, pictured), the Samsung NX1 (Best CSC Professional), the Sony A5100 (Best CSC Entry Level) and the Sony A7S (Best Photo/Video Camera Professional).
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Canon are developing a new proprietary video format for the efficient recording of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video footage. Mainly targeting professional-use 4K video camcorders, Canon's new XF-AVC format promises greater workflow efficiency and convenience during the production process. Canon will employ XF-AVC primarily in the company's 4K-compatible professional-use video camcorders, such as the XC10 (to go on sale in mid June 2015) and EOS C300 Mark II (to go on sale in early September 2015).