Category: Digital Video Cameras

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sony XDCAM PXW-X70

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Sony Professional has launched a "business" camcorder with a 1"-type sensor and 12x optical zoom. Equipped with a 13.2×8.8mm, 20-megapixel Exmor-R branded CMOS imager and a 29-348mm equivalent Carl Zeiss T* lens, the Sony XDCAM PXW-X70 camcorder weighs in at 1.4kg and measures 180.9×287×130.3mm. Supporting multiple video recording formats, the Sony XDCAM PXW-X70 features an XLR terminal, dual memory card slots as well as HDMI and 3G-SDI interfaces, and records video at up to 1080p resolution at up to 60fps, with Sony promising 4K recording capabilities via a future firmware upgrade. In addition, the Sony XDCAM PXW-X70 has an integrated Wi-Fi module and supports NFC, making it possible to control the camera via your smartphone. Availability and pricing have yet to be confirmed.

Source: Sony Professional - Japan

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blackmagic Camera 1.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Blackmagic Design has released version 1.9 of its Camera software which includes new “heads up display” on-screen metering that provides customers with histogram, peak audio meters and recording time remaining for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (pictured). The update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Existing customers can download this update now and install it onto their camera from either Mac or Windows computers using a simple USB cable connection to the camera. Once the update is complete, customers can view the new on-screen menus by simply swiping their finger up from the bottom of the capacitative touch screen.

Friday, July 25, 2014

VSN Mobil Previews V.360° HD Video Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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VSN Mobil has unveiled its V.360° camera - the first device to capture 360 degrees of video in full 1080p high definition. “The V.360° camera finally makes it possible to capture life’s most astonishing moments at every angle simultaneously,” explained Matt Gordon, VP of Strategic Marketing for VSN Mobil. “This unprecedented device truly changes the game for anyone who wants to shoot videos or capture still images.” The camera features an f/2.8 lens, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU - and Wi-Fi connectivity, which enables it to be controlled through a free companion app for Android and iOS phones and tablets. The V.360° camera is currently on display at the Sin City: A Dame To Kill For experience at Comic-Con 2014, which is open from 9am-6pm every day until 27th July in the Petco Park car park by the footbridge leading to the Convention Center in San Diego.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blackmagic Camera 1.8.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Software
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Blackmagic Design has released version 1.8.2 of its Camera software, which adds 3 new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The new formats include ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy. This update gives customers using Blackmagic Design cameras the ability to get significantly smaller video file sizes allowing much longer recording durations on the same media card, all while preserving full frame 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Selecting the type of ProRes format for recording can be set via the on-screen menus and all ProRes types can be played back instantly. The. Camera 1.8.2 update is available now free of charge from the website below.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Action Cameras to Reach 9m Units in 2018

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Futuresource Consulting has just published the results of a new survey of the action camera market. According to the company, worldwide demand for action cameras reached almost 5 five million units in 2013 - which represented annual growth of 47%. GoPro continues to maintain its position as the dominant market leader, despite a growing number of vendors vying for market share, the report says. Futuresource expects the worldwide action camera market to continue growing out to 2018, by which point the number of units shipped will have reached 9 million per annum.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Summer Special Offer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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As a limited time offer, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is now available for £325/$495. With a normal recommended retail price of  £635/$995, this Summer Special represents a saving of  £310/$500 and is available until 31st August only. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera includes powerful features such as a Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, built in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and active Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Note that the current Summer Special price is subject to limited availability, after which the price will return to the usual RRP.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

LifeLogger Extends Battery Life and Shrinks in Size

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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LifeLogger has elevated several of the features for its head-worn wearable camera. The camera has been made smaller due to the "grouping of GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth into one chip." The smaller chip cuts down power consumption and extends battery life by twenty-five percent. “We’ve also made significant progress in making hardware stabilisation, which is much better than any software stabilisation,” says Garner. “Hardware stabilisation uses a Gyro sensor and it is significantly better than software stabilisation which cuts parts of each frame to make it look smoother." Estimated availability for the LifeLogger camera is end of year 2014, with the first run of mass production anticipated to be sometime between October and November.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS20 is an all-weather video camera that records Full HD movies at a bit rate of 28Mbps. Key highlights include a CMOS sensor, an ultra-wide lens with an angle-of-view of 170° and built-in Wi-Fi that connects Action Cam with the wearable RM-LVR1 Live-View Remote. Available as an optional extra, this waterproofed wrist-mount accessory makes it easy to check shots and control up to five cameras with Action Cam mounted in hard-to-reach places. Battery life is approximately 130 minutes with Wi-Fi and 150 minutes without. The new HDR-AS20 Action Cam from Sony is available to pre-order now from Sony UK. Availability is slated for late June 2014.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Butterfleye

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Butterfleye today unveiled a smart camera with Active Eye Intelligence that lets you see and hear what’s happening in your home when you are away. " When you are nearby, butterfleye becomes your personal photographer, capturing candid moments that might otherwise be missed," the company says. The smart, social and connected Fukk HD camera features Active Eye Intelligence that automatically captures pictures and videos throughout the day and uploads them to the Cloud, where they can then be accessed via an iPhone and shared on social networks including Facebook, Instagram and Vine. butterfleye now available to pre-order, for $199.

Friday, May 16, 2014

LifeLogger

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Billed as the World's smallest and lightest wearable video camera, LifeLogger is a head-worn device that introduces a way to capture, search, re-live and share moments in real time. “Imagine you could live stream your wedding proposal, your first roller coaster ride, the moment you hold your child for the first time,” says Stew Garner, CEO of LifeLogger. “LifeLogger gives you the photographic memory and details that you might forget or are too busy experiencing to capture otherwise.” With LifeLogger, you can record up to eight hours of hands-free 720p footage without the need to hold up a camera or phone. Equipped with GPS and Wi-Fi, LifeLogger can be easily controlled from your or smartphone via the Android and iOS app. The LifeLogger app allows users to control their device, manage existing videos, sign in to your cloud account and either automatically upload your footage or choose to manually upload the videos and memories you wish to cherish. Anyone can support LifeLogger in getting the camera into production through Kickstarter, where backers of $169 or more are rewarded with a camera and three months of up to 25GB of cloud storage

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Canon Summer Cashback

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Canon UK has launched its summer cashback promotion giving you the chance to.get up to £100/€120 cashback on a range of selected Canon products across DSLRs, compact cameras, lenses, video cameras and printers. The offer runs from 15 May 2014 to 13 August 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Canon is also taking its cashback offer on the road this summer, visiting locations across the UK. To learn more, visit Canon UK’s Facebook page.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Pyle eXpo HD Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Pyle Audio has revealed the eXpo Hi-Speed HD Action Camera. Recording at 60,50,30 or 25 frames-per-second, this camera produces 1080p and 720p movies and comes complete with a "marine-grade" waterproof case that is safe for up to 190 feet. The camera can also be operated by a Wi-Fi remote control to wirelessly snap pictures and record video. With the addition of the Pyle eXpo app you are able to capture/record videos and photos directly from your smartphone. The eXpo Hi-Speed HD Action Camera from Pyle is available in black and white for $249.99.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quadruple Success for Sony at 2014 TIPA Awards

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The Technical Image Press Association has recognised four Sony products with TIPA 2014 awards. The Sony a7R (pictured) has been named this year's Best Professional Compact System Camera, the FDR-AX100 has been chosen as 2014's Best Camcorder, the HDR-AS100V has won the title Best ActionCam, whilst the Sony QX series has emerged as the winner of the Mobile Imaging Device category. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

iSAW EXtreme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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PXS Distribution has announced that the new EXtreme action camera is now available in the UK. The camera comes with an f/2.4 lens and a 12-megapixel sensor, as well as a built-in LCD screen. The camera supports video recording quality 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps, and WVGA at 240fps. The iSAW EXtreme can be mounted on a tripod or on the head, and can be fully controlled via a smartphone or a tablet through Wi-Fi. The iSAW EXtreme is available for $249.

Friday, April 11, 2014

CION Shoots 4K Video at 120fps

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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AJA Video Systems have announced a professional grade 4K/2K cinema camera called CION. When recording in HD or 2K, the image is oversampled from the full 4K sensor, retaining focal length and angle-of-view. Featuring a PL mount, CION is compatible with industry-standard cine lenses and offers in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs. Additionally, CION has the ability to output 4K raw data at up to 120 fps via 4x 3G-SDI outputs and can record directly to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 60 frames per second. CION will be available Summer 2014 via a worldwide network of AJA resellers at a US MSRP of $8,995. AJA Pak SSD media is available at a US MSRP of $695 (256GB) and $1295 (512GB).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Contour Returns to Action Camera Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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After completing a financial overhaul, Contour is now under new ownership and is back on the map as a player in the action camera market, the company says. In the coming months Contour plans to launch new cameras with a one-touch locking record switch, laser alignment system and 270-degree rotating lens. The company’s return to the market is punctuated by the re-launch of its website that currently offers the Contour+2 with wireless connectivity (pictured), the waterproof ROAM2 and a full range of accessories.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blackmagic Studio Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Blackmagic Design have announced the Blackmagic Studio Camera, which is billed as the world’s smallest live broadcast camera with the world’s largest viewfinder. Available in 1080 HD and Ultra HD models, the Blackmagic Studio Camera includes features specifically targeted at the requirements of live production. Inside the lightweight magnesium alloy body, the Blackmagic Studio Camera boasts a 10” viewfinder, 4-hour battery life, talkback, tally indicators, phantom powered microphone connections and built in optical fiber and SDI connections. Additionally, the Blackmagic Studio Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount meaning customers can start out with a more affordable setup based on photo lenses and then move to larger but more expensive ENG lenses (attached via an MFT-to-B4 lens mount adapter) as they grow their business, the company says. The Blackmagic Studio Camera HD is available now for $1,995. The Ultra HD version will be available in June for US$2 ,995.

Blackmagic URSA

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Blackmagic URSA is a new high-end digital motion picture camera featuring a user upgradable sensor and lens mount. Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single-person use, the Blackmagic URSA has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, Super35 size 4K image sensor and internal dual raw and Apple ProRes recorders. Because the sensor and lens mount assembly can be changed, customers can choose EF or PL lens mounts, or even a broadcast video sensor with B4 mount, then upgrade the camera in the future. The Blackmagic URSA EF model will retail for $5,995. The camera is now on display at the Blackmagic Design NAB 2014 booth (#SL219).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Braun SixZero Ultimate Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro has released  the new Braun SixZero Ultimate Action camera. Offering 1080i/60fps, 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps capture modes the Braun SixZero Ultimate Action camera has an electronic high speed shutter, an ultra-wide lens and an integrated 1.5 inch LCD monitor. The device ships with an underwater housing that makes it possible for users to dive up to a depth of 30m, plus a remote control, mounting accessories for bikes, cars and helmets, a user manual, power adapter, USB-cable and HDMI cable - all for £200.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Braun Master Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro have announced the Braun Master Action Camera. Featuring a 16-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, ultra-wide lens and multiple shooting modes; the Braun Master Action Camera records 1080p videos and connects to the included external TFT screen for movie playback. Other accessories that come with the camera as standard include a waterproof housing (with own case), 2 flat stickers, 2 convex stickers, cloth bag, USB cable, waterproof plug and lithium-ion battery. Optional accessories include an external special-purpose microphone, head strap mount and self-timer accessories, various 3m adhesives, strap and surf accessories. SRP for the Braun Master Action Camera is £249.95.