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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

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.

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Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

Blackmagic Design has introduced a high-resolution electronic viewfinder specifically designed for the Blackmagic URSA and Blackmagic URSA Mini digital video cameras. Featuring a Full HD OLED display, the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder has been designed to meet the needs of high-end cinematographers. The display has been matched with precision glass optics, has an adjustable dioptre and built-in digital focus chart. When used with Blackmagic URSA cameras, the electronic viewfinder can also display overlays for things like recording status, camera settings, battery life and more. There’s even a built in sensor that helps preserve the life of the OLED screen by only turning the viewfinder on when needed. The Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder will be available in July for $1,495.

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Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K

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.

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Blackmagic Video Assist

The Blackmagic Video Assist is a portable, all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used with any SDI or HDMI camera. Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist features a bright 5" full HD monitor and touchscreen with a 135º viewing angle. Customers can record broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video onto fast, inexpensive and widely available SD cards in Apple ProRes and DNxHD file formats. The Blackmagic Video Assist includes 2 standard LP-E6 battery slots allowing hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The Blackmagic Video Assist is available in July for $495.

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Blackmagic Design Announces New 4.6K Sensor

Blackmagic Design has announced a new high-performance 4.6K sensor for its URSA high-end digital video cameras. The new Super 35 image sensor features high resolution of 4608 x 2592 at 120 frames per second and 15 stops of dynamic range for images that rival those shot on many traditional motion picture film stocks. That means customers can now use URSA to get the most epic cinematic shots with more detail in the shadows and highlights than ever before. Videos are recorded as 12-bit lossless Cinema DNG raw files to preserve the maximum amount of image data and quality. The Blackmagic URSA 4.6K will be available in limited volumes from June, and increasing to full supply in July and August.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Canon USA Slashes Lens Prices

Canon USA has reduced the MSRPs of over 30 EF lenses and teleconverters. "It’s a great time to expand your creative reach, because we’ve just made 33 of our high-performance EF lenses more affordable," the company says. "With an exciting selection of our best lenses to choose from, the right lens at the right new price awaits!" Click through / scroll down to see the updated price list.

Zhongyi Optics Tease New Lens

Zhongyi Optics have launched a teaser campaign for a new SLR lens. The soon-to-be-released lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A and Pentax K mounts and will be officially announced in the coming days. Via its Facebook fan page, the company said that the new product has similar specifications to a Canon lens that is currently available from B&H for $2,099. This description fits the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and 14mm f/2.8L II USM lenses, so we expect that the new Zhongyi Mitakon will be eaither a bright, short telephoto lens or an ultra-wide prime.

DJI Ronin-M

DJI today announced the DJI Ronin-M, a lightweight handheld camera stabiliser with a maximum load capacity of 8lbs. Featuring a unique, lightweight (5lbs) magnesium frame, the DJI Ronin-M opens up possibilities for camera movements. “The Ronin-M features many of the same key features that have made the DJI Ronin a favourite among filmmaking professionals,” said Paul Pan, Product Manager of the DJI Ronin. “At the same time, we have looked at many performance upgrades so that the Ronin-M can be as mobile as possible and used virtually anywhere.” Small enough to carry in a backpack, the DJI Ronin-M incorporates DJI’s signature SmoothTrack system, allowing operators to easily track action on a multiple or single axes. The quick-release system for the top handle allows users to mount the DJI Ronin-M easily to jibs, cranes and tripods. DJI is exhibiting the Ronin-M as well as the recently announced DJI Phantom 3 at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas this week at booth Central Hall C1707.

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Lensbaby Announces UK Pricing for Velvet 56 Lens

Lensbaby has announced the UK RRPs of the Velvet 56, a new 56mm lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 and maximum aperture of f/1.6. Boasting an all-metal construction, the Lensbaby Velvet 56 is available in two colours, black and silver. The black version sells for £419 and the silver edition (pictured) retails for £499.

Snapseed 2.0

Google have released Version 2.0 of Snapseed for Android and iOS. The free app promises to give you the precision and control of professional photo editing software on your phone or tablet. New tools in Version 2.0 include Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast, intelligent Perspective Transform, and Spot Healing. Non-destructive editing via Stacks allows you to re-edit or undo any change, and you can now selectively apply filters and effects to parts of the image using the Brush tool.

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