Category: Cameras

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Panasonic S1/S1R High Res Photo and HLG Photo announced at CES 2019

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2019

High resolution photo merges 8 pictures (using a trick with the IBIS motor) into a giant resolution photo and Panasonic's new HLG Photo mode is a new format to create HDR photography that can be viewed on any HLG compliant display. The display does not flip out and Panasonic is not yet demonstrating their AI contrast based autofocus performance. More specs will be announces up until the release date which is March 2019, the S1 and S1R are targetted more towards photography.

Vuze XR 3D 5.7K 180-camera, Vuze+ 4K 3D 360-camera

Posted by Gennie – December 23, 2018

The Vuze+ by Humaneyes Technologies is a 360 degree camera with 8 camera lenses. It can record in 4K 3D and 2D 360 degree footage. The Vuze+ has 2 Ambarella A9 video processors, a micro-SD card slot, WiFi and USB port.

The Vuze XR offers 180 degree footage in 3D, 5.7K video footage, 18M pixel photos, and 2D 360 degree footage. The Vuze XR has Four ambarella H2 processor,2 12M pixel lenses, micro-SD card reader, Four MEMS 48Hz microphones, and a 1200mAh battery.

151 megapixel camera: PhaseOne XF IQ4

Posted by Gennie – December 23, 2018

PhaseOne XF IQ4 150MP is the world’s first 151-megapixel camera. It provides a back side illuminated sensor. The full frame medium format sensors found in XF IQ4 allows capture more data providing more detail than any other camera ever made.

Bokeh video on Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Posted by Charbax – October 17, 2018

The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro can take Bokeh video, they can blur the background as one of their new video AI modes in 1080p30. I shot here a sample using the phone so you can see the quality of that bokeh effect. Does it look good enough for video-blogging in a way that might have a professional look to it? I guess if the bokeh isn't by optics it's better not to shoot with it, right? But then the whole video is flat. This bokeh AI effect does not seem to recognize the things that are at the same distance, it blurs out anything that it considers not to be part of the face. And it might unblur any other faces that it catches in the background too which kind of defeats the purpose of blurring out the foreground and the background. It is possible though that Huawei might still yet improve on their AI algorithms here to perhaps improve their bokeh video effect further.

Dixie Dixon uses Nikon Z7 at Photokina 2018

Posted by Charbax – October 3, 2018

Dixie Dixon is a Pro Fashion Photographer, Nikon Ambassador, in this Interview she talks about using the new Nikon Z7 Full Frame Mirrorless camera during her Pro Fashion Photography shoot as part of the official Nikon Z7 launch campaign, adapting her favorite lenses including the Nikon 105mm f1.4, using the autofocus, using IBIS, using it for video. In this video I edit in some parts of her official Nikon Z7 video which shows "Behind the scenes" during her Nikon Z7 photo shoot. I also edit in some of the photos that she shot on there.

Sample filmed with Canon EOS R with 24-105mm f4 lens, testing Dual Pixel AF

Posted by Charbax – October 3, 2018

Sample video interview at the Canon Photokina 2018 booth filmed with the 24-105mm f4 on the Canon EOS R camera, since I filmed this in 4K30 it crops in by 1.8x. We also talk about the upcoming 28-70mm f2. This 24-105mm has in-lens stabilization which I thus am testing out in this video, the camera body has no IBIS though so the stabilization here is based on the lens only. EF-S lenses such as the 400euro 10-18mm for the 80D might be a good way to video-blog in 4K even with the 1.8x crop with the equivalence of an 18-32mm.

Canon EOS R at Photokina 2018

Posted by Charbax – October 3, 2018

Canon releases their new Full Frame Mirrorless camera system, the Canon EOS R comes with a new R Mount, with new lenses but it can also adapt all previous Canon lenses using their adapter. They have a very fast and precise Dual Pixel AF for very accurate video autofocus performance. It only has a single SD card slot, 4K video has an 1.8x crop. It does have IBIS neither but the lens based stabilization such as in the 24-70mm f4 kit lens is quite good. The positioning is about in the middle between a 6Dmark2 and a 5Dmark4. The new Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor provides high autofocus performance and low light ability. The new mount also provides very high bandwidth allowing for new features in the lens for better performance. Canon emphasises that the EOS R system is designed to be future proof, this camera is the start for this new mount, possibly this could mean they might soon also provide more video centric camera without the 1.8x crop in 4K shooting, I'd hope with video features like in the new XF705 Pro Camcorder such as 110/160mbitps H265 HEVC for 4K60 HDR HLG 10bit 4:2:2 recording internal to dual SD card slots too.

Canon XF705, 4K60 10bit 4:2:2 HLG H265 HEVC Pro Camcorder

Posted by Charbax – October 3, 2018

First Pro level camera with H265 HEVC compression format, saving higher quality to a 110 or 160mbit/s to dual SD cards, 1" sensor recording HLG and PQ, it can record HDR (internal) and SDR (external) streams at the same time. Follow-up on the very popular XF305, it has 12G SDI connector, HDMI, 16Mbit/s IP streaming (even with 4K60 HDR). Dual XLR one at the front and one at the back. Slightly smaller and lighter than the XF305. The display can be swung onto one side or onto the other. It has Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus which can also be used in manual focus mode with focus assist to help confirm proper focus in manual focus mode. Price is going to be around €7000 plus tax. Avid and other video editing apps will provide H265 HEVC support on launch. It also supports Canon Log3 for post production color grading. There is also H264 XF-AVC in 8bit 4:2:0.

Zhiyun Crane 3 Lab

Posted by Charbax – October 2, 2018

Successor to the very popular Crane 2, made for the cinema market it supports a payload up to 4.5kg, with a wireless HDMI transmittion system to a viewfinder display or transmit video and controls back over Wi-Fi to a phone. The two grip modes allow for sling mode and better handling and is easier to carry and move around. With dual motors included it can control zoom and focus controls, and buttons for controls such as P locked fixed mode and and PF turning follow mode.

$1398 Sony 24mm f1.4 G Master Prime lens 445gr compact

Posted by Charbax – September 28, 2018

The Sony Alpha Full-frame E-mount 24mm F1.4 Wide Prime G Master Lens (pre-order for $1398 at Amazon) features an advanced optical design, including two XA (Extreme Aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements delivering great corner-to-corner resolution, even at a wide F1.4 aperture. An 11-blade circular aperture mechanism creates great bokeh, a hallmark of the G Master series, fast focusing is attained through the DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) focus drive system. This lens sports class-leading size and weight, providing great handling and mobility. I filmed a whole other interview using this 24mm f1.4 G Master lens on the A7III with Ben Pilling about the latest status of Sony in the Digital Imaging market here.