Category: Cameras

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Socionext camera/video AI, IoT, Linaro, processing, low light, security cameras and more

Posted by Charbax – June 25, 2018

Socionext and partners show their newest solutions featuring the Linaro Edge Box and other of their solutions for camera and video processing, AI, IoT including their Image Signal Processor demonstrations for High-accuracy license plate recognition, High-performance under ultra-low-light conditions, Multi-camera UHD panorama view (four cameras), AR / VR / MR / XR, Video – Hybrid Codec Solution Demos, Socionext's High-density video transcoding for Cost-saving IP video distribution, Intelligent edge computing, AI / IoT – Edge Computing and High-performance AI inference system for High-efficiency video management systems (VMS) and Power-saving edge.

Wunder360 Evomotion 3K 360-camera with smart 360 video features

Posted by Charbax – April 20, 2018

Evomotion shows their latest Wunder360 C1 & S1, with features of 360° 3K Video and 4K Photo, Social 360 Live Streaming, Built-in 9-Axis IMU Stabilizer, 5G Wi-Fi, Off-line streaming, ReFrame & Auto Tracking and In-camera stitching Tech for both products. S1 camera also has a waterproof case and removable battery support. I filmed this interview also using the Wunder360 camera which you can watch using your VR headset (by your Smartphone with Cardboard style box or by All-in-one VR headset) here.

Allwinner V5, real 4K30 action camera and security/smart camera chipset

Posted by Charbax – April 19, 2018

Allwinner V5 chip uses the HawkView 5.0 image processing engine, which integrates 2D/3D intelligent noise reduction, frame width dynamic synthesis, sharpening enhancement, specific color enhancement and other image pre-processing technologies, combined with various types of image scene requirements, for each frame of the picture it applies real-time fine detail recovery. This chipset is for the "real" 4K action camera and 4K-enhanced security camera solutions, where smart object tracking can enhance the resolution only of the moving objects to save on bandwidth. Also the Allwinner V5 encodes using H265 to provide for about the same quality at about half the bitrate compared with H264.

$2499 Panasonic GH5s interview (filmed with GH5s) better Low Light, better AF, DCI4K60

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2018

Available to pre-order for $2499 at Amazon.com, Panasonic has improved their Low Light performance and their Autofocus performance (it looks like to me, after shooting this video, for now, compared with my GH5 videos that I am posting in the playlist here) on the GH5s compared with last year's Panasonic GH5 micro four thirds camera. They removed the amazing Sensor Image Stabilization feature of the GH5 though in this camera, they say as some professional users are asking for it to be removed, and they say also that is because they used a 10.28 Megapixel Multi Aspect Ratio MOS Sensor in this one. WIth DCI 4K60p support which is the format that I film this interview using the GH5s at. In this video featuring Sean Robinson of Panasonic USA, you can see the low light performance, the autofocus performance and you can see how it looks like without the image stabilization system. To me after shooting this video interview with the GH5s in a low light situation, it looks like the GH5s might have better autofocus performance compared with the GH5 (though I am not sure if this AF performance is good enough for my handheld video-blogging yet, what do you think?), as far as I understand, the better AF performance compared with the GH5 is because the Venus Engine 10 processor in the GH5s is able to focus more on performing better doing the autofocusing as it does not need to spend performance managing the sensor stabilization, noise reduction and downsampling of the 18 megapixel footage that comes with the GH5.

Self Balancing Bot and Home Surveillance Kit by Manivannan Sadhasivam, Applications Engineer, Linaro

Posted by Charbax – October 3, 2017

Manivannan Sadhasivam is an Applications Engineer at Linaro on the 96Boards team here Demonstrating some of his latest projects created out of 96Boards Consumer Edition such as the Self Balancing Bot capable of balancing itself using the MPU6050 IMU controlled by Dragonboard 410c. You can find that project at github and a Home Surveillance Kit powered by Dragonboard 410c. OpenCV is used to identify the faces, combined with AWS and servo control to create a home surveillance solution. You can find that project at github

Autofocus test on Firmware 2.0 Panasonic GH5

Posted by Charbax – September 28, 2017

I am doing my first handheld autofocus test using the Panasonic GH5 and its new Firmware 2.0 update. I'm hoping that the auto-focus may be good enough for my style of handheld, always moving, constantly re-framing, focusing on faces and things people show off. What do you think about this Autofocus performance? This was filmed with Serge Broslavsky at Linaro Connect 2017, see his GH5 setup here. This video was filmed at 4K60p at 150mbit/s H264. Thus far the Panasonic GH5 firmware can't film 4K60 in HLG HDR mode and they don't yet offer an H265 option at 4K60 to save on bitrate at same quality for faster YouTube uploading.

Serge Broslavsky’s GH5 setup with Zoom H5, monopod, light, some DIY, some from Aliexpress

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2017

Serge Broslavsky is a software engineer at Linaro, he is filming a documentary about Upstreaming. Here he shows his Panasonic GH5 camera equipment which features the Panasonic 12-35 f/2.8 markII lens, Zoom H5 audio recorder, Zoom SSH-6 MS (stereo shotgun) capsule, Polsen OLM-20 Dual Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone, DIY female TRS to dual male XLR cable. And from Aliexpress the Innorel H60 video head, Innorel RM80 video monopod with F-01 mini-tripod base for monopod, Long arca swiss style plate with dual flexible flash holders (both removed), QR-50 QR Plate Adapters (arca swiss style), 11" Magic Arm, 7" Magic Arm, Yongnuo YN300 video light, BB-6 fake NP-F battery (uses 6xAA), Boya BY-C10 shoe shockmount for audio recorder, Acoustic foam screen for shotgun microphone and more.

Sony PXW-Z90 and Sony HXR-NX80

Posted by Charbax – September 24, 2017

Priced at $2799, this is the professional skew of the newest 1" Exmor RS CMOS Sensor 4K30p HLG HDR camcorder, it can record 120fps in FHD. Has dual SD card slots, optical image stabilization, S-log2, S-log3, and it can record HLG Hybrid Log Gamma which is a new standard for HDR. It has 273-point phase-detect autofocus sensor for fast hybrid auto focus performance. The Sony PXW-Z90 has an 3G-SDI output (supporting 1080 60p/50p) and a HDMI output. It has dual XLR input, and an optional 1080p Mpeg2 4:2:2 codec for broadcasting. There's also the $2299 Sony HXR-NX80 which has the same features as PXW-Z90 except the SDI output. And the $1899 FDR-AX700 is the same without XLR inputs which I filmed here.

bhphotovideo.com shows cameras at IBC 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 24, 2017

http://bhphotovideo.com is a store in New York and it's a Billion dollar company selling cameras and lots of other types of hardware. Most of their stuff can be exported to worldwide where they pre-calculate import VAT and shipping conveniently. Here's a tour of some of the cameras which they show at IBC 2017, talking about some of the latest popular cameras such as the Panasonic GH5 that camera fans are looking to buy.

$999 Tilta Gravity G1 gimball

Posted by Charbax – September 24, 2017

The Gravity G1 is a handheld gimbal system for: mirrorless DSLRS, DSLRS, Smartphones, and GoPros. It has three user modes and is compatible with the TILTA Assistant App via Bluetooth, for greater calibration of features. Two rosettes on the handle allow for the mounting of various accessories to customize the rig. A DC output allows you to power optional accessories.