Category: Cameras

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Aputure Amaran MW, AL-MX, Aputure 120d II at Photokina 2018

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2018

Aputure shows some of their new LED lights for video and photo shooting, the new Aputure MW is their brightest compact light with 90 minute battery life at full brightness and up to 24 hour battery life at minimum brightness, charges by USB Type-C. It also comes with effects like paparazzi effect, fireworks effect, faulty light effect, lightning effect, TV effect. The AL-MX is about $150. Aputure AL-F7 is about $100. Aputure Light Storm 120d II is a higher spec $709 light with DMX512 Capability which is the worldwide industry standard for film & television studios, theatre, broadcast, and all forms of digital networking systems you can read more about it here https://www.aputure.com/products/ls-c120d-ii-1

Yongnuo cheap lenses for Canon/Nikon, lights and a Micro43 camera to use with a phone

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2018

Yongnuo shows their range of lenses for Canon and Nikon, all with autofocus support, such as their 14mm f2.8 wide angle for 400eur, 1/3rd the price compared with the native lens, they claim to provide about 80% of the performance. 85mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4, 50mm f1.8 costs 40eur. They also have lights and the YN43 camera that connects and uses a phone as the viewfinder over WiFi.

Laowa 10-18mm f4.5-5.6, Widest and Smallest Ultra Wide lens, 100mm f2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2018

Laowa shows their new lenses, the 10-18mm f4.5-5.6, Laowa 100mm f2.8 World's First 2:1 Ultra Macro.

Zhiyun Weebill Lab with belt, best Gimball in the world?

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2018

Zhiyun Tech shows their new Weebill Lab stabilizer for mirrorless cameras up to 3kg. It also offers control, monitoring and streaming to tablets or smartphones over Wi-Fi, the tripod can be folded to hold the WEEBILL LAB as a traditional vertically-held stabilizer, or it can be snapped on the horizontal part of the body to offer a horizontal grip, for underslung shots and for a steady two hand grip. They say it is 50% smaller while delivering 80% more power compared to other stabilizers in its class, it also comes with double quick-release plates (Manfrotto/Arca-Swiss) for easy setup and fast equipment switching, without the need to re-balance. It can operate for 10 hours on a charge and it can simultaneously charge the camera installed on it. Zhiyun also releases a new very light optional monopod and a belt to carry its weight onto the top of one's leg and around the belt, which makes it much easier to operate for extensive use cases such as the way I video-blog for 10 hours in one go during a whole day at a trade show.

Lexar 128GB V90 2000x 300MB/s SD card and Lexar Workflow readers up to Thunderbolt 2

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2018

The Lexar brand of SD cards and memory is acquired by Longsys of China and continues to provide their range of SD cards, CF cards, card readers and many other products for camera productions and more. The Lexar Professional Workflow line of products include Thunderbolt 2 or USB 3.0 high-speed transfer of RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video supported formats include SDHC/SDXC UHS I and UHS-II, CompactFlash UDMA 7, XQD 2.0, CFast and CFast 2.0 (Thunderbolt or USB 3.0), and microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I and UHS-II.

Panasonic S1 and S1R Full Frame with 4K60, Dual IS, Dual Memory

Posted by Charbax – September 26, 2018

Panasonic announces their upcoming new Full Frame camera system using the Leica L-Mount. This camera will do 4K60 with an XQD and an SD card slot, a 3-tilt display (not sure yet if that means with flip out support or not), the limitations of the 4K60 when it comes to cropping or record length limitations are not known yet. The Panasonic S1 will be 24 megapixel while the Panasonic S1R will have a 47 megapixel sensor. The camera is coming on the market early 2019 already, that is what they are saying anyway. Things like weight, exact size, battery life and other things are not announced or defined yet as this system is now under development. Hopefully Panasonic will have their autofocus technology fixed and fully usable (unlike with their GH5) in this camera.

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.