Category: Cameras

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$399 GoPro Hero 7 Black, 4K60, EIS HyperSmooth stabilization, 10m waterproof

Posted by Charbax – September 28, 2018

GoPro releases their new Hero 7 Black sports camera, with 4K60 recording support or 1080p 240fps support, they have their new electronic image stabilization which they call hypersmooth. GoPro claims their electronic image stabilization to be better than a gimball, but I just don't believe it. Looking at samples on YouTube I just don't see it being that amazing. It doesn't seem much better than for example the GoPro 6 and I think a hundred other much cheaper sports cameras have electronic image stabilization in them too. It's not worth $400 when it probably costs them less than $100 to manufacture. Probably even less than $50 to manufacture. I'd much rather see them include a mechanically stabilized sensor + electronic image stabilization, and any kind of optics that would enable for smooth and good looking bokeh with perfect autofocus would be interesting.

Lexar 1TB SD card and 1TB microSD card

Posted by Charbax – September 27, 2018

Lexar is getting stronger and ramping up their product lines in the SD card and microSD card market in a big way, introducing new SD cards such as the 512GB 1000x (150MB/s read speed) SD card coming next month (or by November) and here also showing their 1TB SD card and microSD cards which might also reach the market shortly (depending on the exact pricing and demand depending on their price). Lexar can also bring 1TB at the 1000x (150MB/s read speed) type. It all depends on the demand but as advances in 3D memory keep advancing, hopefully the price and performance of these 1TB cards will be attractive for people to buy. I would personally really like to see more devices even smartphones come with more than 1 microSD card slot, I'd even like to be able to use 4 microSD card slots in a phone in some kind of RAID configuration that increases the speed and adds redundancy to my data. Same thing for cameras, I am only interested in new cameras that have at least 2 SD card slots in them (thus the new Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras are not usable for me). I think perhaps also it would be nice to see some Chromebooks and other types of ARM Powered laptops (like the Windows 10 on Snapdragon laptops) come with more than 1 MicroSD or/and full sized SD card slots, for example to fit 4 SD card slots in one of those and have them run in RAID for speed and redundancy. Thus you could add 4TB to your Chromebook like that (3TB with one level of redundancy) or 3 SD or microSD card slots for redundant 2TB. Lexar is also showing their 3500x CFast up to 512GB capacity, 1066x CompactFlash up to 256GB, 2000x SD UHS-II 300MB/s up to 128GB capacity (for now), 1000x 150MB/s SD (512GB model coming by November), 633x microSD (A1 targetted for applications on phones) currently up to 256GB on the market (but them showing that 1TB prototype to show what's coming), 1000x microSD up to 256GB, 1800x microSD up to 128GB. Lexar also shows their Professional Workflow line HR1 is USB3.0 and HR2 is with Thunderbolt 2 which includes the card readers for every card type. Lexar also announces their new NS100 and NS200 2.5” SATA III (6Gb/s) Solid-State Drives (SSD) series, for use in laptops and desktops for faster start-ups, data transfers, and application loads with read speeds of up to 550MB/s, NS100 is available at $29 (120GB), $49 (240GB), $89 (480GB), and the NS200 is available at $79 (240GB), $109 (480GB).

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.