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November 10, 2015

Tech Tuesday: Is The New Canon C500 Mk II Going To Be 8k Resolution?

Canon C500

 

Virtual Expo

Back in September, Canon announced that they were developing an 8k resolution cinema camera to be released with an 8k workflow and display unit. Canon Rumors had a wonderful write up here.

Canonvirtualtour

 

  The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut.

 
Canon8kcamera

 

Canon 8k camera specs

 

Big Resolution With A Purpose

Additionally, for those that couldn’t make it to New York for Canon’s Expo 2015, the expo’s website had virtual walk-through with the new camera on display. Most likely to be the Mk II update to the C500, the new 8k camera will provide cinematographers the ability to record subtle changes in light to give a more realistic perspective. I would expect that this new camera is going to push the limits of film making even future with more realistic, engaging imagery.

October 27, 2015

Tech Tuesday: NASA Broadcasts 4K Video Stream!

On Oct. 11, 2015, NASA made history by being the first public entity to broadcast 4k video from the International Space Station!

 

This is huge! When government entities adopt broadcast technology’s, typically that means that new standards will follow and there is soon be industry wide adoption.

 

The Wild West of Video

4k video has been the Wild West of video for years with no set standards or distribution i.e. multiple formats like UHD and Sony True 4k.  Also, with manufacturers like RED and Blackmagic pushing resolutions beyond 4k, most production houses, news agencies and private organization have been hesitant to adopt 4k in fear that it will quickly be obsolete. However, the 4k market has received a bit of a boost with Youtube offering 4k streaming video and most camera manufacturers offering affordable options.

 

Now, with NASA offering 4k streaming, I believe that viewer can expect to see a wave of new 4k content coming to their screen.

October 20, 2015

Tech Tuesday: Sony Shakes Up The Photo World With A New Camera Update!

Sony RX1R II

Sony RX1R II

It is not often that a camera maker releases a new camera that surprises everyone, however, last week when Sony announced their new RX1R II, they stunned us all. Sony has always been on the cutting edge of technology, and they show it off with this update of the RX1. Though it has a fixed lens, it is far from your average “point and shoot” type of camera. Boasting the same 42.4MP full frame sensor as the a7R II, photographers will be able to crop photos without losing detail, and with the panoramic mode, they can still take breath-taking, wide angle landscapes.

RX1RII sample - Geisha

RX1RII sample - forest

 

Professional Quality In A Smaller Body

We have all seen cameras boasting more and more megapixels over the years, but without increasing sensor size, it really created larger files with the same amount of detail. With the same full-frame sensor as the Sony a7R II, the RX1R II gets the increased resolution with all the detail.

RX1RII sample - candies

 

Speaking of detail…

 

Control Over Sharpness

In the past, camera makers have offered their popular camera models with a option to have the anti-aliasing (AA) filter removed i.e the Nikon D800 & 800E. The reason is removing the AA filter allows for the sharpest image possible. However, this does introduce unsightly moire especially on objects with very fine detail such as clothing.

Sony RX1RII Variable AntiAliasing Filter

 

Utilizing a liquid crystal coating vs. a fixed screen, Sony has created a Variable Anti-Aliasing filter, by providing an electrical charge to the coating to activate the filter on demand.  While Pentax had a similar feature on their K-3, this is the world’s first variable anti-aliasing filter allowing user to select whether they want maximum sharpness, no moire or a balance between the two.

RX1RII variable antialiasing filter

 

Get Your VF And Use It To

Compact cameras have always had a difficulty with viewfinders. They were either completely useless or made the camera more bulky such as the Nikon V1. On the flipside, not having a viewfinder made it difficult to compose an image off the LCD in bright sun and also forced you to hold the camera away from your body where it was unstable. The new Sony RX1R II addresses this issue with a retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finder.

Sony RX1R II viewfinder

 

Constantly Innovating

In the end, the RX1R II is great example of why I like Sony. They continually innovate and push the limits of technology, and though they are on the higher price range, they deliver products that are meticulously thought out and brilliantly crafted. I believe that the Sony RX1X II will be a great camera for commercial and enthusiasts alike.

 

 

October 13, 2015

Tech Tuesday: DJI Osmo – Reimagine Movement

DJI Osmo

Courtesy of DJI

Bringing Steady Shots To Home Movies

Recently, I highlighted DJI in an article about their new Inspire 1 lineup, and, when a company keeps upping the game in affordable video stabilizers, I am impressed. As a videographer, I love it when companies release new tools for me to get more inventive shots, and with the new DJI Osmo, I believe that any creative filmmaker can get a nice, steady shot for their production.

 

 

Re-imagining The Wheel

The idea of a small camera on a handheld 3-axis gimbal is not new. In fact, Feiyu came out with one well over a year ago. But what DJI has done is added their own camera, Zenmuse x3, and allowed for users to pan and tilt independently. This allows the operator to have greater control over the camera and create a more refined shot.

 

 

Now, I’m not going to lie. After looking at the Omso’s video samples, I feel that the X3 camera doesn’t really produce that great of an image. Much like a cell phone, it does a good job, but not as great as they tout. The compression creates noticeable macro-blocking, especially with movement. With DJI’s X5R, you could have a professional level product, but straight out of the box, it is more for the amateur filmmaker.

 

Three DJI Zenmuse cameras

Zenmuse X3, X5 and X5R camera lineup | Courtesy of DJI

 

An Exciting Addition

Overall, with its ability to take panoramic and time-lapse shots along with its fully integrated controls, I think that the Osmo is a nice piece of equipment right out of the box. In addition, DJI has announced a lineup of supports and mounts to expand its capabilities. I am excited that DJI has thought this one through and released a solid product.

 

DJI Osmo