After using a Leica Q for 3.5 years, I decided to pre-order the eagerly anticipated Q2 in early March 2019. Despite owning a number of cameras over the years, the Leica Q had become my go-to camera for its light weight, small size, and high image quality.
While I hope to do a full review of the unit in the future, I had two problems that caused me to send the unit to Leica’s service center within the first month.
My major complaint with the Leica Q was the lack of dust sealing, which eventually caused me
The Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras current consists of the $1,800 Nikon Z6 and the $3,400 Nikon Z7, but get ready for a third camera. Nikon will reportedly be announcing a “mid-level” Z mirrorless camera that may cost as little as $900.
Nikkei is reporting that Nikon plans to announce the new camera in the 2019 fiscal year. Here’s a translation of the lead paragraph:
Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019. The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model
Blackmagic Design shows off a Multicam broadcast workflow featuring URSA Broadcast and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, to deliver a wide range of live streaming content for Poland’s national football association, Polski Zwiazek Pilki Noznej (PZPN).
Live production specialist, Transmisjelive, produces all content for PZPN’s YouTube channel, Łączy nas piłka (The Ball Connects Us), including action from Poland’s national, women’s and youth teams, as well as matches from Poland’s second league. “Our cameras give fans exclusive access to information and insights that traditional broadcasters cannot deliver, and the huge subscriber numbers on YouTube reflect that,” explains Artur Kuszel, a
We had a chance to talk to Sony about the new firmware 4.0 for the Sony VENICE. The big news? High Frame Rates up to 90fps at 6K 2.39:1 and 72fps at 6K 17:9 on the large-format 6K camera.
At Sony’s booth, the new Version 4.0 high frame rate capabilities and the popular VENICE extension System were shown to those who tried to get black VENICE t-shirt swag during Cine Gear 2019. Hey, it was a cool t-shirt.
Here are the key features of the VENICE Version 5.0 firmware, designed to achieve enhanced shooting usability and
There has never been a camera that combines such stunning image quality, resolution, dynamic range, autofocus performance, overall handling, and ergonomics like the new Fujifilm GFX 100 does.
Previous medium format digital camera systems have been able to deliver very high-resolution images for a good 10 years now, but have sorely been lacking in handling and speed, particularly when it comes to autofocus performance, and especially with the limitation of only one central autofocus point.
The GFX 100 on the other hand, with its 425 auto focus points tightly spread all across the sensor, delivers blazing fast focus without ever
The 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicked off in San Jose yesterday, and Apple made several major announcements (including the new Mac Pro and 6K display) during the keynote presentation. One of the unveilings was for iOS 13, and a number of big improvements are coming to the iPhone’s Camera and Photos apps.
Apple is “taking portrait lighting to a new level.” There’s a brand new Camera Portrait Lighting effect called High-Key Mono.
Portrait Lighting effects are now adjustable, just like they are in a real-world photo studio by moving lights closer and farther from subjects.
The Arri booth seemed to always be full during Cine Gear 2019. Could it have been because many wanted to look through ARRI’S ALEXA Mini LF viewfinder to see the camera’s stunning image? This time we talked to Arri about the Arri look and how Large Format gives viewers depth cues not usually seen in other cameras.
Alexa Mini LF Key Features:
Same sensor and recording formats as ALEXA LF
Compatible with LPL and PL mount lenses, Super 35 and Full Frame
Supports all anamorphic de-squeeze ratios
Compatible with ARRI and cmotion wireless remote systems
Panasonic has announced an upcoming “Upgrade Firmware Key DMW-SFU2” for the LUMIX S1 full-frame mirrorless camera that will add a number of advanced video features that will make the S1 more suitable for pro-level filmmaking.
Here’s a list of new features and abilities that are incoming:
14+ stops of V-Log recording
World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K MOV 30p/25p*1 internal video recording
World’s first 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p/50p*1 HDMI output
V-Log and V-Gamut compatible with Cinema VariCam Look
In-camera LUT (Look Up Table) application enabling playback of V-Log while or after recording (LUT Display with Custom Function)
Panasonic has announced the new LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera, the third L-mount camera after the S1 and S1R announced back in February 2019. The S1H is the world’s first digital interchangeable lens camera to offer 6K/24p video recording.
The S1H “combines the video quality of a professional camera and the high mobility of a mirrorless camera,” Panasonic says. “It accommodates a variety of recording formats like 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Its high-resolution data can also be used to create 4K videos with higher image quality or to crop images in 4K.”
Come see me on June 6th at Sim Video in Vancouver, B.C., where I’ll co-present a session on ARRI Signature Primes with product manager Thorsten Meywald. Francois Gauthier, technical sales rep for Canada, will give a presentation on the new ARRI Mini LF. And yes, we’ll have a prototype Mini LF on hand.
“General Improvements” is the heart of the new camera firmware 6.4 for the URSA Mini Pro G2. Of course, there are more improvements than just general improvement. A few standouts added, or improved, features are “Improved pixel recalibration,” “Retain jam synced timecode after a power cycle,” and “Fixed audio playback at 23.98, 29.97 and 59.94 fps.” For many shooters, the retain jam synced TC after turning the camera on and off is clutch. I do not think sound recordists want to jam your camera every time you change a battery or power cycle. You
I recently collaborated with Chris from filmismorefun and made a video about how to clean the beam splitter in your rangefinder camera as well as how to improve the rangefinder patch too. This is an advanced tutorial with great results.
Warning: This type of technique can damage your equipment. Proceed with it at your own risk.
As you can see in the 3-minute video above, it’s a very easy procedure, and although we present the Yashica Electro 35 as an example in the tutorial, I already used the same process on my Canon Canonet QL19 with the same excellent
Fujifilm made a splash in the camera industry today by unveiling the GFX100, the world’s first 102-megapixel mirrorless camera. And here’s what’s crazy: Fujifilm managed to stuff a medium format sensor into a camera body that’s the same size as Canon’s and Nikon’s flagship DSLRs.
Fujifilm has announced the new GFX100, a 102-megapixel medium format mirrorless camera that the company calls “a game changer in digital camera technology and capability.” It’s the new flagship camera of the GFX line.
At the core of the camera is a 102MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that has a diagonal length of 55mm, the same medium format size as the GFX 50S and GFX 50R — by comparison, 35mm full-frame sensors are about 43mm diagonally, so the 55mm features about 1.7 times the surface area.
The 102 megapixels is the highest resolution ever offered in a mirrorless
Olympus has announced the new Tough TG-6, a successor to the TG-5 that improves upon Olympus’ popular line of ultra-rugged compact cameras for outdoor adventures.
The front of the camera features an f/2.01 wide-angle lens in front of a 12-megapixel 1/2.3″ backside-illuminated CMOS sensor. The sensor has a new anti-reflective (AR) coating on its sealing glass that helps to minimize ghosting and flares.
Here’s how tough the camera is: it’s waterproof down to 50 feet (15m), dustproof, shockproof up to 7 feet (2.4m), crushproof to 100kgf (~220lbf), and freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C). There’s a dual-pane
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RXO II Digital Camera looks like an action camera. The small size and the rugged build make the small flip-out screen 4K camera appear perfect to mount to innumerable moving vehicles. High Frame Rates (HFR) like 1000fps definitely builds a recipe for a life of action for the little RX0 II. Hidden beneath the Water, Dust, Shock, and Crushproof body of the RX0 II is a 4K Vlog camera perfect for the traveler and social media savvy video creator.
I’m Niklas Roy, and I recently built a kilopixel camera called The Flying Pixel Portrait Camera. It’s a do-it-yourself project that uses a single photoresistor and a video projector in order to capture portraits.
The Flying Pixel Portrait Camera uses a video beamer, a single photoresistor, an Arduino and a PC for taking photos of people’s faces. The beamer ‘scans’ the image by projecting a small white square onto a person’s face inside an otherwise completely dark chamber.
While the projected square slowly moves over the entire face, the photoresistor captures the reflected luminosities. This generates a proportional analog