Aurora Aperture – an American company specialized in making optical filters, is running a new Kickstarter campaign for their new rear mount filter system supporting the Canon 11-24mm F4L USM and other select Canon wide-angle lenses, Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G, SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art EF mount and SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art EF mount, SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art E and L mount, and Sony 12-24mm F4 G. More importantly, the new system features a robust magnetic quick-release mechanism.
Remember Canon’s announcement earlier this month? Quite a few models can now be deployed as webcams for video calls and such. Hot on the heels of this announcement, FUJIFILM releases their own take on this: Convert your X and GFX series mirrorless cameras into webcams. Please welcome: X Webcam!
The Sony ZV-1 has been just announced and we were lucky enough to put our hands on an early sample. With new enhanced features like built in ND filter, enhanced sound quality, faster autofocus, easier way to achieve shallow depth of field, and… a way to smooth the skin, Sony is aiming to capture the heart of vloggers by offering a new camera tailored to their needs. Let’s take a closer look with this Sony ZV-1 review.
Sony ZV-1 For Vloggers and Professionals alike. Image credit: cinema5D
Sony is listening carefully and identified the need for an easy to use yet sophisticated camera that
Capturing clean production sound tends to be a tricky business: A generator humming in the back, a nearby air condition, traffic… it can get nasty. If you happen to use one of SoundDevices latest gen 8-Series mixer/recorder you now can get a (paid) plugin called NoiseAssist which claims to solve all of these issues once and for all.
Z CAM just announced a new camera called Z CAM E2-M4. It is basically a Z CAM E2 without sync capability, but with an interchangeable lens mount and their flagship-line body design. The new Z CAM E2-M4 also comes at a lower price of $1,499. Furthermore, Z CAM announced its 6K flagship cameras get a price drop – E2-S6 will be available for $2,499 (previously $2,995) and the E2-F6 will cost $3,999 (previously $4,995).
If you’re having trouble managing your media assets on set or in the studio while collaborating with others, you should take a good look at Kyno. Let’s get straight to it since this update (again) has a long list of new features: Kyno 1.8 offers deep DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer integration, Blackmagic RAW support plus the usual (but of course very welcomed) performance and workflow improvements.
image credit: Kyno (edited by cinema5D).
What’s Kyno you ask? It’s a piece of software which let’s you manage, preview, transcode, tag, organize, back up, ingest, log metadata, convert, trim, rename
After teasing the tech in an ad earlier this week, smartphone maker Vivo has finally revealed details about the “micro-cloud gimbal” stabilization that will be built into the camera on the upcoming X50 Pro. Based on the demos, it looks to be quite a breakthrough.
The ‘gimbal’ design basically trades the usual X and Y axis stabilization of current smartphone OIS systems (and Lens IS systems in bigger cameras) for 3-degrees of Pitch and Yaw stabilization: something you usually only see with IBIS stabilization in “real” cameras.
This optical pitch and yaw correction is then paired with electronic stabilization of
The FTP transfer feature in the Sony α7 Mark III (and other newer Alpha models) doesn’t usually get a lot of attention. Sure, with all the modern technologies and apps, it’s easy to overlook this humble feature. But when it comes to transferring RAW and JPEG files, FTP can really hold its own.
In fact, it has several important advantages:
FTP is a mature, reliable, and well-supported technology.
You can use FTP to transfer photos to a local machine as well as a remote server. And since Sony α7 Mark III supports multiple FTP profiles, you can transfer photos to
The new Sony IMX500 Intelligent Vision series of image sensors contain AI image analysis systems directly on the chip, which opens up some new, and faster abilities for cameras.
Sony’s new Intelligent Vision IMX500 series chips offer capabilities that are only limited by the imagination. Image: Sony Electronics
The announcement describes two new Intelligent Vision CMOS chip models, the Sony IMX500 and IMX501. From what I can tell these are the same base chip, except that the 500 is the bare chip product, whilst the 501 is a packaged product.
A team of scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have developed an artificial eye that could someday help cure blindness or even enhance human vision. For now, their creation boasts just 100-pixel resolution, but the groundwork has been laid.
The team, led by Leilei Gu, describe their creation in a paper published yesterday in the journal Nature. In that paper, Gu et al. describe “an electrochemical eye with a hemispherical retina made of a high-density array of nanowires [that mimic] the photoreceptors on a human retina.”
Modern lightweight, yet capable (cine-) cameras deserve a proper powering solution. Wave bye-bye to regular sized V-mount batteries and say hello to micro V-mount bricks! But how to attach these to your rig in style? Italy-based LockCircle has just released a fresh, adjustable Micro V-mount battery plate for that exact purpose.
I personally own a Canon C300 Mark II and I’m quite happy with the surrounding rig (mainly Zacuto and Vocas). On powering duty are Canon’s own BP-A60 batteries, no V-mounts ’round here. But if I would like to power that camera with a V-mount battery, it certainly wouldn’t be
Earlier today, the President of the SD Association unveiled the new SD Express 8.0 specification. Built on the PCIe 4.0 standard using NVMe technology, SD 8.0 will “set a new standard for memory cards,” with theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 4 gigaBYTES per second.
SD Express 8.0 represents the bleeding edge of high-speed non-volatile memory. Like CFexpress cards and the M.2 NVMe SSDs you see in many computers these days, SD Express 8.0 is a form of PCIe NVMe storage. In this case, the new spec is taking advantage of the PCIe
OnePlus is working on an update for the OnePlus 8 Pro smartphone that disables the 5MP ‘color filter’ camera (AKA infrared camera), after people discovered that this camera could see through some materials like thin plastic and, in some very specific cases, clothing.
The update was obviously prompted by backlash from users who were afraid the camera might be able to see through some clothing. A test by Unbox Therapy showed that it could indeed do this, but only in very specific and unrealistic circumstances—it might be able to show what you’re holding underneath a black shirt if you stretch
After going on a bit of a megapixel tear over the past year, releasing 64MP and 108MP smartphone image sensors, Samsung is scaling back. The company just unveiled its latest creation: a 50MP image sensor with bigger pixels, ‘DSLR-Level’ autofocus performance, and better low-light chops.
The new 50MP sensor—the Samsung ISOCELL GN1—features a ‘Tetracell’ design (i.e. quad-bayer) like its 64MP and 108MP brethren, but thanks to its large overall size (1/1.3 inches) and lower megapixel count, the sensor is able to use much larger pixels. 1.2µm to be exact.
AerialSphere is a Phoenix based aerial mapping company that provides 360 degree imaging built for 3D software. “Our mission is to take the blinders off traditional mapping technology and allow our clients to see the world in 360° clarity.”
Below is an example of what they are capable of creating.
So, how are they able to create such detailed views in their software? The answer is a complex camera rig located beneath their Cessna C206.
RED Komodo is getting close to its release. While we still don’t have final confirmed specs of the camera, we now know the price will be around $7.000 for Stormtrooper (white) edition and around $6.000 for the regular black version which comes after that. Before Stormtroopers, RED will ship limited custom-colored Komodos for $7.000 or slightly above that. According to Jarred Land, this will happen already on June 1st, 2020.
RED Komodo Stormtrooper version will cost around $7.000 Source: RED
The new OnePlus 8 Pro is a great Android phone for lots of reasons. It’s got a 120Hz display, Snapdragon 865, and a quad-camera system with not one, but two 48MP Sony sensors inside. But that’s not why it’s making headlines. It’s making headlines because of its 5MP infrared camera, which can actually see through some materials.
This ability came to light on Reddit first, and has since been demoed by several reviewers who have a OnePlus 8 Pro in hand. As you can see in the demos below, it works best on thin black plastics, but it can see
Buckle up, people! The much anticipated FUJIFILM X-T4 is now shipping. It’s been a while since the official announcement of this new mirrorless shooter back in February 2020 but now it is time. Read on for a quick recap of the FUJIFILM X-T4’s features, especially for the filmmaking community.
image credit: FUJIFILM
I personally owned a FUJIFILM X-T3 and as much I loved it, it does have a few weak points for video applications: No IBIS, no flip screen, weak batteries. That’s in part why I finally sold my X-T3 camera in anticipation of the new X-T4. I’m not a
Sony today unveiled the world’s very first image sensors that have artificial intelligence capabilities built-in. The sensors are capable of processing captured images and extracting intelligent metadata at high speeds.
The upcoming IMX500 and IMX501 intelligent vision sensors can be paired with cloud services, and having built-in AI “reduces data transmission latency, minimizes any privacy concerns, and reduces power consumption and communication costs,” Sony says.
The IMX500 and IMX501 are backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch sensors that have resolutions of approximately 12.3 megapixels and 4K/60fps video capabilities, and they’re expected to be priced at ¥10,000 and ¥20,000 ($93 and $187), respectively.
Earlier today, Epic Games released a “first look” at the Unreal Engine 5 video game engine, and the results are mind-blowing. Using a gameplay demo running on a Playstation 5, they showcase an environment that is so close to photorealistic that it’s often hard to tell the difference.
Epic isn’t messing around. In the blog post revealing the new game engine, they write:
One of our goals in this next generation is to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG and real life, and put it within practical reach of development teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and