Sony’s Action Cams Get a Firmware Boost: Now Sport 60P Video

Sony Action Cam

Sony’s action cams got a weird new accessory last week that allowed you to mount the thing to your canine companion. But we should have expected a new improvement to their cameras as well–and today they’ve made available a new firmware for their HDR-AS10 and HDR-AS15 cameras. The major new features are 1080p 60P video shooting (which means that you’ll be able to slow it down a lot in post) and a mode change that can be done via their PlayMemories app. However, that feature is coming in June.

This isn’t all though, there are also other new accessories.

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First Impressions: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3


This next couple of days the east coast staff and I are over at Photo Plus 2012 to take a look at some of the new goodies that comes to the photo world. A camera right now that is on everyone’s movie making list is Panasonic’s GH3. We all know it’s predecessor the GH2 turned out to be an amazing camera for the price–not to mention after hacking it, it coughed out some impressive numbers. Proving  it’s worth with cameras twice the price.

With just a few moments with this camera how was it?


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Fujifilm Touts Its New XF1 as “Head-Turning”; We Fail to See What Makes It Special

Fujifilm today announces the XF1, a compact point-and-shoot camera that expands the X-system to the lower, consumer end. Coming in October for US-$ 499.95, the XF1 sports a 25-100 mm (equivalent) 4x retractable zoom lens with a fast initial aperture of f1.8 at the wide end. The sensor is the same 2/3″ 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor they already put in the X10, so this package promises great image quality. Additionally, the XF1 shoots RAW as well as 1080/30p video. However, what it seems to lack are any features that set it apart from the competition.

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Canon Announces C100 Camcorders and Four New Lenses for the EOS C-System

Canon must really love videographers. How else do you explain that they just introduced one new camcorder and four new lenses to their EOS C-system? As a reminder, the EOS C-system is Canon’s videography derivative of their EOS DSLR system. Both systems share the same EF mount, so lenses made for either system can be used on the respective other system.

Previously, the EOS C-system consisted of the C300 camcorder and a five EF cinema lenses, two zooms and three primes. Today, the following new EOS C products have been announced:

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Another High-Speed Camera From Vision Research: The Phantom Miro M320S

Shortly after the introduction of the Phantom v642, Vision Research has announced another high-speed camera, the Phantom Miro M320S. Being the v642’s smaller sibling, the M320S needs not be ashamed of its specifications. It might not feature a 2k sensor like the v642, but its maximum frame rate of 1,540 fps at Full-HD resolution is pretty impressive still. When the resolution is reduced, things get even more impressive: 3,280 fps @ 1280×720 HD, 8,490 fps @ 640×480 and an unbelievable 325,000 fps @ 128×8 (although one has to wonder how useful that resolution will be in real world application).

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Sony Announces New FS700E 4k Camcorder With E-Mount: Canon C300 Killer?

Sony has just announced their latest NEX-series camcorder, the FS700E. It features a 4k-ready Super 35mm CMOS sensor that is capable of 1080/24p and 1080/50p HD recording and 960 fps super-slow-motion video.  Other features are built-in ND filters, a 3G-SDI interface, MemoryStick and SD card slots as well as an interface for an external HXR-FMU128 flash memory unit. The FS700E is “4k-ready” only, which means that 4k recording will only be supported via a future firmware upgrade. The press release states:

Sony is planning a future firmware upgrade that will enable the NEX-FS700 to output 4K bit-stream data over 3G HD-SDI when used with an optional Sony 4K recorder.

The FS700E will be available in June 2012, the price has yet to be announced.

Full technical specs

  • E-mount lens mount
  • Super 35mm format CMOS sensor with 11.6 million pixels
  • 1080/24p and 1080/50p support
  • Switchable 50/60 Hz shooting for PAL and NTSC areas
  • 120 and 240 fps shooting in 8 and 16 second burst modes respectively
  • 480 and 960 fps shooting at reduced resolution
  • Built in 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 ND filters
  • Full-HD 50p and 60p and standard HD 60i, 24p and 50p output via HDMI and 3G-SDI
  • Native 23.98, 25 and 29.97 fps progressive signal output via 3G-SDI
  • MemoryStick and SD card slots
  • Interface for HXR-FMU128 external flash memory unit
  • Detachable top handle
  • Manual focusing aid with 4x and 8x magnification and a moveable area of expansion
  • Stores up to 99 customized camera profile settings

An Analysis of Apple’s iPhone 4S Camera: What We Know So Far

Image from This is My Next’s Liveblog of the Apple Announcement, by far the fastest and best one that didn’t crash.

Today, Apple announced the iPhone 4S. In the world of photography, we mostly care about the camera to help spur on our creative initiatives. The iPhone 4 had an impressive range of features like an f2.4 lens, ISO 80-2000 and 1/1000th shutter speeds. Indeed, after our field test we saw that use of Apple’s iPhone 4 really took off with the amount of apps that came out such as Hisptamatic, Instagram, etc.

Apple proclaimed that they wanted to create a camera that is better than a point and shoot. So, have they? Without having our hands on the product at all, we’re going to do a breakdown the specs.

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