DJI’s latest drone-camera combo is the FPV, a compact quadcopter designed for use with the brand’s FPV (first person view) goggles, to give users a bird’s eye view. Made for beginners and intermediate “flyers” it works easily, right out of the box. DJI claims “It can fly like a racer, hover like a traditional drone, accelerate like a homebuilt project and stop faster than any of them.” The brand’s best safety & autonomous technologies help keep it in once piece as you learn.
With the launch of the FX3, Sony has created a pro-grade 4K cinema camera that is not just powerful but smaller and definitely more affordable than others in its class. They call it a “compact cinematography” camera but it’s essentially an A7S outfitted for filmmaking. It captures 4K video at 120 fps and 1080p video up to 240fps. A 10.5MP sensor and 15 stops of dynamic make it a very capable low-light rig while in-body image stabilization keeps shots steady.
For the upgrade to their astoundingly powerful 6K camera, Blackmagic Design’s new 6K Pocket Cinema Camera Pro got a rotating & super-bright 1500-Nit HDR display and some sweet pro functions like a built-in motorized infrared neutral-density filter that simplifies shooting & controlling bright-light settings. It records in ProRes, Apple RAW or Blackmagic RAW formats at up to 6K resolution. There is also an optional OLED electronic viewfinder.
Polaris is a wireless, smart electric tripod head that enables photographers and filmmakers to frame-up perfect shots for nature, landscape, and astrophotography. Through the Polaris app, users can control all camera settings for dramatic, perfectly bracketed time lapse, panoramic, and sunrise/sunset shots. Built-In GPS allows for automatic star tracking. A funded Kickstarter.
Sony has just unveiled its most advanced mirrorless camera yet and, as expected, the flagship Alpha 1 is truly a beast: 50.1MP full-frame sensor, 8K video at 30fps, and continuous shooting at 30-images per second. Alpha’s incredible, standard-setting Eye AF autofocus systems is now ever faster. Flash sync speeds got bumped to 1/400th. With an external recorder, the camera’s 10-bit video output can be pushed up to 16-bit. Release date: early March 2021.
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Just unveiled at CES 2021, Sony’s Airpeak debuts as the Japanese tech giant’s first aerial drone. Designed to support their Alpha camera lineup, this pro-quality quadcopter is the smallest drone on the market to fly their pro-grade digital content cameras. So far, details are scarce but the video teaser is looking good.
Designed for seamless mobile vlogging and streaming, the Atom 2 is the world’s first auto-foldable 3-axis phone gimbal, enabling users to achieve smooth & stabilized cinematic video using their smartphone. The pocket-sized tripod design offers 3-axis stabilization, AI-powered smart tracking, auto-folding & auto set-up, plus 1-hour fast charge. A funded Kickstarter.
The HD Mask USB Camera is a stealth, super powerful & simple wi-fi security camera. It offers full HD 1080 footage, live streaming, 24/7 monitoring, motion detection, & continuous real-time recording. You can set up multiple cameras around the home or office to secure the perimeter and monitor everything from your phone. It effectively gives you the monitoring power of expensive CCTV systems without intrusive or obvious cameras.
The One X2 action cam is the latest creation from Insta360, a phone-size 360º camera that captures video at 5.7K resolution & 30 fps. Integrated AI-driven editing tools in a smartphone app, stabilization in SteadyCam mode, and the addition of a touchscreen make this one very solid cam for getting everything in the shot.
The Mavic Mini 2 is the follow-up to DJI’s smallest drone and this new model got some impressive upgrades. First & foremost, it now captures UHD 4K video at 30fps. They also gave it 4X zoom, with 2X lossless. For shooting stills, it now captures images in RAW format as well. And to replace wi-fi, it runs DJI’s own OcuSync 2.0 streaming system for increased distance. Battery flight time: approx. 30 minutes.
Designed to capture cinematic 4K video, the Lumix BGH1 is a little guy, a mirrorless, micro 4/3rds box camera optimized for expandability and versatility. The camera’s small size makes it ideal for intimate shoots & easy portability but belies its impressive abilities. It features a 10.2MP sensor and in addition to 10-bit 4K, it can also capture broadcast-ready Hybrid Log Gamma. Ports include: 2 UHS-II SD card slots, 1 USB-C 3.1, & 1 HDMI output. Wi-fi & bluetooth enable seamless connectivity including networking multiple cameras for simultaneous shooting. Available in December.
The DJI Pocket 2 is a stabilized 4K camera that fits in your pocket. As the 2nd generation model, it offers fresh features like a larger 1.7” CMOS sensor, a redeveloped auto-focus system & a wider 20mm lens. Great for vloggers. The camera captures 4K, 60-fps video at 100-Mbps and offers improved sound and streaming capabilities.
DJI just debuted two gimbal stabilizers: the Ronin RS 2 and smaller Ronin RSC 2. The prosumer 3-axis S 2 model can support a dynamic payload of up to 10-pounds, delivering cinematic stability with upgraded motors and a lighter-weight design. The SC 2 is designed for compact mirrorless rigs. Both feature DJI’s new Titan Stabilization Algorithm, a predictive technology to make your stabilized shots even smoother.
With an upgrade to stunning 5K clarity and dual-screen design, the latest & greatest from GoPro is the HERO9 Black. It delivers 5K UHD resolution at 30fps, boasts 8X slo-mo, & HyperSmooth 3.0 image stabilization for steady, cinematic shots. In addition to its 2.27-inch rear LCD, the 9 also has a 1.4-inch front-facing LCD, enabling vloggers and content creators to compose their shots before filming. Voice control is another new feature, & this camera will livestream at 1080p.
The all-new Alpha 7C is Sony’s smallest and most compact full-frame mirrorless camera yet. Measuring just 5 x 2.8 x 2.3 inches, it packs in a ton of tech & features, while being 20% smaller than the A7III. It boasts a 24.2-MP sensor, 5-axis image stabilization, and the brand’s hyper-fast autofocus system with Eye AF, found in Sony’s up-range cameras. The brand has also developed a compact lens, an FE-28-60mm f/4-5.6 that weighs just over 5 ounces.
Drone-maker DJI dropped a couple letters from its OSMO line of gimbals rebranding it as OM. The OM 4 Smartphone Stabilizer is the latest & greatest. The foldable design features a simple & secure magnetic attachment for your phone and offers 3-axis stabilization with pro features like Gesture Control & ActiveTrack 3.0 as well as a range of preset shooting modes for time & motions lapse, slo-mo, Dynamic Zoom, and more. Ships with a wrist strap and a protective, compact carry case.
With the ability to instantly switch from binoculars to monoculars to telescope, the Pentax VD 4X20 WP is the world’s first 3-in-1 binocular system. Weighing less than 1 pound, these compact binocs feature a central hinge that allows it to open & quickly swap functions. From 4X binocular to a pair of single monoculars for 2 users, to a 16X magnification pocketable telescope, it gives you the ability to see clearly at 1000-yards & even glimpse the cosmos in superhuman detail.
Designed to mimic the feel of manual rangefinder photography in a compact digital camera, the Pixii A series combines classic function—manual controls, Leica M-mount compatibility, and no LCD display panel. Instead it connects with your smartphone, allowing that to be your screen, with an app that allows for easy editing & sharing. It features a 12-megapixel APC-S CMOS sensor and 8GB of on-board SSD image storage.
With the release of the EOS R5 and EOS R6, Canon is giving its full-frame mirrorless lineup a serious reboot. The R5 boasts an all-new Canon-made 45MP CMOS sensor and a Digic X processor, enabling 8K RAW video capture at up to 30p, 4K at up to 120p, and still images at up to 20fps. The R6 is equipped with a 20.1MP CMOS sensor enabling 4k capture at up to 60p & crispy slow-mo in 1080/120p. Both feature Canon’s 5-axis image stabilization. Pre-order is open now.
The ProGrip from ShiftCam is designed to make your smartphone perform better as a camera; it’s an ergonomic grip, case, wireless charging dock and battery back-up in one. With its comfy, weighted grip, your phone feels more like a camera, shifting easily between portrait & landscape mode shooting. It features a bluetooth shutter button plus it offers charging via a wireless Qi pad & USB-C plug-in. A funded Kickstarter.