This morning Sony announced the HXR-NX3 handheld HD camcorder, the latest addition to the NXCAM line-up. The HXR-NX3 combines Sony’s imaging technology with the ability to connect with other devices such as smartphones or tablet computers with built-in WiFi technology allowing the camcorder to be controlled remotely.
The HXR-NX3 combines leading lens, sensor and LSI technology to achieve impressive image quality. Sony’s Exmor™ 3CMOS Sensor system with three 1/2.8” sensors provides 1920x1080 Full HD effective pixel count. As a result red, blue and green light are independently and accurately captured by separate image sensors, contributing to high resolution, high sensitivity and wide dynamic range that creates extraordinary natural colour reproduction. A newly developed LSI that includes advanced noise reduction and several distortion correction technologies handles image processing, allowing clear, low-noise recordings to be captured even in low light.
Sony’s G Lens delivers stunning image quality as well as a wide zoom range that offers a 28.8mm angle of view at the wide end, with a 20x optical zoom range that will easily cover most shooting situations. In addition, the newly developed LSI contains cutting edge 40x “Clear Image Zoom” technology which offers 1152mm(*1) focal length with virtually the same quality as optical zoom. The LSI also includes advanced noise reduction and several distortion correction technologies to handle image processing and deliver notable improvements in image quality. The recorded images are remarkably lifelike in both texture and detail, as a result.
The HXR-NX3 records video in AVCHD 2.0 format, which includes 1080/60P, for smooth, natural subject motion. 60i and 30p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. The HDMI connector provides uncompressed 8bit 4:2:2 while shooting and allows users to record stunning images on a generic external video recorder. The ability to record in DV format is also provided for users who prefer a DV workflow and who need to work in a DV compatible non-linear editing environment.
As well as outstanding imaging capabilities the HXR-NX3 can connect effortlessly with other devices to be controlled remotely or transfer footage. iOS (versions 4.3 through 7.0) and Android (versions 2.3 through 4.3) smartphones or tablet computers can be used to remotely control the HXR-NX3 through a WiFi connection and video files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone(*2). Remote control features include:
Francois Gauthier, Marketing Manager, Acquisition Solutions, Sony of Canada, said:
The HXR-NX3 is a fantastic addition to the Sony NXCAM line-up especially for filmmakers working for corporate, event, wedding and education videos. We also expect the MP4 function to make it a hit with web journalists who need to share images with colleagues as quickly as possible, while the WiFi remote and built-in LED video light can make filming interviews easier. The HXR-NX3 is destined to become the ‘go to’ camcorder in the handheld field. As you would expect, it includes outstanding imaging capabilities that allow videographers to capture rich, detailed footage in a range of environments. A wide range of additional features make the HXR-NX3 the perfect camera for the videographers looking for high quality performance, adaptability and ease of use.
Sony of Canada, Professional Solutions Group Canada will deliver the HXR-NX3/VG1 which comes with Sony’s high quality ECM-VG1 shot-gun monaural microphone in late January 2014.
Want to see the Sony HXR-NX3 in action? Sony will be at our Lights. Camera. Action. event on December 12th and 13th.
Meet Benro’s newest champions. No matter your gear, no matter your mission, the Quicken, Hummer & Reebok are a photographer’s best friend. But let’s not get wrapped up in semantics. There’s only so many words we can use to describe a bag. We know this. That’s why we decided to show you just how smart, roomy and versatile these bags are. We’ve got an interactive guide to show you all the gear you can securely pack into a Benro, so let’s get to it.
Have a look at all of the gear (available at Vistek [except for the iPhone, obviously]) that fits into these bags. Hover over anything in the layout images with your mouse to find out what it is, and how to order it!
For the Reebok, we assembled everything you see above, revolving around a Canon EOS Rebel T5i. Knowing full well that you’re not ONLY about to carry a camera with you, Benro has provided individual compartments That help store everything from additional lenses to memory cards to your phone. Check out our process below:
The Quicken 200 Sling Bag has a Dual compartment design. The upper compartment is for your travel items while the lower compartment is perfect for all your shooting gear. The side-opening allows you grab your camera quickly and easily, and also provides protection to your equipment. With this quick access feature, you will never miss a moment even when you are on the move.
BENRO’s Sturdy and light weight Hummer series backpack is specially designed for outdoor photographers; it is a perfect choice for photographers who prefer a short trip of 1-2 days. There is a specific holder design for either a hiking stick or an ice tool. The ergonomic harness system is designed for maximum ventilation and to achieve highest level of comfort. A Retractable divider offers wide choice for storing different sized camera lenses. It adopts Retro-reflecting materials on the shoulder strap which provides great safety at night. The lockable YKK zippers are fast opening and have an anti-theft function.
Glenn Bartley is a professional nature photographer from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He focuses almost all of his efforts on capturing intimate images of birds in their natural habitat. Glenn is especially well known for his portraits of rare and difficult to photograph birds from the Neotropical Region and his portfolio of hummingbird images. Glenn’s love of photography dates back to his childhood backyard in Ontario, Canada. Lying under a hummingbird feeder with a simple 35mm camera, Glenn tried desperately to capture an image of these mesmerizing birds. The photos he captured that day may not have been his best – but the experience led to a love of nature and photography that would one day blossom.
Today, Glenn’s images are well respected and represented around the world. He is an award winning photographer whose work is regularly featured in North American and International nature books, calendars and publications. Glenn’s work is regularly featured in magazines such as Audubon, Birdwatching, Canadian Wildlife, Birders World, and many more. His images regularly appear in books on birds including several by National Geographic. Glenn has also published several books of his own including his most recent books “Birds of Ecuador” and “Birds of Vancouver Island”. In addition to his own photographic pursuits, Glenn also leads instructional photographic workshops to exciting destinations throughout the Americas. These tours are designed to take advantage of Glenn’s extensive experience in this region and teach participants to capture their own spectacular images of tropical birds.
I have a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) from the University of Waterloo and A Master of Science (Msc) degree from the University of Victoria
Photography has been my main passion for over a decade now. As soon as I started photographing birds, it seriously grabbed hold of me immediately and hasn’t let go since.
I was always interested in nature and photography. My interest in birds in particular came through a naturalist mentor that introduced me more to the world of bird watching. Once I started to appreciate the incredible diversity of birds I was hooked!
My inspiration comes mainly from the world’s tropical realms. I get so excited about thinking of all the ridiculously beautiful birds that live in the tropics.
My style is pretty straight forward. I try to capture intimate portraits of birds in their natural environment.
Starting my own successful Photo Workshop tour company. (http://www.glennbartley.com/photoworkshops/home.htm))
Nature was always what I was interested in. As I took more and more shots my interest narrowed in on birds. I would say that 99% of my photography now is of birds.
I have had so many incredible experiences in the tropics that it is hard to name just one. Certainly seeing a Resplendent Quetzal flying through the cloud forests of Costa Rica would rank up there.
I am always working on expanding my collection of images of birds from the New World Tropics. My goal is to one day have shot in all of the countries in South America.
My next photographic expedition will be to Brazil in November. I’m also working on a new E-Book on post processing techniques that will be out this fall.
I use Canon DSLR’s and lenses including:
I would say my Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripod, Wimberly Tripod Head and Flash Bracket. All essential for me to do what I do.
Definitely the Canon 600mm f/4 IS II. Hands down the best bird photography lens available.
I think the best advice is to shoot what you love and immerse yourself completely in it. It’s a tough industry to make a living at but if you have a passion it is certainly possible.
I am very happy with where I am at right now. I get to shoot what and when I want and pursue the projects that I dream up. It is pretty awesome really.
Glenn’s gallery display will be up in our Toronto location until January 3, 2014 to see more dates and locations visit the gallery page here.
Tonight, the Canadian Society of Cinematographers continues Wisdom Lecture Series with esteemed and prolific Canadian Director of Photography, Luc Montpellier. Known for his distinctive and creative use of light to give a project its visual language, Montpellier has over 54 credits as DOP, which range from theatrical feature releases, short films, television series and music videos.
Montpellier’s list of collaborations include auteur directors like Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take this Waltz), Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time, Inescapable), Clement Virgo (Poor Boy’s Game) and avant garde film makers Guy Madden (The Saddest Music in the World) and Michael Snow (Prelude). Montpellier’s DOP talents have garnered him Canadian Society of Cinematography and Genie awards and the Haskell Wexler award from the Woodstock film series.
Montpellier was generous enough to share some brief thoughts and advice with us, which as always, we’re thrilled to share with you.
What would you never start a a film without?
Montpellier: Lots of preparation time.
What gear do you rely on most during a shoot?
The Arri Alexa, Panavision Primo Lenses & my Retina MacBook Pro.
What’s the best piece of advice that helped you most starting out?
Never be afraid to speak your mind.
What advice would you give to young DOP’s today?
Keep shooting anything you can get your hands on. Be open to learning your entire career.
As a professional, what was your most important take-away from the following projects?
production sometimes need to be run with military precision to get good results.
Good cinema focuses on the details.
The rules of filmmaking are meant to be broken.
Photographic simplicity can be powerful.
In any film, cinematography will always be a supporting actor.
Thanks to Luc for taking the time for this interview. Be sure to see him lecture tonight for the Wisdom Lecture Series at Deluxe, on Adelaide street. The details are as follows.
CSC Wisdom Lecture Series – Luc Montpellier
424 Adelaide Street East, Toronto
Lecture starts at 8:30 pm
Complementary refreshments (courtesy of Vistek) will be served between 7:30 and 8:30.
Moderated by Sarah Moffat, Associate CSC Member
Non members: $10 (cash only)
Students with ID: Free
See you there!
Ron Goodlin’s unique style provides an intimate look into creatures many of us can only read about. Ron began his journey as at the New York Institute of Photography, achieving advanced standing at Humber College’s Photography program and later collaborating with Stu Freedman, Michael Plyler, Jay Seldin, Lance Gitter, Ray Barlow, Michael Bertelsen and Glenn Springer. Ron has used both Large Format and Digital photography to bring a nearly mystical quality to animals that are as fascinating as they are beautiful (and sometimes terrifying). Ron’s work has been featured in many one man and group exhibits, including the Liss Gallery in Yorkville.
More years than I care to admit!
I focus most of my attention now on wildlife photography, but have moved through different phases during my photographic career.
I got my first camera during High school, when I got it home I actually read the instructions cover to cover, the long exposure idea looked pretty cool so I set the camera up on the balcony of our apartment and took a long exposure photo of the cars passing by below me….when I got that first roll of film back from the camera store…It was a magical moment and I was hooked! I really got serious when I was in Dental school, it is a great story but the short version was that I was given a choice of being expelled for some pranks we had pulled, or help out in the under-serviced Photography department at the school after class and summers, of course I needed money to pay for living expenses etc so the Dean arranged for me to work there under a grant….I had to write a paper to get my grant and it got published, “The standard series of photographs for dental photography” suddenly I was an expert and companies sent me materials to photograph before and afters! I had to get good at making their stuff look great and that morphed into a long standing teaching career in Dental photography as well as Cosmetic Dentistry. What followed was a lot of studio work, modeling and wedding photography, fashion and then finally when I was tired of working for everyone else, I spent a week with Mike Plyler in Utah photographing the slot canyons and I switched my focus to exotic landscapes….but when I saw my first real life wild animal I knew that was my next progression.
When I was younger I joined a camera club run by none other than Stu Freedman, who was like an honourary uncle, (Lance Gitter was also involved) I learned more with that camera club as a basis for a good understanding of composition and technique than anywhere else. I have always been a very active person with a thirst for knowledge and before I started Dental School at the University of Toronto, I took and graduated from the New York Institute of Photography program. Later over the course of many years I took pretty much all the courses in photography that Humber College had to offer. I have always maintained a relationship with a camera club and currently I am on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Hill camera club, and I am also a Judge for the GTCCC.
Like a writer you occasionally need a break from shooting, but usually if I take my camera with me, I will be inspired by something I see. Lately I have been spending more time shooting in exotic locations, I just got back from photographing the Grizzly Bears on the Salmon run in the salt marshes of Lake Clark NP Alaska…and I am planning another trip to Africa in the spring. Yellowstone, Algonquin and Northern Ontario are also regular favourites.
Many are friends, many are inspirations. They are all favourites. Ansel Adams must top the list, Nick Brandt is also up there not only for his technical expertise but his endeavours to save the elephants from poaching.
Well, my career is really as a Dentist, and every time I can make someone smile that is of great satisfaction. I just finished my term as President of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and that was a great accomplishment. Photographically, each step has been a great accomplishment, that first photo from the apartment balcony, the first time I watched an image appear magically in that try in the darkroom, being recognized by winning a camera club competition, then winning a Glennie, having a one man show at the Toronto Art Exhibition and now at Vistek, and then having an image of yours on the Nat Geo website….they have all been great accomplishments.
I’d like to lose 20 pounds and get into better shape as It has been a struggle lugging my 60lb pack up and down the trails! My current plan is to just keep finding those special animals, maybe focus on more endangered species to bring more attention to the plight of our rapidly depleting wildlife.
I hope to be shooting somewhere, where the animals are free, the wind is in my hair (what little I have left) and where the smell of the wilderness tickles my nostrils. Recently I had the opportunity to spend a day shooting with Stu Freedman. He is now 91 years old and he is still going strong. I hope to be there in 33 years!
I’m a Nikon guy, because I started out that way. I have full respect for Canon users as well. They are both great systems to use. I like the Gitzo tripods and a Wimberly Gimbal mount head. Realy Right Stuff has some great monopods and clamps to stabilize your big gear when you are in a safari vehicle and I like the Lens Coat rain gear and camo to protect my gear. My wife Ricki is the best Sherpa as she takes one camera bag on the plane and I take the other!
Lee graduated neutral density filters, and the Hoodman loupe ( I chimp too much!)
Nikon D4 and my 600mm F:4 lens. Great shutter rate, great focus tracking, exceptional results even with higher ISO, bullet proof… and the lens; great sharp images, fast, keeps me far enough away to be out of harms way but still get the tight shot I like to look for.
To see more of Ron’s amazing work, check out his gallery in our Mississauga store till January 3rd.