Catch up on the latest news in regard to professional & consumer level DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras, Drones, Action Cameras and Video Camcorders.

Photo & Video Cameras

Osmo Action – DJI Takes on GoPro with New Action Camera

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In a move that is sure to make GoPro nervous, DJI has launched their own action camera, the 4K HDR capable Osmo Action. Designed to directly compete with GoPro’s Hero line, the DJI Osmo Action (OA) is a dust-proof, shockproof (when dropped from up to 1.5 m/5 ft), freeze-proof (down to -10ºC/14ºF) and waterproof (without an additional housing) to a depth of 11 m/36 ft). The Osmo Action features dual colour screens, a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that captures 12-megapixel still images (JPG or RAW) and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps and is DJI’s first handheld camera to feature…

Latest DJI Mavic 2 Firmware Update Adds Dual Remote Control Mode

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The latest firmware update for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom drones introduces Dual Remote Control Mode (introduced on the original Mavic Pro) and fixes a couple of minor issues affecting GPS information on still images and gimbal control. If you’ve ever flown a drone, you know that it can be tricky to both pilot and control the camera system at the same time. But now, with the ability to connect two remotes to one aircraft using Dual Remote Control Mode, one pilot can concentrate solely on flying while the other pilot independently operates the camera system. How to…

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 steps it up by adding 4K video

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Canon’s much-loved Rebel DSLR has been with us for more than a decade now, and every addition to the lineup is something to celebrate. Canon extended that tradition with its recent launch of the EOS Rebel SL3 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. This uncomplicated but competent camera has always been targeted to hobbyists and enthusiasts, and Canon continues to keep it comfortably simple with this new model. They’ve also added some new features and functions that are sure to please Rebel diehards and convert reluctant wannabes. In a competitive market that’s currently crowded with slim, lightweight mirrorless…

Panasonic S1 – 10-Bit V-Log FW Update & Atomos Ninja V Support

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If you plan on purchasing the new Panasonic S1 for shooting video, you’ll be happy to hear that Panasonic will be releasing a (paid) firmware upgrade in July that adds 10-Bit and full V-Log recording capabilities to the camera. The update will add support for: 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output Full V-Log recording Currently, V-Log is only available on Panasonic’s professional video cameras such as the AU-EVA1 (the GH5/GH5S offer the V-Log L variant) so it will be kind of a big deal for filmmakers who prefer the flexibility of working with smaller camera…

Canon XA55, XA50 & XA40 Pro Camcorders Announced

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Canon’s professional level XA Series camcorder lineup has expanded by three with the announcement of the first cameras in the series with 4K 30p recording capabilities, the Canon XA55, XA50 and XA40. Each of the new cameras features Canon’s 5-Axis Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization, detachable XLR handle, three-inch LCD touch panel screen, tilting high-resolution EVF and in the case of the XA55 alone, a 3G-SDI terminal that supports “camcorder integration into professional workflows”. Canon describes the XA55 as “an excellent option for news reporting and documentary shooting”, while the XA50 & XA40 are more geared towards “broadcasting schools, government agencies…

FUJIFILM X-T30 – Lightweight & Compact 4K APS-C Camera

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The versatile Fujifilm X-T30 will appeal to photographers of all skill levels and with it’s compact size, and improved video features, including 4K, it will be a viable option for vloggers and video content creators as well. X-T30 Main Features The X-T30 might be the successor to the popular X-T20 mirrorless camera, but it also shares some common features and specs with it’s more expensive cousin, the X-T3. Under the hood, the X-T30 features a 4th generation, 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor offering a slight increase over the 24.3 megapixel sensor found on the X-T20. It also takes full advantage…

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Mirrorless Camera Powerhouse

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1X is the latest iteration of Olympus’s best selling pro-level Micro Four Thirds OM-D E-M1 line of mirrorless cameras and is a bit of a departure (physically speaking) from E-M1 Mark II. Olympus OM-D E-M1X External Features The first thing you’ll notice is the size. The OM-D E-M1X is a relative monster when compared side-by-side to the previous OM-D E-M1 Mark II, thanks to the built-in battery grip which Olympus says they designed for “better holdability and operability during shooting” in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Designed with a focus on portability, the OM-D E-M1X weighs* in…

Sony a6400: APS-C, E-Mount, Tilting Screen “Vlogging Camera”

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The Sony a6400 is their newest, and most advanced APS-C sensor mirrorless camera, and seems like it’s going to be another big winner in their already impressive line-up of mirrorless cameras. The Sony a6400 boasts an impressive list of specs and features, including some of which until now, were only found on their latest full-frame cameras. Some of the standout features include, real-time eye autofocus (including a new animal eye AF setting due later this summer via firmware update), real-time tracking, and what Sony is saying is the world’s fastest autofocus (for now at least) locking onto subjects in just…

New Canadian Drone Piloting Rules, What’s Changed?

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New Canadian drone piloting rules were announced by Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau that will take effect on June 1st, 2019 and they include a number of changes to the older regulations we posted about in July 2017. New Canadian Drone Piloting Rules – Highlights The new rules apply to anyone who will be operating a drone weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms and is flown within a pilot’s visual-line-of-sight, regardless of application (fun, work or research). Anyone wishing to pilot a drone will have to pass an online exam, get a pilot certificate for basic or advanced operations and…

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