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NAB 2019 – New Products from Sony, Canon, Fujinon & Atomos

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Our team is at NAB 2019 scouring the show floor for the latest exciting products that are coming to market this year. Here’s our recap of some of what we’ve seen so far. Sony HXR-MC88 Compact 1” (1.0-type) HD Camcorder w/ Fast Hybrid AF & 24x zoom The HXR-MC88 is a new fully featured, lightweight, compact camcorder that features a 14.2-megapixel (effective) 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor that captures full pixel readout without pixel binning, Fast Hybrid AF and built-in wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens. Other features include, built-in ND filter that adds up to 6 stops,…

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…

Sigma MC 21 Adds Sigma EF & SA Lens Compatibility to L-Mount Bodies

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The Sigma MC-21 Mount Converter/Adapter gives shooters using L-Mount [1] cameras such as the Panasonic S1 [2],  a wider range of lens options by allowing Sigma EF-Mount and SA-Mount lenses to be used. Attaching the MC-21 to an existing Sigma SA or EF mount compatible lens will allow them to be used as L-Mount system lenses. The MC-21 features a small LED light on the outer part of the ring that changes colour depending on the compatibility of the attached lens. A green light indicates full compatibility, orange indicates compatibility, but that the lens requires a firmware update and no light at…

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…

Datacolor Spyder X Pro & Elite – Monitor Calibration Made Easy

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The new Datacolor Spyder X Pro and Spyder X Elite monitor calibration tools are designed to make it as easy as possible to make sure that the colours on your monitor match the colours in your final output. Spending time colour correcting your images only to find that your final output doesn’t match what you see on your monitor can be a frustrating experience. Why does this happen? Well, it’s more than likely because you’ve never colour calibrated your monitor. Related Post: When was the last time you calibrated your monitor? Monitor colour calibration is probably one of the most overlooked…

XS Wireless Digital – Sennheiser Creates an Instant Connection

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Sennheiser has announced a new entry level plug & play wireless system called the XS Wireless Digital (XSW-D). Designed with “ease of use in mind”, the XS Wireless Digital system is essentially a cable replacement that consists of lightweight, compact plug-on transmitters and receivers featuring either XLR (6.3mm, 1/4″) or mini jack (3.5mm, 1/8″) connections that transmit in the 2.4 GHz range to create a wireless peer-to-peer connection. Each device will feature a single-button interface and status indicator to handle both power and linking functions and will be powered by a USB re-chargeable lithium-ion battery that will provide up to…

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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