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GoPro Hero 3+

Slightly new and improved, the new GoPro Hero Black 3+. To see the new features and how it compares to the original GoPro Hero 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-2-dlGf0u0

 

 

Memoto Lifelogging Camera

Showing how technology is always changing and how cameras are always going to be documenting life’s events, a new camera from Memoto is revealed.

The Memoto camera is a tiny camera and GPS that you clip on and wear. It’s an entirely new kind of digital camera with no controls. Instead, it automatically takes photos as you go. The Memoto app then seamlessly and effortlessly organizes them for you.

https://vimeo.com/51909699

 

More info at: memoto.com

Panasonic GH2 vs GH3

If you want to check out a great film that used the Panasonic GH2, then check out the film Upstream Color on Amazon.

Since that film, Panasonic has released the GH3. Here is a video showing how these two cameras handle in low light:

http://vimeo.com/emeric/panasonicgh3highisotest

 

Settings:
GH3 : Panasonic 20mm at f/2.0, ALL-I 25p mode, 1/50, auto WB, Standard picture profile (all at 0), firmware v0.5
GH2 : Panasonic 20mm at f/2.0, AVCHD 1080p24 mode, hacked (Sanity V5 patch), 1/50, auto WB, Standard picture profile (all at 0)

Quick Specs

  • 16.05MP Digital Live MOS Sensor
  • Micro 4/3 Sensor and Lens Mount
  • Magnesium Alloy, Weather Sealed Body
  • 1080/60p 50Mbps IPB and 24p 72Mbps ALL-I
  • Venus Engine Image Processor
  • OLED Monitor and Live View Finder
  • Contrast Auto Focus System
  • Full-Area Focusing and Pinpoint AF
  • Electronic Front & Rear Shutter
  • Auto HDR for Still Photographs

Buy the Panasonic GH3 on Amazon

Lytro Camera

Lytro camera is a unique camera in which you can reset you point of focus after the picture is taken. To explore more with this, you can check out some of the pictures that Lytro posted on their site:

https://pictures.lytro.com/

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=L8Nc316hJnQ

  • 8x optical zoom lens with constant f/2 aperture offers a wide range of creative shots
  • Unique micro-lens array with digital image sensor captures the color, intensity, and direction of light entering the camera
  • Light field engine processes the four-dimensional data captured by the sensor, so you can view it on the screen and refocus with a tap
  • 1.52″ back-lit LCD glass touchscreen display allows you to control most of the camera functions with a tap or a swipe

 

 

To purchase on Amazon

Panasonic GH3 DSLR Camera

A hard camera to keep in stock, but some are now available on Amazon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iIJTfu9Kpqk

 

Product Features

  • Full Area Touch Control Auto Focusing
  • Cinematic Full HD Video 1080/60p (H.264)
  • Ruggedized Splash and Dust Proof Diecast Body for Ultimate Reliability
  • High Speed Contrast AF Accuracy
  • Double OLED Display

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 Body (No Lens) Compact 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor, Splash-and-Dustproof, Cinematic Full HD Video, Touch LCD Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Black

 

Professional Grade Sensor Technology

The DMC-GH3 features a 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor with a level of sensitivity that produces flowing gradation from shadows to highlights. Panasonic’s original pixel-mix technology is designed exclusively to minimize noise generation. The fine wiring provides high resolution and a wide dynamic range creating truly stunning images that look like you could reach out and touch them. High-sensitivity ISO 12800 (extended: ISO 25600) and extensive noise reduction give you remarkable images even in dim lighting. In the DMC-GH3′s Contrast AF system, the image sensor doubles as the AF sensor to resist any mechanical margin of error. Compared with Phase Difference AF, the focusing is precise even at small F-numbers and achieves a higher focus detection speed than most traditional DSLR models.

Double OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) Display

Master your frames with super fast double OLED displays used for both the Live View Finder and the rear monitor. These OLED displays give you 100% vision field and withstand bright daylight scenes to provide natural coloring with virtually imperceptible time lag. The Eye Sensor automatically switches between Live View Finder (LVF) and the rear monitor offering 614K dots with seven brightness levels, seven color levels, 11 red-green color levels and Blue-Yellow levels. The GH3K compact wireless digital camera’s Touch Pad offers Full-area focusing on any point you touch so there’s no need to have our subjects in the middle of the shot and you can frame your shots as you please. With Level Gauge, the camera detects angle views so that photos shot in portrait will appear vertically, regardless of the lens used. In Free-angle Rear Monitor mode, your wide-viewing angle rotates sideways 180° and tilts up-and-down 270° so you can get those low-and-high angles. Assist manual focusing by enlarging the image on the monitor by 4x, 5x or 10x with a simple touch of the rear monitor.

Go Hollywood and Create Cinematic-quality Videos with Creative Special Effects on the GH3K Compact Digital Camera

If you’re eager to test your movie-making skills, then these advanced technologies developed by Panasonic for its professional broadcasting equipment, are just right for you. Not only does the camera give you Full-HD recording but progressive scanning records every frame, so twice the data is retained. Three types of quick-motion, 80%, 48% and 40% slow-motion video let you apply a variety of effects to the video timeline. An embedded Time Code makes it easy to synchronize your video footage or sound source in your post production workflow. The HDMI terminal easily connects to a large screen monitor, the 3.5-mm-diameter, general purpose mic jack allows for sound synched recording and the 3.5-mm-diameter headphone output terminal provides for real-time sound monitoring while shooting.

Click to see the DMC-GH3′s wide variety of recording formats, frame rates and bit rates used by broadcasting stations and production studios.

Field Tough For The Harshest Of Environments

The light weight LUMIX DMC-GH3 mirrorless camera is rugged enough to withstand the rigors of professional use in virtually any environment. With a completely re-engineered body from its core, the magnesium alloy full die cast frame features tightly sealed joints to form a splash and dustproof design and added protection.

Professional Speed and Precision
Panasonic DMC-GH3K LUMIX Water Resistant Digital CameraContrast AF provides higher accuracy while Light Speed AF locks on to fast moving objects.

Offering the best of both worlds for pro shooters, Light Speed AF is not only precise, its speed excels that of other high-end DSLRs. With Contrast AF (Auto Focus), the image sensor controls your focus giving you a greater range to create crisp, clear images. Light Speed AF is great for recording fast moving subjects like your little leaguer, migrating birds, or your best friend bungee jumping. And since you have a full-area AF touch, you select your desired field of vision. Additionally, Light Speed AF quickly locks onto a subject, making it possible to capture even fast moving subjects like your son, the dirt bike rider.

Customizable Hand Control with Conveniently-placed Buttons for Superior Shots

Shooting with the viewfinder has been further enhanced in the DMC-GH3K compact mirrorless digital camera. Exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, and white balance controls are positioned around the shutter button to make operation fast and easy while looking at the viewfinder.

The camera allows for you to customize a total of 7 function buttons (5 in button and 2 in touch menu tab) by allotting a function you use often. Custom Mode 1 and 2 let you register a series of settings you use often so you can instantly recall a pattern of the settings, Custom Mode 3 lets you register patterns for up to 3 more settings.

Focus, Shoot and Monitor Using Your Smart Phone or Tablet

Built-in Wi-Fi takes your LUMIX compact mirrorless digital camera right into your social media circles. A Smartphone or a tablet can be used as your remote control and monitor. Focus on a sunrise with your GH3K and see it LIVE on your Smartphone or tablet. Use your device to set your focus, exposure compensation, ISO, WB and even Photo Style as well as your shutter release. You can also record in the moment and even geo-tag your location by using your device’s GPS log. Playback your footage to assure you are in the right frame so you can adjust or continue shooting. Instantly share your images from your camera using the LUMIX LINK app.

Redesigned Venus Engine with Intelligent Resolution Technology
Venus Engine

A redesigned Venus Engine produces clear, crisp photo and video images. Its MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) quickly detects brightness in every part of a shot and its HDR (High Dynamic Range) allows for several pictures taken at different exposure levels to turn into a single composite picture that eliminates over-or-under-exposure. The 3DNR reduces noise and clarifies rough edges.

Intelligent Resolution technology detects outlines, intricate texture, and gradation thus precisely processing pixel by pixel to render true-to-life color reproduction that is spot-on.

Heat Disbursing Body For Extended Use

Right from its initial design stage, the GH3K pursued a hybrid structure by incorporating an original heat-dispersing design that enhances super high bit-rate recording and extended continuous shooting for extended amounts of time without overworking your camera.

Virtual Tour of Canon Cameras

An interesting tour to look at all the different Canon cameras throughout the years.

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/

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Canon 6D Review

Canon’s latest full frame DSLR. Not as good as the Canon 5D Mark III but the 6D is also cheaper.

http://vimeo.com/54352877

From the video:

The footage was taken with a pre production model camera and hopefully the video quality in the final version will be improved.

Camera weakness:

-Severe moire
-Soft image
-No headphone socket
-No audio through HDMI while recording (for monitoring audio on new EVF’s)
-No clean HDMI output

Notes:
-Format: 1080/25 All-I
-Video shot with available light. Litepanels 1×1 was used for the interview only
-Audio was recorded directly to the camera. No external audio recorder was used.
-ISO settings 640-1250
-Picture profile: Netural 0,-4,-1, 0
-30% sharpening was added in post (Adobe Premiere CS6)
-No CC was applied

Buy the Canon 6D on Amazon.com

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shipping Updates

If you ordered a Blackmagic Cinema camera or are thinking about purchasing one, there has been numerous delays since the announcement last year at NAB. If you want to stay update to date with fellow filmmakers who have also ordered this camera and maybe have it arrive, then check out Blackmagic’s specific forum related to this camera:

http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewforum.php?f=2

Hopefully they can ship a larger quality of cameras very soon.

Panasonic GH3 Sale

It’s been out of stock on Amazon and BH Photo, but you can still get a good deal with the Panasonic GH3 on Ebay:

 

http://www.ebay.com/sch/Digital-Cameras-/31388/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=gh3&_sop=10

 

Product Information
The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 is a compact digital camera that lets you capture memorable moments of your life in stunning quality. Featuring a 3-inch screen, this Panasonic 16 MP camera makes accurate framing of shots effortless. Additionally, with a magnification of approximately 2X for still images and 4.8X for motion images, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH3 offers a close and detailed image of your subject. As this black Panasonic 16 MP camera also includes a 2X, 4X digital zoom, it gets far-off objects up close. Thanks to the Live MOS sensor, this compact digital camera ensures amazing quality images with low noise.
Product Identifiers
Brand Panasonic
Model DMC-GH3
MPN ebay_PanasonicLUMIXDMC-GH316.05
Key Features
Camera Type Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens
Digital Zoom 4x
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Screen Size 3″
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Display
Display Type OLED
Display Size 3″
Resolution
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Miscellaneous
Color Black
Swann Freestyle Waterproof Sports Camera Sale On Amazon

Originally 279.00, today only for 119.99

Sale only on Amazon

Special guest deal presented by our colleagues at Woot.com: “You never know. You just never know which nosegrind, which turndown, which cross-stepping rip will be the one to make history. So you have two choices: record every move you make, or spend the rest of your life as that sad guy always talking about that one thing he did on a snowboard. No, seriously, it was amazing, you guys. The Swann Freestyle action cam proves that 1080p, 30fps video is worth a million words. It includes three different mounts for helmets and flat surfaces, and a casing that’s waterproof to 65 feet. For a fraction of the price of the schmancy-name cams, you can have incontrovertible evidence of all your most thrilling victories. As for the agonizing defeats, well, nobody has to see those.”

GoPro Hero 2 Vs Sony HDR-AS15‏ Action Camera

With the huge success of the GoPro Hero cameras, there was bound to be knock offs from a variety of different companies. I was lucky enough to test out the Sony HDR-AS15 Action camera. I have already been using a GoPro Hero 2, so I wanted to see how these two cameras stack up.

Here’s my breakdown:

-I like the design of the Sony HDR-AS15 a little bit more, it feels less bulky and it keeps more of a low profile than the GoPro. That’s before you put it in the housing. If you’re using the Sony housing, it has a bright, fluorescent yellow hinge and even the mounts are the same yellow color. I’m guessing this is geared more towards action sports, so if your camera falls off – you might be able to find it easier.

-I’m surprised that Sony didn’t try to follow more of the specs of the GoPro Hero 2, instead they sort of followed what GoPro first released years ago. There is no 24p frame rate with the Sony, which GoPro later on released an update with their camera. The stills are less megapixels than what GoPro has to offer. GoPro you can shoot narrow view, but with Sony it’s only 170 and 120 degrees.

-You can’t turn off the Sony camera if it’s in the housing (you can set it up in the menu so that the camera can turn off after 10 seconds). Not a major thing, but worth noting.

-With the GoPro it seems like they also had the indie filmmaker in mind and I mean that by them updating their firmware to be 24 fps. Plus they also offer a new neutral profile setting, so you have more flex when it comes to color correction. The Sony camera does have a Zeiss Lens, so the optics should be sharper than the rest of these action cameras.

-It just surprises me that Sony had a chance to really follow GoPro, that they could have added a small LCD on the side or or even a small one on the back, just to check the frame.  They could have added the 24fps. Why? I don’t know. If you want to beat your competition, you should create a superior product. Something that challenges other manufactures to emulate you. With Sony, they simply didn’t do that.

-A good thing about Sony camera is that it gives you a countdown of how much time or how many stills you have left. That’s a plus, The GoPro Hero 2 just shows you how many stills you have taken already, so it can get tricky if you want do setup a long time lapse.

This is an action camera and I guess Sony just geared their camera for just that one user. That it’s for those that just want a simple camera that you can turn on with a press of the button and start filming. Not that it’s a bad thing, but since they are basically trying to steal the sales away from GoPro – they should have done a better camera.

Links for both cameras:

Sony HDR-AS15 on Amazon

GoPro Hero 2 on Amazon

5D Mark III With EF 24-105mm Deal

Amazon is currently running a good deal with the Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon EF lens 24-105mm f/4 lens.

Tech Details:

  • Newly designed 22.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-25600 (L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400) for shooting from bright to dim light and next generation DIGIC 5+ Image Processor for enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed.
  • New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including up to 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support and 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8).
  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor that utilizes AF and color information for optimizing exposure and image quality.
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p) with 4 GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds), selectable “All i-frame” or IPB compressions, embedded timecode, manual audio level control while recording, and headphone terminal.
  • 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, 170° viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection; magnesium-alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 150,000 cycles, enhanced dust-and-weather resistance, and updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system for improved vibration-based dust removal.
  • 22.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3.2-inch clear view II TFT LCD monitor
  • DIGIC 5+ image processor
  • Up to 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Includes the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens with image stabilizer technology

Buy at Amazon.com

GoPro Hero 3 vs Hero 2

If you’re looking to upgrade your GoPro Hero 2 to the new Hero 3, here’s the spec sheet that you might want to look over. Remember that the 4K shooting style on the Hero 3 is 15 fps, so it’s mostly used for capturing stills with video or stop motion. Also, the Hero 2 now supports 1080p 24p with the new firmware update.

Blackmagic Camera For Indie Filmmakers

There has been a lot of buzz with the Blackmagic Camera since it was announced at NAB this year. It quickly became the go to camera with indie filmmakers and it created this myth about how Blackmagic was able to do something that the company Red only talked about.

Create a $3,000 camera that can shoot RAW (2.5K).

The first camera tests were from John Brawley:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqZpy6Yi-Eg

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7R3eulAWcE

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Jp_-Yczn0

 

There was a few technical releases over the next couple of months and some of the main things to consider:

-Sensor size. This seems to be the biggest complaint among filmmakers.

-Built in battery. This is going to be fixed with other third party companies coming in and creating a new way to power this camera.

-Only Canon EF lens mount ability. Recently Blackmagic said they are going to release a micro 4/3 mount camera as well. That’s a good sign, not only because this new addition but because it shows signs that this company is wiling to listen to their potential buyers and make those adjustments.

 

Then they started to ship cameras out to a few camera testers.
A good review is from Philp Bloom:

 

https://vimeo.com/48956550

 

So it looks like the biggest complaint about this camera is with the firmware. Will this get an update? Most likely.

The problem is that you can’t see what f-stop you’re at on the camera. This is where a manual lens that gives you the ability to adjust on the barrel of the lens comes in handy. A problem but it can be corrected.

I’m sure a new firmware will definitely correct this problem.

The battery read out doesn’t seem that accurate. Only reads in 100/75/50/25/0%.

Once again, you’re going to need another battery setup if you want to film a full day with this camera. Film for an hour and then two hours of charging really doesn’t work in a real world setup.

 

The final thing is to consider is the amount of hard drive space this camera is going to require if you’re going to shoot RAW. The price of hard drive is dropping but not in the realm of the amount of space that this camera is going to require.

A simple breakdown is this:

1 hour of 24p video is 512 GB

Figure you’re shooting 7 hours of footage a day. 3,584 GB of footage a day. Backed up twice, just in case drives fail = 7,168 GB a day.

That is the main thing indie filmmakers need to consider. In the past, most of the cost was with the production. As technology changes, the shift is now with the post production costs and how to store this massive amount of footage.

This camera can also shoot in 1080p. So that is an option but it’s not the same dynamic range as RAW.

 

Full tech specs about this Blackmagic camera can be found here:

http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/techspecs/

 

Blackmagic Camera vs Canon 5D vs Canon 7D

There’s a lot of hype with the new arrival of the Blackmagic camera. The ability to shot RAW and also to have over 2K resolution is a major plus for filmmakers. However, if you’re on a limited budget – remember the amount of hard drive space this camera is going to have with this specs.

Since the Blackmagic camera also has a different sensor, your current lenses are going to have a different field of view than what you would normally expect.

You can see this when filming with a Canon 5D Mark II (or III) vs a Canon 7D. With the Blackmagic camera, you probably want to stick to more of a wider lens.

 

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