Pentax K-1 – Enters the battle
The Pentax K-1 is finally in the full frame DSLR game. Ricoh announced the new Pentax K-1, a camera that offers innovative features not available in any other DSLR.
Inside the camera is a 36.4-megapixel CMOS sensor that omits the anti-aliasing filter to offer maximum sharpness — an AA Filter Simulator feature helps eliminate the moiré effect from photos instead. Sensitivity goes up to ISO 204800, and the new PRIME IV imaging engine allows for the capture of 14-bit RAW photos.
A newly refined SR II Shake Reduction system has 5-axis stabilization and provides an equivalent compensation of 5 exposure stops. A Pixel Shift Resolution System in the camera can capture super-resolution photos by capturing “four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image”. The other sensor-shift modes are also clever: the K-1 includes Horizon Correction, which rotates the sensor if you hold the camera slightly off-level, and the Astrotracer system that uses the sensor's movement to cancel-out the effect of the Earth's rotation when taking images of stars (something it can calculate using its GPS)
For autofocusing, the K-1 boasts a new SAFOX 12 AF system that has 33 autofocus points (25 of which are cross-type).
The camera body itself is both compact and rugged. It’s weather-sealed, dustproof, and cold-proof thanks to 87 sealing points, allowing you to take the camera into harsh environments and have it emerge unscathed.
On the back of the body is a Flexible-tilt 3.2-inch 1.04-million-dot LCD screen — the first of its kind on any DSLR. You can position the screen to your desired angle both horizontally and vertically.
Another unique DSLR feature is the special Operation Assist Lights on the body, which are small white LEDs that help you work the camera’s controls while shooting in low-light environments. The lights help you do things such as change lenses, swap memory cards, and use the interface on the back of the camera, all without having to use external illumination or the bright LCD menu.
For photographers moving up to the K-1 from a crop sensor system, there’s a Crop Mode that lets you shoot APS-C-sized photos regardless of what lens you’re using. In other words, you’ll be able to keep your existing lens collection, as the camera will detect the lens type and configure its settings accordingly.
Other features and specs of the K-1 include a “nearly 100%” viewfinder, Wi-Fi, GPS, a Dust Removal feature, HDR mode, dual SD card slots, 1080p video at 30fps, and 4.4fps continuous shooting (23 RAW photos or 70 JPEG).
Launching alongside the Pentax K-1 are 12 full-frame lenses, including the lenses with most used focal distances like 15-30mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 and 150-400mm f/4.5-5.6. For now, though, those looking for modern, fast-focusing primes will be disappointed. Other reason for all the interest in a full-frame Pentax is the vast collection of K-mount lenses that exist around the world. The K-1 lets you use the aperture rings on these lenses and can give a focus confirmation beep with the central AF point, even with manual focus lenses. When you mount an older, manual lens the K-1 prompts you to manually specify the focal length so that the image stabilization can be tuned appropriately.
Combine the power of the K-1 with the portability and support of the Scorpion EX Pro Kit and a LED Light + Monitor to create the ultimate travel rig!
The Pentax K-1 will be available starting in April 2016 for $1,800.
Imagine… Making a professional music spot with a smart phone. Making professional advertisement with a smart phone. Capture the best moments in your life with pro-looking video quality with your smart phone. Nowadays, you don’t need to imagine, because almost every smart phone has built in high quality camera. The last flagship model of Samsung, released this month is S7. This model offers pretty wide 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with vivid colors and great pixel density (577 ppi). The display size offers great in-hand experience and it has pleasing colors for your eyes.
For those who want to try Samsung S7 for professional work have to know more information for the camera and its video recording quality. S7 has built in 5MP front camera, and 12 MP back camera with aperture of f1.7, and focal distance of 26mm. Additional characteristics of the camera are the phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and the LED flash. The sensor size is 1/2.6", with 1.4 µm pixel size, capable to do simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording. Compared to its predecessor Samsung S6, this smart phone has camera with smaller resolution, but better image quality. It can take video with maximal resolution of 2160p at 30fps, but also to the other end it is the maximal frame rate of 240fps with resolution of 720p. The integrated LEG flash can give you decent results but you can always rely on Cam Caddie LED 160 Light for better lighting and even better video quality. You can also enhance the sound recorded during the video recording process by using any professional microphone with a 3.5mm jack, mounted on top of Cam Caddie Scorpion rig.
The S7 offers a non-removable battery of 3000 mAh. This will give you autonomy for more than 8 hours of filming. Along the duration of the filming process you can also rely on the 32GB or 64GB internal memory, but if it is not sufficient for your needs you can expand the storage capacity with microSD card up to 200GB. The last important thing to emphasize is the water-proof body of the Samsung S7 that gives you possibility to do filming in different weather conditions and underwater. So instead of buying action camera case of DSLR underwater case to take some video, you can use this all-in-one solution for your need.
Ricoh announced the production of new action camera WG-M2 from this April. The new 4K member of the small family of 4K action cameras available on the market offers unique experience with its tough go-anywhere credentials thanks to the waterproof, shock resistance and being freeze-proof.
Compared to its rivals, the WG-M2 model have ultra-wide angle lens (offering 204 degrees viewing angle). Compared to GoPro or Sony action cameras, this is almost 50 degrees wider. This model is capable to change the viewing angle from wide (full of distortions) to narrow mode of 150 degrees.
The integrated CMOS sensor captures images with 8 megapixels resolution and 4K (3840x2160 at 30fps) or Full HD (1080p at 60fps) videos. Video quality is better compared to its predecessor, usable for professional video records. For this job you need good stabilization because this camera doesn’t have integrated image stabilization. The video can be stabilized using the Cam Caddie Scorpion EX. You can also attach the Cam Caddie LED 160 Light to give the camera a light source that it lacks, creating an amazing portable 4K Rig!
This action camera has slim design with dimensions 34.1 x 57.4 x 77.8mm (1.3 x 2.3 x 3 in) and weights 136g (4.8 oz). It is waterproof down to 20m (65 ft) for 2 hours, shockproof for drops from 2m (6.6 ft) and freeze-proof to temperature of -10 °C (14 °F).
For better composition of the scene it is equipped with 1.5 inch LCD with 115k dots, but better display can be connected through the HDMI port and attached to the Cam Caddie Flashner Kit. It has possibility for wireless connection to a smartphone, tablet or computer, through Image Sync application. This will result in better user experience and easier access to the content without removing the microSD card.
For enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers, this camera is good toy to replace their existing GoPro cameras and give themselves wider spectrum of possibilities and more versatile adventures. This camera will be priced around US $300. The Cam Caddie Scorpion EX is only $64.95, combined you will get an affordable and powerful 4K right out of your bag.
This month, Sony announced the long-awaited successor to the best mirrorless cameras, widely known model a6000. After a timid appearance on the digital camera market with the mirrorless NEX cameras models, the development and release of the best Sony’s a6000 model, make a real tsunami in the industry for digital cameras. Many professional photographers were thrilled by the concept and the quality they received from the new series of Sony ILCE cameras. Still undefeated a6000 model and without real competition until these days, received a successor. The rumors for announcing models as a6100 or a7000, with sensor of 36 megapixels, were untrue but Sony’s decision to keep a 24-megapixel sensor, and announce a model a6300.
In the new model, Sony doesn’t introduces significant changes in the specifications. Sony will probably try to use the tactic that proved success when they announced the second versions of the full frame camera series A7, A7R and A7s, when within a year they announced three different varieties, each with their own specific features and advantages. Sony should be careful with this tactic, because this move made a lot of photographers angry.
The new model a6300 comes in a housing which has the same shape as its predecessor, but unlike a6000, this time the whole is made of magnesium alloy which has improved durability of the camera. Also attention is paid to improve resistance to water and dust, which is feature offer only from the expensive professional cameras. Compactness offered by Sony mirrorless cameras is a big advantage over large, heavy DSLR cameras, but gives the impression of unprofessionalism. This perception is easily changed by paring the a6300 with a robust stabilizing support rig like the Cam Caddie Scorpion EX. The addition of a shoulder support rig or handle will give the camera a larger appearance while enhance the operators ability to comfortably maneuver the camera.
Sensor used in the model a6300 is the same as the one in the model a6000, this time by improving the efficient collection of light and easy reading of the light, through the insertion of a copper wires in the sensor. The model a6300 will use the old know BIONZ X processor, with advanced algorithms for image processing. The improvements in the model a6300 that will put this model on the pedestal is the ability to record 4K video at 30fps, or 1080p video at 120fps, and extremely large number of autofocus points. A6300 model has 425 autofocus points unlike a6000 model featuring 179 autofocus points, allowing better tracking of objects in motion. In addition to the superior autofocus is the time to lock-up the focus by 0.05 seconds, making it fastest autofocus system that is embedded into any camera on the market. The hybrid autofocus system implemented in this Sony models enable continuous focus on objects when shooting video. This feature is important in the production of videos.
The enhancements that come in the a6300 model are mainly to improve the performance of the video recording. The benefits of the large number of autofocus points, and the ability to record 4K video could be useful for professional video recording. This changes the concept of classic cameras intended for taking still pictures, and makes the digital camera more close to the video production.
The notorious Electronic View Finder is still kept but it is enhanced by implementation of the new XGA OLED Tru-Finder technology, where Sony uses system of lenses with ZEISS T* coating in order to minimize the surface reflection and obtain real image on the EVF. The EVF has 2.4 million dots resolution with ability to trace the smoothness of the video captured with 120 fps.
For those who have a lot of A-mount lenses and want to adapt them to E-mount of the a6300, there is a feature for advanced focal plane phase-detection for faster focus on the “slow” adapters like LA-EA1 and LA-EA3.
The announced price of $ 1,000 for the new Sony a6300 might discourage some interest considering the a6000 is half the price and produces an image that is very close in quality. Especially when you factor in the quality of footage not only depends on the quality of the sensor, but it also depends on the quality of the lens.