Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apple iPhone 8 , 8 Plus and iPhone X announced

Apple has officially announced the iPhone 8  , the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X today at their special event held in Cupertino , California . The three new smartphones , announced right along side their new Apple TV 4K and the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular support ,mark a new beginning for Apple as they set out to further refine the 10 year old legacy set by the original iPhone almost 10 years back .

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are basically successors to last year's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models , the new duo - designed with glass backs and a metal frame , says goodbye to Apple's aluminum unibody construction as the new iPhones feature Qi Wireless charging (Metal backs are not very good for inductive charging ) . The phones , which still feature the same display sizes - 5.5" - iPhone 8 Plus and 4.7 " on the iPhone 8 will not "wow" anyone as they still feature no major resolution bump as well .But as they say , true beauty is found in the inside and the iPhone 8 and 8Plus are no exceptions .Both feature Apple's 64bit Hexa-core  A11 Bionic processor - a 4.5 billion transistor chip capable of pulling off some incredible processing feats and either 64/256GB storage options with 2GB of RAM reserved for the 8 and 3 GB for the 8 Plus

The cameras on the iPhone 8 and 8 plus are said to be further refined from the previous generation , although they share the same 12MP resolution , they now feature better low light capability and thanks to the A11 chip , the new phone can create a 3d depth map and provide a balanced lighting output to portraits shot using the rear camera . Rest of the camera specs include a 1/3" sensor size for the main camera modules (1/3.6" for the telephoto lens equipped one on the 8 plus.)

The iPhone 8 features a 28mm (35mm eqv) lens with a f 2.8 aperture and has OIS . The 8 Plus features a 28mm f 1.8 and a 56mm f 2.8 aperture on its dual camera set up and also has OIS . Both shoot 4K video at 60fps /30fps and 24fps and 1080P @240 fps max

Battery capacity on the new phones are said to be much higher than the previous iPhone 7 with 14 hours of talktime on the 8 and 21 hours on the 8 Plus .Both are IP68 water and dust resistant.

Press Release - Apple/newsroom/iPhone8

iPhone X

Consider this as Apple's greatest hit , the phone , which is said to feature the best of Apple (as it stands as a 10 year anniversary product) was probably the biggest attraction of the show . The phone at first glance looks futuristic with its edge to edge display , although phones like the Essential had this feature from a few months back , the design change does signal that all future phones will feature the display as it offers a better immersive experience .

Speaking of the display , the iPhone X is the first model to feature an Amoled display instead of the traditional IPS ones from day one . The display has a 5.8" real estate and has a resolution of 1125 x 2436 , making this the most high res Apple iPhone to date , you can also find HDR 10 support as well .

The processor and ram options remain the same as the iPhone 8 Plus , therefore the 64/256GB/3GB ram option is present along with the A11 bionic processor

Cameras on the new model are also similar to the iPhone 8 Plus , but the biggest change is in the design as the new model features the dual camera in a vertical orientation with the dual LED's placed between the two camera modules .

The other features such as NFC , Wireless charging are also present , but the iPhone X is the first to feature facial recognition instead of the touch ID physical biometric sensor . The new sensor array , which features an IR dot projector , an infrared camera and a flood illuminator allow the A11 bionic chip to capture and store unique facial features and depth on its localized hardware and provide fast unlocking .The unit , thanks to IR technology allows it to work even in dark areas (an area where other products continue to struggle). While Face ID might be reserved for the iPhone X for now , the feature will eventually flow down to other models in the future .

Battery capacity is said to be similar to the iPhone 8 Plus with both sharing the same 21hour talk time endurance . This model is also said to be IP68 water and dust resistant .

Press Release - Apple/newsroom/iPhoneX

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Apple press material (linked above)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sony RX-10IV

Say hello to the new successor to the RX-10 series of premium bridge cameras . The new Sony RX-10 IV packs great features such as Phase detection autofocus with 315 AF points on its 20mp 1" sensor , 4K UHD recording with S-LOG2/S-Gamut 2 , S-LOG3/S-gamut 3 and 24fps shooting with a 249 Jpeg or 112 Raw buffer and much more ,packed into a body which features its own 24-600mm (35mm eqv) lens with a f2.4 aperture .  The new Sony RX-10 IV is expected to cost $1699 and ships next month (October) .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Dpreview

Press Release - presscentre.Sony

Sony’s New RX10 IV Combines Lightning Fast AF and 24 fps Continuous Shooting with Versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Zoom Lens

World’s Fastest[i] AF Speed of 0.03 seconds[ii], 24 fps[iii] Continuous Shooting with full AF/AE tracking

315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approx. 65% of the frame

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm[iv] F2.4-F4 Large Aperture, High Magnification
Zoom Lens

4K[v] Movie Recording with full pixel readout without pixel binning

Sony today announced the new flagship model in its acclaimed Cyber-shot® RX10 series, the RX10 IV (model DSC-RX10M4).

Featuring the world’s fastesti AF acquisition time of 0.03 secondsii and up to 24 fps continuous shootingiii with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile 24-600mmiv F2.4-F4 ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens, the new RX10 IV model delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.

The impressive RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1.0-type 20.1 MP[vi] Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a powerful BIONZ X™ image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together to maximise overall speed of operation and performance, ultimately ensuring the highest possible image and video quality throughout the entire range of the 24-600mmiv lens.

Fast Focusing, Fast Shooting
A first for Sony’s RX10 series of cameras, the new RX10 IV model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 secondsii. This high speed focusing complements the extensive 24-600mmiv range of the lens, ensuring all subjects can be captured with precise detail and clarity.

Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology. This advanced technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony’s acclaimed line of α interchangeable lens cameras, concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing even the most unpredictable subjects including fast-moving athletes and birds in flight to be captured with ease.

Other AF improvements in the new RX10 IV camera include an enhanced version of the popular Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter[vii]. AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.

An ideal complement to the AF system, the RX10 IV offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fpsiii with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 249 images[viii]. With the significant improvements in processing power for the new camera, EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, allowing shooters to capture the decisive moment with ultimate confidence. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The RX10 IV also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Lens
The 24-600mmiv ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens on the Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera features a large maximum aperture of F2.4-F4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto. It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimise chromatic aberration, and ZEISS® T* Coating to minimise flare and ghosting.

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur. When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.

Professional Video Capture
The new RX10 IV becomes the latest Cyber-shot RX camera to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realising approximately 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new RX10 IV utilises full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilises the XAVC S™ [ix] codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.

The new camera also has a variety of other professional calibre video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.
Super slow motion[x] video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority). This unique feature gives users the ability to choose among 1000fps, 500fps and 250fps frame rates and among 50p, 25p and 24p playback formats[xi].

Upgraded Operation and Customization
The new RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for the Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic™ technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with an approx. 2.35M dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

To enhance customisation, “My Menu” functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are colour coded for easier recognition and navigation, and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.

The RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant[xii], and Wi-Fi®, NFC™ and Bluetooth® compatible.

Pricing and Availability
The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for approximately €2000. Full product details can be accessed here.

[i] Among fixed lens digital cameras with 1.0-type sensor. As of September 2017 press release, based on Sony research.

[ii] CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=8.8mm (wide-end), EV6.8, Program Auto, Focus mode: AF-A, AF area: Centre

[iii] With "Continuous shooting mode: Hi".

[iv] 35mm equivalent

[v] 3,840 x 2,160 pixels

[vi] Approximate effective MP

[vii] Only when 35mm-equivalent focal length is within 150-600mm range

[viii] With "Continuous shooting mode: Hi" and "Image quality: Fine

[ix] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S
format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.

[x] Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.

[xi] In PAL mode. Switch between NTSC and PAL using the menu.

[xii] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fujifilm X-E3 & Fujinon XF80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm has officially announced their latest Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera . The new Fujifilm X-E3 brings a 24.3MP APS-C sensor , UHD 4K recording and a good AF system all packed into a sleek rangefinder body .

At first glance , one can mistake the new Fuji to its predecessors - the X-E2 and E2S  .While the design may be timeless in some retro sense , the internals of the new X-E3 are completely revamped as this shares its hardware with Fuji's XT-20 , this means that the 24.3 MP X trans CMOS III sensor , the X Processor Pro image processor , UHD 4K(30fps) ,1080p in (60fps) are all present .

The rest of the specs on the X-E3 include super fast AF tracking at 0.06seconds , a 5 fps burst rate , a 3" 1.4m color TFT touchscreen and a 0.39" OLED viewfinder with a 2360 dot resolution . The Camera , which comes with the Fuji X mount is currently compatible with all Fuji X mount lenses and supports 3rd party ones via adapters .

Body only price for the X-E3 is said to be $900 , and if you spec it with the 24mm f2 prime , it will cost $1150 with the 18-55mm kit option costing $1300 .

Fuji Also announced a new 80mm lens - the XF80mm f2.8 - a macro capable lens with 16 elements in 12 groups with 1 ED Aspherical lens .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source/Press release - fujifilmusa


Latest development of the X Mount Lens Roadmap unveiled; new Firmware Updates for FUJIFILM X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 coming soon

Valhalla, N.Y., September 7, 2017 – As a leader in advanced digital camera technology, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-E3 rangefinder style mirrorless digital camera with outstanding image quality and enhanced handling. The X-E3 features the latest 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and the X-Processor Pro high-speed image processing engine, along with a new image recognition algorithm in an ultra-compact body.

Also announced today is the new XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens, the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens in the X Series lineup of interchangeable lenses. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 122mm (in the 35mm format) and a maximum aperture of F2.8 for beautiful bokeh.

Exceptional Autofocus Tracking and High-Speed Response
The FUJIFILM X-E3 features a large phase detection autofocus (AF) area and provides photographers with enhanced tracking performance for moving subjects. Equipped with a newly developed image recognition algorithm, the X-E3 is able to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.

The X-E3 supports both Full HD and 4K video recording. Videos can be shot with Film Simulations in-camera to easily produce creative high-resolution footage.

The compact and lightweight X-E3 is perfect for quick snapshots, boasting high-speed response times including a start-up time of just 0.4 seconds, shooting interval of 0.25 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds and autofocus speed as fast as 0.06 seconds.

Enhanced Connectivity and Intuitive Touchscreen Control
The X-E3 is the first X Series model to feature Bluetooth® low energy wireless communication. Providing photographers with enhanced connectivity, this feature offers the ability to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet for easy transfer of pictures via the free FUJIFILM Camera Remote application.

The X-E3 features a high-resolution 3.0 inch 1.04M-dot static touchscreen LCD monitor to provide users with easy, intuitive operations in a variety of shooting and playback modes. When shooting with the X-E3, the touchscreen can be used to select the focus area, or focus on a specific point before taking a picture. For playback, users can enjoy the ability to swipe or scroll through images, double-tap to enlarge, drag an image once enlarged, along with pinch-out and pinch-in sizing. A new Touch Function feature will also be available on the X-E3, enabling users to create customized camera functions by swiping left, right, up and down on the touchscreen panel.

Ultra-Compact and Lightweight Body for Portability and Practicality
Making it the perfect companion for everyday shooting and travel photography, the new FUJIFILM X-E3 is the most compact and lightweight model with a viewfinder within the X Series interchangeable lens camera range. The X-E3 also features a Focus Lever positioned on the rear side of the camera that allows photographers to use joystick-type operations in eight directions to easily select a focus area.

The top plate features two precision-milled aluminum dials, giving the camera a premium feel and allowing users to easily adjust the shutter speed and exposure compensation while maintaining focus on taking a picture. The Exposure Compensation Dial now has the C position for exposure compensation up to ±5 stops. The new X-E3 is also equipped with an Auto mode selector lever for selecting the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode where the camera can automatically select the optimum settings for a given scene.

FUJIFILM X-E3 Key Features:
*24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor
*X-Processor Pro
*Start-up time of 0.4sec
*Ultra-fast AF speed of 0.06sec
*Offers 5.0fps live-view shooting
*Shutter time lag of 0.050sec
*Shooting interval of 0.25sec
*3.0 inch 1.04M-dot static TFT color LCD touchscreen monitor
*0.39 inch, 2,360K-dot OLED color viewfinder
*Upgraded AF tracking performance
*Newly developed image recognition algorithm to track moving subjects up to half the size, or     moving twice as fast as previous models.
*4K video can be recorded at [3840 x 2160] 29.97p, 25p, 24p, 23.98P, 100Mbps
*Continuous recording: up to approximately 10min
*Full HD video can be recorded at 59.94 fps, 50 fps, 29.97 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps and 23.98 fps, and with *Film Simulation effects
*Video can be outputted to external monitor via the HDMI port and input audio from an external microphone
*Easily connect to external HDMI monitor and turn on HDMI Rec Control to automatically enable a clean HDMI output when the camera’s shutter release button is pressed
*Touch AF to change the focus area and refocusing according to subject movement functions in video recording
*25 high-performance FUJINON X Mount lenses for ultimate versatility
*Bluetooth® low energy wireless communication to pair the camera with a smartphone or tablet device for easy transfer of pictures
*Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app for Remote Control function

FUJIFILM X-E3 Accessories:
X-E3 Metal Hand Grip (MHG-XE3)
X-E3 Bottom Leather Case (BLC-XE3)

FUJINON XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro Lens
The new XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR is a lightweight, mid-telephoto macro lens designed to deliver the very best results from Fujifilm’s unique X-Trans CMOS sensor. Capable of achieving high quality macro shots, the XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR features an optical construction of 16 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses. As the first in the X Series interchangeable lens series to have a 1.0x magnification factor, the XF80mmF2.8 achieves high resolving power and beautiful bokeh, making it a perfect lens for capturing stunning macro images.

The XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR has enhanced AF capabilities utilizing a Floating Focus System that suppresses aberration. The lens also supports handheld shooting with Optical Image Stabilization. A fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element, making it less susceptible to smudges, water and dirt, further improving its durability. The lens is also designed to be weather and dust resistant, and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

FUJINON XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens Key Features:
FUJIFILM X Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
Weather-sealed at eleven points around the barrel for weather and dust resistance; operates as low as *14 degrees Fahrenheit / -10 degrees Celsius
*16 lens elements in 12 groups including one aspherical ED lens, one Super ED lens and three ED lenses

*Uses Floating Focus System for improved AF
*Optical Image Stabilization system achieves 5-stop image stabilization
*Focus lens driven by a linear motor for fast and near-silent autofocus performance
*Fluorine coating applied to front lens elements for improved durability
*Compatible with XF1.4x and XF2.0x teleconverters

Updated X Mount Lens Roadmap Unveiled
Also announced is the latest development of the X Mount Lens Roadmap for developing interchangeable lenses for the X Series line of mirrorless digital cameras. The latest roadmap adds two new lenses: the ultra-wide angle zoom lens XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR and the telephoto prime lens XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR. With the expansion of the high performance X Mount lens lineup, Fujifilm covers more focal lengths from ultra-wide to telephoto to support a wide range of photography styles and shooting scenarios. 

New Firmware Updates Coming Soon
Fujifilm will release new firmware updates for the FUJIFILM X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 X Series cameras in November and December 2017 to add new functionality and improve operability. These updates will include new support for FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO, dramatic improvements to the AF-C tracking algorithm in zone and tracking AF mode, addition of 4K video support and computer tethering functions and enhancements to touch panel operations.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2: V.4.0 Key Features
Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes (excluding HDMI output for recording).
Supports tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi using compatible software* to enable transfer of images to a computer, or to control camera from the computer.
*Requires FUJIFILM X Acquire and Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO/ Tether Shooting Plug-in (Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 6 or CC is required).
New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

FUJIFILM X-T2: V.3.0 Key Features
New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

FUJIFILM X100F: V.2.0 Key Features
Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.
Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.

FUJIFILM X-T20: V.1.1 Key Features

Touch panel operation while looking into the electronic viewfinder.

Availability and Pricing
The new FUJIFILM X-E3 will be available in three versions in late September 2017.
The X-E3 Body, Black or Silver will be available for USD $899.95 and CAD $1,149.99

The X-E3 Body with XF18-55mm Lens Kit, Black or Silver will be available for USD $1,299.95 and CAD $1,649.99.
The X-E3 Body with XF23mmF2 R WR Lens Kit, Black or Silver will be available for USD $1,149.95 and CAD $1,449.99.

The new FUJINON XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in November 2017 for USD $1,199.95 and CAD $ $1,599.99.

Vision Research announces Phantom VEO 4KPL and VEO 4K 590L/S super slow motion cameras

4K PL (left) 560/S(right)

Vision research has unveiled two 4K capable super-slow motion cameras for their VEO series of Gimbal/smaller rig cameras . The series , which sits beside the larger Flex series , brings RAW  recording with 1000fps for the VEO 4K PL series and 500 fps for the VEO 4K-560L/S versions

Phantom VEO 4K

VEO4K-L models are designed for software-based operation with two programmable I/O ports and simplified connections.

VEO4K-S models include additional I/O ports, on-camera controls, compatibility with CFast recording media and a secondary battery input.

VEO4K-PL models include everything in the S-model, with the addition of an optical low pass filter, standard PL-mount and a black cinema-style housing.

Introducing Phantom VEO4K: High-speed, High-resolution Cameras for Science, Aerospace and Media Industries

WAYNE, NJ, September 5, 2017 – Vision Research, a leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, today introduces the Phantom® VEO4K camera family, combining the imaging power of the Flex4K-GS with the convenient form factor of the VEO. Designed for demanding scientific research, defense and media applications, it will capture up to 1,000 frames per second (fps) at 4K and higher at reduced resolutions.

VEO4K cameras employ a custom 9.4-megapixel, 12-bit CMOS sensor with 6.75 micron pixels, producing images of the highest quality and pixel resolution – Great for high-magnification and applications involving dynamic movement across large spaces. The family consists of three models, including the Phantom VEO4K-PL camera for media production, as well as two body styles, allowing users to select the camera that best meets their needs.

Machined from solid aluminum with isolated electronics, Phantom VEO cameras are known for their durability and ability to perform in harsh environments. VEO4K cameras are available with either 36 GB or 72 GB of RAM and include SDI and HDMI video outputs. S-models include a secondary battery input and CFast 2.0 compatibility which enables remote, untethered recording.

Key Specifications of the Phantom VEO4K

*835mm 9.4-megapixel sensor
*Global shutter, switchable to rolling shutter for increased dynamic range
*4K-990 models capture up to 938 fps at 4096 x 2304; 1000 fps at 4096 x 2160;
 1975 fps at 2048 x 1080
*10Gb Ethernet option for optimized workflow
*Size: 5 x 5.5 x 6” (12.7 x 14 x 15.2 cm); 6.0 lbs (2.8 kg)
*HDMI and 3G-SDI video outputs
*VEO4K-S and PL models include CFast, On-camera controls and secondary battery input for  portability
*Lens mount: Interchangeable between Nikon F/G, Canon EF, C and PL mounts.


*5Gpx/second throughput at 9 Megapixel resolution
*500 frames per second  (fps) at 4096 x 2304
*ISO Mono 5000T; Color 640T (Global shutter mode)*
*Recommended EI range for color cameras is 800-1000
 Up to 72GB RAM
*Available in L (light) or S  (full featured) models 
 S version includes CFast 2.0 media compatibility, On-camera controls, additional 3G HD-SDI port,   additional signals
All models support 10Gb Ethernet option, Programmable I/O, SDI and HDMI video outputs


*4K at up to 1,000 fps
*Global shutter, switchable to Rolling shutter
*Color ISO 320T (Rolling shutter); 640T (Global shutter)*
*Recommended EI range is 800-1000
*10Gb Ethernet option for optimal workflow
*Includes all VEO-S features: CFast 2.0 media compatibility, On-camera controls, HDMI, 3G-SDI,  secondary battery input

Press Release - Phantomhighspeed


Introduction Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Sony CineAlta Venice brings 6K modular full frame to the cinema world

Sony has been teasing about their 35mm cinema camera for a few months now. The camera , which was said to be a member of  Sony's High End CineAlta series was rumored to bring a whole new sensor category to the lineup which has so far been exclusively Super 35 (APS-H) . And now , after months of speculation , the product is finally official . Say hello to the Sony CineAlta Venice .

The Venice , which , as said above , packs a 35mm full frame sensor instead of the industry default  "Super 35" ,the sensor, which is capable of 6k , allows the camera to cater a wider set of requirements including the ability to utilize full frame E mount (or adapted) and PL mount lenses to shoot in Full frame ,  Anamorphic / Spherical and Super 35 modes (The video resolution is 4K in this mode).The E and PL mounts are modular , and they can be swapped easily .

The camera chassis , which incorporates a modular design , features a interchangeable sensor block which allows the sensor unit to be swapped once a newer module is available , this design , which also incorporates a 8 stop ND system (two revolving wheels) with a remote servo option.

Rest of the specs (in brief) include moisture and dust resistance , HDMI out , 10 bit X-AVC , 16bit RAW & X-OCN (via the AXS-R7 external recorder) and ProRes . The Venice , which is said to arrive in February 2018 is also said to include packaged multiple resolution/aspect ratio/bitrate options for  full frame, Anamorpic, Super35 modes being sold separately (EUR 4000 for the Full frame options and about EUR10,000 for the Special - Anamorphic modes ) .

And as for pricing , the CineAlta Venice is expected to cost north of EUR 37,000 .

Sony Unveils VENICE, Its First 36x24mm Full-Frame Digital Motion Picture Camera System

Anamorphic Capabilities, Interchangeable Sensor, 8-stage ND Filter System, New Color Management & Established Workflow Combine into Unique Creative Filmmaking Tool

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2017 — Sony Electronics is unveiling VENICE – its first Full-Frame digital motion picture camera system. VENICE is the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera systems, designed to expand the filmmaker’s creative freedom through immersive, large-format, Full Frame capture of filmic imagery producing natural skin tones, elegant highlight handling and wide dynamic range. VENICE was designed through close collaboration with the creative community, fulfilling the requirements from filmmakers and production professionals.
VENICE will be officially unveiled on Sept. 6, in front of a select audience of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members and a range of other industry professionals. Sony will also screen a short film, “The Dig”, the first footage shot with VENICE, produced in Anamorphic, written and directed by Joseph Kosinski and shot by Academy Award winning Cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC.

“We really went back to the drawing board for this one,” said Peter Crithary, marketing manager, Sony Electronics. “It is our next-generation camera system, a ground-up development initiative encompassing a completely new image sensor. We carefully considered key aspects such as form factor, ergonomics, build quality, ease of use, a refined picture and painterly look—with a simple, established workflow. We worked in close collaboration with film industry professionals. We also considered the longer-term strategy by designing a user interchangeable sensor that is as quick and simple to swap as removing four screws, and can accommodate different shooting scenarios as the need arises.”

Full frame sensor and wide range of lens compatibility

VENICE combines a newly developed 36x24mm Full Frame sensor to meet the high-quality demands of feature filmmaking. Full Frame offers the advantages of compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including Anamorphic, Super 35mm, Spherical and Full Frame PL mount lenses for a greater range of expressive freedom with shallow depth of field. The lens mount can also be changed to support E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter, and wider lenses.  User-selectable areas of the image sensor allow shooting in Super 35 mm 4 – perf. Future firmware upgrades are planned to allow the camera to handle 36mm wide 6K resolution.  Fast image scan technology minimizes “Jello” effects.

New color management system and established workflow for flexible post-production

A new color management system with an ultra wide color gamut gives users more control and greater flexibility to work with images during grading and post-production. VENICE also has more than 15 stops of latitude to handle challenging lighting situations from low-light to harsh sunlight with a gentle roll-off handling of highlights.
VENICE achieves high quality and efficient file-based production through Sony’s established 16-bit RAW/X-OCN via the AXS-R7 recorder, and 10 bit XAVC workflows. VENICE is also compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and high-speed Thunderbolt-enabled AXS-AR1 card reader, using established AXS and SxS memory card formats.

Intuitive design & refined functionality support simple and efficient on-location operation

VENICE has a fully modular and intuitive design with refined functionality to support simple and efficient on-location operation. It is the film industry’s first camera with a built-in 8-stage glass ND filter system, making the shooting process efficient and streamlining camera setup.  The camera is designed for easy operation with an intuitive control panel placed on the Assistant and Operator sides of the camera. A 24 V power supply input/output and LEMO connector allow use of many standard camera accessories, designed for use in harsh environments.

License options for individual production requirements

With VENICE, Sony is giving users the option to customize their camera by enabling the features needed, matched to their individual production requirements.  Optional licenses will be available in permanent, monthly and weekly durations to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and Full Frame, each sold separately.
The VENICE CineAlta digital motion picture camera system is scheduled to be available in February 2018.  For more information, please visit:

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Dpreview

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

LG V30

LG has officially announced the latest iteration to the LG V series of smartphones . The new LG V30 - the successor to last year's V20 brings Military level drop protection (MIL STD 810G compliant) , a 6" P-OLED display , a dual camera system with a f1.6 aperture and a large 3300 mAh battery .


The LG V30 features a LG G6 inspired design which has now been adjusted to accommodate a 6" P-OLED display with a aspect ratio of 18:9 . The display , which takes up 82% of the front real estate makes this wafer thin (7.3mm) and almost bezel-less up front  . The body , which features a metal frame and a rear glass plate which houses the inserts for the camera module , the Laser AF and LED module and the rear facing fingerprint reader  , the total overall weight of this large phone therefore is just 158g .

The whole phone is protected by a IP68 dust and water resistance rating and Mil 810G drop resistance rating as well .


At first glance , the phone features a gigantic 6" P-OLED (Plastic OLED) display which is resistant to impact rather than a traditional LCD display . The display which has a 18:9 aspect ratio comes with a resolution of 2880x1440p (537ppi) and it is HDR10 ready .

The LG V30 , like most flagships of late 2017 , features a 8 core 2.45Ghz Snapdragon 835 processor with a Adreno 540 GPU . The phone features 4GB of RAM , 64/128GB internal storage and a microSD card slot .

The camera on the V30 is probably one of the best -if not the best right now . The camera module , which features 2x16MP sensors (1 micro meter pixel size for better low light capabilities ) with one equipped with a f1.6 aperture - a first for a smartphone ! , OIS and Phase detection AF with a laser rangefinder  and the second one with a f1.9 aperture without OIS . . Both share a mix tone LED flash unit . The main camera shoots 4K UHD @60fps . The front sensor features a 5MP resolution with a 112 micrometer pixel size and a 1/5" sensor size .

The battery on the phone is a non removable 3300 mAh unit which can be charged either via inductive(wireless) charging  or using the quick charging 3 feature via USB C 3.0 . The phone features LTE and Dual or single sim depending on your storage variation .


LG is yet to comment on the availability or pricing for the V30 , but rumors do say the device will be $700+ .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Press Release - LG

Sony RX0

Sony has officially announced their latest addition to the RX series of compact premium cameras .The RX0  (Zero) , like its more popular RX 100 series brethren , features a Stacked 1"  CMOS sensor , but it instead features a robust , drop (MIL STD810G)  and water resistant housing which allows the RX0 to be taken to places no other one inch sensor camera will dare explore .

The RX0 , on the outside looks quite small at - 61×40.6×30.5mm , but internally , the RX0 is designed for set events rather than straight up action as it can be rigged wirelessly in a 15 camera group  via FA-WRC1M remote  or  5 via the Sony mobile App for Android or iOS .

The unit , which can still perform as a stand alone camera will also function as a underwater upto about 10m and even more(100m) if you add a waterproof housing . This might sound good if you plan to shoot your diving expeditions , but keep in mind that this shoots only 1080p (1080p@250fps)(1000fps 720p bursts) internally and if you want everything in 4K , then be prepared to output 4K at 30fps to a external recorder via HDMI .You also get sLog 2 picture profile in this and everything is powered and rendered thanks to Sony's Bionz X image processor .

Rest of the specs include the ability to shoot 15.3MP photos with 16fps -  1/32,000 max shutter speed , and Max ISO - 12800 ,The camera features a Zeiss Tessar *24mm lens with a constant f4 aperture  .

So , how much for all this goodness you may ask? well ,according to reports , you will have to pay $1000 for this one.  It costs $699 and ships in October.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Press Release - Sony

Source - Petapixel , Slashgear

Olympus OM-D EM10 Mk3

Olympus has officially announced their 3rd generation update to the OM-D EM10 series of mirrorless cameras . The new model , which will henceforth be known as the EM10 MK3 , aims to be the perfect travel camera as it features a compact design , 4K internal recording , 5 axis image stabilization and the support for a plethora of Micro 4/3 lenses from Olympus , Panasonic and other brands .


The EM10 Mk3 features a timeless retro inspired design which has been present in every Olympus ILC since , the EM10 , which packs a similar chassis as the mk2 version has a 3" tilt-able touchscreen display which features touch to focus and shoot . The body features a pop up flash , a high resolution 2.36m dot OLED viewfinder as well as two color options including black and silver .


While the outside of the EM10 - Mk3 remains similar to the tried and tested design of old , internally , the new camera does feature some major upgrades over its predecessor . The first of which is the inclusion of the new TruePic VIII processor which is also used on the flagship EM1 mk2 model . The new processor gives the camera the ability to capture and process data from 121 selectable AF points and shoot at 8.6 fps  and  process 4K @30fps UHD , The camera also has 15 different filters which you can overlay before shooting a photo (more artistic picture profiles more like it) .

The sensor on the camera is still a 16.1 MP unit and features IBIS (5 axis image stabilization), this has been a staple feature on Olympus M4/3 cameras for a while and now thanks to the addition of 4K UHD recording , this also makes it a perfectly capable travel video / vlogging camera as the IBIS compensates for camera shake - making this  a direct rival to Panasonic's G85 in some sorts .

Last but not least , Olympus has added a built in intervalometer to the camera which allows it to capture 999 images in 1 second or 24hr intervals , there is also the added feature of built in wifi which allows your phone to control the camera if need be .


The Olympus OM-D EM10 MK3 costs $649 - body only , the camera also comes with the Olympus 14-42 EZ kit lens for $799 and in some sites (Adorama and Amazon - visit the 43rumors link below) the camera comes with a Olympus carrying case and a memory card for the same $799 price .

Press Release -

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III: Your ideal travel companion

Hamburg, 08/31/2017 • Never stop the journey with the latest addition to the Olympus OM-D camera line-up – Olympus has released the newest model in their award-winning OM-D series; the OM-D E-M10 Mark lll. Beautifully designed and sharing many of the class-leading technologies found in other models of the esteemed OM-D range, the E-M10 Mark lll encourages photographers to take the next step and discover the joy of photography.

Sure to become a modern classic, Olympus has carefully designed the E-M10 Mark lll to be the perfect travel companion. Light-weight and easy to use, this camera has been created with intuitive controls to help photographers take stunning, crisp images and smooth videos from the moment they pick up the camera.

The E-M10 Mark lll is available in silver or black and goes on sale by mid September 2017. This interchangeable lens camera is available as a body only or a lens kit (see below for choices and pricing).

Amazing results in any shooting situation
They say that excitement comes from discovering new things and thanks to the combination of the latest TruePic Vlll image processor, also used in the acclaimed flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and Olympus’ class leading 5-axis Image Stabilisation (IS), photographers can enjoy taking beautiful blur-free images that they never thought possible. This clever technology gives pin-sharp results in virtually any shooting situation without using a tripod, even night scenes*.
Making movies to capture the sights and sounds of new places truly brings memories to life, although sometimes the glory of the detail in 4K movies can be lost to shakes and blur. Olympus has taken that worry away from photographers new to movie making, because the E-M10 Mark III’s high-performance image stabilisation is built into the camera body and compensates for camera shake with any lens in any scene, even hand held!

On the go: The ideal everyday companion
A constant companion, the stylish OM-D E-M10 Mark lll is compact and lightweight enough to take on any journey – photographers won’t want to leave home without it!
With built-in view finder, flash and Wi-Fi, everything about this camera has been designed with the new photographer in mind and the feel of the compact body is no exception. Comfortable in the hand, the robust construction and enlarged grip means the camera is easy to hold. This camera has a tiltable LCD monitor with touch operations similar to a smartphone, easy-to-use metal dials and buttons, and the icons and text on the camera are highly visible; all of which will help photographers to be creative on the move.

The E-M10 Mark lll will be the best dressed OM-D, because it launches with its own premium, genuine leather body jacket**.

Available in brown or black this will be perfect accessory to compliment the beautifully styled E-M10 Mark lll.

Ignite the passion and develop your skills
The E-M10 Mark lll is equipped with incredible new upgrades and technology, cleverly brought together to allow photographers to develop as they use their camera more and start to take creative control. Even first time interchangeable lens camera users can shoot with ease due to the four camera assist shooting modes:

AUTO mode (previously iAUTO) has been significantly improved for better blur-free images – detecting movement even in the dark.

Scene (SCN) mode has been upgraded and will help photographers to take control of the results they want by choosing one of six themes with predefined settings.

The Advanced Photo (AP) mode has been added so that photographers can fine tune their images and enjoy incredible shooting methods such as Live Composite and Multiple Exposure without having to access the menu structure.

Bleach Bypass is a new option in Art Filter (ART) mode, which expands the range of photographic expressions by reproducing the silver retention method used when developing film.

All of these shooting modes are assigned to the revised, intuitive mode dial for easy access.

Never stop the journey
Busy times with friends and family usually means there’s lots going on. But often taking a quick snap is disappointing – the action is blurred and the moment is missed!

Photographers will be amazed at the results they can achieve with Olympus’ high-speed Auto Focus (AF) system. By using the E-M10 Mark III’s high-speed Touch AF, they can capture the exact moment with a simple touch on the LCD screen, freezing the action with jaw-dropping clarity.
The latest OM-D model now features 121 contrast AF points thanks to the improved processing performance of the TruePic Vlll. With 121 AF points covering most of the image area you can focus anywhere on the screen. The Continuous AF has a tracking ability to detect the subject movement, and photographers will find the Face Priority AF and Eye Detection AF really useful to ensure proper exposure and sharp focus automatically when shooting portraits.

Easy sharing with Wi-Fi
Photographers can stay connected while they are out and about, with the E-M10 Mark lll’s built-in Wi-Fi function. It’s so easy to share beautiful images and movie clips with friends, using the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) smartphone app, without the use of a computer. Once connected to the app, photographers can use their smartphone or tablet to remotely control the shutter release, and many more functions such as adding GPS data to their photos.

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at for the latest specifications.

* Maximum of 4 shutter speed steps compensation performance conforming to CIPA standards when using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ lens at f=42mm (35mm equivalent: f=84mm).
** Sold separately.

*** When using the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ lens.
**** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.

Kit choices, pricing and availability

OM-D E-M10 Mark III body only at EUR 649 from mid September 2017

OM-D E-M10 Mark III with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R lens at EUR 699 from mid September 2017

OM-D E-M10 Mark III with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ pancake lens at EUR 799 from mid September 2017

For Reader enquiries:

To follow the journeys of fellow OM-D E-M10 Mark III users check out #NeverStopTheJourney on Instagram
For more information about the complete Olympus range please visit

Like every Olympus camera and lens, the OM-D E-M10 Mark IlI comes with a free six-month warranty extension**** when registered via the MyOlympus online platform at .

Written By Rakitha for MasHD
Press release via - Olympus/Europa
All purchase links are available via - 43rumors

Ricoh Theta V captures 4K in 360

Ricoh has officially announced thee Theta V - spherical 360 camera . The new unit , which joins the Theta family of small sensor video cameras now includes the ability  to record 4K UHD and shoot spherical 14MP shots supplied by two 12MP sensors placed on both sides of the thin chassis .

The new camera , which is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625* SoC- A 8 core 64bit processor (found on some modern mid range smartphones these days) provides the raw power to stitch and shoot 4K resolution without much hassle . The camera also has the ability to shoot ISO 3200 (and 6400 on video) which is the highest ISO range possible for any Theta series camera yet . This unit also features 19GB of internal usable data which can record 4800 photos or 40 minutes of video

Accessories for the Theta V include the addition of a special microphone (TA-1)to capture 360 degree audio if the onboard microphones do not suffice , The unit also has support for Ricoh's special underwater housing to record your maritime explorations in 360 .  The unit price for the Theta V is $430.

Written by Rakitha for MasHD
*via DPreview

Press Release - Ricoh

TOKYO, September 1, 2017 -- RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. announced today the launch of the "RICOH THETA V", which supports features that include 360-degree 4K video capture, immersive spatial audio recording, and high-speed transfer as a high-end model of the 360-degree "RICOH THETA" camera series.

Since the RICOH THETA was first launched on the market in 2013 as the world's first 360-degree single shot camera*1, it has been used in a variety of visual fields as an exceptional imaging tool, with fully spherical images creating unique, completely unexpected visual expression. This 360-degree visual space, which exceeds the conventional concepts of photography, referred to as shooting composition enables people to capture images of 360-degree atmosphere with them in the shot so that others can experience the same atmosphere later in the future and also family and friends who are far away can experience it as though they were actually with the person in that place. Furthermore, due to the rapid growth of the virtual reality (VR) market, the expansion of social media that support 360-degree image, and the increase in the need for 360-degree image in the business market, the demand for 360-degree spherical image represented by RICOH THETA is expected to expand further in the near future.

The "RICOH THETA V" to be launched is a product with a body based on the concept of being compact, lightweight and easy to carry around anywhere. Furthermore, it achieves high-speed transfer that can comfortably browse large volumes of data, high sound quality recording compatible with 360° spatial audio, and shoot equivalent 360-degree 4K video. The camera can also connect to a smartphone or tablet using either Bluetooth or wireless LAN to allow for flexible operation based on how the camera owner uses it. In addition, this product has a highly expandable body design so that it can receive future performance enhancements through firmware updates after it has launched, which results in a fitting high-end model camera.

This product will also be introduced at "IFA 2017", the world's largest consumer electronics show, held in Berlin, Germany from September 1, 2017.

*1 As a mass-produced consumer product capable of capturing the scene around, above and below the device in a fully spherical image (as of October, 2013, based on RICOH research).

Main Features of the new RICOH THETA V

1.High-resolution 360-degree spherical still images and video

Both the image quality of still images and video have been significantly improved and power consumption has been reduced by adopting a new image sensor that supports high-speed image data readout and Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM as the main processor. Furthermore, we have completely changed the exposure accuracy and white balance algorithm by combining image processing technology cultivated through the development of high performance cameras that include Ricoh's digital SLR camera and GR. We have also performed tuning to obtain accurate and natural portrayal of high-definition 360-degree spherical images with an approximately 14.0 effective megapixel output for still images even when using auto shoot.

Users can directly post 360-degree spherical images shot using the camera to Facebook and LINE, or upload them to the dedicated website and share them on social networks such as Twitter and Tumblr. Unique cropped image can also be shared with Instagram. It is also possible to submit captured spherical videos to YouTubeTM 360-degree channel and images to Google MapsTM.

2. 4K compatible high resolution 360-degree video

・The camera can shoot high-definition smooth 360-degree video at 30 frames per second at a resolution of 3840 x 1920 pixels, which is equivalent to 4K. Users can enjoy greater realism by creating immersive VR video content and watching video on a large screen. In addition to supporting the H.264 file format for video recording, the more recent video compression standard of H.265*2 is also supported.
*2. The dedicated app only supports H.264. H.265 is a specification supported in anticipation of future applications based on the API release.

3. 360-degree spatial audio recording that reproduces overwhelming realism

The camera has a 4-channel microphone that supports 360-degree spatial audio recording built into its body. Recording omnidirectional audio including, not just in the horizontal direction but also in the vertical direction, makes it possible to reproduce sound and video as it was in the environment where the video was shot by linking 360-degree video and audio together. Furthermore, using the dedicated accessory "3D Microphone TA-1" (optional)*3 scheduled for launch at the same time will allow users to pick up natural sound with a large volume of information at low to high frequency.
*3."3D Microphone TA-1" is equipped with a microphone unit developed by Audio-Technica Corporation.

4. High-speed data transfer

The communication speed is now up to around 2.5 times faster*4 than conventional models, which was achieved by improving the wireless communication module and increasing the data processing speed. Large volume of image data that accompanies the change to higher resolutions can also be comfortably transferred and browsed.
*4. Actual value when compared to "RICOH THETA S" using data of the same size. Based on RICOH testing.

5.The World's-first *5 , "Remote Playback" to enjoy 360-degree image on a large screen monitor

"Remote Playback" for 360-degree video is installed as a plug-in. Using a general-purpose receiver equipment*6 such as a compatible wireless display adapters it is possible to mirror playback of 360-degree still images and video data stored on the camera. This allows users to enjoy powerful 360-degree video on large displays or over projectors by operating the camera.

*5. As a commercially marketed, fully spherical camera. Based on RICOH research. 
*6. Please check the RICOH website for equipment that have been confirmed to operate with this feature.

6.Bluetooth and wireless LAN dual communication

The camera can always be connected to a smartphone using Bluetooth low energy. Image can be shot from a smartphone while connected only using Bluetooth, and the power of the camera can be turned on from the basic application when it enters sleep mode. This function provides improvements in usability. With wireless LAN connection, all functions such as live-view display on a smartphone and image transfer can be used. User can select either Bluetooth or wireless LAN connection as needed depending on the shooting scene.

7.Functions can be added using plug-ins

Using the Android base operating system achieves excellent extensibility with a high degree of freedom. Adopting various plug-ins such as "external memory recording" that are under development, including the newly added "Remote Playback" feature, means that it is possible in the near future to use the camera in a variety of ways such as being able to switch over and use a variety of expanded functions from a smartphone application. An environment that can add and use plug-ins released by general developers is also planned for the future.

8.Scheduled future updates using function expansions

The camera has high extensibility that enables regular performance enhancements using firmware updates for the application.
[Update functions currently being developed and scheduled for release in 2017]
・A function that significantly speeds up the transfer speed by performing a composite process for 360-degree video shot in a camera fixed in position within the camera first and not during the time of transfer
・A client mode that allows the camera to operate as a client and simultaneously connect to the Internet over a wireless LAN router environment

9.Support for 4K 360-degree live streaming output

Real time output of high resolution 360-degree spherical image equivalent to 4K is supported. It is possible to share the atmosphere as though you are actually at the shooting location by viewing live streamed*7 360-degree spherical image over the Internet.
*7. Requires a computer with high performance image processing and a high speed communication environment to transmit.

10.Other features

・Can shoot using an ultra-high shutter speed of up to 1/25000 seconds
・Supports high sensitivity shooting at ISO3200 (using manual mode with still image)
・Internal large capacity memory of approximately 19 GB which can shoot around 4,800 still images
・THETA+ application can be used to edit still images and export image data files for printing
・THETA+ Video application is a specialized smartphone application for editing 360 degree videos taken with RICOH THETA
・Improved accuracy for top/bottom correction processing using a combination of a newly equipped gyro sensor and internal acceleration sensor
・The minimum interval with interval shooting has been reduced which enables shooting at an interval of 4 seconds, approximately half the time of conventional models
・Using an underwater housing (optional), 360-degree underwater shooting can be done up to a depth of 30 meters


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Raj Talluri, Senior Vice President and Product Management
"Qualcomm Technologies is empowering a comprehensive 360/VR ecosystem from our connected camera platforms to VR HMDs, aiming to allow manufacturers to deliver solutions for content creation, communication, and consumption," said Raj Talluri, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "With the launch of the RICOH THETA V 360 camera, built on the Qualcomm Connected Camera Platform, we are very excited to bring superior connectivity and powerful compute capabilities to the 360 camera industry which we believe will be an important content generator for VR. Qualcomm Technologies and RICOH are very pleased to launch this new RICOH THETA which supports high-speed data transfer to browse large volumes of data, high sound quality recording compatible with 360° spatial audio, and shoot equivalent 360-degree 4K video."

Google Street View, Charles Armstrong, Product Manager
"The RICOH THETA V is the first Street View mobile ready camera to be certified by Google. This distinction means that RICOH THETA V owners will be the first to experience the all-new auto mode which allows you to create Street View imagery while you walk, bike or even drive--a huge improvement over having to photograph and connect individual 360 photos." Says Charles Armstrong, product manager for Google Street View: "The RICOH THETA line of 360 cameras have consistently set the bar for combining quality, convenience, and affordability in a single product. We're excited to offer our avid contributor community such a powerful new option for Street View authoring." In addition to the new RICOH THETA V certification, Ricoh's existing RICOH THETA S and RICOH THETA SC cameras have also gained new distinction: the RICOH THETA S and RICOH THETA SC have now been certified as Street View workflow ready for their abilities to shoot individual 360 photos and publish them to Street View. "

Optional accessories

3D Microphone TA-1

・A "RICOH THETA V" dedicated 3D microphone. Equipped with a microphone unit developed by Audio-Technica Corporation, a company recognized for its high technological strength and reliability. The microphone can pick up deep sounds at middle to low frequency due to the directional microphone with a large aperture at approximately 10 mm, compared to built-in microphones. This makes it suitable for shooting musical performances. Also, attaching the included wind screen to the microphone allows video to be shot with reduced wind noise when outdoors.

Accessories: Wind screen and pouch
Body color: Black

Underwater case TW-1

・An underwater housing that is waterproof up to a depth of 30 meters (equivalent to JIS Class 8 waterproof standard) to achieve 360-degree underwater shooting.
*Supports the 3 camera types: RICOH THETA V, RICOH THETA SC and RICOH THETA S
・Has a hard coating and AR coating on the surface of the case which is scratch resistant and stops reflections.
・Equipped with a tripod socket to allow installation on various camera accessories.

Accessories: Carry case, strap, silicon frame (for installing on RICOH THETA S)
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Sony Xperia XZ1 , XZ1 Compact and XA1 plus announced .

Sony has officially unveiled their new flagship for mid 2017 . The new XZ1 and the XZ1 compact  and the well spec'd Xperia XA1 Plus mid range models bring the latest enhancements from Sony and Android OREO (Android 8) out of the box .

Sony Xperia ZX1 & ZX1 compact


The Sony Xperia ZX1 is Sony's flagship smartphone for 2017 . The new model , which replaces the Xperia Z1s , basically brings a few major upgrades over the predecessor internally . The new phone , which follows Sony's timeless design language since the Xperia Z might not be earth shattering , but the design is practical , and Sony has not skipped on any features this time around either . The only major change however can be seen at the back where the metal backplate now houses a horizontal bar which houses the LED flash and the laser rangefinder for Autofocus .The phone is made out of a metal unibody and has Gorilla Glass 5 up front . The phone is water and dust resistant (IP68)

The Xperia ZX1 Compact -  Sony's "pocket rocket" smartphone has returned once again . The compact line , which was a cult classic to many smartphone owners (as it featured flagship specs in a tiny body unlike "mini" smartphones from other companies) ,packs features and the same design aesthetics as the bigger ZX1. This means the Compact is basically the same phone as the ZX1 , with only changes done to its display  , front facing camera  resolution , the internal storage in order to achieve a smaller footprint . The ZX1 is made out of  a blend of CFRP - carbon fiber reinforced plastics in order to preserve rigidity and reduce weight The display is protected by a sheet of Gorilla glass 5 .  The same IP 68 dust and water resistance can be found here as well .

The Xperia XA1 Plus - Sony's latest big screen mid ranger for the XA line , although looks are not going to blow anyone away , the large display , a bigger battery , metal frame  and a fingerprint reader will surely put this as the head of the XA1 lineup .


The Xperia XZ1 and the XZ1 feature almost identical specs as stated above , but some changes between the two do exist , so have a look below to see which suits you the best .

Xperia XZ1 Specs

148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm , 155g
IP68 dust and water resistance , Metal unibody
5.2" 1920x1080p IPS display with 424ppi ,HDR 10 ready , Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Soc - Octa core ,2.35Ghz , Adreno 540 GPU
4GB RAM , 64GB internal storage with MicroSD expansion
19MP 1/2.3" Sensor , PDAF , Laser rangefinder , EIS
4K UHD recording at 30fps , 960fps super slow motion (720p) burst via built in DRAM
13MP front sensor ,1/3" , 1080p recording ,22mm eqv
2700 mAh battery with Quickcharge 3.0 , USB type C 3.1
Dual sim supported , LTE
Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink, Moonlit Blue
Android 8.0 Oreo

Xperia XZ1 Compact specs

129 x 64 x 9.3 mm, 140g
IP68 dust and water resistance , CFRP unibody
4.6" 1280x720p IPS display with 316ppi , Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Soc - Octa core ,2.35Ghz , Adreno 540 GPU
4GB RAM , 32GB internal storage with MicroSD expansion
19MP 1/2.3" Sensor , PDAF , Laser rangefinder , EIS
4K UHD recording at 30fps , 960fps super slow motion (720p) burst via built in DRAM
8MP front sensor ,1/4" , 1080p recording ,13mm eqv
2700 mAh battery with Quickcharge 3.0 , USB type C 2
Dual sim supported , LTE
Black, Snow Silver, Horizon Blue, Twilight Pink
Android 8.0 Oreo

Xperia XA1 Plus

155 x 75 x 8.7 mm, 189g
metal frame chassis
5.5 " 1920x1080p IPS display with 401ppi
Mediatek MT6757 Soc - Octa core ,2.3Ghz , Mali T880 MP2 GPU
3GB RAM , 32GB internal storage with MicroSD expansion
23MP 1/2.3" Sensor , PDAF
1080p recording
8MP front sensor, 1080p recording
3430 mAh battery with fastcharging , USB type C 2
Dual sim supported , LTE
Black, Blue, Pink, Gold
Android 8.0 Oreo (available) ships with 7.0


While pricing for the handsets are not available at launch , Sources does say that it will remain in the sub -$800 mark with about $750+ for the XZ1 and $650+ for the XZ1 compact . Shipments are expected to start in September 2017 .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Sources - Gsmarena

Press Release - Sony

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Canon EF 85mm f1.4 and three Tilt shift lenses announced

Canon has officially announced four lenses for their EF range , the three lenses ,which consist of Canon's first image stabilized 85mm prime lens and three tilt shift lenses - TS-E 50mm F2.8 Macro ,TS-E 90mm F2.8 Macro and TS-E 135mm F2.8 Macro were announced along side Canon's latest budget friendly EOS M Camera - the EOS M100 and the MT26 EX-RT twin macro speedlights .

Pricing details are as follows

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM - $1599

Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift - $2199

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift - $2199

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift - $2199

Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite - $989

Canon U.S.A. Expands Its Lens Portfolio With The New Ef 85mm F/1.4l Is Usm Lens And Their First-Ever Macro Tilt-Shift Lenses

New Canon EF Lenses Support a Variety of Photography Applications including Architecture, Portrait, Food and Landscape

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens as an addition to the Company’s existing 85mm focal-range lens line-up and three new Tilt-Shift macro lenses: the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. Canon also announced a new Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash. These new products will help provide both advanced amateur and professional photographers the unique photography tools for a variety of applications and solutions including architecture, landscape, food, product and portrait photography.
“Creating a powerful, timeless image requires more than just a camera. It requires high-quality, well-crafted optics and flashes to capture compelling photography,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., “These new lenses along and the Macro Twin-Lite flash will continue to push the boundaries and expand the possibilities of what advanced amateur and professional photographers capture and share with the world.”

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm focal-length lenses are traditionally very sought-after options for portrait photographers. With that in mind, Canon is expanding its EF 85mm line up with the introduction of the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM; the first Canon EF 85mm lens to feature image stabilization, providing up to four stops* of shake correction for smooth and crisp imagery.
The EF 85mm utilizes one large diameter, high-precision molded glass aspherical lens and features an ASC coating. The large f/1.4 aperture produces shallow depth-of-field, fast shutter speeds and a bright image inside the viewfinder, allowing photographers to focus and compose their image reliably. In addition, a circular aperture with 9-blade iris allows for beautiful bokeh.
The New Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM is scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1599.00††.

New Tilt-Shift Lenses.

Tilt-Shift lenses have several applications for suitable photographers because of their ability to provide enhanced creative control over depth-of-field through the tilt function and perspective through the shift function in their images. This ability can be optimal when photographing landscapes, portraits, and architecture.

The image quality derived from Canon Tilt-Shift lenses has evolved considerably since their first inception several years ago. Enhanced optical elements like molded aspherical glass and UD lenses are at the core of the new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. These features provide users with edge-to-edge resolution, improved image quality over previous Canon TS-E lenses and minimum distortion. Canon also included two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses and Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), into the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lenses. SWC helps to reduce flare and ghosting, while ASC is a new technology that provides amazingly high, anti-reflective performance, particularly when alleviating incidental light that can enter a lens.

The new Canon Tilt-Shift lenses also offer improved operability over previous models, including larger tilt, shift-and-lock knobs, lock-release button and a new tilt-locking mechanism that firmly locks the lens in the zero-tilt position to help prevent unintended tilting to increase more precise shooting capabilities. The rotation of the tilt-shift lenses also allows users to freely change the axis of tilt movement and shift from right angles to parallel to better adapt to various shooting conditions and situations.

The new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $2199.00††.

Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash

To further enhance a photographer’s ability to shoot macro photography, the new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash can be the ideal tool. The use of a macro twin-lite allows for a more ideal lighting situation for photographers, and can be adjusted and shifted depending on the direction the photographer would like to control. Detachable macro twin lites can be rotated up to 60 degrees, and features a maximum guide number of 85.3 ft (26 m)**.

The new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash inherits the ease of use and operability of Canon’s latest Speedlite EX series flashes and increased brightness of the focusing lamp compared to previous Canon Macro-Twin Lites. There is also less noise produced from the charging of the lights.
The new Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash is scheduled to be available November 2017, for an estimated retail price of $989.99††.

For more information on all of these products, please visit

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2016.† Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based service and support for all of the products it distributes in the United States. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS-1D X Mark II SLR camera. The number of stops may vary based on the camera model used.
**Guide Number reflects the amount when both sides are fired. Flash output for quick flash (green ready light) is approximately 1/2 to 1/6 of full output (depending on the charge status).
†† Availability, prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set be individual dealers and may vary.

Introduction written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Canon USA