Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sharp's new 8C-B60A broadcast camera shoots 8k

Sharp has officially announced their 8C-B60A broadcast capable 8K camera . The camera , which is designed with a custom 33MP Super 35mm sensor is capable of 60fps (10bit - 4.2.2) is capable of recording uncompressed 8K 60fps to SSD drives and even has a SD card to update firmware with , the camera features the Grass Valley HQX Codec (7680×4320 4:2:2 10-bit). The body features built in ND - Clear, 1/4ND, 1/16ND, 1/64ND , a PL mount to adapt lenses to , a 2TB SSD bundle (which allows upto 40 minutes of recording ) and a price tag of 8,800,000 YEN - $ 77495 . The camera is expected to be on sale this December .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Sharp-World

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Apart from Panasonic's Lumix G9 announcement , the company also announced the LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S .- A leica branded Panasonic lens which ,when connected to a micro 4/3s body gives a field of view of 400mm (35mm equivalent) . The lens , which is said to feature excellent corner sharpness and OIS - optical image stabilization is perfect for wildlife and sports shooters as it also supports a teleconverter option DMW-TC14 which multiplies the 400mm by 1.4x giving a 560mm (35mm equivalence ) or the DMW-TC20 which gives a 800mm equivalence . Featuring 15 elements in 13 groups and two UED - extra low dispersion elements and a silent triple linear motor for precise AF action .The lens features a metal body and is dust ,water and freeze resistant (-10 degrees C) . Pricing is said to be £2,699 , $3000 ,€3,099.

The lens IS however said to work with only select Panasonic cameras . Although the list has not been made official ,the press release does indicate that the GX8 , GX80 will support IS and the later models - G89 , GH5 ,G9 will support IS2 (A more advanced IS feature )

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source / Press release - 43rumors

Panasonic Lumix G9 is official

Related - LEICA DG ELMARIT 200mm / F2.8 / POWER O.I.S

Panasonic has officially announced their  much rumored Lumix G9 camera . The G9 ,  a successor to the Lumix G series , departs from Panasonic's Video priority Micro four thirds systems and thus is their first Professional grade system designed with  Photography work in mind  . The system , based on the GH5  and related to the closely matched Olympus EM1 MkII , is designed for landscape and sport shooters who may benefit from the Micro 4/3 sensor as it allows a 2x reach on full frame lenses and still compensate for camera shake thanks to IBIS (In built image stability) on the sensor .



The camera ,as stated previously , is sort of a GH5 in a DSLR like body . The body of the camera is weather resistant - offering water , dust ,and freeze protection upto -10 degrees - a feature exclusive only to the related EM1II and the GH5 , makes this an appealing choice for wildlife and nature photographers who might want to take their cameras to the extremes . The body is made up of magnesium and features rubber and composite seals for the said weather resistance . The body , for the first time since the late Samsung NX1 , features a top mounted LCD to quickly view your setting (kind of like a DSLR body) .

The body of the G9 features dual SD UHS2 compatible card slots , a headphone and mic jack ,USB C 3.0 , a HDMI port and a pin socket for a grip battery . The camera also has Bluetooth and
wifi functionality .


The sensor on the G9 is similar to the one on the EM Mkii and the GH5 and it has the same resolution of 20.3 MP as well , the Lumix G9 sensor has no optical low pass filter OLPF which filters out reduces sharpness for the lack of moire .

The sensor features 5 Axis image stability (IBIS) on the sensor and it also can support 2 axis image stabilization on lenses with stabilization. This allows it to have a 6.5 stop advantage over an equivalent camera without IBIS  . Autofocus on the G9 is said to be improved over previous Panasonic cameras although it still has a similar  DFD - AF from the GH5 . The camera supports a native ISO range of 100-25600 .

Shutter speeds on the G9 are said to be from 1/8000 to 30s(with a 30 minute bulb mode)  , the camera has no external pop up flash but has a standard hotshoe mount for connecting external speedlights if need be , the camera does feature an AF assist lamp . Buffer speed on the G9 is said to be 20fps (in Autofocus Continuous) and 60fps in AF-L (locked).

Apart from the IBIS , the headphone and mic combo , the G9 features 4K video recording (60fps) and in a  150mbps bitrate  with a 16:9 aspect ratio. These features does make the G9 a good video option over G series cameras , but it still lacks some of the professional options of Panasonic's GH5 .


The G9 features a 3" capacitive touch display on a rotating joint (swivel) . The display has a 1.04m dot resolution and the 3.68m dot OLED evf has a magnification of 0.83x and 100% viewfinder coverage . There is also a monochrome top view Matrix LCD for quick settings


The Lumix G9 is said to be available for  $1697($1700 )    Body Only , or $2700 with the DG 12-60mm kit lens . Optional accessories include a grip - BGG9 which costs $349 . Separate 1800 mAh batteries BLF 19 cells cost $69 .

Olympus Eyetrek EL-10

Hopes were high when Google and many other companies tried their hand with smart-glasses , the technology ,which revolved around displaying data and recording video and photos via a built in camera was initially promoted as a cool-hip way to connect yourself online , but it was also seen as a cause for concern in a world that was taking privacy seriously . Although popularity and even sales of these wearables are virtually non existent (and it eventually paved the way for VR headsets), it has not stopped some companies from trying their hand , and now the latest member to join the club is Olympus with its Eyetrek camera system.

Armed with The power of Android , the Olympus system features a 2.4MP camera . The camera sits as an attachment to standard spectacles and it features a tiny heads up display with a 640x400 resolution OLED panel and is semi transparent . The touch and control unit , which is set onto the side (like Google Glass) features an internal battery(with a rated battery life of 1 hr)  and a Micro USB outlet for charging along with Wifi and Bluetooth for syncing to other devices.

With focus set for on site  work environments , Olympus hopes that its new smartglass unit will appeal to clients as its Open source structure permits the development of custom (work related) apps . The unit , which is available for retail  at $1500 is a bit steep for general users , but companies may pony up the cost (and  they usually order multiple units in one go ). But if you are curious , the retail  $1500 package will get you a pair of safety glasses , an additional battery of a bigger capacity and a wall charger and of course , the Eyetrek EL-10 unit as well .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview

XIMEA announces new line of PCI-E based high resolution cinema cameras .

Muenster, Germany – newest models in the high-speed line of PCI Express cameras announced earlier are now available to order.


The well-known line called xiB already offers 4K and 5K models with 12 and 20 Mpix resolution and fast speed. With the addition of the new CMV50000 sensors from CMOSIS (AMS) to the xiB camera the 8K resolution is now available! We anticipate the initial stock to be low until the end of 2017 and production to begin in earnest early in 2018 - please get your inquiries in now!

This latest model, called CB500, is equipped with high grade 35mm, full frame, Global shutter CMOS sensor with 7920 x 6004 pixels resolution and ability to provide 8, 10, 12 or 14-bit crystal clear images.  With the help of PCI Express (PCIe), this 48 Mpix sensor is able to reach the remarkable speed of over 30 Fps at full resolution.

The camera’s data and control interface is fully compliant with PCI Express External Cabling Specifications, which allows 20 Gbit/s and real data throughput of 1550 MB/s. In addition, fiber optic cabling can be used for data streaming direct to memory from distances of up to 300m without the expense of additional frame grabbers or special, complicated software.

The camera package itself is remarkably compact in size and power consumption - physical dimensions of only 60 x 60 x 38 mm and 175g. Its power consumption, reduced by design and components, can be as low as 9 Watt. Further enhancement comes from an integrated active lens interface compatible with Canon EF-mount. This allows remote control of aperture, focus and image stabilization.

Applications examples include: Flat panel inspection, printed circuit board (PCB) examination, persistent stadium and border security, wide area surveillance, 360 panorama, cinematography, instant replays, Virtual and Augmented reality (VR, AR), Sports imaging and broadcasting, motion capture and aerial or city mapping.

For more information on the 50 Mpix camera based on CMV50000 sensor,check below

Source - Photonics

Product brochure PDF


Xcell daily blog

PCI-Express camera

Reflex 1 Modular SLR

Reflex - a Kickstarter group has announced their first modular 35mm film camera - the Reflex 1 . The camera , which features a classic SLR look and a plethora of classic lens mounting options via the Reflex L plate (M42 , Nikon F , Canon FD , Pentax PK and Olympus OM)  accepts 135 film to the Reflex L back . Featuring a classic SLR look and manual controls (including Manual rewinding ,manual exposure, and even a inverted DOF button ), the camera brings back a long lost art into the 21st century . The camera features USB -C for charging , a LED "AF assist/beauty lamp" (next to the flash) and a Bluetooth chip to transmit metadata to your connected phone via the Reflex App , this camera is certainly the most up-to date film camera yet .

Rest of the camera features the following specs

Camera Specifications:
Type: Single Lens Reflex Camera
Format: 135 film, 35mm/FF
System: Reflex RM
Lens Mount: Reflex I-Plate (in M42, Nikon F, Canon FD, Olympus OM, Pentax PK)
Focus: Manual
Film Loading: Reflex I-Back
Film Advance/Rewind: Manual
Exposure: Manual - Aperture Priority (+ 4 stops EV)
DOF inverted preview
Shutter Speeds: 1s - 1/4000th, Time and Bulb
Metering: AV + Spot + 4 stops EV (LED readout)
ISO: 25-6400
Controller: Arduino based modular design
Connectivity: Bluetooth (BLE) enabled
Body: Magnesium Alloy
Weight: 490g
Dimensions: 134mm x 74.5mm x 34mm
Electronic system: 5v Ion Lithium rechargeable via USB-C
Resolution: Zero Megapixels

Therefore if you like to pledge your support and get your own Reflex 1 , you can do so by clicking here. The camera is expected to cost GBP 350 / $458 (you can also donate according to set packages starting from GBP 1 - GBP 2500 for a "Pimped out" version with gold plates on the mount mantle and the back plate .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

source - dpreview

Photos of the upcoming Panasonic Lumix G9 leaks out

If you are a fan of Micro 4/3 cameras , then there is a good chance that you already know about the upcoming Lumix G9 - a photography oriented Lumix body sharing GH5 internals for a slightly cheaper price . We posted a few rumored details about this camera a few days back , and so far they have not changed much -( which is an indication that the leaked camera specs are final - with the exception of the camera body price , which we initially thought to be $2000-2400). The Lumix G9 , therefore will have the following specifications

- A 20MP MFT sensor with 5 axis IBIS compensating for 6.5 stops .
- Same AF system as the GH5 , but autofocus is greatly improved over the GH5
-20 fps shutter with full AF and 60fps (Electronic shutter) AF-L locked
-1/4000th shutter , built in image stacking feature for high resolution pictures
-20mp/60mp/80mp high resolution modes (stacking)
-3680k dot EVF with no blackout (0.83x magnification)
-Magnesium body with water , dust and freeze resistance (-10 degrees)
-Top LCD for quick adjustments
- Pricing somewhere in the range of $1700 Body only and $2400 with a kit lens

And if you wanted to see a size comparison of the G9 vs the GH5 , click here to visit 43rumors

And here are some pictures of the leaked camera from 43rumors / Nokishita camera

VIA- 43rumors

VIA -43rumors

Panasonic is set to announce the Lumix G9 today (8th of November) 9 am GMT (London time)

Also rumored to launch along side the G9 is a new Leica DG-Panasonic 200mm f2.8 lens , pricing details are still sketchy but you are possibly looking at a $2000 lens here

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - 43rumors

Outdoor photo via - 43rumors

Product photos via - nokishita-camera

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Panasonic G9 to be announced at a special event on the 6th and 8th of November

Panasonic really hit a home run with their GH5 ,  the camera , praised highly for its video capabilities and ergonomics has so far received positive reviews from customers and reviewers alike . Although the GH5 was set up from day 1 to shoot high quality video on its Micro 4/3 sensor , the camera is still quite a capable device in capturing stills, and this , combined with the launch of several high resolution stills cameras from rival manufacturers,  prompted Panasonic to respond in kind with the not yet announced - Panasonic G9 ! - A Micro 4/3 camera set up as a high resolution stills camera .

Details about the Panasonic G9 surfaced on several websites during the past week , although the full specs were not leaked  , the info that did does point to a camera that is probably class leading as it combines some of the best features from the GH5 and the EM1 ii into a body that is said to be "professional" in every way (Rumors also say that the camera will have a top mounted LCD display to quickly view your setting on) .

The camera , which is said to pack the same 20.3 MP IBIS stabilized sensor as the GH5 is also said to have its AA filter removed in order to achieve more sharpness, this , combined with the fact that the G9 can shoot a composite image of 80MP will surely make this a good choice for landscape and architecture photographers who want a smaller , lighter system for travel .

As for video work , the G9 will surely inherit some of the awesome 4k abilities including 60fps , the camera however will not feature 6K video as its video centric brother , but instead , the camera is said to have 6k Photo snapping ability . The camera is also said to feature dual SD card slots and an extremely large buffer - perfect for outdoor / sports and wildlife shooters who may need multiple copies of the perfect moment  .

The rest of the features (OLED viewfinder , the joystick for AF selection is also said to be available on the new camera .

Panasonic is now rumored to announce their G9 in a few days - either on the 6th and 8th of November 2017 . The body may follow a similar or slightly higher price than the GH5 and therefore the camera may sit in the $2400 price bracket once it is officially launched .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source(s) - 43rumors,mirrorlessrumors

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Razer Phone

Razer has officially announced their first phone which is simply called the "Razer phone" . The device , made with mobile gaming in mind is set to take on current flagship phones with focus set on providing a great audio and visual experience no matter what kind of content you consume .

Design and Specs

Based on Nextbit's Robin platform (Razer acquired Nextbit fyi) ,the phone is certainly unique as its industrial design looks nothing like the current plethora of similar looking phones launched this year .The phone packs front firing speakers - a feature dropped by almost all companies in order for bigger screen real estate , is certainly welcoming . And between the two speakers sits a 5.72" 2K resolution display which features a superfast refresh rate of 60hz and 120fps .The design , which contains a metal unibody design and this houses the superb Snapdragon 835 SOC and a monstrous 8GB of RAM -While this may sound like overkill , you should remember that games and apps continue to get more graphic intensive and therefore these specs will surely make this a future proof device for years to come (Those who like to tinker with their phone will surely love this device as it has an unlockable bootloader and a stock Android experience ) 

Camera specs include a dual camera set up with 2x 12 mp sensor array , one has a wider field of view while the second has a telephoto view . The phone shoots 4K video .

Battery life is probably going to be a plus point for the Razer Phone as it has a 4000mAh battery with quickcharge 4 enabled .

Overall the Razer Phone brings a breath of fresh air to the already crowded smartphone marketplace , with good specs and a decent price of $699 unlocked , the package is certainly a good choice for anyone who wants a unique and powerful handset .

PRESS RELEASE Press.Razerzone

Wednesday, November 1st 2017

The Razer Phone: The Ultimate in Mobile Entertainment

Boasting the world’s first 120 Hz UltraMotion™ screen, Dolby Atmos® audio technology and lightning-fast performance, Razer’s first Android smartphone invites users to watch, listen and play

LONDON – Razer today unveiled the Razer Phone, an Android smartphone with groundbreaking audiovisual technologies and processing muscle that takes personal entertainment to the next level.
The first device from Razer’s mobile division, the Razer Phone comes with a phenomenal display, cinematic audio and enough power to last a user all day, all in the palm of his or her hand.

The Razer Phone is equipped with the world’s first 120 Hz UltraMotion™ display that delivers the fastest refresh rates and smoothest graphics among today’s smartphones.

UltraMotion’s adaptive refresh technology synchronizes the GPU and display to remove image tearing or lag while driving efficient power usage.

The 5.72-inch display – a Quad HD IGZO LCD – delivers vibrant and sharp images with a wide color gamut.

The Razer Phone is powered by Dolby Atmos® technology to provide true cinematic audio via front-firing speakers with dual dedicated amplifiers.
A THX-certified USB-C audio adapter with a 24-bit digital audio convertor (DAC) guarantees audiophile-quality sound with one’s favorite headphones.

The Razer Phone ensures the ultimate viewing and gaming experience with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform and a massive 8GB of RAM.
Users can fine-tune their experiences with the Razer Game Booster app, and the phone’s best-in-class thermal design reduces throttling to maximize power and performance.

The Razer Phone packs a large 4,000 mAh battery, one of the largest capacities found on smartphones today. This allows gamers to keep playing all day long, while Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+ enables rapid charging.

With dual rear 12 MP cameras, the Razer Phone gives photographers a versatile tool to create amazing images. Zooming from wide angle to telephoto is seamless with a quick pinch on the display, and the dual-tone flash ensures that subjects will always look natural.

The Razer Phone’s sleek, 8-mm-thin aluminum body is a beauty to behold and to hold. It comes with Android Nougat and will receive the Android Oreo upgrade in spring 2018.
The device comes with Nova Launcher Prime with Google Assistant Integration. A wildly popular launcher, Nova Launcher Prime offers extreme customizability of the Android experience to suit every taste and need.

Every feature of the Razer Phone was designed to bring users the ultimate in mobile entertainment:
Watch – Enjoy movies the way they were meant to be seen. Feast your eyes on a big screen with crisp details and the smoothest motion, complete with true-to-life vibrant colors. Add loud, riveting sound to complete the cinematic experience right in your hand.

Listen – Go ahead and turn up the volume—everything sounds amazing. Expertly tuned audio delivers all the highs and lows of your favorites tracks whether you listen through the stereo speakers or your favorite headphones. Don’t suffer in silence, there’s enough battery power to keep your tunes streaming all day long.

Play – From your everyday commute to playing in a tournament, experience buttery smooth gameplay and lightning-fast performance thanks to top-of-the-line components. Dial in your graphics to optimize your experience no matter what game you’re playing. And with a larger battery size, you can indulge in the latest games without worrying about running out of power.

“It’s common knowledge that I’m obsessed with my smartphones, I play a ton of games on them, and they’re my go-to for streaming content,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We have wanted to make a phone with gaming-level tech for years, and the Razer Phone delivers in every way we imagined.”

Razer is proud to partner with the world’s top gaming companies, including Tencent® and Square Enix®, to bring the best gaming experiences to mobile and take full advantage of the Razer Phone’s extraordinary features. Mobile games are being optimized by partners for Razer Phone’s UltraMotion display with frame rates of up to 120 frames per second.

“Arena of Valor,” which Tencent is launching soon in North America, is the world’s most popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Players battling on the Razer Phone will engage in overclocked action and turbocharged team fights, thanks to the device’s powerful gaming capabilities.

“The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development,” said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. “Arena of Valor brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game. This partnership sets the standard for the next generation of mobile screen play.”


Final Fantasy® XV Pocket Edition” from Square Enix
“Gear.Club” from Eden Games
“Lineage 2: Revolution” from Netmarble Games Corporation
“Old School RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
“RuneScape™” from Jagex Limited
“Shadowgun Legends™” from Madfinger Games
“Tekken™” from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
“Titanfall™: Assault” from NEXON Co., Ltd. and Particle City, Inc.
“World of Tanks Blitz” from Wargaming Group Limited

The Razer Theme Store allows gamers to customize their phone, changing wallpapers, icon packs and colors throughout the phone. It includes custom ringtones by Razer DJs and custom wallpapers inspired by the world’s top gaming titles, such as “Shadowgun Legends™”.

In Europe, Razer has exclusively partnered with Three to be its launch carrier in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden.

Dave Dyson, CEO at Three UK, said: “My ambition is always to innovate in ways that deliver better experiences for our customers and a partnership with Razer is a perfect fit. Razer has produced something that is a step ahead of any other mobile gaming device and I am delighted to be able to make this exclusive experience available to Three’s customers.”

Susan Buttsworth, CEO at Three’s international opportunities development division at CK Hutchison, said: “The launch of Razer Phone with Three marks another step in growing our Group strategic partnership with Razer and our position in the wider mobile gaming space. Not only is the device fine-tuned for gamers but it will also be of appeal to customers looking for a best of breed entertainment device, thanks to its stunning display and great audio quality. We look forward to a deeper co-operation with Razer, and will continue to bring to the Three customer base the most new and exciting products, services and digital experience.”

1,337 sets of the Razer Phone Special Edition with Razer’s iconic green triple-headed snake logo will be available from Three stores in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, at Razer Store in San Francisco, and online in the USA and Canada via
The standard edition of the Razer Phone features a chrome triple-headed snake logo.

Recommended Retail Pricing: US$699.99 / €749.99 / £699.99

Three Europe: United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. North America, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden.
The Razer Phone will also be available on and at selected Microsoft Store locations in the USA.
From November 1, 2017, 9 p.m. GMT, pre-orders will begin at Three outlets and on the Three website. The Razer Phone can also be reserved on in launch countries. The Razer Phone will go on sale in launch countries from November 17, 2017.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Nokia 2

Nokia (under HMD) has announced their cheapest Android powered handset - the Nokia 2 . The new phone , powered by a 5" 720p display , Android 7 (with Oreo set to arrive soon)  Snapdragon 212 processor and 1GB of RAM  is said to offer 2 days of battery life(used averagely for 5 hours a day) thanks to the low powered hardware and a massive 4100 mAh battery  . 

The rest of the specs include a 8 mp rear camera and a 2 mp front module and a 8GB storage option with MicroSD expansion . Pricing for the phone is said to be EUR99 .

via - Gsmarena

Monday, October 30, 2017

Phottix Juno

If you are in the market for an affordable manual speedlight then Phottix has a solution for you . The new Phottix Juno , a speedlight designed to take on similar products from Godox and Yongnuo (plus many others) brings a long list of features for shooters for an affordable  $130. The Manual flash features a  built in Transmitter/receiver for Slaving your flash , a Canon CX power input port to connect to your external battery packs , a PC sync port , a large LCD display port and scroll wheel to set the power + features makes this sound like music to many ears ,but do keep in mind that the flash will not serve those who want to TTL .

The Phottix Juno is set to be compatible with their Ares II and Stratus II line of flash triggers . The unit , which features the ability to shoot upto 1/250 shutter is good enough for most portrait sessions or events , but it does not feature HSS (A feature found on some rival products at the price) The flash can be set up on its default 1/3 increments and a flash GN (guide number) of 58 (you also have the ability to zoom from 20-200mm).Overall , the new Phottix Juno offers a solid manual flash option for those who want to set up a basic portrait lighting session without breaking much bank\. The new flash is available for all camera brands (with a hotshoe) - Canon , Nikon , Sony , Pentax , Panasonic , Fuji , Olympus . The flash is also available in bundle packages on their website

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - Petapixel

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tamron 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 announced

Tamron has officially announced their 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 super-telephoto lens for Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras . The new lens , aimed at sports and wildlife shooters is a cost effective option as it costs $800 .

The lens , which features  Tamron's eBAND nanocoating for reducing lens flaring and ghosting consists of   17 elements in 11 groups also features 3 LD(low dispersion) elements and a 9 bladed aperture diaphragm .

Weighing in at 1115g (1.1Kg or 39.3oz) the lens is somewhat lighter than some competing lenses of the same range as it uses magnesium parts in key areas of the lens . There is also a metallic lens foot with an Arca swiss style mount and this is an optional accessory for this lens . Also listed as optional accessories for this lens are 1.4x and 2x teleconverters and a Model TAP-01 console to update and customize the lens firmware . The lens is dust and moisture resistant .

Shipping for this $800 lens starts on the 16th of November .

Written by Rakitha for MasHD

Source - dpreview