This Week in Tech, Oct. 12th-16th

A busy week in the camera industry, Panasonic announces a box-shaped cinema camera, the BGH1, Canon announces their new EL1 Speedlite flash and EOS M50 ii, full specifications released for the Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II, and finally DJI’s RS 2 and RSC 2 gimbals.

10/13/2020

Panasonic Lumix DC-BGH1 Micro Four Thirds Camcorder

LUMIX BGH1 Features C4K/4K 60p and 10-bit Video Recording

Panasonic announced the release of the Lumix BGH1, a box-shaped, micro four-thirds camcorder, with a 10.2-megapixel Live MOS Sensor featuring Dual-Native ISO technology and Panasonic’s Venus Engine processor for $1995.

Packed into the Lumix BGH1 is advanced deep learning technology, tethered multi-cam for controlling multiple cameras at-once, live-streaming, and professional I/O 3G-SDI and HDMI Type-A outputs along with Genlock IN and Timecode IN/OUT.

The ideal users for this camera are cinema professionals needing 4K60p video with 10-bit capabilities using the V-Log L cinema profile with 13+ stops of dynamic range, which intercuts easily with the Panasonic AU-EVA1 cinema camera and the Lumix GH series of cameras.


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A LUMIX First: Simultaneous SDI/HDMI Output 

You can simultaneously monitor SDI output, record HDMI output externally, and control the camera remotely via USB or LAN tethering for professional cinematic quality. Supports extended cable runs and external monitoring. Supports simultaneous C4K/4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit internal recording and C4K/4K 60p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI live output external recording.

A LUMIX First: Ethernet / PoE+ Compatible Camera 

Simply by connecting the BGH1 via Ethernet cable, your camera will be powered over Ethernet and allow multiple-camera remote control through the LUMIX Tether software.

 

  

10/14/2020

Canon’s New Speedlite, the EL1

Never Forget Your Batteries Again!

Canon’s new EL1 Speedlite flash implements a new rechargeable Li-ion battery, increased continuous firing, familiar Canon camera menu layout and joystick, and a highly durabile Xenon glass flash tube for higher accuracy and durability, all for $1,099.00.

Other improvements include 1DX-level weather-sealing, a minimum flash output as low as 1/8192 power, 180-degree swivel, and bounce angle expanded to 120-degrees.

The standout feature has to be the new battery system, using a new rechargeable Li-ion battery capable of charging in existing LC-E6 battery chargers.

Accessories included with the EL1 are two color filters and a bounce adapter.

Canon EOS M50 Mark II

Canon’s Best-Selling Mirrorless Camera, Updated

New and improved auto-focus and video capabilities in Canon’s EOS M50 Mark II, available for pre-order for $599.99.

Better Dual-Pixel and eye-detection auto focus in photo and video (in servo mode), with 88% horizontal and 100% vertical coverage.

The EOS M50 Mark II uses a 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor for capturing high-resolution photos and 4K 24p video.

  • Vertical video recording mode included for social media delivery

  • Movie record button on LCD screen, and video countdown timer

  • Full HD 1080p60 and HD 720p120 Slow Motion

  • Clean 4K/HD HDMI output

  • High-quality webcam capability with the free EOS Webcam Utility software

  • Wireless live-streaming to YouTube live, without laptop

  • 3.0” Vari-Angle LCD screen

 

 

The EOS M50 Mark II is scheduled for release in December 2020, and retails for $699.99 for the camera with the EF-M 15-45mm lens kit, and $929.99 for the body plus EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm double-zoom lens kit.

Nikon Z6 ii and Z7 ii Officially Announced

Take Advantage of the Industry’s Largest Full-Frame Mirrorless Mount

Full details are known now about the teased Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II, with improved processors, auto focus, buffer capacities, and video features.

Z 6II

The 24.5MP sensor of the Z 6II is capable of ISO from 100 to 51,200 (ISO 50 to 204,800 in extended mode), and able to focus in half-the-light of its predecessor when not using the low-light function.

Two Expeed processing engines for 3.5X buffer capacity, with 14 fps continuous shooting, and reduced blackout time in viewfinder/LCD to track subjects better.

  • 25.6 MP BSI sensor

  • 273 point phase-detect auto focus

  • Eye-detect auto focus improved for humans and animals, now available in video mode

  • 900 second shutter speed for astrophotography

  • 5 stops of image correction in-body stabilization

  • Original JPEG and Raw photos from time-lapse capture

  • Dual card slot, UHS-II SD and QXD slots

  • N-Log function can be used with 10-bit output

  • Update Camera firmware via Nikon Snapbridge App

  • Reverse focus ring rotation on NIKKOR Z lenses

  • USB-C cable transfer video to computer for live-streaming, and power

Raw Video Output

The Z 6II can record 4K UHD up to 30p and full-HD up to 120p internally, and output 12-bit RAW video when connected to an external recorder via HDMI to Atomos Ninja V monitor/recorder.

Support for 4K/50p/60p, and RAW video output on Blackmagic Design’s external recorder is planned for 2021.


NiMB-N11 Power Battery Pack attached to the Z 7II

NiMB-N11 Power Battery Pack attached to the Z 7II

The Nikon NiMB-N11 Power Battery Pack extends battery life nearly 2X, and adds an additional USB-C port for power or data transfer.

Z 7II

The Nikon Z 7II has a 45.7 megapixel sensor with a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64-25600 (Extended ISO 32 – 102400), ideal for professional photographers wanting fine details in landscapes and portraits.

  • 10 fps in Continuous H, up from 9 fps on Z 7

  • 3X buffer capacity in single burst continuous shooting

  • 493-point Hybrid AF system with improvements to low-light performance

*Bold text indicates similar functions in the Z 6II and Z 7II.

 

DJI RS2 and RSC 2

Lighter, yet Stronger

DJI’s two new RS series gimbals, the carbon-fiber infused RS 2, and aluminum/steel RSC 2, fit the needs of professionals and consumers alike, priced at $849 and $499 respectively.

Both gimbals have a touchscreen, SuperSmooth mode, Manfrotto + Arca-Swiss mounting plates, long battery life, and fine-tune balancing knobs.

Remote operation is possible on both models with ActiveTrack 3.0 when the RavenEye Image Transmission System is connected, sending a low-latency feed 1080 30p signal to a mobile device up to 200 meters away.

Pre-progammed moves on both models include:

  • *New* Time Tunnel: The system performs a 360-degree roll while capturing a hyperlapse, adding a level of creativity to footage.

  • Flashlight: The system tilts the camera all the way forward so users can grip the base like a flashlight.

  • One-Tap Portrait Mode:  The gimbal quickly orients the camera into vertical shooting for professional-level social media content.

  • Panorama: After configuring sensor and focal length, choose a start and stop point for panoramas up to gigapixel size.

  • Roll 360: The gimbal enters into the Flashlight position and rolls the camera system 360 degrees.

  • Timelapse: This classic feature shows subtle changes over durations of your choosing. 

The higher payload of the RS 2 and versatile mounting points favor professionals, while the RSC 2 is compact and portable, perfect for mirrorless cameras.

 RS 2

The DJI RS 2 improves upon the Ronin-S and is aimed at professionals with a ten-pound payload, a 1.4” color touchscreen, and a 3D Focus System.

The 1.4” color touchscreen can displaying camera data, gimbal settings, or a live feed from the camera.

A new 3D Focus System uses ToF sensors to measure the distance between lens and subject, enabling fast auto-focusing on manual, large-aperture lenses.

  • Carbon Fiber Construction

  • Full-color touchscreen

  • Modular design

  • Professional Mounting Options

  • Max 12hr Fast-Charge Batteries

RSC 2

The RSC 2 is DJI’s first folding gimbal, folding down to the size of an A5 paper with a runtime of 12 hours and payload capacity of 6.6 pounds.

The folding mechanism of the RSC 2 allows vertical filming without additional accessories, as well as a new Briefcase mode.

  • 14-hour battery, with fast charging

  • 1-inch built-in OLED screen

  • Portrait mode, quick switch to vertical shooting

  • Six configurations

  • DSLR and mirrorless camera compatibility


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