We haven’t heard much about Sharp’s 8K camera for a while. It was first shown off at CES 2019, a whole year ago, and it’s been pretty much radio silence ever since. At least, until CES 2020 last week where they had one on display, and a few updates to talk about – including a price point $1,000 lower than they said last year.
Sony has announced the GP-VPT2BT Wireless Shooting Grip. Don’t get too excited, this isn’t a “grip” in the traditional sense that allows you to more easily shoot portrait orientation without contorting your arms. This is sort of like an advanced mini tripod. It’s not a new concept, and Sony has had the GP-VPT1 out for a while now, but the GP-VPT2BT takes this to the next level with built-in Bluetooth for controlling your camera remotely.
A pair of white papers have been released by Canon exploring the new Canon 1DX Mark III DSLR. The two white papers cover its stills and video capabilities and come in at 59 and 21 pages long respectively. They go into a lot of detail about the overall performance, burst rates, autofocus, metering and flash, image quality, full-frame 4K, 5.5K RAW, the codecs used and more.
It’s been a while since Paul C Buff has really released anything new. Sure, they announced the “DigiBee” back in 2016, but that was more of a refresh of the old AlienBees than an entirely new product, swapping out the modelling light for an LED, and it was still pretty limited in capability. You still needed power from the wall (or a portable mains inverter), you still couldn’t do HSS, and it still required a separate radio transceiver.
Now, though, Paul C Buff has announced its new LINK strobe, an 800Ws strobe which features TTL, High Speed Sync, and a built-in wireless transceiver. It looks like PCB is finally moving into the 21st century.
Fujifilm seemed to really kick off the trend for pretty major firmware updates to their existing models, regularly breathing new life into old bodies ever year or two. But while just about every other manufacturer seems to have jumped on the trend with major functional updates, Fujifilm has remained oddly silent, having not really released anything all that major since the X-Pro 2 gained 4K video in 2017.
This video from DPReview explores some of the reasons why we might not have heard from Fujifilm for a while. Although, given recent rumours, I wonder if they’re holding off so their old gear doesn’t compete with the new stuff expected to be announced soon?
The long-awaited Laowa 12mm T2.8 Zero Distortion cinema lens we got to take a peek at during NAB 2019 is finally here. It’s essentially the same internals as the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 but in a cinema housing. It offers the same 16 elements in 10 groups, the same field of view, 18cm minimum focus distance and manual focusing.
What makes it special to cinema, though, is that it offers a 270-degree focus throw for very precise control, particularly when using a follow focus wheel, a stepless aperture ring, it’s available in Canon EF, PL and Sony E mounts, and has a 100mm front filter thread with a step-up adapter for standard 114mm matte boxes.
In early December last year, Autel filed an FCC application for the Evo 2 drone showing an impressive looking set of specs. A folding drone, similar to something like DJI’s Mavic series, but with the option to get camera modules that shoot up to 8K video or even offer thermal imaging capabilities. The Evo 2 series (yup, it’s not just one drone) has now been officially announced, and the Verge managed to check them out in person a few days ago at CES 2020.
The Canon EOS R has proven to be somewhat popular. But so as to not put all their eggs in one basket, and to not eat into potential sales of a future model, it certainly wasn’t the perfect camera Canon shooters had hoped they’d release to compete with Sony’s latest round of mirrorless cameras.
Rumours of an upcoming EOS R Mark II announcement have been around for a little while, and there have even been reports of them being tested out in the wild. But there has been no information on their capabilities. Now, though, Canon Rumors has reported a list of possible specs.
It looks like we might be getting close to an announcement for the Fujifilm X-T4 according to a report on Fuji Rumors. They say they’ve received some good information that they’ve “triple checked”, and the X-T4 is not only coming soon, but it will have in-body-image stabilisation (IBIS).
Nokishita posted a screenshot showing the registration of Fujifilm cameras with the codes FF190005 and FF190004 (expected to be the X-T3 replacement) with China’s MIIT on January 8th. But Fuji Rumors says that an official announcement could come as soon as next month.
Many of us have experienced a memory card failure at some point, and although manufacturers have gotten much better at producing reliable cards, it still occasionally happens. Failure used to be fairly common in the early days of CompactFlash (when their capacity was still measured in MB) and in SD cards, but it’s rare that you hear about it in modern formats like XQD. It does happen, though.
I’ve been following HDD Recovery Services on YouTube for a little while now. I just find it fascinating to see how hard drives and other storage mediums work on the inside, and how they evolve over time. Recently, they received a Sony XQD card that wasn’t reading, and the client needed the data recovered from it. This video shows us what’s inside, and how they get it working again.