iPhone 11 was announced earlier this month, and it’s all about the camera(s). It’s aimed at mobile photographers, filmmakers, and of course – selfie-takers. The latest iPhone has slow-motion capabilities on the front camera so you can take slow-motion selfies, or as Apple calls them, “slofies.” Apple seems to like their made-up term so much, that they have applied for a US trademark.
Photokina has confirmed that three major camera companies will not attend the 2020 show. Nikon, Leica and Olympus will not be a part of the show in May 2020, and it seems to be official – it has been confirmed in Photokina’s press release.
Luminar 4 is only days from being released, and Skylum is gradually revealing the AI-powered features it’s going to offer. After automatic sky replacement and smart background enhancement, Skylum is now showing off the automatic Skin Enhancer & Portrait Enhancer. They’re made to assist your retouching process and make it faster than ever before.
The merging of technologies is tricky. Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it fails miserably. One fantastic idea, though, was to combine the SmallHD Focus 5 monitor with the Teradek Bolt 500 RX. And that idea exists in the form of the SmallHD Focus Bolt 500 RX. We went to visit the SmallHD stand at IBC 2019 and spoke to SmallHD co-founder and CTO, Dale Backus to find out more about it.
The Litepanels Gemini 2×1 announced in 2017 received a very warm reception on its release. Those who have purchased and use them absolutely love them. But sometimes you need something a little smaller, so Litepanels announced the Gemini 1×1 earlier this year. We heard that Litepanels were going to be at IBC 2019, so we decided to swing by the stand to find out more about them and what they can do.
OConnor is a name that’s been held in high regard in Hollywood for years for their fluid video tripod heads. In fact, their inventor, Chadwell O’Connor won Academy Awards for them in 1975 and 1992. Now part of the Vitec group, OConnor has been able to combine their heads with Flowtech legs into a single package. The OConnor 1040 Flowtech. It costs $10,260, and we had to see it for ourselves. So, while we were at IBC 2019, we did. And oh boy, is it a nice tripod.
These days, almost everything we use for photography or video is battery powered, from cameras themselves to sliders, gimbals, monitors, lights, portable backup solutions and all other kinds of doohickies. One of the biggest names in batteries for photographers and filmmakers is Anton Bauer, but their batteries are shrinking, with the new Titon SL series offering larger capacities in smaller cases. We caught up with them at IBC 2019 to find out more.
As LED lights have gotten more powerful and colour accurate, they’ve pretty much become the new standard for continuous lighting, replacing the more traditional tungsten lights on-set. One of the things LED lights have now started to incorporate more often is DMX lighting control. Conceived in the 1980s, DMX allows the remote control of one or multiple lights from a single control base. Lighticians lets you do this, too, using existing DMX systems, all from the screen of your smartphone. We chatted with Lighticians at IBC 2019 to find out more.