The Magic Lantern team made an announcement that they added 4Kraw video recording to Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Since the news was released on April 1st, it left us all wondering – can this be true? And a few days later, we realize that it apparently can. It’s still an early concept with some of its quirks, but it works and achieves what seemed impossible to achieve.
Google’s Pixel phone has received a lot of attention since it was announced just a few short weeks ago. This attention is most notably caused by its camera. After quite a boastful announcement, DxOMark gave it the highest score it’s ever given to a mobile device. There’s a little sample footage out there now, but not a lot of it shows off the true range of capabilities.
YouTubers Nat and Lo were given a pair of Google Pixel phones for a day to go and play with. And play they did. They tested many of the phone’s features on both the front facing 1080p and rear facing 4K cameras. They shot in bright outdoor and dark indoor conditions, and discovered a couple of very neat features.
I’ll save you some time and give you the short version. If you thought the 5D Mark III was awesome, then you’ll think the 5D Mark IV is awesome. It’s at least as good as its predecessor. It has a few significant new features, but overall, it may not be worth the cost for 5D Mark III owners to upgrade. But it might. If you want to know a little more, keep reading and watching.
In this set of videos from Jim Goldstein at All Things Photo, we get a great in-depth look at the 5D Mark IV’s features. There’s a lot of videos, so you might want to sit back with a large drink, and schedule a bathroom break. There’s a big review, a quick review, and a look at some of the 5D Mark IV’s most asked about features.
So, the guesswork and speculation can end. Canon have now officially announced the 5D Mark IV DSLR. As expected, some photographers are a little underwhelmed, if the comments I’m seeing on Facebook are anything to go by. The video guys seem happy, though, mostly.
But it does have a few fairly significant upgrades for stills photographers. The new 30.4MP CMOS sensor is one, sure it’s not the 50MP of the 5DS, but it’s still a nice jump over the Mark III’s 22.3MP. Dual pixel RAW files are another great feature, albeit at the cost of storage space. This works on a similar principle as Lytro, allowing you to slightly adjust your focus in post. But let’s have a look at the full specs.
If you’ve ever tried recording in 4K, you know that recording uncompressed 4K needs some heavy guns. The most common solution is an Atomos monitor/recorder, and those are usually $1,300 and up. If you are shooting HD there are many capture devices out there, but for 4K… not so much.
Epiphan wants to take a bite out of this cake and they launched the AV.io 4K. AV.io 4K is a small, pocket-sized capture device that conencts to your camera’s HDMI out on the input side, and to your computer’s USB on the output side. (most 4K capture devices use thunderbolt). This is an early bird, I guess, for a flood of 4K capture devices, but they’re curently one of the only options I’ve seen. Best, an AV.io 4K is around only $430 vs. the olmost quadrule Atomos.
Ahead of the expected August announcement of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon Rumors are said to be receiving reports that “more than a few” Canon preferred photographers have been able to get their hands on one.
With 4K video, and 1080p @ 120fps being the only seemingly reliable bits of info at the moment, other firm specs are somewhat scarce.
When it comes to giving us amazing views of the earth and space, few do it better than NASA, and this one’s going to take some effort to beat.
NASA seem to have well and truly boarded and taken residence on the 4K bandwagon, and with footage like this, it’s easy to see why.
Drones have become ridiculously popular in the last few years, of that there is no doubt, but sometimes you don’t need all the power and load capacities of huge drones like the new DJI Matrice 600, or even the relatively modest Phantom 4.
Sometimes, you just need a camera that hovers and follows you around, which is where the small Hover Camera steps in. Capable of shooting 13MP stills, and 4K video, the Hover Camera weighs in at under 250g, meaning that it doesn’t require registration with the FAA.
The SD Association, the group responsible for developing standards for Secure Digital memory cards, have unveiled the newest version of the SD standard, SD 5.0.
This iteration has been released specifically to address video and the write speeds required to capture 8K and 360° video footage, and will introduce a new Video Speed Class labelling system.
What if Sony’s camera has so much more power internally than what they expose? We have seen Canon cameras getting a performance boost via
hacked custom firmware – Magic Lantern, so the idea is not unthinkable.
Now, youtube user Nabil Fathi claims to have hacked the Sony A7S to record 4K internally, along with providing higher bitrate and better subsampling (HDMI 10bit 422). The message was attached to a video Nabil uploaded to Youtube: