Atomos, creator of the field recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the Connect converters, announced Ninja-2 support for many new DSLR cameras today at the National Association of Broadcasters show.
According to the company, “Our close relationships with major camera manufacturers means that at NAB this year we have over 20 different cameras on our booth working with our field recorders,” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “Of these, over half are DSLRs with ‘clean’ HDMI video output. This time last year there was only one. This is a great illustration of just how DSLRs and affordable large sensor video cameras are changing the world of professional video”.
The company unveiled Ninja-2 by showing it working with the pre-release version of the Canon 5D MkIII — the top of the Canon line of DSLR cameras.
Atomos also announced a price drop for the product, bringing it down to $695. It also claims that the “Ninja-2 allows the recording, monitoring and playback of pristine, 10-bit 4:2:2 images straight from the camera sensor directly to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD editing codecs. Atomos makes production truly affordable by using commodity, off-the-shelf 2.5″ computer HDD or SSD drives”.
The new generation of smartphones and digital SLRs make it very easy to take panoramic photos and time-lapse films that would be inconceivable at the price point a few years ago. But if you want to take the pictures to the next level without investing a fortune in accessories, you need to check out the Veho MUVI X-Lapse. It’s a camera mount that automatically rotates 360 degrees to take really good panoramic shots but it’s priced just under £30.
The MUVI X-Lapse takes up to an hour to gradually rotate a full circle or it can be set to only rotate through part of the arc. Mounts for both smartphones and standard cameras (1/4-20) are included, and the X-Lapse itself can also be mounted on a tripod. Fold-out feet ensure a steady platform for heavier SLRs and video cameras
The X-Lapse doesn’t come with any app but there are plenty to choose from in the applicable app stores. If there’s a photographer in your life, I’m sure that they’d love one of these for Christmas. On sale from Veho for £29.95.
If you have ever watched a video someone tried to film from a vehicle you know how painful it can be because of the vibration. At one time the only way to stop this type of vibration was to spend hundreds of dollars on a Hollywood style contraption , not anymore. Delkin Devices is announcing the new Connector Bracket which is compatible with Fat Gecko Mini and The Fat Gecko Original. This will allow photographers and videographers to connect one camera, iPad or camcorder mount with a second Fat Gecko Original or Mini model. It can handle DSLRs and camcorders up to 8 lb. It provides triple and quadruple contact points, which allows you to attach a camera to any non-porous surface. The Connector Bracket has a slide and lock design which allows the camera to be placed at various angles and positions. Meaning if you want to attach your camera to the top or side of a vehicle and have an image that is crisp and smooth, this is the bracket to use.
The Connector will be available for $19.99 directly through the Delkin Device Website or at any authorized retailer. Delkin Devices has been making accessories that are built to make life easier for photographers since 1986.
Lethal Protection is the name of the company but it’s not a clue as to the product. It’s not a bullet-proof vest, it’s not ferocious guard dog but what is it? Todd finds out what it is from Melissa of Lethal Protection.
Winner of a CES Innovation Award, it’s called the Life-Phorm Pro and it’s an one-size-fits-all gadget positioning device. Only it’s weird…very weird…but in a cool way. Think GorillaPod but scary and it’s not just for cameras – tablets and smartphones fit on just as well.
The flexible six legs allow myriad standing, gripping and hanging positions, all the while keeping your gear off the floor. The Pro version is made from aluminum and carbon fiber, weighing in at only 8oz.
Lethal Protection is setting up manufacturing and production of the Life-Phorm Pro and it’s expected to ship in April of this year. The Pro version will run $149 and the basic version will be $69.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.
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Sony SLT A77
Sony announced some new DSLR cameras today. All three working at 24.3MP and using the APS-C format. Announced as the SLT-A77, SLT-A65 and NEX-7, these new DSLR cameras will contain fixed translucent mirrors, full manual focus and exposure override.
The SLT-A77 is made of a magnesium-alloy that is touted as weatherproof. It can capture in JPG and RAW formats (12 frames a second) – as well as HD AVCHD video in 60p/60i/24p – up to 29 minutes per video.
Other features of the SLT-A77 include 19-point /11 cross AF system, ISO sensitivity, built in GPS for geo-tagging and dual memory card slots for larger photo shoots.
The Sony Alpha A65 also has the 24.2 MP APS-C imaging sensor and shoots at 10 fps. It has a 15 point AF system and three cross sensors. The NEX-7 also has a 24.2 MP APS-C sensor and 921,000-dot tiltable LCD (with 2.3 million dot OLED viewfinder) screen. It has a slimmer case (more like a point-and-shoot with replaceable lenses).
All three will be sold at B&H only at launch. The SLT-A77 starts at $1,399.99. The A65 is at $899.99 and the NEX-7 is at $1,199.
Jeffrey chats with Merrin of Quik Pod, getting a demonstration of their extendable handheld tripod, the Pro Plus. Basically, you put your digital camera on the end of a long stick, set the timer, hold it up in front of you and, click, you’ve taken a picture of yourself in front of a famous landmark. No need to ask a stranger to take the picture only to find he’s chopped your head off. Weighs in at 3 oz, so it’s perfect for travel. $29.95.
The latest version, the Quik Pod Mobile, extends this to smartphones such as the iPhone, with an adaptor gripping the smartphone. Attached to the tripod, the smartphone can be used for hands-free video calling or simply just watching video at a convenient angle. $29.95.
Also new, the Quik Pod DSLR extendable monopod is the big brother of the family, holding larger cameras up to 25 lb out to 53″. $49.95.
Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.
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