CES 2017 - In a move that is so Razer-worthy, the company has revealed Project Ariana, a unique device that essentially opens up a doorway to a scintillating world of color in your gaming space.
RGB lighting is everywhere today; OEMs are slapping LED strips and effects onto RAM, motherboards, fans and even audio headsets. But what if you could add RGB lighting effects into your entire room? Razer's new Project Ariana is the answer to this particular scenario: it's a high-def video projector that uses an ultra-wide fish-eye lens to project Chroma's 16.8 million different colors and lighting effects onto a given space.
The Chroma effects are actually powered by the games you play. Using Razer's Chroma Module API, developers can basically sync up the RGB lighting and effects to the game itself, making Chroma-enabled devices pulse to the rhythm of any specific game sequences. Games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Overwatch, and Shadow Warrior 2 support the API, and hardware OEMs like Lenovo, Lian-Li, NZXT and Antec have signed up to help make these environments come alive.
GoPro has announced the latest member in their action camera family, with the introduction of the new Hero5 Black.
The new Hero5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, according to the company, with the Hero5 Black capable of shooting 4K at 30FPS and 12MP still images. Both of which can be shot in either RAW or WDR (wide dynamic range), as well as capture distortion-free wide-angle photos with a new linear-view setting.
GoPro also adds that the audio recording on the Hero5 Black is improved, courtesy of a new triple microphone array. There's now an integrated 2-inch LCD touchscreen on the back with improved controls, voice control, and support for seven languages. We also have a built-in GPS for geotagging, electronic image stabilization, and it's waterproof to around 33 feet (10m) without the need of a separate waterproof case.
Panasonic has just unveiled its new monster GH5 camera, a worthy successor to the already incredible value for money GH4 camera that provided some of the best footage on the internet - just look at Dimitry's godlike skills at HWC.
Onto the new Panasonic GH5, which features an 18-megapixel sensor and the ability of shooting 4K at 60FPS and a futureproof 6K at 30FPS. Not only that, but the new Micro Four Third lenses arrive in a wide 8-18mm, standard 12-60mm, tele 50-200mm, with all the of the lenses at f/2.8. We also have 8MP burst photos at 60FPS, and 10-bit 4:2:2 ready.
There's no pricing on the 6K-capable Panasonic GH5, but the camera is expected to drop in the first half of 2017.
GoPro has an instant threat in Garmin, with Garmin announcing its new Virb Ultra 30 action camera, which features everything the GoPro does, and more.
Garmin's new Yirb Ultra 30 shoots 4K video at 30FPS, has a built-in LCD touchscreen, and incredible 3-axis stabilization. The list doesn't end, with the Yirb Ultra 30 capable of livestreaming to YouTube, as well as voice commands where you can start recording by saying "Okay Garmin, start recording". There's GPS capabilities, as well as other sensors that will display how fast, far, and high your movements are - right into the video if you want.
GoPro might have the action camera market right now, but we all know how quickly things can change with a capable competitor with a product that's cheaper, and possibly just as capable.
Chinese giant Xiaomi has announced that it's upcoming Yi 4K action camera will cost just $249.99 while its competitor in the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition costs $499.99 - double the asking price from Xiaomi and its Yi 4K action camera. Xiaomi provides an LCD screen on its Yi 4K action camera, something the HERO4 Black Edition lacks, but is included on the Silver Edition.
Xiaomi's new Yi 4K action camera has a 1300mAh battery that's good for 2 hours of 4K 30FPS recording, which is pretty damn good considering the HERO4 Black Edition isn't capable of recording more than an hour at the same 4K30 standard. Xiaomi is offering a bundle package with a selfie stick and Bluetooth remote, which will cost $30 more at $279 total.
We all know 360-degree and VR cameras are the new thing, but HumanEyes Technologies has just unveiled a flashy new camera known as Vuze.
Vuze rocks 8 x 1080p camera, two on each side with a 120-degree horizontal/180-degree vertical field of view. When it all works together, Vuze captures 360-degree video at 4K 30FPS. Better yet, you can control Vuze through the Android and iOS applications for Vuze.
The company will be providing post production software that will be capable of near real-time processing that will allow Vuze owners to process a 60-second clip in less than a minute. HumanEyes also has some footage on their YouTube page, but the video stitching isn't perfect, something the company says it's working on right now. What about price? How does $799 sound? For $799, you'll get the Vuze, a VR headset, mini tripod, and Vuze Studios. Vuze Studios is the company's VR production and editing software.
Facebook is reportedly working on its own standalone camera app, alongside its own live video app platform. The company is hoping people will create, and share more content, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Their sources also say that the app will have two standout features: still photos, and the ability to broadcast live video, quickly. Thanks to video/picture sharing services like Snapchat, Facebook is wanting to jump into the same pool, and it makes complete sense.
Facebook already has plenty of apps and services for sharing photos and videos, acquiring the likes of Instagram. Facebook is reportedly seeing original content, like status updates and other personal sharing, is on the decline - so this new injection of competition against Snapchat could work. The social network says that the amount of sharing done in your News Feed is at "similar to levels in prior years".
GoPro has unleashed pre-orders of its Omni camera, the company's first foray into consumer VR cameras, at a cost of $5000.
The GoPro Omni does rock 6 x GoPro Hero4 Black Edition cameras, synched together to create what I'm sure is going to be a new wave of VR content. Omni is headed directly into the wave that is competition, especially against Google, as it has been using YouTube to deliver VR content to the masses over the last year or two.
GoPro Omni is capable of shooting 7K in the 4:3 aspect ratio, which will see the Omni shooting 7940x3970 at 30FPS or 25FPS. You can shoot at 5338x2819 at 60FPS, as well as 50FPS, too.
Most people have probably not heard of the name Hasselblad, and for those who do know the company, it has been a while since they've been in the headlines. Hasselblad is an iconic company, making cameras since 1941 and have been involved in some of the most iconic photos of all time.
The Beatles' Abbey Road cover, the black and white portrait of Steve Jobs, and the first photos taken on the moon from the 1969 moon landing were all shot on Hasselblad cameras. Well, the company is back with the new H6D camera, available in two forms. The first is a huge 50-megapixel offering, while the second is an insane 100-megapixel camera.
Both of them rock a new autofocus system that is capable of locking onto specific points, such as a subject's eye, so that the photographer can track it and adjust composition. The H6D also rocks features that we have on smartphones and compact cameras, like a touchscreen and 4K video recording. As for price, the 50-megapixel version costs $27,000 while the 100-megapixel camera rocks a huge $33,00 price - and for these prices, you won't get a lens - they're extra.
Facebook has announced its insane new Surround 360 camera, which is a 17-lens 3D VR rig that shoots 360-degree video.
The 17 lenses are all 4-megapixel lenses that can shoot up to the huge 8K resolution, of 7680x4320, with each individual layer acting as a built-in heat sink to keep things nice and cool. Surround 360 requires not much effort in terms of post-production, but the $30,000 price will keep most punters at bay.
Facebook has said that it'll post the hardware design and video stitching algorithms onto GitHub later in the summer.