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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.
Described by Gizmodo as measuring in at "one two-thousandth the thickness of a human hair," we have recently learned that some Australian scientists have just created the world's thinnest camera lens.
Lead by Dr Yuerui (Larry) Lu from The Australian National University, this research project was made possible thanks to the utilization of molybdenum disulphide crystal. The exact measurement for this invention sits at 6.3 nanometers, with new lens being explained by Dr. Lu to be "the perfect candidate for future flexible displays," further commenting that it can withstand "high temperatures, is a lubricant, a good semiconductor and can emit photons too."
Seemingly being created as a 'wonder lens', don't expect this to be hitting the retail shelves anytime soon, but it's a groundbreaking study nonetheless.
Panasonic's GH4 camera is the camera of choice for many YouTubers and video enthusiasts, as it's capable of shooting 4K video at 30FPS, with a consumer-orientated price point. Well, Panasonic's next-gen GH series camera is set to knock off some socks, and some.
According to Japanese publication Nikkan, Panasonic's new GH5/GH6 camera will shoot 6K video at 30FPS. This means that each frame of the 6K video is shot in 16 megapixels, meaning you can grab 16-megapixel still photos from the 6K video - an awesome feature.
Panasonic also teased their new 8K-capable consumer level camera in May 2015, where ephotozine reported: "Panasonic announced plans for future 4K and 8K video and photo features, including 4K at 60fps and 120fps, as well as the ability to take 33 megapixel still images from 8K video footage. They say they are planning to have this technology ready for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. No further information was given at the time".
MWC 2016 - Alongside the announcement of the G5 smartphone and LG 360 VR, LG has unveiled its new LG 360 CAM. From the product name, you've probably guessed it's a 360-degree camera, and you'd be right.
The LG 360 CAM features two 200-degree cameras, both rocking 13-megapixel sensors, capable of capturing 360-degree videos and photos. LG 360 CAM features a 1200mAh battery, and 4GB of internal storage. LG 360 CAM will shoot 2K videos with 5.1-channel surround sound, thanks to the three microphones on the LG 360 CAM.
LG 360 CAM is also capable of shooting 360-degree content for Google Street Video, and YouTube360 content.
Sony is teasing its next-gen image sensor, Exmor IMX318, which will be powering the next wave of smartphones. The sensor is packing an insane 22.5 megapixels, which means we'll be shooting 4K video without a problem, with an image quality we've never seen before.
With smartphones getting thinner and thinner, and consumers (including myself) not liking protruding cameras out of the back of the smartphones - including the huge sellers like the iPhone and Galaxy range from Samsung, the new Sony Exmor IMX318 should change this. Sony hasn't compromised image quality to get its Exmor IMX318 thinner, as it's a type 1/2.6 stacked CMOS sensor with 22.5 megapixels of shooting power - providing better IQ in a smaller, more compact size, with increased performance.
Sony says its new sensor is the industry's first to feature a built-in high-speed hybrid autofocus, which is as fast as 0.03 seconds, with built-in 3-axis electronic image stabilization technology for video. The company expects to begin shipping its new Exmor IMX318 in May, which should be perfect timing for the Galaxy Note 6 and the upcoming iPhone 7.