Sony is going on the offensive in the camera market, launching its new Alpha A9 camera - the most expensive, feature-rich mirrorless camera yet.
Sony's new A9 snapper features a full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, a first ever, where speed - and not resolution, is king. Sony has its Alpha 7R II camera and its huge 42.4-megapixel sensor, but Sony opted for a 24.2-megapixel sensor on the A9. Alpha A9 can shoot up to 241 RAW, full-frame images at 20FPS - courtesy of Sony making the A9 up to 20x faster at processing speeds over previous models.
There's also a 693-point focal plane phase detection autofocus that is capable of 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.
Facebook seems to be going all-in with 360-degree camera technology, announcing its new x24 and x6 cameras during its F8 developer conference. The new x24 and x6 are 360-degree cameras with 24 cameras and 6 cameras, respectively.
Facebook wanted to provide better VR experiences with 360-degree video, so these new rigs will help shoot the most immersive 360-degree content yet. The new x24 rocks 24 cameras, and looks absolutely huge - but the new Surround 360 entry won't be sold by Facebook. Instead, the social network will be licensing out its new x24 and x6 designs to a "select group of commercial partners". Thermal imaging camera giant FLIR worked with Facebook on the x24 camera, while Facebook made the x6 prototype in-house.
But what makes these new 360-degree cameras stand out from the pack? Well, they feature the elusive 6DoF that VR and 360-degree content producers have been pushing for a while now, so instead of feeling like you're being yanked out of The Matrix each time you look around in a 360-degree/VR video, you'll be able to tilt your head forwards/backwards, and even up and down. You can walk around a 360-degree video or photo shot on the new x24 and x6 cameras, versus just looking at a spherical photo displayed in 360 degrees, or VR.
Canon is taking to the skies with its new PD6E2000-AW-CJ1 drone, a six-rotor drone that has been designed to use Canon's high-end ME20F-SH camera into search and rescue operations, reports Engadget.
Canon's new PD6E2000-AW-CJ1 drone isn't radically different from other professional drones from DJI, but Canon wins in the camera department for low-light emergency situations thanks to the huge 4 million ISO. The new drone is also weather proof, and features a two-axis gimbal that can take 10kg of weight.
The drone costs $20,000 - but don't worry, your rewards points will be happy with the additional $20,000 required for the ME20F-SH camera as well.
Corsair has just unveiled their new Lighting Node Pro kit, which includes 4 x RGB LED strips, and the Node Pro controller - giving you total control over the look of your gaming PC.
The control provides the ability of adjusting both the color and the animation of the lights, while the strips have adhesive and magnetic mounting hardware - thank you, Corsair! Corsair lets you control each strip individually, with the ability of adjusting the lighting setup, while the controller itself plugs into an internal USB 2.0 header.
Corsair makes it easier for you to throw in 6 of their RGB LED fans, but this isn't included - requiring a separate hub. The entire kit is run through Corsair LINK, and inside you'll find:
- Node Pro controller
- 4 x 16-inch (41cm) lightstrips (10 lights per strip)
- 4 x extension cables for lightstrips
- 2 x fan hub adapater cables
- 1 x power cable
Logitech has been on top of the webcam game for years now, and it looks like it will continue that lead with their new Brio 4K Pro webcam.
Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam is capable of streaming 4K HDR directly onto the internet, and it shoots real 4K - so we have 4096x2160, versus 3840x2160 that we have on TVs and monitors right now.
Comparing Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam against some of their competitors like Razer's new Stargazer and Logitech's own C922, both of them shoot 1080p. Logitech's latest webcam is capable of streaming 4K video at 30FPS, or 1080p 60FPS if you want something smoother.
Logitech's new Brio 4K Pro webcam also has 5x digital zoom, Windows Hello facial recognition support, and HDR support - which won't be used that much, as there are not many 4K HDR monitors on the market right now.
Logitech is selling its new Brio 4K Pro webcam for $199.99.
One of the most successful parts of Sony is its mobile camera division market, with the company having their sensors in many flagship smartphones - but their new one? Yeah, it's going to be even better.
Sony has been teasing a new sensor that will be capable of capturing 1000FPS at 1080p, which allows you to slow the video down 64x. In the current smartphone camera sensors, there is no mechanical shutter, which is why we have that horizontal scrolling effect when panning quickly, or with fast-moving objects.
A new layer of DRAM has been added to Sony's new camera sensors, directly into the camera sensor - something that will let the sensor process and buffer frames at a much quicker rate, resulting in a higher frame rates. This will reduce the horizontal scrolling effect, resulting in smoother video.
We should expect Sony's new camera sensor to be inside of Apple's new iPhone X smartphone - well, at least I expect it to be, and upcoming flagship smartphones from Samsung next year, or maybe the Galaxy Note 8 later this year.
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.