CES 2016 - Razer unveiled its new Blade Stealth ultrabook gaming PC at CES, but alongside that announcement was their new Stargazer webcam.
Razer teamed with Intel on Stargazer, including Intel's impressive RealSense 3D technology inside of it. The Stargazer is capable of capturing 720p at 60FPS, as well as 1080p at 30FPS, with a noise-cancelling, dual-array microphone. It's powered by the Intel RealSense SR300 camera, which brings 3D to the table.
Intel's RealSense SR300 camera is capable of Windows Hello support, so you can use your face to log into Windows 10. Razer is more excited about the Dynamic Background Removal capability, where you can filter out the entire image except for the person. This might not sound like much, but for Twitch streamers, this is going to be huge - you can filter out everything around you, so you're picking up just your body, and have that overlayed on your stream or YouTube video.
CES 2016 - FLIR has just unveiled its new Scout TK thermal camera, which is capable of recording still images and video, and is much more weather-resistant than the One camera that connects to your smartphone.
The Scout TK has been made for the outdoors, with a narrower field of view, but it has a larger range than the One - providing thermal camera goodness at up to 100 yards away. Battery life wise, we're looking at around five hours of continuous use.
FLIR is pricing the Scout TK at $600, with it reaching FLIR's website and Amazon later this year.
CES 2016 - Nikon has just unveiled its first 360-degree action camera, with the weirdly named KeyMission 360 at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Nikon's new KeyMission 360 camera shoots 360-degree video in 4K, with Nikon calling it the first in a new "family" of action cameras. The KeyMission 360 features a square shape, with it being bigger than the GoPro Hero Session 4, reports The Verge. It has lenses on the front and back, and is shockproof 2m (7ft) and waterproof to 30m (100ft).
The KeyMission 360 has electronic stabilization reduction, but Nikon has been shy with pricing, availability, battery life, and the field of view of each lens. We should find out more in the coming months on the KeyMission 360.
We all know how good Red cameras are, with one of my favorite YouTubers - MKBHD - making such great use out of his expensive kit.
Well, Red Cinema has just unveiled its latest Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome cameras, which are both capable of shooting 5K RAW video, and 2K ProRes with Red's Dragon sensor. If you want to get some slow motion action out of them, the camera can shoot 5K 60FPS widescreen, 4K at 150FPS, and 2K at a huge 300FPS.
The new Red Cinema Scarlet-W costs $9,950 for the body only, and sits between the expensive $29,000 6K Epic model, and the new $5,950 Raven model. Red explains: "All of our [latest] cameras have the Dragon sensor in common, so intercutting footage between the entire line is pretty seamless".
GoPro has just dropped the price on its Hero4 Session camera, from its debut pricing of $399 (which dropped to $349), where the company has just announced its new $199 pricing.
The new $199 pricing makes the Hero4 Session on equal price footing with the low-end Hero+ model. The Hero4 Session can shoot at 1440p 30FPS, 720p at 100FPS, and many other resolutions. The Hero4 Session is around 50% smaller than the Hero4 Black, and is found in a waterproof cube with a non-removable battery, microSD card slot, and a microUSB port.
360-degree video continues to grow, with Panorics announcing that it has launched its fully immersive 360-degree video camera system, PTRig. PTRig houses three GoPro cameras, shooting insane 5700x2850 videos in 360x180 degrees.
Panorics' PTRig can shoot its spherical video using three GoPro Hero3 or Hero4 cameras, and thanks to their small size and weight, the ability to change out camera settings without removing the GoPro cameras is a great thing to see. Some of the first PTRig's have been met with positive reviews, with Chief Video Producer for Planet360, Alex Ugryumov using his PTRig "in the air, on a boat, on a car", with Ugryumov saying that "compared to other holders I used, it performs much better: less parallax, better and easier stitching, convenient to charge the cameras".
Panorics' CEO, Alex Boch, explains: "With over $1 billion invested in VR already and more than 30 million virtual reality headsets on the market by 2020, availability of immersive video content is going to be key to the whole industry exponential growth. VR is expanding rapidly and there won't be any industry not affected by its growth. We are very excited to be a part of a new VR era and Panorics works hard on developing innovative 360 video products".
The PTRig system sells for $750, and can be purchased on Panorics website.
While it has not been confirmed by either company, reports claim that Nikon has purchased Samsung's NX mirrorless camera technology in its entirety. This is followed by further talk that Samsung will be removing itself from the UK camera market, as it did last week in Germany.
The purchase of this technology has been described as a major move by Nikon in order to control the DSLR market, facing fierce competition from Panasonic, Olympus and Sony alike.
Lytro pushed the boundaries of still photography with its impressive Light Field camera, but it is now shifting into the world of VR with the world's first professional Light Field solution for cinematic VR with 'Immerge'.
Immerge is a large sphere that has multiple layers mounted on top of a tripod, and inside is a camera - with the entire device powered by a large server on wheels that is capable of both the storage and processing required to capture, and manage data. Software wise, Lytro is providing a Light Field editor that will integrate existing visual effects tools, and the Light Field video playback engine.
Lytro's Light Field video playback engine is capable of working with the likes of the Oculus Rift, Sony's PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and even the HoloLens from Microsoft. The company said that Immerge was built specifically to provide a lifelike presence in VR with "six degrees of freedom". Immerge doesn't just capture images and stitch them together for a VR experience, instead it rebuilds a version of that scene that reacts to the user.
HTC's periscope-like Re Camera launched a year ago at the price point of $200, which put it to head to head with the GoPro, a battle it lost handily.
Now, HTC has put the camera on sale for an impressive $50. As you might expect, this has caused it to sell out (in all colours). We've inquired with HTC as to whether or not stock will be replenished in short order.
The Re Camera features a 146-degree wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, and supports smartphone controls and 1080p, 30fps FHD video.
Update 10/28: HTC has confirmed with us stock will not be replenished for the sale.
Light has just unveiled their latest L16 camera, which features an impressive 16 camera sensors on the front, each capturing 13-megapixel images. When a photo is taken on the Light L16, it comes out as a huge 52-megapixel image.
The L16's 16 separate camera sensors are divided into three groups, which each having a lens of a different focal length. There are five cameras with 35mm effective focal length lenses, five with 70mm modules, and six with 150mm modules. Light then uses some impressive software and stitching tools, which allows the L16 to zoom through an effective range of 35mm to 150mm without any moving parts or adjustable lenses.
It's an impressive feat, considering the camera sensor on each of the 16 cameras being 13 megapixels. With the L16 being a little thicker than a smartphone, and the stitching of photos to make a huge 52-megapixel photo being a huge tick on its side of awesomeness. Another great feature with the Light L16 is that the focus of the photos can be adjusted after the shot has been taken, making it similar to the Lytro camera. But, the L16 is capable of shooting 4K video which is something the Lytro can't do.
How much will this cost? You'll be splashing down $1299 if you pre-order now, but as of November 6 the price of the L16 will shoot up to $1699 before it ships in late summer 2016.