Foxconn is preparing a big shake up of the high-end camera market, with news that the company is going to be making cheaper, smaller 8K cameras where they've teamed up with RED.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said: "We will make cameras that will shoot professional-quality films in 8K resolution but at only a third of current prices and a third of current camera sizes". We should expect a new 8K-capable camera at around $10,000 and then weighs less than a traditional DSLR.
The company is pushing itself from being a contract manufacturer of smartphones, into a market that is dominated by just a few in the manufacturing world. RED's cinema cameras have been used in some of the biggest TV shows and movies thanks to their more portable size and price, but shoot some of the most detailed and beautiful footage on the market.
We're talking about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Hobbit, and even Netflix series House of Cards. RED has always manufactured everything in the US, but the move over to China for Foxconn is a strange one. If Foxconn expanded their manufacturing bases into the US, maybe RED could come back and manufacture the new 8K cameras on US soil.
Samsung will sell millions and millions of its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 smartphones this year, but the company could really shake up the camera market with its new Exynos 9810-powered camera.
A new leak teases that Samsung is testing a new high-end APS-C camera that's powered by one of its Exynos 8910 processors, with the tipster saying that the sensor inside of the camera is a 30.1-megapixel sensor with stacked (3-stack FRS) ISOCELL with Tetracell and dual-pixel AF.
This new sensor would shoot 6K 30FPS, 4K 120FPS, and even 1080p at 480FPS:
- Full sensor (6720*4480) @ 30fps
- 5376*3024 @ 60fps
- 3840*2160 @ 120fps
- 2688*1512 @ 240fps
- 1920*1080 @ 480fps
The 4K 120FPS feature will reportedly be full sensor read-out, with 2.7K and 1080p with higher FPS at 2x2 pixel binning, and then down-sampling meaning that we could be looking at Samsung's new camera shooting 480FPS with the whole 30.1-megapixel sensor.
Hasselblad might be a brand you don't hear much, but they're the company that made the cameras that the Apollo astronauts used to capture images on the moon all those years ago, and now they're back with a monstrous new camera.
The new Hasselblad H6D-400c MS has a strange name, and is the company's new medium-format digital camera that produces 100-megapixel photos with single exposure courtesy of its 53.4 x 40mm CMOS sensor. But when the camera is used in its multi-shot (or "pixel shift") capture feature, the images can be snapped at up to 400 megapixels, which is insane.
Inside, the G6D-400c MS can capture 4K video using Hasselblad's proprietary RAW video format, but also packs support for Wi-Fi, HDMI, and USB 3.0 Type-C connectivity. It also rocks dual media card slots, and an ISO range between 64 and 12,800.
All of this will cost a swift $59,000 or day rentals of around $500 when it ships in March.
Samsung has just announced its latest 360-degree camera, with 17 x 2-megapixel sensors inside of its new 360 Round camera.
The new 360 Round camera features the aforementioned 17 x 2-megapixel sensors, six microphones, and will create high-res 3D VR video. Samsung promises livestreaming 4K VR video at 30FPS, with software in between that will stitch together the video with next to no lag.
Samsung will be releasing their new 360 Round camera later this month in the US, but in order to get some post-processing done with it you're going to need a damn fast machine. At a minimum, you'll need a Core i7-6700K, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. If you want to livestream and preview the 4K VR, you'll need a beefier Core i7-6950X (10C/20T), 32GB of RAM, and 2 x GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards.
GoPro isn't the only action camera company on the market, with multiple competitors on the market with just as powerful - and sometimes better featured action cameras, with some of them being much cheaper.
How can GoPro compete with that? With their new GoPro Hero 6 Black, of course. There are some unofficial pictures of the new Hero 6 Black online, teasing that GoPro's new action camera shoots 4K video at 60FPS, as well as super slow motion 240FPS video at 1080p.
GoPro is saidti be pricing the new Hero 6 Black at $499, with an announce/release date of September 28 - not far away at all. One of the standout tidbits about Hero 6 Black is that GoPro is reportedly using their own custom processor, GP1. This is a big move for GoPro, because since some of the first Hero cameras used processors from Ambarella.
We will report about the Hero 6 the minute that GoPro announces it on September 28... but the main question is: will you be getting one? Another question I have is: do you use an action camera, and if so: what is it?
Razer already has its Chroma lighting system, showing off its beautiful RGB LED goodness that syncs your RGB LEDs between gaming mice, keyboards, and mousepads - oh and even laptops, and a cup holder.
Well now, Razer has unveiled their new Chroma Hardware Development Kit that uses Chroma-compatible LED light strips that you can add to your gaming PC, or behind your displays and the sides of your desk. The results? Absolutely GORGEOUS.
Razer is selling the full Chroma Hardware Development Kit for $79.99 - currently sold out, which normally includes the base module, and 4 x lighting channels and 2 x LED strips. You can buy additional LED strips with a 2-pack costing $29.99.
Corsair has just unveiled its upcoming Commander Pro system controller, something that will take care of all of your RGB LED lightstrip controllers and fans.
The new Commander Pro is a little black box that requires a SATA power connector, along with a USB 2.0 internal header for data.
Corsair's Commander Pro can handle four temperature sensors, six PWN fans, two LED lightstrips, and two more USB 2.0 internal headers.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now out, with a new behind the scenes video detailing how director James Gunn used the incredible Red 8K Weapon camera.
The team used Red's new 8K Weapon camera for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and it shows, it's an incredibly vibrant and highly detailed result. They could use the Red 8K Weapon camera for handheld close ups, or weird angles and rigs - versus an IMAX camera that is a mammoth beast in comparison.
I've personally seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in IMAX recently, down here in Melbourne, Australia - and I wondered how the movie looked so utterly gorgeous. I knew IMAX quality was great, as I've seen plenty of flicks in IMAX (including Interstellar in 70mm IMAX which was freakin' mind blowing) - but Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is one of the best-looking movies out there - and now we know why: Red's 8K Weapon camera.
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.