What else is new?

→ DJI announced Inspire 1: a new quadcopter capable of capturing 4K video and transmitting the HD video signal to multiple devices straight out of the box (check pricing, specs and availability at Adorama and B&H).

Sigma dp1 Quattro Digital Camera
→ The Sigma dp1 Quattro camera is now in stock.

Spend over $450 on a Gitzo tripod by 12/31/2014 and get $150 prepaid Visa giftcard (rebate form).

→ Amazon prime members now have free unlimited photo storage that also includes RAW files.

Phase One announced new A-Series medium format "mirrorless" camera. Additional information is available here.

JVC GY-HM170 4KCAM Compact Professional Camcorder JVC GY-HM220 4KCAM Streaming CamcorderJVC GY-LS300 4KCAM handheld S35mm Camcorder
→ Three new JVC 4KCAM professional camcorders were announced: GY-HM170, GY-HM220 and GY-LS300.

Sony IMX189AEG sensor with active pixel color sampling
→ New Sony 1.5-inch 4.85MP IMX189AEG 9.78um x 4.89um pixels with global shutter sensor leaked online: it can record 6K video @ 240fps and 2K @ 16,000 fps, it also features "Active Pixel Color Sampling" and each pixel can sense three RGB colors. Keep in mind that this sensor will be used in future Sony Xperia Z4 smartphones and there is no indication for now if this technology will move over to the camera business.

Lytro announced a platform called Lytro Development Kit (LDK) which will be available for companies to develop custom light field cameras and applications. The pricing starts at $20,000.

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  • D800GUY

    That new medium format “mirrorless” is something to keep an eye on, if its as its said to be priced and it performs well, it could be a killer!

    • I agree, the industry needs something new to start generating sales and excitement.

      • Global

        Who is the leader in DIGITAL Medium Format sales right now? Not “the best” — just who is selling the most these days?

        This body is “cute” for lack of a better word (the grip and bulbous reticle viewfinder). Wonder why they don’t have an Electronic viewfinder option..?

        This is what I thought Pentax would make.

        • Stuart E. McConaghy

          I would hope that Pentax is at least exploring the possibilities of a digital 67ii.

          • sperdynamite

            If someone would make a sensor for it I think they would. However for now the 67 lenses mount via an adapter to the 645z/d and work pretty well, considering the crop factor.

          • Stuart E. McConaghy

            True. I’ve always been drawn to the form factor of the 67 and similar bodies. A digital MF with that sort of Pentax 67/Mamiya 7 form factor would be very appealing to me. Hopefully to others, too.

          • I hope such a thing doesn’t come about for Pentax’s sake. The 67’s full of vibrations…

            Also seeing how long it has taken for sensor sizes to improve, I hope you’re not holding your breath oh the arrival of a 6×7 sensor.

            What’s wrong with a Contax or a Hasselblad you can get now? Gets the job done too well? 🙂

          • Stuart E. McConaghy

            I never had many problems with vibrations when I still had a Pentax 67 (or rather, the agency I worked for). I have an RZ67 already, so my medium format lust is satisfied at least as far as film goes, but I’d like something more portable than a conventional Hassy/Phase One style system, even if it has a crop sensor. I don’t expect to see a 6×7 sensor anytime soon.

          • Harry

            He is an old alcoholic 🙂

          • Then look in to Leica S2 for digital or a Fuji GF/GW series on film.

      • Zos Xavius

        Its really nothing new to be honest. You’ve long been able to buy alpa bodies and match them with mf backs. Also the price on this will be stratospheric. Alpa does not come cheaply.

      • PeteD

        i agree wholeheartedly.
        We need a new Canon Impossible campaign.

      • a-traveler

        This cute little camera will cost more than a new car.

    • El Aura

      It won’t be cheaper than an IQ back alone, ie, $30 000.

  • Fiatlux

    There is no way that new Sony sensor would fit in a smartphone. 1.5″ is roughly four-third size!

    • SH*T666

      If Panasonic could cram a 1″ sensor in the CM1, then using a 1.5″ sensor maybe is also possible. But I´d much prefer to see such a sensor in an affordable compact cinema camera with full connectivity.

    • Oberoth

      Although not mentioned here, i full expect this sensor to be curved so wouldn’t need anywhere near the large optics like the CM1.

      But i agree i don’t think this sensor will be in any phone, if not only because the ‘average’ customer will just see mp going from 20mp to 14.55mp, they will struggle to understand this.

  • Jarret O’Shea

    About Amazon Prime: they’re not kidding when they say unlimited. I uploaded around 360GB of photos with no problems. That said, I was slightly disappointed it wouldn’t accept the xmp files that go with my RAWs, and the upload speed was slow–took 3 straight days of uninterrupted uploading on my 50/50Mbps connection. Also, there don’t appear to be options for organizing the collection or automatically backing up folders on your computer. Still, it’s “free” for anyone who already had Prime, and fairly inexpensive even if it’s the only part of Prime you use.

  • saywhatuwill

    That medium format camera looked great until I saw the cell phone for the display. Of course it won’t work with a Windows phone.

  • Martin Francis

    I don’t think this is the Medium Format Mirrorless we’re waiting for…

  • a-traveler
  • Spy Black

    Those JVCs are interesting.

  • King of Swaziland

    16000 FPS sounds more like specialty use in a Ultra-High Speed Video cam than smartphone use.

  • fitz

    how does a 4.85Mp sensor record 6k? does the “Active Pixel Color Sampling” enable that with full RGB for every pixel?

  • Obi Wan

    These aren’t the drones you’re looking for

  • That’s a pretty nice cash-back deal on the Gitzos, but they’re top dollar. I have a 1, 2 and 5 series. Even my 1 series costed even more than the $450 minimum.

    By the way, how do you say that? Here in Switzerland, I’ve heard it pronounced JZI-zoh.

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