Compacts and Camcorders http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/compacts/feed.rss Sat, 22 Jul 17 10:44:35 -0600 Compacts and Camcorders en-CA Nikon Coolpix W300 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17061/nikon-coolpix-w300 Wed, 31 May 2017 06:36:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17061@/talks/discussions image

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Light L16 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13908/light-l16- Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:52:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13908@/talks/discussions

Very strange product of startup that seems to be running out of investments.

  • $1299 price.
  • Allows to adjust focus and depth of field even after a photo is taken up to F1.2
  • 35-150mm true optical zoom (huh)
  • Good low light performance
  • Low noise
  • Uses only 3 fast prime lenses
  • Up to 52MP interpolated images
  • Sixteen 13-megapixel camera modules at three different focal lengths – 35mm (5), 70mm (5) and 150mm (6)

https://light.co/camera

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YI 4K+ 4K 60fps camera official topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16192/yi-4k-4k-60fps-camera-official-topic Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:45:25 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16192@/talks/discussions image

  • IMX377 sensor
  • Ambarella H2 SOC, 14nm video processing/encoding
  • 7 layers of glass lens, 155° FOV
  • 2.19” touch screen, 640*360 screen
  • 4K 60, 50, 30, 25fps, 2.7K (16:9) 60, 50, 30, 25fps
  • 4000x3000 30, 25p, 1080P 120, 100, 60, 50, 30, 25p
  • up to 120Mbit modes
  • Voice command technology
  • RAW shooting for stills
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for 4K 30p
  • Live streaming
  • Compatible to all YI 4K acessories
  • USB 3.0 Type-C port (up to 40Mbps speed)
  • Available at https://www.amazon.com/YI-Action-Camera-60fps-Waterproof/dp/B01CW4B2P8/

Full specs https://www.yitechnology.com/actioncamera/specs/id/11

Official!

YI Technology, the leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, today announced plans to unveil the YI 4K+ at CES 2017, the first action camera to capture 4K photos and videos at 60 frames per second (fps). The company also plans to fly the YI Erida drone, the world’s fastest tricopter, for the first time live in the U.S.

“2016 has been a whirlwind of product launches including several new action and home security cameras, the YI Erida drone, our first mirrorless camera the YI M1, as well as an exciting partnership with Google to develop a virtual reality camera rig,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology. “CES 2017 is an important milestone for us as we look to demonstrate our full product line and reveal novelty solutions. As a challenger brand in the changing imaging technology market, we are constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries and set new standards for the global industry.”

Based on the award winning YI 4K, the YI 4K+ is the third action camera in YI’s successful line of high quality and affordable solutions. The faster frame rate of 60fps is double that of competitor’s products and allows for more realistic, high quality video content.

YI will demonstrate its full line of connected imaging technology solutions, including the YI Erida drone, YI 4K+ Action Camera, home security cameras, dash camera, and the professional grade mirrorless camera, the YI M1, at two different locations during CES 2017:

Pepcom’s Digital Experience!: Wednesday, January 4, 7pm – 10:30pm PT, The Mirage Hotel The Sands, Tech West: January 5-8, Booth #46324

To schedule a one-on-one briefing with an executive from YI Technology, please contact: YITechnology@blancandotus.com

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GoPro Hero4 cameras official topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11397/gopro-hero4-cameras-official-topic Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:00:07 -0600 Rambo 11397@/talks/discussions GoPro HERO4 Black

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GoPro HERO4 SIlver

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Old HD3+ now becomes the HD4 Hero Silver with a few additions.


  • NEW - integrated Touch LCD screen on the rear.
  • NEW - Battery door on bottom of the GoPro
  • NEW - Settings button in place of Wifi button the side of the camera
  • NEW - Front LCD now has record and Wifi lights.
  • Same physical size
  • Has rear Bacpac port
  • LCD sleep ( save battery)
  • 4k-30
  • 2.7k-60
  • 12MP Stills - with own settings menu and NightLapse has intervals from 15s to 60m
  • Bluetooth capabilities
  • GPS, Environmental data (temperature, etc)
  • Internet streaming (secondary GOPs)
  • Many other features unconfirmed to be announced - Available 15th Oct regional based.
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Xiaomi Yi Action Camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12509/xiaomi-yi-action-camera Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:18:53 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12509@/talks/discussions
  • Ambarella A7LS image processor
  • 16 megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI CMOSsensor
  • F2.8 155 ° super wide-angle lens
  • Three-axis gravity sensor
  • 1080P 60fps/ 1080P 48fps / 1080P 30fps / 1080P 24fps / 960P 60fps / 960P 48fps / 720P 120fps / 720P 60fps / 720P 48fps / 480P 240fps
  • Audio - Dual-channel, 96KHz sampling, 92dBA SNR.
  • Photo - 4608×3456 maximum resolution
  • Time lapse - 0.5S / 1S / 2S 5S / 10S / 30S / 60S
  • $64 price in china, slightly higher in their international shop
  • http://www.xiaomishop.com/234-original-xiaomi-yi-sports-camera-.html

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    Xiaomi Yi 4K Action topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15053/xiaomi-yi-4k-action-topic Fri, 06 May 2016 23:20:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15053@/talks/discussions Specs

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    Kodak PIXPRO SP360-4K action camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13669/kodak-pixpro-sp360-4k-action-camera Mon, 07 Sep 2015 07:37:39 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13669@/talks/discussions image

    Specs

    • 12 megapixels, BSI CMOS sensor
    • Fixed focus lens (f/2.8) that takes 360° spherical images
    • Viewing options: Dome (235°), Front, Global (360°), Ring, Segment (180° front and 180°rear) or Panorama mode
    • High speed videos 1280 x 720 (120fps); plays back with normal 50fps speed.
    • 4K HD videos in 2028 x 2028 (50fps) (not 4K, in fact)
    • Dimensions/weight: 46.5 x 50 x 53 mm/121 g
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    Canon PowerShot SX730 HS camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16690/canon-powershot-sx730-hs-camera Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:08:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16690@/talks/discussions image

    Specs

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    What GoPro optics are the same? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16485/what-gopro-optics-are-the-same Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:33:14 -0700 Brumbazz 16485@/talks/discussions Does anyone know, what GoPro optics are the same: focal length, sensor, and distortion?

    My guess is that most GoPro cameras have similar optics and maybe even similar sensors (at least in size), and that the differences mainly lie in processing and/or a sensor update with identical resolution. Without actually knowing, I expect GoPros 3-5 and Session 4-5 to be identical, maybe even including the budget GoPro Hero.

    Can anyone confirm, or refute any of this?

    I only have the Hero4 Black myself, but I have had most of the GoPro cameras at one point.

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    Olympus TG-5 topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16974/olympus-tg-5-topic Sat, 20 May 2017 07:23:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16974@/talks/discussions image

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    Panasonic TZ90 ZS70 camera topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16756/panasonic-tz90-zs70-camera-topic Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:49:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16756@/talks/discussions image

    Specs

    • Small 20.3mp MOS sensor (total number of pixels - 21.1 million)
    • 24mm starting, 30x zoom lens
    • Touch panel LCD monitor with 180 degree tilt
    • Built-in viewfinder with 0.46× magnification and 1,166,000 dots resolution
    • "4K Photo" "4K Selphie" modes
    • Post Focus and Focus stacking
    • 112.0 × 67.3 × 41.2 mm
    • 322 g (including battery and memory card), 280 g (body only)
    • June 15, 2017 release
    • $449
    • Preorder at https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DC-ZS70K-Megapixel-Flip-Front-Vario-Elmar/dp/B071R6JRZZ/

    Video modes

    • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Dolby Digital
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Dolby Digital
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Dolby Digital
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
    • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
    • 1280 x 720 @ 120p / Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
    • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
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    Sony X3000 Action Cam - Optical Stabilization in 4K, and AS300 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15265/sony-x3000-action-cam-optical-stabilization-in-4k-and-as300 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:18:49 -0600 markr041 15265@/talks/discussions image

    Specs

    http://www.sony.jp/actioncam/products/FDR-X3000/

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    $63 Wimius 4K Action Camera L1 - Sample clips http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17130/63-wimius-4k-action-camera-l1-sample-clips- Sun, 11 Jun 2017 19:20:34 -0600 PauloTeixeira 17130@/talks/discussions I was contacted by Wimius asking if I'd like to test their L1 action camera and post my stuff online. I obviously said yes. Was also told that I can keep it. Link to the unit can be found in the description on the videos. Here's a brief un-boxing video. It comes with a water proof housing, 2 batteries and lots of mounts.

    Here's some 1080p60 sample videos that I took today. Before you watch the videos, you'll need to keep in mind that the camera is $63. If you want an action camera with very high quality, something like the Yi 4K+ is recommended.

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    GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro 5 Session topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15471/gopro-hero-5-black-and-gopro-5-session-topic Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:44:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15471@/talks/discussions image

    Black Specifications

    • 4K 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 1080p120
    • 6 elements, aspherical lens
    • electronic stabilization only
    • 62mm x 44.6mm x 33.7mm
    • Battery - 1220mAh, 3.85V
    • 118g with battery, 90g without
    • USB-C port, HDMI output port
    • MicroSD card usage, UHS-I compatible
    • 802.11ac support for Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 4.1 LE
    • GPS
    • Cloud connected
    • Internal mono mike
    • $399, 429 EUR Available at October 2nd, http://shop.gopro.com/Marketing/hero5/hero5-black/CHDHX-501-master.html


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    Session specifications

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    ThiEYE T5e Action Camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17127/thieye-t5e-action-camera Sun, 11 Jun 2017 02:56:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17127@/talks/discussions

    Price - around $115 at

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/ThiEYE-T5e-WiFi-4K-30fps-Action-Camera-12MP-2-inch-TFT-LCD-Screen-1080P-Sports-Camera/32813773966.html

    Comparison

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    Best camera with fixed (e.g. non-interchangeable) lens? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17115/best-camera-with-fixed-e.g.-non-interchangeable-lens Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:55:15 -0600 StudioDCCreative 17115@/talks/discussions So, I've found out that one of my favourite events to shoot at has unified their camera policy for non-media accredited photographers (like me). While this eliminates a lot of historic confusion about what kind of camera was allowed (for some years it was the amount of zoom, for others it was total focal length, for some it was size of camera, etc...) the new policy is absolutely inane: "no removable lens".

    I've not even begun to look at cameras without a removable lens to figure out which ones are any good. The ones I'm currently aware of that might quality for "still moderately decent" are the LX10/100, the RX10MkXX (unsure which models are any good), RX100mkXX (same), and a whole bunch of 1/3" cameras like the G9X and such, which I'm not really interested in since their still photo quality is IMO pretty crap.

    So, for those of you who have actually USED these cameras for anything, which stand out as worthy of consideration as a great value for an excellent image? I'm not as concerned with having a superzoom as I am with the following:

    1. Great photo and video image quality (e.g. RAW, 422 8-bit 4k or even better for 1080p only cameras, good codecs, good colour science).
    2. A very fast aperture, f/2.8 for an APS-C sensor or f/2 for anything smaller.
    3. An intuitive UI including button location, body feel in hand, etc.
    4. VERY fast power-on-to-shoot time.
    5. Good manual focusing, or failing that, stunning in-body AF with touchscreen tracking.
    6. The ability to take filters.

    I'm not as concerned with:

    A. Battery life. B. Weight or size, although something enjoyable to shoot is important. C. An EVF (so long as it has a tilt-screen at the very least). D. An ultra-ultra wide end (wider than 24mm full-frame) or a super-telephoto (greater than 100mm full-frame equivalent) is not necessary for me, although it would be a plus. E. Total megapixels, so long as it's equal to or greater than 12.

    Can any of you geniuses point me in the right direction?

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    Samsung S8, same camera, double the price http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16657/samsung-s8-same-camera-double-the-price Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:23:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16657@/talks/discussions

    • Usual flagship smartphone.
    • Usual amoled screen
    • More RAM
    • Same camera as in S7 (not superb stacked one used in Sony smartphones)
    • Hiked price
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    Ricoh WG-50 rugged compact camera http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17022/ricoh-wg-50-rugged-compact-camera Fri, 26 May 2017 03:51:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17022@/talks/discussions image

    • A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional)
    • Two remote control receptors (one in front and another in the back) to widen signal coverage
    • Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimetre
    • High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds
    • Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject’s smile is detected
    • Outdoor friendly Style Watch function to display the time on the LCD monitor
    • Delay-free, push-button start of the playback mode, using an extended push of the playback button
    • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
    • A choice of 12 digital filters
    • Pet detection function to automatically detect the face of a cat or dog

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    JVC JVC GZ-R550 and GZ-R440 waterproof camcorders http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16962/jvc-jvc-gz-r550-and-gz-r440-waterproof-camcorders Thu, 18 May 2017 05:41:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16962@/talks/discussions image

    GZ-R550 Specs

    • 32GB Internal Memory
    • QUAD-PROOF Body
    • 5H Internal Long-Life Battery
    • 40x Optical Zoom (60x Dynamic Zoom)
    • 2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor
    • AVCHD Progressive Recording
    • SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot
    • Compatible with Portable Battery and USB Charging
    • KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS
    • FALCONBRID Image Processing Engine
    • 10 Megapixel Stills
    • 3.0-inch Full Screen Touch Panel
    • Enhanced Advanced Image Stabilizer
    • Face Detection / Touch AE/AF
    • Time Counter Recording / Time Counter Playback
    • Self Check REC/PLAY
    • Time-Lapse REC
    • 24Mbps High bit rate Recording
    • Auto Illumi. Light
    • Zoom Position Memory and Built-in Zoom Mic
    • 1920 x 1080/60P Output
    • 37mm Filter Thread
    • Color availability: [Matte Black]
    • $499

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    GZ-R440 Specs

    • 4GB Internal Memory
    • QUAD-PROOF Body
    • 5H Internal Long-Life Battery*
    • 40x Optical Zoom (60x Dynamic Zoom)
    • 2.5M Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor
    • SD/SDHC/SDXC Card Slot
    • Compatible with Portable Battery** and USB Charging
    • KONICA MINOLTA HD LENS
    • FALCONBRID Image Processing Engine
    • 10 Megapixel Stills
    • 3.0-inch Full Screen Touch Panel
    • Enhanced Advanced Image Stabilizer
    • Self Check REC/PLAY
    • Time-Lapse REC
    • 24Mbps High bit rate Recording
    • K2 Technology in REC Mode
    • Zoom Position Memory and Built-in Zoom Mic
    • 1920 x 1080/60P Output
    • 37mm Filter Thread
    • Color availability: [Matte Black] [Orange]
    • $399
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    Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15765/kodak-pixpro-4kvr360- Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:29:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15765@/talks/discussions image

    Specifications:

    • Two 20MP BSI CMOS s
    • Front lens - 155 degrees F2.4 aperture
    • Second lens - 235 degrees F2.4 aperture
    • Two modes - normal 4K video from front lens or 360 degree video
    • Autostitch works at 15pfs, computer based - 24fps
    • 4 build in mikes
    • Splashproof, 2m shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof
    • Connector for external mike
    • Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
    • MicroSD card slot supporting 128GB cards
    • Available - January 2017
    • $499
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    Sony Cyber-shot HX350 topic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16228/sony-cyber-shot-hx350-topic Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:52:11 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16228@/talks/discussions image

    Specs

    • 20.4 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
    • 50x optical zoom Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens (24-1200mm equivalent)
    • Optical steady shot, with Intelligent Active Mode
    • Lock-on AF and Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
    • 3" screen (921k dots)
    • EVF: TFT with 201k dots
    • Full HD video recording 50p, 50i, 25p, 24p
    • P/A/S/M shooting modes
    • 300 shot battery life

    PR

    • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 50x optical zoom and 100x Clear Image Zoom[i] for awesome close-ups
    • Shoot like a pro with manual controls and electronic viewfinder in a compact DSLR-style body
    • Back-illuminated Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with 20.4 effective megapixels and BIONZ X™ image processing engine
    • Optical SteadyShot™ and Intelligent Active Mode for smooth, stable stills and Full HD movies
    • Sharp, speedy focus of moving subjects with Lock-on AF and DMF (Direct Manual Focus)

    From expansive landscapes to exotic wildlife and family portraits: every scene’s covered with the Cyber-shot HX350 high-zoom camera from Sony.

    Discerning photographers graduating from smartphone snaps will love the mix of easy-to-use features and DSLR-inspired styling. Fitting beautifully in your hand, the HX350 packs big camera performance into a compact body – for limitless creative possibilities with a fixed lens.

    You’re good for any shooting situation, with the ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens offering a huge 50x optical zoom range – corresponding to 24mm wide angle to 1200mmsuper telephoto (equivalent in 35mm format).Clear Image Zoom doubles maximum magnification to a breathtaking 100xi, bringing distant buildings, people and animals jaw-droppingly close.

    Camera shake is the enemy of high-zoom shooting, as any pro knows. Optical SteadyShot cuts handheld wobbles for crisper stills, rapidly shifting a group of lens elements to correct for the slightest hand tremors. Intelligent Active Mode keeps Full HD videos equally sharp and blur-free with Sony’s proprietary frame analysis technology.

    Enthusiasts will be impressed by the high-resolution back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with 20.4 effective megapixels and speedy BIONZ X image processing engine. Even if you’re shooting handheld indoors or in low light, you’ll value crisp, low noise images and pristine Full HD video footage.

    The easy to use Cyber-shot HX350 is loaded with serious shooting options. There’s a manual ring for smooth adjustment of zoom/focus, plus an easily-accessible mode dial and custom button for quick adjustment of favourite settings. And with full P/A/S/M controls, you’ve got all the exposure options you need to craft stunning pictures and Full HD videos. Movie-makers will also welcome the extra detail of a 24p shooting mode that gives footage that authentically cinematic look.

    The choice is yours when it comes to framing shots with confidence. Look through the camera’s high-contrast electronic viewfinder – just like you’d expect on a DSLR – or switch to the manually tiltable 7.5cm (3.0-type) LCD with 921k dot resolution.

    Extra shooting refinements include Motion Shot Video that traces your tennis serve or golf swing as a split-second series of superimposed images. After shooting, connect the camera to your 4K television for a big, beautiful view of your photos. Support for TRILUMINOS™ Colour on compatible BRAVIA™ TVs ensures still shots bursting with vivid, vibrant colours.

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    Old Panasonic HDC-SD1 cameras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2626/-old-panasonic-hdc-sd1-cameras Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:26:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2626@/talks/discussions image

    Available from few sellers for $340 now.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/Camcorders-/11724/i.html?_stpos=&_fcid=168&gbr=1&_localstpos=&_nkw=HDC-SD1&_clu=2

    Many modern camcorders are better :-)
    Including Panasonic ones.
    But I suggest you to try this one.
    It is bigger, quality of manufacturing is better comparing to any modern camcorder.
    3xCCD camcorder, so some advantages are also present.
    Has good mikes, mic input, manual settings (shutter, etc).
    Bitrate is low, really.

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    EKEN H8 PRO/PLUS/H8s - True 4K Actioncam for 120$ http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16535/eken-h8-proplush8s-true-4k-actioncam-for-120 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 04:29:06 -0700 fatpig 16535@/talks/discussions This cam is pretty cool. IMX 117 Sony sensor (used on GoPro 3) and true 4k30p , as well as a load of other good framerates. It supposedly has the same shape as the gopro and is therefore compatible with all accessories. But it comes with every accessory you could imagine already included ( 20 pieces or so) Here is a comparison of the different models: http://elproducente.com/eken-h9-h8-h8-pro-h8-plus/

    And here is a test vs The Xiaomi Yi 2:

    I ordered my H8 Plus (with 720p240 and 1080p60 stabilized) for 119$ on banggood. There is a "ProTune" mod in the works here: https://dashcamtalk.com/forum/threads/eken-h8-pro-finally-real-4k.21605/page-2

    Adding a 36$ 90°FOV lens, and some higher bitrates, this thing is a brilliant bang for the buck! Anyone have any experience with it?

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    Sony FDR-X1000V: Better than GoPro? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13387/sony-fdr-x1000v-better-than-gopro Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:21:45 -0600 markr041 13387@/talks/discussions Testing sites agree that the 4K video from the Sony FDR X1000V has noticeably higher resolution than that from the GoPro Hero 4 Black, and that this is in part due to the higher bitrate (100Mbps versus 50 or 60 Mbps).

    The Sony also has other advantages over the GoPro:

    1. You can use it without the waterproof case, and it still has water resistance. The body has a standard tripod hole. The GoPro outside the waterproof case cannot be mounted on anything without an extra cost frame, and it is not weather resistant at all.

    2. The Sony built-in mic is stereo, and the audio recording in XAVC S mode is uncompressed and higher (in specs) than CD quality. The fact that you can use the camera without the waterproof housing, even in the rain, also means that the audio will not be muffled.

    3. Digital stabilization in HD mode.

    4. Buit-in GPS (accurate time automatically).

    5. Time code.

    The attributes that are worse:

    1. Lower dynamic range, although this has not been as systematically tested, with most reviewers using the default Sony ‘Vivid’ color setting, which ups saturation and contrast (crushed blacks). It may be that in “Natural’ mode the dynamic range is better.

    2. Bluish tint (as opposed to the GoPro yellow tint).

    I have also found that the Sony, like all darn Sony cameras, overexposes. That can contribute to blown highlights and video that looks like it has low dynamic range.

    Indeed, the out-of-camera 4K video does not look very good, precisely because of overexposure and the blue. But both can be corrected, either in post or by using AE shift in the camera along with manual WB.

    I shot a test video in 4K at 100Mbps using the Sony in its default modes. I was horrified by the video. But, by merely reducing luminance and correcting WB in post (using a white reference) I thought the resulting video looked very good. The video was shot while it was raining and used without the waterproof case (you can hear the drops and see in one clip a droplet on the lens). The audio quality can be assessed as well, with passing cars (l to r) and bird calls and songs.

    Here is the test video I shot and edited (as described above - no grading, just correcting):

    To give an idea of the difference between the ooc video and the end result, here are two frame grabs: one from the ooc video and the other corrected in post (from the uploaded video):

    ooc:

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab56/markr041/Sony%20Action%20Cam%202_zpsn7eo6xbo.jpg

    Corrected:

    http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab56/markr041/Sony%20Action%20Cam%202a_zpsyozelqlr.jpg

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    Sony FDR-AX53 4K 2016 camcorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14387/sony-fdr-ax53-4k-2016-camcorder Wed, 06 Jan 2016 02:10:47 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14387@/talks/discussions image

    Specs

    • 1/2.5-inch 16:9 8mp sensor
    • 4K at 30fps and 100Mbit
    • No cropping in 4K
    • 4K timelapse
    • Slo-mo video at 1080p120
    • 20x zoom
    • $999 price
    • Available in March

    http://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/handycam-camcorders/fdr-ax53

    The new FDR-AX53 features a newly developed 20x optical zoom lens with advanced aspherical (AA) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens elements that allow it to produce a crisp, high resolution image within a compact size. The lens also has a ZEISS® T* coating that reduces unwanted reflections and flare.

    The new camera is also equipped with a new image sensor with large pixels (approx. 1.6x larger than previous model) that is optimized for video shooting and delivers beautiful low-noise images in all conditions including low-light scenarios. These two key components – lens and sensor – work together to deliver stunning 4K video.

    The new camcorder also has the acclaimed Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology, which ensures that video output is smooth, stable and blur-free at focal lengths ranging from wide-angle (26.8mm) 3 to the extended 20x optical zoom. Additionally, 5-axis Intelligent Active mode compensates for vibration in five different axes to ensure movie footage is smooth and free of jitters or shake in even the most unstable of conditions.

    Other new features on the FDR-AX53 include an enhanced AF algorithm that achieves approximately 40% faster autofocus speed and more accurate subject capturing, as well as a new microphone structure that collects sound from five different directions to produce sound with about 40% less noise and clearer than the previous model 4. The camera also has Full HD 120fps high-speed recording, allowing it to create superbly detailed slow-motion movies6. It can capture time-lapse images in 4K for high resolution 4K time-lapse video as well.

    For the more advanced videographers, the new 4K camcorder includes an electronic viewfinder for accurate framing plus a customizable manual ring and manual button that can be assigned to key functions like zoom, focus and exposure adjustments and more. The FDR-AX53 is also compatible with time code and user bit functions and can record at an incredibly high bit-rate of 4K 100 Mbps through use of the XAVC S™ recording format, allowing each frame to be filled with astonishing 4K detail.

    Post shooting, 4K video content from the camcorder can be played back directly on a compatible 4K television through the supplied HDMI cable, or in super-sampled Full HD when connected to an HD TV. The new model can also ‘trim’ a selected portion of a 4K video frame to fill the screen with Full HD quality. In this mode, trimming size8 can be changed with zoom lever or on-screen icon. Also, with support of 4K still image capture, users can extract and save 8.3 MP still images from 4K movie footage without impacting the impressive 4K video quality.

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    Panasonic 4K 2015 camcorders - HC-WX970 and HC-VX870 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12107/panasonic-4k-2015-camcorders-hc-wx970-and-hc-vx870- Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:19:57 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12107@/talks/discussions Panasonic HC-WX970

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    Panasonic HC-VX870

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    • Upgrade to last year V770
    • 4k 30fps
    • 1080p120 (p240 via frame interpolation)
    • Same 4 drive AF lens
    • 5 axis optical stab
    • HDR mode (can have issues with motion and do not work in 4K)
    • Remote Shooting / Remote View
    • Real-Time Broadcasting
    • $900 price

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    Panasonic HC-VXF995 and other 2017 camcorders http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16394/panasonic-hc-vxf995-and-other-2017-camcorders Thu, 02 Feb 2017 02:42:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16394@/talks/discussions image

    The three 4K-enabled models come with 20x optical zoom Leica Dicomar lenses, back-illuminated sensors and lightweight, stable bodies, along with 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S+ stabilisation. They include Wi-Fi and Wireless Multi Cam, which can connect with up to three smart devices to record two additional perspectives simultaneously. A 4K Cropping feature allows users to edit 4K videos in-camera after they are recorded, using panning or zooming to crop the frame to produce professional-looking Full HD movies. Other features include Panasonic's Crystal Engine 4K processor and 4K Photo suite. Cinema-like effects include slow & Quick Video recording, Slow Zoom, Slow Motion Video and Dolly Zoom. The HC-VXF995M includes built-in memory and Twin Cam, a physical sub-camera that can record a second perspective.

    The entry-level HC-VXF985M 4K model is priced at AU$999 and will be available in March. The flagship HC-VXF995M has an RRP of AU$1399, while the VXF995 model is priced at AU$1299 (RRP). both are scheduled for release in April 2017.

    The top-of-the-range FullHD model, the HC-V785 (RRP AU$749) features a large, 1/2.3-inch type sensor and 20x optical zoom lens. It comes with a programmable manual dial and creative smooth slow motion video mode.

    Model includes 5-axis Hybrid O.I.S+ stabilisation and an Auto O.I.S. Lock, which engages when scenes require stronger shake compensation. Will go on sale in March 2017.

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    4K Zerotech Rollcap, small camera with internal gimbal http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16375/4k-zerotech-rollcap-small-camera-with-internal-gimbal Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:56:06 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16375@/talks/discussions image

    http://www.zerotech.com/en/rollcap.html

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    Lytro Illum, 1" sensor, 30mm-250mm F2.0 zoom http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10221/lytro-illum-1-sensor-30mm-250mm-f2.0-zoom Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:58:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10221@/talks/discussions image

    Mountain View, Calif. – (April 22, 2014) – Lytro, Inc. revealed today its powerful vision for the future of photography with the unveiling of LYTRO ILLUM, a light field camera and software platform designed to redefine the way we portray the world around us. Built to harness the full power of the light field, the professional-grade LYTRO ILLUM will give photographers a new medium capable of capturing visual experiences in their purest form — not as a static cross-section of reality but an authentic, interactive window into their world.

    The camera paves the way for an immersive brand of storytelling in which images can be brought to life in multiple dimensions through Light Field Photography — a transformative new category that empowers artistic creation and expression beyond what is possible in the 2D world of digital and film. In capturing the color, intensity and direction of every light ray flowing into the camera, LYTRO ILLUM provides a massive amount of visual information that allows photographers to recreate sights and scenes on a truly experiential canvas.

    "With LYTRO ILLUM, creative pioneers — ranging from artistic amateurs to experienced professionals — will tap into a new wave of graphical storytelling. Now artist and audience alike can share an equally intimate connection with the imagery, and, in a sense, jointly participate in the magic of its creation," said Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal. "By combining a novel hardware array with tremendous computational horsepower, this camera opens up unprecedented possibilities to push the boundaries of creativity beyond the limits inherent in digital or film photography."

    To enable such rich, layered compositions, LYTRO ILLUM delivers unparalleled optical versatility by merging custom-built hardware with a powerful software platform. The camera offers a 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom range, constant f/2.0 aperture and a high-speed shutter capable of freezing motion under a wide variety of conditions. After image capture, the innovative software platform empowers photographers to adjust aspects of images that were previously fixed, such as focus, tilt, perspective shift and depth of field, which allows the photographer to create images that will resonate for the viewer not just in one dimension, but in every dimension.

    "My photography style pushes me to look for ways to tell a more compelling story with every image. LYTRO ILLUM gave me that ability by incorporating an interactive element that captures different visual touch points at every depth," said Kyle Thompson, a Chicago-based photographer known for his surreal conceptual style and one of the early users of the camera. "With LYTRO ILLUM, I've been able to make a multi-dimensional image with more perspectives to explore."

    LYTRO ILLUM's totally unique photographic experience reflects the technological revolution around virtual reality and 3D graphics as powerful new storytelling formats in the Digital Age. In the hands of creative pioneers, the camera is a catalyst for a transformational shift in which the world will increasingly look for opportunities to craft a more immersive artistic experience.

    "Light Field Photography is following the classic pattern for a transformational concept," said Lytro founder Dr. Ren Ng. "The original Lytro camera, which launched in 2012, introduced an entirely new era in photography. LYTRO ILLUM will advance this movement to a new level. We are very excited by the potential of this camera to ignite a photography revolution on the magnitude of the transformation from film to digital."

    In addition to enabling post-capture image adjustments, LYTRO ILLUM's proprietary software platform enables users to view images in 3D, build custom animations, export images into common formats like JPEG and share to the Web or mobile devices. LYTRO ILLUM's workflow is also compatible with existing photo-editing suites like Adobe's Photoshop and Lightroom software and Apple's Aperture software, allowing creative pioneers to use the tools they already know and love.

    LYTRO ILLUM Availability

    The LYTRO ILLUM camera will ship starting July 2014 for a retail price of $1,599.

    As part of the launch, Lytro is offering a variety of exclusive opportunities to those who pre-order the camera before July 15. In addition to receiving a specially- engraved LYTRO ILLUM for a special introductory price of $1,499 and an extended two-year warranty, they'll be eligible to join an inner circle of Lytro users with insider access to product development insight and support. Even after the product ships, this nucleus of early adopters will continue to receive ground-floor insight and training from the Lytro team, with opportunities to contribute to exclusive developmental projects.

    As part of their status as early adopters, individuals who pre-order will have the opportunity to submit their own photo series to earn a spot in the Ultimate Lytro Photo Experience — a once-in-a-lifetime trip to shoot alongside a prominent photographer on an all-expense paid photo shoot. The Lytro team and this pro photographer partner will be on hand to provide high-caliber, hands-on training and practice for getting the most out of LYTRO ILLUM. As the larger photography community gets acquainted with this new style of digital art, these early adopters will have an inside edge on techniques for producing cutting-edge Light Field Photography.

    For more information about LYTRO ILLUM, please visit http://Lytro.com/camera. For a demonstration of interactive living pictures, visit the Lytro Picture Gallery here.

    LYTRO ILLUM Technical specs

    • Custom-designed 40-megaray light field sensor
    • 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent)
    • Constant f/2.0 aperture across the entire zoom range
    • 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter
    • Extreme close-focus macro capability
    • Combination of tactile-controls and smartphone-class, articulating touchscreen
    • Dimensions: 86mm x 145mm x 166mm; 940 grams
    • Hot shoe supports all leading flashes

    Software Platform

    • Integrated workflow with leading photo software from Adobe and Apple
    • Interactive depth feedback display
    • Virtual camera controls in post-processing, including aperture focus and perspective adjustments and physically accurate tilt control
    • Instantly displays 3D photos on 3D-capable devices
    • Integrated sharing to leading social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+
    • Library of drag-and-drop cinematic animations,including pan,zoom,focus, perspective shift
    • Adobe's Photoshop and Lightroom software and Apple's Aperture software compatible

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    Olympus TG-Tracker http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15116/olympus-tg-tracker- Tue, 24 May 2016 03:17:08 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15116@/talks/discussions image

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