DJI Releases the Osmo—A 12MP Handheld Camera With Brushless Gimbal Stabiliser

DJI Osmo
DJI Osmo

Known for their Phantom and Inspire series of drones, DJI has released the Osmo, a 12MP camera mounted onto a 3-axis brushless gimbal that is also capable of taking 4K video.

The camera is the same as the on the DJI Inspire 1’s X3, which has a 1/2.3inch Sony Exmor R sensor. The ISO range for stills is 100-1600, and 100-3200 for video. It has a fixed 20mm lens (35mm equivalent) and supports the DNG raw file format as well.

The sleek handle which the 3-axis brushless gimbal is mounted to contains the camera’s controls for starting/stopping recording, image capture, power, as well as a joystick for controlling the camera’s pan and tilt. A detachable smartphone mount lets you use your smartphone as a viewfinder, since the camera itself does not have one. The camera is also controller via an app on your phone.

DJI claimed that the 3-axis gimbal allows you to take long exposure photos of 2s and longer (“with practice”) with the Osmo without using a tripod. If this is true, it is pretty impressive.Another interesting feature is that the Osmo has an automatic panorama mode which takes 360º photos by having the camera automatically spin in a circle, while staying perfectly level.

Here’s a video introduction of the Osmo, which also features some impressive footage.

The Osmo will be available for US$649 later this month.



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Sony Announces 4K Capable RX100 IV and RX10 II

The next set of cameras from Sony are the RX100 IV and RX10 II, successors to the line of their popular 1″ sensor cameras. The two cameras are mostly identical to their predecessors, with the upgrades coming in the EVF for the RX100 IV, which now uses the XGA resolution found in so many popular cameras, and a new 1″ 20 megapixel sensor for both cameras, which uses a stacked design.

The stacked design is basically a refinement of the back-side illuminated sensor, and further separates the light detecting section from the electronic circuitry, further boosting the light capturing area. The new sensor also has some new tricks, namely in insane read speeds, which allows for 4K video at full sensor readout without pixel binning, up to 960 FPS video (albeit in very reduced resolution), 1/32000 second electronic shutter speeds, and 14 FPS shooting rate for the RX100 IV, and 16 FPS for the RX10 II. Another odd difference is in 4K shooting times: The RX10 II can go up to 30 minutes, but the RX100 IV is limited to just five minutes. Five?

Like the A7R II, all good things come with a price bump: The RX100 IV will now cost US$950, and the RX10 II US$1300. Both cameras will be available next month in July. Picture of the RX10 II after the break. Continue reading Sony Announces 4K Capable RX100 IV and RX10 II

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Broadcast Asia 2014 Begins; YS Gets Booted Out by Panasonic but Finds Solace with Sony

P1020406There are a few trade shows for cameras that stick in most people’s minds, the two that dominate are usually PMA (Photo Marketing Association) and Photokina. With video taking a more prominent focus, the NAB Show (National Association of Broadcasters) is the big one for video and film-making. Well, Singapore has its own show too! BroadcastAsia is now in its 19th year already, and this time round, I paid a visit. As you can see from the above image, it has no problem attracting well-known names. Time was a bit short today so my tour was a bit of a whirlwind one – what you see here represent about 5% of the exhibitors present!

Continue reading Broadcast Asia 2014 Begins; YS Gets Booted Out by Panasonic but Finds Solace with Sony

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Sony Announces A7S – “S” for Sensitivity


This is starting to remind me of a reverse Nikon. Instead of ramping up the pixels with newer cameras a la Nikon with the D800, Sony has gone down to 12 megapixels with the A7S, which boasts an ISO rating of up to 102,400, with a boasted value for 409,600. Seriously, the numbers are getting silly now. Can we just use ISO 100k and ISO 400k respectively? I know I will.

The news with this, I think, is that this is Sony’s first stills camera featuring 4K video. However, to capture, it does require a HDMI recorder, and unlike the Panasonic GH4, it does not offer 10 bit video, only 8 bit. Still some will like the super shallow depth of field in their videos, and the promise of no moire with the sensor dumping all of its data out without line skipping or pixel binning. I wonder if it will lead to some epic rolling shutter effects, the likes not seen since the Nikon D90.

No word on pricing or availability. Again. This is officially now very annoying.

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Panasonic Announces GH4 and DMW-YAGH Module

Panasonic GH4 with X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8

Panasonic has announced the GH4, which is sort of the GH3’s successor (though the GH3 will still be available, at a lower price). The headline feature of the GH4 is, of course, the ability to shoot video at 4K resolution, and in a high bit rate of 100Mbps as well. There are a number of permutations available, including 1080p at 200Mbps, and the ability to set PAL and NTSC frame rates finally, and the usual 24 FPS cinema-style frame rate. Continue reading Panasonic Announces GH4 and DMW-YAGH Module

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