April 2015

THE NEW MEDIUM FORMAT

Canon U.S.A., Inc., introduced not one, but two 5D DSLRs, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R, which both feature 50.6-megapixel, full-frame CMOS image sensors and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors. For the 5DS R, Canon eliminated the low-pass filter, which will give you much sharper images. Targeted more toward still photographers who are looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the new 5DS models allow for large-format printing and large cropping capability while still delivering high-quality images. Video is a bit of an afterthought since the 5DS and 5DS R still only capture in 1080p full HD up to 30p or 720p HD video up to 60p. A creative Time Lapse Movie function takes a continuous series of still photographs and combines them in-camera, creating a full HD movie file. Interval adjustments can be set from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds. The number of shots can range from 2 to 3,600, with a maximum of 2 minutes, 30 seconds of playback time. The DSLRs will be available in June 2015. List Price: $3,699 (5DS/body only); $3,899 (5DS R/body only). Contact: Canon U.S.A., Inc., usa.canon.com.

4K ACTION

Trying to get a piece of the huge GoPro pie, Sony releases the FDR-X1000V, which employs Sony’s brilliant 4K technology in a compact, splash-proof POV camera. You can capture UHD (3840×2160 at 30p, 100 Mbps) that can be played back on a compatible 4K TV directly via HDMI. Perhaps the best new feature is that the X1000V can do a full-pixel readout to create more detail in 4K, as well as creating full HD videos in either MP4 or their higher-quality codec, XAVC S (similar to the Sony RX10 camera). The Action Cam also contains an updated version of Sony’s SteadyShot stabilization technology, Clean HDMI output, wind noise reduction and more manual control (white balance and exposure shifting). Some of the hardware specs include a Zeiss Tessar lens with an ultrawide-angle 170º field of view, a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and Sony’s BIONZ X processor. List Price: $499.99. Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.

A NEW ODYSSEY

Convergent Design‘s new flagship recorder, the Odyssey7Q+ expands on the capabilities of the Odyssey7Q, giving you 10-bit 4K and Ultra HD capture over HDMI, as well as 1080p60. The 7Q+ can record RAW (with Record Options), uncompressed DPX and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), and features an OLED 1280×800 monitor with true blacks, accurate colors, 3400:1 contrast, extended color gamut and 176º viewing angle. The Odyssey7Q+ also contains a number of image-analysis tools like an RGB Waveform and Histogram, False Color, Pixel Zoom with finger drag, three-mode Focus Assist and monitoring LUTs. The Odyssey7Q+ weighs a little over one pound, is only one-inch thick and can run on any power source from 6.5 to 34 volts. For a limited time, the Odyssey7Q+ monitor/recorder will ship with two free 256 GB Odyssey SSDs included. List Price: $2,295. Contact: Convergent Design, www.convergent-design.com.

ADVENTURE DRIVE

G-Technology releases new rugged storage solutions to help keep your data safe in the roughest environments. Compatible with their Evolution Series of external hard drives, the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt 1 TB, G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 1 TB and G-DRIVE ev RaW (500 GB and 1 TB) bring together rugged protection along with G-Tech’s proven performance and reliability features. G-Technology also released Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 all-terrain cases (ATC) for turning the original G-DRIVE ev, G-DRIVE ev RaW or G-DRIVE ev SSD into an ATC storage drive. With the cases, the drives can endure daily wear and tear, with features like a watertight drive compartment (it also floats) and drop resistance. Like all G-Technology external drives, the new rugged storage solutions come with a three-year limited warranty. List Price: $229.95 (G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt 1 TB); $179.95 (G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 1 TB); $99.95 (G-DRIVE ev RaW 500 GB); $129.95 (G-DRIVE ev RaW 1 TB). Contact: G-Technology, www.g-technology.com.

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