If you ever wanted to see slow motion footage of the Apollo 13 Saturn V rocket on liftoff here is your chance. The video uploaded about 5 years ago by Spacecraft Films an aerospace related footage company that has some of the most compelling video on the subject. See http://www.spacecraftfilms.com/blog/ for more information on their footage and usage rights.
There has been a lack of big camera announcements at NAB 2017, with more and more saturation and less camera replacement by TV studios and Filmmakers there is talk of good enough gear already purchased for 4k and 2k/1080p production. The Alexa, RED, Sony F55 and Varicam LT cameras released in the last few years already exceeds most delivery methods in quality and completely obliterates the compressed cable delivery streams for hove TVs.
However manufacturers like Sony & Panasonic have released information about new firmware updates that will improve high frame rate recording on some of their cameras as free updates. This in turn makes for a practical camera line refresh that gives more longevity to the existing hardware while permitting more high speed latitude to current owners.
Blackmagic Design has announced a new camera today. The URSA Mini Pro is a marriage of their higher end URSA camera with the still in the product line URSA Mini. It offers built in ND Filters, 15 stops of dynamic range “which is huge for filmmakers”, tons of ports, in body buttons and controls and easy interchangeable lens mounts.
For our slow motion fans there is not a whole lot offered by the camera but there are some built in features. 60fps in 4k DCI and also at 4.6k full sensor resolution is very useful and keeps the trend with the 4k over-crank frame rates debuted in 2016 on several cameras. The other is 120fps at 2k windowed resolution which is passable but not ideal. However the slow motion on these cameras is high quality and seldom does it have artifacts.
Yesterday Canon unveiled the Canon EOS 77D, EOS T7i & the M6 Mirrorless. Al three are geared to photo enthusiasts and contain a video component that in some ways resembles the releases of other companies from 2014. The real improvement with these cameras comes in the way of dual pixel AF sensors that are able to track in video mode with precision.
The pricing on these cameras is very aggressive with the 77D @ $899.99 body only, T7i for $749.00 body only and M6 with 15-45mm lens for $899. You get a lot of still camera for your money and a somewhat competitive 1080p video camera with up to 60fps in that mode.
The Nikon DL was really the only strong contender in the pro-sumer compact camera line from Nikon to offer fast frame rates if it had shipped. The only other remotely considerable high speed option by the company is the Nikon 1 series in their V and J options which haven’t been updated in a while.
The cancellation of the Nikon DL series was due mainly to technical issues with the image processor which made the company miss the June 2016 target ship date & second, a restructuring effort after the company reported a net loss of ¥831 Million Yen or 7.3 Million US Dollars . This is no small predicament as the company had reported in the same time frame last year a net profit of ¥18.71 billion Yen or $165 Million USD.
It seems DJI is doing the impossible these days to make the competition look bad. They are executing on all cylinders by releasing industry leading products every couple of months now. The latest DJI Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Inspire 2 are so advanced compared to the competition that it really starts to become a monopolistic playing field.
The DJI Mavic Pro is already the most impressive drone when it comes to portability and now the new drones fill the gaps in image quality and performance where the Mavic Pro simply can’t compete. GoPro has already recalled the GoPro Karma Drone due to loosing power while hovering without warning posing a risk down below. If these DJI drones are solid, then other makers have to step up their game fast.