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iPhone 13 is years behind in Slow Motion!

Apple has finally announced the iPhone 13 which may be one of the most underwhelming refreshes of the handset in many years. While there is a lot of new stuff, nothing added is really groundbreaking in the way previous phones have awed when it comes to features in imaging. It is certainly a clear refinement of nearly every aspect of the hardware and software with better low light gathering and a first for a phone the addition of ProRes recording at 1080p and 4k 30p depending on the phone storage spec.

There are neat features like rack focusing which allows for AI-assisted machine learning depth of field selection based on people’s faces whenever their eyes are visible and or enter or exit the frame.  It is kind of gimmicky as it seems to do away with precise manual control of the feature but this is yet to be explored fully by reviewers. When it comes to Slow Motion capture, we have essentially no change for the 4th year in a row! → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition Serious SlowMo!

Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Motorola Mobility now an arm of the Lenovo Corporation has just announced the Moto Z2 Force Edition which is the next iteration of their Z Force original from 2016 which was a Verizon only product. The phone while somewhat popular never really gained enough market share to become important in the high-end smartphone space. The Z2 Force retains the unbreakable screen design which uses a protective plastic top layer before the glass.

The Z2 Force retains the unbreakable screen design which uses a protective plastic top layer before the glass. However, that layer is not scratch proof.  The Phone also retains the Moto Mods capability like the Hasselblad Mod which transforms the phone into a real zoom compact camera. The good news is that this time the Slow Motion has been beefed up to compete with the iPhone and Google Pixel handsets.

Motorola Moto Z2 force Camera Specs:

rear camera

Dual 12MP IMX 386 sensors – 1 Bayer, 1 Clear
Depth detection and depth effects
Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL)
Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF)
Laser Auto Focus
Closed loop actuator
Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash
Professional mode

video capture
  • 4K (30fps)
  • 1080p (30fps, 60fps, slow motion 120fps)
  • 720p (30fps, slow motion 240fps )
  • 480p (30fps)
front camera

5 MP
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Wide-Angle 85° lens
Auto Night mode
Beautification software
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Sony a9 Slow Motion Has Impressive Quality!

Sony a9 Slow Motion

The Sony a9 impressed with its full frame 20fps Stills shooting at  24.2 Megapixels.  It is probably the most groundbreaking camera performance wise we have come across for sports shooters in a decade.  The AF performance is second to none and as recent samples show it is just as good in video mode. Sony has cracked the continuous AF for video performance threshold where it can be used for production. That is no small feat.

What was totally unexpected was that the 120fps slow motion mode at full HD, which has a full sensor downsampling without crop of the 35mm FF sensor, is not only good; but probably the most detailed full HD slow motion mode we have seen in a DSLR or Mirrorless camera to date.

Sony a9 Slow Motion has the Best looking 120fps Full HD footage yet!

We were kind of underwhelmed by the slow motion capping at 120fps when it is using the same stacked sensor technology as the Sony RX series of cameras.  It would have been incredible if it did 240fps in 1080p but that wasn’t in the cards for this generation. What we do have however is the most impressively detailed 1080p 120fps image we have come across outside dedicated slow motion cameras. The image is so good from the oversampled source that the slow motion quality is crisp, detailed, absent of artifacts or moire and so much more.  

For many 1080p shooters like wedding videographers and sports, you want to probably stay in the 120fps mode for the entirety of your shoot. Therefore you can use ramping slow motion in your edit at any time. The quality is jaw-droppingly good and a testament to the technological lead Sony has advanced with Stacked Memory  BSI Sensor CMOS technology.

Sony A9 Review pt.2 – Photos + 4K & 120FPS Video – AMAZING AF by Max Yuryev:

The Video above by YouTuber Max Yuryev “Subscribe Here” shows how the Sony a9 is able to effortlessly record 120fps footage that is smooth, artifact fee, noise free and extremely detailed.

The AF is in another league!

We are extremely impressed by the slow motion quality but that is nothing when the focus is off. Fortunately, the Sony a9 is able to AF in full HD slow motion as well as 4k with perfect results most of the time thanks to it’s ground-breaking 693 Full Phase Detection AF points.

Looking at the frame above the AF coverage of the camera destroys competitors with extreme coverage and performance. The camera is a monster when it comes to AF which is needed when you are shooting 20fps still images for over 10 seconds with the ability to track subjects and keeping them in perfect focus for the majority of the burst.

The Camera is able to AF in Slow motion 120fps mode just as good with easy & smooth transitions that translate also to other frame rates in full HD and 4k video with killer results.

If you are a sport’s shooter and need a 4k camera that can track a subject in full video mode the Sony a9 is the answer you have been waiting for. We are not exaggerating when we say the performance is a notch above everything else on the market today.

Lens Adapters are slow: One thing to keep in mind about Sony E-Mount cameras is that the lens compatibility with Auto Focus falls apart when you steer away from Sony lenses and use electronic adapters. Canon, Nikon, and other adapted AF capable lenses will not perform to the same level when it comes to Auto Focus performance. This means that to get the AF+Video performance you need to change full lens & camera systems.

The Sony a9 5x Slow Motion (120fps) by The Gary Fong Channel:

Ok its great but it is not an a7s!

We have been waiting for the a7s Mark III to be announced by sony for some time. The camera has a lot of expectations to fill when competition by the likes of the GH5 is creating all sorts of video-centric expectations around competitors.

If Sony is able to migrate the stacked sensor technology to the a7s III with the AF performance of the a9 then it will really be the most coveted video-oriented mirrorless camera.  If that is also a chance for sony to introduce 240fps Full HD and 4k 60fps as features of the camera than we see Panasonic having trouble moving GH5 cameras without some sort of price drop.   Sure the a9 is an expensive camera and the a7s III will probably be close to $4k when released but the performance gap will be undeniable.

We only hope Sony is pushing the stacked sensor technology on their upcoming releases as the market is now expecting this type of performance which is miles apart from the competition. Canon, Nikon, Pentax & Panasonic better have something to counter the stacked sensor tech from Sony but our best bet is they will have to use Sony’s own sensors in many of their cameras. Innovation, in the end, can bring huge market shifts and Sony is holding the trump card for now. -HSC

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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Has 4k 60fps!

DJI’s refresh of the Phantom 4 is a mid-range model that sits between the Standard Phantom 4  & Phantom 4 Pro.  It has either a few features left out from the Pro and or some added from the standard model that make it into a category of it’s own.  The camera however seems to be identical the the Phantom 4 Pro which supports 4k at 60fps.

The UHD 60fps video spec is finding it’s way into more and more products as it becomes popular on video social media sites like Youtube and Vimeo.  Consumers expect the ability to have some slow motion capability on 4k without dropping resolution to 1080p or 720p. However the 120fps spec at 4k might take a few more years to become commonplace due to data rates which will push storage requirements and tax processing capabilities.

Phantom 4 Advanced Camera Specs:

Sensor 1’’ CMOS
Effective pixels: 20M
Lens FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 – f/11 auto focus at 1 m – ∞
ISO Range Video:
100 – 3200 (Auto)
100 – 6400 (Manual)
100 – 3200 (Auto)
100- 12800 (Manual)
Mechanical Shutter Speed 8 – 1/2000 s
Electronic Shutter Speed 8 – 1/8000 s
Image Size 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078
Image FRAME Size 4096×2160
Still Photography Modes Single Shot
Burst Shooting: 3/5/7/10/14 frames
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias
Interval: 2/3/5/7/10/15/20/30/60 s
Video Recording Modes H.265
C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
4K:3840×2160 24/25/30p @100Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @65Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @80Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @50Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60p @65Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @25Mbps
HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @35Mbps
HD:1280×720 120p @60MbpsH.264
C4K:4096×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
4K:3840×2160 24/25/30/48/50/60p @100Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 24/25/30p @80Mbps
2.7K:2720×1530 48/50/60p @100Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 24/25/30p @60Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 48/50/60 @80Mbps
FHD:1920×1080 120p @100Mbps
HD:1280×720 24/25/30p @30Mbps
HD:1280×720 48/50/60p @45Mbps
HD:1280×720 120p @80Mbps

As you can see from the specs above you get slow motion in 1080p Full HD 120fps with H.264 codec but not with H.265 which is limited to 60fps. The processing requirements of H.265 are so high for encoding and playback that current solutions are simply not fast enough to work at higher than 60fps frame rates. The same issue is also present in 4k modes as the H.265 while a more efficient codec it drops support for 60fps all-together.  If you want to use the higher frame rates on this drone you will have to use H.264 as your codec of choice.

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Launch Video:

In our view H.265 while a more efficient and modern codec with support for better frame motion prediction, compression and detail retention ; makes for a heavy burden on camera systems today. When new faster encoders surface with good battery life to boot, we expect H.265 to take the crown for all types of capture devices. Computers, tablets and phones will also need to support H.265 playback natively which is now hard to edit and play back on most systems.

Phantom 4 Pro: Slow-Mo Test – Same as Phantom 4 Advanced by Billy Kyle:


So what is new and what has been taken out?  From DJI:

1. What are the main differences between the Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Advanced?

The Phantom 4 Advanced’s updated camera shoots 4K/60 fps video at a bitrate of 100 Mbps and stills at up to 20 megapixels. It can be used with an optional integrated monitor for even more reliable transmission. Operators are empowered with a new suite of Intelligent Flight Modes.The maximum flight speed of the Phantom 4 Advanced is slightly higher than the Phantom 4 when flying in P-mode. The maximum flight time is extended to 30 minutes, the transmission range is extended to 7 km, and the obstacle sensing range is increased from 15 m to 30 m.

2. What are the main differences between the Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced?
The Phantom 4 Advanced inherits most of the functions of the Phantom 4 Pro. However, in order to increase affordability, unlike the Phantom 4 Pro the Phantom 4 Advanced does not have rear vision sensors and two infrared sensors in its Flight Autonomy system. Also, its remote controller does not support the 5.8 GHz frequency band and Tapfly Backward has been removed.

Phantom 4 Advanced is NOT worth it | Compared to Phantom 4 Professional by Jeremy Judkins:

So why not just get a Phantom 4 Pro?

For $150 dollars difference we definitely recommend going and buying the Phantom 4 Pro instead of the new Advanced.  The Video by Jeremy Judkins above makes a very compelling case to skip this new drone entirely.

  • Phantom 4 Advanced $1349.00 MSRP
  • Phantom 4 Pro$1499.00 MSRP

The fact that you get reduced sensors by stripping the back and sides of the drone; only offering bottom and front sensors which is reminiscent of the DJI Mavic a much smaller and cheaper alternative.  Also the 2.4Ghz frequency is all you get in the Advanced with the Pro offering the 5.8Ghz Band as an option.  There is no question your drone longevity will go further with the Pro model.

The cameras are the same in the Pro and Advanced models so that is something to consider if you do not mind the lower specs on the sensors and frequencies.  However if your drone collides and or looses connection you will be glad the Pro version had more safeguards to make that possibility less likely.

The original Phantom 4 is now discontinued so the Advanced and the Pro are your only options. You can get it from DJI store directly below or Amazon.com with the Phantom 4 Pro which is a much better deal at $1424.  

Buy Phantom 4 Advanced Directly from the DJI Store Here!

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Galaxy S8 1000fps Rumor!

Galaxy S8 1000fps

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the most anticipated Android phone announcement of 2017.  The latest rumors suggest that the phone will feature fast DRAM attached to the camera module sensor package in a similar way to Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium announcement last month. This is the same technology that is present on the Sony RX Camera series.

It is unclear if this sensor will be the same one in those Sony phones since it probably uses similar technology. Also unknown are the final imaging specs when it comes to higher frame rates but we have some guesses.

*Update March 29th 2017: The Galaxy S8 >>>will not have 1000fps mode see here<<<*

Galaxy S8 1000fps Spec?

Sony’s implementation of the technology allows for up to 1000fps 1080p capture from the sensor into their DRAM package on the SoC. Therefore the maximum implementation of current technology has to be that limit.  If Samsung is using the Sony DRAM imaging sensor package for the Galaxy S8 we could see 1080p 1000fps for the high end phone. See videos below of it in action!

Girl blowing bubbles by Xperia XZs 960fps by mobile01:

There is a problem however and that is the Xperia XZs and XZ Premium from Sony that were announced at MWC this year. Those phones have the technology built in but with a limit on resolution and record time. Both phones have a 1 second recording limit along with only 720p resolution at 960fps.   Not ideal but still pretty impressive. Still we don’t see Samsung releasing more capable Sony hardware that will steal sales away from Sony using their own technology on the XZ Xperias.

Xperia XZs 960pfps super slow motion 720p by mobile01:

Possibility #2:

If Samsung is not using the Sony Sensor and they are instead using their own Samsung  Exynos 9 Series 8895 Chipset couples with another sensor; then the phones could theoretically shoot 120fps at 4k and 1000fps at 1080p.   This is part of the rumor also since the Galaxy S8 sensor will be 12MP instead of the Sony’s XPeria XZ Premium’s 19MP IMX400 chip.

S8 Rumored Camera specs:

  • 12MP imaging sensor Main Back Camera!
  • 1000fps Video recording
  • Propietary Sensor and DRAM Module.
  • 8MP Front camera
  • Second 3.7MP IRIS Frontal Scanner Sensor

We are extremely interested in what Samsung will bring to the forefront here and if they release a 1000fps capable phone and in 1080p resolution then there will be shock-waves across the higher frame rate market for a long time. Competition is heating up!

The Galaxy S8 will be unveiled March 29th in New York and London simultaneously.  We’ll see if these rumors are true and we finally have a 1000fps quality phone in our hands. -HSC

Samsung Galaxy S8 Product Image Was Posted by Evan Blass at: https://twitter.com/evleaks

Galaxy S8 Hints Better High Frame Rates!

Galaxy S8

The Samsung Note 7 was an unmitigated disaster for Samsung last year and continues to have a lasting effect on many consumers when deciding for a phone.  However Samsung according to recent disclosures on the causes of the battery fires on the Note 7 has now learned a lot from these mistakes and has pushed forward with innovative handsets scheduled for this year.

Chief among these new handsets is the Galaxy S8 which should provide a much expected upgrades and new features to the most sold Android phone worldwide.  The spec that interests ups more that anything is the capability of shooting ever faster frame rates at higher resolutions.

Galaxy S8 Rumored Specs: “Main Source GSM Arena Here”
S8 Main Camera:
  • 12 MP, f/1.7 Lens, 26mm focal length
  • 1/2.5″ sensor (Smaller than Google’s Pixel)
  •  1.4 µm pixel size
  • Phase detection autofocus
  • OIS
  • Duo Tone LED flash
Other Features: -geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video Spec: 2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps , HDR Video, dual-video recording feature.
Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, dual video call, Auto HDR

As you can see the Samsung Galaxy S8 rumors hint at the 4k 60fps spec for the first time in a smartphone and it will bring 120fps 1080p and 720p 240fps which matches the iPhone 6s, 7 and Google Pixel’s dominance spec. If no other phones increase frame rates the Galaxy S8 will become the most full featured slow motion capable phone when released by April 21st this year.

Other Galaxy S8  important phone features:
  • Screen 1440 x 2960 pixels (~568 ppi pixel density)
  • Android OS – v7.0 Nougat
  • 5.8 inches (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Adreno 540
  • Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted)
  • 24-bit/192kHz audio
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Rumored Design Leak video below: “Could Be Fake”:

Samsung Galaxy S8 ALIVE!!! by XEETECHCARE:

We will have more information on the Galaxy S8 as the release approaches. It is certainly an exciting phone from a slow motion perspective and makes for the first time our list for competitive slow motion sice the specs have finally reached the top tier competitors and exceeded them with 4k 60fps! -HSC

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