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Lumix GH6 will do 120fps 4k & maybe more!

Lumix GH6 Panasonic

Panasonic unveiled in May the GH5 Mark II which is a slight refresh of the venerable m4/3rds GH5 with live streaming, better dynamic range in video, better AF algorithms, and slightly better IS on a very similar body with just a few cosmetic red buttons and rings for refresh purposes.  The slow motion remains at 180fps VFR at 1080p and 60p at 4k on the GH5 II since it is using the same sensor and imaging engine. It is a better overall camera than the original but a mild refresh nonetheless. 

That brings us to the pre-announced GH6 which is an in-development camera that aims to refresh the entire Micro 4/3ds line in Panasonic and aimed at professional video users.  It sports a new sensor, new imaging engine, new body and new technologies yet to be disclosed.  According to rumors, this camera should be able to keep micro 4/3rds alive for another five years delivering an array of video and photo features that will set it apart much like the original GH5 carved a place in camera history. We have also received rumored specs that may or may not pan out regarding frame rates which we find somewhat credible.  → Continue Reading Full Post ←

fps4000 first 480fps 4k Footage Revealed!

fps4000 first 480fps 4k Footage

Warning: The parent company of FPS cameras “The Slow Motion Camera Company Ltd.” went out of business and entered liquidation proceedings. No further development of cameras is expected. More information here on Google Search

It’s been a while since we’ve covered the fps4000 camera mainly due to development time taking longer than initially estimated. However, Graham Rowan the engineer behind the camera has now posted the first 4k 480fps footage shot in RAW on the fps4000 camera which uses a sophisticated memory arrangement on the onboard super-fast flash RAM to be able to record lengths of time unimaginable before on slow motion cameras at high resolution.

This camera is a very different kind of technology from regular high-speed cameras that record to volatile DRAM.  The fps series records to flash chips that are soldered to the mainboard and allow a variety of frames rates and resolutions depending on the sensor used but all is saved on the flash memory as a non-volatile stream of data.  Modern SSD chips are so good at re-allocating reading and writing bits that the life of the components is now measured in decades of regular use instead of a few years.  The fps4000 is using this technology fully to enable memory bandwidth magnitudes greater at a significantly reduced cost.

fps4000 first 480fps 4k Footage:

First UHD video from the fps4000
3840 x 2160 resolution 
480 frames per second

The Blue & Yellow Macaw video above shows the quality you can expect from full RAW DNG capture on the fps4000 camera at it’s higher-spec of 1280GB SSD £5,000 British Pounds plus Shipping and taxes. The fps4000 in 4k is also sold as a 1/2 speed 250fps maximum 4k UHD camera with 640GB SSD at a lower price of £3,500 British Pounds plus Shipping and taxes.  You can clearly see the 4/3 sensor used is delivering excellent quality even with 3.9µ pixels. Notice the 720 version on the same sensor size has a 13.5µ  pixel size which should prove to be outstanding in low light.

Also, note that the camera is able to record 60 full seconds of slow motion at 4k UHD 480p full resolution. This type of recording length is unmatched in any professional high-speed camera solution. We have only seen this type of rec length on custom lab camera systems and it usually involved a fast SSD disk array with fiber channel connections.

Here are the fps4000 configurations:

The lens options are varied with the Micro 4/3 mount as you can use any m4/3 adapter to Canon, Nikon, Minolta, Pentax, and other systems.

We should be able to test a review fps4000 unit in the not so distant future. Shooting 4k 480fps will create a mountain of data that will probably need an expanded drive array. The quality, however, will be worth every bit of space.  -HSC

For more information on the fps4000 line of cameras and an order page you can go to the official website at: https://www.slomocamco.com/cameras/

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Z E2 Camera Rumor of 4k 120fps!

Z E2 Camera

The Z Cam E1 which delivered excellent quality 4k footage from a tiny package and was able to do 720p 240fps frame rates “at less than ideal quality”, however,  a new Rumor from 4/3 Rumors here shows a Twitter message that hints at a new Z E2 m4/3 camera that is able to do 120fps at full 4k resolution.  If this turns out to be true it could yield further performance improvements in 1080p and 720p along with higher quality that could be usable.

As far as linear specs go a 120p 4k pipeline could in theory yield 480fps 1080p and 960/1000fps 720p without going out of spec. As we have come to know over the years, however, it is usually wrong to extrapolate these specs to the maximum possible metric as the sensor or memory could be bottlenecks that limit the performance. So this rumor could have some legs to it and NAB 2018 could be the show that makes 4k 120p a regular feature for cameras.

Z E2 Camera What We Want In Specs:

  • 12-16MP 4/3 sensor
  • 24p,30p & 60p 4k UHD
  • 120fps 4k Slow Mo
  • 240fps 1080p
  • 480fps 720p
  • 2hr Battery Life
  • 12-14 stops of Dynamic Range
  • Full electronic m4/3 lens compatibility
  • Clean High Sensitivity up to ISO 25,600

So the list above sounds pretty much like a wishlist and it is. So take that with a scoop of salt.  If we finally get the 120p 4k spec in a  camera under 1k that delivers quality then we expect it to do very well in the market.   That said NAB 2018 in early April may turn out to be an excellent announcement show with cameras from specialized markets to wide release expected to be shown and or announced. Slow Motion should also be prominently displayed which will probably show the usual big players show their wares.

Below you can see the 240fps 720p quality of the current Z E1 Cam which is not ideal. Will we see a big increase in quality? only time will tell.

Z Camera E1 by Finepoint 240fps 720p 2:35 time:

Seagull crash landing in slow motion Z-CAM E1 240 fps by BlueNoite:

Z Camera E1 Water Balloon Exploding 720P @ 240FPS by aussiemikeysaru: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III has 120fps 720p Mode!

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III Slow Motion

The new Olympus OM-D E-M10 III release has for the first time introduced for the line some sort of slow motion feature. While not much it should be noted that Olympus has the best 5 axis image stabilization in-body system when it comes to jitter reduction and overall look.  Even while running or walking the camera does an admirable job.

The Panasonic GH5 has a similar system but Olympus still has the edge in performance by having much less shake with their patented solution. This is great for shooting video and this camera with 4k recording is probably one of the most stable handheld solutions for shooting UHD. The addition of a 720p 120fps mode while not ideal; is great to have especially if stabilized.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III Video Modes:

CODEC : MPEG-4, H.264

Recording Formats:

  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM*
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 25p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 24p / 14 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III Slow Motion:

Considering the camera has only 14 Mbps at it’s disposal for H.264 720p capture, it probably is very restrictive for the quality expected for the mode.   Even doubling the rate at 28Mbps, 120fps will probably have a hard time distributing it to 7Mbps at 30fps.   We will have to wait and see what it looks like in the end to be able to judge first hand.

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MARK III: First Look with Gavin Hoey by Adorama:

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Hands-on First Look Review by Park Cameras: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Jvc LS300 Firmware 4.0 Outputs 4k 60p!

Jvc LS300 Firmware 4.0

The JVC GY-LS300 camera had a firmware update last year that permitted the camera to shoot at 120fps full HD. Now the company is releasing a new update that adds the capability of recording of 4:2:2 (8-bit) 4K @ 24/25/30p video to internal storage. The camera previously only recorded at 4:2:0 color space.  Not only that, the camera now can output to the Ninja Inferno external recorder a 4k UHD stream at 50p or 60p for 4k slow motion goodness.

The Version 4.0 firmware upgrade is free of charge for all current GY-LS300 owners and will be available in late May.  This camera seems to continue to be supported by JVC due to its popularity and seems, for now, to be their best bet to offer a camera that competes with the Sony FS5 or Panasonic DVX 200 for example with a low price of around $2600 USD.

The Firmware update will be ready by the end of May 2017 and this link will direct you to it: JVC GY-LS300 Information Page!

JVC LS300 Slo-Mo Demo 120fps Firmware Update from 2016 by LeRoy Candelaria:

JVC LS300 Firmware 4.0 Press Release:
GY-LS300CH w/Ninja Inferno GY-LS300CH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW FIRMWARE FOR JVC GY-LS300CH CAMERA
ADDS 4K 4:2:2 RECORDING AND 60P OUTPUT
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Manfrotto Befree Live New King Of Portable Video Heads!

Manfrotto Befree Live

The new Manfrotto Befree Live Tripod Fluid-head may be the most ultra-portable and quality video ready fluid head out there.  Before this new model was introduced the Manfrotto 128RC and 128LP heads dominated this space. However the new model has smoother movement along with locking features that bring the line to more modern designs.  There is a big need for compact video heads which can be used with smaller slow motion capable cameras like DSLRs, Sony RX100, Sony RX10, Micro 4/3rds and Action cams.

With the miniaturization of camera gear the days of the old and heavy but dependable fluid head are nearing an end. When the tripod can be carried alongside a small camera bag in a very portable fashion; the amount of usable footage will increase due to the amount of shots set up with it due to simplicity and little fuzz.

Manfrotto BeFree Live Specifications:

Fluid Head Specifications:

  • Base: 40mm flat base
  • Camera Plate: Includes Manfrotto 501PL Sliding Quick-Release
  • Plate with 1/4″-20 Screw
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs (1.8kg)
  • Payload: 8.8 lbs (4kg)
  • Panning Range: 360 degree
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Bubble Level: Yes
  • Weight: 0.8 lb (0.4 kg)
  • Minimum Height: 17″ (43cm)

Tripod Specifications:

  • Maximum Height 50.5″ (128cm) with center post down , 59.5″ (151cm) with center post raised.
  • Folded Length: 16.5″ (40cm)
  • Material of Construction: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 3.8″ (9.7cm) height
  • Weight: 3.9 lb (1.8 kg)

As you can see the portability and weight of the Manfrotto BeFree Live are extraordinary for a fluid drag system. The head itself just weights 0.8 lb (0.4 kg) which is almost feather-like.  When you add the tripod it weights just 2.2Kg or 4.85 lbs-  pounds. However you can use your current tripod just as well as the fluid head sports a standard 3/8″ screw mount system.

The head comes with Pan and Tilt locks as-well as adjustment for the handle position with a simple thumb screw which makes it much easier to adjust in the field.

We were big fans of the Manfrotto 128RC and 128LP Micro fluid heads and this new one at $99 USD for the head and $239.99 for the BeFree Live Tripod+Head combination seems like a great option for hiking, DSLR and ILC compacts and any slow motion gear that you need to mount on the go.  We used the edgertronic camera in a 128LP head with great success but this new fluid drag system is even more stable when tilting, panning or mixing both.

Be aware that since the total weight of the tripod and head of the Be Free Live system is under 5 lbs (2.2kg)  you will need to add a sandbag for more stability if needed with loads above 8lbs. This is expected with such a lightweight setup so plan accordingly. We briefly tested the tripod at a store and the motion and fluid drag were very good. It seems as good as the previous models but with all the advantages of new drag control and lighter weight.

You can already order the fluid Head and System from Amazon.com and or Adorama below:

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The videos below show users of the new BeFree Live from Manfrotto giving it an honest review, check out their sites also by clicking on the link above each video:

Manfrotto BeFree Live Tripod Hands-On Field Review by Raiatea Arcuri:

Manfrotto Befree Live Fluid-head Tripod REVIEW and TEST FOOTAGE by OrangeBulletStudios:

Manfrotto Befree Live Tripod Review by The Travel Vlogger:

If you do get a Manfrotto Be Free Live fluid head or tripod be sure to comment on your experience below this post. Your experiences help inform others. Thank you- HSC!

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