Should Xiaomi Yi 4k Be Your Next Action Cam

Should Xiaomi Yi 4k Be Your Next Action Cam

For years, GoPro, the company that essentially invented the action cam, has dominated the market.  Their latest release, the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session are testaments to that dominance.  But in recent years, GoPro has been suffering as a business. The long-awaited Karma drone which ultimately had to be recalled because of power instability and the November 2016 announcement of 200+ layoffs has me wondering just how long GoPro is going to continue it’s top dog status.

One contender is the $200 Xiaomi Yi 4K. It’s a feature rich alternative to the Hero 5 Black in many ways, but how well does it stack up in real world use. This video from AuthenTech puts the Xiaomi Yi up against the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session. Check it out and see if the Yi 4k is right for you.

Xiaomi Yi 4K Features:

  • Records 4K/30fps (60mbps),
  • 1080p/120fps,
  • 720p/240fps video
  • 12MP photos using a
  • 155° wide-angle lens with F2.8 aperture
  • Built-in 2.19″ LCD touchscreen with 640 x 360 high resolution
  • Sony IMX377 Image Sensor
  • 7 layers of glass lenses
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) 
  • Rechargeable 1400mAh high capacity 4.4V lithium-ion battery
  • Records up to 120 minutes of 4K/30fps video with a single charge.
  • Built-in Bluetooth and high-speed 5GHz/2.4GHz Wi-Fi support for wireless remote control and the YI Action App for instant photo and video editing
Insta360 Pro is an 8K 360-degree virtual reality camera | $3000

Insta360 Pro is an 8K 360-degree virtual reality camera | $3000

China’s Insta360 has announced its 8K professional virtual reality camera, the Insta360 Pro, to raise the bar for 360-degree VR films.

The company made the announcement at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The 8K-resolution Insta360 Pro camera is designed for shooting 360 films that can be displayed with virtual reality headsets.

The standalone camera can capture 3D images and videos and is also suitable for livestreaming. It is aimed at professional photo and video creators, as well as non-professionals who demand excellence from the camera they use to pursue their creative visions.
Insta360 Pro uses six independent high-definition lenses. It captures 60-megapixel 360-degree 3D stills and supports both HDR and RAW formats to bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a 360-degree camera of this size.

When recording 4K video, the camera supports up to 100 frames per second. In addition, the VR time-lapse mode adds a new dimension to videos, and the live preview function allows users to get the best angle before shooting.

Insta360 uses real-time image stitching technology and offers both H.264 and H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bit rate.

Source: Insta360 Pro is an 8K 360-degree virtual reality camera | VentureBeat | AR/VR | by Dean Takahashi

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 – Official Specs

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH5 – Official Specs

Finally! We’ve all been waiting and now the full specs of the Panasonic #GH5 have been release. Doug Guerra of B&H Photo Video sat down with Sean Robinson of Panasonic to get all the juicy details.

GH5 Core Features

  • 20MP 4/3 MOS Sensor
  • Internal 10-bit 422 4K recording at 400 Mbps, and HD up to 180fps
  • 5 Axis Dual IS Image Stabilization
  • Fully Weather-Sealed Magnesium Body
  • Dual SD Cards Slots with dual card recording
  • Full-size HDMI port for External recording up to 4K (for now)
  • Shares the GH4 Battery
  • Top Hot Shoe Mounted XLR audio I/O
  • Greatly improved Auto Focus
  • Much Better High ISO Image Capture
  • 6k Anamorphic video
  • No Recording Limit.

Look for this camera to ship in March or April of 2017.

For a more detailed look at this now camera, Check out the coverage over at NewsShooter.

What Is The Cinema Camera Mega Test? – BTS with Gear Jones

What Is The Cinema Camera Mega Test? – BTS with Gear Jones

BTS By Bart Johnson Productions

In advance of our upcoming Cinema Camera Mega Test, our good friend Bart Johnson has posted a behind the scenes look at our test setup and he talked cinematographers, Tim Wilson and Derek Allen about the motivations for doing the test, the methodology, and our ultimate goals.

The Final results for the test are scheduled to be posted Feb 1, 2017 #film1feb1.

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DJI Mavic Pro Review For Filmmakers

DJI Mavic Pro Review For Filmmakers

Day One Review

Is the tiny and inexpensive DJI MavicPro up to the demands of serious filmmakers? Brandon Washington’s Day 1 review of this petite, but powerful drone shows what you can expect from the Mavic Pro, right out of the box.

Get Organized in the New Year with Boardfish

Get Organized in the New Year with Boardfish

Storyboarding Made Easy

This year I have resolved to be better organized. I’m redesigning my studio for a more efficient use of space, I’ve set up a system to archive old projects, keeping my edit system lean and powerful. Now with Boardfish comes the promise of better planned an organized shoot.

I’ve used a number of methods to create useful storyboard – Illustrator, Photoshop, spread sheets, pencil and paper, but none have made it easy to deal with the frequent changes of production.  Boardfish promises the flexibility I’ve been looking for.

For pricing and more info, visit the Boardfish website.