Compacts and Camcorders Sat, 18 Nov 17 18:14:58 -0700 Compacts and Camcorders en-CA GoPro Hero 6 - from rumours to delivery Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:56:33 -0600 EspenB 17457@/talks/discussions image

Canon XF400 and XF405 4K 60fps Camcorders Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:12:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17717@/talks/discussions image


Sony AX700 - finally AX100 replacement Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:26:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17755@/talks/discussions image


Announcement in October.

Canon had some edge, but not for long.

Light L16 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:52:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13908@/talks/discussions

Very strange product of startup that seems to be running out of investments.

  • $1299 price.
  • Allows to adjust focus and depth of field even after a photo is taken up to F1.2
  • 35-150mm true optical zoom (huh)
  • Good low light performance
  • Low noise
  • Uses only 3 fast prime lenses
  • Up to 52MP interpolated images
  • Sixteen 13-megapixel camera modules at three different focal lengths – 35mm (5), 70mm (5) and 150mm (6)

Sony FDR-X1000V: Better than GoPro? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:21:45 -0600 markr041 13387@/talks/discussions Testing sites agree that the 4K video from the Sony FDR X1000V has noticeably higher resolution than that from the GoPro Hero 4 Black, and that this is in part due to the higher bitrate (100Mbps versus 50 or 60 Mbps).

The Sony also has other advantages over the GoPro:

  1. You can use it without the waterproof case, and it still has water resistance. The body has a standard tripod hole. The GoPro outside the waterproof case cannot be mounted on anything without an extra cost frame, and it is not weather resistant at all.

  2. The Sony built-in mic is stereo, and the audio recording in XAVC S mode is uncompressed and higher (in specs) than CD quality. The fact that you can use the camera without the waterproof housing, even in the rain, also means that the audio will not be muffled.

  3. Digital stabilization in HD mode.

  4. Buit-in GPS (accurate time automatically).

  5. Time code.

The attributes that are worse:

  1. Lower dynamic range, although this has not been as systematically tested, with most reviewers using the default Sony ‘Vivid’ color setting, which ups saturation and contrast (crushed blacks). It may be that in “Natural’ mode the dynamic range is better.

  2. Bluish tint (as opposed to the GoPro yellow tint).

I have also found that the Sony, like all darn Sony cameras, overexposes. That can contribute to blown highlights and video that looks like it has low dynamic range.

Indeed, the out-of-camera 4K video does not look very good, precisely because of overexposure and the blue. But both can be corrected, either in post or by using AE shift in the camera along with manual WB.

I shot a test video in 4K at 100Mbps using the Sony in its default modes. I was horrified by the video. But, by merely reducing luminance and correcting WB in post (using a white reference) I thought the resulting video looked very good. The video was shot while it was raining and used without the waterproof case (you can hear the drops and see in one clip a droplet on the lens). The audio quality can be assessed as well, with passing cars (l to r) and bird calls and songs.

Here is the test video I shot and edited (as described above - no grading, just correcting):

To give an idea of the difference between the ooc video and the end result, here are two frame grabs: one from the ooc video and the other corrected in post (from the uploaded video):



YI 4K+ 4K 60fps camera official topic Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:45:25 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16192@/talks/discussions image

  • IMX377 sensor
  • Ambarella H2 SOC, 14nm video processing/encoding
  • 7 layers of glass lens, 155° FOV
  • 2.19” touch screen, 640*360 screen
  • 4K 60, 50, 30, 25fps, 2.7K (16:9) 60, 50, 30, 25fps
  • 4000x3000 30, 25p, 1080P 120, 100, 60, 50, 30, 25p
  • up to 120Mbit modes
  • Voice command technology
  • RAW shooting for stills
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) for 4K 30p
  • Live streaming
  • Compatible to all YI 4K acessories
  • USB 3.0 Type-C port (up to 40Mbps speed)
  • Available at

Full specs


YI Technology, the leading, international provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, today announced plans to unveil the YI 4K+ at CES 2017, the first action camera to capture 4K photos and videos at 60 frames per second (fps). The company also plans to fly the YI Erida drone, the world’s fastest tricopter, for the first time live in the U.S.

“2016 has been a whirlwind of product launches including several new action and home security cameras, the YI Erida drone, our first mirrorless camera the YI M1, as well as an exciting partnership with Google to develop a virtual reality camera rig,” said Sean Da, CEO of YI Technology. “CES 2017 is an important milestone for us as we look to demonstrate our full product line and reveal novelty solutions. As a challenger brand in the changing imaging technology market, we are constantly looking for ways to push the boundaries and set new standards for the global industry.”

Based on the award winning YI 4K, the YI 4K+ is the third action camera in YI’s successful line of high quality and affordable solutions. The faster frame rate of 60fps is double that of competitor’s products and allows for more realistic, high quality video content.

YI will demonstrate its full line of connected imaging technology solutions, including the YI Erida drone, YI 4K+ Action Camera, home security cameras, dash camera, and the professional grade mirrorless camera, the YI M1, at two different locations during CES 2017:

Pepcom’s Digital Experience!: Wednesday, January 4, 7pm – 10:30pm PT, The Mirage Hotel The Sands, Tech West: January 5-8, Booth #46324

To schedule a one-on-one briefing with an executive from YI Technology, please contact:

Olympus TG-5 topic Sat, 20 May 2017 07:23:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16974@/talks/discussions image

Apple IPhone 8 Plus cameras Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:19:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17814@/talks/discussions image



"The dual camera module size is 21.0 mm x 10.6 mm x 6.3 mm thick. Based on our initial X-rays it appears the wide-angle camera uses optical image stabilization (OIS), while the telephoto camera does not (the same configuration as iPhone 7 Plus).

The wide-angle Sony CIS has a die size of 6.29 mm x 5.21 mm (32.8 mm2). This compares to a 32.3 mm2 die size for iPhone 7’s wide-angle CIS.

We do note a new Phase Pixel pattern, but the big news is the absence of surface artifacts corresponding to the through silicon via (TSV) arrays we’ve seen for a few years. A superficial review of the die photo would suggest it’s a regular back-illuminated (BSI) chip. However, we’ve confirmed it’s a stacked (Exmor RS) chip which means hybrid bonding is in use for the first time in an Apple camera!"

Panasonic TZ90 ZS70 camera topic Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:49:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16756@/talks/discussions image


  • Small 20.3mp MOS sensor (total number of pixels - 21.1 million)
  • 24mm starting, 30x zoom lens
  • Touch panel LCD monitor with 180 degree tilt
  • Built-in viewfinder with 0.46× magnification and 1,166,000 dots resolution
  • "4K Photo" "4K Selphie" modes
  • Post Focus and Focus stacking
  • 112.0 × 67.3 × 41.2 mm
  • 322 g (including battery and memory card), 280 g (body only)
  • June 15, 2017 release
  • $447
  • Available at

Video modes

  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 24 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60i / 17 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Dolby Digital
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 28 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 20 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p / Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p / 10 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
Sony PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80 camcorders Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:35:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17756@/talks/discussions image


October announcement.

We see same approach as Canon - universal body.

Canon VIXIA GX10 4K UHD 60fps Camcorder Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:06:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17715@/talks/discussions image


  • 1″ CMOS sensor
  • Dual pixel AF
  • 15x 4K optimized 25.5-382mm f/2.0-4.5 optical lens, multiple aspheric elements.
  • 5-axis image stabilization, optical and electronic Dynamic IS
  • Dual DIGIC DV 6 i
  • Wide dynamic range
  • 3 built in ND Filters
  • 0.24 inch EVF and LCD touch panel
  • MPEG4
  • XF-AVC
  • 4K UHD
  • 4:2:0 8bit 60p, 50p, 24p
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 5 assignable buttons, including one on the lower left corner of the touch screen (touch assignable button)
  • Detachable handle that has two XLR terminals that record two channel AAC or 4 channel 16 bit
  • Output via HDMI 4K is 4:2:0 8 bit, in full HD 4:2:2 10 bit
  • Built-in mic, and a 3.5 inch stereo terminal
  • Built in wifi for remote operation
  • Small wireless remote that operates several features (start, stop, zoom)
  • Firmware update will support XF-AVC recording
  • 5.3in (l) x 3.8in(h) x 8.4in(d)
  • 40.5oz and 40.3oz respectively
  • $2499
  • Available in November 2017
  • Preorder
Xiaomi Yi 4K Action topic Fri, 06 May 2016 23:20:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15053@/talks/discussions Specs

Nikon Coolpix P900 83x Ultrazoom Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:58:35 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12510@/talks/discussions image

  • 16MP CMOS sensor
  • 83x 24-2000mm optical zoom
  • 3.0" Vari-angle LCD display with 921K dots
  • 7fps Continuous Shooting
  • EVF
  • Side Zoom Control Button
  • Dual Detect Optical VR (Vibration Reduction)
  • 1080p HD Video
  • Stereo Audio Recording
  • Time Lapse
  • 0.012-second Shooting Lag Time (at max wide-angle)
  • Wi-Fi & NFC
  • GPS
  • Available for $596 at


Yi Lite Camera Sat, 16 Sep 2017 20:33:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17776@/talks/discussions

It is 1080p60 only, but cheap.

DxO ONE for your iPhone, 1" sensor and F1.8 lens Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:59:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13211@/talks/discussions image



  • 13.2 x 8.8 mm 20.2MP sensor, BSI
  • Video - only 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 120fps (H.264)
  • 32mm F1.8 lens
  • Focus range: 20 cm – Infinity
  • 1/8000 to 15s shutter
  • lack of OIS
  • Tiny OLED screen with settings display, touch control
  • Shoots raw images
  • microSD UHS-I U3 support
  • 108 grams
  • 2.65” x 1.9” x 1”
  • Works with iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iOS 8 or later
  • $479 at

See more at

Casio Grenade G-SHOCK G'z EYE Action Camera Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:31:41 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17959@/talks/discussions image


  • 6.9MP 1/2.3" back illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Can survive falling from up to 4 m
  • Water resistant up to 50 m
  • Dustproof with IP 6 X standard
  • Stand low temperatures up to -10 ° C
  • Ultra wide-angle lens - 190.8 ° (photos) / 170.4 ° (videos)
  • Slow motion mode
  • Black color only
  • October 27, 2017 release
  • Compatible with accessories - Remote controller “GEC – 1”, liquid crystal controller “GEC – 10”, smart watch “WSD – F 20”


Xiaomi Yi Action Camera Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:18:53 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12509@/talks/discussions
  • Ambarella A7LS image processor
  • 16 megapixel Sony Exmor R BSI CMOSsensor
  • F2.8 155 ° super wide-angle lens
  • Three-axis gravity sensor
  • 1080P 60fps/ 1080P 48fps / 1080P 30fps / 1080P 24fps / 960P 60fps / 960P 48fps / 720P 120fps / 720P 60fps / 720P 48fps / 480P 240fps
  • Audio - Dual-channel, 96KHz sampling, 92dBA SNR.
  • Photo - 4608×3456 maximum resolution
  • Time lapse - 0.5S / 1S / 2S 5S / 10S / 30S / 60S
  • $64 price in china, slightly higher in their international shop

    Xiaomi Mijia 4K action camera Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:55:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17590@/talks/discussions image

    • 1/2.5″ 8MP Sony Exmor sensor, IMX317
    • 7 glass lens 145-degree wide angle lens
    • Ambarella A12 processor
    • 4K – 3840 x 2160p (16:9) – 30 fp, 1080p – 1920 x 1080p – max. 100 fps, 720p – 1280 x 720p – max. 200 fps
    • Supports time-lapse and slow-motion shooting modes
    • Supports nine scene photo modes
    • Six-axis EIS: three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer
    • WiFi: IEEE802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth Version: 4.1
    • 1450 mAh exchangeable battery
    • 71.5 × 42.7 × 29.5 mm; 99g.
    • $122 with GBCE coupon at
    Canon G1X Mark II, a 1.5" sensor RX10 competitor Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:49:23 -0700 imdjay 9594@/talks/discussions image


    • Large 1.5-type Canon CMOS sensor
    • 12.8 Megapixel images (3:2) and multi-aspect shooting
    • Fast f/2 aperture and a max ISO 12,800
    • Ultra-wide 24mm, 5x zoom lens
    • DIGIC 6 processing and Intelligent IS
    • 31-point AiAF and MF Peaking
    • Dual Control Rings and touch-screen operation
    • Wi-Fi with remote shooting and Image Sync
    • Optional electronic viewfinder
    • 14-bit RAW
    • $799 price

    The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II raises performance and quality to new heights in a compact, brilliant design. Featuring a huge, 1.5-inch 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, a powerful DIGIC 6 Image Processor and an all-new 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilizer and a circular, 9-blade aperture for stunning blurred backgrounds, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II delivers the outstanding image quality you would expect with a digital SLR camera but in a portable, Wi-Fi and NFC enabled package.

    Canon 1.5-inch, 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
    Almost as large as the APS-C CMOS sensor found in many EOS digital SLRs, and bigger than those found in 4/3 system cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II's sensor sets the standard for sensitivity and resolving power in compact cameras. Each cell area is 4.5x the size of those found in 1/1.7 type sensors and is thus able to capture more light at the pixel level. This means better detail, even at higher ISOs, with minimal noise and distortion and, thanks to the sensor's wide cell pitch, breathtaking dynamic range. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera natively captures images in the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is the same as Canon EOS SLR cameras. The PowerShot G1 X Mark II also features a new Aspect Ratio function, enabling RAW image capturein both 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios while maintaining the same angle of view.


    Available at:

    Canon XA11 Camcorder Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:10:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17716@/talks/discussions image

    Specs soon

    Nikon Coolpix W300 Wed, 31 May 2017 06:36:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17061@/talks/discussions image

    GoPro Hero 5 Black and GoPro 5 Session topic Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:44:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15471@/talks/discussions image

    Black Specifications

    • 4K 30fps, 2.7k 60fps, 1080p120
    • 6 elements, aspherical lens
    • electronic stabilization only
    • 62mm x 44.6mm x 33.7mm
    • Battery - 1220mAh, 3.85V
    • 118g with battery, 90g without
    • USB-C port, HDMI output port
    • MicroSD card usage, UHS-I compatible
    • 802.11ac support for Wi-Fi
    • Bluetooth 4.1 LE
    • GPS
    • Cloud connected
    • Internal mono mike
    • $399, 429 EUR Available at October 2nd,


    Session specifications

    Ricoh WG-50 rugged compact camera Fri, 26 May 2017 03:51:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17022@/talks/discussions image

    • A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional)
    • Two remote control receptors (one in front and another in the back) to widen signal coverage
    • Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimetre
    • High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds
    • Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject’s smile is detected
    • Outdoor friendly Style Watch function to display the time on the LCD monitor
    • Delay-free, push-button start of the playback mode, using an extended push of the playback button
    • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
    • A choice of 12 digital filters
    • Pet detection function to automatically detect the face of a cat or dog
    • $276
    • Available at


    GoPro Hero 6 coming Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:29:13 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17682@/talks/discussions

    HERO6 and Fusion Cameras On Track for 2017

    "Strong demand combined with our cost management and margin initiatives contributed to GoPro's EBITDA positive performance in the second quarter. HERO6 and Fusion, our 5.2K spherical camera, are on course to launch later this year and we continue to track toward our goal of full-year, non-GAAP profitability in 2017."

    Andoer AN7000 4K action camera, below $100 sale Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:53:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17680@/talks/discussions image

    • Stabilization with 1920*1080 30/60fps and lower modes
    • 4K(3840x2160) 30fps 16:9 / 4K(3840x2160) 25fps SuperView / 1920x1080 120fps 16:9 / 1920x1080 100fps 16:9 / 1920x1080 60fps 16:9 / 1920x1080 30fps 16:9 /1280c720 240fps 16:9 / 1280x720 200fps 16:9
    • Time Lapse Video: OFF / 1s / 2s / 5s / 10s / 30s / 60s
    • HDMI output 1920x1080P 60HZ; PAL 1920x1080 50HZ Output
    • USB 2.0 port
    • 3.7V 1050mAh Li-ion Battery, 3.8Wh
    • 6.1 * 4.2 * 2.3cm
    • 79g
    • $97.66 with HPAD97 coupon at


    GoPro Hero4 cameras official topic Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:00:07 -0600 Rambo 11397@/talks/discussions GoPro HERO4 Black


    GoPro HERO4 SIlver


    Old HD3+ now becomes the HD4 Hero Silver with a few additions.

    • NEW - integrated Touch LCD screen on the rear.
    • NEW - Battery door on bottom of the GoPro
    • NEW - Settings button in place of Wifi button the side of the camera
    • NEW - Front LCD now has record and Wifi lights.
    • Same physical size
    • Has rear Bacpac port
    • LCD sleep ( save battery)
    • 4k-30
    • 2.7k-60
    • 12MP Stills - with own settings menu and NightLapse has intervals from 15s to 60m
    • Bluetooth capabilities
    • GPS, Environmental data (temperature, etc)
    • Internet streaming (secondary GOPs)
    • Many other features unconfirmed to be announced - Available 15th Oct regional based.
    Kodak PIXPRO SP360-4K action camera Mon, 07 Sep 2015 07:37:39 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13669@/talks/discussions image


    • 12 megapixels, BSI CMOS sensor
    • Fixed focus lens (f/2.8) that takes 360° spherical images
    • Viewing options: Dome (235°), Front, Global (360°), Ring, Segment (180° front and 180°rear) or Panorama mode
    • High speed videos 1280 x 720 (120fps); plays back with normal 50fps speed.
    • 4K HD videos in 2028 x 2028 (50fps) (not 4K, in fact)
    • Dimensions/weight: 46.5 x 50 x 53 mm/121 g
    Canon PowerShot SX730 HS camera Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:08:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16690@/talks/discussions image


    What GoPro optics are the same? Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:33:14 -0700 Brumbazz 16485@/talks/discussions Does anyone know, what GoPro optics are the same: focal length, sensor, and distortion?

    My guess is that most GoPro cameras have similar optics and maybe even similar sensors (at least in size), and that the differences mainly lie in processing and/or a sensor update with identical resolution. Without actually knowing, I expect GoPros 3-5 and Session 4-5 to be identical, maybe even including the budget GoPro Hero.

    Can anyone confirm, or refute any of this?

    I only have the Hero4 Black myself, but I have had most of the GoPro cameras at one point.

    Sony X3000 Action Cam - Optical Stabilization in 4K, and AS300 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:18:49 -0600 markr041 15265@/talks/discussions image