QooCam 8K Review – The Best Consumer 360 Camera Yet?

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Apr 082020
 

The QooCam 8K is the world’s first consumer 8K 360 camera. After using it for a few weeks, I can now tell you and show you how it holds up.

We’ve previously covered the specs and promised features of the QooCam 8K a while before it started shipping. There can often be a gap between what is promised, and what is delivered. This is especially true for early adopters of almost any complex, high tech device. It can also be very exciting. The first recipients of the QooCam 8K have been able to follow regular updates to add features and capabilities. That doesn’t stop people being very vocal about things that aren’t working yet of course. Kandao are still rolling out the updates for this camera, and it gets better, and more refined with each one.

A Solid Step Forward for Consumer 360 Video

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update – Bug Fix & 23.98p Added

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Apr 082020
 

Canon has just released a firmware update version 1.1.0 for its flagship EOS-1D X Mark III camera that fixes an issue that would cause the camera to freeze. For filmmakers, this firmware update adds 23.98P frame rate in 4K UHD and FullHD recording modes. Let’s take a closer look.

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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update Version 1.1.0

Canon just released a firmware update version 1.1.0 for its Canon EOS-1D X Mark III that fixes an issue users started to report in March 2020. Indeed, the camera could freeze when the electronic level was set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, and you pressed the shutter button or the AF-ON button. The 1D X Mark III is a high-end (and expensive) camera, and the last thing you want to see is a bug that locks it up. Below is a video that explains the issue.

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Arma Orbital Non-Rotating Front For Lomo And Hawk C-Series Anamorphics

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Mar 112020
 

It’s fairly common for vintage lenses to have their quirks.

Aesthetic quirks are usually embraced, it’s often why a particular lens is a selection in the first place, but mechanical quirks can be a whole different beast.

Some older lens sets require little modification to get up to spec – conforming all front diameters to the same size for ease, or using a thicker focus gear because one of the lenses telescopes a little.

But there are some popular lenses out there that are particularly tricky. Take the Lomo Round Fronts, for example, they telescope (substantially) as you focus and the front of the lenses rotates.

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VAXIS ATOM 600 KV – Wireless Video Module for RED Komodo Announced

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Mar 052020
 

VAXIS has announced that they are working on a new wireless video transmitter for the upcoming RED Komodo. The VAXIS ATOM 600 KV will connect to the camera via a dual Canon BP battery slot and provide a power pass-through for V-Mount batteries. It will offer up to 600ft transmission distance for up to 1080p video signal with less than 0.1s delay.

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Z CAM Electronic ND Filter for Z CAM E2 S6, F6, and F8 Cameras Now Available

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Mar 042020
 

Z CAM eND (electronic ND) Filter is a new product compatible with Z CAM E2 S6, F6 and F8 cinema cameras (EF or PL Mount versions). First introduced during the IBC 2019, the eND filter offers ND range from 1.7 to 6.7 stops in 1/3 stop increments. It is now available for pre-order.

Z CAM eND Filter Unit. Source: Z CAM

Last year during the IBC Show in Amsterdam, we stopped by at the Z CAM booth to talk about their new flagship cameras and we were happy to see the planned optional Electronic ND Filter unit. Make sure to check the video and the article itself.

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FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better

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Mar 022020
 

The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market? 

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Micro Four Thirds Alliance Expands: Venus Optics, YONGNUO & MEDIAEDGE Joining

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Feb 282020
 

The Micro Four Thirds System standard just added a few new members: YONGNUO, MEDIAEDGE and most notably Venus Optics just joined the standard. The latter company is responsible for the well-known Laowa brand. In the year 2008, Panasonic and Olympus originally jointly announced the Micro Four Thirds System. Since then, it has grown to 44 alliance partners, as listed on their https://www.four-thirds.org website.

Lens Collection from the MFT System Standard Group (Credits: Olympus Corporation / four-thirds.org)

Lens Collection from the MFT System Standard Group (Credits: Olympus Corporation / based on an image by four-thirds.org)

Some words about the companies that just joined the formation:

Venus Optics

Venus Optics (i.e. Anhui ChangGeng Optics Technology Co., Ltd., better known under their brand Laowa) is a company that was formed by photography experts and lovers in China in 2013. Since then they have created a wide range of photography lenses with lots of specialized products. Among the newest photography lenses are the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT, Laowa 17mm f/1.8 MFT, Laowa 17mm f/4 Ultra-Wide GFX Zero-D and the Laowa 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO. The newest cine lens is the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens, which according to the company, is the widest t/2.9 lens that unrestrictedly covers full-frame and even vista vision size (larger than full-frame) at the same time. Among these specialty lenses, the brand presumably became best-known for their Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens (our review here). For more information, feel free to take a look at https://www.venuslens.net

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FUJIFILM X-T4 Hands-on Review – The Good Has Just Become Much Better

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Feb 262020
 

The new FUJIFILM X-T4 has just been released, promising to be one of the more interesting cameras to be delivered during 2020. If you are like me, an owner of the FUJIFILM X-T3 who wished for a little extra, then the wait is over. Enhanced performance, combining the advantage of the now discontinued X-1H (stabilised sensor) and articulating LCD screen, can now be found within this newcomer camera. Prepared to be impressed by what seems to be the best all around small and lightweight APS-C sensor camera that can shoot video, currently in the market? 

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Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro Announced – New Generation CineAlta Phones with 5G

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Feb 242020
 

Sony has just announced their new flagship smartphone – the Xperia 1 II. It comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G connectivity, and the 21:9 CinemaWide 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED display. The phone has three 12MP rear-facing cameras (16mm, 24mm, and 70mm) and many useful functions for photographers and filmmakers. Sony has further announced the development of a new Sony Xperia Pro for professionals. Lastly, they have announced the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 II.

Xperia 1 II Smartphone announced. Source: Sony

Last year in July, my colleague Johnnie tested the Sony Xperia 1 phone with Sony’s “Cinema Pro App”. Now, the Japanese electronics giant has announced a new generation flagship phone – the Xperia 1 II. What are its features and specs?

Sony Xperia 1 II

The Xperia 1 II (Mark II) is Sony’s new flagship smartphone. It will feature the Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity, a 4.000mAh battery with wireless charging, and USB Type-C connector. It comes with IP65/68 water resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides.

When it comes to memory, the phone has 8GB RAM, 256GB internal storage and it supports microSDXC memory cards with up to 1TB capacity. Good thing is that, unlike most competitors, Sony decided to keep the 3.5mm audio jack. The phone also features two front-facing stereo speakers. The dimensions of the phone are 6.5″ × 2.8″ × 0.3″ and it weighs 6.4oz.

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StabiLens – Counterweight System for Lens “Hot-Swapping” on Gimbals

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Feb 212020
 

The StabiLens is a lens counterweight system for gimbals. It allows filmmakers to match the center of gravity of each lens in a kit, and allows for faster lens swapping when on a gimbal. It consists of a gimbal ring and a set of tungsten and steel weights. The StabiLens is already available for pre-order.

StabiLens counterweight system. Source: StabiLens

Last year in September, I wrote an article about Quickdraw by Reflex Cinema – lens counterweight system for gimbals, which lets users add weights to all lenses in your kit to match the heaviest lens. The purpose of Quickdraw was to make switching lenses on a gimbal easier as well as faster.

Recently, I came across the StabiLens counterweight system, created by US-based filmmaker Zac Miller. It basically does the same thing, but features a slightly different design. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Rokinon XEEN CF Lens Line Expanded By 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5

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Feb 212020
 

The ‘compact and flexible’ Rokinon XEEN CF line has been expanded by another two lenses. The new 16mm and 35mm now make up a family of 5 of these smaller and lighter lenses. 

In September last year, Rokinon made the initial announcement of the XEEN CF Lens line.

With that announcement, the 24mm, 50mm and 85mm arrived – with promise of a 16mm and 35mm in Q1 of 2020, and here we are!

The new 16mm (T2.6) and 35mm (T1.5) slot straight into the line up, and are available in 3 mounts (PL, EF and Sony E).

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Canon EOS Rebel T8i Announced – the Entry-Level DSLR Is Still Alive

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Feb 132020
 

Alongside the announcement of the impressive Canon EOS R5, Canon also introduced a new entry-level DSLR camera: the Canon EOS Rebel T8i, also known as EOS 850D for European shooters. This new DSLR camera features the same 24.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor as its predecessor, the Rebel T7i, and is seen by many as Canon’s commitment to its line of DSLR cameras with EF-mounts. Let’s take a closer look at it!


Canon EOS Rebel T8i – a T7i Revamp?

The Canon EOS Rebel line of cameras originally came out in 2003 with the Digital Rebel/300D. But, some of you probably remember more of the Rebel T2i/550D that came out in 2010 (here’s my colleague Nino’s review of the T2i/550D from 2010). Indeed, the T2i featured the same image sensor as the EOS 7D. Also, it was one of the first affordable DSLR cameras capable of shooting 1080P videos. Fast-forward ten years ahead with the recent announcement of the Canon EOS Rebel T8i.

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This Week’s Top Deals for Filmmakers – Sony a7 III, Canon M6, LUMIX S1, S1H, GH5, and G9, Sachtler Tripod and More

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Feb 062020
 

There are a couple of new, interesting deals for filmmakers available. We have selected the best offers of filmmaking gear from our partners’ online shops for this week – including Sony a7 III, Canon M6, Panasonic LUMIX S1, S1H, GH5, and G9 cameras, Sachtler tripod, SSD, HDD and more.

I went through the current deals on our partners’ websites and have selected the best offers currently available, which I think could be interesting for you. First, there are B&H offers listed for our readers based in North and South America, and then there are a couple of deals from our European partner CVP. By shopping at our partners’ stores, you are supporting cinema5D through our buy links, as we get a small affiliate commission when a purchase is completed.

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FUJIFILM X-T4 Announced and FUJIFILM X100V Launched

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Feb 052020
 

During the third X Summit in London, FUJIFILM announced the development of the FUJIFILM X-T4. Otherwise, there is currently no information at all about this new camera. Also, the new FUJIFILM X100V, a camera designed mainly for photographers, was launched. Finally, for filmmakers, three new lenses for GFX and X-Mount cameras were announced. Let’s take a closer look at it! 


FUJIFILM X Summit 2020

FUJIFILM is one of those Japanese camera manufacturers who takes the video capabilities of their mirrorless camera seriously. As such, we have decided to share with the community their X Summit meeting happening in London, live.

A year ago, almost to the date, the 1st. X Summit was held in Dubai, and that is where past GFX medium format camera concept ideas, along with a working prototype of their GFX 100 were shown. Since then, lots of water has flown in the Thames river. The successful GFX 100 is already shipping (watch our two parts documentary on how this camera is being made by clicking here and here). Additionally, as promised during this X summit, the FUJIFILM X-T3 is continuously being updated with new firmware, adding features and improvements to our camera of the year 2019.

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Blackmagic Pocket 4K and 6K Get New Camera V6.8 Firmware Update

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Feb 042020
 

Blackmagic Design just released the new Camera V6.8 firmware update for both Pocket 4K and 6K cameras. The new firmware improves camera stratup times and USB PTP control performance, and it fixes the issue with slow mounting of media containing large number of clips. Further, it fixes the issue with EF lens stabilization for the Pocket 6K camera.

Blackmagic Design Camera v6.8 for BMPCC 4K and 6K released. Image credit: cinema5D

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K both offer very nice image quality for the price. Although the cameras do have some shortcommings, which often need to be adressed by third party solutions (powering, media, etc.), they have gotten quite popular among filmmakers. To know more about these cameras, or to refresh some features and specs, make sure to check one of our older articles:

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Moment Variable ND Filters for Cameras and DJI Mavic 2 Pro

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Jan 302020
 

Moment, the company specialized in mobile filmmaking, has just introduced two new products: the Moment Variable ND filters for cameras, and a version for DJI Mavic 2 Pro drones. This offer from Moment is their introduction to the “traditional” camera accessories market. Let’s take a closer look at it!

Moment Variable ND Filters for Cameras

A couple of months, Moment released their first ND and CPL filters for smartphones. Today, the team at Moment is back with a combination of the two pieces of glasses, but for cameras. Indeed, they just introduced two sets of variable ND filters for DSLR/Mirrorless and cameras that accept screw-in filters in general.

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FUJIFILM X-T200 Announced – 4K Video, Digital Stabilization & Square Video

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Jan 232020
 

The FUJIFILM X-T200 is the latest entry-level 24.2MP mirrorless camera with 4K video, capable of shooting 1:1 square format HD video and ‘Digital Gimbal’ stabilization. The standard video frame rates, flipped screen, faster autofocus and as a lightweight of only 370 grams, this new model improved in many ways compared to its predecessor.

FUJIFILM X-T200 – Image source: FUJIFILM

The latest mirrorless X-mount camera from FUJINON offers up a range of video features ideal for entry-level filmmaking and vlogging including 4K video up to 30p. A new 24.2MP sensor has a faster readout speed than the X-T100 which results in less rolling shutter. The inclusion of 1×1 ‘square’ aspect ratio in HD reflects a trend in shooting content for social media.

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Zero Zero Robotics V-Coptr Falcon – World’s First V-Shaped Bi-Copter

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Jan 222020
 

Zero Zero Robotics rencently announced their new unique-looking drone: the V-Coptr Falcon. Indeed, this v-shaped bi-copter doesn’t look like your traditional quad-copter drone, because it only features two motors and two propellers. The V-Coptr Falcon can fly for up to 50 minutes with a transmission distance of 7km, it can avoid obstacles, and it features a 4K 3-axis stabilized camera. Let’s take a closer look at it!

Zero Zero Robotics

Zero Zero Robotics is a Chinese company that launched its first product – the Hover 2 – via Kickstarter about a year ago. The campaign for this autonomous drone was a huge success, and they raised over $1M quickly. However, to this day, all backers didn’t receive their pledge yet.

In a surprising move, the team at Zero Zero Robotics announced the launch of a new drone, the V-Coptr Falcon.

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Tokina Expands its Full Frame Lineup with the atx-m 85mm F/1.8 FE Lens

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Jan 212020
 

Tokina has released a new lens for Sony E-mount cameras: the Tokina atx-m 85mm F/1.8 FE. This latest addition to the Tokina lineup covers Full-Frame sensors. Let’s take a closer look at this perfect portrait lens for photographers and filmmakers!

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Image credit: Tokina

Tokina atx-m Lineup

The Tokina ATX line of lenses is out for a couple of years now, and the most famous one is probably the AT-X 11-16mm F/2.8 wide-angle zoom lens for Super35 cameras. Today, Tokina has just announced the launch of a new lineup of lenses for mirrorless cameras with the Tokina atx-m 85mm F/1.8 FE. According to Tokina, the atx-m series of glasses will be available in various mounts – probably Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts – and new lenses will be announced this year.

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Panasonic Announces Three New 4K 60p Camcorders – HC-X1500, HC-X2000 and AG-CX10

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Jan 092020
 

During CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Panasonic announced three new compact camcorders with 1/2.5″ sensors. The HC-X1500, HC-X2000 and AG-CX10 all offer 4K 60p recording capability (4:2:2 10-bit up to 4K 30p) along with 24x optical zoom (25mm-600mm full-frame equivalent) lens. They offer 5-axis O.I.S, two manual rings, ND filters, a built-in LED video light, 24-bit linear PCM audio recording, a built-in Wi-Fi module for streaming, and more.

New Panasonic Camcorders. Image source: Panasonic

With the recent rise of full-frame cinema cameras, it might look like that large sensors are taking over the whole video industry and Super 35 will become the bare minimum. In reality, there is always the right tool for the right job, and often a larger sensor is actually counter-productive. Compact broadcast cameras with smaller sensors still have their use and camera manufacturers want to offer such camcorders for this market segment – albeit it’s admittedly shrinking.

During CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Panasonic announced three new camcorders with small image sensors, but all are capable of 4K 60p recording, H265, and 4:2:2 10-bit internal video in some modes. Let’s take a quick look at what they offer.

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