Canon 5DM4 – Hands on review
The canon 5D series is undoubtedly one of the most recognized and digitized camera series in photography world. Canon released one of its latest additions 5D Mark 4 and out team got hands on this amazing camera at Photokina 2016. So here is what we thought about the camera Canon 5DM4.
Let’s first talk about the Key specifications.
30.4 MP full frame sensor with 7fps.
Digic 6+ image processor
3.2” ouch screen for stills and video focusing.
DCI 4k video shooting at 30 fps.
61 autofocus points (41 cross points)
Built in Wi-Fi and NFC
Canon 5DM4 is much of a similar to its predecessor 5DM3 physically. There are not so many changes in body but it got some amazing upgrades under the hood. Upgrades include a 30.4 MP sensor with Dual pixel autofocus system, better ISO performance and better dynamic range. The autofocus system of 61 points is taken from company’s flagship sport series camera 1DX M2. This increases the vertical coverage of sensor by 24% in comparison to M3.
In terms of auto focus system, this camera is a big deal because it’s the same AF system from 1DX. If not identical then quite similar. This camera can continuously focus in a live view mode for a still capture. Also, it got an intelligent face recognition system so that even if you move your camera after focusing, it will still hold the focus on the face and that too in live view mode. Isn’t it great?
Let’s talk about the “Dual pixel raw”.
It is one hack of feature that allows you to adjust the sharpness of your photograph even after clicking the photograph in post processing. What it actually does is, it will capture two different raw files with two different perspectives. Imagine how you will see a scenario with each of your eyes closed one by one. That’s exactly what the camera does with dual pixel autofocus. It is a micro to mini adjustment. It can increase the sharpness of your eye ball from eye lashes. But if you are expecting that it will adjust the sharpness from eye ball to nose tip then no. Not gonna happen.
When we had our hands on 5DM4, I actually expected a little bit of lag while shooting in dual pixel raw. But surprisingly no lag, no buffer, nothing at all. Smooth criminal I say.
Talking about Dynamic range, it got some great upgrades regarding pulling out shadows like 2 step increase. Also in ISO performance, the upgrade is pretty good with amount of noise at higher ISO. We are still trying to get the final results for dual pixel raw using post process and you will soon be able to see some final jpeg from photokina.
As I believe, from all the aspects, 5DM4 is a worthy upgrade form 5DM3.
Article by: Vivek Maru
Hasselblad V1D – Back to square
This morning in Photokina, Hasselbald announced two new models with a concept camera. We are much more interested into the concept one.
As part of the Hesselbald’s 75 years celebration, the Swedish maker launched a concept called “4116 V1D” concept which is developed typically on company’s V systems. This particular concept promises the future of imaging devices.
This particular concept is using Sony’s 75 megapixel CMOS sensors which is a square one. The most interesting part of this concept is the customization of the camera. Both the sides contains modules which is for controls and gripping purpose and the bottom-up sides contains LCDs and view finder. The whole concept floats around photographer’s comfortability.
Hasselbald has released the system’s pictures on its official website and our team at Photokina might be able to shoot something out of it. Although there is no information on the commercial version of this system and when will it be available.
Article by: Vivek Maru
Remember when Western Digital unveiled massive 512 GB SD card 2 years back in Photokina2014?? And guess what, Western digital and San-disk are here with a prototype of 1TB SD card at Photokina 2016. In 16 years, this company went from 64 MB card to 1 TB cards. Not bad though.
This is just a prototype and still not available to normal consumer market. This card is particularly designed to meet the storage issues for high resolution images and videos. Current technologies like virtual touring, 360 degree capturing and action cameras eat a lot of space.
These kinds of high leaps in storage capacity also come with a threat to loose so much of data at the same time. It’s also big thing to worry about card being corrupted which can lead to a huge data loss. We haven’t heard anything about the pricing of this card yet.
Article by: Vivek Maru
Nikon expands its action camera family with Key Mission 170
Nikon extended the action camera segment “Key Mission”. Earlier this year Nikon reveled its first action camera Nikon Key Mission 360 which covers 360 degree capture in 4K resolutions.
Nikon is here with its first Action camera – Nikon KeyMission 360
The new Nikon Key Mission 170 does the same with 4K resolution but with a lower resolution sensor of 8.3 mega pixels. It also contains a CMOS sensor. Also this camera has a limitation in capturing angle with 170 degree with 2.4mm – f/2.8 optics. In addition to its big brother, Key mission 170 contains a LCD display at the back and a stability function activated particularly in UltraHD mode.
Protection wise, Key mission is safe under water till 10m depth which can be increased to 40m with a separate case available. Another member added to this family is Key mission 80. This junior is way more weird than the other two. It got a vertical design with Full HD recording. Yes, no 4K with Key mission 80 and that is why this can be the most affordable in all three models. It captures at the angle of 80 degree with 25mm – f/2 optics. It also has a back camera lens just above the LCD screen.
On protection side, this little buddy is little insecure. Water proof till just 1m and dust proof just as his bog brother Key mission 170. All of these models will be available from next month as per Nikon booth.
Article by: Vivek Maru
Fstop – Photographer’s Tinder
Fstop is a new web app trying to build up a middle platform for photographers, models and all photography related professionals. Basically a matcher app that tries to find a match for a particular requirement: Model, Photographer, makeup artists, retouchers and stylists.
It is more like Tinder dating app that helps you find a person with your match, just the agenda here is different. Sign up, fill some data and taddaa !!
You will see a simple auto matched profile of another person. Below are some of the screenshots.
Click on the blue “√” and the app will come to know that you are interested to work with this person. Clicking on red “X” will discard the profile and the app will show you a new one.
Just like Tinder’s right- left swaps. Manual filters help you find better matches with options like age, sex, location, rates, height, hair colors etc. Even the app can tell you if a person has tattoos. Isn’t that awesome? Now, if there is a mutual match found then Fstop provides you a chat facility that helps you communicate with each other. You can fix a deal over the chat itself and its also provides payment options. It is not necessary to use that service though. Also there is an option for reviews where you can express your experience working with any particular.
Let’s see how the idea of connecting photography professionals to a single platform works. Sounds promising to me if you ask. Give it a shot : www.fstop.fm
Article by: Vivek Maru
Nikon KeyMission 360.
Nikon surprises us with its entry in action camera segment, the KeyMission360 yesterday at CES2016, LAS-VEGAS. A tiny, cube-like camera is capable of shooting true 360 degree photos and videos at 4K resolution and allows us to experience the world of imaginary like never before. It is also toughened up like many others in the market with drop proofing of 6.6 rating and waterproofing to 100 feet under-water. It’s Nikon KeyMission 360.
This camera houses an in-built image stabilizer for vibration reduction purpose (which can be enabled using an app) and an image sensor with lens around. KeyMission360 also has in-built Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC facilities. The imaging giant has not revealed the price at the current moment. However we can expect this tiny little master to strike the market in Summer-2016.
Here are some of the videos recorded by KeyMission360, uploaded by Nikon on its official YouTube channel. Just move your cursor any side and have a look at the 360 vision.
Article By : Vivek Maru
Tens of Thousands of photos gets clicked every year and some of them are incredibly amazing. Some clicked with a perspective in photographer’s mind and rest becomes the so called Stock Images. The probability that you might have not seen the best stock photographs is high enough. The year is coming to an end and here we are, presenting some of the best Stock photographs of 2015. Additionally these photographs are royalty free so whola !! You can use this royalty free photos anywhere anytime. We’ve searched these best royalty free photos from 2015.
Peter Adams-Shawn is a professional wedding photographer who have taken reflection photography to another level. Here are few examples of his excellent work.
Can you see a young flower girl watching the bride do her hair? have a close look.
How about son watching his mom and daddy get married?
Self taught photographer Peter Adams-Shawn’s “eye reflection wedding photos” are so unbelievable that professional photographers thought he used Photoshop.
But his photos are 100% real and not composite.
Bride looks at her dress
Groom looks at his bride
Bride looks at the guests of her wedding
A father looks on as his daughter and wife have a moment before leaving for the ceremony.
The bride’s view of all the guests at the wedding.
The bride getting ready as seen through the eyes of one of her bridesmaids.
The bride blows a kiss to the groom.
His next reflection project? “Bubblescapes” and something tells me it’s not getting to disappoint.
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Pulse – the most powerful way to control your camera from your smartphone.
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity is not a new phenomenon now days. There are plenty of DSLRs in market that comes with this functionality. The question is, Are they really useful and up to the mark? Battery draining, short distance range, dedicated network issues. Nope, they are not helping.
Pulse from Alpine Labs is here to amaze you with all the advantages you were seeking in a remotely connected DSLR application. The new Pulse control plugs into USB port of your DSLR and gives full control over the camera. A dedicated iOS and android application makes the task way easy. This device supports number of Canon and Nikon cameras.
The connector looks pretty slick with flat rectangle and rounded corner design. The blue strip around the device makes it more attractive. The device uses Bluetooth LE technology to connect to iOS and android devices which provided operation range of 100 feet.
Once plugged in, the device is much like a high end remote control that allows you to control ISO, shutter speed, aperture settings. Additionally device allows you to preview taken photos so that you can have a track of what is happening in front of camera. Pretty handy feature I say!!
In addition, Pulse allows you to start and stop video from app itself. Also it triggers camera at certain interval for time-laps shooting. Advanced time-lapse options include controls like exposure ramping to adjust ISO and shutter speed when capturing day-to-night transitions.
The app can control 3 cameras at a time for multi-angle shooting. Design and UI of the app looks prettyvcool and informative. At this time, Pulse can support 60 Canon and Nikon Cameras listed in FAQ section of Kick starter.
Have a look at the Kickstarter video of Pulse.
Source: Kickstarter – Alpine Labs
Article By : Vivek Maru