Photokina 2016 is coming to an end and what a show it has been for filmmakers! We asked you to chose your favourite filmmaking related products from a list of nominees. Now the voting is over and we have clear winners! Here are the results: We handed over the prizes to the representatives of the companies who we spoke to. 1st Prize: Panasonic GH5 We are happy to announce that Panasonic with their GH5 announcement won first prize. It’s true that technically it’s not a finished product but rather an announcement of some few specs – but the exciting thing about this is definitely Panasonic’s willingness to put 10-bit 4:2:2 color space in such a small interchangeable lens camera package. 2nd Prize: Syrp Slingshot People also got very excited about the Syrp Slingshot, an affordable wirecam setup that many haven’t seen yet. Other more high-end solutions have been used on sports and nature films for years now, but this makes such a system more attainable for a lot of users. 3rd Prize: GoPro Hero 5 & Karma System GoPro is back with their new Hero 5 camera and a whole system of usages for that camera (or their new Hero Session). The Osmo-like Hero-5-Grip is an additional use, as is their Karma drone, but how the GoPro products compare to the smart stuff coming out of DJI remains to be seen.Read more
GoPro has just announced their new action camera, the GoPro Hero5 Black. Although not totally revolutionary, there are a lot of very nice improvements, such as a waterproof construction, a touch display, voice control and GPS. The GoPro HERO5 Black Being the original action cam brand, GoPro has managed to improve this new model in terms of usability and ruggedness. It features a new waterproof construction (up to 33′ or 10m) which makes the optional housing of previous models obsolete. You will need some sort of cage in order to mount the camera, though. GoPro Hero5 Black without the need of a waterproof housing! The sensor seems to be the same as in the previous model, the Hero4 Black. So all in all, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution we’re witnessing here. It has not one but three microphones built-in in order to be more efficient at reducing wind noise, as it automatically selects the best audio stream by switching between the three microphones. A big step up in terms of usability is the new voice control capability of the GoPro Hero5 Black camera. It enables the user to remotely control the camera through a wide range of voice commands such as ‘GoPro, record!’ or ‘GoPro, switch on!’. You’ll need a special remote control for that, though, which is then connected to the camera wirelessly. If you’re not into voice control, maybe you’ll like the new one-button control system, which seems to makes controlling the camera super easy, without getting confused about which button does what. Even though the older models just had two buttons, I was getting confused all the time… Another nice feature is the newly-introduced image stabilization, although it’s not optical but software driven. Alongside the launch of the GoPro Hero5 Black, there is a whole new software ecosystem of GoPro services and cloud-enabled storage. The goal is to make it very easy for users to capture, edit and upload their footage right off their phone while being in the field. The GoPro Hero5 Black will be available on October 2nd and it will be $399.99 and the also new GoPro Hero5 Session is set to $299.99.Read more
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