by Kevin Alexander | 20th May 2015
A new firmware update for the Samsung NX1 has been released and includes features for video recording, still photos, and Wi-Fi connectivity. This camera just received a firmware update a few months ago, but Samsung has introduced some new video features in Version 1.30 that are worth highlighting. There is a “1920 x 1080 (120)” setting within the Movie Size Menu to provide easier access. Timecode has received new features for count up, time notation, and dropped frames. There is a new automatic on/off control for the microphone. And the histogram and levels are now displayed during standby and recording mode. The firmware update for the Samsung NX1 is now available for download here. Video Recording Enhancements: Larger sensor read out data size with improved FHD quality up to 60P Time code added features: Count Up: Rec run / automatic restart when shooting / Free run Time Notation [Manual time setting (Hour/Min/Sec/Frame), Internal camera time] Internal time / External recorder Drop frame / Non-drop frame “1920×1080 (120)” setting in the Movie Size Menu for easy access Auto Mic Control On/Off Histogram & Digital Level is displayed during standby / recording mode Capture individual 4K frame forward & backward with precision (Embedded EXIF data in jpeg) Added NEW MF Responsiveness mode (Capable of setting to Low, Medium, High focus angle in manual focus mode). Remains in Stand By mode after recording Still Photo Enhancements: Enhanced AF performance in low light condition Enhanced AF performance in backlit and spot light Enhanced AF performance in the corners when utilizing 16-50mm PZ lens Enhanced Face Detection AF performance Enhanced AF performance in movie mode Added “Zone AF” mode Increased the size of AF to 5 steps in AF “Area Size” No time limitation in Bulb mode Increased the time-lapse to 3000 shots Includes 4 most popular Pro Suggest presets (Cinematic, Memories, Gorgeous night, & High Speed) Simplified EXIF data preview Connectivity Enhancements: JPEG, RAW (JPEG preview only), & Video transfer via WiFi (RAW files are converted to JPEG thumbnail with Picture Wizard setting embedded and then transfer to smartphone for preview only.) Introducing NEW Samsung Remote Studio software (Download via launcher, Full control of NX1 through USB) Supports Tizen OS TV connectionRead more
by Kevin Alexander | 19th May 2015
Today Panasonic announced a new camera, and it’s a bombshell. The Panasonic G7, like its big brother the GH4, shoots 4K video… at a whopping introductory price of $800. But just how does the G7 compare to the GH4? Well, besides the ability to record 4K there are some similarities. Both are Micro Four Thirds cameras. Both have an ISO range of 200 – 25600 (Extended range is 100 – 25600). And both use SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards. But for half the price it’s obvious that the G7 won’t have all of the features of the GH4: Panasonic G7 vs GH4 4K Video: The G7 will not record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160). It can handle UltraHD (3840 x 2160) up to 30fps (100Mbps). File Formats: No .MOV recording. The G7 only records to MP4 and AVCHD. Video System: PAL or NTSC recording (region restricted. Not a world camera) Bit Rates: 100 Mbps max bit rate. The GH4 can record up to 200 Mbps on some file formats Video Clip Length: 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds is the max recording time. The GH4 can record for up to 220 minutes. Shutter: The G7 is a mirrorless camera and features an electronic shutter for silent recording. It also has a mechanical shutter like DSLR’s. Other Video Features: The G7 does have Cinelike D and V picture styles like the GH4, but does not have other professional features like timecode, colour bars, audio tones, zebras or headphone jack. There are a couple of other features about the G7 worth noting. It weighs 14.64 oz, has an OLED viewfinder, a flip out 3 inch LCD screen, an internal mic and external mic input, and a 4K burst photo mode that can shoot 8 MP stills at 30 fps for up to 29 min. 59 sec. This camera lacks some of the features that makes the GH4 so attractive. But it’s still an amazing camera, especially when you consider the price point. The G7 with 14-42mm lens (35mm equivalent: 28-84mm) will sell at roughly $800. Another kit with a 14-140mm lens (28-280mm) will sell for around $1100. So, a 4K video camera that weighs less than 1 pound and costs less than $1000. This looks to be a great option for those looking to buy their first camera, but also a good B camera for those already shooting on the GH4. The camera is expected to ship at the end of June. For now, check out this video shot on the G7: Specs Lens Mount: Micro Four Thirds Pixels: 16 MP File Formats: MP4, AVCHD Memory Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC Video System: NTSC or PAL (region restricted) Video Format (for NTSC region): UltraHD MP4 3840 x 2160p / 30 fps (100 Mbps) 3840 x 2160p / 24 fps (100 Mbps) High Definition MP4 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (20 Mbps) High Definition MP4 1280 x 720p / 30 fps (10 Mbps) Standard Definition MP4 640 x 480p / 30 fps (4 Mbps) High Definition AVCHD 1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps) 1920 x 1080p / 30 fps (24 Mbps) 1920 x 1080p / 24 fps (24 Mbps) High Definition AVCHD 1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps) Video Clip Length: Up to 29 Minutes 59 Seconds Audio Recording: Built-in Mic, Optional External Mic Display Screen: 3″ LCD Touchscreen Swivel ISO: Auto, 200-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-25600) Weight: 14.64 ozRead more
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