by Tim Fok | 7th January 2015
DJI at CES 2015 has been busy with 4 new releases. Announcing a 4K handheld camera, a thumb controller for the DJI Ronin, and new Drone gimbals for the Sony A7S and GoPro Hero 4 cameras. First up is the handheld gimbal. DJI has taken the 4K camera from the newly released Inspire 1 Drone and put it in a handheld gimbal. It’s directly compatible with the Inspire, allowing you to switch between handheld and aerial configurations quickly. It has a bracket on the side for adding your smartphone for live view, connecting via the current DJI app. As a DJI Ronin user myself, next up is quite an exciting one. DJI promised this a while ago, so it’s nice to finally see a wireless thumb controller for the Ronin. The device is pressure sensitive, with an OLED display and can control pan, tilt and roll motions; it clips directly to the existing 30mm handlebar. DJI has acknowledged the popularity of the Sony A7S camera for video and developed a new drone gimbal. Based on industry-standard Zenmuse technology the new 3-axis gimbal is specifically designed for Sony A7S, A7R and A7 II cameras. Further more to drone gimbals, DJI has announced the new H4-3D gimbal for use with the GoPro Hero 4 on the DJI Phantom 2.Read more
by Tim Fok | 7th January 2015
G-Technology has announced a new line of rugged hard drives for extreme in-the-field use. The G-Drive ev RaW and G-Drive ev ATC USB/Thunderbolt are three new drives that boast weather proofing, shock resistance and compatibly with the current Evolution series G-Dock. We’ll start with the G-Drive ev RaW. The hard drive takes an existing G-Tech ev design, increases shock resistance and reduces weight by 35%. The hard drive on its own can withstand a drop up to 1.2M, add the rugged bumper and that increases to 1.5M. The G-Tech Evolution series (or ev) is clever, appreciating the need for both portability in the field use and reliable fast in studio editing. The heart of the system is the G-Dock ev; a thunderbolt docking station that accepts two G-Drive ev drives in a selection of raid levels. The G-Drive ev drives themselves work via USB 3 in the field, and SATA with the G-Dock to unlock Thunderbolt speeds. The new G-Drive ev RaW is compatible with this system; it can be used as a stand-alone rugged drive or stripped down to slot into the G-Dock. Second up is the G-Drive ev ATC. This line adds further protection to your hard drive. Adding a tethered USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt cable (depending on which model you choose) these drives can withstand a drop of up to 2M. They can also float in water, and take a 1M drop into water holding resistance of up to 30 seconds. Like the G-Drive ev RaW, the G-Drive ev ATC are also compatible with the current G-Dock. G-Technology have a strong presence in the filmmaking industry, and quite rightly so by looking at this independent failure rate test for commonly used hard drives (G-Tech use HGST drives), I’m surprised product like these haven’t turned up sooner, it’s great to see them now entering the rugged market. The drives will be available soon, I’ll update this article with links to purchase when they do. Disclaimer: G-Technology is one of the prime sponsors of our ON THE COUCH talk show series.Read more
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