Small camera drones on Kickstarter and Indiegogo – how many of those have we seen already? Remember the Lily Camera drone that we reported about? It doesn’t seem to be shipping yet, and there seem to be some problems with it with another “fake” campaign claiming to sell their drone too, and according to this report they are under review by the “Indiegogo Trust and Safety Team”. Not very reassuring, to say the least. So, we have honestly become more cautious with crowd funding campaigns in general and drone crowd funding campaigns specifically – there are just a lot of things that seem to go wrong, and a lot of products that never see the light of day, even after being successfully funded. Now, the drone market is huge – if you look at this article, it becomes apparent why so many companies try their luck. And I am not only talking about camera drones. It’s growing fast, and so is the need for regulation. This article here gives a good overview of industry trends in the drone field (PDF link). But let’s look at the drone crowd funding campaign du jour – the UP&Go Arial Camera on Indiegogo. It’s already overfunded by now with over three weeks left, which is another good indication about how much hype still surrounds the drone business. What’s so special about it? It’s quite cheap with a starting price of $299, and it’s really supposed to be for amateurs who want to film their outdoor adventures by having a drone follow them automatically. It records only 1080p at (up to?) 60fps and 720p at 120fps, and takes 12MP stills. The demo footage looks okay but I expect this to essentially look like an older generation GoPro. Speaking of which, they officially call this an “Aerial GoPro” and even copy the style of GoPro’s logotype, which is daring to say the least, because I am sure that there is no real association with GoPro. Seriously? The logo looks like a GoPro rip-off … So, if you are thinking about pre-ordering the UP&GO camera drone on Indiegogo, be careful – you might get a very cheap drone for more “fun stuff”, but there is always the danger that a crowd funding campaign like this won’t materialise. Also, as far as I can tell from the campaign page, the drone is not aware of its environments with sensors (unlike, for instance, the DJI Phantom 4), which means that it will crash into trees when it follows you if you’re not careful. Let’s hope that’s something they will add before they ship the product.Read more
It’s that time of the year again – Thanksgiving, many people taking a break and getting ready for the holiday shopping craze that starts hours later, on Black Friday. As it happens, everybody and their mum is trying to sell you something especially during that time of the year when they want you to believe that there are great savings to be made. Truth is, these savings aren’t all that great in many cases, so it simply takes time to assess a deal for what it’s really worth. We here at cinema5D tried to do just that and here’s a condensed list of currently rebated filmmaking gear and software that we love from various sources – remember, for a very limited time only! B&H Some great deals on already inexpensive entry-level cameras are to be had – here are our highlights: Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Digital Camera $1,497.99 Save $200 Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera with 18-140mm Lens $996.95 Save $300 Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera $448 Save $200 Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera $2,098 Save $200 Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm $298 Save $200 Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135mm $849 Save $200 Sennheiser MKE 400 On-Camera Mic $99 Save $100 GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition $249.99 Save $50 DJI Ronin Stabilizer with Additional Battery $2,699 Save $200 Data Color Spyder4PRO Screen Calibrator $129 Save $40 Extreme Pro 128GB Compact Flash $299.95 Save $43 Sennheiser ew 11-p G3 Wireless Mic Kit $629.95 Save $100 Syrp Genie Motion Control Timelapse Device $699 Save $200 Zacuto Marauder Camera Rig $599 Save $136.25 Beachtek DXA-SLR Ultra XLR Adaptor $299 Save $170 plus $84 worth of free accessories Tascam DR-100mkII Recorder & Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun $349.99 Save $230 Zoom H6 Recorder Kit & Sennheiser MKH-416 Shotgun $1029 Save $370 The MusicBed The Music Bed, the best resource for royalty free music of the highest quality, has a 10% rebate on all purchases until Monday. Code: Thanks10 Kessler Kessler has an extended sale that gives you 10% off any purchase above $1000. Filmconvert They offer a powerful color grading plugin that transforms digital colors to accurately match the look of analogue film. Filmconvert supports the latest large sensor cameras and just today they announced support of the GoPro Family. Any other interesting Black Friday deals you came across? Let us know in the comments and we might share them!Read more
Blackmagic Design was never shy of dropping prices when they smell competition – it’s all over town that the Panasonic GH4 is a blockbuster and the Sony A7s is on its way of becoming one. So someone powerful at Blackmagic Design decided to cut the Pocket Cinema Camera’s price – in half. Yes, you heard that right. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera will be $495 until August 31st, 2014. I doubt they will raise the price back to the $995 after that and I’m sure it’s a marketing trick to get everyone buying quickly, but it might just work as I see the possibility of many retailers running out of stock soon. Our favorite retailers B&H (in the US) and AF Marcotec (in Europe) already list the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for $495 or €375 (excluding VAT), respectively. [AF Marcotec seems to have had a wrong price on their site before – it’s now been corrected, also in this post.]Read more
HDSLR filmmakers often see themselves bombarded with affordable products that don’t meet their expectations. Two years ago when we made our big DSLR rig review we found that most rigs weren’t that cool. Today we have a similar situation with sliders. They are great, but most seem to be just ok. And the outstanding ones like the new Kessler slider we reported about last week are usually too expensive for the HDSLR filmmakers budget. Every now and we find an indie company with a filmmaking background make a cool product for HDSLRs. This one got funded on Kickstarter within 18 hours…Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Jag35‘s continues efforts to create useful HDSLR gear at extremely low prices continues with the new DvRunner rig, which is targeted at people with small camcorders, but looks like it wouldn’t mind to add extra stability to an HDSLR either. They have also increased the quality of their low cost remote follow focus system. You can find the $149 DvRunner rig at Jag35 here and the $199 Sidekick Follow Focus here. Check out all other Jag35 gear at www.jag35.comRead more
We’ve got a very special treat for our European readers today: If you haven’t placed your orders for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera yet then you can save some cash by being a cinema5D reader. The trusted European reseller Marcotec offers a 5% discount for the camera that is sure to bring down the Canon monopole. This is an exclusive discount don’t tell. The nice thing about it is that Marcotec already has the best European price and this -134€ cinema5D discount code really gives you the ultra price: Excluding tax & shipping it will be 2137€ (=$2820). For the first time I’m glad to be shopping in Europe. Discount CODE: 30052012 SHOP link: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Enter the code at checkout. Code is valid until May 30th 2012. The camera will start shipping in July. [UPDATE]: Site was down because of too many users online ;) They’re back. American cinema5D readers can pre-order the camera here.Read more
Canon has been teasing us with their announcements of their SuperHDSLRs. That’s nice but for many these are just too highly priced, unreasonably so, I might add, if technology were to be invested right we could have had the perfect HDSLR a long while ago. In the meantime we might as well find the Supercheap HDSLR. Here’s a good start: Sigma now offers their new superzoom 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS for $399 instead of $499. This lens was introduced last year, offers optical image stabilization and improvements over the previous model. As HDSLRs become more and more light sensitive there’s lesser need for expensive glass. If you’ve got a high ISO camera and are not the lens switcher type this deal might be a good one for you. Of course the higher f-Stop lens will deliver less of that shallow depth of field we’ve begun to love so much. The other lenses are the 17-50mm F2.8 and the 105mm f/2.8 for $594 and $769. All lenses are available with Canon, Nikon and Sony mount. Link to the Sigma deal at B&H Photo.Read more
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