by Olaf von Voss | 26th April 2017
There’s a bright update regarding lights here at NAB 2017. The Aputure Light Storm C300d is the latest addition to their lineup and it’s really bright! Ted Sim from the A Team talks us through all the features. Aputure Light Storm C300d Not very long ago, I did a review on the Aputure Light Storm C120t. The t in that model stands for tungsten, so the d in Light Storm C300d clearly stands for daylight. Simple! At 150% the size of the previous tungsten version, the new Light Storm C300d fixture is the bigger brother of the C120t. This light is tremendously high-output, and as such, its LED COB (chip on bard) system needs some serious cooling and the enclosure space to house it: not one but two fans and a large heatsink are built right into the unit. Basically, this light can replace a much higher-powered HMI source but without the need of a power outlet. With 300W of power, Aputure claims a massive 82,000 lux of light output. However, that’s its rating at about 0.5 meters. Since lux ratings are usually measured at a distance of 1m, these 82,000 lux may not actually mean so much. I’m walking on thin ice here, but I assume this number translates to about 20,500 lux @ 1m when consulting the inverse square law to do the math. EDIT: Ted from Aputure just got back to me via mail and he’s telling me that the rating is actually 31,000 lux @ 1m. Nicely done, indeed! The external ballast is also a bigger version of the original. It now sports two V-mounts, though you can order a Gold Mount, too. In terms of stamina, we’re looking at about 100min run-time at full power when you attach two 150Wh batteries to the ballast. That’s not a vast amount, but it does allow you to have a very bright light in the field. Just bring a bunch of batteries and you’re all set. You can still remote control the ballast and group several fixtures together. The dimming knob is also still there. Just as the C120t, the build quality is pretty solid without too much plastic. The Light Storm C300d still has the Bowen-S mount to attach a vast variety of available light-shaping accessories. Also, the Light Storm C300d will ship in a case, which is always a nice accessory to have. Pricing and Availability The Aputure Light Storm C300d should be ready for shipping in under three months, so we’re looking at a July 2017 release. No final pricing has been set but according to Aputure they are trying to get it under $1,000 which would be nice to see, of course! Do you have a Light Storm fixture in your kit already? Share your experiences in the comments below!Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 4th January 2017
At the CES 2017 trade show in Las Vegas, DJI made several announcements today. Besides introducing a silver version of their DJI Osmo and mobile gimbals (US/EU), DJI also shared new details about the highly anticipated DJI CrystalSky High Bright monitors. These are set to greatly improve monitoring and controlling DJI drones. Furthermore, the new DJI Ground Station Pro App can help professionals plan flight routes in a 3D app environment. DJI CrystalSky High Bright Monitors DJI CrystalSky High Bright Monitors will come in two sizes: 7,85″ and 5,5″ The most interesting characteristic about the new DJI CrystalSky monitors is their screen brightness. With a maximum of 2000 cd/m², they are claimed to be more than four times brighter than the smartphones typically used to monitor and control drones. As such, these new monitors also challenge other high-brightness monitors that usually come with a very premium price tag. The Atomos Ninja Flame high brightness monitors come with 1500 cd/m² for $1,300 and the SmallHD 702 Bright goes for $1,500 with 1000 cd/m². So far, the price and availability of the DJI CrystalSky 7,85″ and 5,5″ monitors have not been made public. However, DJI shared a few more details and opened a product page, adding to what we already knew from when they were first announced in November. Working seamlessly with the DJI GO App The monitors will apparently work with the DJI Go App and replace the use of a smartphone. According to the press release “…the embedded DJI GO app provides full access to all DJI GO features including aircraft parameter adjustment, camera control, footage management, and playback.” Video recording directly via the monitor There is also said to be latency free video decoding and recording right on the monitor itself. It will support H.264 and H.265, with playback of up to 30 fps and 60 fps respectively. The feeds can be recorded on a Micro SD Card to be used for footage backups. HDMI output in 4K The DJI CrystalSky High Bright monitors will have an HDMI port that will allow up to 4K video output and will also support FPV goggles. It will have a two-cell 4920 mAh external battery for long operation of around 5 hours, and will also support quick charge. The battery has been designed to operate in extreme temperatures as low as -4°F (-20°C) and as high as 104°F (40°C). At this point, it is unclear whether these High Bright monitors can be used with other cameras and HDMI sources or if they are bound to the DJI remotes and ecosystem. More info on the DJI website DJI Ground Station Pro App DJI Ground Station Pro is an iPad app designed for professionals to plan and control autonomous flights for DJI drones. Complex flight missions can be planned in advance and the workflow and efficiency is said to be improved in a wide range of industries, with a focus on aerial mapping, architecture, precision agriculture and electrical inspections. The user can plan flight paths, flight zones and camera parameters, all on a 3D map . The drone will then follow the set route, and the image data captured during the flights can be used with 3D reconstruction software. There is also a Virtual Fence mode that increases safety and ease of use by restricting the drone’s height and speed within a designated area. The DJI Ground Station Pro App is compatible with most DJI aerial platforms and cameras. The DJI Ground Station Pro iPad app is free and available for download at the App Store.Read more
by Tim Fok | 9th September 2015
SmallHD has announced a new 7″ LCD monitor. The 702 is the first of the 700 series line offering 1080p resolution and daylight viewable brightness. The 702 looks very much like a larger version of the SmallHD 502; sleek design with joystick and single button on the front. It has both HDMI and SDI in and out (expect cross conversion) and a very neat solution for offering both dual Canon LP-E6 and Sony NP-F batteries natively. It looks like one of the main selling points of the 702 is the high brightness display. We’ve seen this feature in their DP7-PRO High Bright, SmallHD label the new 700 series monitor as daylight viewable. The 702 offers 1000 NITs of brightness, if you’re not familiar with that measurement it is said to be 2-3x brighter than a traditional LCD. The DP7-PRO High Bright offers 1500 NITs, but the new anti-glare reflection coating is likely to compensate. “The LCD panel features optically bonded glass with anti-reflective coating. This greatly reduces glare and helps the high resolution, color accurate display remain visible.” Unsurprisingly like the 500 series monitors the SmallHD 702 will run on the Page Builder OS, expect the handy swipe between pages interface, customizable focus and exposure assists, 3D LUT support including custom & sending downstream. Pricing starts at $1499.00 and if it’s further more like the 500 series we may see a cheaper HDMI only version too at a later stage.Read more
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