by Sebastian Wöber | 21st July 2016
It’s truly amazing what inventors come up with these days. Just take a look at this new gadget that recently hit Kickstarter and is already a success: the Octospot is a diving action camera that can float through water on its own, has numerous intelligent functions and looks like an underwater starship Enterprise. Even if you’re not a diver, this device certainly has its appeal. Unlike other Kickstarter news, this one looks more like a professional tool with a very well thought-out purpose: the diving action camera is designed for a very specific environment that requires certain unique ideas. Check out the video above to learn all about it. One of the more intriguing features is the third-person viewer mode. This is cool not only because it makes the camera look like a spaceship, but also because it offers unique viewpoints for individual divers. It also negates the need for an additional camera person, much like with the follow mode on drones. Other than that, the Octospot can be mounted in numerous different ways, is waterproof and dives down to a depth of 200m. It also corrects the white balance depending on the water pressure and depth, logs diving data that can be accessed via an app and records 4K video among other things. Octospot Diving Action Camera Desktop App This device certainly doesn’t look like a toy and the ideas are intriguing. There’s little doubt that this Kickstarter will see the light of day. After all, it’s already raised $280k and exceeded the initial goal of $80k, with 13 days remaining in the campaign. The estimated delivery for the Octospot diving action camera is early 2017, and you can order the basic package right now for $369. For more information head over to their Kickstarter campaign HERE.Read more
by Thomas Price | 28th March 2016
The Leica X-U (Typ 113) is the German Manufacturer’s first foray into the market for rugged, outdoor compact cameras—and they’re hoping it makes a splash, as the camera is waterproof up to 15m. Shockproof, dustproof, waterproof, and anti-slip; the Typ 113 allows shooters to capture HD footage; whatever the weather and whatever the terrain. Leica X-U (Typ 113) Specs APS-C (23.6 x 15.7mm) CMOS sensor (16MP) 23mm Leica Summilux f/1.7 lens ASPH (35mm equivalent) 11-point autofocus ISO range: Automatic, ISO 100-ISO 12500 MP4 recording, 1080p @ 30fps, 720p @ 30fps Stereo microphone, mono speaker 3”, 920k dot, LCD rear screen Supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards Double locking system for battery compartment/memory card slot USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/second) Weight: 635g Dimensions: 140 x 79 x 88mm Rugged Design Features The Leica XU (Typ 113) was designed and manufactured in Germany, with the help of Audi design. The camera’s body is coated with an anti-slip rubber while the front element is covered by a UW protective glass filter. It has been built to withstand water, dust, and shock. Waterproof to 15m for up to 60 minutes (IP68-compliant) Shockproof to falls from 1.2m (MIL-STD 810G, Method52-compliant) Dustproof TPE armoring Leica X-U (Typ 113) Conclusion Effectively, not much has changed from the Leica X (Type 113). The most notable differences are the integrated flash above the lens (which I am fairly sure was Audi Design’s idea!), a few subtle changes to the controls that are aimed at improving underwater workflow, and the body’s TPE coating. Oh, and the fact that you might get to witness it survive a shoot while submerged. Of course, there are far cheaper alternatives to be considered, if you’re not expecting to come across too many underwater shoots and are willing to make a few sacrifices and spec tradeoffs. The Ricoh WG-5 comes with GPS and costs around 10% of the price of the Leica. Meanwhile, the Nikon COOLPIX AW130 offers 1080p @ 30fps, 25fps, 60fps, and 50fps. The AW130 also comes with HDMI D and Micro USB connectivity, both of which the Leica is lacking. This camera again comes in at under $300, meaning that if your only concern is whether your camera is waterproof or not for a particular shoot, your money might just be spent better elsewhere. Otherwise, it seems like a fairly decent offering for filmmakers who need a compact camera that can go practically anywhere with them—as long as they don’t mind the typical Leica price tag. As is often the case, there are far cheaper alternatives to be considered; and there’s not that much of a leap in quality. The Leica X-U (Typ 113) is available now for $2,950, and if you want to make sure your camera doesn’t swim away, Leica also offers a floating carry strap for the camera at $95. Videos courtesy of TallyHo! | Vimeo | WebsiteRead more
by Tim Fok | 19th September 2013
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