by Olaf von Voss | 16th September 2016
Cineroid has just announced a new LED panel to their lineup. The FL400S is not only flexible but also waterproof, bi-color and dimmable as well. Plus, you can fold it in your bag, so it won’t get in the way when you’re on the go. The Cineroid FL400S LED Cineroid’s Soongi Jang made some time to show us their latest addition to their LED lineup. The FL400S is quite an interesting LED lighting solution. It’s literally super flexible, as you can roll it up completely while maintaining a very bright output. And in case you might need it, it’s also waterproof. It’s not designed for underwater work, but you can operate the panel itself underwater or in the rain as long as the control box and the power source are kept safe and dry. flexible and leightweight – the Cineroid FL400S It’s easy to mount anywhere since it is very lightweight (160 g / 0.35 lbs), has a reasonable size of 250mm x 250mm (10″ x 10″) and, most importantly, it’s equipped with velcro mounts on the back so you can stick it to anything you’ve prepared with some strips of velcro beforehand. Although very compact in size and weight, it’s still very powerful with an output of 2100 lux. With the attached control box you are able to control the brightness and the color temprature (2700° K – 6500° K range) as well as being able to lock the control box. That way you can prevent yourself from accidentally changing any values. As an extra option, you can buy a DMX box in order to control the FL400S via an DMX connection. Specifications, Pricing and Availability As a recap here are all the specifications of the FL400S LED seize: 250mm x 250mm (10″ x 10″) weight of the LED: 160g (0.35 lbs) weight of the control box: 165g (0.5 lbs) light output: 2100 lux @ 94 CRI power consumption: 65W Everything from the LED panel itself, the control box, a soft box, X-bracket for mounting, an AC power adapter and also a bag are all included out of the box. It’s price is $539 and is available as of now. There’s also a kit of three lights too, which is $1,598.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 Fabian Chaundy | 18th March 2016
The REMOVU S1 gimbal for the GoPro claims to be the first waterproof 3-axis stabilizer of its kind. But in an increasingly competitive market, will this still hold true when it is finally released later this year? Shaky footage is definitely a thing of the past. Like the use of aerial movies and shallow depth of field, handheld footage that is smooth as silk has become part of the visual language of the YouTube age, and seems now almost a requirement for anyone trying to increase their production value. And although DSLR and mirrorless shooters need to shell out close to $1000 for one-handed brushless stabilising solutions, the more consumer-oriented action cam user base have it a lot cheaper. 2016 brings with it a couple of interesting products catering for the more demanding uses of the popular action camera. The Removu S1 claims to be the first weatherproof 3-axis gimbal for GoPro, capable of withstanding harsh rain thanks to its water resistant motors and body . With a joystick to control camera movement incorporated into its handle, the design of the S1 is reminiscent of something like the CAME-TV CAME-Single or the Pilotfly H1+, albeit a lot cheaper, smaller and lighter. The S1’s joystick also uses Bluetooth to control camera motion, keeping cables to a minimum. This also means the user can detach the handle, allowing for remote motion control. Very nice! The gimbal itself has been designed to be as versatile as the GoPro itself, and can be mounted wherever you would normally mount an action cam, such as helmets, bike handlebars and vests. And with a weight of 300g, it is unlikely that it will get in the way of even the most extreme situations. Stablisation can run on any of 4 modes: Pan, Follow, Lock and Inversion for low angle shots. The selected mode, along with remaining battery life, is shown on the OLED displays on both the gimbal and the handle. Power is provided through a removable battery in the gimbal, and an integrated battery in the handle, providing 2 hours and 3-5 hours respectively. The S1 comes with a charging dock that accepts 2 batteries and the handle simultanously, and takes power from either the mains, a power bank, or USB from a laptop or computer. The REMOVU S1 is compatible with GoPro Hero3 and above, and promises future compatibility with the Xiomi Xi action cam. While they are still at the development stage and have encountered some delays, REMOVU have passed the 2nd prototype milestone and are offering the S1 at a preorder price of $249 on their Indiegogo page, with a shipping date of early August 2016. Interestingly, their claim of being the first waterproof GoPro gimbal may no longer be valid by then. Indiegogo contender Slick claims water resistance up to 3ft (1m) depth, at a very similar price point and with a release date within this month. Going strictly down the wearable/mountable route, the Slick gimbal doesn’t offer a handle or remote operation, and is clearly aimed exclusively at the action and sports crowd, while the S1’s handle could open it up for other uses. Despite their differences, both these campaigns have reached their original crowdfunding goals several times over, demonstrating that there is definitely a lot of demand for better and more durable products in this particular market.Read more
by Tim Fok | 19th September 2013
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