Electricpig » Cameras & Camcorders http://www.electricpig.co.uk The only tech you need Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:13:35 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 London studio opening for YouTube filmmakers: Get your scripts ready http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/26/london-studio-opening-for-youtube-filmmakers-get-your-scripts-ready/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/26/london-studio-opening-for-youtube-filmmakers-get-your-scripts-ready/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:11:26 +0000 Joe Svetlik http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=310210 Google is opening its own YouTube studio in London, to help budding filmmakers and actors improve their flicks.

The studio is in Google’s office in the heart of London. If you fancy heading down to give it a look, click through for the video.

The creator space will open in the next few weeks, and promises to offer broadcast-quality HD cameras, professional lighting, a green screen, audio booths, edit suites, and a state of the art control room. You can also mix with like-minded video makers, and generate new ideas for projects.

Lectures and workshops will be held by experts and ‘YouTube stars’.

As long as you’re a YouTube member from Africa, Europe, or the Middle East, you can book time in the studio.

So what are you waiting for? Dust off the cat and get busy making it the next YouTube sensation.

Source: The Verge

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Canon EOS M: Canon’s first mirrorless cam takes on Micro Four Thirds http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/23/canon-eos-m-canons-first-mirrorless-cam-takes-on-micro-four-thirds/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/23/canon-eos-m-canons-first-mirrorless-cam-takes-on-micro-four-thirds/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:03:21 +0000 Joe Svetlik http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=308360 Canon has lifted the curtain on its first mirrorless camera, packing the skills of an SLR into a body not much bigger than a compact. And the EOS M is a doozy.

But can it take on the likes of the Micro Four Thirds brigade?

It might look relatively unassuming, but take a look at the specs. The EOS M has an 18-megapixel sensor, the same as found in the EOS 650D, Canon’s budget SLR. Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor sits inside, allowing the EOS M to shoot at 4.3 frames per second. And ISO? It goes from 12,800 to 25,600. And it’s all packed in a magnesium body that’ll fit in your pocket.

It’s no slouch in the video department, either. It shoots at 1080p at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second. And Canon’s Movie Servo AF provides continuous autofocus while you’re videoing, just as on the EOS 650D. Stereo microphones provide great sound, but if that’s not enough there’s an input for an external mic as well.

There’s no viewfinder, so you use the 3-inch touchscreen LCD for framing. It’s how you operate almost all of the controls, seeing as there are few dials and manual controls on the body itself.

Slap on the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M accessory, and you can add any of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses, giving you more options than any other mirrorless camera. And these things are all about flexibility.

The EOS M is due in October, costing £770 for the camera body with an EF-M 18-55mm lens.

Source: The Verge

 

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Speedy LX7 and FZ200 superzoom take pride of place in Panasonic’s new compact line-up http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/18/speedy-lx7-and-fz200-superzoom-take-pride-of-place-in-panasonics-new-compact-line-up/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/18/speedy-lx7-and-fz200-superzoom-take-pride-of-place-in-panasonics-new-compact-line-up/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:40:41 +0000 Joe Svetlik http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=305326 Panny’s gone compact crazy this morning, launching no fewer than five cameras.

Chief among them is the FZ200, which packs a ridiculous 24x optical zoom, and the super fast LX7 (pictured). But with all the cameras, there’ll be something no matter what you’re looking for.

As we say, the Lumix DMC-FZ200 has a crazy 24x optical zoom, which should get you as close as you could need to your subject. And thanks to the f/2.8 aperture, you’ll get bright shots even at full zoom. It’s a paparazzo’s dream.

The 12.1-megapixel sensor isn’t as mad as some, but the FZ200 has Panasonic’s Venus processor inside, which gives you 12fps burst mode, and helps it start up in under a second. Impressive.

1080p movies also come as standard, making this a fantastic all-rounder.

The Lumix LX7, meanwhile, doesn’t have anywhere near the zoom powers, with just a 3.8x effort. But it is brighter, with an aperture of f/1.4-2.3. A 10.1-megapixel sensor sits inside, along with the same Venus processor (we think of Bananarama whenever we see that). There’s no viewfinder, so you’ll have to use the 3-inch LCD for framing your shots. And again, 1080p vids are as standard.

But for more super-zooming action, check out the FZ60 and LZ20. The FZ60 has a 24x effort, while the LZ20 has a 21x. They both have 16-megapixel sensors – alright, the FZ60 is 16.1, but let’s not nitpick – and shoot in HD (the FZ60 tapes at 1080i, and the LZ20 at 720p).

Finally, the SZ5 is a fairly standard compact that comes packing Wi-Fi for uploading your snaps without needing a computer. There’s a 14.1-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom, and it records in 720p. A neat addition is the built-in Wi-Fi radio, which lets you use your smartphone as a remote viewfinder.

There’s no word on price or availability of these yet, we’ll let you know when we hear more.

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Watch footage from Canon’s first 4K DSLR http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/02/watch-footage-from-canons-first-4k-dslr/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/07/02/watch-footage-from-canons-first-4k-dslr/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:34:40 +0000 Joe Svetlik http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=293931 Canon’s EOS-1D C is an absolute beast of a digital SLR, capable of recording 4K footage. Said footage has leaked out, and you can take a look for yourself right now. And it’s stunning.

4K has a resolution of around 4,000 pixels horizontally, which is around double that of HD. So click through if you’re curious how that’ll look.

The Canon EOS-1D C isn’t out yet, which means that the footage is from an early prototype. The clip shows a quick tour around what looks like a mudbank, so the scenery isn’t too exciting, but it is amazingly detailed. If you’re thinking of upgrading to a (ridiculously expensive) pro-grade camera, you should check it out.

The footage has been scaled down to 1,920×1080 to be viewable on Vimeo, but you can snaffle a short clip of raw 4k footage from the link here.

EOSHD.com, who got their hands on the footage, claim it’s “not near what true 4K should look like,” but it is a massive step up from what other DSLRs are capable of.

It is from a prototype camera as well, so the quality will no doubt improve for the models that go on sale:

The Canon EOS-1D C is expected to cost around $12-15,000 (£7,600-9,600) when it goes on sale, so it’s one for the pros only. Would you like to get your hands on one? Let us know.

Source: Engadget

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Polaroid’s new inkless printing camera: The Instagram fightback starts here http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/27/polaroids-new-inkless-printing-camera-the-instagram-fightback-starts-here/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/27/polaroids-new-inkless-printing-camera-the-instagram-fightback-starts-here/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:27:14 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=290503

You know the app icon for Instagram? You know that it’s loosely based on the original Polaroid 1000, right? If you were Polaroid, you’d probably be a little bit annoyed that the most successful camera app in the world is using your retro-cool aesthetic to its own ends. And you’d want to fight back. That’s where the Polaroid Z2300 comes in. It’s like Instagram, only in real life.

Polaroid’s had a hard time adapting to a world that’s more interested in digital than print. It’s a shift that’s claimed the lives of Kodak and many others, but there’s something nostalgic about the original instant-printing cam company that’s helped it limp on.

Now Polaroid’s ready to win back the hipster masses, and it plans to do it with this: the Polaroid Z2300. It’s a camera with a 10-Megapixel sensor, a 3-inch LCD display and an inkless Zink-powered printing mechanism that’ll spit out your shots in under a minute.

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It’s a retooled Polaroid with a smartly retro-inspired design, but it does come with one major drawback: the paper ain’t cheap. Your 2×3-inch snaps have to be printed onto specially-treated paper, which comes in at $15 (£9.60) for 30 sheets or $25 (£16) for 50. Ouch.

Still, the camera itself isn’t too pricey; it’ll cost $160 (£102) when it lands on August 15th. Will this bring the achingly cool back into the world of print photography? Maybe, but then how are people going to ‘Like’ their shots?

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Sony HD action cam: GoPro gets a serious rival http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/27/sony-hd-action-cam-gopro-gets-a-serious-rival/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/27/sony-hd-action-cam-gopro-gets-a-serious-rival/#comments Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:36:44 +0000 Joe Svetlik http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=290438 Sony has unveiled a new HD wearable video camera for sports filming, and judging from this first look, GoPro should be worried.

Sony’s HD action cam resembles one of its flash memory ‘corders, so should fit snug alongside your goggles strap for point-of-view videos. Or it can sit atop your helmet, if you don’t mind looking a bit like a a robot.

Details are pretty scarce, but we know the camera packs Sony’s Steadyshot image stabilisation tech, which should come in handy when bombing downslope. The Exmor R CMOS image sensor will help in lowlight conditions, and the ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens should make for some great landscape shots when up high.

Ruggedised and waterproof housings will also be available as extras. It’s wearing one of them in the pictures, though there’s no word on which.

There are also no details on a price or release date, but stay tuned and we’ll bring you more as it happens.

Source: Sony

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Instaglasses camera-shades concept: The ultimate hipster accessory? http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/25/instaglasses-camera-shades-concept-the-ultimate-hipster-accessory/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/25/instaglasses-camera-shades-concept-the-ultimate-hipster-accessory/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:14:03 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=288934 Google’s busy beavering away on its Project Glass Android eyewear, convinced of the notion that we’ll all one day be walking around with computers strapped to our faces. Whether that takes off or not remains to be seen, but either way we’ve just stumbled across a concept that puts it to shame: these are ‘Instaglasses’, and we want them.

The Instaglasses concept is the work of designer Markus Gerke, who’s combined the best of the Instagram app with the best of Google Glass to create something a little bit special.

Gerke’s design, while technically a bit ambitious, boasts 2GB of storage, WiFi and 4G connectivity, 7 hours of battery life and, crucially, a 5-Megapixel camera affixed to the side of one of the lenses.

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The idea would be to push the Instagram-coloured button on the bridge to turn the shades ‘on’, before taking photos with a button on one arm and choosing a filter with the other. You’d then be able to upload the finished pic to your account wirelessly.

It’s an ingenious idea, and one that actually looks pretty stylish – instantly putting it a world away from the Project Glass headsets that Google’s staff have been spotted wearing. The question is: how do we make these a reality? Someone needs to introduce Gerke to the team at Instagram pretty sharpish, for the sake of hipsters everywhere.

Take a look at the full gallery of pics above and let us know: would you wear a pair of Instaglasses?

Via Geeky-Gadgets | Behance

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Meet Spike: The amazing high-speed, slow-motion camera that beats CGI http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/18/meet-spike-the-amazing-high-speed-slow-motion-camera-that-beats-cgi/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/18/meet-spike-the-amazing-high-speed-slow-motion-camera-that-beats-cgi/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:26:59 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=283748

Tired of CGI? Us too. We applaud the efforts of both Ridley Scott and Christopher Nolan for trying to shoot as much of this summer’s blockbusters in real life as possible, but the George Lucas technique is still favoured by the majority. Thing is, CGI needn’t be the go-to solution every time, as a pioneering new camera rig from German company The Marmalade proves. Prepare to have your mind blown.

The Marmalade is a ‘creative effects’ studio whose bread and butter is in amazing slow-motion shots. And we mean amazing. You know those slow, panning shots of beer being poured, fruit smashing together and chocolate dropping into melted chocolate in adverts? They’re not CGI – they’re done at The Marmalade.

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And they’re done with some seriously impressive camera tech. To get shots so good, so crisp and so real that they actually start to look like CGI, you need a clever camera. Enter Spike, a camera rig that not only shoots at crazy high frame rate, but also that moves in specific, filmic arcs at an incredibly high speed.

The effect is slow motion shots with camera movement, rather than static images. It’s amazing to watch, and it’s all bespoke tech crafted at The Marmalade. Watch the video below to see for yourself – for anyone interested in tech and cinematography, it’s basically porn:

Link: The Marmalade

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The Hobbit’s secret camera tech revealed: Waterproof, wireless and super high-res http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/08/the-hobbits-secret-camera-tech-revealed-waterproof-wireless-and-super-high-res/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/06/08/the-hobbits-secret-camera-tech-revealed-waterproof-wireless-and-super-high-res/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2012 10:50:01 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=276700

When you’re shooting the prequel(s) to the fantasy genre’s most well-received set of movies ever made, you want to make sure you’re using the best tech available to you. Or better than that, if possible. Peter Jackson knows this, which is why he’s using the most advanced HD camera tech in the world for the two Hobbit movies. And it’s also why his cameras float.

In a newly-released video blog, Jackson and his crew take us behind the scenes of The Hobbit, revealing everything from how the crew relax to where the weapons are stored. But for tech fiends, there’s something very interesting at around the 9:00 minute mark…

Dion Hartley, Head of Technology on the set, takes us into ‘The Tin Shed’, where all the shooting kit lives. As you can see, Hartley shows off what he calls a “surface rig” – a fully waterproof, shockproof and “all wireless” box built for shooting on and in water.

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That’s cool, right? Very; we already know that Jackson’s cameras for the Hobbit are immensely powerful. He’s shooting in 3D with RED EPIC cameras, which run at super-HD 5K resolution. That’s insane. By comparison, 4K technology is what’s widely regarded as being the next generation of HD, and that’s about four times the resolution of the 1080p your Blu-Ray player can produce.

Having cameras shooting in 3D, at 5K resolution whilst bumping around on water and beaming the signal wirelessly back to Jackson is a serious feat of engineering. Needless to say, you needn’t worry about image quality in The Hobbit. It’ll probably melt your puny human eyes.

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Facebook Camera: Top iOS app rating shows Zuckerberg’s finally doing mobile right http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/05/25/facebook-camera-top-ios-app-rating-shows-zuckerbergs-finally-doing-mobile-right/ http://www.electricpig.co.uk/2012/05/25/facebook-camera-top-ios-app-rating-shows-zuckerbergs-finally-doing-mobile-right/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 09:22:13 +0000 Adam Bunker http://www.electricpig.co.uk/?p=270414

Yesterday Facebook launched Facebook Camera, a standalone app that finally addresses some of the crippling issues in uploading pictures to the world’s biggest social network via mobile. It smacks more than a little bit of the company’s recent purchase Instagram, but what’s really interesting are the ratings. Has Facebook actually made a good app?

Facebook Camera for iOS joins Facebook Pages Manager, Facebook Messenger and the main Facebook apps on the App Store. It’s designed to make uploading single or multiple photos a lot easier, and adds Instagram-style filter options to the mix, too. And it ain’t half bad.

At least, that’s what the ratings are saying. Running through the app is a very similar experience to Instagram, but in a good way – it all seems to work, which is more than can be said of Facebook’s other apps. If you look at the reviews, Facebook Camera has (at the time of writing) has just shy of 90 reviews, at an average of four stars.

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That makes it the best rated Facebook app going. Pages Manager has three stars, Messenger has three and a half stars and Facebook itself just two. We’ve spoken in the past about how woeful the main app is due to the many constraints in launching a multi-platform app that has to be the same across the board, but this is positive news.

It’s worth noting that Facebook Camera isn’t yet out on Android, which is odd in itself, but also that the average rating for Facebook apps on Android is generally a lot higher than their iOS counterparts. Still, the app’s positive early reviews for iOS seem to suggest that Facebook’s turning its app portfolio round.

There’s still a way to go, though: ‘iLoader for Facebook’ by Ky Vu, which does a similar job to Facebook Camera but for £0.69, has four and a half stars from well over 700 ratings.

 

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