By Wares May 05, 2016 Digital imaging

A round-up of some of the latest local and international digital imaging category news.

It’s a Revlation

An interesting start-up project that has been getting plenty of support is the Revl Arc (photo above). Calling itself “the worlds smartest action camera” as well as the “world’s smallest 4K camera” the compact and user-friendly Revl Arc is clearly gunning for the GoPro customer and this interesting product does boast some impressive specs.

Its key point of difference is its stabilisation capability, combining a built-in motorised gimbal with electronic image stabilisation to keep the view level to the horizon without the need for bulky accessories, even in the most challenging and extreme situations.

Revl Arc is another digital imaging player to look at simplifying editing, using sensory AI that automatically identifies the most exciting moments in captured footage to create a sharable video instantly.

Users can also fine-tune their own videos using the Revl app before sharing. The campaign has met its funding goals so we may see more of the Revl Arc.


GoPro gets editing, teases new drone

Late February saw GoPro announce the US$105 million acquisition of two start-ups to address the market’s criticism of its video editing capability. Stupeflix and Vemory are the companies behind mobile apps Replay and Splice, respectively.

Replay lets users select video clips and combine them into a single film complete with transitions and music while Splice, from Vemory, is a robust mobile video application that provides a lot of tools not found in GoPro’s mobile editing app.

GoPro has also released the second teaser for Karma, its entry into the drone market – check it out here:


Lexar Professional XQD 2.0 USB 3.0 Reader

Designed to aid professionals in quickly transferring files from XQD 2.0 cards to computers, this new reader leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to improve the workflow of photographers and videographers, easily offloading RAW Images and 4K Video from XQD 2.0 Cards. With a compact, portable design for photographers and videographers on the go, for versatility, the reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices at USB 2.0 speeds. Comes with a limited 5-year warranty.


Fujifilm TransPix mobile photo app

Fujifilm brings physical photos back with the new TransPix mobile photo app allowing users to quickly and wirelessly print images from their phone or social media accounts. The Transpix app can be accessed where all Fujifilm kiosks are located including Warehouse Stationary stores, Harvey Norman and selected pharmacies nationwide. The TransPix app can be downloaded for free on both Google play and the App store.


Panasonic LUMIX GX85

A new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) model, LUMIX GX85 compact camera incorporates a host of advanced technologies that also allow for smooth, crisp, high-resolution 4K video. GX85 captures 30 frames per second (FPS) in 8 MP equivalent resolution and three shooting modes, including 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst Start/Stop (S/S) and 4K Pre-Burst. Post Focus, Light Composition and 4K Live-Cropping give the photographer a range of options to take the best possible picture and the GX85 is also the first camera to use USB charging. Combining a 2-axis Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) and five-axis Body Image Stabiliser (BIS), the 5-axis Dual IS compensates for a larger range of movement than ever before to decrease blurring in images and video.



Canon EOS 80D and EOS 1300D DSLRs, SELPHY CP1200 photo printer, SX720 HS superzoom and Powershot G7 X Mark II

The new entry-level DSLR, the EOS 1300D is an ideal introduction to DSLR photography, including Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC to make sharing simpler than ever and an 18 MP sensor and responsive handling for capturing high-quality images that are immediately shareable.

A perfect camera partner for the EOS 1300D is the new SELPHY CP1200 photo printer for quick photo-lab quality prints with mobile and tablet Wi-Fi printing in a compact and portable body with inbuilt filters and printing layouts for more creative control of printed images.

For those more familiar with the DSLR format, EOS 80D is a new powerful, fully equipped DSLR combining leading imaging technologies including a new 24.2 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 processor, alongside a new 45 all cross-type point AF system and fast responsive 7 FPS shooting rate.

Canon is also unveiling an all-purpose lens – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM – with new Nano USM technology, an optional Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, for smooth zoom control when shooting movies and remote operation via Wi-Fi. Also new is the DM-E1 Microphone, Canon’s first external microphone for use with the EOS series. 

PowerShot also gets a new addition with the SX720 HS, Canon’s slimmest and most powerful superzoom camera yet combining a 20.3 MP CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 processing to power Canon’s HS System, delivering stunning stills and Full HD movies even when lighting is compromised.

Powershot G7 X Mark II offers more power and control and is the first camera to include Canon’s new DIGIC 7 processor coupled with a 1.0-type 20.1 MP CMOS sensor and 4.2x optical zoom lens. An excellent halfway point between point & shoot and DSLRs, PowerShot G7 X Mark II distils great camera performance into a compact body while offering intuitive handling and immediate access to the controls you need most. Precision optics, lightning speeds, full manual control and enhanced connectivity complete the specs.


Olympus PEN-F and TG-870

A perfect model to bring the old school film photographer into the digital age, PEN-F combines classic styling and manual control features with the latest digital technologies. The Monochrome Profile Control and Colour Profile Control allows users to experience the pleasures of viewfinder shooting enhanced with a 20 MP Live MOS sensor and powerful in-body 5-axis image stabilisation along with a whole raft of modern features expected in a state of the art camera.

At the other end of the spectrum is the latest TG-870, a tough outdoor camera designed for extreme outdoor environments. TG-870 is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and crushproof and features a wide 21mm lens to capture selfies against majestic landscapes and a 180° flip-up monitor helps shooting in narrow spots. TG-870 also has a Sportcam mode for outdoor sports enthusiasts, built-in Wi-Fi for easy photo sharing, Assist GPS for creating useful records of outdoor activities and travels and new art filters and live composites for web-ready pics anytime.


Sony SRG-120DS full-HD pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) cameras

Ideal for a range of professional applications, their all-in-one compact and lightweight design makes these cameras easy to install in a variety of locations while integrating seamlessly to different applications as either a primary or secondary camera while a sophisticated 1/2.8-type Exmor CMOS image sensor, provides smooth, crisp detailed, full-HD (1920 x 1080/60p) images with extremely low noise condition. Ideal for live streaming via IP, SRG cameras are remote-operated and equipped with powerful optical zoom and wide-viewing angles that ensure images stay clear and sharp for video conferencing. Fast and silent pan, tilt and zoom capabilities are also useful in noise-restricted environments along with the avbility to balance strong backlight. Connectivity is available to HDMI, 3G-SDI, USB2.0, USB 3.0 to standard IP network and cameras can be controlled via the VISCA protocol over IP connections.

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