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— Digital Cameras

Canon announces new 4K cameras with the C300 Mark II and XC10

Canon has revealed two new professional 4K-toting cameras in the form of the C300 Mark II and the XC10. The EOS C300 M2 is designed for film makers and broadcast producers with its Super 35-mm CMOS sensor and internal 4K recording, while the XC10 is a smaller hybrid camera with a built-in 27-273-mm equivalent lens aimed at indie film makers and multimedia journalists. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Joby's Action Jib Kit offers a new perspective on your stunts

Joby has introduced an action camera-focused jib kit to let you capture your extreme endeavors (or more mundane activities) from a new perspective. Part of the Action Series line-up, the Action Jib Kit and Pole Pack is designed for action cameras including GoPro, Contour and the Sony Action Cam. It should make it easier to film that skateboard trick you've been practicing, with more cinematic-style camera movements. Read More
— Drones

Shift handles the camera work for drone pilots

Although camera-equipped drones have opened up all sorts of film-making possibilities, trying to simultaneously control the aircraft and the camera movements can definitely be challenging. That's why Perceptiv Labs developed Shift. It's a system that allows a DJI or 3D Robotics quadcopter's motorized camera to automatically keep a tagged subject centered in the frame, letting the user concentrate on flying. Read More
— Aircraft

Skyshot Helikite provides a simpler alternative to aerial drone photography

It's certainly no secret that consumer drones are proving to be extremely popular for shooting aerial videos. That said, the things still aren't perfect – you can't fly them for more than about 25 minutes per battery charge, pre-flight procedures such as calibrating their compass can be tricky, they're noisy, and they can fall out of the sky and hurt people. Allsopp's Action Cam Skyshot Helikite, however, is claimed to have none of these problems. It's basically just a GoPro-carrying kytoon – a kite/balloon hybrid. Read More
— Digital Cameras

SoloShot2 wants to be your robo-cameraperson

A couple of years ago, we first heard about the SoloShot. It's a robotic device that sits between a video camera and a tripod, automatically panning the camera to keep the surfing, skiing, etc subject centered in the shot. The idea is that you can get video of yourself doin' your thing, without calling upon someone else to act as a videographer. The SoloShot2 takes things a step further, most notably by also tilting the camera. Read More
— Drones

Cirque du Soleil and ETH Zurich collaborate on human/drone performance

Fans of the Disney classic Fantasia will no doubt remember the Sorcerer's Apprentice segment of that film, in which a hapless Mickey Mouse accidentally brings an army of mops to life. Well, Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with ETH Zurich and spinoff group Verity Studios to create a somewhat similar video entitled Sparked – instead of mops, however, it features a fleet of lampshade-clad quadcopters. Read More
— Drones

Iris+ is the first consumer drone to be able to follow its user

Last year, 3D Robotics announced its Iris quadcopter drone. Like other similar products, it can either be flown manually using radio remote control, or it can use its onboard GPS to autonomously fly between a series of preprogrammed waypoints. Today, however, the company announced its successor, the Iris +. Its big feature is the Follow Me function, which allows it to automatically fly along above a moving ground-based GPS-enabled Android device. This means that when equipped with a GoPro actioncam, it can get tracking footage of you as you cycle, ski or surf. Read More
— Digital Cameras Review

Review: Knog's Qudos Action camera light for GoPro Hero

We've seen a plethora of accessories for the GoPro Hero actioncam cropping up over the past few years, including everything from stabilizers to drones to helmet-mounted poles. Surprisingly, though, except for scuba-specific models, there's been almost nothing in the way of lights. Australian bike gadget manufacturer Knog recently set out to fill that void, by releasing its Qudos Action light earlier this month. I recently had a chance to get my hands on the thing, and liked what it had to offer. Read More
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