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DJI announces stabilized HERO mount, and camera-equipped Phantom quadcopter

Well, that didn’t take long. Just this January, DJI Innovations released its GPS-enabled Phantom quadcopter. Now, at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, the company has unveiled a self-stabilizing camera mount that can be added to existing Phantoms, plus an upgraded Phantom that includes its own HD video camera. Additionally, DJI’s new iOS app allows users to view onboard video output in real time on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via Wi-Fi. Read More

Digital Cameras

MoVI M10 – Steadicam smoothness for less than Hollywood-sized budgets

One of the most defining facets of any filmmaker’s style is how they position and move the camera. Though the time honored “tripod or dolly?” choice expanded with the advent of the Steadicam operator-controlled motion system in the 1980’s, the cost of even renting one (and the operator) have remained out of reach for the new breed digital filmmakers. Enter the MōVI M10 handheld gyroscopic camera mounting system from Freefly Systems – a motorized, triple gimbal system that provides rock-solid smoothness under ridiculous amounts of motion, both small and large, and for a fraction of its cost could offer what the Steadicam does – and potentially a whole lot more. Read More

Digital Cameras

Blackmagic announces Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Design has announced two new cameras at the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, providing both low and high-end alternatives to the popular Digital Cinema Camera it launched at last year's event. The Production Camera 4K is the beefier of the two devices and boasts some compelling features including an EF compatible lens mount, a Super 35 sensor, as well as 4K support. The Pocket Cinema Camera packs a Full HD Super 16 sensor into its slim magnesium alloy body, and offers some impressive functionality at a very competitive price point.Read More

Digital Cameras

LineCam – a zip line for your video camera

If you’ve watched much in the way of higher-end mountain biking or snowboarding videos, chances are that you’ve seen shots obtained using a cable cam. Essentially, a cable cam is a small video camera mounted on a gondola-like shuttle that rolls along an elevated cable suspended parallel to the path of the action. The result is smooth, high-angle tracking shots, that look almost as if they were shot using a low-flying helicopter. Oregon-based entrepreneur Nick Braun now hopes that his LineCam system can make such shots possible for a wider variety of action film-makers.Read More

Digital Cameras

Red Rocket Travel Slider is for film-makers on the go

Although not everyone may remember it, there was a time when if you wanted to make a professional-looking film, you needed either a 16mm movie camera or something along the lines of a BetaCam. Compact professional video cameras and video-capable DSLRs have changed that, although slick-looking videos still require more than just a good camera – it helps if you have a way of performing nice camera movements, too. The Red Rocket Slider is designed to get you some of those moves, without requiring a big gear truck or a big budget. Read More

Digital Cameras

MojoFloCam has a funny name and a smooth purpose

The skyrocketing popularity of smartphones and compact video cameras over the past several years has resulted in a certain class of products starting to show up a lot on Kickstarter – rigs for stabilizing video shot with the devices. We’ve recently covered models such as the Circle Thing, the Stabil-i Case, and the SteadeeGo. One of the latest such products, Steadibitz’ amazingly-named MojoFloCam, looks like it does a pretty good job at smoothing out the shakes. Read More

Digital Cameras

The BallCam – coming soon to a gridiron near you?

Viewers of televised football games can now see footage from video cameras mounted on the players’ helmets and the coaches’ heads ... what else could one ask? Of course, let’s see what things look like from the ball’s point of view! Actually, that’s no longer as far-fetched as it once was. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Japan’s University of Electro-Communications (UEC) recently unveiled their BallCam system, which can provide relatively smooth video from a spinning, airborne football. Read More

Digital Cameras

SteadyWheel takes a circular approach to stabilizing video

As can be seen by the increasing number of stabilizing rigs available for DSLRs and small camcorders, people don’t like shaky hand-held video. Most of those rigs are inspired by the Steadicam Smoothee, utilizing a counter-weighted arm that extends below the gimbal-mounted camera. It’s an effective set-up, but one that’s also kind of fiddly. Fabricator and machinist Robert Stone has created something much more simple, in the form of the SteadyWheel. Read More

Digital Cameras

MeCam video camera is worn like a button or necklace

People seem to be pretty content with using their smartphone video cameras to capture life’s zany moments, although constantly holding up one’s phone to follow the action can sometimes get a little tiring. That’s why the MeCam was invented. It’s a video camera that can be pinned to your shirt or worn on an included cord like a necklace, so you can shoot your clips without having to play Cameraman. Read More

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