With the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, Cupertino has shifted up a gear and are marching into enthusiast camera, and even professional territory with the new technology. 5 axis IBIS, 10bit Hybrid LOG Gamma (Dolby Vision HDR) and even a new RAW format for photography dubbed ProRAW (not to be confused with ProRes RAW). There’s also now an improved optical zoom and 47% larger main sensor with 26mm lens – at least 13 stops dynamic range in ProRAW mode, which brings the sensor closer and closer to the important 1″ mark where low light performance and image quality takes a huge step up from small chip sensors.
I am convinced Sony will go in the direction of Quad Bayer stacked CMOS sensors for the A7S series and it’s a major reason we’ve waited so long for it. I also think the FS5’s electronically variable ND filter will be in the camera too.
Quad Bayer answers the conundrum of balancing low light performance and megapixel count. It is the best of both worlds and allows a 48 megapixel 8000 x 6000 image and 8K video – at the same time as 4000 x 3000 and 4K video with better low light performance.
The proof of concept is sitting in my hands right now. Step forward the mighty Xiaomi Mi 9 smartphone with 48 megapixel Sony Quad Bayer sensor and 960fps slow-mo.
With the number of Galaxy handset shipments stalling since 2013, Samsung has been looking to raise prices on their high-end handsets to offset the plateau. The company has suffered dramatic losses of market share in China to cheaper rivals as a result. Now there are rumours Samsung is looking ‘beyond the galaxy’…
If, like me you have ever wanted to use the OLED screen of your lovely thin and light smartphone as an HDMI monitor for your camera, you are now officially in luck.
The LukiLink will give you that long-awaited HDMI input.
RED are set to release their first smartphone, Hydrogen, in 2018.
As things stand, this is the first ultra-premium device in a new market for phones, priced ahead of any of the current flagship smartphones. I think it’s an area that is going to see explosive growth.
Smartphones that communicate via Wifi with Panasonic cameras such as the GX80, GH4, GH5 and G7 can be used to trick the cameras into enabling features otherwise locked or hidden, such as extra picture profiles and higher bitrates.
HDMI monitor manufacturers continue to miss a trick by not building an ultra thin monitor the size of a smartphone (or phablet) with build in battery rather than a bulky brick-like Sony NP block on the back of a chunky monitor.
Now a solution might be at hand to turn your existing Android smartphone or tablet into an HDMI monitor and even recorder.
Right now I am shocked at the lack of innovative product design coming out of the DSLR market lead by Canon and Nikon and the failure to respond to the growing threat of consumer smartphones.
Canon’s response has been to ignore the shrinking consumer market by focusing on business to business technologies like security cameras and the pro video market with Cinema EOS. Nikon’s response has been to add a WiFi button to every camera.