New Stuff - LG v30, RX0, EM10 Mark III

LG has made official the LG v30Headline features LG v30-

  • 16-MP camera has an aperture of f/1.6
  • 13-MP 120 degree view camera
  • Cine Effects for recording video
  • Lossless audio recording
  • 6-inch, 18:9 Quad HD OLED screen
  • IP68 water and dust resistant and supports wireless charging
  • 600 MHz - Supporting T-mobiles new -faster/broader bandwidth

Available Soon on B&H Photo - View Here

Sony has announced the tiny RX0

It might look like a GoPro competitor but it is that and MUCH more -

Headline features RX0-

  • Outputs 4:2:2 UHD 4K Video via HDMI (records 1080p60 internally)
  • Ultra-Compact, waterproof (10-meter depth) and shockproof body
  • 20MP 1" Stacked CMOS Sensor (double the size of a GoPro sensor)
  • Zeiss 24mm-Equivalent Lens, f/4 Aperture
  • Manual focus, auto focus and pre focus setting
  • 40x Super Slow motion recording, Picture Profile (S-Log2)
  • Continuous recording until card is full (NOT limited at 29:59)
  • XAVC-S, AVCHD and .MP4 Recording
  • Timecode-Sync Multiple Cameras
  • Control via App or VP1K Remote
  • Preorders start September 5th - $699 from B&H Photo

Sure it looks like a GoPro and comes in a rugged, waterproof housing - additional housing available for deeper than 10-meters, but the 4K out via HDMI, the Timecode-Sync and control of multiple units through the app or Remote means this is really focused on VR and multi camera setups in a variety of conditions. Maybe under a drone or mounted to multiple points on a rally car, or on your scuba mask… the options are endless and with that larger sensor and a higher quality lens - we should see some beautiful footage out of this camera.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 MK III

Headline Features Olympus OM-D E-M10 MK III

  • 16.1MP Four Thirds Live MOS Sensor (same sensor as MK II)
  • Dual Quad-Core TruePic VIII Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Recording
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 121-Point Contrast-Detect AF System
  • Up to 8.6 fps Shooting and ISO 25600

Just a minor and mild refresh of the existing E-M10 MK II. The new version upgrades the processor and now supports 4k video, updates to the AF system and a bump to 121 AF points vs 80 in the Mark II.   Slight change to the mode dial as well. The M10 offers a very compact interchangeable lens system at an affordable cost. Nearest competitor - the Panasonic G85 (see my full review of the G85).Shipping later this year. Preorder on B&H Photo now $699 Body Only | $799 w. 14-42 kit Silver and Black bodies available.Which new announcement are you most excited about.

Nikon's New KeyMission Action Camera Line might remember during CES the KeyMission 360 was the big hit in the news from Nikon as strong competition for GoPro. Albeit this week GoPro stole the news headlines with their Karma Drone. The Nikon KeyMission since then has become a series of action cams with the 360 showcased during the original announcement, a 170 GoPro equivalent, and 80 wearable camera. As for the model numbers the names imply the degree of field of view the cameras can see. 

KeyMission 800-hero

Smaller than your average GoPro, the KeyMission 80 is a rugged wearable camera for the person on the go. The small clip-on camera can record 1080p video, shoot 12MP photos, and 5MP selfies with a rear facing camera. Using SnapBridge it can automatically upload to your phone via Bluetooth and WiFi on the go. At a compact size of 1.8” x 3.5” it’s a convenient option for those wanting to have a camera right there when needed. KeyMission 80 goes where the action is. It's waterproof down to 3.4-feet, freezeproof to 14°F, and shockproof from drops up to 4.9-feet.Watch the KeyMission 80: Product Tour

KeyMission 1700-hero-1

The main GoPro clone of this lineup, the KeyMission 170 is built for just that role and that's about it honestly. Built with a F/2.8 8.3MP camera the KeyMission 170 is made for rugged 4K footage. It’s main highlight is Electronic Vibration Reduction for crystal clear video, bar while shooting at 4K. It also has SnapBridge included for sending data to your phone but the 170 and 360 have a special smartphone app for additional features. With a included remote you have control from a distance and the option of tagging highlights to make editing a breeze.  With no additional housing, it's waterproof down to 33-feet, freezeproof to 14°F, shockproof up to a drop of 6.6-feet, and resistant to dust and grit.Watch the KeyMission 170: Product Tour

KeyMission 3600-hero-2

The original product of the line announced in January, the KeyMission 360 makes it's mark for 360° 4K video. Two 20MP sensors with F/2.0 lenses each shoot 180° and stitch together to make this possible. The KeyMission 360 wants to be your all in one action camera with 23.9MP 360° stills , 4K video, 360° video, timelapses, and more. With 360° photo and video being something Toby’s had an eye on lately the KeyMission 360 makes for an immersive experience, especially in VR as it comes with an included head mounted smartphone display. Compared to the others while it has included SnapBridge for sending data it also can be used to watch live while recording. With no additional housing, KeyMission 360 is waterproof down to 98-feet*, freezeproof down to 14°F and shockproof up to a drop of 6.6-feet.Watch the KeyMission 360: Product Tour


KeyMission 80$279.95


KeyMission 170$399.95224_26514_km170_front

KeyMission 360$499.95


ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 -1,600 ISO 100 -1,600 ISO 100 -1,600
Megapixels Front: 12.4 MPRear: 4.9 MP 8.3 MP 23.9 MPImage processing may reduce the number of effective pixels
Screen Size 1.75 in. diagonal 1.5 in. diagonal N/A
Screen Type 1.75-in. (4.4 cm) approx. 230,000-dot, TFT LCD (touchscreen) with 5-level brightness adjustment 1.5-in. (3.7 cm) TFT LCD monitor, approx. 345,000-dot N/A
Video Movie: 1,920x1,080/ 30p (max.) When NTSC/PAL is set to NTSC3840x2160/ 30p1920x1080/ 120p1920x1080/ 60pWhen NTSC/PAL is set to PAL3840x2160/ 25p1920x1080/ 100p1920x1080/ 50pHigh Speed movie options:HS 1080/ 4xHS 720/ 8x When NTSC/PAL is set to NTSC3840x2160/ 24p1920x1080/ 24p1440x960/ 30p480x640/ 120p240x320/ 240pWhen NTSC/PAL is set to PAL3840x2160/ 24p1920x1080/ 24p1440x960/ 25p480x640/ 100p240x320/ 200p
HDMI N/A HDMI micro connector (type D) HDMI micro connector (type D)
VR Lens-Shift VRFront: Lens shift (still images)Combination of lens shift and electronic VR (movies)Rear: Electronic VR (movies) Movie: Electronic VR function (4K UHD is not supported) Movie: Electronic VR function (4K UHD is not supported)
Focus Approx. Front: 4 in. (10 cm.) to infinity from the center of the front surface of the lensRear: 1 ft. 2 in. (35 cm) to infinity from the center of the front surface of the lens Approx. 1 ft. 4 in. (40 cm.) to infinity from the center of the front surface of the lens Approx. 1 ft. (30 cm.) to infinity from center of front surface of lens (wide-angle position)
Storage MicroSD cardSDHC memory cardSDXC memory card MicroSD cardSDHC memory cardSDXC memory card MicroSD cardSDHC memory cardSDXC memory card
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (built-in) One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
Dimensions 1.8 in. (44.8 mm) x 3.5 in. (86.5 mm) x 0.6 in. (15 mm) 2.7 in. (66.4 mm) x 1.9 in. (46.8 mm) x 1.7 in. (42.7 mm) 2.6 in. (61.1 mm) x 2.5 in. (65.7 mm) x 2.4 in. (60.1 mm)
Weight 2.7 oz. (74 g) 4.8 oz. (134.5 g) 7 oz. (198 g)

 Buy a KeyMission Today! Pre-orders of the 360 and 170 come with a FREE $149.95 accessory pack! Includes a system case, tripod, extension arm, and extra battery.

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DJI Phantom 4 - Obstacle Avoidance and Subject Tracking

DJI has announced the Phantom 4 - The first drone with some serious intelligence.

Highlight features of the Phantom 4

  • 5 cameras act as the eyes
  • On board software constructs a 3d model of the world as it flies
  • Uses model to avoid obstacles/crashing.
  • More stable hovering
  • Tap fly feature smooths out panning movements for smoother cinematic capture
  • Combine tap fly plus obstacle avoidance to get shots close smooth shots close to buildings, people without fear of crashing into something/someone.
  • Active Track - Trace a circle around your subject  - mountain biker, car, runner and the drone will automatically track and keep  the subject in frame.  - Active track is capable of close flying - just 4-5 feet from subject.
  • Sport mode enables 35-45MPH speeds.
  • battery life is 28 minutes

Dji phantom 4

$1,399 Available to purchase now from and

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Z1 C Smooth - Magic Steadicam

We spent a few weeks with the ZHIYUN Z1 Smooth C Hand Held Stabilizer and share the results with you.  In the past we have used the larger gimbal like the Nebula 4000, Pilot Fly H1+ and soon the Behold DS1 - but when you want to travel lighter a gimbal with something like the LG V10 can rival the DJI Osmo. . . or can it?If you have a smartphone capable of shooting decent video - the Z1 Smooth C is an excellent choice for shooting very stable video on the go.Buy from Amazon $248.00z1 smooth c gimbal

New GoPro Model & GoPro Price Drop

GoPro Hero+ Wi-FiGoPro has announced a new model- an entry level model, the GoPro Hero+ Wi-Fi,  Priced at $199.00.We now have three Hero+ models - these are the more basic, no-frill models that ditch a version number.Hero + is $129.00 - Shop on Amazon(NEW) Hero + Wi-Fi $199 Shop on Amazon or B&H Photo - Shipping Oct 4thHero + LCD $299.00 Shop on AmazonMuch of the difference between these models is distinguishable by name with a few additional key features

Model Hero Hero+ Hero+ LCD
Top Video Resolution  1080p30   1080p60  1080p60
Still Photos  5MP (5fps burst)  8MP (5fps burst)  8MP (5fps burst)
Connectivity  N/A  Wi-Fi & Bluetooth  Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
LCD  N/A  N/A  Yes - Touchsensitive
Price  $129  $199  $299

Hero+ offers a basic action cam capable of 1080p at 30fps. The Hero+ Wi-fi offers 1080p at 60fps AND Wi-Fi connectivity. The Hero+ LCD provides the 1080p at 60fps, Wi-Fi connectivity AND a touch sensitive LCD on the back for easier control of the camera and easier feedback on what you are capturing.The Hero4 series is the higher end offering additional features and power including 4k video.GoPro Hero 4 SessionThe GoPro Hero4 session received a price drop, now selling for $299. Shop Amazon Quick Thoughts - Gopro continues to dominate the market and now offer a camera at every price point.  The number of GoPro's I have seen tourists using for selfies and general photography is regrettable. They make good action cameras but are not the best for general photography and I will be talking more about a really sweet alternative soon - the Olympus TG-860 that I used in Greece

GoPro 4 and the Hero- Crushing the Action Cam Market

GoPro announced updated action cams yesterday.  The Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver and the Hero.  Most people are talking about the new Hero 4 Black that allows 4k recording at 30fps but the real news here is the pricing on the new, numberless model, Hero - just $129.  The action cam market is quite crowded, though you might think there is only GoPro, and up until now one of GoPros weak points was price, with previous models starting at $299. The Hero at just $129 opens up the door for interested buyers who couldn't quite justify the price when they weren't sure the could even justify a need for a camera like this.  Polaroid made news recently with their cute little Cube (we chatted about it on Episode 27 of Photo Mish Mash) and at $99 it looked like a good deal, now that the Hero is here it seems to me to be worth spending $40 more.  Why?Polaroid Cube $99 - Buy from B&HScreenshot 2014-09-30 14.24.42

  • 1.4 inches square (35mm)
  • 1.6 ounces (45.4g)
  • 124° View
  • 1080p 30fps or 720p 30fps
  • 6MP Stills
  • Dust/shock resistant (not waterproof)
  • Video files split into 5 minute chunks
  • 32GB Micro SD card limit
  • Colors - Black, Blue and
  • Cute Mounts available and magnet on bottom for stacking or attaching to metal surfaces

Video quality I have seen is OK - certainly not spectacular.Go Pro Hero $129 - Buy from B&HScreenshot 2014-09-30 14.38.24

  • 3.9 ounces (this includes waterproof/shockproof housing)
  • 171° View
  • 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps
  • 5MP stills
  • Time lapse mode - (every 0.5 seconds)
  • Burst Mode - (5 photos/second)
  • 32GB Micro SD Card Limit
  • Standard GoPro size fits all goPro accessories and mounts

The specs are very similar between the two cameras but the fact that you get a completely waterproof camera(inside the housing it comes with) and the additional modes- like time lapse- makes the GoPro Hero worth the extra money.The updated Hero 4 Black and Hero 4 Silver specs (compared to last year's 3+ Black)

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GoPro Hero 4 Black GoPro Hero 4 Silver GoPro Hero 3+ Black
 Resolutions 4K 30fps, 2.7K 50fps and 1080p120fps video 1080p60 and 720p120 video 4k 15FPS 2.7K 30fps and 1080p 60
 MP 12MP and capable of 30 fps bursts 12MP and capable of 30 fps bursts 12MP and capable of 30 fps bursts
 Connectivity Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity Wifi and Bluetooth Connectivity WiFI Connectivity
 Headline Feature Improved Processor and IQ Built in touch display
 Price $499 $399  Now $349- going out of stock
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