March/April 2015

Hasselblad V System Digital Back

Hasselblad has reinvested in their classic V System cameras, dating back to 1957, by designing the cordless CFV-50c digital back with a 50-megapixel CMOS medium-format sensor. With a 100-6400 ISO, it shoots 1.5 images/second and long exposures up to 12 minutes to a CF card or tethered computer.

The 3-inch, high-resolution LCD screen offers a new menu and button layout. The digital back supports a classic Hasselblad square crop setting. Compatible with the PM90 and PME90 viewfinders. List Price: $15,500. Contact: Hasselblad, www.hasselbladusa.com.

Nikkor 300mm F/4E PF ED VR

Nikon has developed a travel-friendly AF-S Nikkor 300mm ƒ/4E PF ED VR lens that’s 30% shorter and 1.5 pounds lighter than its predecessor. This size and weight reduction is due in large part to Phase Fresnel optical technology that also contributes to a correction in chromatic aberration. The lens utilizes 4.5 stops of Vibration Reduction for sharp images when handheld, with additional VR modes for Sports & Action and Tripod Detection. Extra-low dispersion glass has a Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghosting and flare, as well as a fluorine coating to repel dust, water, grease and dirt. New electromagnetic aperture control adds precision to continuous shooting. Silent Wave Motor offers quiet AF operation with quick manual override from a focus ring spin. List Price: $1,999. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com.

Sony Action Cam

Sony has stepped into the ring with GoPro, announcing its own POV 4K action cam. The compact FDR-X1000V shoots 4K for playback on a 4K TV through HDMI, full HD video at 120p and standard HD at 240p to capture slow-motion shots. The Zeiss Tessar lens has an ultrawide 170º field of view. The camera also features a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor. Updated Steady Shot technology with electronic image stabilization provides vibration-free footage for quick action and aerial shots. The FDR-X1000V has added wind noise reduction to decrease interference with the stereo microphone. Manual controls include white balance, auto-exposure shifting, loop recording and burst still-image shooting. The camera is also compatible with the Ustream platform. An RM-LVR2 LCD Live View Remote is waterproof down to 10 feet for frame check, record start/stop, playback and file deletion. A Highlight Movie Maker feature automatically edits together a short MP4 highlight reel for quick sharing. The official Sony Action Cam app will be released in Spring 2015. List Price: $500 (with waterproof case); $600 (with waterproof case and RM-LVR2). Contact: Sony, store.sony.com.

Aries Blackbird X10 Camera Drone

The Aries Blackbird X10 camera drone provides six-axis gyrostabilization and GPS accuracy for its 16-megapixel still and 1080/30 fps full HD video onboard camera. The weather-protected body integrates a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection for advanced control via an Android/iOS mobile app. The mobile device can be secured directly to the controller, while the app allows you to dictate start/stop video recording, still shooting, lens field of view and more. The Aries Repeater (shipped with the Blackbird X10) increases the WiFi communication distance up to 1,000 feet, when needed. The ergonomic grip controls climb, descend, roll and pitch. If there’s a loss of control, the GPS-guided system hovers, maintaining height and position. If the transmitter signal is lost, the automatic Flight Control system pilots the quadcopter to a safe height and lands safely at its starting point. The easily accessible 5300 mAh lithium battery system provides 25 minutes of flight time on a single charge with audio and visual alerts when the battery is running low. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Adorama, www.adorama.com.

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