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Canon 120MP Sensor Not Bayer? Interfit S1 An Impressive Profoto B1 Alternative!? {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on October 29th 2015

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Canon’s 120MP Sensor Not Bayer Technology?

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Here is an interesting rumor coming out of the Canon rumor camp regarding the 120MP sensor that the company teased a while back. According to the report over on Canon Watch, this sensor is not based on Bayer technology. In other words, it’s not your average RGB CMOS sensor.

Right now, we don’t know what that technology is, but it is possible that it could be a Foveon-like multilayer technology, or it could be something else altogether. There are many Canon patents out there for Foveon-like technology, so maybe this could be the first attempt by Canon to utilize that technology.

We probably won’t know more until closer to the tentative 2018 release that Canon announced for this sensor, but it could be a fun discussion about what sort of new or advanced technologies that Canon will employ on this sensor.

Interfit Announces New Profoto B1 Alternative ‘S1‘ Strobes

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Interfit, a lesser known lighting company, has announced their new alternative to the Profoto B1 series of battery powered TTL HSS strobes, the S1 series.

The new 500Ws lights offer users the ability to power from a built-in battery or through the wall with a supplied AC adapter. Much like the Profoto offering, these units are compatible with Canon and Nikon TTL technology as well as the ability to shoot at up to 1/8000th with HSS (High-Speed Sync) support.

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Interfit S1 Specs

  • 500Ws
  • 7-stop power range
  • 3 second recycle time on AC and DC (S1a: 2 seconds only)
  • 1/10-stop power control precision
  • 1/1,000 – 1/9,000 second flash duration (max–min power)
  • 10W LED modelling lamp (modes: off/50%/100%)
  • Built-in 2.4GHz radio, optical slave and sync port
  • Manual, TTL and HSS shooting for Canon and Nikon
  • Max sync speed 1/250 second (normal) or 1/8000 second (HSS)
  • 4500mAh Li-ion battery capable of 350 full-power flashes (S1 only)
  • Fan cooled
  • Aluminium construction
  • Length: 34cm (S1) / 32cm (S1a)
  • Diameter: 13cm
  • Weight: 2.85 kg (S1) / 2.25kg (S1a)

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The new S1 units will retail for $999 per unit with the built in battery, or you can opt for an AC power only version for just $599. You can also buy extra batteries for $199, making these even more exciting because you can have several batteries available to in locations far away from power.

Both the Battery & AC only units are expected to become available in December of this year, just in time for the holidays. I am very excited to get my hands on a set of these; they could turn out to be a very cost effective alternative to the overly expensive Profoto units.

If you are interested in picking up a set, you can get a notification from B&H once they become available by visiting this link.

OnePlus Latest Announcement ‘X’ Features 13MP F/2.2 Camera

We don’t generally talk about mobile cameras that often, but every once in a while, it is interesting to see where the technology of new devices is at. Today, OnePlus announced their latest budget phone, the $250 X.

From a phone standpoint, the device is really impressive considering its price point, but what we all want to hear about is the actual camera. This new budget device features a 13MP sensor with a built in F/2.2 lens which gives this phone one of the better cameras of any budget device that I have seen recently.

It is pretty amazing the sort of camera tech that they are putting in phones these days. While these devices will never truly replace the need for a professional photographer and equipment, it’s hard to deny that for most average, everyday uses, these mobile cameras are where they need to be.

For a more detailed preview of the new One Plus X, you can check out this video below:

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kamuela Moniz

    S1 look very interesting… I can’t wait for the hands on review. Why no mention of the Baja B6?

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  2. Cyril Charpin

    Really curious about the “S1” …

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  3. lee christiansen

    There are lots of reasons why I love my Profotos… One key reason I have them is the consistency of flash power and colour. Even at the lowest power setting, they flash to less than 1/10 variance each time.

    I used to use Bowens, (which are fine lights), but there was a variance of between 1/10 and 1/3 stop – and when you may have up to 5-6 lights firing on a complex shot, this can drive you nuts in post production.

    Features are always a great sales tool, but it would be interesting to see how solid the performance of these Interfits are.

    Not saying they will be bad – my humble Lencarta Safari’s are remarkably stable between flashes.

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  4. jozef povazan

    So if I read correctly the S1 can be run from Battery and also AC source? If that is the case then B1 are in trouble :) because they are only battery powered !!! this would be huge if the S1 is reliable :) Love my Einsteins but a light with built in BAT + AC option is sweet!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Yes that is correct, can be run off both battery or AC/wall power, and on top of that batteries are removable so you can have extra’s charged up and ready to go.

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  5. Kenny Van

    I wonder if the intetfit S1 supports HSS in manual mode?

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    • Moise Oiknine

      Kenny, the S1 only supports HSS in manual, not in TTL. I got a chance to fiddle with one at the Expo last week. I am probably going to pick up a couple of them because my bank account doesn’t allow me to go to profoto. The staff there were very receptive and they also said that they are trying to finalize an east coast location for service…which is the most important issue for me.

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  6. adam sanford

    I’m not buying the ‘120 MP sensor is definitively *going* to arrive in a Canon FF rig’ hype, regardless of it existing in real life and being shown at a tech expo.

    Canon doesn’t constantly push out higher MP sensors like that — they make bumps every 5-7 years to proliferate those sensors as widely as they can and maximize profits. Consider how long crop sat at 18 MP and FF sat at 20-22 MP — now we have 24 MP crop and 50 MP FF — I don’t see those numbers changing for a number of years.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, I doubt it will be used in an affordable dslr style camera for quite some time. But the tech is still interesting to discuss.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Definitely.. no. But they’ve been showing some variation of this around for the last 5 years. And a step up from 50Mp to 120Mp is actually less, as a percentage, than their more recent step up from 22Mp to 50mp.

      I’m more concerned with the fact that the 50Mp is already not so great in low light, and they’re talking about doubling — or more — the resolution? Based on the same technology, that sounds like a mistake. So floating the notion that this is something very new… to me that actually makes the story more credible.

      On the other hand, after reading photo blogs for ages, it’s pretty clear that Canon does lots of testing before releasing the shiny new thing. And they don’t always get released. They’re doing experiments, developing new tech, etc. If it doesn’t perform, it’s going to be back to the drawing board. So even a solid rumor of some new crazy-pixel camera could prove real, but also yield no new camera.

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