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.
SteadXP Looks to Bring Stabilization to ANY Camera
If you want nice and smooth hand-held video shots, you basically have a few options, and most include some sort of gimbal or big stabilization rig. These can be a pain to set up and be unwieldy unless you know what you are doing.
But what if you could just connect your camera to an accessory that took care of all that stabilization for you? That is what the team over at SteadXP are trying to do, and they are currently on Kickstarter hoping to get your support.
The SteadXP does not play nicely with zooms, so prime lenses only (but that is probably what you are using if you are shooting video anyhow). There is some lag while the unit computes the necessary adjustments for stabilization. But it’s essentially a plug and play stabilization for virtually any camera. That, in itself, is impressive.
They have already surpassed their initial Kickstarter goal by almost $100,000, but if you want to get in on it before it ends, you can still get a deal on your own SteadXP. If you are interested, you can check it all out over on Kickstarter, here.
Tokina Announces New 16-28mm Cine Lens for Sony E Mount
Tokina 16-28mm T/3.0 Highlights
- Covers Full-Frame Sensors
- Parfocal Lens Design
- Constant T3.0 Aperture
- Geared Focus, Aperture, and Zoom Rings
- De-Clicked Aperture Ring
- Three Aspherical Lens Elements
- Two Super-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
- LDS (Lens Data System) Support
- 114mm Front Diameter for Matte Boxes
- Min. Focus Distance of 11.03″
Nikon F to Sony FE Adapter Progress Update Shows Improvement
We have talked in the past about the currently in-development Nikon F to Sony FE adapter from Commlite. When we last heard (via a pre-production review from Matt Granger), the performance was about as good as the basic Canon AF adapters out there. That is to say, it worked, but was not fast or accurate enough to recommend on anything but stationary subjects.
The team at Commlite has just released a new update that demonstrates how they have improved the performance of the adapter since then. It is actually quite impressive (given the adapter performance we are used to), and if they can clean it up a bit more, it could be very usable.
The reason for the improved performance, according to Commlite, is the addition of Phase Detection support on cameras like the a7R II. I very much look forward to getting a chance to try this guy out on my own.
What are your thoughts on the performance of this adapter compared to when we last saw it?
Qualcomm Looks Announces New Flight Platform for Drones
When you hear the name ‘Qualcomm’, the chances are that you think of cell phones, not drones. But that may soon change, as the company has announced a new Flight Platform, which aims to unify and improve upon the camera drone market.
Qualcomm hopes to bring a number of smartphone-developed features to the drone market, including quick charging. The new system will be able to support 4K recording as well as simultaneous 720p streaming for the drone operator. It will also include real-time flight controls, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity.
The new Qualcomm Flight Platform is now available to select manufacturers, with Yuneec being one of the first to implement the technology into an upcoming drone release in 2016. It will be interesting to see what other sort of advances this technology can bring to the drone realm, and if the big players like DJI will continue using their own systems, or migrate over to the Qualcomm platform.
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!