HEVC

Apple adds 4K 60p HEVC to iPhone 8 and iPhone X

By Ollie Kenchington

iPhone X

Apple has announced the new iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X (pronounced ‘ten’), both of which will be able to record 1080p 240fps and 2160p 60fps using the latest HEVC (H.265) codec.

Speaking from the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s brand new campus in Cupertino, CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple’s flagship iPhone X will also have a 2436 x 1125 “Super Retina” OLED display with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. Here are the full video specs for both new phones:

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 8 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

For me, I’m a tad disappointed that Apple has finally included an OLED HDR display on one of its phones, and yet hasn’t seen fit to include 10-bit recording. Similarly, it’s got a camera that can shoot 4K 60p, yet a display that only has a 2436 x 1125 resolution. However, given its massive presence in the phone market, and the announcement of a new 4K HDR Apple TV, it will no doubt play a big part in helping to bring these latest technologies to the masses, in a way that the camera and TV manufactures couldn’t alone.

The iPhone X comes in 64GB or 256GB storage capacities, priced from $999 (£999). The iPhone X will be available to pre-order from October 27th and will ship on November 3rd. The iPhone 8 will start at $699 → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

GH5 Firmware Update 2.0

By cameraman

This week Panasonic announced an update to the increasingly popular GH5. While some of the other camera manufacturers appear to be holding back on providing innovative video functions in the DSLR form factor, Panasonic are clearly going for it… and it shows.

Big news for video shooters is the addition of an ALL-Intra recording mode. This gives us 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-Intra recording at 200Mbps in HD resolutions and 400 Mbps at UHD or 4K. You’ll need to use the new speed Class 90 SD cards to push it to the limits, but this seems a small price to pay for such potential quality.

There’s now a 4K HDR gamma curve compatible with BT.2100 which Panasonic are calling HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma). You can choose HLG in the Photo Style menu when you want to enter the world of high dynamic range. There’s also a low bit-rate 4K HEVC recording mode for playback on HEVC compatible monitors.

Also recorded in HEVC is the high resolution anamorphic mode which enables video recording using an effective pixel equivalent to 6K (18 megapixels) with a suitable 4:3 anamorphic lens. So for PAL areas we’ll have the option of 4992 x 3744 at 4:2:2 10-bit and 200 Mbps Long GOP.

When the GH5 was first launched, many people complained about the auto focus performance when shooting video. The good news is that it looks like Panasonic have listened and report improvements to auto focus tracking and performance in low contrast situations. We’re looking forward to testing this soon.

With a new handshake correction mode in the body I.S. (image stabiliser), many improvements to still photo modes and the usual bug fixes, this looks like being an important upgrade for GH5 owners. Panasonic say it’ll be available late September:

http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html

Until recently, I’ve been more than happy → continue…

From:: Extra Shot