The World’s Highest-Capacity microSD Card Can Now Be Yours

By Jon Fusco

With SanDisk’s 400GB card, you don’t have to worry about your storage problems anymore.

SanDisk is bringing the microSD card game to new heights. Yesterday at the IFA consumer electronics tradeshow, the company unveiled what is now the world’s highest capacity microSD card. At 400GB, the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card has 144GB more storage than any other microSD card on the market.

The new card is ridiculously fast. It supports 100MB read speed, A1 app performance, and UHS Speed Class 1. That’s a lot of storage power for such a tiny card. That translates to about 1,200 photos per minute. It’s also rated for full 1080p video.

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From:: No Film School

New and Improved DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Announced

By Fabian Chaundy

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

DJI has announced a few updates to some of the drones in its prosumer tier, including the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum.

DJI has made a number of small announcements at the IFA 2017 consumer electronics exhibition in Berlin, all of which revolve around lower three tiers in their line-up of drones.

DJI Mavic Pro Platinum

Perhaps the most significant of these announcements the new premium version of their popular entry-level compact drone. The DJI Mavic Pro Platinum features a couple of nice improvements over the standard Mavic Pro, the first of which is an 11% boost in battery life, bringing up to 30 mins.

This premium version of the Mavic also features new speed controllers which, in addition to the new 8331 propellers, contribute to up to 60% noise power reduction of up to 4db. This noise reduction will work across all of the Mavic’s flight modes, and the new propellers will also be compatible with the regular version of the Mavic Pro.

This new version features a platinum-coloured shell, and will go for $1,099, or $100 over the standard Mavic Pro. Pre-ordering is available from the links below.

DJI Spark’s Sphere Mode and DJI Phantom Pro Obsidian

The tiny DJI Spark also got a new feature. The new Sphere Mode is a variation of the Photo Panoramic mode that allows users to take a fisheye panoramic image. This new function, which adds to the various improvements that the Spark received recently, requires updating the DJI GO 4 app as well as the drone’s firmware itself.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian

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Motorola Moto X4 brings a dual-cam with super-wide-angle to the mid-range segment

Lenovo has introduced the Motorola Moto X4 at its IFA 2017 event and closes the gap in its line-up that was created after the Moto X series went into hiatus with the launch of the Moto Z models last year.

The Moto X4 is an upper-tier mid-ranger that slots in between the Moto Z and Moto G series and aims to offer a comprehensive feature set at an attractive price point. 400 Euros (no US pricing has been revealed yet) get you a 5.2″ 1080p IPS display, a sleek metal body with glass back, IP68 water-resistance, Snapdragon 630 chipset, Amazon Alexa integration and a dual-camera.

The latter combines a 12MP main camera with an 8MP 120-degree super-wide-angle, a similar concept to what we’ve seen on more recent LG high-end devices. The main cameras features a 12MP sensor with 1.4um pixel size, F2.0 aperture and PDAF. The super-wide angle has a smaller sensor with 1.12um pixels and F2.2 aperture. Bokeh effect and 4K video recording are on board as well.

The front camera specification looks quite impressive for a device in this class as well: a 16MP sensor is accompanied by a F2.0 lens and a front LED flash. A 4MP low-light mode uses pixel-binning for reduced noise in dim lighting conditions.

We are having our hands on a test unit and first impressions are promising. The device feels very solidly built and, as always with Moto devices, the lean Android implementation feels smooth and responsive in operation. The super-wide-angle lens looks like a useful addition to the main camera but we’ll have to do some proper testing before commenting on image quality. The Moto X4 will be available in Super Black and Sterling Blue this fall worldwide.

DJI Unveils Upgraded Models of Two Most Popular Drones

By Randall Esulto

DJI announced two new additions to its drone fleet today.

DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, announced the release of the two newest drones to join its lineup today, building on the current most popular models. The Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Obisidian, as well as a new “sphere mode” operational feature for the DJI Spark, were revealed at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.

Mavic Pro Platinum

The newest member of the Mavic family, the Mavic Pro Platinum, is an upgraded version of DJI’s popular small-form-factor drone, the DJI Mavic Pro. The Mavic Pro Platinum has received an upgrade promising operation that’s up to 4db quieter than the previous model and flight times of up to 30 minutes. 4db is quite a big reduction that would make the Mavic Pro Platinum about 60% less noisy than the Mavic Pro.

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From:: No Film School

DJI releases Mavic Pro Platinum with better battery life and quieter flight

Like everybody else today, DJI took advantage of IFA in Berlin to announce a few new products. In addition to an ‘Obsidian’ version of the Phantom 4 Pro and a new shooting mode for the DJI Spark, DJI revealed the Mavic Pro Platinum: a longer-lasting, quieter version of the popular foldable DJI Mavic Pro.

In DJI’s own words, the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum “takes all of the advanced features of the Mavic Pro which revolutionized personal flight and builds on them.” The drone is targeted at travelers, amateur photographers and outdoor sports enthusiasts who want a little bit more performance than the original Mavic can offer.

To that end, the new Platinum version improves the battery by 11% for a total per-charge flight time of 30 minutes. It also decreases flying noise by a whopping 60% (4 Decibels), making it a little easier to remain inconspicuous while capturing aerial footage. Plus it looks a bit ‘fancier’ than the original too:

To learn more about this drone, click here. And if you’re already interested enough to buy, the drone is available to pre-order on the DJI website for $1,100.

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LG’s V30 Smartphone Promises ‘Whole New Video Experience’ With Native LOG Mode and Manual Shutter Speed

By Randall Esulto

LG’s new flagship V30 might have the most advanced camera features on the market.

LG released its new flagship V30 smartphone at the IFA consumer trade show in Berlin, and the camera system boasts some of the most advanced features that we’ve seen for shooting video from a phone.

Camera Upgrade

The dual-camera system on LG’s V30 promises more control, higher dynamic range, fast lenses, better low-light performance, and a new zoom system that isn’t confined to only zooming into the center of your frame. In addition, LG has built in more control over the look of your images by including 15 new color presets. But the most impressive feature—if you want unheard of control over color from your smartphone video—is the addition of Cine Log which allows you to save a LUT and grade your footage in NLE software like Premiere.

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From:: No Film School