Kodak Super 8 camera footage showcased in newly published sample reel

During CES 2016, Kodak announced plans to resurrect its Super 8 format via the launch of a new Kodak Super 8 camera, one that will blend analog and digital technologies. Following that announcement was a hands-on look at the new Super 8 camera during CES 2017, but an actual product launch is still forthcoming. Getting us closer to that point is Kodak’s latest update on the project: it’s showcasing footage recorded with the Super 8 camera during CES 2018.

The new Kodak Super 8 camera is a hybrid of sorts, pairing a 3.5″ LCD “viewfinder” with an 8mm film cartridge for a simultaneous digital and analog experience. A control wheel is paired with the display for controlling the camera in lieu of touchscreen functionality or manual controls. This is joined by a Ricoh 6mm F1.2 prime lens and C-mount compatible with additional lenses.

True to its hybrid nature, the new Kodak Super 8 camera also features an integrated SD card slot; audio is recorded to the media card, whereas the film cartridge is mailed to Kodak after recording is finished. After developing the film, Kodak mails it back to the customer, and also uploads the content to the cloud where the customer can download a digitized version.

As noted by Cinema5D, Kodak also released a podcast about a month ago with an update on the Super 8 project. A firm launch date and price haven’t yet been provided, but the Kodak Super 8 camera is expected to launch this year at a price between $2,500 and $3,000 USD.

Via: Cinema5D

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LaCie DJI Copilot – Backup on Location Without Laptop

By Jakub Han

LaCie’s new portable rugged drive features a display, built-in battery, 2TB of space and variety of connectors. LaCie DJI Copilot does not need a computer to backup data directly on location.

Announced during CES 2018, the LaCie DJI Copilot HDD does not sport the usual orange silver design known from their older products. The new drive is all grey and a bit smarter. It is designed to backup data by itself without being connected to a computer. There is a large black and white display on top of the drive which allows for file transfer management and a built-in battery which can even provide power for other devices. The connectivity is provided through USB-C, full-size USB port and an SD card slot.

LaCie DJI Copilot with all accesories

The LaCie DJI Copilot includes an integrated cable to connect any smartphone or tablet to the drive. The enclosed cables are USB-C, microUSB or Lightning type to ensure all smartphones are supported. With connected device it is possible to manage file transfers or preview photos and videos through an accompanying app. The idea behind a cable connection instead of a wireless one is to enable faster and more reliable footage preview on a smartphone or tablet screen.

The display on top side of the drive should be as rugged and resilient as the rest of the drive – the whole device is splash-, dust- and drop-resistant. The battery should be able to last long enough to backup around 30 hours of 4K footage. Drive itself is a standard spinning drive and comes only in one size – 2TB. The LaCie DJI Copilot backup drive will be available in spring 2018 and its expected price is $349.

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WD launches two new portable SSDs designed for photographers and drone users

In addition to revealing the world’s smallest 1TB USB-C flash drive, Western Digital has launched two new portable SSDs specifically designed for “avid photographers and drone enthusiasts” at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD offers both high performance and durability in an extremely portable package, while the My Passport Wireless SSD gives photographers a solid state version of WD’s popular My Wireless Pro, which features built-in WiFi, an SD card slot, and other convenient features for photographers on-the-go.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a lightweight (79g / .17lbs) pocket-sized USB-C drive encased in a durable housing with an IP55 dust- and water-resistant rating. Thanks to the housing, the drive can withstand operating temperatures ranging from 0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F), as well as storage temperatures ranging from -20°C to 70°C (-4°F to 158°F).

The Extreme Portable SSD drive has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, read speeds up to 550MB/s, and out-of-the-box compatibility with Windows and macOS.

The drives are currently listed on SanDisk’s website as “not in stock” at the following capacities and price points: 250GB for $100, 500GB for $170, 1TB for $350, and 2TB for $700.

WD My Passport Wireless SSD

The My Passport Wireless SSD, as the name suggests, is a solid state version/update to the original My Passport Wireless Pro that we reviewed and actually quite liked.

Housed in an enclosure with an integrated 802.11ac wireless connection, this drive allows users to access content on the drive over WiFi, including streaming 4K videos to a computer or mobile device. The wireless feature works with the My Cloud mobile app, as well as some third-party apps including LumaFusion and FiLMiC Pro.

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Sony a7R III Tested – Shooting a Mini Documentary

By Johnnie Behiri

Slowly but surly we are approaching the end of the year, and just before saying goodbye to 2017 I wanted to clear my desk and publish my impression and footage taken with the Sony a7R III. The camera is currently shipping and during my last visit to Japan I had a chance to test it.

Sony a7R III – Extract from the above video

Unfortunately, the camera I was given by Sony was a local one – meaning, the menu structure was all in Japanese and there was no easy or fast way of changing it to English. So after receiving it I made sure that I’m adjusting some basic settings like resolution (4K UHD), picture profile (S-Log 2), frame rate, (24p) and such correctly. However, because of the limited understanding of the menu, I wouldn’t name my article a full review but rather ask our respected audience to look at my observations and footage as me just sharing some first impressions.

Alongside of having the Sony a7R III camera, I also asked for the new Sony 24-105mm f/4 lens as I wanted to see how well (or not) those are working together. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this combination is very easy to use and although it is an f/4 lens, together with a (very) lowlight sensitive a7R III, the results were impressive.

Sony a7R III – Extract from the above video

Overall camera improvements and impressions:

  • The new, larger a9-like camera body size is easier to handle and the inclusion of a new higher capacity battery is very welcome.
  • The second SD card slot is now active in video mode too and allows the recording of a backup simultaneously on card B while shooting on card A. That means that card A can be set to record 4K with proxies, and → continue…

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