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DJI Phantom++ = Inspire One!

Everyone knows the white 'God' of drones, the Phantom series of quadcopters. However, when you want to go a bit more advanced, you might want to have a look at DJI's Inspire One drone. Like the DJI Phantom 4, this baby shoots video at 4K@30, but only 1080@60. However, the sleek design and the cool uplifting wings after takeoff make it a gadget you want to have!

DJI Revamps the Phantom, model 4 on ster(e)oids!

DJI just released its 4th version of the famous white Phantom drone. Main improvements are: stereo camera for 3D model generation so that obstacles can be avoided automatically, new camera 4K@30, 1080p@120 with 94 degrees lens (so less wide-angle as your wide GoPro shots, but less distortion), improved motors, weight and body design, leading to 28 minutes flight time on a single battery. Quite impressive, just as its price tag of €1599. Orders are deliverd starting March 15.

Interchangeable lens camera: GoPro on steroids

There is a new kid in actioncam town... At least, if the Kickstarter campaign pays off. The "E1" from Z is the smallest 4K ultra-high definition camera with an interchangeable lens system. Apart from the ususl WiFi and Bluetooth connections, the brains are an Ambarella A9 image processor that records 3840x2160 at 30 frames per second with H.264 compression. The relatively huge micro-four-thirds (MFT) sensor from Panasonic (MN34230) allows for amazing low-light performance (up to 102,400 ISO) while maintaining high image quality, up to 6400 ISO. Packed in a body of 75 x 56 x 50mm (w x h x d). The only non-ideal thing is the rolling shutter, but I can live with that... Find some footage here.

Update 2015-03-03: in practice, this camera does not live up to its expectations when used as an action camera. Personally, I don't like the fact that there seems to not be any camera stabilization built in.

Sony releases v4 of the adorable RX100

Sony released the latest offspring in the RX100 family in june 2015. The fourth version packs a novel stacked CMOS technology that is -according to Sony- literally years ahead of competition. The gain in light sensitivity is beneficial in two ways: 16 fps continuous shooting at 20MPixel, or shoot 1080p video at 1000 fps. Note that slow-motion videos are recorded at lower resolution and then upsampled to 1080p. Furtermore, this baby cranks up the h.264 bitrate to 100MBit/sec for 4k@30 or 1080p@120. This baby just got even more hot for video! More really cool reasons why this is the worlds best option for both video and stills are presented by DPReview here. I still enjoy my RX100 mark II every day, but this upgrade sounds worth a try. Read all the details and differences in the Review @DPReview, but prepare to throw in €1150,- to capture these awesome videos. Unfortunately, the body and lens became a bit thicker (from 38 to 41mm), which I personally do not like for its pocketability.

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