Sony HDR-AS15 Action Cam Kit for $149 – Deal Alert

Sony HDR-AS15

B&H has the Sony HDR-AS15 action cam for $149 (reg. $209) in a kit that includes the waterproof case and the bike mount pack. The HDR-AS15 shoots 1080/60p video, as well as 720p video at 120fps for 4x slow motion (5x slow motion if your footage goes in a 24p timeline). Check it out here at B&H Photo.

Additionally, you can pick up the HDR-AS15 in a kit that includes the waterproof case, tilt adapter, adhesive mounts, headband and skeleton frame for $178. Check it out here at B&H Photo.

GoPro Hero 4 Specs Leaked? 4K at 30p and 1080p at 120fps

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Hero 4 Mockup

The chip manufacturer for GoPro cameras have released specs for its new system on chip (SOC). The company building this chip, Ambarella, has been exclusively providing SOCs for GoPro, so it looks like this could be the real deal on what to expect from the GoPro Hero 4.

If not the actual physical board shown in the A9 release, the tech specs should/could be the equivalent to a customized board built specifically for GoPro. In fact, the A9 board in Ambarella’s press release is marketed toward the imaging industry as a whole and would almost certainly not be the final GoPro Hero 4 SOC.

Notably, the SOC delivers 4K video at a full 30p, along with 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps. In addition to the powerful video features, it also delivers on multi-exposure HDR and WDR tone mapping.

GoPro Hero 4 Board

Actual A9 4K Board from Ambarella

If these specs show up in the GoPro Hero 4 later this year, it likely means GoPro will taken even more of the market share that it created while everyone else plays catch up.

Of course, we would expect these specs to only land in the top end model, like we currently see with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, while cheaper models get a reduced set of features. [Read more...]

Canon’s Vixia Mini X is a Compact Camcorder with Clean HDMI-Output

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Canon has been trying its hand at some cameras and features lately that are a bit out of left field. The PowerShot N and G1 X cameras come to mind. In the same vein of “different” comes the Canon Vixia Mini X, which debuted at CES 2014 last month. Just looking at the camera, you are left scratching your head about who its intended users are and how it should/could be used. [Read more...]

Shot-by-Shot Breakdown of Cameras Used in ‘Need for Speed’ Trailer

Shane Hurlbut is the cinematographer for the new Need for Speed movie. A couple weeks ago, he had a contest to see who could spot the GoPro footage in the trailer. The contest is over now, but Shane put together an annotated trailer that labels all the cameras and lenses used in the trailer for each and every shot (…and there are a lot of cuts in there).

Need for Speed Trailer

Along with the C500 and Alexa Plus, there are a few shots using the Canon 1D C in obvious tight quarters or crash cam situations. Notably, all the cameras are capable of 4K image capture (and were shooting 4K) even though the film was finished in 2K. However, the 4K frame gives plenty of room for reframes and stabilization, which makes sense when you’re shooting car sequences at 120mph. [Read more...]

Watch Felix Baumgartner’s 24-mile Free Fall from His Body-Mounted GoPro Cameras

On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner ascended more than 24 miles above Earth’s surface to the edge of space in a stratospheric balloon. Millions across the globe watched as he opened the door of the capsule, stepped off the platform, and broke the speed of sound while free falling safely back to Earth.

His max speed was over 800MPH – while enduring a violent spin as a result of little resistance at such high altitudes. While several other cameras were mounted the balloon capsule, none of them captured the experience quite like the GoPro cameras mounted on his helmet and body.

Look for a shorter version of this video tonight during the Super Bowl.

[via GoPro]