GoPro HERO2 Protune Upgrade

GoPro HERO2 Protune

GoPro announced some pretty exciting stuff for the POV market at NAB 2012.  A new firmware upgrade for the GoPro HERO2 called Protune adds 24p and 35Mbps data rate to the HERO2.  In partnership with Technicolor, the new Protune update adds the ability to shoot with a flat Cinestyle developed by Technicolor.

More details in the press release below.
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Yashuhara Nanoha x5 Macro Lens Hands-On

Yasuhara Nanoha Macro Lens

The Yashuhara Nanoha x5 macro lens is available for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras.  The 5:1 magnification of this little lens is incredible.  It sports a zoom range that goes from 4x to 5x as well as built-in illumination.  In the video below, you’ll see a little over from NAB 2012, as well as some sample video and photo through the Panasonic GX1. [Read more...]

Varavon Slidecam Lite800 and Lite600

Varavon Slidecam Lite

The newest addition to Varavon’s Slidecam lineup are the aptly-named Lite800 and Lite600.  I stopped by the Varavon booth at NAB 2012 to get a closer look at these new sliders.  The sliders are very smooth and a great selection of mounting options.  I’m hoping to get more time with them soon for a more in-depth look.  In the mean time, check out the overview video below.

Varavon sliders are available at B&H Photo.

Camtrol Prime 33 and Sniper 1080

Camtrol SniperTen80

Camtrol Sniper 1080

Camtrol was on-hand at NAB 2012 showing off some of its new wares, including the updated Camtrol Prime 33 for HDSLRs and small-ish camcorders (an upgrade from the Prime 22), as well as the Sniper 1080 for the action-oriented POV crowd.

I caught up with the Camtrol guys for an introduction to these new products, which you can see in the video below.

You can find Camtrol gear here at B&H Photo.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Available for Pre-Order

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

B&H has the Blackmagic Cinema Camera available for pre-order now.  This camera was the big surprise of NAB 2012 and stole quite a bit of attention from the several mainstream camera makers.  Everywhere I went, people were asking “Have you seen Blackmagic’s camera?”

The initial excitement over this camera reminds me of the 5D Mark II release back in 2008.  The $3k price for a camera that shoots RAW video on an SSD drive, and uses Canon EF mount lenses is quite remarkable.

You can get your pre-order in here at B&H.

indiSYSTEM AIRjib and AIRjib XL at NAB 2012

I stopped by the indiSYSTEM booth at NAB 2012 to check out some of their latest gear.  A couple of cool and very affordable new products are the AIRjib and AIRjib XL.

AIRjib

For those looking for a lightweight and compact jib, the AIRjib models are very appealing.  These jibs are counterweighted by 1-liter or 2-liter bottles.  The systems collapse and are setup tool-free.  The AIRjib is so compact that it will breakdown to within carry-on luggage requirements.

Check out more details in indiSYSTEM’s website.