Industry News: Samsung Announces 64MP Smartphons Sensor With 21fps

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The industry is scared by the increasing popularity of smartphones, and for a good reason. The technology evolves at a fast pace.

Now Samsung announced a new, 64MP sensor for smartphones doing 21fps. You can already get smartphones with sensors around 40MP (as the excellent Huawei P30 Pro, which seems to be gold standard for smartphone photography for the time being), and it seems the next generation of smartphones might raise the resolution to 64MP. As crazy as it sounds (at least to me) this is the future, along with computational photography algorithms getting always better. Why should people buy a dedicated camera when

Samsung press release:

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced two new 0.8-micrometer (μm) pixel image sensors – the 64-megapixel (Mp) Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and 48Mp ISOCELL Bright GM2. With the addition, Samsung expands its 0.8μm image sensor lineup, the smallest pixel size currently available in the market, from existing 20Mp to ultra-high 64Mp resolutions.

“Over the past few years, mobile phone cameras have become the main instrument for recording and sharing our everyday moments,” said Yongin Park, executive vice president of sensor business at Samsung Electronics. “With more pixels and advanced pixel technologies, Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 will bring a new level of photography to today’s sleekest mobile devices that will enhance and help change the way we record our daily lives.”

ISOCELL Bright GW1 is a 64Mp image sensor that features the highest resolution in Samsung’s 0.8μm-pixel image sensor lineup. With pixel-merging Tetracell technology** and remosaic algorithm***, GW1 can produce bright 16Mp images in low-light environments and highly-detailed 64Mp shots in brighter settings. To take pictures resembling the way the human eye perceives its surroundings in a mixed light environment, GW1 supports real-time high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 100-decibels (dB) that provides richer hues. In comparison, the dynamic range of a conventional image sensor is at around 60dB, while that of the human eye is typically considered to be around 120dB.

GW1 is equipped with a Dual Conversion Gain (DCG) that converts the received light into an electric signal according to the illumination of the environment. This allows the sensor to optimize its full well capacity (FWC), utilizing the collected light more efficiently especially in bright environments. Sharper results can be delivered through Super PD, a high-performance phase detection auto-focus technology, and full HD recording at 480 frames-per-second (fps) is supported for smooth cinematic slow motion videos.

ISOCELL Bright GM2 is a 48Mp image sensor that also adopts Tetracell technology in low-light environments and a remosaic algorithm in well-lit settings, bringing highly-detailed pictures with natural and vivid colors. GM2, like GW1, adopts DCG as well for added performance and Super PD for fast autofocus.

Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 and GM2 are currently sampling and are expected to be in mass production in the second half of this year.

[via Image Sensors World]

7Artisans 50mm f/1.8 Lens Announced (for EOS M, $89)

7artisans 50mm

At a glance:

  • EF-M-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 80mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Multi-Layer Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Depth of Field and Distance Scales
  • Rounded 12-Blade Diaphragm

7Artisans announced the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.8 lens for EOS M and other mirrorless systems. The 7Artisans 50mm f/1.8 lens sells at $89:

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7artisans 50mm
7artisans 50mm

Profoto Announces The Profoto A1X Flash with Built-in AirTTL Remote

Profoto A1x

Profoto announced the Profoto A1X flash with built-in AirTTL remote. Preorder it at $1,195 at B&H Photo | Adorama

Press release:

The latest result of Profoto’s dedication to innovation – The new Profoto A1X is here!

We are never fully satisfied with the products we make. We always strive to take steps forward, whether they be baby-steps or strides. That is why we not only will create ground-breaking products. But we’ll also continually evaluate and improve those products. Like we have done with the launch of Profoto A1X, the A1’s new and improved sibling. It has a little more of everything that made its predecessor a success. An even more powerful battery, faster recycling and Sony compatibility are some of the 30 and more updates that we have made to the product. Or put in other words – more when it matters.     

Because in photography, there are no second chances. An image might present itself for a second, and then it’s gone, so you can’t afford to be fiddling with batteries or waiting for the flash to recharge – you’ve got to be ready. That’s why the new Profoto A1X has up to 450 full power pops per charge, and lightning-fast one-second recharge time, so you’ll never miss a shot.

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Save Up To 12% On Used Cameras At KEH

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Today and tomorrow (5/15-5/16/19) KEH offers 12% discount on used gear. Use code CAM5A at checkout.

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Venus Optics Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO Announced and Available For Preorder

Laowa 100mm

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • Maximum Magnification: 2:1
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 9.7″
  • Manual Focus Design
  • 9-Blade Diaphragm

Venus Optics announced the Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO lens. The Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Macro sells for $449 and can be preordered at Adorama | B&H Photo | Amazon

Press release:

Venus Optics announces availability and pricing for Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO

Featuring a 2 times life-size reproduction with no visible CA, the new Laowa Macro is a high quality and versatile macro and portrait lens.

China, 7 May 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the availability and pricing of the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro APO lens.

Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. 100mm is a more popular focal length for macro photographers. However, all of the current 100mm macro lenses in the market can only achieve 1:1 (life-size) or even smaller magnification. Shooting with smaller bugs is usually a challenge for macro photographers. The wider magnification range of the new Laowa Macro allows photographers to capture subjects at any size, making it one of the most versatile macro lens in the market. Despite having the wider range, Venus Optics manage to compress the size of the lens to the minimal and it is similar to other 1:1 macro lens in the market.

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Do You Remember The Canon EOS-1D C? And How Does It Compare To The Canon EOS C200

EOS-1D C

Canon EOS-1D C at a glance:

  • 4K 4096×2160 8-Bit 4:2:2 Cinematic Video
  • Canon Log with 12 Stops of Dynamic Range
  • Continuous Recording, No 29:59 Min Limit
  • Full HD 1080p Recording at up to 60fps
  • 18.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Dual CF Card Recording Media
  • Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors
  • 3.2″ LCD Screen
  • 61-Point High Density Auto Focus
  • EF Lens Mount; Magnesium Alloy Body

This is a camera that’s flying a bit under the radar lately. The Canon EOS-1D C (“C” for Cinema), released in 2012, is a heavy weight of gear (literally and figuratively), made for pros and movie making.

Armando Ferreira compares the EOS-1D C with the Canon EOS C200, just to see how they compare and if the EOS-1D C can still deliver seven years after its release. Btw, you can get an EOS-1D C used for

Below is another video about the fabulous Canon EOS-1D C by Kinotika (thanks Armando).

You can get the Canon EOS-1D C for less than $3000 at eBay | KEH