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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Video Recording Performance!

Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera’s video recording performance, and find out why it’s such an awesome video recording device!


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra : Flagship Class Camera Performance!

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is their flagship smartphone for the year 2022, and it boasts the best cameras money can buy.

Headlining its top-of-the-line quad-camera system is a Dual Pixel camera, which is built around the 108 MP ISOCELL HM3 sensor, and optically-stabilised lens with a large f/1.8 aperture.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the video recording capability of Galaxy S22 Ultra, and show you just how well its quad-camera system performs!


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Video Recording Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s super-high resolution 108 MP main camera can take up to 8K videos, if you want to. But in reality – most people are not going to bother with 8K video recording, at least for now.

Very few televisions and devices support 8K video playback, and even the S22 Ultra will downsample the 8K video when playing back on its 3K display.

1080p and 4K videos are what the Galaxy S22 Ultra does best, thanks to its support for 60 fps recording and combination of optical image stabilisation and advanced electronic image stabilisation.

1080p Video Sample : Concubine Lane @ Ipoh

This video sample was taken at the famous Concubine Lane in Ipoh, which is crowded and really great to test the camera out.

In this video sample, you can see just how smooth and stable the video is at 60 fps, even with so much shaking and jostling.

4K Video Sample : Concubine Lane @ Ipoh

When we switched to 4K, the video was remarkably stable, even while we walk through the crowd, and pan around Concubine Lane.

You should also note the lack of wind noise, which is fantastic. You won’t need to use a third-party microphone with a dead cat with this phone!


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Video Zoom Capability

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra also supports multiple zoom levels – up to 20X zoom at 1080p, and up to 10X zoom at 4K.

Its ultra-wide camera lets you record with a wider 0.6X zoom, while its 3X zoom and 10X zoom cameras allow for extended optical zoom capabilities.

1080p Zoom Demonstration

At 1080p, you can record videos from 0.6X zoom up to 20X zoom – which offers much wider range than competing smartphones.

The best image quality was seen at up to 10X zoom, while image stabilisation was best at up to 4X zoom, and still pretty good at 10X zoom.

While 20X zoom has pretty decent image quality, it is not as sharp as at 10X or lower zoom. Colours also appear more washed out at 20X.

4K Zoom Demonstration

You can record 4K videos from 0.6X zoom up to 10X zoom. – which is narrower than recording 1080p video.

For best image quality, limit your zoom up to 3X while recording 4K video. While image stabilisation was pretty good at 10X zoom, the image isn’t sharp and colours appear washed out.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Video Recording Performance Summary

If you ignore the 8K hype, you will realise that the Galaxy S22 Ultra offers truly excellent 4K and 1080p video recording capabilities.

You should buy the Galaxy S22 Ultra for its advanced optical and electronic image stabilisation for super-stable recording on-the-move.

You should also buy the Galaxy S22 Ultra for its wide zoom range of 0.6X to 10X when recording 1080p videos, or 0.6X to 3X when recording 4K videos.

These are the critical video recording features that will give you greater flexibility and super stable videos, without the need to use a gimbal.

While not showcased in our videos, the Galaxy S22 Ultra also supports Audio Zoom, focusing the audio recording as you zoom into a scene. That can be really helpful in isolating audio from the subject from background noise.

These features are not new – they have been part of the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series for a few years now. Samsung just keeps improving them, which is why we keep using Galaxy S smartphones as our primary video recording device.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra : Price + Availability

Samsung is offering the Galaxy S22 Ultra in four colour options – Burgundy, Green, Phantom Black and Phantom White.

I had the opportunity to attend an exclusive Samsung preview event, to check out all four colours for ourselves.

Note : Samsung only allowed us to use digital cameras, so the video is not stabilised as it would be with smartphones that I generally use.

Here in Malaysia, it is available starting 10 February 2022 in three variants, at these price points :

  • 8 GB + 128 GB : RM 5,099 (about US$1,219 / £899 / A$1,699 / S$1,629)
  • 12 GB + 256 GB : RM 5,499 (about US$1,314 / £969 / A$1,829 / S$1,759)
  • 12 GB + 512 GB : RM 5,899 (about US$1,409 / £1,039 / A$1,959 / S$1,889)

Here are some online pre-order options :


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Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Injection In Malaysia Debunked!

A video of a lady receiving a fake COVID-19 vaccine injection in Malaysia went viral on social media yesterday.

Take a look at the FULL VIDEO, and find out why this is yet another fake story on social media!


Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Injection? What’s Going On?

There have been stories and even videos of fake COVID-19 vaccinations, purportedly by healthcare workers who are anti-vaccination.

Yesterday, a short video of about 24 seconds went viral on social media, especially WhatsApp.

It showed a nurse failing to give an elderly lady her COVID-19 vaccine injection, by removing the syringe without pushing the plunger in!

On closer examination, you can see that the syringe actually detached from the needle, which the nurse then removed.

The video is sometimes accompanied by an audio message, of a man who claimed that he is a friend of the man heard on the video.

He claimed that his friend’s mother did not receive her COVID-19 vaccine injection, and warned that there have been many cases of fake vaccinations like this.


Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Injection In Malaysia Debunked!

It was obvious from the video that the syringe detached from the needle, and therefore the shot was wasted.

It would have been obvious to everyone there, and the nurse would have to redo the vaccination.

However, this case would have been impossible to debunk, if we did not have the full video which we fortunately we able to obtain today.

The original viral video only showed the first vaccination attempt. The full video showed that a different nurse then attempted the vaccination again.

In these screenshots of the video above, you can see that the nurse inserted a new syringe and needle, checked for blood before pushing the plunger in completely (note the position of the black plunger head).

So this is definitive proof that there was no fake injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least not in this case.

The first vaccination attempt failed, but there was a second vaccination attempt which succeeded. She received her COVID-19 vaccination.

The original shorter video and the accompanying audio message are FAKE NEWS.


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Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Canon just launched the EOS-1D X Mark III – especially designed for photography professionals.

Let’s find out from Canon what’s new in the EOS-1D X Mark III, and if this is the DSLR camera for you!


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Key Features Explained!

Let’s start with a presentation by Jack Kik, the Senior Product Specialist from Canon Malaysia, on the key features of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.

Here is a quick TLDR summary of its key features :

  • A new 20.1 megapixel 35 mm full frame CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up to 16 fps (viewfinder shooting), and up to 20 fps (Live View) with AF/AE tracking
  • DIGIC X image processor with CFexpress media (dual slots), which allows a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots (RAW + JPEG)
  • New AF sensor combined with AI Servo AF IV delivers significant improvement in AF speed and tracking performance
  • 4K UHD and 4K DCI movie recording at 60p/50p, and supports Canon Log 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera recording
  • In-camera recording of 5.5K RAW movies with simultaneous MP4 files
  • Built-in Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi with FTP. Supports 5 GHz wireless LAN and compatible with 2×2 MIMO when used with WFT-E9

Improved Autofocus Performance

Its new 20.1 megapixel sensor adopts a square pixel design, with a 28X increase in pixel density for both vertical and horizontal directions.

This increases its available AF points in the optical viewfinder to 191 points, from just 61 points in the EOS-1D X Mark II. Its AF points support exposure of up to f/8 with 65 cross-type AF points, allowing for better AF accuracy.

Greatly Improved Performance

Its new DIGIC X processor is 3X faster than the Mark II’s dual DIGIC 6+ processors in image processing, and up to 380X faster in general computing performance, delivering much faster subject recognition and tracking performance.

Better Noise Reduction

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II reduces noise in both the CMOS sensor, as well as DIGIG X image processing, increasing the upper limit of normal ISO speed by one stop to 102,400.

Its image quality in the ISO 6400-12800 range, frequently used by sports and news photographers, has also been improved with better noise control.

Higher Image Quality

Its new 16-point low-pass filter reduces moiré and colour distortion, as well as image resolution. This low-pass filter also incorporates Gaussian filter features to better work with high-resolution lenses.

The EOS-1D X Mark III now supports HDR OQ HEIF – a 10-bit recording standard that uses a high-resolution and low-noise approach, to reproduce an image that is sharper and much closer to reality.

Faster Burst Shots

Burst shooting speed has been increased to 16 frames per second. This may cause a blackout of the viewfinder, interrupting your tracking of the subject.

To avoid that, the EOS-1D X Mark III has a new mirror system with a high-speed mechanism to retract and reset the mirror, combined with an optical system that displays images in real time.

For Live View shooting, it can perform burst shots at up to 20 frames per second for both RAW and RAW+JPEG recording.

4K Recording Without Cropping

The EOS-1D X Mark III is the first Canon full-frame camera to support 4K video recording, without cropping. In addition to the 4K UHD 16:9 standard by ITU, it also supports the 4K DCI 17:9 standard by Digital Camera Initiative.

It supports Canon Log YCbCr 4:2:2 10-bit video output and ITU-R BT.2020 colour gamut. For wider colour gradation, vivid colour range and smaller file size, it encodes video using H.265 HEVC encoding.

Dual CFexpress Card Slots

The EOS-1D X Mark III comes with dual CFexpress card slots. The ultra fast transfer rate of CFexpress media, coupled with its extended buffer memory, lets the Mark III achieve a continuous burst rate of 1,000 RAW shots.

The Mark III can shoot continuously for a full minute at 16 fps, while the EOS-1D X Mark II can only shoot at 14 fps for just 12 seconds.

Enhanced Connectivity

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III comes with a built-in GPS receiver, and Wi-Fi connectivity with FTP functions. This lets you maintain a log of your shooting locations, and transfer your files off the camera to your computer wirelessly.

But should you prefer to use a cable, it supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 – offering twice the speed of USB 3.0.


Canon EOS-1D X Mark III : Price + Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark III (body only) has a recommended retail price of RM 29,999 / ~S$9,946 / US$5,499 / ~£5,616 / ~A$ 10,732.

It is already available for sale in the US and EMEA, but will be available for sale in Malaysia from February 2020 onwards. Here are some online purchase options :

United States

  • Body only : $5,499
  • Body + CFexpress Card + Reader Bundle : $6,499


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The Official DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

DJI today introduced two additions Mavic drones – Mavic 2 Pro, the world’s first drone with an integrated Hasselblad camera, and Mavic 2 Zoom, the world’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom capability.

DJI’s Global Director of Communication Kevin On flew in to give us a tech briefing on the new Mavic 2 drones. Check it out!

Updated @ 2018-09-17 : Added new US and Malaysian prices and purchase links.

Originally posted @ 2018-09-07


The DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Zoom Tech Briefing + Q&A

The Mavic 2 (Price Check) is DJI’s most advanced camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators.

Incorporating the iconic folding design of the Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 features new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling.

With an impressive flight time of up to 31 minutes and a more stable video transmission system, the Mavic 2 offers an expanded flight experience for capturing even more epic shots.

DJI is offering two variants – the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom.

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro : Superior Image Quality with Hasselblad

Co-engineered with Hasselblad, the Mavic 2 Pro is the world’s first drone to feature a Hasselblad camera. The Hasselblad camera features a 1-inch CMOS sensor with a 10-bit Dlog-M colour profile that allows it to capture four times the colour levels per channel of the Mavic Pro camera.

Its camera can also capture 20 MP photos using Hasselblad’s Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, with an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11. It also records 4K HDR videos with 10-bit colour and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

We will have a preview of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro out shortly.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom : Optical and Digital Zoom

The Mavic 2 Zoom is DJI’s first foldable consumer drone with optical zoom. Its camera combines a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a 24-48 mm lens, with 2X digital zoom. This allows it to simulate a 96 mm telephoto lens capable of capturing lossless video in full HD resolution.

Exclusive to the Mavic 2 Zoom is a new Dolly Zoom Quickshot mode that creates an incredible perspective by automatically zooming in, as it flies away from its subject. This keeps the subject the same size while the full background of the scene is revealed. This feature used to be reserved to professional cinematographers with serious resources and time to setup the shot.

For more information, catch take a look at our DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Preview!


DJI Mavic 2 Price + Availability

The DJI Mavic 2 Pro is priced at RM 6,599 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,649. The package will consist of the drone, battery, remote controller, charger, and four pairs of propellers.

The DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is priced at RM 5,699 (including SST) / ~US$ 1,425. The package will consist of the drone, battery, charger, remote controller and four pairs of propellers.

A Fly More Kit, which consists of two additional batteries, a multi-battery charging hub, a car charger, a battery to power bank adapter, two pairs of propellers and a carrying bag, will retail at RM 1,399 (including SST) / ~US$ 350.

A gimbal replacement service for both variants will be available at a later date.

Here are some purchase links for your convenience :

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  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit : RM 6,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit : RM 5,699 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : RM 6,999 (Web | App)
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : RM 1,399 (Web | App)

In the United States, you can get them at these links :

  • Mavic 2 Pro Kit (US Version) : $1,499
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,878
  • Mavic 2 Pro Fly More Combo + DJU Care Refresh Bundle : $2,017
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Kit (US Version) : $1,249
  • Mavic 2 Zoom + DJI Care Fresh Combo : $1,388
  • Mavic 2 Zoom Fly More Combo Bundle : $1,568
  • Mavic 2 Fly More Kit : $319
  • Mavic 2 Battery (3,850 mAh) : $139

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DJI Mavic 2 Common Key Features

Both Are Powerful Camera Options

Both cameras capture 4K video with a maximum bitrate of 100 megabits per second using the H.265 compression codec. For photographers, new Enhanced High Dynamic Range capabilities blend a sequence of photos for ghost-free high dynamic range photos. This gives the Mavic 2 Pro an impressive 14 stops of dynamic range, and Mavic 2 Zoom up to 13 stops.

New Intelligent Tools For Cinematic Shots

The Mavic 2 offers new intelligent flight modes for almost effortless professional-quality results. Hyperlapse produces shots that show the passing of time. You can also choose between Circle, Course Lock, Waypoint or Free mode to create timelapses with a simple tap of a button in the DJI GO 4 Mobile App:

  • Free – pilots the drone manually while shooting a Hyperlapse video.
  • Circle – automatically flies the drone in a circular pattern around a subject you select to create a timelapse video that captures the action.
  • Course Lock – keeps the camera fixed on shooting subject while the drone flies in a straight direction to create a unique perspective.
  • Waypoint – plans a complex flight path based on both altitude and GPS coordinates to capture complex shots.

ActiveTrack 2.0 offers a combination of autonomous tracking and obstacle sensing capabilities never before seen in a DJI drone. Using the main camera and the front dual vision cameras, the Mavic 2 creates a three-dimensional map of the area in front of it, and uses new trajectory algorithms to analyze motion and predict the subject’s path up to three seconds in the future.

When tracking a target, the Mavic 2 can recognize and avoid obstacles while shooting your target without interruption. It can stay on target, even if your subject momentarily goes behind an obstacle, and can track the subject at higher speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h).

Safer, Smarter and Stable Flight

The Mavic 2 has an upgraded FlightAutonomy system with a more powerful central processor that delivers more accurate obstacle sensing and safer flight. For the first time ever in a DJI drone, Mavic 2 has 10 sensors on all sides of the aircraft to automatically detect obstacles in its path and help prevent collisions

An improved Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) allows the aircraft to analyze its surrounding environment and automatically fly around obstacles without stopping. In addition, the Mavic 2 has a Bottom Auxiliary Light that turns on automatically to ensure safe and precise landings in low-light situations.

A newly designed OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system enables a more stable connection between the drone and its remote controller. The system features stronger interference resistance and auto-switching capabilities that supports both 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency bands with the capability to use different frequencies for uplink and downlink data streams.

It delivers 1080p video transmission feeds at a distance of up to 8 km, and original resolution photos in JPEG can be saved directly to your mobile device.

Aerodynamic Design and Extended Flight Time

The new redesigned and more aerodynamic airframe reduces body drag by up to 19% compared to the Mavic Pro, allowing the Mavic 2 to fly at speeds of up to 44 mph (72 km/h) in Sport mode.

Combined with a more efficient, quieter propulsion system and noise reducing propellers, both models have a maximum flight time of up to 31 minutes.

To ensure crisp photos and smooth, shake-free footage, the Mavic 2 houses an ultra-precise three-axis mechanical gimbal to stabilize its camera even during high-speed motion. Photos and videos can be saved directly to the drone using its 8 GB onboard storage. All DJI users have control over how their data is stored and managed, as part of DJI’s commitment to protecting its customers’ data.

A redesigned remote controller features detachable control sticks for ease of storage and portability. Both models are compatible with DJI Goggles with the gimbal (yaw) control range up to -75°¬– +75° in Head Tracking mode, offering users a more immersive FPV flight experience.


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The Fujifilm X-T20 & X100F Mirrorless Cameras Revealed!

Fujifilm has officially added two new mirrorless cameras to their flagship X Series – the Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) and the Fujifilm X100F (Amazon | Lazada). They feature Fujifilm’s latest imaging technologies, including new sensors and processors. Let’s check out what’s new with these two new mirrorless cameras!


How Well Fujifilm Mirrorless Cameras Doing?

The event kicked off with a presentation by Mr. Yoshitaka Nakamura, Fujifilm Malaysia Managing Director, detailing how well the Fujifilm mirrorless cameras have done so far. He then shared where the new Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) would fit in the Fujifilm family.


The Fujifilm X-T20 & X100F Mirrorless Cameras Revealed!

Then Mr. Kelvin Ooi, Fujifilm Malaysia Senior Marketing Manager, revealed the key features and improvements in the new Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) and X100F mirrorless cameras.


The Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Camera

The new Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) is the successor to the X-T10 mirrorless camera, which features interchangeable lens as well as dedicated dials for shutter speed, exposure and drive. The new X-T20 now comes with a 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, and the X-Processor Pro image processing engine.

The improved sensor and processor, together with an enhanced autofocus algorithm, boost the new X-T20’s start-up time and autofocus performance. Fujifilm claims that its ability to track moving subjects has been “dramatically improved”. The new sensor and processor also allows the Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) to support 4K video recording.

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In addition, the Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) now features a new tilting touchscreen monitor, which allows for flexible multi-angle shooting. It also has built-in WiFi capability for wireless sharing and remote shooting.

The Fujifilm X-T20 (Amazon | Lazada) will come in silver and black colours, at the following prices :


The Fujifilm X100F Mirrorless Camera

The Fujifilm X100F (Amazon | Lazada) is their fourth-generation Hybrid Viewfinder camera. It comes with a 24.3 MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor, with an improved 91-point autofocus system and a fixed 23 mm f/2.0 lens. Fujifilm also upgraded the hybrid viewfinder, offering up to 6x magnification and 60 fps support.

Other features include an autofocus joystick, a dedicated ISO dial, film simulation modes, a redesigned interface and a silent electronic shutter with speeds of up to 1/3200 s. The Fujifilm X100F (Amazon | Lazada) also supports HD video recording, focus peaking and digital split images even in its optical viewfinder (OVF). It also has built-in WiFi capability.

The Fujifilm X100F (Amazon | Lazada) comes in black and silver colour options, and is priced at RM 6,288 / ~US$ 1,388.


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The NVIDIA 4K HDR Trailer of Mass Effect: Andromeda

NVIDIA has released a stunning 4K HDR trailer that discusses the relationship between the technology and Mass Effect: Andromeda.


The NVIDIA 4K HDR Trailer of Mass Effect: Andromeda

The video features exclusive interviews with the developers and has Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay footage in 4K with HDR enabled throughout. The video was shot in 4K with HDR for viewers with a HDR enabled display.

Along with HDR, Mass Effect: Andromeda features NVIDIA Ansel technologies. The video points out that Ansel is not just an end user tool, it was used in the development process for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The development team also expresses their excitement about end users sharing their art with the world using Ansel.

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NVIDIA Ansel is a revolutionary new way to capture in-game photography. Ansel is also supported in and ARK: Survival Evolved, Conan Exiles, Dishonored 2, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Obduction, War Thunder, Watch Dogs 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Witness and was recently added to Unity Engine and Unreal Engine as a plug-in.

NVIDIA and BioWare are working together to make the PC version of Mass Effect: Andromeda special. We are also working with BioWare on many aspects of Mass Effect: Andromeda such as advanced technology, stability, performance, as well as things like G-Sync and GeForce Experience.


Recommended PC GPU Specs

Electronic Arts & BioWare revealed their PC recommend specs for Mass Effect: Andromeda which is a GeForce GTX 1060. If you want to crank up the settings or resolution, the GeForce GTX 1070, 1080, or 1080 Ti are also great options.


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Canon 1D X Mark II First Look

On April 14, 2016, Canon officially launched the long-awaited successor to their EOS-1D X professional DSLR camera 0 the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon). Launch just over 4 years later, the 1D X Mark II boasts a bevy of new imaging technologies. Take a look at this specification comparison of the new Mark II camera, and its predecessor, the original EOS-1D X.

SpecificationsEOS-1D X Mark IIEOS-1D X
Imaging Sensor35 mm Full Frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS
Sensor Effective PixelsApprox. 20.2 megapixelsApprox. 18.1 megapixels
AF Points at f/861 points or 21 cross-type points (all individually selectable)1 cross-type point
Metering Sensor360,000 pixel RGB + IR sensor (with dedicated DiGiC 6 processor)100,000 pixel RGB sensor (with dedicated DiGiC 4 processor)
ISO SensitivityAuto : 100 - 51,200
Low : 50
High : Up to 409,600 (H3)
Auto : 100 - 51,200
Low : 50
High : Up to 204,800 (H2)
Continuous Shooting Speed14 fps with full AF / AE
16 fps in Live View Mode (no AF / AE)
12 fps with full AF / AE
14 fps in Live View Mode (no AF / AE)
GPSBuilt-in with auto time updateExternal accessory
Movie Recording CapabilityDCI 4K videos at up to 50/60 fps (maximum 29 minutes, 59 seconds)
Full HD up to 100 / 120 fps
Full HD videos at up to 25/30 fps (maximum 29 minutes, 59 seconds)
AF in MoviesDual Pixel CMOS AF with touch panel LCDContrast detection AF (no servo)

You can get more details of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in our 1D X Mark II launch coverage.

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Canon 1D X Mark II First Look

After the Canon 1D X Mark II launch event, we had some time to take a video of this professional DSLR camera. We also had the opportunity to test its focus peaking capability at the end of the video. Check it out!

Here is the video transcript :

Canon calls the new 1D X Mark II the King of EOS. Let’s take a look and see if it lives up to that claim, and what it offers over its predecessor.

Canon first released the 1D X in March 2012, with an 18 MP CMOS sensor, 12 fps continuous shooting speed and full HD video recording capability.

Now, four years later, the 1D X Mark II brings with it a bevy of improvements.

It now sports a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor with dual DiGiC 6+ image processors and expanded ISO speeds of up to 409,600.

You can now shoot continuously at 14 fps, or 16 fps in the Live View mode. You can also record 4K videos at up to 60 fps, or full HD videos at up to 120 fps.

The 1D X Mark II also features a new 360,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor and Dual Pixel Auto-Focus capability, allowing for faster and more accurate focusing and tracking of the subject.

The 1D X Mark II also features built-in GPS, allowing to automatically geo-tag your photos and videos.

The new Canon 1D X Mark II has a magnesium alloy body that is dust and drip-proof to protect it against the harsh elements. It also boasts a shutter life expectancy of 400,000 cycles.

The king of EOS retails for RM 25,299 or about USD 6,325.


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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Launch, Price & Specifications

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Launched!

On April 14, Canon launched the King of EOS, the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon). This is the long-awaited successor to the Canon EOS-1D X which was launched in March of 2012 – four long years ago. As such, the Mark II offers the latest developments in imaging technologies.

In this video, Jeffrey Kung (Assistant Director, Consumer Imaging and Information Division, Canon Marketing Malaysia) describes the new features packed into the new EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon). He also took the opportunity to summarise the key features of the other Canon cameras released in 2016.

Don’t forget to check out our First Look At The EOS-1D X Mark II!


EOS-1D X Mark II Key Features

Built for quality high-speed photography

A split second can mean a lot to professional photographers, especially those in the sports, journalism and wildlife fields. Beyond being there in the right moment to capture that one unique shot, professionals require equipment quick enough to capture that split second, in impeccable image quality, with precise focus for a perfectly composed shot – something that the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) is capable of delivering. With its new 61-point all points selectable AF system with 41-points cross type AF, photographers benefit from an expanded AF area (approximately 24 percent vertically) compared to the EOS-1D X.

Its low-intensity limit function at the centre AF is also improved to EV-3, thus ensuring a solid performance even in low-light and low contrast conditions. Beyond the hardware, the DSLR is equipped with Al servo AF III+, a new AF algorithm with AI servo scenes analysis that improves AF precision in scenarios involving fast and unexpected movements. With all 61-points compatible to effective aperture of f/8 or faster, autofocusing is possible even when using tele-converters on super telephoto lenses, equipment common in wildlife and sports photography.

Additionally, the mirror on the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) is constructed with a new drive mechanism that quickly suppresses vibration which enables the DSLR to deliver a quick frame rate of 14 fps with AF and auto-exposure tracking enabled, and an even more impressive 16 fps when shooting with Live View, with no screen blackout. With a CFast 2.0 card slot for high-speed writing, the EOS-1D X Mark II can capture up to 170 RAW images and an unlimited number of JPEG images in continuous shooting mode.


4K image quality for EOS Movie

In 2012, the EOS-1D C was the first EOS DSLR to incorporate 4K movie recording. With the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon), users are now able to utilize 4K motion JPEG at 60/50p, resulting in amazingly smooth footages. The EOS-1D X Mark II’s Full HD recording feature comes with a new High Frame Rate mode that allows recording at 120/100, enabling slow motion video recording. The inclusion of a CFast slot caters to these high data-rate shooting modes.

With the addition of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF), a first in the EOS-1D series, users utilising phase-detection in Live View mode benefit from extremely fast auto-focusing and efficient tracking of moving subjects without aperture limitations. The DSLR also support EV-3 for all effective AF points within the sensor area when shooting 4K movies.

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Similar to the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) includes selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF speed and Movie Servo AF tracking sensitivity, giving users more flexibility in controlling focus racking during video shooting. Additionally, the EOS-1D X Mark II is equipped with touch focus function for its DAF feature. With this, users can easily switch focus by tapping the LCD panel for AF point selection in Live View mode.

With the DSLR’s 4K Frame Grab function, users can also easily extract images of approximately 8.8 megapixels in JPEG format from 4K movies recorded on the camera without connecting to a computer. The camera’s ability to shoot at 60p means sports and wildlife photographers can now pick one out of the sixty images in every second of the video, thereby achieving a much higher image hit-rate and improving work efficiency.

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Top-class image quality

The EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) breaks new ground for the EOS line with a newly developed 35mm full frame CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, enhanced resolution of 20.2-megapixel images, and expanded ISO speeds of up to 409,600, one full stop higher than its predecessor the EOS-1D X. With this, users are able to achieve better shooting results in lowlight.

The new 360,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor and EOS iTR AF system on the EOS-1D X Mark II greatly improves tracking precision. For indoor shoots under artificial lighting, photographers can turn on an anti-flicker mode to detect high frequency flickering of lights, thus ensuring better exposure stability. With this feature, irregular exposure and colours caused by flickering lights can be better managed.

A new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer is now able to process and optimize RAW images in-camera. Previously available only in post-production, this editing function includes chromatic aberration correction, peripheral illumination correction, and for the first time in EOS history, diffraction correction.

The combination of these corrective functions allows photographers to obtain higher quality JPEGs directly from the camera without using a computer, enabling fast image productions where time is of essence. The inclusion of Fine Detail picture style also pushes JPEG files to achieve even higher levels of sharpness.

Made to last

Every part of the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) from its mirror to shutter mechanisms is built for endurance and durability, giving the DSLR a shutter life expectancy of 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X Mark II is encased in a robust magnesium alloy body and designed to be dust and drip-proof for enhanced protection against the elements, essential for reliability in the professional photographer’s varied line of work especially when working at outdoor shoots.

In terms of design and ergonomics, the grip and button operations were improved for greater comfort and operability for photographers of varying hand sizes. The control configuration on the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon) also makes the horizontal and vertical layouts more similar, so shooting landscape or portrait will have a similar feel. The EOS-1D X Mark II uses the LP-E19 battery, which has a 10% increase in capacity compared to the LP-E4N used in the EOS-1D X, providing photographers with longer usage while in the field.

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Built in GPS function and optional Wireless File Transmitter

For the first time in the EOS-1D series, GPS is built into the body of the camera. This allows all the photos to be tagged with accurate location information, providing users specific location references especially when traveling in between assignments and locations. Access to satellite clocks also ensures accurate time-stamp information, allowing for more efficient organization of images.

File transfer is also made easy with the Wireless File Transmitter, WFT-E8D, available as an option with the EOS-1D X Mark II. The WFT-E8D supports high speed file transfer which supports IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band) wireless LAN.

When mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark II (Amazon), it allows seamless wireless connection between the photographer’s smartphone and the camera, allowing photographers to remotely control the camera for still image shooting, movie recording and transferring of images from camera to smartphone all via Canon’s Camera Connect app. The EOS-1D X Mark II is also equipped with a USB 3.0 port for high speed data transfer.


EOS-1D X Mark II Price & Availability

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is now available in Malaysia at a recommended retail price of RM 25,299 (inclusive of 6% GST). That is roughly US$ 6,325.

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Sony Handycam FDR-AXP55 & HDR-PJ675 Camcorders Released

28 March 2016 – Life’s defining moments can happen so fast, we often fail to fully appreciate the essence of the experience. Whether it’s a child’s first steps, a school play, graduation or a wedding day – having a video to re-live your happiest times with friends and family can become one of your greatest treasures. Sony’s newest Handycam camcorders allow you to perpetuate those moments in vibrant 4K detail.


Sony FDR-AXP55

Breath-taking picture quality with 4K Handycam

The patriarch of this year’s camcorder family takes form in Sony’s newest 4K Handycam, the FDR-AXP55, combining enhanced image quality and incredible sound performance.

The FDR-AXP55 features a new Exmor R CMOS sensor, providing exceptionally detailed 4K movies. Due to the new sensor’s approximately 1.6x larger pixel size2, the FDR-AXP55 enjoys a much greater sensitivity level than its predecessor and allows for fantastically clear content with outstanding resolution even when shooting in low light conditions.

The FDR-AXP55 features a newly developed ZEISS lens that extends to a wide angle of 26.8mm3, accurately capturing the scene from wide angle through to telephoto. The lens empowers the camcorder with a remarkable range of 20x optical and 30x (4K)/ 40x (FHD) Clear Image Zoom, for beautiful close-up footage you don’t want to miss.

Due to its Advanced Aspherical (AA) and Extra-low Dispersion(ED) lens elements, colour fringing is highly reduced allowing the lens to produce incredibly accurate colours for beautifully precise footage. The multi-layer film ZEISS T* coating reduces unwanted reflections like ghosting and flare which delivers a crisper, clearer image even when shooting on bright days outside.

The FDR-AXP55 is the first Handycam with an enhanced version of Sony’s own Balance Optical SteadyShot; a 5-axis image stabilisation system that brings you blur-free footage when shooting handheld and thanks to its new Intelligent Active mode5, also ensures crisp footage whilst running. This incredibly powerful image stabilisation system allows for exceptionally smooth and clear video footage from all angles, even when on the move or whilst using the telephoto end of the 20x optical zoom when aiming for close-ups shots. The new Intelligent Active mode takes it a step further and even allows for incredibly clear HD footage when running.

The FDR-AXP55 records at an incredible high bit-rate of 4K 100Mbps, using the high-performing XAVC S recording format , allowing each frame to be filled with astonishing 4K detail so you can relive everything from splashing waves to colourful confetti.

The camcorder comes with a newly adapted AF algorithm, Fast Intelligent AF, also featured in Sony’s α7S II, which optimises communication between the lens and processor to achieve speeds up to approximately 40% faster2 than previous models and more precise subject capture.

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Advanced sound quality

The FDR-AXP55’s new microphone structure collects sound from five directions, thereby capturing real-life sounds and delivering a more realistic sense of ambience. Due to the enhanced microphone structure, noise levels have been reduced by approximately 40%2, and stereo performance is approximately twice as high as previous models2, allowing for clear recordings in a greater range of environments. Its 5.1ch microphone records high stereo sound in 2ch in XAVC S 4K/HD and high surround sound in 5.1ch in AVCHD. In addition, the My Voice Canceling function reduces the user’s own voice whilst recording.

Full HD 100fps recording for slow-mo movies

As a first for the Handycam series, the FDR-AXP55 can record at 100fps in Full HD meaning that footage can be edited into breath-taking slow motion footage with the free PC software, PlayMemories Home™, to add a whole new dimension to home movies.

It boasts many pro-style refinements for greater shooting flexibility, including a manual ring and button that can be allocated to functions like zoom, focus and exposure and electronic viewfinder (EVF), allowing the user to easily compose scenes even when recording on sun-filled holidays. For greater control of the edit, advanced users can benefit from Time Code and User Bit options.

Post shooting, instant on-the-spot video playback is made possible with the Handycam’s built-in projector (50 lm). To enjoy recorded footage at home, 4K content can be played back on a compatible 4K TV through a supplied HDMI cable or by automatic down conversion of 4K frames in Full HD playback on an HD TV. For beautiful framing, this Handycam also allows you to playback trimmed 4K images from selected video frames, enlarging or cropping selected parts of the frame in Full HD quality.


Sony FDR-AXP55 Specifications


Sony HDR-PJ675

More new ways to capture and share the memories

Sony’s Full HD camcorder range welcomes two new members, HDR-PJ675. As with their elder siblings, they extend to a generous wide angle of 26.8mm3, meaning beautiful family moments can be captured in any situation. Both new models benefit from image stabilization technologies

including advanced Balanced Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode on the HDR-PJ675– ensuring highly detailed, blur-free footage.

The Handycam camcorders allow for XAVC S 50Mbps high-bitrate recording6 and also feature Fast Intelligent AF. With 5.1ch surround microphone performance and My Voice Canceling, superb sound quality is also guaranteed.

Using Sony’s free PlayMemories Home PC software, you can organise and edit your footage and also create your personal high-quality time-lapse movies7 with Time-lapse Capture for powerful, impactful scenes in 4K using the FDR-AXP55 and HD with the HDR-PJ675. In addition, the built-in projector on HDR-PJ675 allows for instant playback of saved videos on large surfaces.

Live broadcasts

To get others involved in the action, all new Handycam models allow Live Streaming via USTREAM, enabling you to stream HD video footage and sound from Handycam camcorders through a wireless access point. You can now ensure that no one, no matter how far away, will miss out on those defining moments, no matter where in the world they may be.

Like all of Sony’s Handycam line up, the new models feature the automatic in-cam movie editing function, Highlight Movie Maker , which picks key moments in your footage like laughter or zoomed in moments and assembles them into short-clips without any need for post-production editing. You can customise with transition effects and soundtrack music and once completed, easily share your MP4 movie on social media sites.

Sony’s new 4K Handycam and full HD camcorders will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from March 2016 and January 2016 respectively.


Sony HDR-PJ675 Specifications


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Sony PXW-Z150 Camcorder Launched

Kuala Lumpur, 25 February 2016Sony has announced the PXW-Z150, the latest addition to its XDCAM range of lightweight, easy-to-use professional camcorders, with new functionality to enable wireless operation and 4K high quality shooting. The flexible, effortless set-up capabilities of the portable PXW-Z150 enable content creators of all experience levels to deliver impressive imagery for content and events shooting scenarios, no matter how tight their brief.

Sony’s PXW-Z150 features a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, providing users with spectacular 4K recording and impressive 5x slow motion in Full HD – essential functionality for content creators looking to deliver corporate or personal productions of the highest quality.

Going beyond what has been traditionally possible with a camcorder, Sony’s PXW-Z150 catches every moment in up to 120 frames per second (fps) High Frame Rate continuous recording in full HD quality. Apart from the standard optical 12x zoom, the camera utilizes Clear Image Zoom technology to operate at 24x zoom and 18x zoom in HD and 4K modes respectively.

[adrotate banner=”4″]Further, the single 20 megapixel 1.0 type large sensor size offers clear pictures even in low light. This gives filmmakers superb clarity and sharpness, opening up the opportunities for flexible shooting in a variety of environments. In response to rising expectations in the fast-paced corporate industry, users can now enjoy live streaming capabilities and FTP wireless connection with built-in Wi-Fi.

Ensuring creative expression is not only subjected to an extensive set-up, the PXW-Z150 is ergonomically designed to facilitate shooting with ease. The compact, lightweight body includes integration with advanced features, removing the need for multiple external accessories. The built-in 4-step ND filter offers the flexibility of exposure and depth-of-field control while the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe avoids cabling with easy integration between the camcorder and Sony’s peripherals including the UWP-D series wireless microphones.

The PXW-Z150 can be easily controlled by a smartphone or tablet using a Wi-Fi remote, and has a battery life which delivers a remarkable 400minutes continuous recording time – allowing you to capture what is needed readily. In addition, high visibility is delivered with the wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder alongside the 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel.

The PXW-Z150 lends itself to a variety of environments and editing requirements, supporting the conventional broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) on top of Sony’s advanced XAVC format (Long GOP) format. The camcorder also provides a wide variety of built-in connectivity options including professional standard 3G-SDI, XLR inputs, HDMI, USB, REMOTE and Composite (phono), eliminating the need for adapters.

To extend recording times and workflow flexibility, the PW-Z150 is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards. The dual media slots enable various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.


Sony PXW-Z150 Features

  • 4K high quality shooting with a 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor and premium G lensThe PXW-Z150 supports 4K XAVC Long maximum 100Mbps high quality shooting. The 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor provides high sensitivity and high performance in low light environments. The high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion. Videographers can deliver high resolution and contrast from the centre to the edge of the lens, with the high performance 4K-compatible 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom.
  • Use on a wide range of applications with 120fps slow motion, rich recording format and network functionsThe camcorder supports full HD 120fps continuous high-speed shooting, which enables 5x slow motion expression. High quality FHD XAVC Long 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps and the broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) are supported. Users can take advantage of the advanced network functions – such as the camcorder’s built-in Wi-Fi for live streaming capabilities (QoS will be supported by a firmware update) and FTP wireless connections – to integrate wireless workflows, enabling users to keep pace with ever changing client deadlines.
  • High operability and rich interface, within a compact and lightweight body

The PXW-Z150 provides extended functionality with 3 independent lens rings, in addition to high visibility with wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel. Sony’s MI Shoe wireless microphone receivers are supported, increasing the mobility and limiting the need for external cables and multiple accessories.

The camcorder’s rich interface includes: 3G-SDI, HDMI, XLR, Cold Shoe and REMOTE. In addition to this, dual media slots facilitate various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.


Sony PXW-Z150 Availability

The PXW-Z150 will be available in Malaysia from May 2016. Alternatively, join Sony at booth 40/41 at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2016, Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 29 February to 3 March 2016, for first-hand experience with this latest addition to Sony’s XDCAM range of professional camcorders.


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