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Abode Iota Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:12
The Iota has built-in Z-Wave and Zigbee hubs, as well as Apple HomeKit compatibility.
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Ring Stick Up Cam Elite Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:01
Meet Ring's new Stick Up Cam Elite, a power-adapter-enabled version of the startup's indoor/outdoor cam.
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LG SIGNATURE SteamClean Dishwasher with SmartThinQ Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:45
First announced in August, LG's ultra-high end dishwasher is now ready for your kitchen.
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GoPro exits drone market, cuts over 250 jobs, and drops price of Hero6 Black by $100

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:36

It's a day of tough news at GoPro. In addition to confirming a report from late last week that the company would be cutting between 200 and 300 jobs (the actual number is at least 255), GoPro's Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2017 Results release included several other cost cutting announcements, including: a price cut for the GoPro Hero6 Black to spur sales, CEO Nick Woodman reducing his own cash compensation to $1 for 2018, and the big one, GoPro will no longer make drones.

That last point is the most significant news, although not entirely surprising. GoPro's Karma drone struggled to gain traction as DJI released drone-after-impressive-drone to compete with it, and Karma itself suffered a major recall after user reports came in that the drones were literally falling out of the sky during regular use.

In all, there are four major cuts coming in 2018, which GoPro estimates will save it $80 million in operating expenses:

  1. GoPro's global workforce will be reduced from 1,254 employees as of September 30, 2017 to fewer than 1,000 employees worldwide.
  2. GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman will reduce his 2018 cash compensation to $1.
  3. GoPro will exit the drone market after selling its remaining Karma inventory. GoPro will continue to provide service and support to Karma customers.
  4. GoPro has lowered the price of its premium model, the HERO6 Black, from $499 to $399 as of January 7th.

Regarding its exit from the drone market, GoPro blames "margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market" and "a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States" that the company believes will make the aerial market "untenable."

"GoPro is committed to turning our business around in 2018," said CEO Nicholas Woodman in the release. "We entered the new year with strong sell-through and are excited with our hardware and software roadmap. We expect that going forward, our roadmap coupled with a lower operating expense model will enable GoPro to return to profitability and growth in the second half of 2018."

To learn more about GoPro's business plans going forward, or if you want to dive into the company's Q4 2017 financial results, read the full release below or visit the GoPro investor website.

Press Release

GoPro Announces Preliminary Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today reported certain preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017. GoProexpects revenue to be approximately $340 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter revenue includes a negative impact of approximately $80 million for price protection on HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session cameras, as well as the Karma drone.

GoPro expects GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2017 to be between 24% and 26%. Non-GAAP gross margin for the fourth quarter of 2017 is expected to be between 25% and 27%. Non-GAAP gross margin for the same period, excluding the price protection impact of $80 million and other charges of between $19 million and $21 million, is expected to be between 44% and 46%. GoPro expects GAAP operating expenses to be between $136 million and $140 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 and non-GAAP operating expenses to be between $118 million and $122 million for the same period.

GoPro ended the fourth quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $247 million, up $50 million over the third quarter of 2017.

"As we noted in our November earnings call, at the start of the holiday quarter we saw soft demand for our HERO5 Black camera," said GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman. "Despite significant marketing support, we found consumers were reluctant to purchase HERO5 Black at the same price it launched at one year earlier. Our December 10 holiday price reduction provided a sharp increase in sell-through."

Globally, HERO5 Black sell-through more than doubled in the two weeks following the December 10 price reduction, while HERO5 Session sell-through roughly tripled.

Sales of the newly introduced flagship HERO6 Black camera performed as expected during the fourth quarter. On January 7, GoPro lowered the price of its premium model, HERO6 Black from $499 to $399 to align with its good, better, best product strategy.

Initial uptake of GoPro's newly launched spherical camera, Fusion, was better than expected during the quarter.

"GoPro is committed to turning our business around in 2018," said Nicholas Woodman. "We entered the new year with strong sell-through and are excited with our hardware and software roadmap. We expect that going forward, our roadmap coupled with a lower operating expense model will enable GoPro to return to profitability and growth in the second half of 2018."

2018 Products and Operating Expenses

In 2018, GoPro will continue to innovate with several new products aimed at new and existing customers. GoPro's sharper focus will enable an $80 million reduction in operating expenses compared to 2017 levels, resulting in a target operating expense level of below $400 million for 2018 on a non-GAAP basis.

The lower non-GAAP operating expense target will be achieved through a variety of strategies, including:

  • GoPro is reducing its global workforce from 1,254 employees as of September 30, 2017 to fewer than 1,000 employees worldwide.
  • GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman will reduce his 2018 cash compensation to $1.
  • Although Karma reached the #2 market position in its price band in 2017, the product faces margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market. Furthermore, a hostile regulatory environment in Europe and the United States will likely reduce the total addressable market in the years ahead. These factors make the aerial market untenable and GoPro will exit the market after selling its remaining Karma inventory. GoPro will continue to provide service and support to Karma customers.

A restructuring of GoPro's business will result in an estimated aggregate charge of $23 million to $33 million, including approximately $13 million to $18 million of cash expenditures as a result of a reduction in force, substantially all of which are severance and related costs, as well as approximately $10 million to $15 million of other charges, consisting primarily of non-cash items. GoPro expects to recognize most of the restructuring charges in the first quarter of 2018. GoPro will provide more detail on its 2017 results and 2018 outlook in its fourth quarter earnings report which will take place in early February.

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Samyang unveils AF 14mm F2.8 EF, its first autofocus lens for Canon

DP Review Latest news - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:22
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As promised after last week's leaked images, Samyang has debuted its first ever autofocus lens for the Canon EF mount: the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF joins the rest of the Samyang/Rokinon AF line of lenses, all of which were made for Sony FE mount until today.

The optical formula of the new lens consists of 15 lens elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements, 4 high-refractive elements, and 1 extra-low dispersion element to ensure the best possible image quality "from center to corner of the wide 116.6° angle of view."

The lens is also very light, weighing in at 485g (without the lens cap), compared to Canon's own 14mm F2.8L II IS USM, which clocks in at nearly 650g.

Here's how Samyang describes its new lens:

This first EF mount autofocus lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand's universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. From a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups, 7 special optic lenses have been chosen in the production of this lens, to maximize the image quality.

The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimizes distortion and various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The remarkably even image quality from centre to corner of the wide 116.6-degree angle of view appears distinctly on its MTF chart.

And here is a selection of sample images captured by Samyang photographers ahead of the launch. They're not very high resolution, but they should give you a basic idea of the lens' capabilities:

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We won't know how this lens compares to Canon's $2,100 EF 14mm F2.8L II IS USM until we get our hands on a test copy, but at a price of just 700 Euro (~$840 USD) it gives Canon users a much more affordable ultra wide-angle option.

The lens is scheduled to ship in February of 2018. To learn more about this lens, visit the Samyang Global website.

Press Release

Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF

January 8th, 2018, Seoul, South Korea – Global optics brand, Samyang Optics is pleased to unveil its first autofocus lens for Canon full frame DSLR cameras: AF 14mm F2.8EF. This light weight wide angle lens inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series and delivers a quiet, fast and accurate autofocus system.

World Class Wide Angle Lens, Samyang 14mm

This first EF mount autofocus lens from Samyang encapsulates the brand's universally respected optical technology, especially in the wide angle lens category. From a total of 15 lenses in 10 groups, 7 special optic lenses have been chosen in the production of this lens, to maximize the image quality.

The use of 2 aspherical lenses, 4 high-refractive lenses, and 1 extra-low dispersion lens minimizes distortion and various aberrations while producing crystal clear resolution. The remarkably even image quality from centre to corner of the wide 116.6 degree angle of view appears distinctly on its MTF chart.

Ideal Autofocus Lens with High Usability

Importantly, the minimised weight and movement of the focusing lens group enables quiet and pleasant autofocusing with high accuracy. This compact Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF weighs only 485g without lens caps and hood and is the best travel partner to capture unforgettable moments on your journey.

Weather-sealing and a built-in AF/MF switch increase usability.

Available from February 2018

This world-wide Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 EF inherits the renowned image quality of Samyang’s wide angle series from the manual focus 14mm F2.8, the premium XP 14mm F2.4, the AF 14mm F2.8 FE autofocus lens for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras and professional cinema lenses, and the XEEN 14mm, 16mm and 20mm.

The lens will be available globally from February and a suggested retail price is EUR 699.

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Canary View Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 06:00
The View indoor home security camera is Canary's most affordable device to date.
Categories: Photo News

SkyBell Plug-in Camera Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 06:00
Have a wall outlet? Attach SkyBell's handy Plug-In Camera for portable HD live streaming.
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Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:02
The Hose Faucet Timer adds weather awareness and Siri to an ordinary sprinkler.
Categories: Photo News

iHome iGV1 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 05:00
The iHome iGV1 wakes you up and responds to your voice commands like a Google Home.
Categories: Photo News

HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:01
Debuting at CES 2018, the 15.6-inch two-in-one shows the pen might be mightier than the Touch Bar.
Categories: Photo News

HP Envy x2 (2018) Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 00:01
Following on its first x2 with a Qualcomm chip, HP's adding another version with some Core i-series power.
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Cocoon Cam Clarity Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 19:00
Cocoon Cam's Clarity redefines traditional baby monitors with unique shape and features.
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D-Link DCH-212KT Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 17:26
D-Link's indoor/outdoor 1080p HD DCH-212KT camera comes with local and cloud storage.
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D-Link DCS-1820LH Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 17:26
The new D-Link DCS-1820LH LTE Full HD Indoor/Outdoor Camera works over Wi-Fi -- and cellular networks.
Categories: Photo News

Elgato Eve Button Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 16:38
Press the Elgato Eve Button to activate your HomeKit scenes.
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Somfy Outdoor Camera Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 15:00
The Somfy Outdoor Camera's voice alerts are supposed to deter intruders.
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Onelink Safe & Sound by First Alert Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 12:00
The Onelink Safe & Sound combines a smoke and CO detector with an Alexa-enabled smart speaker.
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DJI introduces Ronin-S stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 09:00
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DJI has announced the Ronin-S, its first single-handed stabilizer designed for use with DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

It will be available in two frame sizes (referring to the frame that holds the camera), one for mirrorless cameras such as the Sony Alpha system and Panasonic GH series, and another for larger DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark IV. Additionally, the 3-axis gimbal is fully compatible with both in-camera and in-lens stabilization systems.

DJI tells us that it put a lot of work into making the system easy to use. It comes with a tripod that screws into the base, allowing the Ronin to stand upright on its own while rigging the camera, axis locks to prevent gimbal movement during setup, and a calibration process that it describes as quick and easy. Also included is a feature called Push Mode, activated in the Ronin app, that allows users to tune settings like pan and tilt while the Ronin-S is still turned on, eliminating the need to shut down the system to make these adjustments.

The Ronin app also provides a number of features designed to automate complex camera moves. These include CamAnchor, which allows you to set designated camera positions and toggle between them, Panorama and Hyperlapse tools, and also DJI's ActiveTrack technology. SmoothTrack enables you to adjust gimbal responsiveness on each axis, along with the ability to save profiles for later use.

The Ronin app also provides a number of features designed to automate
complex camera moves

The Ronin-S includes dedicated control buttons for both camera and gimbal, including the ability to quickly toggle between settings, activate recording on the camera, and adjust camera position using the built-in joystick.

The Ronin-S is also compatible with some very useful accessories, including a focus dial with built-in screen that can be used as a follow-focus (primarily on Sony cameras, we're told) or used to select SmoothTrack profiles saved in the Ronin app. There's also a cheese plate for attaching other accessories and a car mount for shooting on vehicles.

Over the past couple years we've seen quite a few products designed for the growing market of small production companies and emerging filmmakers, including more cameras with advanced features like Log video, as well as a number of budget-oriented cinema lenses. A compact, affordable stabilization system should be very appealing to this audience.

Pricing for the Ronin-S has yet to be announced, but DJI indicated it will be available in the second quarter of 2018. If you're attending CES 2018 in Las Vegas you can see the Ronin-S in person at the DJI booth.

Press release:

DJI Reveals New Handheld Camera Stabilizers At CES 2018

A Redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 Turns Smartphones Into Smart Steadycams and Ronin-S Becomes DJI’s First Single-Handed Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

January 7, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, introduced two new handheld camera stabilizers at CES 2018 – Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S. Built for smartphones, DSLRs, and mirrorless camera systems, they give consumers, professional videographers and photographers new tools to capture smooth, steady videos and stunning photos wherever they go.

  • Osmo Mobile 2: The handheld smartphone camera stabilizer from DJI, redesigned for the storyteller in all of us. Using a lightweight design that supports portrait orientation, with simpler controls with cinematic zoom, a longer battery life for more filming, and intelligent features to help you share a professional-looking story wherever you go.
  • Ronin-S: DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. Built for efficient setup and ease of use with a compact form and dedicated buttons to control camera settings and precise positioning, plus intelligent features for advanced shooting modes all designed to help bring a steady shot to any set.

“With the introduction of these two stabilizers, DJI now offers gimbal technology to help unlock the creative storyteller in everyone no matter what camera they’re using,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “Osmo Mobile 2 offers the best in smartphone stabilization at an affordable price, and Ronin-S brings the quality of DJI’s professional gimbal technology to a new form factor that is perfect for run-and-gun filming using your favorite DSLR or mirrorless camera system.”

Osmo Mobile 2 – Redesigned for the Storyteller in All of Us

Osmo Mobile 2 is a smartphone camera stabilizer that captures smooth videos and high-definition panoramas with cinematic movement and incredible ease. DJI’s industry-leading three-axis gimbal technology cancels out movement in three directions so your video stays steady even if your hands shake or wobble, while DJI’s built in SmoothTrack technology detects and compensates for your movement of the camera to ensure a smooth cinematic shot every time.

Designed to be lightweight and portable, Osmo Mobile 2 is made from high-strength modified nylon and features a folding design that makes it perfect for all-day use. The two-way mobile clamp lets you easily pivot between landscape and portrait orientation so that you can chose the most engaging full-screen format for your audience. In addition, a 1/4” universal screw mount ensures compatibility with your favorite photography accessories, making Osmo Mobile 2 more versatile than ever.

Simpler controls let you use your phone’s camera like a professional camera with integrated settings for ISO, shutter speed and more. A new zoom slider lets you completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle and you can even produce dolly zoom, a visual effect usually created only on professional film sets.

A more powerful built-in battery system lets you film for up to 15 hours, over three times longer than the original Osmo Mobile’s battery. The new USB port enables phone charging during use and serves as a power bank for charging other electronics while on the go.

Smart software in the DJI GO mobile app unlocks intelligent photo and video features that help you create professional-looking content automatically. Videographers can use modes including ActiveTrack to automatically follow of subjects in motion, Motion Timelapse with up to five different camera positions, Hyperlapse to create dramatic time-lapse videos with the camera in motion, or stream live to popular social platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Photographers can expand their creativity with options such as Panorama, Long Exposure and LightTrail modes.

Ronin-S – Bring a Steady Shot to Any Set

Ronin-S is DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. Available in two frame sizes for either camera type, DJI’s powerful three-axis gimbal technology delivers smooth, shake-free video and crisp photos, adding a cinematic and professional look to your work.

Powerful high-torque motors support the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems. Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology.

Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. A new Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process so you can spend more time filming and less time prepping your gear. Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic curved design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots.*

Dedicated control buttons for the camera and gimbal let you toggle between SmoothTrack settings, record and stop the camera, and the high-precision joystick changes the camera position to help frame your shot perfectly. A new Sport mode allows for fast movements with tight and quick subject following speed.

Harness intelligent shooting modes on Ronin-S through the DJI Ronin mobile app to create complex camera moves automatically like Panorama, Hyperlapse, Track and CamAnchor that lets you designate specific camera positions in a scene and rotate between them on demand. Directly customize SmoothTrack settings with dedicated controls for responsiveness of each axis. Camera settings can be directly adjusted as well.**

Ronin-S is compatible with a variety of DJI Pro Accessories to capture any scene and expand your creative freedom on set or location. Supported accessories include a Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen allowing advanced gimbal and focus control without a mobile device, a vehicle mount solution, DJI Master Force, DJI Master Wheels, an external focus motor, and a cheese plate adapter so you can use your favorite third-party accessories. A dual-handle support will also be available for when an added level of comfort and stability is required.

Price and Availability

Osmo Mobile 2 retails for $129 USD and will be available exclusively for pre-order at Apple.com on January 23, 2018. Starting in early February, it will also be available at store.dji.com, DJI Flagship Stores, and DJI Authorized Retailers, with additional availability later in February at Apple Stores in select regions worldwide. For more information on all the new features and capabilities of Osmo Mobile 2, please visit www.dji.com/osmo-mobile-2.

Ronin-S will be available in the second quarter of 2018 from dji.com, DJI Flagship Stores, DJI Authorized Retail Stores, and DJI Resellers worldwide***. Pricing will be announced prior to availability. Additional information on Ronin-S can be found at www.dji.com/ronin-s.


Osmo Shield for Osmo Mobile

Osmo Shield is a coverage plan that extends the warranty of any Osmo series product by one additional year, including accidental hardware damage coverage, that covers up to one free replacement and provides repair solutions for two years. Osmo Shield is currently available in select countries, including China, the United States, and Canada.

Photos and Videos Available for Download

Osmo Mobile 2 photos: http://bit.ly/2CGwrPf

Ronin-S photos: http://bit.ly/2lXk4E8

DJI at CES 2018

Visit the DJI booth at CES to see the new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S, and experience the entire DJI product portfolio of camera drones and image stabilization systems. Onsite activities and promotion for CES attendees at the DJI booth include:

  • Rent an Osmo Mobile 2 for free each day
  • Compete in DJI’s daily flight simulator challenge to win a DJI Spark Fly More Combo
  • Register to enter a daily raffle for Ronin-S and receive a $100 USD discount coupon

DJI’s main booth is located in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall, Level 2, booth #26002. Drone flight demos will also take place at DJI’s booth in the Central Hall, booth #14710T.

*Can be utilized with dual-handheld accessory as well

**For supported camera models

***The Ronin-S products shown at CES 2018 are prototypes and the final specs and features may vary

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DJI announces Osmo 2 Mobile smartphone camera gimbal

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 09:00
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DJI has announced the Osmo Mobile 2, an updated version of its popular Osmo Mobile camera gimbal for smartphones. Though visually similar to the original model, the Osmo Mobile 2 adds some useful new features along with a more attractive price point.

The biggest change most users will notice right away is that the Osmo 2 Mobile no longer uses interchangeable batteries. DJI claims the new built-in battery will provide enough power for up to 15 hours of filming, which is probably more than most peoples' arms will endure over the course of a day. Additionally, a new USB port enables the phone to charge off the internal battery while in use, preventing battery drain while filming, and can also be used as a power bank to charge other electronics.

Perhaps the most notable feature of the new Osmo Mobile 2 is a lower price: it will retail for $129, significantly less than the $299 price point of the original model

The new model also supports shooting in portrait orientation – perfect for people who want to create content that will primarily be consumed on mobile devices. It also includes a 1/4" universal screw mount, making it possible to mount the Osmo Mobile 2 on a tripod or attach other accessories.

In addition to existing software features like ActiveTrack and time-lapse modes, DJI has added a hyper-lapse feature, as well as a zoom slider on the handle that will allow users to simulate the effects of a dolly zoom.

Perhaps the most notable feature of the new Osmo Mobile 2 is a lower price: it will retail for $129, significantly less than the $299 price point of the original model. It will be available for pre-order exclusively at Apple.com beginning on January 23, and directly from DJI and other authorized resellers beginning in early February.

If you're attending CES 2018 in Las Vegas and want to try the Osmo 2 Mobile in person, DJI will be offering free daily 'rentals' of the device to attendees.

Press release:

DJI Reveals New Handheld Camera Stabilizers At CES 2018

A Redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 Turns Smartphones Into Smart Steadycams and Ronin-S Becomes DJI’s First Single-Handed Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

January 7, 2018 – DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, introduced two new handheld camera stabilizers at CES 2018 – Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S. Built for smartphones, DSLRs, and mirrorless camera systems, they give consumers, professional videographers and photographers new tools to capture smooth, steady videos and stunning photos wherever they go.

  • Osmo Mobile 2: The handheld smartphone camera stabilizer from DJI, redesigned for the storyteller in all of us. Using a lightweight design that supports portrait orientation, with simpler controls with cinematic zoom, a longer battery life for more filming, and intelligent features to help you share a professional-looking story wherever you go.
  • Ronin-S: DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. Built for efficient setup and ease of use with a compact form and dedicated buttons to control camera settings and precise positioning, plus intelligent features for advanced shooting modes all designed to help bring a steady shot to any set.

“With the introduction of these two stabilizers, DJI now offers gimbal technology to help unlock the creative storyteller in everyone no matter what camera they’re using,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “Osmo Mobile 2 offers the best in smartphone stabilization at an affordable price, and Ronin-S brings the quality of DJI’s professional gimbal technology to a new form factor that is perfect for run-and-gun filming using your favorite DSLR or mirrorless camera system.”

Osmo Mobile 2 – Redesigned for the Storyteller in All of Us

Osmo Mobile 2 is a smartphone camera stabilizer that captures smooth videos and high-definition panoramas with cinematic movement and incredible ease. DJI’s industry-leading three-axis gimbal technology cancels out movement in three directions so your video stays steady even if your hands shake or wobble, while DJI’s built in SmoothTrack technology detects and compensates for your movement of the camera to ensure a smooth cinematic shot every time.

Designed to be lightweight and portable, Osmo Mobile 2 is made from high-strength modified nylon and features a folding design that makes it perfect for all-day use. The two-way mobile clamp lets you easily pivot between landscape and portrait orientation so that you can chose the most engaging full-screen format for your audience. In addition, a 1/4” universal screw mount ensures compatibility with your favorite photography accessories, making Osmo Mobile 2 more versatile than ever.

Simpler controls let you use your phone’s camera like a professional camera with integrated settings for ISO, shutter speed and more. A new zoom slider lets you completely operate your smartphone camera from the handle and you can even produce dolly zoom, a visual effect usually created only on professional film sets.

A more powerful built-in battery system lets you film for up to 15 hours, over three times longer than the original Osmo Mobile’s battery. The new USB port enables phone charging during use and serves as a power bank for charging other electronics while on the go.

Smart software in the DJI GO mobile app unlocks intelligent photo and video features that help you create professional-looking content automatically. Videographers can use modes including ActiveTrack to automatically follow of subjects in motion, Motion Timelapse with up to five different camera positions, Hyperlapse to create dramatic time-lapse videos with the camera in motion, or stream live to popular social platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Photographers can expand their creativity with options such as Panorama, Long Exposure and LightTrail modes.

Ronin-S – Bring a Steady Shot to Any Set

Ronin-S is DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless camera systems. Available in two frame sizes for either camera type, DJI’s powerful three-axis gimbal technology delivers smooth, shake-free video and crisp photos, adding a cinematic and professional look to your work.

Powerful high-torque motors support the most popular camera and lens combinations including the Canon 5D, Panasonic GH and Sony Alpha systems. Its stabilization system compensates for zoom lenses with higher magnification ratios and an external zooming barrel, while its advanced stabilization algorithms work with both in-camera and in-lens optical stabilization technology.

Capturing stabilized video has never been easier because Ronin-S was designed for easy setup and use. A new Push mode lets you adjust the pan and tilt axis by hand while the Ronin-S is powered on and axis locks speed up the setup process so you can spend more time filming and less time prepping your gear. Ronin-S has a comfortable, ergonomic curved design that helps capture smooth cinematic movements from upright to underslung positions without obstructing the camera’s display. Ronin-S also features DJI’s intelligent battery technology that can be hot-swapped during operation for extended shoots.*

Dedicated control buttons for the camera and gimbal let you toggle between SmoothTrack settings, record and stop the camera, and the high-precision joystick changes the camera position to help frame your shot perfectly. A new Sport mode allows for fast movements with tight and quick subject following speed.

Harness intelligent shooting modes on Ronin-S through the DJI Ronin mobile app to create complex camera moves automatically like Panorama, Hyperlapse, Track and CamAnchor that lets you designate specific camera positions in a scene and rotate between them on demand. Directly customize SmoothTrack settings with dedicated controls for responsiveness of each axis. Camera settings can be directly adjusted as well.**

Ronin-S is compatible with a variety of DJI Pro Accessories to capture any scene and expand your creative freedom on set or location. Supported accessories include a Focus Control Center consisting of a focusing dial and a screen allowing advanced gimbal and focus control without a mobile device, a vehicle mount solution, DJI Master Force, DJI Master Wheels, an external focus motor, and a cheese plate adapter so you can use your favorite third-party accessories. A dual-handle support will also be available for when an added level of comfort and stability is required.

Price and Availability

Osmo Mobile 2 retails for $129 USD and will be available exclusively for pre-order at Apple.com on January 23, 2018. Starting in early February, it will also be available at store.dji.com, DJI Flagship Stores, and DJI Authorized Retailers, with additional availability later in February at Apple Stores in select regions worldwide. For more information on all the new features and capabilities of Osmo Mobile 2, please visit www.dji.com/osmo-mobile-2.

Ronin-S will be available in the second quarter of 2018 from dji.com, DJI Flagship Stores, DJI Authorized Retail Stores, and DJI Resellers worldwide***. Pricing will be announced prior to availability. Additional information on Ronin-S can be found at www.dji.com/ronin-s.


Osmo Shield for Osmo Mobile

Osmo Shield is a coverage plan that extends the warranty of any Osmo series product by one additional year, including accidental hardware damage coverage, that covers up to one free replacement and provides repair solutions for two years. Osmo Shield is currently available in select countries, including China, the United States, and Canada.

Photos and Videos Available for Download

Osmo Mobile 2 photos: http://bit.ly/2CGwrPf

Ronin-S photos: http://bit.ly/2lXk4E8

DJI at CES 2018

Visit the DJI booth at CES to see the new Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S, and experience the entire DJI product portfolio of camera drones and image stabilization systems. Onsite activities and promotion for CES attendees at the DJI booth include:

  • Rent an Osmo Mobile 2 for free each day
  • Compete in DJI’s daily flight simulator challenge to win a DJI Spark Fly More Combo
  • Register to enter a daily raffle for Ronin-S and receive a $100 USD discount coupon

DJI’s main booth is located in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall, Level 2, booth #26002. Drone flight demos will also take place at DJI’s booth in the Central Hall, booth #14710T.

*Can be utilized with dual-handheld accessory as well

**For supported camera models

***The Ronin-S products shown at CES 2018 are prototypes and the final specs and features may vary

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LG's 34-inch 5K UltraWide Nano IPS HDR600 monitor is a 4K video editor's dream

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 08:26

LG has just released a couple of impressive new monitors, both of which take advantage of LG's so-called Nano IPS technology and boast VESA’s DisplayHDR-600 badge, meaning they support HDR10 processing and max out at 600 nits brightness. That is a seriously impressive feat for a liquid crystal panel.

Unfortunately, LG has stayed pretty tight-lipped about these monitors, which will be debuted officially at CES in January, but here's what we do know about them.

34-inch 5K UltraWide Nano IPS HDR600 Monitor (34WK95U)

The 34-inch 5K UltraWide is the real eye catcher, a monitor that takes aim at video editors who want to edit 4K footage at native resolution and still have room for editing panels on either side of the screen. Boasting a 21:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 5120 x 2160, the monitor could ostensibly replace a 2-screen setup with a single panel.

Combine that resolution with the fact that VESA have given this monitor its DisplayHDR-600 designation, and you've got a truly HDR-capable IPS monitor, something LG only managed to achieve thanks to its Nano IPS technology and possibly some other trickery (more on that later...).

As for color reproduction, Nano IPS technology manages to squeeze 98% of the cinema-grade DCI-P3 color space into the 4K monitor below. It stands to reason, then, that this same technology would bring similar results to the 5K UltraWide, but we'll have to wait for LG to confirm this. The HDR-600 badge means the monitor has to at least hit 90% DCI-P3, but it's likely the 5K UltraWide hits a higher percentage than that.

Finally, the monitor also features a Thunderbolt 3 port that, according to LG, "enables the transmission of 5K resolution images at 60Hz with a single cable."

The LG 5K UltraWide 34WK95U will be on display at CES in Las Vegas in a couple weeks' time, where we hope to find out more technical details. LG hasn't released official pricing and release date details, but the monitor has been spotted online with a price tag of $1,500 and expected release date of May 2018.

32-inch 4K UHD Nano IPS HDR600 Monitor (32UK950)

Speaking of "the other monitor"... slightly overshadowed by the 5K UltraWide release, the 32-inch 4K UHD 32UK950 monitor might actually be the better fit for photographers.

It, too, feature Nano IPS technology and the HDR-600 badge from VESA, but in a 4K UHD panel (3840 × 2160). It's a bit more boastful on the color front. No, you're not getting that crazy-wide aspect ratio, but you do get confirmed 98% coverage of the cinema-grade DCI-P3 color space. And then there's the connectivity:

LG model 32UK950 features the first Thunderbolt™ 3 docking display to support 4K daisy chaining, allowing a set-up of dual 4K monitors. This LG monitor can connect to Thunderbolt™ 3 notebooks like Macbook Pro via a single active Thunderbolt™ 3 cable – no charging adapter or unsightly USB cables required.

This monitor’s single Thunderbolt™ 3 cable transmits 4K content and sound while providing enough charge to power a 60W notebook, simplifying any work space.

This monitor, too, will be on display at CES in January. And like its UltraWide sibling, LG hasn't officially announced pricing and release date; however, it too has been spotted online with a price tag of $1,300 and expected ship date of May 2018.

Technical Dive: Nano IPS

Nano IPS could be a huge leap forward for monitor technology. IPS panels are typically limited to a static contrast ratio of around 2000:1, leaving a lot to be desired in the HDR space. Ideally, you'd want at least 4000:1, especially if you're editing HDR footage.

Nano IPS seeks to get around this liquid crystal limitation by "applying nanometer-sized particles to the screen’s LED to absorb excess light wavelengths." This, according to LG, greatly enhances the intensity and purity of on-screen colors for a more accurate and life-like viewing experience. It should also improve the monitor's static contrast ratio, working in a similar fashion to quantum dot technology, or the 'light modulating cells' Panasonic recently developed.

Our Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal is very excited by monitor tech like this, saying that "if they can get the contrast and brightness of IPS up using this 'Nano IPS' tech, they'll make some amazing HDR monitors." But we have no idea if that's what LG has achieved here, because they won't tell us.

In fact, as AnandTech pointed out last week, that HDR-600 badge requires a black level of no more than 0.1 nits, a feat which VESA believes is impossible without using local dimming. And yet, LG doesn't even mention contrast a single time in its press release, to say nothing of static contrast, local dimming, or pixel-level backlight control.

For now, we're left excited and intrigued, but not entirely satisfied. One thing's for sure though, the computer monitor field is getting very interesting, and we intend to keep a very close eye on it moving forward.

Press Release

New LG Monitors Boast Premium Picture quality and Performance, Improved Versatility

Unparalleled Viewing Experience with Vibrant Nano IPS Technology and Thunderbolt™ 3 Connectivity

SEOUL, Dec. 21, 2017 — At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, LG will introduce upgraded models of its popular monitor lineup with Nano IPS technology that take color reproduction capabilities to a new level. In response to customer feedback, LG added support for HDR600 with even higher dynamic range of peak brightness and new connectivity options with full Thunderbolt™ 3 compatibility.

LG’s new 32-inch UHD 4K monitor (model 32UK950) is the first to offer LG’s advanced Nano IPS technology. Nano IPS technology involves the application of nanometer-sized particles to the screen’s LED to absorb excess light wavelengths. This greatly enhances the intensity and purity of on-screen colors for a more accurate and life-like viewing experience. This LG monitor can display 98 percent of the DCI-P3 color spectrum, comparable to monitors used to master Hollywood blockbusters. Ideal for media prosumers seeking superb color reproduction with its support for HDR 600 LG 32UK950 users will experience high dynamic range of peak brightness of 600 candela (cd/㎡).

LG model 32UK950 features the first Thunderbolt™ 3 docking display to support 4K daisy chaining, allowing a set-up of dual 4K monitors. This LG monitor can connect to Thunderbolt™ 3 notebooks like Macbook Pro via a single active Thunderbolt™ 3 cable – no charging adapter or unsightly USB cables required. This monitor’s single Thunderbolt™ 3 cable transmits 4K content and sound while providing enough charge to power a 60W notebook, simplifying any work space. With its beautiful signature Edge-ArcLine Stand and stunning 4-Side Edge Borderless Design where the picture literally drops off the edge, there is no mistaking this LG monitor for anything else.

Expected to be another hot item at this year’s CES, LG’s 34-inch UltraWide monitor (model 34WK95U) delivers a broad range of accurate colors and viewing angles at a surreal 5K resolution (5120 x 2160 pixels). LG’s very first 21:9 5K UltraWide monitor is loaded to the maximum with a hefty amount of screen real estate and eye-popping colors. This ultimate 5K viewing experience is geared towards users who multitask extensively, such as video editors, photographers and software and app developers.

Model 34WK95U supports Nano IPS technology, fantastic color reproduction capabilities and HDR600. In addition, model 34WK95U features a Thunderbolt™ 3 port, which enables the transmission of 5K resolution images at 60Hz with a single cable. The Thunderbolt™ 3 interface is ideal for power laptop users who desire fast video, audio and data transfers without the need for a separate AC adapter. With its elegant, stunning profile, this LG monitor turns heads even when powered off, with its 4-Side Edge Borderless Design and gorgeous slim Edge-ArcLine Stand addition to its refined image.

“Most of us spend hundreds of hours in front of monitors every month and yet it’s one of the least likely products to get upgraded when higher productivity is desired,” said Chang Ik-hwan, head of LG’s IT business division. “With these latest premium monitors from LG, we wanted to communicate that LG is absolutely committed to delivering the best possible screen resolution and the best user experience on a desk or workspace.”

Another attention grabber from LG will be LG’s latest QHD gaming monitor (model 34GK950G), which offers premium picture quality with Nano IPS technology and high-speed G-Sync technology.

All this and more can be experienced personally at LG’s booth (#11100) in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2018.

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