Olympus Tough TG Tracker

Olympus’s $350 action camera is built to be rugged which does make it physically larger.  It’s nice to see some more competition in this area as GoPro’s prices were getting out of control.  This video camera has a small sized sensor which is standard for this kind of camera, and it features a waterproof and “crushproof” build.

EOSHD Reviews the Panasonic GX85/80

Panasonic-GX80

The Panasonic GX85/80 is the goldilocks of Panasonic’s recent offerings. The G7 was and is great for the price, but it lacked IBIS.  The GX8 is a good camera, but it’s large and its IBIS is more limited than we would like.  The GX50/80 is small, has great IBIS, and is attractively priced.  This is by far our favourite 4K capable camera Panasonic has released since the GH4.  This also bodes well for the future GH5.

Do read EOSHD’s review of this wonderful camera.  We are mostly in agreement.  However, Andrew doesn’t touch on dynamic range and we don’t have a good side-to-side comparison with the Sony A6300 yet.

Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 Update

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Reviews abound for the new Nvida 1080 and 1070 video cards (for example: Engadget, Guru3d).

Here are some highlights that matter to us:

  • H.264 encoding 4K at 60Hz and decoding 4K at 120 Hz and 8K at 30Hz
  • HEVC encoding 4K at 60Hz and decoding 4K at 120 Hz and 8K at 30Hz
  • 10-bit HEVC encode and decode and 12-bit HEVC decode

This means that the above specs will trickle down to more affordable cards to use in a home theatre PC system.  10-bit 4K at 60Hz is the minimum standard we like as a future-proof specs that should last a person until 8K era.