New Firmware for Sony FDR-AX100

The Sony FDR AX100 is quite a unique video camera.  It’s not without its faults but having a 1-inch sensor along with 4K resolution and an unusual amount of 8-bit detail retention created a unique product.  If put in the hands of a competent videographer who knows how to expose for this camera, the image quality truly is amazing (after some post-processing work to pull out the details).  The greatest issue we run into with this camera is around stabilization as we enjoy not using tripods.  The dynamic range is not great on this camera, unfortunately.

The 4K video codec was at 60Mbps but the new firmware allows for 100Mbps as well as some autofocus improvements.  A few people have reported problems or a dead video cameras after attempting to update the firmware; it’s not clear if this was an isolated event or user error or something else.

The biggest advantage of this new firmware should be a reduction of macroblocking in complex and busy scenes.

8K Video From Nikon D800 by Using Quicklapse

Quicklapse is a way of extending the burst shooting rates that digital cameras have (like 4 or 5 shots per second) by using software to generate the frames in between. There are of course limitations to this technique and the type of subject matter that it works for.

Sanchez & Olaso, who specialize in architecture motion photography, have released the following example of their 8K video with the aforementioned quicklapse technique:

See the Sanchez & Olaso website and their blog post titled Behind the scenes – Capturing 8K Video at Son Brull hotel for more information.

4K Monitor Reviews by Lloyd Chambers

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Lloyd Chambers is know for his website diglloyd where he provides paid subscriptions to access high quality reviews of digital cameras and lenses.  His reviews are more in-depth than a lot of free sites and consider aspects that are not commonly considered.

He also has a free article section that includes high quality reviews of the following 4K monitors: Dell UP2414Q, LG 31MU97-B, NEC PA322UHD, and NEC EA244UHD.

Sony’s 2015 4K TV Lineup Price Leak

Model Size Highlight Price
XBR-75X940C 75-inch Full-array local dimming $7,999
XBR-65X930C 65-inch Edge-lit local dimming $4,499
XBR-75X910C 75-inch Thin bezel $4,999
XBR-65X900C 65-inch Thin bezel, cabinet $3,999
XBR-55X900C 55-inch Thin bezel, cabinet $2,499
XBR-75X850C 75-inch Triluminous color $4,999
XBR-65X850C 65-inch Triluminous color $3,499
XBR-55X850C 55-inch Triluminous color $2,199
XBR-49X830C 49-inch 4K resolution $1,599
XBR-43X830C 43-inch 4K resolution $1,299