Gizmodo’s Hands-On with Sony’s New 4K Action Camera


In Gizmodo’s blog post titled Sony 4K Action Cam Hands-On: Giving GoPro a Run for Its Money they provide a preview of the Sony X1000V action camera that is expected to be released in March of 2015 and sell for around $500USD.

GoPro has dominance in the action camera market, and based on Gizmodo’s post it does not sound like this camera from Sony will change that.

4K Streaming Coming to Vimeo Soon

On December 8, 2014 there was a blog post on the Vimeo staff blog titled Oh hey, 4K — download ultra-HD videos. In this post they state that 4K videos can be uploaded to their site (which has been the case for a while) and now they can also be downloaded by Vimeo users.

They end their post by stating: “And while we don’t yet offer 4K streaming on our site, we’ll be ready by the time broadband providers start widely supporting the high speeds required.”

Interestingly, Philip Bloom notices that 4K streaming has been snuck in and at least a partial implementation exists. See Philip’s blog post titled Vimeo sneaks in 4K streaming. Hooray!.

Vimeo has hinted in the past that implementing 4K features on their site is on their radar and one of their top priorities and now it appears closer than ever.

Nikon 1 J5 First Nikon Camera with 4K Video Recording


Nikon Rumors reports on the upcoming Nikon 1 J5 and state that it is rumored to have 4K video capabilities.  No Nikon camera has 4K video to date.  While Nikon has staid true to its photography roots it’s never been clear why they have not attempted to provide high quality video features as they have no video camera market to protect.

The Nikon D7200 is expected to be announced soon as well, however there are no rumours of indications of anything other than 1080p video for this DSLR camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to be First 4K Phone


A rumor article at Value Walk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 speculates of the possibility of this phone being the first phone to have a 4K screen.

The value of a 4K on phablet screens is questionable.  However, we eagerly wait to see the first 4K phone so we can evaluate it for ourselves.

None of our sources have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will have a 4K screen and most the people we have talked to do not feel this makes sense as QUAD HD is still underutilized.

We will continue to watch and keep you updated on this rumor.

4K Tablets Coming in 2015


See the article in Trusted Reviews titled First 4K tablets to launch this year, Qualcomm predicts where Tim McDonough, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Marketing, is quoted as saying:

“The first thing you are going to see [with 4K displays] is tablets…”
“I think there is a good likelihood you will start seeing 4K display tablets in 2015.”


$1,500 Camera Beats $15,000 Video Camera

Andrew Reid from EOSHD has compared the video footage from the previously $15,000 Canon C300 to the video footage from the $1,500 Samsung NX1 mirrorless hybrid camera. The Canon C300 has useful features that the Samsung NX1 doesn’t have so it’s not an apples to apples comparison, but the 4k video quality from the Samsung NX1 is impressive.

The results speak for themselves:

You can read Andrew’s full post here.

Three New 4K Video Cameras from JVC


JVC has announced three new 4k cameras.

Pictured above is the GY-LS300 ($3,999 USD), a Super 35mm camcorder with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Expected to ship in April around the time of NAB.

Pictured below are the GY-HM200 ($2,999) and the GY-HM170 ($2,499), both of which have a 1/2.33″ backside-illuminated sensor and expected to ship in March.

hm200 hm170All three cameras will have a 150 Mbps codec which is better than a lot of the competition.

The following are the only samples we have for now of these camcorders:

For further information follow this forum thread at the DVInfo forums.