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Industry News: Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Faster Performance and New Features for Pros

Industry News: Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Faster Performance and New Features for Pros

By Canon Rumors | July 13, 2018 | Industry News

Cupertino, California — Apple today updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance — ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing.

Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before. Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing. And with its powerful Radeon Pro graphics, large Force Touch trackpad, revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, dynamic stereo speakers, quiet Apple-designed cooling system and Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs, it’s the ultimate pro notebook.

“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminum design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”

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ICYMI: Nikon Announces The Crazy P1000 Compact With 3000mm Equivalent 125x Zoom

ICYMI: Nikon Announces The Crazy P1000 Compact With 3000mm Equivalent 125x Zoom

By Canon Rumors | July 12, 2018 | Industry News

With its Impressive NIKKOR 24-3000mm Equivalent Optical Zoom Lens and Advanced Shooting Controls, the New COOLPIX P1000 Brings Creative Possibilities Closer Than Ever

MELVILLE, NY (JULY 10, 2018 AT 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P1000, the new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms. With an incredible 125X optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent) powered by high performance NIKKOR optics; the P1000 is the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances. Beyond its incredible zoom range, the versatile 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 captures 4K UHD video and offers a myriad of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in Wi-Fi1 and Bluetooth2 connectivity, letting photographers of all levels explore and share their creativity.

“The COOLPIX P1000 is the first of its kind for a compact digital camera,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “It raises the bar for superzoom cameras and is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative tools that offer creative freedom to capture and allow users to share their unique visions of the world.”

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Industry News: This is the New DJI Mavic II Pro Drone, Official Announcement Delayed

By Canon Rumors | July 9, 2018 | Industry News

DroneDJ has gotten their hands on images and specifications for the highly anticipated DJI Mavic II drone. There is also a possibility that we’re going to see a “non Pro” version of this drone as well.

DJI originally had an event scheduled on July 18, 2018 to announce the new drone(s), but that has been delayed with no rescheduled date as of yet.

From DroneDJ:

Improved form factor – The new Mavic 2 drone is sleeker and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, something we expected all along. At the same time, it is very much recognizable as a DJI Mavic Pro. Same color, same shape and the same folding mechanism it seems. Battery mounted on top and towards the back. Similar to original Mavic and not like the Mavic Air.

What’s in a name – The drone is labeled Mavic 2, which may mean that there still will be a Mavic Pro 2. The bands on the legs of the original Mavic Pro are gold colored. The one shown in the photo is silver, which may mean the advanced (or basic) model if you go by previous DJI drones (Phantom).

Two different sensor sizes – The photo seems to show two different sensor sizes. The one mounted on the drone in grey could be a 1-inch sensor, and the one in black on the table perhaps a 1/1.7 sensor? A big sensor will surely help you to “See the Bigger Picture”.

Gimbal – The photo also seems to show a removable gimbal, a la the GoPro Karma. If you look at the picture closely, it seems that the gimbal might just slide into the drone and thus can be used separately as well. To the left, on the table, you can see the second gimbal with what appears to be a significantly smaller camera/sensor size and a small screen. There is also a lighting connection presumably for charging. The gimbal mounting system seems to be a lot more sturdy and durable than what we currently have in the Mavic Pro.

Motors – The motors seem to be of a larger size than the original Mavic Pro

Propellers – Are not the ‘quiet’ ones we have seen on the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and Phantom 4 Pro V2.0. Maybe DJI will reserve that option for later in the product lifecycle of the Mavic 2?

360-degree obstacle avoidance – The new Mavic 2 seems to have at least front and side obstacle avoidance cameras/sensors. Very likely it will feature the same at the bottom and at the back of the drone. Not at the top, however.

Foldable legs – We can’t see the rear legs of the drone but the front legs seem to fold sideways like they do on the original Mavic Pro.

Zoom lens? – When you look closely at the lens of the camera it does not seem to resemble the lenses OsitaLV showed earlier today. Unless the gimbal had been removed. Read more…

Industry News: DJI Mavic Pro II Coming July 18

Industry News: DJI Mavic Pro II Coming July 18

By Canon Rumors | June 20, 2018 | Third Party Cameras

The highly anticipated (at least by me) DJI Mavic Pro II will be announced in New York City on July 18, 2018.

DJI Mavic Pro II Rumored Specifications:

  • Launch date is now rumored to be July 18th, 2018 at a DJI event in New York titled “See The Bigger Picture”
  • Mass production began in early February
  • Price will be at least $1299 USD, maybe more. They will also offer “The FlyMore combo” which will obviously be more expensive
  • The Mavic II (2) will be substantially larger
  • Its official name is “Mavic II”
  • 4820 mAh battery capacity and 15.2 V power (larger and more powerful than the current MavicPro)
  • The battery design itself will be completely different and not compatible with older Mavics
  • Longer flight time—rumored at 32 minutes—Mavic Pro is 27 minutes and Platinum will be 30 minutes.
  • “Quiet” propellers
  • Improved agility and precision
  • Larger motors will bring upgraded propulsion
  • Top speed is 45 mph (72 kph) in sport mode
  • New and improved remote control similar to old Mavic Pro but better
  • Will use OcuSync
  • Video transmission frequency is still a mystery
  • The Mavic Pro II (2) will be controlled with the DJI GO 4 app as well
  • Obstacle avoidance in all directions, 6 total including on top of the drone
  • Infrared 3D sensing to avoid obstacles even in the dark
  • Improved vision processing system, faster than Mavic Air
  • Binocular rear vision obstacle avoidance sensors

Camera Specs

  • 12 MP Sony IMX226 CMOS 1/1.7″ STARVIS sensor (current Mavic Pro has 1/2.3” CMOS sensor) with 28mm (now 24mm) lens
  • 4K video at 60FPS
  • H.265 video format
  • Faster bitrate (100 mbps)
  • Better low light performance
  • Sharper lens with less distortion
  • Better dynamic range
  • Less Noise
  • 8.8mm lens which provides a 24mm field of view
  • Variable aperture of f/2.8-11
  • No mechanical shutter
  • Newly designed 3-axis gimbal
Industry News: Nikon Announces Development of AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

Industry News: Nikon Announces Development of AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

By Canon Rumors | June 14, 2018 | Industry News

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Will Deliver Exceptional Agility and Optical Performance in an Incredibly Compact and Lightweight Package

MELVILLE, NY (JUNE 14, 2018 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announces the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, an FX-format fixed focal length super-telephoto lens, which will offer a compelling combination of portability and performance.

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be a high-performance super-telephoto lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element found in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens, introduced in January 2015. Despite its 500mm focal length, the lens is small and light enough to use hand-held in a wide variety of situations where a photographer must capture unpredictable and fast-moving subjects, including sporting events and wildlife photography.

Phase Fresnel Lens Elements

The Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element developed by Nikon effectively compensates for chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with fewer lens elements.

Price and Availability

Information regarding the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens, including final specifications and pricing, will be announced later this year. For more information on the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*Diffraction phenomenon: Light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.

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