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Yuneec's new Typhoon H Plus drone boasts a 1-inch sensor camera that shoots 4K 60p

by on Jan.11, 2018, under Reviews


Hong Kong drone manufacturer Yuneec has announced three new drones at CES, including an update to the popular Typhoon H that boasts a bigger sensor with more resolution and the ability to shoot 4K at 60fps.

The company is also preparing to move into the fixed-wing category with its Firebird FPV, and take on the racing drone sector with the compact HD Racer.

Yuneec Typhoon H Plus

The Typhon H Plus now uses a 1-inch, 20MP sensor along with a wide aperture lens that results in better low light performance. The company doesn’t specify what the aperture is, but it does say that the lens has a focal length equivalent to that of a 23mm lens on a full frame body. The ISO range runs from 100 to 6400, and shutter speeds of between 4-1/8000sec are possible.

The drone has a flight time of up to 25 minutes and can reach speeds of 13.5 meters per second (just over 30 miles per hour). With six large rotors the hexcopter provides stable flight in winds of up to 30mph, while a new design sees the machine producing 40% less noise.

Yuneec Firebird FPV

For a completely different experience, the fixed-wing Firebird FPV, “enables the user to fly just as if they were in the cockpit of a real airplane.”

The airplane has a 13MP-sensor camera and can also shoot 4K video. It uses a ‘short-latency’ digital video link to stream footage back to Earth in high-definition. The craft is simple to fly and, according to Yuneec, can remain in the air for up to 30 minutes on a single charge.

Yuneec HD Racer

The HD Racer is designed to be a fun, portable quadcopter for use in indoor racing. It has a 13MP camera that can record 1080p video at 60fps, and it has a handy flip-over feature that allows the user to right the craft remotely should it land upside down at any stage.


The Typhon H Plus and Firebird FPV will ship in the first half of 2018 and will cost $1,800 and $700, respectively. The HD Racer will come out later in the year, and should cost $180. For more information on any of these drones, visit the Yuneec website.

Press Release

Yuneec unveils new product releases at CES 2018

Las Vegas (Jan. 09, 2018) – Yuneec entered two new categories with the unveiling of the all-new fixed wing Firebird FPV and all-new HD Racer for a more immersive flight. Additionally, the company announced the second generation of its proven six-rotor hex platform, Typhoon H Plus—its most powerful consumer product yet.

The category expansion and product line advancements are a result of Yuneec’s ongoing commitment to deliver industry leading technologies and pilot-centric features for an unparalleled electric aviation experience.

Typhoon H Plus

Typhoon H Plus is packed with powerful features and professional image quality that photographers at any skill level will enjoy. The second generation of Typhoon H features Yuneec’s all-new, larger, highly stable six rotor hex airframe.

With a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph, H Plus leads its category in stable flight and quiet operation.

Designed with the creative consumer in mind, Typhoon H Plus is equipped with a high aperture one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The new model also boasts an improved low-light performance compared to previous models. A continuous rotation gimbal combined with retractable landing gear provides seamless 360-degree unobstructed views.

Typhoon H Plus comes equipped with Intel® RealSense™ Technology, a sophisticated collision avoidance system that detects obstacles and intelligently navigates around them. With this feature, drone pilots can worry less about obstacles and focus more on their flight path and camera work. Additionally, the Typhoon H Plus is accompanied by a newly redesigned Android-based ST16S controller, which includes a large, high brightness seven-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for stunning real-time video reception.

HD Racer

The HD Racer, Yuneec’s first racing drone, fits in the palm of your hand and once in the air, gives pilots an immersive experience with cutting-edge technology.

Built-in flight stabilization, with beginner and advanced modes, allow any skill level of pilot to experience the nimble, action packed experience of a racing drone. Its compact size, protected blades, and durable construction make it safe to fly indoors.

While in the air, pilots can seamlessly navigate through any obstacle with an optimized, all-digital, low latency HD video downlink. Additionally, pilots can record and share their best racing moments in high resolution 1080p at 60fps. If pilots do catch an obstacle, ‘Flip-Up’ mode automatically uprights the downed HD Racer to maximize flying and minimize downtime.

Firebird FPV

Firebird FPV provides a fully immersive real-time outdoor flight experience, allowing the user to fly as if they were in the cockpit of a real airplane.

The lightweight fixed-wing design extends the flight time to 30 minutes, which allows users to experience the true nature of piloting an aircraft in one continuous journey. Whether soaring the open sky or performing acrobatic maneuvers including inverted flight, rolls and loops, the Firebird FPV elevates the senses for new and experienced pilots alike.

Its operation is simple and easy to fly at any skill level. Pilots can enable Safety Mode to remove all concern of flying too low by making it impossible to descend below the set floor altitude. Pilots will also appreciate Return Home, Geo Fence and Auto Landing capabilities of this easy-to-use fixed wing aircraft.



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Hasselblad reveals the winners of the 2018 Masters Awards

by on Jan.10, 2018, under Reviews


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Eleven lucky photographers will be receiving a Hasselblad medium format kit after winning their categories in the Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 competition. The company says the number of photographers that entered the contest increased by 175% this year, and a total of 31,500 images were submitted.

Ten categories were set with a generally open brief, with an additional section for photographers 21 years and younger. For the first time an aerial category was included, which was won by Jorge de la Torriente, a photographer from the USA. The USA produced three winners—the most from any one country—with other entries coming from Europe, Asia and Australia.

Entries were accepted taken on any brand of camera, with the only stipulation being that entrants should have been professional photographers for at least three years (other than for the under-21 category, of course).

For more information, and to see all the winning images, scroll through the gallery above, check out the video below, or visit the Hasselblad website.

Press Release

Hasselblad Announces Winners of the Masters Awards 2018

Hasselblad Masters is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners are chosen through a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury – comprised of internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts.

Every Hasselblad Masters award winner will hold the title of ‘Hasselblad Master’ and be a brand ambassador for two years. In addition, they will receive a brand new Hasselblad medium format camera and be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad.

This project will be printed and released in the bi-annual Hasselblad Masters book.
Winners will receive their awards, medium format cameras, and trophies at a special Photokina 2018 ceremony in Cologne, Germany this September.

Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager: “Over 30 000 images were submitted to this year’s competition and that was a record, we are glad to see the competition is growing every year.”

Masters Jury member and professional photographer Tom Oldham said: “It really struck me how progressive many of the entries were this year and how far the entrants were willing to push the brief. These were the photographers who caught my eye – the ballsy, out-there risk-takers who make compelling pictures that refuse to be ignored. I’m proud to have helped to get this great kit into their hands – their images deserve it.”

The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 winners are:

  • Aerial – Jorge de la Torriente – Miami, USA
  • Architecture – Kamilla Hanapova – St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Art – Maria Svarbova – Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Beauty & Fashion – Michal Baran – Trim, Ireland
  • Landscape – Benjamin Everett – Lopez Island, USA
  • Portrait – Tina Signesdottir Hult – Torvastad, Norway
  • Product – Marcin Gizycki – Warszawa, Poland
  • Project//21 – Nabil Rosman – Kota Bharu, Malaysia
  • Street / Urban – Ben Thomas – Kyneton, Australia
  • Wedding – Victor Hamke – Leipzig, Germany
  • Wildlife – Karim Iliya – Haiku, USA

The Hasselblad Masters Awards 2018 jury are:

  • Tom Oldham – Photographer
  • Ali Rajabi – Past Master
  • Martin Hausler – Photographer
  • Katrina Belkina – Past Master
  • Swee Oh – Past Master
  • Lars van de Goor – Past Master
  • Tim Flach – Photographer
  • Kevin Then – Photographer
  • Bara Prasilova – Past Master
  • Damien Demolder – Journalist
  • Blair Bunting – Photographer
  • Hans van Ommeren – Past Master
  • Mads Nissen – Photographer
  • Kevin Raber – Journalist

For more information and images, visit http://www.hasselblad.com/masters


Full Disclosure: Damien Demolder was one of the judges for this year’s Hasselblad Masters Awards.



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Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Review

by on Jan.09, 2018, under Reviews


The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 is the brand’s highest-end stills-oriented camera, sitting beside the video-oriented Lumix DC-GH5 at the top of the product lineup. The GH-series has long held a positive reputation with pro-video shooters but Panasonic hasn’t seen the likes of the GH5 resonate as well with the stills crowd. With the G9 Panasonic hopes to mimic the success the GH series has had in the video realm, and gain a greater foothold in the stills world.

There’s a good bit of crossover between the two cameras, but the G9 has some juicy offerings to whet the appetite of still photographers – specifically advanced amateurs and professionals – as well as those seeking a stills/video hybrid.

For starters, its faster than its video-centric sibling, capable of an impressive 20 fps with continuous autofocus for about 50 frames using the electronic shutter. It can also shoot at 9 fps with AF-C for 600+ frames using the mechanical shutter, which is equally as impressive.

Panasonic’s taken a page out of Olympus’ book – as other manufacturers with stabilized sensors recently have – and added a High-Resolution mode that shifts the sensor to build an 80MP file – this should be hugely appealing to still life and landscape shooters occasionally requiring resolution greater than that of a Micro Four Thirds camera.

Key Features

  • 20.3MP Live MOS sensor with no AA filter (same as GH5)
  • 3.68M-dot electronic viewfinder w/ 0.83x equivalent magnification
  • 1.04M-dot 3″ articulating touchscreen display
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization with Dual I.S. 2 (CIPA rated 6.5 stops)
  • 20 fps burst w/continuous AF using the e-shutter (for ~50 frames)
  • 9 fps burst w/continuous AF using mechanical shutter (for 600+ frames)
  • 80MP Raw and/or JPEG files using High-Resolution mode
  • 4K/60p UHD video capture
  • Magnesium body designed to be dust/weather-sealed
  • Dual UHS-II card slots supporting new high-speed ‘V’-rated cards
  • Assortment of 4K and 6K Photo modes and in-camera focus stacking
  • USB charge and power capability
  • Top plate LCD
  • AF joystick
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

Physical standouts include a top plate LCD – a true rarity in mirrorless-land – and one of the largest electronic viewfinders on a Micro Four Thirds cameras. It has an equivalent magnification of 0.83x and an eyepoint of 21mm. The G9 also features dual UHS-II card slots and can support V-rated SD cards – the industry’s fastest to date.

Don’t take these mostly-stills oriented improvements to mean the G9 is not a capable video camera, because it surely is. Like the GH5 it can shoot 4K/60p video and offers both headphone and microphone jacks, but it lacks the high bitrate options and extensive video tool set of its sibling. Dual I.S. 2 has also been improved and when using compatible lenses, the G9 offers the highest CIPA-rated level of stabilization – 6.5-stops – of any camera currently on the market. This is great news for both stills and video shooters.

Specs Compared

The Panasonic G9 has some stiff competition from similarly-priced high-end models from both Nikon and Olympus. Have a look at our comparison table below for a detailed breakdown:

MSRP $1700 $2000 $2000 $2000
Panasonic DC-G9 Panasonic DC-GH5 Olympus
OM-D E-M1 II
Nikon D500
Sensor size Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds APS-C
Sensor Resolution 20.3MP 20.3MP 20MP 21MP
ISO sensitivity
(expanded)
100-25600 100-25600 64 – 25600 50 – 1640000
AF system 225-point Contrast Detect AF system with DFD 225-point Contrast Detect AF system with DFD 121-point hybrid AF system 153-point Phase Detect AF system
Max frame rate w/C-AF 20 fps 9 fps 18 fps 10 fps
In-body stabilization Yes Yes Yes No
Viewfinder 3.68M-dot EVF (0.83X equiv. mag) 3.68M-dot EVF (0.76X equiv. mag)

2.36M-dot EVF (0.74x equiv. mag)

Optical (0.67x equiv. mag)
Top plate LCD Yes No No Yes
Rear screen 1.04M-dot 3″ articulating touch-sensitive 1.62M-dot 3.2″ articulating touch-sensitive 1.04M- dot 3″ articulating touch-sensitive

2.36M-dot 3.2″, tilting touch-sensitive

Video Resolution
  • UHD/60p
  • 1080/60p
  • UHD/60p
  • 1080/60p
  • UHD/30p
  • 1080/60p
  • UHD/30p
  • 1080/60p
Mic/Headphone Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 400 shots 410 shots 440 shots 1240 shots
Dimensions 137 x 97 x 92mm 139 x 98 x 87mm 134 x 91 x 69mm 147 x 115 x 81mm
Weight 658g 725 g 574g 760g

The Nikon D500, Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 II are all DPReview Gold award winning cameras that, at the time of testing, we felt revolutionized their respective class of camera, upping the ante for what we’ve come to expect from a flagship Micro Four Thirds or APS-C body. That’s some big competition to go up against, but the G9 seems to hold its own. In spec terms, at least.

Note: 15mm F1.7 is not included in any kit, but we wish it were.

Availability

The Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 will be available, body-only, from mid-January with an MSRP of around $1700.



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