I had the chance to interview Atomos CEO Jeromy Young at NAB, and he told us some very cool news about some upcoming products and updates, including the new Ninja 2 and the AtomOS 3.0 update, which will be released on April 30, free for Ninja 2 and Samurai users. Original Ninja customers will not be able to apply the upgrade (I’m betting due to hardware limitations), but Jeromy says that an economical upgrade path will be provided for original Ninja customers. Check out the video below!
Color me sold on the new EPSON Moverio BT-100 wearable display. The Android-powered see-thru spectacles feature an ergonomic WiFi-enabled remote, are 3D-ready, and project an image in front of the wearer’s eyes that simulate an 80-inch display being viewed from five meters. And at a price of 699.00, they are actually affordable, especially considering the cost of an 80-inch display.
After laying eyes on the new specs, my first two questions were: Can I play WoW on them, and can I hook them up as a monitor to my Panasonic AF100 camera. Because, let’s face it, shooting run and gun video with the BT-100 would be incredible, even with the increased probability of injury-by-open-manhole. However, from what I can see so far, the BT-100 does not have an HDMI port, so I’m probably going to end up disappointed… So, no deal for me.
In case you were wondering just how sophisticated the autofocus system is going to be on Canon’s new flagship camera, the EOS 1DX, here is a link to download the EOS 1DX autofocus setting guidebook. It looks to be right fancy, indeed… It almost makes me wish I hadn’t switched to Nikon, after shooting Canon professionally for twenty years. Almost. Honestly, though, when the AF system in your camera is getting to be this sophisticated — and you need it to be — I dare say you might be using the AF system as a crutch and not a tool. I’ve been a press shooter for a long time, and I don’t think I’ve ever run into a situation (since the days of modern AF anyway – we’ll say around the time of the EOS 1V) that I couldn’t get my shot from because my AF system just wasn’t smart enough. Faster is always better, but this system has so many options, I’m almost certain that we’ve witnessed the birth of Skynet.