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Yongnuo YN360 LED Light Wand Offers Handheld Light Effects On the Cheap

Published on February 2, 2016 by in News

A few months ago, this would have been the perfect place for a light saber joke. Now, however, I’ll have to rely on actual blogging about Yongnuo’s new YN360 Light Wand.

The stick is meant to compete with other handheld light devices like the Westcott Ice Light. It has 40 RGB colored lamps that allow the Wand to emit red, green, or blue light. It also has 160 LED bulbs balanced for daylight, and 160 LED bulbs balanced for incandescent light. By adjusting the intensity of the bulbs, it can hit a wide variety of temperatures in between.

The wand’s color and intensity can actually be controlled using a dedicated app. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can go for two hours in standard mode at full power, and four hours in RGB mode at maximum brightness.

The speculative price for the Wand is only $62, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you’re familiar with Yongnuo’s typical pricing model.

I’ve had a very mixed experience with Yongnuo products in the past, but I can be more optimistic about this one because it doesn’t involve wireless transmitters and doesn’t connect directly to my camera.

Yongnuo site

 
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Extreme made easy: GoPro HERO4 Session review

Published on February 2, 2016 by in News

GoPro HERO4 Session review

Waterproof, ruggedized, incredibly-small and lightweight, the Session is a no-brainer to toss in your bag or coat pocket before heading out on an adventure. 

The GoPro HERO4 Session is the company's latest action camera release. Unlike GoPros before it, the Session is completely waterproof without the need for any housing. It is also the smallest, lightest GoPro to date, 50% smaller than the HERO4 (Black or Silver) and 40% lighter.

The GoPro HERO4 Session is capable of video capture at the following resolutions and frame rates:

 Video Resolution Frame rate 
1920 x 1440  30 fps, 25 fps
1920 x 1080  60 fps, 50 fps, 48 fps (in Ultra Wide mode only), 30 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 960  60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720  100 fps, 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
848 x 480  120 fps, 100 fps

The Session has dual microphones - one on the front and another on the back - for improved audio quality. The camera will automatically choose to prioritize one mic over the over, depending on the scenario. Stills can be captured at a frame rate as fast as 10 fps (limited to 1 sec bursts). Images are captured at 8MP resulting in a 3264 x 2448 still.

The Session can also capture time-lapses. Available intervals include 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 secs.

Auto Low Light, a feature that determines video frame-rate based on lighting conditions, gives the promise of better low light video quality, something that action cams are not particularly good at. It's worth noting that video files will playback at the selected frame-rate and resolution when using Auto Low Light.

ProTune, an option that allows users to dial in more advanced settings, is available on the HERO4 Session. Selecting ProTune allows users to set their ISO limit (either ISO 400 or ISO 1600), and toggle sharpness on and off. The Session also features a spot meter mode, that, as you may have guessed, determines exposure based on a small point in the center of the frame.

What's included

In addition to the unit itself, the GoPro HERO4 Session ships with just enough to get you started, including: a standard frame, a low-profile frame, one curved adhesive mount, one flat adhesive mount, a ball joint buckle and mounting buckles. A Micro-USB cable is also included for charging and transferring files directly from the GoPro to a computer.

Compared to Siblings

The price of the GoPro HERO4 Session recently dropped to $200. Here's how it sizes up against GoPro's other current offerings:

  HERO4 Session  HERO4 Black  HERO4 Silver  HERO+
Max Video Resolution

1440/30p

4K (UHD) 2160/30p

4K (UHD) 2160/15p

1080/60p
Photo Resolution 3264 x 2448 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000  3264 x 2448
 Waterproof (without a housing) Yes  No  No No
 Max Still Burst 10 fps 30 fps 10 fps 5 fps
 Weight 74 g 152 g 147 g 123 g
 Street price $200 $500 $400 $200

Design

The HERO4 unit itself is a tiny 1.5" cube. The body has only two buttons: the large record button on top, located directly in front of the LCD, and a small Info/Wi-Fi button on the lower portion of the back (see lower image). Press the record button once to turn the camera on and start capture - by default the video will be 1080/30p. Press and hold the record button for two seconds to start a time-lapse. By default it will shoot a photo every half-second. In both cases, hitting the record button again stops capture and powers the device down.

Users can change video and still capture settings, in addition to turning on Wi-Fi by hitting the Info/Wi-Fi button and poking through the options. However, the two-button ergonomics can make for a pretty confusing user experience. We found it much easier to change settings by using the GoPro app. 

The LCD on top displays the battery life, recording mode, resolution and clip length (when capturing video), or the number of photos left (if you’re shooting a time-lapse). A small switch on the side of unit, when pressed, reveals the Micro-SD card slot and Micro-USB port (see below).

The HERO4 Session is impressively tough. The body is coated in a rubber-like material, and the door containing the Micro-USB port and microSD slot appears well-sealed. We're not entirely sure what kind of glass the front element is made of, but several run-ins with a flying skateboard didn't even leave a scratch. Seriously, we beat this unit up quite a bit over the course of field testing it, with no damage to speak of. 

 
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Nikon KeyMission 360 price and specs appear on retailer’s website

Published on February 2, 2016 by in News

The Nikon KeyMission 360 action camera was unveiled at an event in early January, and while Nikon offered some details about the model, it did not reveal the price. Now, nearly a month later, the camera has surfaced on German retailer Cyberport's website with a list price of €499 and a features list.

The KeyMission 360 records 4K UHD video, is waterproof to depths of 30m/100ft, shockproof from heights up to 2m/6.6ft, and has electronic image stabilization, according to Nikon. The product listing includes some additional specs, including support for microSDHC/SDXC media cards, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth, an integrated microphone, non-removable Li-Ion battery and USB 2.0.

Nikon said during its January event that it is aiming for a Spring 2016 release; it has not confirmed pricing.

Via: NikonRumors

 
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Readers’ Choice Awards 2015: The winners

Published on February 2, 2016 by in News

Readers' Choice Awards 2015: The Winners

At the end of last year we asked you to vote for the best cameras and lenses of 2015. Across two rounds of voting DPReview readers did just that, selecting the top overall photography products of 2015. It was no easy feat, as 2015 brought huge advancements in stills and video technology, but with thousands of votes tallied it's time to declare a winner. See how the votes stacked up.

Runner-up: Nikon D7200

In the runner-up position, coming third in our final poll is the Nikon D7200. The D7200 just edged out the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV to take the third highest number of votes at 9.9% of the overall vote. Both formidable cameras in their own categories, the D7200 nabs the runner-up title with its DX-format 24.2MP sensor, sophisticated AF system and enjoyable handling and ergonomics.

Runner-up: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

'How do you follow up a classic?' is the question we found ourselves asking of the OM-D E-M5 II. Taking the second-place position in our final poll with 12.9% of the overall vote, the E-M5 II does a fine job of following up its well-regarded predecessor, and its class-leading 5-axis image stabilization system helps it stand out among last year's notable products.

Winner: Sony a7R II

It was our Product of the Year and now that the votes are in, we know it was yours too. The Sony a7R II left a major impression on the industry in 2015 with its sheer capability: a 42MP sensor, built-in image stabilization and 4K video, for starters. Winning by a landslide, the a7R II took 36% of the overall vote.

Thanks to everyone that voted, and we hope that you're all looking forward to more great gear in 2016!

 
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Sekonic Announces LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meters That Trigger Elincrhom and Phottix Systems

Published on February 2, 2016 by in News

The ability to use a dedicated light meter is a skill that has been fading for some time. There are some instances, however, where a light meter can make a huge difference, especially if you shoot in the studio with strobes. The latest light meters from Sekonic are packed with features, including the ability to wirelessly trigger Elincchrom and Phottix radio systems.

The L-478 has a 2.7-inch LCD display on the front that can relay a wide array of information about the light in a scene. The Elinchrom version allows you to arrange flashes on the Skyport system, control the power, and even adjust modeling light power. The Phottix version lacks the ability to control modeling lights.

One of the other more interesting features is the updated Data Transfer Software. With the additional adaptorand a chart like the SpyderChecker, you can actually map the dynamic range of the camera to help fine tune lights without throwing ratios out of whack.

Both light meters cost in the $399 range, which is what you might expect for a high-end flash meter with built-in wireless. With the increasingly limited use-case, it will be interesting to see how much consumer support flash meters continue to receive. This one looks great, though, at least on paper.

 
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Canon announces flagship EOS-1D X Mark II full-frame digital SLR

Published on February 1, 2016 by in News

Canon has announced its new flagship DSLR, the full-frame EOS-1D X Mark II. It features a new 20.2MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF, and uses a pair of Dual DIGIC 6+ processors to capture 4K video and shoot continuously at up to 16 fps. The camera has a native ISO of 100-51200, expandable to 409600.

The new 61-point autofocus system has 41 cross-type sensors and 24% larger frame coverage than its predecessor. Its center point is sensitive to -3EV in OneShot AF. In live view the camera uses the latest iteration of Canon's Dual Pixel AF technology for high-speed focusing in OneShot mode. The metering system has also been updated to use a 360k-pixel RGB+IR sensor, which the company says improves subject - including face - detection and tracking.

As with its predecessors, the 1D X is as rugged a camera as you'll find. It's magnesium alloy body is fully weather-sealed and has a shutter that will last for approximately 400,000 cycles. In addition to its large optical viewfinder (now with better, adjustable AF point illumination), the Mark II has a 3.2" Clear View II LCD with 1.62 million dots, up from 1.04 million dots. The screen is touch-enabled, but only for autofocus point selection in Live View. Another new addition is a built-in GPS (with an e-compass), which sits in a 'hump' on the top of the viewfinder. Otherwise, the design of the Mark II is very similar to that of its predecessor.

Performance-wise, the 1D X II can shoot continuously at 14 fps with autofocus, and if you lock the mirror up, you can shoot up to 16 fps with locked focus and exposure. If you're using the older LP-E4N battery, the top shooting speeds drop to the same frame rates as the 1D X (12/14 fps). If you're using a CFast card you can take an unlimited number of JPEGs or a whopping 170 Raw images in a single burst, or 12 seconds of shooting at 14 fps. The 1D X II also has a slot for standard CompactFlash cards. When it comes to connecting to a PC you can choose from the camera's USB 3.0 or Ethernet ports. Wi-Fi requires the use of Canon's $600 WFT-E8 wireless file transmitter.

One of the most significant additions to the 1D X II is support for 4K (DCI) video capture. It can capture 4K video at 60p using the M-JPEG codec (which allows for easy frame grabs) as well as 1080p at frame rates of up to 120 fps. You'll need to use a CFast card in order to record more than a few seconds of 4K video though. Dual Pixel AF enables continuous autofocus in video, and touch focus makes the experience a breeze. The camera does not offer focus peaking or zebra patterns natively, but they are visible when using an external recorder. As one would expect given its place in Canon's lineup, the 1D X Mark II has both headphone and mic jacks.

The EOS-1D X Mark II will be available in April for $5999 (body only), or bundled with a 64GB CFast card and reader for $6299.

Press release:

Fast, Formidable, and 4K, All-in-One Camera: CANON U.S.A. Introduces the EOS-1D X Mark II Professional Digital Camera 

Delivering Precise and Reliable Performance with Versatility for Any Photo or Video Professional

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 1, 2016 – Rising to meet the rigorous and evolving demands of professional photographers and videographers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera. With a new 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the EOS-1D X Mark II professional digital camera delivers stunning image quality and speed. Combining the ability to capture high-resolution still images at speeds up to 14 frames per second as well as stunning high-definition video up-to-4K 60P featuring Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (AF) technology, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera becomes the ideal camera for any professional image creator. 

The new flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark II features several firsts for EOS cameras including:

  • Newly developed 20.2 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor;
  • Continuous shooting speeds of up-to-14 frames per second (fps) with Auto Exposure (AE) and predictive AF for viewfinder shooting and up to 16 fps1 in Live View mode; 
  • Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors that transfer image data at extremely high speed for extended bursts during continuous shooting – up-to-170 consecutive RAW images at 14 fps. When shooting JPEG images you’re only limited by memory card capacity2
  • Capable of shooting 4K 60P and Full HD 120P video with Dual Pixel CMOS AF;
  • Enhanced wireless functionality (with the optional accessory Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E8) that supports the new high-speed IEEE 802.11ac standard and the  ability to easily transfer photos and videos to compatible smartphones using Canon’s Camera Connect app*
  • Digital Lens Optimizer to help correct aberrations in-camera (a feature that previously required post-processing on an external computer); 
  • Improved 61-point viewfinder AF with expanded coverage and all AF-points selectable and supported to a maximum aperture of f/8; 
  • Improved AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm for better accuracy; 
  • Continuous red illumination of all AF points within the camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II.
  • Compatibility with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal performance and versatility.

The Ultimate EOS Camera: Continuing a Legacy of High Speed and Performance

Building on the success of the Canon EOS-1D X professional digital camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera is designed to deliver high-performance, speed, and image quality, with improved comfort for professional photographers. In addition to the new 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors, the new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera includes an improved 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system with all AF points selectable by the user (and up to 41 cross-type points depending on the lens in use). The improved AF system includes expanded coverage that supports AF at maximum apertures up to f/8 with all 61 points for high precision autofocus even when using EF super-telephoto lenses with an EF extender. The camera also boasts excellent dynamic range and reduced color noise compared to its predecessor throughout its standard ISO speed range of 100 - 51,200. Expansion ISO speeds of 50, 102,400, 204,800 and 409,600 are also available.  A first for the Canon EOS-1D series, this camera also features a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with enhanced precision and performance compared to its predecessor, improving facial recognition and tracking, as well as nature scenes. Additionally, the advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and swimming pools. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous burst shooting.

For filmmakers and photographers looking to do more than still photography alone with a DSLR camera and EF lenses, the EOS-1D X Mark II camera offers high resolution DCI 4K video at frame rates up-to-60p, with smooth movie recording to an in-camera CFast 2.0 memory card. An additional card slot supports standard CF memory cards up to UDMA 7. The built-in headphone jack supports real-time audio monitoring. Two additional EOS ‘firsts’ include 4K Frame Grab and 120p Full HD recording. The camera’s 4K Frame Grab function allows users to isolate a frame from recorded 4K video and create an 8.8 megapixel still JPEG image in-camera. When combined with the EOS-1D X Mark II’s high-sensitivity full-frame CMOS sensor, the new camera’s ability to record Full HD video at frame rates up to 120p will allow videographers to produce high quality slow motion video even in extremely low light. To make video shooting even more intuitive, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s touch-screen LCD allows videographers to select the camera’s AF point before and during video recording with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides responsive, accurate and quiet camcorder-like video autofocus to DSLRs.

“The innovations within Canon’s new EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR camera clearly set a new standard for professional cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the EOS-1D X Mark II camera, we looked to incorporate user-requested performance enhancements to bring professional photographers the ultimate EOS camera, a camera that has matured and been developed to meet their evolving needs.” 

“Having f/8 capability on all 61 AF points is a tremendous benefit to wildlife photographers," noted nature photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Charles Glatzer. “In order to capture tight shots of animals without disturbing them, I frequently have to use very long lenses—sometimes with an extender attached, which further diminishes the aperture. The improved AF allows me to frame the shot exactly the way I envision it, without having to compromise.”

“This camera is a huge step forward,” remarked acclaimed photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Damian Strohmeyer. “Shooting sports in a gym at 8,000 ISO, it looked as good as 800 ISO from a generation or two ago. The images are tack-sharp, and the autofocus just doesn't miss. I've been amazed by what I've seen so far.”

“The autofocus was awesome,” agreed Peter Read Miller, sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light.  “The higher frame rate coupled with the speed of the CFast card was a definite advantage. It just never buffered out, even shooting RAW.”

The new EOS-1D X Mark II camera also offers a built-in GPS** receiver with compass for precise geo-tagged information of latitude, longitude, elevation and direction. This is especially valuable to wildlife photographers and photojournalists who need to track their locations, as well as providing sports photographers the ability to sync a multiple-camera setup with extreme accuracy and precision. It is also possible to use the camera’s built-in GPS to automatically sync the camera’s time to the atomic clock, an invaluable feature to professionals.  An improved grip also makes the camera easier for photographers to hold and maneuver while shooting. In response to feedback from professional EOS users, the AF points in the EOS-1D X Mark II camera’s Intelligent Viewfinder II can be illuminated in red for improved visibility, especially when shooting in dark locations. AF sensitivity in low light has been doubled from EV -2 to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to One-Shot AF, enabling the camera to autofocus in extremely dark shooting conditions such as a moonlit nightscape. Viewfinder AF coverage has also been increased for greater compositional flexibility.

As with all EOS-1D series cameras, the EOS-1D X Mark II’s rugged construction and magnesium alloy body is weather resistant. The camera also features improved controls and more in-camera image quality enhancements than ever before, including a Digital Lens Optimizer function offering high quality aberration correction which can now be achieved without an external computer. This feature makes it easier for professional photographers to deliver finished files to their clients, especially in situations when access to a personal computer is impractical or inconvenient. 

The estimated retail price for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is $5999 (MSRP) for the body or $6299 for the Premium Kit which includes a 64 GB CFast memory card and card reader. The new camera is scheduled to begin shipping to authorized Canon USA dealers in April 2016***. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit: usa.canon.com/EOS1DXMarkII 

* With the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy-related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software. 
** In certain countries and regions, the use of GPS may be restricted. Therefore be sure to use GPS in accordance with the laws and regulations of your country or region. Be particularly careful when traveling outside your home country. As a signal is received from GPS satellites, take sufficient measures when using in locations where the use of electronics is regulated.
***Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

1. Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings
2. Burst rate using CFast card


EOS-1D X Mark II specifications

Price
MSRP$5999 (body only)
Body type
Body typeLarge SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors22 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDual DIGIC 6+
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-51200 (expands to 50-409600)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)409600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (5 slots)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points61
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.2
Screen dots1,620,000
Touch screenYes (for AF point selection only)
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.76×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe or flash sync)
Flash X sync speed1/250 sec
Continuous drive16.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions4096 x 2160 (60p, 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (120p, 60p, 50p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage includedCompactFlash + CFast 2.0
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMIYes
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesrequires WFT-E8
Remote controlYes
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E19 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1210
Weight (inc. batteries)1530 g (3.37 lb / 53.97 oz)
Dimensions158 x 168 x 83 mm (6.22 x 6.61 x 3.27)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSBuiltIn
GPS noteswith e-compass
 
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Good sport: a closer look at Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II

Published on February 1, 2016 by in News

Introduction

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the company's latest pro-level DSLR, now built around a 20.2MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF technology. It uses a body that's the most subtle possible evolution of the classic 1D design, which makes sense, given how many of its long-standing professional users will need to find it familiar the moment they use it. Inside, though, almost every aspect of the camera's feature set has been overhauled - from the autofocus system to the video capability, the ISO range to the card format it uses. Let us talk you through the biggest changes.

Autofocus improvements

The EOS-1D X II features a similar AF module to that found on the previous flagship 1D X, as well as on the 5D Mark III and 5DS/R, but comes with some notable improvements. For a start, the coverage is larger, with the central region expanding vertically by 8% and the 20 points on the left and right flanks extending vertically 24% more than before.

All 61 points can now focus at F8, which will be very useful when shooting telephoto lenses with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. 41 of those points are cross-type, having both horizontal and vertical line sensitivity. 5 central points are dual cross-type and have wider baselines that offer high precision focusing for F2.8 and faster lenses. The center point works down to -3EV in One-Shot AF. It's not available in AI Servo because it requires a longer sampling interval, which would slow down AI Servo.

Also improved is AF point illumination, based particularly on feedback from wedding and event photographers. Points can now remain lit red when focusing, which helps you keep your AF point over your subject in dim situations. Additionally, two brightness levels are available so you can fine tune brightness based on your preference.

You can read more specifics about the very similar previous 61-point module in our EOS 5DS coverage here.

Metering Sensor

The 1D X Mark II gets a new metering module. It's now a 360,000 pixel sensor that is used both for metering and to provide scene awareness to Canon's 'Intelligent Tracking and Recognition' (iTR) autofocus system.

The sensor itself is a two-layer CMOS chip, with red, green and blue information captured by the top layer and infrared detected further down into the silicon.

Touchscreen LCD

The LCD screen on the back of the camera has received a significant upgrade. It's now 1.62 million-dot, up from 1.04 million-dot. This represents a move from 720 x 480 to 900 x 600 pixels and the increase in resolution is noticeable. Images look crisp and clear on the back, thanks especially to Canon's 'Clear View' technology that uses optical coatings to reduce reflections.

The LCD is also touch-enabled, but you can only use touch to select a focus point in Live View, either for stills shooting, or to refocus on subjects during movie shooting. It cannot be used to operate menus, nor (annoyingly) is it enabled in playback.

Battery

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II ships with a new battery, which allows for 1210 shots on one charge. The nice thing is, the battery compartment remains backwards compatible with the older 1D X battery. However, if you use the older battery, frame rates will drop to 1D X levels (12 fps with AF, 14 fps in live view or with the mirror locked up). Heartbreakingly slow, we think you'll agree. 

Dual Pixel AF

Dual Pixel AF makes its debut on a full-frame sensor with the 1D X II. Every pixel on the sensor is split into two separate photodiodes, one left-looking and one right-looking. Comparing the phase difference between strips of left-looking vs. right-looking pixels essentially allows the camera to determine exactly how much to move the focus element to acquire focus, much as the dedicated phase-detect module in DSLRs do. Approximately 80% of the frame is available for focus using Dual Pixel AF, and the technology is particularly useful not just for this extensive coverage, but for the inherently accurate focus it provides - because focus is performed at the imaging plane, there's little possibility for mis-focus and the inaccuracy issues dedicate phase-detect sensors in DSLRs display.

Perplexingly, Dual Pixel AF can only be used in One-Shot AF in Live View, meaning it can't be used to continuously focus (though it can for movies). We weren't given any reasons as to this limitation, and given that continuous focus is certainly possible - as it works during movie shooting - it seems an odd omission.

Read our original coverage of Dual Pixel AF, with an in-depth look at how it works, here.

Canon embraces CFast (and Compact Flash)

Canon has decided to adopt the CFast standard while also providing a CompactFlash slot for backwards compatibility. The logic of this move is to 'futureproof' the camera. For now, Canon has provided the option for super high-speed data rates without alienating its existing audience, who most likely have a large collection of CF cards.

Should you own a CFast card, you'll be able to capture 170 Raw files in a burst: just a fraction below the 180 JPEGs that its predecessor could manage (the Mark II will shoot JPEGs continuously until you run out of card space). CFast is also required for 4K video recording.

Video capabilities

On paper, the EOS-1D X Mark II has very impressive video specifications - moving far beyond what its predecessor was capable of and incorporating most of what the more niche EOS-1D C offered. The standout spec is the ability to shoot DCI 4K footage (4096 x 2160 pixels) at up to 60 frames per second. This capability is the same as the 1D C, though the X II doesn't include that camera's Log Gamma option.

To give faster access to video shooting there's a Video/Live View switch around the live view button just to the right of the viewfinder. In addition, the camera gains a headphone socket for audio monitoring during recording.

Full HD options

In terms of 1080 video, the camera can record at up to 120 or 100 frames per second (without audio) or at 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24 frames per second, depending on whether you've got the camera set to PAL or NTSC mode. Interestingly there's also the option to capture true 24p footage, as well as the 23.98p approximation offered in NTSC mode.

The camera can output a 'clean' signal across its HDMI port, for use with an external recorder or monitor (which could be used to provide focus peaking and zebra warnings, if needed), but this stream is 1080 only, not 4K.

Touch-to-focus video

The other video-friendly hardware change on the 1D X II is the addition of touch sensitivity to the rear LCD. This is only used for a very limited number of features but one of these is to position and re-position with autofocus point during video recording. Combined with the camera's Dual Pixel AF sensor design, this should make it easy to adjust focus in video without the risk of the lens over-shooting or adding distracting focus wobble to video clips, as can happen with contrast detection autofocus.

Touch to focus can also be used for One-Shot AF in stills Live View shooting. 

 
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X-Factor: We examine Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark II

Published on February 1, 2016 by in News

Introduction

The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II is the company's latest flagship camera. Its lineage and price tag make clear that it's aimed at professionals, but what does that really mean? We've had our hands on a prototype, so click through this slideshow for a closer look the all-new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. 

Handling

The first thing to notice is how similar the body layout and design is to previous models. More so than any other part of the market, pro-level cameras need to be consistent with their predecessors. Working professionals need to be able to pick up the new camera and use it perfectly, the first time they take it out. This may not mean using it to its full potential but, at the very least, it needs to perform as well as the camera they've been using.

To give some idea of how familiar pro shooters become with their cameras, our team photojournalist Jordan Stead's first response upon picking up the camera was: 'I noticed the AF selection joysticks have changed. They're larger and less pointy.' Indeed, the AF selection joysticks are considerably larger, gaining 5D-series-style crenelations around the edges, while maintaining the portcullis-like surface pattern.  

Handling

Unfortunately, leaving everything the same isn't always a good thing, as it can mean the camera's behavior doesn't keep pace with its evolving feature set.

The EOS-1D X II lets you use Auto ISO in manual exposure mode and allows the use of exposure compensation to set the target brightness. However, the +/- exposure compensation button on the top plate doesn't work in M mode: instead you need to customize a different button to set exposure compensation, or remove your eye from the viewfinder and use the Q menu. This makes little sense when you have a dedicated exposure compensation button.

A gripe, and a like

There's also no quick way to switch between having the camera automatically select a starting AF point vs manually selecting one in continuous AF tracking (AI Servo with iTR). Instead you have to dig through the menus to specify this. We believe some photographers will want to manually choose their subject by selecting an AF point and initiating focus with it, but it would be nice to quickly switch to an auto mode - where the camera selects the nearest target - to respond to a quickly changing scenario.

While we're on the subject of quickly switching AF modes, though, it's worth highlighting one of our favorite custom controls: OneShot<-->AI Servo and AF<-->. Assigning a button to these features allows you to quickly swap between single and continuous AF, and between two AF area modes commonly used (e.g. single point vs. all 61 points). This allows a photographer to quickly adapt to changing scenarios. 

Making a class-leading AF module better

By now Canon shooters should be very familiar with the 61-point AF system that debuted in the 1D X, and a version of which can also be found in the 5D Mark III and 5DS/R cameras. This module has been updated for the better in the 1D X II. It offers 24% more vertical coverage, by moving focus points further apart, which also increases the central AF area by 8%. The center AF point is now sensitive down to -3EV in One-Shot AF, which will be a boon for low light - and we think particularly wedding and event - photographers.

Speaking of wedding and event photographers - one consistent complaint leveled at the 1D X was the lack of continuous AF point illumination. This could make it difficult to, for example, follow a dark subject on a wedding dance floor with your center AF point long enough for it to lock focus. In these situations, we'd often find ourselves activating the AF grid (which lights up all points red) on a 5D Mark III just to get a glimpse of where our selected AF point was in relation to the subject. 

With the 1D X II, you can choose to have AF points constantly illuminated, with your selected AF point indicated by red-lit square brackets, while every other AF point is indicated by red dots. Two levels of brightness that are user-selectable control how bright red points appear. In AI Servo mode, you can have your selected AF point lit red as long as the subject is in focus, but we'll withhold judgement on the exact implementation until we've been able to use a production camera. 

Intelligent AF with a 360k-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor

The metering sensor on the 1D X II has experienced a significant increase in resolution. With 360,000 RGB+IR pixels, it's the highest resolution metering sensor we've ever seen. This should lead to accurate metering, and also enables the camera's anti-flicker shooting feature, which delays the shutter firing so that it syncs-up with the brightest moments of the fluctuations that occur with some artificial lighting. 

But the implications of a high resolution metering sensor are most exciting for autofocus. Why? Think of the metering sensor as a low resolution image sensor that can be used to find faces and recognize objects so it can tell the AF system which points to use to follow them (something Canon refers to iTR, and we generally refer to as subject tracking). The main image sensors of DSLRs can't be used to do this (as they can on mirrorless cameras), because they are blocked by the reflex mirror between exposures. However, the metering sensor, embedded in the viewfinder hump, can see the scene in front of the lens whenever the mirror is down. This has prompted the use of increasingly high resolution sensors to provide the cameras with scene and subject awareness. For example, Nikon announced a 180,000-pixel RGB metering sensor in their recent D5/500 announcements (we analyzed its implications here).

So how does it work? Our initial impressions are that subject tracking remains a bit erratic and highly dependent on your shooting scenario - in other words, on the face of it, not as versatile as Nikon's class-leading 3D tracking. While we'd expect it to remain very good at following subjects well-isolated in depth (typically distant subjects shot with telephoto lenses, such as birds), it doesn't appear to be quite accurate enough to track, say, the eye of a face.

We were somewhat surprised by this, given the pinpoint precision Nikon 3D tracking is capable of with a far lower resolution 91,000-pixel RGB metering sensor, and given the accuracy with which the 1D X II itself tended to focus on eyes of faces in One-Shot AF (with 61-point Auto AF). Our guess is that when it comes to iTR, Canon continues to rely heavily on distance information to subject track, which may serve it well for birds-in-flight, distant wildlife, and sports photography, but is known to have its limitations.

In other words, it's not just about how many pixels your metering sensor has, but how you use them. It should be noted though that these impressions are based on limited use of a pre-production camera, so we're not drawing any definitive conclusions at this stage.

Face detection in viewfinder shooting

Face detection in OVF shooting is nothing new: cameras like the original 1D X, 5DS, 7D Mark II, and most full-frame Nikon cameras also have this ability. But with the 360,000 RGB+IR pixel sensor, the 1D X has the potential to recognize faces better. Does it?

In our brief time with the EOS-1D X Mark II, face detection indeed appeared to work very well. When the camera is set to iTR (Face Priority), and 61-point mode with Auto selection, in single AF (One-Shot) mode the camera is really good at finding the nearest face and focusing on it – and it even appears from our initial testing to prioritize eyes or the plane of a person's cheeks. Traditionally, we’ve found face detection in OVF shooting on Canon cameras like the 7D Mark II and 5DS to focus on the nose – possibly due to the low resolution of the metering sensor and the camera ostensibly just telling the PDAF system to focus in the general vicinity of the face (dedicated PDAF systems tend to prioritize the nearest object - like noses). With the spatial resolution of a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor, though, we expect the eyes to be distinguishable features, and we found the majority of shots shot with ‘Auto’ AF area with face priority to be focused on or near the eyes, less so the nose. The system was also good at not getting confused by objects obstructing parts of faces - impressive

That said, results were less impressive in continuous AF mode (AI Servo), where iTR kicks in and can lead to erratic results. In Servo 61-point AF with iTR, we found the camera to start on or near the eye of a detected face, but then wander off to a nose, or the subject’s hair. This is consistent with our previous experiences – we’ve found iTR to be somewhat inaccurate at sticking to your initial subject (e.g. the eye of a face), potentially due to its heavy reliance on distance information over pattern recognition for subject tracking. However, we would’ve expected the 360,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor to significantly increase the accuracy of iTR for subjects such as faces and facial features, and nearer objects in general. Yet our initial impressions are that if it does, it’s not obvious (as yet).

Please note, though, again, that our initial assessment is based on use of a pre-production EOS-1D X Mark II.

Backwards compatibility

As well as offering familiar ergonomics, the camera offers a good degree of backwards compatibility. For example, the Mark II uses a new battery, the LP-E19 but is still able to make use of the LP-E4 batteries used by its predecessor. 

This means that any professionals who've built up a collection of LP-E4 batteries with their previous cameras. However, the difference between the two isn't simply a matter of capacity: reverting to the older packs will see the maximum continuous shooting rate from from 14 fps (with 16 fps in live view) back to the 12/14 fps rate offered by the original 1D X. The new battery also offers an impressive figure of 1210 shots on one charge, according to CIPA standards.

CFast / Compact Flash

This attempt to maintain backwards compatibility risks adding complications, though. For existing users, the camera includes a CompactFlash socket but to cope with greater data throughput, the main slot uses the outwardly similar but physically incompatible CFast format.

We have concerns about the wisdom of using two such similar cards alongside one another in the high-pressure circumstances the 1D X II will be used in. It's a concern echoed by pro shooter Jordan Stead:

'I'll probably stick with [CompactFlash] for now: there don't seem to be enough advantages to CFast if you're not shooting 4K,' he says. 'Also, I'd worry about whether you can accidentally try to mash the wrong card into the wrong slot, because they're so similar. If you're on the sidelines, dealing with runners [running cards back from the camera to a laptop], they're not going to know the difference - I'd worry about them breaking my card reader or bringing me the wrong card.'

Speed benefits

With a CFast card, the camera can shoot nearly as many Raw files in a burst as the original 1D X could manage with JPEGs (170 vs 180), meaning that beyond the increase in storage required, there's effectively no performance cost to shooting Raw.

The significance of this may not so much be a question of having such a large buffer, but in the fact that it essentially removes one of the key limitations to shooting Raw.

'For the shooting I do, [a 12 second buffer] is unnecessary,' says Stead. 'I can't remember ever shooting more than 3 or so seconds in a burst, but it's good to know that you're never going to hit its limit.'

What is it?

And several other upgrades have also been made that reduce any impact of the larger file sizes that Raw brings. The speed of the Ethernet port has been increased from 100Mbps to 330Mbps while the new WFT-E8A Wi-Fi accessory now supports the substantially faster 802.11ac standard. There's also a USB 3.0 connector, giving plenty of high-speed options for file transfer.

All of these make it easier to transfer large files off the camera quickly, however you're delivering your images.

On the go

On top of this, the camera's post-shot in-camera Raw processing has been improved, and it's now possible to apply all the digital lens corrections previously offered by Canon's Digital Photo Professional software in the camera as a post-processing option. This allows lens-specific distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration and color blur to be corrected. The camera's JPEG engine also gains a diffraction optimizing function that tries to correct for diffraction if you shoot using small apertures.

The 1D X II also features built-in GPS. 'GPS is cool, too - it's another thing that the camera is embedding for you, meaning that you don't need to stop and add that information yourself,' highlights Stead.

Video capabilities

Looking closely at the EOS-1D X II's video capabilities tells an interesting story. The camera still lacks the focus peaking and zebra warnings offered on the Cinema EOS cameras the company makes for professional video work. And, for that matter, the Log Gamma option that appeared on the 1D C (so it's not clear whether this camera eliminates the need for a 1D C II). The camera can also only output 1080 footage over HDMI, which suggests Canon doesn't expect (or want) it to take the place of one of its more video-focused models.

Video for non-videographers

Saying that the 1D X II doesn't appear to be designed for professional video doesn't mean it can't offer video for professionals; it merely depends on which profession. With its touchscreen-operated Dual Pixel AF system, the 1D X II should be one of the easiest cameras to capture footage with if you're not an experienced videographer. The autofocus should be able to refocus without distracting focus wobble simply by tapping the screen. What's more, tracking sensitivity and AF speeds can be adjusted for movie recording, allowing videographers to optimize continuous focus for their particular application. 

We're a little perplexed, though as to why this Dual Pixel AF isn't available for continuous AF in stills shooting. Clearly, continuous Dual Pixel AF is possible (Movie Servo AF), yet it's simply disabled for stills.

The only thing we're surprised to see is that it doesn't appear to be possible to use Auto ISO and exposure compensation when manually exposing in video. Setting the shutter speed and aperture, then leaving the camera to use ISO to maintain a pre-specified brightness is one of the easiest ways to shoot.

But what about 4K?

The biggest upgrade in the camera's video spec is the addition of 4K shooting but, interestingly, this can only be captured using the Motion JPEG format and the wider-than-16:9 DCI 4K aspect ratio (4096 x 2160 pixels). Both of these choices seem odd: the All-I H.264 compression the camera uses for its 1080 footage would be a more efficient choice of codec and the 16:9 UHD flavor of 4K is better suited to certain applications.

However, along with 4K capture, the 1D X II includes tools to grab 8.8MP frames from its 4K files: at which point the decision to save every frame as an individual JPEG makes slightly more sense. Wedding shooters might even use this feature to document receptions in complete silence: despite the 1D X II gaining a continuous silent drive mode like the 5DS/R, it's not all that silent. 

The 1D X II also gains a headphone jack, important for monitoring sound levels during video recording.

First impressions

Overall, the EOS-1D X II looks pretty much exactly as we thought it would look. It's a solid, high-performance DSLR that works in basically the same way as its predecessors. It improves on them in several respects, but does not represent a major paradigm shift in either Canon's state-of-the-art, or the digital camera market as a whole. This isn't a criticism - this is what progress looks like at the very top of the market, where letting working professionals get the shot they need matters a lot more than piling on fancy features.

That said, there are two main ways in which we think the camera may prove particularly significant, once it gets into the hands of pro photographers.

The first is autofocus performance. Canon has been developing its iTR autofocus tracking for some time and there's still a chance it'll shine when put to use in the field (despite our initial impressions). And in the EOS-1D X Mark II, Dual Pixel AF makes its debut in full-frame format. This not only offers fast, precise, and decisive AF in video, but also accurate and quick AF in Live View for stills shooting, albeit of static subjects, without the need for lens-specific calibration, ever.

The second area in which the EOS-1D X Mark II could raise the bar is workflow. The 1D X II features a series of improvements that could make Raw shooting much easier to incorporate into a high-speed press photography workflow. Equally if it helps stills-focused photojournalists to shoot effective video clips, it could prove to be much more of a breakthrough than it initially seems.

It's this second aspect that caught Stead's eye: 'Everything seems designed to help get the images out of the camera and onto the wires as quickly as possible, without the need for a computer - whether you're a JPEG or Raw shooter. It looks like the perfect sports/wire service camera.'

 
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Canon 1D X Mark II: A Pro-Grade DSLR With 16 FPS Still Shooting and 60 FPS 4K Video

Published on February 1, 2016 by in News
Canon 1D X mark II

The professional-grade DSLR category is at a pretty critical juncture right now. Mirrorless cameras, and to a much greater extent, smartphones are closing in on just about every other segment of the camera market, which means the flagship cameras for pro photographers are increasingly important. Today, Canon has a new king to sit in the throne above the rest of their DSLRs in the form of the 1D X Mark II, and it puts a clear emphasis on its status as a true hybrid camera for shooting both stills and video.

The heart of the camera is a brand new 20.2-megapixel sensor, which leaves the high-res, studio stuff to the 50-megapixel 5DS. Coupled with the sensor is a pair of brand new Digic 6+ image processors, giving it more processing power than any Canon DSLR to come before it. As a result, it’s capable of moving massive amounts of data through its internal pipes. It can capture 14 frames per second with AF and AE enabled, and that number goes even higher to 16 fps in Live View mode. It can keep going up to 170 Raw files, or until it hits the capacity of the memory card if you’re shooting JPEGs. That’s a lot of pictures.

Canon 1D X mark II

The sensor uses Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS for autofocus, which is something we have been waiting to see in a high-end Canon DSLR for some time. The traditional autofocus system is a revamped 61 point affair, with 41 cross-type points among them. All of the points are now compatible with lenses as slow as F/8, which actually comes into play pretty regularly for photographers who tend to use very long lenses coupled with tele-extenders.

Unlike the Nikon D5 that we first met back at CES 2016, there’s not a huge push in terms of mega-high ISOs. The native ISO range goes from 100-51,200, and is expandable to 409,600. The Nikon expands all the way to 3,280,000, which is three more stops, but we won’t know exactly how much of a difference that makes until we have seen exactly how both cameras perform. As we all know, maximum ISO isn’t nearly a big a deal as maximum usable ISO.

Canon 1D X mark II

The other big news out of the 1D X Mark II is the fact that it can capture 4K video at up to 60 fps directly to the CFast memory card (It has a total of two memory card slots—the other is a standard CF slot). As a result, it can employ what Canon is calling 4K Frame Grab mode, which pulls an 8.8-megapixel still image out of a 4K video.

Beyond the flashy headline-grabbing features, there’s a number of other important updates that may not sound quite as exciting. The metering sensor is a 360,000 pixel RGB+IR chip that claims vastly improved tracking and facial recognition. The metering system can even recognize a flickering light source like the ones sometimes used in gymnasiums and compensates for it. AF sensitivity has been upgraded and now operates down to -3 EV compared to -2 EV on the original 1D X. Battery life has also been tweaked to offer more shots on a single charge.

As you would expect for a camera like this, the body is still built like a magnesium alloy tank

The 1D X Mark II is due to start hitting stores in April for $5,999. That’s cheaper than the initial retail price on the original 1D X and a few hundred dollars cheaper than Nikon’s D5, which is really its main competition. If you want the 1D X package that comes with a 64 GB CFast card (which you’ll need if you want to shoot 4K video), the price jumps $300 up to $6,299.

 
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Phottix announces next generation of Odin TTL flash controllers

Published on February 1, 2016 by in News

Flash and accessory manufacturer Phottix has released details of the second generation of Odin flash controllers that will go on sale mid-February. The Odin II units, which allow wireless TTL control of hotshoe and portable studio flash units, will add two extra control groups and 28 additional channels to the radio trigger’s reach, and will make the user interface easier to handle. 

The Odin system, which is compatible with Nikon, Canon and Sony cameras can be used with the company’s battery-powered Indra 500 and 300 portable studio flash heads, as well as the company’s Mitros hotshoe flash units. The new models also add an AF assist lamp, 10 new custom functions and digital ID for channels 5 to 32 to ensure the correct units are communicating. 

The Odin system is divided into transmitters and receivers, and Phottix’s own flash units have the receivers built-in. Photographers using Canon, Nikon or Sony branded flash units can use their hotshoe flash units with an Odin receiver to take advantage of the better range and connection of radio transmission over the line-of-sight systems camera brands tend to produce. Radio also works better when shooting outside in bright conditions.

The company says that new firmware will be released for the Mitros and Indra flash units to make them compatible with the new features. 

The Canon and Nikon models will be available first, with those for Sony cameras arriving in late April. The transmitters will cost £160, while receivers will be £125.

For more information visit the Phottix website.

Press release: 

Introducing the Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger

Phottix adds cutting edge functionality and features to its flagship trigger

Eagerly anticipated by thousands of Odin customers, the Odin II is the result of requests from Professional Photographers demanding more from their TTL flash systems.  Phottix is delivering on its promises to provide the very best system available today. 

Unrivalled Control and Streamlined User Interface

The Odin II allows more control than ever before.  The controls are logical, simple to use, and allow extremely fast adjustments.

With five groups, A, B, C, D and E, the dedicated quick access buttons allow changes to be made by simply turning the new thumb wheel which is perfectly placed below the improved large LCD screen to adjust the compensation.  The backlit LCD panel shows the settings at a glance.  Now you can control five channels or groups of lights at the touch of a button, in TTL Mode or in a combination of full manual mode and TTL - the choice is yours.  When switching a group off, its display line disappears from the screen, showing just the groups remaining active.

Backward Compatibility

The Odin II system is compatible with the original Odin system, Phottix Mitros+ Speedlights, the award-winning Indra360 and Indra500 TTL Studio lights, Strato and Strato II receivers, and Atlas II in receiver mode.  Using channels 1 to 4 you can work with the kit you already own with the Phottix Odin II.

More Channels and Digital ID

To take advantage of the Phottix Odin II, a total of 32 channels can be used, channels 5 to 32 use the full functionality of the Odin II receiver, including a user-set digital ID for the ultimate in secure triggering.  Users can remotely control Speedlight zoom settings, providing the perfect coverage from a wide angle to a spot light.  When shooting with the Phottix Indra360/500 series, the Odin II transmitter also offers remote modelling light control and full light ratio controls.

High Speed Sync and Overdrive Sync

High Speed Sync with TTL flashes and Overdrive Sync with manual enable flash photography at up to 1/8000 second for creative photographers.  The newly added AF assist light makes autofocus a breeze in dimly lit locations.  An additional ten custom functions allow users to customise the Odin II, including switching on/off the audible beep, screen brightness, an AF Illuminator function and the ODS system control functionality, as well as a full factory reset should you need it.

Firmware Updates

Firmware upgrades for the Phottix Mitros+ and Phottix Indra360/500 will soon be available to take advantage of the new features of the Odin II - these will be announced shortly via the Phottix Journal and on the Phottix.com website.

Major Features 

  • 5 groups A, B, C, D and E
  • 32 channels with user-set Digital ID on channels 5 to 32
  • Group buttons and thumbwheel control for fast operation
  • TTL Power Control +/- 3EV
  • Manual Power Control 1/1 to 1/128th
  • High Speed Sync – up to 1/8000s on compatible cameras
  • Second Curtain Sync (Nikon and Sony only)
  • AF Assist Light
  • Flash zoom control
  • Modelling Light Control with Indra500/360
  • 2.4 GHz, Range up to 100 metres
  • Compatible with Indra500/360 TTL, Mitros+, Odin, Strato, Strato II and Atlas II
  • Always up to date via the latest Firmware.

Odin II for Nikon and Canon will be available from all Platinum Dealers week commencing 15th of February 2016, the Sony Odin II is expected to arrive in late April.

 
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