Upgrade the VideoMic Pro, update the Gratical EVF

The popular Stereo VideoMic Pro from Røde has an upgrade, while Zacuto releases new firmware for the Gratical EVF. These are some of the news from last week.

Upgrade the VideoMicPro, update the Gratical EVF

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will have Dual Pixel AF, but no one knows if it will have 4K.  We know, though, that less lenses are sold worldwide. These are some of the news – and rumors – from last week you may want to read now.

Stereo VideoMic Pro upgrade

Upgrade the VideoMicPro, update the Gratical EVF

RØDE Microphones has announced an upgrade to the popular Stereo VideoMic Pro, now featuring the Rycote Lyre suspension system, which isolates the Stereo VideoMic Pro capsules and electronics from mechanical vibration and handling noise, preventing unwanted rumble and vibrations in recorded audio.

Completing the upgrade is an all-new matched pair of condenser capsules with an improved foam windshield, giving the new Stereo VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise. Some other improvements were introduced in the Stereo VideoMic Pro, allowing it to be used in conjunction with the RØDELink Wireless System, or Wi-Fi heavy locations without fear of RF interference ruining critical audio takes.


Less lenses sold says CIPA

Upgrade the VideoMicPro, update the Gratical EVFThe most recent data releases by CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) regarding the shipment of lenses paints a bleak picture, no matter how many lenses are launched, announced, sold. If the numbers are right, in June the market hit a new low. The charts show total shipment of DSC worldwide, with a  comparison of 2014, 2015 and 2016 from January until June, and also segment the information for shipment of interchangeable lens DSC and shipment of built-in lens DSC. Follow the link to see the charts.


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Dual Pixel AF

Upgrade the VideoMicPro, update the Gratical EVFWhile the controversy around an image of the new camera posted by some websites heats the conversations online, one item seems to be confirmed for the new DSLR from Canon: it will have Dual Pixel AF. While this is hardly a surprise due to the interest multiple users have shown when it comes to this feature, a lot is yet to confirm regarding the new 5 from Canon. Will it have a full featured touch screen – something that the Dual Pixel AF asks for – and will it be vari-angle, or will Canon insist that professional models do not need these features?  And then one question still remains: will it have 4K?

Zacuto updates firmware for Gratical EVF

Upgrade the VideoMicPro, update the Gratical EVFZacuto updated the firmware for their Gratical EVF, a micro OLED electronic viewfinder concept presented as a pivotal tool in any filmmakers bag . The firmware version 3.3 update is for the Gratical HD and X versions and is not compatible with Gratical Eye, which receives its own and first firmware update, version 1.1. The firmware updates introduce a series of corrections to bugs but also changes the way the devices operate. To read more about the new versions of firmware and download the one you need visit Zacuto’s webpage.

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Jose Antunes

I am a writer and photographer living on the West Coast of Portugal, a place I tend to call the Atlantic Realm. An area of rugged cliffs and sandy beaches overlooking the sea, a coastal area sitting between the Atlantic Ocean waves and hills and forests with some of the most magical palaces, castles and prehistorical sites for you to visit and photograph. Little hamlets, vast fields, inviting you to a contemplative state of mind. That’s where I live, and the landscape surely makes you what you are.

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