GEAR & TECHNIQUES
From foldable drones to artificially intelligent software,
these are the photo innovations we’re excited about.
BY GREG SCOBLETE
When it comes to realistic VR,
more is more. That is, the more
lenses and image sensors you
can throw at a scene, the greater
depth and realism you’ll be able
to capture. The Insta360 Pro
sports six cameras and f/2.4
lenses capable of recording
8K 360-degree video or a
60-megapixel 360-degree still
image. If you record in 6K, the
camera is able to capture 3D
video with stitching performed
in post. If you record in 3D
4K, the camera can stitch
the individual video streams
together internally in real time.
Insta360 Pro can also livestream
a 4K, 360-degree video via Wi-Fi
or Ethernet. It has a removable
battery, HDMI output and stores
footage locally to an SD card.
With the Surface Studio, Microsoft put Apple
on notice that it, too, could craft a compellingly
designed all-in-one PC. The Studio is a true
multi-purpose creative tool. You can lay it
flat on the table and use it as a touch screen
canvas, complete with a stylus for drawing.
You can prop it upright and use it as a
traditional PC. It packs an Intel Core i5/
i7 processor, dedicated NVIDIA GeForce
graphics and boasts a 4500 x 3000
resolution display. You can configure the
Studio with up to 32GB of RAM and a
hybrid drive with 128GB of SSD memory
and 2TB worth of hard drive space.
PRICE: starting at $2,999
The wait for the GH4’s successor is finally over.
The GH5 predictably ups the ante with high-quality
4K recording—you can save a 10-bit 422 file at 30p to
an SD card or shoot 4K at up to 60p. Full HD frame
rates top off at a blistering 180 fps. Autofocusing is
driven by Panasonic’s Depth from Defocus technology,
which has had its speed doubled from previous iterations.
The 20-megapixel GH5 builds on Panasonic’s 4K
Photo mode with a new 6K Photo mode that isolates
still image from a
short 6K clip.