There was certainly a lot of hype when AJA introduced the CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera back at NAB 2014, but I don’t think it received quite the market traction they were hoping for. I’m not sure if it was the choice of PL Mount, the required AJA SSD Paks for internal recording media, lack of RAW, lack of a flat LOG Profile, or the price of just under $9K.

Whatever the reason, right now you can get OVER 40% OFF the AJA Cion if you purchase it through Adorama (found here). Is this discount enough to get more AJA Cion Camera Adopters?

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AJA CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera

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The brand new 4K capable DJI Phantom 3 has already been shipping but is constantly in and out of stock. I know a few people who have already received their units. Right now, there are some units available on the DJI Online Store, but only a limited number of orders will be accepted each day. So don’t miss your chance if you were looking to grab a new Phantom 3. Check out the inventory over at DJI.com (click here).

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What just happened? The AJA Cion just became one of the most affordable large sensor cameras around. With its price dropping from $9,000 to $4,000 this is one of the most significant camera price drops we’ve ever seen. In fact for a camera that started shipping roughly 2 months ago this is quite unbelievable!

What’s the reason for this huge price-drop?
With internal 4K recording in ProRes at up to 60fps the AJA Cion offers a powerful package in terms of technical specifications. The price-drop might be caused by the recent announcement of the Blackmagic URSA Mini which uses the same sensor as the AJA Cion and has very similar technical specifications and recording formats for an even lower price of $2,995.

The official statement by AJA:
“…with this new lower price we’re completely removing the barrier to entry for so many in the indie and commercial filmmaking market…”

aja-summer-savingsAs a camera on paper the Blackmagic URSA Mini looks more interesting and capable than the AJA Cion and the new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K has even more to offer at $4,995.

The camera market is going crazy right now. Just last month Canon dropped the price on its Canon EOS C300 by a whopping $5,000. It’s hard for camera manufacturers to keep up with new developments and competition around every corner. For AJA the Cion was their first approach towards a camera design and their development took a lot longer than many other renown manufacturers like Blackmagic whose turnaround time has become very fast since they released their first camera.

In our extensive review we recently took the AJA Cion into the field and found that it has some strengths and offers superb picture quality, but has some weak points in terms of ergonomics. Also check out our guide with 10 Important Tips To Help You Master the AJA Camera.

If the AJA Cion was a camera you were interested in, now is a good chance to get it a highly reduced price. Before we can compare it to the new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K it might be a good idea to wait though.

Alongside the AJA Cion, the company also offers the KiPro Quad, Ki Pro and the Ki Pro Mini disk recorders at reduced prices.

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What just happened? The AJA Cion just became one of the most affordable large sensor cameras around. With its price dropping from $9,000 to $4,000 this is one of the most significant camera price drops we’ve ever seen. In fact for a camera that started shipping roughly 2 months ago this is quite unbelievable!

What’s the reason for this huge price-drop?
With internal 4K recording in ProRes at up to 60fps the AJA Cion offers a powerful package in terms of technical specifications. The price-drop might be caused by the recent announcement of the Blackmagic URSA Mini which uses the same sensor as the AJA Cion and has very similar technical specifications and recording formats for an even lower price of $2,995.

The official statement by AJA:
“…with this new lower price we’re completely removing the barrier to entry for so many in the indie and commercial filmmaking market…”

aja-summer-savingsAs a camera on paper the Blackmagic URSA Mini looks more interesting and capable than the AJA Cion and the new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K has even more to offer at $4,995.

The camera market is going crazy right now. Just last month Canon dropped the price on its Canon EOS C300 by a whopping $5,000. It’s hard for camera manufacturers to keep up with new developments and competition around every corner. For AJA the Cion was their first approach towards a camera design and their development took a lot longer than many other renown manufacturers like Blackmagic whose turnaround time has become very fast since they released their first camera.

In our extensive review we recently took the AJA Cion into the field and found that it has some strengths and offers superb picture quality, but has some weak points in terms of ergonomics. Also check out our guide with 10 Important Tips To Help You Master the AJA Camera.

If the AJA Cion was a camera you were interested in, now is a good chance to get it a highly reduced price. Before we can compare it to the new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K it might be a good idea to wait though.

Alongside the AJA Cion, the company also offers the KiPro Quad, Ki Pro and the Ki Pro Mini disk recorders at reduced prices.

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Smallhd 501 2A couple of months ago SmallHD announced the 502, a new super lightweight 1080p 5″ monitor. Today they’ve introduced a HDMI only version, the 501.

Check out our article on the 502 here, a compact and lightweight monitor, ideal for small mirrorless cameras and gimbal devices due to its 1lbs form factor.

The 501 promises nearly all features of the 502; 1080p screen, LUT support, vast exposure and focus aids, plus compatibility with the new Sidefinder accessory (turns the compact monitor into a high resolution viewfinder). The difference? The 501 is HDMI only.

The 502 packs a lot of punch in the peripheral department. SDI and HDMI in/out as well as cross converting either signal.

Smallhd 501 3The 501 is simply HDMI in/out only. Making it more affordable than its SDI abled bigger brother.

This comes as no surprise, as SmallHD recently announced the discontinuation of the DP4, their previous entry level HDMI only monitor.

Here’s the specification list for the SmallHD 501:

  • Panel Type LCDSmallhd 501 spec
  • Size Diagonal 5
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Pixel Density (PPI) 441
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9 Native
  • Active Area 5.0 in
  • Brightness 400 cd/m2
  • Contrast 1500:1
  • Color Gamut 85% NTSC (100% Rec 709)
  • Color Depth 24 Bit (8bpc)
  • Viewing Angle Full 179 Degrees
  • Backlight Type LED
  • Adjustable Backlight Yes
  • Temperature Adaptive Color Yes
  • Dual LP-E6 battery slots

Pricing of the 501 is currently at $899, a $300 saving against the 502

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Smallhd 501 2A couple of months ago SmallHD announced the 502, a new super lightweight 1080p 5″ monitor. Today they’ve introduced a HDMI only version, the 501.

Check out our article on the 502 here, a compact and lightweight monitor, ideal for small mirrorless cameras and gimbal devices due to its 1lbs form factor.

The 501 promises nearly all features of the 502; 1080p screen, LUT support, vast exposure and focus aids, plus compatibility with the new Sidefinder accessory (turns the compact monitor into a high resolution viewfinder). The difference? The 501 is HDMI only.

The 502 packs a lot of punch in the peripheral department. SDI and HDMI in/out as well as cross converting either signal.

Smallhd 501 3The 501 is simply HDMI in/out only. Making it more affordable than its SDI abled bigger brother.

This comes as no surprise, as SmallHD recently announced the discontinuation of the DP4, their previous entry level HDMI only monitor.

Here’s the specification list for the SmallHD 501:

  • Panel Type LCDSmallhd 501 spec
  • Size Diagonal 5
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Pixel Density (PPI) 441
  • Aspect Ratio 16:9 Native
  • Active Area 5.0 in
  • Brightness 400 cd/m2
  • Contrast 1500:1
  • Color Gamut 85% NTSC (100% Rec 709)
  • Color Depth 24 Bit (8bpc)
  • Viewing Angle Full 179 Degrees
  • Backlight Type LED
  • Adjustable Backlight Yes
  • Temperature Adaptive Color Yes
  • Dual LP-E6 battery slots

Pricing of the 501 is currently at $899, a $300 saving against the 502

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With the news of crazy new drone inventions coming from Kickstarter just this morning, here’s another one that we might want to take more seriously. Yeair! is the first fuel quad copter that runs with 4 miniature combustion engines and impresses us with some intriguing features.

Yeair! promises more airtime, more payload and more speed than other quad copters.

yeair!-fuel-quad-copteryeair! combines the reliabilty of electric engines with the power of a combustion engine

• 60 min. max. airtime
• up to 5 kg payload
• up to 100 km / h top speed

5kg payload sounds crazy strong for a 1400€ drone. Furthermore the German engineering team included standard quadcopter features like: follow me mode, automatic start and landing function, autonomous flight options and some other pretty advanced features like failsafe engines and intelligent smarphone & tablet controls.

yeair!-3The range extending Long Distance Wing and retractable landing gear looks like it makes this drone ready for serious business.

Unfortunately there are no specific details about how the combustion engines work. I’m sure we’ll find out more about this project soon.

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If you’re intrigued by the yeair! fuel quad copter head over to their Kickstarter Page.

After only an hour online they’ve covered more than 20% of their modest goal of 70,000€. So it looks like we’ll see this campaign come to life rather sooner than later.

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With the news of crazy new drone inventions coming from Kickstarter just this morning, here’s another one that we might want to take more seriously. Yeair! is the first fuel quad copter that runs with 4 miniature combustion engines and impresses us with some intriguing features.

Yeair! promises more airtime, more payload and more speed than other quad copters.

yeair!-fuel-quad-copteryeair! combines the reliabilty of electric engines with the power of a combustion engine

• 60 min. max. airtime
• up to 5 kg payload
• up to 100 km / h top speed

5kg payload sounds crazy strong for a 1400€ drone. Furthermore the German engineering team included standard quadcopter features like: follow me mode, automatic start and landing function, autonomous flight options and some other pretty advanced features like failsafe engines and intelligent smarphone & tablet controls.

yeair!-3The range extending Long Distance Wing and retractable landing gear looks like it makes this drone ready for serious business.

Unfortunately there are no specific details about how the combustion engines work. I’m sure we’ll find out more about this project soon.

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If you’re intrigued by the yeair! fuel quad copter head over to their Kickstarter Page.

After only an hour online they’ve covered more than 20% of their modest goal of 70,000€. So it looks like we’ll see this campaign come to life rather sooner than later.

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NAB 2015 via RunPlayback.com, Benro introduces new BV4 / BV6 Fluid Heads and Twin Leg Tripod Kits, and also demos the AERO Travel Angel series Video Tripods that use a reverse folding leg design that allows these tripods to fold down as compact as 18″.

Benro BV4 and BV6 Product Details
The kit pairs the 75mm-ball BV6 video head with a twin leg aluminum tripod. The BV6 head features a 8-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements. A Manfrotto 501/504PL compatible sliding quick-release plate is provided. All of the main controls, other than counterbalance, are located on the left side of the head making it easy to make adjustments with a single hand while operating the camera. For added versatility, the 75mm-ball tiedown stud is removable to convert the head to a flat base for use on a slider or other support device.

The 2-stage, 3-section twin leg aluminum tripod incorporates a 75mm bowl and offers sturdy support for the BV6 head. It features oversized quick positive leg locks for simple and fast setup, an adjustable/removable mid-level spreader, and dual spike feet with removable rubber pads. The tripod system extends to a maximum height of 65″, while getting as low as 30.3″. A carry case and shoulder strap are included.

The Benro BV4 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit is a lightweight video tripod system ideal for videographers shooting with smaller cameras weighing up to 8.8 pounds while the Benro BV6 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit is a complete tripod system ideal for studio applications and handling camera rigs weighing up to 13.2 pounds.

The kit pairs the 75mm-ball BV4 or BV6 video head with a twin leg aluminum tripod.

The Benro BV4 Head features a 6-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements.

The Benro BV6 Head features a 8-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements.

A Manfrotto 501/504PL compatible sliding quick-release plate is provided. All of the main controls, other than counterbalance, are located on the left side of the head making it easy to make adjustments with a single hand while operating the camera. For added versatility, the 75mm-ball tiedown stud is removable to convert the head to a flat base for use on a slider or other support device.

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Benro Aero S2 & S4 Travel Tripods

The Aero Video Travel Angel Tripod Kit from Benro combines a removable flat base video head and 3-stage aluminum tripod legs. The center column can be extended for additional height, and features a reverse folding leg design for a storage length as compact as 18.3″. The Video head offers separate pan and tilt controls for smooth and precise camera movements. For increased versatility, one of the tripod legs is removable and can be combined with the center column to turn the system into a monopod when needed. A padded carry case and strap come included.

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It’s 2015 and it seems like you can’t play with the cool kids anymore if you haven’t built your own camera drone or gimbal and started your own Kickstarter project.

Here we go, in come two new multicopter projects looking for crowd funding. The first of them is the Aexo, which encapsulates the rotors in something that looks like a pizza box, protecting it against crashing within an instant when touching anything like a tree, rock, or … human. The other one is called Sprite and looks like a flying … tube. Or something. It’s a completely different concept which is kind of refreshing, but let’s try and take a closer look at both ideas.

Aexo tries to solve a real problem when flying drones – you actually need to have flying skills before you start, otherwise it can get messy. Rotors are sharp and move fast, so you want to stay away from them. Also, when they touch anything, they will most likely crash and destroy the drone. Aexo seems like it’s doing a good job at protecting itself against things and staying air bound, however their claim that it’s safer to fly close to humans with that thing is a dangerous, if not idiotic statement. I doubt that the Aexo would cause less pain if it crashes into your head. The guys from Aexo offer various versions of the concept, even the bare protector kit itself, in which you can your DJI Phantom (1-3) drone. They also offer models which include the drone, different models for different payloads. Aexo is on track of reaching its modest crowdfunding goal soon on Kickstarter.

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