NAB 2016 Final thoughts from Simon on the DJI M600

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Simon being a fully qualified drone pilot gives us his thoughts on the new hexicopter from DJI the M600.

Simon “DJI have once again made huge advancements in the field of 3 Axis brush-less gimbal systems, with the announcement and showcasing of their new Ronin-MX Gimbal System and the Matrice 600 hexacopter.   The Ronin-MX is a highly adaptable gimbal system, with the functionality to be used as both a stand alone handheld unit and with heavy lift areial platforms.  The new Ronin-MX features more powerful motors than the current Ronin-M unit, allowing for the stabilization of heavier payloads of around 4.5kg, cameras in the weight range of Arri Alexa Mini and Red Dragons. (suited to a payload capacity between the Ronin and Ronin-M, and so is not so much a replacement for the Ronin-M but more an intermediate between the two) these improved motors also allow the unit to counter increased G-forces during flight, and features two batteries.  The first designed to power the gimbal unit itself and the second to power the camera mounted to the system.  The Matrice 600, the latest competitively priced Hexacopter from DJI and in keeping with their innovation for aerial cinematography integrates seamlessly with the Ronin-MX,  capable of taking paylods up to 6kg, with a flight time of betwen 16-36 minutes, (depending upon payload) provided by 6 high powered intelligent batteries that not only provides increased flight time but increased insurance against battery failure.  This new Hexacopter and Gimbal set up, leaves us questioning will DJI do away with their current camera specific Zenmuse gimbals for heavy lift drone such as the S900 and S1000”.

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In addition to the Ronin-MX and Matrice 600 DJI also unveiled a series of new Osmo accessories, including the Z-Axis a stabilization system compatible with the Osmo’s X3 and the X5 camera to remove and significantly reduce vertical shaking from natural arm movements when walking or jogging.  As well as the much anticapted X5 adapter, allowing use of the DJI Micro Four Thirds X5 camera with the Osmo system.

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Best Three bits of gear from NAB 2016

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Number one has to be this new 18-80 from Canon a company who listens to its customer base bring out a badly needed servo zoom lens for large sensor cameras like the Canon C300 Mk11 or the Sony FS7 with Canon adapter.

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Another well designed 4K camcorder from Panasonic the AG-UX180 with its 20x servo zoom lens.


Lastly the new HDR monitors from smallHD, they look a cracking piece of kit at a cracking price.


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NAB 2016…JIB PLUS from Edelkrone

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The Jib PLUS from Edelkrone works from any jib and as you can see it will focus on the given subject that you target before shooting and it will also focus your camera…brilliant.

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Business for Filmmakers…3 books for 3 readers (total worth £60)

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While my own business is on hold, it gives me time to read and review Den Lennies book “Business for Filmmakers”. So far I have found it fascinating and very informative.

Den has very kindly given me 3 books worth £60 in total to give away when I produce a review of the book, so look out for the review coming soon.

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Easy Rig mini and the new Vario Strong.

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I produced a video for Production Gear at BVE about the Easy Rig mini, which is a great tool for keeping the weight off your arms holding a smaller video camera like my Sony FS5.

Simon has produced a video from NAB about the latest Easy Rig Vario Strong for larger cameras like the ARRI cameras.

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Sony’s Sensor factory in Kumamoto remain suspended

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Due to the earthquake of April 14 and subsequent earthquakes in the Kumamoto region, the following Sony Group manufacturing sites have been affected:

Operations at Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Kumamoto Technology Center (located in Kikuchi Gun, Kumamoto Prefecture), which primarily manufactures image sensors for digital cameras and security cameras as well as micro-display devices, were halted after the earthquake on April 14, and currently remain suspended. Damage to the site’s building and manufacturing lines is currently being evaluated, and with aftershocks continuing, the timeframe for resuming operations has yet to be determined.

Although some of the manufacturing equipment at Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Nagasaki Technology Center (located in Isahaya City, Nagasaki Prefecture), which is Sony’s main facility for smartphone image sensor production, and Oita Technology Center (located in Oita City, Oita Prefecture), which commenced operations as a wholly-owned facility of Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation on April 1, had been temporarily halted, the affected equipment has been sequentially restarted from April 17, and production has resumed. Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s Kagoshima Technology Center (located in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture) has continued its production operations after the earthquakes, and there have been no major effects on its operations.

Sony has confirmed the safety of all of its and its group companies’ employees in the region affected by the earthquakes.

The impact of these events on Sony’s consolidated results is currently being evaluated.

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NAB 2016…New Panasonic Studio cameras

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Panasonic used NAB 2016 to significantly expand its studio camera line-up, with the announcement of immediate availability for the AK-UC3000 4K system, and the AK-HC5000, which outputs 1080p at 240fps. 

The single MOS sensor AK-UC3000 outputs a UHD signal at up to 50p, while also delivering superior picture quality in HD. The camera’s B4 mount accommodates a full range of 2/3-inch lenses, to maximise return on investment in existing lenses. 

The UC3000 also enables shooting with high sensitivity (F10/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), high resolution (1800 TV lines/UHD) and a wide dynamic range of 600% (-6dB〜36dB).


In addition, the AK-HC5000 is set to become Panasonic’s flagship studio model. The camera, capable of high-speed output up 1080/240p, incorporates new 2/3-type, 2.2M, 3-CMOS sensors, with high sensitivity (F11/2000lx), low noise (S/N 60dB+), and resolution measured at 1,100 TV lines.


The HC5000 shares many functions with the UC3000 including advanced focus assist, shockless gain (-3~36dB), a user gamma setting, black gamma correction tracking pedestal, multi-step Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), reduced skew and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS). The HC5000’s flash band compensation corrects for the ‘flash band’ effect that can be experienced by most MOS-based imagers.

A new camera control unit, the AK-UCU500, provides power over 2000m using hybrid fibre, and outputs 4K signals and HD simultaneously. Two new remote operation panels, the AK-HRP1000 and AK-HRP1005, both with colour LCD readout displays, provide IP controls. A new 9-inch, Full-HD LCD viewfinder is also available.

Panasonic also announced a new expressP2 card. The B Series consists of two models, the
AU-XP0512BG (512GB) capable of 4K recording for 180 minutes1, and the AU-XP0256BG (256GB).

Available at the end of May 2016, it serves as recording media for the VariCam series and features an error correction capability equivalent to the RAID system, which restores sector/page error data that cannot be corrected with ordinary flash memory.

The B Series has the potential to transfer data at a maximum of 10 Gps2 which is about four times the speed of existing expressP2 cards. 

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NAB 2016…Rig Wheels from Simon @ Production Gear

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A cracking new system for filming on cars, trucks etc.

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Sony’s 18-105mm f4 Upgrade…fixing the tracking. v0.03

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Upgrade done via my PXW-FS5 and it works a treat, this is a lens I could not rely on before the FW upgrade.

Its slightly obvious that Sony knew they would not have a new 18-105mm servo zoom lens to replace this one at NAB so they decided to fix the older lens. You need to connect your computer to your FS5 via the micro USB socket inside the SD card compartment and run the upgrade…it only takes seconds.

Sony FS7 owners who have the 18-105 lens are asking how do they update their lens ?



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NAB 2016…A wee doc about Red Rock Micro’s new Eclipse and Halo Solo

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Simon is also filming small informative docs at NAB with suppliers. Here is the one he did with RED ROCK MICRO’s Eclipse and Halo solo

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