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SHORTS ‘N’ BRIEFS: March 4

DJI announces flying slot car…Lightweight, premium performance 28-70mm from Sigma…Sony Awards for Sony people…Nikon software for Nikon people…

DJI announces flying slot car

DJI  has announced the FPV, a go-fast drone designed for racing. Those of a certain age might think of it as a flying slot-car.

Charming cyborg couple with DJI’s latest contribution to the world. Duck!

It features a 4K/60fps gimbal stabilised camera with a 150-degree wide field of view through the included goggles. Gimbal stabilisation combined with electronic image stabilisation ensures steady footage at any speed, according to DJI. Top speed is 140kph. It would really hurt if it smacked into you.

It is available for purchase from today. The standard DJI FPV Combo includes the FPV drone, remote controller 2, FPV Goggles V2, all required cables and one battery, for the Australian retail price of $2099.

Is this a product which will interest Inside Imaging readers? We think not, as performance as an imaging device is not exceptional – there are no details in the press release regarding still capture resolution, etc. It has a 1 2/3-inch sensor rather than the Mavic’s 1-inch chip. Single gimbal rather than three-way.

There is reference to it having a range of 10Km. Don’t know about you, but with a top speed of 140kph, acceleration from 0-100kph in 2 seconds and a flying range of 10km, this thing sounds like a series of accidents waiting to happen. We checked with CASA who said there were no speed limits for consumer drones, but noted that droners can’t use googles beyond line of sight.

The press release notes that in many jurisdictions, drone pilots flying with goggles must be accompanied by a visual observer to watch for airspace hazards. What a good idea.

Weight is close to 800g.

For the curious, here’s the full press release: DJI FPV

Lightweight, premium performance 28-70mm f2.8 from Sigma

Sigma has announced March availability of the the 28-70mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary zoom lens for Sony E-Mount and L-Mount. It’s ‘the smallest and lightest full-frame f2.8 standard zoom for mirrorless systems currently available.’

Sigma further says that although it’s in the lightweight ‘Contemporary’ category, optical performance is up there with its glass-rich, premium Art range. In fact, Sigma claims outright that ‘it offers the same optical performance, as the 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art’. At just 470g compared to 835g, it’s considerably lighter, and about 20 percent more compact. Not to mention a few hundred bucks cheaper!

Features:

– Oil and water repellent, dust and splash-proof mount;
– Working distance of 19cm at 1:3.3 magnification at 28mm for close-ups and (kinda) macro photos;
– Compatible with continuous autofocus Eye-AF and Sony’s Real-Time Tracking capabilities;
– 16 elements in 12 groups, with 2 FLD lens, 2 SLD lens and 3 Aspherical lenses;
– 67mm filter size.

Local RRP is $1485 for both mounts, a considerable saving on the $1799 for the Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Art lens.

Sony Alpha Awards for Sony Alpha people

The 2021 Sony Alpha Awards – not to be confused with the Sony World Photo Awards –  oh dear no me no – are open for a sixth year for Sony camera users.

David Miller was the Compact Camera category finalist last year with this image of a Red-crested Cardinal.

The Alpha Awards ‘aim to reinvigorate and reconnect photographers across the region, reward professionals and enthusiasts alike, and provide aplatform for the greatest photography work captured on Sony Alpha cameras and lenses, across Australia and New Zealand.’

There are 12 categories: ​Astrophotography, City/Street,Compact Camera, Creative, Editorial, Landscape, Nature, Portrait, Seascape, Sports, Wedding​, and Youth​.Over $37,000 worth of Sony camera gear is up for grabs – including $2000 of Sony digital imaging gear per category. Each of the category winners is in with the chance to win the overall Grand Prize of Sony digital imaging gear to the value of $10,000.

Entry is free and, as discussed elsewhere this week, Sony does a good job of getting winning images published, which along with a relatively low number of entries (around 3000 last year) makes this a worthwhile competition to consider entering. For Sony camera owners. Click here for further information. Entries close May 31.

Nikon imaging software for Nikon people

Nikon Australia has announced the release of NX Studio (Ver.1.0), combining the functionality of Nikon View and Nikon Capture software, for viewing, processing, and editing of images and videos captured with a Nikon digital camera.

At the same time, support for View NX-i and Capture NX-D, including updates to the latest OS, are ‘not planned. Customers that are using this software are suggested to update to NX Studio,’ reads the fine print.

Editing functions include picture controls, white balance settings, and exposure adjustments for Nikon RAW images. NX Studio also provides control points that allow users to adjust colours within a specified area and a retouch brush feature for advanced, localised correction.

The menu structure is organised by workflow for a functional yet simple design with improved overall response speed for each function, such as image display, and a smoother experience when processing stills and videos.

NX Studio will be updated with the release of future camera models, ensuring continued support for the viewing, processing, and editing images.

https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/products/564/NX_Studio.html

 

 

 

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