Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Launched With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Recording

Leica has added new member to its TL system of cameras, called the TL2. One of the highlight features here is that each camera is machined from a single block of aluminium. The camera is available in black and silver options. It has been priced at around $1,950 (roughly Rs. 1,32,600) for just the body.

The Leica TL2 boasts of a new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which is coupled with a new Maestro II series image processor. Together, the TL2 is said to deliver improved dynamic range, contrast, colours and sharper details. Another highlight here is the addition of 4K video support at 30fps, full-HD at 60fps and HD video at 60fps or 120fps. Leica is also touting the autofocus speed of the camera, which is said to be around 165 milliseconds. This is attributed to the new image processor, which also helps achieve a much shorter start-up time. The electronic shutter speed has been upped to 1/40,000 seconds and burst shooting ranges from 7fps to a maximum of 20fps.

Leica TL2 Mirrorless Camera Launched With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video RecordingOther specifications of the Leica TL2 include an ISO range of 100-50000; RAW (DNG) file support; multiple focus modes like face detection and tracking; external flash support (there’s no built-in flash); USB 3.0, and HDMI connections.

The camera also has built-in Wi-Fi for transferring images and video to a smartphone via the TL app, available for both Android and iOS. Leica says the menus system is also better structured, making it easier to use. For navigating the menus, you get a 3.7-inch, fixed touchscreen LCD display on the Leica TL2. The TL system has currently a total of six lenses but the L-Bayonet mount makes it compatible with SL camera lenses too.

Sony A9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Launched in India at Rs. 3,29,990

Sony has launched the Sony A9, its flagship full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, in India. Unveiled globally back in April, the Sony A9 comes to India at a price of Rs. 3,29,990. The camera goes on sale from July 29 via all major Sony retail outlets across the country. The Sony A9 takes the best of Sony’s camera technologies (be it mirrorless or DSLR) and crams it into a body that’s smaller than most DSLRs in the market.

Some of the highlights of the Sony A9 include high-speed, blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20fps, 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second, and a maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32,000 second. At the heart of all this is the new 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which enables data processing speeds that are up to 20x faster than its previous full-frame models. This is paired with an upgraded Bionz X image processor.

Sony A9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Launched in India at Rs. 3,29,990The Sony A9 features 693 phase detection AF points covering approximately 93 percent of the frame, which should ensure much faster tracking of moving subjects. It has a vibration-free, fully electronic, anti-distortion shutter with no mechanical mirror, thus avoiding shutter sound when capturing an image. The Sony A9 camera has a sensitivity of ISO 100-51200, 5-axis image stabilisation, a tilting 3-inch touchscreen display, EVF, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and video recording at 4K at 30fps, or full-HD at 120fps.

Along with the A9, Sony has also launched new accessories for the camera like the NP-FZ100 battery that offers about 2.2x the capacity of the NP-FW50 W-series battery; VG-C3EM vertical grip; GP-X1EM grip extension; FDA-EP18 eyepiece cup; and PCK-LG1 glass screen protector. Sony also announced two new wide-angle lenses and one telephoto lens. These include the FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens (SEL100400GM) which is priced at Rs. 1,99,990 and will go on sale on July 24. The Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 (SEL1635GM) is a wide-angle lens which is dust and moisture resistant and features a customisable focus hold and hood release button. It is priced at Rs. 1,79,990. Lastly, the FE 12-24mm F4 wide-angle lens is priced at Rs. 1,39,990 and features DDSSM (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor) for quick and quiet AF performance.

Xiaomi-Backed Yi Technologies Brings Its Action and Security Cameras to India

Xiaomi-backed Yi Technologies is known for its budget-friendly action and digital cameras that can challenge the likes of GoPro. Having already established a base in China, the US and Europe, the company has now made its way to the Indian market. Yi Technologies has launched two of its action cameras in the country, the Yi Action Camera and Yi 4K Action Camera, both of which are available on Amazon for Rs. 6,990 and Rs. 17,990, respectively. It has also launched two security cameras, Yi Home IP Camera and Yi Dome IP Camera, priced at Rs. 2,990 and Rs. 4,990, respectively.

The action cameras from the Xiaomi-backed company are priced a lot less compared to similar products from GoPro. The Yi Action camera features a 16-megapixel Sony IMX206 lens and an Amarelle A7LS image processing chipset. The camera has the ability to record 1080p videos at 60fps and includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options.

The Yi 4K Action Camera, as the name suggests, adds 4K capabilities, allowing it to shoot 4K videos at 30fps. It features a 2.19-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It also features 12-megapixel f/2.8 Sony IMX377 sensor with EIS and 7P lens. It packs a 1,400mAh battery and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The Yi 4K+ action camera that was launched at CES 2017 earlier this year, and the the Yi M1 Mirrorless digital unveiled last year have yet to make it to the country.

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Yi Dome IP Camera

Moving on to the security cameras, the Yi Home Camera Wireless IP security surveillance system is among the cheapest of Yi products available in the country. Priced at Rs. 2,990, the security camera competes against the likes of D-Link and Nest. It features a 1-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 111-degree wide-angle lens, advanced night vision, high accuracy motion detection, and built-in microphone.

The Yi Dome IP Camera comes with a bigger price tag of Rs. 4,990, which is supported by features such as 360-degree coverage, 10 seconds smart motion tracking, and built-in microphone. This is a direct challenger to the Nest Cam IQ that was unveiled in May, but is yet to launch in India.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for Profitability

GoPro forecast a smaller-than-expected loss, and said it was on track to launch the latest version of its flagship camera by the holiday season, as the company seeks to achieve its goal of returning to adjusted profitability in 2017.

The company’s shares were up 12 percent at $9.28 in after-market trading, and were set to wipe out their year-to-date decline if they open at that level on Friday.

Once a Wall Street favorite, GoPro’s body-mounted point-of-view cameras won a huge following among surfers, skydivers and other action junkies.

But the company came under pressure following a series of missteps including a delay in the launch of its Karma drone and production issues with its Hero5 camera.

GoPro also lost ground to feature-rich smartphones and rival products from companies such as Garmin and Sony.

The company is now betting on the Hero6 and the Fusion 360 action-cameras to help bring back its followers.

GoPro said during a post-earnings call on Thursday that it would realize revenue from the new products in the current quarter by shipping to customers ahead of the launch.

“Hero6 will probably perform in line with expectations, and at a higher gross margin than Hero5,” said Alicia Reese, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, adding that the management seemed to have a better handle on inventory levels this year.

GoPro Bets on Upcoming Hero6, Fusion Cameras in Bid for ProfitabilityGoPro forecast third-quarter adjusted loss of 1 cent to 11 cents per share and revenue of $290 million to $310 million (roughly Rs. 1,973 crores), compared with analysts’ estimate of a loss of 12 cents per share and revenue of $278.5 million.

“We expect margins to continue to improve throughout 2017, with the introduction of new products,” Chief Executive Nicholas Woodman said on the post-earnings call.

GoPro’s net loss narrowed to $30.5 million, or 22 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $91.8 million, or 66 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, GoPro reported a loss of 9 cents per share, smaller than analysts’ estimate of a loss of 25 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company’s operating expenses fell 35.5 percent to $130.6 million.

Revenue rose to $296.5 million from $220.8 million.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $269.6 million.

Nikon D850 Full-Frame DSLR Launched With 45.7-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video Support

Back in July, Nikon confirmed that it its next, full-frame flagship DSLR was in development and today, the company has unveiled the D850, the successor to the D810. The new D850 will compete with the likes of Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV in the high-end DSLR space. The Nikon D850 will go on sale in September for a retail price of $3,299.95 (roughly Rs. 2,24,300).

The camera boasts of a 45.7-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, without any optical low pass filter in order to preserve sharpness in photos. It uses Nikon’s EXPEED 5 image processor which enables full resolution 7fps burst shooting. Other features on the Nikon D850 include a wide ISO range of 64-25,600 (expandable down to ISO 32 and up to ISO 102,400); a 153-point autofocus system with 99 cross-type autofocus points; and the ability to shoot 4K video at 30fps and 1080p video at 120fps.

Nikon D850 Full-Frame DSLR Launched With 45.7-Megapixel Sensor, 4K Video SupportThe Nikon D850 has a rugged magnesium alloy body which is weather sealed, so it can withstand gruelling environments. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for Nikon’s SnapBridge feature, which lets you transfer images from the camera to your smartphone even when the camera is switched off. You get a 3.2-inch, 2.35 million dot resolution display with touchscreen and tilt functionality. Additional features of the D850 includes an electronic shutter for live view mode for silent shooting, a choice of three sizes of RAW files, dual memory card slots for XQD and SD cards, backlit buttons, focus peaking read outs for 1080p video or shooting stills in live view mode and 4K video timelapses with the ability to boost this resolution up to 8K in post. HDMI output is present and so are inputs for headphone and microphone. The D850 is compatible with Nikon’s wide range of FX-format lens.

Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera With 6-Axis Stabilisation Launched

Widening its ever increasing portfolio, Xiaomi has now launched Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera aka Mijia 4K Action Camera in China that comes with a rather affordable price tag of CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,700). Apart from the ability to record videos in 4K resolution, which is given away by the name itself, the new Mijia camera offers 6-axis stabilisation as well.

The new Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera weighs around 99 grams and measures 29.5×42.7×71.5mm. Notably, the new action camera from Xiaomi packs an Amarella A12S75 processor and offers 3D motion noise reduction, and lens distortion correction functionalities. The camera comes with support for RAW file format as well.

The Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera sports a 2.4-inch display that allows users to watch the videos while shooting them and watching again after the shoot. The new Xiaomi action camera sports a Sony IMX317 camera sensor, coupled with an f/2.8 aperture, 3.2mm focal length, and 145-degrees wide-angle lens. The camera is capable of taking 4K photos and shooting videos in 4K resolution at 30fps and 1080p resolution videos at 60fps.

Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera With 6-Axis Stabilisation LaunchedThe 6-axis electronic image stabilisation (EIS) on the Mijia 4K Action Camera is offered by a 3-axis gyroscope in addition to a 3-axis accelerometer system that ensures that the captured videos are steady in nature. There are nine different modes offered by the action camera including, slow motion, timer shooting, delay camera, and high-speed continuous shooting.

The Mijia 4K Compact Action Camera has been claimed to offer a battery life of 2 hours while shooting videos in 4K resolution and 3 hours while shooting videos in 1080p resolution. The new action camera from Xiaomi supports a maximum of 64GB memory card. In terms of connectivity, it offers options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.

As it happens with most Xiaomi products, the action camera has been launched just in China and whether or not it will be launched in other countries remains to be seen.

Uber Battle Escalates as Investors Try to Intervene in Benchmark Lawsuit

A battle among shareholders over Uber Technologiesescalated on Thursday as some investors sought to fight a lawsuit by shareholder Benchmark Capital against ousted Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.

In a letter to the Uber board of directors seen by Reuters, Shervin Pishevar, a venture capitalist with Sherpa Capital who is an Uber investor and critic of Benchmark, said he was seeking to intervene in the lawsuit filed August 10.

He said Benchmark’s effort to remove Kalanick from Uber’s board was aimed at gaining control of the company.

“If Benchmark insists on trying to use the courts to try to take over this company, we are committed to doing everything we can to try to stop this abuse,” Pishevar wrote in the letter sent Thursday.

The conflict playing out in public marks a rare turn of events for Silicon Valley. It is extremely unusual for a venture firm to sue the central figure of company it has backed and equally unexpected for fellow investors to make a highly public counter-move.

The legal dispute started two weeks ago when Benchmark sued Kalanick in Delaware’s Chancery Court to force him off Uber’s board and rescind his ability to fill three board seats.

Benchmark owns 13 percent of Uber and controls 20 percent of the voting power. After an initial investment of $12 million, its stake in Uber is now worth almost $9 billion (roughly Rs. 57,692 crores). Kalanick holds about 10 percent of Uber stock and about 16 percent of its voting power.

Kalanick has called Benchmark’s lawsuit “a public and personal attack” without merit and called for the dispute to be moved to arbitration, according to court filings.

Pishevar and fellow Uber investor Stephen Russell have come to Kalanick’s defence. In their motion to intervene in the lawsuit, Pishevar and Russell blasted Benchmark’s “dirty tactics” and “public smear campaign” against Kalanick. In the document, they called Benchmark’s lawsuit a “transparent” effort “to unscrupulously gain control of Uber’s board of directors.”

The motion was filed by Russell and Sofreh LP, Pishevar’s partnership. A copy of motion was provided to Reuters by a source close to the matter. A judge must rule on the investors’ request to intervene in the lawsuit.

Benchmark’s lawsuit accuses Kalanick of fraud in concealing misdeeds from the board when last year he requested the board add three seats that he would have the sole right to appoint. Board members, including Benchmark, approved.

The lawsuit says the firm never would have approved the request had it known about the misconduct, including details of an alleged theft of trade secrets that has led to a high-stakes legal fight with Alphabet Inc’s self-driving car unit, Waymo.

The legal battle could determine who wields power at Uber as the world’s largest venture-backed company looks for a new CEO to help it overcome a year of scandals, rebuild its tarnished image and turn it into a profitable business.

Uber Battle Escalates as Investors Try to Intervene in Benchmark LawsuitKalanick was forced to resign as CEO in June, when shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company’s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down, following a succession of scandals at the company ranging from sexual harassment to using software to evade regulators in certain cities. Kalanick remains on the board and is involved in the company’s search for a new CEO.

Pishevar has in two previous letters called on Benchmark to step down from the board and sell the majority of its Uber stake. Benchmark, an early Uber investor, has a seat on the company’s board, and Pishevar’s firm does not.

Benchmark says Kalanick is ‘corrosive’
Benchmark doubled down on its allegations against Kalanick on Thursday with a new court filing that accused Kalanick of having a “corrosive influence” on the ride-services company and arguing that a Delaware court should decide Kalanick’s future on the Uber board, not arbitrators.

Removing Kalanick from the board is necessary “to ensure Uber is protected from Mr. Kalanick’s corrosive influence and can promptly obtain the new leadership it needs to move forward,” Benchmark’s court filing said, referring to Uber’s search for a new CEO.

A spokesman for Kalanick said Benchmark’s latest court filing relies on meritless personal attacks against Kalanick with no legal basis.

Uber Explores UberBLACK Premium Cab Rides in India, Again

Uber has reintroduced UberBLACK in Delhi one and a half years after pulling its top premium cab tier from the nation. People in National Capital Region can now enjoy the premium ride, the company said, though the top offering is unavailable in Sonipat, East Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Greater Noida regions for now.

Premium cars including Toyota Corolla Altis, Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Volkswagen Jetta are being offered under UberBLACK service, which will cost customers Rs. 22 per kilometre — in addition to Rs. 5 for every minute of their commute — the ride-hailing service said. It began offering the top tier cab in the nation last week. The minimum fare for UberBLACK is Rs. 520 and it is only available for cash profiles.

“We continue to experiment with new products and technology innovations that will give our riders a great ride experience and are excited to confirm that as one such experiment, we are launching UberBLACK in Delhi, NCR,” a spokesperson for Uber told Gadgets 360.

Uber Explores UberBLACK Premium Cab Rides in India, AgainUber, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary in India this month, had pulled UberBLACK offering from much of country in 2016 citing low demand. Interestingly, it had kept UberBLACK option available in Mumbai. But as it becomes more popular in the nation – Uber recently completed 500 million rides here – it is exploring top premium services to enhance user experience, even if only a portion of the user base might avail it.

“Uber has grown its remaining services sufficiently in the interim that there’s now demand for a premium service again from a subset of users,” Jan Dawson, an independent analyst with Jackdaw Research told Gadgets 360. “It’s never going to be as big a portion of the base that uses UberBLACK in India as in the US or certain other markets, but given the size of the overall market in India now, even a few percent of rides might be worth pursuing,” he added.

YouTube TV Expands to 14 New Markets in the US, Coming to 17 More Soon

Alphabet Inc’s Google has expanded its YouTube TV streaming service into 14 new US markets to reach half of American households, with an additional 17 markets to launch in the next few weeks, the company said on Thursday.

YouTube is broadening access to live TV streaming as younger viewers increasingly watch shows online and traditional broadcast networks grapple with aging demographics among viewers.

Television station operator Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc said in a statement on Thursday it had an agreement with YouTube TV to air its ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliates in nine of the 14 new markets. Sinclair also has stations in 11 of the 17 markets YouTube TV will enter in the coming weeks.

YouTube TV Expands to 14 New Markets in the US, Coming to 17 More SoonThe new markets include Boston, Cincinnati and San Antonio, while Austin and Indianapolis are among those that will launch in a few weeks, YouTube said in a statement.

YouTube said it now leads its live TV streaming competitors in carrying the most local broadcast stations in the markets where YouTube TV is available.

Sling TV, the streaming service owned by Dish Network Corp, only offers local channels on its Sling Blue subscription, which is a tier above its basic subscription level.

YouTube declined to comment on the number of subscribers to its streaming service.

YouTube TV is also adding Newsy, a short-form video news site, and the Tennis Channel to its lineup at no additional cost to subscribers.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop With GeForce GTX 1080 Launched in India: Price, Specifications

Earlier this year, Asus launched its Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Zephyrus gaming laptop and described it as the “world’s slimmest gaming laptop with [an] Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080.” Now, the company has finally launched the laptop in India and priced it at Rs. 2,99,999 for the country. Notably, the laptop comes with seventh-generation Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake) processor and as mentioned earlier, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics.

Before moving on to the specifications, it is necessary that we clarify that Asus ROG Zephyrus is aimed at gaming enthusiasts and not meant for casual gamers by any means. Moving now to the specifications, the Asus ROG Zephyrus comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display that has a frequency of 120Hz. The display supports Nvidia’s G-Sync technology that enables smoother gameplay as well. The gaming laptop runs Windows 10, which now includes Windows Game Mode with the latest Creators Update.

The Asus Aura RGB lighting further allows users with “dynamic and customisable lighting effects” over the entire keyboard. Notably, there are separately highlighted customizable effects for the WASD and QWER key groups, the company said in its release.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus supports up to 24GB of DDR4 RAM and offers 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB of M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD storage options. The ports on the new gaming laptop include a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, four USB 3.1 Type-A, HDMI 2.0 (for VR), and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The new gaming laptop from Asus marks the debut of Nvidia’s Max-Q design technology that has been designed to provide a thinner frame for laptops without compromising on the performance.

Asus ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop With GeForce GTX 1080 Launched in India: Price, Specifications“ROG Zephyrus is cooled by an exclusive Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) that runs cooler and quieter without sacrificing performance. AAS incorporates unique AeroAccelerator (AA) technology that increases the speed and efficiency of airflow through the laptop,” Asus said in its release. The company says that the fan’s 3D-curved surface cover and accelerator guides enhance airflow and moves the heat away from the components in a more effective way.

“When Zephyrus is opened, a portion of the bottom of the chassis flexes to increase the airflow volume by 20 percent and further increase air circulation. AAS maximizes system stability as well as gaming and thermal performance, and it allows full utilization of the CPU and GPU, so gamers can engage in marathon sessions without fear of interruption,” the company said.

With Asus ROG Zephyrus, Nvidia has also introduced its silent Nvidia WhisperMode technology, which is said to make laptops run much quieter while gaming. The new technology essentially paces the game’s frame rate while simultaneously configuring the graphics settings for optimal power efficiency, as per the company.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus will be on display first in Bengaluru in India on August 20 at the sidelines of ROG Masters South Asia finale but the company has not announced the availability details of the laptop as of now.