DJI Mavic Pro II to be announced on July 18

DJI posted this teaser image for a major announcement on July 18. It’s highly likely they will announce the new Mavic Pro II at this event. There is no solid info about the specs but it seems likely the camera will feature the new Sony 1/1.7″ STARVIS sensor. Here are the rumored camera specs:

12 MP Sony IMX226 CMOS 1/1.7″ STARVIS sensor (current Mavic Pro has 1/2.3” CMOS sensor) with 28mm (now 24mm) lens
4K video at 60FPS
H.265 video format
Faster bitrate (100 mbps)
Better low light performance
Sharper lens with less distortion
Better dynamic range
Less Noise
8.8mm lens which provides a 24mm field of view
Variable aperture of f/2.8-11
No mechanical shutter
Newly designed 3-axis gimbal
Price will be at least $1299 USD, maybe more. They will also offer “The FlyMore combo” which will obviously be more expensive
The Mavic II (2) will be substantially larger
Its official name is “Mavic II”
The battery design itself will be completely different and not compatible with older Mavics

4820 mAh battery capacity and 15.2 V power (larger and more powerful than the current MavicPro)
Larger motors will bring upgraded propulsion
Longer flight time—rumored at 32 minutes—Mavic Pro is 27 minutes and Platinum will be 30 minutes.
“Quiet” propellers
Improved agility and precision
Top speed is 45 mph (72 kph) in sport mode
New and improved remote control similar to old Mavic Pro but better
Will use OcuSync
Video transmission frequency is still a mystery
The Mavic Pro II (2) will be controlled with the DJI GO 4 app as well
Obstacle avoidance in all directions, 6 total including on top of the drone
Infrared 3D sensing to avoid obstacles even in the dark
Improved vision processing system, faster than Mavic Air
Binocular rear vision obstacle avoidance sensors

via MyfirstDrone

May MapCamera Japanese sales report: The Sony A7III is the most sold camera!

Digitalcamera.jp posted the camera sales rankings for May (Japanese Mapcamera store).

  1. Sony A7III
  2. Fuji X100F
  3. Fuji XT2
  4. Nikon D850
  5. Nikon D500
  6. Sony A7rIII
  7. Canon Eos KIss
  8. Panasonic G9
  9. Fuji XH1
  10. E-M5II

Only three cameras are DSLR in this ranking!

UPDATE: A Canon news site cited the BCNranking results to sell me cheap. So let me explain to him the difference between BCN and Mpacamera data:

1) He of course missed to report BCN does count units sales(!) and not the sales volume (cheaper cameras do sell in more units obviously). A Canon SL2 cost a fourth of the A7III. So when Canon sells two SL2 and Sony 1 A7III the Canon tops Sony in terms of units but the Sony tops Canon in terms of sales volume.

2) He also missed to report BCNranking does not take into account preorders but just shipped items. While MapCamera counts ALL orders  (including the once that still have to be shipped). Note that the A7III currently has a 3-5 weeks shipment time which obviously means BCNranking is NOT taking into their units account.

3) This is unconfirmed: But a comment on Digicameinfo said that BCNranking doesn’t take into account some stores like for example the Sony Japanese online store. BCN collects around half of the Japanese stores data and the suspect is big that it’s heavyweight towards Canon. But like I said this is not confirmed and may or may not be true.

UPDATE 2: Again that news site misrepresented the facts:

1) The new site now claims the EOS-M50 is not a fourth of the price of the A7III. WOW, and who said that? I said the SL2 (leading the BCN ranking!) is a fourth of the price. So please dear Canon site, stick to what I wrote (SL2) and not EOS-M50.

2) BCNranking is obviously more important than Mapacamera. Never side otherwise. What I said is that they count units and not volume. Moreover it could (repeat could) be heavyweight towards Sony. But this is a speculation based on comments from Japanese Digicameinfo readers.

3) A7III moved up because it IS shipping! But not in the quantity it could ship out because of high demand not met by production.

4) Yes I edited my post to be more clear (which I should have been from the beginning). I mentioned “digialcamera.jp” store  as the source for this. But it’s fair to say this wasn’t entirely clear from the start and that’s why I edited. My mistake. Fixed :)

5) Don’t let us become trolls, I like your Canon site. Just wanted to clear some points and got a bit made reading your post because I felt it wasn’t right. My fault :)

If that site claims to be such an expert he should have mentioned these important differences right?

via Digicameinfo.

Canon shows a sensor that is 40 times the size of a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor

Canon is exploring the Large Sensor Image Future. And today they launched this press text talking about a 20cm square CMOS sensor that is 40 times the size of a “Normal” FF sensor. All these kind of sensor are meant for particular industrial applications. I doubt such large sensor will be used by the classic medium or large format camera manufacturers.

Canon press text:

The Potential to Open New Frontiers in Academic and Industrial FieldsCMOS Image Sensors

In addition to the image sensors used in its consumer-model digital cameras, Canon is exploring new potential in academic fields and industrial fields through the development of ultrahigh-sensitivity CMOS image sensors and ultrahigh-resolution CMOS image sensors.

The World’s Largest Ultrahigh-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor

A certain level of light is required when shooting with a digital camera or camcorder, and without it, images cannot be captured due to insufficient sensitivity.

In the pursuit of further improving the sensitivity of imaging elements, Canon has embraced the challenge of achieving higher levels of sensitivity and larger element sizes while maintaining high-speed readout performance, and has succeeded in developing the world’s largest class of CMOS image sensor measuring approximately 20 cm square. At present, the standard diameter of the silicon wafers on which CMOS sensors are fabricated is 12 inches (approx. 30 cm). As such, a 20-cm-square sensor is the largest size that can be manufactured based on these dimensions, and is equivalent to nearly 40 times the size of a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor.

Increasing the size of CMOS sensors entails overcoming such problems as distortion and transmission delays for the electrical signals converted from light. To resolve these issues, Canon not only made use of a parallel processing circuit, but also exercised ingenuity with the transfer method itself. As a result, the sensor makes possible the shooting of video at 60 frames per second with only 0.3 lux of illumination (approximately the same level of brightness as that generated by a full moon).

Possible applications for this ultrahigh-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of celestial objects in the night sky, nocturnal animal behavior and auroras, and use in nightwatch cameras.

When installed in the 105 cm Schmidt camera at the Kiso Observatory operated by the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Astronomy, the ultrahigh-sensitivity sensor made possible the world’s first video recording of meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10, a level so dark that image capture had not been possible until now. As a result, the sensor provided proof that the frequency with which faint meteors occurred coincided with theoretical estimates to date. By supporting more detailed recording and statistical analysis of meteors, the technology could lead to an increased understanding of the influence that meteors may have exerted on the development of life on Earth.

120-Megapixel Ultrahigh-Resolution CMOS Image Sensor

Canon has spent many years working to reduce the pixel size for CMOS image sensors. These efforts have led to astounding results, making possible a pixel size of 2.2 µm for a total of approximately 120 million pixels on a single sensor. The APS-H size (approx. 29 x 20 mm) CMOS sensor boasts approximately 7.5 times the number of pixels and 2.6 times the resolution of sensors of the same size featured in existing products.

This CMOS sensor performs parallel processing to support the high-speed readout of large volumes of pixels, and by modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the sensor makes possible a maximum output speed of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultrahigh-resolution images.

Images captured with the ultrahigh-resolution CMOS sensor maintain high levels of definition and clarity even when cropped or digitally magnified. Accordingly, this sensor offers potential for a range of industrial applications, including cameras for shooting images for large-format poster prints, cameras for the image inspection of precision parts, aerospace cameras, and omnidirectional vision cameras.

The 120-megapixel ultrahigh-resolution performance of the Canon CMOS sensor may lead to unprecedented industrial applications that could only be imagined in the past.