DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has built on its heritage of advanced image stabilization to develop the new Osmo Action camera. Utilising DJI’s software experience in capturing smooth and stable videos in the shaky conditions, the company says, Osmo Action is as rugged as it is sophisticated, opening worlds of creative potential for professionals and adventure seekers.
“DJI has always pushed the limits of technology, and the content creators who love our products made it clear they wanted us to push the limits of their creative potential too,” says Roger Luo, DJI president. “Osmo Action is our cutting-edge answer to what the creative community demands: exceptional image quality and stabilisation in a unique and durable new form factor, with dual colour screens and seamless software integration.
“For all types of creators who push their gear to the limits, Osmo Action sets the new standard. Whether you are capturing aerial content with Mavic 2, incredibly smooth content with Osmo Pocket, or heart-racing footage with Osmo Action, DJI offers a full suite of products for your creative needs.”
Rugged construction and intuitive design
A compact and durable design, says DJI, makes Osmo Action a camera for life’s adventures. Constructed to handle extreme conditions with ease, Osmo Action is dustproof, shockproof, waterproof and has the ability to operate in sub-freezing temperatures. Osmo Action utilises colour screens on both the front and back, a new design feature that allows for more convenient scene composition while on the move. The 2.25-inch rear touchscreen employs a water and fingerprint repelling coating, and the 1.4-inch front screen makes framing oneself easier. With a brightness of 750-nits, Osmo Action can be used in bright lighting conditions, including direct sunlight.
Osmo Action’s interactive user interface, Action OS, combines a streamlined and functional physical design with flexible operation. The user can quickly power on, initiate recording, and rotate through the video and photo capture modes with three dedicated buttons. Faster powering on is enabled with SnapShot, which allows Osmo Action to turn on and begin recording in under two seconds by pressing the shutter button once.
Advanced technology with exceptional image quality
A 1/2.3-inch sensor records 12-megapixel photos and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps in sharp detail, assuring high-quality footage. A three-glass aspherical lens design records low-distortion content and aids in reducing warping effects for improved scenes. The lens cap is finished with two layers of anti-fingerprint coating to keep the shot clean during use, as well as an anti-reflective coating to reduce the unwanted effects of lens glare, giving users more flexibility to shoot in bright conditions.
Incorporating over a decade of experience creating three-axis mechanical gimbals, Osmo Action is the first DJI handheld camera to include RockSteady, DJI’s Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) technology. High-performance stabilisation algorithms work in conjunction with EIS to record movement in smooth, stable, high-quality video, even when recording 4K/60fps. Additionally, Osmo Action is capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in 4K/30fps, delivering an additional three stops of dynamic range to the scene, natural transitions between light and dark areas, and rich details that are often lost in complex lighting conditions.
Osmo Action has a removable battery with a run time of 93 minutes recording at 4K/30fps with RockSteady enabled, and 135 minutes recording at 1080p/30fps without RockSteady. Dual microphones let users take advantage of Osmo Action’s Voice Control, and a speaker ensures good playback quality.
Creative, intelligent features
Osmo Action offers a wide variety of creative features built into the camera which users can access with a few taps. While recording, choose between:
- Slo-mo: 8x slow motion in 1080p 240fps or 4x slow motion in 1080p 120fps creates a visually appealing effect when documenting action-packed scenes.
- Timelapse: If the user is looking to turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster.
- Custom Exposure settings: Shoot for the stars with manual and semi-automatic settings that allow up to 120 seconds of exposure, perfect for capturing the night sky.
Price and Availability
Osmo Action will sell at a recommended retail price of R 6999 and will be available from the end of May at iStore, The Digital Experience, Takealot and various other major retailers in South Africa. For more information on all the new features and capabilities of Osmo Action, visit http://www.dji.com/osmo-action.
Energizer releases Power Max smartphone in SA
Energizer’s latest smartphone, the Power Max P600S, comes with an 18:9 full HD screen and an ultra-powerful 4500 mAh battery, as one would expect from the battery brand.
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The Energizer Power Max P600S is equipped with a 4500 mAh battery, which lasts more than 16 days in standby mode and 12 hours in use, according to Energizer. It comes with a Fast Charge 12V charger and a USB-C cable.
It’s the first smartphone in the range to feature a near bezel-less 5.99″ 18:9 full HD screen. This ergonomic format allows for enhanced multitasking (2 applications can be placed side by side) and makes it easier to hold (narrower, one-handed use is made possible).
Colin Williamson, Managing Director for Pure Distribution says: “At barely 9.8 mm thick, the Power Max P600S does not compromise on quality or looks and features smooth lines, fluid, ergonomic curves and a vibrantly coloured carbon-effect back case which is pleasant on the eye, slick enough to fit in your jacket pocket and comes with an affordable price tag of R3,999.”
A dual 13 and 5 megapixel Samsung main camera and an 8-megapixel front camera gives the photos and videos greater depth, better picture clarity, and faster focus. The front camera offers richly detailed selfies, while video chats are crystal clear.
Energizer says the P600S meets Google’s performance requirements, which allows users to take advantage of the most widely used mobile platform in the world. Updates are carried out automatically via the mobile network or via Wi-Fi thanks to the FOTA Firmware Over-The-Air function.
It comes equipped with a Mediatek Helio P25 MT6757CD Octo Core 2.5 GHz processor and 3 GB or 6 GB of RAM. The 4G / LTE capabilities allow the device to reach up to 300 Mbps download speed, keeping in line with the market.
The smartphone can support two SIM cards or a SIM card and an SD card up to 256 GB.
Availability: The Energizer mobile phone range is available through Takealot and Incredible Connection, with additional retail outlets being added later this year. The Energizer Power Max P600S has a recommended retail price of R3,999.
Lenovo embraces AMD for faster server computing
Lenovo has jumped on the AMD train early with its ThinkSystem SR servers, which enables faster single-socket server processing at a fraction of the cost of competitors.
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Lenovo has announced the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 server platforms, two of the industry’s most powerful single-socket servers. As businesses are tasked with doing more with less, the new solutions provide the performance of a dual-socket server at the cost of a single-socket.
These new additions to Lenovo’s expansive server portfolio are powered by next-generation AMD Epyc 7002 Series processors and were designed specifically to handle customers’ evolving, data-intensive workloads, such as video security, software-defined storage, and network intelligence, as well as support for virtualised and edge environments. The result is a solution that packs power along with efficiency for customers who place a premium on balancing throughput and security with easy scalability.
Doug Fisher, COO and Senior VP of Business Units, Lenovo Data Center Group, says: “Lenovo’s endless pursuit of innovations to accelerate our customers’ intelligent transformation has been paramount in our rise to become one of the fastest-growing data center OEMs in the world. Today Lenovo is expanding our AMD relationship with new, fully optimised solutions to help our joint customers address complex and data-intensive workloads, enabling them to do more with less while still providing uncompromised end-to-end security.”
The technological breakthroughs and increased capabilities of the new platforms are in line with recent governmental commitment to further implement fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technology across industry verticals. As South Africa continues to implement new, data- and processing-intensive technology, it is more necessary than ever that the backbone behind it be tailored for growing workloads.
Organisations are juggling business priorities with tight budgets. Lenovo’s new ThinkSystem SR server platforms allow customers to run more workloads on fewer servers, and offer up to 73 percent savings on potential software licensing, empowering users to accelerate emerging workloads more efficiently. Customers can also realise a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 46 percent2. Further supporting these advances in workload efficiency and TCO savings are the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 servers’ 16 world records, including two for energy efficiency3. The net result of all these enhancements is a better price for performance.
The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR provide more throughput, lower latency, and higher core density, as well as the largest NVMe drive capacity of any single-socket on the market. Beyond that, the new 2nd Gen AMD Epyc processor-based systems also provide a solid opportunity for the enablement of additional hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. This gives Lenovo the ability to offer customers SAN and other certified nodes and future ThinkAgile software-defined appliances for simple deployment, management, and scalability.
The new Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 solutions are now available through Lenovo sales representatives and channel partners across the globe.
For more information, please visit https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/data-center/single-socket-innovation.
1 Software licensing:
(a.) 9x x3650 M5 servers -18 sockets VMware vSphere 6 w/ 5 years support ($9,390.48 per socket) =$169,020
(b.) 5x SR655 servers – 5 sockets VMware vSphere 6 w/ 5 years support = $46,950 **software licensing costs taken from DCSC (https://dcsc.lenovo.com/#/) on 6.2.19
2 TCO Calculation: Retrieved 6.9.2019: https://amd.valuestoryapp.com/epyc/sales; https://dcsc.lenovo.com/#/ | VMware vSphere 6 w/ 5 years support ($9,390.48 per socket) | 9x x3650 M5 servers (Xeon E5-2699 v3 2.3GHz) – 2 CPUs x 18 cores = 320 VMs | Total TCO: $389,908 | 5x SR655 (AMD EPYC 7002 @ 2.2GHz (225W) – 1 CPU x 64 cores = 320 VMs | Total TCO: $179,822