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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Compatibility with GoPro® HERO4

INON INC. is pleased to announce compatibility of existing INON products with GoPro® HERO4 BLACK, GoPro® HERO4 SILVER(*6) and genuine dive housing (depth rating: 60m/197ft).
Please refer relative press release below;
[News] Accessories for GoPro® HERO3/3+ (September 22, 2014)
http://inonnews.blogspot.jp/2014/09/accessories-for-gopro-hero33.html


・SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4 (*1)(*2)
--Same as [SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+] (*7)
Product name and JAN code has been changed from December 24, 2014
--Available in the market
--JAN code: 456212143 785 2

・UFL-G140 SD Underwater Semi-fisheye Conversion Lens (*3)(*5)
--Available in the market
--JAN code: 456212143 773 9

・UCL-G165 SD Underwater Wide Close-up Lens (*4)(*5)
--Available in the market
--JAN code: 456212143 772 2

(*1)
Compatible housing is optionally available genuine “Dive Housing (60m/197ft)”. The “Standard Housing (40m/131ft)” packaged with GoPro® camera is not compatible. (“GoPro® HERO3” cameras are packaged with the “Dive Housing”)
(*2)
When using on land, set FOV mode other than [Wide] or use without the SD Mount Cage to prevent vignetting observed mainly in Ultra Wide mode even without an attachment lens. (No vignetting underwater)
(*3)
Designed only for underwater use. (When using on land, distant subject is not in focus and angle of view is not as wide as rated)
(*4)
Designed only for underwater use. (When using on land with FOV setting [WIDE], vignetting will be observed)
(*5)
Not usable for “SuperView” mode of HERO4 BLACK, HERO4 SILVER, HERO3+ BLACK as this mode adds software-based deformation effect enhancing more aberrations when using an attachment lens.
(*6)
Not compatible with HERO edition as the camera is built in its housing.
(*7)
Original SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+ is also usable with HERO4 BLACK and HERO4 SILVER.

SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4
 

HERO3/3+/4 and dive housing installed
in SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 (left)
SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 (right)

 

UFL-G140 SD (left)
UFL-G140 SD installed on SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 (Right)

 

UCL-G165 SD (left)
UCL-G165 SD installed on SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 (Right)

 


● Completely New GoPro® HERO4 ●
New GoPro® HERO4 is completely renovated with unparalleled image quality and new functions. Dedicated INON products benefit you to capture underwater world as like professions.

・Sample PV for HERO4 by GoPro® (leaving from INON website to YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTcNtgA6gHs

Free “GoPro® Studio” guides you to edit and share your original footage.


■ SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4 Features ■

・Dedicated accessory carrying versatile usability to install attachment lenses, base stay and connecting parts.

・INON “SD Mount” bayonet system is compatible to support friendly and speedy lens exchange underwater. Off course you can use the SD Mount Cage without any attachment lens (*8).

・This cage can hold INON “Direct Base III”, “Z Joint” or “Z Adapter MV” at its top/bottom surface.

・Packaged “Male Adapter (GoPro®)” can be attached on top/bottom of the cage to use GoPro® compatible accessories.

・In addition to “Grip Base D4”, “D Holder” can be directly attached on both sides of the bottom of this cage at different angles.

・The tripod screw hole (1/4 inch) on the bottom enables to use tripod/monopod (*9).

・Durable construction machined from an aluminum block protects combined housing.

・Compatible with “LCD BackPac”, “Battery BackPac”.

SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4 specifications
  • Size (excluding protruded parts): 88.5mm/3.5in.(W)×79.9mm/3.1in.(H)×51.3mm/2.0in.(D)
  • Weight: 207g/7.3oz (air) / approx.128g/4.5oz (underwater)
  • Material/finishing: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid alumite, POM etc.

(*8)
When using on land, set FOV mode other than Wide or use without the SD Mount Cage to prevent vignetting observed mainly in Ultra Wide mode even without an attachment lens. (No vignetting underwater)
(*9)
Depending on tripod head design, some tripod/monopod may not fit to this product. Check if your tripod head can hold this product before actual use.

Front/rear/bottom


 
Combination with Direct Base III / Z Joint / Z Adapter MV / Male Adapter (second piece is an option)
 

Without LCD BacPac/with LCD BacPac/with BatteryPac



 

■ UFL-G140 SD Underwater Semi-fisheye Conversion Lens ■
 
・Measured maximum angle of view of GoPro® HERO4/HERO3+BLACK/HERO3 BLACK is approx. 151° (*10) on land which will narrow down to approx. 94° (*10) when we put the camera in genuine dive housing and bring it underwater due to different refraction index. The INON UFL-G140 SD provides ultra wide semi-fisheye imaging with angle of view 140° underwater enabling wild underwater video work as like using the camera on land.

・Theoretically the depth of field (DoF) of the GoPro® HERO4/HERO3+BLACK/HERO3 BLACK on land is approx. 60cm/2ft~∞ based on focal length/aperture of camera lens and pixel pitch of the image sensor. With the INON UFL-G140 SD, DoF underwater will be extended to 10cm/3.9in.~∞ (*11) /GoPro® HERO3 or 4cm/1.6in~∞ (*11) /GoPro® HERO3+ and HERO4 enabling you to shoot at extremely close range to benefit deformed result. (Other Edition has not been tested)

・No vignetting even at FOV setting WIDE (Not compatible with SuperView mode provided by HERO4/ HERO3+ BLACK)

・Bayonet INON SD Mount compatible to support friendly and speedy lens exchange underwater.

・AD Lens Holder is compatible to carry the lens when not in use.

・Optics is constructed of 4 elements in 4 groups. Rear element is made from high refractive index glass lens to minimize whole size dramatically without sacrificing performance.

・The inner surface of the front acrylic dome has 5 layers multi-coating to deliver quality footage as like a glass dome at budget price.


UFL-G140 SD specifications
  • Size (including lens hood): φ93.4mm (3.7in) x 41.8mm(1.6in)
  • Weight (including lens hood): U/W: approx.153g (5.4oz) Air: 300g (10.6oz)
  • Mount system: INON SD Mount
  • Depth rating: 60m (196.9ft)
  • Material/surface finishing: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid black alumite, PC etc.
  • Lens material/coating: Optical glass/both side coating, Optical plastic/both side hard coating, inner multi-coating
  • Depth of field (*12): 4cm/1.6in~∞(HERO4/ HERO3+ BLACK)
    10cm/3.9in~∞(HERO3 BLACK)
  • Lens construction: 4 groups 4 elements
  • Max. view angle (*13): 140.0°(underwater)

(*10)
Measured angle of view by INON or calculated angle of view underwater based on the measured angle of view. Not confirmed by camera manufacture. The measured angle of view of HERO3+SILVER/ HERO3 SILVER is approx. 142°(air) which is less wide than the “BLACK”. So angle of view underwater with this lens is less than 140°. (“WHITE Edition” has not been tested)
(*11)
Measured DoF from “the forefront of the lens” by INON.
(*12)
Measured distance underwater for HERO4/HERO3+ BLACK/HERO3 BLACK. Divide by 1.33 for visual distance underwater. Other Edition has not been tested.
(*13)
Actual angle of view (actual field of view) varies among different shooting modes.


● Sample movie


UFL-G140 SD comparison

● Sample image (captured from footage)
 
--Subject/Shooting distance: Sea whip/approx. 20cm (8in)
--Equipment: GoPro® HERO4 BLACK, SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4,
LF1100-W (with “Wide Filter LF-W”) x2
--Photo date: 1080p(1920×1080), 60fps, Protune™, GoPro Color, WB 3000K
・with UFL-G140 SD Underwater Semi-fisheye Conversion Lens (upper image)
・without the conversion lens (lower image)
--Photo by: R.Hattori (INON INC.) at "Bitagane", Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


■ UCL-G165 SD Underwater Wide Close-up Lens ■

・A GoPro® camera is not able to get a subject in focus within 60cm/2ft range. By using this lens, minimum focus distance underwater will be shorten; the depth of field (DoF) of camera will be 7cm/2.8in~∞ (*14) for GoPro® HERO3 or 5cm/2.0in~35cm/1.1ft (*14) for GoPro® HERO4/ HERO3+ enabling high magnification/close-up imaging.

・Measured maximum angle of view of GoPro® HERO4/HERO3+ BLACK/HERO3 BLACK is approx. 151° (*15) on land which will narrow down to approx. 94° (*15) when we put the camera in genuine dive housing and bring it underwater due to different refraction index. The INON UCL-G165 SD is a unique close-up lens providing slightly wide angle of view underwater 110° to have deeper DoF benefitting you with less out-of-focus close range clip which is not possible with standard close-up lens.

・No vignetting even at FOV setting WIDE (Not compatible with “SuperView” mode provided by GoPro® HERO4/ HERO3+ BLACK)

・Bayonet INON SD Mount compatible to support friendly and speedy lens exchange underwater.

・AD Lens Holder is compatible to carry the lens when not in use.

・Optics is constructed of 2 elements in 2 groups. All elements are made from high refractive index glass lens to minimize whole size dramatically without sacrificing performance.

・Both lens elements have anti-reflection coating on all surfaces to elicit combined master lens performance with less ghost/flare.


UCL-G165 SD specifications
  • Size: φ77mm (3.0in) x 25.2mm(1.0in)
  • Weight: U/W: approx.121g (4.3oz) Air: 200g (7.1oz)
  • Mount system: INON SD Mount
  • Depth rating: 60m (196.9ft)
  • Material/surface finishing: Corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy/rigid black alumite, PC etc.
  • Lens material/coating: Optical glass/both side coating
  • Depth of field (*16): 5cm/2.0in~35cm/1.1ft (GoPro® HERO4/ HERO3+ BLACK) 7cm/2.8in~∞ (GoPro® HERO3 BLACK)
  • Lens construction: 2 groups 2 elements
  • Focal length (*17): 165mm(underwater))

(*14)
Measured DoF from “the forefront of the lens” by INON.
(*15)
Measured angle of view by INON or calculated angle of view underwater based on the measured angle of view. Not confirmed by camera manufacture. The measured angle of view of HERO3+SILVER/ HERO3 SILVER is approx. 142°(air) which is less wide than the “BLACK”. So angle of view underwater with this lens is less than 110°. (“WHITE Edition” has not been tested)
(*16)
Measured distance underwater for GoPro® HERO4/HERO3+ BLACK/HERO3 BLACK. Divide by 1.33 for visual distance underwater. Other Edition has not been tested.
(*17)
Standalone focal length of UCL-G165 SD and not combined focal length with camera’s master lens.


● Sample movie


UCL-G165 SD comparison.

● Sample image
 
--Subject/Shooting distance: Asthenosoma ijimai/approx. 10cm (4 in)
--Equipment: GoPro® HERO4 BLACK, SD Mount Cage for HERO3/3+/4,
LF1100-W(with “Wide Filter LF-W”)×2
--Photo date: 11080p(1920×1080), 60fps, Protune™, GoPro Color, WB 3000K
・with UCL-G165 SD Underwater Wide Close-up Lens (upper image)
・without the conversion lens (lower image)
--Photo by: R.Hattori (INON INC.) at "Bitagane", Atami, Shizuoka, Japan


■ Set-up Sample ■

 
・GoPro® HERO4, GoPro® dive housing (option)
・SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4
・UCL-G165 SD
・Direct Arm YS-MV Set
・Single Light Holder LF
・LF1100-W (with “Wide Filter LF-W”)

 
・GoPro® HERO4+GoPro® dive housing (option)
・SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4
・UFL-G140 SD
・Direct Arm YS-MV Set
・Single Light Holder LF
・LF1100-W (with “Wide Filter LF-W”)
・D Holder

 
・GoPro® HERO4+ GoPro® dive housing (option)
・SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4
・UCL-G165 SD
・Stick Arm SS Set YS-MV
・Single Light Holder LF
・LF1100-W (with “Wide Filter LF-W”)
・D Holder
・M5 Joint
・AD Lens Holder for Float Arm
・UFL-G140 SD

 
・GoPro® HERO4+GoPro® dive housing (option)
・SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4
・UFL-G140 SD
・Stick Arm SS Set YS-MV x 2
・Single Light Holder LF x 2
・LF1100-W (with “Wide Filter LF-W”) x 2
・D Holder x 2
・M5 Joint
・AD Lens Holder for Float Arm
・UCL-G165 SD

 
・Olympus “PT-EP11” + ”PAD-EP08” + “PER-E01”
・MRS Olympus 50 Port
・Port Arm for MRS
・GoPro® HERO4+GoPro® dive housing (option)
・SD Mount Cage HERO3/3+/4
・UFL-G140 SD
・Z Joint


■ Important notification about HERO4 SILVER ■

“HERO4 SILVER” has a built-in touchscreen on its back. However, the back door of optional genuine dive housing (depth rating: 60m/197ft) for HERO4 SILVER has a black cushion on its center as per below image obstructing visual contact with the LCD display
 
Though GoPro official webpage lists an optional dive housing without this black cushion and seems to be for HERO4 SILVER, this dive housing is not yet available in the market as of this press release date and no concrete information on updated back door has been made from GoPro®. So be sure to check if the dive housing has updated back door or not when you intend to use HERO4 SILVER with built-in LCD screen underwater.
The HERO4 BLACK does not have this issue as LCD display is an option and genuine dive housing has dedicated backdoor for LCD display to have full visual access to the LCD display.


* GOPRO, HERO, BacPac, SuperView and Protune are trademarks or registered trademarks of GoPro, Inc.


December 18th, 2014

INON INC.

* Press release information is as of December 18, 2014 and subject to change without prior notice.

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