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  1. After a short seller leveled fraud allegations against Nikola Motors almost two weeks ago, Nikola's chief chairman and founder, Trevor Milton has abruptly resigned from his position: https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/09/nikola-founder-abruptly-resigns-amid-fraud-allegations/ The short seller, Hindenburg Research made a series of fraud allegations against Nikola, chiefly, that Milton mislead investors and the public when back in 2016, they announced their first product, the Nikola One semi truck was fully functional. Hindenburg Research then made an allegation that the Nikola One truck seen in a 2018 promo video was actually towed up a hill, and let loose to roll down a hill to appear to be driving under it's own power, which Nikola eventually admitted was true, but tried to split hairs by claiming they never said the truck was actually driving under it's own power in the video. Hindenburg Research's allegations came at a very interesting time for Nikola, as it was 2 days after they signed a deal with GM, where GM would produce Nikola's Badger pickup truck, where GM would essentially build the truck with their battery and fuel cell technology, and with all appearances being that Nikola contributing nothing to the agreement beyond lending their name, some financing, and providing GM a 11% stake in Nikola. Other than that, Nikola claims they have figured out a way to significantly cut the cost of hydrogen significantly, but they have released zero details on that front as well. Nikola has named former GM executive, Stephen Girsky as its new chairman to replace Milton. The situation with Nikola is getting very interesting indeed; it seems like there's nothing about the company that has driven it's sky high valuation, and the market appears to be catching onto that fact, as Nikola's stock has taken a massive beating after Hindenburg Research leveled their allegations. They appear to have nothing in terms of technology and research that would make them such a valuable company, and by all appearances, they look like another Theranos situation.
  2. Very little chance of damage to a camera if you use it as a webcam. For DSLR's they are pretty much running in live view when hooked up like this, and with mirrorless cameras, this is their default operation to show something on your EVF or back screen. I've hooked up my EOS R as a webcam, and it works great. Image quality beats the snot out of any webcam, and it makes use of my existing camera gear.
  3. Canon's EOS Webcam Utility is now out of beta for Windows, and they've expanded compatibility to add additional cameras: https://www.dpreview.com/news/3220375111/canon-s-eos-webcam-utility-out-of-beta-on-windows-now-supports-more-programs-cameras https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/self-help-center/eos-webcam-utility The officially supported list of the programs that will now work with EOS Webcam Utility for Windows: Cisco Webex Messenger Streamlabs Discord Microsoft Teams YouTube Live LIVE Facebook Live Open Broadcaster Software ZOOM Hangouts Skype Hangouts Meet Slack As for cameras, below is a list of the models that are currently supported by the official release: EOS Digital Cameras EOS-1D C* EOS-1D X* EOS-1D X Mark II EOS-1D X Mark IlI EOS 5D Mark III* EOS 5D Mark IV EOS 5DS EOS 5DS R EOS 6D * EOS 6D Mark I ** EOS 60D * EOS 7D * EOS 7D Mark I1 EOS 70D * EOS 77D** EOS 80D ** EOS 90D ** EOS M200 *** EOS M50 ** EOS M6 Mark II ** EOS R EOS R5* EOS R6 *** EOS Ra* EOS Rebel SL1* EOS Rebel SL2 ** EOS Rebel SL3 ** EOS Rebel T3* EOS Rebel T3i* EOS Rebel T5* EOS Rebel T5i* EOS Rebel T6 EOS Rebel T6i EOS Rebel T6s * EOS Rebel T7 ** EOS Rebel T7i ** EOS Rebel T8i*** EOS Rebel T100 ** EOS RP ** PowerShot Cameras: PowerShot G5X Mark II ** PowerShot G7X Mark Ill ** PowerShot SX70 HS * Recently added camera ** USB not included with camera
  4. The thing about customs decisions regarding if something violates import laws is that they are often made at the local level, not at a higher up level. It's up to the officer's discretion as to whenever or not something violates import laws. While local officers might consult with managers and higher up the food chain, the ultimate discretion is up to the customs officer at the scene, and it is sometimes a judgement call if it is particularly a grey zone.
  5. It's 7 years old, and Sony has since released 2 refreshes of the RX100 series. What is your budget, and where are you located?
  6. Best is subjective, and is dependent upon requirements, use case, and budget.
  7. The Panasonic can record 10 bit 4:2:2 internally at very high bitrates, has a waveform and vector scope built-in, can take full sized audio in/out via an accessory, and can record in excess of 30 minutes.
  8. That actually looks fairly flimsy for a tripod. And because it so old, it probably doesn't have a compatible quick release plate type still in existence, though it looks somewhat similar to the Manfrotto RC2 type system. Probably better off tossing it out, and getting a proper tripod with a more universal mount; ones that use the Arca Swiss mount are pretty much the industry standard these days due to their universality.
  9. You'll probably will need to up the budget, as there aren't many good cameras that do decent video at $200, especially if you are looking for one that has the ability to take an external mic. You probably won't be able to go any higher than 720p in terms of resolution at that price, unless you pick up a used camera.
  10. I would actually pick the Panasonic GH5 over the A7SII. The Panasonic is a better overall video camera.
  11. You are probably better off with something like a Canon C500 Mark II, or a Sony FX9. The Canon's and Sony's are more single user friendly, more reliable, and their accessories don't cost an arm and a leg. Plus, the Canon and Sony are in general more user friendly, as they have a more capable autofocus system, so unless you have a lot of experience pulling focus, the RED's will have a major learning curve to use effectively. You might like the Canon better because Canon's colour science is well regarded compared to Sony. But based upon your use case, why are you picking cine cameras for that type of work? You are probably better off with some sort of hybrid mirrorless camera, such as Canon's EOS R5 or R6, or the Panasonic S1H. You'll get what you need for that type of content creation with those cameras, as a cine camera is very much overkill.
  12. Scuttlebutt going around is that the A7SIII is having overheating problems under certain conditions as demonstrated by this reviewer:
  13. Google is apparently in negotiations with Samsung to have Samsung discontinue Bixby and the Galaxy App Store and promote Google apps instead, with financial incentives from Google to sweeten the offer: From Ars Technica: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/07/google-wants-samsung-to-kill-bixby-galaxy-app-store/ Quotes The sources are saying that they intend on finalizing some sort of agreement this Friday, so we'll see what happens. From what I've seen of Bixby and the Galaxy App Store on my Samsung phone, both aren't much to write home about. Bixby is barely useful, and I prefer to use the Google Assistant, or Alexa for stuff. Also, the Galaxy App Store is pretty thin on good apps, and doesn't have the market share the Google App Store has. I suspect that if Samsung does kill Bixby and the Galaxy App Store, there's no real loss for most end users.
  14. That's the old Tamron, which isn't as good. Would recommend you stay away from it. The updated G2 version is much better.
  15. Should be able to use the timer feature for the shutter; set the time to say, 5 or 10 seconds, and just press the button and let the camera count down. Works well for still subjects if the camera is mounted on a tripod.