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In a move that is sure to make GoPro nervous, DJI has launched their own action camera, the 4K HDR capable Osmo Action.
Designed to directly compete with GoPro’s Hero line, the DJI Osmo Action (OA) is a dust-proof, shockproof (when dropped from up to 1.5 m/5 ft), freeze-proof (down to -10ºC/14ºF) and waterproof (without an additional housing) to a depth of 11 m/36 ft).
The Osmo Action features dual colour screens, a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that captures 12-megapixel still images (JPG or RAW) and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps and is DJI’s first handheld camera to feature their new RockSteady image stabilization.
In terms of physical size, the OA measures 65 mm x 42 mm x 35 mm (2.6 in x1.7 in x 1.4 in) and weighs 124 g (4.4 oz) which makes it slightly larger and heavier than the GoPro Hero 7 (GPH7), but not enough that you would really notice the difference.
The body itself has a more textured finish, giving it a grippier feel than the GPH7 which is nice, as it provides a more secure feeling when hand held.
The user interface buttons are well-placed, with the power and record buttons located on the top and the quick switch (QS) button which allows you to change settings, modes and flip between screens, on the side above the USB-C and Micro SD card slots are located.
As mentioned, the OA features two colour screens, a 2.25-inch touchscreen on the back and a forward facing (non-touchscreen) 1.4-inch display on the front designed to make shooting vlog footage and action selfies easier.
Bright Front Screen
Both screens feature a brightness of 750 nits, which means you’ll be able to clearly view footage on the screens even when shooting in direct sunlight.
Three-glass Aspherical Lens
Another nice touch is that the lens filter cap is easily removed by unscrewing it rather than having to wrestle to twist it off as with the lens cap on the GPH7.
The filter cap is also designed to accommodate optional ND, Polarizer and underwater filters.
The removable battery when fully charged, will last for up to 93 minutes when shooting at 4K/30fps with EIS enabled or up to 135 minutes at 1080p/30fps without EIS. The battery can be fully recharged in about 90 minutes.
It also features dual microphones, speaker and accepts micro SD cards up to a maximum of 256 GB.
Behind the filter cap, is a fixed 145º FOV, f/2.8 three-glass aspherical lens designed to reduce warping and distortion.
The Osmo Action can capture 4K UHD 60p at up to 240fps as well as HD 1080p up to 240fps and features up to 8 x slow-motion capture in HD mode.
The OA can shoot High Dynamic Range video capturing an extra 3 stops of dynamic range which helps to preserve details that can be lost in difficult lighting conditions.
DJI - Introducing Osmo Action - YouTube
One of the most hyped features of the Osmo Action is its RockStead electronic image stabilization (EIS) technology.
RockSteady uses high-performance stabilization algorithms in combination with EIS to produce what DJI claims will be “stable, shake-free footage no matter how heavy the action gets.”
However, RockSteady does come with a caveat. It doesn’t function in the modes listed below.
Like the GPH7, the Osmo Action features different shooting modes including:
8 X Slow Motion: Capture every epic move with jaw-dropping clarity and detail when you use 8x slow motion with 1080p resolution and 240fps
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
Timelapse: Condense time and movement for stunning, easy-to-achieve results
Timed Shooting Mode: Set up timed RAW shots, perfect for post-processing and additional control
SnapShot: Press the shutter button to power on and begin recording in under two seconds. Pressing the shutter button once when the camera is in sleep mode or powered off engages preset shooting modes.
There is also a Voice Control feature with five different voice commands that control functions such as filming, still capture and power down.
The Osmo Action works with DJI’s Mimo app via Bluetooth and allows you to transfer and edit videos on the fly and using the story templates feature, you can edit and share highlights to social media without having to leave the action.
The DJI Osmo retails for $469.99 CDN and is currently available to pre-order from Vistek via the link below.
Meet Osmo Action, DJI’s versatile new action camera that was built to go wherever adventure takes you. Dual screens and an intuitive design let you effortlessly capture your world, and advanced technologies like RockSteady stabilization ensure breathtaking results that give viewers a front seat to your moments.
Take Osmo Action anywhere and unleash your other side.
With the announcement of the RF 85mm f/1.2 lens, Canon has finally made one of what is arguably the most popular portrait lenses of all time available to shooters who have moved over to the EOS R mirrorless ecosystem.
If you’ve ever shot portraits with one of Canon’s existing 85mm lenses, you’ll understand why they are so popular. They are capable of producing images with razor sharp subjects, but with background bokeh so creamy, you could put it in your coffee.
RF 85mm Sample Image
The new Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM lens features an entirely new optical design which Canon says boosts its performance over the previous EF 85mm f/1.2 L lens.
The lens is also the first RF series lens to feature Canon’s Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics technology which helps to reduced chromatic aberration and colour fringing in faster lenses.
First introduced in the EF 35mm f/1.4 II, the BR element is inserted into the lens and refracts blue light between the concave and convex lenses, enabling the “convergence of the entire wavelength of light to one point, resulting in higher image quality from the centre to the edges of an image.”
Additional features Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM include:
Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
One Aspheric and one UD Lens, along with BR optics help to reduce chromatic aberration
12-pin communication system
L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting
The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM lens is expected to hit shelves in June and retail for around $3499.00 CDN.
Kasha Slavner is an award winning documentary filmmaker and photographer who’s passion for social justice and activism is the inspiration behind her powerful imagery.
We recently sat down with Kasha to ask a few questions and learn a little more about this talented image maker in preparation for her gallery showings at Vistek Toronto and Vistek Mississauga this May.
How did you get your start in Photography?
I got my start in photography at a very early age, although I didn’t recognize it as a real passion that I should pursue until I was 14. Some of my fondest memories from my childhood include being the self-appointed summer camp photographer. I would run around with a disposable camera and capture moments that made me happiest, an interestingly shaped cloud, or my friends laughing and playing together. At 14, I saved up for months so I could buy my first entry-level DSLR. Since then, my camera has been the most important tool in my life to express my activism and advocacy.
How would you describe your style? How has it evolved during your career?
When I was younger, my focus was on nature photography mostly. When I took my first trip abroad to Cuba, my style began to evolve into a photojournalistic/ street photography style, which remains the style I love and am most inspired by.
What was your first big break and what did it lead to?
My first big break is when some photos of mine and a promotional video about my work were commissioned by National Geographic Learning in North America. A couple of years later, they requested to also license the work for the Chinese market.
Who are some of your favourite artists and how do they influence your work?
A photographer I look up to is Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström, a National Geographic photographer, and one of my first mentors. My other favourite photographer is Steve McCurry. I admire both of them as artists for their portraiture and travel photography. I appreciate and respect the way they capture humanity in all its diversity.
What has been your favourite project to work on?
One of my favourite projects was being commissioned for and developing my newest exhibit, Picture 16, for the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. We travelled with EF Tours to Arras, France, to show the exhibit to 3,000 teachers and students. The 16-piece exhibition is inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16, Peace, justice and strong institutions.
I find inspiration everywhere, mostly from my surroundings, especially when travelling. I learn a lot from the photographers I look up to and analyzing what I like about their works. I also find inspiration on social media by following accounts that resonate with my style as a photographer.
Have you ever experienced a creative rut? If so, how did you overcome it?
I get into creative ruts when I’m home in Toronto, during the winter, when my work focuses less on the creative process, and more on educational outreach. Whenever spring comes or I travel, there’s something that switches in my brain, maybe its the change in routine that changes my perspective. I feel inspiration and confidence, I am more willing to put myself out there, speak to new people, and bring my camera everywhere.
Celebrate Photography Month Photo Galleries
All of Kasha Slavner’s “On the Sunny Side of the Street” Gallery images will be available for public viewing at both Vistek Toronto and Vistek Mississauga during regular business hours from May 1 – 31, 2019
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned throughout your career?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned is to believe in myself. I give 100% to everything I do, but I am working on remembering that there’s plenty of time to further develop my craft and technical skill and grow as an artist, I still have much to learn.
What is the biggest mistake you’ve made on an assignment and how did you overcome it?
Forgetting things, an extra SD, or my flash, or a battery! It’s the worst mistake I could make, so now, every night before a shoot, I make a checklist and pack my bag ahead of time. I always double check in the morning, too.
What advice if any, would you give to photographers starting out in their career?
I have two somewhat contradictory pieces of advice.
The first, is to shoot lots. It’s something I’ve heard many times throughout my career and am honestly still working on doing better.
The second, is to be sensitive about when you’re pulling out your camera, or how many photos you’re taking. This is more situational. Since I do travel, photojournalism and street photography, I’ve learned there’s a time and place for taking photos, I try to avoid being invasive or exploitative of people by taking pictures without some form of consent. I try to have some form of interaction with a person before I take their photos and try to make sure they get a copy, where possible.
Other than your camera, do you have a piece of gear you can’t do without?
I’d say a portrait lens, 50 mm, f.1/8, also when travelling I used a 24-104 F.4, as it is quite versatile.
Where else can people see your work? (Social Media, Photography Sites, Real World etc)
Instagram is where I showcase most of my photography, but I also hold regular exhibitions of my work in Toronto, and New York.
About Kasha Slavner
Kasha Sequoia Slavner is a Gen-Z filmmaker/photographer/entrepreneur/author & social justice advocate.
At age 17, Kasha was selected as the first recipient of the Kim Phuc Youth Award for Peace, she’s a 7x UN Youth Delegate, Ontario Regional Advisor for the Canadian Council of Young Feminists & founder of The Global Sunrise Project – a positive impact media hub.
Kasha is a global youth leader with Nile Rodger’s We Are Family, Yunus & Youth, Global Changemakers & WE. Her documentary, The Sunrise Storyteller, has screened at 58+ festivals internationally & won 28 awards, including the Ron Kovic Peace Prize and Eva Haller Women Transforming Media Award.
The latest firmware update for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom drones introduces Dual Remote Control Mode (introduced on the original Mavic Pro) and fixes a couple of minor issues affecting GPS information on still images and gimbal control.
If you’ve ever flown a drone, you know that it can be tricky to both pilot and control the camera system at the same time. But now, with the ability to connect two remotes to one aircraft using Dual Remote Control Mode, one pilot can concentrate solely on flying while the other pilot independently operates the camera system.
How to Use DJI Mavic Pro’s Dual Remote Controller Mode
How to Use DJI Mavic Pro's Dual Remote Controller Mode - YouTube
One important thing to remember with dual pilot operations is that the primary controller will always have priority over controlling the aircraft, gimbal and camera.
Both the primary and secondary remote controllers can control the gimbal dial, but the primary remote has priority. What this means is that if the primary is operating the gimbal dial, the secondary will have to wait at least two seconds after the primary stops controlling it before control can be reacquired.
Both remotes can control the orientation of the aircraft using the control sticks, but the primary will retain priority with the secondary again having to wait at least two seconds after the primary control sticks are fully released to be able to take flight control. One caveat to this is that only the primary controller is able to shut down the aircraft’s motors.
Flight Mode Switch
When using dual remote controls, only the primary controller is able to switch the Flight Mode of the aircraft.
DJI GO 4 Settings
Display and parameter settings for both the primary and secondary controllers are the same in the DJI GO 4 app. However, the secondary controller can only configure the flight controller, vision system, video transmission and Intelligent Flight Battery.
Aircraft Firmware: v01.00.04.00 DJI GO 4 App iOS: v4.3.16 DJI GO 4 App Android: v4.3.16
Scan the QR code below to download DJI GO 4 App on your phone.
Added: Dual Remote Controller mode (requires DJI GO 4 v4.3.16 or later).
Fixed issue: in some photos, the GPS information displayed was incorrect when viewed on a computer.
Fixed issue: the gimbal acted abnormally after completing a QuickShot Rocket.
Restart the aircraft and remote controller after the update is complete.
Please note that update may reset various main controller settings, such as the RTH altitude and the
maximum flight distance, to default settings. Before the update, take note of your preferred DJI GO 4
settings, and readjust them after the update.
If the update fails, restart aircraft, remote controller, and DJI GO 4 or DJI Assistant 2 for Mavic, and retry
Ready for your close-up? Long before you ever step in front of a live camera on-set, you’ll probably be called upon to submit an audition self-tape to a casting director like Shasta Lutz, CDC.
Shasta is one of Canada’s top casting directors, so she know a thing or two about what to include in a self-tape when you get the call and your moment to shine arrives.
In the video below, Shasta shares her top 10 tips for creating a self-tape that will get you noticed and help you to (hopefully) get the role you’re dreaming of.
10 Tips For A Perfect Audition Self-Tape - YouTube
If you’re looking to step up your audition game, we’ve put together a comprehensive Audition Self-Tape Gear Buying Guide filled with items designed to help you present yourself in the best possible light (and sound).
Fujifilm’s latest firmware update for the X-T3 and X-T30 cameras adds performance and usability enhancements to both systems.
The update for the X-T3 seems quite robust, offering improvements to AF performance and capabilities, whereas the update for the X-T30 seems to be minor*, fixing an issue with the Q button being too sensitive and easy to accidentally activate.
*According to the notes for this release, Fujifilm will be releasing another firmware update for the X-T30 around June of this year, which they say will add additional functionality.
Below are the details from the official Fujifilm firmware X-T3 ver.3.00 and X-T30 ver.1.01 release notes.
X-T3 Firmware Update ver.3.00 Features
Strengthened the accuracy of face / eye detection AF performance
The AF algorithm has been improved along with the accuracy of face / eye detection AF. The ability to detect faces in the distance has been enhanced by approximately 30% and AF tracking is now more stable, even when an obstacle appears in the way. The improvements in AF are applicable to both still photos and video recording.
New Face Select function
The Face Select function has been introduced to provide priority auto-focus, tracking and exposure on a selected subject when multiple faces have been detected. The priority face can be selected by using the touch screen or focus lever.
Faster AF speed for subjects at a distance
A Double Tap Setting and Touch Function has been added to the touch screen settings*. The two settings must be set to OFF to provide a better touch screen response. These new settings allow a more intuitive touch operation when shooting, AF and focus area select.
Intuitive operation of touch screen
A Double Tap Setting and Touch Function has been added to the touch screen settings(*1). The two settings must be set to OFF to provide a better touch screen response. These new settings allow a more intuitive touch operation when shooting, AF and focus area select.
*1：By default, Touch Screen Setting, Double Tap Setting and Touch Function are set to all OFF. Touch Screen Setting must be set to ON to use the touch screen function.
Focus frame when EYE DETECTION SETTING
When using EYE DETECTION SETTING, only focus frame on eye is displayed.
Improvement of AF/AE area tracking when using EVF
When using the EVF, tracking function for AF/AE area movement by touch screen is improved.
Push function of the Focus stick when INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING
The push function is disabled when INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING.
FLICKER REDUCTION function
The options are changed from ON/OFF to ALL FRAMES/FIRST FRAME/OFF. And when choosing FIRST FRAME, the speed of CH continuous shooting is improved.
Message when IMAGE TRANSFER ORDER
If there is no image of TRANSFER ORDER when turning on a camera, no message appears.
Get up, Get out and Celebrate Photography this Spring!
Longer days and shorter nights. Rising temperatures and a refreshing whiff of spring in the air. These are just some of the reasons we look forward to May here in Canada, but for many of us, it’s the annual CONTACT photography festival that has us chomping at the bit. Hundreds of artists showing at 200 venues. Images too many to count. But there’s another reason to get fired up this time of year. At Vistek, we like to celebrate Photography Month our own special way, and we invite you to come and share the festivities with us.
Throughout May, we’ll be hosting a series of seminars and workshops at all of our stores led by exceptional local talent, to help you understand the latest technology and refine your technique.
Registration for all events opens April 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Click Here for EventsIf you are looking for great gear for the enthusiast or the pro, we’ve got it all at Vistek.
You don’t want to miss out. So step outside and get caught up in the CONTACT festivities. And while you’re at it, be sure to step inside one of our Vistek locations to celebrate Photography Month with us and take full advantage of all the special deals and exclusive events we have in store for you.
Canon’s much-loved Rebel DSLR has been with us for more than a decade now, and every addition to the lineup is something to celebrate. Canon extended that tradition with its recent launch of the EOS Rebel SL3 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.
This uncomplicated but competent camera has always been targeted to hobbyists and enthusiasts, and Canon continues to keep it comfortably simple with this new model. They’ve also added some new features and functions that are sure to please Rebel diehards and convert reluctant wannabes.
In a competitive market that’s currently crowded with slim, lightweight mirrorless models, the relative bulk of a DSLR may not appeal to everyone, but the ultra-compact Rebel SL3 has plenty of charm. It’s the smallest and lightest Canon EOS DSLR camera to date – at 449 g, it’s two grams lighter than its predecessor, the SL2 – and fits neatly into the palm of your hand or camera bag.
Inside this sleek, trimmed-down body, you’ll find some impressive expansions and upgrades. The robust 24.1 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor is a welcome step up, as is the powerful DIGIC 8 processor. Together, they allow for the introduction of faster and more accurate dual-pixel autofocus with eye detection in live-view mode (for the first time in a Canon EOS), plus the ability to shoot 4K video (a first for the Rebel series). They also contribute to significantly improved battery life.
Vari-angle LCD touchscreen
Cool new extras include a three-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen and Creative Assist, which lets you adjust shooting conditions such as white balance or brightness and view the results on screen in real time. You’ve also got Feature Assistant to guide you along the way, offering helpful tips for more effective shooting, plus a Smooth Skin setting to enhance skin tones.
Style-wise, the SL3 looks almost identical to the SL2, apart from a few minor but useful tweaks. This Rebel retains its optical viewfinder, of course, which remains one of the biggest draws for many adherents of the DSLR format. And it’s fully compatible with Canon’s extensive line of interchangeable EF and EF-S lenses, giving you ample versatility to experiment with various shooting modes.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 retails at a price point just above that of its elder sibling, making it affordably attractive to the very target market for which it’s intended: budget-conscious families and recent newcomers to the DSLR scene. It’s perfect for budding photographers who just want to take great pics with an easy-to-operate camera.
Lightest, smallest EOS DSLR camera
High image quality with 24.1 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
Fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye-detection AF
4K video, 4K time-lapse movie
Vari-angle touchscreen, 3.0-inch LCD
Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth technology with Auto Image Transfer
The HXR-MC88 is a new fully featured, lightweight, compact camcorder that features a 14.2-megapixel (effective) 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor that captures full pixel readout without pixel binning, Fast Hybrid AF and built-in wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens.
Other features include, built-in ND filter that adds up to 6 stops, dual media slots compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2) / PRO-HG Duo cards.
Look for the Sony HXR-MC88 to arrive in stores later this summer and retail for around $1699.99 CDN.
Sony UWP-D Series Wireless Microphone System
Sony UWP-D Series
Also from Sony is their new UWP-D Series wireless microphone system that features a low profile and light weight design, digital audio processing, NFC Sync and an OLED display.
Operating frequencies will include:
Ch. 14-25, 470.125 MHz to 541.875 MHz (/14)
Ch. 25-36, 536.125 MHz to 607.875 MHz (/25)
’90’ MHz range of 941 MHz – 960 MHz (/90)
Sony says that the UWP-D series will offer “seamless integration with their PXW-Z280 and PXW-Z190 XDCAM camcorders.
The UWP-D series will be hitting shelves as kits or individual components later this summer.
Named after a Japanese flower, Canon says that their new Sumire cinema lenses were created with creatives in mind, calling them “lenses with character” and like the flower they are named after, they get “more beautiful as they open.”
Designed to capture footage with a more vintage feel, the qualities of the lens change as the aperture is widened, creating an “artistically pleasing and cinematic look”.
The line will consist of seven full-frame PL mount cinema lenses with focal lengths ranging from 14mm to 135mm.
Canon Sumire Cinema Lenses
Each lens features an 11-bladed iris as well as 300-degree focus rotation angle and gear position and will be compatible with Canon’s complete lineup of Cinema EOS full-frame and super 35mm 4K cameras.
Canon also states that the lenses will also be compatible with “the latest full-frame and Super 35mm PL-mount cameras from leading manufacturers”.
The core set includes the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses and is expected to hit shelves this August, followed by the 14mm later in the fall and the 20mm and 135mm lenses following late 2019 or early 2020.
Both lenses feature large-diameter aspherical lens elements that are combined with a newly developed focusing and zooming system to lower distortion and colour aberration.
The lenses also support the Zeiss eXtended Data communications standard which can record lens metadata (focus, zoom and iris settings for captured footage, but also includes correct lens distortion and peripheral illumination information when used with compatible cameras.
Both lenses share many of the physical specifications including:
The SHOGUN 7 is a HDR monitor-recorder-switcher that supports up to 4 live HD SDI video streams and one program stream simultaneously.
According to Atomos, “It can be used as either a stand-alone field monitor, recorder and switcher for event, documentary and live in-the-field storytelling; or as a tool for large-scale on-set episodic TV, film and cinema productions where multiple crew members such as focus pullers, grips and cinematographers require a consistent visual reference across the field monitor ecosystem.”
The Shogun 7 can record up to 5.7K resolution, up to 4K 120fps and 2K 240fps in ProResRAW and offers 10-bit 4:2:2 recording up to 4K/60p and 2K/240p in ProRes or DNxHR formats, for richer colour.
The four SDI inputs support Quad Link, Dual Link or Single link cinema cameras and there are 2 HDMI (1 x input, 1 x output) for tethering to additional monitors and utilizing the Shogun 7’s Dolby Vision HDR output capability.
The Atomos Shogun 7 is expected to hit shelves in June.
Atomos Shogun 7 Key Specs
Up to 5.7K/30p recording in ProRes RAW (camera dependent)
Up to 2K/240p recording in ProRes RAW (camera dependent)
ProRes RAW, ProRes, CinemaDNG (up to 30p) and DNxHD formats supported
1500nit true HD display capable of 15+ stops of DR
1 x HDMI input, 4 x SDI inputs
1 x HDMI output, 1 x SDI output
Live multi-camera switching and ISO recording up to 1080/60p
HDR monitoring in many supported Log profiles
Dolby Vision HDR capable for on set HDR monitoring
2 x, 1.5x, and 1.33x anamorphic de-squeeze
Balanced audio inputs with phantom power via optional breakout
Takes NP-F type batteries
Records onto AtomX SSDmini or approved SATA SSD drives
If you plan on purchasing the new Panasonic S1 for shooting video, you’ll be happy to hear that Panasonic will be releasing a (paid) firmware upgrade in July that adds 10-Bit and full V-Log recording capabilities to the camera.
Panasonic Lumix DC-S1
The update will add support for:
4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording
4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output
Full V-Log recording
Currently, V-Log is only available on Panasonic’s professional video cameras such as the AU-EVA1 (the GH5/GH5S offer the V-Log L variant) so it will be kind of a big deal for filmmakers who prefer the flexibility of working with smaller camera systems.
The price for the update has yet to be determined, but Panasonic says that it should be announced before the July release.
Atomos Ninja V
In related news, Atomos says that it’s Ninja V 5-inch HDR monitor/recorder will offer support for full V-Log 10-bit 4:2:2 4Kp60 recording via HMDI with the Lumix S1 once the firmware upgrade is made available.
This will give users the ability to record in Apple ProRes and AVID DNx editing formats directly from the S1’s sensor and view the footage on the Ninja V’s HDR display.
As if that’s not exciting enough, with the Atomos AtomX Sync module for the Ninja V, users will be able to run multi-cam Lumix S1 shoots using the Ninja V as long as they are on the same network and within a 300m range.