Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lensbaby introduces Edge 80 telephoto optic

Lensbaby, announces today the availability of its 80mm Edge 80 Optic, the newest addition to its Optic Swap System.  Like the Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic, the Edge 80 features Lensbaby’s internal 12-blade adjustable aperture. The Edge 80 provides a flat field of focus that,

pointed straight ahead, takes photos that are sharp from edge to edge. Tilting the Edge 80 allows photographers to create vertical, horizontal and diagonal slices of focus through the image. Photographers can control the size of the slice of focus by changing the 12-blade aperture.  To better understand how tilt, aperture, and focus affect an Edge 80 image, visit the Edge 80 Optic simulator.

With the Edge 80, photographers can control a flat field of focus that becomes a slice of sharpness through the photo when the lens is tilted.  Edge 80 Optic Product

Lensbaby has announced an addition to its unique range of selective-focus lenses, in the shape of the Edge 80.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Panasonic Lumix GX1 news

The Panasonic Lumix GX1 is a new Micro Four Thirds compact system camera that offers photographers advanced features in a compact body design.
The Lumix GX1's closest predecessor is the GF2, but the new camera draws in features from across the Lumix line. The 16-megapixel sensor comes from the popular G3 and reintroduces the accessory port and hotshoe missing from the previous GF3 model.

The new Lumix GX1 puts plenty of controls at your fingertips as well as offering touch control via the 3-inch display on the back. For GF1 owners, it's worth noting that Panasonic shuffled buttons a bit, adding a dedicated function button for a total of two, while moving the Drive mode that was once addressed by the switch on the top deck to the bottom navigation button. This is where the control is on the GF2 and GF3, so those users will find it familiar.

Pressing on the dial switches to exposure compensation, making quick control of exposure really easy to execute on the GX1. Intelligent Auto moved from the Mode dial to the now-standard button on the top deck. The power switch is nested under the Mode dial, a neater solution than the simple slider on the GF1. Gone, sadly, is the Drive-mode switch that was nested under the Mode dial on the GF1, jutting out toward the front.

Panasonic also went with a simpler design for the pop-up flash than appeared in the GF1. Since the Sony NEX-5, we've seen successively smaller designs like the Olympus E-PM1 and Panasonic's own GF2 and GF3 that moved away from the rangefinder ethos of the GF1 for the sake of fitting into the silhouette of the NEX-5. Panasonic read the writing on the wall and took heed, wisely returning to the GF1 design, giving it a new name: Lumix GX1.

With a slightly more refined air, the Panasonic Lumix GX1 is indeed a better fit for enthusiasts who like a little more control.

Monday, February 13, 2012

2012 Pentax adds tethered shooting to 645D medium-format DSLR

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announced the PENTAX IMAGE Transmitter exclusive software for the transfer and saving of images taken with the PENTAX 645D medium-format digital SLR
camera to a personal computer. Overview of the software:
Available in CD-ROM format
Transfer recorded images to a designated file on a personal computer

Friday, February 10, 2012

Olympus announces OM-D E-M5 weather-sealed Micro Four Thirds camera preview

Olympus builds upon the 40-year legacy of the OM SLR film camera series and marks the beginning of the new digital imaging era with the launch of the Olympus E-M5, the first of the new Olympus OM-D (OM Digital) Series of Micro Four Thirds™ products. It combines outstanding features found in the Olympus E-System DSLR line with those of the compact Olympus PEN® Series to meet the requirements of discerning photographers who demand more performance and portability from their interchangeable-lens cameras. A built-in 120-fps (frames-per-second) refresh rate, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF) with outstanding image quality, eye detect and intuitive functionality that enables real-time viewing of shooting conditions A 16.1-megapixel Live MOS Sensor and TruePic™ VI image-processing engine for superior image quality and high sensitivity

Superior Image Quality

The Olympus E-M5 uses a new 16.1 megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor offering improved performance and exceptional clarity and speed in all aspects of image capture. Olympus’ TruePic VI image-processing engine dramatically improves image quality in low-light environments.
Unprecedented 5-axis image stabilization
While some technology has attempted to correct for camera blur by building the Image Stabilization mechanism into the lens, the Olympus E-M5 IS mechanism is incorporated into the camera body itself so that all lenses mounted on the body can take advantage of this sophisticated technology, whether shooting stills or HD video.

Blazing Speed

Focus and shoot faster with record-breaking autofocus speed and imaging processing. The Olympus E-M5 employs the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF system, introduced in the PEN E-P3, but with even greater speed. The Olympus E-M5 features a 3.0-inch tilting OLED touch-screen to enable photographers to get up high or down low for any shot. The Olympus E-M5 employs internal seals extensively and, when the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens is attached, this combination delivers an integrated dustproof and splashproof camera system.

 New Lenses and Accessories for Every Shooting Challenge

The MMF-3 Four Thirds mount adapter is designed for mounting a Four Thirds Standard-compliant lens on a Micro Four Thirds Standard-compliant camera body. The Olympus E-M5 is compatible with all Micro Four Thirds-compliant lenses, including two new lenses that Olympus will introduce later this year: the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm f1.8 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f2.8 macro. The E-M5 is the most advanced, enthusiast-oriented Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera to date with a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, a new 15.93 million image pixel "Live MOS" sensor, a built-in 1.44 million dot electronic viewfinder, an improved 5-axis in-body image stabilization system, and the ability to shoot at 9fps.

A new 15.93 million image pixel Live MOS (N-MOS) Four Thirds format sensor with a 17.3 x 13mm image area. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 
12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ is the only weather-sealed Micro Four Thirds lens to date, but Olympus also announced a new weather-sealed Micro Four Thirds body to Four Thirds lens adapter, called the MMF-3, which would allow the many weather-sealed standard Four Thirds mount Olympus lenses to be used with the E-M5.

A new 1.44 million dot built-in electronic viewfinder with a 120fps refresh rate, 1.15X magnification (equivalent to .58X on a 35mm full-frame camera), and 18mm eye relief. JPEG buffer depth at top frame rate is 17 frames.)
A new 5-axis in-body image stabilization system that corrects for five kinds of camera movement: vertical shift, horizontal shift, rotary movement (roll), pitch, and yaw. Olympus also announced new accessories, including two new Micro Four Thirds lenses. The HLD-6 Power Battery Grip, a two-piece grip. The previously mentioned MMF-3 weather-sealed Micro Four Thirds body to Four Thirds lens mount adapter.

Sony full-frame camera coming, 500mm F4 lens finally announced 2012

Longest-ever focal length G Lens from Sony
Bright F4.0 aperture for superior light gathering
Niño AR Coating on optical surfaces for flawless still images and HD video
Compatible with Steady Shot INSIDE featured in all α cameras
Rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design: ideal partner for SLT-A77
Serious photographers can pull distant subjects closer with a powerful new 500mm (equivalent to 750mm with APS-C camera) super-telephoto lens from Sony.
The SAL500F40G is the longest fixed focal length G Lens from Sony to date. Like all other A-mount lenses, the SAL500F40G is compatible with the Steady Shot INSIDE image stabilization system that’s featured in every α Translucent Mirror and DSLR camera from Sony. It’s also the first G Lens from Sony to feature advanced new coating process that ensures crisper, clearer images. Built to order, the SAL500F40G super-telephoto lens from Sony is available from late March 2012.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sigma DP series reinvented as DP1M and DP2M with 15MPx3 sensor from SD1 2012

The Merrill series is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, the co-creator of the Fovea X3 Direct Image Sensor technology that powers Sigma’s unique lineup of cameras.

These upgraded, high resolution, fixed lens compact digital cameras now incorporate the same APS-C sized 46-megapixel X3 image sensor found in the company’s flagship SD1 SLR, now also known as the Sigma SD1 Merrill. Sigma acquired Fovea in late 2008.

“As an expression of Sigma’s passion for photography and in honor of Dick Merrill’s genius, we have named the latest generation of the Fovea X3 Direct Image Sensor the Fovea Merrill.”

The Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill each boast exclusively-designed, high-performance telemetric fixed lenses. The DP1 Merrill features a wide, 19mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 28mm lens on a 35mm SLR camera. The DP2 Merrill, however, offers a 30mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera. The Sigma DP Merrill cameras also include the following features:

RAW and JPEG format recording retains the full image detail of the utmost quality captured through the direct image sensor, as well as a JPEG recording format for convenience. Sigma Photo Pro processing software converts RAW data quickly and easily. Sigma has totally reinvented its DP series of large sensor compacts with the DP1 Merrill  and DP2 Merrill.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Class-leading performance, unrivalled flexibility – camera digital store Canon launches three new lenses

professional zoom lens is an update to the popular EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, while the new EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM are the world's first1 wide-angle prime lenses to feature optical Image Stabilizer (IS) technology.
Distinguished L-series design

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is the latest lens from the elite L-series to offer Canon's high-grade and user-focused design enhancements. Canon has released three EF lenses, including an updated 24-70mm F2.8 II USM. EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM – key features
24mm wide angle lens (38mm equivalent on APS-C sized sensors)
Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
Ultrasonic autofocus mechanism
Circular aperture for soft background blur
Super Spectra coatings reduce flare
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM – key features

28mm wide-angle lens (45mm equivalent on APS-C sized sensors)
Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
Ultrasonic autofocus mechanism
Circular aperture for soft background blur
Super Spectra coatings reduce flare
Designed to perform
Both the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM feature redesigned optics to improve image quality and reduce the need for post-production.

Canon introduces the ELPH 530 HS and 320 IS ELPH touchscreen Wi-Fi is the latest model 2012

Canon today adds to its premium IXUS range with the launch of two new outstanding touch screen models – the IXUS 510 HS and the IXUS 240 HS. Fusing first-class design with Canon's signature image quality and new Wi-Fi functionality, both models make it easier than ever to shoot photos and Full HD movies in exceptional detail and share them instantly with friends and family.

Combining a high quality and compact 12x optical zoom with a highly-pocketable, luxurious and chic design, the IXUS 510 HS is the perfect take anywhere camera for style-conscious users, while the IXUS 240 HS's slim and elegant design and fun functionality are ideal for shooting and sharing images, anytime and anywhere.
Quality meets design

Canon's advanced imaging technology ensures superb results, no matter the subject being shot or the conditions. Both models feature cutting-edge genuine Canon lens technology, enabling the capture of sweeping vistas or distant detail with the powerful zooms in each camera.

The IXUS 510 HS's impressive 28mm wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens packs into a body measuring just 19.8 mm front-to-back, while the IXUS 240 HS's 24mm ultra-wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens comes in a high-grade, super-slim body – offering exceptional quality and versatility. With ZoomPlus, the IXUS 510 HS' zoom extends beyond its 12x optical zoom to 21x, while the IXUS 240 HS reaches past its 5x optical zoom to 10x.

The IXUS 510 HS and IXUS 240 HS also feature Canon's Intelligent IS, providing advanced image stabilisation that offers the freedom to shoot a range of subjects with confidence. Offering supreme performance in all conditions, and especially in low light, both the IXUS 510 HS and IXUS 240 HS allow users to capture and share experiences with incredible levels of detail and clarity.
Sharing made easy

Also launching today with the new IXUS models is the newly designed and enhanced CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, Canon's online facility for sharing photos and video. An easy interface allows users to search for images, create combined photo and movie Albums that can receive comments from friends, and to share Albums directly via email and Social Networking Sites.
Point and shoot creativity

Face ID allows users to register family faces and their birthdays within the camera, it then stores this information, and with Smart Auto adjusts image settings accordingly.
High resolution stills, high defintion video
In addition to exceptional stills, the new IXUS 510 HS and IXUS 240 HS feature Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound. A dedicated movie record button enables instant switching from stills to movies, while optical zoom can also be utilised in both cameras in movies.

Canon introduced the Stylish A Series Updated: A2300, A2400, A3400 and A4000 for adventure PowerShot cameras

introduced a new range of Power versatile, stylish and easy to use hot model A series designed to help users capture impressive images and HD movies - anytime, anywhere. Sixth Canon Powers hot new A series models including A810 Powers and Powers hot summer A1300, perfect take anywhere camera that incorporates Canon's leading image quality with simple, easy functionality that offers a versatile support for all shots fired from the family for outdoor events. The new powers the first heat A3400 IS Canon Powers hot A series model to feature a 7.5 cm (3'') LCD touch screen for a flexible, intuitive controls, and Powers A4000 IS hot summer A first power series model to include a powerful 8x optical zoom lens which allows users to get closer to the action.
The new models feature a 28mm wide-angle lens that helps to capture more of the scene, from group meetings to draw the scene, while the 5x optical zoom on a hot, Powers A1300 PowerShot A810, PowerShot A2300, A2400 IS Powers and Powers hot hot A3400 IS allows the user to get closer to distant subjects. With motion detection and combine multiple images into one blur-free images, Digital IS mode feature in the heat Powers A810, A1300 and A2300 Powers Powers hot hot minimize blur for sharp, clear images. For even more advanced stabilization, heat block A2400 IS, A3400 IS Powers and Powers hot summer A4000 IS features optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS technology. Capture HD movies and stills easy
A thermal model for all those PowersLi-Ion battery ensures the heat Powers A2300 stay slim and compact design. Powers sits at the top of the hot new series is a hot Powers A4000 IS, the first block heat A series model to feature an 8x optical zoom lens. Canon has launched a series of six-16MP entry-level cameras Powers hot lineup is really refreshing. Canon has launched a series of six-16MP entry-level cameras Powers hot lineup is really refreshing.
With motion detection and combine multiple images into one blur-free images, Digital IS mode feature in the heat Powers A810, A1300 and A2300 Powers Powers hot hot minimize blur for sharp, clear images. For even more advanced stabilization, heat block A2400 IS, A3400 IS Powers and Powers hot summer A4000 IS features optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS technology.

2012 Relive your adventures with the powerful and versatile Canon PowerShot SX260 HS and PowerShot SX240 HS reviews

                                                        Canon PowerShot SX260

Canon today announces two new versatile and powerful Powers hot SX models – the Powers hot SX260 HS and Powers hot SX240 HS. Combining sleek, modern design with an impressive 20x optical zoom and advanced imaging technologies, these models are the ideal travel companions for recording everything, from family holidays on tropical beaches to action-packed adventures, in stunning detail and Full HD video.

Available in four1 cool colors for the Powers hot SX260 HS and three2 for the Powers hot SX240 HS, the new models are Canon's slimmest 20x zoom cameras and offer Canon's signature high image quality thanks to the DIGIC 5-powered HS System and new Intelligent IS technology, in a compact, pocket-friendly body.
Super zoom, super quality

Complementing the impressive optical zoom, Canon's new Intelligent IS technology ensures crisp, detailed images and smooth footage in a range of shooting situations. The Powers hot SX260 HS and Powers hot SX240 HS provide total freedom, offering Canon's acclaimed Smart Auto mode which now detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result. The sensor and image processor combination not only provide superior image quality but also support high-speed shooting functions. The robust metal body and compact, lightweight design ensure both the Powers hot SX260 HS and Powers hot SX240 HS are ideal for holidays and capturing important events.

Powers hot SX260 HS key features:
20x zoom, 25mm wide-angle lens; compact body
HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS and DIGIC 5
Full HD movies
Smart Auto (58 scenes); Face ID
Manual, Av and TV modes
High-speed shooting

Nikon has launched its latest and D800E D800 36MP full-frame DSLR

imaging leader Nikon Inc. announced the highly anticipated HD-D800 SLR, engineered to provide extreme resolution, image quality is stunning and valuable video features optimized for professional photographers and videographers and still multimedia. A camera with a balance of accuracy unmatched quality, functionality and images, Nikon D800 aware of innovations such as high-resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, 91 000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and other intuitive features designed to create device is superior to the most demanding photo and video applications.
Whether shooting high fashion, weddings or multimedia content, the highest resolution sensors for current Nikon, a groundbreaking new 36.3-megapixel (7360 x 4912 resolution) FX-format CMOS sensor, affords flexibility and stunning picture quality to meet the myriad demands of clients. The Nikon D800 combines the latest 91 000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and Advanced Scene Recognition System, plus a 51-point AF system enhanced for images with exceptional sharpness and color clarity. Professional videographers will appreciate the practical features that go beyond compatibility Nikkor lens and Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and exceptional low-light video capability. Extreme Picture Quality
Nikon engineers have created innovative ways to manipulate the transmission of light for the photo diode sensors, giving users the ability to shoot with confidence in challenging lighting conditions. Internal sensor design, improved optical low pass filter (OLPF) and 14 bit conversion / D with a high signal to noise all contribute to a sensor capable of low light capability is very good even though extreme resolution. The next picture is channeled through a pipe 16-bit image processing, for maximum performance. For even more flexibility, the photographer can also take advantage of Nikon DX-format lens for more lens choices and enhanced focal range (1.5X), while still maintaining the sharpness and detail in high-resolution 15.4 megapixel (4800x3200).
Contribute to a fast camera performance and stunning image quality is Nikon's new EXPEED image processing engine that 3 helps professionals create images and HD video with exceptional color resolution and dynamic range. The new advanced automated system makes it easy to capture amazing images. Users can extend the dynamic range to capture in-camera High Dynamic (HDR) Range images, and enjoy the benefits of Nikon's Active D-lighting for balanced exposure. The D800 offers a high-fidelity audio recordings control the audio levels can be regulated and monitored in the camera's LCD screen. Nikon has enhanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF sensor-FX modules and algorithms to significantly improve low-light acquisition, for an appropriate focus for an impressive -2 exposure value (EV). D800E

- Maximum Resolution Unleashed__36.3MP CMOS sensor (compared to the 12.1MP)__15.3MP DX-format capture mode (compared to 5MP)__51-Point AF system with 15 cross-type sensor, rated to-2EV * (compared with-1EV)__ISO 100-6400 equiv extended to ISO 25,600 (compared to ISO 200-6400, extendable to ISO 25 600)__1080p Video on frame 30, 25 or 24 per second, up to 24Mbps, with HDMI output and uncompressed audio monitoring options *__3.2 ", 921,000 dot LCD with anti-fog coating * (compared with a 3in, 921k-dot)__Maximum 4fps continuous shooting in FX mode, 6fps in DX mode ** (compared to 8fps in FX mode)__Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91 000 * pixel metering sensor (compared with 1005-pixel)__'Exceed 3 'Image Processing *Virtual Horizon __Dual axis (in the LCD screen / viewfinder) * (compared with single-axis)I see from the announcement of the Canon lens and some P & S.

Tamron develops full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in image stabilization – SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Model 2012

A full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in VC ( Vibration Compensation). The lens adopts the new technology including the latest optical design, VC ( Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD ( Ultrasonic Silent Drive), all in a lighter and more compact package.

VC ( Vibration Compensation) is Tampon’s proprietary image stabilization system. Tampon’s VC is a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. New VC system (moving coil method) 

Tampon’s original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. Because the 24-70 mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a high-speed zoom lens with maximum aperture of F/2.8, its VC system must drive a lens that is larger and heavier than other zooms.
The new lens has a silent drive AF that should put into the conversation with Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, as well as an alternative to the Canon and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses.

Monday, February 6, 2012

OLED screens and microdisplays are appearing in an increasing number of higher-end cameras digital store, such as the Samsung (NX200) 2012

OLED screens and microdisplays are appearing in an increasing number of higher-end cameras, such as the Samsung NX200.

 OLEDs (or Organic Light Emitting Diodes) are thin, light-emitting devices, made by placing a series of organic thin films between two conductors. OLED are thin, efficient and bright – and can be used to make displays and white lighting panels.
OLED advantages

Unlike LCD displays, OLEDs do not require a backlight. In an OLED display each ‘pixel’ is a small light emitting diode (or, more commonly, three: red, blue and green). The biggest advantages of OLED displays are the things that photographers are most likely to appreciate. OLED displays have greater viewing angles, allowing more flexible use of the camera, both for shooting and reviewing images, or showing them to others.

Challenges for OLED
For touch displays, Samsung developed the Super AMOLED technology which embeds the touch sensor into the OLED panel. Some companies are actually using white OLED sub pixels behind a color filters layer. OLED screens are becoming increasingly common on enthusiast cameras. During the world's largest electronics show, CES 2012, OLED was the most talked about technology.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

2012 Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) reviews

Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera is a pocket-sized camera point and shoot, but packed with powerful features that are sure to please even advanced users. This little camera creates an image is simply stunning.

The PowerShot S100 features a new 12.1 megapixel Canon CMOS sensor that inherits many advanced features of high-end Canon EOS DSLR cameras. Canon Image Stabilization technology intelligently analyzes your camera movement and shake to apply the appropriate corrections that help reduce and or eliminate blurred photos.

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Eye-Fi contests SD Association's Wireless LAN standard process

Last week, the SD Association (SDA) announced that the draft Wireless LAN specification has been adopted as the new standard. SDA members - and we are one - are allowed 60 days to respond to claims of intellectual property licenses patented and plan around that IP to the SDA. If the IP is important in this process is presented, and not offered for the license, the SDA should revise the specifications and begin the cycle again review. This week, the SDA is still before the deadline provided.

we expressed our patented intellectual property for the SDA, detailing some of the Eye-Fi patents essential to the design specifications of the current SDA.
That the Eye-Fi. Last week, the SD Association (SDA) announced that the draft Wireless LAN specification has been adopted as the new standard. Legality of the SD Association's standard for Wireless LAN SD card maker is challenged by the wireless SD Eye-Fi. 'Essential Eye-Fi's patented technology will be violated by anyone implementing the specification draft.'

Canon VIXIA HF R20 Full HD Camcorder with 8GB Internal (red)

Canon VIXIA HF R20 Camcorder Flash Memory is a mid-range high-definition camera which is packed with useful features and functions. Record 1920 x 1080 video to 8GB of internal memory which R20 flash or SD / SDHC or SDXC uses dual memory card slot. Canon VIXIA HF R20, complete with an 8GB flash drive, flash memory is a digital camcorder that combines affordability with high-tech style and ability.

The video quality produced by the HD video camera provides crisp and clear, and dynamic IS working to stabilize the video during recording. Canon HD video lens offers outstanding advanced zoom, magnifying images up to 28 times. To ensure optimal video recording and playback, the Canon VIXIA HF R20 sports an integrated DIGIC DV III image processor and a 3.28 megapixel high-definition CMOS image sensor.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Leica V-LUX 20 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD Black Friday Leica

The integrated, high-performance LEICA DC-VARIO-ELMAR 4.1-49.2mm f/3.3-4.9 ASPH. The V-Lux 20 is the first Leica camera to feature GPS tagging. For those who want to make movies as well as still images, the LEICA V-LUX 20 enables movie recording in HD quality. Accessories and software
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HDR used properly is appropriate for photojournalism, says Unified Color's Omvik review

'Using HDR software and processing tools is the only method a photographer has to deliver precisely

 Are High Dynamic Range photos appropriate for illustrating news? That's the debate that's been started by the Washington Post's use of an HDR image on its front page in January. John Omvik, Marketing VP with HDR software maker Unified Color understandably disagrees. “HDR is not appropriate for documentary photojournalism.” Elliot points out that the NPPA’s code of ethics say photographers should respect the integrity of the digital moment, “and in that light an HDR photo is no different from any other digital manipulation.”

As vice president of Unified Color Technologies, a pioneer in the field of HDR imaging, I strongly disagree with Elliot and the NPPA’s viewpoint. When properly used, HDR does the most accurate job of reconstructing the dynamic range of the original scene at the time the photo was taken. Respect the integrity of the photographic moment.

Proper use of HDR does not alter, mislead or misrepresent a scene. Until that time, the HDR process is the best option for photographers seeking to convey a sense of realism.  The controversy stems from the fact that staff photographer Bill O’Leary used High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques to process this photo, a fact the Post mentioned in the photo’s caption.

Kenko-Tokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 compact telephoto for Micro Four Thirds review

Kenko-Tokina 300mm F6.3 compact Reflex Micro Four Thirds telephoto for this fixed aperture, manual focus lenses revive catadioptric lens designs are very popular in the 1970s and '80s to produce smaller high-magnification telephoto lens. announced a new 300mm lens for Micro Four Thirds. Here are the specs:
300mm: focal length (equivalent to 35mm version: equivalent to 600mm)
F/6.3: brightness
66mm: length of the lens
66mm: the maximum diameter
55mm: diameter filter
Less than 300g: Weight
manual focus
This fixed aperture, manual focus lenses revive catadioptric lens designs are very popular in the 1970s and '80s to produce smaller high-magnification telephoto lens.

2012 Kenko-Tokina exhibits mockup of image-stabilised 70-200mm F4 at CP+

Kenko-Tokina in 2012 show a mockup image-stabilized 70-200mm F4 trading at CP + Kenko-Tokina is showing a mockup of a telephoto zoom 70-200mm F4 which has both a ring-type ultrasonic motor autofocus and optical image stabilization in the CP + show in Japan. Further details are limited, but the lens appears to feature both internal zoom and focus mechanisms, and has a handy-close focusing distance of at least 1m.Ricoh has released a 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 zoom module equivalent to 16MP APS-C sensor for GXR system her.

Davis & Sanford SwitchKit 7-In-1 Tripod Accessory Kit review

Camera & Tripod Bag
Carry and protect tripod, camera and accessories.
Camera Bag
The tripod bag can be switched to a camera bag.
Full Size Aluminum Tripod
Mini Ballhead Tripod
The kit's mini ballhead tripod is designed for table top shooting. SwitchGrip Accessory
53" shooting height / Patented Switchgrip extends height to 59"/ Tabletop tripod in Switchgrip/Camera Tripod Bag
Carry and Protect your tripod ,camera and accessories with one bag.The camera/tripod Bag can be switched to a camera bag by simply tucking tripod bag behind a Velcro flap. Lightweight aluminum tripod (4lb capacity) with a maximum shooting height of 53" (when shooting with 3-Way pan head), or 59" when used with included SwitchGrip accessory
 Mini ball head tripod (2.5lb capacity) for tabletop shooting is stored in SwitchGrip tripod handle

2012 High-end video maker Astrodesign joins Micro Four Thirds reviews

Astrodesign, manufacturer of high-end Japanese video has the sign-up to the Micro Four Thirds system. Offers a 4K camera system (including the head of a separate camera, processor and control unit) that captures 3840 x 2160 video at 4K 60p. A Japanese company founded in 1977 to design and develop professional video equipment and measurement / analysis related to the equipment.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

the 2012 Fujifilm FinePix AX300 14MP Digital Camera with Fujinon 5x Wide Angle Optical Zoom Lens (Black)

Click special moments in your life and add it to your personal photo album with FinePix AX300 Digital Camera 14 MP 5X Zoom from Fujifilm. Camera with 5x Optical Zoom Fujinon lens captures stunning 1080p 720p HD Video and film, showing off impressive images and video to your friends and family via TV HD ready. With SR Auto mode.

  AX300 is capable of intelligently detects the type of your scene and shooting conditions and optimize camera focus, exposure and white balance to achieve ideal results. This camera has a 14M resolution, high sensitivity ISO3200, Digital image stabilization, 720p HD Movie with sound, i-Flash Intelligent Flash, Automatic Smile Shutter capture mode, blink detection mode and the other 21 pre-programmed scene modes. AX300 is a simple point shoot camera that offers tons of features and convenience. Fujifilm FinePix AX300 14 MP Digital Camera with Angle Zoom Lens Fujinon 5x wide Optical (Black)

Fujifilm says X-Pro1 will set you back around $2300. UK probably £1980 the 2012

FUJIFILM is also equipped with X-Pro1-2 New Generation Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and Fujinon prime three interchangeable lenses.
Price for FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital interchangeable lens camera system are as follows:

FUJIFILM X-Pro1's body and the lens will be available in late February.
Fujifilm USA has announced a suggested price for the camera-X high-end Pro1 mirrorless. Canadian prices will dollar for dollar equivalents. Fujifilm USA has announced a suggested price for the camera-X high-end Pro1 mirrorless.

Pentax reveals K lens roadmap for 2012 and 2013 review

Along with the announcement of K-01 mirrorless cameras, Pentax has updated his K-mount lens roadmap to include a release planned for 2012 and 2013. In a PDF document published on the company's website, indicate that the three lenses will be introduced during this year - a standard 50mm lens, a superzoom 18-200mm in the classroom, and in the range of super telephoto 500-600mm. Four rearing includes full wideangle to telephoto range is projected to follow later, in addition to 1.4 x Teleconverter

The new Pentax announces K-01 K-mount APS-C mirrorless camera

 The new Pentax K01 camera is a marvel of cutting edge technology with robust features and specifications, packaged in a gorgeous and durable aluminum frame styled by renowned designer Marc Newson.
One of the immediate highlights and benefits of this cameras mirrorless body design is its compatibility with all PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades. KEY

    Contemporary styling by world renowned designer Marc Newson
    Mirorrless body design is compatible with PENTAX K-mount lenses.
    Exceptional 16 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor with low noise image capture and multiple aspect ratios.
    Full HD 1080p video capture at 30 FPS with h.264 compression (60 FPS at 720p) features outstanding video capture flexibility.
    Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens.
    Fast 6 FPS burst mode is ideal for fast-action photography.
    Focus peaking mode provides fast and accurate manual focusing for critical focus applications.
    In-Camera HDR mode combines bracketed user-specified exposures into a single, perfectly blended still image.

    Fixed focal length 40mm prime lens is equivalent to 61mm in the 35mm format.
    Short 16 inch minimum focus distance
    PENTAX K mount is compatible with current and past K-mount compatible cameras.
Pentax has formally announced the K-01 K-mount mirrorless interchangable lens camera and a revised 40mm F2.8 pancake lens to match. Most lenses designed for DSLR-style phase-detection autofocus don't lend themselves to the rapid contrast detection autofocus required by mirrorless cameras.

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION introduces the Marc Newson designed PENTAX K-01* interchangeable lens camera (ILC). Key features of the PENTAX K-01 include:
PENTAX mirrorless body design is compatible with 25+ million PENTAX K-mount lenses spanning decades.
Sensor-shift PENTAX Shake and Dust Reduction system is compatible with every mounted PENTAX lens.

Ricoh has released standard zoom GXR module with 16MP APS-C sensor

First introduced in December 2009, the GXR is a revolutionary interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit.
The new RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 brings together a newly developed 24-85 mm wide-angle zoom lens, an APS-C size CMOS sensor, and the proven Smooth Imaging Engine IV to create a unit with high image quality, high power of expression, and high flexibility.

This camera unit features a 23.6 mm×15.7 mm (APS-C size) 16M CMOS sensor. In combination with the image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV, this image sensor makes it possible to shoot high-quality images with smooth tonal gradations, as well as low noise and high-resolution.
2 Diverse shooting functions and high operability
The function for recording a JPEG image simultaneously with the RAW image has been expanded so that it is now possible to record only the RAW image. 3 Highly precise focusing
The photographer can create a unique image by just pressing the shutter release button.

Up to 20 images can be flagged.
Ricoh has released a 24-85mm equivalent F3.3-5.5 zoom module with a 16MP APS-C sensor for its GXR system. The latest camera unit offers a flexible focal length range that starts slightly wider than the average kit zoom, without making the camera excessively large. Announced back in November, it is the first zoom module for the system to offer APS-C image quality. If our suspicions are correct and it uses the excellent Sony 16MP sensor, this promises a lot both in terms of image quality and focus speed (the faster readout of the sensor helps contrast-detection systems to more quickly ascertain correct focus).Ricoh has released a 24-85mm

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Nikon refreshes Coolpix S series with 16 MP CMOS and CCD cameras red

The Super-Zoom Goes Super Thin
Nikon has refreshed its line of S series style compact cameras, which ranges from $140 6x zoom models through to bells-and-whistles-including 18x compact superzoom. The S6300 is a slim, 10x 25-250mm equiv camera built around the same sensor.

Nikon Inc. introduced four new digital cameras to the COOLPIX S-series lineup to give consumers new ways to go super-zoom or super chic. The Spring 2012 line of Nikon COOLPIX cameras help capture memories with advanced features including extraordinary low-light capabilities, powerful optics and HD video recording with full stereo sound. The COOLPIX S9300 is deceptively slim (approximately 1.5-inch body), but hides a super-zoom secret with an outstanding 18x optical Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (25mm-450mm). The camera features a 16.0-megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for capturing low-light images with stunning clarity and sharpness.

For those looking for a no-frills touch screen camera that captures amazing photos and HD video, the 16.0-megapixel COOLPIX S4300 is the camera that fits the bill. It features a wide-angle 6x (26mm-156mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, plus VR image stabilization for maximum versatility. The Nikon COOLPIX S3300 answers the call for a cost-efficient 16.0-megapixel camera with a 6x (26mm-156mm) optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens for near or far photos on any occasion. The camera has 19 Scene Modes, including the Scene Auto Selector which analyzes a scene and automatically selects from one of six scene modes. The S6300 is a slim, 10x 25-250mm equiv camera built around the same sensor.

Hipstamatic Disposable - iOS App Review the 2012

Disposable is bundled with two complimentary cameras (in essence, digital equivalents to disposable film cameras), though you can pick up a third for free simply from 'liking' the app on Facebook. When the camera has 'finished', this 24-image roll is synced between all the contributors, or 'friends', and individual images can be saved to your camera roll or shared via Twitter.

Leave it to Synthetic Corp, the folks behind Hipstamatic, to make the disposable camera cool again. Disposable Hipstamatic incorporates Hipstamatic's popular lo-fi filters into the functionality of a disposable camera to create a fun photo app that emphasizes sharing the photographic process with your friends.

Hipstamatic Goes Disposable: Disposable Hipstamatic lets you go back to a simpler time when you shared disposable cameras with friends.
Think of Disposable Hipstamatic as a simpler, more shareable, but equally lo-fi version of the original Hipstamatic. You invite friends to share a camera with you via Facebook (this earns you a third free camera).

and you’re ready to start snapping. The cameras themselves have the same retro toy camera feel as the original Hipstamatic but are exclusively oriented in portrait mode. In keeping with the disposable camera theme, you can’t change the lens or film you use. The free cameras include D-Fault, D-Lite, and MegaZuck 84.
Free Lo-Fi: Disposable Hipstamatic comes with three free lo-fi cameras you can share with friends.
Additional cameras range in price from $1 to $4 depending on the camera and number of exposures.

Dominion launches Daminion Server network-based digital asset manager version is free

 Software maker Daminion has announced Daminion Server, a network-friendly digital asset management program. The software allows multiple users to access a centrally-held archive of images, with version control and user access controls to ensure images are kept safe and only edited or accessed by authorized people.
Daminion Software, a company specializing in digital asset management (DAM) solutions, has announced the release of the 0.9 beta version of its low-cost, local network based photo management software – Daminion

Today there is no problem selecting decent photo management software for personal use from the wide range of products available.
Daminion Standalone version is free, while the server version is inexpensively priced for small teams and home users.
True, multi-user image management that protects your content from damage, unlike File-Server based systems

Restricted access to content by User Roles
Support for huge media archives (up to 500K-1M files per catalog)
Automatically sync image annotations (tags) with metadata (IPTC/XMP/MWG), including writing the metadata to Camera RAW files without sidecar files.
Daminion is compatible with Windows XP, 2003 or 2008 Server, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.  Daminion Server can run

Sony announces three CMOS-based compacts including 18MP DSC-TX200V the 2012

High-Resolution, High-Speed
Each of the new Cyber-shot cameras features a new “Extra High Sensitivity” technology, which minimizes unwanted noise in low-light shooting conditions.  The TX200V, WX70 and WX50 cameras also offer image stabilization during video and still shooting.  All models can shoot video in Full HD resolution.

Features include:
18.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
26mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via “Clear Image Zoom” technology
“Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
Captures 13 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60p) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode

Pentax Update Optio VS20 long-zoom compact with twin shutter buttons

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announced the Optio VS20 digital compact camera today. This versatile model features a high-power 20X optical zoom lens (28-560mm equivalent) and a second vertical shutter-release button with zoom lever for effortless portrait oriented shooting. The Optio VS20 even includes a vertical tripod socket for outstanding stabilized vertical support. 
Auto Picture mode that automatically chooses the best camera setting

The Optio VS20 features a high-performance, extra-powerful 20X optical zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm wide angle to 560mm super-telephoto (equivalent in the 35mm format).  The extra-wide zoom range captures images in a wide range of subjects and scenes from landscapes to sports events.  
Effortless, comfortable vertical-position shooting with image orientation shift and vertical position tripod socket.

The Optio VS20 enhances vertical shooting three ways:
Exceptional image quality
With 16.0 effective megapixels, a high-performance smc PENTAX zoom lens, and a CCD shift Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism, the Optio VS20 delivers well-defined, high-quality images. 
Large 3.0 inch LCD monitor
The Optio VS20 features an HVGA high-resolution 3.0 inch color LCD monitor with approximately 460,000 dots.
Triple Shake Reduction for sharp, blur-free images
Sensor-shift-type Shake Reduction (SR) mechanism

Digital SR mode*
This user-friendly feature allows photographers to capture the subject at faster shutter speeds to minimize the risk of camera shake and subject shake.

Movie SR mode**
During movie recording, the Movie SR mode effectively compensates for camera shake to produce beautiful, stabilized movie clips.
Automatic selection of the most appropriate shooting mode
Thirteen user-friendly scene modes allow the photographer to effortlessly capture beautiful images simply by selecting a desired scene mode for a given subject or scene. 

The new camera also incorporates a new sensor-shift based image stabilization mode which the company claims can prevent camera shake in images resulting in sharper images.
Pentax has announced the Optio VS20, possibly the first compact camera with a second shutter button and zoom lever for portrait-orientation shooting.

Nikon replaces high-end Coolpix 'P' series with P510 and P310 optically stabilized lens

Nikon Inc. introduced two new COOLPIX cameras into the P-series, providing photographers with amazing optics from compact offerings for their next adventure-packed outing. COOLPIX Technology
At the core of these powerful new COOLPIX cameras are Nikon's world-class NIKKOR lenses, delivering accurate detail, brilliant color and amazing clarity. The New COOLPIX P510: Setting a Higher Zoom Standard
Shattering the conventional zoom barrier, the new COOLPIX P510 features a staggering 42x Wide-Angle NIKKOR glass zoom lens.

The astounding zoom range of 24mm to 1,000mm with advanced optical Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization ensures that the photographer captures their intended subject with exceptional image quality. To further enhance image quality and help combat challenging low-light conditions, the COOLPIX P510 includes an advanced 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor. The New COOLPIX P310: Low Light, No Problem.

The new COOLPIX P310 achieves superior image quality in low-light settings thanks to the powerful combination of a 16.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, wide ISO range up to 3200 (Hi1 6400 equivalent) and a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens. The COOLPIX P310 further fights blur by incorporating advanced optical VR image stabilization and makes shooting in low-light a breeze with several scene modes including Advanced Night Portrait mode, Night Landscape mode and Backlight/High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. To facilitate easy composing, viewing and playback, the COOLPIX P310 features a 3-inch high resolution (921,000-dot) LCD screen.

Understanding the demand for a capable multimedia camera, the COOLPIX P310 also sports incredible video capabilities.
Nikon has updated its photographer-friendly P series with the Coolpix P510 and P310. Both cameras offer 1080p30 with stereo sound recording.
The Coolpix P510  the zoom barrier" with a 42x 24-1000mm optically stabilized lens. It features a 16.1 megapixel BSI (backside illuminated) CMOS sensor, a 921k-dot 3-inch vari-angle LCD, can shoot 1080p HD video with stereo sound and supports ISO 100-3200 shooting with Hi1 (ISO 6400) and Hi2 (ISO 12800, monochrome) options. There's also 1080/30p video capture with stereo sound and in-camera editing.

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