CP+ 2013: Casio wants to make cameras that allow non-photographers to take better images, and that could mean large sensor compacts, says Jin Nakayama, Senior General Manager of the company's QV Digital Camera Division, but don't expect a mirrorless camera. The company, which makes some of Japan's best-selling compacts, has a development strategy Nakayama believes will distinguish it from smartphones while also staying a step ahead of its camera rivals, he says.
CP+ 2013: Panasonic is considering which cameras it needs to appeal to the different demands for Micro Four Thirds in different countries. We spoke to Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group. They explain the challenges of making and marketing a high image quality compact and suggest the GH3 won't get focus peaking.
Panasonic has devised a method to increase the sensitivity of image sensors, by replacing the near-universal colour filter array with prism-like 'Micro Color Splitters' to generate colour information. The key advantage is that all of the incoming light is directed to the sensor, instead of half or more being absorbed by the colour filter dyes. This promises to deliver images with less noise in low light. The development is published in the journal Nature Photonics, and outlined in a press release on Panasonic's website.
By splitting colors using diffraction, Panasonic claims it has doubled the sensitivity of image sensors.
Macworld/iWorld report: Printer is iOS and Android compatible and connects with 30-pin dock, USB port or wi-fi.
The long wait for the next generation of cameras for Four Thirds may soon be over, suggests Olympus' Toshi Terada, Manager, Product Planning SLR products. He also discusses the role the OM-D has played in increasing uptake of mirrorless cameras in the USA and the future of compact cameras now that smartphones have become many users' cameras of choice.
CP+ 2013: Panasonic has added a 42.5mm F1.2 portrait lens and 150mm F2.8 super-telephoto prime to its lens roadmap for Micro Four Thirds, for release in the near future. The lenses, shown in prototype form at Photokina 2012, last September, are shown as being ready for release just after the 14-42mm II ASPH. kit zoom launched this week.
Just Posted: an extensive update to our Sony NEX-6 preview. The NEX-6 is an enthusiast level mirrorless camera that features the high-resolution OLED viewfinder we first saw on the NEX-7 and builds on the capabilities that appeared on the recent NEX-5R. Click through for a link to the expanded preview, including six new pages of test data. We'll be adding more pages as we work towards the publication of our full review.
CP+ 2013: Nikon has several samples of its 18-35mm F3.5-4.5G ED consumer-level wide-angle full-frame zoom on show, while Sigma has re-designed and re-worked several of its most interesting lenses, which are being shown in prototype form at its stand. This includes a new version of its 30mm F1.4 for APS-C DSLRs. And, while none are available to shoot with yet, we got a chance to handle them, along with the portrait-friendly Sigma DP3 Merrill.
CP+ 2013: There will be a Canon EOS 70D, but the future of semi-pro DSLRs is probably full-frame, says Masaya Maeda, Managing Director and Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations at Canon. However, while he says new concepts are needed to save the compact camera, he doesn't see larger sensors as being the answer for the mass market.
The recently released Metabones Speed Booster is a unique lens adapter that promises near-full frame coverage on an APS-C camera and an extra stop of light gathering ability to boot. Intrigued not only by the actual product, but by the potential of the technology behind it, we spent a few days with the Speed Booster, a Sony NEX-6 and our favorite Canon EF lenses. Here's what we found.
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LensRentals' Roger Cicala has published an interesting article comparing 24-70mm F2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon and Tamron, using both an optical test bench and Imatest results from Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800E bodies. This provides some insights about the interaction between the sharpness of the lens and resolution of the camera's sensor, and under what practical circumstances you might see any difference. It's worth reading for anyone interested in the long-running question: what provides more detail, a higher resolution sensor with a good lens, or a lower resolution sensor with a great lens?
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras and the XF 35mm F1.4 R lens. The updates for both cameras introduce compatibility with the XF 14mm F2.8 R wideangle lens, and promise improved autofocus performance. Version 1.04 for the X-E1 also includes tweaks for users of external remote releases and the MIC-ST1 stereo microphone. Meanwhile v2.02 for the XF 35mm lens promises better autofocus accuracy, and requires the latest camera firmware to be fully effective. Click through for more details and download links.
CP+ 2013: Tamron is showing off its newly-announced 14-150mm F3.5-5.8 Di III VC stabilized superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds, while Olympus has a revised version of its 75-300mm F4.8-6.7. Though Tamron hasn't yet announced the price or availability of the 14-150mm, the prototype it has on display is working and the company gave us a hint about how much it will charge.
Pentax has released firmware updates for its K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-30 and K-r digital SLRs. With these latest firmware versions, all cameras gain improved overall stability and enhanced contrast AF performance when using the 560mm f/5.6ED AW lens. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links.
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Olympus has announced the Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact - a smaller, cheaper addition to the range alongside the well-regarded XZ-2. It's built around a 26-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens, coupled with a 12MP 1/2.3" type backlit CMOS sensor that offers ISOs up to 6400 and sensor-shift image stabilization. It can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, with Multi-motion Movie IS to reduce blur while walking. The 3" 920k dot LCD is touch-sensitive, but unlike the XZ-2's doesn't tilt, which helps make the camera slimmer. The package is rounded off by a full set of manual controls including a customizable round-lens control ring, but there's no hot shoe or support for an external EVF. It'll be available from March 2013 for £349.99 in black, brown or white.
Fujifilm has announced the FinePix F900EXR, a 20X zoom, raw-capable compact superzoom with built-in Wi-Fi, offering what Fujifilm claims is the 'world's fastest AF'. The F900 uses a 16MP EXR-CMOS II sensor with Phase Detection AF technology and sensor-shift image stabiisation. A near-identical twin of the F800EXR in other respects, it offers the same 25-500mm equivalent lens, captures 1080p movies, P,A,S,M shooting modes and the ability to wirelessly transfer files via the free 'Fujifilm Camera Application' app for Android and iOS devices. Price and availability details have not been given.
Fujifilm has launched the Finepix S6800 and S4800 superzooms with stabilized 30x (24-720mm equiv.) zoom lenses. The 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor-based S6800 captures 1080p60 full HD and high speed movies, while the 16MP CCD-based S4800 is limited to 720p30 videos. Both come with 3-inch LCDs and run on four AA batteries. The S6800 and S4800 will be available from March 2013 at a retail price of $249.95 and $229.95 respectively. The company has also launched the $99.95 JX680 ultra-compact with 26-130mm optical zoom lens, 16MP sensor and full HD video recording that will available around the same time.
Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II, an updated version of its lightweight 150-600mm equivalent telephoto lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. While most of the changes are cosmetic, the lens elements feature the latest ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to resist scratches and reduce ghosting. Like its predecessor, this version also includes Olympus' MSC technology which aims to minimize focusing noise during video capture. The lens will be available only in black from March 2013 at an estimated street price of $549.99.
Nikon has issued a minor firmware update for its D4 professional DSLR. Versions A 1.04 and B 1.02 improve performance of the camera's Subject Tracking AF feature in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) mode. The firmware is available for immediate download from the company's website. Click through for the link.
CP+ 2013: Pentax has shown two prototype products at the CP+ 2013 trade show in Japan: a bounce flash and a body cap lens for the Q-system. The flash is tentatively named the AF360FGZ II and has a guide number of 36, vertical and horizontal bounce capability, and is expected to ship this Summer. The 'Mount Cap Lens' is limited to the Q-mount camera line, and includes what appears to be a small hyper-focal lens which Pentax says will produce a 'toy-camera-like visual effect,' and is also expected this Summer 2013.
CP+ 2013: With the WG-10 Pentax has created a more affordable waterproof digital camera, one that still withstands depths of 33 feet, as well as the usual drops, dust, cold, and pressure. With a 14MP CCD sensor, Pentax says the camera can produce 'poster size' images thanks to its new imaging engine, and can also capture 720p videos. Its 5x lens zooms from 28-140mm equivalent.
CP+ 2013: Pentax announces the WG-3 rugged digital camera, available with and without a built-in GPS. Both versions feature an image-stabilized 16MP CMOS sensor, and now an F2.0-4.9 lens with 25-100mm equivalent zoom. Both are also waterproof down to 45 feet, drop-resistant from heights of 6.6 feet, dust-resistant, and can handle temperatures down to 14F. Finally, they're back-pocket-safe, meaning you can sit on them and they're still likely to work (they can handle up to 220 pounds of pressure).
Sony has announced it plans to release several firmware updates for A-mount and E-mount systems on February 4, 2013. Updates to Alpha and NEX bodies relate mostly to lenses, including the addition of Dual-AF support for 11 lenses on the A99, and Fast Hybrid AF support for six E-mount lenses on the NEX-5R and NEX-6, among others. Three E-mount lenses also get updates to enable Fast Hybrid AF support. See table below for more detail on which bodies and lenses will get updates.
Casio has announced two additions to its High Speed Exilim series, the EX-ZR700 and EX-ZR400. The EX-ZR700 uses a 16.1 MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch LCD and a stabilized 18x, 25-450mm equivalent optical zoom lens. The EX-ZR400 is similar to its predecessor the EX-ZR300, inheriting its 16.1MP BSI-CMOS sensor and 24-300mm equiv. lens, and comes equipped with a long-lasting battery promising 515 photos on a single charge. Both cameras feature the company's latest Exilim Engine HS 3 processer and new shooting modes including a Premium Auto Pro and an All-In-Focus Macro mode. There is currently no information available about their price and availability.
Tamron has announced that it's developing an image stabilised superzoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III VC (Model C001) is poised to become the first third-party zoom for the system, and will offer a 28-300mm equivalent focal length range. It uses the company's Vibration Control (VC) system to counteract hand-shake, and a stepper motor for fast and silent autofocus. The lens will also feature a metal barrel and be available in a black or silver finish. Price and availibility are still to be confirmed.
New device is the largest high-resolution mobile phone yet.
Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.
TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."
"When the first hyperfocal distance charts were designed, someone decided that an acceptably sharp background contained some blur — enough to notice in a medium-sized print [...] After that point, nearly every other hyperfocal chart followed suit."
The rugged, compact 360° action camera Kodak unveiled at Photokina in 2016, the Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, is finally available in the United States.
Before he became the iconic director whose name we've all heard, a teenage Stanley Kubrick struck up a business relationship with New York’s Look magazine. No surprise: he was an incredibly talented photographer.
Western Digital just debuted a new, higher capacity WD Gold internal hard drive. The new drive offers 12TB of storage and class-leading reliability to the tune of a 550TB/year workload rating.
Photography enthusiast Michael Sechler recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… so why didn't he make dime for his work?
Nissin claims the new Super Light Stand LS-50C is the lightest light stand in the world. Weighing in at just 575g/1.2lbs, it can still hold up to 1.5kg/3.3lb.
The new seamless Granite and Limestone backgrounds join Lastolite's nascent panoramic background range, measuring in at 4m wide.
SLR Magic's latest lens for Sony E-Mount cameras looks like a good option for landscape and architectural photographers, as well as video-shooters.
"Dear Canon [...] since the launch of the Canon 5DMK2 way back in March 2008 it has been extremely hard to be genuinely excited about any new cameras you have released."
A new version of Kenko’s 400mm mirror lens is to be released this month that is said to feature better anti-reflective coatings for improved flare performance.
Sigma users who want a rear filter holder on their Canon mount 14mm f/1.8 Art lens can now pay the company to fit one on there for them.
Taking pictures in a hurricane can be extremely dangerous. If you're not prepared and careful, you could end up like the guy in this video.
Adobe has updated two of its Raw processing modules for use with the Nikon D850 and a range of new Nikon lenses.
Corephotonics has published a white paper on "The Evolution of Zoom Camera Technologies in Smartphones", covering early telescopic zooms up to the latest dual-cam systems.
How do cover a tragedy as wide-ranging as the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston? Chicago-based photojournalist Alyssa Schukar shares her experience preparing for and shooting Harvey for the NY Times.
A website is selling Instagram users' private contact information for $10 per search. Worse yet, security experts who analyzed a sample of 10,000 allegedly stolen records say the data is legitimate.
What's it like having your photo go viral, become a meme, and take on a life of its own? Photographer Antonio Guillem, the man who took the 'distracted boyfriend' photo, shares his experience.
Instagram's latest update lets you view its popular Snapchat clone "Stories" on desktop or mobile browsers. And soon you'll be able to upload to Stories from mobile web, too.
The Moto X4's dual-camera combines a 12MP main module with an 8MP 120-degree super-wide-angle camera, a similar concept to what we've seen on LG's recent high-end devices.
"While vanity magazines can provide valuable learning experiences for photographers who are set on climbing the ladder, the same skills can be learned by other means and, more often, to better effect."
The XZ1 and XZ1 compact smartphones take over much of the flagship XZ Premium's camera specification, and will be the first devices to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo.
The LG V30's video mode offers manual control over shutter speeds and sound levels, cinematic effect filters and a point zoom function, among other movie-centric features.
Syrian photographer Hosam Katan shares his experience photographing the ongoing conflict in his home country, getting shot by a sniper, and more.
The latest Instagram update now lets you share portrait, landscape, OR square format photos in their multi-photo posts. The catch: you can't mix formats.
Photographer Louis DeLuca's photo of Houston SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carrying Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aidan "offers a bit of hope in the middle of a tough story in the middle of a tough news year."
As the name implies, the new 360fly 4K Pro can capture Ultra HD footage... but it doesn't stop there. This little single-lens 360° cam can livestream that footage, too.
"Cleveland, OH – A local shooter recently switched from Canon to Sony and was pleased to discover that he awoke the next morning as a master photographer..."
The New York Times has published a powerful photo essay that follows the entire 16-year arc of the United States' War in Afghanistan—one photo per year, starting with 2017 and moving backwards to 2001.
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