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Nikon to release 800mm telephoto lens

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Nikon to release 800mm telephoto lens
Nikon announced yesterday that it will add an 800mm  f5.6 supertelephoto lens to its product line, helping reduce some competition between Nikon and its rival Canon. Nikon has not mentioned how much it will cost nor when it will ship, but we are expecting somewhere around the same price as Canon's EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM, which comes in at $13,000.

Although this seems like an extremely high price to the average customer, it is definitely worth it for professional photographers, especially those who do nature shots such as bird watching, and obviously  paparazzi photographers (they can even have much more expensive lenses).

Nikon also mentioned that it will show off the 800mm lens at the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany this September. We'll keep you updated on the status of the 800mm supertelephoto lens as more info becomes available.

Nikon 800mm f/5.6 Super-telephoto Lens

Nikon 800mm f/5.6 Super-telephoto Lens
Nikon Corporation has announced the availability of the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 super-telephoto lens. As its name suggests, the lens offers a fixed focal length of 800mm and a maximum aperture of f/5.6. The Nikon 800mm f/5.6 is compatible with Nikon's FX-format cameras. The Nikon 800mm f/5.6 super-telephoto lens is also dust- and water-resistance. [PhotographyBay]

Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD 1080p Dive Mask Camera

Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD 1080p Dive Mask Camera
Liquid Image has also launched its new Wide Angle Scuba Series HD 1080p Dive Mask Camera. This wearable video camera has a 136-degree wide angle lens, a microSD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB), can capture both 1080p/720p HD video at 30fps/60fps and 12MP still images, and is waterproof to an impressive depth of 40m/130ft. The Wide Angle Scuba Series HD 1080p Dive Mask Camera is available now in the UK with an RRP of 329.99 GBP (about $514). [Liquid Image]

Lexar XQD memory cards announced, will duel with Sony for Nikon D4's attention

Lexar XQD memory cards announced, will duel with Sony for Nikon D4's attention
 Nikon's D4 is currently the only belle at the XQD ball, and until now, Sony was its only memory suitor. However, Lexar's just arrived with a new line of cards to compete for the D4's affections. The Fremont-based company says it collaborated with Nikon to build the PCI Express-based memory, and that they'll hit the market sometime in the third quarter of 2012 - with no mention of specs or prices so far. Unfortunately, that means we don't know how Lexar's offerings will stack up against Sony's H-series or S-series cards already on the market. That said, while you wait for more details about Lexar's new cards, feel free to check out the lovely data the D4 will be putting on 'em when they arrive.

Samsung's New Smart Camera EX2F, How Smart?

Samsung's New Smart Camera EX2F, How Smart?
In addition to the 1x1.7x12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, the EX2F also allows users to shoot in RAW mode just like the pros. Other highlights include: 3.0" Swivel AMOLED display; HDMI output; 1080x30p Full HD Movie Recording with stereo sound; Dual Capture feature,; and many more.

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera  
With digital cameras that now abound in the market today, it can be quite hard to choose one that has all the features that one wants. While there are many digital cameras to choose from, only quite a few offers a way to print out those captured images in an instant. You can rely on cameras like the Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera to have such features.

The Polaroid Z2300 is the newest addition to the Polaroid family of instant digital cameras. This unique camera comes with an integrated printer using Zink Technology that enables instant printing of captured images in the camera in less than a minute. It is a feature that not all digital cameras can offer.

The Polaroid Z2300 features a 10MP sensor camera capable of printing 2×3″ photos that are water resistant, smudge proof and tear resistant. The camera also comes with a 3-inch LCD for viewing photos. The Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera is available at Polaroid for US$160.

Point Grey Flea3 4K Camera

Point Grey Flea3 4K Camera  
While 4K cameras are not that popular among consumers, they do provide videos that come with higher resolutions. This makes them quite useful for a variety of industrial uses. It also makes an able webcam for business use since they offer better hi-res videos for video conferences. It is for this reason that size counts, much like what the Point Grey Flea3 4K Camera offers.

The Point Grey Flea3 4K camera is considered as one of the smallest and fastest USB 3.0 cameras in the world today. Able to provide hi-res videos in such a small package, the Point Grey Flea3 camera comes with a Sony Exmor R sensor. Although it is capable of recording video in hi-res, it may not yet be able to offer cinema-grade videos since it only records at 21fps using full resolution. Despite this limitation, the Flea3 can offer a wide range of uses as a camera for optical inspection, interactive multimedia and broadcast.

The Point Grey Flea3 comes in several models ranging from 1.3MP to 8.8MP sensors. Its impressive features come at a steep price. The Flea3 4K Camera is available at Point Grey for up to US$945. It is not something that ordinary consumers can afford readily.

Samsung upstages Sony with f/1.4-equipped EX2F point-and-shoot for $549

Samsung upstages Sony with f/1.4-equipped EX2F point-and-shoot for $549
Samsung's been flaunting its WiFi-equipped Smart cameras throughout the last year, but with a generally significant trade-off in image quality, we haven't been terribly impressed. This 12.4-megapixel CMOS shooter packs an f/1.4-2.7 lens — quite a feat for any point-and-shoot — along with a full-size hot shoe, dual image stabilization, a top ISO setting of 12,800 (extended), a 24-79mm 3.3x lens and a 3-inch swivel VGA-resolution AMOLED display. That's in addition to the full manual shooting mode, RAW option, 1080x30p HD video capture and the standard plethora of WiFi options, including Remote Viewfinder and Auto Backup.

Accessory add-ons include an optical viewfinder, external mic and a secondary flash (a smaller pop-up model is built-in, and retracts when not in use). There's no hint of pricing or availability, but with that industry-leading f/1.4 lens, pro-level features and AMOLED display, we're certain that the EX2F won't come cheap. Samsung has confirmed that the camera will be priced at $549, and is scheduled to hit stores in August.

Nikon releases D4 firmware 1.02 with minor display, formatting, network stability improvements in tow

Nikon releases D4 firmware 1.02 with minor display, formatting, network stability improvements in tow
Have you managed to get your hands on Nikon's elusive D4 full-frame DSLR? It should be smooth sailing from here, with the occasional firmware update being your only critical acquisition going forward. D4 firmware 1.02 brings a handful of minor fixes, but if you're in need of any of the enhancements listed below, it's surely a must have:
  • Format memory card can now be added to My Menu.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera's monitor has now been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • The stability of network connections when the FTP upload option is selected has been increased.
  • When recording movies using a lens with an aperture ring in [P] or [S] exposure mode, and Aperture ring selected for Custom Setting f10: Customize command dials>Aperture setting, the minimum aperture was applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • When a still image captured during movie recording with 1920 ×1080; 30 fps; crop, 1920 × 1080; 25 fps; crop, or 1920 × 1080; 24 fps; crop selected for Movie settings>Frame size/frame rate and Live frame grab selected for Custom Setting g4: Assign shutter button was displayed in Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the position of the focus point displayed differed from actual recording position. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the camera to freeze when attempting to format a memory card (setup menu > Format memory card) while the camera was connected to a network in HTTP server mode has been resolved.

Extreme Sports Action Camera

Extreme Sports Action Camera  
Check out this affordable ‘Extreme Sports Action Camera' from Light In The Box. Priced at just $54.99, the camera sports a 1.3MP CMOS image sensor, a 64MB of internal memory, a microSD card slot (up to 8GB), a USB 2.0 port, a Li-ion battery and has the ability to capture 640 x 480 VGA video at 30fps. [Product Page]

Nikon debuts new 18-300mm VR lens, brings highest zoom range yet to its DSLRs

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nikon debuts new 18-300mm VR lens, brings highest zoom range yet to its DSLRs
The latest telephoto zoom lens from Nikon packs in the highest zoom ratio we've seen on an APS-C or DX lens. The Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5x6 G ED VR cranks up the zoom to 16.7X, but pairs this with the aperture range of its existing telephoto lenses, ready for some bokeh-heavy close-ups. You'll be paying for that superzoom privilege, however, as the lens is set to arrive later this month, commanding a $1,000 premium. It's joined by a new standard-zoom lens, the FX-compatible Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 ED VR, which also arrives later this month, priced at $600.

Canon EOS-1D X to arrive next week, just in time for dessert

Canon EOS-1D X to arrive next week, just in time for dessert
So you eBayed your Canon EOS 5D back in April, all in good faith, ready for the EOS-1D X that never came. Well, that gap in your photoblog should end next week — according to updated info from the camera maker. The latest details suggest that the flagship shooter should be hitting stores on June 20th, along with a clutch of accessories. You'd better initiate that PayPal withdrawal now, though, as CNET reports that a US representative for the firm told them that, while stocks will be available, they'd initially be in limited supply. Full stocks, however, should be here in time for to shoot your own HD Olympics.

GoPro Wi-Fi BackPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit Sets your GoPro Camera Free

GoPro Wi-Fi BackPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit Sets your GoPro Camera Free  
Set your GoPro Hero or Hero2 camera free with the new Wi-Fi BackPac and Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit. The new kit gives you the ability to remotely control  up to 50 cameras at a time at up to 600 feet (180m) away. The remote control gives you full  control of the camera, including the mode and settings. The Wi-Fi BacPac includes its own built-in battery, so your camera doesn't get too much of a power hit.

Coming with a future firmware upgrade but only for the Hero2 will be the ability to control your GoPro: live preview, playback and transfer your action photos or videos with your smartphone or tablet, and also the ability to stream live to the Web (assuming you have a network connection) .

The Wi-Fi Combo Kit is $99.99, with additional Wi-Fi BackPacs being $59.99

Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter for Canon Cameras

Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter for Canon Cameras
The WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter from Satechi is designed for compatible EOS Canon cameras.  This shutter-release tool lets you set a timer to delay shooting a photo, managing exposure time, setting a shooting interval and organizing a number of shots from up to 50 feet away.  It has a beeping alert to indicate the shutter is currently active and counts down the seconds until the shutter goes off.  There's also a light to indicate when the timer has been set.   It's $59.99 at Satechi and at Amazon.com.

Pentax Q Digital Camera With 5-15mm Lens Available For Pre-Order

Pentax Q Digital Camera With 5-15mm Lens Available For Pre-Order
You can now pre-order Pentax's newest digital camera ‘Q' in the US via B&H Photo. This compact interchangeable lens camera retails for $699 and comes bundled with a 5-15mm lens. Specs-wise, the Q sports a 12.4MP 1x2.3″ Backlit CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch (460K-dot) LCD display, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, DNG RAW + JPEG Images support, Q's bokeh control filter, an HDMI port and 1080p Full HD capture. [Product Page]

iSteady Shot Pro-Holder – Keep your GoPro steady

iSteady Shot Pro-Holder – Keep your GoPro steady
 Sick of all your GoPro videos being all shaky and unsteady? Even worse, sick of watching someone else's shaky videos? The iSteady Pro-holder is a lightweight  aircraft-grade aluminum camera mount for the GoPro camera series (see related links).  It mounts using your standard GoPro mounting system with an aluminum easy-detach clip. With three bottom tripod mounts and a top accessories/light mount, the Pro-Holder is a versatile mounting system and can be used to help take the shake and wiggle out of your videos.

Available from iSteadyshot for $49.99

Rollei Fotopro TT-1

Rollei Fotopro TT-1
Rollei is back with its latest product in the form of the Rollei Fotopro TT-1. It consists of a compact X4i travel tripod and a waterproof B1 bag. The X4i aluminium tripod has a maximum load capacity of 5kg and a total height of 1.44m. You can fold it down to 32mm for storage. The B1 bag can accommodate both the tripod itself and a small DSLR camera with two lenses and other accessories. The Rollei Fotopro TT-1 retails for €199.95 or around $250. [Rollei]

Canon unveils the new EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i - get in touch with your creative side

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Canon unveils the new EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i - get in touch with your creative side
Canon today launches the EOS 650D - a new, easy-to-use Digital SLR (DSLR) that offers high image quality and simple touch-screen operation, allowing anyone to capture beautiful images and Full HD movies. Ideal for photography beginners, the EOS 650D combines intelligent automatic shooting modes with a range of advanced features - making it easy-to-use today, with a full range of manual modes to explore tomorrow.

The EOS 650D is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system, which ensures exceptional detail in stills and continuous autofocus tracking when shooting movies. At the camera's heart is an 18 megapixel (MP) Hybrid CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 processing, enabling the capture of sharp, full resolution images at up to 5 frames per second (fps). A Vari-angle capacitive touch-screen also makes camera operation quick and easy, providing instant access to an extensive range of settings and scene modes.

The EOS 650D offers outstanding image quality and performance. Its newly-developed 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor provides super-fine resolution, capturing poster-sized images that are rich in colour and detail. Ideal for shooting in low light without flash, the camera features a native 100-12,800 ISO range, allowing the capture of natural-looking shots with minimal noise, while an expanded ISO 25,600 range also offers the ability to shoot in more extreme low-light conditions.

The EOS 650D is the first entry-level EOS to be powered by Canon DIGIC 5 processing, offering greater speed, responsiveness and advanced colour rendition. DIGIC 5's 14-bit image processing provides beautiful and subtle transitions between colour tones, such as those of an evening sky, and its vastly-increased power also makes the camera ideal for capturing fast-moving action such as football or other sports.

The new dual AF system makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. A superior 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View[1] mode.

Getting the perfect shot has never been easier thanks to the new 7.7cm (3.0") Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen. Featuring capacitive technology, the screen is highly responsive and supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping - making it easy to access shooting modes, alter settings and even capture a shot using the screen alone.

Touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. You can select AF points, track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the camera's Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant and intuitive, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. The Vari-angle hinge allows the screen to be angled and tilted to suit virtually any situation, while a super-sharp 1,040k-dot resolution ensures every detail is clearly displayed.

The EOS 650D makes it easy for anyone to shoot Full HD (1920x1080p) videos. Thanks to Hybrid AF, users can focus exclusively on story-telling while the camera continuously tracks the subject. New EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses are also ideal for shooting videos, utilising a virtually-silent stepper motor to ensure movies are smoother and clearer than ever.

With Video Snapshot mode, anyone can create fun, fast-paced videos with a professionally-edited feel. Snapshots can be recorded in two, four, or eight second segments, and then combined or reordered in-camera ahead of playback. An integrated mini-HDMI port also makes it easy to share the results on any HDTV.

Two brand new shooting modes located on the mode dial help beginners to shoot confidently in difficult lighting conditions. HDR Backlight Control tackles tricky, brightly-backlit scenes by capturing three different exposures - under, correctly, and over-exposed - and combining them into one HDR image displaying both highlight and shadow detail. Handheld Night Scene, meanwhile, makes it easier to capture beautiful low-light evening shots with no tripod, rapidly shooting four different images before combining them into one detailed, blur-free picture.

The camera's range of shooting modes also allows you to explore the boundaries of your creativity. Basic+ allows you to go beyond basic automatic settings, with a range of presets you can use to dramatically and instantly alter the mood of a shot. Canon's fun range of Creative Filters can now be applied to images using the Touch-screen, with new 'Art Bold Effect' and 'Water Painting Effect' offering more ways to apply a creative twist to a shot. If you simply want to point and shoot, Scene Intelligent Auto mode does the work for you - analysing the scene and automatically selecting the best settings, so you can take great shots out of the box.

As part of Canon's EOS system, the EOS 650D is compatible with the world's most comprehensive selection of lenses and accessories. Over 60 EF lenses cover everything from wide-angle and macro to extreme telephoto, and countless accessories provide the tools to meet virtually any creative challenge.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon has announced a new lens for its EOS system namely the EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM. The lens features an intelligent optical Image Stabilizer, a new stepper motor (STM) and electromagnetic diaphragms for smooth and accurate control over aperture for video shooting. The company will release the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM later this month for $549 a pop. [Dpreview]

Sony Alpha 57 DSLR Camera with 12fps Continuous Shooting

Sony Alpha 57 DSLR Camera with 12fps Continuous Shooting
I found the Alpha 57 with 18-55 Lens Kit at Amazon.co.uk from £587, but I'm not sure such price stays that low as Amazon.co.uk also sells the Alpha 37 with 18-55 Lens Kit from £501.79. The Alpha 57 is also suitable for beginners, thanks to the Auto Portrait Framing, a new feature that utilising face detection and the compositional 'rule of thirds'. Composition is the most important key in producing beatiful pictures, but color and tonal also play a big role. Sony Alpha 57 comes with a range of in-camera Picture Effects includes 11 effect types and 15 variations.

Available since April 2012, the Sony Alpha 57 is compatible with Sony A-mount lenses. Other highlights include: ISO 100 - 16000; HDMI mini connector; 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD; Built-in flash; Auto HDR; Shutter speed 1x4000-30sec, Bulb; Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card; and many more.

Canon EOS 650D DSLR Camera

Canon EOS 650D DSLR Camera
Canon UK is set to release another DSLR camera called the EOS 650D. This easy-to-use camera will sport an 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor, a 3.0-inch Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen, Canon's DIGIC 5 processor, a dual AF system, 100-12,800 ISO range, 5fps continuous shooting mode, a mini-HDMI port and 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities. The EOS 650D will become available from June 15th for $849.99 RRP (Body only). [PhotographyBlog]

Waterproof Case For Sony NEX-5N

Friday, June 8, 2012

Waterproof Case For Sony NEX-5N
Online store GeekStuff4U has rolled out the waterproof case for Sony NEX-5N in Japan. It is actually a polycarbonate hard case for the Sony NEX-5N. The case provides access for all buttons and wheel. The double-lock function ensures that the case is not released suddenly even if there is some pressure from outside. You can buy the waterproof case for Sony NEX-5N for $285.20. Each purchase comes equipped with a camera strap and a belt. [Product Page]

Canon introduces new Rebel T4i camera

Canon introduces new Rebel T4i camera  
It was just a little awhile ago when wrote about the rumor surrounding Canon's T4i camera that was first spotted by Canon Rumors. Oh well, the leak turned out to be genuine after all. Canon officially announced the T4i camera just a few minutes ago. The EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera is Canon's flagship device that features an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 Image Processor that boasts high-speed continuous shooting of up to five  frames per second (fps). Canon also said that the camera will include a revolutionary new autofocus (AF) system to help capture fast, sharp focus and smooth HD videos.

The said autofocus system will also include a nine-point all cross-type sensor array and a new Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. Other notable features of camera include Canon's new Movie Servo AF that promises to give continuous autofocus during video recording. Canon said via press release that the EOS Rebel T4i camera will be available before the month of June ends. Estimated retail price of the camera will be $849.99 for the body alone. More details of the camera can be found via the official press release.

Canon touts EOS Rebel T4i with improved video focusing system, EF-S 18-135mm and EF 40mm silent lenses (hands-on)

Canon touts EOS Rebel T4i with improved video focusing system, EF-S 18-135mm and EF 40mm silent lenses (hands-on)
There wasn't much reason to upgrade with last year's T3i, but that's certainly not the case with the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. This new entry-level DSLR packs a redesigned 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with brand-new focus capabilities, enabling the camera to use both phase- and contrast-detection autofocus when paired with one of two new STM lenses. The center portion of the sensor uses traditional phase-detection technology, while points nearer to the perimeter aid by recognizing contrast in a scene, enabling a more accurate autofocus technique for both stills and video shooting. On the video front, the new lenses - an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for $550 or the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "pancake" for $200 - allow for much more silent zoom and focusing during video capture, so you don't need to worry about those sensitive stereo mics picking up mechanical noise. The camera still did a bit of focus hunting while recording video during our hands-on, but autofocus performance was quite impressive while capturing stills, even in low light. On the spec front, there's an articulating 3-inch Clear View smudge-resistant glass LCD, with a 1.04-megapixel resolution and new capacitive multitouch functionality, letting you pinch and zoom pictures and tap your way through menus just the same - you'll still have the full array of physical controls if you'd prefer to go that route. There's the same bounty of video modes available with the T3i and T2i, including 1080 at 30p, 25p and 24p, 1080x60i and 50i, and VGA at 30 and 25 frames-per-second - there's also a stereo mic on board, along with a dedicated microphone input jack on the side. In burst mode, the T4i can snap up to 5 consecutive frames per second. The camera also includes the same LP-E8 battery pack as previous Rebels, with a 1120mAh capacity. The Rebel T4i will be available in a body-only configuration for $850, $950 with the 18-55mm kit lens or $1200 with the new 18-135mm STM optic, all of which are set to ship later this month. If you feel that the new features don't justify the price, you'll rest easy knowing that Canon has no plans to pull the T3i from store shelves - that T2i, however, is destined for retirement.

GoPro WiFi BacPac + WiFi Remote Combo Kit: Control 50 GoPros at Once

GoPro WiFi BacPac + WiFi Remote Combo Kit: Control 50 GoPros at Once
 Do you have an arsenal of 50 GoPro cameras and don't know what to make of them? You can control them all with the same time, thanks to the newly-announced GoPro WiFi BacPac + WiFi Remote Combo Kit.

The WiFi BacPac allows you to make your HD Hero and HD Hero2 cameras WiFi-capable. Meanwhile, the WiFi Remote enables to control remotely up to 50 GoPro cameras within a 600-foot range simultaneously.

You can also control as many cameras from your smartphone or tablet with the help of the BacPac, as soon as the GoPro App is available. The app will also allow you to control the cameras straight from your smartphone, but also get live preview and playback videos and photos taken with your GoPros. You can transfer content from the cameras to your smartphone or tablet by WiFi, and even livestream GoPro content straight to your phone.

The GoPro Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Combo Kit is available at GoPro.com and authorized dealers in U.S. and Europe for only $99.99

The Sony DSC-RX100 Might be my Next Travel Camera

The Sony DSC-RX100 Might be my Next Travel Camera  
Last week I was on vacation up in Michigan and took a brand new camera that I had purchased especially for the trip with me only to figure out that it was too bulky to carry around. The Olympus OM-D EM-5 is a fantastic mirrorless camera if you don't mind the size and weight. I did. So I ended up using my iPhone for most of the trip. When I got back home, I sold the Olympus and another mirrorless camera I had recently purchased (Sony NEX-7) and decided to just be happy with my iPhone… at least till my next vacation this Fall. But then yesterday I saw the announcements for the Sony DSC-RX100 camera and it looks like it might be a perfect travel camera for me. The RX100 is very compact, but boasts 20.2 MP, houses a 1″ CMOS sensor and a 3.6x Carl Zeiss 28-100mm zoom lens. The $648.00 price seems high for a point and shoot camera. but I might splurge on the Sony DSC-RX100, which is currently available for pre-order from BHPhoto

Xdreme HD – 1080P Full HD Extreme Sports Action Camera

Xdreme HD – 1080P Full HD Extreme Sports Action Camera
 Snap extreme quality pictures and video for any sports, on any locations with the Xdreme HD. This new 1080P Full HD extreme sports action camera (Waterproof IP68) has a 5.0-megapixel 1x2.5 CMOS image sensor, a 140-degree wide-angle lens, a 4x digital zoom, a 1.5-inch TFT screen, an SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32GB), Automatic Image Orientation function, a built-in microphone, a mini USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a TV-out, a 1800mAh battery and can capture both 1080p Full HD video at 25x30fps as well as up to 16MP digital still images (interpolated mode). The Xdreme HD sells for $159.34. [Product Page]

Sony's New Advanced Cyber-shot RX100 Camera Packs Large Sensor and Bright Lens into Stylish, Pocket-Size Body

Sony's New Advanced Cyber-shot RX100 Camera Packs Large Sensor and Bright Lens into Stylish, Pocket-Size Body
Travelling light no longer means compromisingon picture quality with the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 camera, Sony's new flagship compact camera 20Mpix.

Striking the ultimate balance of form and function, the stylish, aluminium-built RX100 camera inherits many advanced imaging features from Sony's α range of A-mount and E-mount cameras, delivering beautiful still images, crisp full HD videos and a level of manual control and creativity unmatched by any other camera of its size.

“This camera is ideal for travel, portraits or street photography, delivering impressive resultsin a variety of lighting conditions with an intuitive, customizable control interface,” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “It's a perfect step-up model for point and shoot users not interested in larger DSLR or compact system cameras, and also an outstanding choice for enthusiasts who may already own a large DSLR and are looking for a high-quality, pocket-sized 'all-in-one' second camera.”

At the heart of the Cyber-shot RX100 is the world's first 1.0-inch type Exmor® CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2 effective megapixels. Specially developed by Sony, the sensor has an area that's approximately four times larger than the 1x2.3-type sensors in traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor's larger area takes in more light while capturing content, resulting in beautiful, detail-packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise.

The larger sensor is partnered with an exceptionally bright Carl Zeiss®Vario-Sonnar T* fixed lens with 3.6x optical zoom range. In contrast to standard point-and-shoot cameras, it has a wide F1.8 maximum aperture to let in additional light and complement the resolving power of the larger sensor.

Similar to high-performance DSLR optics, the lens features seven- bladed circular aperture. This makes it easy to produce images with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred, beautifully defocused background. The lens also features an Advanced Aspherical (AA) lens element that contributes to the camera's extremely compact dimensions without sacrificing optical zoom performance or resolution.

Newly optimized to complement the 1.0-inch type sensor and lens, the camera's powerful BIONZ® image processor maximizes shooting response times while helping assure exceptionally clean, natural images. It also extends sensitivity right up to ISO 25600 (using Multi Frame Noise Reduction), allowing for exceptionally clear handheld images in low light conditions. To capture fast-moving subjects, the RX100 camera can also shoot at up to 10 frames per second (in full resolution) and has high-speed autofocus that locks onto a subject in as quicklyas 0.13 seconds (depends on scene and lighting conditions).

The new RX100 camera features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,229k dot Xtra Fine LCD™ display and also adds a new feature: WhiteMagic™ technology. This uses additional white pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors in bright sunlight.

For making manual adjustments while shooting both still images and movies, the new camera has a smooth control ring around the lens body, which can be used to alter exposure, zoom, creative picture effects and a variety of other customizable functions. Additionally, frequently used functions can be assigned to the Fn (function) button for instant access, and the Memory Recall feature can store up to three groups of customized shooting settings based on user preference.

Similar to a DSLR-style interface, there's a choice of auto and manual focus modes on the Cyber-shot RX100 camera for enhanced image control. For those that prefer focusing manually, MF Assist magnifies images to simplify fine adjustments, and there's also a pro-style peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.

The RX100 camera offers a generous choice of artistic options to expand creative shooting possibilities. It includes the option for six different creative styles and a variety of popular picture effects including Toy Camera, Partial Color, HDR Painting and several others, most of which can be previewed directly on screen before shooting.

The new Cyber-shot features Auto Portrait Framing - a feature found on Sony's latest α range of A-mount and E-mount cameras — making it simple to create sharp, perfectly framed portraits. This unique feature automatically detects faces in a scene, crops the picture accordingly creates a tighter, pro-style composition at full resolution. Both the original and cropped photo are saved for review.

New accessories include a spare battery, dedicated carrying case and a battery charger designed to complement to the new camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 boosts image quality with 1-inch sensor, f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens (hands-on video)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 boosts image quality with 1-inch sensor, f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens (hands-on video)
With little room to grow (or shrink) on the housing front, we've begun to see manufacturers take a different approach with point-and-shoot cameras, boosting the size of image sensors to present a clear advantage over smartphone cams, which continue to cannibalize their dedicated counterparts. Sony, for its part, has just announced what's by far the most compelling Cyber-shot to date - the DSC-RX100. To the amateur's eye, this all-aluminum pocketable camera looks like any old high-end point-and-shoot, with a familiar compact design and a small, permanently attached optical zoom lens. Hiding behind that f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 3.6x zoom optic, however, is this model's true gem: a 1-inch (13.2x8.8mm) 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, offering four times the area of the 1x1.7-inch imagers found in most comparably sized devices. A larger sensor means sharper details, improved low-light performance and that creamy shallow depth-of-field that's synonymous with large ILCs. Having an f/1.8 lens on-board also doesn't hurt - the optic offers a maximum aperture range of f/1.8-4.9, but can still manage captures just beyond f/2.8 at the 50mm position, giving it significant versatility. There's also a 3-inch 1,229k-dot LCD with a new technology called WhiteMagic, which adds white pixels to boost outdoor visibility while still delivering VGA resolution. A pair of control dials - one surrounding the lens and the second on the rear - enable direct access to frequent settings. There's a full manual mode on-board, giving you complete control over both stills and 1080x60p video, along with RAW capture, a seven-blade circular aperture and a BIONZ imaging processor, with support for ISO 80-25,600. The RX100 is packaged with a new battery, which is capable of 330 shots on a single charge, and packs a MS/SDXC slot, HDMI port and a USB port with charging capability. There's also a 10 frames-per-second continuous mode, 13 Picture Effect options and features that were previously only available on Sony's interchangeable lens models, like Sweep Panorama. The RX100 is designed as an all-in-one unit, so there's no microphone input or hot shoe to be found, but given the camera's incredibly small size, we really don't mind. What's slightly less encouraging, however, is the price tag - the RX100 will run you $650 when it hits stores in July, while accessories like a jacket case ($85), battery pack ($50) and screen protector ($12) place it further out of reach.

Sony Handycam HDR-GW77V has pocket camcorder form-factor and waterproof design, we go hands-on

Sony Handycam HDR-GW77V has pocket camcorder form-factor and waterproof design, we go hands-on
Waterproof camcorders have traditionally been popular in the pool but less compelling on land, given the somewhat-cumbersome designs, so-so image quality and form-factors that aren't necessarily more comfortable than a similarly equipped smartphone. This may describe nearly every pocket cam you've considered, but not Sony's new Handycam - instead, think of the HDR-GW77V as a high-end camcorder you'll want to use everywhere, that happens to be just as rugged as it is practical. The camera packs the standard ruggedized punch, with a waterproof rating to 16 feet, the ability to survive a five-foot drop and a dustproof housing (though that's typically a given for tightly-sealed cams). You wouldn't think to take still photos with your camcorder, but Sony wants you to just that - to the tune of 20.4 megapixels. The Handycam's 10x optical zoom lens can capture static frames just as easily as motion, with features like optical SteadyShot and Sweep Panorama, though the 1x3.91-inch CMOS sensor means you shouldn't expect point-and-shoot-level image quality. The GW77V can shoot 1080x60p video and features a wide-angle 29.8mm G lens, along with a 3-inch 921k-dot ExtraFine touch-enabled LCD. There's a dual Memory Stick M2/microSD slot, 16GB of internal memory and a GPS module with built-in NAVTEQ maps to boot (accounting for roughly 2.7 gigs of that internal storage). We spent a few minutes shooting with the GW77V and were quite pleased with its performance - the Handycam was very responsive, with very fast focusing and an Optical SteadyShot feature that resulted in smooth footage, even while holding the camera by hand with the lens zoomed in completely. This certainly isn't your run-of-the-mill waterproof model, but considering the $700 price tag, you wouldn't expect it to be. The Handycam HDR-GW77V is slated to hit stores in silver, blue and black later this month.

Induro Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set

Induro Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set
The new Induro Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set supports up to 220 lbs. This tripod features a short Aluminum Alloy tripod (LFB100) with 100mm Bowl, and a 100mm Half Ball Adapter (HB100). Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment. The Induro Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Set retails for $279. [Induro]

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Compact Camera

Upcoming Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Compact Camera
Here we have the leaked pictures of Sony's upcoming Cybershot DSC-RX100 compact camera. The camera will feature a 13.2X8.8Mm Exmor CMOS sensor (type 1.0 effective number of pixels 20.2 million pixels), a 3.0-inch LCD screen (1,229,000 dots), Vario-Sonnar T * lens, ISO sensitivity (100 and 80 in the expansion), NR ISO125-6400 in auto: ISO125-25600 in auto, RAW image support and 1080 60p AVCHD 28M Full HD video recording capabilities. Unfortunately, there's no word on pricing and release date yet. [Photo Rumors]

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens For Canon DSLR

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro Lens For Canon DSLR The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro lens for Canon EOS DSLR is now available for just $769. For your info, the original price was $969, so you can save $200. This Macro lens features a splash resistant design for use in harsh conditions. The Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro lens also has a rounded 9 blade diaphragm, a non-rotating front lens and an optical stabilizer (OS). [Product Page]

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Monday, April 30, 2012

Blackmagic Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera features a high-resolution 2.5K sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range, allowing the camera to capture 2.5K (2432 x 1366) 12bit RAW footage. The camera provides a high-speed Thunderbolt port and a capacitive touchscreen LCD display for camera settings and slate metadata entry. It is also compatible with extremely high quality Canon EF and Zeiss ZF lenses. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera will be available in July 2012 for $2,995 each. [Blackmagic]

Micro Innovations ChatCam 4310100 Webcam

Micro-Innovations-ChatCam-4310100-Webcam
Stay in touch with your friends and family with this affordable webcam ‘ChatCam 4310100′ from Micro Innovations. This USB webcam has a 0.3MP CMOS sensor, a built-in microphone and can capture 640 x 480 VGA video. The ChatCam 4310100 retails for just $14.99. [Product Page]

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G Lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G Lens
Nikon is ready to launch the new AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G wide-angle lens. This lens enables photographers to capture high-quality pictures in low-light environments without flash unit. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G comes jam packed with a Silent Wave Motor for quiet autofocusing, and a Nano Crystal Coat that prevents ghosting and flaring. The fixed focal length lens also provides the M/A mode (autofocus with manual override) and M mode (manual focus). Nikon will release the AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G wide-angle lens at the end of May 2012 for $699.95. [Press Release]

Samsung NX20 Mirrorless WiFi Digital Camera With 18-55mm Lens Available For Pre-Order

Samsung-NX20-Mirrorless-WiFi-Digital-Camera-With-18-55mm-Lens
B&H Photo has begun taking pre-orders for Samsung’s upcoming mirrorless wifi digital camera ‘NX20′. The camera retails for $1,099 and comes bundled with a 18-55mm (3x) zoom lens. To refresh your memory, the NX20 sports a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS image sensor, a clear 3.0-inch AMOLED swivel display, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, high speed 8.0 fps capture, 2D/3D panorama, WiFi and 1080p Full HD video capture (30fps). [Product Page]

Samsung NX1000 Interchangeable Lens Camera

Samsung-NX1000-Interchangeable-Lens-Camera
Samsung has unveiled another one of its upcoming interchangeable lens camera, the NX1000. Specs-wise, this compact camera sports a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS image sensor, a 3.0-inch TFT LCD 921k-dot display, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, RAW support, ISO up to 12800, WiFi and 1080p Full HD video capture (30fps). The NX1000 is scheduled to hit the market in June 2012 in black and white color options, with pink available in July. Pricing info is still unknown at the moment. [Imaging Resource]

Samsung NX210 WiFi-enabled Digital Camera

Samsung NX210 WiFi-enabled Digital Camera
The new Samsung NX210 is part of its award-winning NX series. The digital camera easily features a 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that produces high quality images in rich color and detail. The Samsung NX210 supports Wi-Fi, allowing quick sharing with friends and family. Additionally, the camera is also fully compatible with the Samsung NX series’ unique i-Function system. The Samsung NX210 compact system camera will be launched in May 2012 for $900. [LetsGoDigital]

Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter enables you to capture high-quality pictures using your Nikon DSLR camera and automatically send them to your smartphone or tablet to share with friends. The device supports Wi-Fi 11b/g/n with a maximum range approximately 10 to 15 meters. The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is priced at $59 each. [Product Page]

The Universal Flash Filter Kit (20-color Rainbow Edition)

The Universal Flash Filter Kit (20-color Rainbow Edition)
The Universal Flash Filter Kit from Photojojo! consists of 20 color flash filters that slip on and off any external flash via an included band. 15 filters are made for adding creative pops of color to your photos, while five filters are for color-correcting and diffusion. The Universal Flash Filter Kit retails for $30. [Photojojo!]

1.3 Megapixel USB Webcam

1.3 Megapixel USB Webcam
For just $23.99, you could grab one of this 1.3 Megapixel USB Webcam from Light In The Box. This affordable webcam comes with a 1.3MP CMOS image sensor, a built-in high quality microphone, a USB 2.0 connection interface and can capture 640 x 480 VGA video at 30fps. [Product Page]

Lomography Monochrome Edition

Lomography Monochrome Edition
Lomographic Society has rolled out three new special edition cameras from the Monochrome Edition series. Known as the Fisheye 2 Faded Denim, the Diana F+ Neptune Green and the Diana Mini Coral Fusion, these film cameras provide several effects that can be found from popular smartphone apps including Instagram or Hipstamatic. The Fisheye 2 Faded Denim retails for $89.89, while the Diana F+ Neptune Green is priced at $101.48. The Diana Mini Coral Fusion is priced at $127.73. [Ubergizmo]

Sony Handycam HDR-GW77V Rugged Pocket HD Camcorder

Sony-Handycam-HDR-GW77V-Rugged-Pocket-HD-Camcorder
Sony will launch a new rugged pocket HD camcorder in Japan. Known as the Handycam HDR-GW77V, this waterproof (down to 5m), shockproof (from 1.5m) and dustproof camcorder sports a 1/3.91 type Exmor R CMOS image sensor, a 10x optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD display, a 16GB of storage, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, GPS, a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port and 1080/60p Full HD video recording capabilities. The Handycam HDR-GW77V will go on sale from May 25th for 70,000 Yen (about $860) in blue, white and black color options.

Nikon Recalls EN-EL15 Battery

Nikon Recalls EN-EL15 Battery
Nikon has decided to recall some EN-EL15 batteries with specific serial numbers. You can locate the lot number for your EN-EL15 battery, which is printed at the bottom of the name plate on the bottom of the battery. If the 9th digit of the EN-EL15 battery lot number is E or F, then the battery needs to be replaced. If the 9th digit of the EN-EL15 battery lot number is A, B, C, D, G or any subsequent letter in the alphabet, then the battery is safe to use. In case you didn’t know, the Nikon EN-EL15 battery is used in the Nikon D7000, D800, D800E and Nikon 1 V1 cameras. [PhotographyBay]

Nikon D600 DSLR Camera Rumored

Nikon-D800-DSLR-Camera
According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is working on their new DSLR camera called the D600, which is basically the successor of D800. This entry-level full frame camera is said to have dual SD card slots, the Auto DX crop mode, GPS and in-camera RAW editor. The D600 itself is expected to hit the market during this summer. [Softpedia]

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 Macro Lens

Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 Macro Lens
Kenko Tokina has announced the availability of the Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 Macro lens for Micro Four Thirds camera system in the Japanese market. Measuring 66mm x 66mm and weighing at just 300 grams, this manual-focus lens comes with a fixed aperture and provides a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2. The Tokina Reflex 300mm f/6.3 Macro lens will be launched in Japan next month for 40,000 Yen ($495) excluding taxes. [Tokina]

Sony NEX-F3 Camera Unveiled

Sony NEX-F3 Camera Unveiled
Here’s a leaked picture of the Sony NEX-F3. According to the picture, the camera features a 16-megapixel sensor and the new BIONZ processor. The Sony NEX-F3 also has a new built-in flash and a 180-degree tiltable LCD display. The Sony NEX-F3 is the successor to the NEX-C3. Stay tuned for more updates. [Sony Alpha Rumors]

Fujifilm FinePix AX550 Digital Camera Available For Pre-Order

Fujifilm-FinePix-AX550-Digital-Camera
You can now pre-order Fujifilm’s latest digital camera ‘FinePix AX550′ in the US via B&H Photo. This compact camera retails for $89.95. In case you didn’t know, the FinePix AX550 packs a 16MP CCD image sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch TFT LCD display, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot and 720p HD video recording capabilities. [Product Page]

Digital Innovations ChatCam 4310400 Webcam

Digital Innovations ChatCam 4310400 Webcam
This affordable USB webcam ‘ChatCam 4310300’ from Digital Innovations comes with a 2MP image sensor, a USB 2.0 connection interface and can capture 1600 x 1200 video at 30fps. The ChatCam 4310400 retails for $32.99. [Product Page]

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