Friday, September 26, 2014
Plasq have released Comic Life 3, the latest edition of its award-winning photo comic creation software for iOS. This edition includes a new suite of image processing tools including new parametric filters and an Instant Alpha tool that makes it easy to knock out backgrounds right inside the app. Comic Life 3 also introduces a script editor letting you create stories right in the app and easily take your words to the comic page thanks to new SmartScript technology. Comic Life 3 for iOS is available from the App Store for $2.99
Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Fujifilm X30 is a brand new premium compact camera with a large 2/3-type 12 megapixel sensor, fast 4x optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, tilting LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and a 60p movie mode. Read our Fujifilm X30 review, complete with full-size sample JPEG and raw images, videos and more...
ACDSee Pro 8 is the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers. The standard version, ACDSee 18, gives any photographer the high-end tools they need to produce professional quality photos and manage their photo library. ACDSee Pro 8 is available for $199.99 and ACDSee 18 is available for $79.99. Both products are also available via subscription starting at $79 per year.
Little Pixels have released a new iPhone app that gives users direct control over white balance, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity. Available for all devices running iOS 8, the Manual – Custom Exposure Camera app also allows you to control focus, engage exposure bracketing, view a live histogram, display various grid overlays and save photos directly to the Camera Roll. Manual – Custom Exposure Camera is available on iTunes for $1.99.
The Polaroid Cube lifestyle action video camera is now available to purchase. Offered in a variety of eye-catching colours, the lightweight, affordably priced Polaroid Cube features a distinctive square design and a range of fun mounts and accessories. The eye catching camera has a wide angle lens with 124° of coverage and can capture high definition video at 1080 or 720p and still images at 6 MP with a simple one-button operation. The camera supports up to 32 gigabytes using a microSD card and allows for up to 90 minutes of video thanks to the high capacity battery. Additionally, the Polaroid Cube is weatherproof and features an integrated microphone and LED-light for usage at night or in the dark. The Polaroid Cube lifestyle action video camera is available for $99.99.
Killspencer has launched the new Precision Pocket Modular Camera Bag Collection. The range includes the Killspencer Precision Pocket camera bag itself ($750), which ismade out of premium leather and features a black bullhide leather flap and taupe leather interior; the Killspencer Precision Pocket Camera Bucket (starting at $120), which fits a Leica T compact system camera (but can be custom ordered to fit any camera); two lens pouches ($69 and $89); an SD memory card carrier (available as in-store custom order only,starting at $150) and a detachable accessory case ($79). A bridle leather and paracord riveted and hand-threaded camera strap is also available for $89.
JP Distribution has announced the UK launch of the Special Edition BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap, designed and created for women, by women. For every sale of these special limited edition straps sold $10 will go directly to The Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation to benefit breast cancer patients. Available now, the BlackRapid KICK Pink Camera Strap has a suggested retail price of £75.
Nero has launched its Nero 2015 Classic and Nero 2015 Platinum digital media suites. Comprising more than 10 brand new mobile apps and significantly enhanced versions of Nero Burning ROM, Nero Video, Nero Recode, Nero Express, and Nero MediaHome; Nero 2015 Classic replaces the previous “standard” editions of the Nero suite, and features a redesigned launcher, support for geotags, integrated cloud access, auto-transcoding and more. Nero 2015 Platinum includes all the characteristic enhancements of Nero 2015 Classic, with the addition of a fully-fledged Blu-ray Disc player (including 3D support), Blu-ray Disc ripping to virtually any video file format, 4K (UHD) video editing and slideshow support, as well as hundreds of additional video effects and retro movie theme templates. Both suites are available now. The recommended prices are £69.99 for Nero 2015 Classic and £89.99 for Nero 2015 Platinum.
HTC has launched a teaser campaign for a new action/sports video camera due to be launched on 8th October. The company has set up a dedicated website and published a movie that was apparently filmed with the new device. Based on some of the scenes in the teaser video, the new HTC action cam will likely be waterproof and capable of shooting slow-motion footage with an ultra-wide lens. Click through to view the clip.
Nikon UK has released a new film by John Wright titled ‘Robo – Trumble’, featuring ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and ‘Studio Bot’, a bespoke robotic camera setup that demonstrates the capabilities of Nikon / MRMC’s remote camera system solution. John Wright, Nikon UK Ambassador, shot the entire film on a Nikon D810 and MRMC robotic head in order to capture multiple angles as Kimberly and Studio Bot perform together. The film highlights the precision and accuracy of the system that affords photographers, videographers and broadcasters complete creative control and the opportunity to shoot from "almost impossible" locations. Click through for the Robo – Trumble film and a behind-the-scenes video.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ahead of our full review, here are sample images taken with the new Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is a waterproof smartphone with 4K Ultra HD movie recording, a 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor, Sony G lens with SteadyShot image stabilisation technology, 5.2" Full HD screen and a new Movie Creator.
Replichrome II: Slide is a new slide film emulation plugin for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. Replichrome II: Slide promises to give you the most faithful emulations available for Agfa, Fujifilm and Kodak slide films - read our Replichrome II: Slide review to find out if that's true...
The Sony ILCE-QX1 is a completely new type of device that converts your smartphone into an interchangeable lens camera. The Sony QX1 is a smart lens device that features a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, Sony e-mount, RAW support, full 1080p video recording, and built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity. Priced at around £249 / $398, read our Sony ILCE-QX1 review to find out if it's what every smartphone owner is looking for...
Calumet UK has launched a new 12 month student membership scheme to offer incentives and discounts for photography academics. The 12-month membership costs £25 per student and includes free sensor cleaning. a free 1:1 session with a Calumet expert, free standard delivery, a £50 rental voucher, and various discounts. Plus, students will also receive £25 worth of free gifts which includes a Selvyt cleaning cloth, an 8GB USB memory stick, a Brilliant paper sample pack and a 24-exposure roll of Ilford FP24 Plus 135 film. Students who purchase the membership will also be entitled to three free entries to the Student Photographer of the Year competition, launching later this year, with prizes totalling up to £5000. Students can join online at the website below.
Spider Camera Holster have announced the launch of their first ever Tilt crowdfunding campaign for their newest product, the SpiderPro Hand Strap. “Over the years, our loyal customers have regularly sent us feedback on what they desire in a hand strap. We listened, and we’ve come up with a strap design that fits our customer’s needs while also meeting Spider Holster’s rigorous product standards,” said Shai Eynav, founder and president of Spider Holster. “We’re incredibly excited to be this close to making the SpiderPro Hand Strap a reality, and this Tilt campaign will make it possible for us to begin putting them in our customers’ hands as early as the 2014 holiday season.” The campaign has just started, but the company has already raised more than $20,000 of their $50,000 goal. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Tilt page for more information.
BenVista have released their new photo resizing software, PhotoZoom Pro 6. "In PhotoZoom Pro 6, we have reinforced our S-Spline Max algorithm with improved detection of tiny details and subtle edges. During enlargement, these are now being reconstructed in a smart way, yielding extremely true-to-nature results. The improvements are particularly spectacular with low resolution originals, which often contain lots of delicate details," says D.S. Schoolwerth, CEO at BenVista. "Moreover, PhotoZoom Pro 6 comes with a new option to enhance the vividness of photos. This comes in very handy when enlarging originals that look a bit dim or lacklustre. PhotoZoom Pro 6 will not only turn them into perfect enlargements, but can also bring these photos to life by adding some extra sunshine." PhotoZoom Pro 6 is available for €169. Upgrade options are available for existing PhotoZoom users.
A number of Canon Cinema EOS digital cameras and lenses have been selected by IMAX Corporation for a mission to capture 4K footage in space. The IMAX production team picked Canon EOS C500 EF digital cinema cameras, Canon EOS 1D-C digital SLR cameras, and a selection of Canon Cinema Zoom and Prime lenses for the project.The cameras and lenses left Earth Saturday on a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The equipment will arrive at the International Space Station, where astronauts will capture 4K content for the upcoming new 3D film, tentatively titled 'A Perfect Planet.' A Perfect Planet will be shot over the course of the next year with multiple crews of astronauts conducting principal photography. The film is tentatively set for release in early 2016.
Microsoft today announced the availability of the Lumia 735 in the United Kingdom. Featuring a 6.7-megapixel main camera module and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a 24mm equivalent lens, the Lumia 735 comes with Windows Phone 8.1 on board, and sports a 4.7-inch HD OLED display with "Super Sensitive Touch" for glove and nail usage. Contract pricing is expected to start at £19.99.
Pompidoo has announced the Amsterdam Camera Bag as part of the Pompidoo Homme (PH) collection. Made of premium, aged and distressed leather, the PH Amsterdam boasts vintage-looking nickel hardware accents and can hold an SLR camera with lens attached and one or two additional lenses / flashes, a tablet or small laptop, as well as your phone, wallet, memory cards and other personal items. The Pompidoo Honme Amsterdam is available for $447.70 through the website below.
Adobe has released Version 13 of Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. Featuring four new Effects Variations; Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 adds new Intelligent Crop Suggestion and PhotomergeCompose tools and three new Guided Edits for black-and-white photography. Adobe Premiere Elements 13 features new Video in Titles and Favourite Moments tools, a new Video Story creator and an enhanced Shake Stabiliser. Elements Live (eLive) is a new feature available from both programs, which gives users access to a huge collection of Web-based tutorials, software updates and news. Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements are available now for £81.08 / $99.99 each (£63.43 / $79.99 for upgraders), or £122.11 / $149.99 as a bundle.