Friday, October 10, 2014

Piccure+

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Intelligent Imaging Solutions have released its piccure+ software, billed as "a revolution in computational photography." Designed to improve the quality of photos taken with both high-quality and consumer-grade lenses, piccure+ can apparently "determine the optical aberrations from the image itself," the company says. “The advances in computational photography will have a dramatic impact on image formation in general. Image formation will no longer be just an optical process, instead it will be a combination of both optical and computational processes. The boundaries between software and hardware will become blurred,” says Prof. Dr. Hanns Ruder, CEO of IIS. “This development will allow cheaper, lighter, and smaller optical systems. We made the first radical step in this direction with piccure+." The software is now available as a standalone application with powerful batch processing and raw image file support, priced at €109.

HTC RE

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HTC has announced its first dedicated digital camera, called RE. Featuring a 1/2.33"-type 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and an f/2.8 lens with an angle of view of 146°, the HTC RE has an unusual shape and no viewfinder, LCD screen or physical controls except for a shutter release - however, it can be remote controlled wirelessly with most smartphones. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the RE camera can also record Full HD videos at 30 frames per second and 720p HD movie clips at up to 120fps. Other highlights include time-lapse photography, Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi connectivity and waterproofing (to 1m underwater, out of the box). RE’s built-in grip sensor instantly activates the camera as it’s picked up, eliminating the need for a power button. HTC's first camera will be available in the US from late October, with other markets following later.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a premium compact camera like no other. The LX100 features a large Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, fast 24-75mm lens, class-leading electronic viewfinder, all in a camera that you can fit in a jacket pocket. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review with sample JPEG, RAW and video files to find out just what this exciting new camera is capable of...

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS is a versatile lens for Sony E-mount cameras, offering a 6x zoom range, constant f/4 aperture and power zoom functionality. Is it a worthwhile upgrade from the standard kit lens that ships with your camera? Read our Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS review to find out...

Fujifilm UK to Close its E6 Processing Lab

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm UK is to close its Leeds-based E6 slide processing facility next month. This ceasing of E6 processing operations was planned a year in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them developed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers are only valid up to the closing date of 1st November 2014. Note, however, that Leeds-based professional laboratory CC Imaging will carry on developing transparency films as normal, just not under the 'Fujifilm Processing Laboratory' brand.

Think Tank Photo Quadcopter Divider Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo has introduced its Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit, which allows you to convert a separately sold Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack into a customised quadcopter carrying bag. "On point with the new era of photographic possibilities and needs, the adjustable dividers offer multi-compartment convenience to hold every key component and accessories of a quadcopter plus supplies for the day’s outing," the company says. "With its durable and changeable storage dividers, all of their gear and personal items are safe, organized, and at the ready." Designed to fit the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter plus accessories, the Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit is available for $34.75 via the website below.

Ricoh WG-30w

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh have unveiled the water-, shock-, crush- and freezeproof Ricoh WG-30w compact camera, which comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and advanced smartphone support functions. The 16-megapixel Ricoh WG-30w boasts a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor, a 28-140mm equivalent lens and a solid, airtight body that's waterproof to a depth of 40 feet, shockproof from a height of 5 feet, crushproof against weights up to 220 pounds, and coldproof to -10 °C.  The WG-30 will be available  in December 2014 for a suggested retail price of £259.99 /$299.95. In the UK, the company will also launch a non-Wi-Fi version called the Ricoh WG-30, priced at £229.99.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 44 sample images taken with the Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS lens.

The Sony E PZ 18-105mm F/4G OSS power-zoom lens provides a versatile 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 27-158mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, combined with a constant maximum aperture of f/4.

Sony A5100 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A5100 is an exciting new mid-range compact system camera. The Sony A5100 certainly packs quite a punch, featuring a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, Fast Hybrid AF system, 1080p HD movies with XAVC S support, 3 inch tilting touch-screen, 6fps burst shooting, built-in wif-fi/NFC connectivity, and a pop-up flash. Read our in-depth Sony A5100 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files and movies...

ONA North Sound and Clarendon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ONA Bags have launched the North Sound photo accessories pouch ($149) and the Clarendon photo accessories organiser. Handcrafted with rich Italian leather, the North Sound photo accessories pouch protects and organises small photography accessories and can also accommodate a small tablet such as the Apple iPad Mini. In addition to the main compartment, it also features a front zippered pocket that includes four memory card slots. The Clarendon photo accessories organiser ($169, pictured) is a structured folio with slim pockets and strong elastic bands designed to hold small mobile lenses, batteries, mini-tripods and memory cards, secured by a zip closure. Both models include a detachable wrist strap.

Manfrotto Pro Light Element Covers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Manfrotto Pro Light Elements Cover range provides a series of practical, protective covers for DSLRs, professional flash and lens attachments and compact system cameras. Covered in a special coating, the fabric is water resistant, helping to keep your gear dry. Each cover features a simple, intuitive design to allow for easy access to all of the camera and lens controls. There are four models in the Manfrotto Pro Light range, including three camera covers and an extension lens sleeve kit. Pricing starts at £49.95.

Sony World Photography Awards Launch UK National Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Sony World Photography Awards and Sony UK today launched a competition to discover the nation’s best photographer. The UK National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from the UK. Photographers can enter any of ten categories including Architecture, Arts & Culture, Enhanced, Low-light, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People,  Smile, Split second and Travel. The judges, including Nigel Atherton, Editor in Chief at Amateur Photographer, will uncover and honour the best single image by a photographer from the United Kingdom from across these categories. The winner of the UK National Award will be announced on 18 March 2015.  The winning photographer will receive the latest photographic equipment from Sony, while two further photographers will receive runners-up prizes. Entries are free via the website below.

Adobe Updates Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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At Adobe MAX 2014, Adobe hasy announced it is shipping a "milestone release" of Creative Cloud. This major release includes significant feature updates to 13 essential CC desktop tools that link to a new family of integrated mobile apps. Central to this release is an all-new Creative Profile and 9 new mobile apps that extend the capabilities of the Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator and Premiere franchises onto mobile devices. In the Photoshop family, Photoshop Sketch lets creatives draw with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and now includes enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version. A new Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favourites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop. In the Premiere family, the brand new Adobe Premiere Clip app easily transforms the video shot on iPhone or iPad into edited videos that are simple to share. Aspiring videographers can then send their compositions to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for advanced editing and finishing.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample images taken with the new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED lens, mounted on a Nikon D750 body.

The AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED lens is an affordable wide-angle prime lens for Nikon FX-format full-frame DSLR cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 96 sample images and 4K/1080 movies taken with a final production version of the Panasonic LX100 camera, including the entire ISO range.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is a serious compact camera with a large 4/3rds sensor, fast Leica lens, 4K video recording and an electronic viewfinder.

Promote Systems Introduce Tethering Solutions for Panasonic GH4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Promote Systems has announced two exclusive tethering solutions for the Panasonic GH4 compact system camera. USB Tether software, designed from the ground up in cooperation with Panasonic developers, allows users to easily control the GH4 from a PC or laptop. The company has also added support for Panasonic's flagship Micro Four Thirds model to its Promote Control, an advanced, pocket size remote controller for digital cameras. Click through / scroll down for more information.

Impossible B&W SX-70 Hard Color

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible has just released a new instant film for Polaroid SX-70 type cameras. The B&W SX-70 Hard Color is the latest in a series of Impossible Special and Limited Edition instant films that offer not just alternatives to the classic, white, square frame made famous by Polaroid – Impossible has created films with black, silver, gold, multiple colors, and tropical and animal skin prints – but also different coloured film emulsions, including sepia, cyan and magenta.The Polaroid SX-70 format is now 42 years old but according to Creed O’Hanlon, the Berlin-based CEO of Impossible CEO, it still relevant and exciting: “Analogue black and white film photography is being rediscovered by a younger generation who are captivated by the magical physicality – and authenticity – of a monochrome picture that develops within a few minutes in the palm of your hand.”

“Canon See Impossible”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Global, Websites
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Canon USA has launched its "Canon See Impossible" campaign, a branding effort aimed to inspire customers to see impossible with Canon products. As part of the companywide marketing initiative, the Japanese brand has rolled out a new logo accompanied by a 3-D visual of an expanding box (pictured), symbolising Canon’s desire to "break the boundaries of what is possible." Additionally, the company has set up a new microsite housing consumer, professional, and commercial stories of inspiration, imagination, and innovative end-user applications of Canon imaging technology. “As a technology-based brand, Canon is constantly challenged to empower its customers in today’s high-tech and fast-paced world in which new apps and innovations are launching every single day,” said Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO, Canon USA. “With imagination and customer focus at the core of the Canon business model, ‘Canon See Impossible’ will highlight the combined technological innovation and human ingenuity that makes the impossible possible. Our new rallying cry will extract creative thinking from a place of isolation, encourage exploration of the unknown, and showcase our creativity as it impacts the real world with limitless possibilities.”

Phase One Introduces Free 5-Year Warranty Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One has launched a complimentary five-year warranty programme and also a five-year uptime guarantee programme for selected camera systems. Customers who purchase new Phase One IQ2 camera systems will receive a free five-year warranty on all key camera system components, including: camera body, lenses and digital backs. The five-year uptime guarantee programme consists of free loaner units being made available should the camera, lense(s) or digital back(s) need to be repaired under terms of this warranty.  "We're excited to offer these great new five-year warranty and uptime guarantee programs on all new IQ2 camera system purchases,” said Franck Roussel Rasmussen, Director Product Management, Phase One. "It's a fitting match when the world's most demanding photographers invest in the world’s best camera systems.”

Monday, October 6, 2014

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Unboxing

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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We've just received a full production version of the exciting new Panasonic LX100 premium compact camera. Before we start reviewing the LX100 in earnest, here's a quick look at exactly what's in the box. Reading like a serious enthuiast's wish-list, the Panasonic LX100 features a Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video recording, 24-75mm F1.7-F2.8 Leica lens, Live View Finder (LVF) with 2764K-dot resolution, 11 fps continuous shooting, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.