Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The SoloCam is a new tool that promises to "change the concept of selfie sticks as we know them." According to inventor Benny Goldstein, the SoloCam strives to upgrade the features of the old selfie stick, allowing everyday users to make quality videos using a high-definition microphone, a joystick controlling the stick's functions and a designated app featuring a teleprompter, karaoke, special effects and additional features that'll be revealed only on the day of the launch itself - 22nd June. The SoloCam is priced at $49.
Eyefi announced today that its Mobi Pro photography solution now integrates both GoPro and Olympus Wi-Fi cameras. With Eyefi, photos from these cameras are instantly transferred and automatically organised alongside the ones from their smartphones. “No one uses just one device for taking pictures anymore,” said Matt DiMaria, Eyefi CEO. “We understand that photographers want to choose any camera... and still have instant access to all their photos all together in a single collection without having to go home, upload them into a computer and manually merge each one. We’re giving photographers the flexibility and convenience to share images from all their cameras and the insight to discover more about their photos.” Eyefi apps and cloud service automatically organise these images and make it easier than ever to find and discover more about them. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera solution is available to all Eyefi Cloud members as part of their £3.49/$4.99/monthly subscription service. Non-Eyefi Cloud customers can purchase it through the Eyefi Mobi app on their phone or tablet for £3.49/$4.99. This feature is currently available for Android devices and is planned for iOS devices later this year. Eyefi’s Wi-Fi camera connectivity is available for use with GoPro Hero+ LCD, Hero 3, GoPro Hero 4 and Olympus Stylus 1, Olympus PEN E-P5, Olympus Stylus TG- 860, and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Canon have posted a firmware upgrade for their GP-E2 external GPS receiver. Version 2.0.0 adds support for the Canon EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R, EOS 760D and EOS 750D cameras, and fixes bugs related to signal acquisition and the saving of log files. You can download the firmware update from the website below.
Website: Canon U.S.A.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Lomography are now stocking Pixelstick, a 1.8m long light-painting tool featuring 200 full-colour LEDs inside a lightweight aluminium housing. The mounted controller reads images from an SD card and displays them, one vertical line at a time, on the LEDs. "With Pixelstick, you can seamlessly insert any image into your long exposures," the company says. "Pixelstick can even increment through a series of images over multiple exposures, opening up light-painting to the world of timelapse, and allowing for animations of a scope and quality never before seen." Pixelstick is available for £299 on the Lomography Online Store.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The Metabones Speed Booster XL 0.64x is a new Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster adapter with a magnification of 0.64x. Reducing the MFT 'crop factor' from 2x to 1.28x, the Metabones Speed Booster XL 0.64x adapter uses an advanced 6-element optical design to achieve "extraordinary optical performance" at apertures up to f/0.8, a new record for the Micro Four Thirds format. The Speed Booster XL 0.64x is similar to the Blackmagic-specific 0.64x BMCC Speed Booster, but the working distance has increased by 1mm to permit use on the Panasonic GH4 and a number of other Micro Four Thirds cameras without touching the flexible outer cover of the camera’s shutter mechanism. Also, when the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is used in Cinema 4K video mode the horizontal full frame crop factor is reduced from 2.34x to 1.50x, thus effectively transforming the GH4 into a Super-35 format 4K cine camera. Planned lens mounts for the Speed Booster XL 0.64x include an active Canon-EF version and a Nikon F version with what Metabones call "the most advanced Nikon G aperture adjustment mechanism in the industry." The Speed Booster XL 0.64x will be available for $649. (Canon EF mount) and $479 (Nikon F/G mount).
Monday, June 8, 2015
The Cineasy Touch is a small accessory which makes capturing video with the Sony A6000 and A7S compact system cameras more comfortable. "The video record button [on these cameras] is too small, awkwardly placed and slightly recessed," the company says. "This is why we created the Cineasy Touch Button Enhancement. This Patent Pending device, for the Sony Alpha line of mirrorless cameras will help your camera to capture pristine video just as easily as it does still images." The Cineasy Touch attaches to the camera via one of the neck strap eyelets. The A6000 and A7S versions are now available and a third model, designed for the Sony A7II, is coming soon.
The Miggo AGUA all-weather quick-draw camera bag is now available on Kickstarter. The IPX3-standard storm-resistant case enables you to comfortably carry your camera close to your body in any weather - and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot. The camera is attached to the bag with quick-release buckles, including a failsafe connection. This solution eliminates the need for the original camera strap because the AGUA's strap is used to carry the camera itself. Interested readers are encouraged to check out the campaign's Kickstarter page.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The new Manfrotto Digital Director is billed as the only Apple Certified interface to help users intuitively manage their photo and video workflow. Consisting of hardware, software and firmware – all of which have gone through the Mfi (Made for iPad) certification, this novel product is designed to make shooting photos and videos much smarter. By simply plugging the USB cable into the camera and turning on the app, photographers and videographers can be sure of a reliable, high performance connection between their Canon or Nikon DSLR and their iPad Air. The dedicated CPU embedded into the Digital Director provides an interface between the two devices allowing the camera protocols to be fully understood and controlled by the iPad Air, and the use of Digital Director enables the user to place the camera in the most awkward or difficult to reach positions by controlling it remotely. The dynamic histogram and audio level display allows greater control, whilst focus control is guaranteed thanks to the Interactive Focus, which can be used to select the focus point anywhere on the screen. Additionally, Digital Director allows users to immediately share their images via FTP, by email on social networks. Digital Director is available to pre order now for £399.95, and will be available from 15th June.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
SLR Magic have announced two new additions to their range of cine products, the 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime CINE Lens (pictured) and the Rangefinder CINE Adapter. The 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime CINE lens is designed exclusively for Micro Four Thirds cameras and features integrated aperture and focus gearing plus a silent, “clickless” aperture ring, making it ideal for videography. The SLR Magic Rangefinder CINE Adapter is an optical device with integrated follow-focus gearing. When attached to a compatible taking lens, it allows users to override the focus control of the lens and provides calibrated focus markings from 3’6 feet too infinity. Both the SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime CINE lens and the Rangefinder CINE Adapter will be available from resellers at the end of Q3 2015 with SRPs of £849 / €1189 and £529 / €739 respectively.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Phase One today unveiled the XF Camera System featuring robust, aerial-grade mechanics, advanced electronics, a new autofocus platform, new modularity options and customisable touch controls. The new Honeybee Autofocus Platform (HAP-1) is a patent-pending and fully controlled in-house AF system, while the OneTouch UI is a seamless and highly customisable combination of dials, keys and touch screens, allowing photographers to personalise camera controls for their specific shooting requirements. Using a new modern Phase One Camera OS, the OneTouch UI is user upgradeable and will evolve in accordance with customer needs and feedback. The XF Camera System also introduces a new 90° Prism viewfinder and a new waist-level finder. The full frame solid glass prism viewfinder is the brightest of its kind, and comes standard on all XF cameras. The new waist-level viewfinder can measure exposure thanks to the HAP-1 autofocus platform ability to perform light metering. The XF system also features a new 80-megapixel IQ3 digital back capable of very long exposures, and two new Phase One Schneider Kreuznach Leaf Shutter lenses - a 120mm and a 35mm -, both of which are designed to resolve beyond 100 megapixels.
At Computex 2015, SanDisk unveiled a family of high-performance drives, including the SanDisk Extreme 900, the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable SSDs; and the SanDisk Extreme 500, the company’s new pocket-sized, rugged drives. Available in up to 1.92TB, the SanDisk Extreme 900 features transfer speeds of up to 850MB/s giving users a significant advantage when they are working with 4K video or detailed high-res photos. These new drives come with both USB Type-C and Type-A cables. The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD is less than half the size of your smartphone and allows users to transfer videos and photo libraries at up to 415MB/s. Available in up to 480GB capacity, the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs feature a sleek black finish with unique rubber bumpers, and a metal ring that easily clips into a bag. The SanDisk Extreme 900 SSDs will be available in capacities of 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB at MSRPs of $399.99, $599.99 and $999.99, respectively. The SanDisk Extreme 500 will be available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, at MSRPs of $99.99, $149.99 and $239.99.
Monday, June 1, 2015
SanDisk today launched two new USB 3.0 flash drives – the ultra-small 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 (pictured); and the 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive, SanDisk’s highest capacity USB flash drive to date. Featuring a low-profile, plug-and-stay design, the new 128GB SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 stick (£61.99) provides read speeds of up to 130MB/s. This speed allows users to move content up to 10 times faster than with standard USB 2.0 drives1, such as transferring a full-length movie in less 40 seconds. The 256GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 pendrive offers transfer speeds of up to 100MB/s and costs £115.99.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Nest has just announced the new Odyssey photo bag range. These products combine a rolling bag with a removeable backpack, and feature a generous main section as well as several pockets for small accessory storage. The Odyssey 10 will take two pro camera bodies plus 5 to 6 lenses and a flashgun and the Odyssey 20 provides enough space for two pro camera bodies pus 6 to 8 lenses and a flash. Available in August, the Odyssey collection has SRPs of £179.99 (Odyssey 10) and £209.99 (Odyssey 20).
The iKlip Grip is a new multi-functional video stand with Bluetooth shutter for smartphones and compact video cameras. It can be used as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In all configurations it can securely hold any smartphone with a screen size from 3.5" to 6" — even when the device is in a protective carrying case. iKlip Grip also features a standard mounting system for connecting small action cams and compact digital cameras. Additionally, the iKlip Grip comes with a 17.5” / 45 cm detachable telescopic extension arm. This gives users an easy way to position their device from 10” to 22” (25 to 55 cm) away — high above the crowd for optimal video and audio recording. The iKlip Grip is available for an introductory price of $/€59.99.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
ExpoImaging today highlighted the recent improvements to the patented ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter. "With the original ExpoDisc, we invented the digital white balance filter and established it in the market as the premium white balance tool by individually testing and certifying every ExpoDisc,” said Erik Sowder, CEO at ExpoImaging. “Now ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable warming gels and an improved mounting design.” Each ExpoDisc 2.0 is individually calibrated by hand, for neutrality and an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. Priced at £33.29, the ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter is available to purchase through leading photography retailers across the United Kingdom.
The Westcott Ice Light 2 LED light is now available in the UK. The new Ice Light 2 is engineered with patented new LED technology offering 1,740 lumens of daylight-balanced light while maintaining a compact housing. Unlike traditional LED panels, the Ice Light has a built-in diffuser that is custom-designed to protect the LEDs and provide a 73° beam angle. Daylight-balanced at 5500K and rated for 50,000 hours with a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 96, the Ice Light 2 provides flicker-free output and stable light consistency. The redesigned handle offers a dedicated on/off power slider with an 18-step range and a light output memory which remembers your last power setting between uses. Battery indicator displays the current battery level using illuminated blue lights. Both ends of the Ice Light 2 include 1/4"-20 thread`s to mount to a light stand, tilter bracket or tripod. The Ice Light 2 is available for £549.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
WD today introduced its redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. "With more photos being taken than ever before, it's critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere," said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. "The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colors and WD Grip Pack." My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have MSRPs ranging from $79.99 up to $199.99 depending on capacity.
Nova today launched Multiple Nova Support - a new, inventive way to create mobile lighting studios on-the-go. Using the new Nova Camera 1.2 app, photographers can connect and control up to ten Nova Bluetooth Flash devices from one iPhone. Similar to how a professional indoor studio uses multiple sources of light in different positions and at different angles, using multiple Novas enables iPhone photographers to control shadow and experiment with directional lighting effects. “We wanted to put iPhone owners in the driver’s seat so they can create and capture their vision anytime and anywhere by using more than one lighting source,” said Jaimie Walnes, Founder of Nova. “iPhone owners can now create outdoor lighting studios whether they’re at the top of a skyscraper or out on the street. It will be very exciting to see the creativity that will emerge from using this new capability.” To accompany the launch of Multiple Nova Support, the ‘Mint Nova Studio 4 Pack’ is available for $177.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A versatile new device has been introduced into the UK and Ireland by Kenro which allows you to securely fix a camera, phone, flash or tablet to a variety of objects. Designed to firmly hold most photo and lighting devices in place, the Clampod T1 is supplied with its own ball head with quick release mechanism (load capacity 3kg), or users may use their own if required. The T1 can be fixed to a variety of solid objects including handlebars, surfboards, sports equipment, cars, tree branches, railings, etc., allowing photos, video footage or selfies from any angle. Not only does the clamp mechanism provide a very stable platform, the removable base forms a tripod-like stand to allow the unit to sit on flat and angled surfaces. Adding to its usefulness, any flash or lighting device that has a standard 1/4 inch tripod thread can be connected, enabling very versatile illumination for photo shoots. With immediate availability, the Takeway Clampod T1 has an SRP of £59.94.
Toshiba Europe has refreshed its Exceria Pro range of high-end SD cards.t. Now available in Europe in capacities ranging from 16GB to 128GB, the new UHS-II compliant cards deliver some of the highest read / write speeds of any SD cards on the market. The 64GB, 32GB and 16GB Exceria Pro cards achieve maximum read speeds of 260 MB/s and maximum write speeds of 240 MB/s. The 128GB card supports maximum read speeds of 260 MB/s and maximum write speeds of 150 MB/s.