Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Toshiba has announced “T4KA7”, a 1/2.4"-type, 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which enables 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets. With a 1.12 micrometer pixel size contributing to a smaller chip size, the. new imager offers a much improved frame rate of 22fps, 1.8 times faster than that of Toshiba’s previous 20-megapixel sensor. Mass production is scheduled to start in February 2015.
Hama has announced a new camera bag range. The Citytour line includes three shoulder bags and a waist bag, designed for compact digital cameras. Even the smallest bag in the series has a soft fleece lining to prevent scratches and features two adjustable and removable interior dividers, guaranteeing that everything has its place in the bag. The shoulder bags additionally feature a padded compartment for tablet computers. One of them, the Hama Citytour 140 (pictured), doubles as a photo backpack and features a removable inner compartment for additional flexibility. The bags are priced from €29,99 to €69.99.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Manfrotto today launched Befree Carbon, a new product in the Befree range of tripods. The carbon fibre version, devoted to hobbyists who love to travel, is now lighter but still fast to set up and intuitive to use, the company says. Its weight is only 1.1kg and its foldable legs, packed tightly, reach a folded length of just 40cm, thanks to an exclusive mechanism and to the ballhead's compact Quick Release Adapter. It can be comfortably carried everywhere thanks to its extra cushioned carry bag that protects it from any unintentional damage. The Manfrotto Befree Carbon tripod is available now for £279.95.
Toshiba today announced the Canvio Alu portable hard drive, which features a shock sensor as well as USB 3.0 and ramp loading technologies. Available in black or silver, the Canvio Alu boasts a compact design, encased in a stylish aluminium chassis for high durability. It comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. and features intuitive NTI software to automatically back up and restore up to 2TB of your files and folders. The new Canvio Alu will be available for purchase from September, with a price starting at £43.00.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Cactus V6 is the world's first non-TTL wireless trigger that works on any camera with a standard hot-shoe or PC sync port to remotely control the power output of Canon, Nikon and Pentax’s system flashes – all at the same time. The nifty radio trigger can adjust power levels in 0.1EV increments - even if your flash does not offer that option -, and offers a well-thought user interface that allows easyt multi-group power output control for up to four groups of flashguns. "We have profiled more than 30 popular flash models across a wide range of brands so that the V6 can precisely control their output levels," the company says. "With this unique feature, photographers can remotely control the flash power of various flash models, even of different brands." The V6 can directly control a Cactus RF60 set to Slave mode using RF60’s built-in radio transceiver. Besides controlling power remotely in single and multiple groups, the V6 can also adjust the zoom level of the RF60 easily by pressing the adjustment wheel and swap control between power and zoom. The Cactus V6 transceiver is available for $59.95.
Samsung has introduced its first-ever professional ultra-high-definition monitor, called the Samsung UD970. Each UD970 monitor undergoes rigorous calibration in the factory, enabling smooth, precise colour gradation, as well as clear colour in grayscale and white balance. The factory-calibrated engine delivers uniform, consistent colour across the entire screen with a 16-bit look-up table (LUT). The result is that the UD970 maintains smoother gradation that adjusts the colour without reduction so that it maximises the monitor’s capabilities. The monitor’s unique hardware calibration technology provides a best-in-class colour precision and accuracy of ΔE≤ 1.0, the company says. A quad-window picture-by-picture (PBP) function supports up to four FHD windows on one screen simultaneously, while a dual windows PBP function enables the monitor to be connected to two PCs and have two individual native resolutions showing. A separate picture-in-picture (PiP) 2.0 function displays a separate PiP content feed on screen. The 31.5-inch UD970 has a 10-bit panel capable of displaying over 1 billion colours, and covers 99.5% of the Adobe RGB colour space.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Metz USA have revealed the suggested retail price of their new Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital flash unit. Announced two weeks ago, the Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital features a zoomable tilt-swivel head and a secondary flash tube for on-axis fill. The guide number is 64 in metres at ISO 100 at the 200mm flash head position (translating into a GN of 43 @ 50mm). Key highlights include a new large, auto-rotating, full-colour touchscreen; HSS, servo, automatic and TTL flash modes; 1st and 2nd-curtain synchronisation; a modelling light and a newly-developed motorised zoom mechanism that makes the mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital capable of properly illuminating focal lengths ranging from 24 to 200mm. The flash also incorporates a new RAPID function, enabling photographers to shorten recycle times in fast paced situations. The US MSRP is $499.99.
Monday, August 18, 2014
The CAMS Pro is a new camera strap system that makes it more comfortable to shoot with a vertical grip on a DSLR and telephoto lenses. The CAMS Pro line is aimed at the Event, Sport, and enthusiast photographer with the goal of providing the most comfortable and convenient way to carry, shoot, and mount a Pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens. Early bird pricing is available with the standard pricing for a Pro Sling Strap and Camera Plate set at $95, the upgrade kit at $60, and the Pro Lens Plate at $45.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The RC-V100 Remote Controller, which enables users to remotely control the manufacturer's XF Series professional HD camcorders and Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras, is now available for purchase. In addition to basic controls - start/stop, shutter/gain adjustments, zoom/focus/iris parameters, custom picture values, white balance, black gamma and more – the new remote can be used to adjust various menu settings. It also features illuminated pushbuttons with audible feedback to confirm each setting change. A SETUP mode lets you customise a number of key rotary controls, as well as user procedures and operating modes. The RC-V100 is powered from the connected camcorder via a 15-foot cable. A USB port enables the unit’s firmware to be updated to support future remote-control functions. The RC-V100 is priced at $2,999.
Adorama has launched the Flashpoint RoveLight 600Ws monolight. The compact Flashpoint RoveLight ($589.95) features a 22-step range of accurate regulated power from full to 1/128th power (7 stops in 1/3-stop increments), and can be controlled via the rear console or the included wireless controller. The self-contained strobe includes an interchangeable, high-energy 6600mAh lithium battery, rendering it capable of 500+ full power flash bursts on a single charge. The unit’s handy built-in LED modeling lamp conserves the battery’s energy reserve and also includes a special timer for auto shutoff when not in use. Extra lithium batteries are available separately. The RoveLight 600 package ($600.00) includes a Bowens mount for more reflector and light modifier compatibility.
Joby has released its Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ as a standalone accessory. Providing photographers with a universal quick-release plate which enables them to mount their camera to any tripod, plus attach an additional camera strap, the Joby Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ has two additional 1/4"-20 screw mounts, and allows access to the battery compartment on your DSLR camera. This means that you can enjoy one universal plate to which you can attach other styles of tripod plate and camera strap at the same time – enabling you to use both, without the need to ever remove either. The new JOBY Pro Series UltraPlate is priced at £18 and will be available to purchase from early Autumn.
Manfrotto's Pro Light photo bag collection is now available in the United States. The new bags feature Manfrotto’s CPS (Camera Protection System) which has been specifically engineered to provide maximum protection at the core of the bag by using 3D shock absorbing foam to give the highest level of safety and resistance. The collection also features Manfrotto'sAdvanced Harness System and gecko EVA foam harness straps which allow the Pro Light bags to be extremely comfortable to wear. Furthermore, the anatomic shape is designed to perfectly fit the body of the camera, while the removable waist strap ensures stability. Manfrotto’s Pro Light Bags Collection includes a total of 28 product SKUs, including holsters, photo backpacks, video backpacks, rolling organisers, video cases, and accessories such as element covers and camera straps. The bags are available now at retailers nationwide, and range in price from $44.00 to $550.00.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
iStabilizer has announced the iStabilizer Monopod and Shutter Remote Bundle. The patent-pending iStabilizer Monopod and Bluetooth Shutter Remote captures photo and video selfies and group shots that fit everyone in without cutting off heads. The Monopod works with virtually all smartphones, action cameras, and other digital cameras and camcorders. At only about 1 foot when collapsed weighing ½ lb.for easy portability, the Monopod extends to over 3 feet for selfies and unique angles. The iStabilizer Shutter Remote completes the bundle and lets you snap steady photos and videos up to 35 feet away through Bluetooth 3.0 without reaching for the shutter. The kit is priced at $59.95 (20% off as compared to buying each product separately).
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the completion of the USB Type-C specification that defines the next-generation USB connector. This new cable and connector supports USB performance at SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W. Key characteristics of the USB Type-C connector include an entirely new design with reversible plug orientation and cable direction and support for scalable power charging. The new USB Type-C plug and receptacle will not directly mate with existing USB plugs and receptacles (Type-A, Type-B, Micro-B, etc.); however, the USB Type-C specification defines passive new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow consumers to use the new connector with their existing products.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Manfrotto has launched its new Off Road collection. The new range features two new products; a pair of walking sticks with camera attachment and a lightweight tripod. The Off Road photographic walking sticks (£79.95) are some of the lightest poles in the market and have been designed for passionate hikers who wish to carry photographic equipment with them wherever they go. One of the pole’s features a rotating camera attachment on top, allowing the stick to easily convert into a monopod whilst walking. The monopod stick can carry a payload up to 2.5kg/5.51lbs with a max height of 132.5cm. The Off Road tripod (£119.95, pictured) is the lightest tripod in the Manfrotto range, weighing just 650gr/1.43lbs. The tripod has a diameter of just 5cm and is easily portable with a closed length of 55.5cm yet max height of 122cm. The ball head is made of aluminium and holds a payload up to 2.5kg/5.51lbs.
SanDisk have released their high-speed Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive that delivers exceptional performance in a tiny form factor. "As a leader in the flash storage space, our goal has always been to deliver the best, most reliable products," said Philippe Willams, director of product marketing, SanDisk. "While there are other USB 3.0 products on the market, SanDisk's Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive offers consumers superior performance and impressive capacity in an extremely compact design." Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities for $39.99, $69.99 and $109.99 respectively; the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive provides up to 130MB/s read speeds, features SanDisk SecureAccess software to keep private files safe with password protection and 128-bit encryption, and includes a year’s subscription to RescuePRO software to recover lost or corrupted files.
Monday, August 11, 2014
The mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital is the new, top-of-the-range flash unit from Metz, featuring a zoomable tilt-swivel head and a secondary flash tube for on-axis fill. The guide number is 64 in metres at ISO 100 at the 200mm flash head position (translating into a GN of 43 @ 50mm). Key highlights include a new large, auto-rotating, full-colour touchscreen; HSS, servo, automatic and TTL flash modes; 1st and 2nd-curtain synchronisation; a modelling light and a newly-developed motorised zoom mechanism that makes the mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital capable of properly illuminating focal lengths ranging from 24 to 200mm. The flash also incorporates a new RAPID function, enabling photographers to shorten recycle times in fast paced situations. The Canon and Nikon versions are already available for £375, with versions for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax and Sony expected to hit the shelves after Photokina 2014.
The swivelCard is a new type of "smart" business card, which was developed with professional photographers in mind. Made of regular paper, this revolutionary card doubles as a USB drive when folded in a certain way, and provides a link to your online portfolio when inserted into a USB port on your computer. What's more, a nifty analytics system allows you to access helpful information about your cards and how they are being used through a back-end software interface. Plus, remote access to your swivelCard gives you many opportunities to continue interacting with the card's recipient. "With the back-end interface you'll be able to log in to your account and remotely make changes to the destination," the inventors say. "This can be done individually for each specific card." For more information, visit the project's Kickstarter page.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
LockCircle has announced the LockPort A7 and LockPort GH4 accessories for the Sony A7S and Panasonic Lumix GH4 compact system cameras. Developed to help avoid damaging the cameras' miniHDMI connection ports, the LockPort A7 and LockPort GH4 allow you to use stronger standard HDMI cables and feature a solid ultra-low base clamp which fits every plate, head, sliding plate and support out there. Both products will be available in "survival kits" (with spare parts) at the website below.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
PocketWizard today released a new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Firmware version 3.700 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D810 (pictured), D610, D4S and other Nikon cameras. Additionally, firmware version 6.700 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 1D X, 6D and T4i as well as other recently released Canon cameras.. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB and update for free using PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later.