Category: Digital Compact Cameras
Friday, November 20, 2015
Panasonic have announced an upcoming firmware update for their Lumix G7, GX8 (pictured) and FZ330 digital cameras, which enables photographers to select whichever part of the image they want to be in focus post-capture. Operation of the Post Focus function is straightforward and easy: turn on the feature, compose and take your picture. Then, while reviewing the images simply touch the area you want the focus to be and a new image with the selected focus area will be produced as a separate photo. Post Focus has been made possible by combining the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and Panasonic’s 4K technology (burst images in 4K resolution are shot at 30 fps while detecting up to 49 areas of a frame for focus points at different depths of field). The Post Focus firmware update will be available at 01:00 GMT on 25th November, 2015 on the LUMIX Global website.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Panasonic UK are offering a double cashback on the latest 4K cameras and camcorders. If you purchase an eligible product from a participating retailer between Wednesday 18th November and Sunday 6th December you will be able to claim cashback up to £300 (€400). To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete an online registration form 28 days after product purchase. The last date for registration will be 7th March 2016. Click through / scroll down for a list of eligible products.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Leica Camera has introduced a new model in its compact camera range – the Leica D-Lux ‘Solid Gray’. Styled in a two-tone finish, with silver lens and control elements complementing the gray enamelled body; the Leica D-Lux Solid Gray is a variation on the current black D-Lux. Offering the same specifications as the standard model, the D-Lux Solid Gray includes an extensive feature set within its compact body, combined with intuitive handling. Key highlights include a fast, Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. lens, a 13-megapixel FourThirds sensor, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, Wi-Fi connectivity and 4K video recording capability. Included with the camera is a Leica CF D flash unit, also finished in silver, and a specially-designed, matching carrying strap. The Leica D-Lux Solid Gray will be available later this month for £825/$1,095.
Monday, October 26, 2015
At Photo Plus Expo, Ricoh Imaging Americas announced US pricing for the Ricoh GR II Premium Kit. Alongside the camera itself, the special package features a selection of exclusive items including an aluminium case, a GC-6 leather camera jacket with a matching GS-3 neck strap, GV-1 external viewfinder, GW-3 Wide-angle conversion lens and a commemorative pin badge. Limited to 1,200 units worldwide, the Ricoh GR II Premium Kit will be available for $1,299.99.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Panasonic UK are offering a range of promotions in time for the festive season. Those who purchase a qualifying Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer before Monday 25 January 2016 will be eligible to claim up to £150 (€210) cashback. To take advantage of this offer, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at the website below 28 days after product purchase.
Monday, October 19, 2015
DxO will be attending events across the United Kingdom this autumn demonstrating the brand new DxO ONE camera. Exhibiting at the Bigger Picture Roadshows, PhotoVision Roadshows and events with key resellers, the company is providing an opportunity for users to get hands-on with the Dxo ONE, while learning how the DxO software suite - DxO Optics Pro 10, DxO FilmPack 5 and DxO ViewPoint 2 - can improve their photographic workflow. Click through / scroll down for a list of events where you can see DxO live in action.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Sony RX1R II is a new "palm-sized" digital compact camera with a 42.4-megapixel full-frame sensor, a variable optical low-pass filter, a Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm f/2 lens and a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting. The three settings for the AA filter include “off”, which provides comparable effects to having no low-pass filter and is suitable when prioritising resolution, “standard”, which strikes a balance between resolution and removal of moiré and colour artifacts, and “high”, which places more emphasis on reducing moiré and artifacting. The RX1R II model is the first in Sony’s acclaimed RX line of compact cameras to feature Fast Hybrid AF capabilities. The camera’s sensor features 399 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover about 45% of the image area – the world’s widest AF coverage on a full-frame sensor – that work together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve focus response that is about 30% faster than the original model. Offering uncompressed 14-bit-per-channel raw image capture, the Sony RX1R II will be available in December 2015, priced at £2,600/$3,299.
Canon are offering up to £75 on selected products in the United Kingdom. The cashback promotion runs from 14th October 2015 to 13th January 2016 for eligible products purchased from selected UK or Republic of Ireland retailers. Eligible products include seven SLRs, twelve lenses, two flash units, half a dozen compact cameras, six camcorders and four printers (click through / scroll down for the full list). Registering with Canon to claim cashback on any of these products will give you the chance to win a luxury trip to St. Moritz in Switzerland.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Canon Japan has released 4 high-resolution sample images captured with the new, 20-megapixel Poweshot G9 X digital compact camera. Spanning a variety of genres incuding still life, macro, landscape and portraiture, these Canon PowerShot G9 X samples were all taken at the sensor's base sensitivity of ISO 125/22°.
Canon Japan has published four full-resolution sample photos taken with the brand new PowerShot G5 X compact camera. Captured at a sensitivity setting of ISO 125/22°, these Canon PowerShot G5 X samples span a variety of genres including product photography, landscape and portraiture. You can download the G5 X sample images from the website below.
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Canon has expanded its prestigious PowerShot G-series with two new additions, the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X. The PowerShot G5 X is ideal for serious enthusiasts wanting professional levels of DSLR-like control and quality, whilst the PowerShot G9 X is perfect for those who want to unleash their creativity with a premium, pocket sized camera capable of capturing spontaneous moments.
The Canon PowerShot G5 X will be available from November 2015 with an RRP of £629.99/€899.99. The Canon PowerShot G9 X will be available from November 2015 with an RRP of £399.99/€569.99.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Palo Alto based startup Light has announced the L16, a new kind of imaging device sporting 16 camera modules. Roughly the size of an iPhone 6S Plus in a case, the Light L16 has 5 cameras with 35mm equivalent lenses, 5 modules with 70mm equivalent primes and 6 units boasting 150mm equivalent telephoto lenses. Each camera module utilises a small imaging chip of the kind typically used in smartphones. The 35mm equivalent units have a traditional, vertically stacked optical arrangement, whilst the 70mm and 150mm equivalent ones utilise a folded-optics design. When taking a picture, 10 of the cameras fire simultaneously and the resulting images are then "computationally fused" to create a clear, highly detailed final photograph (up to 52 megapixels when shooting at the 35mm or 70mm focal lengths). When working at the 150mm end, there is no superresolution advantage - the final images will have 13 megapixels, which is the native pixel count of the individual sensors used - but having multiple cameras take the same shot at the same time still helps with keeping noise levels down and producing HDR imagery even for moving subjects. Additionally, the Light L16 uses depth mapping to allow for post-capture adjustment of the point of focus and depth of field.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Polaroid Snap is a 10-megapixel instant digital camera now available to pre-order on Photojojo.com. A throwback to Polaroids of old, the new Snap prints out photos onto 2"x3" ZINK paper thanks to an integrated printer using Zero Ink Printing technology, while saving a digital copy unto a microSD card. Thanks to its quick print abilities, consumers can shoot new images even while the Polaroid Snap is printing. The camera also features a photo booth mode, which takes six quick pictures in 10 seconds. Available in white and black, the Polaroid Snap instant camera can be yours for $99.99.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the first digital version of the Ricoh GR camera, Ricoh is launching a special Ricoh GR II Premium Kit. Alongside the camera itself, the special package features a selection of exclusive items including an aluminium case, a GC-6 leather camera jacket with a matching GS-3 neck strap, GV-1 external viewfinder, GW-3 Wide-angle conversion lens and a commemorative pin badge. Limited to 1,200 units worldwide, the Ricoh GR II Premium Kit will be available for £999.99.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Ricoh has announced the Ricoh WG-40 and WG-40W waterproof compact cameras. Both models are designed to be waterproof to a depth of 14 meters, shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 meters, and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C. They also provide a range of features to facilitate all types of still-image and movie shooting, including approximately 16.0 effective megapixels and Full HD movie recording capability. In addition to these features, the Ricoh WG-40W comes equipped with a host of Wi-Fi functions. A smartphone can be used to release the camera's shutter and set various functions from a distance, browse and download recorded images, and upload them to social networks and other websites. Do note that the Ricoh WG-40 and WG-40W will be marketed in Japan only.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Panasonic has launched its Lumix Ambassador programme. The first six ambassadors are Jonas Borg, Marco Crupi, Casey Gutteridge, Caroline Roxy, Ferdinand Wolf and Daimo Xanthopoulos. These photographers and cinematographers will host workshops across Europe and have their work, captured on Lumix cameras, displayed at the Panasonic Lumix Ambassador website.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Having issued a Windows 10 compatibility announcement at the beginning of this month, Fujifilm now released firmware updates for seven X-series compacts and CSCs. These include the Fujifilm X100S, X100T (pictured), X20, X30, X-Pro1, XQ2 and X-E2 models. Similar firmware upgrades for other Fuji cameras are planned to be released later this year.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
As Official Sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2015, Canon is giving customers the chance to win one of 50 pairs of tickets when they buy a selected Canon product. The offer runs until 31st October 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or ROI retailers. Eligible products include the Canon EOS 7D Mark II (pictured), EOS 750D and EOS 760D digital SLR cameras, the EOS M3 compact system camera, the PowerShot G7 X, SX60 and SX710 compacts, and the PIXMA MG7550, PIXMA MG6650 and SELPHY CP910 printers. Customers purchasing one of these products will also receive a free Gilbert Official Rugby World Cup 2015 Replica Ball.