Category: Digital

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Phase One IQ1 100MP Digital Back

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One today announced a new 101-megapixel digital back for its XF and H series cameras (from Hasselblad). Accommodating a range of technical systems, the Phase One IQ1 100MP Digital Back shoots 16-bit-per-channel images with a native resolution of 11608 x 8708 pixels and a dynamic range of 15 stops, and provides a sensitivity range of ISO 50-12,800. The IQ1 100MP Digital Back is shipping this month, priced at $32,990.

Phase One today announced a new 101-megapixel digital back for its XF and H series cameras (from Hasselblad). Accommodating a range of technical systems, the Phase One IQ1 100MP Digital Back shoots 16-bit-per-channel images with a native resolution of 11608 x 8708 pixels and a dynamic range of 15 stops, and provides a...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fujifilm GFX 50S Medium-format Mirrorless Camera

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a 51.4 megapixel medium-format mirrorless camera. The new G format sensor measures 43.8x32.9mm, 1.7x larger than 35mm.  The GFX 50S is world's first medium-format compact system camera with a focal plane shutter. It has an external viewfinder supplied in the box that can be rotated to a number of different angles. The new GF lens can deal with sensor sizes greater than 100 megapixels, making it futureproof. Priced at "way under $10000" with the GF63mm F2.8 R WR lens.

6 lenses have also been announced:

GF63mm F2.8 R WR, early 2017

32-64mm F4 R LM WR, early 2017

120mm F4 Macro, early 2017

23mm F4 R LM WR, mid 2017

110mm F2 R LM WR, mid 2017

45mm F2.8 R WR, late 2017

The Fujifilm GFX 50S is a 51.4 megapixel medium-format mirrorless camera. The new G format sensor measures 43.8x32.9mm, 1.7x larger than 35mm.  The GFX 50S is world's first medium-format compact system camera with a focal plane shutter. It has an external viewfinder supplied in the box that...

Fujifilm GFX Medium-Format Camera System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Fujifilm has announced the development of a new medium-format digital camera system. The company is planning to release a mirrorless MF camera body called the Fujifilm GFX 50S featuring a 43.8×32.9mm sensor with 51.4 megapixels, along with six new G-mount lenses. Compared to conventional medium-format digital SLR cameras, the Fujifilm GFX 50S is lighter and far more compact. With regards to functionality, the camera follows in the footsteps of the X Series by featuring numerous physical buttons and dials, and is designed with an ergonomic grip plus a detachable electronic viewfinder. The camera also supports tethered shooting, which has become an essential part of the professional photographers’ workflow, and will be compatible with various raw image file converters. The new G-mount lenses include the Fujinon GF63mmF2.8 R WR standard prime, the GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR wide zoom, the GF120mmF4 Macro R LM OIS WR macro lens, the GF110mmF2 R LM WR portrait lens, the GF23mmF4 R LM WR ultra-wide prime and the GF45mmF2.8 R WR moderate wide-angle lens. The lenses feature an aperture ring, and have a new C (Command) Position on the ring to enable aperture adjustments with the Command Dial on the camera body. All the lenses feature a dust- and weather-resistant construction that withstands operation at temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Fujifilm has announced the development of a new medium-format digital camera system. The company is planning to release a mirrorless MF camera body called the Fujifilm GFX 50S featuring a 43.8×32.9mm sensor with 51.4 megapixels, along with six new G-mount lenses. Compared to conventional medium-format digital SLR cameras, the Fujifilm...

Sony A99 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sony has just announced the new Sony Alpha A99 II full-frame interchangeable-lens camera. Featuring a Sony A lens mount, a 42.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording and a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation mechanism providing a 4.5-step shutter speed advantage; the new Sony A99 II boasts a newly developed "4D Focus" system capable of full-time auto focus. Sony's Hybrid Phase Detection AF System is enabled by combining a precision 79-point dedicated phase-detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF-point array. These cross points are promising to deliver incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image. A new front-end LSI works with the image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine, as well as a newly designed shutter unit, to enable continuous shooting at up to 12fps with AF/AE tracking, all whilst harnessing the sensor’s full resolution. Thanks to a large buffer and sophisticated data processing, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting even when in high speed continuous shooting mode. In addition to being designed for faster response, the new shutter unit is also more durable and has passed endurance tests in excess of 300,000 shutter actuations. The camera enables internal 4K movie recording featuring full pixel readout, without pixel binning, in its Super 35mm recording mode. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps (100 fps) can be selected in 8 steps for quick-motion and slow-motion recording. The new Sony ɑ99 II will start shipping in November, priced at approximately €3600.

Sony has just announced the new Sony Alpha A99 II full-frame interchangeable-lens camera. Featuring a Sony A lens mount, a 42.4-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 4K video recording and a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation mechanism providing a 4.5-step shutter speed advantage; the new Sony A99 II boasts a...

Sony at Photokina

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Sony is demonstrating its full range of digital imaging offerings at Photokina 2016. Located in Hall 5.2, the Sony booth will be open from 10:00 on Tuesday 20th September until 18:00 on Sunday 25th September. In addition to showcasing the full product line-up including the newly announced A99 II camera, Sony is offering a full programme of live talks and demonstrations. At these free talks, world-renowned photographers and filmmakers will be sharing their insights as well as their own personal and professional experiences of using Sony cameras and lenses. As part of the programme, there will also be a series of live action shows which attendees are invited to photograph including a celebration of Samurai sword artistry, professional break dancers and acrobats.

Sony is demonstrating its full range of digital imaging offerings at Photokina 2016. Located in Hall 5.2, the Sony booth will be open from 10:00 on Tuesday 20th September until 18:00 on Sunday 25th September. In addition to showcasing the full product line-up including the newly announced A99 II camera, Sony is offering a...

Hasselblad V1D 4116 Concept Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Hasselblad has unveiled a new modular concept camera with a 75-megapixel square-format sensor. Part of the company's 4116 Collection which celebrates Hasselblad's 75th anniversary, the Hasselblad V1D 4116 Concept is described as "a study created to explore the Hasselblad heritage to find new ways of designing innovative cameras for the future." Inspired by the classic Hasselblad V, the new camera can be outfitted with displays, viewfinders, external controls, hangrips and other accessories. With the V1D being completely modular, left-handed photographers can also configure the camera perfectly for their needs, with the rotary dial controls for aperture and shutter speed placed on either the left- or right-hand side. Given that the Hasselblad V1D currently exists as a concept model only, there is no word on availability or pricing.

Hasselblad has unveiled a new modular concept camera with a 75-megapixel square-format sensor. Part of the company's 4116 Collection which celebrates Hasselblad's 75th anniversary, the Hasselblad V1D 4116 Concept is described as "a study created to explore the Hasselblad heritage to find new ways of designing innovative cameras...

Leica Expands SL-System with 5 New Lenses and Handgrip

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital, Lenses
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Within the next 18 months, Leica SL photographers can look forward to the expansion of the SL lens portfolio with the addition of an ultra-wide zoom and four prime lenses. The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is scheduled to be available in January 2017 at a suggested retail price of £3,850 including VAT. This will be followed by the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH. in Summer 2017. The Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. and the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH. are scheduled for Autumn and Winter 2017 respectively, followed by the Leica Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH. in Spring 2018. Pricing will be announced nearer to each launch date. The Leica SL Handgrip is available now in the UK at a suggested retail price of £600 including VAT.

Within the next 18 months, Leica SL photographers can look forward to the expansion of the SL lens portfolio with the addition of an ultra-wide zoom and four prime lenses. The Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is scheduled to be available in January 2017 at a suggested retail price of £3,850 including...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Leica SL Reaches for the Stars

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Leica SL mirrorless camera has played an important role in NASA space mission. On 17 August 2016, a sounding rocket from the RockSat-X program launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Virginia, USA) – also on board was a Leica SL camera. The task assigned to the camera was the documentation of the flight in Ultra High Definition (4K) video. The special control algorithms required for the Leica SL on its mission were programmed in collaboration between the students and Leica Camera AG.

The Leica SL mirrorless camera has played an important role in NASA space mission. On 17 August 2016, a sounding rocket from the RockSat-X program launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility (Virginia, USA) – also on board was a Leica SL camera. The task assigned to the camera was the documentation...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New YI Technology Camera at Photokina

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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YI Technology will unveil its newest innovative camera product exclusively at Photokina. This mysterious new camera represents the company’s latest market entry and furthers YI Technology’s drive to change the rules by once again bringing the best, professional-level imaging technologies and innovations together in simple, elegant and easy to use products at great values.

YI Technology will unveil its newest innovative camera product exclusively at Photokina. This mysterious new camera represents the company’s latest market entry and furthers YI Technology’s drive to change the rules by once again bringing the best, professional-level imaging technologies and innovations together in simple, elegant...

Leica M-P ‘TITANIUM’ Set

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Leica Camera has unveiled a very special limited edition of its classic rangefinder camera: the Leica M-P ‘TITANIUM’ Set. The Leica M-P ‘TITANIUM’ is the fifth annual edition to be made from titanium, lending the camera and lens an exceptionally elegant and distinctive appearance. The set consists of a Leica M-P (Typ 240) digital camera and two lenses – a Leica Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH. and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH. – and will be strictly limited to 333 units globally. The Leica M-P ‘TITANIUM’ Set is scheduled to be available in the UK from mid October 2016 at a suggested retail price of £17,500 including VAT.

Leica Camera has unveiled a very special limited edition of its classic rangefinder camera: the Leica M-P ‘TITANIUM’ Set. The Leica M-P ‘TITANIUM’ is the fifth annual edition to be made from titanium, lending the camera and lens an exceptionally elegant and distinctive appearance. The set...

MIOPS MOBILE Wireless Camera Remote

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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MIOPS has launched its latest Kickstarter campaign to support its new MIOPS MOBILE, a versatile smartphone-based wireless camera remote. MIOPS MOBILE allows DSLR or mirrorless camera owners looking to harness the power of their smartphone to create infinitely creative photos. MIOPS MOBILE utilizes the smartphone’s built-in capabilities to remotely fire the camera with various creative modes like Vibration, Sound, Motion, Distance as well as advanced Timelapse modes, all from an easy-to-use smartphone app.

MIOPS has launched its latest Kickstarter campaign to support its new MIOPS MOBILE, a versatile smartphone-based wireless camera remote. MIOPS MOBILE allows DSLR or mirrorless camera owners looking to harness the power of their smartphone to create infinitely creative photos. MIOPS MOBILE utilizes the smartphone’s built-in capabilities to...

Friday, September 9, 2016

LaCie Upgrades Rugged Drives with USB-C Technology

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The new LaCie Rugged USB-C delivers transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s, enabling professionals to quickly transfer footage. The LaCie Rugged USB-C provides enough bandwidth to browse large photo libraries without lag and perform backups fast. Plus, because it is bus powered, the LaCie Rugged USB-C is ready to work virtually anywhere. The LaCie Rugged USB-C will be available this month in 1TB ($139.99), 2TB ($179.99) and 4TB ($249.99) capacities.

The new LaCie Rugged USB-C delivers transfer speeds of up to 130MB/s, enabling professionals to quickly transfer footage. The LaCie Rugged USB-C provides enough bandwidth to browse large photo libraries without lag and perform backups fast. Plus, because it is bus powered, the LaCie Rugged USB-C is ready to...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SIGMA Launches Cine Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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SIGMA is entering into the cinema lens market by releasing a new line of SIGMA CINE LENSES, designed specifically for cinematography. For the first phase, SIGMA will release two zoom lenses in Japan and the USA for Canon EF and Sony E mount camera systems. Another zoom lens and five prime lenses will be released to the market in sequence from 2017 onward.

SIGMA is entering into the cinema lens market by releasing a new line of SIGMA CINE LENSES, designed specifically for cinematography. For the first phase, SIGMA will release two zoom lenses in Japan and the USA for Canon EF and Sony E mount camera systems. Another zoom lens and five...

CompactFlash Association Announces CFexpress Family

Mark Goldstein | Digital

The CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces the CFexpress Family of high-performance removable storage based on PCIE and NVM Express. CFexpress is the next evolution in an open standard format for a broader set of applications, such as professional imaging, personal computing, servers, IoT and industrial. The PCIE Gen 3 Interface Provides a max theoretical interface speed of 1.0GB/sec per lane of PCIE. This speed enhancement enables a new generation of higher performance cards to meet requirements for professional video recording.

The CompactFlash Association (CFA) announces the CFexpress Family of high-performance removable storage based on PCIE and NVM Express. CFexpress is the next evolution in an open standard format for a broader set of applications, such as professional imaging, personal computing, servers, IoT and industrial. The PCIE Gen 3 Interface Provides a...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Phase One iXU-RS Aerial Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Phase One Industrial has introduced the iXU-RS aerial camera series, featuring a breakthrough central lens shutter design. The new shutter technology is based on an innovative direct drive concept with electronic charging that enhances exposure speed to as fast as 1/2500s, while guaranteeing half a million exposures, an unprecedented shutter life span. The Phase One iXU-RS aerial camera series is available now.

Phase One Industrial has introduced the iXU-RS aerial camera series, featuring a breakthrough central lens shutter design. The new shutter technology is based on an innovative direct drive concept with electronic charging that enhances exposure speed to as fast as 1/2500s, while guaranteeing half a million exposures, an unprecedented shutter...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hasselblad 4116 Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad ‘4116 Collection’ - a range of products and collaborations to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The company has teamed up with Motorola for the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ – a
10x optical zoom Moto Mod compatible with Moto Z smartphones. Offering a physical shutter, Xenon flash and zoom, the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ instantly snaps on to the Moto Z smartphone using magnets. The mod allows users to shoot raw images which can be edited using Hasselblad’s Phocus software. Furthermore, Hasselblad and Alpa have formed a collaboration allowing optimised integration of all ALPA technical cameras with both Hasselblad digital backs from H System and CFV as well as Hasselblad HC/HCD lenses in existing and future products. Last but not least, Hasselblad has fostered a relationship with Swedish accessories brand, Sandqvist, creating functional, stylish camera bags to accent the Hasselblad range of offerings. The Sandqvist x Hasselblad collection consists of three high quality bags, created by Hasselblad and Sandqvist, and will be launched at Photokina in September.

Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad ‘4116 Collection’ - a range of products and collaborations to celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary. The company has teamed up with Motorola for the ‘Hasselblad True Zoom’ – a 10x optical zoom Moto Mod compatible with Moto Z smartphones. Offering...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

World’s Smallest Consumer 360° VR Camera Launches on IndieGoGo

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Shanghai-based Nicovr has launched an IndieoGoGo campaign for the Nico360, an intriguing little device billed as "the World's smallest consumer 360° virtual reality camera." The diminutive Nico360 lets everyone record and share their moments in 360-degrees anytime, anywhere. Offering a resolution of 32.7 megapixels (and stills capture in Adobe DNG raw format), the Nico360 VR camera allows 360-degree LIVE VR video streaming with image stabilisation on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, Twitter and more. The waterproof device weighs in at 109 grams, measures 1.8"x1.8".and comes with 32GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot. The WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled Nico360 is now available for pre-order, priced at $149.

Shanghai-based Nicovr has launched an IndieoGoGo campaign for the Nico360, an intriguing little device billed as "the World's smallest consumer 360° virtual reality camera." The diminutive Nico360 lets everyone record and share their moments in 360-degrees anytime, anywhere. Offering a resolution of 32.7 megapixels (and stills capture in Adobe DNG...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

DJI Zenmuse Z3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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DJI today announced the Zenmuse Z3, DJI’s first aerial zoom camera optimised for still photography. Incorporating a 3.5x zoom lens (plus a 2x digital zoom function), the DJI Zenmuse Z3 is compatible with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600 drones and uses the company’s dedicated HD video downlink, Lightbridge and Lightbridge 2, providing up to 3.1 miles of HD transmission range. Weighing in at 263g, the Zenmuse Z3 has a 22-77mm (eq.) f/2.8-5.2 lens and features the same 1/2.3"-type Sony sensor that's found on the DJI Phantom 4. It can shoot still images at 12 megapixels with additional Adobe DNG Raw Support for maximum editing options in post- production. The camera also records video at up to 30 FPS in 4K resolution. Flight time with the Zenmuse Z3 is up to 19 minutes on the Inspire 1. Pilots can extend flight time up to 30 minutes with the dual-battery-equipped M100 and up to 39 minutes with the M600. Available soon, the DJI Zenmuse Z3 is priced at $1,000.

DJI today announced the Zenmuse Z3, DJI’s first aerial zoom camera optimised for still photography. Incorporating a 3.5x zoom lens (plus a 2x digital zoom function), the DJI Zenmuse Z3 is compatible with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600 drones and uses the company’s dedicated HD video...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DJI & Hasselblad Introduce Joint Aerial Photography Package

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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DJI and Hasselblad today announced a fully integrated high-end aerial camera-platform bundle made up of the 50-megapixel version of Hasselblad’s aerial medium-format camera, the A5D, and DJI’s M600 flying platform. The A5D-M600 bundle is the first joint product following DJI’s recent investment in Hasselblad. ‘Combining best-in-class aerial optics with the world’s most powerful aerial platform is a natural development for DJI and Hasselblad. We are delighted to provide this unique bundle to professional photographers, surveyors and mappers’, said Perry Oosting, CEO of Hasselblad. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.

DJI and Hasselblad today announced a fully integrated high-end aerial camera-platform bundle made up of the 50-megapixel version of Hasselblad’s aerial medium-format camera, the A5D, and DJI’s M600 flying platform. The A5D-M600 bundle is the first joint product following DJI’s recent investment...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Leica Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Digital M Rangefinder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Leica M8, their first-ever digital rangefinder camera, with a special trade-in promotion. The Leica M8 marked the beginning of a new era, bringing the unique characteristics of Leica's rangefinder focusing technology into the world of digital photography. Later models, such as the Leica M9 (2009) – the first Leica camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor – further built on this success and repeatedly set new standards with innovative features and functionality, while always retaining the basic principles of the Leica M-System. Leica UK are celebrating the anniversary with a number of special promotions, available at any authorised UK Leica System Dealer, Leica Boutique or Leica Store. Among these is a trade-in offer allowing customers to trade in any camera for a new Leica M (Typ 240), M-P (Typ 240) or Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) and receive a special £500 bonus in addition to the value of the camera system traded in. The promotion runs until October 31st 2016.

Leica are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Leica M8, their first-ever digital rangefinder camera, with a special trade-in promotion. The Leica M8 marked the beginning of a new era, bringing the unique characteristics of Leica's rangefinder focusing technology into the world of digital photography. Later...