Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Market research and consultancy firm InfoTrends has published a new report entitled Digital Camera End-user Survey Analysis: United States. The report argues that new advances in the digital camera market - such as adding various wireless connectivity options to cameras and accessories - will better enable digital cameras to compete with the popular smartphone; whether users want to share their photos using email, multimedia message or social networking platforms. InfoTrends also highlights in this study that over half of the consumers surveyed reported areas where their current camera was falling short of their needs. Common areas of concern included battery life, low-light capture capabilities, and lack of Wi-Fi connectivity. "Digital camera vendors should focus marketing messages on issues such as these, and how they have improved with newer models," the company says. "Viral forms of marketing including blogs, social networks, and video sharing are effective tools to complement traditional advertising methods." The report can be purchased from the website below.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Leica has released a firmware update for the Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera. Version 188.8.131.52 enables live view capability with every lens (including older screw lenses via an adapter), adds a 'Video off' option to the Set menu, creates a new menu item called Exposure Simulation, extends the camera's Auto ISO options, adds new crop marks and a new Focus Peaking function, and much more. Click through scroll down for the details.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Lytro has decided to open-source its code for the light-field Living Picture player, bringing interactive imagery anywhere on the Web. The Lytro WebGL Player allows developers to seamlessly integrate galleries of "living pictures" taken with the Lytro Illum light field camera into their websites. Living pictures are the product of light field photography a transformative way to experience digital images. Audiences can alter the appearance of the images by adjusting perspectives, focal points and dimensions. 500px will be the first to integrate the Lytro WebGL Player. The open source code for Lytro's WebGL Player will be available on 15th July, at the website below.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Lytro has published full specifications for its Illum light-field camera. Back in April, when the Lytro Illum was announced, only the headline specs were released, including a 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent) with a constant aperture of f/2, 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter, articulating touchscreen and a flash hotshoe. Now Lytro has published a detailed spec sheet that includes data on sensor format, crop factor, native resolution, maximum reproduction ratio, shutter type, and much more, Click through / scroll down for the details.
Friday, June 6, 2014
AppCam have issued a statement regarding what they call a "surprising resemblance" of the Leica T's graphical user interface (GUI) and operating system to the AppCam OS-II. "The only major difference is that the values are set by tapping on the display on the Leica T," the company says (AppCam uses dials and soft buttons instead). "The use of camera apps and their free configuration - like the apps on a smartphone - equates otherwise more or less exactly to our system." AppCam's Jürgen Habenstein claims they had presented their system approximately two and a half years ago to Leica's product manager, Stefan Daniel, at the former company headquarters in Solms but eventually, the German company refused any form of cooperation. Despite this, AppCam do not explicitly allege that Leica stole their idea. "We are really looking forward [to] the great success of the Leica T, because it contributes to mak[ing] the benefits of camera apps known worldwide," Habenstein says. "Camera apps are the future."
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Want to see exactly what the new Pentax 645Z medium-format DSLR camera looks like in the flesh?
Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the exciting new Pentax 645Z medium-format DSLR camera.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Last month, Lytro announced the Illum, an upcoming camera that uses light field technology to capture "multi-dimensional" images with a single click. Since then, the company has released a short documentary about five leading photographers who got to pilot the new camera. The behind-the-scenes video follows the artists coast to coast - from portrait artist Anna Webber's film noire scene in the streets of New York City to the surreal concepts of Kyle Thompson set against the drizzly woods of Eugene, Oregon.
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Leica M Edition 100 is a special kit comprising a purely mechanical rangefinder camera for film photography – the Leica M-A, which is based on the currently available Leica MP – and a digital Leica M Monochrom, alongside three Leica Summilux-M lenses with focal lengths of 28, 35 and 50mm. Of these, the Leica Summilux-M 1,4/28 mm ASPH. is a completely new lens, designed specifically for the Leica M Edition 100 bundle. These cameras and lenses will be available exclusively as sets from Leica Stores and Boutiques and strictly limited to 101 sets.
Leica has announced a new version of the Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder camera. "The design of the new silver chrome version is as discreet as the popular design of the black chrome version, with a uniform colouration and a minimum of details," the company says. "Naturally the black chrome version will still be available in parallel and besides the colour of outer parts, there is no technical difference between the two colour versions." The new model is planned to be available in limited quantities by the end of May, with an order no. of 10787 and RRP of £6,200.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The LYTRO ILLUM is a new light field camera for professionals. The LYTRO ILLUM camera features a 40-megaray light field sensor, 8x optical zoom lens (30mm-250mm equivalent) with a constant aperture of f/2, 1/4000 of a second high-speed shutter, extreme close-focus macro capability, articulating touchscreen and a flash hotshoe. The LYTRO ILLUM camera will ship starting July 2014 for a retail price of $1,599.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sony has issued a firmware update for its DSC-QX10 and QX100 camera-lens modules. Version 3.00 enables users to focus with a half-press (and take a photo with a full-press) of the shutter release, and improves upon the "NFC One-touch connection." Note that this requires PlayMemories Mobile app version 4.2 or later.
Website: Sony UK
Friday, April 4, 2014
Research and Markets have released a new report entitled "United States Digital Camera Market 2014-2018 with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung Electronics & Panasonic Dominating." According to the report, the digital camera market in the US is driven by many growth factors, one of which is the increasing demand for compact system cameras such as the Panasonic GX7 (pictured). The report includes information on segmentation, buying criteria, market challenges, trends, vendors and drivers of growth. Available in electronic format, the report is priced at $2500.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Canon has announced a new interchangeable-lens camera featuring an APS-C sized monochrome sensor and Nikon F bayonet mount. Don't get too excited, though - the Canon M15P-CL is an industrial camera rather than an SLR. In the market of interchangeable-lens industrial cameras, Nikon has very strong positions, which is probably why Canon - a newcomer to this segment - decided to introduce an F-mount model instead of trying to push its own EF-mount lenses. Pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.
Source: Canon Japan
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Fujifilm has announced its second collaboration with luxury British luggage manufacturer Globe-Trotter. Harrods Technology will be the sole retailer for Fujifilm’s exclusive X Series Globe-Trotter cases and camera sets. The kits include X-E2 in Beige and Navy Blue Lizard in a Globe-Trotter 16” Slim Attaché Case, with a Fujinon XF23mm lens, standard hand grip, EXF-20 flash, RR-90 Remote Release, leather half case, 23mm lens filter and ‘Harrods Exclusive’ luggage tag (£2999); the Fujifilm X100S in Red Lizard, a Globe-Trotter 9” Mini Utility Case in Black and Red and ‘Harrods Exclusive’ luggage tag (£1700); the X-Pro1 Yellow Lizard CSC kit (pictured), presented within a Globe-Trotter 16” Slim Attaché Case, with XF18, 35, and 60mm Fujinon lenses, a standard hand grip, an EF-X20 Flash, 3 lens filters, and a ‘Harrods Exclusive’ luggage tag (£4499) and the Fujifilm X20 in Brown Snakeskin Effect, in a Globe-Trotter 9” Mini Utility with a ‘Harrods Exclusive’ luggage tag (£1099). The range is now available to buy from Harrods Technology Department, Level 3.
Monday, March 24, 2014
The new Phase One iXU 150 is billed as the World’s smallest and lightest integrated digital medium-format aerial camera. The iXU's 50-megapixel CMOS sensor offers 8280 pixels cross-track coverage and a sensitivity range of ISO 100/21° to ISO 6400/39°. The Phase One iXU 150 utilises the central leaf shutters built into the wide range of compatible Schneider-Kreuznach lenses (28 mm, 55 mm, 80 mm, 110 mm, 150 mm and 240 mm). The camera is easily integrated into new or existing setups with its USB 3.0 connectivity for storage and control, and direct serial communication to GPS/IMU systems. The Phase One iXU 150 will be available in either visible light or Near-IR configurations. Available from July, the camera has a list price of €30.000 / $40,000.
Sony Australia has posted product images and full specifications for a new camera called the Sony α3500. Launching just half a year after the A3000, the new Sony A3500 promises better battery life and comes with a new Sony E 18-50mm f/4-5.6 (SEL1850) lens. Otherwise, its headline specifications appear to be identical to those of the Sony A3000 (read review). The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is AU$499.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sony has released a firmware update for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules. Version 2.00 changes the resolution of MP4 video files from 1440x1080 to 1920x1080 pixels and expands the ISO range to ISO 3200/36° on the QX10 and ISO 12800/42° on the QX100. Additionally, the Sony Cyber-shot QX100 gains a "shutter priority auto" shooting mode, enabling users to control shutter speed directly.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Ricoh hasupdated the apps for the Ricoh Theta spherical image camera to allow users to post spherical images to Google Maps and Google+. Made possible through a collaboration between Ricoh and Google, the Theta apps are now compatible with Photo Sphere XMP, Google's panoramic image standard. Users can also make use of the Constellations feature, which enables them to connect spherical images to make an original Street View. The apps are available for Android, iOS, MacOS and Windows - click through / scroll down for the links.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Hot on the heels of Hasselblad's announcement of the H5D-50c, Phase One has unveiled a medium-format digital back with a 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. With a sensor size of 44x33mm, the IQ250 offers 68 percent more image-capture real estate than a typical 35mm full-frame digital SLR camera, and delivers a claimed 14 stops of dynamic range. Additionally; it has an ISO range from 100/21° to 6400/39°, which is unprecedented for an MF digital back. "Fluid and responsive Live View is another key feature of the IQ250," the company says. Live View on the IQ250 offers great composition and focus assistance -- whether it is used directly on the digital back, connected via USB3 to Capture One on the computer, or displayed wirelessly on iPads or iPhones running Capture Pilot. The Phase One IQ250 system is available now, priced at €24,990/ $34,990:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Japanese company King Jim is set to launch a camera-equipped mouse on 31st January. The hybrid device is primarily aimed at computer users who need to illustrate documents and emails with images of a product or some other object, but we expect that a lot of "mouse photos" will also be taken for Facebook and Twitter as well. The photos are relatively small (up to 2 megapixels), and the mouse is capable of transferring them to your PC immediately after capture courtesy of the bundled software, which also offers basic editing functions. According to the company, the software works with the Japanese versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The camera-equipped mouse will retail for 4200 yen including taxes.