Category: Digital

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules attach to your smartphone to provide "image quality and creative options to rival a premium standalone [compact] camera." The 20-megapixel DSC-QX100 combines a fairly big 1"-type (13.2x8.8mm) sensor with a 28-100mm (eq.) f/1.8-4.9 lens, while the lighter, 18-megapixel DSC-QX10 offers a combination of a smaller 1/2.3"-type imager and a 25-250mm (eq.) f/3.3-5.9 zoom. Both the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 boast a Bionz processor, Optical Steady Shot and Wi-Fi with NFC (Near-Field Communications). Both are capable of shooting 1440x1080-pixel videos at 30fps, and each comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 attach to your smartphone with the supplied adapter that fits several popular models. Going on sale at the end of September, both modules (or "lens-style cameras" as Sony calls them) are available to pre-order now via the website below. The suggested retail prices for the Sony QX100 and QX10 are £399 and £179 respectively

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Olympus Launches Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Olympus Europe has launched a teaser campaign hinting at the imminent launch of a new flagship interchangeable-lens camera. "There’s something big on the horizon," the company says. "A new OLYMPUS flagship camera with interchangeable lenses. It’s set to herald a whole new world of photography." Tellingly, the teaser ad features both the FourThirds and the Micro FourThirds logos and all Zuiko Digital as well as M.Zuiko Digital lenses...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wacom Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid

Mark Goldstein | Accessories, Digital
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The Wacom Cintiq Companion and Cintiq Companion Hybrid are two new portable creative tablets. The Cintiq Companion is a fully-fledged Windows 8 tablet, powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000 and running full versions of creative software. The Cintiq Companion Hybrid is a more traditional Cintiq when plugged into a Mac or PC, but when used as a mobile device, works as a stand-alone Android tablet.

The Cintiq Companion is priced at £1649,99 (256 GB version) and £1999.99 (512 GB version). The Cintiq Companion Hybrid costs £1199.99 (16 GB) and £1299.99 (32 GB). Both products will be available from mid-October onwards.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

GIMP Magazine Issue 4 Launches in September

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Issue 4 of GIMP Magazine, a free publication featuring works created by the worldwide community of GIMP users, is now available to download. This edition includes an interview with professional photographer and digital artist Christopher Mark Perez, Episode Two of The Hunt for Wilber, a portfolio of images by Rolf Steinort, a tutorial on creating a proper vignette using GIMP, and much more. You will be able to download Issue 4 from the website below, starting 4th September.

Website: GIMP Magazine

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lytro Enters European Market, Expands US Presence

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Digital Compact Cameras
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Lytro has expanded its US distribution, with in-store availability at 44 Best Buy stores across the country, as well as at B&H's NYC superstore. Lytro is also currently available through international retail partners in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This, along with today's UK launch, marks Lytro’s second international retail expansion, following the camera’s debut in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Canada in October 2012. “As we continue to expand internationally, this is an opportunity to work with partners who share our vision for light field technology and support it across new markets. We look forward to seeing the kinds of living pictures our new European customers will create,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO of Lytro.

Lytro Now Available in UK

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Lytro light field camera is now available in the UK. Unlike conventional cameras, the Lytro light field camera captures all rays of light in a scene, providing capabilities that haven’t been seen before, such as the ability to focus a picture after it’s taken. The Lytro camera is available in Graphite, Electric Blue or Moxie Pink (8GB) for £399 and Red Hot (16 GB) for £469.

Friday, July 12, 2013

China Develops 100-Megapixel Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Institute of Optics and Electronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a camera with a 100-megapixel square-format sensor. Apparently, the IOE3-Kanban is not designed to compete with high-resolution medium-format digital backs such as the Leaf Credo 80 or the Phase One IQ280 - its main areas of use include areial photography, disaster monitoring and high-dynamic-range imaging. The device, which takes 10240x10240-pixel photographs, can be used in temperatures ranging from -20 °C to +55 °C.

Friday, June 21, 2013

1.3-billion-pixel Photo of Mars

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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NASA has taken a 1.3-billion-pixel image of the Mars landscape using technology from GigaPan. The 1.3-billion-pixel image was stitched together from nearly 900 individual images. The image highlights the site where Curiosity collected its first scoops of sand at a windblown patch called “Rocksnest,” and extends to Mount Sharp on the horizon.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fujfilm, Panasonic Co-develop Organic CMOS Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Fujifilm and Panasonic have developed a new organic CMOS image sensor technology that promises better dynamic range and higher light sensitivity. The new technology uses an organic photoelectric conversion layer with a photoelectric conversion property at the light receiving section of an image sensor to achieve performance beyond that of conventional image sensors. The transistors and metal interconnects in each pixel, fabricated using Panasonic's semiconductor device technology, are coated with a photoelectric conversion layer developed using Fujifilm's organic material technology. This boosts sensor sensitivity by 1.2 times compared to conventional sensors to deliver clean images even in low light. The thin film, achieved with the organic CMOS image sensor technology, has enabled the expansion of the range of incident angles to 60 degrees, efficiently utilizing light entering at an angle for faithful color reproduction with no colour mixing. The improved signal saturation value, combined with a newly developed noise-cancelling circuit, has resulted in what the two companies call "the industry's highest dynamic range," preventing highlight clipping in bright scenes.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Leica Opens ‘Mini M Box’ Further

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Once again, Leica has revealed a little more about the upcoming Leica Mini M via its Facebook fan page. If the teaser graphic is anything to go by, the Leica Mini M will not have an integrated eye-level viewfinder, but it may have some traditional controls. (Of course there is still a possibility that the actual product will look entirely different - as you can see in the picture above, there is a speech balloon with the text, "Heard the rumours? Get the truth: Leica Stores - June 11th.")

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Canon EOS 101 Tutorial Video Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Canon U.S.A. has launched a new tutorial video series that will show photographers how to improve their photographic skills. The Canon EOS 101 tutorial video series, available 24/7 on the Canon Digital Learning Center and Canon’s YouTube channel, provides entry-level Canon EOS users, photography students and anyone new to using a digital SLR camera the guidance needed to help enhance their imaging skills. You can access the Canon Digital Learning Center via the link below.

Leica M Monochrom Firmware Update 1.002

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica Camera has issued a firmware update for the Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.002 improves operational stability when the camera is connected to a computer via USB, corrects mistakes in the French and Italian menus, and fixes a bug related to the 'discreet' mode. Users wishing to take advantage of the new, improved features can now download firmware update 1.002 from the ‘DOWNLOADS’ section of the Service page on the Leica Camera website.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Leica Mini M Teaser Campaign Continues

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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By way of its Facebook fan page, Leica has revealed a little more about the upcoming Leica Mini M. The new teaser graphic shows a camera that's bigger than the existing Leica X2 (a.k.a. 'Micro M') but smaller than the Leica M, as you would expect based on the 'Mini M' designation. Although the image reveals little more, it now seems certain that the Leica Mini M will not have a body-integral optical viewfinder. The official launch date is 11th June.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Leica Mini M on June 11th

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Leica Mini M camera is set to be unveiled on June 11th 2013. In an announcement on its Facebook page, Leica have released a teaser graphic positioning the new Mini M in-between the Leica M and the X2 "Micro M" and Leica D-LUX 6 "Nano M" compact cameras, strongly hinting at a new model that's aimed firmly at professional users, and one that's presumably more affordable than the flagship M digital rangefinder. There's no picture of the Leica Mini M just yet, only a Leica branded box in its place, and details are scarce too, but you can sign-up for the Leica newsletter using the link below to be among the frst to hear all about the intriguing new Leica Mini M.

Meet the new Leica family member on the 11th of June. Be the first to know more: http://bit.ly/MeetMiniM 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mamiya Leaf Credo WS 80 & Credo WS 60 Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Mamiya Leaf's new Credo WS 80 and Credo WS 60 medium-format digital backs are now available. The WS (Wide Spectrum) backs are based on the manufacturer's Credo 60 and 80 products but their infrared light blocking filter has been replaced with a custom glass filter and the sensor's position has been adjusted. This extends the captured spectrum of the back, enabling recording of Near IR images (~700nm). The new backs are available in Mamiya AFD/ DF/ DF+ and V (Universal) mounts.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Leica M Firmware Update 1.1.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has posted a firmware update for the Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.1.0.2 adds vignetting correction for the following lenses: Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm/f4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M18mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4 ASPH, Summilux-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH, Elmarit-M 24mm/f2.8 ASPH, Elmar-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summicron-M 28mm/f2.0 ASPH, Elmarit-M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 35mm/f1.4 ASPH and Summicron-M 35mm/f2.0 ASPH. You can download the Leica M firmware update from the website below.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Canon 35mm Full-Frame CMOS Sensor for Low-light Video

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Canon have developed a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor specifically for video recording. The new Canon 35mm CMOS sensor enables the capture of Full HD video even in exceptionally low-light environments. The newly developed CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size, which is more than 7.5-times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor incorporated in Canon’s top-of-the-line EOS-1D X DSLR.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Phase One IQ280, IQ260 & IQ260 Achromatic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One today announced the Phase One IQ2 series: three new 645 format digital camera backs with high-speed wireless connectivity and a claimed 13 f-stops of dynamic range. The Phase One IQ280 enables remote image capture and viewing of its huge 80-megapixel images on an iPad running Phase One’s Capture Pilot App. The 60-megapixel Phase One IQ260 is an extremely versatile back with exposure ranges from 1/10000s to one hour and virtually noise-free images. The 60-megapixel sensor at the heart of the IQ260 is a unique 645 format imager found only in this digital back, offering the widest exposure range opportunities on the market, the company says. Finally, the Phase One IQ260 Achromatic is a dedicated image capture device designed to deliver the highest-quality pure black and white images with no Bayer interpolation involved. Availability of the new IQ2 backs is slated for June, with prices starting at €29,990/$39,990. You can sign up for a “test drive” at the website below.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rambus Binary Pixel Technology Improves Dynamic Range, Low-Light Performance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital
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Rambus has unveiled a new “binary pixel technology” that promises to “dramatically improve” the quality of photos taken with mobile devices, in terms of dynamic range and signal-to-noise ratio. “Today’s compact mainstream sensors are only able to capture a fraction of what the human eye can see,” said Dr. Martin Scott, chief technology officer at Rambus. “Our breakthrough binary pixel technology enables a tremendous performance improvement for compact imagers capable of ultra high-quality photos and videos from mobile devices.” You can read more about the technology at the website below.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

StyleShoots

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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StyleShoots is an iPad controlled all-in-one photo studio that shoots, cuts out and exports product images in thirty seconds. The iPad displays a live view of what you lay on the table section of StyleShoots. When you are happy with how the products are styled on the table, you simply press the button and let the integrated system do the rest. StyleShoots takes two images, one with 4000 LED lights on and one without. The two images are then automatically morphed together to produce a sharp, high-quality product shot. The StyleShoots all-in-one photo studio comes complete with an integrated Mac mini, Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with an EF 24-105mm lens and an Apple iPad, and is available for direct purchase or as a leasing solution.

Website: StyleShoots