Category: Digital

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

UK Photographers Losing £9,900 a Year by Not Colour Managing Their Workflow

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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A recent survey conducted by X-Rite with almost 500 participants found that photographers in the UK are, on average, losing nearly £10,000 per year by not using colour management. A lack of monitor calibration is proving the most costly with an average of £5,200 per year lost in editing time, compared with a lack of white balance control costing £3,700 per year and wasted ink and paper from inaccurate prints accounting for £1,000 per year. “Talking to our customers, we have known that the benefits of superior image quality, consistency and peace of mind when editing are all powerful reasons why photographers and videographers use X-Rite’s world leading colour management solutions,” says Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at X-Rite Photo Europe. “This survey has, for the first time, given us clear data on how much time is being lost by photographers who aren’t using colour management. It shows that photographers at all levels should realise the benefits of time and money savings when they start utilising colour management in their workflow.”

A recent survey conducted by X-Rite with almost 500 participants found that photographers in the UK are, on average, losing nearly £10,000 per year by not using colour management. A lack of monitor calibration is proving the most costly with an average of £5,200 per year lost in editing time, compared...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Camera of the Year 2015

Mark Goldstein | Digital, PhotographyBLOG
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Sony A7R II.

“The Sony A7R II is a remarkable camera, both on paper and in practice. Offering a mouth-watering list of desirable features, the A7R II delivers on almost all of its promises...”

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Congratulations to Sony and the A7R II!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015. The Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Sony A7R II. “The Sony A7R II is a remarkable camera, both on...

Monday, January 11, 2016

Leica UK Partners with Pro Centre

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Lenses
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Leica has announced a partnership with Pro Centre in the UK, providing a rental and sales service for its professional product portfolio. Renny Lee, managing director, Pro Centre, said, “We’re thrilled that Leica has chosen Pro Centre as its rental partner for its premium S-System, SL and M ranges. Having served the pro community for 28 years, customers know that they can count on our reliability and efficiency. The addition of the Leica portfolio gives our customers the opportunity to rent the highest-performance camera and lens technology available on the market, while benefitting from the ultimate service and support from our expert team.” Pro Centre is located at 14 Union Walk, London, E2 8HP.

Leica has announced a partnership with Pro Centre in the UK, providing a rental and sales service for its professional product portfolio. Renny Lee, managing director, Pro Centre, said, “We’re thrilled that Leica has chosen Pro Centre as its rental partner for its premium S-System, SL and...

Friday, December 18, 2015

NCTech to Showcase iris360 at CES

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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NCTech has announced that it will be showing its iris360 panoramic camera at the CES 2016 trade show. Remote-controlled from a smartphone or tablet, iris360 quickly captures high-resolution 360-degree images courtesy of its four sensors. With zero setup time, iris360 does not require photographic experience to operate and, with one touch, captures and delivers an 8K resolution, HDR panoramic image in less than two minutes. iris360 is small and lightweight, making it easy to transport and deploy, and is designed for use in both indoor and outdoor environments. At CES, NCTech is located in the Eureka Park Marketplace, Sands Expo, Hall G at stand 81651.

NCTech has announced that it will be showing its iris360 panoramic camera at the CES 2016 trade show. Remote-controlled from a smartphone or tablet, iris360 quickly captures high-resolution 360-degree images courtesy of its four sensors. With zero setup time, iris360 does not require photographic experience to operate and, with one touch,...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Daily Deal - 83% Off the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II Card!

Mark Goldstein | Digital, PhotographyBLOG
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Today only - save 83% on the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II card! 

The premium Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC UHS-I card leverages UHS-I technology to deliver professional-level, high-speed performance and reliability, with 1000x (150MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed.

Get the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II 1000x Speed (150MB/s) SDXC Flash Memory Card

Today only - save 83% on the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II card!  The premium Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC UHS-I card leverages UHS-I technology to deliver professional-level, high-speed performance and reliability, with 1000x (150MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed. Get the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II 1000x Speed (150MB...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DxO ONE App v1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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DxO has released an update to the DxO ONE iPhone app. Version 1.2 adds new ways to view and interact with advanced photo info, and provides more control over the entire photo and video capture process. The manual focus mode now provides one tap access to hyperfocal distance, and the ability to reposition the magnification loupe for critical focusing. At the request of pro photographers, the shutter speed range has been expanded for capturing even faster motion (1/20000) and longer low-light exposures (30s). Users can now capture video with full manual control of aperture, ISO, white balance and more. DxO ONE selfies are now available in every capture setting and mode, including the ability to record high quality video selfies, ready to share with the world. There’s even a new companion app that lets users remotely trigger a DxO ONE camera with their Apple Watch.

DxO has released an update to the DxO ONE iPhone app. Version 1.2 adds new ways to view and interact with advanced photo info, and provides more control over the entire photo and video capture process. The manual focus mode now provides one tap access to hyperfocal distance, and the...

Friday, November 20, 2015

Leica M à la Carte

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica Camera have expanded their Leica à la carte programme – a special concept for personalising your Leica camera – and will be offering a selection of styling options for the Leica M (Typ 240) from the end of this month. The Leica M à la carte programme includes various finishes for the camera body itself, with the choice of black or silver chrome, or black enamel. Customers can also select a top plate featuring a Leica logo, or a classic version without the ‘red dot’. As well as the standard black leather trim, the programme offers a further 11 full-grain cowhide options plus classic variations embossed with distinctive lizard- and ostrich-effect patterns. Furthermore, you can personalise the technical specifications of your camera, including a frame selection lever, with which bright-line frames for six different focal lengths can be simulated in the viewfinder. In addition to all the technical features of the Leica M (Typ 240), the Leica M à la carte camera comes with a two gigabyte buffer memory, delivering twice the capacity of the standard model. The price for camera body ranges from £5,100 - £6,050 including VAT. In the United States, the Leica M (Typ 240) à la carte will be available from $6,380.

Leica Camera have expanded their Leica à la carte programme – a special concept for personalising your Leica camera – and will be offering a selection of styling options for the Leica M (Typ 240) from the end of this month. The Leica M à la carte...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Leica M (Typ 262)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica today launched the Leica M (Typ 262) digital rangefinder camera. Featuring a near-silent shutter, a quiet shutter-cocking motor, a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and a Maestro image processor; the Leica M (Typ 262) is a dedicated stills-only camera offering no video recording capabilities. New to the Leica M (Typ 262) is the use of a streamlined two-page menu system, which promises to simplify the way you use the camera. Priced at £4,050/$5,195; the Leica M (Typ 262) is the least expensive full-frame M-mount digital Leica to date, and at 600 grams without a battery, it's also the lightest digital M camera in production. The newest Leica is scheduled to be available later this month.

Leica today launched the Leica M (Typ 262) digital rangefinder camera. Featuring a near-silent shutter, a quiet shutter-cocking motor, a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor and a Maestro image processor; the Leica M (Typ 262) is a dedicated stills-only camera offering no video recording capabilities. New to the Leica M (Typ 262) is the use...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sony A68 Offers 4D Focusing

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Sony A68 A-mount camera features Sony’s unique 4D FOCUS system that delivers extraordinary AF performance under any shooting conditions, even in lighting as low as EV-2. The A68's AF system has 79 autofocus detection points including 15 cross points and a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dimly-lit scenes. Other key features include a 24MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor, ISO 100-25600, BIONZ X image processor, Full HD movies in the XAVC Sv format, OLED Tru-Finder with 100% frame coverage, a 2.7-type LCD monitor that  tilts up to 135 degrees upwards or 55 degrees downwards, and in-body image stabilisation. The price and availability of the new Sony A68 are still to be announced.

The Sony A68 A-mount camera features Sony’s unique 4D FOCUS system that delivers extraordinary AF performance under any shooting conditions, even in lighting as low as EV-2. The A68's AF system has 79 autofocus detection points including 15 cross points and a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Phase One Releases First Major XF Platform Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One today released the first major XF Camera System update. The update adds a Seismographic Vibration Delay function that ensures camera stillness at the moment of capture, introduces a BullsEye Level tool on the XF OneTouch UI to enable easy camera alignment, and adds a Hyperfocal Point Calibration feature, which allows photographers to use Capture One PRO to calibrate and store their perfect hyperfocal point. Additionally, Focus confirmation on the XF OneTouch UI now gives full focus control in the Waist Level Finder workflow, and Focus Step enables focus control directly from Live View in Capture One PRO for ultimate focus accuracy.

Phase One today released the first major XF Camera System update. The update adds a Seismographic Vibration Delay function that ensures camera stillness at the moment of capture, introduces a BullsEye Level tool on the XF OneTouch UI to enable easy camera alignment, and adds a Hyperfocal Point Calibration feature,...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DxO ONE Now Available in 10 European Countries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The DxO ONE camera is now available in ten European countries. Billed as an "incredibly compact, yet surprisingly sophisticated" camera that connects directly to your iPhone and iPad to let you instantly share high-resolution images; the DxO ONE boasts a fast 32mm (eq.) f/1.8 prime lens and a relatively big, 1"-type sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels. The camera is now available at a price of £449 (VAT included) in the United Kingdom, and at the price of €599 in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and in Switzerland.

The DxO ONE camera is now available in ten European countries. Billed as an "incredibly compact, yet surprisingly sophisticated" camera that connects directly to your iPhone and iPad to let you instantly share high-resolution images; the DxO ONE boasts a fast 32mm (eq.) f/1.8 prime lens and a relatively big, 1...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ricoh Theta S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Ricoh today announced the Ricoh Theta S, the newest model in their Theta series of spherical cameras. Unveiled today in Berlin at IFA, the camera features a resolution of nearly 14 megapixels, fully spherical photos and videos captured in one shot, a live preview function and even greater compatibility with social media platforms. It also comes with an enlarged image sensor and fast f/2 lenses. Spherical images can be uploaded to theta360.com, shared via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and posted to Google Maps, Google+ and YouTube's360°Channel. Coinciding with the launch of the camera, Google Maps today introduced a new Google Street View app that offers the ability to shoot photo spheres and to connect to spherical cameras. The recommended retail price of the Ricoh Theta S is £299.99.

Ricoh today announced the Ricoh Theta S, the newest model in their Theta series of spherical cameras. Unveiled today in Berlin at IFA, the camera features a resolution of nearly 14 megapixels, fully spherical photos and videos captured in one shot, a live preview function and even greater compatibility with social...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DxO ONE Launches in Europe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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DxO have just announced the availability of the DxO ONE camera in 10 European countries. Launching in October 2015, the DxO ONE is an incredibly compact, yet surprisingly sophisticated camera that connects directly to your iPhone and iPad to let you instantly share high-resolution images with your family, friends and followers. Its fast f/1.8 prime lens (32mm equivalent) is paired to a relatively big, 1"-type sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels.As a fully connected camera, the DxO ONE enables users to receive continuous app and firmware enhancements via automatic App Store updates. In just the past two months, the team at DxO added manual focus, EV bias in auto, paired program mode, max ISO / max Speed, and more. Before the year is out, DxO ONE users can expect to receive a host of new features, such as high-speed raw burst, horizon level, advanced viewfinder and detailed EXIF displays. The camera will be available at a price of £449 (VAT included) in the United Kingdom, and at the price of €599 in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and in Switzerland.

DxO have just announced the availability of the DxO ONE camera in 10 European countries. Launching in October 2015, the DxO ONE is an incredibly compact, yet surprisingly sophisticated camera that connects directly to your iPhone and iPad to let you instantly share high-resolution images with your family, friends and followers. Its...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Leica S (Typ 007) Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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Want to see exactly what the new Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera.

Want to see exactly what the new Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera looks like in the flesh? Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera.

Leica S (Typ 007)

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera combines outstanding image quality with maximum speed and flawless handling. The new Leica S brings together maximum burst rate, exceptional sensor sensitivity and an extensive range of capture modes for photos and – for the first time – video footage. With a burst frequency of up to 3.5 frames per second, full-HD video in full-frame medium format sensor size, 4K video recording in Super 35 format, fast Live View mode and exceptional image quality at all ISO settings, the Leica S (Typ 007) reinforces its status as the benchmark in the medium format category.

The Leica S (Typ 007) is available in the UK from selected Leica stockists, at a suggested retail price of £12,900 including VAT, and in the US it's priced at $16,900.

The Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera combines outstanding image quality with maximum speed and flawless handling. The new Leica S brings together maximum burst rate, exceptional sensor sensitivity and an extensive range of capture modes for photos and – for the first time – video footage. With a burst...

Friday, August 21, 2015

Modulo Camera Promises Unlimited Dynamic Range

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have proposed a camera that can take a perfect picture, even in extremely contrasty lighting conditions. Called a “modulo camera,” this device designed to never overexpose any part of a photograph, enabling single-capture HDR imaging. Where "traditional" HDR-capable cameras use multiple normal images to create one final high-dynamic-range photograph, the modulo camera only requires one shot to create an HDR image. The new solution gets around the limited well capacity of conventional sensors by resetting the sensor capacitors whenever the "well" gets full, and uses an inverse modulo algorithm to calculate how much light the reset sensors took in. This algorithm recovers a much larger dynamic range. For example, if a certain camera sensor can record eight bits of information, then when those eight bits are filled, the capacitor will be reset to zero. The number of resets is recovered by the algorithm, which then calculates the relative brightness of each area of the photo. Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's website and read the technical paper published by the researchers.

A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have proposed a camera that can take a perfect picture, even in extremely contrasty lighting conditions. Called a “modulo camera,” this device designed to never overexpose any part of a photograph, enabling single-capture HDR imaging. Where "traditional" HDR-capable...

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lytro Power Tools Advances into Beta Phase

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Software
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Lytro has opened its imaging platform to developers, photographers and producers, enabling them to explore light field photography and integrate the underlying 3D data into new applications. Lytro Power Tools (LPT) Beta was developed to give programmers, researchers and artists complete control at every step – from capture on the camera to post-processing light field data. Initially announced as an Alpha program only available in the United States, LPT Beta is now available to anyone who’s interested. Alpha participants have created and shared tools to generate time-lapse video as well as panoramic video that can be viewed with virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. To learn more and download Lytro Power Tools Beta, visit the website below.

Lytro has opened its imaging platform to developers, photographers and producers, enabling them to explore light field photography and integrate the underlying 3D data into new applications. Lytro Power Tools (LPT) Beta was developed to give programmers, researchers and artists complete control at every step – from capture on...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Phase One Launches iXU-R Camera Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Phase One Industrial has introduced the iXU-R camera series for aerial applications. Available in 80 MP, 60MP and 60MP achromatic versions, these cameras feature interchangeable 40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm Phase One Rodenstock lenses equipped with central leaf shutters that can be quickly changed in the field. The Phase One iXU-R systems have been designed to address the aerial data acquisition market's needs for a small, lightweight camera with the high resolution of a medium format system, plus high-performance optics, flexibility to fit into small places and Phase One's fastest 80 MP platform. Cameras are easily integrated into new or existing setups with USB 3.0 connectivity for control and storage via the Phase One iX Capture application. For more details, visit the website below.

Phase One Industrial has introduced the iXU-R camera series for aerial applications. Available in 80 MP, 60MP and 60MP achromatic versions, these cameras feature interchangeable 40 mm, 50 mm and 70 mm Phase One Rodenstock lenses equipped with central leaf shutters that can be quickly changed in the field. The Phase One iXU-R systems...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Panono Explorer Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Panono has announced its plan to release the first edition of its 108-megapixel Panono Camera, the first consumer camera to exceed 100 megapixels and deliver high-resolution, 360° X 360° full-spherical panoramic images. The Panono Explorer Edition is a small, grapefruit-sized, ball-shaped camera with 36 individual camera modules that fire simultaneously to capture everything in every direction. The panoramic images can be previewed instantly in the free Panono mobile app before being sent to the Panono Cloud for finishing and delivery back to the app, the photographer‘s account on the Panono website, or can be shared on social media sites. The Panono Explorer Edition will start shipping in September. It is already available to preorder from $1,499.

Panono has announced its plan to release the first edition of its 108-megapixel Panono Camera, the first consumer camera to exceed 100 megapixels and deliver high-resolution, 360° X 360° full-spherical panoramic images. The Panono Explorer Edition is a small, grapefruit-sized, ball-shaped camera with 36 individual camera modules that fire simultaneously to capture...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sony Patents New Dual-layer Sensor with PDAF

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sony has filed a patent for a new dual-layer image sensor. Spotted by Egami, the patent describes a sensor architecture where the top layer is made up of regular pixels with a standard RGB colour filter array, and the second consists of monochromatic pixels suitable for phase-detect auto focus (PDAF) operation. If implemented in a camera or smartphone, this sensor could enable users to pick their focus point with pixel-level accuracy (which is probably more than what any of us bargained for, but it could also improve focusing accuracy when using continuous, subject tracking auto-focus). According to Egami, this is but one of several examples given by Sony, as the patent itself covers a broader range of multi-layer sensors.

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Sony has filed a patent for a new dual-layer image sensor. Spotted by Egami, the patent describes a sensor architecture where the top layer is made up of regular pixels with a standard RGB colour filter array, and the second consists of monochromatic pixels suitable for phase-detect auto focus (PDAF)...