Category: Digital

Thursday, January 9, 2014

aKu “ladibird” Camera Module

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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At CES 2014, Singapore-based start-up aKu is showcasing the prototype of a new device called "ladibird" that takes all of the essential optics and electronics of a large-sensor system camera and merges them into a phone casing for the Apple iPhone. The ladibird's image sensor is 7.5x larger than the average smartphone imager and 4x larger than the sensor of a typical compact camera. The ladibird camera is currently in the early stage of development with a prototype for the iPhone 5 - aKu has completed one successful round of Indiegogo funding, and is currently conducting its second round, which will go towards mass production of the camera. Prototypes of the device can be viewed at suite #621, tower 1 - on the 8th floor of the Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kodak Pixpro Smart Lens Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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JK Imaging has announced two new Kodak PixPro Smart Lens camera models, enabling users to outfit their existing iOS or Android smartphones with a snap-on camera module. Features on the Kodak PixPro SL10 ($199) include 1080p video, a 28-280mm eq. 10X zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and a microSD memory card slot. The SL25 ($299) boasts a 24-600mm eq. 25X zoom lens, wireless connectivity and a memory card slot. The Kodak PixPro Smart Lens devices will be available in spring 2014.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sinar p-MF-L

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Sinar p MF-L enables photographers to avail themselves of the unique quality characteristics of a Sinar view camera while using their Leica S high-end medium format camera body. In combination with the Sinar p system, Leica S owners gain access to perspective control, selective focus and the benefit of using high-resolution Sinaron lenses designed specifically for digital imaging. The Leica-specific mounting bracket ensures that the camera can be freely positioned along the optical axis. The Leica S functions are fully integrated into the Sinar CaptureFlow Leica software and therefore can be conveniently controlled from the computer.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Nokia Lumia 2520 to be Exclusively Available from John Lewis

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nokia today announced that in the UK, the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will be available exclusively through The John Lewis Partnership from December 4th. Priced at £399.99, the Lumia 2520 runs on Windows RT 8.1 and features 4G connectivity, a 10.1” Full HD display with a resolution of 218ppi, a 6.7-megapixel onboard camera with a 1/3.4-type sensor, quad-core chipset, multiple colour choices, 11 hours of battery life and super-fast-charging capabilities. Additionally, the Lumia 2520 includes Nokia Storyteller, a Nokia developed application that introduces a new way to curate and relive images and videos as a story on a map, as well as Nokia Video Director

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lytro Raises $40 Million in Funding

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, Digital Compact Cameras
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Lytro has raised a $40 million round of financing to fund the expansion of Light Field photography with new products. “We are excited to partner with Lytro in building the next wave of interactive image capture and sharing,” said Jonathan Heiliger, general partner at Lytro's new investor North Bridge Venture Partners. “The fun you experience when using a Lytro camera comes from the ability to engage with your photos in ways you never could before. But powering that interactivity is some great software and hardware technology that can be used for everything with a lens and sensor.”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sinar CTM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sinar CTM (Colour To Match) is a multispectral dual-pass filter solution for highly accurate colour reproduction in digital high-end photography. Developed in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Sinar CTM works exclusively with Sinar's eVolution75 H, 86 H and eXact digital backs. The main benefit of Sinar CTM - unmatched colour accuracy - is best utilised in reprography, archiving, scientific and advertising photography, the company says.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Nikon Posts Fifth “Pure Photography” Teaser Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has published the fifth video in its intriguing 'Pure Photography' teaser campaign. Unlike the previous instalments this movie clip offers some close-up shots of Nikon's as-yet-unannounced new, retro-styled camera; which has a traditional shutter speed dial, a classic pentaprism viewfinder housing and professional AF and metering controls. Click through / scroll down to view the teaser movie! 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nikon Adds Three More Videos to its Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has now published a total of four short videos as part of its Pure Photography teaser campaign. These short movies, which are around half a minute long each, are widely believed to herald the upcoming launch of a retro-styled, full-manual digital camera from Nikon. Click through / scroll down to view all four videos.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Photographers Create First Artworks in Google Street View

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Photographer and artist, Sylvia Grace Borda, has created the first explorative artworks in Google Street view in partnership with John M. Lynch. Entitled 'Farm Tableaux', the series captures farmers in Surrey, B.C. (Canada) enacting a routine activity, but unlike conventionally staged photographs, the observer can explore these framed compositions within an interactive Google Street View landscape. These choreographed scenes enable notions of expanded cinema to be encountered by the online viewer. Click through / scroll down for links to some of Borda's completed artworks.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Nikon Launches Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has launched a teaser campaign for a new camera, entitled "Nikon - Pure Photography." The first element of the campaign is a 34-second movie featuring a photographer who says, "It's in my hands again," which - together with the "Pure Photography" tagline - might allude to a retro-styled, fully manual digital camera. There is no close-up of the camera itself but one of the sound effects you can hear is reminiscent of a - rather quiet - shutter going off. You can view the video after the jump.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Leica M for (RED)

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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A truly one-of-a-kind Leica M digital rangefinder camera designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Taking place on 23 November 2013, the (RED) Auction will feature items "from disciplines as diverse as space travel and lighting design to contemporary art and rare automobiles, all unified and distinguished by their excellence and innovation," the organisers say. One of the highlights of the auction, the completely unique Leica M for (RED) has a laser machined aluminium body with an anodised aluminium outer shell.

Friday, September 20, 2013

AppCam Acquires Virtual Grid

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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AppCam today announced that it had acquired the rights for Virtual Grid, a new technology which makes it possible to replace the mechanical dials of digital cameras with sensory optimised, virtual dials directly on the touchscreen. The term "sensory optimised" means that a 3D line pattern is pressed into the glass screen above the touchscreen field which gives the fingertips a sensory feedback. This feedback, in conjunction with acoustic clicks, allows the user to handle the camera as accurately and reliably as with a mechanical dial. With the Virtual Grid technology it is now possible to replace these dials more than adequately with a touchscreen solution, clearing one of the major obstacles from the introduction of the AppCam Control System for digital cameras.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sinar rePro RC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital
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The Sinar rePro RC is a unique camera designed specifically for high-end digital reprography. Conveniently remote controlled (hence the RC designation), the Sinar rePro RC has a high-quality stepper motor with two speed levels which correspond to a coarse and a fine focus adjustment. The camera allows for a lateral shift of the image plane, which eliminates reflections. An auxiliary device called the Sinar Parallel enables the camera to be aligned perfectly with the subject, which is a prerequisite for correctly photographing flat art. "The battery powered Sinar Parallel is placed on the capturing table and its laser beam reflects from a mirror on the camera," the company says. "Precise alignment of the camera is achieved when the laser beam exactly hits the middle of the crosshairs of Sinar Parallel." Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a smart watch that allows you to capture 1.9-megapixel stills and 720p videos. Boasting its own 1.63" Super AMOLED screen, the Samsung Galaxy Gear can communicate with a couple of Samsung smart devices (to wit, the Galaxy 10.1 2014 Edition and the Galaxy Note 3) over Bluetooth. The Samsung Galaxy Gear will be available for $299 from late September / early October.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Lenses
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Want to see what the innovative Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style cameras look like in the flesh?

Check our our extensive gallery of hands-on photos of the Sony QX10 and QX100, which unite the creative power of a premium camera with the convenience of your smartphone.

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.