Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Last Sunday marked the 35th anniversary of Kodak’s filing its first patent for a digital camera. It was on 20 May 1977 that the company submitted a patent application for an “electronic still camera,” 1.5 years after a group of employees had put together a working prototype at its Elmgrove Plant in Rochester. Research scientist Steve Sasson who, as the project leader, is credited with inventing the device, described the prototype as “a rather odd-looking collection of digital circuits that we desperately tried to convince ourselves was a portable camera.” Consisting of a Super 8 movie camera lens, a “highly temperamental” new area-array CCD imager, an A/D converter, dozens of circuits and circuit boards, with a cassette recorder thrown in for storage, the world’s first digital camera used no less than 16 NiCd batteries and captured images that could only be viewed on a TV set with the help of a dedicated playback device. The patent (US4131919) was granted on 26 December 1978. Sasson was voted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2007 and received an Innovation Award from The Economist in 2009.
Website: Kodak - Plugged In
Friday, May 18, 2012
Hasselblad has announced plans to cut the prices of a number of models - including nearly 23% off the entry-point H4D-31 (with 35-90mm lens) and more than 20% off the 60 megapixel H4D-60 camera (pictured). Under the revised pricing structure the H4D-31 kit will be available for €11,995. The H4D-60 cost is down €6,200 to €23,900. Additionally, customers who buy a new Hasselblad camera and lens before the end of July will be eligible to purchase a second lens at just 50% of the manufacturer’s recommended sales price.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Want to see exactly what the new Leica M9-P Edition Hermès limited edition rangefinder camera looks like in the flesh?
With only 300 available worldwide, the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès carries a UK suggested retail price of a mere £18,000, with Hermès contributing the Veau Swift calfskin leather finish in ochre colour.
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès limited edition rangefinder camera.
Want to see exactly what the new Leica X2 digital camera looks like in the flesh?
We spent some time shooting with the new Leica X2 yesterday at an exclusive press event in London.
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica X2 digital camera.
Want to see exactly what the new Leica M Monochrom rangefinder camera looks like in the flesh?
We spent some time shooting with the new black and white only Leica M Monochrom yesterday at an exclusive press event in London.
Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Leica M Monochrom rangefinder camera.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Leica M Monochrom is a new, black-and-white only, full-frame digital rangefinder camera with a highly sensitive 18-megapixel monochromatic sensor. Lacking a colour filter array (CFA) and an anti-aliasing filter, the Leica M Monochrom is capable of producing extraordinarily detailed black-and-white photographs with no Bayer interpolation. The lack of a CFA also means that the sensor is significantly more sensitive to light, resulting in an ability to produce unusually clean image files at sensitivity settings up to ISO 10,000. In most other respects, the camera is similar to the existing Leica M9. The Leica M Monochrom is scheduled to be available in the UK from the end of July 2012 from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair for an SRP of £6,120 including VAT. The scope of delivery also includes a copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2.
Leica has unveiled a special edition of the Leica M9 full-frame digital rangefinder camera: the Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’. Following the Leica MP ‘Edition Hermès’ (in 2003) and the Leica M7 ‘Edition Hermès’ (in 2009), this is the third in a line of premium special editions of the Leica M-System to be created in collaboration with the renowned Parisian house Hermès. The highlight of the camera is the Veau Swift calfskin leather in ocre colour, supplied by Hermès for the leather finish of the silver-chrome Leica M9-P. This extremely fine and supple leather is applied not only to the camera body, but is also used for the shoulder strap included in the set. The Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ is offered in a choice of two different sets, containing either one or three lenses. The first kit is scheduled to be available from May 2012, at a UK suggested retail price of £18,000. The second set, which is called the Leica M9-P ‘Edition Hermès’ – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas, will be available form June for £36,000.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Mamiya Leaf today introduced a newly designed medium format digital camera back platform - the Leaf Credo. Available in three different models, the Leaf Credo 80, Credo 60, and Credo 40 digital camera backs feature sensors with 80, 60 and 40 megapixels of resolution, respectively. The flagship of the Leaf Credo platform is a 53.7 x 40.4 mm 80-megapixel CCD imager with a dynamic range of 12.5 f-stops. New to Mamiya Leaf is a similarly sized 60MP CCD sensor with 3:4 aspect ratio providing great detail, colour and tonality as well as low noise. Also available is a smaller 40MP CCD sensor which offers the fastest capture speed in the Leaf Credo platform at 1.2 frames per second. All Leaf Credo backs come with a large, high-resolution multi-touch screen with 16 million colours, a fast dual-core processing unit and a new, intuitive graphical user interface. Pricing for the Leaf Credo 40 starts at 14,995/$19,495. The Leaf Credo 60 is listed at 24,995/$32,495 and the Leaf Credo 80 for 29,995/$38,995. Shipping is planned for June.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Effective April 1, 2012, Pentax has assumed responsibility for the sales and marketing initiatives for Ricoh Americas’ entire line of consumer cameras. The line of Ricoh-branded consumer cameras will now join the Pentax point-and-shoot and compact system cameras, as well as digital SLR models, to create a centralised business subsidiary for marketing, distribution, and sales of all of the company’s consumer cameras. The new strategy will allow Ricoh Americas to focus on its business-to-business markets. Camera maintenance and repair for all Pentax and Ricoh consumer cameras will continue to be handled by theirconsumer camera repair service in Arizona. “We are excited about incorporating Ricoh cameras like the GXR and GRD IV into our current product offering,” said Ned Bunnell, President, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (pictured). “The addition of these advanced enthusiast cameras will bolster our product line, extend the reach of our brand, and provide new options for our customers and retailers.”
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The new Phase One iXA is billed as a fully integrated aerial camera system with features that rival large-format cameras at a fraction of their price. “The Phase One iXA’s rugged construction incorporates 6061 aluminum alloy to enable a robust solution capable of superior performance under tough aerial conditions, while secured connectors firmly hold cables in place,” the company says. “Designed for flexibility and scalability, the iXA operates effectively either in single or in a multiple camera configuration, capturing synchronized images within 100 microseconds of each other and eliminating post production sync issues.” With a choice of 80 megapixel or 60 megapixel models, in either RGB or NIR versions, the iXA offers high dynamic range and outstanding image sharpness. The 60-megapixel version sells for €40,000 / $53,000, while the 80-megapixel model is available for €45,000 / $60,000.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Phase One Industrial has introduced the Phase One iXR, billed as the world’s first dedicated medium-format digital reproduction camera system. Formed in 2011, Phase One Industrial is a division of Phase One focused on the research, development and manufacturing of specialised industrial camera systems. “The Phase One iXR was built from the ground up to meet the exacting needs of the reproduction photographer and was designed to streamline workflow by enabling full control of the entire process,” the company says. “The iXR incorporates a rugged industrial design that has done away with both the mirror and viewfinder to reduce moving parts and subsequent vibrations.” The iXR camera system is available in three different configurations - 80MP, 60MP and 40MP. The iXR is also available as a stand-alone camera body for existing Phase One digital back owners. Prices for a complete iXR camera system including lens begin at €22,990 / $29,990. Availability is slated for May.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Western Digital is now shipping its first external hard drive with Thunderbolt technology. The new My Book Thunderbolt Duo is suitable for multitasking activities such as editing video/music, 3D rendering, and completing other high definition graphics-intensive projects. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is available now in the US for $599.99 (4 TB) and $699.99 (6 TB).
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Leica are set to announce a range of new products on May 10th. In an invitation published online by Steve Huff, “a whole range of product launches” will be unveiled at an event held in Berlin, Germany. With the initials of the date May 10th forming M10, we’d anticipate the announcement of the successor to the 3 year old M9 (pictured), and maybe even the widely rumoured Leica compact system camera.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Aptina has announced the launch of the 8-megapixel AR0833 image sensor with Aptina A-PixHS technology. Aptina’s new A-PixHS technology brings together a back-illuminated pixel design and an advanced high-speed sensor architecture to enable a number of innovative features. The new 1/3.2” format 1.4-micron pixel sensor has the speed to capture the full 8 MP sensor resolution at 30 frames per second or the simultaneous capture of 8-megapixel stills and Full HD video. Additionally, the AR0833 is “HDR-ready” for still and video applications capturing difficult high range scenes when coupled with an HDR processor. Designed primarily for use in camera phones, the new sensor may also find its way to pocket camcorders and entry-level digital compact cameras.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Sony has developed a new next-generation back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with higher image quality, faster speeds, lower power consumption and better functionality. This image sensor layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips containing the circuit section for signal processing, which is in place of supporting substrates for conventional back-illuminated CMOS image sensors. Models have been developed with Sony’s unique “RGBW Coding” function, which facilitates low noise, high quality image capture even in low light condition, and the proprietary “HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie” function, which achieves brilliant color even when taking pictures against bright light. Samples of the new Sony BSI sensor will be shipped from March 2012.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Olympus are running a teaser advert in the UK magazine Amateur Photographer which hints at a new OM branded camera. Taking up the entire back page of AP, the letters O and M in the opening and closing lines “Oh! My Goodness! are in bold, suggesting to us that a digital OM model is on the way, especially as 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the Olympus OM system.
Furthermore Photo Rumors have pointed out that Olympus registered the trademark, OM-D, at the start of January, perhaps strongly hinting at the full “Olympus OM-D” name of the new camera.
With the Japanese photography show CP+ just around the corner (it opens on February 9th), we’d expect to see the official announcement sooner rather than later. In the meantime you can pre-register for updates and exlcusive pre-launch events by texting “Olympus” to 88802 or going to http://bit.ly/olympusOMG. All very mysterious…
Click through to see the full advert.
Friday, January 13, 2012
A detailed hands-on look at the new Polaroid Android HD Camera.
The Polaroid SC6130 Android HD Camera is the world’s first digital camera to have the Android mobile operating system built-into it. Running Android 2.3.4, it offers all the benefits of that OS and you may even be able to make calls on it too, as it looks and feels very much like a smartphone. Camera wise, there’s a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 3x optical lens and 3.2 inch touchscreen display. Due to be released in April and available in 6 colours, the Polaroid Android HD Camera will cost around $300.
Take a closer look at the Polaroid Android HD Camera in our photo gallery.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Who would have thought that a digital camera inspired by the almost-bygone era of film would become an instant best-seller for a company that has been mostly absent from the higher-end of the market? That’s what the X100 achieved for Fujifilm in 2011, a retro product with a very modern twist that has proved to be by far the biggest surprise of the year, and a clear winner of our Camera of the Year 2011 award.
“The X100 delivers all of the goods and more in terms of its overall handling and image quality. Fujifilm have married the best of the past, in the multitude of external controls, leaf-shutter, optical viewfinder and stunning appearance, with some cutting-edge features, most notably the hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder, which really is a revelation to use.”
Congratulations to Fujifilm and the X100!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Leica has issued a firmware update for the Leica M9 full-frame digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.176 enables M9 owners to use “any SD card that is in accordance with the respective standards”, with practically no restrictions. While stressing that “it is impossible to test the compatibility of every single card of every single supplier”, Leica now says that all SD cards manufactured by SanDisk should function properly in the M9 once the firmware update is installed (when the previous firmware version was released, the company “mistakenly stated” that San Disk Extreme Pro SDHC I UHS-I and San Disk Extreme HD Video SDHC I memory cards might not be compatible with the camera). You can download Version1.176 from the website below.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Ilex Press has released the pilot issue of Photographer’s i Magazine, which is billed as “the world’s first interactive, multimedia tablet magazine for photographers”. Photographer’s i offers informative articles about the world of photography in the form of text, photos, video and audio as fully integrated elements that add up to an informative experience greater than the sum of its parts, the publisher says. The pilot issue — available for US $1.99 / UK £1.49 after downloading the free app from iTunes or the Android Market — features internationally acclaimed professional photographers such as Abbas, Julian Broad, Michael Freeman, Steve Simon, Jay Maisel, Romano Cagnoni, Bob Krist, Haje Jan Kamps, Stephanie G. Roberts, Natalie “Miss Aniela” Dybisz, Robert Golden, Laura El-Tantawy, Steve Sint and others. Future issues will be available for a single issue price of US $5.99 (UK c. £3.75) or through money-saving subscription offers.