Monday, November 21, 2011
Canon UK has launched its 2011/2012 Winter Cashback with offers on 18 models across their EOS, IXUS and PowerShot camera ranges, Legria camcorders, Pixma and Pixma Pro printers. The promotion runs until 25 January 2012, and all claims must be received by 24 February. The offers are valid on purchases made in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only. Click through / scroll down for a detailed list of the promotional products.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Leica has issued a firmware update for the Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.174 addresses a compatibility issue related to select types of new memory cards, which has caused some users to lose photos captured with the camera. Note that Leica still warns against using San Disk Extreme Pro SDHC I UHS-I and San Disk Extreme HD Video SDHC I memory cards in the M9, as “some misbehaviour occurred in the test phase” and “100% freedom from errors cannot yet be guaranteed with them”. The company stresses that other SanDisk cards have been found to work fine in cameras equipped with the latest firmware, which you can download from the website below.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
The SanDisk Memory Vault is a photo album for the digital age. It provides consumers with peace of mind that their precious photos and videos will be preserved for up to 100 years. The SanDisk Memory Vault is available in 8 GB and 16GB capacities and costs $49.99 and $89.99 respectively.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Jessops has announced a number of deals and the chance to win a superzoom digital camera at its Isle of Man store in Douglas. To celebrate the Commonwealth Youth Games, the Jessops store within the Strand Shopping Centre is offering a £100 discount on the Sony A35, a temporary 50% price reduction on in-store photo books and in-store canvas prints, and 25% off 1 hour in-store photo printing services. You can also buy the Tamron 70-300mm f.4/5.6 Di lens for £99.95 and the Velbon UP-400 monopod for £14.95, representing savings of £20 and £5, respectively. Additionally, SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro memory cards can be purchased at a 20% discount. All offers are for a limited period only from Wednesday 7th to Tuesday 13th September. The company has also announced a competition: those who e-mail their action shots to firstname.lastname@example.org will see them featured on Jessops’ Facebook page and also get a chance to win an Olympus VR-320 camera (pictured).
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Leica M9 owners who like the discreet look of the new Leica M9-P but are not willing to fork out $7,995 for a new camera can take advantage of a new service announced by Leica. Through the North American Headquarters in Allendale, NJ, Leica will be offering a “Sapphire Glass” upgrade package ($1,295) and a “Top Cover and Sapphire Glass” upgrade package ($1,995). The first package offers the replacement of the M9 monitor cover with the M9-P’s scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal cover, while the second includes the replacement of the monitor glass and the replacement of the top deck and base plate. Interested customers are encouraged to schedule appointments starting 8 August 2011 for upgrades from 3 October 2011 through Leica Camera. All upgrades will be performed by specifically trained technicians and will be a part of Leica’s regular repair service. Customers taking advantage of either service will also receive a one-year warranty extension.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Online backup experts MiMedia have teamed up with Digital Memories to offer customers a combined digitisation-backup service. Customers who enlist Digital Memories to scan photos will have the option to automatically pre-populate a MiMedia account. MiMedia offers 7GB of free storage space to any and all consumers, and Digital Memories customers with media collections larger than 7GB will still receive three months of MiMedia for free, with a discount on conversion.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Lytro says it will soon be launching “light field” cameras that can capture all of the light rays in a scene to offer photographic capabilities never before possible, such as focusing a picture after it’s taken. Unlike conventional cameras, which can only record a scene in two dimensions, light field cameras can capture all of the light travelling in every direction through a scene “in four dimensions”. A light field picture taken with a Lytro camera can be manipulated after the fact in ways not possible with editing software. The company says the new light field cameras will be available later this year. An interactive demo gallery is available at the website below.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Leica has released a firmware update for the Leica M9 full-frame digital rangefinder camera. Enhancements in version 1.162 include an “improvement of the sensor homogeneity for wide-angle lenses”. There is an additional colour calibration for all wide-angle lenses, which minimises chromatic deviations between image centre and image corner, especially in critical shooting situations. Additionally, internal software processes have been optimised in order to improve overall system stability. You can download the update from the website below.
Website: Leica M9 Firmware Version 1.162
Leica has issued a firmware update for the Leica M8 digital rangefinder camera. Version 2.014 adds support for the new Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 lens and optimises internal processes for better overall stability. The Leica M8 firmware upgrade can be obtained from the website below.
Website: Leica M8 Downloads
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Leica M9-P is a new, re-styled variant of the Leica M9 full-frame digital rangefinder camera. Billed as the “new ultra-discreet version of the Leica M9”, the Leica M9-P loses the famous Leica ‘red dot’ logo and M9 lettering that decorate the M9’s front plate but the top plate is now engraved with the Leica name in classic script form. In addition, the Leica M9-P includes a scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal covering on the LCD screen. As a result, the sapphire glass LCD cover is extremely resistant to wear and almost unbreakable. The external covering of the body of the Leica M9-P, finished in vulcanite leatherette, features a more coarsely-textured finish that ensures a steady grip when shooting. Otherwise the new model is identical to the M9. The Leica M9-P, which will sit alongside the Leica M9 in the company’s rangefinder camera portfolio, is scheduled to be available in the UK from June 2011 from authorised Leica dealers at £5,395 including VAT.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
GigaPan Time Machine is a system that enables viewers to explore gigapixel-scale, high-resolution time-lapse videos. Created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, GigaPan Time Machine allows you to pan or zoom in and out of high-resolution panoramas while simultaneously “moving back and forth through time”. Viewers, for instance, can use the system to focus in on the details of a booth within a panorama of a carnival midway, but also reverse time to see how the booth was constructed. Or they can watch a group of plants sprout, grow and flower, shifting perspective to watch some plants move wildly as they grow while others get eaten by caterpillars. And so forth. You can view a few examples created with this system at the website below. Do note that you need Google Chrome or Apple Safari to take advantage of this technology.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Demand for digital cameras is shifting from the developed markets of Western Europe, the USA and Japan to emerging economies such as Brazil, China, India and Russia, according to a report by Futuresource Consulting. In developed markets - with nearly 80% household penetration - vendors are focusing on existing owners in an effort to shorten the upgrade/replacement cycle, as well as differentiating digital cameras from smartphones, which continue to pose a growing threat, the analysts say. “As we move forward, the primary opportunity for digital cameras is as a ‘one in every household’ device as opposed to one in every pocket,” James Wells, Research Consultant at Futuresource. “Despite lacking the imaging capabilities of most digital cameras, the smartphone will satisfy the personal role and will help complement the overall photo experience.”
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Online backup experts MiMedia have teamed up with DiJiFi to offer customers a combined digitisation-backup service. Those who enlist DiJiFi to scan photos and transfer videos will have the option to automatically pre-populate a MiMedia account. Following a 60 day free trial, they will receive a 30 percent discount. An annual subscription for 100GB of data will be $70, versus the $120 retail value.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We've compared the Fujifilm X100's noise performance against three of its main rivals. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is representing Micro Four Thirds, the brand new Canon EOS 600D is in the DSLR corner, and the Leica X1 is the most obvious rival to the X100.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Fujifilm Japan have announced a delay in shipping the X100 camera and accessories to customers. Blaming higher than expected demand for the shortage of the X100, the LC-X100 case and the LH-X100 lens hood, Fujifilm have promised to urgently increase production to satisfy orders. The X100 officially starting shipping in Japan last week, and reports are filtering through that small numbers of pre-orders have been met in the UK from this week.
Website: Fujifilm Japan
Monday, February 14, 2011
Futuresource Consulting recently carried out consumer research into photo-sharing habits in the UK, Germany and France. According to the results, the vast majority - around 90% - of camera / cameraphone owners across the three countries share at least some of their images with friends and family. Respondents use a wide variety of methods to share their images, with females more likely to be sharing than males. The main method of sharing for French and German respondents was via laptop or desktop PC, while UK respondents mainly shared using websites and e-mail.
Friday, February 4, 2011
JPM (Jumper Photo Magazine) is a new iPad digital magazine for professional photographers. Edited by a small team in Italy, JPM is a bilingual publication containing articles in English and Italian. The written content is complemented by animations and videos. The first issue features an exclusive interview with Michael Ryan, an essay about the evolution of microstock agencies, and much more. Jumper Photo Magazine is available on iTunes for $2.99/€2.39.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Phase One has announced its new IQ series digital camera backs, including the 80-megapixel Phase One IQ180. The imager inside the IQ180 measures 53.7x40.4mm, which is so close to the dimensions of the classic 645 format film frame that Phase One terms it a “full-frame” sensor. The IQ180 is also the first product of its kind to feature a USB3 connection, facilitating faster image transfers in the future. For untethered shooting, the IQ180 digital back’s new memory card interface is so fast that it eliminates buffering delays, supporting continuous shooting - at 0.7fps - until a card is full. The IQ180 digital back features a newly designed 3.2-inch retina type, multi-touch screen with 1.15 million pixels, described as “the highest-resolution and largest display of any SLR type camera available today.” Phase One also introduced the IQ160 and IQ140 digital backs, which offer resolutions of 60.5 and 40 megapixes respectively.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Polaroid have unveiled the Polaroid GL30 Instant Digital Camera and GL10 Instant Mobile Printer at CES 2011. The GL30 Instant Digital Camera is an all-in-one digital camera, instant photo printer and digital display that uses next generation ZINK Zero Ink Technology. The GL30 Instant Digital Camera will be available later this year, at a price to be announced. The GL10 Instant Mobile Printer uses ZINK’s second-generation thermal technology, delivering image quality that rivals a photo-lab. The GL10 Instant Mobile Printer will be available in May 2011 for $149.99.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Leica has released a new firmware update for the Leica S-System. Version 220.127.116.11 enables a multitude of enhanced camera functions, including lossless DNG compression, maximum exposure time of 125 seconds, shutter speed section in bulb mode, and a setting option for highlight and shadow level warnings.