Thursday, August 28, 2014

Win the Latest SanDisk Products for your Camera and Mobile Device!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions
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We’ve teamed up with SanDisk for a product bundle giveaway featuring the Ultra Dual USB Drive and newly upgraded Ultra microSDXC UHS-I and Extreme SDXC UHS-I memory cards - a total value of $490 for one lucky winner!

Today, users are capturing photos and videos on more devices than ever, ranging from digital cameras and smartphones to tablets and action cams. So now is your chance to grab some news products that will help you save and transfer content for a number of host devices. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card, Extreme SDXC UHS-I card and Ultra Dual USB Drive make the perfect bundle to tackle storage restrictions and safely store and transfer photos, videos, music and more!

SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 64GB

The Ultra Dual USB Drive allows you to easily transfer files between Android™ smartphones and tablets, PC and Mac computers, freeing up space for photos, videos and more! You can listen to more music, share more videos and photos, and watch HD movies—without worrying about filling up your phone’s internal memory!

SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card is perfect for today’s Android™ smartphone and tablet users who want the highest storage capacity available. With 128GB capacity, the SanDisk Ultra microSD™ UHS-I card allows you to capture, carry and keep it all with you without having to figure out what to delete. With an improved write speed of up to 48MB/s, you save even more time transferring photos and videos from the card to your computer.

SanDisk Extreme SDXC UHS-I 128GB

The Extreme SDXC UHS-I card offers enough speed, capacity, and durability to meet the demands of advanced photographers and passionate shutterbugs alike. The Extreme line now features 60 MB/s write and 40 MB/s read speeds in addition to 30 MB/s sustained write speed (U3) that gives users the speed and capacity to capture video that looks great on Full HD or 4K Ultra HD video screens.

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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 is a new version of the popular photo-editing suite. New features in X7 include tools such as Magic Fill, Shape/Text cutters and XMP support for raw files, plus improved performance. Is Paint Shop Pro X7 still a worthy and much cheaper alternative to Photoshop? Read our detailed Corel PaintShop Pro X7 review to find out...

M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Black Edition Lands in America

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Two years after its introduction, Olympus is launching the all-black edition of its M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 Micro Four Thirds lens in the United States. Equivalent to a 24mm ultra-wideanlge optic in a 35mm system, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2 (read review) is a high-grade, all-metal, fast lens that features built-in depth of field and distance indicators, making it ideal for zone focusing. In the U.S., the lens will be available for $799.99.

Official Olympus E-PL7 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus Japan have published five high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Olympus PEN E-PL7 Micro Four Thirds camera. Shot with a variety of prime lenses, these E-PL7 samples are available to download from the website below.

Website: Olympus Japan

Olympus E-PL7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN E-PL7 is a Wi-Fi enabled 16-megapixel compact system camera with a 180-degree downward flipping touchscreen, 8fps continuous shooting and a body-integral 3-axis image stabiliser. Other highlights include 14 Art Filters, a Live Guide for real-time adjustment of manual settings, and remote operation via the Olympus Image Share smartphone app. The Olympus PEN E-PL7 will be available in white, vintage-style silver or classic black from early October 2014 for £499.00/$699.99 including a slim-line, interchangeable 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ lens. The body-only price is $599.99.

Official Pentax K-S1 Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have posted half a dozen high-resolution sample images captured with the new Pentax K-S1 digital SLR camera. Shot with a variety of lenses including the smc PENTAX-DA 50-135mmF2.8ED [IF]SDM, the smc PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 10-17mmF3.5-4.5ED[IF], the smc PENTAX-DA★50-135mmF2.8ED [IF]SDM and HD PENTAX-DA 35mmF2.8 Macro Limited, these Pentax K-S1 sample photos were taken at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 400/27°.

Website: Official Pentax K-S1 Sample Photos

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pentax K-S1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Pentax K-S1 is a new, 20.12-megapixel camera that bucks the trend of conventional digital SLR camera design. Available in 12 different colour variations, this camera also boasts an innovative illumination interface system that intuitively reacts to changes in camera operation from stills to video. Other highlights include Full HD movie recording with stereo audio, a top shutter speed of 1/6000s, a high-speed continuous shooting function with a top speed of 5.4 images per second, an optical viewfinder offering 100% field of view, a 3.0-inch, high-resolution LCD monitor with a newly designed, easy-to-use graphical user interface, 21 digital filters and a dust removal mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor. The suggested retail price is £549.99 (body only), £599.99 with the DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens and £679.99 with the SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AL + SMC DA L f4-5.6 AL 50-200mm AL zoom lenses.

Corel PaintShop Pro X7

Mark Goldstein | Software
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Corel PaintShop Pro X7 features new editing tools, faster brushes and modern UI updates. Giving photo pros and enthusiasts an image editing application that’s affordable and easy to use, Corel PaintShop Pro X7 delivers the impressive feature set and power expected from a professional caliber software package. “With the new PaintShop Pro X7, we’re continuing our commitment to give photographers and creative users the tools they need to create their best-ever work. X7 offers more creativity, speed and productivity to help you achieve amazing results, faster,” said Greg Wood, Senior Product Director for Photo Products at Corel.

Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X7 is $79.99 (USD/CAN)/ EUR 69.99/ £59.99 (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)/ $99.95 (AUD).

Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate is $99.99 (USD/CAN) / EUR 89.99/ £79.99 (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)/ $129.95 (AUD).

Hama Lismore Backpacks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hama has introduced a duo of photo backpacks. The smaller model, the Hama Lismore 130, is actually a casual shoulder bag that can be quickly turned into a practical backpack. The bigger Lismore 170 can only be used as a backpack - however, it offers more than enough room for a larger SLR camera and accessories. The Lismore 130 will be available for €69.99, whilst the Lismore 170 will cost €119.00.

Canon Digital Learning Center Offers New Tutorials

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Digital Video Cameras
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The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted several new educational resources for videographers. These include, among other videos, an entire series of tutorials explaining how to use the top features of the XF200 and XF205 HD camcorders. The series discusses several key benefits of the cameras, including the optics and zoom range, how to quickly access features, and understanding all the tools that help control image quality, such as Wide DR gamma, waveform monitor and dynamic range. Another new video walks viewers through the new RC-V100 Remote Control Unit, which enables users to remotely control the manufacturer's XF Series professional HD camcorders and Cinema EOS C500, Cinema EOS C300 and Cinema EOS C100 cameras.

Toshiba Launches 20-megapixel CMOS Sensor for Mobile Devices

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba has announced “T4KA7”, a 1/2.4"-type, 20-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which enables 6mm z-height camera modules for smartphones and tablets. With a 1.12 micrometer pixel size contributing to a smaller chip size, the. new imager offers a much improved frame rate of 22fps, 1.8 times faster than that of Toshiba’s previous 20-megapixel sensor. Mass production is scheduled to start in February 2015.

Hama Citytour Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hama has announced a new camera bag range. The Citytour line includes three shoulder bags and a waist bag, designed for compact digital cameras. Even the smallest bag in the series has a soft fleece lining to prevent scratches and features two adjustable and removable interior dividers, guaranteeing that everything has its place in the bag. The shoulder bags additionally feature a padded compartment for tablet computers. One of them, the Hama Citytour 140 (pictured), doubles as a photo backpack and features a removable inner compartment for additional flexibility. The bags are priced from €29,99 to €69.99.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Zeiss Loxia Lenses at Photokina

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Zeiss are set to launch a new family of lenses at Photokina, dubbed Loxia. Rumoured to be for Sony FE full-frame mirrorless cameras (A7S, A7R, A7), the new range will be joined at the show by another Otus full-frame DSLR lens as well as new rangefinder products. Zeiss are currently running a special interactive puzzle on their blog which will eventually reveal the new Photokina 2014 products.

Samyang 50mm f1.4 and T1.5 Lenses

Mark Goldstein | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses
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Samyang have officially announced the 50mm f1.4 and T1.5 lenses, due later in 2014. The much rumoured 50mm lenses will be available in the Samyang 50 mm f1.4 AS UMC photographic version and the Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC VDSLR cine lens version with decoupled aperture and follow focus gearing. Both lenses will be vailable in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony A, Fujifilm X mount, Pentax and Micro Four Thirds (MFT) fit, retailing for £449 for the f1.4 lens and £479 for the T1.5 version.

Official Fujifilm X30 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has posted six high-resolution sample photographs taken with the new Fujifilm X30 digital compact camera. Captured at low sensitivity settings (ISO100/21°, ISO125/22° and ISO200/24°), these Fujifilm X30 samples demonstrate the effects of some of the film simulation modes available on this camera including Astia, Provia, Velvia and "Classic Chrom." You can download the official Fujifilm X30 sample images from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm X30 Samples

Fujifilm X30 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm X30 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 64 photos of the Fujifilm X30.

The Fujifilm X30 is a premium compact camera with a 12 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, newly-developed Real Time Viewfinder, EXR Processor II, 4x optical zoom lens, phase detection auto-focusing as fast as 0.06 seconds, and a tilting LCD screen.

Fujifilm X30

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The Fujifilm X30 is a premium compact camera featuring an innovative Real Time Viewfinder. Other new features offered by the Fujifilm X30 include a ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode, new control ring along with extra dials and function buttons, and a tilting 3.0-inch 920K-dot LCD monitor. The Fujifilm X30 will cost £479 in the UK, available from September 2014.

The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Fujifilm X-E2: Beyond the Manual by Rico Pfirstinger is a new title from Rocky Nook. Providing experience-based information for owners of the Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera, this new book focuses on insights that you won’t find in the manual, skipping tedious explanations of basic camera functions and operations. Instead, Rico cuts to the chase and provides readers with a plethora of tips and practical instructions that will enable them to fully explore the capabilities of the X-E2. The 130-page ebook is available from the website below, priced at $16.95.

Manfrotto Befree Carbon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto today launched Befree Carbon, a new product in the Befree range of tripods. The carbon fibre version, devoted to hobbyists who love to travel, is now lighter but still fast to set up and intuitive to use, the company says. Its weight is only 1.1kg and its foldable legs, packed tightly, reach a folded length of just 40cm, thanks to an exclusive mechanism and to the ballhead's compact Quick Release Adapter. It can be comfortably carried everywhere thanks to its extra cushioned carry bag that protects it from any unintentional damage. The Manfrotto Befree Carbon tripod is available now for £279.95.

Toshiba Canvio Alu

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba today announced the Canvio Alu portable hard drive, which features a shock sensor as well as USB 3.0 and ramp loading technologies. Available in black or silver, the Canvio Alu boasts a compact design, encased in a stylish aluminium chassis for high durability. It comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. and features intuitive NTI software to automatically back up and restore up to 2TB of your files and folders. The new Canvio Alu will be available for purchase from September, with a price starting at £43.00.