Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Lensbaby have announced that their Sweet Spot Lens, originally developed for the Apple iPhone, will also be available for certain Android handsets. The company has added a $50 Android pledge level to the project's Kickstarter page and vowed to commence development on an Android app "shortly." The Android version of the lens and associated smartphone app will be available in October.
Cloud Preview by Cypress Innovations is a new iOS app for photographers looking to view raw image files stored on Dropbox. Designed to work seamlessly with Dropbox, CloudPreview works with all raw files supported by Apple, and supports most files generated by Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Fujifilm and Leica cameras. For more information, visit the website below.
Canon Hong Kong have posted a rather mysterious teaser on their Facebook fan page. The advert hints at an April 24 product announcement, but details are sketchy (and that's an understatement). According to Canon Watch, the accompanying text reads, "beauty lies not in objects but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects." This line, which is apparently a quotation from an essay by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, has prompted commenters on Facebook to make wild guesses about the new Canon product, ranging from a monochrome camera to an f/0.95 lens.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
In our third Saturday Spotlight feature, we take a look at the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer, which is trying to get us all printing again...
Ahead of our full review, here are 27 sample photos taken with the new Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphone.
The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch smartphone with a 20-megapixel camera, Zeiss-branded 26mm (eq.) f/2.4 lens, dual LED flash with three selectable modes of operation, and a Full HD display with a resolution of 368ppi.
Friday, April 18, 2014
The Fujifilm FinePix S9200 is a new bridge camera with a massive 50x, 24-1200mm zoom lens. The Fujifilm S9200 also offers full 1080p movies at 60fps with stereo sound, a 3 inch LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, 10ps burst shooting and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated EXR sensor. Read our Fujifilm FinePix S9200 review now...
The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH is a 10x zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 28-280mm in 35mm terms, the Panasonic 14-140mm lens is ideally suited for life as an all-in-one walk-around lens. Read our Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 14-140mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH review now...
Phase One is going to host a free webinar for Capture One Pro users on Wednesday, 23rd April. In this webinar, David Grover will take participants through a typical photo editing scenario, importing directly from memory cards and through a full Capture One Pro Session workflow, finishing with multiple image output types and a web gallery. For more information and to register, visit the website below.
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) member magazines recently convened for their General Assembly to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months. The voting took place on the 5th during the General Assembly that was held from the 3rd to the 5th April 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. The award-winning products for 2014 will be announced on Wednesday, 23rd April.
Samyang Europe has posted a new teaser ad on its Facebook fan page. Hinting at an April 28 product announcement, the company accompanied the advert with the following words: "The journey to the next level of creativity starts now. Stay tuned for more."
The Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 is a new ultra-fast full-frame lens for Sony's E-mount compact system cameras. Manufactured by the Chinese company Zhongyi Optics, the manual-focus Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 features 10 elements in 7 groups, weighs in at 720g, and has a distance scale with depth-of-field marks and a 58mm filter thread. According to MXCamera, Zhongyi's Hong Kong based distributor, the lens will retail for approximately US$800.
Cypress Innovations have released Cloud Studio, an iOS app developed for photographers looking to edit and share images stored on Dropbox. The program offers users the ability to alter saturation, gamma, brightness, contrast, hue, and vibrance. With Cloud Studio, you can view and edit curves and levels, and can crop, rotate, and sharpen images. The app gives users the option to re‐upload the altered image to Dropbox, save it in the camera roll, or share the photo via Facebook, Available in two versions, Cloud Studio and Cloud Studio HD, the software can be downloaded for $0.99.
Akvis have updated their ArtSuite application to version 10.5. This release adds a Share option that allows users to post pictures from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+; improves the Halftone effect; enables the saving of last used settings; and adds support for additional raw image file formats generated by various digital cameras. Registered users of ArtSuite can upgrade to the new version for free.
Google has added new features to the standard Android camera app. Currently available for devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat, Lens blur allows users to mimic shallow DOF and even to virtually "refocus" the photo after it's taken, quasi-Lytro style. "You can choose to make any object come into focus simply by tapping on it in the image," Google's Carlos Hernández writes in a blog post. "By changing the depth-of-field slider, you can simulate different aperture sizes, to achieve bokeh effects ranging from subtle to surreal... Instead of capturing a single photo, you move the camera in an upward sweep to capture a whole series of frames. From these photos, Lens Blur uses computer vision algorithms to create a 3D model of the world, estimating the depth (distance) to every point in the scene." The Google Camera app is available as a free download from the Google Play store.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Here are 90 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony A6000 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.
UPDATE 17th April 2014: Ahead of our full review, we've now added 57 more sample images that were taken using a full production version of the Sony A6000 camera.
The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH is a tiny standard zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system of interchangeable lens cameras. Offering an effective focal range of 24-64mm in 35mm terms, the collapsible Panasonic 12-32mm lens weighs just 70g and measures less than 2.5cms in length. Read our in-depth Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH review to find out if it's too small for its own good...
Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the G1 X Mk II's low-light capabilities.
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a premium compact camera with a large sensor and fast f/2 zoom lens.
Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot SX700 HS compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the SX700 HS's low-light capabilities.
The Canon PowerShot SX700 HS features a 30x zoom lens, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD 60p movies with stereo sound, and integrated Wi-Fi with NFC.
Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot D30 compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the D30's low-light capabilities.
The CanonPowerShot D30 is a new rugged camera with a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm equivalent lens.
Fujifilm has posted 7 high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Fujinon TCL-X100 teleconverter mounted on a Fuji X100 camera. Depicting a variety of subjects ranging from flowers to landscapes to people, these TCL-X100 samples were captured at sensitivity settings extending from ISO 200 to ISO 1000.
Website: TCL-X100 Sample Images