Tuesday, April 1, 2014

GoPro Rolls Out New Mounts, Accessories and Software

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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GoPro has announced a collection of accessories and software. GoPro HERO3+ and HERO3 users will benefit from a number of new housing and mount options including a matte-finish housing, compact frame and versatile flex mount. The stealth Blackout Housing ($49.99) features a non-reflective black matte finish and LCD concealment stickers. Two additional accessories,Gooseneck and The Frame, are designed for greater versatility in shooting. Gooseneck ($19.99) boasts a seven-link flex neck and quick-release base plate for capturing hard to reach shots around corners or underneath objects, while the reengineered Frame ($39.99) is the smallest, lightest way to mount the HERO3+ and HERO3 camera. The free GoPro App, which allows users to control all camera functions remotely, view photos, playback videos and share content via email, text and social platforms, has been updated to a new version to deliver wireless camera software updates to the HERO3+. Improvements to camera software unlock a number of new modes to give HERO3+ Black users greater control of capture settings, including new SuperView modes at 1080/60 and 1080/50, as well as new Auto Low Light modes that support higher frame rates.

Samsung U28D590D

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Samsung U28D590D is an affordable 28-inch Ultra HD display with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels. Launching on 21st April, the Samsung U28D590D has a  GTG response time of 1ms, static contrast ratio of 1000:1 and maximum brightness of 370cd/m2. The spec sheet reveals that it has a TN panel (hence the relatively affordable price tag), which "supports" 1 billion colours - although it's not clear whether this means that it's a true 10-bit panel or that the monitor has a 10-bit internal LUT. The Samsung U28D590D has a DisplayPort and two HDMI 1.4 connectors but no DVI interface. Samsung's Picture-by-Picture feature enables you to connect two different PCs to the display and see the desktops of both simultaneously on one screen that's divided into two. The monitor also includes UHD up-scaling technology that converts low-resolution content to Ultra HD. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the Samsung U28D590D at $845.69.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS is a brand new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a versatile focal range of 15-36mm in 35mm terms with built-in optical image stabilisation, is the Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS a worthy addition to the XF lens range? Read our Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS review to find out...

Olympus Stylus SH-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus Stylus SH-1 is a 16-megapixel compact camera with a 25-600mm (eq.) f/3-6.9 lens and 5-axis optical image stabilisation. Other key features include a PEN-like design with aluminium alloy body, 1080p movies, high-speed video recording for slow-motion playback, a time-lapse movie mode, a 460kdot/3in touchscreen, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The SH-1 will be available in a choice of silver, black or white for £349.99/$399.99 from the end of April.

Olympus Stylus TG-3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres, crushproof to a weight of 100kg, freezeproof down to -10°C, dustproof and waterproof to a depth of 15m, the Olympus Stylus TG-3 is an ultra-rugged digital compact camera featuring a 25-100mm (eq.) f/2-4.9 lens, GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Additionally, the TG-3 has the first-ever macro mode to feature four settings in one. Microscope Mode lets you magnify a subject more than 40x from as close as 1cm. So if it measures just 1mm in reality it can impressively appear as large as 44.4mm on the LCD. Focus Stacking Mode automatically shoots multiple shots of a macro subject with different parts in focus and then merges them to a crisply focused image of publishable quality. The Olympus Stylus TG-3 will be available in black or red from June 2014 for £349.99/$349.99 

Olympus Stylus 1 Wins Red Dot Design Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus Stylus 1 has won a Red Dot Design Award. "The elegance of this camera’s design is truly distinctive, and fully merits its red dot award", the judges said. "It is sufficiently compact to be a go-anywhere camera, but offers performance comparable to that of a professional camera."

Reflecta ProScan 10T

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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The Reflecta ProScan 10T is a dedicated 35mm film scanner with a hardware resolution of 10,000ppi. Capable of scanning loose strips of negative and transparency film as well as mounted slides, the Reflecta ProScan 10T has a claimed dMax of 3.9, infrared and white LED light sources, hardware-based dust- and scratch-removal technology, manual film transport and (sadly) a fixed-focus lens. Scanning a frame at maximum resolution takes 7 minutes including dust- and scratch-removal. The suggested retail price is €469.

London Live to Use Nikon DSLRs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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From 6.30pm tonight (BST), Nikon’s D4 and D800 cameras will be rolling on the set of London Live, the new 24 hour entertainment channel devoted to London. Working with Nikon and Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), London Live has helped develop a new state-of-the-art robotic system, featuring a nine-axis robotic arm at the heart of the automated studio. Bryn Balcombe, Technology Director, London Live says: “Building a television channel from scratch has given us an exciting opportunity to source the most innovative new technology and find less traditional and more cost-effective ways of doing things. Nikon’s digital SLR cameras will be perfect for our new London-based studio, allowing us to provide fast-paced, 24 hour broadcasting without compromising the image quality for our viewers.”

Men Damage £1,759 Worth of Gadgets in Their Lifetime

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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New research from Nikon has found that when it comes to their technology men cause £1,759 worth of damage to their gadgets during their lifetime. Of those men who have damaged their technology in the last five years, four in ten male respondentssent it crashing to the floor, while the second most common scenario was submerging it in a drink or splashing drink on it (12%). Nikon is using these figures to highlight the ruggedness of its 1 series AW1 compact system camera (pictured)  Thuan Bui, Junior Product Manager, Nikon 1, Nikon UK, comments “Being waterproof, shock proof and freeze proof the Nikon 1 AW1 is perfect for keeping up with the most active lifestyles. And with so many of us causing some sort of damage to our prized possessions this is one less gadget you need to worry about. What’s more, whether it falls into a drink on a night out, it’s left outside in the rain or dropped on the floor, you’ll still get great quality photos of all your adventures."

PluralEyes 3.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Today, Red Giant announced PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. “We want PluralEyes to be as useful to as many people as possible,” said Randon Morford, Shooter Suite product manager. “A lot of our focus for this release has been on improving and expanding support for more media types. We’ve greatly improved support for AVCHD cameras, including support for spanned clips.” In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before, bringing this feature to a much larger group of users. Plus, PluralEyes 3.5 now includes the unique ability to correct sync drift where the audio and video begin to lose sync over time on longer clips. This allows it to achieve frame-accurate syncs even for audio recorders that don't have that level of accuracy themselves. PluralEyes 3.5 beta will be available soon, with a release in Q2 for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Firmware Update 1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has issued a firmware update for its OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 1.3 brings improved microphone functionality when an external microphone is used. Audio levels can now be adjusted in 21 steps, resulting in expanded dynamic range for sound. In addition the possibility to switch the volume limiter on and off  has been added. Additionally, a new Anti-Shock mode with a 0-second delay has been added. For information on how to update the firmware on your Olympus OM-D E-M1 visit the website below.

Website: Olympus UK: Firmware Update Instructions

Friday, March 28, 2014

Interview: HTC’s Imaging Specialist Symon Whitehorn on the new HTC One (M8)

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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We sat down with HTC’s Imaging Specialist, Symon Whitehorn, this week to discuss the new HTC One (M8) smartphone.

"Whilst smartphones have already pretty much swallowed up point and shoot cameras, swallowing up the likes of a DSLR is a real challenge. But we can close the gap and certainly give you some of the experience."

Click through to read more about Symon Whitehorn's take on the camera industry and the HTC One M8.

Iridient Developer 2.3.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released an update to Iridient Developer for Mac OS X. Version 2.3.4 includes a complete overhaul of the image caching architecture and gives greatly improved loading performance when accessing previously viewed images. Additionally, it adds compatibility with the Phantom Vision FC200, the Nokia Lumia 1520, the Samsung NX30, the Fujifilm FinePix S1, the Sony ILCE-6000, ILCE-5000 and ILCE-3500, as well as the Nikon D4S, D3300 and P340.

Datacolor Announces Spring 2014 Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Datacolor has announced its spring 2014 line-up of free colour management webinars. These online seminars enable participants to communicate directly with the speakers to get first-hand advice about video reference display calibration and photo and video editing techniques. Registered attendees will receive discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors, as well as automatic entry for a chance to win products from Datacolor or co-sponsors. Each webinar will be hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer. Click through / scroll down for the details.

LomoChrome Purple Coming to USA and Asia

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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American and Asian customers will be able to purchase the exotic LomoChrome Purple film starting next Wednesday. Available in 120 and 135 formats, Lomography’s LomoChrome Purple 400 is a speciality film that transforms “every green element of your photo into radiant purples.” Although inspired by Kodak’s discontinued Aerochrome emulsion - an infrared-sensitive, false-colour reversal film -, the LomoChrome Purple 400 is actually a C-41 process negative film with a sensitivity rating of ISO400/27°, allowing it to be used in virtually any weather conditions with no need for filtration at the capture phase. European customers can already buy the film in the online shop.

Birds of Ecuador Photography Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Wildlife photographer Dan Suzio is going to lead a photography workshop in Ecuador, focusing on tropical birds. The 12-day, 11-night tour will include a pre-dawn hike to photograph the mating display of the elusive Andean cock-of-the-rock, visits to the historic city of Quito and the Otavalo Indian market, providing an introduction to Ecuadorian culture, and a day of looking for Andean condors on Mt. Antisana. Interested photographers are encouraged to register as early as possible, as the trip is limited to six people. Cost is $3,495 per person based on double occupancy. Photos, a detailed itinerary, and other information can be found online at the website below.

Nest Expands Explorer Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nest has released several additions to its popular Explorer range of bags, including a collection of stylish shoulder and toploading bags. There are two new shoulder bags in this collection, compact and designed to accommodate CSCs together with essential photographic accessories. Specifically, the EX25 the smaller of the two, will fit a camera plus compact zoom lens attached and an additional telephoto lens. The larger volume EX50 will fit a CSC with lens attached and a further one or two lenses and a e-reader / tablet. Alternatively the EX50 is large enough to accommodate a DSLR with compact lens attached and an additional lens or flash. The new toploaders are available in two forms, the EX5 and EX10. The EX10 is the largest case designed to fit a large DSLR (with compact or telephoto zoom lens attached) while the EX5 will accommodate a small DSLR (with compact lens attached) or a CSC (with compact lens attached). Prices start from £24.99.

Rotating Backpack Wins Red Dot Award 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The rotation180° Panorama backpack by MindShift Gear has won a Red Dot Design Award. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access and without first having to take off the backpack or even stop hiking.  It has additional room for a jacket, hat, gloves, lunch, and more. The removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings. The breathable padded airflow harness with daisy chain includes an adjustable sternum strap and load lifters. And, at its design core, it has a pre-curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.

Marcel Pabst Test Drives the Hasselblad H5D-50C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sweden-based Marcel Pabst has become one of the first photographers to test shoot the brand new Hasselblad H5D-50C medium-format camera. For the session Marcel decided to invest in a new spacesuit for his five year old son Elmer and explain to him that the two of them were going on a mission to discover a new planet and shoot a few pictures. “I got myself set up and I tested a couple of smoke grenades to see how that might look – as part of a plan to create a mystical feel and look to the images," Marcel says. "Then I tried a shot at ISO 400 – a ploy I just would never have attempted with my old Hasselblad camera. It was then it really struck me how ‘super good’ the 50c really was.”  

Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zeiss will launch the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show. Offering full-frame coverage, the CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 complements the manufacturer's already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view, but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms, the company says. The Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 lens will be available from August for €17,900 / $23,900.