Thursday, October 31, 2013

Official Nokia Lumia 1020 Raw Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Via its official blog, Nokia has published four raw DNG files that show off the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. Nokia's Juha Alakarhu announced last week that the company is adding DNG support to the Lumia 1020 and new Lumia 1520 handsets, which has caused quite a stir in the photography community around the world. "“Overall, I’m so proud of what we have achieved in Nokia," Alakarhu says. "We have the amazing camera hardware, very powerful camera user interface, and now the raw support." To read more on the subject and to download the full-resolution raw and JPEG samples, head to the website below.

Website: Nokia Conversations

FotoWeekDC 2013 Festival Partner Events

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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FotoDC has announced an extensive line-up of events in collaboration with more than 50 partners participating in FotoWeekDC 2013. Taking place from Friday 1st November to Sunday 10th November, FotoWeekDC 2013 encompasses more than 100 exhibitions and other events. Click through / read on for the details.

Akvis HDRFactory 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released Version 4.0 of Akvis HDRFactory, an application that creates HDR images from a series of photographs taken at different exposures. This update adds a Share option that lets users upload HDR images to the social services directly from the app, fixes bugs, adds support for raw images from a variety of new cameras, changes the installation process for Windows and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The plug-in variant now supports Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6. The new upgrade is free for registered users.

Pyle Hi-Speed HD Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Pyle Audio has launched its new Hi-Speed HD Camera (PSCHD60). Features include a 12-megapixel sensor, up to 1080p video recording capabilities, a 2.4" touchscreen and a WiFi remote to wirelessly snap pictures. The device comes complete with a USB cable, car charger, splash-proof case and mounting clips. The Hi-Speed Camera from Pyle Audio is available for $99.99 via the website below.

iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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iON has unveiled its third-generation iON Air Pro wearable, high-definition video camera with Wi-Fi connectivity. Featuring a 12-megapixel image sensor, the rugged iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi - which boasts improved underwater capabilities up to 49 feet - shoots up to 60 frames per second at 1080p, with dual streaming to enable users to simultaneously “shoot and share” their recordings. The iON Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi can be pre-ordered now for $349.99 with shipments expected to start on 15th November. In the UK, the iON Air Pro 3 will be available online in early November for £349.99 at actioncameras.co.uk, Crooked Imaging and Snow & Rock.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released a firmware update for its EOS 5D Mark III full-frame digital SLR camera. Click through / scroll down for a list of improvements and fixes implemented in Version 1.2.3.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nikon Coolpix S02 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a tiny point-and-shoot compact camera designed to complement your smartphone. Featuring a 3x zoom lens, 13 megapixels, 2.7 inch touch-screen LCD and 1080p HD movies, is the Nikon S02 too small for its own good? Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S02 review to find out...

Apple and SmugMug Join Forces

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Via its official blog, SmugMug has announced that it has teamed up with Apple to provide full integration with Aperture. "You can now connect and sync your SmugMug account with your account in Aperture and easily browse, upload, download and organize all from one app," the company says. "Aperture will sync down all of your SmugMug images even if they didn’t previously exist in your Aperture library. Best of all, images shared from Aperture stay synced, so if you share an image to SmugMug and then make further edits to it in Aperture, those edits will sync up to SmugMug without having to re-Share (upload) the image."

AOC Launches 16:10 Monitors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Display specialist AOC has launched three new 61 cm (24″) monitors with an aspect ratio of 16:10. Coming in a classy texturised black finish and different equipment variants, the 60 series models from the AOC Professional Line deliver a WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200. The AOC i2460Pxqu is based on a top-notch eIPS (In-Plane Switching) panel, with 178° viewing angles and a brightness of up to 300 cd/m². In addition to D-Sub and DVI-D, the i2460Pxqu features an HDCP-compatible HDMI socket as well as a DisplayPort. The AOC e2460Pxda and e2460Sxda each utilise an LED-backlit TN panel,a luminosity of 250 cd/m² and a static contrast of 1000:1. Both analogue and digital video signals can be received via D-Sub and DVI-D. In addition, the e2460Pxda offers full ergonomic flexibility, allowing users to adjust the panel height by 130 mm as well as to tilt and swivel the monitor.

iStopMotion to Support Canon DSLR Live View

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Boinx Software is inviting all animation experts and hobbyists alike to beta test the brand new DSLR live view feature in iStopMotion for Mac. The beta version of iStopMotion supports live view with the Canon EOS 40D, 60D, 60Da, 450D, 550D and 700D. Boinx encourages all beta testers to use the built-in feedback assistant to report Canon DSLR models that do not work with the live-view function, as well as provide any additional feedback on areas for improvement. To become a beta tester, head to the website below.

DxO Perspective for Mac OS X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO Perspective for Mac OS X, an application designed to correct perspective and horizon problems. In architectural or urban photography, depending on the position of the photographer with respect to the scene, buildings’ vertical and horizontal lines can lose their parallelism. DxO Perspective corrects all kinds of perspective problems, and  restores balance and authenticity to landscape photos by perfectly straightening a slanted horizon. DxO Perspective for Mac OS X is immediately and exclusively available in the Mac App Store. The software is free through  3rd November.

SilverFast 8 for Canon 9000F Mark II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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LaserSoft Imaging has released an individually adapted version of SilverFast 8 for Canon's new CanoScan 9000F Mark II scanner. SilverFast offers a Multi-Exposure feature that increases the number of greyscale values detected by the scanner from 1.379 to 9.550. The software's NegaFix module stores more than 120 negative film profiles helping users get a correct colour rendition when scanning negatives. For transparencies, SilverFast's premium Ai Studio 8 and Archive Suite 8 versions offer automatic IT8-calibration, which allows to calibrate the Canon 9000F Mark II with a single mouse click.

Motorola Spearheads Development of Modular Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Motorola has partnered with Phonebloks to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. "We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software: create a vibrant third-party developer ecosystem, lower the barriers to entry, increase the pace of innovation, and substantially compress development timelines," Motorola's Paul Eremenko wrote in a blog post. The envisioned modular smartphone would consist of an endoskeleton and several replaceable modules. This way, if you only wanted to upgrade your phone's camera or battery, you could do so without having to purchase a whole new handset. Motorola is currently recruiting 'scouts' from all over the world to join their Ara project, which coordinates the development efforts.

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sigma has posted a firmware update for the Sigma SD1 and SD1 Merrill cameras. Version 1.11 for the SD1 and version 1.06 for the SD1 Merrill enable chromatic aberration correction with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens, which is especially useful for images shot at or aroud f:1.8. You can download the firmware upgrade from the websites below.

Website: Sigma SD1 Firmware Update

Website: Sigma SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ricoh Theta Review

Mark Goldstein | Accessory Reviews
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The new Ricoh Theta camera takes a fully spherical photo with just one click of a button. The Theta uses two lenses to captures the scene around, above and below you, and then automatically stitches everything together into a 360-degree image. Is this unique ability enough to justify the £329 / $399 price-tag? Read our Ricoh Theta review to find out...

Olympus Stylus 1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus Stylus 1 premium compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 47 photos of the Olympus Stylus 1 compact system camera, including a side-by-side comparison with the Olympus OM-D E-M1, on which it's clearly styled.

Olympus Stylus 1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus Stylus 1 is an advanced superzoom compact with a 1/1.7-type 12-megapixel sensor, fully retractable 28-300mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens and a 1.44-million-dot EVF. The large-diameter lens features a powerful, built-in VCM image stabilisation mechanism and a constant maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. The customisable analogue / digital Hybrid Control Ring on the front lets you assign the parameters you adjust most frequently (e.g., aperture, shutter speed, exposure time and program shift) to the ring or subdial on the top of the camera. Fast AF and shoot-and-share WiFi round off the specifications list. The Olympus Stylus 1 will be available for £549.99, from late November 2013.

Portrait Lens for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Websiteam has released Portrait Lens, a photo manipulation app for Android 2.3 and higher. The application uses a special algorithm to blur backgrounds and provide better subject isolation. If necessary, you can adjust settings such as sharpness, blurring and saturation separately for the background and your subject. You can save the output photo at a resolution of up to three megapixels. Portrait Lens is now available on Google Play.

Photographers Create First Artworks in Google Street View

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Photographer and artist, Sylvia Grace Borda, has created the first explorative artworks in Google Street view in partnership with John M. Lynch. Entitled 'Farm Tableaux', the series captures farmers in Surrey, B.C. (Canada) enacting a routine activity, but unlike conventionally staged photographs, the observer can explore these framed compositions within an interactive Google Street View landscape. These choreographed scenes enable notions of expanded cinema to be encountered by the online viewer. Click through / scroll down for links to some of Borda's completed artworks.

Facing East - Photos from the Heart

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Facing East - Photos from the Heart by photographer Roger Morgan is a new title from Xlibris. In this book, the author presents a collection of photo portraits of the people who live in the shadow of the Himalayas and their extension ranges. The portraits were shot in Sichuan, China during June 2009, in Sichuan and North West Yunnan during May/June 2011, in Ladakh, Northern India during September 2011, in Pakistan during May 2012 and Nepal during October/September of the same year. The 226-page volume is available for AU$55 (hardback version: AU$65). You can also purchase Facing East - Photos from the Heart as an ebook for AU$3.99.