Monday, July 15, 2013

JVC GC-XA2 Adixxion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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JVC has unveiled a new and upgraded version of its Adixxion action camera. The new JVC GC-XA2 Adixxion model offers a range of performance and feature enhancements that boost image quality and versatility, and the camera remains ready for most any situation, no external housing necessary. Like its predecessor, the new GC-XA2 is water-, shock-, dust- and freeze-proof with built-in LCD and Wi-Fi. Performance improvements in the new model include 1920 x 1080 60p/50p Full HD recording, and1280 x 720 high-speed recording at 120fps/100fps for 4x slow-motion playback. Other upgrades include a brighter (f/2.4) and wider-angle (137°) lens, a higher-resolution LCD monitor with Auto off and Auto brightness functions, a higher-resolution (8Mp) image sensor, a higher audio bit rate and improved noise reduction. The JVC GC-XA2 Adixxion will be available in late July for $299.95.

Projecteo Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Projecteo, a matchbox­ sized slide film projector, is now available. "The idea is to bask in pictures with friends and families, just like the old days," says Projecteo inventor Ben Redford. Users first choose the desired photos from their Instagram account, then order the slides via the Projecteo website. The photos are developed on to a single frame of 35mm Kodak film, with nine pictures on each. The pictures are then mounted on a specially designed wheel. A Projecteo with one slide wheel costs $34.99.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is an affordable travel-zoom compact camera, with a 16x 24-384mm lens, built-in GPS tracking, full 1080i high-definition video with stereo sound, an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting mode, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, ISO range of 100-12800 and fast auto-focusing. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V review to find out if it's the right compact camera for you...

Light Blue 4.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Light Blue Software has released version 4.2 of Light Blue, its business management software for photographers. Completely redesigned from the ground up, this update adds iPad and iPhone versions to complement the desktop software. The mobile apps are slimmed-down versions of the desktop software, giving you the information you need on your jobs and contacts when you’re out and about. These apps are built to interact with Light Blue  Software’s cloud-based systems, so you don’t need an internet connection to get at your information, which is especially useful in areas with low network coverage. Existing users of v1–v3 can update their copy of Light Blue 4.2 for $150. New users can register their copy for $470.

UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Events
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Professional and amateur photographers can now submit entries to compete for the 2013 UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards. Hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Kate Silverton, the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards recognise outstanding photography from the world of news, royalty, sport, business, fashion and entertainment. Winners will have their work displayed at the Museum of London, as well as receive prizes from headline sponsor SABMiller, and award sponsors: Bloomberg, BT, British Airways, Genesis, Getty Images, Nikon and OpenText. Click through / read on for more information including the full list of the 2013 UK Picture Editors’ Guild Award categories.

AKVIS LightShop v.4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS has just issued a free update to AKVIS LightShop. This program helps you create version light effects: flares on the sun, lights from distant planets and stars, alien signs blazing in the night sky, a colourful rainbow over a city, reflections in raindrops, fireworks and more. Version 4.0 features a new graphical user interface with two workspace modes, adds an Effects panel with 138 ready-to-use presets, a Toolbar with new tools, new Elements for creating natural-looking light effects, and compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC. Registered users of LightShop can upgrade to version 4.0 free of charge.

Kenko DSC880DW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Kenko Tokina has announced the DSC880DW waterproof digital camera, which features a dual-monitor design. Waterproof to a depth of 3m for up to an hour, the 8.17-megapixel DSC880DW has a 2.7-inch display at the rear and a smaller, 1.8-inch monitor on its front plate. Perhaps the most striking feature of the camera is its 1.8mm f/2.8 lens which, given the 1/3.2"-type sensor, works out to about 14mm in 35mm terms. The product page on Kenko Tokina's website does not specifiy whether this is a rectilinear lens or a fisheye optic, but we suspect it's the latter. At the moment, there is no word on international availability and pricing.

China Develops 100-Megapixel Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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The Institute of Optics and Electronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed a camera with a 100-megapixel square-format sensor. Apparently, the IOE3-Kanban is not designed to compete with high-resolution medium-format digital backs such as the Leaf Credo 80 or the Phase One IQ280 - its main areas of use include areial photography, disaster monitoring and high-dynamic-range imaging. The device, which takes 10240x10240-pixel photographs, can be used in temperatures ranging from -20 °C to +55 °C.

Casio EX-TR10 & EX-TR15

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Casio has launched two new digital compact cameras dedicated to shooting self-portraits. Like the Exilim TR-100 (a.k.a. TRYX) and EX-TR150, the new Casio EX-TR10 and EX-TR15 employ an adaptable frame, a rotating monitor, 12-megapixel sensor, 21mm equivlent lens, and come complete with a special "make-up mode." They also add a new self-portrait button on the frame, a 920,000-dot screen, and a new function called Skin Brightening Mode, which makes skin look even more beautiful, the company claims. The EX-TR15 additionally features wireless connectivity. Pricing and availability have yet to be communicated.

My Nikon World for Facebook

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Nikon has just launched My Nikon World, a Facebook application that awards users for taking and uploading photos. User participation will be rewarded with community points and digital badges for uploading photos and participating in the community. With a strong focus on social sharing and engagement, participants will also have the option to include links to their personal social profiles on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks so they can interact with fellow photographers. To visit the site and become a fan of Nikon, visit the official Nikon Facebook page.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Official Nokia Lumia 1020 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia has published 18 high-resolution sample photos captured with the brand new, 41-megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. Successor to the Nokia PureView 808, the Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a relatively big 41-megapixel imager, a six-element f/2.2 Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation, a 4.5" PureMotion HD+ OLED screen, Xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The official samples were taken in a variety of locations and lighting conditions including direct sunshine as well as low light.

Click through / scroll down to view the Nokia Lumia 1020 sample images.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a new camera phone with a second-generation 41-megapixel sensor, six-element f/2.2 Zeiss lens, optical image stabilisation, mechanical shutter, Windows Phone 8 operating system and PureView technology on board. Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image and creates a 5-megapixel picture that is easier to share to social networks. Other highlights include a 4.5" PureMotion HD+ OLED screen with a resolution of 334ppi, Gorilla Glass 3, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage and a 2-megapixel secondary camera module. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will launch first in the US exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of $299.99 on a two-year contract. An optional Nokia Camera Grip adds a shutter release and tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of $79.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R is a new version of last year's RX1 with the optical low-pass filter removed, promising increased resolution but at the risk of increased moire effects. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R is otherwise identical to the RX1, featuring a 35mm Carl Zeiss prime lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2, full 1080p high-definition video, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting modes, 5fps continuous shooting, ISO range of 50-25,600, and 14-bit raw support. Read our expert Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R review to find out if it can improve on the original RX1...

Fall Exhibitions at the Block Museum

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art has announced its schedule of fall exhibitions. “Steichen|Warhol: Picturing Fame” is the first exhibition to pair the photographic works of Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol to explore their roles in shaping how we see fame and glamour. “The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation” brings together work by more than 40 artists who embraced the Polaroid format as they upended the established parameters of photography. “Steichen|Warhol” and “The Polaroid Years” are on view at the Block from 20 September to 1 December 2013.

Multiplied 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The fourth installment of the contemporary art in editions fair, Multiplied, returns to Christie’s South Kensington this October. The fair will be open to the public with free admission from 18-21 October 2013. Murray Macaulay, Director, Multiplied, commented: “Multiplied’s eclectic mix of established galleries exhibiting eminent artists, and young galleries with new talent, represents the whole gamut of contemporary art in editions, from traditional printmaking and photography, to the experimental edge of 3-D printing and digital art... Prices range from £10 to £30,000.”

Exposed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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‘Exposed’ is a new exhibition of works by students on the Kensington and Chelsea College's BTEC National Diploma in Photography. Describing the show Bruce Tanner, Head of Photography at Kensington and Chelsea College said: “Finding an individual voice in a world so packed with images is one of the hardest things to do and this year’s students have really managed to achieve this. Presenting something different, they have needed to trawl back and forth through the history of photographic processes and combined this with modern digital techniques to produce a show that is stunning and inspiring.” The exhibition is free to attend and runs from Friday July 19 until Friday July 26 in the Carlyle Building, on Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS.

Hoya REVO Filters

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Intro 2020, official UK importers and distributors of Hoya filters, have just launched the new Hoya REVO series of filters in the UK. This filter series consists of a UV and Circular Polarising filters that are all sold separately. All Hoya REVO filters have very low-profile aluminium filter frames to house the glass and keep it perfectly parallel to the sensor plane. The low-profile frame also makes the filters compatible with a wide array of super and ultra wide-angle lenses. Hoya REVO series filters are available in sizes from 37mm to 82mm. Suggested retail prices start from £35.00 for the 37mm UV filter.

Treasures of Nature - Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers have announced the winners of the Treasures of Nature photo competition. Michelle Valberg from Ontario, Canada with the image entitled 'On the Move' (above) was chosen as the winner from over 350 pictures entered in the competition. Michelle has won 12 months membership in The Society. The runners up Debbie Picknell and Anne Algar have both been awarded 6 months membership.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R compact camera, including the full ISO range from 50-25,600.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R is a premium compact camera with a 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, 35mm prime lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2, 5fps burst shooting and Full HD movie recording at 50p/60p or 25p/24p. The only difference between this new model and last year's RX1 is the removal of the optical low-pass filter, promising increased resolution but at the risk of increased moire effects.

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is the first ever telephoto zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 84-305mm in 35mm terms, 4.5 stops of built-in image stabilisation, a compact and lightweight design, 0.3 second auto-focusing and an aperture ring, is this new 55-200mm lens a worthy addition to the XF family? Read our Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review to find out...