Monday, January 6, 2014

Panasonic HC-W850, HC-V750, HC-V550CT, HC-V250 and HC-V130

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Panasonic has unveiled five new HD camcorders. The Panasonic HC-W850 (pictured) features a new Twin Camera function which enables users to capture two scenes at once. Made possible by the rotatable sub camera on the side of the LCD screen, users can shoot using this sub camera while also shooting with the main camera at the same time. The W850 and HC-V750 feature an all-new 20x zoom lens, 6.03-megapixel sensor and processing engine capable of processing at about 1.5 times faster than before. The camcorders incorporate a 4-drive lens system, and are capable of recording Full HD video at up to 120fps for slow-motion playback. The Panasonic HC-V550CT and HC-V250 boast 50x optical and 90x intelligent zoom to effortlessly bring faraway subjects up close. The W850, V750, V550CT, and V250 additionally feature Wi-Fi with NFC. Finally, the entry-level HC-V130 HD camcorder offers 38x optical zoom and a host of Creative Control effects.

Panasonic Lumix TZ60

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 18-megapixel Panasonic Lumix TZ60 is billed as the world's slimmest premium compact with an electronic viewfinder and 30x optical zoom. Headline specifications include an optically stabilised 24-720mm equivalent ultrazoom lens, "Light Speed Auto Focus," focus peaking, raw image capture, Full HD video recording and a manual control ring. High-speed consecutive shooting lets you shoot 10fps in 18.1-megapixel full resolution with the mechanical shutter (5fps with continuous AF). Panasonic’s advanced image stabiliser now includes HYBRID OIS+ for video recording. With 5-axis correction that detects and effectively compensates for the camera's five types of movement, you can achieve beautifully steady videos, the company claims. Meanwhile, the Level Shot Function detects the horizontal line of the recording image and keeps it level, even if the camera is tilted, letting you record stable video footage, even when shooting with the camera held above your head.

Panasonic Lumix TZ55

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 16.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix TZ55 is a new, pocket-sized digital compact camera with a 24-480mm equivalent lens, optical image stabilisation, a tiltable LCD screen and Wi-Fi connectivity. Other highlights include 10fps continuous shooting, "Sonic Speed Autofocus," 15 creative filters, remote shoooting and Full HD video recording, The LUMIX TZ55’s wide connectivity options also mean that you can share your images and movies easily and instantaneously via your smartphone or tablet, even in destinations far from home.

Panasonic Lumix LZ40

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix LZ40 is a new superzoom camera with an optically stabilised 22-924mm equivalent lens, 20-megapixel sensor and a 3", 460k-dot rear screen. Offering full manual control, the Panasonic LZ40 comes with a Creative Panorama mode and 15 filter effects. In addition to capturing high-resolution stills, the Lumix LZ40 can also record 720p high-definition videos with the press of an independent ‘motion picture’ button.

Panasonic Lumix SZ8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix SZ8 is a new pocket-sized camera with a 24-288mm equivalent lens and Wi-Fi connectivity. Ideal for beginners, the LUMIX SZ8 boasts assistive modes such intelligent Auto, and allows users to wirelessly transfer photos to their smartphone or tablet. If you require greater flexibility in how you shoot, the Wi-Fi connectivity option also allows you to use your smart device as a remote control for your camera. Recording videos is also simple, with a newly added motion picture button, allowing you capture 720p HD videos easily.

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad NAS Drive Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Buffalo Technology to give away a fantastic LinkStation Pro Quad NAS drive!

The lucky winner is Maxine Grant. Congratulations!

Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad is an ideal Network Attached Storage solution to keep important files safe and also provides increased capacity as your data and media libraries grow. The Pro Quad enables users to stream music and videos directly from their LinkStation™ to a computer or a network attached DLNA or UPnP media player. On the road, NAS contents are also available to stream via an internet browser and Buffalo’s WebAccess feature or via a smart device and the free Buffalo WebAccess app. 

The LinkStation Pro Quad is a high performance drive that can be configured in RAID 0 for performance or RAID 5 for redundant storage as part of a back-up solution. In fact, with fully populated versions, users can choose which RAID suits their needs best: RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD.Store, share and save with the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad: available as an enclosure or fully populated with 4, 8, 12, or 16TB capacities.

Adventure Travel Show Ticket Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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The Adventure Travel Show is a world of extraordinary discoveries, all under one roof. It is the UK’s foremost event for people who like to travel outside the mainstream – whether it be on small-group adventures, exclusive expeditions or epic journeys.

Bojan Arrigler has won a ticket to the Photography Seminar on Saturday and Sunday.

Alisha Green, Darel James and Joseph Hubbard have all won a pair of tickets to the show!

The Adventure Travel Show
Uncover Your Journey of a Lifetime
25-26 January 2014, Olympia, London

The Adventure Travel Show is packed with inspirational travel advice, travel photography and travel writing seminars, and over 100 FREE talks from world-renowned explorers, adventurers, guide book writers and expert expedition leaders who will help you uncover your perfect adventure. Plus, the best specialist travel operators will be on hand to offer guidance on everything from walking and trekking to exploratory journeys, safaris, overland trips, life-changing volunteering projects and much, much more.

The Adventure Travel Show – it’s where your adventure begins…

For more show details and to buy tickets please visit http://www.adventureshow.com.

Autosport International 2014 Ticket Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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For all the petrol heads out there, Photography Blog has teamed up with Europe’s biggest motorsport show - Autosport International - to give you the chance to be there!

The five lucky winners are Fayaz Musa, Michael Sowden, Tim Swaysland, Mark Guest and Karen Constable.

With five pairs of tickets available to the show on 11-12 January 2014, this will truly kick off the start of the new motorsport season.

Over 80,000 people attended in 2013 to see cars, stars and action! Race fans are in for a real treat, as John Surtees, the only world champion on two and four wheels, will appear at the show. He said: “Having raced for over 30 years in many different disciplines, it’ll be exciting to pass on my experiences to passionate fans”.

Canon PowerShot N100

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Canon PowerShot N100 is a new concept camera featuring a new body style. With the innovative and new Dual Capture mode, users can simultaneously capture special moments using the Main Camera, while the Story Camera, a rear facing sub-camera, will embed a picture of them onto the main image. The Story Highlights mode intuitively creates a highlight reel of images and video to create a customized movie. The Canon PowerShot N100 digital camera is expected to be available in May 2014 in white or black for an estimated retail price of $349.99.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS and PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon has today announced the addition of two new cameras to its PowerShot line-up. The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS camera packs an impressive 18x optical zoom and 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor into a beautifully sleek, compact and portable body. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS camera offers outstanding optical performance and versatility with a 12x optical zoom lens and16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Both new models are equipped with Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication capabilities.

The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS digital camera is expected to be available at the end of February 2014 in red, white or black for an estimated retail price of $249.99. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS is expected to be available in March 2014 in purple, silver or black for an estimated retail price of $199.99.

In the UK / Europe the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS will be available from February 2014 for £199, while the Canon IXUS 265 HS will be available from March 2014 for £179.

Canon VIXIA mini X

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras
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The Canon VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder gives shooters the freedom to film and record their hobbies, specials interests and memorable moments hands-free, now with "professional-like" features and outstanding audio quality. The Canon VIXIA mini X compact personal camcorder is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $399.99 / £349 / €449.

Canon VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500

Mark Goldstein | Digital Video Cameras
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Canon has revamped the VIXIA HF R-Series lineup of camcorders with the announcement of three new models, the VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500. The new VIXIA HF R-Series camcorders all feature a 57x Advanced Zoom, an upgrade from previous VIXIA R-Series HF camcorders, along with SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, a Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, and three-inch capacitive touch panel LCD. The VIXIA HF R52 and VIXIA HF R50 camcorder models feature advanced Wi-Fi capabilities.

The VIXIA HF R52, VIXIA HF R50 and VIXIA HF R500 camcorders are scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $449.99, $399.99, and $299.99, respectively.

In the UK and Europe, only two models are being released, the LEGRIA HF R56 which retails for £329 / €429, and the LEGRIA HF R506 which retails for £239 / €299.

Canon PIXMA MX532, PIXMA MX472, PIXMA iX6820 and PIXMA iP8720

Mark Goldstein | Printers
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Canon has announced the latest offerings in its lineup of PIXMA printers. The Canon PIXMA MX532 Wireless Office All-In-One, PIXMA MX472 Wireless Office All-In-One, PIXMA iX6820 Wireless Inkjet Business and PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo models address the varying needs and budgets of personal and home office users. For crafting and creative project enthusiasts, the PIXMA iP8720 photo model delivers high-quality imaging output as well as a variety of creative tools.

Canon SELPHY CP910

Mark Goldstein | Printers
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The Canon SELPHY CP910 is a new compact photo printer with enhanced wireless capabilities. In addition to expanded and versatile connectivity features, this compact photo printer offers ultra-portability, advanced printer functionality, new creative applications and an improved user-experience.

The estimated retail price of the Canon SELPHY CP910 Wireless Compact Photo Printer is $99.99.

In the UK and Europe the Canon Selphy CP910 and CP820 will be available from January 2014 for £99 and £89 respectively.

Fujifilm Updates X Mount Lens Roadmap

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fujifilm have updated their X mount lens roadmap for 2014 and early 2015.

1. A high speed wide angle prime lens (Focal length and Aperture TBC)
2. A bright XF50-140mmF2.8 R OIS tele-photo zoom
3. A bright XF16-55mmF2.8 R OIS standard zoom lens
4. A super telephoto zoom lens (Focal length and Aperture TBC)
5. A high magnification XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS zoom lens

Fujifilm X100S Black

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm X100S is now available in all-black, as well as last year's silver version. The new X100S Black is particularly suited to street photography, being very discreet and blending in with its surroundings. The following X100S accessories are now also available in black to coordinate - wide conversion lens, lens hood, adapter ring for the filter, and a leather case. The Fujifilm X100S Black costs £999.99 in the UK and will be available from January 2014.

Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R is a new fast portrait lens for X-series cameras. It features a fast maximum aperture of f/1.2, a focal length of 85mm and delivers beautiful bokeh, making it particularly suitable for high quality portraits. The Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R will be on sale from February 2014 for £999.99.

Fujifilm FinePix S1

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is the world’s first weather-resistant bridge camera. The Fujifilm S1 offers everything you could want from a bridge camera, including a powerful 50x image-stabilised optical zoom lens, wireless communication, Full HD movie function - all wrapped in a robust dust and water-resistant body. The Fujifilm FinePix S1 will be on sale from January 2014 for £399.99.

Fujifilm FinePix S9400W and S9200

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix S9400W and S9200 bridge cameras both feature a powerful 50x optical zoom lens. Further stand-out features on the two cameras include a new image stabilisation system for movie recording, Full HD video capture and a selection of creative filter effects. The S9400W also offers Wi-Fi connectivity. The Fujifilm FinePix S9400W and S9200 will be on sale from January 2014 for £269.99 and £249.99 respectively.

Fujifilm FinePix S8600

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix S8600 is a small and powerful superzoom camera. The Fujifilm S8600 bridge camera featues a powerful 36x Fujinon zoom lens, a high-quality 1/2.3in 16MP CCD sensor, and a host of creative features, all wrapped up in a pocket-friendly body. The Fujifilm FinePix S8600 will be on sale from February 2014 for £149.99.