Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Chipworks Finds Panasonic Sensor inside E-M1

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Semiconductor experts Chipworks have confirmed that the image sensor inside the Olympus OM-D EM1 is made by Panasonic. Back in 2012, President Hiroyuki Sasa revealed that the OM-D E-M5 had a Sony imager, causing quite a stir among Micro Four Thirds fans. A few months later Olympus and Sony entered into a business alliance agreement and a capital alliance agreement, prompting everyone to think that all future Olympus CSCs would come equipped with Sony sensors. Apparently, this is not the case with the flagship Olympus E-M1, which - like many previous generations of Olympus DSLRs and CSCs - has a Panasonic imager.

Source: Chipworks via IR

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The professional-grade, Ultra HD-resolution Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping. Retailing at $2,995 - $1,000 less than originally suggested -, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features an EF lens mount and Super35 sized sensor with a global shutter. Other highlights include Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and CinemaDNG raw file recording, timecoding, a 5" LCD touchscreen, a built-in SSD recorder, 6G-SDI output, a Thunderbolt port, 1/4” jack mic/line inputs plus 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC remote control. “The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dutch Website Reveals Pricing for Panasonic GH4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Dutch e-tailer CameraNu has started taking pre-orders for the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 compact system camera. The company quotes a price of €1,499 for the body only, including 21% VAT. Panasonic itself has not yet announced the MSRP of the camera.

Special thanks to our reader Jan Tengbergen for calling our attention to this piece of news.

Website: CameraNu

Nikon Df Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 sample JPEG images taken with the new Nikon Df DSLR camera, including the full ISO range (50-204,800).

The Nikon Df is a retro-styled DSLR camera with the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor found in Nikon’s professional flagship camera, the D4.

Samsung WB350F Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 41 sample JPEG images and a full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Samsung WB350F compact camera.

The Samsung WB350F is a new travelzoom camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and a 21x zoom lens.

Fujifilm FinePix S4800 Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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John Lewis are giving one lucky winner the chance to improve their photography skills with a Fujifilm FinePix S4800 camera, worth £129.

The lucky winner is Kay Doherty. Congratulations!

This 16 Megapixel camera boasts 30X optical zoom, superior image quality, 1.3 second start-up time and panorama setting. The S4800 also has 3D shooting capability with two exposures of the same scene being saved in Multi-Picture Format to create realistic 3D effects.

Automatic scene setting detection and the ability to upload photos straight to Facebook make for easy capture and photo sharing in seconds. The FinePix S4800 is perfect for any budding photographer looking to improve their skills, as well as for those simply looking for a good quality on-the-go camera.

Nikon Coolpix L330 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample JPEG images and a full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix L330 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix L330 is an affordable superzoom camera with a 20-megapixel sensor and a 26x zoom lens with lens-shift Vibration Reduction.

A Beginners Guide to Projection Art Photography

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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Ever thought about using a projector in your photography? Find out how to get started in our Beginners Guide to Projection Art Photography.

Sigma dp Quattro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Sigma has announced the Sigma dp Quattro line of large-sensor compact cameras, which feature a new-generation Foveon sensor and a radically new design. The Sigma dp1 Quattro, dp2 Quattro and dp3 Quattro each come equipped with a newly developed, APS-C sized Foveon X3 Quattro sensor, which outputs 5424x3616-pixel raw images at the highest resolution setting. Like before, the various models in the dp series differ from each other in the optics: the dp1 Quattro comes with a 19mm (28mm eq.) f/2.8 lens featuring 9 elements in 8 groups and a 9-bladed diaphragm, the dp2 Quattro (pictured) has a 30mm (45mm eq.) f/2.8 lens with 8 elements in 6 groups, while the Sigma dp3 Quattro is equipped with a 50mm (75mm eq.) f/2.8 lens constructed of 10 elements in 8 groups and a 7-bladed iris diaphragm. Availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.

Casio EX-100 HS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Casio Japan has announced the Exillim EX-100 HS digital camera, which boasts a 28-300mm (eq.) lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, 1/1.7-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor and tilting 3.5" LCD screen. Other notable features include manual controls, raw image capture, 6fps continuous shooting with auto focus, on-board Wi-Fi, HDR exposure blending, interval shooting, time-lapse and slow.motion movie recording, electronic level function and an interesting "all-in-focus macro" feature that combines focus bracketing with high-speed continuous shooting to create a focus-stacked image with expanded depth of field. Currently, there is no information on international availability and pricing.

Source: Casio Japan

Kata UK Launches New Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has announced a new promotion in the United Kingdom, offering a 15% discount on all Kata UK products. Running until the end of July, the promotion is open to UK residents who make an online purchase on the website below. Note that the minimum qualifying order value is £20.

FujiFilmImages.com Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Jorge Torralba, the mastermind behind the highly successful Rangefinderforum.com, ZeissImages.com, LeicaImages.com and JustNEX.com websites, has just announced the launch of FujifilmImages.com, an online gallery dedicated to images captured with Fujifilm cameras or lenses. Besides being a gallery,FujiFilmImages is also an image forum.where participants can comment on and discuss the photos uploaded by members. Additionally, the website lets visitors search for photos taken with a specific lens, camera, focal length or any other combination, while the online Market allows photographers to sell equipment they no longer need.

Panasonic G6 / GF6 Firmware Version 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has issued firmware updates for its Lumix DMC-G6 and GF6 compact system camera. Version 1.2 (for both models) improves manual focusing with the new 12-32mm lens and resolves an issue related to wireless communication with iOS devices. For details on how to install the firmware upgrade, visit the website below.

Website: Joint Update Service for Four Thirds Lenses

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is the standard kit lens for the Sony A7 full-frame compact system camera, and is also available separately for interested A7R owners. We tested the Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS with the demanding A7R to see if it could cope with its massive 36 megapixel resolution. Read our Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS review to find out how it got on...

Panasonic Lumix GH4

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the world's first compact system camera to feature 4K video shooting. The GH4 can record in multiple high quality video file outputs - including MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD - with 4K video recording in MOV/MP4, and Full HD video with ultra-high bitrate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB). Boasting an improved 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine processor, along with an enhanced fast and accurate Auto Focus (AF) system (approximately 0.07 seconds), the Panasonic GH4 also has a splashproof and dustproof magnesium alloy full die cast body, 12fps burst shooting, 1/8000th top shutter speed,and Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology. Pricing and availability of the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 have yet to be announced.

Nikon Coolpix P600

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a new digital superzoom camera with a 24-1440mm equivalent 60x zoom lens and on-board Wi-Fi. Other key features include lens-shift Virbration Reduction, a 7fps continuous shooting mode, Full HD 60i video recording capability, a large vari-angle high resolution (921k dots) LCD screen with bright RGBW technology and a customisable function button. The Nikon Coolpix P600 will be available in black and red for £429.99 / €519.00 / $499.95, starting 27 February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix P340

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a 12-megapixel digital compact camera with a 5.1-25.5mm (24-120 mm eq.) f/1.8-5.6 lens and a 1/1.7-type image sensor. Designed for photography enthusiasts looking for a premium compact camera, the built-in WiFi lets you save and share images easily using your smart device. Meanwhile the multifunctional lens ring offers quick access to various settings like manual focus, shutter speed or ISO.  When quality matters, you can shoot RAW (NRW) images to really make the most of the sensor’s potential, and even process images in-camera, before viewing them clearly on the bright 7.5-cm/3.0-in 921k-dot RGBW screen. Priced at £349.99 / €429.00 / $379.95, the Nikon Coolpix P340 will be available in black and white from 27th February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix P530

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P530 is a 16-megapixel bridge-styled camera with 42x optical zoom and a 921k-dot LCD screen. The 24-1000m (eq.) f/3.0-5.9 lens features Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction technology and an optical construction boasting 14 elements in 10 groups, including 4 extra-low-dispersion elements.Other highlights include a 201k dot electronic viewfinder, an electronically controlled 6-blade iris diaphragm, manual exposure control and Full HD movie recording capabilities. The Nikon Coolpix will be available in black for €399.00 / £329.99 / $449.95, starting 13 February 2014.

Nikon Coolpix AW120

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix AW120 is a rugged all-weather camera that's waterproof to 18m, shockproof to 2m and freezeproof to -10°C. Key features include an internally stacked 24-120mm (eq.) f/2.8-4.9 lens, built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, world maps and a compass. In addition to capturing 16-megapixel stills, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is capable of recording Full HD videos with optical zoom. Explorers can even film in slow and fast motion at speeds from 15 to 240fps. The camera's 3.0-in 921k-dot OLED screen display has superior brightness and visibility for clear playback, even underwater or in direct sunlight. Offered in black, blue, camouflage and orange, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 will go on sale on 27 February 2014, priced at £329.99 / €399.00 / $349.95.

Nikon Coolpix S32

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S32 is a 13-megapixel dust-, shock- and waterproof camera designed for the whole family. James Loader, Senior Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon UK, comments: “The Coolpix S32 is an easy to use camera that has been designed for use by all the family and, with its tough design and range of features, including a dedicated button for each function, it’s always easy to record key moments in stills or in Full HD video. Fun dedicated filters combined with a 3x optical zoom lens and clear 6.7-cm/2.7-in 230k-dot LCD screen make taking and reviewing great photos second nature." The Nikon Coolpix S32 will be available from 27th February in blue, pink, white and yellow colours, priced at £99.99 / €120.00 / $129.95.