Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Masters of Vision Landscape Photography Exhibition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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This summer will see the return of the biennial landscape photography exhibition, ‘Masters of Vision.' Hosted by Southwell Minster Cathedral, Church St, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD; the exhibition opens at 10am on Saturday 27 July and runs through 26 August.  This year's master photographer, Joe Cornish, will host a talk on the opening day where he will share his favourite images. Admission to the exhibition itself is free, while tickets to Joe Cornish's talk will be available from the website below.

Gulf Photo Plus Presents POP UP GPP

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Gulf Photo Plus has announced POP UP GPP London, an all-star photofest featuring world-­renowned photographers Zack Arias, Gregory Heisler, David Hobby and Joe McNally. Each instructor has developed a unique 3-­‐hour session, specific to his particular style and strengths that cannot be found anywhere else. One ticket buys access to a complete package of a 3-­‐hour session with each of the guest speakers over one photography-­‐filled weekend, 28-29 September 2013. The London event will be the first in series of worldwide Pop Up GPP events, with more destinations to be announced for 2014. Entrance to the event is $449 (approx. £290) or $399 if bought before 1st August. Tickets can be purchased online, at the website below.

Lytro Now Available in UK

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Lytro light field camera is now available in the UK. Unlike conventional cameras, the Lytro light field camera captures all rays of light in a scene, providing capabilities that haven’t been seen before, such as the ability to focus a picture after it’s taken. The Lytro camera is available in Graphite, Electric Blue or Moxie Pink (8GB) for £399 and Red Hot (16 GB) for £469.

JK Imaging Launches New Kodak Astro Zoom Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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JK Imaging, the worldwide licensee of the Kodak brand name for digital cameras, has expanded its Astro Zoom (AZ) range with a number of new 16-megapixel models. The Kodak Pixpro AZ521, AZ362 and AZ251 join the Pixpro AZ361, which was announced in April. The range-topping Kodak AZ521 offers 52x optical zoom (24-1248mm eq.), Full HD video and a 3" rear screen. The Kodak Pixpro AZ362 ($249.99, pictured) boasts a 24-864mm equivalent lens with OIS, Full HD movie recording capability (which is a step up from the AZ361's 720p video) and a 3", 460,000-dot display. Finally, the AA-battery-powered Kodak Astro Zoom AZ251 ($149.99) offers a 24-600mm equivalent superzoom lens with image stabilisation, a 3", 230,000-dot monitor and 720p HD movies.

Website: Kodak Digital Devices

Monday, July 15, 2013

Samsung NX2000 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 57 JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung NX2000 compact system camera.

The Samsung NX2000 has a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 3.7-inch WVGA Full Touch Screen, 8fps fast continuous shooting, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Samsung WB800F Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 57 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung WB800F compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Samsung WB800F travel-zoom camera has a 21x optical zoom, a 16.3 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, and a touchscreen interface.

Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 23 JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 lens mounted on an X-M1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8 is a new pancake lens for the X-system, offering a field of view similar to that of the human eye.

Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 37 JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS lens mounted on an X-M1 body.

The Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS is the new lightweight kit lens for the X-M1.

Fujifilm X-M1 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 62 JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Fujifilm X-M1 compact system camera.

We're currently testing the X-M1 with the new 16-50mm zoom lens and the 27mm pancake lens. We've also shot the entire ISO range from 100 to 25600 to show what the X-M1 is capable of.

Lehmann LA300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lehmann Aviation has just launched the LA300, a new automatic drone for taking aerial images and video with the Nokia Lumia 1020. The Lehmann LA300 is a highly user-friendly unmanned aerial vehicle, which flies at a range of up to 15km, at speeds of 20-80km/h. For flight preparation and mission control the user just has to «draw» on a touchscreen tablet the area of interest, enter waypoints and Lehmann’s OperationCentre will automatically generate missions and program the drone. The drone is launched by hand and lands within a few metres of the launch site. The LA300 is priced at €4 990, ready to fly.

Muku Shuttr

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Muku Shuttr from Muku Labs is a new wireless remote release for iPhones and a number of Android-based smartphones. Founder Kevin Leung has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign that seeks to raise $10,000 to help him commercialise the product. For more information, visit the website below.

DxO Optics Pro 8.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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DxO Labs have launched DxO Optics Pro 8.3 with support for smartphones as well as GoPro. Samsung NX and Samsung EX cameras. The software automatically removes distortions due to the GoPro cameras’ use of a very wide-angle lens. Among other things, DxO Optics Pro v8.3’s exclusive correction of volume anamorphosis restores the proper proportions of the subjects located on the edges of images, resulting in photos that look much more natural. DxO Optics Pro 8.3 supports the GoPro HERO3 line (Black, Silver, and White editions), along with the GoPro HD HERO2. The software also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules that automatically correct the optical defects of the iPhone 4, 4S, and 5, as well as of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 smartphones. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for DxO Optics Pro 7 users who obtained a software licence on or after 1 September 2012.

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.