Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Sony 4K Handycam FDR-AX100E

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Billed as the world's smallest and lightest 4K camcorder capable of recording in XAVC S, the Sony 4K Handycam AX100E allows users to record video clips in stunning Ultra HD resolution with a body that allows easy one-handed operation. Equipped with a back-illuminated 1.0-type CMOS sensor, the Sony 4K Handycam AX100E camcorder features a new BIONZ X processor, 29-348mm equivalent lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation, and a pro-style control layout with manual ring, dial and built-in ND filters. Dual Video Recording lets you simultaneously record high quality movie clips in AVCHD or XAVC S formats and ready-to-share MP4 files. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC lets you wirelessly transfer movie clips and photos from the Handycam AX100E to your smartphone or tablet with a single touch. The new FDR-AX100E 4K camcorder by Sony will be available in Europe from May 2014.

Sony Handycam CX900E

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Sony's latest Full HD Handycam comes with a back-illuminated 1.0-type CMOS imager, high-bit-rate XAVC S recording and manual functions. The Sony Handycam CX900E boasts improved SteadyShot image stabilisation, high frame rate recording at 120fps, and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that features a 7-bladed aperture. There’s a bright, high-contrast OLED electronic viewfinder for framing shots with a wide angle of view. A comfortably-placed Lens Ring and Manual Dial allow fingertip control of focus, zoom, exposure, gain/ISO and shutter speed. The camcorder can record high-bit rate Full HD footage at 50 Mbps using the XAVC S format, simultaneously with web-friendly MP4 for easy smartphone transfers and web uploads with its built-in NFC/Wi-Fi function.

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100VR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The splash-proof Sony Action Cam HDR-AS100VR wearable digital video camera is capable of capturing Full HD footage in XAVC S format at 50 Mbps. For the first time, up to five Action Cam HDR-AS100VR units can now be controlled wirelessly with the wearable wristwatch-style RM-LVR1. Footage is crisper and clearer thanks to the camera’s uprated Zeiss Tessar 170-degree wide-angle lens, 13.5 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful new BIONZ X image processor, the company says. As an added extra, the new Action Cam can shoot high-quality video at high-speed 120 fps or 240 fps with sound. NFC (Near Field Communication) allows fuss-free hook-ups with compatible smartphones and tablets at a single touch, while the new Interval Still Recording mode allows the camera to automatically capture a sequence of still photos at selectable intervals between 1 and 60 seconds. The new Action Cam HDR-AS100VR wearable video camera goes on sale in the UK from April 2014.

Nikon D4S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon is developing a new professional HD-SLR camera called the Nikon D4S. At the CES trade show currently taking place in Las Vegas, the company is showcasing a prototype of the new model, which will offer enhanced image quality and improved auto focus performance over the existing Nikon D4. "The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments," the company says. Further details regarding the Nikon D4S, including announcement date, availability and suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.

Nikon D3300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D3300 is a new 24.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 5fps continuous shooting, a 921k-dot rear screen, no anti-aliasing filter and a small, retractable kit lens. Other highlights include a native sensitivity range of ISO 100/21° - ISO 12,800/42° (expandable to ISO 25,600/45° equivalent), 11-point AF system, Full HD movie recording, 13 special effects, EXPEED 4 image processing unit, 420-pixel RGB metering sensor, and compatibility with Nikon’s separately sold ME-1 Stereo Microphone and Wu-1a Mobile Adapter. The camera is sold in a kit with the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II retractable zoom, which is much more compact to carry than its predecessor that was shipped with earlier entry-level Nikon dSLRs. The Nikon D3300 will be available from February, priced at around £599.99 / €719.00 / $649.95 for the single-lens kit and £499.99 / €599.99 for the body only.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II is a collapsible-barrel zoom lens for digital SLR cameras with DX sized sensors. Available separately and in a kit with the new Nikon D3300 camera, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II weighs in at 195 grams and covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27-83mm. The lens is just 76mm long when extended and in use and boasts a retractable lens mechanism that makes it a mere 59.5mm long when retracted. The optical design features 11 elements in eight groups, and an aspherical lens element minimises spherical aberration and other forms of distortion while ensuring high resolution and contrast. Nikon's compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology enables quiet, fast, and accurate autofocus performance. Available next month, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II is priced at $250 on its own and $650 with the Nikon D3300.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G FX Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is a moderate wide-angle lens for Nikon's FX-format digital and film SLR cameras. Covering the full 24x36mm frame on 35mm film and perfectly matched for Nikon's high-resolution FX-format sensors, the new FX version of the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G boasts an optical formula comprising 11 elements in 8 groups, including one asperical lens element and one ED glass element. Other highlights include a Silent Wave auto focus motor and a minimum focus distance of 25cm. Going on sale in February, the FX-format AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G carries an SRP of £519.99 / €635.00 / $599.95.

Nikon Coolpix L830, L29, L30 and L330

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has refreshed its Coolpix L ("Life") range of digital compact cameras with four new models. Leading the pack is the Nikon Coolpix L830 ($300, above), which features 34x optical zoom, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with Hybrid VR image stabilisation, Full HD video recording and a titlable LCD screen. The considerably smaller Coolpix L29 (£69.99 / €84.00) offers 5x optical zoom, a 16-megapixel CCD and an anti-reflection 2.7” LCD screen. The similarly styled Coolpix L30 (£89.99 / €109.00 / $119.95) comes with a 20-megapixel CCD, 3" monitor and 5x optical zoom. Finally, the classically styled Nikon Coolpix L330 (£179.99 / €219.00) packs a 20-megapixel sensor and a 26x zoom lens with lens-shift Vibration Reduction for blur-free images.

Nikon Coolpix S6800 & S5300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has expanded its Coolpix S range of slimline digital compact cameras with two Wi-Fi enabled 16-megapixel models. The Nikon Coolpix S6800 (£199.99 / €249.00 / $219.95, above) offers 12x optical zoom courtesy of a 25-300mm equivalent lens, and can take up to seven full-resolution photos in less than a second thanks to its 8.4fps continuous shooting speed. The Nikon Coolpix S5300 (£169.99 /  €209.00 / $179.95) has a 25-200mm equivalent lens and offers 32 filter effects. Both cameras can record Full HD videos and both offer easy image sharing over Wi-Fi.

Nikon Coolpix S3600, S6700 and S2800

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has added three new 20-megapixel cameras to its Coolpix S line-up. The Nikon Coolpix S3600 (£129.99 / €159.00 / $139.95) features a 25-200mm equivalent lens with lens-shift Vibration Reduction, Scene Auto Selector and 32 creative filter effects. The Coolpix S6700 (£149.99 / €180.00) offers 10x optical zoom, target-finding auto focus and 32 quick effects. Finally, the Nikon Coolpix S2800 (above, exclusive to Argos) has a wide-angle 5x zoom lens, Scene Auto Selector and again 32 digital effects. Because of the limitations inherent in the design of their CCD imagers, all of these cameras are limited to 720p resolution when it comes to shooting movies.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Polaroid Socialmatic Camera to Debut in 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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C&A Licensing and Socialmatic have signed an agreement through which the Polaroid Socialmatic instant camera will be produced and brought to market in 2014. Billed as a "unique blend of the old and new schools," the Polaroid Socialmatic camera combines the nostalgic appeal of vintage Polaroid instant cameras with the modern convenience of being able to instantly connect and share via major social media networks using the camera’s built in Wi-Fi and Android interface. If Wi-Fi isn’t immediately available, the camera will easily pair with the user’s smartphones via Bluetooth to enable instant sharing. Additionally, the Polaroid Socialmatic camera will allow users to select, print and share images instantly on 2X3 inch full-colour ZINK Paper. Slated for an autumn launch, the Polaroid Socialmatic instant digital camera will be on display at the Polaroid booth #13613 at CES.

Panasonic TZ60, TZ55, LZ40, SZ8, 42.5mm f/1.2 Preview

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Panasonic has taken the wraps off four new Lumix cameras to coincide with this year’s CES. The new models are: the TZ60, a 30x travel zoom with Leica lens and promised March 2014 availability in the UK; the TZ55, a 20x zoom compact appearing the same month; the LZ40, a whopping 42x zoom surfacing in April 2014; plus the SZ8, a 12x zoom model, also available from March.

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”.