Thursday, November 14, 2013

Camera Awesome for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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SmugMug has released an Android edition of its Camera Awesome app. The program offers a huge number of creative editing features, including hundreds of special effects, presets, filters and frames. In addition, there are numerous Android-specific features such as high-speed burst, panorama, and HDR photography, video image stabilisation, face recognition, manual ISO adjustment, multiple resolutions and selective editing. You can download the Camera Awesome app from the Google Play Store free of charge.

Iridient Developer 2.3.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Brian Griffith has released Iridient Digital, an update to his photo editing software for Mac OS X. This edition adds support for raw image files produced by the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020, the Nikon Df, the Olympus Stylus 1, the Pentax K-3, the Phase One IQ280, IQ260, IQ260 Achromatic, IQ160 and IQ140; and fixes bugs. Do note that this release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 April 2012.

Canon EOS Kiss X7 White Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon Japan has announced a white-grey edition of its EOS Kiss X7 (a.k.a. 100D and Rebel SL1) digital SLR camera. The first-ever white SLR from Canon is complemented by a 18-55mm STM and 40mm f/2.8 STM lens sporting the same colour scheme. Availability is slated for 28 November 2013. Pricing has yet to be communicated.

Source: Canon Japan

Nikon View NX 2.8.2 and Capture NX 2.4.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nikon has updated its Capture NX and View NX applications. Nikon View NX 2.8.2 adds support for the Nikon Df (pictured) and D5300. Capture NX 2.4.5 also adds compatibility with these cameras and incorporates the following changes:

Blackmagic Releases Raw Recording for Pocket Cinema Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Blackmagic Design  have released Blackmagic Camera 1.5 software which adds new 12-bit Log CinemaDNG raw recording to their Pocket Cinema Camera. Wide-dynamic-range raw recording allows users to capture the brightest highlights and the darkest shadows simultaneously, capturing more of the scene than is possible with a regular video camera. In addition, high-quality lossless CinemaDNG files are fully compatible with DaVinci Resolve 10 for seamless colour grading and editing workflows. The Blackmagic Camera 1.5 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic website.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Olympus O-MD E-M1 is a new professional compact system camera. Targeting its DSLR rivals, Olympus are promoting the E-M1 as a smaller and more capable camera. Read our expert Olympus E-M1 review to find out if it really can beat the competition...

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Apple's new iPad mini with Retina display is now available fot purchase in the UK. This new tablet offers a 7.9" backlit IPS panel with 2048x1536 pixels for a resolution of 326ppi. The built-in "iSight" camera module has a 5-megapixel sensor and a five-element lens with an aperture of f/2.4. In addition to capturing 5-megapixel stills, the iPad mini with Retina display can also record Full HD videos.iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi models will be available for a suggested retail price of £319 for the 16GB model, £399 for the 32GB model, £479 for the 64GB model and £559 for the 128GB model. Wi-Fi + Cellular models will be available for a suggested retail price of £419 for the 16GB model, £499 for the 32GB model, £579 for the 64GB model and £659 for the 128GB model.

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has issued a new Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update to MacOS X Mavericks. Version 5.01 adds support for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11: Canon PowerShot G16, Canon PowerShot S120, Fujifilm X-A1, Nikon Coolpix P7800 (pictured), Nikon D610, Olympus Pen Lite E-PL6, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1, Sony Alpha A3000 ILCE-3000 and Sony Alpha NEX-5T.

Website: Apple Support

Capture the Magic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition by Jack Dykinga is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this book, the author teaches the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. Examples of strong images are juxtaposed against flawed images, illustrating how to create a successful composition. Topics covered include light and shadow, lens choice, framing, negative space, and many more. Filled with 130 full-page colour photographs, the 188-page volume is available for $39.95.

Kenro Launches New Range of Benro Messenger Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro, the UK and Ireland Distributor of Benro products has launched a new range of Cool Walker Messenger Bags. The bags open quickly allowing rapid access to photo gear and small pockets at the front of the bag are great for the easy retrieval of mobile phones, wallets and other small accessories. The front and back pockets are large enough to store books, papers or magazines and the centre storage compartment is removable, allowing the bag to be used as a regular shoulder bag if required. This series comes in two variations, the M100N with a price of £82.20 and the M200N costing £88.68.

Lytro Adds 3D Support

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Lytro announced today Lytro 3D, a collection of features that enable pictures which have been processed for Perspective Shift to be viewed in 3D. With the release today of Lytro Desktop 3.1 for Mac and Windows available for download at Lytro.com and Lytro Mobile 1.2 for iOS, Lytro images can be viewed in Presentation Mode as 3D images and, by connecting to a 3D-capable TV over HDMI or Apple AirPlay, the 3D experience "can be extended to the living room for everyone to enjoy," the company says. “The beauty and power of Light Field technology is that we are able to continue to expand on how living pictures are experienced, first with Perspective Shift and now 3D,” said Jason Rosenthal, CEO, Lytro. “Lytro remains committed to delivering new ways to make visual storytelling more immersive and engaging through innovative software and hardware.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Google Nexus 5 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 42 JPEG images and a Full 1080p HD movie taken with the Google Nexus 5 smartphone.

The Google Nexus 5 has an 8 megapixel CMOS sensor, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 5-inch display and built-in optical image stabilisation.

Nikon D610 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon D610 is a new full-frame DSLR camera that updates last year's D600 with a new shutter mechanism, faster 6fps burst shooting and a new Quiet Release Burst mode, and an improved auto white balance system. The D610 retains the same 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, 1080p HD video, ISO range of 50-25600, a 39-point AF system, 3.2-inch LCD screen and a viewfinder with 100% coverage as its predecessor. Read our in-depth Nikon D610 review now...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nikon D610 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 40 JPEG photos and a Full 1080p movie taken with the new Nikon D610 DSLR camera.

The Nikon D610 is a 24.3 megapixel full-frame DSLR with an ISO range of 50-25600, full HD (1080p) movies, a 3.2-inch 921k-dot LCD monitor and 6fps continuous shooting.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 JPEG images and a Full 1080p HD movie taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 cameraphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display and a Power LED Flash.

Fujifilm X-E2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 38 JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Fujifilm X-E2 compact system camera.

We're currently testing the X-E2 with the XF 18-55mm zoom lens. We've also included the entire ISO range from 100 to 25600.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 42 sample JPEG photos and a Full 1080p HD movie taken with the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 bridge camera, including the full ISO range.

Please note that the sample images were taken using a full production Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 camera, and are therefore representative of the final shipping product.

Canon PowerShot SX170 IS Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Canon PowerShot SX170 IS is an affordable travel-zoom compact camera. For less than £150 / $200, the Canon SX170 offers a 16x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen and 720p movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX170 IS review now...

New PicStop Competition: Travel

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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PicStop has launched a new photography competition. The theme of the contest is “Travel” and each entrant may submit up to three photos, complete with titles and descriptions. Images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 300 kilobytes in size. The deadline for entries is 28 February 2014. The first prize is an Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi worth £299.99. As always we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.

Website: PicStop

What Photography Is

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture at the University of Edinburgh, entitled "What Photography Is," will be delivered by leading art historian James Elkins on Thursday 16 January 2014. The lecture series will continue with separate events taking place at the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen later in 2014. Professor Chris Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art said: “It is a privilege to host this series of events commemorating the enormous contribution Andrew Carnegie made to higher education in Scotland. By allowing the University access to key arts practitioners and researchers, the lectures will allow us to develop and enhance the research culture of Edinburgh College of Art as a whole, and contribute to a wider global arts agenda.” Tickets are free and available to book online at the website below.