Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 68 sample photos, 30 RAW images and a Full HD 1080p movie taken with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera and the 12-40mm f/2.8 lens.

These sample photos were taken today at an Olympus event in Ireland with a final production version of the OM-D E-M1 and one of the very first 12-40mm f/2.8 lenses. We also used the 45mm f/1.8 and 300mm lenses for a few of the images, but the majority were taken with the excellent 12-40mm lens.

We've also included an ISO sequence from 100 to 25600 so that you can see exactly what the new 16 megapixel sensor is capable of.

Official Apple iPhone 5S Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Apple has posted half a dozen full-resolution sample pictures captured with the newly announced iPhone 5S. Boasting larger photosites, dual LED flash and faster auto focus than its predecessor, the Apple iPhone 5S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK from 20th September.

Website: Apple iPhone 5S Sample Photos

Apple iPhone 5S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5S boasts an 8-megapixel "iSight" camera module with larger sensor photosites, faster auto focus and a brighter lens than its predecessor. Other highlights include a double "True Tone" LED flash, 10fps continuous shooting and 720p HD video recording at 120fps for slow-motion playback. The new True Tone flash, which uses an amber and a white LED, variably adjusts colour and intensity for over 1,000 combinations so photos taken with a flash appear more natural, the company says. The new camera app in iOS 7 offers real-time photo filters courtesy of a new, 64-bit A7 processor that also promises faster overall operation. The Apple iPhone 5S comes in gold, silver or grey, and will be available for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB variant and $399 for the 64GB version, fpr "qualified customers." In the UK, the iPhone 5S sells for £549 (16GB), £629 (32GB) and £709 (64GB). The product will hit the shelves on 20 September 2013.

Apple iPhone 5C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Apple iPhone 5C is a plastic version of the iPhone 5, which comes in a variety of colours including blue, green, pink, yellow and white. Unlike the iPhone 5S, which has an upgraded camera module, the iPhone 5C's photographic features are essentially unchanged from the iPhone 5. These include an f/2.4 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with 1.1-micron photosites, single LED flash and 1080p video at 30fps, with no slow-motion 720p option. The Apple iPhone 5C comes with iOS 7 on board, for $99 / £469 for the 16GB variant and $199 / £549 for the 32GB model. Availability is slated for 20 September.

Sony Xperia Z1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Sony Xperia Z1 is an Android phone with a 1/2.3-type 20.7-megapixel sensor, a 27mm (eq.) f/2 lens and 1080p HDR video. Other highlights include a 5" Full HD display with a resolution of 441 dots. a range of photo-related apps, a dust- and water-resistant construction and a 3000mAh battery. The Sony Xperia Z1 is currently available to pre-order for £599 including taxes. Deliveries are expected to start at the end of September.

Terry O’Neill Photography Awards Go Global and Mobile

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Now in its eighth year, the Terry O’Neill Photography Award has launched with a fresh website and a mobile device category sponsored by The Royal Photographic Society. Other categories include Reportage, Fashion, Documentary, Landscape, Wildlife, Portraiture and  Fine Art. The winners will have their work showcased in Terry O’Neill exhibitions in London and overseas and will be featured in the Sunday Times Magazine. £6500 of cash prizes can be won. The winner will receive £3000 and two runners-up £2000 and £1000 respectively. The winner of the mobile device category wins £500. The deadline for entries is 30th November. Do note that there is a £25 entry fee (£10 for students). As always we recommend that you read the rules before entering your work.

North West Bird Watching Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is hosting the annual North West Bird Watching Festival on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November offering photographers a great day out. At the event, London Camera Exchange will be offering guidance on photography, and Outdoor Photography Gear will also have a stand. In addition, Martin Birchall and Ron Thomas will conduct a number of free photography workshops. The reserve is opening at 8am offering early morning photography opportunities. For further event information and a detailed list of exhibitors, visit the website below.

Snapheal Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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MacPhun has released a Pro version of its Snapheal application for the Macintosh platform. “Snapheal Pro is a dedicated solution to a problem that 100% of photographers face: how to remove unwanted objects from photos,” said Paul Muzok, co-founder and CEO of MacPhun. “The popularity of our original Snapheal product showed us there was a real need for an elegant and professional caliber healing tool that is also quick and easy to use." To celebrate the launch of Snapheal Pro, MacPhun and several industry partners are giving away a Canon 5D Mark III camera, and offering substantial special offers on photography-related products and services. Partners include Bongo Bytes, Datacolor, Delkin Devices, Eye-Fi, Simply Color, Spacerframe, Wacom, and Zenfolio. Free entry to the camera giveaway and information on special offers can be found at the website below.

PNY High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PNY has just revealed its new High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader. Commenting on this latest product release, Adrien Thebault, Storage Media Product Manager for PNY Europe, said: “With the launch of the High Performance 3.0 flash card reader we are pleased to be able to deliver an exceptional solution that delivers outstanding speeds and matches the fastest cards in PNY’s High Performance and Elite Performance range. We are confident that this latest offering will be an excellent addition to PNY’s extensive product line for imaging professionals.” The PNY High Performance 3.0 Flash Card Reader is compatible with SD(HC/XC), CF and xD cards as well as Memory Sticks. The recommended retail price is £19.99.

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 lens, a professional telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.

Note that this is a prototype version of the Olympus 40-150mm, apparently one of only two in the world.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 50 photos of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera, which "delivers the best image quality of any consumer model Olympus has ever made".

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 lens, a professional standard zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The range-topping Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16-megapixel compact system camera with hybrid contrast- and phase-detect auto focus, 5-axis image stabilisation and a high-magnification EVF with a resolution of 2,360,000 dots. Other highlights include a splash-, dust- and freezeproof construction, a tiltable touchscreen, a PC sync terminal, Full HD video recording capability, built-in Wi-Fi, re-assignable controls, 10fps sequential shooting, new HDR Preview Mode, focus peaking, and a newly developed "Colour Creator" that lets you intuitively play with colour by tweaking dials on top of the camera. Prices start at £1299.99 / $1399.99 for the body only, £1499.99 for the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 lens kit and £1949.99 for a kit that includes the new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm 1:2.8 lens.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro is a new splash-, freeze- and dustproof standard zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Covering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-80mm, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro lens offers a constant  maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its zoom range. The optical formula comprises 14 elements arranged in 9 groups, including 1 aspherical element, 1 dual-sided aspherical element, 2 ED glass elements, 2 HR glass elements, 1 EDA glass element and 1 HD glass element. Other highlights include a manual focus clutch mechanism, a 62mm filter thread and a customisable L-Fn button which, by default, allows users to temporarily suspend continuous auto focus when something suddenly comes between the lens and your intended subject. Initially, the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 will be available in a bundle with the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera for £1949.99. In the US, the lens will be sold separately for around $1,100.

Olympus Develops 40-150mm f/2.8 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Olympus is developing a professional-grade telephoto zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. The M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f:2.8 Pro will cover a 35mm equivalent focal range of 80-300mm, while offering a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout its entire zoom range. Currently, no further information is available on the lens, other than that it "will be ideal for capturing pro-standard shots of moving subjects," but we fully expect it to be weather sealed just like the newly introduced M.Zuiko Digital 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro.

Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Getty Images have announced the recipients of its annual Grants for Editorial Photography programme. This year Getty Images received almost 500 grant applications, a record number, from over 60 countries. The projects selected examine a range of thought-provoking and moving issues from drone strikes to consequences of the war in Iraq. The winning photojournalists include Eugene Richards from the USA for War is Personal – Part Two, Samuel James from the USA for The Water of My Land, Tomas van Houtryve from France for In Drones We Trust, Marco Gualazzini from Italy for M23 – Kivu: A Region Under Siege and Matt Eich from the USA for Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town. 

Hasselblad to Launch its First Retail Outlet

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Hasselblad's firat-ever retail outlet will open for business in Tokyo's fashionable Harajuku area on 14th September. The new store - a one-stop-shop of all things Hasselblad - is located adjacent to the Hasselblad Japan offices and close to a number of well-known retailers and trendy fashion boutiques. ""This is the first time in our history that we will be providing direct sales in store as opposed to the standard commercial protocol with partners, distributors and dealers," says William Penrice, president, Hasselblad Japan. "This store launch is a brand new challenge for the company and we are all very excited and enthusiastic about its future. We want people to just drop by whenever they can and browse, not just our latest cameras, but also enjoy a snapshot of our heritage and history."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Leica C

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Leica has unveiled the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras, the Leica C. The easily pocketable Leica C has a 1/1.7" MOS sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels, and comes equipped with a fixed-mount, 28-200mm (eq.) f/2.0-5.9 lens and an integrated electronic viewfinder (EVF). Other highlights include Wi-Fi connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) and a programmable ring around the lens that makes it easy to manually control aperture, shutter speed and zoom. The Leica C will be available in the UK from authorised Leica dealers, starting mid-September 2013. The suggested retail price is £550 including VAT. Registered Leica C owners will be able to download a fully functional copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom free of charge.

New Camera Reviews Index

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG
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We've been hard at work behind-the scenes making our Camera Reviews index easier to use. You can now search for a camera by date, the manufacturer and the camera's final rating, or a combination of all three. So if you want to see the 5-star cameras from Canon, all the Sony cameras, or the 4-star lenses from Nikon, simply use the various "filter by" buttons.

And don't forget that we also have our Best Digital Cameras guide which makes a great starting point to choosing the best camera for you.

Let us know what you think of the new look in the Comments section...

Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Coolpix AW110 is Nikon's second all-action compact camera. The 16 megapixel Nikon AW110 has a 5x zoom lens, 3 inch OLED screen, built-in GPS and wi-fi, and can record full 1080p video. Read our Nikon Coolpix AW110 review to find out if this is the tough camera for you...