Friday, September 6, 2013

Ricoh Theta

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has launched the Ricoh Theta, a new product billed as the world’s first mass-produced imaging device that encapsulates fully spherical scenes with one shot. The hand-held Ricoh Theta features a proprietary ultra-small twin-lens folded optical system that captures the scene around, above and below the device in one shot for fully spherical images. Fitting easily in a pocket or the palm of a hand, the slim, lightweight Ricoh Theta  is synchronised with smartphones (currently only a couple of iPhone models, with Android support "expected before the end of the year"), where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi and viewed with a dedicated free app. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks. The suggested retail price is £329/$399.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Phase One Introduces 2x Teleconverter from Schneider Kreuznach

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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Phase One has announced the immediate availability of a new Schneider Kreuznach 2x teleconverter. Compatible exclusively with the Schneider Kreuznach 240mm leaf shutter and 150mm leaf shutter lenses as well as the Mamiya/Phase One 150mm AF lens, this 2x teleconverter effectively doubles the focal length of these lenses to 480mm and 300 mm, respectively. The 2x teleconverter is available for €1490 / $1990 from authorised Phase One and Mamiya Leaf partners.

Perfect Photo Suite 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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onOne Software has announced Perfect Photo Suite 8, a full-featured, standalone photo editor that integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Apple Aperture. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance module for essential photo adjustments, the Perfect Eraser with content-aware fill technology, the Perfect Batch processing utility for applying workflows to multiple images at once, and a re-engineered Perfect Effects module with twice as many filters, customisable presets, and integrated FocalPoint technology. The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 will be available 26th November in three editions: Premium, Standard, and an edition for Adobe Lightroom & Apple Aperture. Owners of previous versions of Perfect Photo Suite Premium Edition can upgrade for $99.95. New users may pre-order the Premium Edition for $179.95.

Toshiba Camileo X-Sports Action Camcorder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Toshiba UK today announced the new Full HD Camileo X-Sports action cam with an ultra-wide angle lens and integrated 2" LCD monitor. The Camileo X-Sports is available with a waterproof casing that’s effective up to 60 metres, so whether the user is biking, swimming, skiing or snowboarding, they can operate the camera without worrying about water damage. Without the waterproof casing, the Camileo X-Sports is shockproof from a drop of up to 1.5 metres. Additionally, with a remote control designed to be worn on the wrist, users can control the action without being hindered by the need to hold the camera or take their eyes off the piste, wave or cliff face. The Camileo X-Sports action camcorder will be available in Europe during Q4 2013, with pricing to be confirmed.

Toshiba STOR.E Plus 2TB External HDD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba Europe has added a new 2TB USB 3.0 hard drive to its STOR.E Plus external HDD range. The 5400rpm Toshiba 2TB STOR.E Plus HDD is equipped with a special internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to protect against accidental drops and keep your digital files safe. With plug and play technology and a transfer rate of up to 5GB/s, the STOR.E Plus 2TB hard drive will be available for purchase from 26th September, at a price of 129€.

Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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At the IFA trade show, Lexar has introduced the Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 four-bay USB 3.0 reader hub (£64.99) and three new USB 3.0 card readers. Sold separately, these products collectively form the so-called Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution, which is billed as the only solution that transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once using just one USB port. New card readers compatible with the Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 four-bay hub include the Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 (£24.99) SD, the Workflow CFR1 (£24.99) CompactFlash and the Workflow XR1 (£35.99) XQD card readers.

Official Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Fujifilm has posted 16 high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R lens. Shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujifilm X-M1 compact system cameras, these images were captured at various aperture settings ranging from f/1.4 (i.e. wide open) to f/8. You can view the official Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R samples at the website below.

Website: Official Fuji XF23mm f/1.4 R Sample Photos

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Want to see exactly what the new Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens, a brand new fast, moderate wide-angle lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras.

Official Nikon P7800 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has released half a dozen high-resolution sample images and a sample movie captured with the Nikon Coolpix P7800 professional compact camera. The Nikon P7800 is a new model that retains the headline specifications of its predecessor the P7700 and adds an eye-level electronic viewfinder. The six official Coolpix P7800 samples were all captured at  low sensitivity settings (ISO 80/20° and ISO 250/25°), using the lens at the 28mm, 58mm and 200mm equivalent settings. Whereas the sample photos are presented at the original resolution of 4000x3000 pixels, the sample movie has been downsized for the Web.

Website: Official Nikon P7800 Sample Images

Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R is a new fast, moderate wide-angle lens for Fujifilm's X-mount compact system cameras. With a focal length equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format, the Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R prime lens is suitable for a wide range of applications including street photography, landscapes and reportage. According to Fujifilm, the new lens design provides enhanced resolving power with high contrast to draw the maximum performance out of the company's X-Trans CMOS sensors. The optical formula comprises 11 elements arranged in 8 groups, while the focusing lens group consists of three cemented lens elements and one aspheric lens element to keep weight down while the built-in high-torque DC coreless motor delivers ultra-fast AF performance, Fujifilm claims. The Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 lens will be on sale from October 2013, priced at £849.99.

Nikon Coolpix P7800 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix P7800 looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix P7800 premium compact camera, which now features an electronic viewfinder.

Nikon Coolpix S02 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix S02 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the tiny Nikon Coolpix S02 compact camera.

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is a new premium compact camera wth a 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.1x optical zoom, a 921,000-dot EVF, 3” RGBW LCD vari-angle monitor and second-generation Vibration Reduction. Other highlights include a maximum continious shooting speed of 8 frames per second (fps), raw (NRW) image capture, Full HD video recording capability at 25 or 30fps and a Custom Movie Mode that allows users to set the shutter speed, aperture, ISO setting, picture control, manual focus, optical zoom and white balance for creative control. The Nikon Coolpix P7800 will be available in black from 26 September 2013, at a recommended retail price of £499.99 / €599.00 / $549.95.

Nikon Coolpix S02

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix S02 is a tiny, lightweight and affordable compact camera with a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3x optical zoom, Full HD movie capture, 7.3 Gigabytes of internal memory and a metallic body cover. In addition, the camera features a Xenon flash and a 2,7-inch touch-sensitive rear display. "The Coolpix S02 might be the smallest member of the Coolpix family, but its small stylish design and clever features make it an essential must have," said James Loader, Senior Product Manager for Consumer Products at Nikon UK. "The tiny compact camera combines refined design features like anti-reflection touch screen technology, internal memory and built-in Xenon flash, with 13 megapixel CMOS sensor and easy auto modes to ensure you never miss a moment, or a party invitation.” The Nikon Coolpix will go on sale on 19 September 2013 at the recommended retail price of £119.99 / €149.00 / $179.95.

Nikon LD-1000 LED Light

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nikon today announced the new LD-1000 LED light for Nikon 1 system cameras and Coolpix compact cameras. This portable light provides a continuous light source for close-up photography or movie making. Compatible with any camera equipped with a tripod socket, the LD-1000 comes with the SK-1000 bracket and two LS-32 lock screws. The Nikon LD-1000 LED light carries an RRP of £119.99 / €146.00 / $99.95.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Nikon Coolpix S6600 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix S6600 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix S6600 compact camera, which has a vari-angle LCD screen for easier "selfies"

Nikon Coolpix L620 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Nikon Coolpix L620 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Nikon Coolpix L620 compact camera, which offers a 14x zoom lens in a relatively small body.

Sony Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital, Lenses
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Want to see what the innovative Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style cameras look like in the flesh?

Check our our extensive gallery of hands-on photos of the Sony QX10 and QX100, which unite the creative power of a premium camera with the convenience of your smartphone.

Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Camera Phones, Digital, Lenses
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The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-sensor modules attach to your smartphone to provide "image quality and creative options to rival a premium standalone [compact] camera." The 20-megapixel DSC-QX100 combines a fairly big 1"-type (13.2x8.8mm) sensor with a 28-100mm (eq.) f/1.8-4.9 lens, while the lighter, 18-megapixel DSC-QX10 offers a combination of a smaller 1/2.3"-type imager and a 25-250mm (eq.) f/3.3-5.9 zoom. Both the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 boast a Bionz processor, Optical Steady Shot and Wi-Fi with NFC (Near-Field Communications). Both are capable of shooting 1440x1080-pixel videos at 30fps, and each comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 attach to your smartphone with the supplied adapter that fits several popular models. Going on sale at the end of September, both modules (or "lens-style cameras" as Sony calls them) are available to pre-order now via the website below. The suggested retail prices for the Sony QX100 and QX10 are £399 and £179 respectively

Sony Handycam FDR-AX1E

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Sony has revealed its first-ever 4K capable Handycam camcorder. The Sony Handycam FDR-AX1E records 4K and HD movies in the XAVC S format, using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP for video and Linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in an MP4 wrapper. The XAVC-S format allows longer recording times, storing almost two hours of 4K video on a 64GB XQD memory card. Switching to Full HD recording enables you to store almost 3 hours of 1920x1080 50p footage on a single card. The Sony Handycam FDR-AX1E camcorder features a 1/2.3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor with a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and a 31.5-630mm equivalent Sony G zoom lens with Optical SteadyShot. Other highlights include three ND filters, five paint functions, two external pro-style XLR connectors, two strategically placed start/stop buttons and dual XQD memory card slots. Dedicated controls are also provided for auto/manual focus, and seven custom buttons can be reassigned to user’s preferred function. Assigned functions for on-the-fly adjustments include Marker, Zebra, Peaking, Focus Magnifier, Auto Exposure Level, SteadyShot, Colour Bars and Rec Lamp.