Saturday, September 22, 2012
We have updated our Photokina News index page to include the latest product announcements, hands-on previews and sample galleries.
Friday, September 21, 2012
We have collected the most interesting digital cameras announced at (or just before) Photokina 2012. They are not necessarily the “best” cameras out there - some of them are indisputably ground-breaking, others rather controversial - but they are all intriguing in one way or another.
At Photokina 2012, Pentax Ricoh is showing off a prototype for a double spherical camera that captures 360° panoramic photos in one take, tentatively named Pentax One Shot. We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exxactly what the new Phase One 645DF+ medium-format digital SLR camera looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Minox Action Cam Full HD action camera looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Leaf Credo medium-format digital back looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Canon EOS M compact system camera looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new 4K-ready Canon EOS-1D C looks like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new X-Rite ColorMunki Smile entry-level colorimeter looks like in the flesh?
Want to see exactly what the new Kenko 400mm f/8 and Tokina 300mm f/6.3 mirror lenses look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Sony Action Cam HDR-AS10 and Action Cam HDR-AS15 look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Polaroid action cameras look like in the flesh? We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
At Photokina 2012, NEC is showing off its line-up of SpectraView and SpectraView Reference monitors. We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
At Photokina 2012, Joby is showing off its new UltraFit Sling Strap and 3-Way Camera Strap. We have compiled a hands-on gallery of these products for your perusal.
Joby, the company best known for its flexible Gorillapod tripods, has launched a new line of camera straps. The straps are designed to accommodate both CSC and DSLR cameras and are available in a quick-draw, cross-body design for men and women, in addition to a versatile 3-way wearing option. The Joby team conducted extensive user studies with more than 500 photography professionals and enthusiasts and pinpointed how camera straps should fit and move on the body. This research resulted in the patent-pending UltraFit Sling Strap (pictured), built with Joby’s exclusive UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology for lightweight support without the bulk of thick padding. The 3-Way Camera Strap offers photographers a versatile and portable solution with three wearing modes: wrist, neck and shoulder. A convenient alternative to wrapping a neck/shoulder strap around the wrist, this compact strap allows shooters to minimize muscle fatigue with multiple ways to support the weight of the camera. The UltraFit Sling Strap is available now for $49.99. The 3-Way Camera Strap retails for $39.99.
At Photokina 2012, Eizo is showcasing its newest ColorEdge monitors, including the entry-level Eizo ColorEdge CS230.
At Photokina 2012, Delkin Devices are showing off their fastest - 500x, 700x and 1000x - Compact Flash memory cards, UHS-I compliant SDXC cards and a USB 3.0 universal memory card reader. We have compiled a hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
PNY has launched its new XLR8 Pro SSD series, designed for multimedia enthusiasts, and semi professional users. Offering a storage capacities up to 480GB, PNY SSDs allow faster data transfer and an optimised workflow when compared with a standard HDD, which makes a huge difference, especially for photographers working with thousands of raw image files. The PNY XLR8 Pro SSD series boasts a 2.5” SATA III, 6Gbps interface, supports 128-bit AES encryption and is powered by the SandForce 2281 controller, offering up to 550MB/s sequential read speeds, 520MB/s sequential write speeds and 85,000 random read/write IOPS. Pricing starts at £58.50 for the 120GB XLR8 model.
The Triggertrap Mobile app, previously offered for iOS devices only, is now available for smartphones running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher. Aimed at the mainstream photography market, the Android software is paired with a Triggertrap Mobile Dongle, a hardware device enabling photographers to connect their smartphones to SLR cameras. Triggertrap provides consumers with creative triggering solutions by offering an array of different ways to trigger their digital SLR cameras from their Android powered smartphones. Not content with just being a cable release, the Triggertrap Mobile for Android app comes with eight different modes, giving users the chance to easily take a broad range of images, including five different timelapse modes, long-exposure HDR modes and ‘star trail’ photography mode. The timelapse modes include Eased Timelapse, which enables photographers to take timelapse sets that include acceleration, and Bulb Ramping timelapses; perfect for photographing ultra-smooth timelapse sets of sunrises and sunsets. The Android app costs £2.99. Users will need a Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (£15.80) and a matching cable (£6.30). A dongle and cable bundle is available for £19.00.
Aptina has announced the upcoming release of a new 1” sensor with 10 megapixels and a pixel pitch of 3.4 microns. Like the similarly sized, “CX-format” sensors used in the Nikon 1 J1, J2 and V1 compact system cameras, the Aptina AR1011HS imager is capable of reading full 10MP resolution at 60fps, and enables a variety of video modes, including broadcast quality quad HD, oversampled 1080p for True HD resolution, 1080p video at 120 frames per second, and additional high frame rate modes for slow-motion playback. “The AR1011HS image sensor is a great match for the performance-oriented bridge and mirrorless camera market,” said Sándor Barna, Vice President and General Manager of Aptina’s Consumer Camera business. “Image quality and speed are the two things this market cannot compromise on. Tier-1 OEMs competing in this market are looking for increasingly versatile solutions to meet the demand for speed and performance, and this sensor provides both.” Aptina’s AR1011HS image sensor is currently sampling in limited volumes and will be in mass production in Q1CY13.