Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The Pentax Q7 is a small, 12-megapixel compact system camera with a new 1/1.7"-type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved low-light auto focus and an upgraded Shake Reduction mechanism. Compared to the existing Pentax Q and Pentax Q10 models, the new Pentax Q7 offers a larger sensor promising "the finest image quality in the Q series." Because of its larger sensor, the angle of view of any given lens is wider on the Pentax Q7 than on its sister models - for example, the Pentax-02 Standard Zoom Lens now covers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 23-69mm instead of 28-83mm as on the Pentax Q or Q10. Other highlights include Full HD movie recording, DR II dust removal system, in-camera HDR exposure blending, digital level function, Eye-Fi card compatibility, a multi-exposure mode and a 3-inch, 460,000-dot rear screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2. A colour-to-order service allows customers to choose from 120 camera colour combinations (including three standard models). The Pentax Q7 will be available from August for $499.95. UK pricing tis still to be confirmed.
The Pentax-07 Mount Shield Lens is a 11.5mm f:9 body cap lens for the Pentax Q system. This product is the fourth model in the Unique-Lens series and features an angle of view equivalent to 53.0mm in 35mm terms when mounted on the new Pentax Q7 body (or 63.5mm on the older Pentax Q or Q10 models). Measuring a mere 6.9mm in length, the lens is thin and compact, allowing users to take it anywhere. The Pentax-07 Mount Shield Lens will be available from September for $79.95. UK pricing has yet to be confirmed.
The Pentax K-50 is a weather-sealed digital SLR camera available in 120 colour combinations. Key features include an APS-C sized 16.28-megapixel CMOS sensor, dust- and freezeproof camera body, a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 0.92x magnification (with a 50mm lens focussed at infinity) Pentax-developed Shake Reduction, SAFOX IXi+ auto focus module, 6fps continuous shooting and Full HD video recording at 30, 25 or 24fps. The Pentax K-50 camera can be powered by a proprietary lithium-ion battery or four AA-size cells. A colour-to-order service allows for the selection from 120 camera colour combinations, including three standard models. The Pentax K-50 is available for a body-only price of £529.99 / $699.95, or £599.99 / $779.95 with the 18-55mm DAL WR lens. In the US there's also a dual lens kit including the DA-L 18-55mm WR and DA-L 50-200mm WR lenses for $879.95.
The Pentax K-500 is a 16.28-megapixel digital SLR camera that offers "sound specifications and outstanding value for money." Priced at £449.99 / $599.95 including a 18-55mm DAL lens, the Pentax K-500 has an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, body-integral Shake Reduction, 6fps continuous shooting, a pentaprism finder with 100% frame coverage and 0.92x magnification with a 50mm lens focussed at infinity, SAFOX IXi+ AF module and Full HD movie recording capability. The Pentax K-500 camera can be powered by a proprietary lithium-ion battery or four AA-size batteries. In the US the K500 will also be available in a dual lens kit including the DA-L 18-55mm and DA-L 50-200mm lenses for $699.95.
Rollei has launched a number of new products including the Rollei Mini Crane M1, the iFootage swvel head, the W-1 Waterbag, the R60 Pan Head and a monopod. The Mini Crane M1 with the iFootage swivel head is available for €549.95, the W-1 Waterbag for €29.95, the R60 Pan Head for €149.95, and the Rollei Monopod 1 for €199.95. Click through / read on for the details.
TeoreX has updated iResizer, a simple yet capable utility designed to resize pictures and remove undesired objects. Version 2.3 features an interesting method to resize pictures: it virtually “folds” the image so that some parts of the frame overlap others thus making them invisible. This approach allows to easily shorten a space between objects or people, hide unwanted pieces of the composition, exclude certain persons from the photo and many more. iResizer is available for Windows XP or higher and for Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. The price for the full version is as low as $19.99 with minor updates and bug fixes included for free.
Four Corner Store has announced a new 35mm Film Collection, which combines colour and black-and-white, Kodak, Fuji and even its own private label films. The films, ranging from 12 to 36 exposures per roll, are packaged in recycled boxes and bags, each one hand stamped and filled. Boxes are four rolls each, bags are six rolls and there's even a hard film case that holds 10 rolls. Boxes start at $7.95, while the Hard Case sells for $14.95.
Schneider Kreuznach has reconfirmed its plans to launch several full-frame lenses for video shooting with DSLR cameras, called “FF-Primes." Aimed at satisfying the growing demand from ambitious and professional cinematographers and photographers, the new Schneider Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes will be available for Canon and Nikon digital SLR cameras. The new Schneider Xenon FF-Prime lenses will be available in the second half of 2013.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to feature a 10x zoom lens. Running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2, the Galaxy S4 Zoom combines a 10x optical zoom, a 16 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, optical image stabilisation and a Xenon Flash with the latest Samsung Galaxy S4 technology. The Galaxy S4 Zoom will be available in the UK this summer, pricing to be announced.
Leica Netherlands have published 21 full-resolution JPEG samples and three DNG files from the new Leica X Vario large-sensor digital compact camera. Taken by a Leica brand manager called Eric Hendrix in Venice, Italy, these Leica X Vario "Mini M" samples provide a first glimpse at what the camera is capable of. The JPEG images are hosted on Flickr, while the three raw files can be downloaded from Box.com.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Leica X Vario is a new large-sensor compact camera with a 16-megapixel imager and a 28-70mm (eq.) f/3.5-6.4 lens. Billed as "the world's first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens," the Leica X Vario is capable of shooting high-resolution stills as well as 1080p Full HD videos. The optical formula of the lens comprises 8 elements in 6 groups, including an aspherical glass element. The suggested retail price of the camera is £2,150. The Leica X Vario is also available as a set with the X Vario camera protector and carrying strap in tan leather, for a kit price of £2,250. As expected based on the teaser campaign that preceded the launch, the Leica X Vario "Mini M" does not have an integrated eye-level finder - but you can buy an optional EVF for £380.
The Nikon Coolpix S3500 is an affordable and easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact camera. Featuring a 7x, 26-182mm lens and a 20 megapixel CCD sensor, the S3500 also offers 720p HD movies and a range of special effects. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S3500 review now...
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have been awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 for their publication War Primer 2 at a special ceremony held in The Photographers’ Gallery yesterday evening, Julia Taeschner, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Börse said: "We are very pleased with the decision of the jury and would like to congratulate the artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin. Through their work the winners of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013 reflect one of the most controversially discussed topics in today’s society." The £30,000 award was presented by film director Mike Figgis.
Drone manufacturer Event 38 Unmanned Systems has launched a new multirotor drone called Aphex, which is designed for high quality aerial photography. "This hexacopter is based on the 3DR Hexa frame. It comes ready to fly with a 2-axis stabilizing camera mount for taking aerial photographs," says founder Jeff Taylor. "We modified the camera mount so it can now take images not only at moderate angles but also straight down for super low altitude mapping missions." For the time being, the built-in shutter control is limited to the Samsung NX1000, NX20 and NX210 but users with their own remote shutters are able to use those as long as the total weight doesn't exceed 500g. The Aphex AP hexacopter is priced at $1589 including everything except the camera.
Manfrotto has unveiled the iPhone 5 version of its KLYP case, together with the KlypApp and the PIXI tripod. The KLYP case offers a stylish, functional method for attaching any camera support and additional light to the iPhone, with its two ¼ thread and a cold-shoe “clip-on” connectors. The KlypApp completes the overall product concept facilitating iPhone users in shooting their videos and pictures by simply clapping their hands. The self-release shutter function allows the photographer to easily be part of the pictures. The Manfrotto KLYP casecomes in two kits - the KLYP case with the two clip-on connectors and the KLYP case with the two clip-on connectors plus the ML240 LED light. Pricing for the KLYP case for iPhone 5 starts at £24.95. The new PIXI mini-tripod, which has a universal 1/4" screw thread that can be used with a large variety of devices, from the iPhone (with KLYP) to entry level DSLRs, is also available for £24.95.
PNY Technologies today relaunched its suite of Flash memory cards. Commenting on this latest product release, Adrien Thebault, Storage Media Product Manager for PNY Europe, said: “We’re bringing some clarity back into a confused marketplace. We want consumers and professionals at all levels to easily recognise the right product for them.” The PNY SDHC/XC/CF Elite Performance 100 MB/s memory cards are available in capacities up to 64GB, with superior speeds of up to 100 MB per second. The company’s new SDHC/XC High-Performance 50 MB/s Flash cards deliver the capacity, speed and performance needed to support the capabilities of advanced photo enthusiasts, while the also-new SDHC Performance 30 MB/s cards are designed for first-time DSLR users.
Samsung has announced a 10mm fisheye lens for its NX system. Billed as the smallest AF fisheye lens on the market, the Samsung 10mm f/3.5 weighs in at only 72 grams, and has a diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees. The optical formula comprises 7 elements in 5 groups including one aspherical element, and an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded blades. The Samsung 10mm F3.5 Fisheye Lens will be available to buy in the UK later this year.
Fujifilm and Panasonic have developed a new organic CMOS image sensor technology that promises better dynamic range and higher light sensitivity. The new technology uses an organic photoelectric conversion layer with a photoelectric conversion property at the light receiving section of an image sensor to achieve performance beyond that of conventional image sensors. The transistors and metal interconnects in each pixel, fabricated using Panasonic's semiconductor device technology, are coated with a photoelectric conversion layer developed using Fujifilm's organic material technology. This boosts sensor sensitivity by 1.2 times compared to conventional sensors to deliver clean images even in low light. The thin film, achieved with the organic CMOS image sensor technology, has enabled the expansion of the range of incident angles to 60 degrees, efficiently utilizing light entering at an angle for faithful color reproduction with no colour mixing. The improved signal saturation value, combined with a newly developed noise-cancelling circuit, has resulted in what the two companies call "the industry's highest dynamic range," preventing highlight clipping in bright scenes.
Hasselblad has announced availability and pricing details for the Hasselblad Lunar compact system camera in the United Kingdom. The Lunar - which is essentially a more ergonomic, Hasselblad branded version of the Sony NEX-7 - was first announced at the Photokina trade show held last September in Cologne, Germany. In the UK, the Hasselblad Lunar will be available from Harrods, Selfridges, Richard Caplan London and the Peter Jones shop in Sloane Square, the latter of which will host a launch event on Wednesday 12th June. The camera, which is compatible with all Sony E mount lenses, comes bundled with an 18-55mm standard zoom. The kit is available for £5280.
Monday, June 10, 2013
The NEX-3N is Sony's new entry-level compact system camera for 2013. Billed as the "world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera", the NEX-3N is also one of the cheapest mirrorless cameras on the market. It features a 16 megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080i HD movies, 3 inch tilting screen and built-in flash. Read our in-depth Sony NEX-3N review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files and movies.