Friday, January 6, 2012
Burrard-Lucas Photography has launched a new nature photography competition. The contest is open to anyone who is a member of their Facebook community. The winner receives a new Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera (pictured) and a $100 Amazon gift voucher. , while two runners-up will be awarded with $25 gift vouchers. Entry to this contest is free and you will retain copyright over any pictures you submit. The submission deadline is 31st December 2012.
The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has announced the IFES 2012 photography contest. The competition, which seeks photographs of individuals taking part in the electoral process or other activities that demonstrate the values of democratic governance and citizen engagement, is open to amateur and professional photographers, and entries are accepted through 16th February 2012, 11pm ET. Full contest rules and entry information are available online at the website below.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Lexar today announced the industry’s first 1000x CompactFlash memory card. The UDMA-7 compliant Lexar Professional 1000x CompactFlash card will be available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, and supports the VPG-20 specification, meaning the card has been tested and guaranteed for professional video capture streams at up to 20MB per second.
Six weeks after Fujifilm UK’s announcement of the Fujifilm X-S1 26x zoom digital bridge camera (and Fujifilm Japan’s posting of the first official sample images), Fujifilm USA re-announced the camera along with its pricing for the US market. Featuring a 2/3”, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and a 24-624mm equivalent lens, the Fujifilm X-S1 also offers a high-resolution EVF, articulated rear screen, flash hot shoe, full manual controls, raw image capture and Full HD video. In the US, the camera will be available later this month at an estimated retail price of $799.95.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR is a slim, ultra-compact 16-megapixel camera with sensor-shift image stabilisation, 5x optical zoom and a Wireless Image Transfer function. The EXR-CMOS sensor has been redesigned to prioritise light sensitivity with a 30% reduction in noise levels, while the Z1000’s wide 3.5-inch LCD offers touchscreen control with multi-touch capabilities for smartphone-style navigation. The Wireless Image Transfer function allows users to connect their Android smartphone/tablet or iPhone/iPad with the camera and upload their images to social networking sites. Other highlights include Full HD movie capture with stereo sound, Face Tracking auto focus and a mini HDMI port. The FinePix Z1000EXR will be available a range of different colours.
The Fujifilm FinePix Z110 is a sleek all-metal camera with a 14-megapixel sensor and a 5x Fujinon zoom lens (though no mechanical or optical image stabilisation). The sliding front panel powers on the camera, while the rear-mounted buttons are illuminated with a blue LED light for easy operation in the dark. In addition to capturing 14-megapixel stills, the FinePix Z110 can also record 720p HD movies at a touch of the dedicated movie record button. The Fuji Finepix Z110 will be available in six colours: pink, purple, jade, blue, white and black.
The 16-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix JZ200 and the 14-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix JZ100 offer 8x optical zoom in a compact and affordable package. The 25-200mm equivalent lens has a close-focus point of 5cm and comes equipped with an Optical Image Stabiliser. In addition to capturing stills, the cameras can also record high-definition videos at a resolution of 1280x720 pixels at a touch of the dedicated movie record button. Both the JZ200 and JZ100 (pictured) are available in five colours: Black, Silver, Pink, Red and Blue.
The 16-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix JX550 and the 14-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix JX500 both come equipped with 26-130mm equivalent zoom lenses. Each camera features a 2.7-inch rear screen that has been redesigned to make it easier to see in direct sunlight, and a metal front cover with rounded, soft edges that make the cameras pleasing to hold. Other highlights include Smile & Shooting, Blink Detection, Motion Panorama and 720p HD movie modes, as well as a dedicated movie button.
The Fujifilm FinePix HS30EXR is a 16-megapixel superzoom/bridge camera with 30x optical zoom, Full HD movie recording, raw image capture and a flash hot-shoe. Compared to the HS20EXR it replaces, the Finepix HS30EXR has a greatly improved, 920,000-dot electronic viewfinder and a tilting, 460,000-dot LCD screen, while a switch in power supply to a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery promises up to 600 pictures per charge. Additionally, the HS30EXR features an improved EXR-CMOS sensor delivering cleaner images at higher ISO settings. Start-up time is now just around a half compared with that of the HS20EXR. The writing period after continuous shooting has also been dramatically cut to approximately 2 seconds (compared to 20 seconds on the earlier model). Finally, the handling of the FinePix HS30EXR has also been improved through the addition of a customisable Function button.
The Fujifilm FinePix S4500 (pictured) and S4200 are two new, AA-powered 14-megapixel superzoom cameras with 30x and 24x Optical Power Zoom lenses, respectively. Inside these FinePix S-series cameras is a 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor with CCD-shift anti-shake functionality. Manual shooting mode, accessed via the mode dial, gives photographers full control over exposure. Photographs can be compased using a 200,000-dot electronic viewfinder or the 230,000-dot rear screen. Other highlights include a 2cm supermacro mode and 720p HD movie capture.
The Fujifilm FinePix SL300 and FinePix SL240 are two new superzoom cameras with 30x and 24x zoom lenses respectively. Each camera houses a 1/2.3-inch 14 mega-pixel CCD sensor with sensor-shift image stabilisation. Both the SL300 (pictured) and SL240 have been optimised to provide a faster start-up, improved speed of Auto Focus and an upgraded response time. For times when users want to go beyond the still image, the new SL-series cameras are capable of capturing 720p HD movie at 30 fps. A mini HDMI output port enables both cameras to be quickly connected to an HD ready TV.
According to Fujifilm, the new, 14-megapixel Fuji Finepix XP150 is “the toughest FinePix yet”. Dust-, sand and shockproof, the Fujifilm FinePix XP150 is water resistant down to a depth of 10m and will keep functioning all the way down to -10 °C. The 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens comes with a water repellent coating to prevent water droplets spoiling your shots and even the battery/memory slot cover comes with a new double lock design for ultimate protection from the elements. Thanks to the FinePix XP150’s new high sensitivity GPS antenna it’s now quicker and easier to pinpoint your location. And if you’re moving around and taking pictures, the FinePix XP150 will even track your movements and show the route on the LCD. Alternatively, you can create a pictorial map of the locations you’ve visited using the bundled My FinePix Studio software and your PC. The FinePix XP150 will be available in five colours: black, silver, orange, green and blue.
The 14-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix XP50 is the latest model in the XP series of all-weather compact cameras. Waterproof to a depth of 5m, shock resistant and freezeproof down to -10 degrees Celsius, the FinePix XP50 has a 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens and a 14.4-megapixel CMOS sensor optimised for rapid response times. Available in black, blue, green, orange and silver, the FinePix XP50’s exterior has also been updated for both a more stylish appearance and an improved, easy-to-hold surface. Other highlights incluse sensor-shift image stabilisation, a Motion Panorama mode, a “super-bright” 2.7-inch rear screen, Full HD video recording and a mini HDMI cable connection port.
The Fujifilm FinePix T400 is a entry-level, 16-megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom and CCD-shift image stabilisation. The camera offers a 28-280mm equivalent zoom range, a Motion Panorama mode, Smile & Shoot and Blink Detection modes as well as Face Recognition. A dedicated movie recording button makes it easy to record videos in 720p HD quality. The FinePix T400 also has in-camera movie editing features to allow users to edit their movie footage without having to upload to a computer or use complicated movie editing software. Additionally, Fujifilm claims that AF speeds have been “dramatically improved”, shutter lag has been reduced and the start-up time shortened. Further improvements have been made to the 3.0-inch LCD screen, which is now brighter and easier to see. The Fujifilm Finepix T400 will be available in five colours, including Pink, Purple, Blue, Silver and Black.
The Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR is a compact, 16-megapixel travelzoom camera with 20x optical zoom. The 25-500mm equivalent focal range is capable of tackling a vast range of subjects from wide-angle landscapes through to tightly cropped wildlife pictures. In addition to this wide-reaching zoom range, the FinePix F770EXR boasts an improved 16-megapixel EXR-CMOS sensor, faster start-up and shot-to-shot times, enhanced GPS functionality and stylish design touches. The AF speed has also been improved, with Fujifilm claiming focus acquisition times as short as 0.16 seconds. Other highlights include a full range of manual controls, raw file capture and Full HD movie recording capabilities.
The Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR is a new, 16-megapixel travelzoom camera. Building on the success of the FinePix F600EXR, the new camera boasts an improved, high-contrast, 460,000-dot LCD screen and innovative face tracking to ensure users never miss their intended target. The 16-megapixel Fujifilm EXR-CMOS sensor has also been redesigned to deliver a 30% reduction in digital noise and smoother tones in both highlight and shadow areas at higher ISO settings. In addition to the new features and enhancements, the F660EXR also retains the 24-360mm equivalent superzoom lens, manual controls, raw file capture, film simulation modes and Full HD movie recording capability of its predecessor.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Sony NEX-7 is a new compact system camera with a long list of photographer-friendly features. Offering a 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen, 10fps burst shooting, built-in electronic viewfinder and pop-up flash, the NEX-7 seems to be on paper at least a very exciting proposition. Read our full Sony NEX-7 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, and movies, to find out if this is the ultimate compact system camera...
Olympus UK has extended its cashback offer on the Olympus XZ-1 premium compact camera. The cashback offer is running in the UK (£40) and Ireland (€40) until 29th February 2012 and is valid on purchases of the XZ-1 from authorised UK and Ireland stockists. For more information, visit the website below.
AdvaSoft has announced the upcoming release of AntiCrop, a new photography app for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Launching on 17th January, AntiCrop uses intelligent content-aware filling algorithms and innovative image straightening techniques that promise no apparent loss of resolution or quality when rotating or expanding a photo. Created by the developers of TouchRetouch, AntiCrop will sell for $0.99. Click through / scroll down for a video demonstration of the app in action.
The Sinar eShutter, which was announced in September 2010, is now available to view camera users worldwide. This electronically controlled precision shutter is completely integrated into the Sinar System and can also be used with any other view camera system. Coinciding with the product launch, Sinar announced a promotion aimed at customers who have decided to purchase Sinar eShutter lenses and those who wish to upgrade their existing lenses with the new Sinar eShutters. To find out more about this promotion, visit the website below.