Monday, March 25, 2013

Olympus OM-D Easter Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus UK has announced a new promotion on the Olympus OM-D E-M5. From Good Friday (March 29th) Olympus are giving OM-D customers a saving of £150 off bodies and kits. This means that the body will be available for £849.99 while the M.Zuiko 12-50mm lens kit can be bought for £999.99. Additionally, Olympus are extending their offer on free accessories (worth up to £330) when bought with the OM-D to midnight on April 1st from the original end date of March 31st. This offer allows purchasers of the OM-D to get a head start with their camera kit by offering up the choice of either a free HLD-6 Battery Grip or the M.Zuiko 45mm f:1.8 portrait lens (read review) as well as an essential spare battery.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nikon Coolpix A Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix A is a new pocket camera for professionals. The Nikon A features the same 16 megapixel APS-C sensor as the D7000 DSLR, a 28mm f/2.8 lens, full manual controls, 1080p HD video recording, a high-resolution 3-inch LCD screen and 4fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix A review to find out if this justifies the £999.99 / $1099.95 price-tag...

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new all-weather Fujifilm FinePix XP200 compact camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 compact camera, which is waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10°C and dustproof.

Supraflux Launches Video Camera Stabiliser

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Supraflux has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new camera stabiliser that features electronic panning control. “Direction changes and panning are some of the biggest challenges when shooting with a stabiliser,” the company says. “We set out to design a device that allows you to turn the camera without upsetting its balance. The result is the Supraflux Stabiliser with The Brake (patent pending). The Brake gives you complete control of turns by locking one axis of the stabiliser at the touch of a button. The other 2 axes remain free-floating continuing to stabilise the camera.” For more information, visit the website below.

Picfari Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Picfari is a new website for travel photographers that allows them to plan ahead and simplify the preparation for their photo shoots. “Picfari is an exciting new way to pre-plan your trip, or to dream about your next destination, all from a photographic perspective,” says Picfari Co-Founder Jackie Herr. “With Picfari, you can view a collection of photo possibilities online, and then decide on the photo ops you want to take advantage of on your trip.” In addition to providing an appealing way to armchair travel, browse destinations, plan photographic tours, and enjoy beautiful photos, each Picfari shot is geotagged so that users can easily locate and find the “just right” photo locations featured. And when travellers return home, they can upload their photos to create new Picfaris or tag on to existing Picfaris to share with friends and the Picfari community.

Pelican ProGear S130

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Omegabrandess and Pelican Products have just introduced the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite - Laptop/Camera Divider Pack. Designed to safeguard laptops, netbooks, e-readers, tablets, keyboards and other accessories, the Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite features a removable padded divider set with a high-impact, protective polymer door to protect a camera body, extra lenses and flash equipment. Additional storage comes in the form of an expanding storage compartment for all manner of accessories such as a small tripod. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Pelican ProGear S130 is $304.95.

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fujifilm has just announced the AA battery powered Fujifilm FinePix S8400W long-zoom bridge camera, which features a 16-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, integrated Wi-Fi and 44x optical zoom. The 24-1056mm equivalent f/2.9-6.5 Fujinon lens has an optical formula comprising 17 elements in 12 groups, including both aspherical and extra-low-dispersion elements. Additionally this camera features a Super Macro mode enabling you to get as close as 1cm from your subject. At full resolution, the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W can shoot at up to 10fps for a maximum of 10 frames, with even higher continuous shooting speeds available at reduced resolutions. In the UK, the camera will be available exclusively from Curry’s, starting May 2013. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is a new rugged camera with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom, 3” 920k-dot LCD screen and integrated Wi-Fi. Waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10°C and dustproof; the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 boasts a new and improved Image Stabilisation system to help users get the most of its 28-140mm equivalent Fujinon lens. It also offers a 10fps continuous shooting speed at full resolution for a maximum of 9 frames. With the fast read-out and high speed processing of the CMOS image sensor and processor, the XP200 can record Full 1080i HD movies at 60fps (with high speed recording available at reduced resolution at frame rates of up to 360fps). The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 will be available in the UK from the end of April with a guide price of £229.99.

Shine for Mac OS X

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ohanaware has released its latest photo enhancing application “Shine” for Mac OS X. The program uses lighting effects such as light rays and lens flare, as well as colour tinting and various other effects to alter a photo. Shine is available today, priced at $9.99, from the website below.

Pixies for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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MindSmack has released Pixies, an iOS app which allows users to add illustrations and text to their photographs. “Pixies is an exciting boost to today’s photo editing options,” states MindSmack Founder and CEO, Sam Feuer. “We’re in an age where mobile photo editing is its own art form. We’ve taken away the confusion that typically accompanies editors and produced a fun and simple app that is accessible to all users. We’re excited for Pixies’ release and can’t wait for users to begin enjoying it.” Pixies is available for free on the iTunes App Store.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sigma DP3 Merrill Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sigma DP3 Merrill is a new serious compact camera for portraiture and macro photography, featuring an intriguing 46 megapixel APS-C sensor from Foveon and a fixed 75mm equivalent lens with a fast aperture of f/2.8 and maximum magnification of 1:3. Read our Sigma DP3 Merrill review to find out what this unique camera is capable of...

Cypress Innovations Launch Digital Negative for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Cypress Innovations have launched Digital Negative, an iOS app which captures uncompressed images that retain all of the information recorded by the camera sensor and saves them in DNG format. Other interesting features include a real?time histogram, exposure compensation and shutter speed adjustments as well as flash, focus, and zoom controls. Additionally, Digital Negative can also record high?quality JPG images or uncompressed TIFF files. Digital Negative is now available for $2.99 on iTunes.

Olympus VH-520

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Olympus VH-520 is a slimline compact camera with a stabilised 26-260mm equivalent lens, 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and a TruePic V processor originally developed for digital SLR cameras. Other highlights include a 3” rear display, iHS technology with HDR Backlight Adjustment, Magic Filters, Full HD movies with Multi-motion Movie IS and a High Speed Movie mode for recording video at high frame rates (240 or 120fps) and playing it back in dramatic slow motion. Available in brown, black, white, red, purple or blue; the Olympus VH-520 will hit the shelves in April at a suggested retail price of £129.99.

Official Canon EOS 100D Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released eight full-resolution sample photos and four sample videos shot with the brand new Canon EOS 100D, also known as the EOS Rebel SL1. Taken at a variety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 1600/33°, these EOS 100D samples were shot using an array of lenses including the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM. While the sample photos are available at the original 18-megapixel resolution, the sample movies have been downsampled to 960x540 pixels. Each sample video is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes movie showing how it was shot.

Website: Canon EOS 100D Sample Images and Movies

Official Canon EOS 700D Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has released eight full-resolution sample photos and twor sample videos shot with the brand new Canon EOS 700D, also known as the EOS Rebel T5i. Taken at a variety of sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 1600/33°, these EOS 100D samples were shot using an array of lenses including the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM and the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM.  While the sample photos are available at the original 18-megapixel resolution, the sample movies have been downsampled to 960x540 pixels. Each sample video is accompanied by a behind-the-scenes movie showing how it was shot.

Website: Canon EOS 700D Sample Images & Sample Movies

Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has unveiled the Canon EOS 100D (sold as the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in North America), which is billed as “the smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR ever made.” Measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm and weighing only 407g, the EOS 100D features a 3” ClearView II capacitive touchscreen, an 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and DIGIC 5 processor. The new sensor uses phase detection pixels spread across 80% of the sensor’s imaging surface to provide increased AF speed and tracking performance when the camera is in live view or when capturing Full-HD movies. The Canon EOS 100D is available from late April, with an SRP of £579.99 / €739.99 / $649.99.

Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Canon EOS 700D (marketed as the Canon EOS Rebel T5i in North America) is a new digital SLR camera with an APS-C sized 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and a 5fps continuous shooting mode. The EOS 700D’s advanced AF module consists of 9 cross-type sensors spread across the frame, and a new, simplified 360° rotating mode dial to provide easy and swift access to the camera’s various shooting modes. A 3” vari-angle Clear View LCD II touchscreen makes it easy for users to frame, shoot and review from a variety of angles. When shooting in Live View mode, the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus for photos and video, the company claims. The Canon EOS 700D is available from late April, with an SRP of £629.99 / €799.99 / $749.99.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is a new standard zoom for the manufacturer’s APS-C digital SLR cameras, featuring near-silent STM technology optimised for focussing in live view and video modes. Other highlights include optical image stabilisation, an iris diaphragm with seven rounded blades, a non-rotating front element, Super Spectra coating and a close-focus point of 25cm. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will be available from late April, at suggested retail prices of £239.99 / €299.99 / $249.99.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS / PowerShot SX270 HS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today introduced two new PowerShot SX series digital compacts that combine Canon’s brand new DIGIC 6 image processing technology with 12-megapixel sensors and 20x optical zoom. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (£299/€359/$330) and the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (£279) offer a similar feature set including enhanced Dynamic IS, Manual, Av and TV exposure modes, a 25-500mm equivalent lens, high-speed shooting and Full HD video recording at 60 frames per second. The Canon PowerShot SX280 HS additionally offers on-board GPS and Wi-Fi. In the US, only the SX280 HS model will be offered.

Genesis Speedlight SP692

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Calumet is offering UK photographers a chance to buy a high-specification external flashgun for just £149. The photographic retailer’s Genesis Speedlight SP692 for Nikon and Canon cameras is available now and boasts through-the-lens metering; a zooming head with 24-180mm coverage; an LCD panel and a recycle time of between two and five seconds. This flash can be used on-camera or as a master or slave unit in a wireless, multiple.flash system with both manual and TTL control. The Genesis Speedlight SP692 also benefits from thermal circuit protection which allows extensive use without overheating challenges and keys can be locked to prevent accidental settings changes. Additionally an external power pack can be connected to extend battery life and a PC socket allows the flash to be triggered via a sync cord. The guide number is 50 in metres at ISO 100/21° with the flash head zoomed all the way to the 180mm setting.