Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LX7 digital camera looks like in the flesh?
We spent some time shooting with the new Panasonic Lumix LX7 earlier this month at an exclusive press event in Budapest.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic FZ200 super-zoom camera looks like in the flesh?
We have compiled a hands-on gallery of photos for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic FZ62 digital camera looks like in the flesh?
We have put together a gallery of hands-on photos for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Mega O.I.S. telephoto zoom lens looks like in the flesh?
We have compiled a small hands-on gallery for your perusal.
Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic SZ5 digital camera looks like in the flesh?
We have created a gallery of hands-on photos for your perusal.
The Panasonic G5 is a new compact system camera with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount, newly developed 16-megapixel sensor, free-angle LCD screen, redesigned grip and integrated electronic viewfinder. In continuous shooting mode, the Panasonic Lumix G5 can capture full-resolution stills at up to 6 frames per second (fps), with a 20fps burst mode also available at reduced resolution settings. Another novelty is the option to shoot full-resolution photos using a completely silent electronic shutter whenever total discretion is required (users still have the option of using the traditional mechanical shutter if they so desire). The new sensor promises cleaner images at high sensitivity settings up to ISO 12,800. The camera can record videos in Full HD 1080/50p, with outputs in both AVCHD Progressive and MP4 formats. Other highlights include a new Function Lever, an eye proximity sensor and the ability to set the active focus point by touch even when using the EVF for framing your shots. The Panasonic Lumix G5 will be available from mid-August for £599 (body only).
The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Mega O.I.S. is a compact, stabilised, 90-300mm equivalent telephoto zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Constructed of 12 elements in 9 groups, including 2 aspherical and 1 Ultra High Refraction-index (UHR) lens element, the Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6 Mega O.I.S. features Nano Surface Coating to minimise reflections and incorporates an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded aperture blades for a pleasing bokeh. The lens will be available in September for £279.
The Panasonic LX7 is a premium compact camera with a newly designed, 24-90mm equivalent f/1.4-2.3 lens,, a 10.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-type MOS sensor, Venus Engine VII FHD processor and an ISO range of 80-12,800. In addition to the ultra-fast maximum aperture, the Leica DC Vario-Summilux branded lens also boasts Nano Surface Coating and minimal distortion, the company says. The LX7’s aperture ring and rear dial provide you with full control over the camera’s aperture range, while the internal neutral density filter allows you to use slow shutter speeds in combination with fast aperture settings. In addition to capturing ten-megapixel stills (in raw as well as JPEG formats), the camera is capable of shooting 1920x1080 50p Full HD movies, which can be stored in either AVCHD Progressive or MP4 format. The Panasonic Lumix LX7 camera will be available from September for £449.
The Panasonic FZ200 is a new super-zoom digital compact camera featuring an improved 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 1.31-million-dot electronic viewfinder and a 25-600mm equivalent lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout its zoom range. In addition to the 24x optical zoom and image quality advances, the high-speed functionality of the Lumix FZ200 enables “light-speed” auto-focus and 12fps continuous shooting at full resolution (5.5fps with AF tracking). Other notable features include optical image stabilisation, raw image capture,1920x1080 50p Full HD video recording with Dolby Digital audio, a fully articulated 3” rear screen, an enhanced Panorama Shot feature, 3D photography and advanced editing options through Panasonic’s Creative Control Mode during recording and Creative Re-touch Mode in playback. The Panasonic Lumix FZ200 camera will be available at the end of August / beginning of September for £499.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ62 is a 16-megapixel camera with 24x optical zoom and 1080i video recording capability. Spanning a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25-600mm, the optically stabilised lens benefits from Panasonic’s Black Box Nano Surface Coating technology and comprises 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED and 2 aspherical lens elements with 3 aspherical surfaces. Thanks to its high-speed signal readout, the FZ62 can shoot at up to 10fps in 16.1-megapixel full resolution (5fps with continuous AF). Intelligent D-range Control optimises the lighting of each part of an image, preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights. Additional settings include Intelligent Handheld Night Shot and Intelligent HDR. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.
The Panasonic Lumix SZ5 is a Wi-Fi enabled digital compact camera with a 14-megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom. Featuring remote operation possibilities via your smartphone, the Lumix provides a rich set of connectivity options which make posting your images and videos online easier than ever, the company says. By accessing the Remote Live View feature on your smartphone you can control the camera’s zoom and shutter directly from your device and you can also use your smartphone to playback and edit the images from your camera. Other highlights include a 25-250mm equivalent Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens and 720p HD video recording in MP4 format. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20 is a new compact camera featuring a 16-megapixel CCD imager, 25-525mm equivalent lens with optical image stabilisation, and a 3” LCD screen with a resolution of 460,000 dots. The lens unit comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups including 3 aspherical lens elements with 5 aspherical surfaces. In addition to Panasonic’s “intelligent Auto” function, the Lumix LZ20 also features a manual exposure mode that will likely appeal to more experienced photographers. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The Samsung NX200 is a new mirrorless compact system camera that aims for the middle ground between the more DSLR-like NX20 and consumer-oriented NX1000 models. Featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, full 1080p video, ISO 100-12,800, a 3-inch AMOLED screen, 8fps continuous shooting and new Wi-fi connectivity, read our in-depth Samsung NX200 review to discover if this is the right camera for you.
Diptic, a photography app developed by Peak Systems, is currently available for free as the App Store App of the Week. The app has been designed to quickly and easily combine multiple photos to create a new collage. It offers over 52 frames to choose from and the user is able to tweak brightness, contrast and saturation, adjust border colour, width and curvature. Once created, the image can be saved or shared via email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr or Posterous. Diptic will return to its normal price of $0.99 once the promotion ends on 19th July.
Website: Diptic on iTunes
The LensBling range from BlackRapid comprises a series of rear lens caps that allow photographers to quickly and easily differentiate between lenses they own. Made to fit either Nikon or Canon lenses of numerous sizes, the LensBling rear caps feature bright, bold and raised labelling that allows easier visibility. Marketed by JP Distribution, the BlackRapid LensBling will retail at £8.50 each.
OmegaBrandess has partnered with DeluxGear to introduce a new line of protective covers for camera lenses. The new patent-pending Lens Bumper absorbs impact and prevents scrapes, scratches, dents and cracks to the lenses, for a fraction of the cost of the lens itself. The Lens Bumper is encased in a tough 0.08” santoprene outer cover, and its cushiony, water-resistant inner core is made of 0.25” thick closed cell neoprene. This combination was first introduced with DeluxGear’s Lens Guard product - but unlike the Lens Guard, the Lens Bumper gives you the added convenience of keeping this protection on your lens while shooting, and of keeping your lens hood on your lens, too. Lens Bumpers come in 7 sizes, with suggested list prices ranging from $24.99 for the Small and Medium, to $74.99 for the “Giant.”
Manfrotto Distribution has unveiled the latest models in the Kata D-Light Camera Bag line. Among the new models are new versions of the classic Kata DR Digital Rucksacks and new creations with the D-Light Lite Shoulder Bags, D-Light Gearpack Backpacks and the D-Light HandsFree Waistpacks. “These new products add key styles to popular categories of our already successful D-Light line of camera bags” said Doug Feldner, Category Manager, Kata & National Geographic Brands. “As with all D-Light products, these additions make Kata’s Lightweight Protection Technology available at price points that are perfect for beginning or advanced photography enthusiasts.” Click through / read on for the details.
The Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, Festival and Exhibition 2012 aims to raise awareness of environmental issues through the eyes of young people and their photographs. Anyone aged 17 or under may enter the contest and all entrants must submit at least one image illustrating the theme “I Love Nature” and one image illustrating the theme “I Fear Pollution”. Entries will be assessed by an international judging panel, with a special “Your Choice” prize being awarded by public vote. The deadline for entries is 5 September 2012. As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work. For more information, visit the website below.
O’Reilly’s latest title, Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider is now available in the United Kingdom. “This edition features all new screen shots, new and updated practical techniques, as well as a new chapter on video editing,” notes Snider. “It’s simply the most comprehensive yet conversational, Photoshop book on the market and I’m incredibly proud to have it available upon ship date of the software.” The 888-page volume sells for £38.50.
Monday, July 16, 2012
AKVIS has released AKVIS MultiBrush 6.0, the latest update to its photo retouching software. The new version adds new options to the Clone Stamp: Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical and Scaling; fixes bugs in both the Windows and Mac versions, and adds compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade to existing users.