Monday, January 7, 2013

Fujifilm FinePix XP60

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is the latest addition to Fuji’s XP range of rugged cameras. Dust- and sandproof, waterproof to a depth of 6m, shockproof from a height of 1.5m and freezeproof down to -10 °C, the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and an internally stacked 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens. With the fast read-out and high speed processing of the CMOS image sensor and processor, the XP60 can record Full 1080i HD videos at 60 frames per second (fps), while high-speed video recording for slow-motion playback is also available at frame rates of up to 240fps, at reduced resolutions. Sensor-shift image stabilisation, 10fps continuous shooting, Motion Panorama and HDR imaging round off the features list.

Fujifilm Finepix T500

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Fujifilm FinePix T500 is a slim travelzoom camera with 12x optical zoom. The lens offers a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 25-288mm, while the camera’s CCD sensor can capture 720p HD video in addition to 16-megapixel stills. Video recording can be started in an instant, thanks to the dedicated Movie recording button. Additionally, the Fuji T500 features a new Advanced Filter option that lets users choose from 6 creative patterns including Pop Colour, Toy Camera, Miniature, Partial Colour and Soft Focus.

Panasonic FT5 / FT25 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT5 and FT25 cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 20 photos of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT5 and FT25.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT5 is an action camera that’s Waterproof to a depth of 12 metres, shockproof from a height of 2 metres, freeze proof from a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius and pressure resistant to 100kg.

The FT25 is waterproof to a depth of 7 meters, shockproof from a height of 1.5 metres and freeze proof down to a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius.

Panasonic TZ40 / TZ35 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ40 and TZ35 cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 27 photos of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ40 and TZ35.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ40 is Panasonic’s most advanced photo and video hybrid compact camera to date, with a 20x Optical Zoom, 50p Full HD video recording and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Panasonic will also be launching the DMC-TZ35 which has the same features as the TZ40 but includes a slightly smaller 16.1 megapixel, high sensitivity MOS Sensor and is without Wi-Fi connectivity.

Panasonic SZ9 / SZ3 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ9 and SZ3 cameras look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 24 photos of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ9 and SZ3.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ9 has a 10x Optical Zoom LEICA DC lens, 24x digital intelligent zoom, 25mm wide angle lens, 10fps (frames per second) burst shooting, Wi-Fi connectivity and 14 creative effects, all packed into a sleek slim design.

The LUMIX DMC-SZ3 retains the slim, stylish design this family of compacts is known for, with a slightly smaller 2.7” LCD screen, 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor and 1280 x 720 HD video capabilities.

Panasonic XS1 Hands-on Photos

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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-XS1 camera look like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of 13 photos of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-XS1.

The LUMIX DMC-XS1 offers users the ultimate in compact style and substance, combining amazing camera performance with stunning design. With 16.1 megapixels and at just 14mm thick, the XS1 is the perfect accessory for anyone taking regular pictures on the go.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 is a 16-megapixel camera with 35x optical zoom. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal range of 25-875mm and features an optical formula comprising14 elements in 10 groups including three extra-low-dispersion elements and one dual-sided aspherical lens element. Manual operation is available for LZ30 users with P and M modes expanding the photographic experience and for those who enjoy more creative photography. Thanks to newly integrated creative controls the DMC-LZ30 lets users shoot with a filter effect (Expressive, Retro, Low Key, High Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process and One Point Color) that can be pre-visualised on-screen before taking a photo. Furthermore, a Creative Retouch function is available within the camera and enables applying a filter effect (Retro, Low Key, High Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Star Filter and One Point Color) to the picture after shooting. Panorama Shot and HDR are also incorporated in the Panasonic LZ30. The thriee-inch, 460,000-dot LCD ensures high visibility in any lighting circumstances, which is excellent for both shooting and playing back images, the company claims. The Panasonic Lumix. LZ30 will be available from April.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 / F5 / FS50

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1 is a slim, pocket-sized camera with a 16.1-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, Mega optical image stabiliser and 13 Creative Control filters. Available in a range of 4 different colours including, red, purple, black and white; the Panasonic XS1 comes with a 2.7” screen and offers 720p HD video recording in addition to stills capture. The Panoramic Shot mode enables users to easily take 180-degree panoramic images just by swivelling the camera. The Lumix XS1 will be in available in the stores and online from February. Two similarly styled Lumix compact cameras are also available from Panasonic in the shape of the DMC-FS50 and DMC-F5. The FS50 provides identical performance to the XS1 (minus Creative Control filters) in an ever so slightly larger package. The new, entry-level Lumix F5 retains the design and image stabiliser of the XS1 and FS50 but comes with a 14-megapixel sensor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 / SZ3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 is a slim digital compact camera featuring a sixteen-megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, 10fps burst shooting and Wi-Fi connectivity. Fitted with a 25-250mm equivalent lens, the SZ9 boasts approx. 0.1-second “Light Speed AF,” integrated GPS and Full HD video recording capabilities. Equipped with 14 creative effects such as soft focus, toy effect and retro, the SZ9 also sports a three-inch LCD screen, while the GPS functionality allows you to record your location and view the map with the associated photos directly on your camera. Also announced today is the Panasonic SZ3, a similar camera that comes with a slightly smaller rear display and 720p video but retains the 16.1-megapixel sensor (CCD rather than CMOS) and 10x optical zoom of the SZ9.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 / TZ35

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 (sold as the ZS30 in the US) is a new travelzoom camera with an 18.1-megapixel sensor, 20x optical zoom, 50p Full HD video, 5-axis image stabiliser and Wi-Fi. Other highlights include “Light Speed AF,” which allows the camera to lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.1 second; manual exposure control, a 10fps burst mode; enhanced GPS functionality; and a 3-inch, 920000-dot touchscreen. The new High Dynamic Range feature means natural images can be captured automatically even when shooting against the light and the Panoramic Shot mode enables you to take panoramic images just by swivelling the camera. Panasonic will also be launching the DMC-TZ35 (ZS25) which has the same features as the TZ40 but includes a 16.1 megapixel sensor and comes without Wi-Fi connectivity.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 / FT25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Compact Cameras
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 (marketed as TS6 in the United States) is a new ruggedised compact camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and 28-129mm equivalent zoom lens. Waterproof to a depth of 12m, shockproof from a height of 2m, freezeproof to a temperature of -10 °C and pressure resistant to 100kg, the Panasonic FT5 offers Full HD video recording capabilities and one-touch easy connection to Wi-Fi with NFC, allowing for remote picture capture and quick and easy upload. The enhanced GPS functionality allows you to automatically record your location and view the map and associated photos directly on your camera.

Also announced today is the Panasonic FT25 (TS25), another 16-megapixel tough camera sporting a 25-100mm equivalent lens. The FT25 is waterproof to a depth of 7m, shockproof from a height of 1.5m and freezeproof down to a temperature of -10 °C. In comparison to the FT5, the FT25 lacks the on-board GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities and offers only 720p video.

Canon EOS 6D Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EOS 6D is a new full-frame DSLR with a much more affordable price-tag than the 5D Mark III and a few tricks up its sleeve that its bigger brother doesn't offer. At over £1000 / $1000 cheaper than the 5D Mark II, have Canon cut too many corners for the 6D to be a real contender? Read our in-depth Canon EOS 6D review to find out...

Lexar Professional 256GB 600x SDXC Memory Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, CES 2013
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Lexar has unveiled its first Class 10 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card with a 600x speed rating. Following in the footsteps of the Lexar Professional 400x SDXC UHS-I card announced just before Photokina 2012, the Lexar Professional 256GB 600x SDXC memory card offers a 90MB per second minimum guaranteed read transfer speed to give photographers and videographers the ability to capture extended lengths of Full HD and 3D video and high-quality images. “Small capacity cards are not efficient for shooting a lot of HD and 3D video. Constantly having to change cards eats away at time spent behind the camera, and also means I’ll have to spend more time transferring the content from each card to my computer,” said Lexar Elite Photographer David Honl. “Lexar cards help improve my workflow by giving me the mix of capacity and performance that allows me to shoot longer and spend less time transferring my videos and images.” The 256GB Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I card will be available later this month with an MSRP of £743.99 from leading retail and e-tail outlets worldwide.

Lexar Professional 1100x XQD Memory Card & USB 3.0 Reader

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, CES 2013
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Lexar today today introduced the Lexar Professional 1100x XQD card and XQD USB 3.0 Reader for professional photographers and videographers. Available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB, the Lexar Professional 1100x XQD carddelivers a minimum guaranteed read transfer speed of 168MB per second. By pairing the Professional 1100x XQD card with the XQD USB 3.0 Reader that leverages SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology to provide high-speed file transfers from an XQD card to computer, professionals will experience a “dramatically accelerated workflow” that will cut down post-production time, the company says. The Lexar Professional 1100x XQD card and XQD USB 3.0 Reader will be available for purchase later this month from leading e-tail outlets worldwide. The Lexar Professional 1100x XQD card will have MSRPs of £227.99 (32GB) and £431.99 (64GB), and the XQD USB 3.0 Reader will have an MSRP of £33.99.

Canon Legria HF R46 / R48 / R406

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Video Cameras
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Canon today unveiled its latest entry-level range of Full HD Legria camcorders – the Legria HF R48 (pictured), Legria HF R46 and Legria HF R406. Each of these models is equipped with a high quality Canon HD video lens and a 7.5cm capacitive touch screen. With 32x optical zoom, each offers a great degree of flexibility and each comes with Canon’s Optical Intelligent Image Stabilisation technology on board. The Legria R48 (£429.99) is a Wi-Fi enabled model capable of recording in AVCHD and MP4 formats simultaneously. The R46 (£349.99) is a similarly specified model - the main difference is the size of the internal memory provided (R48: 32GB, R46: 8GB). The budget-friendly Legria R406 (£259.99) comes without Wi-Fi connectivity and any form of internal storage as it records videos solely on SDXC memory cards..A new Baby Mode makes it easy to capture a baby’s first steps, and words, thanks to a pre-record function that captures footage just before recording starts, so no important moment is ever missed. Baby Mode footage is also stored in a dedicated baby album, making videos easily accessible to share with friends and family. All of these camcorders will be available from March.

Canon Legria HF G25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | CES 2013, Digital Video Cameras
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The Canon Legria HF G25 is the new flagship of the manufacturer’s Legria camcorder range. It offers a precision Canon-engineered wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and 10x zoom range, extensive manual controls and an enhanced Canon HD CMOS PRO image sensor. In addition, the Canon Legria HF G25 features an internal microphone, audio equaliser and Canon’s advanced Audio Scene Select technology. A lens ring provides close control over focus during shooting, while a customisable control dial can be assigned to manually adjust critical functions including aperture, shutter speed and gain. Eight pre-loaded Cinema-Look Filters help users to add drama, convey feeling or create a stylised effect in-camera. In-camcorder down-conversion is supported, preparing the movies for upload to online video sharing sites, either via a PC with Canon’s Easy Web Upload software or direct from the camera using supported Eye-Fi wireless cards. The Legria HF G25 is available from February, with a suggested retail price of £899.99,

Canon PowerShot N

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The Canon PowerShot N is a new type of camera with square design, innovative zoom and shoot operation lens rings and tilting touch screen. The perfect smartphone companion, the PowerShot N has been designed to simplify image sharing with intuitive Wi-Fi connectivity allowing a new generation of high-quality, artistic images and Full HD videos to be shared in near real-time. The PowerShot N is available from early April priced at £269 / $299.99, in white or black.

Canon IXUS 140, PowerShot A3500 IS, PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400

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Canon have launched the new IXUS 140 alongside the PowerShot A3500 IS, PowerShot A2600 and PowerShot A1400. All four models have DIGIC 4 processors, 16 megapixels, and 28mm wide-angle lenses. The new PowerShot models offer a 5x optical zoom, while the IXUS 140’s 8x optical zoom gets even closer to the subject. The IXUS 140 and the PowerShot A3500 IS are part of Canon’s expanded range of Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The IXUS 140 is available from late February with a £159. The PowerShot A3500 IS is available from early March for £129. The PowerShot A2600 is available from late February for £109. The PowerShot A1400 is available from late February for £99.

PENTAX MX-1

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The PENTAX MX-1 is a new high-performance digital compact camera. Featuring a four-times optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of F1.8 to F2.5 and a 28mm wide-angle coverage, the Pentax MX-1 has a newly designed 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a top sensitivity of ISO 12,80 and a 3.0-inch, tilt-able, high-definition LCD monitor. Combining state of the art technology with a classic design reminiscent of film cameras, the MX-1 features a textured-rubber grip, and brass top and bottom panels. In addition the camera features a pop up auto flash, along with a number of metallic parts, including a metallic lens ring, to complete the tasteful, high-class retro design finish. The PENTAX MX-1 will be available in Black and Black and Silver from February 2013 priced at £399.99.

Software of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Software
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Over the next 8 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2012.

Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2012 award, which goes to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

“Lightroom is a class leader in both sharpening and noise reduction, and the new Process 2012 tools are extremely well done. For things like HDR, compositing, and similar editing needs, you’ll still find Photoshop or any number of plug-ins useful, and if you’re into video editing beyond the basics you’ll want to add a standalone program to your kit, but Lightroom 4 can handle most all of your organizational and editing needs.”

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Congratulations to Adobe and Lightroom 4!