Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pentax MX-1 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 38 sample JPEG photos taken with the brand new Pentax MX-1 compact camera, including the full ISO range from 100-25,600.

The Pentax MX-1 is a retro-styled advanced compact camera with a fast f/1.8 lens, 12 megapixel 1/1.7-inch type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and a high-resolution tilting 3-inch LCD screen. The MX-1 is available now for £399 / $499.

Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is the first E-mount lens with an electrically driven zoom. It's also half the size of the standard 18-55m kit lens. Retailing for £310 / $350, read our Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS review to find out if this is the best kit zoom for Sony NEX cameras...

Sony RX1 vs Canon 5D Mk III / Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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Before we reluctantly send the RX1 back to Sony, we thought we'd compare its Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens with another full-frame / 35mm combo, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and excellent new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. Take a closer look at how these two 35mm full frame, 35mm lens camera systems compare in our side-by-side comparison...

HDR Darkroom 2 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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HDR Darkroom 2 is an easy-to-use software application for creating high dynamic range images. It provides innovative Local and Global Tone Mapping algorithms, a simple interface with nearly no learning curve, and editing options for post-HDR processing as well as sharing to social media sites once the final product is finished. Read our HDR Darkroom 2 review now...

HDR Expose 2 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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HDR Expose 2 is a HDR software program that creates the most true-to-life HDR images possible. HDR Expose 2 separates an image’s color component from its luminosity component, preventing the tell-tale color shifts often associated with HDR photography. Read our HDR Expose 2 review now...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

ArcSoft Portrait+ Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Portrait+ from ArcSoft is a new software program for improving portrait photos. Capable of retouching an entire set of photos with batch-processing, Portrait+ includes up to 20 pre-set template styles, provides make-up and feature enhancing tools, and automatically detects up to 20 faces in each photo and pre-defines over 24 facial points for quick adjustment. Read our ArcSoft Portrait+ review to find out if it can enhance your portrait shots...

Eye Candy 7 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Eye Candy 7 is a new Adobe Photoshop plugin that lets you add realistic effects to your photographs. Matt Grayson finds out if it's a must-have tool for photographers in our Eye Candy 7 review...

Dell UltraSharp U2413, U2713H and U3014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Dell today announced the availability of three flagship monitors with PremierColor technology. The 30-inch Dell UltraSharp 3014 ($1499) boasts the company’s largest screen size to date, with 2560x1600-pixel resolution and multiple connectivity options. The Dell UltraSharp U2713H ($999, pictured) 27-inch and U2413 (£499/$599) 24-inch monitors each come with a 14-bit Look-Up Table (LUT) and a 12-bit processor. Calibrated at the factory to support 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage with a deltaE of less than 2; each monitor arrives with a certified report to indicate its exact colour calibration. The U2713H has a native resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, whereas the U2413 comes with a 1920x1200-pixel panel. The Dell UltraSharp 3014 is “coming soon,” while both the U2713H and the U2413 are available now.

StyleShoots

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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StyleShoots is an iPad controlled all-in-one photo studio that shoots, cuts out and exports product images in thirty seconds. The iPad displays a live view of what you lay on the table section of StyleShoots. When you are happy with how the products are styled on the table, you simply press the button and let the integrated system do the rest. StyleShoots takes two images, one with 4000 LED lights on and one without. The two images are then automatically morphed together to produce a sharp, high-quality product shot. The StyleShoots all-in-one photo studio comes complete with an integrated Mac mini, Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with an EF 24-105mm lens and an Apple iPad, and is available for direct purchase or as a leasing solution.

Website: StyleShoots

Crazy Camera for iOS 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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SLYco has released Crazy Camera 1.0.0, its new photography effects app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS 6. The app allows a variety of filters and settings to be combined to create unique looking photos. Filters include perspective, rotated & reflected tiles, kaleidoscope, light tunnel, twirl, pinch, black hole, circular & dot screen, inverted colour, heat map, and more. Crazy Camera can save snapshots to the camera roll or share them through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Priced at $0.99, the Crazy Camera app is available now on the App Store.

MCNY Issues Call for Submissions of ‘Sandy’ Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) has issued a call for submissions of photographs portraying Superstorm Sandy’s impact on the region. The museum invites both novice and professional photographers to submit images depicting the stages of preparation, destruction and rebuilding for a juried exhibition that will open in April, to coincide with the six-month anniversary of the storm. Consideration will particularly be paid to before and after images of the same subject, highlighting the dramatic effect of the storm. The deadline for entries is 11:59pm, 3 March 2013. For more information detailing submission requirements, visit the website below.

Square Jellyfish Introduces New Micro Ball Head

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Square Jellyfish has added a new pocket-sized Micro Ball Head to its line of accessories. The Micro Ball Head works with standard tripods as well as small tripods without a ball joint. “The micro nature of this product allows photographers to have tremendous flexibility in the pictures they can take,” said Judie Kuhn, Square Jellyfish product manager. “This new product can enable a photographer to take photos from many different angles anytime, anywhere, yet it’s small enough to tuck in to a pocket, purse or bag.” Designed for use with lightweight cameras and phones up to 9oz, the 1 ½” x 11/16” Micro Ball Head can be swivelled 360 degrees, and weighs only 0.3oz. Available now exclusively from Amazon.com, each Square Jellyfish Micro Ball Head is $5.95. The Micro Ball Head is available alone or in a combination pack that includes the Square Jellyfish Pocket Tripod for $10.95.

BrideBox Launches Petite Album

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BrideBox has released the new and unique “Petite” Album - a small and aesthetically pleasing photo album claimed to last a lifetime. Made with genuine black leather cover, thick sturdy lay-flat pages; the Picture Album is printed on professional photographic paper and allows one photo per page. Each image is manually colour corrected and each every album is reviewed after being created for quality assurance. The “Petite” album is available in 4.5 x 6.5 and 5.5 x 7.5 sizes. During the first month of its launch, BrideBox will offer the album at an introductory special price with discounts of 30-40% off the regular price.

Jessops.com Website Set to Relaunch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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The Jessops.com website, which went down after the UK’s biggest high-street camera retailer had gone into administration last month, now displays a note saying, “The new Jessops website will be launching soon!!” According to administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers International (PwC), the Jessops brand has been sold to “a number of buyers including entrepreneur Peter Jones” of Dragons’ Den fame. The Jessops Photo website is already up and running again, selling photo books, prints, calendars and other personalised gifts made by Cewe Color. Meanwhile the main site, Jessops.com, is now prompting visitors to sign up for relaunch updates.

Canon to Add 25fps Frame Rate Option to EOS-1D C Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a product advisory for the £10,000 / $15,000 Canon EOS-1D C “Cinema EOS Camera.”. The company is going to offer a free service upgrade enabling owners to opt for a frame rate of 25fps (in addition to the existing 24fps) at the camera’s maximum 4K Ultra HD video resolution. The exact availability of the service upgrade will be announced in April 2013.

Source: Canon U.S.A. Product Advisory

Monday, February 11, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ35 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Lumix DMC-TZ35 is Panasonic's new entry-level travel-zoom compact camera for 2013. The TZ35 (also known as the ZS25) packs a 16 megapixel MOS sensor, 20x wide-angle zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen, 1080i HD movies, 10fps burst shooting and full manual controls into its pocketable body. Available in silver or black for £299 / $299, read our Panasonic DMC-TZ35 / ZS25 review to find out if it's the right travel camera for you...

Sigma USA Launches Redesigned Website

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Sigma Corporation of America has introduced its redesigned website. New features include an expanded Sigma Lounge, an all-new product finder, redesigned photo galleries and a comparison tool allowing users to directly compare the specifications of up to five photography products to help them identify the best solution for their needs. You can visit the new website through the link below.

NYIP Releases Romantic Portraiture Tips

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has released its annual update on tips for taking romantic portraits of the one you love, just in time for Valentine’s Day. “At NYIP, our mission is to provide high-quality photography training to students all over the world,” said Chuck DeLaney, NYIP’s Director, “and our ability to offer free photography tips to our website visitors and newsletter subscribers is something we continue to be proud of.” You can read the article, “How to Take a Romantic Portrait of the One You Love,” at the website below.

Nikon Capture NX 2.4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Nikon has posted an update to Capture NX. Version 2.4.0 adds support for raw files created by the Nikon 1 J3 (pictured) and Nikon 1 S1 compact system cameras, incorporates a couple of modifications to White Balance in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette, and fixes a bug related to JPEG image display. The Windows variant of the software additionally gains compatibility with 64- and 32-bit Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise (though without touchscreen support), whereas the MacOS edition adds support for high-res Retina displays. (Do note that this applies only to image display in the image window.) You can download the software update from the website below.

Website: Nikon USA Support

Samsung WB250F and DV150F Now Available in US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Samsung Electronics America today launched the first two models in its “Smart Camera 2.0” line-up. The Samsung WB250F long-zoom model (MSRP: $249.99) and DV150F DualView camera ($149.99) – which both offer Wi-Fi connectivity for photo sharing, backup and a range of other features – are available now at retailers across the U.S.A. Announced at CES, the “Smart Camera 2.0” range is aimed at smartphone users yearning for better imaging performance. As the flagship model of the WB long zoom line-up, the 14.2-megapixel WB250F comes with 18x optical zoom, a hybrid interface and a BSI CMOS sensor; while the DV150F combines Samsung’s unique DualView technology in the form of a 1.48” front LCD screen for easy self-portrait taking, with a 16.2 Megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom with an f:2.5, 25mm bright lens.