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.

Rollei iSY Photo Printer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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RCP-Technik has launched the Rollei iSY and iSY Wi-Fi photo printers that allow users to print their photographs directly from a smartphone, tablet or PictBridge compliant digital camera. Both models are dye-sublimation printers that can output prints of up to 10x15cm (4"x6”) from regular photos and up to 10x45cm (4"x18”) from panoramic images, at a resolution of 300dpi. The Rollei iSY Photo Printer will go on sale from mid-February for a recommended retail price of €159.95. The WiFi version will be available for €179.95. Each printer comes with a Rollei iSY 36 cartridge. Replacement cartridges - sufficient for 36 borderless prints in 10x15cm format - are priced at €13.99 each.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II is a professional telephoto zoom lens for full-frame FX Nikon DSLR cameras. Featuring a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, the Nikon 70-200mm is also weather-proof. Read our in-depth Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II review to find out if this professional lens is worth the £2,085.99 / $2399.95 asking price...

AKVIS ArtSuite 9.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS has released Version 9.5 of its ArtSuite for Windows and Mac OS X. This update includes a few bug fixes and provides improved compatibility with Windows 8. Additionally, AKVIS has released a new Winter Pack for the standalone edition of ArtSuite, which includes fifty hand-painted, high-quality frames. The Winter Pack joins the existing Baby Pack, Christmas Pack, Wedding Pack, Travel Pack, St.Valentine Pack and Sports Pack. The standalone edition of ArtSuite is available for $69, the plug-in variant sells for $69, and the Winter Pack can be purchased for $12-

GorillaCam 2.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Joby, makers of the famed Gorillapod line of innovative tripods, has updated its iOS app, GorillaCam. Version 2.0 adds iOS 6 compatibility and new features (easier time-lapse/stop-motion videos), and comes with a brand new GUI. Additionally, the Time Delay, Rapid-Fire Shooting and Bubble Level features have all been upgraded for the new iPhone and iOS. GorillaCam 2.0 is a free app available on the iTunes App Store.

Raspberry Pi Announces $25 Camera Board

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the upcoming release of a basic camera module priced at $25. Featuring a tiny back-illuminated CMOS sensor with 5 million photosites and a pixel pitch of 1.4µm, the camera module is capable of capturing five-megapixel stills as well as Full HD movies through the integrated fixed-focus lens. The exact availability of the Raspberry Pi imaging module has yet to be confirmed, but the company says the launch is “at least a month away.”

Source: Raspberry Pi Blog via 1001 Noisy Cameras