Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Samsung NX Mini Photos

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the new Samsung NX Mini compact system camera.

The super-slim Samsung NX Mini has a 1"-type 20.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3-inch tiltable touchscreen, 6fps continuous shooting mode and a maximum shutter speed of 1/16000th second.

UPDATE 29/04/2014: We've now added samples for the complete ISO range from 160-12,800.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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Want to see exactly what the new Samsung Galaxy K Zoom smartphone looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the new entry-level Samsung Galaxy K Zoom smartphone, which offers a 10z optical zoom lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones
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The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is a new smartphone that blends advanced digital camera technology with Samsung’s industry-leading Galaxy experience. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom provides a 10x optical zoom in a remarkably slim and chic body, with a 20.7 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Full HD video, and a Xenon Flash. The price and availability of the Galaxy K Zoom will be announced in due course.

Serif PhotoPlus X7 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Serif has just launched PhotoPlus X7. This latest version comes without the need for monthly subscriptions and has a range of new features, such as Lab Colour Mode – a comprehensive colour engine that offers users a more intuitive editing mode allowing users to quickly and easily fix contrast or alter tones. A new Lens Correction feature also helps users to remove distortions, vignetting and fix chromatic aberrations. Photographers can also quickly straighten images and correct vertical and horizontal perspective problems with an on-screen alignment grid. For adjustments, corrections and effects, the PhotoFix Studio features a new smart brush to protect certain areas. PhotoPlus X7 is compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and retails at £79.99.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are full-size sample images taken with the new Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II compact camera at an event held by Canon UK to showcase the G1 X Mk II's low-light capabilities.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II is a premium compact camera with a large sensor and fast f/2 zoom lens.

UPDATE 25/04/2014: We've now added the full ISO range from 100-12,800.

UPDATE 28/04/2014: We've now added another 45 sample images.

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm TCL-X100 is a new tele conversion lens for the popular X100/S cameras. It converts the X100/S' 35mm lens to a 50mm focal length with no effect on the camera's fast f/2 maximum aperture. Read our in-depth Fujifilm WCL-X100 review complete with full-size sample images to find out if it's a must-buy for X100/S owners...

Double Honours for Fujifilm at 2014 TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has honoured the dust- and water-resistant Fujifilm X-T1(read review)  with its Best Expert Compact System Camera Award. The Fujinon XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS lens (read review) has been named 2014's Best Expert CSC Lens. This 15-36mm equivalent lens incorporates optical image stabilisation and has a newly designed optical system using 4 aspheric lenses and 3 extra low dispersion glass lenses.

Nikon Wins Four Accolades at TIPA 2014

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Nikon has received four TIPA 2014 awards. The Best Entry-Level DSLR award went to the Nikon D3300 (pictured). The Nikon D4S has been named this year's best professional DSLR camera, whilst the Nikon AW1 has received the TIPA Best Rugged Camera award. Last but not least the Nion Df was honoured with the title "Best Premium Camera."

Hama Traveller 150 Premium Duo Tripod

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The “Traveller 150 Premium Duo” is a new aluminium tripod from Hama. Weighing in at 1530 grams, the Hama Traveller 150 Premium Duo extends to a maximum height of 150 centimetres and folds down to a mere 38.5cm. The tripod comes with a ball head equipped with a spirit level, and a carrying bag. What's more, if you remove the weight hooks from the central column, you can completely remove the column, unscrew one of the tripod legs, and quickly turn the tripod into a fully-functional monopod. The Hama Traveller 150 Premium Duo will be available for €239.

Samyang to Launch Five New Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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According to their Facebook page, Samyang will release 5 new lenses tomorrow. The new products include three cine lenses - an 8mm T3.8 and a 12mm T2.2 lens for compact system cameras, and a 10mm T3.1 for VDSLRs - and two photographic lenses, a 35mm f/1.4 for Canon and a 300mm f/6.3 mirror lens.

Xara Web Designer 10 Premium

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix has released Xara Web Designer 10 Premium, a Web design tool designed for people wanting to launch a high-quality website without the need to know HTML coding - including photographers. "For the first time we have created a simple no-programming system where you can create alternative page arrangements for the same content", says Charles Moir, Xara's founder and Managing Director. "Web Designer 10 Premium does all the clever work to automatically show, and instantly switch (respond) to the changing browser size.” Xara Web Designer 10 Premium retails for £89.99.

Leica T Companion App for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Leica has released an iOS app that lets you wirelessly control the Leica T compact system camera. The program enables users to control captue settins; view the live view feed; trigger the camera; start and stop video recording; and view, delete, download and share images captured with the camera. The app is now available on iTunes.

Friday, April 25, 2014

GoPlug

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The GoPlug bag system charges your camera, smartphone or tablet on the go. There are eight bags to match your needs, including the Go Plug Camera Case, Go Plug Camera Pack, Go Plug Roller Case, Go Plug Backpack, GoPlug Computer Bag, GoPlug Mobile Kit, Go Plug iPad Case and the Go Plug Swag Pack. The built-in battery has the capacity to charge your smart phone up to six times, and your tablet up to two times, and doubles the life on an average laptop on a single charge, the company says. GoPlug is currently on Kickstarter to raise finishing funds for its first production run.

OnePlus One

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The OnePlus One is a high-end, mid-priced smartphone with a 13-megapixel camera module and a 5.5-inch, 401ppi Full HD display. Key photographic features include a Sony Exmor IMX 214 sensor, a six-element lens with an aperture of f/2, dual LED flash, 4K video recording with stereo sound, and 720p/120fps movie capture for slow-motion playback. The 16GB variant will sell for $299, and the 64GB version will cost $349.

Website: OnePlus

Panasonic Lumix GM1 Firmware Version 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has released a firmware update for its Lumix DMC-GM1 compact system camera. Version 1.1 fixes a bug related to communicating with Apple iOS devices over Wi-Fi. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Panasonic Japan - Update Contents for DMC-GM1

Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 Firmware Update 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Panasonic has released a firmware update for the Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH MFT lens (read review). Version 1.1 improves video quality when used on the Panasonic Lumix GH4, with a high sensitivity setting dialled in. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Panasonic Japan - Update Contents for H-NS043

Nikon Mount Adapter FT-1 L Firmware Update 1.20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nikon have posted a firmware update for their FT1 mount adapter, which enables Nikon 1 system users to use any F-mount Nikkor SLR lens on their cameras. Version 1.20 adds support for autofocusing when mounted on the Nikon 1 J4 and the Nikon 1 V3 compact system cameras. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 L Firmware Update 1.20

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sigma have issued a firmware update for its SD1 and SD1 Merrill digital SLR cameras. Version 1.14 for the SD1 (and Version 1.09 for the Merrill) improves the accuracy of the AF system through enhanced algorithms. You can download the firmware upgrade from the websites below.

Website: Sigma SD1 Firmware Ver. 1.14
Website: Sigma SD1 Merrill Firmware Ver. 1.09

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Named “Best Expert DSLR Lens”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (read review) has received the 'Best Expert DSLR Lens' award from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Tamron 150-600 mm lens incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilisation technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive) motor and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The included Silkypix Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.

Casio EX-10/EX-100 Firmware Update 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Casio has issued a firmware update for its Exilim EX-100 and EX-10 digital compact cameras. Version 1.01 (for both models) improves the results of the exposure bracketing function. You can download the firmware upgrade from the websites below.

Website: Casio EX-10 Firmware Version 1.01

Website: Casio EX-100 Firmware Version 1.01