Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Adobe has released an update to Lightroom 5. Version 5.4 adds compatibility with Lightroom mobile, fixes bugs, and adds support for the Canon EOS 1200D, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Casio EX-100, Fujifilm X-T1, Hasselblad H5D-50C, Hasselblad HV (pictured), Nikon 1 V3, Nikon Coolpix P340, Nikon D3300, Nikon D4S, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Panasonic TZ60 / TZ61, Samsung NX mini, Samsung NX30, Sony A5000, Sony A6000, Phase One IQ250 digital back and the DJI Phantom quadcopter. You can download the update from the website below.
Issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a test of the Sony A7R compact system camera, a guide to microphotography, a portfolio of images by Jens Inge Ringstad & Bjorn-Erik Thorud, a beginner's guide to exposure, an article on photographing wildflowers in Texas, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.
JVC Kenwood has joined the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) standard. In a jointly issued statement, Olympus and Panasonic welcomed the move and added that JVC Kenwood would "soon be introducing an exciting new line of advanced new Micro Four Thirds products." In fact, the company already has two prototype video cameras on display at the NAB show in Los Angeles; the JVC GY-LSX2 and GW-SPLS1, each of which features an MFT lens mount and, perhaps surprisingly, a Super35 sized sensor (which is wider than most Four Thirds imagers but not really wider than the oversized multi-aspect sensor of Panasonic's GH series CSCs).
Monday, April 7, 2014
The Canon EOS 1200D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T5 in North America) is a new DSLR camera for beginners. The Canon 1200D / T5 offers an 18 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, 1080p movies, 63-zone metering, and 9-point auto-focus system. Available body only from £349 and with a zoom lens from £449 / $549, read our Canon EOS 1200D / T5 review to find out if this brand new budget DSLR is a bargain or not...
The Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX10 is a new title from White Knight Press. In this comprehensive guide book, author Alexander White discusses the RX10's numerous shooting modes as well as its menu options for shooting, playback, setup, and special effects. The book includes complete coverage of the Wi-Fi features of the camera, including the capability to transfer images and videos over a wireless network and to control the camera remotely with a smart device. In three appendices, the book provides information about accessories for the RX10, including cases, external flash units, and microphones, and includes a list of web sites and other resources for further information. The paperback version is available now at a retail price of $25.95 through Amazon.com and other online sellers. It also is available for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad through the normal channels for those formats
Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of the Benro range of photo equipment, has announced the availability a larger size in its New Generation series of monopods. Manufactured from either aluminium alloy (BRA48F) or 8 layer Carbon Fibre (BRC48F) with a breaking point of 134 kg, the New Generation series of monopods have been designed for photographers who need a fast set up support. The new versions have a height range of 53cm to 161cm with a maximum load capacity of 20kg. The new larger sizes have SRPs between £71.88 and £143.88.
The Reflecta x8-Scan is a new device designed to digitise 35mm film. Featuring a 5-megapixel area-array CMOS sensor, the Reflecta x8-Scan comes with ArcSoft MediaImpression software, user manual, a cleaning brush, a mounted slide holder for 3 slides and film holder for up to 6 images. There is a one touch button on the device which connects to Windows and Mac computers via a USB port. The new Reflecta x8-Scan will be available from May in specialist shops at an SRP of £59.04.
Kenro, the UK distributor of Reflecta photo products, has launched a new studio flash kit - the Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 300. Weighing in at just 8.5kg, the VisiLux StudioKit 300 comprises two 300Ws flash heads - each featuring an LED display, stepless controls, cooling, overheat protection and five sync modes -, two 220cm light stands, two 50x70cm softboxes with intermediate diffusers, one 84cm transparent umbrella, one 84cm silver-reflection umbrella, one wireless remote control, two synchro-cables (3.5m each) and a carrying bag. Optional accessories include a barn door kit with filters, beauty dish with honeycomb grid, snoots, a wireless remote control with AC plug, and spare lamps. The VisiLux StudioKit 300 is available now with an SRP of £543.
Samsung today annnounced that it is now shipping a new line of SD and microSD memory cards. Boasting newly designed exteriors and branding, the new cards are available in PRO, EVO and Standard categories, colour coded silver, orange and blue respectively. The PRO and EVO products both support UHS-I Grade 1 level performance with read speeds of up to 90MB/s and 48MB/s. All models are guaranteed to survive up to 24 hours in seawater and endure operating temperatures from -13°F to 185°F and non-operating temperatures from- 40°F to 185°F (-25°C to 85°C and -40°C to 85°C). The new Samsung memory card range will be show on the Kondor stand at this year’s Gadget Show 9-13th April, NEC Birmingham, Hall 6, Stand K40.
Hink have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the commercialisation of what they call 'the world's first flexible flashgun." Called Spacefish, the new flash makes it easier to control your light when shooting and allows you to be more creative. Its flexible neck means that flash movement is no longer limited to tilting and swivelling the flash head. Additionally, Hink have made it easier to attach modular accessories with inbuilt systems for colour filters and remote triggers. Spacefish has a built-in LED modelling/AF-assist light, a recycle time of approximately 0.8 seconds, and a guide number of 33 in metres. It is currently a manual flash, but if the project surpasses its Kickstarter target, Hink will be able to include e-TTL exposure control on the first model. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Kickstarter page and make a donation.
Sony has posted a 4K sample movie shot entirely on the brand new Sony A7S compact system camera. The Sony A7S is an E-mount interchangeable-lens camera with a 12-megapixel full-frame imager capable of full-pixel read-out - without pixel binning - for 4K videos and QFHD video output through HDMI. Click through / scroll down to view the official Sony A7S sample video.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The Sony A7S is a new 12.2-megapixel compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, 4K movie recording, a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 102,400 (extendable to ISO 409,600) and an improved auto focus system that remains operational down to light levels as low as -4EV. Using data read-out from every single pixel of the 35mm full-frame sensor, the Sony A7S records 4K movies (24p and 25p) that are free from aliasing and jaggies. The camera's professional video functions include XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs. The new α7S full-frame digital camera from Sony will be available in Summer 2014, with pricing to be confirmed..
Ahead of our full review, here are 48 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Leica X Vario compact camera.
The Leica X Vario is a premium compact camera with a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 zoom lens (28-700 equivalent).
Ahead of our full review, here are 61 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S9400W compact camera.
The Fujifilm FinePix S9400W is a new wi-fi enabled super-zoom compact camera with a 50x lens that offers a massive focal range of 24-1200mm.
Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS compact camera.
The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a new travel-zoom compact camera with an 18x lens and a 16 megapixel sensor.
Ahead of our full review, here are 47 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Nikon Coolpix S9700 compact camera.
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a new travel-zoom compact camera with a 30x lens and a 16 megapixel sensor.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V compact camera.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 50x lens and 20 megapixel sensor.
Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S9200 compact camera.
The Fujifilm FinePix S9200 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 50x lens that offers a massive focal range of 24-1200mm.
Ahead of our full review, here are 47 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera.
The Canon EOS 1200D is a new entry-level DSLR camera with an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, a 9-point auto focus module, a stainless steel chassis and all-aluminium exterior.
Ahead of our full review, here are 58 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V compact camera.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V is a new premium travel-zoom compact camera with a 30x lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.