Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Panasonic Lumix GF7 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is a new entry-level compact system camera that focuses on taking better "selfies". The tiny GF7 has a range of selfie modes, a 180-degree tilting LCD screen, built-in wireless and NFC connectivity, a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, 1080p HD video, and a touchscreen interface. Read our Panasonic Lumix GF7 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images...

Panasonic Lumix GF7 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample images taken with the new Panasonic Lumix GF7 compact system camera.

The Panasonic Lumix GF7 is a new a small and lightweight compact system camera which includes a new hands-free ‘selfie’ mode.

Panasonic Lumix GF7 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera
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Want to see exactly what the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our hands-on gallery of photos of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 camera.

Panasonic Lumix GF7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Panasonic GF7 is a lightweight and compact Micro Four Thirds camera featuring a tiltable 3" 1040k-dot touchscreen, a 16-megapixel Four Thirds sensor, Full HD / 50p video recording capabilities and built-in Wi-Fi. The camera also sports a wide variety of automatic and rapid AF functionalities including a Low Light AF mode that sets focus on your subject more precisely in darker conditions without the need for an AF assist lamp. In addition to the conventional Face Recognition AF, the Lumix GF7 also incorporates Face / Eye Detection AF, which automatically set the focus right on your subject’s eyes. The camera’s advanced Intelligent D-range Control also gives you greater control over the final image so that every part - from the dark sections to bright – is faithfully reproduced. The on-board Wi-Fi module enables you to shoot both photo and video using your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the shutter, zoom, focus, aperture and more. The Panasonic Lumix GF7 also features a new Jump Snap function, where you can achieve great shots of you and your friends jumping in the air. The remote control smartphone automatically detects the highest point of your jump, and releases the GF7’s shutter while you’re mid-air. The camera will be available from March, priced at £429. In the U.S.A. the Panasonic Lumix GF7 will be sold in a bundle with the 12-32mm collapsible zoom lens, for a kit price of $599.

Nikon D750 Service Advisory Updated

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has updated its service advisory issued to users of flare-affected Nikon D750 digital SLR cameras with detailed instructions. To find out whether or not your unit is one of those affected by the flare issue (if you have not encountered it yet, that is), check your camera's serial number at the website below. Do note that even if a camera's serial number identifies it as one affected by this issue, a black dot inside the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera indicates that the measures to resolve the problem have already been applied. If you happen to own a defective unit, consult your nearest Nikon service centre.

Canon Issues Product Advisory to PowerShot Camera Owners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon U.S.A. has issued a product advisory to users of its Powershot SX280 HS (pictured), S120, ELPH 135, 150 IS, 340 HS and 140 IS digital compact cameras. According to the company, some units of the potentially affected products may exhibit certain operation errors due to insufficient contact between the camera’s battery terminal and the battery, even when the battery has sufficient power remaining. To check if your camera is affected, follow the instructions below.

Essex Fashion and Beauty Photography Workshop

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Expert Studio Workshops has announced the first in a series of workshops for photography enthusiasts interested in studio based photography, hosted by Doug Harman and Jamie Harrison. Taking place on 1 March 2015 in Southend-On-Sea, Essex, this introductory workshop is limited to 10 participants to alow plenty of one to one time with two professional models throughout the day. The tuition includes an introduction to strobes, modifiers, studio basics, safety, working with models, make-up and styling as well as image analysis and basic Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop retouching tutorials. The tuition fee is £150.

Flashpoint CoolVee7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama is now shipping the new Flashpoint CoolVee7 Video Light, which features seven cool-running, daylight fluorescent spiral lamps that deliver a total output equivalent of up to 760W of tungsten lighting. Available for $199.95, the Flashpoint CoolVee7 comes with two light modifiers, including ae detachable, pebble-finished reflector and an octagonal softbox. The scope of delivery also includes seven Daylight Compact Fluorescent 32W/120V bulbs. The Flashpoint 30W Spiral Fluorescent Replacement Bulb is available for $3.95. The Flashpoint 45W Spiral Fluorescent Upgrade Bulb can be purchased for $5.65.

LensRentals Launch “Try Before You Buy” Keeper Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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LensRentals today announced the official launch of its "try before you buy" Keeper programme. Allowing customers to hire equipment and apply up to seven days of rental fees towards the purchase of the product(s), the Keeper programme offers something for every level of enthusiast. Consumers can visit the LensRentals website, browse through the huge range of equipment for rental to discover items with a green "Yep. It's a Keeper!" badge that identifies products eligible for the Keeper programme. Clicking on the green badge presents consumers with a range of prices and how the discounts are applied. "Cameras and video equipment can be very expensive.  We know that many consumers would prefer to try and test certain items before deciding to make that investment," said LensRentals, Founder and CEO, Roger Cicala.  "We're thrilled to officially launch the Keeper programme and offer everyone the opportunity to keep items they know and love."

Monday, January 19, 2015

Zhongi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 30 sample images taken with the Zhongi Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2 lens, tested on a Panasonic GX7 camera.

The Zhongi Mitakon 42.5mm f1.2 lens is a fast 85mm equivalent lens for Micro Four Thirds compact system cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are full-size sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Canon PowerShot SX710 HS compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS features a 30x zoom lens, 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD 60p movies with stereo sound, and integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a new professional telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Is this the perfect do-it-all super-telephoto zoom lens for wildlife and sports photographers? Read our Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM review to find out...

Trust Women Photo Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Microsoft and Thomson Reuters Foundation are partnering Talenthouse, a global community of artists, to present photographers with a series of career opportunities as part of this year’s Trust Women Photo Award. Photojournalists and other photographers around the world are invited to submit images capturing the lives and stories of remarkable women around the world, who are achieving "incredible things" in their communities. The selected artist, as chosen by a judging panel which includes Finbarr O’Reilly, Reuters photographer and World Press Photo winner, will have their photography showcased in London at the Trust Women Conference, the annual international event organised by Thomson Reuters Foundation which is dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights and the fight against human trafficking and slavery. Photographers have until Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 6 p.m. GMT to submit their images through the website below.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Olympus Stylus 1 Firmware Upgrade 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Olympus has released a comprehensive firmware update for the Olympus Stylus 1. Version 2.0 adds compatibility with the WCON-08X Wide-angle Converter and CLA-14 adapter that together convert its lens' widest focal length to 22.4mm (eq.) without affecting the f:2.8 aperture. The new firmware upgrade also adds new Interval Shooting and Time Lapse Movie modes and compatibility with OI.Share v2.5, which adds remote wireless shutter release from a smartphone. Version 2.0 is available free of charge for download via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater.

Philips 272P4APJKHB Monitor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MMD has added a new 27" IPS-AHVA display with factory-calibrated colour and Adobe RGB support to its line-up of Philips branded monitors. Using 10 bits to describe each colour, the new 27-inch Quad HD display can represent over one billion colours simultaneously – when connected to a PC via a DisplayPort cable. Pre-calibrated to render colours accurately, the 272P4APJKHB display supports 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of the sRGB colour space. With MultiView on board, the display connects to multiple sources simultaneously. The new Philips monitor is now available in major electronics stores at a suggested retail price of £649.

Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Alex White has just published his latest camera guide book, the Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100. The 248-page book shows beginning and intermediate photographers how to capture excellent images and video sequences with the LX100. The book explains the camera’s controls for autofocus, manual focus, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO, as well as many other settings. In three appendices, the book provides information about accessories for the LX100, including cases, external flash units, and other items, and includes a list of web sites and other resources for further information. The Photographer’s Guide to the Panasonic Lumix LX100 is on sale for $9.99 in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats at the website below; with the paperback version being available for $29.95 through Amazon.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lightroom Mobile for Android Phones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released Lightroom mobile for Android phones. Lightroom mobile is a companion app to Lightroom 5 desktop software, available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud. First released for iPad and iPhone, Lightroom mobile allows you to utilise your Android phone to review and edit your images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalogue at home. Lightroom mobile for Android requires a device equipped with a quad-core CPU with 1.7 GHZ ARMv7 architecture, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Android Jellybean, KitKat, or Lollipop. Do note that it may take up to 24 hours for Lightroom mobile to be available in your local Google Play app store.

Pentax QS-1 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are 44 sample JPEG photos and a Full 1080p HD movie taken with the tiny new Pentax QS-1 interchangeable lens camera.

There's also the full ISO range from 100 to 12800 so that you can see exactly what the Pentax QS-1's new 12.4 megapixel 1/1.7" back-illuminated CMOS sensor is capable of.

Official Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Fuji have published seven full-resolution sample images captured with the just-announced Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera and new Fujinon XC16-50mm II & Fujinon XC50-230mm lenses. Shot at sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 200 to ISO 800, these Fujifilm X-A2 samples span a variety of genres including wildlife, landscape, portraiture, street and architectural photography.

Website: Fujifilm X-A2 Samples

Official Fujifilm XQ2 Sample Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji have posted 12 high-resolution sample photographs taken with the Fujifilm XQ2 digital compact camera announced today. Shot at various sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to ISO 800, the sample images were made by photographers Issaque Foujita, Tomasz Lazar, Yukio Uchida and Paco Navarro. You can download these Fujifilm XQ2 samples from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm XQ2 Samples