Monday, March 2, 2015

Full UK and Ireland Availability Announced for Panasonic CM1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Panasonic UK today announced that following a successful initial launch phase of its Android-based, raw-capable Lumix CM1 camera phone (read review), it will now be widely available nationwide from mid-April. The Panasonic CM1 is unique in that despite its slim profile, it packs a 1"-type 20-megapixel sensor and a Leica branded 28mm (eq.) f/2.8 lens with a physical iris diaphragm. The smartphone/camera hybrid will be available from CameraWorld, Dixons Travel, Harrods, Jessops, London Camera Exchange, Park Cameras, Warehouse Express and Wilkinson Cameras. Furthermore, Panasonic has revealed that the DMC-CM1’s current Android 4.4 KitKat operating system will be upgradeable to the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS in May, giving users access to many new features including notification control, battery management and extra security.

Official Nikon D7200 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon have released five high-resolution sample photos taken with the new Nikon D7200 digital SLR camera. Shot with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (read review) and the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR (read review) lenses, these Nikon D7200 samples span a variety of genres including land- and seascapes, wildlife and portraiture. All of them were captured at the camera's base sensitivity setting of ISO100/21°.

Website: Nikon-Image.com

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a new high-end compact system camera with a number of innovative features that make it stand out from the crowd, including the world's most effective image stabilisation system. Read our expert Olympus E-M5 review to find out if it's also the best compact system camera...

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 21 sample images taken with the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens, mounted on a Nikon D810 body.

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens is aultra-compact telephoto prime lens for Nikon FX-format full-frame DSLR cameras.

Nikon D7200

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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The Nikon D7200 is a new digital SLR camera with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, increased buffer capacity, new Picture Controls, Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera also features a wide ISO range from 100-25,600 to help minimize noise in low-light situations. Courtesy of EXPEED 4, the D7200 features 30% faster image processing than its predecessor, the Nikon D7100, and provides an increased buffer capacity that now allows the camera to shoot 18 consecutive RAW 14-bit lossless compressed images, 27 12-bit compressed shots or 100 JPEG frames. This is important as the most severe criticisms levelled against the D7100 all seemed to revolve around its smallish raw buffer.  Additionally, the Nikon D7200 offers users the capability to shoot at 6fps continuously or up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode. In the US, Nikon D7200 will be available in early April 2015 either body only or kitted with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for suggested retail prices of $1,199.95 and $1,699.95, respectively. In the UK and Ireland, the D7200 will retail for £939.99 / €1,199 (body only), and £1,119.99 / €1,449 (camera bundled with the18-105 VR lens), with sales starting on 19 March 2015.

Nikon Coolpix P900

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Nikon Coolpix P900 is a new digital superzoom camera with a record breaking 83x optical zoom. In addition to its unprecedented zoom power, the 16-megapixel Nikon Coolpix P900 comes equipped with an array of features such as Full HD video capture, built-in GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi. Whether shooting above a crowd or from the stands, users can easily frame their subjects by using the camera’s built-in EVF with an eye sensor or the high-resolution, vari-angle 3-inch 921K-dot LCD screen. In the  United Kingdom, the camera will start shipping on 19th March, priced at £499.99 / €649.00. In the US, the Nikon Coolpix P900 will be available next month for $599.95.

Nikon ME-W1 Wireless Mono Microphone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Nikon have announced a new wireless microphone for their digital SLR cameras. Compatible with any camera equipped with a microphone jack, the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone has been engineered to capture clear, uninterrupted audio direct from the source. Portable and easy to use, this non-directional/monoaural microphone records crisp audio from up to 50m away. Able to deliver up to three hours of uninterrupted recording on a single AAA battery, the ME-W1 features a water resistant, shockproof, and dustproof construction. The sound input is monoaural, but when you want to record in stereo, simply plug Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone into the ME-W1’s external microphone jack. The Nikon ME-W1 Wireless Microphone will be available for £239.99/€315.00/$249.95.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Werner Herzog: The New Voice of the Impossible Project App

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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With the latest update to the Impossible Project App for iOS and Android, Impossible have revealed that the voice of the new in-app tutorial for its recently launched Instant Lab Universal is none other than the acclaimed film-maker, Werner Herzog. Used in conjunction with the Instant Lab Universal, which transforms images on your iOS or Android smart phone or table into classic Polaroid-format instant photos, the free Impossible project app also incorporates access to an online Gallery now optimised for iPad screens. Uploaded photos are shown 'life sized’, scaled 1:1, so what you see on the screen is the exact shape and size as the original photo. As the distinctive 'voice' of the app, Mr Herzog guides you through creating and experimenting with the Instant Lab Universal. The app can be downloaded free from Apple’s app store or Google Play.

PolarPro Redesigns Filter for GoPro Drone and Quadcopter Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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PolarPro today announced a new filter bundle which has been specially designed for those shooting video with drone and quadcopter-mounted GoPro cameras. Compatible with GoPro Hero3/3+/4, the PolarPro FPV Quadcopter Filter 3-Pack includes a polariser along with two-stop and three-stop neutral density filters. Listing for $49.99, the filter pack can be purchased through a variety of retail outlets or direct through the PolarPro website.

Canon at The Photography Show 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Canon UK will be at The Photography Show 2015 offering what they call "the most immersive imaging experience." The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5DS and EOS 760D (pictured) digital SLR cameras and the newest Pixma and large-format printers will all be on display, while Canon Ambassadors and Explorers including Jeff Ascough, Phil Coats, Danny Green and Simeon Quarrie will be hosting talks throughout the show. Plus Canon is giving you the chance to be part of its show experience, offering lucky fans on its social media pages the chance to win tickets to the show, have their image displayed on the Canon stand and attend an exclusive after-show on-stand event with Canon experts. The Photography Show will take place from 21st – 24th March 2015 at the Birmingham NEC.

Sony A7 II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 57 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony A7 II compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced a new version of the Nissin Di700 flash, which features a built-in radio receiver allowing it to be wirelessly triggered via the also-new Nissin Commander Air1 TTL command unit. The Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 is a 2.4GHz radio transmission wireless flash system that links up to 21 Nissin Air System flash units in up to 3 groups. The Nissin Commander Air1 itself is a hotshoe-mountable commander unit with manual and TTL flash output control, eight radio channels and a simple, dial-based user interface. The Nissin Di700A is essentially a Di700 with a built-in receiver, which makes it capable of communicating with the Nissin Commander Air1. The kit is priced at £239.94, with the flash and commander unit also being available separately for £209.94 and £59.94, respectively. The Di700A and Air1 are available in Canon and Nikon fits in March, with a Sony version due in May.

Fujifilm X-A2 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 55 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Fujifilm X-A2 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

Phottix Indra360 TTL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Phottix has revealed a new TTL-enabled mains flash called the Indra360 TTL Studio Light. Providing 360Ws of power, high speed sync, TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic modes, wireless power control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems and a modelling light; the Phottix Indra360 TTL is ideal for any photographer that needs to move fast and stay portable. The flash and Indra360 Battery Pack are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The MSRP is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Konost to Launch Full-Frame Digital Rangefinder Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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A start-up called Konost is planning to launch a new kind of interchangeable-lens digital rangefinder camera with a 20-megapixel 35mm full-frame image sensor. "The Konost camera is unique in that instead of using rotating mirrors and prisms in the rangefinder mechanism, it uses a secondary image sensor and image processing algorithms to display the rangefinder patch in the viewfinder," the company says. "This allows the camera to be all-digital, decreasing manufacturing costs, and does not require high maintenance or re-callibration." In addition to capturing 20.0-megapixel stills, the Konost FF can also record videos at 30fps at full resolution. The company is also developing the Konost AP, a 12-megapixel interchangeable-lens rangefinder camera with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, and the Konost Junior, a 10.8-megapixel, JPEG-only compact with a 1" imager and a 35mm (eq) f/2 lens. The Konost FF and the Konost AP are expected to hit the shelves in 2016, while the Konost Junior could arrive before the end of this year.

Website: Konost

Impossible Color 600 & SX-70 Round Frame Instant FIlms

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Impossible have released four new colour films for Polaroid 600 and Polaroid SX-70 instant cameras. The new film frames your images ‘in the round’ within the borders of a Polaroid-format instant photo, rather than the classic square, making it well-suited to portraiture and still-life photography. Based on a limited-run Polaroid instant film produced in Europe a decade ago, round frame film was re-introduced by Impossible in a B&W 600 version, late last year. Pricing for the colour version starts at €21 for a single pack.

New WD MyCloud NAS Systems Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD today expanded its suite of network attached storage solutions with four new products. The My Cloud Expert Series includes My Cloud EX2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud EX4100 (four-bay) high-performance NAS systems offering fast read/write speeds for simultaneous, high-performance HD media streaming with up to 24 TB of storage capacity. The new My Cloud Business Series includes My Cloud DL2100 (two-bay) and My Cloud DL4100 (four-bay) NAS systems built to provide the reliability, security and scalability small business customers need. Powered by Intel Atom dual-core processors with up to 24 TB of storage capacity, the My Cloud Business Series runs on the Linux-based WD My Cloud operating system. For photographers, videographers, graphic designers and other creative professionals adapting to ever increasing file sizes, from raw images and 4K video footage, the new My Cloud Expert Series products include the latest and fastest dual-core Marvell ARMADA 385 and 388 processors and WD Red drives that can be configured using multiple RAID options. The My Cloud Expert Series and My Cloud Business Series products will be available through selected WD channel partners in March. Click through / scroll down for detailed pricing information.

Corel VideoStudio Pro / Ultimate X8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today introduced its VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 video editing packages. “VideoStudio is already known for delivering unmatched usability and power. With the new X8, we’re doing even more to help you bring your vision and stories to life. New effects provide opportunities to experiment and explore. Smarter features, a more intuitive UI, and enhanced performance make it easier to build your movies. VideoStudio X8 lets you work faster while focusing on the creative parts of your project,” said Michel Yavercovski, Director of Product Management for Corel video products. VideoStudio Ultimate X8 includes all the power of VideoStudio Pro X8, plus a collection of advanced special effects with plug-ins from proDAD, Boris Graffiti and NewBlue, providing over $500 in additional value. VideoStudio Pro X8 and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Traditional Chinese. Suggested retail pricing of VideoStudio Pro X8 is $79.99 / €69.99/ £59.99, VideoStudio Ultimate X8 is $99.99 / €89.99/ £79.99.

Hasselblad Signs Agreement with C.R.Kennedy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Hasselblad has announced a new aerial imaging camera equipment alliance with Australian importer C.R.Kennedy. The arrangement, described as 'a pioneering strategic partnership for all aerial imaging solutions' by Hasselblad, is expected to expand the market for the company's professional H5D aerial camera (pictured) and other high-end capture portfolio products.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR is a fast professional standard zoom lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 24-84mm in 35mm terms, a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, weather-sealing, 0.06 second auto-focusing and an aperture ring, is the Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 the perfect partner for the X-T1 camera? Read our Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR review to find out...