Saturday, January 14, 2017

Photography Blog DSLR Camera of the Year 2016

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

The DSLR Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Pentax K-1.

"Pentax have delivered an amazing first-generation full-format DSLR that undercuts its main competition in terms of price whilst out-performing them in terms of innovation, features and even image quality."

Read our Pentax K-1 Review

Congratulations to Pentax!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. The DSLR Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Pentax K-1. "Pentax have delivered an amazing first-generation full-format DSLR that undercuts its main...

Friday, January 13, 2017

Legendary Photographers Take to The Super Stage at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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This coming March, the Super Stage at The Photography Show (taking place at the NEC in Birmingham) will host some of the greatest international photographers of our time. Albert Watson, Nadav Kander, Frans Lanting, Jill Furmanovsky, Clive Arrowsmith, David Alan Harvey, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole have all been confirmed and will offer insights into the images they’ve captured, their careers and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. The 2017 Super Stage speakers follow in the footsteps of fellow photographers David Bailey, Rankin, the late Mary Ellen Mark, Don McCullin and Steve McCurry, all of whom have taken centre stage in previous years. Tickets to The Photography Show are now on sale and visitors will have the option to add Super Stage sessions to their package, priced at £10 each.

This coming March, the Super Stage at The Photography Show (taking place at the NEC in Birmingham) will host some of the greatest international photographers of our time. Albert Watson, Nadav Kander, Frans Lanting, Jill Furmanovsky, Clive Arrowsmith, David Alan Harvey, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole have all...

Lomo’Instant Murano Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Lomographic Society has announced the Lomo'Instant Murano instant film camera. This funky little instant film camera features a built-in wide-angle lens plus fisheye and portrait lens attachments, and works with the widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film. The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family is inspired by romantic gondola rides past colourful houses on the Venetian islands of Murano. With a quirky design made up of red, blue, yellow, grey and green blocks, this vibrant little instant camera is available now from the Lomography Online Shop and Gallery Stores worldwide, priced at £105.00.

The Lomographic Society has announced the Lomo'Instant Murano instant film camera. This funky little instant film camera features a built-in wide-angle lens plus fisheye and portrait lens attachments, and works with the widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film. The latest addition to the Lomo’Instant family is inspired...

HTC U Play

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The HTC U Play is a 5.2" smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera, PDAF and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens. Other notable features include optical image stabilisation, a dual-tone LED flash, HDR and raw image capture, and Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps. The front-facing camera module has a similar set of specifications and offers UltraPixel technology (a form of pixel binning). Powered by an octa-core Mediatek Hello P10 CPU, the HTC U Play comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage (expandable via a microSD memory card). The HTC U Play will be available next month through Dixons Carphone in a range of colours.. Pricing to be confirmed.

The HTC U Play is a 5.2" smartphone with a 16-megapixel camera, PDAF and a 28mm (eq.) f/2 lens. Other notable features include optical image stabilisation, a dual-tone LED flash, HDR and raw image capture, and Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps. The front-facing camera module has a similar set...

Photography Blog Compact System Camera of the Year 2016

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T2.

“It may look outwardly very similar to its 2-year-old predecessor, but the X-T2 takes several steps forward in some important areas...it's clear that the new Fujifilm X-T2 offers a lot more improvements than a cursory glance might suggest.”

Read our Fujifilm X-T2 Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. The Compact System Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T2. “It may look outwardly very similar to its 2-year-old predecessor,...

Sony HDR-AS50 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Sony HDR-AS50 is an action camera that won't break the bank, featuring 1080p video recording, a Zeiss lens and image stabilisation. Can it compete in a crowded market? Find out by reading our Sony HDR-AS50 review...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

HTC U Ultra

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The HTC U Ultra is a new phablet with a 5.7" quad-HD display and a 12-megapixel main camera unit. Other photography-related features include an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation, laser-assisted phase-detect auto focus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording with 3D Audio, slow-motion video recording in 720p at 120fps, HDR and raw image capture. The front-facing camera has a 16-megapixel BSI sensor and offers UltraPixel technology (a form of pixel binning) and Full HD video recording capabilities. The phone is powered by a 64-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU and has 4GB of RAM plus either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, expandable via a microSD memory card. Availability is slated for February. Pricing to be confirmed.

The HTC U Ultra is a new phablet with a 5.7" quad-HD display and a 12-megapixel main camera unit. Other photography-related features include an f/1.8 lens, optical image stabilisation, laser-assisted phase-detect auto focus, dual-tone flash, 4K video recording with 3D Audio, slow-motion video recording in 720p at 120fps, HDR and raw...

Philips Brilliance BDM4037UW 40” Ultra HD Monitor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MMD, a brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announced the BDM4037UW, a 40-inch Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LCD monitor. This screen is the largest 4K curved computer monitor currently on the market and features a 10-bit panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 178°/178° viewing angles. Connectivity options include a DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI connectors and a VGA port. The new Philips BDM4037UW display, with an RRP of £589, is available now.

MMD, a brand license partner for Philips Monitors, announced the BDM4037UW, a 40-inch Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LCD monitor. This screen is the largest 4K curved computer monitor currently on the market and features a 10-bit panel with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 178°/178° viewing...

Leica Akademie Workshops

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events

Leica have announced the expansion of their Leica Akademie programme for 2017, including the inaugural international Destination photography trips to India and Myanmar. The workshops will feature instruction from master photographers and meticulously planned itineraries, designed to provide more time for photographic exploration. Destination trips are open to all photographers, not solely those with Leica cameras, though each trip allows attendees to use the latest Leica cameras for their projects. Destination India will take place from 9-20 October 2017, while the Destination Myanmar workshop will be held from 2-17 November 2017. These Destination workshops complement the established Leica Masterclass Series and an expanded line up of “Leica in the Landscape” workshops. Click through / scroll down for the full schedule.

Leica have announced the expansion of their Leica Akademie programme for 2017, including the inaugural international Destination photography trips to India and Myanmar. The workshops will feature instruction from master photographers and meticulously planned itineraries, designed to provide more time for photographic exploration. Destination trips are open to all...

Photography Blog Compact Camera of the Year 2016

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

The Compact Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000.

"The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 builds on the previous FZ1000 model and turns it into a mini-GH4, offering almost all of that camera's video capabilities in a convenient super-zoom format. If you want a non-interchangeable lens camera that will cover all your still and video requirements, the new Panasonic FZ2000 is the one to buy."

Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 Review

Congratulations to Panasonic!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. The Compact Camera of the Year 2016 award goes to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000. "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ2000 builds on the previous FZ1000 model and...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Communication Arts Magazine Announces 58th Annual Photography Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Communication Arts magazine has issued the call for entries for its 58th annual photography competition. With an acceptance rate of less than 5%, the Communication Arts Photography Competition is the most exclusive major photography competition in the world. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors, photo editors and photographers, the winning entries will be featured in the Communication Arts Photography Annual, in print and on the iPad. As a service to art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry contact information of the photographers represented. The deadline for submissions is 10 March 2017.

Communication Arts magazine has issued the call for entries for its 58th annual photography competition. With an acceptance rate of less than 5%, the Communication Arts Photography Competition is the most exclusive major photography competition in the world. Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors, photo editors...

Nikon-NOOR Academy 2017 Programme Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Continuing its long-standing partnership with the renowned Amsterdam-based NOOR collective of documentary photographers, Nikon Europe has announced the 2017 Nikon-NOOR Academy programme of masterclasses for aspiring photojournalists. This year’s programme offers the chance for photographers to work intensively with NOOR tutors closer to home, with workshops being held in Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Manchester. Photographers who are resident in the countries where the classes take place will be eligible to attend. Each workshop has only 15 participants, who will be guided by their NOOR tutors through portfolio reviews, developing and editing their photographic stories, and learning how to navigate the international photo market. Click through / scroll down for dates, locations and more details.

Continuing its long-standing partnership with the renowned Amsterdam-based NOOR collective of documentary photographers, Nikon Europe has announced the 2017 Nikon-NOOR Academy programme of masterclasses for aspiring photojournalists. This year’s programme offers the chance for photographers to work intensively with NOOR tutors closer to home, with workshops being held in...

Epson SureColor P5000

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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The SureColor P5000 is a new professional 17-inch, 10-colour inkjet printer for photographers. Leveraging the advanced Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and UltraChome HDX ink set, the SureColor P5000 delivers outstanding output with an increased colour gamut gamut, higher-density blacks and twice the print permanence than the previous generation. The printer can support two different ink configurations. The SureColor P5000 Standard and Designer editions leverage Light Light Black ink for twice the overall print permanence, smooth and neutral tonal transitions and support of the Epson Advanced Black and White print mode. The Commercial Edition includes Violet ink, in place of Light Light Black, for an expanded colour gamut. The printer is available for $1.995 (both editions).

The SureColor P5000 is a new professional 17-inch, 10-colour inkjet printer for photographers. Leveraging the advanced Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and UltraChome HDX ink set, the SureColor P5000 delivers outstanding output with an increased colour gamut gamut, higher-density blacks and twice the print permanence than the previous generation. The printer...

Photography Blog Lens of the Year 2016

Mark Goldstein
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

The Lens of the Year 2016 award goes to the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art.

“...we can whole-heartedly recommend the new Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM as a brilliant short telephoto prime lens that delivers superb results.”

Read our Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Review

Congratulations to Sigma!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. The Lens of the Year 2016 award goes to the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. “...we can whole-heartedly recommend the new Sigma 85mm...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ILPOTY 2016 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the 3rd International Landscape Photographer of the Year (ILPOTY) competition have been announced. From 2394 entries, the winner of the third International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Alex Noriega from the USA, while the winner of the third International Landscape Photograph of the Year (awarded for a single image) is a picture by Hougaard Malan, from South Africa (reprinted above), who also won the Waterfall Award. Runners-up include Kath Salier, Peter Poppe, Simone Cmoon and Eberhard Ehmke. The Black & White Award went to Guy Havell, the Dominant Sky category was won by Leonardo Papèra, the South America Award was given to Kalan Robb, while the Squarial (square aerial) Award was won by Ignacio Palacios.

The winners of the 3rd International Landscape Photographer of the Year (ILPOTY) competition have been announced. From 2394 entries, the winner of the third International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Alex Noriega from the USA, while the winner of the third...

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Leica Oskar Barnack Awards are returning for the 37th time this year. Opening for entries on 1 March 2017, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) valued at an additional €10,000. Photographers interested in taking part can submit their applications and photographic projects online, with a closing date of 10 April 2017. The winner of the Newcomer Award will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, a further ten submissions to the competition will each be honoured with prizes of €2,500.

The Leica Oskar Barnack Awards are returning for the 37th time this year. Opening for entries on 1 March 2017, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner in the main category will be honoured with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and...

Nikon KeyMission 80 Review

Amy Davies
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The KeyMission 80 is Nikon's cheapest action camera, featuring 1080p video recording, front- and rear-facing cameras, and an 80-degree lens. Read our Nikon KeyMission 80 review now...

Photography Blog Printer of the Year 2016

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Printers
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016.

The Printer of the Year 2016 award goes to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.

“Just when we thought printers couldn't get any better, along comes the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 with print quality that will blow your mind.”

Read our Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 review

Congratulations to Canon!

We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2016. The Printer of the Year 2016 award goes to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000. “Just when we thought printers couldn't get any better, along...

Monday, January 9, 2017

Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 Pricing and Availability Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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JK Imaging have announced pricing and availability for their new Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 camera, a compact device targeting the rapidly growing 360° VR video consumer market. The 4KVR360 adopts a minimalist approach to an all-in-one 360° VR camera, with two 4K fixed focus lenses housed on either side of the futuristic camera body. The lenses are designed to work in tandem, to capture full 360° 4K Video and easily upload 360° content to Facebook and YouTube via the camera’s Smart Device App. “The decision to continue expanding our award winning 360° VR camera line up with the new Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 was a natural progression,” said Mariame Cisse, Marketing Director for JK Imaging Ltd., Europe. “We are committed to the interactive 360° video format and want to give yet another option to consumers when it comes to choosing a quality 360° VR camera based on their specific needs.” The 4KVR360 will feature a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and use a Micro SD card (up to 128GB) to record 360° content. The 4KVR360 camera will incorporate Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity compatibility for Smart device APPs to control and view the camera remotely. JK Imaging anticipates availability of the new 4KVR360 in the first quarter of 2017. The 4KVR360 base model will retail for €499, and the company will continue to provide their customers with optional bundles that will include useful accessories and software designed to work in tandem with the 4KVR360 camera.

JK Imaging have announced pricing and availability for their new Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360 camera, a compact device targeting the rapidly growing 360° VR video consumer market. The 4KVR360 adopts a minimalist approach to an all-in-one 360° VR camera, with two 4K fixed focus lenses housed on either side of the...

Insta360 Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Insta360 have announced the launch of their new Insta360 Pro professional VR 3D camera. Insta360 Pro records up to 8K 360-degree videos and leverages 6 independent, high-definition lenses. It captures 60-megapixel 360° 3D stills and supports both HDR and raw image file formats to bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a 360-degree camera of this size. When recording 4K video, the camera supports up to 100fps. In addition, the VR time-lapse mode adds a new dimension to videos and the live preview function allows users to get the best angle before shooting. As a standalone camera, it can be used with both the dedicated Insta360 Pro iOS and Android apps and connects via WiFi, Ethernet or 4G, ready to livestream any event or share instantly on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The Insta360 Pro's recommended retail price is set to be around $3000 and will be available later this year.

Insta360 have announced the launch of their new Insta360 Pro professional VR 3D camera. Insta360 Pro records up to 8K 360-degree videos and leverages 6 independent, high-definition lenses. It captures 60-megapixel 360° 3D stills and supports both HDR and raw image file formats to bring out levels of detail and...