Friday, April 4, 2014

United States Digital Camera Market 2014-2018

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Research and Markets have released a new report entitled "United States Digital Camera Market 2014-2018 with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung Electronics & Panasonic Dominating." According to the report, the digital camera market in the US is driven by many growth factors, one of which is the increasing demand for compact system cameras such as the Panasonic GX7 (pictured). The report includes information on segmentation, buying criteria, market challenges, trends, vendors and drivers of growth. Available in electronic format, the report is priced at $2500.

Shooting Tethered with Capture One Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Software
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Phase One has announced a new free webinar focusing on tethered shooting with Capture One Pro. Svheduled for Wednesday, 9 April 2014, the session teaches participants about setting up a secure wireless connection for Capture One Pro and access its features. Phase One’s David Grover (pictured) will walk you through tethering and encourage your questions at two different times on the same day. To sign up, follow the link below.

Braun SixZero Ultimate Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro has released  the new Braun SixZero Ultimate Action camera. Offering 1080i/60fps, 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps capture modes the Braun SixZero Ultimate Action camera has an electronic high speed shutter, an ultra-wide lens and an integrated 1.5 inch LCD monitor. The device ships with an underwater housing that makes it possible for users to dive up to a depth of 30m, plus a remote control, mounting accessories for bikes, cars and helmets, a user manual, power adapter, USB-cable and HDMI cable - all for £200.

Reflecta Super 8 Scanner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film, Scanners
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Kenro has just launched the Reflecta Super 8 Scanner, which allows users to digitise their Super 8 films in HD or Full HD quality. The device scans a 15m roll of Super 8 (5.78 x 4.01mm) cine film in just over 2 hours and 45 minutes when connected directly to a PC. Key feature highlights include a CMOS sensor, automatic film transport, LED light source, 24-bit colour depth and AVI output. The new Reflecta Super 8 Scanner is now available in specialist shops at an SRP of £1,710 including VAT

Fotodiox Expands GoTough Accessory Line

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox Pro has announced the expansion of its GoTough line of GoPro camera accessories. New products include a range of neutral density filters, close-up lenses, step rings and a few totally unique offerings such as the GoTough WonderPana GO 3+,  GoTough WonderPana GO Naked and GoTough Talon accessories as well as the GoTough DB Strut metal extension arm. The entire line will be on display during the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas at the Yuyao Fotodiox booth (#C7532).

Nissin i40

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the Nissin i40 compact flash gun that also has a built-in video light. With an auto adjust zoom ranging from 24mm-105mm, a guide number of 40 at 105mm, a built-in diffuser giving 16mm lens coverage, a tilt-swivel head and a LED video light function providing 9 steps of output level adjustment; the Nissin i40 is powered by 4x AA batteries and costs £204 including a softbox. Key flash features include high-speed synchronisation, wireless TTL mode and a simple operation panel with two selector dials.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P340 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a new compact camera for the keen enthusiast. The Nikon P340 features a 12.2 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls, lens control ring, 1080p HD video recording, a 5x wide-angle zoom lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, a high-resolution LCD screen, built-in wi-fi and 10fps burst shooting. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix P340 review to find out if it's the perfect pocket camera...

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Magix has released Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9. New features include an advanced healing brush to remove blemishes with a single click, new masking and selection tools, 11 new photo effects and an advanced background erase function which enables you to extract complex shapes such a people or objects in the foreground and place them on alternate backgrounds. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 is available £69.99.

Eizo ColorEdge CG247 and CX241

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Eizo today unveiled the ColorEdge CG247 and the ColorEdge CX241 24.1" monitors. Both models feature a new wide-gamut IPS panel that reproduces 99% of the Adobe RGB colour space and displays more than a billion colours simultaneously. The ColorEdge CG247 comes with a built-in calibration sensor for self-calibration and is targeted at professionals in photography, prepress, and post production. The ColorEdge CX241 houses an internal correction sensor that maintains the calibration results after the monitor has been calibrated with an external colorimeter. For video editing and post production, the ColorEdge CG247 has a 3D LUT that adjusts colour individually on an RGB cubic table. The ColorEdge CG247 and CX241 will be available in the UK from June 2014.

‘Weather” Photography Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers have announced the winners of the ‘Weather” Photography Competition. The photo above - shot by Andrzej Bochenski, Poland - has been chosen as the winner for it’s well timed and excellently captured, "shocking realism" of the power of.nature. The runners-up are Craig Bill from Texas, and Ana Filipa from Lisbon.

Nokia Lumia 630, Lumia 635 and Lumia 930

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Nokia today announced three Windows Phone 8.1 powered Lumia smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 930 (pictured) is a flagship smartphone with a 20-megapixel PureView camera module with a 1/2.5-type sensor, dual LED flash, an optically stabilised 26mm eq. f/2.4 Zeiss lens, 1080p videos and a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display offering a resolution of 441ppi. The Lumia 630 and 635 each features a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1/4-type imager, 28mm eq. f/2.4 lens, 720p movies and a 4.5-inch, 218-ppi, 854x480-pixel screen. The Nokia Lumia 930 is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, Middle East and India, available from $599. The Nokia Lumia 630 will be launched in May, beginning with Asia,South America and Europe, at $159 for the single-sim variant, and $169 for the dual-sim version. The Nokia Lumia 635 is expected to be broadly available, including in the US starting in this summer, from $189.

LockCircle to Launch New Prime Circle XM Cinema Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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At NAB Las Vegas 2014, LockCircle will premiere a new line of Prime Circle XM cinema lenses with manual aperture control. Available in EF- and F-mount versions, the lenses are built around high-quality Zeiss optics for extra-sharp colour-consistent images and pleasing bokeh. The PrimeCircle XM series covers nine focal lengths; 15mm, 21mm, 25mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm and 135mm. Each lens features a cinema standard 95mm front mount and 90mm filter thread, full-frame 24x36mm coverage and "velvet-black" or "silver magic" finish.

Panasonic UK Launches Lumix G Promotions

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Panasonic UK has launched a number of Lumix G promotions to offer consumers some considerable savings and free products. The company is offering a free battery and battery grip worth £300 when you purchase a DMC-GH4. Those who opt for the GH3 instead can redeem a free battery grip, battery and Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH lens. If you are interested in the rangefinder-styled GX7 (pictured), you can either buy it with the 20mm "pancake" lens and pick up a 12-32mm zoom, or purchase the camera in a kit with the 14-42mm zoom and redeem a 20mm lens. Finally, for those looking to purchase the tiny GM1, Panasonic is offering consumers £80/€100 cashback. The free products and cashback are all claimed via consumer redemption to Panasonic UK until 2nd June.

Phottix Mitros for Sony

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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OmegaBrandess has just launched a Sony version of the Phottix Mitros flash in the United States. Functions include built-in IR triggering with Master and Slave modes, AF assist light, 180 degree turn in both directions, auto/manual zooming flash head, 3.5mm sync, and compatibility with Phottix Odin TTL Flash Triggers for Sony. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Mitros for Sony is $349.99.

Pentax Q7 Limited-Edition Premium Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Ricoh Imaging has revealed a new Pentax Q7 premium kit. Limited to 1000 units worldwide, the boxed kit includes a Pentax Q7 camera body, a standard prime, a wide zoom, standard zoom and telephoto zoom lenses with hoods, a camera bag and a polarising filter. The standard prime and standard zoom lenses (as well as the metal lens hood designed for the former) have been treated with a black coating identical to that used on the camera body, to enhance visual harmony. The limited-edition Pentax Q7 premium kit will be available later this month for a suggested retail price of $1,199.95.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HTC One (M8) Review

Mark Goldstein
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The HTC One (M8) is a new flagship smartphone with not one, but two cameras, using the second one as a depth sensor that allows you to change the point of focus after taking a photo and achieve DSLR-like shallow depth-of field effects. Does this make the HTC One (M8) the best smartphone for avid photographers? Read our HTC One (M8) review to find out..

International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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International Landscape Photographer of the Year is a new global competition purely for the showcase of landscape photography. Open to all photographers. the contest is aimed at finding the best 101 landscape images from the past 12 months and publishing them in a beautiful coffee table book which will be available in a variety of formats. The judges will also be on a search for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) and the International Landscape Photograph of the Year. Prizes on offer include $10,000 cash, trophies, limited-edition copies of the awards book and large framed prints of winning images. The contest closes on 30 May 2014.

Democratic Desert

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Democratic Desert: The War in Syria by Robert King is a new title from Schilt Publishing. Since February 2012, King has documented a number of human rights violations and war crimes in Syria. “As a photographer it is not my job to aspire towards aesthetically pleasing images of war that are palatable to the public or the photographic community," he says. “I have found, many viewers find it easier to condemn the image maker rather than the perpetrators of war crimes against humanity.” The book contains an essay by British war correspondent Anthony Loyd, and comes with a 25-minute DVD with a documentary made by King during his stay in Syria. The 256-page volume is available for £35 / €40 / $50.

Braun Master Action Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro have announced the Braun Master Action Camera. Featuring a 16-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, ultra-wide lens and multiple shooting modes; the Braun Master Action Camera records 1080p videos and connects to the included external TFT screen for movie playback. Other accessories that come with the camera as standard include a waterproof housing (with own case), 2 flat stickers, 2 convex stickers, cloth bag, USB cable, waterproof plug and lithium-ion battery. Optional accessories include an external special-purpose microphone, head strap mount and self-timer accessories, various 3m adhesives, strap and surf accessories. SRP for the Braun Master Action Camera is £249.95.

Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, Lenses
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Lensbaby has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for the Apple iPhone. As Lensbaby's first add-on lens designed specifically for mobile devices, the Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens will be compatible with the iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c models. The new optic lets iPhoneographers pick a single spot of sharp focus within the frame, and allow the rest of the image to be dominated by gradually increasing blur. “Our customers have long been requesting a Lensbaby for their mobile devices,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “A lens in the mobile phone market is a bit of a departure for us, hence a Kickstarter campaign. This is the first of many mobile products we have in development, and we wanted confirmation from our customers that they really do want an optical way to create a sweet spot of focus in their iPhoneography.”