Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sony Cyber-shot HX90V Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot HX90V camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Cyber-shot HX90V camera.

Sony Cyber-shot WX500 Hands-on Photos

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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Want to see exactly what the new Sony Cyber-shot WX500 camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Sony Cyber-shot WX500 camera.

Tamron Tailgate Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Tamron USA has launched the national 2015 Tamron Tailgate Tour. The fully equipped Tamron van is back by popular demand with all new free mini-seminars, hands-on experiences with the latest Tamron technology, portfolio review opportunities and a new evening seminar programme. The tour will work with local photo retailers to deliver an education programme including free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Achieving Perfect Exposure"12:00 - 12:45pm, "Portfolio and Image Review" 1:00 - 2:30pm and "Understanding Your Digital Darkroom" 3:00 - 3:45pm. For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "The Field Guide to Inspired Photography: See It, Capture It, Work It" taught by experienced Tamron tech team photographers.  The cost of the seminars will be $25 and will include a welcome bag with a reporter notebook and lens cleaning cloth. For more information and to find out when the Tamron Tailgate Tour will be in your area, visit the website below.

Panasonic DMC-GH4 Firmware Update 2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic is planning to release a new firmware update for the Lumix DMC-GH4 compact system camera. Version 2.2 adds a new [Anamorphic(4:3)] mode which enables video recording in 3328 x 2496 pixel resolution with an anamorphic lens at a frame rate of either 23.98, 24, 25 or 29.97 fps. Anamorphic lenses are used to create a cinemascope aspect such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1. Panasonic discovered that cinematographers had been experimenting with the 4K PHOTO mode 4:3 aspect ratio in the LUMIX GH4 and vintage anamorphic cine lenses to achieve the classic Hollywood look of anamorphic film capture. Thanks in part to its Micro Four Thirds format and 4K recording ability, firmware Ver.2.2 for the LUMIX GH4 enables videographers to capture and un-squeeze a 3356x2496 image in post-production. In addition, 4:2:2 / 10 bit HDMI output is also available. A further enhancement of the new firmware is the addition of a very high shutter speed of 1/16,000 sec. when using the GH4's electronic shutter. The new firmware is scheduled to be released in late April.

Pentax K-S2 Review

Amy Davies
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The Pentax K-S2 is a new, very capable entry-level DSLR camera. The weather-proof K-S2 offers 20 megapixels, a variable-angle LCD monitor, an 11-point AF system, 3-inch LCD screen, an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage, wireless LAN and NFC functionality, and an ISO range of 100-51200, all for £550 / $700 body only. Read our in-depth Pentax K-S2 review now...

Sony Cyber-shot HX90/HX90V

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot HX90 is an 18-megapixel superzoom camera with a 25.750mm equivalent lens and a pop-up OLED viewfinder. Other key features include a fast, intelligent AF system with an improved spatial object detection algorithm, a control ring around the lens, a tiltable LCD screen plus on-board Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera can record full HD 60p650p moives usin the XAVC S codec. The Sony Cyber-shot H90V model ($430) additionally features a GPS module that automatically tags your shots and clips with location information to enjoy on a map using PlayMemories Home. The cameras wil be available from June.

Sony Cyber-shot WX500

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Sony Cyber-shot WX500 is an 18.2-megapixel digital compact camera with a 25-750mm equivalent zoom lens and a tilting LCD screen. Other highlights include a fast, intelligent AF system with an improved spatial object detection algorithm, a control ring around the lens, plus on-board WiFi and NFC.  Available from June, the Sony WX500 carries a manufacturer's suggested price of $330.

Blackmagic URSA Mini

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Blackmagic URSA Mini is the World's lightest handheld Super 35 digital film camera with a 4K or 4.6K sensor. Key features include up to 15 stops of dynamic range, switchable global or rolling shutter, a large 5" fold-out monitor and dual raw and Apple ProRes recorders. The Blackmagic URSA Mini is available in 4 models, customers can choose either EF or PL lens mounts and 4K or 4.6K image sensors. Prices for the Blackmagic URSA Mini start at $2,995 for the 4K EF model.

Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is an interchangeable-lens Full HD action cam with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount and a Super 16 sized sensor. The unique feature of this new camera is the built in expansion port that provides access to many of the camera’s unique functions via radio model aircraft remote controls and other common remote control solutions. The expansion connector includes 4 PWM channels for using all brands of control gear, or custom wiring, as well as a single S.Bus connection which can accept up to 18 channels of control using the single cable. Offering 13 stops of dynamic range, 12-bit raw image recording, and a choice of a 60fps rolling shutter or 30fps global shutter; the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera will be available in July for $995.

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Blackmagic Design has introduced a high-resolution electronic viewfinder specifically designed for the Blackmagic URSA and Blackmagic URSA Mini digital video cameras. Featuring a Full HD OLED display, the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder has been designed to meet the needs of high-end cinematographers. The display has been matched with precision glass optics, has an adjustable dioptre and built-in digital focus chart. When used with Blackmagic URSA cameras, the electronic viewfinder can also display overlays for things like recording status, camera settings, battery life and more. There’s even a built in sensor that helps preserve the life of the OLED screen by only turning the viewfinder on when needed. The Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder will be available in July for $1,495.

Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K is a tiny Ultra HD and HD studio camera claimed to deliver "dramatically better quality" than the biggest and most expensive studio cameras used today. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K comes equipped with a broadcast grade Ultra HD sensor and features a built-in colour corrector, talkback, tally indicator, PTZ control output, B4 lens control output, and an MFT lens mount. When used for regular HD, the extra sensor resolution completely eliminates any colour loss from the sensor’s bayer pattern so customers get full bandwidth RGB HD colour and superior sub pixel anti-aliasing. The camera also features 6G-SDI output and a program return input that allows it to be controlled remotely from a switcher using Blackmagic’s SDI control protocol. The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K will be available July for $1,295.

Blackmagic Video Assist

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Blackmagic Video Assist is a portable, all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used with any SDI or HDMI camera. Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist features a bright 5" full HD monitor and touchscreen with a 135º viewing angle. Customers can record broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video onto fast, inexpensive and widely available SD cards in Apple ProRes and DNxHD file formats. The Blackmagic Video Assist includes 2 standard LP-E6 battery slots allowing hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The Blackmagic Video Assist is available in July for $495.

Blackmagic Design Announces New 4.6K Sensor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

Blackmagic Design has announced a new high-performance 4.6K sensor for its URSA high-end digital video cameras. The new Super 35 image sensor features high resolution of 4608 x 2592 at 120 frames per second and 15 stops of dynamic range for images that rival those shot on many traditional motion picture film stocks. That means customers can now use URSA to get the most epic cinematic shots with more detail in the shadows and highlights than ever before. Videos are recorded as 12-bit lossless Cinema DNG raw files to preserve the maximum amount of image data and quality. The Blackmagic URSA 4.6K will be available in limited volumes from June, and increasing to full supply in July and August.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Canon USA Slashes Lens Prices

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon USA has reduced the MSRPs of over 30 EF lenses and teleconverters. "It’s a great time to expand your creative reach, because we’ve just made 33 of our high-performance EF lenses more affordable," the company says. "With an exciting selection of our best lenses to choose from, the right lens at the right new price awaits!" Click through / scroll down to see the updated price list.

Zhongyi Optics Tease New Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Zhongyi Optics have launched a teaser campaign for a new SLR lens. The soon-to-be-released lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A and Pentax K mounts and will be officially announced in the coming days. Via its Facebook fan page, the company said that the new product has similar specifications to a Canon lens that is currently available from B&H for $2,099. This description fits the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and 14mm f/2.8L II USM lenses, so we expect that the new Zhongyi Mitakon will be eaither a bright, short telephoto lens or an ultra-wide prime.

Pentax K-S2 Sample Images

Amy Davies
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Pentax K-S2 DSLR camera.

The Pentax K-S2 is the World’s smallest dustproof, weather-resistant digital SLR camera with a variable-angle LCD monitor, wireless LAN and NFC functionality.

DJI Ronin-M

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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DJI today announced the DJI Ronin-M, a lightweight handheld camera stabiliser with a maximum load capacity of 8lbs. Featuring a unique, lightweight (5lbs) magnesium frame, the DJI Ronin-M opens up possibilities for camera movements. “The Ronin-M features many of the same key features that have made the DJI Ronin a favourite among filmmaking professionals,” said Paul Pan, Product Manager of the DJI Ronin. “At the same time, we have looked at many performance upgrades so that the Ronin-M can be as mobile as possible and used virtually anywhere.” Small enough to carry in a backpack, the DJI Ronin-M incorporates DJI’s signature SmoothTrack system, allowing operators to easily track action on a multiple or single axes. The quick-release system for the top handle allows users to mount the DJI Ronin-M easily to jibs, cranes and tripods. DJI is exhibiting the Ronin-M as well as the recently announced DJI Phantom 3 at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas this week at booth Central Hall C1707.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon PowerShot SX610 HS compact camera.

The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a new travel-zoom compact camera with an 18x lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.

Canon PowerShot N2 Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 39 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon PowerShot N2 compact camera.

The Canon PowerShot N2 is a new square-shaped, "selfie" compact camera with an 8x lens and a 16 megapixel sensor.

Lensbaby Announces UK Pricing for Velvet 56 Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lensbaby has announced the UK RRPs of the Velvet 56, a new 56mm lens with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:2 and maximum aperture of f/1.6. Boasting an all-metal construction, the Lensbaby Velvet 56 is available in two colours, black and silver. The black version sells for £419 and the silver edition (pictured) retails for £499.