Monday, April 7, 2014

Reflecta x8-Scan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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The Reflecta x8-Scan is a new device designed to digitise 35mm film. Featuring a 5-megapixel area-array CMOS sensor, the Reflecta x8-Scan comes with ArcSoft MediaImpression software, user manual, a cleaning brush, a mounted slide holder for 3 slides and film holder for up to 6 images. There is a one touch button on the device which connects to Windows and Mac computers via a USB port. The new Reflecta x8-Scan will be available from May in specialist shops at an SRP of £59.04.

Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 300

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro, the UK distributor of Reflecta photo products, has launched a new studio flash kit - the Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 300. Weighing in at just 8.5kg, the VisiLux StudioKit 300 comprises two 300Ws flash heads - each featuring an LED display, stepless controls, cooling, overheat protection and five sync modes -, two 220cm light stands, two 50x70cm softboxes with intermediate diffusers, one 84cm transparent umbrella, one 84cm silver-reflection umbrella, one wireless remote control, two synchro-cables (3.5m each) and a carrying bag. Optional accessories include a barn door kit with filters, beauty dish with honeycomb grid, snoots, a wireless remote control with AC plug, and spare lamps. The VisiLux StudioKit 300 is available now with an SRP of £543.

New Memory Card Line from Samsung

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Samsung today annnounced that it is now shipping a new line of SD and microSD memory cards. Boasting newly designed exteriors and branding, the new cards are available in PRO, EVO and Standard categories, colour coded silver, orange and blue respectively. The PRO and EVO products both support UHS-I Grade 1 level performance with read speeds of up to 90MB/s and 48MB/s. All models are guaranteed to survive up to 24 hours in seawater and endure operating temperatures from -13°F to 185°F and non-operating temperatures from- 40°F to 185°F (-25°C to 85°C and -40°C to 85°C). The new Samsung memory card range will be show on the Kondor stand at this year’s Gadget Show 9-13th April, NEC Birmingham, Hall 6, Stand K40.

Hink Presents World’s First Flexible Flash

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Hink have launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the commercialisation of what they call 'the world's first flexible flashgun." Called Spacefish, the new flash makes it easier to control your light when shooting and allows you to be more creative. Its flexible neck means that flash movement is no longer limited to tilting and swivelling the flash head. Additionally, Hink have made it easier to attach modular accessories with inbuilt systems for colour filters and remote triggers. Spacefish has a built-in LED modelling/AF-­assist light, a recycle time of approximately 0.8 seconds, and a guide number of 33 in metres. It is currently a manual flash, but if the project surpasses its Kickstarter target, Hink will be able to include e-TTL exposure control on the first model. Interested readers are encouraged to pay a visit to the project's Kickstarter page and make a donation.

Official Sony A7S Sample Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Sony has posted a 4K sample movie shot entirely on the brand new Sony A7S compact system camera. The Sony A7S is an E-mount interchangeable-lens camera with a 12-megapixel full-frame imager capable of full-pixel read-out - without pixel binning - for 4K videos and QFHD video output through HDMI. Click through / scroll down to view the official Sony A7S sample video.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sony A7S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony A7S is a new 12.2-megapixel compact system camera with a 35mm full-frame sensor, 4K movie recording, a sensitivity range of ISO 50 to 102,400 (extendable to ISO 409,600)  and an improved auto focus system that remains operational down to light levels as low as -4EV. Using data read-out from every single pixel of the 35mm full-frame sensor, the Sony A7S records 4K movies (24p and 25p) that are free from aliasing and jaggies. The camera's professional video functions include XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs. The new α7S full-frame digital camera from Sony will be available in Summer 2014, with pricing to be confirmed..

Leica X Vario Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 48 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Leica X Vario compact camera.

The Leica X Vario is a premium compact camera with a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and 18-46mm f/3.5-6.4 zoom lens (28-700 equivalent).

Fujifilm FinePix S9400W Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 61 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S9400W compact camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix S9400W is a new wi-fi enabled super-zoom compact camera with a 50x lens that offers a massive focal range of 24-1200mm.

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS Sample Images

Jack Baker
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Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS compact camera.

The Canon PowerShot SX600 HS is a new travel-zoom compact camera with an 18x lens and a 16 megapixel sensor.

Nikon Coolpix S9700 Sample Images

Matt Grayson
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Ahead of our full review, here are 47 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Nikon Coolpix S9700 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a new travel-zoom compact camera with a 30x lens and a 16 megapixel sensor.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V compact camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 50x lens and 20 megapixel sensor.

Fujifilm FinePix S9200 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 60 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Fujifilm FinePix S9200 compact camera.

The Fujifilm FinePix S9200 is a new super-zoom compact camera with a 50x lens that offers a massive focal range of 24-1200mm.

Canon EOS 1200D Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 47 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Canon EOS 1200D DSLR camera.

The Canon EOS 1200D is a new entry-level DSLR camera with an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, a 9-point auto focus module, a stainless steel chassis and all-aluminium exterior.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 58 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V compact camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX60V is a new premium travel-zoom compact camera with a 30x lens and a 20 megapixel sensor.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P600 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a new super-zoom bridge camera with an incredible 60x zoom lens. The Nikon P600 also has a back illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch 921K-dot vari-angle LCD screen, full 1080p high-definition movies with stereo sound, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, an electronic viewfinder and 7fps burst shooting. Read our Nikon Coolpix P600 review to find out just what a 60x zoom lens is capable of...

Satellite Slider

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Arizona based White Dot has launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds for a new camera slider. Designed for digital SLR cameras, the Satellite slider features precision bearing wheels and fully machined sliding surfaces. "In addition to having incredible build quality, the Satellite has many additional features that are a great fit for filmmakers," says Justin Turley, an electrical engineer. These include three stroke lengths, many accessories, four different leg types to choose from, a belt-drive system with crank handwheel, optional motor drive, and much more. The starting price for the Satellite is $150.

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