It was a concept last year, but this time it doesn’t look like a conceptual design but a real-life Instagram camera – to be called Socialmatic. Socialmatic and Polaroid is planning on releasing this device next year – a camera where you capture, choose filters and posted them up to your social media or print it out directly.
Technical specifications include: an Instagram icon-shaped body, lens, touchscreen and printer. According to Antonio De Rosa, CEO of Socialmatic: “We are so proud to work together with C & A and Polaroid, giants of digital photography. It’s been a long and difficult negotiation but we were strongly motivated to reach an agreement to create a small revolution in digital photography. This mix of Hardware and Software, together with our brand new photo social network will fill the gap between virtuality and reality.”
Samsung knows you can’t afford the Galaxy Camera so they release another version without cellular connectivity – the “wifi-only” version. Codenamed EK-GC110, comes with 16.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 21x optical zoom, 4.8-inch display, 1.4GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.1. Pricing and availability – TBA.
Today, Polaroid has announced its iM1836 Camera, an Android powered camera. It is an interchangeable lens camera with 10-30mm zoom lens and works with all Micro Four Thirds lenses via an adapter. It comes an 18 megapixel sensor, Android 4.1, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, 1080p video recording, a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, and one-button sharing to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo. The camera is going to be priced at $400. Looks like Android camera is expanding
Canon Delighting You Always or Nikon At the Heart of the Image. Which do you prefer? Or Leica? Go with your own choice, listening too much to what fanboys saying will definitely confused your decision.
A frequent gripe of Lytro camera owners has been the hands-off nature of the photography, with that signature infinite focus about the only real fine-tuning that’s on tap. As of a fresh firmware upgrade, the light-field camera is much friendlier to demanding shooters. The unconventional point-and-shoot now lets owners manually adjust the ISO sensitivity (80 to 3,200) and shutter speed (1/250th of a second to 8 seconds) as well as lock the exposure or invoke a neutral density filter. Regardless of their precision demands, anyone who was already sold on the concept still gets a few perks with today’s refresh: the 8GB model now comes in Seaglass green and a Target-exclusive Moxie Pink, and there’s both a $30 sleeve as well as a $60, accessory-friendly case for those who’ve fully committed to the Lytro lifestyle. Neither upgrade will bring higher resolutions or video, but they’ll go a long way towards accommodating those who were at least on the fence. Check out an interactive sample of the shutter speed control’s benefits after the break. Read more…
Part suppliers sometimes telegraph their customers’ plans months in advance: when you’re the only provider for a key piece of technology, it’s not hard for others to read the tea leaves. Aptina might have just given us one such peek into the future by unveiling its 1-inch AR1011HS camera sensor this week. As the Nikon 1 series is one of the few current, mainstream camera lines to use Aptina’s 1-inch sensors, it’s quite possible that we’re looking at a template for one or more of Nikon’s tiny interchangeable-lens shooters. The 10-megapixel CMOS sensor and low-light sensitivity aren’t surprises. We’re more interested in the wild levels of video capture support — the AR1011HS can record 1080p footage at 120 frames per second, oversample movies at that resolution or scale up to quad HD. There’s no guarantee any or all of the features will make the cut, especially given a dearth of 4K TVs, but it’s not hard to imagine Nikon playing to the 1′s high-speed strengths with an even quicker upgrade. Mass production starts in the first quarter of 2013, and while neither Aptina nor Nikon has confirmed any plans, Aptina’s emphasis on top-tier companies in the “performance-oriented” mirrorless camera world leaves few other choices for a partnership.
It’s not a secret in the least thanks to a video slip-up by Panasonic a few days ago, but today the company is ready to officially announce the successor to its venerable GH2, the Lumix DMC-GH3. This Micro-Four Thirds mirrorless shooter is nearly as big as some entry-level DSLRs, but it’s loaded with features to make up for it. Packed inside its dust- and splash-proof magnesium alloy body, you’ll find a 16.05-megapixel Live Mos sensor that’ll handle 200 to 12,800 ISO natively with extension from 125 to 25,600. Aiding it is Panasonic’s latest Venus engine, which enables 6 FPS burst shooting (20 in 4-megapixel mode).
Notably, Panasonic is pushing this as a “multimedia” shooter given its robust video features. Unlike many ILCs, the GH3 touts unlimited recording time, so you won’t be held back by the likes of the camera overheating — sadly, the approx. 29-minute recording restriction for PAL regions is in place however. You’ll be able to shoot in either MP4, MOV, AVCHD or AVCHD Progressive, with a maximum bandwidth of “72 Mbps (ALL-Intra) / 50 Mbps (IPB).” The formats can be recorded using frame rates of 24, 30 and 60p (excluding MOV and AVCHD), and you’ll even be able work with SMPTE time-codes for syncing footage easily in post production.
On back, there’s an articulating 3:2 614K-dot OLED touchscreen, which can be used for tap-focusing while recording video, along with a 16:9 1,744K-dot OLED view finder — both of which provide 100% frame coverage. Thanks to included WiFi connectivity, you’ll be able to control the camera from your mobile device — although, its HDMI out may be better suited for film-making. Along the side, there’s a duo 3.5mm jacks for monitoring and recording audio straight from the camera with a mic of your choosing or a Panasonic’s optional shotgun mic.
Speaking of accessories, an F2.8 35-100mm lens will also be introduced with the camera, touting a dust- and splash-proof design. There’s no word on price just yet for the GH3 or its accessories, but we’re told the camera will hit shelves for a number shy of $2,000 when it’s released later this year.
Not completely sold on Canon’s large sensor-packing PowerShot G1 X? The company’s latest jumbo compact offers a comparable smooth focus effect, thanks to its super-wide f/1.8-2.8, 28-140mm optical zoom lens, with image stabilization that boosts your shooting capability by up to four stops. The camera, which is designed to replace the G12, features a 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor paired with a DIGIC 5 processor, enabling RAW shooting, 1080p video and a top sensitivity of ISO 12,800 all in a body that’s significant smaller and lighter than its predecessor. There’s also a super-sharp 922k-dot 3-inch LCD (no touchscreen here, not that we miss it) and a built-in optical viewfinder.
The $500 G15 isn’t set to hit stores until October, but we caught an early peek at Photokina today. A Canon representative also clued us in on the camera’s naming scheme — that jump from 12 right to 15. As we know, 13 is an unlucky number in North America and Europe, but the 14 was also avoided because the number four “sounds like an unlucky word” in Japanese. So, there you have it. Regardless of what it’s called, though, the G15 is one powerful shooter, with a very solid design to boot.
Though it is smaller than the G12, it’s still far too large to fit in a pocket — you’ll likely walk around with this guy dangling from your neck. There’s a mode dial up top, along with a dedicated exposure compensation dial, enabling more precise EV control. We weren’t able to examine samples in order to evaluate the camera’s bokeh capabilities, but Canon reps said that the effect is on par with the G1 X. You’ll be able to get your own mitts on the G15 beginning next month.
Digital imaging buffs are certain to experience a whirlwind autumn, but there’s nothing on the books saying that manufacturers need wait for the biennial Photokina expo to roll out new models. Just in time for the back-to-school season, Canon is announcing two new superzoom cams — the SX160 IS will serve as the successor to the SX150, while the SX500 IS is an entirely new camera, set to sit alongside the company’s SX40 HS and SX260 HS point-and-shoots. Both new models include identical 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensors, intelligent image stabilization, a relatively modest ISO range of 100-800 and the ability to capture 720p video at 25 frames-per-second.
As you may have guessed the SX500 IS is the higher-end flavor, offering a 30x, 24-720mm lens with a maximum aperture range of f/3.4-5.8. That model boasts autofocus improvements of 32 percent and decreased shutter lag of 33 percent over the SX40 HS, Canon’s former top model in this category. The SX160 IS, for its part, packs a 16x, 28-448mm f/3.5-5.9 lens and offers 22 percent faster autofocus and 46 percent less shutter lag than the SX150 it replaces. It’s also powered by AA batteries, which some users may find to be an advantage, considering wide availability during trips abroad. Both cameras include 3-inch LCDs — 461k-dot for the SX500 and 230k-dot with the SX160 — and are set to ship in September, with the black SX500 IS priced at $330 and the SX160 IS available for $230, in both red and black.
If smartphones really are threatening the compact camera market, it stands to reason that the higher-end point-and-shoots will be the last models standing. Canon’s had more success than most in this arena, and today is announcing updates to its most capable PowerShot compacts ahead of Photokina. The company promises across-the-board improvements in autofocus performance and shutter lag, and has reshuffled its lineup to give it more focus. There’s a lot more difference between the S and G series than in previous years, for example, making the decision on which to buy come down to more than just the figurative or literal size of your pockets.
The S110 is the follow-up to last year’s S100 and the latest entrant in the company’s popular S series of enthusiast compacts. There are two main advances in the S110: touchscreen control and Wi-Fi support that uses Canon’s Camera Window apps for iOS and Android. The physical design has undergone a minor evolution, too, with the S100′s grip excised in favor of slightly tapered edges.
Otherwise it’s the same combination of a 24-120mm equivalent f/2.0-5.9 lens and 12.1-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor, which is a little disappointing in light of Sony’s recent compact champion, the RX100. You’ll be paying around $200 less for the S110, mind you — it’ll be available in black or white next month for $449.99. And for fans of point-and-shoots with even larger sensors, bodies, and price tags than the RX100, it’s worth noting that Canon still offers the $799.99 G1 X.