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Canon announces PowerShot SX500 IS, SX160 IS superzoom cameras ahead of Photokina

August 23rd, 2012

Canon announces PowerShot SX500 IS, SX160 IS superzoom cameras ahead of Photokina

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.

Canon announces PowerShot SX500 IS, SX160 IS superzoom cameras ahead of Photokina

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.

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Canon EOS 7D v2 firmware tested: increases burst capacity, gives manual audio control

August 8th, 2012

Canon EOS 7D v2 firmware tested: increases burst capacity, gives manual audio control

You don’t get to unbox anything or have that new-camera smell, so how much does the Canon 7D v2 firmware really transform the now three year-old model? The answer depends a bit on what you do with it, but for most users the Japanese maker deserves kudos from bringing new functionality to the model.

Two changes stand out in particular, the first being a bump in the number of burst RAW images from 15 to 25, a boon for action shooters. The other biggie is manual audio level adjustment, saving videographers from the whims of automatic audio levels. Other tweaks include in-camera rating, resizing and editing of images; a max auto ISO setting; GPS compatibility; file name customization; time zone settings; and faster magnification scrolling and control screen adjustment during playback.

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Unannounced Sony NEX-5R and NEX-6 cameras could pack wireless connectivity

August 6th, 2012

Unannounced Sony NEX-5R and NEX-6 cameras could pack wireless connectivity

Sony’s NEX camera series hasn’t made much noise so far this year, aside from its new entry-level F3 model. But that’s likely to change soon, with a pair of new mirrorless model numbers appearing in Indonesian POSTEL listings. They’ve since been nixed, but not before the eagle eyes at Sony Alpha Rumors plucked this screen grab of the NEX-5R and NEX-6. It’s the Wireless LAN part (which resulted in this listing) that’s piqued our interested, suggesting that Sony’s next generation of ILCs will also board the wireless connectivity train. There’s no more detail to glean from the listing, although rumors (and hopeful prayers) point to an announcement ahead of premier camera show, Photokina, which kicks off next month.

SOURCE via Sony Alpha Rumors

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Fujifilm unwraps FinePix F800EXR camera with wireless sharing to Android, iOS

July 28th, 2012

Fujifilm unwraps FinePix F800EXR camera with wireless sharing to Android, iOS

If your company doesn’t have a camera with WiFi sharing somewhere in your lineup, many will say you’re not even in the photography game. Fujifilm is definitely playing: welcome the FinePix F800EXR, its first camera with wireless sharing as part and parcel of the experience. Its centerpiece is a free Photo Receiver app for Android and iOS devices that will catch as many 30 images at a time from an ad hoc WiFi camera link. The matching (if unceremoniously named) Camera Application can return the gesture by geotagging shots as well as finding existing photos on the map. Fujifilm will even pre-Instagram the photos through six new on-camera filters for those who can’t stand posting images online without at least some Lomo or tilt-shift effects thrown in.

As for the actual camera part of the camera, Fujifilm is keeping afloat in the competitive waters with a 16-megapixel, CMOS-based EXR sensor that can widen the dynamic range or lower the noise if sheer resolution isn’t all that vital. An equally noteworthy 20x (25-500mm equivalent) lens out in front will zoom in a lot closer than any phone camera — well, most of them. We’re otherwise looking at the technology we’d expect in a point-and-shoot of this class, such as full-resolution burst shooting at up to eight frames per second, 1080p video and a RAW mode for image quality sticklers. Stores should have the F800EXR in August for about $350.

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Kipon preps Canon EF lens adapters for Micro Four Thirds, NEX cameras with electronic control

July 28th, 2012

Kipon preps Canon EF lens adapters for Micro Four Thirds, NEX cameras with electronic control

Adapters to fit Canon’s EF lenses on Micro Four Thirds and NEX camera bodies most definitely aren’t new. Without any electronic link, though, that Lumix GX1 or NEX-F3 owner has had to focus by hand, sometimes without any aperture control — what year is it, 1930? Kipon wants to make sure you’ll never have to stoop to that level again through a pair of new adapters that keep the electronic controls working. As always with these parts, there’s likely to be catches: we don’t know the prices and ship dates, for one, and lens conversion can still hurt the autofocus speed. Even so, anyone who’s been hoarding (or simply envious of) Canon glass now doesn’t have to eye an EOS-M just to get a mirrorless camera with the lens adapter they crave.

SOURCE via Kipon

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Canon unveils EOS M mirrorless: 18 MP APS-C, EF compatibility, $800 in October with 22mm lens

July 24th, 2012

Canon unveils EOS M mirrorless: 18 MP APS-C, EF compatibility, $800 in October with 22mm lens

Rumors of a Canon mirrorless camera have circled the web since long before Nikon’s foray into the compact ILC space. And while that manufacturer’s model fell far short of some expectations, it appears that Canon’s iteration may in fact have been worth the not-so-insignificant wait. Unlike the Nikon 1 Series, Canon’s new EOS M isn’t a drastic departure from the company’s existing mid-range DSLR lineup.

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Lexar XQD memory cards announced, will duel with Sony for Nikon D4′s attention

July 16th, 2012

Lexar XQD memory cards announced, will duel with Sony for Nikon D4's attention

Nikon’s D4 is currently the only belle at the XQD ball, and until now, Sony was its only memory suitor. However, Lexar’s just arrived with a new line of cards to compete for the D4′s affections. The Fremont-based company says it collaborated with Nikon to build the PCI Express-based memory, and that they’ll hit the market sometime in the third quarter of 2012 — with no mention of specs or prices so far. Unfortunately, that means we don’t know how Lexar’s offerings will stack up against Sony’s H-series or S-series cards already on the market. That said, while you wait for more details about Lexar’s new cards, feel free to check out the lovely data the D4 will be putting on ‘em when they arrive.

SOURCE via Lexar

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Nikon releases D4 firmware 1.02 with minor display, formatting, network stability improvements in tow

July 6th, 2012

Nikon releases D4 firmware 1.02 with minor display, formatting, network stability improvements in tow

Have you managed to get your hands on Nikon’s elusive D4 full-frame DSLR? It should be smooth sailing from here, with the occasional firmware update being your only critical acquisition going forward. D4 firmware 1.02 brings a handful of minor fixes, but if you’re in need of any of the enhancements listed below, it’s surely a must have:

  • Format memory card can now be added to My Menu.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has now been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • The stability of network connections when the FTP upload option is selected has been increased.
  • When recording movies using a lens with an aperture ring in [P] or [S] exposure mode, and Aperture ring selected for Custom Setting f10: Customize command dials>Aperture setting, the minimum aperture was applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • When a still image captured during movie recording with 1920 ×1080; 30 fps; crop, 1920 × 1080; 25 fps; crop, or 1920 × 1080; 24 fps; crop selected for Movie settings>Frame size/frame rate and Live frame grab selected for Custom Setting g4: Assign shutter button was displayed in Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the position of the focus point displayed differed from actual recording position. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the camera to freeze when attempting to format a memory card (setup menu > Format memory card) while the camera was connected to a network in HTTP server mode has been resolved.

OS X and Windows users alike can hit up the source link below to get their download on.

SOURCE via Nikon

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Samsung upstages Sony with f/1.4-equipped EX2F point-and-shoot for $549

July 4th, 2012

Samsung upstages Sony with f/1.4-equipped EX2F point-and-shoot for $549

Samsung’s been flaunting its WiFi-equipped Smart cameras throughout the last year, but with a generally significant trade-off in image quality, we haven’t been terribly impressed. This 12.4-megapixel CMOS shooter packs an f/1.4-2.7 lens — quite a feat for any point-and-shoot — along with a full-size hot shoe, dual image stabilization, a top ISO setting of 12,800 (extended), a 24-79mm 3.3x lens and a 3-inch swivel VGA-resolution AMOLED display. That’s in addition to the full manual shooting mode, RAW option, 1080/30p HD video capture and the standard plethora of WiFi options, including Remote Viewfinder and Auto Backup.

Samsung upstages Sony with f/1.4-equipped EX2F point-and-shoot for $549

Accessory add-ons include an optical viewfinder, external mic and a secondary flash (a smaller pop-up model is built-in, and retracts when not in use). There’s no hint of pricing or availability, but with that industry-leading f/1.4 lens, pro-level features and AMOLED display, we’re certain that the EX2F won’t come cheap. Samsung has confirmed that the camera will be priced at $549, and is scheduled to hit stores in August.

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First DSLR 4K video from prototype Canon EOS-1D C reportedly emerges

July 3rd, 2012

First DSLR 4K video from prototype Canon EOS-1D C reportedly emerges

If you’ve been wondering what kind of eye candy Canon’s EOS-1D C is capable of, you might be in luck. The crew over at EOSHD have apparently snagged some 4K sample footage from an early prototype of the unreleased, professional-grade DSLR. The clip looks slick to us, albeit lacking in the scenery department. Even so, EOSHD comments that while a “massive step up for image quality compared to all previous DSLRs” the video footage isn’t as sharp as stills from the 1D X (the 1D C’s less-endowed sibling) and “not near what true 4K should look like.” (Of course, anyone looking for true 4K is advised to step up to Sony’s $70k F65 CineAlta, so we guess you get what you pay for). You can check out the minute-long clip, unfortunately scaled to a Vimeo-friendly 1,920 x 1,080, after the break. If your discerning eye demands the raw footage, however, why not grab the few seconds available at the source link. Read more…

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