Friday, December 4, 2009

Put your Photo on Bing's Home Page

Yup you heard me right.
You can have your photo featured on Bing's Home page.

All you gotta do is

goto their Link at Facebook


Be a fan of this and then upload your pic to Bing.
If they like it, then you 'll be on their page.

For more details visit the link.

Best of Luck

Your Ideal DSLR Kit

Hey guys I m thinking about making photography as a semi-profession.
Although I need cash to buy the equipment, which I don't have at the moment :P

But I wanna share my Thoughts about Ideal DSLR Kit.

Your can share yours in the comments.

OK

Here it goes

Canon 5D mk2
24-105mm f 4.0 L Lens
70-200mm f2.8 L Lens
100mm Macro Lens
85mm f1.2 Lens
Speedlite EX580

A really good tripod(I m not a expert on this, so no name)
This is my dream kit.

What's yours?????????

I m back!!!

Sorry for no update at all.

I was kinda tangled up.

But Now I m back and I 'll try my best to express my opinions as much as possible
and keep you guys update

Thanks for sticking to me :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV announced

Canon 1D Mark IV

Canon has just announced the EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR. The new 1D Mark IV succeeds the 1D Mark III, which was plagued with autofocus flaws from day one. The 1D Mark IV features a completely revised autofocus system with 45 AF points, 39 of which points are high-precision cross-type. Other upgrades include a higher resolution, increased sensitivity, dual DIGIC IV processors, and full HD video.

Canon 1D Mark IV Key Features

  • 16.1-megapixel APS-H (1.3x crop) CMOS sensor
  • ISO 50-102,400
  • 45 AF points (39 cross-type points)
  • Multiple AF configuration and customization options
  • 10 fps still image capture
  • Full HD video capture
  • Dual DIGIC IV processors
  • M-RAW and S-RAW image capture

Canon 1D Mark IV Availability

Amazon

B&H Photo

Adorama

Additional updates, reviews and info to follow on Photography Bay’s Canon 1D Mark IV Reviews and Resources.

Canon 1D Mark IV News Release

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 20, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon’s most rugged and durable professional camera body.

The crowning achievement of Canon’s 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is its new autofocus system that starts with 45 AF points including 39 high-precision cross-type focusing points capable of tracking fast moving athletes or wildlife accurately at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With greater subject detection capability than ever before plus a newly redesigned AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm, the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera sets new standards for autofocus performance among professional digital SLRs. Whether shooting for the six o’clock news or the front page, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR is the quintessential camera to freeze fast-moving action with high-speed stills or capture stunning HD video with dynamic color and image quality. To accompany the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera, Canon is also announcing a new accessory, the WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter providing photographers with a wide range of professional digital connectivity options.

“Canon works hard to be the imaging leader in all our business endeavors. This goal has fueled our innovation and R&D efforts to engineer the most advanced autofocus system Canon has ever produced. We are proud to announce the camera that will deliver the ultimate in imaging quality to professionals working in all areas of multimedia imaging, whether it’s action photography, photojournalism or HD video and cinematography,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera will intrigue professional photographers in virtually every category from photojournalism and sports through nature, wedding, portrait and fashion to commercial, industrial and law enforcement. What makes the EOS-1D Mark IV camera different from its predecessors, in addition to numerous focusing system and image quality improvements, is its exceptional Full HD video capture capability. With this new level of functionality, the 1D Mark IV Digital SLR is destined to appeal not only to professional still photographers but also to a diverse market of professional videographers and filmmakers who are looking for exceptional Full HD video quality, amazing low-light performance, outstanding portability and a level of durability unheard of in most HD video cameras in this price range.

New 45-Point Autofocus System

The new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera features Canon’s most advanced Autofocus system to date. It is equipped with a newly developed 45-point AF sensor featuring 39 high-precision cross-type AF points, and an all new AI Servo II AF mode that gives still photographers the power and performance to track and focus a fast-moving subject at speeds up to 10 frames per second. With more than twice as many cross-type focusing points as the EOS-1D Mark III and a new AF sensor construction that improves performance in low light and with low contrast subjects, the EOS-1D Mark IV has greater subject detection capabilities than any previous EOS model. To complete the range of AF improvements, Canon has developed a new AI Servo II AF predictive focusing algorithm that significantly improves responsiveness and stability by making better decisions on focus tracking in a variety of shooting conditions.

Amazing High ISO Performance

Wedding and event photographers shooting in low light without the benefit of a flash can take advantage of Canon’s widest ISO range and highest performance ever. The EOS-1D Mark IV camera’s ISO speed settings range from 100 up to 12,800 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments with ISO Expansion settings of L: 50 for bright light or H1: 25,600, H2: 51,200, and H3: 102,400 for even the most dimly lit situations. Photographers and documentary filmmakers working in available light will be impressed by the low-noise image quality of the 1D Mark IV, capturing amazing still images and video footage even at speed settings as high as ISO 12,800. High ISO, low light still images are further enhanced by Canon’s adjustable High ISO Noise Reduction feature, now a default setting in the camera.

The EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS HD Video Powerhouse

Over the past year, Canon’s EOS HD Video technology has changed the way users capture 1080p HD video and opened new doors for multimedia journalists and Hollywood cinematographers alike with full manual exposure control, selectable frame rates, and interchangeable lenses on some of the largest and most sensitive image sensors on the market. Canon continues this innovation trend with the new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR with Full HD capture and full manual exposure control, plus selectable frame rates on an all-new APS-H-sized image sensor that’s similar in size to a Super 35mm motion picture film frame. The large sensor allows filmmakers to achieve shallow depth-of-field just as cinematographers have traditionally done using much higher-cost motion picture equipment.

The more than 50 Canon EF lenses compatible with the EOS-1D Mark IV give videographers incredible creative options, including an impressive selection of large-aperture professional L-series primes as well as zoom lenses, macro, Tilt-Shift and Fisheye optics. The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV allows for three video recording resolutions – 1080p Full HD and 720p HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards. Sound is recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via optional external microphones connected to the stereo microphone input. The camera also provides an in-camera video editing function allowing users to remove the start or ending of a video clip directly in the camera to eliminate unwanted footage and speed up post-production.

Image Quality and Performance

The heart of the EOS-1D Mark IV camera’s outstanding image quality is a newly developed 16.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor featuring Canon’s latest and most advanced proprietary technologies. These technologies include improved photodiode construction to enhance dynamic range and gapless microlenses that are positioned closer to the photodiodes for improved light gathering efficiency. The transmissive quality of the color filter array has been enhanced to improve sensitivity. Canon has also upgraded the sensor circuitry to improve noise reduction before the image data is exported from the CMOS sensor to the rest of the image processing chain.

With 60 percent more pixels than the EOS-1D Mark III, the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR employs Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors with approximately six times the processing power of DIGIC III for full 14-bit A/D conversion at 10 fps. High-speed continuous shooting up to 121 Large JPEGs is possible using a UDMA CF card. This camera also features three RAW shooting modes for versatility with Full RAW (approx. 16 million pixels), M-RAW (approx. nine million pixels), and S-RAW (approx. four million pixels). Three additional JPEG recording formats (M1, M2 and Small) are also available.

The 14-bit per channel conversion facilitated by the dual DIGIC 4 Processors provides smoother tonalities in final images capturing all 16,384 distinct tones in each channel (red, green and blue) at the full 10 fps frame rate. RAW images shot on the new Canon EOS-1D Mark IV use the entire 14-bit space when converted to 16-bit TIFF files in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which is supplied with the camera at no extra charge. The 14-bit A/D conversion is also the foundation for Canon’s Highlight Tone Priority feature that takes maximum advantage of the camera’s extensive dynamic range to preserve detail in highlight areas of the image. Canon’s new EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR also features an improved white balance algorithm making colors more accurate when shooting under low color temperature light sources such as household tungsten lamps.

The EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR features Canon’s Peripheral Illumination Correction function which corrects darkening that can occur in the corners of images with most lenses when used at their largest apertures. When activated, it is automatically applied to JPEG images and video clips as they are shot. For RAW images, it can be applied in DPP software.

Other new features include a large three-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution and a wide 160-degree viewing angle for enhanced clarity and more precise color when reviewing images and shooting video. The new in-camera copyright information feature helps professionals secure control over images by setting copyright data directly into the camera and appending that information to each image file in the Exif metadata. Additional features include a fluorine coating on the Low Pass Filter to further repel dust and enhance the EOS Integrated Cleaning System.

Minimize Post-Production with Enhanced Canon Auto Lighting Optimizer

Action photography truly is all about speed, capturing a fast subject with fast focusing and fast frame rates. However, all this speed might be wasted if it is slowed down by lengthy post-production procedures to adjust image quality. The EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR helps reduce post-production work with a powerful new Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) system. When enabled, Canon’s ALO automatically adjusts the image for optimal brightness and contrast on the fly during in-camera image processing, reducing clipped highlights while keeping shadowed areas as clear and detailed as they actually appear. By optimizing brightness and contrast in-camera, Canon’s ALO system significantly reduces the need for post-production image optimization, and gives photographers image quality they can take directly to press. Demanding professional photographers who tested ALO clearly stated that this one feature will reduce their post-production image optimization process by more than 75 percent. Canon’s ALO works with both RAWi and JPEG images as well as video recording.

Rugged Reliability

Canon has taken every measure to ensure that the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera has the highest degree of weather resistance in the EOS line. The 1D Mark IV camera incorporates a wide range of design features that enhance its durability and reliability for professional assignments. For example, the 1D Mark IV’s body, chassis and lens mount are completely weather-resistant and 76 gaskets and seals surround all buttons and seams. The body covers and internal chassis, including the mirror box, are constructed with magnesium-alloy, one of the strongest and rigid metals available for its weight. For added strength, the lens mount is constructed with stainless steel. In fact, when used with Canon’s Speedlite 580EX II and/or most current L-series lenses, the entire camera system remains fully weather resistant, so professionals can concentrate on getting the shot instead of worrying about protecting their gear.

New Wireless Connectivity

Canon is announcing the availability of the new WFT-E2 II A* wireless file transmitter exclusively for the EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The WFT-E2 II A wireless transmitter is an extremely small and versatile device that offers professional photographers a wide range of digital connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet, ideal for commercial and studio work. In addition to adding the ability to connect to wireless networks over 802.11a, the new WFT-E2 II A adds a wealth of new professional features to the photographer’s tool kit. The new Camera Linking feature allows a single photographer to simultaneously fire up to 10 cameras remotely; and the updated WFT Server mode lets you remotely use Live View, control settings, and fire the EOS-1D Mark IV over the internet from anywhere in the world using a standard Web browser or many Web-enabled smart phones. Additionally, geotagging is now possible via Bluetooth, using compatible GPS devices to append coordinate data to the images.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers in late December, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $4,999.00ii. Final pricing and availability for the Canon WFT-E2 II A wireless file transmitter will be available later this year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Which is better? Mini DV vs. DVD vs HDD

HI,
This is Ameer Hamza.
For the past few days I am asked one single question over and over again on my youtube account.
So i decided to make a post about it, in case other people might wanna know about it.

The Question is

Which is the best format for recording footage on a normal consumer camcorder.
Mini DV or DVD or Hard Disk Drive(or solid state)

First thing first, Avoid Tapes, unless you are a journalist and your TV station requires them, Other than that tapes are nothing less than a liability.
Even the professional industry is turning to tapeless solutions. So mini DV, I don't recommend it.
And it's not just the tape, these camcorders are also more likely to get damaged than any of it's rivals, why if you ask, due to maximum moving parts(all the tape equipment) and a gaping hole that is open everytime you wanna put of eject the tape. which can be a source of dirt to enter in your camcorder. Not to mention it will also produce a lot of noise due to all those moving parts which will ruin the overall quality of the sound.
Long Story short, Avoid Tapes unless it's needed.


Now for the DVD, This is particularly useful when you seldom shoot(with camcorder) and want the footage out on a media ASAP and you don't want tapes. That's where DVD's step in. you got a DVD that can take upto 90 min(8cm DVD) and you can edit the footage on camera(which is recorded on built in memory) and then all you have to do is, hit the burn button and you got a DVD in your hand ready to be played in virtually any DVD player of the respective region.
But like the Tape, it too has some moving parts and of course a lens to burn the footage on DVD and when you open the dvd cover, no matter how much the company tries to hide it but eventually the dust will find the lens and weaken it.

Now Last but not least, the Hard Drive or Solid state media. This is the future. No tape needed, no lenses, no gaping holes to put media in. All you got is a build in memory or Hard Disk Drive to store the footage( which can be increased by inserting memory cards like SD and MS Duo). When you need to edit it, all you gotta do is copy the files from Hard Drive or memory of the camcorder and paste it your computer's hard drive and then you have a verity of high tech editing software that would transform your video into a master piece. After you are done with the editing, you can either put it on web(like on youtube) copy it to a flash and transfer it to another computer or some DVD players(with flash ports) or burn it on DVD or Blu-Ray if you are dealing with HD video.
So if you are a type of guy or lady who wants to record footage all the time and then only export the footage that you want or need to a desired media then this is the camcorder for you.

If you ask me, Buy the HDD(Hard Disk Drive) camcorder or the solid state one. It's the future and believe it or not but external medias are also getting out of date.

OK all is done, well explained, but what the hell is solid state compared to HDD.
Good Question
Hard Disks provide you with large capacity but they take a bit of room and there are some moving parts involved as well( read and write head and the moving disks), if you don't want this tiny bit of noise and want a bit more sleek camcorder then you can get a solid state memory camcorder. they are silent, have very few moving parts and are very small and sleek. But they cost a bit more.

Hope that helped you.
Wanna know more, leave a comment or E-mail me @
mahamza86@hotmail.com

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Panasonic Lumix GF1 Announced


Panasonic Lumix GF1

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 is a 12.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera, which offers a more compact form factor than its predecessors, the G1 and GH1. The new Lumix GF1 looks more like the Olympus E-P1; however the GF1 also offers a pop-up flash, a feature that I sorely missed on the Olympus E-P1.

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 should be available in October 2009 at an initial retail price of $899.95. Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the news release below.

Panasonic Lumix GF1 News Release

Secaucus, NJ (September 2, 2009) - Today, Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-GF1, the latest addition to the award-winning LUMIX G Series, which debuts as the world’s smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash*. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 distinguishes itself from previous models with its elegant, compact design reminiscent of classic film cameras, yet builds on Panasonic’s success with the revolutionary LUMIX G Series of digital interchangeable lens system cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. With its compact size, user-friendly design and ability to record High Definition (HD) video and take professional-quality photos, the LUMIX GF1 continues to redefine digital photography standards.

“Panasonic changed the digital camera industry with the world’s first Micro Four Thirds digital camera, the LUMIX G1 - a compact “DSLR-like” digital camera that produces exceptional image quality. Then, as we continued to raise the innovation bar, Panasonic launched the LUMIX GH1, adding full High Definition 1080p video recording with continuous auto focus,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The new LUMIX GF1 continues the evolution and is the perfect addition to our LUMIX G Series, as its sophisticated, small body makes it easier and more convenient to carry. The GF1 is ideal for point-and-shoot consumers looking to step-up to DSLR-quality or for current DSLR users who want greater convenience without compromising performance quality or creative flexibility.”

With its lightweight body, the LUMIX GF1 provides experienced photographers with the ideal digital camera to carry with them at all times. Like its predecessors in the LUMIX G Series, the LUMIX GF1 eliminates the pentaprism found in traditional interchangeable lens cameras. Thus, this mirror-free structure allows Panasonic to dramatically reduce both size and weight.

Though small in size, the LUMIX GF1 does not compromise in advanced features. The LUMIX GF1 thoroughly optimizes the advantages of a system camera to ensure high performance, whether capturing photos or HD video. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 can record 1280 x 720 High Definition video in AVCHD Lite, a format that enables longer recording times. With a dedicated video record button, capturing video is convenient and easy. The LUMIX GF1 can also record HD Motion JPEG in 1280 x 720 and other video recording formats include: QVGA, VGA and WVGA. The LUMIX GF1 has a unique Movie Program Mode that allows consumers to adjust the depth-of-field while shooting in HD video, so background and foreground can be blurred to give creative effects - something typically only possible with expensive professional camcorders.

The LUMIX DMC-GF1 includes the new My Color mode, which includes seven preset effects - Expressive, Retro, Pure, Elegant, Monochrome, Dynamic Art, Silhouette and Custom - all which let users manually set the color, brightness and saturation levels. With the Live View function, users can see how these settings will effect the photo before they shoot, making it easier to capture the exact mood or atmosphere desired. For even more elaborate effects, users can choose from a total of nine Film modes, and set the contrast, sharpness and saturation levels for each. A custom function lets users store their favorite settings in memory. Furthermore, the exposure meter can be displayed in other shooting modes and the correlation between shutter speed and aperture is shown, with a color-coded warning that alerts users when the settings are not in the proper range.

For those users not quite comfortable with extensive manual and creative controls, the LUMIX GF1 provides a user-friendly setting that can address a beginner’s comfort level, while helping them evolve their photography skills. For instance, Panasonic’s new Scene mode, Peripheral Defocus, lets users take a photo where the foreground is in focus and background is blurred - or vice versa. This popular effect can be intimidating for a beginner, but in the Peripheral Defocus mode, by simply selecting the objects to be blurred and focused using the camera’s keypad, it is simple for photographers of any level.

Also, helping to make the LUMIX GF1 more approachable, Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, a system of technologies that engage automatically - no setting changes needed - allows for intuitive use when shooting still or video images. While shooting video, iA activates Panasonic’s O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), which helps reduce video-blurring due to handshake. In addition, Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on it so it always turns out beautifully. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. For still photos, the iA system encompasses: Face Recognition (up to six faces can be registered); Auto Focus (AF) Tracking; Mega O.I.S.; Intelligent ISO; Intelligent Exposure; and Intelligent Scene Selector.

The LUMIX GF1 also comes fully-equipped with a built-in flash and a large, 3.0-inch Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle and a 460,000-dot resolution. The Intelligent LCD offers automatic backlight control, which when combined with its high-resolution, helps improve visibility in all light environments - from sunny outdoors to low-light interior settings. New for the LUMIX G Series, the LUMIX GF1 is compatible with an optional Live View Finder (DMW-LVF1), which provides the full-time live view function boasting 100% field of view regardless of the attached lens. To further expand the LUMIX G Series system, Panasonic Micro Four Thirds digital cameras can be used with Four Thirds System interchangeable lenses via an optional mount adaptor DMW-MA1 and with the prestigious Leica M/R lenses using Panasonic’s DMW-MA2M DMW-MA3R. These adapters give the user access to the unlimited number of lens properties.

The LUMIX GF1’s sensor technology offers the best of both worlds - the superior image quality of a CCD sensor, and the low-power consumption of a CMOS sensor. Advanced technology makes it possible to read four channels of data simultaneously, helping the LUMIX GF1 deliver 60 frames-per-second full-time Live View images, while maintaining fine detail and rich gradation. The LUMIX GF1’s Venus Engine HD records stunning high-resolution 12-megapixel images using its advanced Live MOS Sensor. This sophisticated LSI circuit separates chromatic noise from luminance noise and applies the optimal noise reduction to each, helping to capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO levels.

The contrast AF system adopted in the LUMIX GF1 is not only accurate, but also very quick - approximately 0.3 seconds with the LUMIX G H-FS014045 lens. Users can choose from a wide-range of AF modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas; 1-area AF with a selectable focus area; Face Detection; and AF Tracking. The LUMIX GF1 also has a Quick AF function that begins focusing as soon as the user aims the camera - without pressing the shutter button halfway.

As with all Panasonic LUMIX G Series digital cameras, the LUMIX GF1 is equipped with a highly-effective Dust Reduction system. Thus, if dust gets inside the camera (when changing lenses), Panasonic’s Dust Reduction system addresses this problem by placing a supersonic wave filter in front of the Live MOS sensor which vertically vibrates around 50,000 times per second, thus repelling the dust.

The content captured on the LUMIX GF1 can easily be viewed on a Panasonic VIERA® HDTV by simply inserting the SD/SDCH Memory Card into the VIERA’s SD/SDHC Memory Card slot or into a Panasonic DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player. Alternatively, an optional mini HDMI cable can be used to output still and motion images recorded with the LUMIX DMC-GF1 directly to the TV for easy VIERA LinkTM operation, with control of playback functions, such as slideshows, managed from the VIERA HDTV’s remote control.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF1 will be available in early October 2009 with the option of two kits - both with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95. One kit option includes the newly-announced LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH, a compact and lightweight “pancake” lens, while the other kit features the LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. The optional Live View Finder DMW-LVF1 has an SRP of $199.95; while the DMW-MA2M and DMW-MA3R both have an SRP of $249.95. All new accessories will also be available in early October.

For more information about Panasonic and its LUMIX G System cameras and accessories, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

*As as of September 2, 2009

•Panasonic in-house comparison. The speed may vary depending on the specifications of PC and the number of images stored in the PC and other condition.

•AVCHD Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD cannot be played on a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.

•Some video recording functions may not be available depending on the lens that is mounted.

•When setting quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, Panasonic recommends using a high-speed card with “10MB/s” or greater displayed on the package.

•Continuous recording exceeding 2GB is not possible when recording motion JPEG. Remaining time for continuous recording is displayed on the screen.

•AVCHD Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot be played from a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.

•Turn Face Recognition item ON and register the person with full-face portrait on the shooting menu in advance. Refer to back page for detail.

•Some functions in iA mode may not be available depending on the lens that is mounted.

• Lenses that are not compatible with the contrast AF function can be used with manual focusing.

•There are some limitations to other functions depending on the lens to attach.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In its commitment to provide consumers with extensive imaging resources, Panasonic LUMIX established the Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide workshops designed to instruct consumers how to optimize the features on their digital cameras and produce high-quality photos. Panasonic is honored to support OUR PLACE - The World’s Heritage, a project that will create the world’s largest photographic collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites, with acclaimed photographers exclusively using LUMIX digital cameras to capture all images.

Video Preview of Canon 7D by Whatdigitalcamera

Canon 7D Announced

Canon 7D


Canon 7D

Canon 7D Key Features

  • 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Dual DIGIC 4 image processors
  • 8 frames per second (max 126 JPEG / 15 RAW images)
  • ISO 100-12800 (in ISO expansion mode)
  • 19 point cross-type AF sensors
  • Center AF point is 8-directional double cross-type
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1.0x viewfinder magnification
  • TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
  • 3″ 920k dot resolution LCD display
  • 1080p HD video (30fps, 25fps, 24fps)
  • 720p HD vidoe (60fps, 50fps)
  • Live view mode
  • External mic stereo mini jack input
  • HDMI output
  • Pop-up Flash
  • E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
  • 150k actuation rated shutter

Canon 7D

Canon 7D Press Release

CANON U.S.A. REDEFINES MID-RANGE DSLR CATEGORY WITH THE NEW EOS 7D DIGITAL SLR CAMERA

The EOS 7D Features Fast Eight fps Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control

Lake Success, N.Y., September 1, 2009 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary camera that redefines the highly competitive mid-range DSLR product category: the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. Professional photographers and advanced amateurs have been demanding higher performance and more diverse functions in their cameras, and Canon has answered - with the new EOS 7D. Far more than a slight improvement from a previous model, the EOS 7D DSLR is a brand new product that stands on its own with new features never before seen in any Canon camera. Whether it’s shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with the new Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, high-resolution images and customizable controls. With its unprecedented out-of-the-box performance and high-end feature set, the EOS 7D is poised as the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field.

The EOS 7D boasts significant EOS advancements including a completely new 19-point Autofocus system, a new Canon iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) and a new Intelligent Viewfinder. An 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors fuel the EOS 7D’s 14-bit A/D data conversion and its ability to freeze fast motion in high-resolution with eight fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large JPEGS using a UDMA CF card, positioning this camera for the studio as well as the sideline. The EOS 7D captures beautiful low-light images with or without a flash, at occasions such as a dance recital or wedding reception, thanks to a wide range of ISO speed settings from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800). In addition to its new still capture capabilities, the EOS 7D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing.

“The EOS 7D represents a completely new chapter in digital photography and Canon product development. This camera stands alone as the most functional and innovative DSLR Canon has released to-date, bringing together all of the best professional features offered, along with numerous user requests at a price-point everyone can appreciate,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Evolution of Vision, the EOS 7D’s New Autofocus System

The Canon EOS 7D boasts the most advanced AF system ever seen in an EOS SLR. The completely re-designed system includes a new multi-axis cross-type 19-point AF grid, where the focusing points are evenly spread out across the image plane and clearly displayed through Canon’s new Intelligent Viewfinder. All 19 points are f/5.6-sensitive for both horizontal and vertical cross-type focusing, while the center AF point adds high-precision diagonal cross-type sensitivity for f/2.8 and larger aperture lenses. The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is the first EOS SLR to feature 19 cross-type focusing points that remain fully functional with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, which brings the performance of the AF system to unprecedented levels for assignments as varied as fast-moving sports action or low-light wedding ceremonies.

The Canon EOS 7D’s AF system allows numerous AF area selection modes never seen before in an EOS SLR camera. New modes include:

  • Spot AF mode reduces the size of a single AF point to focus on small subjects like an animal in a cage.
  • AF Point Expansion mode uses a cluster of AF points adjacent to the selected AF point to automatically assist focusing on moving subjects, such as an athlete on the run.
  • Zone AF divides the 19 AF points into five selectable focusing zones and makes it easier to achieve focus with subjects that are difficult to track with Single Point AF or AF point expansion, such as birds in flight.

Additional AF improvements include a revised Automatic AF point selection sequence that allows a user to pick any one of the 19 AF points as a starting point for tracking moving subjects in AI Servo mode. (Previous EOS models required the subject to first be acquired by the center focusing point.) If the subject moves away, the camera will continue to track the movement with the remaining points and display the active focusing point in the viewfinder. Also, a time-saving feature is AF Point Switching, which allows photographers to select and register one AF point for horizontal compositions and a second AF point for vertical shooting, ideal for studio and portrait photographers.

To complement the new AF system, the exposure metering system for the EOS 7D has been completely re-designed to take color information into account, another first for an EOS system. Canon’s iFCL metering includes a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that reads both illumination and color for consistent results in all lighting conditions, keeping exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes.

Canon’s new Intelligent Viewfinder uses a liquid crystal overlay to provide clear and precise displays of focusing points and zones, on-demand grid lines and a spot metering circle. The LCD overlay can also be illuminated in extreme low-light situations or turned off completely. The EOS 7D camera’s viewfinder includes a large all-glass pentaprism with an antireflective coating to maximize clarity and provide a brighter display. The EOS 7D’s Intelligent Viewfinder features 1.0x magnification with 100 percent coverage for accurate composition and checking of detail.

EOS HD Movie: Empowering the World of Videography

Canon has blazed new trails in HD video capture with the 5D Mark II. Now, the EOS 7D takes DSLR video to new heights with Full HD capture featuring fully manual exposure control, and selectable cinematic frame rates for both NTSC (National Television System Committee) and PAL (Phase Altering Line) standards. Compatible with more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EOS 7D lets videographers take full advantage of the camera’s large CMOS sensor to achieve the dramatic frame composition they desire. At the heart of the EOS 7D are two key proprietary Canon technologies, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors and a large APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, helping to render stunning color reproduction, amazing depth of field and fine detail, even in low-light conditions. The Canon EOS 7D allows for three video recording modes - Full HD and HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio, all at selectable frame rates. The EOS 7D Digital SLR camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94). The EOS 7D features a new dedicated button to initiate live view for both video and still shooting. Once engaged, the same dedicated button will start and stop video recording. Like the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera provides users with the capability to use an external stereo microphone for professional audio effects or a built-in monaural microphone for convenience.

The Features You Asked For

A helpful new tool for architectural and landscape photography where angles and perspective are critical is Canon’s new built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level, featuring an artificial horizon over the image on the rear LCD screen in Live View or in the viewfinder using illuminated AF points for easy leveling while shooting. The dual axis electronic level shows both horizontal roll and vertical pitch, making it easy to identify when the camera is in a fixed level shooting position and ready to take the shot.

The EOS 7D’s pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter. This built-in wireless option is a compact and economical solution for studio and wedding photography with multiple flash set-ups.

A new Intelligent Macro Tracking function helps reduce blur during macro shooting by recognizing when a macro lens is attached and automatically adjusting the AI Servo sampling frequency. This AI Servo adjustment accounts for camera movement forward and back, a typical occurrence when moving in close for a macro shot as photographers rock back and forth, or a flower blows in the wind.

Once in your hands, you can immediately feel the ergonomic improvements of the Canon EOS 7D camera, starting with a new super-fluid body design with continuous curves outlining the top of the camera and a revised grip that fits better in a user’s hand. The camera has a new Quick Control Button, which opens an easy-to-navigate menu on the camera’s LCD screen. From this menu, users can adjust all camera settings including AF modes as well as set custom button functions, an insightful new feature that can easily customize each button’s function to the photographer’s preference. Another new feature is the RAW/JPEG toggle button providing quick dual-format shooting, allowing photographers to quickly add large JPEG or RAW file formats to their already selected shooting mode at the touch of a button.

The Canon EOS 7D camera also features a new large, clear 3.0-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution for enhanced clarity and color when viewing images. The camera’s nine internal seals enhance weather resistance, and its 150,000-cycle shutter durability positions the EOS 7D as a “workhorse” for professionals in any photography discipline.

New Wireless Connectivity

Canon is announcing the availability of the new WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter (WFT) exclusively for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter offers professional photographers a wide range of digital connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet, ideal for commercial and studio work. The WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter opens the door to new possibilities in remote and Geotagged shooting applications. Photographers can fire up to 10 cameras simultaneously from across the room or across the country while maintaining control over camera settings and remote live view on a laptop or smart phone.i The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter can also transfer and display images on DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible televisions and photo frames. Geotagging is now possible via Bluetooth, using compatible GPS devices to append coordinate data to the images.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00ii. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00iii. The Canon WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter is scheduled to be available in early November and sell at an estimated retail price of $699.99iv.

Canon Digital Learning Center

Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography. To learn more about each program and register, please visit: www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei - “all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future” - Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Canon 7D Parts Photo Leaked?

Canon 7D

Is this an image of the Canon 7D’s top? I don’t know, but it looks like a real something…

What’s different from the 5D Mark II?

  • On/Off Switch in a different location (I think I like this better)
  • Pop-up flash
  • New M-Fn button near the front scroll wheel

Other than that, it looks a lot like the current Canon 5D Mark II.

Sony A380 Review at cameralabs.com

Finally a full review of the sony Alpha A380 is available at cameralabs.com

Click here to see what it's all about.

Hands-on: Canon G11, SX120 IS, SX20 IS, and S980

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While we were hoping to finally see the new Canon DSLR cameras, we were treated to a slew of new point-and-shoots that target specific camera users and that each show off uniqueness and individuality. The rundown includes the G11, SX20, SX110, S980 and S940. Though my hands-on time with each was very brief, here are my experiences.

Canon G11

The G11 is Canon’s new flagship point-and-shoot. It seems to share a lot in common with its highly raved about predecessor, the G10. The newer version has less megapixels than the predecessor to deliver cleaner images. New to the camera is a 2.8-inch vari-angle PureColor System LCD, new to the G-series, allowing for easier on-camera previewing and reviewing of images from nearly every angle, while still incorporating the optical viewfinder found on previous models. Because of this, the G10 may become a favorite of users who go to concerts often and want a camera that’s small with a decent zoom (5x Optical), can deliver cleaner images and will allow you to compose your shots easier. As with before, you can use a host of optional accessories, including Speedlite flashes, an underwater housing and a tele-converter lens to provide further photographic flexibility. Coupling all this with the option of RAW shooting will make this a very nice compliment to your 50D or 5D Mk II if you use flash often. Otherwise, you may want to go grab the S90.

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Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot G11 Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $499.99.

SX120 IS

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The SX120 IS is the camera that students, travelers looking for a small camera that can zoom in (10x Optical), and enthusiasts looking for a camera with the option of manual controls may want to get their hands on. It seems almost identical to the SX110 IS, which I helped train someone on and that precedes this camera. People that aren’t tech savvy may enjoy this camera but may say that it’s still a bit too bulky for their liking. If you’re looking for something to throw around in your bag with a large zoom and can give you great manual control over your pictures, get this one.

Scheduled to be available in September, the PowerShot SX120 IS Digital Camera retails for an estimated price of $249.99. That’s not a terrible price at all for the camera.

Canon SX20 IS

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The SX20 IS is the camera shown off today that looks like a DSLR and feels like one as well. As a shooter of an ancestor of this camera (the S5 IS) I can gladly say that this camera handles better as well as is much more feature packed than what we may expect only two years down the line. The SX20 IS has a 10.0MP sensor with a 20x Optical Zoom lens and Optical Image Stabilization helps to ensure images will be clear and how they were meant to be captured. Tourists and travelers may really enjoy the large 3.0-inch LCD that rotates for ease of composition. For the less tech savvy, there is an “Easy Mode” to make picture taking a snap! If you’re interested in this one, get your hands on some LiIon rechargeable AA batteries for easy power-up and replacement. However, like it’s predecessors it only shoots Standard Definition video–which shouldn’t be a problem for people that don’t care much about video at all.

Canon SD980

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The PowerShot SD980 and SD940 (the latter I didn’t get a chance to try) are both ELPH series cameras that are meant more for the fashionista types out there. The S980 has a nice touchscreen with gestures like the iPhone. Remember a little while back when we talked about the tap-to-focus feature that the Apple iPhone 3GS had? Well that feature is in this now. If you’re composing your shot, you can tap on the screen and the camera will be able to focus on that spot immediately. In playback mode, the camera allows for gestures.

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Slide your finger from right to left or left to right and you’ll be able to scroll through your images. Slide your finger down on the 3 inch touch panel and you’ll be able to erase the image. There are other gestures as well and the S980 is a much better take on other touchscreen cameras that I’ve seen out there. What would have been really nice would have been the addition of GPS, WiFi, etc. Either way, users will really enough the 720p HD video shooting capabilities plus HDMI output connector, a 5x Optical Zoom lens with an ultra-wide 24mm lens, plus Optical Image Stabilization, and the variety of colors it comes in.

Scheduled to be available in October, the PowerShot SD980 IS Digital ELPH Camera retails for an estimated price of $329.99.

Canon G11 Hands on review by whatdigitalcamera.com

Canon S-90 Hands on Review by Whatdigitalcamera.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

iPhone 3G S No. 1 Handset in Japan

Many analysts and industry watchers had thought Apple would struggle in Japan when it launched the iPhone there. Indeed the reactions have been somewhat mixed with some Japanese seeming a bit underwhelmed with the iPhone despite its popularity in the rest of the world. However, new figures show that far from being a flop the iPhone 3G S was the biggest selling handset in Japan in July. In the top ten list of best selling handsets the 16 GB 3G S also made an appearance at number 9. It's quite a coup for Apple to have done so well in what is arguably the most advanced mobile amrket in the world and where the competition brings a lot of advanced features and services to bear. The full top ten is below:



Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB (Softbank)
Sharp SH-06A (Docomo)
Panasonic 830P (Softbank)
Sharp SH-05A (Docomo)
NEC N-08A (Docomo)
Sony-Ericsson Premier3 (au)
Sharp SH-02A (Docomo)
Casio W63CA (au)
Apple iPhone 3GS 16 GB (Softbank)
Sharp SH001 (au)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Microsoft To Ditch 'Windows Mobile' Brandname

Windows Mobile is not long for this world it seems ... well the name isn't at any rate. Microsoft are reportedly set to ditch the brand name 'Windows Mobile' in favour of a new brand 'Windows Phone'. The change in naming convention will apply to iterations of Windows Mobile from 6.1 onwards. For their part Microsoft are saying that the change will help consumers because they think that customers are apparently confused by the different version numbers of Windows Mobile. Instead all customers will need to know is that their handset is running 'Windows Phone OS'. Some might think that Microsoft's reason for the name change is a bit flimsy, but it does have practical benefits in streamlining how the OS is viewed as well as perhaps drawing a little more attention to it in the short-term.


The Inquirer, the source of the name change speculation, is also rep orting that Microsoft are set to release a new video of their latest mobile OS this Friday i.e. tomorrow. Whilst there has been no official word on an updated video there is still time for such an announcement to be made if indeed one has to be made at all. A new video will be eagerly anticipated by industry watchers and customers alike to see how far Microsoft has progressed given the highly competitive nature of the mobile OS scene in recent times.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Nikon D300s Pics, Again

Is this the camera that is set to replace the Nikon D300 soon? Since we’re inching ever closer to the Nikon D300s official announcement, we should all be expecting more and more leaks. The latest leaks, courtesy of Nikon Rumors, come in the form of some up close and unobstructed images of the possible new camera.

This above image is definitely not the same Nikon D300s camera in the image that was leaked previously. Compare the mic holes in the two:

So, one of the two “leaked” images is fake for sure. More photos of the current “leak” follow.

If it’s PhotoChopped, it’s not too shabby.

At least the spy pics were made by a Nikon CoolPix camera.

What do you think? Anyone spot any other evidence of the D300s?

Micro Four Thirds Cameras Can Now be an Entire System

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The Olympus EP-1 has become an exceedingly popular camera. Besides the mass amounts of media coverage that one sees/reads, they’re very hard to get your hands on as the units move very fast. But besides being able to take pictures, this camera and its relative the Panasonic GH1 shoot video: good quality video too. One of the criticisms of the system is not having lots of lenses available for the system. That criticism is very, very untrue.

Voightländer just announced an adapter that will allow for Nikon F and Pentax K lenses to be used in front of the 4/3rds sensor in each of these cameras. That means if you’re a longtime Nikon user or a Pentax user that you’ll be able to put your glass on these cameras as your backup.

Let’s explore what else is available to shooters if they want to buy a m/43rds camera:

Micro 4/3rds Lenses

These lenses are the ones specially made for the system. In terms of these lenses there really isn’t a whole lot available. The nicest ones so far may be the Panasonic 14-140 F3.5-5.6 movie lens and the Olympus 17mm 2.8 prime. These lenses are very small and many are simply just parts of the available kits.

4/3rds Lenses

These need to be used with an adapter but at least they allow users much more flexibility when it comes to shooting pictures or movies. These lenses have been rated as being amongst the best zoom lenses. Unfortunately, the system lacks many good primes. Putting them on your m 4/3rds camera will be a welcome treat to current 4/3rds users.

Olympus OM Lenses

Olympus users from way back in the film days will appreciate the fact that they can use their OM lenses with an adapter. Be warned though that some of the lenses meant for the power-focus cameras will not work with the adapters as they were constructed differently. However, all of those other ones will provide m 4/3rds users with excellent manual focus lenses. This can turn an EP-1 into a great rangefinder for a college student to learn on as manually focusing will teach them to think more about the shots they are taking and the fact that they are learning on it will allow them to be well suited to any similar cameras that come out.

Canon FD Lenses

These lenses are amongst some of the most beautiful pieces of glass I’ve shot with. In addition to being great for just photography they can be very good movie lenses as they are cheaply priced, of good construction and are very easily found. Putting a Canon FD 50mm F1.8 prime on your Micro 4/3rds camera will allow for some very beautiful bokeh in your videos. After personal trials, these are best used with the Panasonic GH1 because of the 24p recording option.

PL Lenses (Zeiss Ultra Primes)

Yes, you just read that correctly. A shoot was done recently that used these expensive movie lenses on a Panasonic GH1. Granted these lenses are terribly expensive, but nonetheless they can accompany your GH1 on a shoot. This effectively provides Indie Filmmakers with another alternative to something like a Red One, Canon 5D MK II, etc. Further, much of what we see on television is shot with Sony camcorders (which use Zeiss lenses).

Nikon F Lenses

These lenses began to be manufactured back in 1959. That means that providing you have the mount available you can have a large number of lenses available. Many of these lenses are still used by Nikonians with cameras like the D3. Additionally, Nikon lenses have been used in actual movie filmings. If a Nikon lover wants a digital rangefinder then perhaps the EP1 might be a good backup camera providing they buy the mount.

Pentax K Lenses

If you look at sales charts of cameras, Pentax isn’t one of the brands that moves units as fast as Canon or Nikon. However, Pentax does have many users (some of which include Samsung). Rumors of a Full-Frame format camera from Pentax have been abound though. If there is a large resurgence of Pentax users because of this then the lenses will be able to work well with a compact camera like the EP1.

Strangely, no word has been given yet on whether Samsung’s NX format will allow for interchangeability or mounting with Pentax lenses.

Leica M Lenses

Providing you’re lucky enough to get your hands on these or inherit them from a previous family member, Leica lenses are buttery smooth in their focusing abilities and deliver spectacular shots.

Olympus Pen F lenses

I’ve never heard of this, but it’s true according to Wikipedia. Confirming this, the adapters can be bought on eBay. It makes sense as the EP1 is a digital Pen camera.


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Monday, July 13, 2009

Fuji 3D Camera Priced at $600, Coming in September


Fuji is right on schedule for the release of its dual-lens 3D camera in September, which won’t require special glasses to “get” the 3D effect. Time got some hands-on experience with a prototype of the new shooter and, overall, it looks pretty impressive. One of the other interesting tidbits, is that Fuji is planning on launching a print service in order to make the special 3D prints available. Again, no 3D glasses required.

Time also got word that the camera’s price should come in “around $600″ with the aforementioned 3D prints at $5 or less. 3D cameras have been tried before; however, the technological hurdles have never been as low as now. Fuji could really be onto something here and we could be looking at the tip of a very large iceberg.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sony Ericsson W910i Review




Ok I used this phone for a week and I think i can explain all the pros and cons of this phone to help out next potential buy for this phone.

Ok before we go into the details lets round up the headlines, the pros and cons in short.

Pros:
-Nice package of features in the price
-Design is very pleasing to Eye
-Slide mechanism is brilliant
-Best Walkman Software yet on a Walkman phone
-Nice Motion Sensor(Accelerometer)
-Big and Nice Screen
-Cool range of colors

Cons:
-Lack of Ergonomics
-Ear piece is placed on very uncomfortable place
-Loud Speaker location is Questionable
-Buttons are not good for Messaging
-Laggy Messaging and Phonebook operations
-Sound Quality is not Walkman worthy
-Loud Speaker(Are you kidding me)

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Design
The phone is totally made out of plastic.
Looks wise the phone is a masterpiece, Its slim and very well made. The color choices are superb. The screen is nice and big and the back light is noticeable in almost every situation. The Slide Mechanism is very Robust and will work in many years to come.

On the downside, this design is not very ergonomic. The Earpiece is way up there with the sharp edge of the top and the loud speaker is way down to get muffed by the fingers.
The buttons are very hard and small. Its a Hell for Person who loves Texting.

Loud Speaker
The loud speaker is located on the bottom end of the phone and its very easy to muff it because it is placed right where your fingers would go.
Plus when you put your phone on Loud Speaker while calling, you are not getting anything. The loud speaker is too silent and is not good enough, same goes for the ring tones.
Although this loud speaker has 72 polyphony, but it plays the music in very awkward way, so try it before you buy it.

Screen
The Screen is 320x240 and 2.4" in size. Its very nice and bright and there was not much trouble using in direct sunlight. The screen however is very reflective and attracts a lot of finger prints.

Menu and Home Screen
The Home screen and Menu is typical Sony Ericsson, Except it now supposts themes that can work with Motion Sensor, This works with Menu and Home Screen.
Menu is very basic and old sony ericsson user will find himself at home when using this menu system

Messaging
The messaging software provides all the possibilities that you expect from a SE(Sony Ericsson) Phone, only more more thing, The messaging software is some what laggy and works slower than your hands, If you don't use t9 then you 'll probably hate this phone, The problem get appearant when you turn on music at the back and then type message, the slowness then becomes a huge headache.

Phonebook
Nothing Special here except, this is slow as well, and it can be a huge head ache when driving or when dialing in emergency.

Media
Its a type of File Manager, Only with some limitations, It does not give you complete control over content like traditional File Manager but it put a bit of Cool Factor into it, In Other words Its a Walkman Feature for Music, Pictures, Videos and some Web Contents. It shows files in very cool animation way, and of course it has auto rotate function which aligns the content as you turn your phone in landscape or portrait mode. This function works brilliantly but of course get a bit slow you play song in the background.

Motion Sensor and Apps
This phone has a very effective motion sensor, almost with out lag. As i said before you can put that feature to work with some themes, which is cool. But it has some Apps too. Sad thing is that Sony Ericsson has separate icons for games and Apps, and they are apart too. Games is in full menu but Apps are in Orgnizer.
In Games we got Marble Madness in which you have to guide a marble to the goal by tilting the device in the direction where you wanted it.
In the apps we got Music Mate 4 which uses motion sensor to work as a drum stick and play each instrument by shaking the device in that Device.

Music
Last but not least, The music or should i say, The Walkman feature. It starts from the Media Icon in the main menu. It has a lot features like Sense me and Shake Control. Sense me is a funtion that dedects the level of available songs and devides them in 4 quadrants. 4 arrow heads represent Slow, Fast, Sad, Happy. The level of songs are represent by small dots in the quadrants. SO you select a song and if its the kinda mode you have, the phone will make a automatic playlist by your mood, which is cool but not that practical, Like all the cool things :P.
Of course you can press the 'W' button on the top to activate the shake control and you can shake right to Forward and Left to Reverse the songs or shake a lot to Shuffle the songs.

Sadly This phone, despite being Walkman, does not have hardware sound card, so the quality is not ground breaking, Infact its Just OK and can easily be beaten by some Xpress Music Phone from Nokia, Especially 5310.

Verdict

So here is the verdict, If you are a young dude who just has the phone for fun instead of work, then by all means go for the Sony Ericsson
But if work and efficiency is the first thing on the list then maybe you are off with a cheaper nokia like 6303, al though it looks like an alien.

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Sony HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Handycam Camcorders


Sony launched a couple of new Handycam camcorders this week. A significant feature of the two new models is the internal flash memory recording media. The new HDR-CX520V features 64GB of internal flash memory, and the HDR-CX500V rings in at 32GB internal storage.

In addition to 1080p HD video capture, the new camcorders can also capture 12-megapixel still images. The HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V, will be available in September for about $1,100 and $1,300 respectively.

More details on these new Handycams is available in Sony’s press release below.

SAN DIEGO, July 7, 2009 – Sony today announced its new HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V Handycam® camcorders, which capture full1920×1080 high-definition video and up to 12-megapixel photos on a 64GB or 32GB internal flash memory, respectively, offering up to 25 hours of HD video (LP mode).

“These models combine the best in digital imaging technology, strengthening Sony’s industry leadership and meeting demand for both quality camcorders and HD video,” said Kelly Davis, director of the camcorder business for Sony Electronics. “Expanding our lineup to include Handycam camcorders with large capacity embedded flash memory allows us to offer consumers flexible recording solutions concentrated in a very portable, compact body.”

Advanced Features and Performance

For optimal playback, the HDR-CX520V and HDR-CX500V camcorders feature 60p output, which automatically converts content to 60 progressive frames per second when connected to a compatible high-definition television.

Another notable feature, Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode (which allows a moveable lens element to shift with greater range of motion during camera shake) now offers 3-Way Shake Canceling. This feature reduces hand shake in three directions – vertical and horizontal shake corrected by optical image stabilization and the third, by way of electronic image stabilization, facilitates correction for lateral-roll shake. By employing a wider camera shake correction angle and improved compensation algorithms, blur caused by rolling wrist movements is reduced so users can shoot smoother movie footage on the move.

Prime Functionality

Sony’s powerful BIONZ™ imaging processor is adding a Face Touch function. With Face Touch, users can select a person to be prioritized by the camcorder simply by touching a detected face on the screen.The camcorders prioritize and optimize focus, skin color, and brightness for the selected individual, even if they leave the scene, for the entire recording session. This new feature is a function of Face Detection, which also incorporates Smile Shutter™ technology to capture candid smiling photos while simultaneously recording video. When Face Touch is activated, the Smile Shutter feature only activates automatically in response to the smiles of the selected person.

These models also have a back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor to provide stunning low light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity compared to Sony’s existing front-illuminated CMOS sensor at F2.0. The sophisticated G lens fuses advanced optics and low dispersion aspheric glass elements for accurate color reproduction and sharp, detailed images. A six-blade aperture produces circular “bokeh” defocus effects for creative shooting possibilities.

To effortlessly track your destinations on a map, the camcorder’s built-in GPS antenna and NAVTEQ® digital maps geo-tag your videos and photos. Geo-tagged content is marked by a virtual push pin at each shot location and can be played back on the camcorder map index display on the three-inch (measured diagonally) wide touch panel LCD.

Introducing new technology to down-convert from AVCHD™ to MPEG2, Sony eliminates the need for a PC and allows for simple DVD creation with the optional DVDirect Express (VRD-P1) DVD writer.

When the camcorders are connected to the DVDirect Express (sold separately for around $150) via a USB cable, they will instantly burn HD video footage onto a DVD. The camcorder can even down-convert content and burn DVDs in standard-definition picture quality, providing familyographers a way to “future proof” their memories. The down conversion feature allows owners of standard-definition players to capture video in the highest quality and have the option of playing in standard-definition now or saving HD content for when they upgrade to a Blu-ray disk player at a later time.

Other powerful features include a built-in zoom microphone with Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel surround sound and an instant power-on feature when the LCD is opened that lets you capture the moment without delay. The camcorders’ advanced user interface features a new operation bar, which allows scroll searching for all menu items, and a customizable shortcut menu. Improving upon the Highlight Playback feature that personalizes video footage by generating a video slideshow with theme transitions and background music, Sony introduces Highlight Scenario, which saves up to eight highlight scenes for viewing again later. These models also include Picture Motion Browser software to easily view, edit, organize and upload images to many major video and photo sharing Web sites. Mac users can transfer AVCHD recorded data and edit video clips in HD image quality using iMovie software.

In addition to built-in flash memory, the models can record content to optional Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX media (currently sold separately in capacities up to 16GB, a 32GB card will be available in September). Using Sony’s PRO-HG Duo HX format, consumers can transfer nearly two hours of full high-definition video to a PC in approximately 13 minutes (using supplied adapter).

Price and Availability

The HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V, will be available in September for about $1,100 and $1,300 respectively. They will be available at Sony Style® retail stores, online through www.sonystyle.com and at authorized dealers nationwide.


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Friday, July 10, 2009

PENTAX K-7 in Stores now

Hey guys, the wait is over, Pentax will hit Online Shelves in few days, if think this the camera for you, then your wait is over.

For more information about the Pentax K-7 visit Pentax Website

Check out this Video Preview from WhatDigitalCamera



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Nikon's Road map for 2009-10 leaked?

Just recently there's been a buzz around the world of Photography, it maybe possible that the road map by Nikon for 2009-10 is leaked, so i decided to share it with you guys.
Here's what i dug up

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Nikon may have just had a huge cat get out of the bag. Leaks like this don’t happen very often; however, they do happen. If this info, which was posted on a Czech forum is legit, Nikon’s rumor mill is going to be rather boring for the next couple of years.

The forum poster lays out a number of Nikon DSLR bodies and lenses, along with purported release dates for 2009 and 2010. Here’s the summary version of the possibly leaked roadmap:

August 2009

Nikon D3000

  • 12.3 MP
  • 3.5 fps
  • ISO 200-3200 (expandable to ISO 100-6400)
  • 7 AF points (1 cross type)
  • Battery EN-EL9a

Nikon D300s

  • 12.3 MP
  • 7 fps (8.5 fps w/ grip)
  • 14-bit
  • HD video - 1080p at 24 fps, Quicktime MOV, H.264 codec
  • AF fine tuning: -30 to 30
  • CF and SD slots

AF-S DX Nikkor 17-65mm f/3.2-4G ED VR

  • Mid-range zoom
  • Affordable price rangee
  • Possibly D300s kit lens?

October 2009

Nikon D700x

  • 24.5 MP (D3x sensor)
  • 5 fps (6.5 fps w/ grip)
  • HD video - 1080p at 24 fps, Quicktime MOV, H.264 codec

AF-S Nikkor 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • 77mm filter size
  • 610g
  • 7 blade round diaphragm
  • 3 aspherical and 2 ED elements
  • Enhanced contrast detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

  • Upgraded optics
  • VR II for up to 4 stops of handholdability
  • 82mm filter size
  • 1530g
  • Nanocrystal coating
  • Enhanced contrast detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G

  • Revised design
  • Nanocrystal coating
  • Enhanced contrast detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G

  • SWM focus
  • Nanocrystal coating
  • Enhanced contrast detect AF-S mode

Quarter 1, 2010

AF-S Nikkor 14-28mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

  • 77mm filter size
  • Enhanced contrast detect AF-S mode

AF-S Nikkor 120-450mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II

  • VR II for up to 4 stops of handholdability
  • 82mm filter size
  • 1480g
  • Enhanced contrast detect AF-S mode

Quarter 2, 2010

Nikon D4

  • 15.7 MP
  • FX Sensor
  • 1EV sensitivity increase
  • New dNEF raw format
  • Continuous high-speed mode: 11 fps in FX mode, 16 fps w/ double exposure per phase detection AF; 18 fps in DX mode w/ double exposure
  • Dynamic range double exposure mode: 5 fps for dNEF; 3 fps for JPEG (-Ed. it appears that the JPEG mode may make a single composit of the multiple images - can anyone help with the translation?)
  • ISO 200-12800 (expandable to 100-51200)
  • 100 % viewfinder coverage
  • 0.78x viewfinder magnification
  • HD video - 1080p at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 4500: 61-point AF
  • Dual histogram for double exposure mode

Nikon D400

  • 13.8 MP
  • DX format
  • 1 EV sensitivity increase
  • 8 fps
  • 10 fps w/ grip
  • 12 fps w/ double exposure per phase detection AF
  • 14 fps w/ grip and double exposure per phase detection AF
  • ISO 200-6400 (expandable to 100-12800)
  • HD video - 1080p at 24 fps
  • Multi-CAM 4500: 61-point AF
  • Dual histogram for double exposure mode

Quarter 3, 2010

Nikon Coolpix P1DX

  • Compact Camera
  • DX format
  • 12.3 MP
  • 28-85mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • VR built-in
  • 2.9-inch 920k dot resolution LCD
  • AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4G VR

  • AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/5.6G VR

  • AF-S Nikkor 70-240mm f/3.5-4.5G VR

  • AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/2G DC

  • AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/4G VR

  • AF-S DX Nikkor 60-95mm f/2G VR

  • AF-S DX Nikkor 17-60mm f/2.8G VR

Quarter 4, 2010

Nikon D4x

  • 30.2 MP
  • FX format
  • 1 EV sensitivity increase
  • 6 fps
  • 10 fps w/ double exposure per phase detection AF
  • dNEF raw format
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)
  • HD video - 1080p at 30fps

Monday, July 6, 2009

My Brand new phone Sony Ericsson W910i


Hi,
This is Hamza.
Today i bought a brand new Sony Ericsson W910i. Its a cool looking phone and is currently the flag ship of walkman series.
This is the UN-Boxing Video to show you the contents of the box.
In the box i found

-Sony Ericsson W910i Handset
-Memorystick M2 USB card reader
-Charger with port for accessories
-Data Cable
-Hands free with mic and adapter for 3.5mm jack for universal head sets
-Software Disk
-Manuals

Stay connected to spotlogger and you 'll get the review next week.

Leave a Comment or contact me at
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cybershot WAR : DSC H-50 vs. DSC HX-1

Now that most of the companies have replaced their Ultra zoom compact cameras, or Bridge cameras, Sony has introduced a new one but didn't replaced the old one.

I 'm asked a lot of times that what the difference between HX1 and H50 apparently they look the same and have the same value of megapixels, but HX-1 is considerably expensive.

Well that what i m here for, I went to "Sony World" and checked out the new HX-1 and then i compared it to my H-50 and now i ll explain all that here and in the end i ll give you my verdict.

First of all lets talk Sensor.

Sensor & Processor:
H-50 has a HAD CCD sensor with BionZ processor and HX-1 has a CMOS sensor with Exmor technology and of course a BionZ processor.
SO whats the deal with CMOS, well CMOS consume less power than the CCD and has better responsiveness too compared to the CCD, Plus CMOS sensors have double the sensitivity of CCD, which means less noise and better low light quality.

Lens and Zoom:
H-50 has a Carl Ziess Lens with 15x optical zoom, whereas HX-1 has a G Lens(Professional lens by Sony) with 20x optical zoom, HX-1's lens is both wider and tele than H-50's.

Performance:
H-50 is not a fast camera in any respect, But the use of Cmos has given sony the opportunity to increase the speed considerably. H-50 takes photos at about 1.4 fps HX-1 blows it away with 10 fps at full resolution. Plus the boot time of HX-1 is considerably less than of H-50.

Focusing:
Both cameras have 9 point auto focus and both performe the same in various conditions, which in my thought is pretty slow.

Movie Mode:
H-50 can record video in VGA(640x480) @ 30fps or @ 15fps whereas HX-1 has a monumental victory in this sector over H-50 by offering HD. HX-1 records at 1440x1080@30fps and also at 1280x720@30fps or the VGA mode as well. Not just the video that's been improved, the sound is not captured stereo unlike the H-50's mono and the mics are placed on the head to cover the whole surrounding rather than H-50 single mic on the left shoulder.

iAuto:
Intelligent Automode in the HX-1 can determine the automatic settings for the Auto mode much faster and much more accurate when compared to the H-50 so it's a heaven for the newbies and novice, by being a lot more forgiving than the simple AUTO in the H-50.

Misc.
HX-1 incorporates nearly all the features of H-50 and Raise them to a New level. The head line is the sweep panoramic mode which allows you to just sweep your camera accross 224 degrees and then it interlaces then into a 224degree panoramic photo. Then there is the blink assist and lots more.

Verdict:
At the end of the day HX-1 is a better camera but is it worth the money????
The Answer is Yes, Quality of both the video and images is better and the camera responses much faster than H-50 and it's a joy to use the HX-1, I 'd say buy it, Its worth the extra cash.

If you have a question, leave it in the comments or email me:
mahamza86@hotmail.com

Monday, June 29, 2009

Samsung Star Review

This is the review for my Samsung Star or Tocco or GT-S5233



I have used this phone for a month now and here is what i would like to say about it.

PROS

Pretty good phone for its price
One of the best touch screen operation
The smallest, lightest and most usable Touch screen device i have ever seen.
Easy to manage OS

CONS

Unusable Screen in Direct Sun Light
It doesn't allow you to set your own message alert
Loudspeaker quality is OK but not loud enough
NO 3.5mm jack only the proprietary port with rubbish headsets
T9 word selection is rubbish at best

If you have time to spear than lets look at some of the details.

Details
I was browsing through mobile phone at my friend's mobile shop and i suddenly spotted this phone, the package was open but the phone was brand new(Some guy returned it after 4 days claiming its too fragile for him) When i asked the price I was amazed to know its price and i decided to buy this phone because I love Touch Screen Phones, Plus i got 10% discount due to open package, Best deal huh

External Features
First thing i noticed was it looks a bit like OMNIA(optical pointer is replaced by "back" bottun) but its lighter and smaller, making it more usable and practical.
On the front we got 2 bottuns for handling calls and one for going to the previous menu.
One one side volume bottun and a hatch for the port for attaching the accessories and data cable
The otherside we got camera shutter and keyguard bottun
The back of the device is cheap plastic and looks absolute cheap
The screen is surrounded by Chrome steel

Screen

The screen looks amazing indoors however move outside and it seems like there is not screen at all, That's because of the flexible plastic screen instead of glass one which are useless in sunlight.
However the screen is easily big enough to be very user friendly and high res to deliver sharp graphics and the touch operations are very good for this price range.

Home Screens & Widgets
OK its a Samsung so expect Touch and Drag operation accompanied by Widgets.
First thing first what the heck are widgets?
Widgets are small icons that represent a software and they can turned into usable buttons when dragged onto the screen and some of them provide some control without going to the whole program, like Music Player and FM Radio, Cool ain't it,but it takes a lot of space and after a widget or two you are out of space, Don't worry, Samsung gave us 3 home screen which can be accessed by flicking the home screen sideways, so there is plenty of space for all your widgets.
Nice

Menu
The whole Menu is so thumb friendly, offering big icons.

Media Manager
In Menu you see "My Files" thats the file manager for the phone, again this is very thumb and user friendly, all the settings are visible and easy to understand. This mode also takes advantage of Accelerometer or Auto-Rotate function
Tilt the device horizental and it turns the video and images in landscapre mode and if you are to lazy to flick scroll through the images, just tilt the device to either side and the images will slide by, altough this is not as smooth as it sounds

Messaging and Text Input
Biggest problem with any touch screen is the input method, without the physical bottuns its too easy to push the wrong bottuns on screen, Well in case of Portrait mode and using the standard mobile phone keypad(12 bottuns) there is no problem at all, the bottuns are very large and its hard to press the wrong one
However turn the device in Landscape mode and viola it turns into full QWERTY keyboard, not so viola when you use it, the keys are small and extremely easy to hit the wrong one, when you press a bottun it pop-ups but on the right or left side instead of upwards, So you can't really see what you hit, In my opinion this method is extremely useless
When sending a message you can only add 10 contacts ..... Why??? I want to add the whole phonebook .... I should be able to ... right, I mean i can do that in my cheap nokia phones.
C'mon Samsung give us a bit of freedom

Music and Sound
Lets move to the Music player, Press the play bottun and first impression is, This is as loud it can get? The sound is very low, not usable even in slightly noisy situation, OK i 'll put on my head set to listen to the tunes, WTF, why can't they stay in my ears, I have average size ears but these are ment for APES with huge ears, even if you have huge ears the ear pieces are not ergonomic enough to stay there for like 10 mins, TOTAL FAILURE, top of all that, if you cut your ears to set the ear phones, the stuipid mic with call attend bottun is stuck in your collar and there is no way to hold the wire on your shirt, there is no clip, and in the end you show the fingure to Samsung's headset and buy a Samsung to 3.5mm adaptor.
And oh yeah one more thing, the earphone on the handset for listening to calls is also the loudspeaker for playing music and other alerts and of course calls on loudspeaker, Once i pressed the call accept bottun and put it near my ear and the call was not accepted so the tune played right into my ear!

The Organizer is a typical Samsung with a calculator, converter, memos and all that birthday anniversary stuff

The Application section has some cool apps pre installed, like GOOGLE MAPS and a dice game which is useless and some cool games require cash in order to show their party piece(Trial versions)

Camera
Last but not least, the 3.2 Megapixel camera, It has no flash side to it, the picture is under-exposed a lot(Means its darker)
A lot of featues at in the camera section, Smile mode, panoramic, frames, burst shooting and monisac??!!
There are a lot of settings for the white balance
The video shoots at QVGA(320x240) @ 15fps, rubbish.
There is also 3x digital zoom
By reading this section you must have understood that i don't take cameras in mobile phones too seriously, that because i don't, I like to use proper camera.

Thats That for my review of Samsung Star/Tocco
If you guys have any question or require my help, Please leave a comment or e-mail me at
mahamza86@hotmail.com



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