News entries for December, 2011

Olympus: Woodford quits board, as panel prepares report

Olympus' logo. Click here to visit the Olympus website!Michael Woodford, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Japan's Olympus Corp. has now resigned his non-representative position on the company's board, according to a report today from press agency Reuters. 

Company Chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, Executive Vice President Hisashi Mori, and corporate auditor Hideo Yamada all resigned from the board last week. All...

4th Notice on the damage from the flood in Thailand

Nikon's logo. Click here to visit the Nikon website!December 1, 2011 -- This is to advise you of the latest situations of Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon Corporation in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand, which is suffering damages from the flood.

Latest situations
Water pumping-out by the Rojana Industrial Park...

Nikon announces SB-910 Speedlight

Nikon's SB-910 Speedlight. Photo provided by Nikon Inc.Nikon Inc. has today announced a new flagship for its Speedlight flash strobe lineup, in the form of the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight.

An update to the earlier SB-900 model, the Nikon SB-910 is just a little smaller--but a little heaver--than its predecessor, and has an identical guide number of 34 meters (111.5 feet) at ISO 100 with the zoom head in the 35mm position. Most...

Software Review: Optics Pro 7

Opticspro7.119x150Think Open CL programming doesn't make a difference? Think again. Optics Pro 7 takes advantage of using your GPU for non-graphics processing (you know, the stuff your CPU usually does) -- and it flies! There are also some nice workflow improvements to the latest version, available now. Read our review for the full story.

Sony SLT-A77, A65: New firmware improves responsiveness, fixes bugs

Sony's Alpha SLT-A77 Translucent Mirror interchangeable-lens digital camera. Photo provided by Sony Corp.Sony Corp. has released updated firmware for its flagship Translucent Mirror camera, the Sony Alpha SLT-A77, as well as its more affordable enthusiast sibling, the SLT-A65.

In both cases, the new firmware aims to improve overall operation and responsiveness of both cameras, as well as adding compensation data for further lens models. The newly-supported lenses for...

Easy Shot Clip High Definition (HD) Digital Video Camera & Waterproof Housing Diving Kit From Concord Keystone Weighs Just Over One Ounce And Captures HD Video and Sound at Depths Up To 100 Feet

Concord Keystone's logo. Click here to visit the Concord Keystone website!SUNRISE, FL – November 29, 2011 – Concord Keystone, a leading developer of cameras and smartphone accessories, today introduced Easy Shot Clip™ HD Diving Kit, a remarkably small, high-definition digital video camera and underwater housing unit that allows divers and swimmers to capture 720p HD video and sound underwater up to depths of 100 ft/30m.

The...

Leica Camera And Seedlight Workshops Host “Preserving Patagonia” Conservation And Travel Photography Workshop

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica website!Conservation Photojournalist Bridget Besaw leads weeklong experience in Chilean Patagonia

Allendale, NJ (November 29, 2011) – Leica Camera, Inc., the legendary German camera manufacturer, is collaborating with Seedlight Workshops, developer of environmental photography workshops, to host “Preserving Patagonia: Conservation Photography with the...

Aptina Announces Native 1080p System on Chip Solution for High Definition Video Imaging Applications

 

Aptina's logo. Click here to visit the Aptina website!First Full HD, 1/6-Inch SOC designed for Mobile, Tablet and Notebook Market

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aptina, a leading provider of CMOS imaging solutions to the world’s most popular consumer electronics manufacturers, today announced the AS0260 SOC (system on chip) imaging solution. The 2-megapixel native 1080p SOC delivers exceptional...

InfoTrends Examines Importance of High Definition Video in Digital Cameras within the Western European Market

InfoTrends' logo. Click here to visit the InfoTrends website!(Weymouth, MA) November 29, 2011...InfoTrends’ latest digital camera video capture study on the European market reveals that HD videos are becoming increasingly popular among end-users. In just two years, the percentage of all digital camera owners reporting that HD capability was very important has almost doubled, from 7.9% in 2009 to 15.1% in 2011. As...

Lens Review: Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro 1:1

Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro 1:1 lensOur lens review for today is the Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD IF Macro 1:1. The APS-C version of the popular Tamron 90mm macro, the 60mm is smaller, and offers a fast f/2 aperture, and according to Tamron, a longer working distance for 1:1 reproduction - 100mm. The focal length and fast aperture also make it a great portrait lens. Click here for our Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro...

Ricoh preps new GXR camera module

An update to the global website of Ricoh Co. Ltd. reveals that it's working on a new camera module for its GXR camera system.

Announced in late 2009, the Ricoh GXR is extremely unusual in offering interchangeable modules that couple both a lens, sensor, and image processor in a single unit, rather than the more typical interchangeable lens design found on most competing...

Electronics Among Most Popular Purchases During Black Friday Weekend, CEA Survey Finds

The Consumer Electronics Association's logo. Click here to visit the Consumer Electronics Association's website!Half of Americans Shopping This Weekend

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronics were among the most purchased items over the Thanksgiving weekend, with nearly half of all shoppers buying technology, according to interim results from the Black Friday Weekend survey by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and CARAVAN®. The survey showed that...

“Dear Sigma” Contest Will Fulfill Photographer’s Holiday Wishes for Photo Gear

Sigma's logo. Click here to visit the Sigma website!Visit Sigma Corporation of America’s Facebook page to win up to $2,500 in lenses, cameras

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Photographers: Have you been good this year? Sigma Corporation of America wants to check some photography gear off your wish list this holiday season.

The leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of...

Aptina Ready to Kickoff BSI Sensor Mass Production

Aptina's logo. Click here to visit the Aptina website!San Jose, CA, November 28, 2011 — Aptina, a leading supplier of CMOS imaging solutions, today announced the expansion of its extensive product portfolio with the production ready AR0832E backside illuminated (BSI) sensor. The AR0832E is a 1/3.2" optical format, 8-megapixel sensor with a 1.4-micron BSI pixel that produces stunning images to enable a...

Iridient Digital releases RAW Developer 1.9.3 for Mac OS X

Iridient Digital's logo. Click here to visit the Iridient Digital website!Pacific Grove, CA, November 28, 2011 -- Iridient Digital, Inc. has released RAW Developer 1.9.3 an update to our critically acclaimed RAW image processing software for Mac OS X.

RAW Developer 1.9.3 is a maintenance update to the previous 1.9.2 release. This update includes support for new camera models, performance improvements to lossless jpeg...

LockPort UNIVERSAL by LockCircle

The Lockport Universal logo. Click here to visit the Lockcircle website!CAMERA 5D - 7D  HDMI PORT SAVER UNIVERSAL ADAPTER CLAMP

After the great success of the LockPort5 and LockPort7, LockCircle is announcing the professional LockPort UNIVERSAL!

The LockPort UNIVERSAL is a new product developed to help avoid damaging  your 5D and 7D mini HDMI camera port. The LockPort UNIVERSAL protects definitely the fragile output on...

Ambitious time-lapse shows weather, circadian patterns

A blog post today from John Nack, principal product manager (mobile) at Adobe Systems Inc., tipped us off to an interesting project by Ken Murphy, a Californian artist, musician and programmer with an interest in time-lapse photography.

Nicely proving that even long-in-the-tooth digital cameras can offer good results in the right hands, Ken set up a six year old Canon...

Calling for Power Directors!

CyberLink's logo. Click here to visit the Cyberlink website!CyberLink Unveils “I am a Power Director” Campaign for Video Enthusiasts

Taipei, Taiwan—November 28, 2011— Video enthusiasts who use CyberLink’s PowerDirector, the world’s fastest video editor, today have a new outlet to share their love and state emphatically, “I am a Power Director!”

CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today unveiled a new community, I Am A...

Bargain Watch: Canon cameras on Amazon

Amazon has cooked up some pretty impressive deals on cameras, particularly in Canon cameras that you might do well to check out. Though I've put in list prices, that's what Amazon's putting in as a list; however, I know several of these cameras started quite a bit higher when they were first launched.

Here's a quick and dirty list of models we would not hesitate to buy:

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First test shots posted for Panasonic GX1!

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-GX1 compact system camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co.We've just posted our first set of test shots from a production-level Panasonic GX1, straight from the lab! The enthusiast-oriented GX1 is based around the same 16-megapixel Live MOS image sensor as found in the G3, and will also accept a new accessory electronic viewfinder that's based upon that built into that earlier model. This is coupled with an image processor that's...