News entries for March, 2012

Fuji USA preps for white orb fix

Fujifilm's X10 digital camera. Photo provided by Fujifilm. Click for our Fuji X10 preview!Last week, we reported on news from Europe suggesting that Fujifilm was preparing a number of measures to resolve an image quality defect present on two of its cameras: the Fujifilm X10 compact, and the Fujifilm X-S1 ultra-zoom. Today, we note that the company's US division is likewise preparing its response.

Both cameras can exhibit unnatural-looking white...

The Camera Bag: Killshot Rifle Shoots Photos Instead of Bullets

Like the thrill of the hunt but don't want to actually fire a gun? Brothers Randy and Michael Gregg have created a digital camera that looks like a high-powered rifle to let you aim and shoot photos instead of bullets.

Randy and Michael, who are hunters themselves, got the idea for their invention when they spotted a large deer bedding down for the night. Since hunting...

The Camera Bag: Carry Your Photo Archive in Your Pocket with WD’s 2TB My Passport Drive

Are those two terabytes in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Western Digital (WD) is now giving photographers the ability to carry around (potentially) all of their digital archive in an external hard drive not much bigger than a passport. Called, appropriately, WD's My Passport, the sleek drives offer up to 2 TB of capacity and come in five snazzy colors:...

BumpyPhoto takes your prints to another dimension

BumpyPhoto's logo. Click here to visit the BumpyPhoto website!For a few years now, the photofinishing industry has been faced with a problem. The number of photos being captured is soaring, but in an era of social networking and the throwaway snapshots posted on the likes of Facebook, print revenues aren't. In fact, the reverse is true: they're gradually falling. The answer for many businesses has been to refocus on products that...

Lens Review: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S

Nikon85f18gNikon updated its 85mm f/1.8 lens earlier this year and units are soon to be shipping: we've got our hands on a sample of the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and put it through its paces in our testing lab. While slightly more expensive than the model it's improving on, the new features more than justify the price: weather sealing, AF-S focusing, rounded aperture blades for better...

Pay less, play longer: Phase One adjusts Capture One pricing, trial period

Phase One's logo. Click here to visit the Phase One website!Denmark's Phase One A/S launched an attractive new corporate website over the weekend, and to celebrate, it's made two other changes that will be welcomed by photographers.

Effective immediately, Phase One's flagship Capture One image editor has a new, lower price tag. It also now comes with a much longer trial period that lets photographers really come to terms with...

The Camera Bag: Canon 5D Mark II View Camera Combines Old with New

This digital-analogue mashup has been called a “Medium-Format Canon 5D Mark II” but what it really is is a new life for a very old camera.

Most photographers have old cameras stuck away in a closet or a drawer. We are a sentimental lot after all and there is something about a turn-of-the-20th Century camera that appeals to a photographer's heart.

But few of us look at...

One-day deal: Zoner Photo Studio 14 Pro for the price of Home Edition

Zoner Photo Studio's logo. Click here to visit the Zoner Photo Studio website!Zoner Software, the Czech Republic-based company behind the Windows-only imaging application Zoner Photo Studio has today announced a brief opportunity for customers to get the flagship Pro version of the app at a significant discount. If you've been considering picking up a copy of the program, act quick -- the deal's only valid today!

Launched last November, Zoner Photo...

The Camera Bag: Gizmon Military Case Turns Your iPhone Into a Mini Leica

Let's say you want to buy a Leica M9 digital rangefinder but can't afford the $8K price tag. (Yeah, join the club.) The next best thing might just be this line of cases from Gizmon iCa that transform your iPhone into a rangefinder look-a-like. The latest case is the Gizmon iCa Military Edition, which will give your phone a textured, black-paint look that recalls the M9 and...

The Camera Bag: 2K-Shooting Digital Bolex for $2.5K

Even those who didn't grow up making home movies in the 1970s would probably recognize a Bolex camera with its familiar pistol grip and sleek, compact style. That classic 16mm film shooter looks like it will finally make the jump to digital if the plans of two Bolex enthusiasts come to fruition.

Joe Rubinstein and Elle Schneider recently got nod from the Switzerland-based...

Apple issues raw compatibility update

Apple's logo. Click here to visit the Apple website!If you're using Apple's Mac OS X Lion, and want to work with raw files from your shiny new camera or camcorder, a quick download may be in order today, as a new update from Apple brings OS-level compatibility for a variety of new raw file formats to Apple's imaging applications.

The Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.10 adds support for seven new cameras and...

Samsung Dishes; We Report

Samsung's logo. Click here to visit the Samsung website!We had the opportunity recently to participate in an industry roundtable with top Korean executives from Samsung. Attending from the industry side were representatives of DP Review, Engadget, Laptop Magazine, and Reviewed.com, as well as Imaging Resource. Samsung executives participating in the roundtable session were:

  • Mr. Byungdeok Nam, Senior Vice President, R&D...

New Life for Dying Digicams? A little WiFi Love from Samsung…

Samsung's logo. Click here to visit the Samsung website!We recently met with top Samsung executives in South Korea, discussing their product plans and vision for the future. We talked about many things, much of which is covered in a separate interview digest, but it was Samsung's strategy to save the pocket camera that we found interesting enough to warrant its own article. With everyone in the camera business nervously watching...

Ricoh rewards GXR owners with even more features

Ricoh's GXR digital camera. Photo provided by Ricoh. Click for our Ricoh GXR preview!There are two types of firmware update in this world. Some--OK, most--just fixes some bugs in earlier releases, making your camera more stable and reliable. A rare few have loftier ambitions, however.

A new firmware update today for the Ricoh GXR is in the latter group, adding a variety of new features, and refining others. Ricoh seems particularly generous in this...

The Nokia 808 PureView—Making Megapixels Zoom

700-nokia-808-pureview-white-pairThat buzz you've been hearing isn't a swarm of early spring bees. It's the discussion about Nokia's 808 PureView smart phone, the one with a 41-Mp sensor tucked inside.

That's bigger than the 36.3-Mp snesor in the Nikon D800.

A week ago Damian Dinning, the head of imaging experience for Nokia smart devices, explained the concept in an article on the Nokia 808. He was...

Sigma makes right by SD1 early adopters

Sigma's SD1 Merrill digital SLR. Click for our Sigma SD1 Merrill preview!Last month, Sigma Corp. announced an amazing price drop on its flagship SLR, the SD1. The list price was slashed by 52%, while official street pricing fell by a truly spectacular two thirds of the then-market price.

Without question, it was great news for those considering buying the Sigma SD1. In a stroke, it made Sigma's high-res, full-color Foveon sensor-based SLR--now...

Nikon D800 test shots captured and posted!

Nikon's D800 digital SLR. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click to read our Nikon D800 preview!We received the 36.3-megapixel Nikon D800 and Luke immediately got to work shooting our Still Life target. Peering at the images, we were astonished to see enough detail to capture and clearly render the threads in our dreaded Red Leaf fabric, a feature of our standard Still Life target. Awesome.

Go to our Nikon D800 Samples page to see the Still Life target shots, both...

Software Review: Snapseed Desktop

Snapseed.200x164Having found the interface of its dreams for all of its plug-in technology with Snapseed, Nik Software wisely didn't stop there. They brought the interface to the desktop -- both OS X and Windows -- and for just $19.99 through iTunes, the App Store or from Nik Software.

Considering the plug-ins themselves run in the three figures, that represents quite a bargain. So we...

Sony A57: New Translucent Mirror camera launched, previewed UPDATED

Sony's SLT-A57 Translucent Mirror camera. Photo provided by Sony. Click for our Sony A57 preview!Eighteen months ago, Sony launched two new cameras with a shared industry first: a translucent mirror design that allowed full-time phase detect AF during shooting and video capture. The concept has since spread to almost all of the company's Alpha-mount lineup, and only one of those original duo continued as a current product. Today, it meets its successor, in the form of...

An Afternoon With Arthur Tress

Tress.182x200Adobe, oddly enough, hosted a private showing of "Arthur Tress: San Francisco 1964" at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, a collection of decidedly non-digital images by a photographer who doesn't own Photoshop.

The exhibit features a trove of images Tress rediscovered going through his late sister's things. He had visited Madelaine 48 years ago, taking photos at the...