News entries for July, 2012

Is bigger better? Pentax K-01 reviewed!

Pentax's K-01 compact system camera. Photo provided by Pentax. Click to read our Pentax K-01 review!Pentax may have taken a while to hop onto the mirrorless camera bandwagon, but when it finally did, it wasn't half-hearted. Shortly after it debuted the tiny Pentax Q, it followed up with a compact system camera that was almost its polar opposite: the Pentax K-01.

Beneath its unique Marc Newson-designed styling is a compact system camera that keeps the mirror box--it just...

Kodak, Apple squabble continues, may delay patent auction

Kodak's logo. Click here to visit the Kodak website!Bankrupt imaging icon Eastman Kodak Co. and its one-time partner, consumer electronics manufacturer Apple Inc. have both fired their latest salvos in a lengthy struggle over ten patents dating back to the early 1990s, reports UK-based tech website The Register, among others.

In the middle of last week, Kodak filed a complaint with the US Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan,...

Camera-Themed Comic Books from the 1940s

Camera-comics-no-1-logoIf the camera industry was smart and forward thinking, it might do well to take a page from the past and make an updated version of these camera-themed comic books from the 1940s.

Published between 1944 and 1946 by the U.S. Camera Publishing Company, the Camera Comics series was a fun, marketing gimmick to try to inspire more people to take up photography as a hobby.

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Why Using an Optical Viewfinder with Your Camera Can Improve Your Photography

Ovf---andreas feininger from logoGrowing up a rangefinder camera user, I have been using optical viewfinders (OVF) since an early age. They were, metaphorically speaking, my eyes. This is an idea powerfully visualized in Andreas Feininger’s portrait of recently deceased, Magnum photographer Dennis Stock. The portrait is shown to the right with Stock holding his Leica with optical viewfinder.

Today,...

Prepare for pixel envy: Duke University creates portable, gigapixel camera

Duke University's AWARE-2 camera prototype. Image provided by Duke University.How many pixels can you fit into a liter? A bit of a nonsensical question, perhaps, but for a prototype camera built by researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, the answer is around 270 megapixels.

Duke's researchers, working in cooperation with the University of Arizona and the University of California San Diego, have been given a tough goal by the...

Panasonic Lumix TS4 reviewed: When it rains, does it shine?

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 digital camera.  Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Offering just about everything you want from a waterproof digital camera, the Panasonic TS4 dives deeper than most any other camera on the market, down to 40 feet. The TS4's built-in GPS is icing on a cake that includes Full HD video recording, an altimeter and a barometer. Its 12-megapixel sensor sits behind a 28-128mm lens, and it works about as well as we expected. Our...

Canon: Still more firmware, this time for Cinema EOS

Canon's Cinema EOS C300 camera. Photo provided by Canon.A few days after it issued updated firmware for the EOS 60D / 60Da and EOS 5D Mark III digital SLRs and four of its professional camcorder models, Canon USA has released firmware updates for two more products in yet another category. This time, the updates are for two of its Cinema EOS-series professional interchangeable-lens video cameras, the closely-related EOS C300 and...

The Camera Bag: 28-Port USB Mondohub Has Slots for All Your External Devices

Mondohub power-logoWe don't know about you but we've got so many external hard drives, card readers, printers, chargers and other devices hooked into our iMac computer, our USB hub looks like a Medusa-head. And despite having a very serviceable 10-port hub, we always have a shortage of spare USB slots.

That's why we like the Manhattan's Mondohub, which offers a whopping 28 different USB...

Pentax K-30: Lab test images posted, added to Comparometer

Pentax's K-30 digital SLR. Photo provided by Pentax. Click for our Pentax K-30 preview!Yesterday, we published our first gallery shots from a production-level Pentax K-30 digital SLR, an interesting camera that couples a consumer-friendly pricetag with a great pentaprism viewfinder and a weather-sealed body. At the time, we said to expect our lab shots soon.

True to our word, Lab Technician Luke Smith's been hard at work, and we've just posted the first of...

Sony ramps up smartphone CMOS sensor production

Sony's logo. Click here to visit the Sony website!Worldwide, sales of smartphones are soaring, and that means an increasing demand for the tiny image sensors that form the heart of the multiple cameras found in a typical smartphone. Responding to that demand, Sony Corp. has today announced plans to invest another 80 billion yen (close to US$1 billion) in a semiconductor facility in Fukuoka, Japan.

The new cash injection...

Five Keywords for Better Photography

5words thecrowd-logoAre you frustrated with your images? Do you feel like your images have gotten repetitive? Are you visually tongue-tied? If you answer yes, then let me offer five keywords that can improve your photography.
 
Despite protests to the contrary, all photography is about communicating something to someone. Whether it is a proud mom photographing her daughter’s first dance...

Lens Review: Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS

Img 8896 200Sony released its 50mm f/1.8 prime for the NEX E-mount at the end of 2011, and we have had some interesting results from it in the lab, particularly in the area of chromatic aberration. If you ever wanted to learn about longitudinal chromatic aberration, the Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS we tested is an excellent case study: click here to read our full review of this lens!

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The Camera Bag: Poler Camera Bag Doubles as Cooler for Your Beer

Poler-camera-cooler-2-logoNow here's something we can get behind this sweaty time of year: a camera bag that doubles as a cooler for your beer. Called the Poler Camera Cooler, this small (11  x  6  x 7-inch) bag has padded dividers that can hold a digital SLR, lens and other small photo accessories.

Meanwhile, pockets on the side fit an iPhone or iPad. To prevent the bag from swinging around when...

LensRentals tests Canon’s new 40mm pancake prime

Canon's EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake prime lens. Photo provided by Canon.Alongside the launch of the Canon Rebel T4i earlier this month, the company also unveiled two new lens models with stepping autofocus motors. The EF-S 18-135mm STM is a variant of the existing 18-135mm design, and so optically speaking, we pretty much know what to expect there. The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM prime is a different beast, though. It's a brand-new design, and Canon's...

Pentax K-30: Gallery photos posted, including raws (updated)

Pentax's K-30 digital SLR. Photo provided by Pentax.Announced a month ago, the Pentax K-30 strikes us as one of the more exciting SLR announcements of the year so far. For just US$850, you not only get a weather-sealed SLR body, rare enough at such a consumer-friendly pricetag. You also get a bright 100%, 0.92x magnification pentaprism viewfinder just like that of the company's flagship K-5, where competitors pretty-much...

Reflections on a Classic (and Rare) Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson on PBS

Henri-cartier-bresson-roseFor some reason, this old Charlie Rose PBS interview with photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (view it in its entirety below) has resurfaced and is making the rounds on social media this week. This is great because young photographers who have only heard about HCB will get a chance to see him “live.” If they can get passed Rose’s rather annoying, cloying manner, they will...

Coming to America: 41 megapixel Nokia 808 PureView up for preorder!

Nokia's 808 PureView smartphone. Photo provided by Nokia.Back at the Mobile World Congress show last February, Nokia announced a phone that elevated pulses of photographers around the world. Dubbed the Nokia 808 PureView, this interesting handset includes a Carl Zeiss-branded lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and an unusually large 1/1.2"-type image sensor. With close to three times the area of the sensors in most compact cameras, and...

Canon T4i test shots posted!

Canon EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR test shot.  Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for our Canon T4i test images!We received the Canon T4i today and stopped everything to get our first official test images posted from this hot new Rebel. These images are from a production camera, mind you, currently available at major online retailers, so check out our First Shots from the Canon Rebel T4i!

Five new cameras, 400 optics modules: DxO Optics Pro update now available

DxO Labs' logo. Click here to visit the DxO Labs website!Exactly four weeks after its last update, Paris, France-based DxO Labs has unveiled a new version of its flagship Optics Pro image processing application, bringing support for five new cameras and a whopping 400 new optics modules. 

According to the official release notes, DxO Optics Pro 7.5.1 also fixes an issue with use on Open CL machines whose user account names...

The Camera Bag: A Free E-Book About Street Photography from Eric Kim

Street-photography-book-logoWe've shared a couple of video tutorials recently on how to take photos of complete strangers and how to capture the perfect headshot, now here's a free e-book in a somewhat similar vein. Called "31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography," the free book is by noted street photographer Eric Kim and is available on his blog (scroll down a bit) as either a...