News entries for August, 2012

Mirrorless, Mirrorless on the Wall: Part I

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G1 was the first camera in what's now known as the Compact System Camera category, also known as a mirrorless camera. Photo courtesy of Panasonic.Today’s post is one of those exercises in randomness that I just have to do every so often. I’ve been working with mirrorless cameras lately. That led to several people reminding me that two years ago I predicted mirrorless cameras would largely replace entry-level SLRs.

After careful evaluation I have to admit I was only 62.5% correct. While mirrorless is the fastest...

Men at Lunch: How an iconic photo of construction workers taking a break from building New York was made

 
Lunch atop a Skyscraper (New York Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam) by Charles C. Ebbets

Everyone can identify New York City simply by its unique skyscraper filled skyline. The story of the construction of these skyscrapers, and one iconic photo in particular, is the basis for Men at Lunch, one of the...

Reuters videographer shoots “stop and frisk” news story with Canon 60D HD-DSLR

 
 

When Reuters senior producer Ayana Morali was asked to do a video piece on a major law enforcement initiative in New York City, rather than reach for her typical camcorder workhorse, the Panasonic HPX-250, she went with something smaller: the Canon EOS 60D HD-DSLR.

The video segment (at the bottom of this post)...

Nikon P7700 ditches viewfinder for faster lens, smaller body

Nikon's Coolpix P7700 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon P7700 preview!Have you ever wondered why optical viewfinders have largely gone the way of the Dodo? A quick comparison of the brand-new Nikon Coolpix P7700 against its sibling, the P7100, could prove informative.

Nikon's latest enthusiast flagship compact drops the viewfinder from the design, and in the process makes way for a significantly brighter lens, despite having a slightly more...

Serious smarts: Nikon’s Coolpix S800c puts Android in your camera

Nikon's Coolpix S800c digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon S800c preview!Phones borrowing features from cameras is nothing new, but today Nikon flips that paradigm on its head, with the debut of the first mainstream camera that inherits its standout feature from the world of the smartphone.

The Nikon Coolpix S800c isn't the first camera we've seen that's built around Google's Android operating system, but it's the first that seems to have been...

Nikon Coolpix S01: cute, tiny, and made for your pocket

Nikon's Coolpix S01 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon. Click for our Nikon S01 preview!Hands up, everybody who's missed an unexpected photo opp--or had to settle for a grainy cameraphone snap--because they left their camera at home. If your hand is up, Nikon had you in mind when it designed the Nikon Coolpix S01, a camera you could just about lose in your pocket--until you need it, that is.

The Nikon S01's key feature is its diminutive size, especially for...

Tiffen Photo fx Ultra puts 934 presets on your iPad


 
 

Tiffen knows the difference between a filter and a special effect. Fortunately, both are on the guest list for the party that's Photo fx Ultra, which runs rather nicely on a iPad with iOS 4.3 or later.

Now in its fifth version, Photo fx Ultra provides eight categories of 77 filters with 934 presets (all...

Sony announces E-mount pro camcorder, power zoom lens, mirroring Memory Sticks

The Sony NEX-EA50UH camcorder. Photo provided by Sony Electronics Inc.Filling the gap between its VG-series and FS-series E-mount interchangeable-lens camcorders, Sony Electronics Inc. has introduced a new model that adds a new feature not present in either existing line: support for power zoom lens control from the camera body. (Edit: Thanks to 'M' in the comments for pointing out that the NES-FS700 does have a physical zoom control; it just...

New iPhone 5 looks suspiciously like Canon DSLR in (satirical) commercial

 
 

As usual, the pre-release buzz for whatever new iPhone that Apple might be planning to release this year has reached a fever pitch. Consider this parody commercial (below), which imagines Apple's new iPhone 5 not so much as a phone but as a digital SLR. (And one that looks suspiciously like a Canon product.)

The...

Duo of Canon long-zooms focus faster, help keep you on target

Canon's PowerShot SX500 IS digital camera. Photo provided by Canon. Click for our Canon SX500 preview!Fancy an affordable, long-zoom camera, and want to shoot sports, kids, pets or other unpredictable subjects? Shutter lag will be your enemy: even with a regular compact it's easy enough to miss the moment. With a long-zoom, you've also got to deal with the added complication of trying to keep your subject in the frame while your camera does its thing. Far-reaching lenses...

Lens Review: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

 
 

Canon released an updated version of its 18-135mm EF-S lens earlier in June: the major feature of the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is its new Stepping Motor, which provides extremely quiet operation during movie capture, as well as very fast performance. We've put the lens through its paces in our test lab:...

Win a $250 photo gear shopping spree from Imaging Resource

Craving some new gear for your camera bag? Imaging Resource can help. Today we launched our first-ever sweepstakes on Facebook, where IR fans can enter for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate from our trusted affiliate partner, Adorama. You can increase your chances of winning by sharing the sweepstakes with your friends; you'll receive two additional sweepstakes...

Soccer star Mario Balotelli tries to swipe photographer’s camera in latest attempt to turn tables on the press

 
 

Italian soccer (aka football) star Mario Balotelli is the latest athlete to try to turn the tables on professional photographers.

First, there was Kobe Bryant of the Los Angles Lakers attempting, unsuccessfully, to take photos with his fancy Canon DSLR at the Olympics. Then there was Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt...

Sony Exmor RS sensors to allow slimmer, better camera phones

Sony's Exmor RS logo. Click here to visit the Sony website!Early this year, Sony revealed that it was working on a new generation of backside-illuminated image sensors that would move more of the peripheral circuitry at each photodiode location beneath the active pixels, replacing the supporting substrate in the process.

The design can be used to reduce the overall sensor area while maintaining the same photodiode area,...

Video documents last minutes of underwater camera before it got lost during plunge into gorge

 
 

This is pretty hilarious in a Blair Witch Project meets Jackass sort of a way. The below video was recovered from a memory card in an underwater camera found at the bottom of a deep gorge near Woodstock, New York in the Catskills.

Watch the video and you'll be able to figure out how the camera got there. Yes,...

Friday Photo Tip: Improve your images by turning off the auto flash and using ambient light

What separates great pictures from ordinary ones? It is the use of ambient light. Despite that, many people continue to shoot all their photos with their camera flashes blazing away.

Most of the time, that built-in flash in your phone or camera kills the natural light and is the ruin of otherwise decent photos. Certainly flash has its uses but it was never meant for every...

Egads! Olympus E-System evolves, new camera coming

Olympus' E-System logo.While Olympus has focused its development efforts wholeheartedly on its nascent PEN-series mirrorless camera lineup, its E-System DSLR cameras seemed rather to have fallen by the wayside. The last E-System SLR to be announced was the Olympus E-5, way back in late 2010. It's still available, as are 2009's E-30 and E-620, but the trio are all now looking decidedly long in the...

“Blood minerals” in your camera? Report details electronics companies’ progress on conflict minerals

Tin ore from the mine in North Kivu. Photo courtesy of the Enough Project / Sasha Lezhnev.Chances are you've heard of blood diamonds, also known as conflict diamonds. The term's pretty well understood--diamonds mined in war-stricken areas may be supplied by unscrupulous types who're not averse to using torture, slavery, or worse to achieve their goal. The more stones they can get out of the ground, the more money they have to fund an oppressive regime, or simply...

The Camera Bag: Deck out your favorite camera with custom-made jewelry

Think your Leica rangefinder looks a bit dowdy? What about your fancy Nikon DSLR or your Fuji X-Pro1? Well, a Japanese artist is selling silver jewelry that you can use to spruce up your favorite shooters.

The artist, Jay Tsijimura, makes ornate hot shoe covers and soft release buttons out of sterling silver (aka 925 silver) that you can adorn your cameras with. The...

Canon’s EOS M: Designed for purses, not for pros?

Canon's EOS-M compact system camera. Photo provided by Canon. Click for our hands-on Canon EOS M preview!Late last week, the Japanese photo tech blog Impress DC Watch published a lengthy interview with several of the team at Canon responsible for planning and developing the company's first mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M.

The interview contained quite a few interesting tidbits, but one stood out in particular, perhaps because to Western sensibilities it could seem rather...