News entries for February, 2013

Rove around Mars in this awesome 360-degree interactive panorama experience

 
 

Ever wonder what life is like on Mars? Well, now you can experience it thanks to this mind-blowing, 360-degree Mars Panorama created by photographer Andrew Bodrov.

Called "Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 177," and posted on the 360Cities website, the interactive experience is a great way to...

Nikon issues official product advisory on D600 dust problem; suggests sensor cleaning

 
 

Nikon has issued an official product advisory for an ongoing dust problem with some of its D600 digital SLRs. According to some D600 owners, the camera's 24.3-megapixel full-frame sensor accumulates dust or oil, which can show up in the corners of photos.

While the problem seems to lessen the more you shoot with...

The Camera Bag: These juice and milk boxes are actually secret spy cameras

 
 

Stealthy, super-secret spy cameras come in all shapes and sizes. Back in the 1800s, they looked like snazzy, metal pocket watches. More recently, digital spy cameras have been hidden in smiley face buttons or in a pair of sunglasses.

Now comes an analog spy camera embedded in something as innocuous and...

Nikon D7100 launches with no low-pass filter; Nikon believes moiré no longer an issue


Back in late 2010, Nikon debuted the D7000, an enthusiast SLR that has since proven very popular. In some ways an evolution of the earlier D90, there was still enough differentiation to consider the Nikon D7000 to be the start of a new model line. Today that line is continued with a brand-new camera -- the Nikon D7100 -- sharing much of...

Sony announces five new cameras and two lenses in Europe

Sony announced a raft of new cameras and lenses in Europe yesterday including a new entry level DSLR -- the 20-megapixel Sony A58 that will replace both the A37 and A57 -- as well as the new entry level NEX-3N compact system camera. Sony also unveiled three new Cyber-shot compact cameras and two DSLR lenses. None of these products have been announced for the U.S. market.
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Google’s new Project Glass video shows how it feels to capture video and photos with glasses

 
 

Google has released quite a few videos showcasing its much hyped Project Glass wearable multi-media glasses gadget. But a new clip, posted on YouTube today and embedded below, is the first we've seen that really demonstrates how Google's glasses might work for capturing video and photos, hands free.

And, as...

HTC One smartphone debuts; uprated camera boldly favors sensitivity over resolution


For a few weeks now, rumors have been swirling about the latest flagship smartphone from Taiwan's HTC Corp., after leaks from the European press suggested the possibility that it took a new approach to digital imaging, and might perhaps bear a Foveon-like full-color image sensor. Today, the company finally took the wraps off that new...

Image Liberation Day: Adobe celebrates Camera Raw’s 10th birthday

 
 

Remember the days when you were forced to fumble with the often poorly designed software that came with your camera just to see the "raw" images you shot with it? Seems like a long time ago, right?

Actually, it was only ten years ago today that Adobe launched Camera Raw, a plug-in that allows photographers to...

GoPro camera captures jaw-dropping footage of female diver hitching ride on a great white shark

 
 

GoPro cameras are popular because their portability and ruggedness lets them capture extreme footage in places that didn't seem possible just a few years ago. Yesterday, for instance, we shared this video of a GoPro that was nearly swallowed by a hungry lioness, but was still able to record remarkable...

Coming to America: Olympus XZ-10 makes stateside debut


Last month, Olympus Europe announced an interesting camera that included many of the features typical of premium compacts, but not the larger sensor and body sizes. The Olympus XZ-10 design includes a bright lens, physical controls, manual and priority exposure modes, and a raw file format. At the time, Olympus USA said nothing about the...

DxO Optics Pro update fixes bugs, adds hundreds of new optics modules


The latest release of French software company DxO Labs' flagship, photographer-centric workflow app, DxO Optics Pro,  is now available, and it adds support for an additional six cameras from four manufacturers. From a glance at the version number, which increments by just one digit, DxO Optics Pro v8.1.3 might seem like a very modest...

Watch this crazy inside-the-mouth footage as lion tries to eat GoPro camera

 
 

Lions certainly seem to be prone to gnawing on perfectly good cameras. Or maybe it's those pesky photographers who keep putting their gear in places where lions mistake it for food.

Last November, we told you about this lioness who tried to take a bite out of photographer Ed Hetherington's Canon 5D Mark II. Now...

Canon EOS C300 firmware update brings improvements including reduced fringing


Back in November 2011, Canon launched its new Cinema EOS video camera line. Although several previous EOS-series cameras had been widely adopted by videographers, this was the first time the company had created EOS-branded products designed first and foremost for video use. As evidence of its ambitions for the series, the new cameras...

Lens Review: Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM

 
 

Canon released its EOS-M mirrorless APS-C camera a few months ago, and we've finally had the opportunity to test the prime lens in that system, the Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM. The tiny prime lens offers a 35mm field of view in a small package - just under 4 ounces. Click here to read our full review of the Canon EF-M...

Caught on video: the moment meteor explodes over Russian city


Early on Friday morning local time, the industrial city of Chelyabinsk in southwestern Russia made headlines around the world. As commuters traveled to work and children started school, a massive meteor disintegrated in the skies overhead, in what's known as an airburst.

Such events are, it has to be said, relatively commonplace -- but...

Official trailer for intriguing new documentary about the lost photos of street photographer Vivian Maier (VIDEO)

 
 

Now here's something we were excited to see: the official trailer for an intriguing new documentary about the lost photos of street photographer Vivian Maier. Titled "Finding Vivian Maier," the movie follows the 2007 discovery of the photos by Chicago historian John Maloof, who helped bring worldwide attention to...

Paul Hansen’s dramatic news image named World Press Photo of the Year

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen's dramatic image of a Palestinian funeral possession was named World Press Photo of the Year for 2012. The photo, shown below, was captured in Gaza City last November shortly after an Israeli missile hit the area.

 
World Press Photo of the Year: Gaza Burial by Paul Hansen

Here's how...

Roman Vishniac: Rediscovering his photographic and enigmatic genius

 
 

The International Center of Photography in New York is presenting an intriguing show of hundreds of photographs by the Russian-American photographer Roman Vishniac from Jan. 18 to May 5, 2013. The title of the exhibition is "Roman Vishniac: Rediscovered," but a better title might have been "The Enigmatic Roman...

First firmware update arrives for Pentax Q10 mirrorless camera


If you're shooting with the tiny Pentax Q10 mirrorless camera, you'll want to install a new firmware update released by the company yesterday, as it will likely bring a noticeable improvement in your photos.

That's because the new update, firmware version 1.01, offers improved autofocus performance. Faster focusing means you're less...

Clever “So God Made a Photographer” video plays off “Farmer” commercial from Super Bowl

 
 

If you watched the Super Bowl last month, or even if you didn't, you might have seen the popular "Farmer" commercial for Ram trucks, which features a slideshow of beautiful photos by a range of great photographers including William Albert Allard, Andy Anderson, Jim Arndt, Daniel Beltra, Mark Gooch and others. The...