News entries for February, 2014

How future smartphones could use dual lenses for optical zoom, better noise

 
 

Putting two lenses on a smartphone is not a new idea, and for a while they were popular for taking 3D photos from your phone. But a company called Corephotonics is planning to use that same form factor of two lenses at once, but for a very different purpose. Rather than two identical lens, the company's module...

Nikon D4s at ISO 409,600: good for more than just proof of Sasquatch?

 
 

One of the big changes with the introduction of the new Nikon D4s is that the maximum ISO has been bumped to an almost ludicrous level, now topping out at ISO 409,600. Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to get our hands on the D4s yet and push its sensitivity all the way up—but these shots from a group called...

Lomography announces new Konstruktor Super Kit with macro, close-up lenses

 
 

Lomography's Konstruktor camera, released last year, was an instantly popular toy SLR that you can build yourself in just a couple of hours from a kit. With just a $35 pricetag, it made an excellent toy camera for anyone willing to do a bit of assembly. Now Lomography has announced a new version, the Konstruktor...

Camera Deals of the Day: Refurb Nikon D610 $1,750; Sony NEX-6 Kit $600; Pentax K-3 Sale @ B&H; $240 off accessories with Sony RX10 and more!

 
 

It's that time again! Time for another camera deals roundup. On deck today are a pair of triplet deals on some refurbished Nikon DSLRs and some Pentax DSLRs. We've also found a nice deal on a Sony mirrorless camera as well as cool promo for a nice chunk of change off accessories when purchased with a Sony RX10....

Nikon D600 dust problem solved; owners get the repair they’ve been waiting for


 
 

There's huge news today for owners of the Nikon D600 digital SLR -- and the news couldn't be much better, either! Through a just-issued technical service advisory, Nikon USA has announced plans to fix the camera's much-discussed sensor dust woes, regardless of warranty status. (UPDATE: And overseas Nikon...

Amateur Photographer delves into the troubled sales of mirrorless cameras (VIDEO)

 
 

For mirrorless cameras, 2013 was a banner year, with models like the Sony A7 and A7r and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 really pushing the boundaries of optical excellence, and cameras like the Panasonic GM1 wowing us with small form factors. Yet, despite these advances, sales of mirrorless cameras were disappointing. Now...

Beautifully crafted Leica X Vario now available in silver


 
 

For the folks at Leica, it seems that these days, silver is the new black. Late last year, they released a silver variant of the D-LUX 6 compact camera. Today they follow up with the silver treatment for the Leica X Vario, a beautifully crafted camera to which we awarded a Dave's Pick, despite a few quirks.

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The dark side of prime: cellphone selfies to blame for lice epidemic?

 
 

In today's bit of scaremongering, here's a question for you: are selfies giving you lice? That's the assertion made by a lice treatment clinic called Nitless Noggins, in Scotts Valley, California. They claim that by putting your heads together for a self portrait, it's allowing the lice to jump from one head to...

Julian Calverley’s “Treasured Cameras” shows classic hardware in beautiful detail

 
 

Julian Calverley is a London based photographer who recently turned his camera lens onto a very different subject—his own gear. In a series dubbed "Treasured Cameras", he's taken photos of his own cameras, moving them into the front of the lens, and showing off their gorgeous designs.

In an email, he told us that...

Capture NX-Downgrade? Nikon improves multiple monitor support, but loses U-Point control

 
 

Nikon announced it's moving away from the Capture NX application, and to a new tool called Capture NX-D, currently available in beta. And while it may bring an overhauled UI, non-destructive editing, and better multi-monitor support, it also has a host of flaws—prompting many to denounce it as a downgrade. Chief...

‘Legographer’ photo series explores Britain from the perspective of a LEGO photographer

LEGO is fun. Not only for kids, but also for adults. The little bricks that come in so many colors, shapes and sizes are regularly used to create amazing stuff: recreations of actual locations or objects, stop motion videos, photography projects. One such project is called 'Legographer,' and it explores Britain from the perspective of a little...

Brace yourself, pros: Faster, more powerful Nikon D4S ships next week!


 
 

Back at the start of January, Nikon put professional photographers on notice -- it was time to get excited, because the company's latest flagship DSLR was in development. Now, the Nikon D4S is here -- or to be more precise, it will be here in just a week's time. And while it shares much with its immediate...

Muvee video editing tools come to Android


 
 

Digital cameras and smartphones have made video capture incredibly accessible, but how often do you take the time to sit down and edit some of your short video clips into a single, cohesive video? If you're like most of us, the answer is probably far less often than you'd hoped to. Video editing can be a...

Mobile World Congress: Next-gen smart devices debut promising better photo, video features


 
 

The mobile industry's biggest tradeshow, Mobile World Congress, kicks off today in Barcelona, Spain. With the exception of Apple, all the industry heavyweights are there to launch their latest mobile product offerings -- and quite a few of them look pretty interesting as photo and video devices.

Perhaps the...

“Selfiecity” project researches selfies, from Berlin to Bangkok

 
 

Selfiecity is a research project that has taken the much critiqued "selfie", and performed some deep analyses on who uses it, and how. By profiling users in five major cities, the project has broken them down by age, gender, mood, pose, and more. It's an intriguing trip down the demographics of Instagram, seeing...

White House draws ire for barring outside photographers from Dalai Lama meeting

 
 

The White House has yet again drawn a critical reaction from press outlets due to the way it has treated outside photographers. This time, a planned meeting between President Obama and the Dalai Lama was held with only the White House's official photographer Pete Souza allowed to record the event—other accredited...

Watch an ice crystal form with this incredible microscope snowflake timelapse (VIDEO)

 
 

We've seen no shortage of timelapses over the years here at Imaging Resource, but this one is a bit different. For one, it's probably the smallest we've ever seen, as it's been shot through a microscope. It also captures one of nature's most interesting phenomena: the formation of a single, unique snowflake.

We...

SanDisk pushes the boundaries with new 128GB microSDXC card

 
 

If you have a device that requires a microSD card, your storage options have just massively increased thanks to the new 128GB microSDXC announced by SanDisk. Billed as the world's highest capacity, SanDisk claims you can keep "16 hours of Full HD video, 7,500 songs, 3,200 photos and more than 125 apps" on just one...

Nikon DF review: Shooter’s Report Part III: Icy Rivers and Skating Rinks


 
 

Late last month, we kicked off our review of the retro-styled, FX-format Nikon Df digital SLR. From the get-go, it was clear that the Df's unusual interface was proving to be a little quirky. It was equally obvious, though, that Imaging Resource reviewer Eamon Hickey really liked what its full-frame sensor...

Olympus patents six seriously bright lenses, including 12mm and 14mm f/1.0 for Micro Four Thirds


 
 

It looks like Olympus is about to set a new benchmark in bright, wide-angle prime lenses, if a patent application uncovered by Japanese engineering blog Egami is anything to go by. And when we say bright, boy do we ever mean it! All six of the optics described in the patent filings have a maximum aperture in...