News entries for October, 2015

Ricoh Theta S Review: Keep the moment alive with 360-degree spherical panoramic stills and video


 
 

A couple of weeks ago, I published my Ricoh Theta S field test; today, I return with the conclusion of the review!

No question about it, the Ricoh Theta S is one of the most unusual and interesting cameras I've ever shot with, and that shows itself in our review. Where typically one of our reviews would...

Counterfeit batteries: Clever fakes, uncertain risks

On their website, at their recent Canon Expo, and in their online advertising, Canon U.S.A. has been calling attention to the problem of counterfeit batteries. It's easy to understand Canon's concerns: Besides the obvious issue of lost revenue, companies need to protect their brand reputation, and shoddy batteries and chargers with the Canon...

Google adds RAW photo editing to Android Snapseed app

Android owners, rejoice! Google has released an update for the Android version of its Snapseed app that now supports RAW photo editing.

Android first received RAW photo support with Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ released almost a year ago to date. However, Google never implemented RAW editing into any of its own apps, leaving users to choose third...

Deals site Massdrop announces upcoming photography community

Deals websites aren’t scarce by any stretch of the imagination. But one deal site in particular takes an interesting approach to cutting costs. The site is called Massdrop and this week, they announced it would soon be opening up a brand new category for photographers.

Before diving into what the upcoming Photography section will consist of,...

Exploring Jupiter’s Mysteries in Ultra HD!


 
 

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, the team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has been able to capture new, ultra high-definition images of Jupiter. The Goddard Space Flight Center studies our solar system and beyond, and has been analyzing Jupiter and other outer planets in our solar system in greater...

Caffeine Priority: Yikes! Parts shortages to lead to a dismal dearth of digicams?

 
 

Wake up with IR - Here's today's dose of Caffeine Priority!

Will supply shortages mean a bleak Christmas for digicams? At least one industry insider thinks so...

I'm just back from the annual Photo Plus Expo (PPE) show in New York, and one of the many things I like about that show is the great chance it...

Nikon video test shows off how much faster XQD cards are compared to CF cards

Last week Lexar announced a new lineup of memory cards, including the world’s fastest XQD card, capable of read speeds up to 440MB/second. While few cameras possess a slot for this new format, Nikon Asia has shared an impressive video showing just how capable XQD cards are compared to the more ubiquitous Compact Flash format.

As a...

Caffeine Priority: A full moon deserves a Superzoom! (We’ll help you get the best shot)

 
 

Wake up with IR - Here's today's dose of Caffeine Priority!

There's a full moon tonight, folks, and October is the most enjoyable month for such a thing with the awesome fall weather (or Spring for all of you down under!). It's a great night to grab your superzoom camera and a tripod and go shoot the moon!

For...

Sony unveils two new CMOS sensors with incredible low-light capabilities

It seems like each week brings new Sony sensor tech. This week is no different with the announcement of the Starvis and Pregius, a pair of security camera sensors that pack incredible tech into a little device.

First up is Starvis, a back-illuminated CMOS sensor that can capture images in incredibly low light. Just how little light? Well,...

Blazing fast and extremely rare Canon 50mm f/.75 lens up for auction on Ebay

Canon users looking for fast glass need not look any further. Ebay user zenithfan is auctioning off an extremely rare Canon 50mm f/.75 Xl lens.

Currently at its starting bid of US$20 (not including US$8 shipping), the lens looks to be in considerably good condition. It’s serial number is 11221 and with the exception of a few minor blemishes...

How to make a dead simple DIY speedlight grid

If you’re looking for a fun, simple DIY project this week, photographer Isiah Xiong has you covered. In his latest video, shared on YouTube, he shows off a simple way to make a speedlight grid with nothing more than straws, tape, scissors and thick construction paper.

The video comes in just shy of three minutes and details two methods you...

Sony set to buy out Toshiba’s image sensor business for $165M

The largest image sensor manufacturer in the world is about to get even bigger.

According to a report from Rueters, Sony is said to be in the final steps of a $165 million deal with Toshiba to acquire its image sensor business, as part of Toshiba’s previously-announced plans to put its focus on its memory business.

This news is even more...

Caffeine Priority: Panasonic GX8 initial thoughts

 
 

Wake up with IR - Here's your Sunday dose of Caffeine Priority!

The new Panasonic GX8 and a few choice lenses arrived on Tuesday,
and I'm in the early stages of field testing. My first impressions of the Panasonic GX8 are very positive. The GX8 features a new 20.3-megapixel Digital LIV MOS imaging sensor and is...

Firmware Friday: Uncompressed raw comes to Sony A7R II; Nikon AW130 and Phase One XF also updated


 
 

It's been a little while since our last Firmware Friday roundup -- I've been out of town or laid up in bed with a succession of different bugs over the last few weekends, sorry! -- but this week we return in style with news of a much-anticipated update from Sony, as well as new firmware from both Nikon and...

Think Tank Photo Lily Deanne, their first camera bag lineup designed specifically for women

Think Tank Photo has unveiled Lily Deanne, a brand new shoulder-style camera bag lineup designed specifically for women.

The bag is a collaboration between Lily Fisher, Think Tank Photosenior camera bag designer, and Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo Co-Founder and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Together, they helped Think Tank...

PocketWizard unveils Plus IV transceiver with lower profile, integrated hot shoe mount

PocketWizard has announced the Plus IV transceiver, the newest in its steadily-updated collection that includes a new form factor, the ability to fire off more flashes than before, as well as a built-in hot shoe.

The new form factor takes most of the height of out of the equation, opting instead for a shorter, more protrusive design, similar...

Olympus E-M10 II Field Test II: Five-axis Video, HDR, 4K-timelapse fun and more…

 
 

I've just polished off the finishing touches on my second Field Test for the Olympus E-M10 II, this time with a full production sample. It was an enjoyable experience overall exploring just some of the depths this little "entry-level" camera is capable of!

I took a closer look at the 14-42mm EZ kit lens, and...

Caffeine Priority: Having fun with Olympus TG-4 teleconverter and fisheye conversion lenses

 
 

Wake up with IR - Here's today's dose of Caffeine Priority!

I've been shooting the Olympus TG-4 for a Field Test to accompany our first Field Test from Arthur Etchells, and it's the first time I've gotten
the chance to try out their conversion lenses. Well, it's been so much
fun that I couldn't help posting a...

Fuji X-T10 Review: It’s smaller, lighter, and more affordable. Should you buy the X-T1’s tiny sibling?


 
 

Early last year, Fujifilm launched the Fuji X-T1, a deliciously lustworthy camera which combined cutting-edge mirrorless camera technology with retro styling in a way that actually made sense. Named as a Camera of Distinction in our 2014 Camera of the Year awards, the X-T1 really captured the attention of...

Samsung debuts ‘The Curator’, a short film about MLB legend Clyde ‘The Guide’ Doepner

To show off the 4K imaging capabilities of its NX1 camera, Samsung has teamed up with Andrew Putschoegl and Major League Baseball (MLB) to create ‘The Curator’, a short film that takes an inside look at the life of Clyde ‘The Guide’ Doepner, the only full-time curator of MLB memorabilia.

Debuting today at PhotoPlus Expo, ‘The Curator’ was...