After much speculation, rumors and leaked photos, Apple finally announced the new iPhone 5 on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Those following the chatter online probably weren’t surprised by much.
The increased height shown in the leaked photos was right on. That extra real estate allows for a larger 4″ diagonal screen that is closer to the 16:9 widescreen format we’re all used to. Of course Apple is using their Retina display with a resolution of 1136×640 pixels at 326 ppi.
The iPhone 5 is also thinner and lighter than the previous iPhone 4S which made fitting all of the components in the body more challenging. The new radio chip and A6 processor were redesigned to be smaller to fit in this compact area and Apple claims the battery life is equal to or greater than the 4S.
Taking advantage of the new LTE mobile networks and dual-band WiFi, data download speeds are faster than ever. LTE could see download speeds up to 100 Mbps and the dual-band WiFi up to 150 Mbps. For many internet users, these speeds are faster than their home networks.
Since we’re all photographers here, let’s talk about the cameras. The iPhone 5 has two, an 8MP rear facing camera and 1.2MP front facing camera. The front camera can be used to shoot photos and 720p HD video up to 30 frames per second. The rear will shoot 1080p HD video up to 30 frames per second and the iPhone 5′s improved video stabilization will help to prevent shaky footage. Read More→
PhotoPlus Expo 2012 is just around the corner and runs October 24-27th. Every year they put together some fun events and activities and this year is now exception. Check out the press summary below and mark your calendar for some photography fun.
September 14, 2012 – PRESS SUMMARY - PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo announced a series of special events that will take place during the PhotoPlus Expo from October 24-27, 2012. The events will provide attendees with additional insights including a sneak peek at some the new products and technologies on display; an opportunity to have their portfolio reviewed by several industry icons; and a special screening of a lynda.com documentary film about the life and work of husband-and-wife artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor.
Test Drive Rally and Tweet-Up
PDN PhotoPlus Expo will host its second annual Test Drive Rally and Tweet-Up Product Preview event on Wednesday evening, October 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Javits Convention Center (Lower Level). The Test Drive Rally and Tweet-Up will provide media and conference and expo attendees with a sneak peek of products, services, and technologies on display during the PhotoPlus Expo, which opens on Thursday morning, October 25.
The event will include a series of live Twitter boards where attendees can send tweets and photos to their followers about some of the interesting products they see during the Test Drive Rally. The live Twitter boards will also allow attendees to communicate with each other and share their thoughts and observations, in real time.
Admission to the PhotoPlus Expo Test Drive Rally and Tweet-Up is free to anyone who presents an official PhotoPlus Attendee or Media badge. Anyone can register for free at PhotoPlusExpo.com.
August 31, 2012 – PRESS SUMMARY - Profoto, the world’s leading manufacturer of lighting solutions for still and motion photography, announces the sturdy new Pro-B4 1000 Air battery generator, featuring ground-breaking flash duration.
Thanks to the new, patent pending Hybrid Capacitor Technology, the Pro-B4 delivers flash durations down to 1/25,000 of a second – making it not only the shortest flash duration of any battery generator in the world, but also of any flash pack.
In addition to its short flash duration, the Pro-B4 is also the world’s fastest recycling battery generator. At lower power settings it is capable of firing up to 30 flashes per second, while the longest wait on full power is less than a second. Read More→
August 29, 2012 – PRESS SUMMARY - PENTAX announced the introduction of its PENTAX X-5 digital camera, an ideal choice for photographers who want to easily capture beautiful, high-quality images of a wide variety of subjects and scenes. Featuring a powerful high-magnification optical 26X super-telephoto zoom lens, the new PENTAX X-5 provides photographers with a focal length of 4mm-104mm (22.3mm ultra-wide angle to 580mm super telephoto 35mm equivalent). Coupled with the camera’s Macro mode, which allows photographers to capture dramatic close-up images of subjects as near to the lens as 0.4 inches, the X-5 delivers an extensive range of creative photographic possibilities.
And for effortless image composition and image playback, the PENTAX X-5 also features a large tiltable 3.0-inch, high-definition LCD screen that offers sharp image viewing, even in bright sunlight, while allowing users to shoot from high and low angles to keep the subject neatly framed in the image area. By combining a state-of-the-art image processing engine and back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with low-noise, even up to ISO 6400, and approximately 16.0 effective megapixels, the PENTAX X-5 provides users with very high-resolution images. Read More→
Compatible with over 120 different Profoto Light Shaping Tools and accessories, Pro Head Plus and Pro-B Head Plus have the following four upgrades: Read More→
Design: Samsung has designed the NX200 to be quite sexy. Having an all black metal body, and what really stands out is the smooth curved textured grip on the right side. They have also packed in 2 scroll wheels. One on the top and one on the back, for changing settings and navigating your photos. On the top you’ll find a full hotshoe. Which can be used for the included external flash, or a transmitter when using off camera flash. Look on the bottom, and you’ll find the battery and SD card compartment. Under the plastic door on the left is where you’ll find the HDMI and USB ports. Last but not least is the 3” gorgeous AMOLED screen, which takes up the majority of the back of the camera. It’s bright, vivid, has deep blacks and works great outdoors.
Handling: The curve and texture of the grip feel good in the hand, but the thinness of the body hurts it here. Making it difficult to hold one handed or pick up with one hand, without smashing most of the buttons on the back of the body. When holding with 2 hands though it’s very comfortable. While the NX200 offers up a beautiful screen with rich blacks and colors, you’ll still find yourself missing a viewfinder in certain situations. For instance when shooting moving subjects. Unfortunately they do not offer an electronic viewfinder for the NX200. One more thing you’ll find missing, is anyway to tether the NX200 to a computer. There is also no way to remotely trigger the shutter. All features you may have become accustomed to if you own a DSLR. I also found the arrow keys difficult to push, which are located within the scroll wheel on the back of the camera. Users with big fingers beware.
Menus: The menu system is very visual and gorgeous. They really put a lot of styling into the menus, and made the camera a pleasure to use. You can easily navigate through the menus using the scroll wheels on the top and back. It even includes a tip overlay to help you understand the settings better, and what they do. The Fn button is undoubtedly the most useful button on the camera. Push it and it’ll bring up the screen with all of the shooting settings. Allowing you to quickly get an overview of every setting and make changes. Using the back scroll wheel to move to the setting, and the top one to make any changes. Read More→
Improving camera technology is making photographers out of everyone. Truly inspiring images need three things: interesting subject matter, clever composition and creative lighting. Although the first one is subjective and the second one can be learned – based on the rule of thirds – the final one is much harder to learn and used to take years of practice to master. Until now.
Even small, compact and affordable point-and-shoot compact cameras can deliver outstanding photographs that are well lit no matter how tricky the lighting situation. Seeing as photography is about catching the light, if you get the lighting sorted, the rest should fall into place. Here are two compact cameras that can help you capture the light – controlled using exposure – no matter how much or little there is available.
Under £100: Samsung ST90
At just £59.95, the Samsung ST90 is the best camera from Curry’s for controlling the light with minimum fuss and maximum ease. This 14.2 megapixel camera, with 5x optical zoon and HD video function, works on ISO settings from 80 – for bright daylight – through to 3200 – perfect for capturing low-light images. Additionally you can have some control over the shutter speed yourself, allowing you to blur of freeze images no matter what the light is doing. Plus, if you’re not all that aux fait this camera comes with a whole host of pre-set exposure models from sunset and fireworks to daw and night portrait. There are some fun effects to try to such as fish eye, retro and negative.
Over £300: Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Canon is one of the best camera manufacturers in the world. They know a thing or two about lenses and exposure technology so you can expect a high quality camera. As far as compacts go, the PowerShot SX260 HS is one of the best camera models available from Canon.
This camera comes with 12.1 megapixels and 20x optical zoom. Optical zoom rather than digital zoom offers a clearer picture that can be increased in size without loosing significant detail. It also has full HD video of 1080p resolution quality. Its ISO positions run from 100 through to 3200 and the shutter speeds work from a minimum of one through to 1/3200th of a second.
You have plenty of other ways of controlling the light too. There are eight white balance settings, enabling you to match your camera’s settings with the type of light conditions you are photographing under, including tungsten, fluorescent and daylight. There are dozens of exposure modes to choose from including underwater and snow and you have a wide choice of effects too. This camera represents great value for money and is of a very high quality. You can get more information and reviews on the best camera models from What Digital Camera.
New WordPress plugin from Facebook, Wacom makes a Splash and Scott Kelby is done with Drobo – all on this weeks episode of the Digital Photography Cafe.
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the art and business of photography.
Updated line of MacBook Pros and one with a Retina Display
Facebook releases their Facebook for WordPress plugin Here’s the link to download it from WordPress.org
Verizon unveils its FiOS Quantum 300Mbps internet service
Nokia’s 41MP Camera Phone
Nearly a Third of U.S. Internet Users Already Own a Tablet
Wacom Bamboo Splash tablet
Scott Kelby - I’m Done with drobo
Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi Responds to Scott Kelby
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