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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→
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→
June 20, 2012 – If you’re not familiar with Photocrati, they make one of the most popular WordPress themes for photographers. With over 60 styles to choose from right out of the box, you’re sure to find a look to fit your design taste and get a website up and running quickly. The team at Photocrati are photographers themselves so they know what the community wants. They have over 12,000 photographers using their theme to power websites and online galleries.
After 6 months of work, Photocrati is happy to announce the acquisition of the NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin. NextGEN is one of the most popular gallery management plugins for WordPress and has been downloaded over 5 million times. Photocrati is working to combine the best of their theme and NextGEN into one powerful solution for photographers.
NextGEN will act as the underlying engine for gallery management in version 5.0 of the Photocrati theme. This will give users a lot of new functionality including, centralized gallery management, custom cropping of thumbnails, and watermarking of images. Photocrati-style functionality will be applied to NextGEN giving you the ability to display galleries using Photocrati slideshow, thumbnail, filmstrip, blog-style and e-commerce style displays.
Photocrati has been working on the integration of NextGEN into their theme for months but have not yet announced a release date. They plan to move into the testing stage mid-summer and are looking for beta testers.
For more information about Photocrati’s acquisition of NextGEN Gallery and to become a beta tester, please give their website a visit.
The R2000 prints in wide 13″ format with a maximum sheet size of 13″x19″ and a roll size of 13″x44″. It is fully compatible with Epson’s full line of high-quality media and specialty papers and can even print on inkjet compatible CDs and DVDs.
Utilizing 8 individual ink cartridges, Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss® 2 pigment ink is delivered through Epson’s Advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head, yields beautiful archival prints with an unprecedented glossy look and feel.
The R2000 can be connected to both Mac and PC via Hi-Speed USB 2.0, 100Base-T Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n or PictBridge.
The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Inkjet Printer has an MSRP of $499.99 and you can learn more about it in the video below.
The giveaway starts Monday, May 21, 2012 and ends on Monday, May 28, 2012 so enter now.
We’re really excited to announce a new giveaway. Digital Photography Café and Current Photographer have partnered with DaisyGrip to give away a New iPad and a few of their really cool DaisyGrip tools.
In case you’re not familiar with DaisyGrip, check out the video below to learn more about them.
To celebrate our new partnership we’re giving you the chance to win The New iPad from Apple. The first (1st) place winner will receive the 16GB WiFi model with stunning Retina display along with a DaisyGrip tool. We will also select four (4) additional winners to receive DaisyGrips.
The giveaway starts Monday, May 7, 2012 and ends on Monday, May 14, 2012 so enter now.
April 20, 2012 – PRESS SUMMARY - PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announced that the PENTAX K-01 interchangeable lens camera (ILC), designed by world-renowned industrial designer Marc Newson and launched in March 2012, has been selected as a Product Design 2012 winner at this year’s prestigious red dot design awards in Germany.
Sponsored by the Nordrhein Westfalen Design Center in Germany, the red dot design awards are one of the world’s most prestigious design awards. Each year, products brought to market over the previous two years are judged on nine different design criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility. The PENTAX K-01 was selected from more than 4,500 applicants from 58 countries as a Product Design winner in the “Entertainment Technology and Cameras” category.
April 20, 2012 – PRESS SUMMARY - Kupo, a leading global brand of professional grip equipment and lighting accessories for the still photo and video industries, announced a major expansion – 88 additions – to its line of professional grip equipment available now in the United States. These products, including light stands, grip equipment and accessories.
A few of the Kupo products include:
Junior Roller Stand – This stand is a great lightweight alternative to a full sized roller for mobile lighting in the studio or location.
Master C Stand Kits
Master C Stands, or Century Stands, are now available as kits – bundling a C Stand, 40” Grip Arm and 2-1/2” Grip Head to offer further savings and convenience.
Master C Stand Base
The exclusive Kupo Turtle Base with patented spring locking ring is available as an accessory so users can utilize their existing riser sections and gain the ease and speed advantage that this base provides. The Kupo Master C Stand with Turtle Base features a unique innovation in the world of C Stands enabling photographers or filmmakers of any skill level to open and collapse the legs in under a second.
April 19, 2012 – PRESS SUMMARY - Tenba has introduced two new bags to their popular Roadie II collection. The Roadie Video Backpack and Shoulder Bag were designed from the ground up with video gear in mind. They will fit the latest digital camera / video systems, including DSLRs from Canon (5D Mark III, EOS-1D X) and Nikon (D4, D800), and larger gear from RED (Epic, Scarlet), Canon (C300) and Sony, along with a laptop and a full assortment of accessories.