Items tagged with photography

Feeling a little bit freakish with Halloween just around the corner? So are we, and Google+ lets us get our full freak on with a new Creative Kit for manipulating photos. In addition to basic editing tools and semi-powerful filters already available, the Creative Kit lets you add all kinds of effects and text to your photos, including some ghoulish special effects courtesy of a Halloween tool kit. To access the Creative Kit, just select a photo from one your photo albums, mash the Edit button, and select Creative Kit. This loads your photo into Google+'s editor where you'll find familiar functions like Crop, Rotate, Exposure, Colors, Sharpen, and Resize, but if you click the Halloween tab at... Read more...
We hadn't heard anything from GigaPan in a long, long while, but the company responsible for creating some of the most unique and most automated panoramic picture takers is beefing up one of their nicest products, the EPIC Pro. If you aren't familiar with the company, they produce panoramic robots that hold your camera and then automatically pan it around to create the perfect panoramic shot. The EPIC Pro robotic camera mount is becoming even more functional this week courtesy of a new firmware update, which gives photographers a wider range of functions, including new settings to enhance high dynamic ranges (HDR) imaging. Current EPIC Pro users can download the new firmware to replace the previous... Read more...
Olympus has been kicking out cameras left and right lately, one of which is the company's "Tough TG-810." You might think Olympus is being a bit presumptuous by putting "Tough" on this camera's birth certificate, but you'd be wrong. The TG-810 was designed to withstand all kinds of abuse, whether you intend to go snorkeling or snap photos of that snowstorm that rocked your midwestern abode. According to Olympus, the TG-810 is impervious to dust, dirt, and other particles, which will come in handy if you're the outdoors-y type, or just don't like to vacuum. But we're only scratching the surface here. Using a "revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets," you can submerge the TG-810 in... Read more...
Nikon is in the television business? Or the display business? Those were our first thoughts upon seeing the NF-300i, but it's actually a bit more complicated than that. And thankfully, the explanation makes everything…make sense. Nikon isn't interested in building nor selling monitors, but they are interested in pushing their My PictureTown online photo hosting service. And there's no better way to do that than to give paying subscribers a NF-300i. This display is a fancy new digital photo frame, which is able to showcase photos from a user's My PictureTown online account and then convert 2D images into 3D images for viewing. If you have a set of 3D glasses and you're viewing an image... Read more...
Casio has been kicking out digital cameras like a boss, including a handful of new point-n-shoots just announced today. One of those is the new EXILIM EX-ZR10, a zoom-friendly camera Casio claims integrates high-speed shooting and high-speed image processing all rolled into one. Casio goes to great lengths trying to convince the HDR crowd this is the point-n-shoot for them. As such, the ZR10 boasts Casio's HDR technology, whereby "each press of the button actually takes several shots with different exposures and instantly combines them into a single image with a high dynamic range," hence the need for a speedy image processor. According to Casio, you can expect less washed out or overly dark... Read more...
The rumor sites were all over this one, and usually when you see smoke, there's fire. That's certainly the case here, as Nikon has gone and officially outed its sizzling new D7000 DSLR with a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, 39-point AF system, and 1080p HD movie recording with full time autofocus. "The D7000 DSLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control, and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables DSLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else," said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. "When you combine the innovation of the agile D7000 with the... Read more...
Don't worry, you're not going through another episode of déjà vu if Casio's Card EX-S200 and Zoom EX-Z800 sound eerily familiar. These are the same two additions to the EXILIM family of digital cameras Casio launched in Tokyo last month, and now they're both headed for the U.S. market. Both compact cameras come with a Single Frame SR Zoom that extends the 4X optical zoom range to 6X purportedly without any discernible loss of picture quality. They also share the same 14.1MP sensor as well as a host of other specs, and where they differ from each other is primarily in size. According to Casio, the EX-S200 is a card-sized camera that measures a scant 0.6-inches at its thinnest part,... Read more...
The point-n-shoot category is filled with colorful cameras of all shapes and sizes, and some even sport cartoon characters on and around the body. Is this where the DSLR market is headed, too? We don't know, but one thing's for sure -- the era of black and silver only DSLR cameras has come to a close. That's because Pentax has decided to shake things up with a colorful new line of digital SLR bodies so that potential owners can "choose on that matches their personal style." The K-r, as Pentax is calling its newest DSLR, comes in red (as shown) or classic white, and who knows, maybe more colors will follow. Despite the toyish exterior, however, the K-r is every bit a bona fide DSLR with the specs... Read more...
Most of you already see the world in 3D, so why not come out with a camera that takes 3D photos and movies? One reason would be that you already tried that and, well, things didn't turn out so hot. But rather than tuck its tail between its legs and give up, FujiFlim has stormed back to the market with its FinePix RealPix Real 3D W3, the followup act to the ill-regarded W1. This time around FujiFilm bumped up the LCD screen real estate to 2.5 inches, added 720p video recording, and HDMI 1.4 for viewing those pics and videos straight away on your swank HDTV. "Last year, Fujifilm introduced the first real, complete solution for 3D digital photography, once again showing our commitment to the evolution... Read more...
Samsung's ST80 digital camera might be just the cure for social networking nuts who get the shakes when unplugging from cyberspace for too long. That's because the ST80 is Samsung's latest in a line of Wi-Fi enabled point-and-shoots, meaning Little Miss Molly MySpace and Freddy Facebook can fling those Kodak Samsung moments online from any hotspot instead of having to rush home to fire up their PC. "We want to let people share their favorite pictures quickly while they’re on the move, and the ST80 does just that," said Sangjin Park, President of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. "Connectivity is everywhere, and at Samsung we are committed to bringing these wireless capabilities... Read more...
Maybe you're not interested in forking over a handful of hundreds for one of Samsung's new DualView cameras. That's okay, Samsung isn't holding a grudge, and to prove it, the company has gone and released a sub-$200 point-and-shoot that should slide neatly into your shirt or pants pocket. It's called the PL200, a stylish little digicam that measures a scant 3.9 x 2.3 x 0.83 inches, yet harbors a respectable 3.0-inch LCD screen. "The PL200 is the ideal digital camera for those who value simplicity but also long for a more immersive digital imaging experience," said Reid Sullivan, senior vice president of Mobile Entertainment Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. "With the PL200, consumers can... Read more...
Talk about a blast from the past. Polaroid is bringing back instant photography, and this time, we're not talking about a portable printer. At the end of last year, Polaroid announced plans to offer a One Step Camera sometime in 2010. Now, the company is celebrating the return of instant film photography by officially launching the Polaroid 300 camera. The Polaroid 300 camera is the first of many new products the company intends to deliver. The Polaroid 300 features classic Polaroid instant film, an automatic flash, and four scene setting modes. "We are thrilled that today marks the return of instant.  It's bigger – and better – than ever. The Polaroid Movement is one that we... Read more...
If you can dish it, the Pentax Optio W90 digicam can probably take it. In fact, there's not much this rugged eleventh-gen Optio can't take, including water, shock, and extremely low temps.According to Pentax, you can submerge the W90 in up to 20 feet of water, making it a suitable option for snorkeling and pool parties alike. It's also shockproof up to 4 feet, and able to withstand sub-freezing temps in case you find yourself chasing the abominable snowman, banished to Siberia, or living in Michigan.Outside of its rugged design, the Optio W90 also boasts a 12.1 megapixel sensor, 2.7-inch LCD screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card connectivity, the ability to capture 720p... Read more...
If you're a professional photographer, you probably can't afford to lose the images that currently reside on your Secure Digital or CompactFlash card. But backing things up on-the-fly can be incredibly difficult, not to mention time consuming. The answer? Aisde from buying a DSLR with dual memory card slots and capturing images to both at the same time, the HyperDrive Album is probably your best option.Sanho Corporation has just introduced what is effectively a portable hard drive, but it's designed with integrated SD/SDHC and CF slots, which enable photographers to simply push their loaded card in, hit "Transfer" and watch as the files are either copied or cut over to the internal hard drive.... Read more...
Like to toy around with your entry level DSLR? If so, Epson's Multimedia Photo Viewers are probably a bit much for you, but if you manage to make ends meet with your lens, they just might be exactly what the doctor ordered. The P-6000 and P-7000 viewers have just been updated in a pretty major way, and professional photographers are bound to take notice. You see, both of these are designed to be real-time backup drives for pro shooters, enabling them to store their shots on both the camera's flash card and on the Epson hard drive. Think of it as instant redundancy. The update, which will be available to download for free in the near future, adds tethering capabilities, which means that users... Read more...
FUJIFILM announced the US price and availability of its new FinePix REAL 3D system. Introduced this summer, the FinePix REAL 3D system is a three dimensional (3D) digital imaging system that can capture 3D still photographs and movies that users can view without special 3D glasses. The FinePix REAL 3D system includes a 3D digital camera—the FinePix REAL 3D W1 ($599.95), a 3D digital viewer—the FinePix REAL 3D V1 ($499.95), and 3D prints through SeeHere.com ($6.99). FUJIFILM BRINGS FINEPIX REAL 3D SYSTEM TO U.S. MARKET New Camera Represents Breakthrough Technology for Stereoscopic Photography; Declared 3D Vision-Ready by NVIDIA VALHALLA, N.Y., September 30, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. announced... Read more...
Scientists at Stanford are working on an open source camera that could change the world of photography by giving programmers the power to change and add features to a camera via software updates. If the technology catches on, our cameras will no longer be limited by the software that comes pre-installed from the manufacturer.Nearly all of the features of the “Frankencamera,” including focus, exposure, shutter speed, and flash, are able to be controlled by software. According to Marc Levoy, professor of Computer Science and of Electrical Engineering at Stanford, “The premise of the project is to build a camera that is open source.” Graduate student Andrew Adams imagines a future where users could... Read more...
Featuring high-speed burst shooting faster than an SLR camera, Casio’s new EXILIM EX-FS10 ($349.99) and EX-FC100 ($399.99) cameras support a high-speed 30 shot-per-second burst rate and high-speed movie capture at a maximum of 1,000 fps. The 9.1MP EX-FS10 measures 0.64-inches thin and has a 3X optical zoom lens and a 2.5-inch high-performance Super Clear LCD. Also a 9.1MP camera, the EX-FC100 is a tad thicker, at 0.9 inches. This camera has a 5x optical zoom with a CMOS shift anti-shake function and a 2.7-inch high-performance Super Clear LCD. Both cameras can capture up to 30 shots per second of 6.0-megapixel images. They can also save up to 25 frames prior to the instant that the shutter button... Read more...
Today, Sony unveiled the first Wi-Fi enabled digital camera with a built-in web browser. This new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 is so special that Sir Howard Stringer himself did the honors of announcing it. With its wireless capabilities, the Cyber-shot DSC-G3 can upload videos and photos using any public hotspot, making photo sharing easier and more convenient. The camera can wirelessly connect to any public hotspot, whether free or fee-based, secured or unsecured. You’ll get complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012 with the camera, giving you Wi-Fi access at thousands of AT&T hotspots across the country. To access the Web browser, all you have to do is... Read more...
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