Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hasselblad Offers The World’s Most Expensive Camera

Hasselblad Offers The World’s Most Expensive Camera

Hasselblad H3DII-50 multi-shot full-color camera

If you have a spare $34,000 to spend on a digital camera, then you can buy the new Hasselblad H3DII-50 multi-shot full-color camera. The camera comes with a 50-megapixel CCD sensor that captures four shots in a row, moving the sensor by one pixel between each shot to record full RGB values at each position. The Hasselblad H3DII-50 MS is perfect for high-end photographers who use their pictures for huge commercial projects.

(Via The Digital Camera Blog.)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nikon D300S review roundup: it's awesome, but D300 is better value

Nikon D300S review roundup: it's awesome, but D300 is better value

You'll know from our Canon 7D review roundup that these semi-pro DSLR reviews tend to take a little while longer to cook than ones for, say, the world's latest, fastest graphics card. That means we're looking at analyses of a shooter that's been out for a while, but boy are they thorough. The D300S (our unboxing can be found here) is Nikon's gentle massaging of the D300 formula for success -- with added 720p video recording and an extra frame for a 7fps burst mode -- and that's borne out by the reviews. You're still getting an outstanding 12.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 51-point AF, and a sturdy weather-proofed body, but question marks remain as to whether the new additions offer enough of an upgrade from the D300. The HD video recording is hamstrung by a mono mic and a frankly silly 5 minute maximum clip length (a limitation not present on direct competitors from Canon and Pentax), but the addition of a second memory card slot (now offering SD as well as CF storage) and a dedicated Live View button along with purportedly improved noise performance could just make the difference for new buyers. Hit the links below for more, including comparisons against the Canon 50D and 7D, as well as the Pentax K-7.

(Via Engadget Digital Cameras.)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Casio Exilim EX-G1 Rugged Camera

Casio Exilim EX-G1 Rugged Camera

Casio Exilim EX-G1 Rugged Camera

If you are an outdoor enthusiast who is searching for a new rugged digital camera, then check out the Casio Exilim EX-G1, which is designed to be able to withstand bumps and knocks. This camera is shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof and waterproof up to 10-feet for around 60-minutes. Available in black and red, the Casio Exilim EX-G1 comes equipped with a 12.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor with a 3x optical zoom, and a 2.5-inch LCD display. In addition, this compact digicam also captures videos at up to 848 x 480 pixel resolution with audio in MotionJPEG-compressed AVI files. The Casio Exilim EX-G1 will go on sale in December 2009 for $299.99 a pop.

Casio Exilim EX-G1 Rugged Camera


Saturday, November 14, 2009

FANCY Adn GAUDI Video Cameras

FANCY Adn GAUDI Video Cameras

FANCY Adn GAUDI Video Cameras

Green-house certainly picked a rather apt name for its GAUDI video cameras, though we’re not too sure about FANCY. Based on the exterior, it’s most likely that these video cameras are aimed at the fairer sex. They certainly are not slouches in the feature department though, as they’re capable of shooting 720p HD videos in the H264 format, and even take pictures up to 3200 x 2400 resolution. The 128MB internal memory is kind of useless, but the good news is that you can always beef it up with an SDHC memory card up to 32GB. There’s also a matching pouch to go with it, so at least you won’t have to shop around for one.

(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ricoh GXR camera system swaps out the sensor along with the lens

Ricoh GXR camera system swaps out the sensor along with the lens

Ricoh's been getting some love on its spendy GR series of late, but this new direction for what's apparently slated to debut as a new 'GXR' system is a wild one indeed. Basically, the camera comes in two parts, a body with an LCD, storage and accessory shoe (which works with an electronic viewfinder), and different lens / sensor combos which can be slotted into the body. Interestingly (and perhaps to prove the point), the first two lenses and sensors that Ricoh is announcing are widely different, with a 24-70mm lens on top of a 10 megapixel CCD sensor that can shoot VGA video retailing for £300 (about $500 USD), while a 50mm macro lens with a CMOS sensor that can do HD video goes for £600 (about $1,000 USD). Pluses to this system include the fact that there's nowhere for dirt to get on the sensor or inside the lens, size advantages over micro four thirds counterparts, and of course the glass and electronics can theoretically be optimally paired. The body itself will go for £420 (about $700 USD), which puts an entire setup rather up there price-wise, even without that wild British Pounds-to-dollars conversion rate. The system is supposed to be available in December. Video explaining the system was pulled by review site, who seems to have broken the official release date, but hopefully we'll have more official word on this from Ricoh soon.

(Via Engadget Digital Cameras.)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Argus Bean 5MP Dg Cam

Argus Bean 5MP Dg Cam

Argus bean a5650 metallic pink 5mp digital camera carabineer clip design 4x digital zoom auto flash sd card storage water resistant rechargeable li-ion battery.

Argus Bean 5MP Dg Cam


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Canon EOS 7D gets high marks all around

Canon EOS 7D gets high marks all around

Canon's EOS 7D is a pretty grandiose piece of image-recording equipment, whether you're talking about its size, features or price. You're probably aware of the 18 megapixel APS-C sensor and dual DIGIC 4 processors already, but we've all had to be a bit more patient than usual in waiting for the pro reviews to come out. Dpreview doesn't disappoint though, with a thoughtful 31-page tome awaiting the keen reader, and we've also got more digestible video reviews from DPhoto Journal for the less patient among you. If you're after direct comparisons against competing models, such as the Nikon D300s, you'll find those sprinkled in among the reviews as well, with Cameratown throwing in a direct head-to-head with Canon's own 5D Mark II. The 7D was found to produce 'virtually no visible noise' all the way up to ISO 1600, and scored further points for its gorgeous 100 percent frame-covering viewfinder and fast 19-point AF. With a weather-sealed, highly ergonomic body design, ridiculously fast processing and a sensor so good that 'in most situations the lens, rather than the camera, is likely to be the limiting factor,' the only thing reviewers could criticize was the somewhat uncompetitive pricing, but that's likely to soften with time anyway. Read on... if you dare.

(Via Engadget Digital Cameras.)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Samsung NX-10 specs and release date

Samsung NX-10 specs and release date

The latest rumor is that Samsung NX will be announced on December 10th, 2009 (the previous rumors pointed to an early 2010 release). Those are the expected Samsung NX specs from

  • Mount: Samsung NX

  • Sensor: 23.4 x 15.6mm APS-C CMOS 14.6 mega pixels (1.5x)

  • Body: polycarbonate sealed against dust and moisture

  • Image stabilization: Optical Image Stabilization system (OIS)

  • Processor: DRIM image processor

  • Format image: JPEG, DNG, JPEG-DNG

  • Video: FullHD 1080p/30fps

  • Recording format: H.264 HD

  • Recording quality: SF, F, N

  • Audio: Built-in real stereo

  • Audio format: AAC

  • Focus system: Contrast Autofocus with 16 AF areas, face detection and tracking mode, manual focus (focus by wire)

  • Shutter: mechanical shutter, bulb, 30s-1/6000, 4.5fps

  • Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200 (50-6400)

  • Viewfinder: Electronic Viewfinder 1080p/260Hz, 100% coverage, 1X magnification

  • Main screen: AMOLED 3″, 921.000 dots, 120Hz

  • Flash: Pop-up, GN12

  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB 2.0, Video/Audio out, BlueTooth, WiFi

  • Storage media: SD/SDHC

(Via Photo Rumors.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The RED Digital Film Cameras' Spec Lists Are As Big As Their Prices

The RED Digital Film Cameras' Spec Lists Are As Big As Their Prices

We've drooled over accessories for RED's digital still and motion cameras, but now we've got specs for the actual DSMCs. No release dates yet, but looks like the EPIC-X with it's $28,000 price will come first. Updated:: Lotsa pictures.

The first of the two models we're being teased with is the incredibly high-end EPIC-X which will be released in four stages, beginning with a pre-production model dubbed TATTOO and ending with the wide-spread final release model. The details explain the $28,000 price tag:

* New MYSTERIUM-X 5K sensor

* 5K (2:1) at 1-100fps

* 4K (2:1) at 1-125fps

* Quad HD at 1-120fps

* 3K (2:1) at 1-160fps

* 2K (2:1) at 1-250fps

* 1080P (scaled from full frame) at 1-60fps

* Increased Dynamic Range, reduced noise

* Time Lapse, Frame Ramping


* ISO 200-8000

* New FLUT Color Science

* Completely Modular System, each Module individually upgradeable

* Independent Stills and Motion Modes (both record full resolution REDCODE RAW)

* 5 Axis Adjustable Sensor Plate

* Multiple Recording Media Options (Compact Flash, 1.8' SSD, RED Drives, RED RAM)

* Wireless REDMOTE control

* Touchscreen LCD control option

* Bomb-EVF, RED-EVF and RED-LCD compatible

* Multiple User Control Buttons

* Interchangeable Lens mounts including focus and iris control of electronic RED, Canon and Nikon lenses (along with Zoom data)

* 'Touch Focus Tracking' with electronic lens mounts and RED Touchscreen LCDs

* LDS and /i Data enabled PL Mount

* Rollover Battery Power

* Independent LUTs on Monitor Outputs

* Independent Frame Guides and Menu overlays on Monitor Outputs

* Monitor Ports support both LCD and EVF

* True Shutter Sync In/Out and Strobe Sync Out

* 720P, 1080P and 2K monitoring support

* Gigagbit Network interface and 802.11 Wireless interface

* 3 Axis internal motion sensor, built in GPS receiver

* Enhanced Metadata

* Full size connectors on Pro I/O Module. AES Digital Audio input, single and dual link HD-SDI

* Support for RED, most Arri 19mm, Studio 15mm, 15mm Lite, Panavision and NATO accessories

* Dimensions- Approx. 4'x4'x5.5'

* Weight (Brain only)- Approx. 6 lbs (2.72kg)

The other temptress is the Scarlet 2/3-inch, which is 'more akin to current video-shooting DSLRs, though it doesn't have a full frame sensor.' As with the EPIC-X, there's no release date given. There are some great specs though:

* Increased REDCODE data rates

* New FLUT Color, Gamma and Sensitivity Science. Now same as EPIC.

* More extensive modular system integration.

* Interchangeable Lens mounts including focus and iris control of electronic RED, Canon and Nikon lenses, along with Zoom data (Scarlet 2/3' Interchangeable)

* 'Touch Focus Tracking' with electronic lens mounts and RED touchscreen LCD's (Scarlet 2/3' Interchangeable and 8x Fixed)

* Two independent microphone level channels, balanced input circuits, 48V Phantom Power, digitized at 24-bit 48KHz.

* GigaBit Ethernet port

* Scaled 1080P at 60fps

Update: Now we've got a bunch of pictures of the gadgets to drool over (or mock):

Word is that there'll be more information at the end of the month, but that won't stop us from already fantasizing about what to do with the cameras.

(Via Gizmodo: Cameras.)