New addition to Sony Alpha 7 range aimed at videographers
Sony has added another model to its Alpha 7 line of full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, one with an extremely high level of sensitivity. Where the A7 and A7r offer a maximum sensitivity of ISO 25,600, the A7s ranges between ISO 50 and an extended ISO 409,600, with the sensor said to optimize the dynamic range and minimize noise in dark scenes.
Pair of compact cameras launching in May, June for $350, $400
Olympus has unveiled a pair of compact digital cameras. The Stylus SH-1 point-and-shoot camera uses a similar five-axis image stabilization system to the one employed by the E-M1 and others, while the Stylus Tough TG-3 is a ruggedized shooter that is able to alter the photographs it takes thanks to the use of screw-on lens attachments.
Multi-layer sensor splits light bands for more accurate color representation
Sigma has unveiled the first of a trio of compact cameras with vertical color separation technology. The dp Quattro collection all use the Foveon X3 "Quattro" image sensor, one which uses three layers of photodiodes assigned to each RGB color, with the manufacturer claiming it allows the camera to capture the hue, value, and chroma for each pixel more accurately than the mosaic-style sensors used in other cameras.
Ruggedized Ricoh compacts waterproof at depth of 45 feet for two hours
Ricoh has launched a trio of cameras designed for outdoor use, following in the footsteps of the WG-3. The ruggedized WG-4, WG-4 GPS, and the WG-20 are all compact cameras offering IPX8 waterproofing to 14 meters (45 feet) for up to two hours, 10 meters (32 feet) for the WG-20, as well as being dust-proof, shock-resistant, able to survive a weight of up to 100kg (220lb), and resistant to temperatures as low as -10 Centigrade (14 Fahrenheit).
Lens camera firmware improves ISO, video resolution
Sony's QX Smart Lens range of "Lens Cameras" have received a firmware update, improving a number of functions. At the same time, images have surfaced suggesting that Sony is preparing to offer a mount for the cameras, expanding the range of devices the QX10 and QX100 can be attached to from smartphones to include tablets and phablets.
Dot-sight for tracking moving subjects, ruggedness touted in new Olympus cameras
At the same time as launching the OM-D E-M10, Olympus has unveiled two more cameras it will also ship in March. The Stylus SP-100EE is a super zoom camera with a dot-sight for subject tracking, while the Stylus TG-850 is a ruggedized, waterproof compact camera with a 180-degree flipping LCD monitor for simpler self portraits and more shooting options.
Fujifilm X-T1 boasts unique EVF, manual controls
Fujifilm has launched the X-series interchangeable lens camera it teased earlier this month. The X-T1 is an X-Mount camera that uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor combined with the EXR II image processor, similar to the retro-inspired X-E2, though it uses an SLR-based design complete with a large assortment of top-mounted manual controls.
Polaroid Socialmatic offers social network sharing of images
At the same time as debuting its Q-series of tablets at CES, Polaroid has revealed a new range of cameras. The Socialmatic is a flat and square camera that can share images to social networks and can print its own images, the C3 is a small cube that is billed as an action camera, the XS100i and XS1000i sports cameras, and a family of Wi-Fi bridge cameras with a wide variety of optical zooms.
PowerShot N100 captures shot of photographer, subject at same time
Canon has unveiled three new point-and-shoot cameras at CES, with all offered under its PowerShot range. The PowerShot SX600 HS and PowerShot ELPH 340 HS are relatively conventional cameras from the producer with added Wi-Fi and NFC, while the PowerShot N100 has a Dual Capture mode, which can take a secondary photograph from another camera sensor on the back.
D3300 offers 24MP, in-camera panorama, 60fps Full HD, more
Camera maker Nikon has used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to debut a new line of consumer-oriented Coolpix cameras as well as a replacement for the entry-level D3200 DSLR. It also announced that it will produce a successor to the D4, called the D4S, later this year. The new D3300 now features 24-megapixel shooting, full HD video at 60fps, in-camera panorama and burst shooting. The Coolpix models are mostly point-and-shoot, with one "superzoom" offering.
Ruggedized FinePix XP70, three bridge cameras due in March
Fujifilm has revealed four other cameras in the FinePix range, alongside the FinePix S1 announced earlier. The FinePix XP70 is a ruggedized camera for sports and other activities, the FinePix S9200 and S9400W are similar bridge cameras with a 50x optical zoom, and the FinePix S8600 is a more budget-friendly offering with a 36x optical zoom.
Allied Vision's short-wave infrared camera to be available in first quarter of 2014
Allied Vision's latest short-wave infrared camera, the Goldeye G-032, is due to be available in the first quarter of 2014. An entire revamping of the original Goldeye, the Goldeye G-032's new rectangular housing is significantly smaller and lighter. Its hardware is intended to be rugged; its built-in sensor cooling works without a fan and its screwed interface port allows for a secure connection. Featuring an ultra-compact form factor fitting screw threads on all sides, integration into an image processing system is readily feasible.
Design patents for Nikon 1 range infringed by Polaroid release
A United States District Court has sided with Nikon in a design patent dispute over a Polaroid camera. The Polaroid iM1836 by Sakar is now the subject of an injunction where the company cannot manufacture or sell the mirrorless camera, one which bears a considerable resemblance to the J1 in the Nikon 1 range of mirrorless snappers.
Uses same 12MP CMOS sensor as XZ-2, uses 28-300mm zoom lens
Olympus has launched a new camera designed to appeal to DSLR users wanting a compact second camera. The Stylus 1 premium compact houses a 12-megapixel 1/1,7-inch BSI CMOS sensor, the same one found in last year's XZ-2, assisted by the TruePic VI image processor, and a 28-300mm f/2.8 I.ZUIKO zoom lens that can retract fully into the body and behind an automatic lens cap.
Pair of Fujifilm cameras sport upgraded hardware, retro appearance
Fujifilm has added another two more cameras to its range of retro-styled cameras. The X-E2 serves as an upgrade to last year's X-E1 with a number of overall improvements, while the XQ1 premium compact camera replaces the XF1 with a similar but thinner construction that retains the styling and 4x optical zoom lens of the original.
Updated image processor allows for optical low pass filter removal in D5300
Nikon is updating its consumer-level Digital SLR range, by upgrading the D5200. The new D5300 retains much of the design and workings of its predecessors, but still manages to introduce some changes to the product line, with the most notable being that Wi-Fi and GPS are built into the camera instead of taking the form of extra attachments.
Maximum 40fps burst mode, ISO 25,600 in compact retro Lumix GM1
Panasonic has added another retro-styled compact camera to its Lumix line, in the form of the Lumix GM1. The mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera sports a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor with Venus Engine image processing, which offers a maximum ISO of 25,600, shutter speeds of between 60 seconds and 1/16,000th of a second, and claims of sharp images in low-light situations.
Sony A7, A7R are first full-frame mirrorless cameras
Sony has launched it long rumored and eagerly anticipated Alpha 7 full-frame mirrorless camera. The new 24.3-megapixel camera is aimed at fans of the company’s NEX camera line looking to step up into a full-frame camera as well as camera enthusiasts looking for a compact bodied, full-featured, full-frame device. In a surprise, the company has also revealed the Alpha 7R aimed at professionals that removes the low-pass filter and includes several additions including an upgraded 36.3-megapixel sensor.
Tech mimics Lytro camera
Toshiba has introduced a smartphone camera module that utilizes two sensors to capture "deep focus" images. The technology appears to be similar to Lytro's cameras, simultaneously capturing images and depth data. Users can then manipulate the depth of field or focal plane after taking a single picture.
Sequels to S01 and P7700 add features for different consumer needs
Nikon on Wednesday debuted two new cameras that are upgrades from previous models. The Coolpix S02 follows the pocketable compact point-and-shoot S01, and is even smaller and lighter than its predecessor. It's goal is to be a tiny camera that still take better pictures than most mobile phones, but light enough to convince consumers to also bring it along. The larger Coolpix P7800 is a sequel to last year's P7700, and adds a significantly-improved 921,000-dot electronic viewfinder and wider aperture range, aiming more for the advanced consumer market.
Drastically improves phone shooting quality
After weeks of speculation, Sony today formally unveiled QX Smart Lens line, beginning with the QX100 and QX10. The units clip onto a smartphone, dramatically improving sensor and lens quality for photography. The QX100 is due to ship toward the end of September at a cost of $499, but is essentially a phone version of Sony's RX100M2 camera, sporting a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor with the same Carl Zeiss lens and BIONZ image processing as its sibling.
Updated DSLR models could have slight improvements
Nikon could be preparing to launch two new entry-level DSLR cameras in the future, according to a new rumor. The D5300 and D6100, said to be upgraded versions of earlier product lines, could in fact be part of a new company strategy to work on increasing consumer-grade device sales, rather than the claimed concept-changing secret projects the company president has talked about.
iblazr now offered with cold shoe mount option
Ukrainian company, iblazr Lab, has added a cold shoe mount option on its Kickstarter for its iblazr LED constant flash. The company has met its target goal with six days left in the campaign, but consumers can pre-order the multi-functional synchronized flash by backing the project. The iblazr originally was intended just for smartphones, tablets and laptops, but the cold shoe mount allows for the flash to be added to any DSLR that has video mode and to portable cameras with a hot shoe mount. Considered the smallest constant light system available (in terms of luminosity), the iblazr with shoe mount package can be pre-ordered for $50 in plastic, $70 in aluminum, and $100 for both. Estimated delivery on the project is December 2013.
16MP Coolpix S6600 compact camera includes Wi-Fi, gesture controls
Nikon has launched a pair of cameras in its Coolpix compact camera range. The Coolpix S6600 offers a 16-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with lens-shift vibration reduction and 12x optical zoom, while the Coolpix L620 is equipped with an 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with 14x optical zoom and a similar vibration reduction system.
Two-year secret project on compact system camera had Olympus collaboration
Sony is said to be preparing to announce a full frame version of its NEX line of compact system cameras, one that is slightly larger than the NEX-7. The tentatively-titled NEX-FF will be unveiled on September 24th, according to a leak, with the digital imaging device claimed to be the most compact digital interchangeable mount Full Frame camera in the world.
Nikon president suggests possible non-camera products in future
Nikon is feeling the heat from smartphones heavily impacting the sales of compact cameras, and the company intends to do something about it. The camera manufacturer is attempting to fight this by working on new secret products that "will change the concept of cameras," claims company president Makoto Kimura in an interview.
K-500 DSLR ignores color choice, opts for AA power
Pentax Ricoh has introduced two K-mount DSLRs and one mirrorless camera. The K-50 and K-500 DSLRs both improve on the K-30, while still using the same sensor 16.5-megapixel APS-C sensor, while the mirrorless Q7 uses a larger 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor than the Q10, though maintains the same 12.4-megapixel resolution.
Wi-Fi boosting, weather resistant cases highlight of some models
D-Link today expanded its line of myDlink-enabled Cloud Cameras with the introduction of the Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-5020L); the Outdoor HD Wireless Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-2332L); the Day/Night Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L), and the Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L). Each model is designed for around-the-clock surveillance and monitoring.
Update available for Aperture 3.x and iPhoto '11 in Mountain Lion
On Thursday, Apple updated its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility file to version 4.06, adding support for 13 new cameras. The update is only for users of Aperture 3.x or iPhoto '11 (any version) running either 10.7.5 (OS X Lion) or 10.8.2 (OS X Mountain Lion) or higher. The update adds three Canon EOS models, four Nikon models, the Hasselblad Lunar and the Sony Alpha NEX-3N. The update is automatically available through Software Update, and can also be downloaded direction from Apple's Support Downloads page.
Nokia aiming to bring Lytro-style tech to Lumia smartphones
Nokia is said to be planning an investment in Pelican Imaging as it seeks to further enhance the capabilities of its smartphone cameras. Based in California, Pelican Imaging is startup developing a Lytro-style camera technology that uses an array of small ‘plenoptic’ cameras in a single module to take images with multiple focal points. As the video embedded below highlights, the technology allows a smartphone user to take a photo and refocus the image on different focal points after the shot is taken.
New sensor capable of 6K resolution, 100fps video
Red Camera is allowing users of its Epic-M and Epic-X cinematography cameras to upgrade the camera to the Dragon sensor from tomorrow, the company has announced. The upgrade, previously claimed by the manufacturer to have exceeded expectations after internal testing, will let the camera film at 6K resolution at up to 100fps, and provides three additional stops over the Epic M-X.
Claims seven patents infringed by Red in cameras
Sony is fighting against high-end camera manufacturer Red's patent infringement lawsuit with one of its own. The new filing, claiming that Red has infringed seven of Sony's patents, has been filed in a Central District court in California, and seeks a number of sales injunctions as well as financial compensation.
ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, A2500 added to consumer camera line
Canon has announced the addition of three stylish, feature-packed PowerShot digital cameras to its line of imaging products. Newly added are the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, and A2500. The PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera provides advanced wireless connectivity for easy sharing, and includes the company’s HS System that delivers clear images with minimal noise and maximum detail even when shooting in low light. Canon's Smart Auto feature allows the new cameras to detect up to 58 scene types for the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera, and up to 32 scene settings for the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera and PowerShot A2500 digital camera. All three models also feature "eco-mode," a new power consumption management technique that extends battery life by approximately 30 percent.
VueZone completes camera family
The VueZone team has been hard at work since the company was acquired by Netgear, introducing a new night-vision camera this week at CES. Electronista met with Netgear to learn more about the new camera, which is arguably the most intriguing new security product at the show.
Set to begin mass production in August 2013
Toshiba has shown off a new backlit 20-megapixel sensor aimed at compact cameras, a month after revealing a 13-megapixel CMOS sensor for smartphones. The TCM5115CL BSI CMOS sensor, in the 1 /2.3-inch form factor, gives a 4-megapixel upgrade to the 16-megapixel glass ceiling of compact cameras, and is claimed by the company to have the highest resolution in the optical format in the industry.
Gadspot's three new security cameras start at $340
Gadspot announced today a new line of "Fish Eye" panoramic wide angle IP security cameras. Gadspot's new offerings include three models priced from $340, all with panoramic 180 degree and 360 degree views, 2MP CMOS sensors, and 1600x1200 resolutions. They offer small businesses and retail stores the ability to cover entire offices and floor spaces with one single picture.
Production system cited for 45 percent price drop
Cinematic camera maker RED has cut the prices on a number of 4K, 4.5K, and 5K Epic cameras, in what appears to be a preemptive strike on the recent camera announcement from Sony. Prices have dropped considerably in some instances, with the Epic-M now being sold for $24,000 instead of its original price of $39,500.
PL-mount lens range additions announced at same time
Sony has launched two broadcast-quality CineAlta PL-mount video cameras to go alongside the F65. The PMW-F55 and the PMW-F5 both contain 4K Super 35mm image sensors capable of an 11.6 million pixel, 4096x2160 resolution image. While the PMW-F5 can output HD and 2K video, the PMW-F55 extends this to 4K resolution imagery.
New cables join existing Lightning adapter line
Four new Lightning cables have been announced by Apple at their press event. The new adapters connect to the Lightning port found on the iPhone 5, iPad, and iPad mini, allowing the handhelds to interact with non-Lightning equipment, such as digital cameras and displays. These new cables join existing converters, such as the Lightning to 30-pin adapters.
GoPro unveils the Hero3, a tiny, 4K-capable sports camera
GoPro has taken the wraps of its Wi-Fi-enabled Hero3sports camera. As the promotional video embedded highlights, depending on model, the new wearable device supports video resolutions up to 4K, or 4 times the resolution of 1080p. The Hero3 is also 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the model it replaces.
Large number of RED cameras used for three-second shot
Cinematic camera maker RED has put some of its pre-owned Scarlet-X cameras up for sale. The "Battle-Tested" ex-rental camera packages include the Scarlet Brain, Side SSD and a Canon Mount at a price of $7,100, instead of the regular $11,900 sum usually charged for the bundle. The reduction brings the price down considerably, but still outside the range of most amateur videographers.
Three cameras intented for extreme sports, underwater photography
Polaroid has introduced its new line of hi-definition sports video cameras. The Polaroid XS7, XS20, and XS100 are the newest additions to Polaroid’s robust instant camera and camcorder offerings, the Polaroid XS sports video cameras provide users with the ability to take videos and still images in a variety of sport settings.
Cameras have 200-foot range, 50-foot at night
Samsung has decided to put two new video security systems on the market. The SDE-4003 and SDE-5003 are all-in-one CCTV kits, boasting a set of high-resolution indoor and outdoor cameras with night vision, a digital video recorder, and the ability to remotely access the system through a web browser or mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Camera builds upon the XZ-1
Olympus has introduced a new flagship point-and-shoot, the XZ-2, that serves as a successor to the existing XZ-1. The new camera integrates the same f1.8-2.5 lens as its predecessor, but adds a new 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and the same image processor as the company's OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera.
Camera ships with Wi-Fi, GPS
Canon has quickly introduced a direct competitor to Nikon's new D600 and Sony's Alpha 99, unveiling the EOS 6D full-frame prosumer DSLR. The 6D appears to merge features from the 5D series, pairing the Digic 5+ image processor of the Mark III with a new 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that falls closer to the specs of the Mark II, though the new offering is priced below either of the older models.
Pet Modes, 3D photography and binoculars make appearances
Camera manufacturer Olympus has listed more cameras and a package it intends to release over the coming months. The Olympus SZ-14 DX "Big Telephoto Set" is a combined camera and binoculars bundle, where the SZ-14 camera with 24x optical zoom, multi-motion supported image stabilization and face detection is joined by the 8-21RCII binoculars with 8x magnification.
P7700 new high-end camera, S01 smallest Coolpix ever
In addition to the Android-powered S800c point-and-shoot camera, Nikon also announced three other cameras in the Coolpix line today. The P7700 is the newest high-end flagship model for the Coolpix line, while the consumer-oriented 16MP S6400 is a basic point-and-shoot camera available in several different colors, and the smallest and lightest Coolpix ever has been announced -- the S01.
Android, iOS users can use zoom, shutter functions
Owners of Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX90 point and shoot camera can now use their smartphones as a wireless remote for the unit, using it to check the image preview, set zoom level and shoot, including a special "self portrait" mode. The free Lumix Remote app, which will be expanded to cover additional Lumix cameras with built-in Wi-Fi, is available for both iOS (4.3 and higher) and Android (v2.2 and higher). A firmware upgrade is required as well.
Adds six new support camera models
Apple late today has issued Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.13, adding support for six new and recent camera models now on the market. The new update adds support for models from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony. Still missing from the list of supported cameras (among other models) is the Fujifilm X-S1, a high-end "superzoom" camera we reviewed in late March. The new update requires OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Cameras available now, accessories to follow
Boutique German camera manufacturer Leica boosted their product line with the addition of two cameras to the venerable line today. The newly released V-Lux 40 replaces the V-Lux 30, while the X2 is the newest in the X-line of compact cameras. Both cameras are available immediately at all Leica dealers, including the Washington DC Leica store.