Pentax has recently announced the latest firmware update version 1.01 for the Pentax Optio SV/SVi point-and-shoot digital cameras. The latest firmware which is available for both windows and macs system will improve the metering performance when using interval shooting.
Trusted Reviews’ author Cliff Smith has posted a review on Nikon Coolpix P1, a 8 Megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera with 3.5x optical zoom, 2.5″ LCD screen and builtin Wifi (802.11b/g-compatible).
“Build quality is outstanding, with a tough but light aluminium body available in either black or silver finishes. On the back is a very nice glare-resistant 2.5-inch LCD monitor that looks a lot sharper than its 110k pixel resolution would indicate. The control layout is simple and concise, with a good range of options available without recourse to the menu, including flash mode, macro, self timer and exposure compensation, which are selected via secondary functions of the D-pad.
Even without wireless technology, the CoolPix P1 is a superb high-end compact camera, with attractive and user-friendly design, rock solid build quality, some dazzling technology and excellent picture quality. It’s a little pricy compared to some of its competition, but it’s got the quality to back it up.”
David B Brooks has written a short review on Canon EOS 5D, 12.8 megapixels full frame sensor digital SLR camera with 2.5″ LCD screen, at shutterbug and he writes:
“Even the first test prints I made came close to that ideal. The prints from the 5D’s raw files are quite comparable to those made from the best 35mm film scans, even those done at 5400dpi, which I used for test printing for my recent Epson R2400 report. In addition, the 5D files are incredibly consistent in image quality across a variety of quite distinct subjects. And compared to scanned film images, the raw Canon 5D images are grainless.”
Dave Johnson has recently posted an interesting article on taking better photo in low-light condition. He suggests shooting at the lowest possible ISO all the time.
“In ordinary conditions, stick with the camera’s lowest ISO level, since that’ll give you the least digital noise. But when you notice that the camera is recommending a really slow shutter speed (less than about 1/30 second for handheld shots with a point-and-shoot), crank up the ISO. Just remember to drop it back down to the lower value when you’re done, so you don’t accidentally capture a month’s worth of pictures at ISO 800.
Another thing to keep in mind: Most digital cameras don’t allow you to adjust the ISO, or any other setting for that matter, when you’re in Automatic Exposure mode. To tweak the ISO, you’ll want to be in Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, or a Scene mode.”
Peter K Burian has done some tests comparing the the Sigma AF 10-20mm, Tamron SP AF11-18mm, and Tokina AF 12-24mm.
“Sigma AF 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM: The images also exhibit great clarity and impressive definition of intricate detail. This Sigma lens seems to be optimized for the very finest results at focal lengths from about 10-14mm at most apertures. By 15mm, edge sharpness is a bit softer, although central sharpness remains very high.
Bloomberg reported that Fujifilm will eliminate 5,000 jobs and shift some production to China from Japan.
“Fuji Photo’s plan symbolizes an end to the film camera era,” said Hiroshi Chano, who helps oversee $6.7 billion at Yasuda Asset Management Co. in Tokyo. “The digitalization of the camera industry occurred at much faster pace than I expected. Reorganization will be a painful process for Fuji Photo.”
By taking these restructuring steps, we hope to reduce fixed costs and secure stabile profits in our imaging solutions division,” the Tokyo-based company said in the statement. “
American Scientist Online has recently posted an article with cool images of high-speed imaging of shock waves, explosions and gunshots.
This full-scale schlieren image shows the discharge of a .44 Magnum revolver. Two spherical shock waves are seen, one centered about the gun’s muzzle (the muzzle blast) and a second centered on the cylinder. The supersonic bullet is visible at the far left. This weapon produces a bright muzzle flash and a cloud of products of gunpowder combustion that envelops the hands of the shooter. Such high-speed images help forensics experts understand the transfer of gunpowder traces to the hands when firing a gun.
Shams Tarek reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD430 and gave it 7/10 (very good) at CNET. He wrote:
“Rounding out the Canon PowerShot SD430′s Wi-Fi feature set is the ability to print wirelessly without the use of a computer. The camera comes with a Wi-Fi adapter that plugs into a printer’s PictBridge-compatible USB port, traditionally used for wired camera-to-printer connections. Unfortunately, it works with only Canon printers at the moment.
If you don’t have a yen for remote control or wireless printing, then save yourself some money and get the PowerShot SD400. But if the wireless remote control option sounds like the solution to a problem you have, you’d be wise to give the Canon PowerShot SD430 a try.”
Megapixel has reviewed the Fujifilm Finepix E900, 9 Megapixels SuperCCD digital camera with 4x optical zoom and 2″ TFT LCD screen. Here are the Pros and Cons:
“Pros: Good to very good image quality, Very precise colour rendition, 4X zoom, RAW image format, Full set of shooting modes, Capable of long-exposures, Useful Natural Light mode
Cons: Image corners not as sharp as the centre with wide angle shots when using the widest aperture, 9M Fine compression too stron, No compression choice with other resolutions, Chromatic aberration with large aperture wide angle shots, Bundled software does not take advantage of the RAW format”
Ben Long has recently posted his review on Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 , a 8.4 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera with 2.5″ LCD screen, at CreativePro.
“That said, there’s a lot to like about the LX1. You won’t give up any critical controls compared to an SLR, and the raw format and adjustable aspect ratios give you more image-editing and compositional options than you’ll normally have on a small camera.
Though it’s not as tiny as some cameras, the LX1 still fits nicely in a coat pocket or bag, and it’s a lot easier than lugging a full SLR kit.
The noise issue is a problem but not a total deal-breaker for me. You can treat the noise issue with software, and for landscape shooting, the camera’s ISO 80 and 100 are very clean. If you think you’ll shoot mostly indoor snapshots in low light, you might want a different camera. Otherwise, the LX1 is an excellent option for the SLR shooter who wants a smaller alternative for occasional use.”