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Canon G1 X hands-on

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Yesterday we told you about the newly introduced Canon G1 X large sensor compact and now that CES is officially underway we even got a change to try it out. The 14 megapixel camera was naturally enjoying quite a lot of attention, but we still managed to get a unit for a quick photo session.

The Canon G1 X is built like a tank – once you hold it in your hand you just know that it is capable of enduring quite a lot of torture. Read more »

SanDisk unveils the world’s fastest SDXC card, promises write speeds of up to 45MB/s

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Video enthusiasts feeling left out of all the CES hubbub can finally feel like part of the party with SanDisk’s new 128GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I card.

Designed specifically with burst-mode shooting at high resolutions in mind, the new card claims to be the fastest of its kind in the world. Read more »

Fujifilm announced rangefinder-style, mirrorless X-Pro1 camera, to cost $1,700 at launch

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If you love rangefinder-style cameras, you’re going to love this one. The X-Pro1 is a gorgeous new camera from Fujifilm that uses a 16.3 megapixel APS-C “X-Trans CMOS” sensor. It uses a new optical low-pass filter array, which promises to reduce the moire pattern that occurs while shooting patterns while maintaining image sharpness.

The X-Pro1 comes with a new lens mount called the X Mount that supports the new range of XF Lenses from Fujifilm. There are only three lenses available at the moment and all are fixed focus but Fujifilm promises enhanced resolution and light volume in image edge areas as well as reduced chromatic aberration with these. Read more »

Canon PowerShot G1 X is a 14MP compact with a DSLR-sized 4:3 image sensor

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Canon has brought out the big (but compact) guns in the Canon PowerShot G1 X. While it may look like a point-and-shoot camera it nonetheless packs a real punch under the hood. Its huge sensor measures 18.7x14mm, which is larger then the Micro Four-Thirds sensor and nearly as big as the APS-C sensors found in some DSLRs (22.3 x 14.9 mm for Canon).

What sets the G1 X apart from those types of cameras is that it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens – you get the 4x built in lens, covering the 28mm-112mm range in 35mm equivalent with a maximum aperture of F/2.8-F/5.6 and that’s that. Read more »

Sony unveils the first XQD memory cards in the world, charges a fortune for them

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When the Compact Flash association made those XQD memory cards official, you really wanted to give them a try right? We mean, the speed promised was so impressive that you wouldn’t be a proper geek if you didn’t.

It appears that Sony will be the first company to actually give you the chance to do so, as the Japanese just unveiled the first two XQD cards. Sony also announced a card reader for connecting the 16GB and 32GB units to your computer and an ExpressCard adapter. Read more »

Nikon D4 first still and video samples appear, look as great as expected

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Shortly after it announced its new monster of a camera, Nikon published the first sample photos and a video captured with the D4. We only got a handful of samples, but at these early stages we should be happy that we got anything at all.

We got three base ISO sample photos to demonstrate the kind of sharpness and dynamic range that the big fella offers and an ISO 6400 image, which should give us an idea of its high ISO performance. Read more »

Nikon announces new flagship D4 DSLR, will burn a $6000 sized hole in your pocket

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Two years ago Nikon announced the D3s, which was to be their flagship camera then. That camera set the benchmark for low-light performance and had the competition struggling to catch up to it. Today Nikon is back with their new flagship DSLR, the Nikon D4, which improves upon the already excellent low-light performance of the D3s and this time, makes it even faster.

Speed is one of the highlights of the D4, which has a startup time of just 0.012 seconds. The D4 is also powerful enough to capture full resolution JPEG or RAW images at up to 10fps with full AF/AE or up to 11fps with locked AF/AE. The D4 also uses Nikon’s new 51-point Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF autofocus system, which is said to be faster and more precise than before. Read more »

Fujifilm announces mind-boggling twenty eight new cameras at once

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Haven’t anyone told these people about the CES? Well, anyway, it seems that companies aren’t waiting for the biggest consumer electronics exhibition to announce their new products. Fujifilm has joined that list of companies by announcing not four, five or ten but twenty eight cameras, all at once.

First is the X-S1, which seemed to have some confusion regarding whether it wanted to be a DSLR or a point and shoot when it was growing up so it decided to become both. The X-S1 has a very DSLR-like body and with all those buttons and dials would confuse most people into thinking it is one. But unlike DSLRs, the lens is fixed. Read more »

Samsung unveils the DV300F, a dual screen camera with Wi-Fi connectivity

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We are less than a week into the year and we already have a second announcement from Samsung. The Korea giant’s digicam division has joined its telecom in unveiling a new product at the start of 2012.

The company introduced the Samsung DV300F – the next member of its lineup of dual screen cameras. This time there’s also Wi-Fi connectivity, which enables you to email your images and videos or upload them to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. Read more »

Compact Flash Association unveils XQD card format, promises write speeds of over 125MB/s

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The Compact Flash Association announced a new high-performance memory card format, called XQD. Based on the PCI Express specification, the new cards will measure 38.5×29.8×3.8mm at launch, which is slightly larger than SD cards (32x24x2.1mm) and tangibly more compact than CF cards (43x36x5 mm).

The XQD cards should allow write speeds of 125MB/s at launch, but they have a theoretical maximum transfer speed of 5Gbps (that’s 625MB/s), so there’s plenty of room for improvement in the future. Read more »

Nikon announces SB-910 Speedlight flagship flash, to charge $549.99 for it

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Yesterday, Nikon announced the newest addition to its lineup of dedicated flash units for digital cameras. The SB-910 Speedlight comes to succeed its former flagship, the SB-900, bringing a new simplified UI (similar to that of the SB-700), improved thermal cut-off (where the flash will charge slower, rather than turn off altogether, when a certain temperature is reached) and AF assist for multi-point AF.

The SB-910 also recharges quicker than its predecessor (3s on alkaline batteries and 2.5s on NiMH batteries). Read more »

Scuba diver finds Canon DSLR with a working SD card in the Pacific Ocean, locates the owner using Google+

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Photographer Markus Thompson came across a Canon EOS 1000D off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while he was scuba diving. Apparently, the camera was lying there for over a year now, since August 2010 to be precise. However, upon closer inspection, Thompson discovered that the SD card inside was still in working condition.

The SD card in question had pictures of a family vacation of some fire fighter in British Columbia and so Thompson decided to put social networking to test and find the owner to return him his images. For this he turned to Google+. Read more »

PhotoJojo’s iPhone Lens Dial gives some retro spunk to your 4/4S camera

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Cameraphone buffs listen up. If you’re eager to snap some quirky hipster photos with your iPhone’s 5MP or 8MP sharpshooter and happen to have $249 bucks lying around this just might interest you.

PhotoJojo offers a three lens dial case for your iPhone 4 or 4S that gives you three cool shooting modes – Wide Angle, Fisheye and Telephoto. It has three coated glass lenses and it’s made out of aircraft-grade aluminum case. Read more »

Nikon D800 image leaks, said to have a 36 megapixel sensor

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Three years after the Nikon D700 was launched, it seems Nikon is finally going to launch a successor. What you see below is supposedly the upcoming Nikon D800, leaked by the folks at Nikon Rumors.

According to the purported specifications, the D800 will have a 36 megapixel sensor. That is 7,360 x 4,912 and thrice the resolution of the D700′s 12.1 megapixel sensor. This comes across as a rather strange move as I thought we had finally gone past the megapixel craze and were concentrating more on the low-light performance, something high resolution sensors are not very good at (unless they are appropriately large in physical size). Read more »

Panasonic announces LUMIX DMC-GX1 and LUMIX DMC-3D1, priced at $700 and $500 respectively

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Panasonic has announced two new cameras, the LUMIX DMC-GX1, which is their latest Micro Four Thirds camera and the LUMIX DMC-3D1, which is a point and shoot 3D camera.

The LUMIX DMC-GX1 features a 16.01 megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine and is capable of shooting at ISO 12,800. It uses a contrast auto-focus system, which is more accurate than a phase difference system. The auto-focus system is also really fast and is claimed to focus in just 0.09 second. Read more »