Adobe recently posted a new video demo of the upcoming Photoshop CS5. Remember – the new version (along with the rest of the Creative Suite 5) should be unveiled next Monday. The new video clip shows another ground-breaking new feature and I really enjoyed being amazed by the thing. I certainly hope you will too.
The new feature is rather funnily called Puppet Warp and it allows you to move parts of still objects as if they are physically in front of you. Well, it’s got more mundane applications as well – such as fixing distortion in photos. But heck, photo distortion is boring – see the Puppet dance for you. Read more »
Since I shoot exclusively in RAW, I was thrilled to learn that the latest Lightroom 3 beta actually comes with a revamped RAW processing engine. The guys over at Adobe have done some serious work on revealing more of the fine detail and taking care of image noise.
Friends of mine that have taken the time to re-process some of their older photos tell me it’s like they’ve used another camera body. The changes are impressive.
Since I didn’t have time to experiment on my own shots, here’s a sample that I snatched off dpreview.com. It was shot in RAW with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV at ISO 102400 (yes, that’s a six-figure ISO sensitivity). The shot was processed with the current version of Adobe’s Camera Raw and the latest Lightroom 3 beta 2 RAW processor.
100% crops processed by Adobe Camera Raw v5.6 • Lightroom 3 beta 2
And here’s another couple of comparative crops. Impressive, indeed…
Technology developer InVisage Technologies has developed an image sensor that can offer four times better light sensitivity than the traditional silicone-based CCD and CMOS sensors. That has become possible through the usage of quantum dots (nanocrystals wrapped in a polymer film) instead of silicon photodiodes.
After five long years of development and several months of teasing, Pentax finally revealed their 645D medium format camera. Built around a 40 megapixel 44 x 33 CCD sensor, the Pentax 645D sports a dust and water-resistant body with solid magnesium-steel-alloy frame and reinforced glass LCD display with 921k dots.
The extra durability suggests that the Pentax 645D is not meant to be held as a prisoner in some photo studio but taken out. The Japanese company also developed a new high-precision 11-point wide-frame autofocus sensor for their first digital medium format camera.
So now all that it takes for you landscape photos to take a huge leap forward is 9400 US dollars and a plane ticket to Japan as this is the only country to get the 645D at launch.
Sigh, I won’t be among the ones on board that plane as I still can’t save enough cash even for a full-frame DSLR…
The rumors on Panasonic G1′s successor, the G2, and their bro, the G10, have been circulating in the internet for a little while but as of yesterday the veil has been lifted and both cameras saw daylight for the first time.
If you were to name the device with the greatest hacker appeal that would of course be the Nokia N900. The latest portion of dark side programming that we stumbled upon enables the Maemo-powered device to act as a remote shutter for a Nikon DSLR camera.
In theory the widget that the guy from DoItDifferent created should also work with other IR-enabled Nikons so it’s not only the D40 owners (the camera used for the demo) that should celebrate the news. And to sweeten and officially seal the deal you can also make the N900 sync its IR wireless trigger and its LED flash for some creative lighting effects.
Check out this short video of the N900 and D40 in action:
olved thisWith several manufacturers already offering sensors, capable of delivering high-res images and FullHD video, it’s only a matter of processing power until we finally see a mobile phone that has them. And NEC have solved this with their CE151 chip.
Capable of full HD video output and still image processing up to 13 megapixel, it’s something want to see on a cameraphone this year. Read more »
Canon have just unveiled four new members of their PowerShot family. Those include the SX210 IS compact superzoom, the full-touch SD3500 IS (also known as IXUS 210) and the ultra-compact couple SD1400 IS and SD1300 IS (IXUS 130 and IXUS 105).
The Canon SX210 IS comes to succeed the SX200 affordable ultrazoom and is built around a 14 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor and a stabilized 14x zoom lens going from 28 to 392mm in 35mm equivalent. Read more »
Canon have just announced the latest addition to their DSLR camera lineup, the EOS 550D. Packing an 18 megapixel sensor, pretty similar to the one found in the EOS 7D, the Canon EOS 550D is also capable of recording 1080p video at 30, 25 and 24fps.
Ricoh have officially announced the latest signing to their compact camera team. The Ricoh CX3 sports a 10 megapixel back-illuminated sensor and a 28-300mm equivalent lens. It seems that the company recognized for its willingness for innovate, but usually plagued by poor image quality is trying to take a completely new route with this one.
Hasselblad have announced their latest medium format imaging monster – the 40 megapixel H4D-40. Built around a 33 x 44mm CCD sensor it has 70 percent larger imaging area than a regular full-frame DSLR.
Don’t you just love the pre-PMA weeks? I sure as hell do with all those new digital cameras being announced daily. It now came Nikon’s turn to show what it will be offering to compact digcam fans in the following months. They announced no less than seven additions to their Coolpix lineup including two ultrazoom cameras, a compact superzoom and four more affordable compacts.
The Micro Four Thirds system is all about delivering DSLR quality in a package that you can easily slip in your pocket. And that certainly makes the Olympus E-PL1 that just leaked its best member that the world has seen. Smaller and cheaper than both the E-P1 and E-P2, the E-PL1 will also pack a built-in flash, unlike its predecessors lacked.
Update: It has just been officially announced Read more »
After their detailed specs and official photos leaked last week, seeing the three new FujiFilm superzooms (or bridge cameras as they like to call them), announced today isn’t really a great surprise. The S-series trio is built around identical 12 MP stabilized sensors and is capable of recording 720p video.
If you are a fan of the superzoom cameras you are surely going to love this one. The Fujifilm FinePix HS10 seems to be everything the format is about and adds a few nice extras on top of that. The immense 30x zoom range goes from 24 to 720mm in 35mm terms which seems to me as a better solution than the 28-840mm range of the Olympus SP-800UZ I wrote about earlier. The four extra millimeters at the wide end are much more valuable to 99% of the users than the 120mm at the long end.