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Panasonic launches Lumix GF3 camera, packs in 12.1 megapixel sensor and 1080/60i video recording

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Panasonic has launched the new Lumix GF3, their smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera. Although it might seem as if it is the successor to the GF2, the GF3 will be selling alongside it and takes a more simplified approach to photography that would appeal to novices.

It has the same 12.1 megapixel sensor in a similar looking body but if you pay attention you will notice that there are some differences. For starters there is no hot shoe for you to attach a second, more powerful flash. The stereo microphones are replaced by a single one. And you will also notice Read more »

Sony announces NEX-C3 and Alpha A35 cameras, priced at $649 and $699 respectively

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If you were one of those who mourned the loss of the Sony NEX-3 camera when Sony abruptly discontinued it a short while after it was launched then we have good news for you. Sony has announced that they will be launching the successor to the NEX-3 in the form of the NEX-C3, which also happens to be the smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor.

Among the list of changes is a new design, a higher resolution 16.2 megapixel sensor, improved battery life, new Picture Effects and a new macro lens Read more »

Samsung helps you take better pictures of your kids with a clever update to its 2View cameras [VIDEO]

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Samsung’s 2View line of dual screen digital cameras has been quite popular since its launch in 2009. Now, to strengthen up its position even further, the company has developed a clever way to attract a very powerful group of consumers – those with children.

As some of you might know, taking pictures of children is not the easiest task in the world since they tend to move a lot and not look at the camera. Read more »

200 megapixel Hasselblad H4D-200MS costs $45,000, has more megapixels than you’d know what to do with

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200 megapixels. That’s about 190 megapixels more than what most people would ever need. But then this camera is not designed for most people. This camera is designed for those that need that kind of ridiculous pixel count in their images and know what they are doing. Also for those that have $45,000 lying around for a camera.

So how does the H4D-200MS achieve this extraordinary feat of capturing 200 megapixel images, considering it “only” has a 50 megapixel sensor inside? The answer is with a motor, and a piezoelectric one at that. Read more »

Panasonic LUMIX G3 announced – interchangeable lens, swivel touchscreen and more

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Panasonic announced the LUMIX G3 interchangeable lens camera with a 16MP sensor, 1080p video recording in AVCHD and a swivel touch screen. It’s their smallest and lightest Micro Four Thirds model yet.

There’s a preview of the LUMIX G3 already available, complete with many camera samples. Read more »

New NIKKOR 50mm F1.8 lens with a built-in auto focus motor gets officially announced

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The lens that was eluded to nearly a fortnight ago is now here to stay. Nikon have officially drawn the curtain back on the new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G lens.

AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G lens

Other than its shiny new-ness, the 50mm F/1.8G can pull off some interesting tricks. With the inclusion of a dedicated Silent Wave Motor the lens can promise quiet auto focusing on all Nikon bodies and at the same time, instant access to its manual focus capabilities. Read more »

The follow up to the short-lived Sony NEX-3 spotted, meet the NEX-C3

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In mid-2010, Sony released the highly successful NEX-3 Compact. It sported a huge 14.2 MP sensor, a large adjustable screen, interchangeable lenses and could shoot 720p HD video. Oddly enough, Sony decided that despite its success they would then take it off the shelves after only 8 months of availability. It seems now however that its successor is getting ready to take the stand.

Sony NEX-C3

Leaked shots of the NEX-C3 have been spotted and it looks to build on the reputation of its predecessor. For a start it comes with a 16.2MP image sensor, the same sensor used in the Sony A55 DSLR. It will most likely support full 1080p HD video recording and as you can see in the image above, comes with a far more impressive flash than that of the NEX-3. It also keeps the interchangeable lens functionality and the tiltable LCD screen. Read more »

These Nokia E6-00 camera samples are keen to convince you fixed-focus cameras are not slacking

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Who said fixed-focus cameras aren’t fit for proper shooting? Nokia wants to prove that you won’t be losing anything in terms of picture quality if you go for the Nokia E6-00 and its 8MP fixed-focus snapper.

That’s why they have selected a bunch of photos taken from an internal competition at Nokia during the device’s testing. Read more »

A Nikon 50mm F1.8 lens with a built-in auto focus motor is around the corner

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Nikon recently published (and then removed) details on their US site of a new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F/1.8G lens complete with a Silent Wave focusing motor.

new 50mm nikkor lens and d5100

This unofficially announced design should allow autofocus on all entry-level Nikon DSLR bodies, including the latest D5100 and D3100 the lens should work with both FX and DX DSLRs. Read more »

Motorola Atrix drops by the office, we take it for a spin, pit it against the HTC Desire S and the iPhone 4

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We’ve been expecting this one for a long time. And it’s finally here. The Motorola Atrix has come to our office and we’re eagerly working on a full review.

The Moto Atrix means business with its dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB worth of RAM and qHD (540×960) resolution. It’s a flagship by any standards and we’ll be testing whether it’s up to the task of competing with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus 2X.

We actually have the Atrix 4G variety – that’s the model for the US market but there are no important differences between the two models – except perhaps the supported 3G bands.

We have a video demo and unboxing for you guys to look at while you wait for the review. Without any further ado, here it is. Read more »

Nikon D5100 DSLR announced, brings premium imaging on the cheap

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With the kind of success the Nikon D7000 had, it was only a matter of time that Nikon introduced a slightly trimmed down version that brings its great imaging capabilities to the lower market segments. Enter the Nikon D5100!

Built around the same 16.2 MP APS-C imager as the D7000, the Nikon D5100 can capture 1080p@24p, 25p or 30p video with continuous autofocus and even adds an articulated screen to what looks like an already attractive package. Notably more compact and 220g lighter than the D7000, the new D5100 retains the same screen size (3”) and resolution (921k dots). Read more »

Shooting time-lapse videos with the iPhone 4 is a blast, here’s how

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Time lapse videos are one of the most beautiful and many times stunning, even, forms of video capture. A time lapse video is a sequence of many photos, which display the world in front of you in a fast seamless motion.

And if you thought time lapse videos are only for the pros, you’re wrong. Yes, there’s an app for that too… And if you don’t have an iPhone…

Bahh, I’m kidding. The TimeLapse app is a great iPhone/iPod Touch app, which puts you in control of your own short movie project. Chances are you’ll surprise yourself how good those videos actually can get with almost no effort. Read more »

Sigma DP2x large sensor compact to launch in the US in April for $800

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The new compact camera Sigma DP2x has been confirmed for US launch in April with the fairly high pricetag of $800.

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Olympus announces SZ-30MR multi-recording superzoom and Tough TG-810 rugged compact

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Olympus just unveiled the exciting SZ-30MR superzoom camera, which is the first in the world to support multi-recording. This means you can snap the occasional 16MP photo, even while you are actively recording 1080p video with the camera and you won’t lose any video frames while doing that. Oh, and we also got another rugged compact – the Olympus Tough TG-810.

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Pentax announces Optio WG-1 and WG-1 GPS rugged cameras, a silver K-5 DSLR

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Pentax also joined the camera announcement party today in preparation for the CP+ camera show in Japan that’s due to start tomorrow. Pentax is throwing in a couple of rugged compacts and a silver version of their pretty successful K-5 DSLR.

As you could imagine, the WG-1 and WG-1 GPS are perfectly identical, but for the built-in GPS. Both are built around 1/2.33” sensors of 14 megapixel resolution and have 5x zoom f/3.5-5.5 lenses. The 28 – 140mm range covered is hardly spectacular, but still decent for the rugged league. Read more »