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Thursday, 9 August 2007
Click for: Nikon's new full-color RGB sensor?Kudos to one of our forums posters, 'imagewest' for spotting US Patent 7,138,663, assigned to Nikon Corporation of Japan. This patent describes a new type of image sensor which uses three small dichroic mirrors below an opening to direct red, green and blue light to separate photodiodes. This design would provide full color detail at each photo sensing location, a bit like Foveon's X3 sensor (although this design is quite different). A single 'pixel' of light passes first through an element which reflects blue light to the blue photodiode but allows red and green light to pass, the next element reflects green light to the green photodiode but allows red light to pass and the final element reflects red light to the red photodiode but absorbs infrared. Of course this design has all of the advantages we have seen from full-color sensors including , the primary disadvantages must be the complexity of the design and the poor 'fill factor' (which is mitigated somewhat by the use of microlenses). This patent was filed in 2003 so we will have to wait and see if it ever comes to fruition. (15:30 GMT)
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Click for: Just posted! Ricoh Caplio GX100 reviewJust Posted! Our review of the Ricoh Caplio GX100 compact digital camera, nominally the successor to the GX8 but in spirit a lot closer to the GR-Digital. Key features for the keen photographer include a 24-72mm equivalent wide zoom, full manual control and the world's first removable tilting electronic viewfinder. Oh and there's a tiny 10MP sensor stuffed into the ultra-slim body too. Looks fantastic on paper, but what's it like in the real world? Check out the review after the link to find out... (09:30 GMT)
Monday, 6 August 2007
Click for: Pentax Photo Gallery (dot com)Pentax US has today announced the opening of a stylish and sophisticated online photo gallery dedicated to photographs taken with Pentax equipment. With a frankly beautiful Flash interface Pentax Photo Gallery allows you to browse images in collections, categories, artists and even by camera or lens. The entire site is available in six languages and already hosts over 2500 images by 300 photographers. Even if you're not a Pentax owner I recommend you checkout this site. (20:15 GMT)
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Click for: Ricoh GX100 firmware 1.1.6Ricoh has released firmware 1.1.6 for its GX100 digital compact. The major fix implemented in this release is an improvement in exposure when using flash in bright light. Also attended to are a couple of minor glitches relating to the OSD - namely misalignment of the location window when zooming 3:2 or 1:1 format images and a confusion of Step Zoom and manual focus scales. This latest firmware incorporates all previous changes so may be installed over any earlier version and is available now via Ricoh's support site - link after the click. (10:15 GMT)
Friday, 3 August 2007
Click for: Leica Summarit-M lenses, F2.5, a new rangeLeica has today announced a completely new range of compact M series lenses; the 35 mm, 50 mm, 75 mm and 90 mm Summarit-M, all with a maximum aperture of F2.5. These lenses are clearly aimed at being more 'affordable' than previous M lenses and will be ideal companions to the M8 digital rangefinder. On the M8 these lenses provide equivalent fields of view (rounded) of 47 mm, 67 mm, 100 mm and 120 mm respectively. These lenses do not feature any aspherical elements. (19:10 GMT)
Click for: Digital camera market grows 27%, DSLRs up 75%According to data from CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) digital camera shipments by CIPA members (the majority of digital camera manufacturers) are up 27% overall in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year. The largest growth coming from DSLRs, a total of 3.5 million units, up some 75% compared to the first half of last year. Despite strong growth price pressures mean that growth by value is less at around 11% for a total of $5.9 billion. (12:40 GMT)
Click for: Sony recalls Cyber-Shot DSC-T5Sony has issued a recall on its Cyber-Shot DSC-T5 digital camera after identifying a manufacturing fault. Affecting just over 400,000 cameras worldwide with serial numbers between 3500001 and 3574100, the fault relates to the metal skin covering the base of the camera. Due to an 'irregularity' in the adhesive bonding it to the substructure of the camera this is at risk of peeling away and presenting a sharp edge which may cut or scratch the skin of the user. Sony will fix any affected cameras free of charge, link after the jump. (10:20 GMT)
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Click for: Just posted! Leica M8 reviewJust posted! Our detailed in-depth review of Leica's first digital rangefinder, the M8. Fifty-two years after the first M series camera (the M3) Leica bring their classic rangefinder design into the digital age with a ten megapixel CCD (with specially designed offset microlenses) and a full range of digital controls. From the front you'd probably not guess this was a digital and in use Leica have done as much as they can to maintain the advantages of rangefinder photography. See how the M8 performed and learn about some of its quirks in our review. (20:00 GMT)
Click for: Canon EOS-1D Mark III firmware 1.1.0 now availableTen days ago Canon announced that they would make new EOS-1D Mark III firmware available at the end of this month. Today, true to their word they have announced what is now being called version 1.1.0 which has the following changes; improves the look of images when played on the LCD monitor; fixes a problem in the operation of the dials; reduces the tendency to autofocus on the background when using AI Servo AF in certain conditions; corrects errors in the Italian and Simplified Chinese menus; fixes a rare phenomenon where the camera will not start after the battery is inserted. (07:25 GMT)
Monday, 30 July 2007
Click for: Samsung NV range updatedSamsung has announced a trio of new compacts in its NV (New Vision) series, upping the resolution in the range-topping NV20 to 12 megapixels with 8 and 10 MP sensors available in the NV8 and NV15. All three feature the same attractive styling and innovative 'Smart Touch' interface as before - albeit with tweaks. The NV20 is the first camera from Samsung to feature a new and improved image processing system - it will be interesting to see how that performs when the cameras arrive at the end of August. (12:05 GMT)
Click for: Samsung i85Samsung today announced its latest multimedia camera - the i85. Following on from previous i-series devices by combining music and video playback alongside its photographic abilities, the i85 has a few new tricks up its sleeve such as an inbuilt travel guide which may be updated online and a generous 450MB of internal storage. (11:15 GMT)
Friday, 27 July 2007
Click for: Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S5 IS reviewJust posted! Our review of the PowerShot S5 IS, the latest in Canon's enduringly popular 12X 'super zoom' digital camera range. The new model ups the resolution and top ISO and adds face detection (of course), but also sports a swathe of feature enhancements including a larger screen and - for the first time - a flash hot shoe. But is it any good, and can it still compete with the 15x and 18x zoom models from Sony, Panasonic, Olympus et al? Find out in our full review after the link... (10:35 GMT)
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Click for: Kodak Sues Panasonic Over PatentsKodak today filed a suit against Panasonic (and JVC) claiming that they are infringing Kodak patents which cover image compression, storage, color image sensors, selectable image size and preview. Apparently Kodak is seeking damages and an injunction against Matushita (Panasonic) and its subsidiaries. An interesting suffix to this story is that apparently Sony already settled a similar case with Kodak in January which requires them to pay Kodak royalties (something Olympus and Sanyo already do). (22:20 GMT)
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