HP unveils DesignJet Z6 and Z9+: faster, more efficient large-format photo printers

During the FESPA Global Print Expo in Berlin last week, HP unveiled two new DesignJet Z Series large-format printers: the DesignJet Z6 and Z9+. Both models will be available in 24-inch and 44-inch formats with onboard vertical trimmers, new HP Pixel Control color technology, and a redesigned poster application. According to HP, the new Z Series printers are able to print 2.5 times faster than the DesignJet Z3200 Photo Printer while utilizing fewer inks, the end result being improved performance and reduced costs. The company claims these new large-format printers offer the "fastest printing capabilities available on the market Continue reading "HP unveils DesignJet Z6 and Z9+: faster, more efficient large-format photo printers"

RED simplifies cinema camera lineup, dramatically drops prices

If you’re in the market for a new RED camera, you’re in luck. The California-based cinema camera company has announced that it’s both simplifying its product lineup, and dropping prices on all of its cameras. Starting today, RED’s product lineup has been pared down to just three cameras: the DSMC2 Monster, the DSMC2 Helium, and the DSMC2 Gemini. The prices are now $54,500, $24,500 and $19,500, respectively, which amounts to a savings of over $25,000 for the Monster and Helium, and a savings of more than $5K for the Gemini. Each of the cameras are now available in aluminum
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Fujifilm X-T100 offers large EVF and phase-detect AF for $600

Fujifilm has announced its latest X-series camera, the X-T100. The camera takes the innards of the entry-level X-A5, including its 91-point phase-detect AF system, and adds a fully articulating LCD and high resolution OLED electronic viewfinder (borrowed from the X-T20). As with the X-A5, the X-T100's 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor uses a traditional Bayer color filter, rather than the X-Trans filter found on pricer X-series cameras. The X-T100 has the usual Fujifilm feature set, including the much-loved Film Simulation Modes. The camera can shoot continuously at 6 fps and can capture 4K UHD video, albeit Continue reading "Fujifilm X-T100 offers large EVF and phase-detect AF for $600"

Leaked Panasonic firmware update is made official

Panasonic had been planning on a May 30th announcement and release of firmware updates for its GH5, GH5S and G9 models, only to have that plan foiled by a leak of the announcement in Japan today. So while you can't download the actual firmware updates themselves until next week, here's a high-level look at what you can expect from the new software. Autofocus performance is said to be improved on all three models for both stills and video shooting along with an improvement of the quality and performance of sound recording during video. For the G9 and GH5, the image Continue reading "Leaked Panasonic firmware update is made official"

Video: There’s no such thing as lens compression, it’s just perspective distortion

We've been saying for years that the term "lens compression" is misleading, but Lee Morris over at Fstoppers has put together a useful video that explains exactly why this is the case, and demonstrates it with two easy-to-understand examples. The main issue with the term "lens compression" is that the distortion the term refers to has nothing to do with the lens itself. The issue is simply perspective distortion, caused by the distance between your camera and your subject, as well as the distance between your camera and the background. Put another way: if your subject is 1 meter away
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DJI debunks rumor: Leaked ‘Phantom 5’ was just a custom-built Phantom 4 Pro

Last week, some 'leaked' photos and hand-drawn schematics were published online that purported to show an upcoming drone from DJI: a Phantom 5 with interchangeable lens camera and several prime lenses. The rumor was widely reported and the photos looked real enough, but DPReview has learned that those images do not, in fact, show a Phantom 5 at all. We spoke to DJI, who clarified on the record that the drone in the images above and below is not an unreleased DJI Phantom 5, but a specialized Phantom 4 Pro designed by DJI for an enterprise client—something that it
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Vivo teaser shows bezel-free smartphone with pop-up camera

In February, Vivo introduced a concept phone called Apex that featured a bezel-free display and pop-up front-facing camera, among other things. That handset may be more than just a concept, though, based on a teaser included with Vivo's latest event invitation and a video advertisement it recently published. Originally pointed out by The Verge, Vivo has released a 2018 FIFA World Cup advertisement that includes shots of what appears to be the Apex phone. In addition to the advertisement, Vivo has also released an invite for the company's June 12th event in Shanghai, China. The invite, below, features an
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Skylum announces creation of ‘Skylum AI’ artificial intelligence lab

Skylum Software, formerly known as MacPhun and the developers of the Luminar photo editing application, today announced the creation of a research and development division dedicated to artificial intelligence in imaging. The division is called the Skylum AI Lab, and it is a collaboration between Skylum and its sister company, Photolemur, makers of an AI-powered image editor.
The team at Skylum AI Lab, which will be headed by former Let's Enchance CEO Alex Savsunenko, is already working on a number of new AI solutions. These include artificial intelligence- and machine learning-powered image upscaling, tagging and segmentation, as well
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Using four Godox EC-200 extension heads as a quad-flash for beauty and close-up lighting

Flashpoint/Godox have just announced the EC-200 extension head, adding an effective and extremely low-cost tool for cosmetic and macro photography. These heads are exclusively designed for the Evolve 200 / AD200 pocket flash, a widely popular and highly efficient product, operated by long-lasting lithium batteries. Throughout my career I have used various types of ring flashes and parabolic umbrellas. I also collaborated with Swiss lighting manufacturer Broncolor for over a decade on countless marketing and promotional projects, and shot their launch campaigns for the original Para 330 and Ringflash C.
Super model Iman for DeBeers global campaign (2003), shot with
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Sony reveals camera strategy: aims to be the top camera brand by 2021

In a recent presentation at its investors relations day in Tokyo, Sony was not shy about its ambitions in the photography market. According to the presentation, Sony intends to occupy the top slot in the overall camera market by the end of 2020 by boosting its interchangeable lens systems to beat back Canon and Nikon. Already doing quite a good job of grabbing market share, the company has told investors that it plans to expand its lens business and push towards the professional market while ‘strengthening products’ in the interchangeable lens camera segment. Despite predicting only very modest growth in Continue reading "Sony reveals camera strategy: aims to be the top camera brand by 2021"

HTC unveils the U12+: Brings back the dual-camera and adds 4K 60p video

With the release of the HTC One M8 in 2014, HTC was a true dual-camera pioneer; unfortunately, that phone was also slightly ahead of its time. The One M8's camera only had a lukewarm reception, and overall the device did not prove to be particularly popular. As a consequence, HTC dropped the dual-camera concept after the M8... until now. HTC has finally rejoined the ranks of dual-camera proponents with the launch of the brand new HTC U12+. Building on the camera performance of last year's U11+, the new model appears to have a lot to offer mobile photographers. The Continue reading "HTC unveils the U12+: Brings back the dual-camera and adds 4K 60p video"

You can now favorite images in Google Photos

Google Photos is the default online image management platform for many mobile and desktop users, but until now, it's been lacking one pretty basic feature that is available in most comparable applications: the ability to favorite photos. Today Google closed this glaring gap in the Photos feature set, announcing via Twitter that it is rolling out a feature that allows users to tap a star in the upper right corner of any photo in their library. This automatically adds the image to the new Favorites album, making it easier to manage your most cherished images.

Apollo app for iOS uses dual-cam depth map to create impressive lighting tricks

Apple's dual-camera setup can create a depth map to simulate background blur - but now, someone's figured out how to simulate lighting effects with an impressive level of control.
Apple's dual camera devices (the 7 Plus, 8 Plus and X to be precise) generate a depth map to create the effects of Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting that we've all come to know well. Whether you love, hate or feel generally 'meh' toward fake background blur, things get interesting when Apple makes that depth map information available to third party app developers. Enter Apollo: Immersive illumination, a $1.99
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The new ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 features a 100% Adobe RGB 4K display

ASUS has unveiled its new ZenBook Pro 15: a lightweight laptop that packs some seriously impressive specs, including a 4K factory-calibrated display and, despite its thin 18.9mm frame, up to an 8th-generation Intel Core i9-8950HK hexa-core processor. The model offers excellent hardware options targeting video and photo professionals, in addition to gamers. The new ZenBook Pro 15 offers a 15.6-inch IPS multi-touch display in 1080p and 4K 3840 x 2160 resolutions, both of which feature 100% Adobe RGB color space and 95% NTSC color gamut, integrated ASUS Calibration, and the promise of "pin-sharp accuracy." If the
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Canon is now selling CMOS image sensors, including a 120MP APS-H beast

It looks like Canon is getting into sensor sales. The three specialized CMOS sensors the company has been recently showing off—including a 120MP APS-H model and an ultra-low light sensor—have been listed for sale by special order through Canon, and through Phase 1 Technology Corp in the US. As far as we know, this is the first time Canon has publicly gotten into the semiconductor business. That in and of itself is big news, despite the fact that these sensors are likely meant for security, machine vision and, say, astrophotography camera makers. There's the 120MP APS-H sensor, which Continue reading "Canon is now selling CMOS image sensors, including a 120MP APS-H beast"

Instagram launches Mute button, tests ‘all caught up’ feature

Ever after Instagram decided to abandon its chronological feed and reorder user feeds using an algorithm, it has been difficult to keep track of what you've already seen. This, in turn, keeps some users nervously scrolling through their feeds to make sure they don't miss any important posts from the people they follow. According to TechCrunch, Instagram is testing a new feature that will help alleviate this anxiety. The feature notifies you when you're all caught up so you can turn your attention to another app or, heaven forbid, even put your phone away. In practice, the feature will
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Shutterbug shuts down print publication after 45 years, goes ‘web only’

Popular photography magazine Shutterbug has announced that it is shutting down its print publication of 45 years, and will focus instead on reaching its audience online as a "web-only publication." The news was published earlier today by Shutterbug Editor-in-Chef Dan Havlik, who says the media landscape simply cannot sustain a photography print publication any longer. The best way to serve Shutterbug's readers, says Havlik, is by dedicating all of the company's resources towards becoming a "dynamic, web-only publication."

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Kodak Daylight Single Use disposable camera launched in Europe

Kodak Alaris has launched a new single-use disposable camera in Europe. Called the Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera, this 800 ISO film camera can be used in low and high outdoor lighting conditions, according to the company, which bills it as an item ideal for parties, weddings, and similar events. The Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera has a one meter to infinity focal length and 39 total exposures; however, it's worth noting that this camera does not have a flash. The company announced the camera for the European market, and it appears to be available now from Amazon UK for Continue reading "Kodak Daylight Single Use disposable camera launched in Europe"

RED and Lucid unveil 8K 3D camera that produces 4V holographic video in real time

Computer vision company Lucid and cinema camera maker RED have partnered to create an 8K 3D camera that can capture 4-view (4V) holographic images and video in real-time. The camera is designed to work with RED's upcoming holographic Hydrogen One smartphone—both by shooting holographic content that can be viewed on the phone's 4V screen, and by using the modular phone as a "viewfinder." The camera itself (which has yet to be named) will be made by RED, but it will be powered by Lucid’s "real-time 3D Fusion Technology." This tech generates 3D/4V footage in real-time, promising to turn
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Why Nikon and Canon should build mirrorless as a second system – but probably won’t

All rumors suggest that Canon and/or Nikon is going to get into the high-end mirrorless interchangeable lens camera market, in some way. I don't have any insider knowledge of this, or I wouldn't be able to write this, but it looks pretty likely at this point. It also seems pretty likely to me that both brands will do everything to maintain compatibility with their existing lens mounts. Avoiding the need to design a whole new lens range, maximizing the value of the investment in the existing lineup and side-stepping the kind of anger that Canon generated when it abandoned its
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