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Today Panasonic launched its latest addition to the famous Lumix line of digital cameras. The Lumix GM1 is a retro-styled compact mirrorless four thirds camera that features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS imaging sensor. The GM1 features a maximum ISO of 25,600 and can handle shutter speeds from 1/16,000th all the way up to 60 seconds.
Not only is the Lumix GM1 a formidable still camera, the shooter is also capable of some impressive video capture as well. Video capabilities include full HD 1920x1080 at 60i and 50i that is encoded in AVCHD and MP4. A mechanical shutter means that the camera is also capable of high burst mode shots up to five frames per second, while the electronic shutter is good for up to 40 frames per second.
A 3-inch touchscreen LCD is located on the back to aid in ensuring that you get the perfect shot every time. MSRP is set at $750 for the Lumix GM1 with a 12-32mm kit lens. Having been a DSLR guy for many years now, micro four thirds cameras are starting to appeal to me more every day. While I will never give up my DSLR, I would like to own one of these little cameras for every day snapping.
In addition to this mornings launch of the D5300, Nikon also introduced the world to a brand new lens. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 prime is designed for shooting portraits, landscapes and street photography, and features a nine-blade diaphragm for exceptional bokeh.
Nikon says that the lens is equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full framed camera or 87mm on a crop body. The lens elements feature Nikon's Nano Crystal coating which prevents ghosting and aids in blocking out flairs. Focusing is handled via Nikon's Silent Wave motor which provides silent operation, something that is required when shooting video. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 will retail for $1700 later this month.
Today, Nikon announced the launch of the latest addition to its line of DSLR cameras. The New Nikon D5300 is a 24-megapixel, DX Format camera with built-in Wi-Fi. This is the first DSLR offering from the camera giant to feature on-board Wi-Fi connectivity,a feature that is sure to please many photographers around the world.
Nikon managed to pack one heck of a punch into the new D5300 including a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, and the ability to shoot HD Video. An ISO range of 100-12800 is present and can be expanded to 25,600 for super low-light situations. Nikon has also removed the low pass filter from the imaging sensor which results in an even sharper and cleaner image.
"With the Nikon D5300, we are continuing our commitment to delivering unparalleled performance and image quality while addressing the importance of staying connected and sharing images with ease," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "By answering the need to share high quality photos, the Nikon D5300 allows photographers to capture their memories in astounding clarity and share them with family and friends moments after they happen."Advanced Performance for When it Matters Most"
Earlier today two photos surfaced on the internet of two of Sony's upcoming A series mirrorless cameras. The A7 and A7R are set to be the flagship middle ground cameras between Sony's NEX line and its Alpha line of DSLRs. The A7 and A7R both feature full frame sensors and boast a mirrorless design.
If recent rumors are true, the A7 will feature 24-megapixel sensor while the A7R will boast a whopping 36-megapixel sensor and the camera's internal anti-aliasing filter will be removed to aid in producing the sharpest image possible. Rumors suggest that both cameras will feature a UI similar to that used on the company's RX camera line and will include a "live view" of sorts. The cameras are "water-sealed" along with their line of lenses.
Dropcam has upgraded its Wi-Fi video monitoring camera and today announced its launch. The Dropcam Pro features quite the list of improvements including an all-new six-element glass lens that provides 130 degrees of view. The improved optics are placed in front of a larger imaging sensor that is said to be twice as sharp as its predecessor.
Dropcam has also implemented a new digital zoom function that is said to retail the HD image quality while featuring no mechanical parts to wear out. Users will now be able to pinch-to-zoom on the Dropcam mobile app. A new microphone has also been utilized which is said to bring higher quality audio, and the Wi-Fi radio has been upgraded to a dual channel model.
GoPro has been revolutionary to how action sports are filmed and now the little HD camera has just gotten even better. Today GoPro released the new Hero3+ Black Edition, a GoPro camera that has been shrunken down by 20-percent in both size and weight. The company is also claiming that the Hero3+ Black Edition features up to 30-percent more battery life.
Not only has GoPro improved the form factor and weight, but the company says that the Hero3+ brings forth improved image quality and powerful new features that make the worlds best action camera even better. The Hero3+ now features what GoPro is calling "SuperView," a much wider viewing angle to capture all the action. Additionally the new camera has a new Auto Low Light Mode, and a new Wi-Fi chip that provides four times the speed of the previous Hero3.
GoPro recently released its second generation of video editing software for its Hero line of wearable action cameras. GoPro says that there Studio 2.0 software is designed to make it easier than ever to create professional-quality videos from the content captured on your Hero 1, Hero 2 or Hero 3 camera.
The new software features templates that include music, edit points, slow-motion effects an additional features that allow users to create high quality edits of their action footage. Additional features include the ability to trim, edit and mix video clips, add titles, music, audio track, and can even adjust the level of fisheye you wish present in your video.
Additionally users can adjust playback in fast or slow motion, and the software allows users to export still frames from the video in full resolution. The software allows users to create videos from time-lapse photo sequences as well as edit immersive 3-D videos ever created on the company's 3D Hero system. The software supports GoPro, Canon and Nikon constant frame rate H.264 mp4 and .mov formats.
Today, Leica unveiled its new high-end, premium compact camera simply named "C." The camera features a 12-megapixel 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor along with integrated Wi-Fi and NFC. A 3-inch TFT LCD is located on the back of the device for quick viewing of recently taken shots.
While it does have an LCD, Leica had enough forethought to include a viewfinder even though it is itself LCD-based. The C features an equivalent focal length of 28-200mm with an maximum aperture range of f/2.0 to f/5.9. The camera features several autofocus modes, including contrast detect, multi-area, face detection and a Live View mode.
Leica's new C has an ISO range of 80 all the way up to 12,800 and even features an auto mode that will set the ISO based on lighting conditions. The camera is able to shoot in JPEG, RAW, and MPO formats and includes optical image stabilization. The camera can also capture an impressive full HD 1920x1080@60FPS video in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats with Stereo Sound.
Available in "light gold" and "dark red trim," the new camera comes packaged with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and will feature a range of matching accessories including a case, pouch, and wrist strap, which will be available for purchase separately . The Leica C will be available mid-September and will retail for approximately $862 at major camera retailers everywhere.
It looks like basketball is about to get an injection of technology, with the National Basketball Association becoming the first major US sports league to deploy motion-sensing cameras to track its players in action.
This upcoming season will see the tech deployed into all 30 NBA arenas, with a company called Stats coming in and using a six-camera rig. This rig will record data 25 times per second, which will track players' positions, and the basketball itself. Stats will then create reports from the acquired data, where it'll offer in-depth details such as which exact part of the basketball a player touches, the player's speed during a play, and just how close defenders get to other players during a game.
This will see basketball 2.0 arrive, and it should provide fans of NBA many things to discuss and go over, while the game is being played, and even more so after the game is finished.
Today Richo launched a new camera that is able to capture a full 360-degree spherical image. Dubbed the Theta, this new $399 camera features a twin-lens folded optical system that is able to capture the area around, above and below the camera. The device weighs in at just 95 grams making it one of the lightest compact cameras on the market.
The Theta features 4GB of built-in storage which allows it to capture about 1,200 images. The camera is also capable is syncing with smartphones (just iOS at the moment) and can share images via a downloadable app. Richo says that Android support will arrive before the end of the year. Richo has also launched a dedicated website that allows users to upload their photos for quick and easy sharing via Email and social networks.