Typically, when an electronics firm recalls a product it has to do with some components of the device not working correctly. I have heard of plenty of recalls for things that didn't work as promised, batteries that overheat, and other reasons. I haven't heard of a company issuing a recall due to allergic reactions.
That is exactly what Canon has done with one of its digital cameras. The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is the camera that is being recalled. Canon is working with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on the recall.
The reason for the recall is that a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinder that touches the eye can cause skin or eye irritation. The chemical has caused allergic reactions in users before. The recall will affect about 14,000 units and Canon says users need to stop using the camera immediately and send them in for free repair.
PAPAGO is known for its in-car dash cameras, and with its camera technology being such a success the company has created an entirely new division centered around action cameras. The new PAPAGO GoLife Extreme is the first installment into this line of HD action cameras and represents one of the most affordable of its kind on the market today retailing for just $269.99.
The GoLife Extreme has been designed with ruggedness in mind and features an aluminum alloy body with a crystal clear protective cover over the lens. The GoLife Extreme features a image resolution of 1920x1080 and has an effective field of view of about 160 degrees. Weighing in at just 80-grams the GoLife Extreme is much lighter than the GoPro or Contour HD and comes with a mount as well as a tripod.
Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras have been one of the biggest items in the photography market space over the last two years and companies like Samsung have been leading the charge to make them smaller, more efficient, and higher quality than ever. Today we got a fresh look at what could be Samsung's next NX mirrorless camera thanks to the website NXRumors.
Specs accompanying the leaked image says that the camera will feature a 20-megapixel, 1-inch back illuminated CMOS sensor that is powered by a DRIMe 4 image processor also of Samsung origin. An ISO rage of 160-12,800 is on hand to handle all lighting situations, and video capture is set to 1080p at 30FPS. Burst speeds up to 22 frames per second are possible and shutter speed can be dialed up to 1/16000 of a second.
The rear LCD is of a 3-inch hVGA variety and is capable of flipping 180 degrees for instant selfie acquisition. The new NEX camera will be bundled with 9mm and 9-27mm lenses, but may not be backwards compatible with previous NX lenses. The entire camera measures in at just 1.37-inches thick and weighs less than a pound with lens attached. All of this information should be taken with a grain of salt though as nothing official has been announced from Samsung yet, and this is the only leak we have seen on this particular camera.
Nikon has just unveiled its new flagship DSLR camera, the new D4S. Nikon's D4S still features the same 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, as well as the 51-point autofocus system and RGB 3D metering system.
We still have the 3.2-inch display on the back, 100% view optical viewfinder, and compatibility with the existing FX and DX lenses. Nikon has said that the 16.2-megapixel sensor is now capable of up to 409,600 ISO, an extra stop beyond the 204,800 capable on the previous D4. The company says that on top of the new group autofocus mode, the D4S is better at keeping focus on an object that is being tracked.
Nikon has installed an Expeed 4 image processor inside the D4S, something the company results in 30% more processing power than its predecessor. This means we have an extra frame of shooting available versus the D4's 10fps, up to 11fps. RAW shooters can now use newer, smaller RAW SIZE S files, which are half the size of traditional RAW files.
Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Camera was a big hit amongst Android enthusiast, and a step in the right direction in my opinion. Today the company announced that the Galaxy Camera's successor the Galaxy Camera 2 will launch to the public next month. The device will be running Android Jelly Bean, and no word was given if a KitKat update would be coming or not.
The camera will feature a 4.8-inch 720p LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 2,000mAh battery. The lens does appear to be the same one featured on the original unit with an aperture rage of f/2.8-5.9 and about 21x power zoom. The Galaxy Camera 2 will ship in white and black trim and will be able to upload images directly to your favorite apps and social media sites without the need to offload the images to a PC first. Samsung says that the Galaxy Camera 2 will retail at a pricing point of about $450 USD.
Panasonic has just teased some ultra gorgeous footage from its 4K-capable camera, the LUMIX GH4. The footage was shot in Yucatan, Mexico. Some incredible footage from a cheap (for a 4K camera) camera - priced at $2,000.
The new LUMIX GH4 is capable of shooting both 3840x2160 and "cinema 4K" which is 4096x2160 at 30FPS with 100Mbps bit rate. Panasonic have opted for a 16-megapixel CMOS Micro Four Thirds sensor in the LUMIX GH4. The 4K footage above, I've just watched on an ASUS PQ321QE, a 31.5-inch 4K panel, and hot damn does it look amazing.
Nikon has just shown off two new rugged compact digital cameras that are designed for those who like to travel and adventure outdoors. The new Coolpix AW120m features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor along with a 5X optical zoom lens. The camera is able to survive falls from as high as six feet and can withstand water submersion up to 54 feet deep.
The AW120m boast a 24mm, f/2.8 lens and is capable of continuous shooting at 6.9 frames per second. Integrated Wi-Fi and GPS round out the feature set, and you can expect to see it on store shelves around February 27th. Nikon also released the Coolpix S32, a stripped down version that features a 13-megapixel censor, and waterproof rating. There is no built-in Wi-Fi or GPS however, and it is only shock rated to about four feet. It will arrive on shelves on the 27th as well.
When you combine the rise of digital cameras with the boom in social media, and then cross the two with an increase in popularity of outdoor activities, you develop a need for a way to take photos in any environment, no matter how demanding it may be. Ricoh thinks that it may have solved this issue with its new WG-4 and WG-20 ruggedized, waterproof digital cameras.
The WG-4 comes in two varieties; one with GPS, and One without GPS. Both models feature a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range up to 6400, and an aperture of f/2.0 combine for excellent low-light performance. A zoom range of 25mm up to 100mm ensure that you always get the shot no matter if you need to shoot something wide or tight. The WG-4 series featres 29 shooting modes, which includes 16 scene presets, as well as full HD video recording. A rear 3-inch LCD is available as well to help in composing the perfect shot.
The WG20 features a lesser 14-megapixel camera, and only 5X zoom, but has a digital microscope feature with five LED lights for extreme close up macro shots. A 2.7-inch rear LCD is present and video recording at 720p is on board. All three cameras are waterproof to 45-feet for up to two hours, 32-feet for the WG-20, as well as being dust-proof, shock-resistant, able to survive crushing weight of up to 220-pounds, and resistant to temperatures as low as 14f.
The 70-millimeter Hasselblad Electric Data Camera used during the Apollo 15 mission for pictures - but not selfies - on the Moon, is being auctioned off at a WestLicht Gallery auction in Vienna next month.
James Irwin used it when he walked on the Moon all the way back in 1971, and will fetch $270,000 or more. Unfortunately, NASA hasn't confirmed its authenticity, but gallery officials insist that the number 38 printed inside the camera is all the proof required, as the images Irwin snapped are all labeled with the same number.
If you've got a spare $270,000, you could always take a punt...
Roswell Police in New Mexico are using 3D scanners to preserve a 3D rendering of an area, such as a crime scene, as evidence. The police department are using a scanner made by Faro 3D, which cost $86,000.
The 3D scanning tech is capable of capturing a scene down to an accuracy that spans just "a couple of millimeters" and allows investigators to look over an area from all directions, long after the initial inspection. Scott Stevenson, a Roswell Police Detective, said "It's going to give the judge and the jury a very accurate graphical image of what the scene consists of".
There are downsides to this technology, where post-fact manipulations can be applied. Famous crime scenes can also be leaked to the public, but this is one downside in the many upsides this technology could provide to police.
CES 2014 - Between scheduled meetings I had about an hour to walk the CES floor in one of the many ballrooms that were set up to house the thousands of vendors who were showcasing their products for media, buyers, and analyst. I happened to stumble across the PAPAGO booth and got to check out their newly released line of video camera devices that have just launched in the US.
Being an avid Airsoft player, their small cylindrical 1080p GoLife Extreme Action Camera instantly caught my eye. The GOLife Extreme is a lightweight and rugged small action camera that features a rechargeable battery and allows for full 1080p capture during even the most extreme sporting outings. Having recently researched action cameras for my Airsoft outings, the GoLife Extreme is definitely the lightest and smallest of the models I have looked at, and would be perfect for anything where a lightweight camera is desired to capture all of the action.
Action cameras are awesome, but PAPAGO is most famous for its line of Dash Cameras, and the company was showing of its latest P3 dashcam at CES. The P3 records your commuting trips in full HD and features a built-in G-Sensor that automatically backed up all recorded footage in the event of a collision. Additionally the P3 features an integrated GPS navigation system, and the device can wan you when you exceed the speed limit.
CES 2014 - Panasonic has just joined the worlds of 4K and wearable tech together with the announcement of the HX-A100 camera. Panasonic's new camera is just in the prototype stage right now, unfortunately.
Panasonic's HX-A100 camera is 4K-capable, waterproof, and is capable (and was shown at CES 2014 doing so) beaming a live feed in 4K to a 4K-capable TV through a mini HDMI port. Engadget were on the show floor, reporting that the Panasonic HX-A100 camera feeding 4K to an Ultra HD TV was "free from stuttering, and caught a fairly wide field of view courtesy of its fisheye lens." Panasonic's 4K-capable HX-A100 camera is expected to reach consumers later in the year.
CES 2014 - Polaroid has unveiled its latest camera creation, which is more social than ever: the Socialmatic. Polaroid's Socialmatic camera, as you may have guessed, its very social.
The company had planned to launch it in Q1 of this year, but has pushed the Android-powered camera back to the fall. Polaroid's Socialmatic features a 4.5-inch touchscreen display, a rear-facing 14-megapixel camera backed up by a 2-megapixel for selfies, 4GB of flash storage which is expandable through microSD, Wi-Fi connectivity and Android.
Camera maker Fujifilm announced its FinePix S1 digital camera, a weather-resistant model that includes a 50x zoom lens with image stabilization. The camera also has 1080p video recording, Wi-Fi, 10fps burst shooting, 3-inch LCD, and 920,000-pixel electronic viewfinder. The Fujifilm FinePix S1 will be released this March with a $499.95 MSRP price tag. The camera won't survive a plunge in the pool for action water sports photography, but photographers don't need to worry about some rain and precipitation damaging the device.
Fujifilm is showing off five new point-and-shoot cameras during CES 2014, strategically choosing products as five is smaller than the 18 models it announced last year. Consumers will have great options when looking for mid-tier and feature-rich cameras, as prices are dropping while functionality continues to increase.
CES 2014 hasn't even begun and we're already being introduced to a slew of new devices, a few of which have been announced by Samsung. The South Korean giant has just outed two new cameras, the refreshed Galaxy NX20, and the new Galaxy Camera 2.
The Galaxy Camera 2 has some impressive specifications, with an improved 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad SoC, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, a 2000mAh battery, 8GB of internal flash which is upgradeable by microSD to 64GB and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. As for the more important part, we have a 16.3-megapixel 1/2.33-inch BSI CMOS, a 121.2mm HD Super Clear Touch LCD Screen and 21x zoom.
Moving onto the Galaxy NX30, where we find an interchangeable lens, making it the first interchangeable lens camera that runs a mobile OS - which isn't Android by the way, it's Tizen - Samsung did say quite a while back that it wanted its OS on a variety of devices, not just smartphones. Samsung has stepped it up, offering a copy of Adobe Lightroom 5.
Japanese camera makers that dominated the industry for much of the late-1980s and most of the 1990s are now struggling to keep up in an increasingly competitive market. Shoppers choosing connectivity over picture quality is helping not only cannibalize the entry-level camera market, but the mirrorless cameras that fit before digital SLR cameras also have struggled as of late.
Smartphones are seeing increasing saturation in developed markets and in developing nations, so camera manufacturers will have a continued battle on their hands. Unless they want to follow the same path as Kodak, which was driven into obscurity, then they will have to continue to pack in social media-optimized features while also increasing the megapixels. It's hard to imagine there is speculation that Nikon, Canon and Sony will be the only Japanese companies able to withstand the current industry trends, as each company makes higher-end, specialized cameras and recording devices.
If there is one thing that bothers me with almost every amateur photo taken of a landscape, product, or person, its the lack of a level horizon in the background. It is not that hard to level a shot when shooting off a tripod, but when you attached the camera to the three legged device, a lot of adjustments must be made to ensure a perfectly level photograph.
While it is quite easy to fix these crooked images in image editing programs, you lose some of the image due to cropping. Additionally, when shooting large panoramic sets, having a level imaging plane makes a lot of difference in the end result. A new Kickstarter campaign is looking to change the way we level our cameras for imaging everything. Called the OhSoh ELi -Electronic Leveling Intelligence Camera Support, this new device attaches to your camera and tripod and automatically levels every shot.
The OhSoh ELi uses sensors to automatically level your camera on both the X and Y axis and ensures that the horizon is always straight, even if your tripod is perched on an extreme angle. "ELi was designed to speed up workflow allowing you to concentrate on your photography. When you set your tripod down you only need to roughly place it and let ELi take over - with the press of a button you will be setup," reads the Kickstarter page.
With decent tripods costing hundreds of dollars and high-grade ball-head mounts costing even more, the OhSoh Eli saves users both time and money, and it appears that just $230 NZD or about $190 USD will land you one of the auto leveling devices. Note that shipping outside of New Zealand will cost extra. This is one of the first big-ticket Kickstarter campaigns that we have seen launched in New Zealand since Kickstarter made its way down under a few months back. Head over to the source link below to read more on how the device works and how you can back the project.
News surfaced today that says that Apple has been awarded a patent on technology for a digital camera that includes a refocusing imaging adapter. The technology works similar to how a Lytro-style camera works, but switches things up a bit by also allowing the picture quality and image resolution to be modified after capture as well.
This functionality is also similar to what Microsoft and Nokia use in the camera apps for the Lumia PureView series of smartphones, but their technology is software based where as Apple's appears to be optical and mechanical with supporting software. This could be Apple's chance to catch up with Android and Windows Phone in the camera department, something it has not been able to do for a few years now.
Panono is spherical camera that you toss up into the air and which takes 360-degree panoramic photos. It consists of 36 cameras that simultaneously take a fully spherical photo at 72 megapixels. When you toss it up in the air the accelerometer will calculate the highest point and snap the photo. Other than throwing it in the air you can also press a button on it or even put it on pole and hold it up to snap a photo. The Panono will send a preview to your smartphone or tablet from there you can share it. It also contains its own memory and will store about 400 panoramas when used without your smartphone or tablet. Panono connects through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and is rechargeable with a USB port.
A few years ago Jonas Pfeil decided to change travel photography by creating a device that can take panoramic photos for you without having to stitch the photos together yourself. A couple years ago Jonas Pfeil made a prototype and got a lot of people's attention. Today they have started a campaign on Indiegogo to reach $900,000 to make production. A $549 pledge will reserve you a Panono.
Today Nikon introduced a new DSLR that is sure to make many aging photographers feel nostalgic. The new retro-inspired Nikon Df is actually a state of the art DSLR that features a 16.2-megapixel full frame imaging sensor, the same one featured in the D4. The body of the new Df is constructed of magnesium and weighs in at just 710-grams.
The new Nikon Df features an ISO range of 100-12,800 and can be expanded to 50-204,800 which will ensure that even the darkest lit environments will photograph nice and bright. An Expeed Image Processor is on board to facilitate the quick writing of images to the camera's storage card. Shutter life is said to be a whopping 150,000 cycles, and the shutter can snap open at 1/1,400th of a second.
The camera is compatible with all vintage Nikon non-AI lenses as well as the company's current Nikkor line of premium autofocus lenses. Unlike many analyst speculated, the Df does in fact feature a traditional mirror design as all proper professional DSLRs should. Rounding things out is a 3.2-inch LCD screen that has a pixel density of 921 dots. The new Nikon Df will arrive on November 28th at a pricing point of $4,414 with a 50mm kit lens.
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.