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.
Today, Fujifilm announced the release of a new "fast" lens for its X-series compact camera system. The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R is designed to be ideal for low light shooting, while still retaining an acceptable bokeh background blur many expect from such a low aperture.
Fujifilm says that the lens has been designed to reduce distortion optically rather than digitally and that its seven blade diaphragm creates a smooth bokeh effect. A high-torque DC coreless motor is featured to help provide smooth, quiet, and accurate high-speed autofocusing.
The new Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 R weighs in at just 10.6 ounces and has a footprint of just 2.48 inches. The lens features a metal focus ring as well as aperture rings to make it rugged and more durable than the competitors' all plastic models. Fujifilm says that this lens is compatible with any X-mount camera and it will go on sale in October for $900.
A full-length video tease of Sony's upcoming "lens camera" attachments has floated to the surface of the Internet today: Sony's upcoming QX100 and QX10 attachable lenses.
The lens cameras are expected to be unveiled this week, but the video, above, is actually quite impressive. I think the biggest thing to take away from the video is the fact that these lenses are detachable, and can be used while they're not attached to your Sony smartphone. They are also capable of simple one-touch pairing over NFC, and once paired, can act independently of your smartphone, snapping photos away with ease.
Earlier today, an image popped up on the website Dyxum.com that appeared to be the first photo of Sony's upcoming ILC-3000 mirror-less camera. The camera was spotted in the hands of longtime Sony advocate Gustav Kiburg, but the camera actually looks more like an Alpha DSLR than a new NEX model. This leads us to believe that it could be the long rumored A-3000 E-Mount shooter.
The camera in the image above is said to feature a 20-megapixel APS-C sensor with an ISO sensitivity of 16,000 and full 1080p video capabilities. The rumors continue by saying that the camera will be priced at a very reasonable $450. The good thing is that we won't have to wait long to figure out which camera this actually is as Sony is expected to launch the device early tomorrow morning in Europe.
Next month, Canon will release its PowerShot N compact camera that was first spotted at CES earlier this year. Since then, one major change has been made to device in the form of a button that allows quick and easy photo sharing on the giant social network we all know and love called Facebook. And while that is a pretty awesome feature, let's not overlook the camera's overall small form-factor design.
Coming in at not much wider than its lens assembly, the Canon PowerShot N features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that is backed up by Canon's proprietary DIGIC 5 imaging processor. The compact camera is able to record 1080p video at 30 frames per second and features a 2.8-inch tiltable touchscreen that will assist you in composing that perfect shot.
The camera features a creative shot mode that will generate five artistic photos from each shot that is taken. Another 58 scenes under the smart auto mode allows users to customize their digital captures. The camera will be only available from Canon Direct and will retail at a price point of $300.
Garmin has just introduced a new sports sensory to its lineup in the form of a rugged action camera dubbed the VIRB. The device is designed to capture high definition video during intense action-packed activities such as kayaking, skydiving, mountain biking, skateboarding, or dirt biking.
The VIRB features an IPX-7 waterproof rating, which allows it to be submerged in water up to 3 feet deep for about 30 minutes without the possibility of leakage. The HD video camera is capable of recording 1080p video and features digital image stabilization. The ability to take 16-megapixel still images is present and does not interrupt video recording. The device is said to have up to three hours of recording time, even with its always-on 1.4-inch color display.
The Garmin VIRB is being offered in two different models, with the more expensive VIRB Elite featuring built-in Wi-Fi and GPS tracking for $399. The base-model VIRB will run you $299 and while it does not feature integrated GPS or Wi-Fi, it has a built-in interlink that allows you to connect it to Garmin GPS devices. As an avid kayaker and outdoor adventurer, I cannot wait to get my hands on a VIRB Elite!
Today, new images surfaced online of Sony's newly rumored QX10 and QX100 Lens-Cameras. These new lenses with built-in electronics are designed to pair up with your smartphone to become the device's main imaging source . If true, these new Lens-Cameras are something truly innovative and could possibly be Sony's camera division's saving grace.
The Lens-Cameras pair up with your smartphone via Wi-Fi or NFC and feature a built-in SD card slot. They feature no LCD screen and no usual camera controls, with the exception of a zoom button, as they are designed to function completely through your phone's camera interface. The rumors state that the new Lens-Cameras are compatible with both Android and iOS and would allow any device to take high-quality compact camera style images.
This week, Nikon introduced a new wide-angle zoom lens for its DSLRs that feature APS-C sensors--the DX Series. The focal length is between 18mm and 140mm and the company says that it has been designed to be a versatile all-around shooter.
The new 18-140mm lens features Nikon vibration reduction technology, with Nikon promising that photographers are now able to shoot in low light with a shutter speed up to four stops slower and still keep images blur free. The new lens features 17 elements in 12 groups with one extra-low dispersion element and a single aspherical lens element that delivers excellent resolution and contrast while reducing aberration and color dissection.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR retails at an MSRP of $890 and will begin to hit store shelves at the end of this month.
Casio announced today the launch of a new compact digital camera to its lineup. The new EX-ZR800 is an Exilim engine based model that features five-axis image stabilization, continuous shooting, and an ISO sensitivity of 25,600. The camera is also capable of composing high dynamic range (HDR) shots within the built-in software. Additionally, the camera features a 16-megapixel sensor and 18x zoom.
Video capabilities include 1080p at 30 frames per second, which is encoded in h.264, and a zoom range of 25mm to 450mm ensures that you will always get the perfectly framed shot. Casio says that the EX-ZR800 will launch in Japan on August 3 in red, white, or black and will retail for about $410. It is still unclear when the device will land in Europe or the US, but we do know that it is coming.
Earlier today, Nikon released two new CoolPix compact cameras to add to their impressive lineup of point-and-shoot digital cameras. Up first is the CoolPix S6600, which features a vari-angle screen that allows users to view the screen, even at extremely awkward angles. The company has included gesture control, which makes taking self-portraits easier than ever.
The CoolPix S6600 also features a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and 12x optical zoom. Full 1080p HD recording is also available as is on-board Wi-Fi. Up next is the L620, which features an 18-megapixel CMOS BSI sensor and a 14x Optical Zoom lens. Additionally, the L620 is AA compatible and will also record full HD video. Nikon says that the S6600 and L620 will retail for $305 each and will hit store shelves early next month.
Too many times has a video been uploaded to YouTube of a person talking into their smartphone with it in portrait orientation, and way too many selfie videos have been ruined by a propped up smartphone falling to the floor. Canon noticed these issues and decided to take a stand and help bring forth a new era of selfie video production to the world. This morning, the camera making giant announced a new video camera dubbed the Vixia mini.
The Vixia mini features an f/2.8 fisheye lens which offers excellent low-light wide-angle coverage out of the box. This equates to a 160-degree field of view for video, but it can also capture still images at up to 170 degrees, which is said to be close to the 35mm format. The Vixia's 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor is backed up by Canon's Digic DV4 image processor for lightning fast recording. Capable of full 1080p HD footage at 30 frames per second, the camera is also design to capture full HD stereo sound thanks to a pair of built-in mics. The Vixia mini is available now at major electronic retailers at an MSRP of $300.
Today, Samsung announced that it has integrated Evernote into its Wi-Fi enabled WB250F SMART Camera. This will allow direct syncing to the owner's Evernote account. Evernote access will be available after users download and install a small software update. The company says that those who purchase a new $250 WB250F will receive 3 months of Evernote Premium that will allow users to upload 1GB of data every month instead of the 60MB the standard free account includes.
Unfortunately, users of a free Evernote account will not get to experience the full potential of this service as 60MB a month would be equivalent to fewer than 30 photos every month. Even the Evernote Premium's quota of 1GB seems small to me, but I am the exception as I shoot with a DSLR and take well over 5000 photos every month. Samsung says that the WB250 SMART Camera features a 14.2-megapixel sensor, Wi-Fi Direct, and Direct to Facebook upload access. The camera is also capable of 1080p video capture at 30fps.
According to a report by Sony Alpha Rumors, Sony is getting close to releasing a smartphone accessory that would mount directly onto the device. The accessory in question is a camera attachment that would make use of a large sensor and Carl Zeiss lens. The attachment is quite small and would stuff the sensor, a battery, and storage directly into the lens.
The attachment will make use of NFC or Wi-Fi to transfer the images to the smartphone, allowing users to get super high quality images directly on their smartphone. If Sony manages to cram a great sensor behind a Carl Zeiss lens, budding photographers around the world will likely pick it up in droves to take better Instagram pictures of their food. Or, you know, better pictures of awesome things.