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Back in February, Panasonic rolled out a new camera called a DSLM, or Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera called the GH4. The camera promised to deliver the sort of image quality you get from a DSLR along with the ability to shoot 4K resolution video.
We knew the specifications for the camera, but we didn't know exactly when it would launch or how much you would pay. Panasonic has now offered those official details. The camera will launch in early May.
Buyers can get the body of the camera only for $1699.99. If you want the body of the camera along with the video Adapter for cinematography, the camera will set you back $1999.99. For the money, you get the 4K video recording capability, a 16.05MP Digital Live MOS sensor paired with the Venus Engine and more.
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...