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Sony TX10 Review @ DigitalCameraInfo

Mon September 26, 2011

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10

It’s hard to fault a camera simply for being a little bit better than an already excellent one.

We’ve added a new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

DigitalCameraInfo has published their review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10, a waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof and dust proof digital camera. The TX10 features 16.2 megapixel (1/2.3-in. “Exmor R” CMOS sensor), 4x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-100mm equiv.), Optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. (921k-dot) Touch-screen LCD, iAUTO, Continuous Shooting at 10fps at full resolution, Anti Motion Blur Mode, Backlight Correction HDR, Intelligent Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Sweep Multi Angle, Natural Flash, Background Defocus, Soft Skin mode, and Full HD 1080 Movie 1920 x 1080 with stereo sound.

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Videos

See What You Print

Mon September 26, 2011

SWYP: See What You Print from Artefact on Vimeo.

Artefact created a radically simple printer concept called SWYP (See What You Print). Basically, it incorporates a large touchscreen that displays the print 1:1 so you can see exactly what will get printed. You can edit the image before printing it.

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Water Lilies Blooming Time Lapse

Mon September 26, 2011

water lilies blooming – timelapse from vincenzo di nuzzo on Vimeo.

Vincenzo Di Nuzzo shot this beautiful video of water lilies blooming in time lapse.

Eqwuipment:
Canon eos 7D
Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Quick Time Pro
Sony vegas pro 10

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Olympus E-P3 Review @ CameraLabs

Sun September 25, 2011

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

The most flattering thing I can say about the Olympus Pen E-P3 is that I would definitely take it on holiday again.

We’ve added another Olympus PEN E-P3 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

CameraLabs has published their review of the Olympus E-P3, a Digital Interchangeable Lens Compact System Camera with 12.3MP resolution (on a 17.3 x 13.0 mm High Speed Live MOS Sensor), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Dust Reduction, an extra large 3.0-in. LCD (614k-dot), Full HD Movie (1920×1080/60i) with stereo sound, Intelligent AUTO (auto scene recognition), Scene Modes, AF Tracking, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology, PASM modes, Shutter speed range of 60 – 1/4000 sec. plus Bulb (up to 30 mins), Continuous Shooting at 5.5fps, RAW file format, Digital Level, MF Assist, a hot shoe, Live View Autofocus system with real time focus, Multiple Exposure, Wireless compatibility (using optional PP-1 Penpal or Eye-Fi card), and Art Filters.

You can read the Olympus E-P3 Review @ CameraLabs.

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Editorial

Is The Future Mirrorless?

Sun September 25, 2011

In the excitement over the introduction of the Nikon 1 System, many have debated over what they believe is a game-changing technology: the focal plane phase detection autofocus with phase detection AF sensors embedded right onto the image sensor itself. With this new configuration, the need for a separate Phase-detection AF sensor is not necessary anymore, which also means that the mirror to reflect the light to that sensor is not necessary anymore.

If this new focal plane phase detection AF returns AF speed as lightning fast as that currently obtained in DLSRs (and there’s no reason to doubt otherwise), then the use of a mirror would be relegated to reflecting light to an optical viewfinder. Even Sony’s SLT translucent mirror would be redundant.

Can the use of the mirror in a DSLR be nearing its end as the electronic viewfinder gets so much better with every new introduction? Nikon must know that, with its introduction of the focal plane phase detection AF sensors, its own DSLRs would eventually need to be retooled: without the mirror, DSLRs can be smaller, lighter, faster. Nikon claims that it had been working on the Nikon 1 System even before Olympus and Panasonic introduced their compact mirrorless cameras. Is it then beyond the realm of possibility that they are even now working on the next generation of Nikon mirrorless DSLRs?

That leaves one major camera manufacturer with still no mirrorless offering, but we are told that November 3 is the day Canon will introduce something BIG to blow away our socks. Nikon flew journalists to New York to announce the Nikon 1 System; Canon is doing it in LA. As far as we know, the embedded phase detection sensors technology is not a Nikon exclusivity; as soon as that technology became available (in some research paper probably), every camera and sensor manufacturer must have been hard at work on their version. I simply cannot believe Canon engineers have not been hard at work on their mirrorless. And I cannot think of anything bigger than a huge chunk of its DSLRs (say, the APS-C DSLRs) going mirrorless, suddenly leaving all competitors in the dust. I mean, if Leica can do it and Sony can do it and even Samsung can do it using an APS-C sensor, there’s no reason Canon cannot also accomplish this.

These are all speculations and guesses of course but some have debated that even the top of the line full frame pro DSLRs would eventually be mirrorless? What do you think? Does it seem to you that the direction is becoming clearer and clearer for DSLRs that “The Future Is Mirrorless?”

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Site Compares Your Followers To Significant Events In History

Sun September 25, 2011

So you think you have lots of followers on Twitter and/or friends on Facebook? Maybe. But how do they really compare to significant events in history? This is what the BBC’s How Many Really? site will show you. It tends to put things into perspective.

How Many Really? compares the number of people involved in key historical events or situations to the people you know through Facebook or Twitter. You can also add your own numbers — for example, the amount of students in your class.

Visit our Featured Site: How Many Really?.

A companion site is: How Big Really? that takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are.

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Photographers, don’t use these hand gestures!

Sun September 25, 2011

Thumbs up! usually means good work, right on, you got it right, and is generally a sign of approval. But not in Greece, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Sardinia and Western Africa, where it’s a rude hand gesture.

UTexas @ Austin alumni better not use the “Hook ‘em Horns” gesture in Greece, Latin America, Middle East, Russia, Sardinia and in some parts of Western Africa where it sends a definitively offensive signal.

These and many other hand signals can be a minefield for photographers who travel the world or even use models who have immigrated from other countries. And, if you travel to other countries and see hand gestures that appear offensive to you, before you react in anger, bear in mind that maybe they’re not in that particular country.

Playful horsing around -- or subliminally rude hand gestures?

Playful horsing around -- or subliminally rude hand gestures?

See what commonly used hand gestures in North America mean in other countries (and what these two above may be really saying to one another): theAtlantic.

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Jim Henson’s 75th Brithday

Sat September 24, 2011

What are the muppets doing on the cover, you ask? Who hasn’t grown up with Jim Henson’s muppets? Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Rizzo the Rat, Rowlf the Dog and myriads of other muppet characters shine a funny and adoringly irreverent but always revealing light back at our own human nature. Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie speak of simple friendship that we lose too easily when we grow up. Google is honoring the creator of the muppets, Jim Henson, on what would have been his 75th birthday with an interactive doodle. Jim Henson passed away on May 16, 1990 at the age of 53.

Be sure to click on the buttons beneath each muppet for some fun.



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This Week’s (Sep 17-23, 2011) Digital Camera Review Roundup

Sat September 24, 2011

Here is this week’s (Sep 17-23, 2011) digital camera review roundup:


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