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Spectacular Timelapse Flies You from Canada to Antartica In 60 Seconds In Space

Thu September 22, 2011


From yesterday2221

What does it feel like to fly in space? This video stitches together images captured from the International Space Station to create a timelapse flyover from Vancouver Island, Canada across the North and then South American continents, to Antartica.

A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, El Salvador, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Lake Titicaca, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line), a satellite (55sec) and the stars of our galaxy.

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Press Releases

One Step Closer to the eLibrary: Kindle Books At A Library Near You

Thu September 22, 2011

Kindle Books Now Available at over 11,000 Local Libraries

Kindle the only e-reader to deliver library books wirelessly; read on any Kindle or free Kindle app

Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically stores and synchronizes bookmarks, margin notes and highlights – all available the next time you check out or buy the book

SEATTLE, Sep 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) –

(NASDAQ: AMZN)-Amazon.com today announced that Kindle and Kindle app customers can now borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 local libraries in the United States. When a customer borrows a Kindle library book, they’ll have all of the unique features they love about Kindle books, including Whispersync, which automatically synchronizes their margin notes, highlights and bookmarks, real page numbers, Facebook and Twitter integration, and more. For more information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindle/publiclibraries. To start checking out Kindle library books, visit your local library’s website.

“Starting today, millions of Kindle customers can borrow Kindle books from their local libraries,” said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. “Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we’re excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country. We’re even doing a little extra here – normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re fixing this by extending our Whispersync technology to library books, so your notes, highlights and bookmarks are always backed up and available the next time you check out the book or if you decide to buy the book.”

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Videos

A FPS Game Where Your Weapon Is The Camera, Not The Gun

Thu September 22, 2011


From DefiantDevelopment

It’s a First Person Shooter (FPS) video game where you use your camera instead of a gun. In fact, you are supposed to be a journalist sent to cover a war on the front lines. The game is the brainchild of Tony Maniaty, an Australian journalist who has reported from war-torn regions.

In the role of war correspondent (‘warco’) Jesse DeMarco, the player must capture battle footage and edit together a news story, while trying to make it out alive.

Read the article at: arstechnica.


Reviews on the Web

Samsung ST95 Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Wed September 21, 2011

With good image quality and a very easy to use touch interface, this is an excellent first camera for anyone.

We’ve added another Samsung ST95 [QuickPrice Check] review to our Reviews Matrix.

Steve’s Digicams has published their review of the Samsung ST95, an ultra slim point-and-shoot digital camera with 16.1MP (1/2.3-in. CCD), 5x wide-angle optical zoom (26-130mm equiv.), 3.0-in. SmartTouch LCD (230K-dot), Program AE, Smart AUTO, Scene Modes, Perfect Portrait, Magic Frame, Smart Filter, and HD Movie 1280×720 at 30fps. The ST95 uses the microSD/microSDHC memory card.

You can read the Samsung ST95 Review @ Steve’s Digicams.

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Press Releases

Nikon Announces Nikon 1 System With CX-Format J1 and V1 Mirrorless

Wed September 21, 2011

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon has announced its new mirrorless offering named the Nikon 1 System and which is currently comprised of 2 cameras and 4 lenses. The two Nikon 1 cameras feature a new ‘CX’ format 10.1MP High-Speed AF CMOS image sensor (1.0-in. with a 2.7x crop factor), accept interchangeable lenses using a new Nikon 1 lens mount and use a hybrid AF (phase-detection and contrast detect).

Major features:

  • A 10.1 megapixel CX-format high speed AF CMOS sensor
  • The world’s fastest autofocus – using a new advanced hybrid autofocus system that enables fast AF with 73 focus points
  • The world’s fastest full resolution continuous shooting speed at 60 fps
  • Motion Snapshot: unites a frozen still image with a slow-motion movement set to a built-in audio soundtrack
  • Smart Photo Selector: analyzes images within the camera and selects the best photo based on factors such as exposure, composition, focus and advanced facial recognition
  • Full HD 1080p recording capability
  • A convenient, pocketable form factor
  • A new EXPEED 3 dual-core image processing engine

PRESS RELEASE

Built From the Ground Up: The Nikon 1 System Balances Speed, Style and Simplicity to Creatively Capture All of Life’s Spontaneous Moments

Nikon introduces the new J1 and V1 cameras along with four new ultra-portable lenses geared to enhance expressive digital lifestyles

Mississauga, ON, September 21, 2011 – Today, Nikon Canada announced a revolutionary digital imaging system built from the ground up to empower users with new ways to tell stories through photography. Driven by imaginative next-generation technology, the iconic new Nikon 1 system is designed to become one with users and their lifestyles, providing a unique form of expression with amazing image quality, speed and portability.

The Nikon 1 is an advanced camera system with interchangeable lenses that opens the door to a fresh way of capturing pictures and Full High Definition (HD) movies. Pioneering a new category of digital cameras that challenges conventional thinking, Nikon is empowering users with a pocketable form factor with unbelievable speed and the high image quality that Nikon is known for. Built on a new set of innovative technologies, the Nikon 1 is a simple-to-use conduit for creativity that virtually anticipates a user’s needs. Moments are instantly captured using remarkably fast new hybrid Autofocus (AF). Users can shoot with confidence knowing the Smart Photo Selector will automatically capture the best possible image without a second thought. Furthermore, just a touch of the shutter button instantly captures a high-quality image while simultaneously recording Full HD (1080p) movies. The exciting new Motion Snapshot mode captures fleeting moments like never before with a combination of moving and still imagery that brings memories to life. To accompany this exciting new form factor, Nikon created the entirely new advanced 1 NIKKOR lens system that seamlessly integrates powerful precision optics into the Nikon 1 camera platform to capture more of the world around the user.

“The needs of the consumer are changing and the world is becoming one of visual conversation, paving the way for the next chapter in image capture devices. The new Nikon 1 system is the culmination of more than 75 years of optical excellence and the relentless pursuit of the next standard of technological advancements in digital camera technology,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “The speed, versatility, ease of use and portability of Nikon’s 1 instills a higher level of confidence in users seeking new modes of creative expression.”

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Match Your Face With A Celebrity

Wed September 21, 2011

Faces from arturo castro on Vimeo.

Most celebrities have a sibling who, strangely enough, does not look quite as attractive as them. Often, it is just a curve, a line or a slant on the face that makes all the difference in the world. How would Brad Pitt look if his face were mapped to your facial structure? Are you sure your husband looks like George Clooney? Would Marlyn Monroe still look beautiful reflected from your face?

In this video, Arturo Castro does just that, mapping well-known faces onto his own. Sometimes, it’s a really great match and other times, it’s a disaster, but it’s always interesting.

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Editorial

Google+ Now Open To All

Wed September 21, 2011

The wait seems to be finally over and anyone can now sign up to Google+. I am sure everyone with a Gmail account will give it a try (in fact, you may soon have no choice but to join). As to whether, they will actually use it is another matter. I signed up and to tell you the truth, I’m stuck. Friends, what friends? I mean, seriously (because Google wants us to be serious with our identity, etc.), how many “friends” do you really have? Acquaintances, maybe. Colleagues, sure. Coworkers, business contacts, people you know, but real, actual, friends?

To make it easy to start out with circles, Google has already created the following circles: Friends, Family, Acquaintances and Following.

With the Internet being what it is, privacy takes on an added and urgent dimension. Anything and everything you type (whether public or private) is available to Google for its use and for said friends to copy and paste for the whole world to read and see. In other words, there ain’t no privacy on the Net and anyone who takes his or her circles too seriously will be disappointed. So, as you venture forth into Google+, be careful who you invite and what private info you share. Don’t put anything online that you are not ready and willing for the whole world to read.

I think I am going to avoid the mistakes I made with Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter: too many people I don’t really know tagged as friends. I’m going to let my circles build up organically, one person at a time. I think.


Cameras, Nikon

Nikon 1 V1

Wed September 21, 2011

Nikon V1

Nikon V1

Nikon V1

Nikon V1 with 10-100mm lens

Nikon V1 with 30-110mm lens

Nikon V1 with 10-100mm lens

Nikon V1 Back View

 Category:  Type: Image Sensor :
EVF :
Image Stabilization :
Display :
Shooting Mode :
Shutter Speed :
  Burst :
    Movie :
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CX format with a new Nikon 1 lens mount. The Nikon 1 V1 is a completely new compact system camera from Nikon and is set to compete against the compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras from other camera manufacturers. While the FX (full frame) format is targeted to its top of the line DSLRs, the DX (APS-C) format to enthusiast DSLRs, Nikon is introducing a brand new CX format using a 1.0-in. CMOS image sensor and a new Nikon 1 lens mount with smaller and lighter lenses for its Nikon 1 System. The Nikon 1 System is targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd who wants a better camera with interchangeable lenses.

The Nikon 1 V1 (or simply Nikon V1) features 10.1MP (on a 1.0-in. 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor). This image sensor is bigger than the 1/1.7-in. sensor used in most top of the line point-and-shoot cameras but smaller than the Four Thirds sensor and APS-C sensor found in other compact mirrorless cameras. The Nikon 1 System targets mostly those coming from the point-and-shoot world wanting a better camera with more flexibility.

The Nikon 1 V1 also features a new and revolutionary hybrid AF system with both Phase-detection and Contrast-detect AF sensors embedded right in the image sensor itself. Being embedded right in the sensor allows the Nikon 1 V1 to have lightning fast phase detection AF without needing a mirror to reflect light to its phase detection sensor(s). The 73 point AF array allows Continuous Shooting of 5fps in autofocus or 60fps using electronic shutter.

The LCD is 3.0-in. with a high 921k-dot resolution. For those who prefer it, there is also a 1,440,000 -dot (SVGA) electronic viewfinder (EVF). An eye sensor automatically toggles the display between EVF and LCD as you bring the camera to your eye or away from it.

The Nikon 1 V1 accepts interchangeable lenses on its new Nikon 1 lens mount. Currently, there are 4 lenses: 1 NIKKOR VR 10-33mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 Pancake lens, 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 10x power zoom lens. An optional FT1 F-mount adaptor allows the use of legacy 35mm NIKKOR lenses.

Movie is recorded in Full HD (1080p) and you can take a still photo at any time during movie recording. Movie frame rates are 30/60/400/1200fps. Motion Snapshot is a novel feature and captures a still image together with an accompanying 2 sec. video. Smart Photo Selector takes a number of shots in quick succession and selects the one with optimal exposure, subjects in frame, clarity and focus, even eyes open.

The Nikon 1 V1 has a proprietary accessory shoe that accepts a number of optional accessories: GP-N100 GPS module, ME-1 Microphone (with the AS-N1000 adapter) or SB-N5 Speedlight. You cannot use existing Nikon speedlights.

Want something better than point-and-shoot with more accessories and interchangeable lenses but don’t want the size, weight and complexity of a DSLR? The Nikon 1 V1 may be just the right camera for you.

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Nikon 1 J1

Wed September 21, 2011

Nikon 1 J1 with 10-100mm lens

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1 with 10-100mm lens

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1 with 30-110mm lens

Nikon 1 J1 with 30-110mm lens

Nikon 1 J1 with 30-110mm lens

Nikon 1 J1 with 30-110mm lens

Nikon 1 J1 with 30-110mm lens

 Category:  Type: Image Sensor :
EVF :
Image Stabilization :
Display :
Shooting Mode :
Shutter Speed :
  Burst :
    Movie :
    Price check… :

Point-and-shoot with flexibility. The Nikon 1 J1 is basically a simpler point-and-shoot version of the Nikon 1 V1. It features the same CX format using a 1.0-in. CMOS image sensor and a new Nikon 1 lens mount with smaller and lighter lenses for its Nikon 1 System. The Nikon 1 System is targeted to the point-and-shoot crowd who wants a better camera with interchangeable lenses.

The Nikon 1 J1 (or simply Nikon J1) features 10.1MP (on a 1.0-in. 13.2 x 8.8mm CMOS sensor). This image sensor is bigger than the 1/1.7-in. sensor used in most top of the line point-and-shoot cameras but smaller than the Four Thirds sensor and APS-C sensor found in other compact mirrorless cameras. The Nikon 1 System targets mostly those coming from the point-and-shoot world wanting a better camera with more flexibility.

The Nikon 1 J1 also features a new and revolutionary hybrid AF system with both Phase-detection and Contrast-detect AF sensors embedded right in the image sensor itself. Being embedded right in the sensor allows the Nikon 1 J1 to have lightning fast phase detection AF without needing a mirror to reflect light to its phase detection sensor(s). The 73 point AF array allows Continuous Shooting of 5fps in autofocus or up to 60fps using electronic shutter.

The LCD is 3.0-in. with a 420k-dot resolution. No optical or electronic viewfinder is available. If you must have a viewfinder, see the Nikon 1 V1 instead which sports an optional EVF attachment.

The Nikon 1 J1 accepts interchangeable lenses on its new Nikon 1 lens mount. Currently, there are 4 lenses: 1 NIKKOR VR 10-33mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 Pancake lens, 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 10x power zoom lens. An optional FT1 F-mount adaptor allows the use of legacy 35mm NIKKOR lenses.

Movie is recorded in Full HD (1080p) and you can take a still photo at any time during movie recording. Movie frame rates are 30/60/400/1200fps. Motion Snapshot is a novel feature and captures a still image together with an accompanying 2 sec. video. Smart Photo Selector takes a number of shots in quick succession and selects the one with optimal exposure, subjects in frame, clarity and focus, even eyes open.

The Nikon 1 J1 has a built-in pop-up flash but no accessory shoe.

Want something better than point-and-shoot with interchangeable lenses but don’t want the size, weight and complexity of a DSLR? Try the Nikon 1 J1 which is available in different colors: black. red, pink, silver, white.

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Olympus SZ-30MR Review @ Imaging Resource

Tue September 20, 2011

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR

Most disappointing, though, was the overaggressive noise suppression that made in-focus faces blurry and foliage look more like clouds than leaves.

We’ve added another Olympus SZ-30MR [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Olympus SZ-30MR with 16 MP resolution (1/2.3 in. CMOS), 24x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-600mm equiv.), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), Intelligent Auto, P, 3D photos, Eye-Fi compatibility, Smart Panorama, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 30fps.

You can read the Olympus SZ-30MR Review @ Imaging Resource.

Editor’s Note: As always, we do encourage you to get a second opinion from other expert reviewers in our Reviews Matrix.

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2011-09-20 Olympus SZ-30MR Imaging Resource
2011-09-09 Olympus SZ-30MR Steve's Digicams
2011-08-09 Olympus SZ-30MR PhotographyBLOG
2011-06-28 Olympus SZ-30MR ePHOTOzine
2011-03-02 Olympus SZ-30MR Press Release

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Olympus SZ-10 Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Tue September 20, 2011

Olympus SZ-10

Olympus SZ-10

For those of you who are looking for an affordable, easy to use, yet powerful digital camera, Olympus has created their SZ-10.

We’ve added another Olympus SZ-10 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Steve’s Digicams has posted their review of the Olympus SZ-10 with 14 MP resolution (1/2.3 in. CCD), 18x wide-angle optical zoom (28-504mm equiv.), Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), Intelligent Auto, P, AF Tracking, Magic Filter, 3D photos, Eye-Fi compatibility, In-Camera Panorama, and HD 720p Movie 1280×720 @ 30fps.

You can read the Olympus SZ-10 Review @ Steve’s Digicams.

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2011-08-17 Olympus SZ-10 PhotographyBLOG
2011-02-08 Olympus SZ-10 Press Release

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Press Releases

Canon Canada Announces Select PIXMA Printers Support Wireless Printing from iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

Tue September 20, 2011

Today, Canon announced that the PIXMA MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 Wireless AIO photo printers will now support Apple AirPrint. Users can now print wirelessly from their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The new printer functionality allows printing of photos, emails, web pages and other documents.

PRESS RELEASE

CANON CANADA ANNOUNCES SELECT PIXMA PRINTERS NOW SUPPORT APPLE’S AIRPRINT ENABLING WIRELESS PRINTING FROM iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

MISSISSAUGA, ON, September 20, 2011 – Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced that the PIXMA MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One inkjet photo printers will now support AirPrint1 wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print photos, emails, web pages and other documents without the need to install device drivers, saving time and making for a seamless user experience.

AirPrint will be supported by the majority of Canon PIXMA inkjet printers launched from this point forward. AirPrint works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) running using iOS 4.2 or later.

For more information on the support models and other details, please visit www.canon.ca/airprint

About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,200 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon’s success. Canon’s leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. Since 1994, Canon Inc. is among the top four US patent recipients.

The company’s comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital cameras and lenses; medical imaging equipment, semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

For more information, visit www.canon.ca


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