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Sandy: From Birth to Landfall

Wed October 31, 2012

Watch as tropical Storm Sandy forms in the Caribbean Sea, intensifies in the Atlantic Ocean along the U.S. East Coast, and makes landfall in New Jersey.

NOAA’s GOES satellites captured a global view of Hurricane Sandy’s birth to landfall. This animation of NOAA’s GOES-13 and GOES-15 satellite observations from Oct. 21-30, 2012, shows the birth of Tropical Storm Sandy in the Caribbean Sea, the intensification and movement of Sandy in the Atlantic Ocean along the U.S. East Coast, and Hurricane Sandy make landfall in New Jersey on Oct. 29 and move inland to Pennsylvania.

Fun Stuff, Videos

La Luna – a Pixar Short

Wed October 31, 2012

A wonderful short made by Pixar Animation Studios titled, “La Luna.” A young boy gets to join his dad and grandpa for a very important, but mysterious, job — let’s say a job that has stayed in the family for generations and for which he is now being groomed. But, as is so true in many families, grandpa has his way of doing things and dad has a different way. Junior has to choose…

Update: Well, it looks like Disney pulled the video. Too bad, for it gave a warm, fuzzy feeling toward Disney, who bought Pixar and just now, Lucas Films.

via The Daily What


Mirrorless Camera Sensor Size Line Up

Tue October 30, 2012 | by gregorb

Digital Camera Database published an article comparing mirrorless camera sensor sizes. As can be seen from the infographic, sensor sizes of mirrorless cameras vary even more than those of DSLRs:

Olympus and Panasonic are commited to Four Thirds system, while most other big companies use slightly bigger APS-C sized sensors. Nikon took a different approach and went with considerably smaller CX sensors.

You can read the whole article here.


Samsung NX20 Review @ Photoxels

Mon October 29, 2012
Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20

Just Posted: Samsung NX20 Review

The Samsung NX20 is an impressive Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC, aka “mirrorless DSLR”) that competes very well against entry-level DSLRs. It is well built, handles very well and provides exceptional image quality and performance beginner and serious amateur photographers have come to expect from a DSLR.

Read more in our Samsung NX20 Review.

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Gentec Presents the “Good, Better, Best” Guide 2012: Budget-Wise Help to Find the Perfect Gift

Sat October 27, 2012

Tis the season to be techy

Deck the halls with tech gadgets and goodies! With so many choices out there, Gentec International presents the “Good, Better, Best” guide to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. From tech essentials to the newest gadget of the season, Gentec picks are sure to spread holiday cheer no matter your budget.  Brands like Energy, Verso, White Diamonds, Roots, Ideal Case, Mobifoto, Klipsch, and NFL are high on Gentec list (and now yours).

Below are some suggestions, but to see a full list of additional gift ideas, please visit

iPhone Photography

Good: Mobifoto U-Shaped iPhone Tripod Mount (SRP: $24.95, Model No. UHOLDI4). Ideal for Facetime, Timelapse, and portraits, this tripod mount makes it easier to get the shot you want. It’s even compatible with most standard thread tripods. For retail availability, click here.

Better: Mobifoto LED Light for iPhone/iPad (SRP: $24.95, Model No. IFLASHBK). From helping light photos and video to providing bright LED light for reading, this accessory doesn’t require any additional batteries and uses very little battery power. For retail availability, click here.

Best: Mobifoto iPro Lens System with Fisheye and Wide Angle Lens Attachments for iPhone 4/4S (Pictured left, SRP: $299.95, Model No. IPRO10FW). Professionally designed to enhance your iPhone photos and video capabilities, this kit comes with two lenses that allow you to capture even more with every shot. For retail availability, click here.

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Panasonic 2012 Gift Guide: Holiday Help for Making Your Wish List

Sat October 27, 2012

Time has a way of flying and the winter holidays are almost here! Panasonic has something for everyone on your list – cameras, headphones, entertainment systems, beauty products and more.

Below, they’ve shared a selection of their top holiday gifts below for our readers.

Panasonic 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday memories are worth a thousand words

DMC-ZS20 LUMIX High Zoom Digital Camera

For those with the travel bug:Ensure each and every memory is captured in its true glory with a travel-friendly camera packed with features.Features:

  • 14.1 megapixel high-sensitivity MOS sensor
  • 20x Optical Zoom / 40x Intelligent Zoom with Power O.I.S
  • 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Light speed AF to capture even the most fleeting photo opportunities
  • Shoot Full HD (1080/60p) video with stereo mic
  • Travel mode with GPS and mapping function

Price: $379

DMC-TS4 LUMIX Tough Design Digital Camera


For the avid adventurer: The ultimate tool for exploring everything the great outdoors has to offer.Features:

  • Active design: Waterproof (12m), Shockproof (2m), Freezeproof (-10°C), Dustproof
  • 28 mm wide-angle LEICA lens
  • 3D still image recording
  • 12.1 megapixel high-speed CCD sensor
  • 9.3x intelligent zoom with Power O.I.S
  • Travel mode with GPS, altimeter, barometer, compass
  • Shoots HD video

Price: $349

DMC-GF5KK LUMIX Interchangeable Lens     Digital Camera


For the budding photographer: Amateur shutter bugs will love this camera’s combination of high-tech, easy-to-use options and professional features.Features:

  • 12.1 megapixel 4/3-type Live MOS sensor
  • 4.0 fps high-speed consecutive burst shooting
  • Light speed auto focus
  • Includes 14-42mm (35 mm equivalent: 28- 84 mm) lens
  • 3D photo capable with HFT012 lens
  • 23 scene modes and on-screen shooting tips
  • Full HD video with stereo MIC
  • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode ensures crisp, balanced colour

Price: $649

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Articles, History

You’re Invited: Alliance Française’s Photography Exhibition of Elkaim’s Keepers of Memory Oct.25-Dec.20, 2012

Sat October 27, 2012

Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) invites you to the following FREE photography event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Le texte français suit le texte anglais):

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Gardiens de la Mémoire / Keepers of Memory

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Gardiens de la Mémoire / Keepers of Memory

Alliance Française de Toronto


Aaron Vincent Elkaim : Gardiens de la mémoire / Keepers of Memory

Free Admission / Entrée Gratuite

Alliance Française de Toronto
Galerie Pierre-Léon
24 Spadina Road (Spadina Subway Station)
Toronto Ontario, M5R 2S7

Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm – Thursday, December 20 / Jeudi 25 Octobre, 18h30 – Jeudi 20 Décembre 2012

Toronto photographer Aaron Vincent Elkaim seeks out the keepers of Morocco’s Jewish memory:

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DSLR Buying Guide – 2012 Edition @ Neocamera

Fri October 26, 2012 | by Itai Danan

DSLR Buying Guide – 2012 Edition

The DSLR buying guide at Neocamera has been completely revised and extended for 2012. A brand new page explains how to choose between brands of digital SLR cameras and how the lens lineups differ between manufacturers. The advent of mirrorless cameras changed a lot of deciding factors for buyings of DSLRs and all points have been revised in consideration.

To find out all there is to know about buying a DSLR, read Neocamera’s updated DSLR Buying Guide.


Exploiting The Moon Illusion In Your Photos

Fri October 26, 2012

The first time I ever saw the moon at the horizon, I was floored. It appeared so HUGE! But appearances can be deceiving for we see the moon at the horizon the same size [in fact, a bit smaller] as when it is high in the sky. The effect is called the Moon Illusion and, as photographers, we can take advantage of this illusion for some fascinating photos.

Though there are different explanations why the moon appears so huge at the horizon (and they are hotly disputed in scientific circles), the best-known explanation is the “relative size” theory, illustrated in this video by the classic Ebbinghaus illusion.

View photos of the moon at the horizon.

via vvv

Press Releases, Videos

Get Your Free Interactive, Mobile App ‘Toronto in Time’: “Then and Now” Photos, Slideshows & More

Thu October 25, 2012

This video presents “Toronto in Time for iOS and Android” from Cities in Time on Vimeo:

  • Toronto in Time is compatible with Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, announced that mobile and online users can now travel through ‘Toronto in Time’.

‘Toronto in Time’ is a FREE, interactive mobile app for iOS (Apple) and Android whereby you can:

  • discover the history of Toronto through “then and now” photos, slideshows, trails and historical stories for more than 150 Toronto sites:
    • Each story includes a photo gallery or a unique then-and-now photo feature that shows the present site dissolving into its past such as:
      • the story of the Toronto club that hosted the Rolling Stones, U2 and Marilyn Monroe
      • learning where soldiers of the War of 1812 lie buried
  • stand on the site of a 17th-century First Nations village and much more
  • also meet a cast of characters that includes the inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, bank robbers, visionaries and dreamers who have enriched Toronto’s history
  • access geolocation data to find the sites of stories closest to you marked on an easy-to-read map
  • filter stories by theme or neighbourhood
  • follow curated walking trails

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Press Releases, Videos

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Canada, Wins 2012 EMC Heritage Trust Project Grant

Wed October 24, 2012

This video presents “EMC Heritage Trust Project”:

  • “The EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports digital stewardship of the world’s information heritage in local communities.
  • Using the same criteria for excellence that guide the EMC Information Heritage Initiative, EMC seeks people and projects that practice and inspire stewardship locally.
  • Three cash grants are awarded in the amounts of $5,000, $10,000, and $15,000.”

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, recently won an EMC Heritage Trust grant of $10,000 to continue digitizing The Abbotsford Living History Project and:

  • help digitally preserve an extensive collection of historical photographs chronicling the history and development of Abbotsford, B.C:
    • a collection of photographs depicting life in Abbotsford from the 1880s to the present day
  • the Abbotsford Living History Project is accessible online which allows individuals to:
    • comment on photographs
    • add personal memories and context to the collection
    • create a meaningful connection with the community

What makes the grant particularly interesting is the museum’s use of social media to reach out to the local community, asking for its support of the museum. Thanks to the social media campaign, the museum got the community involved and secured the EMC grant.

EMC’s Heritage Trust Program was founded in 2007 to recognize and support people and projects that practice and inspire the digital stewardship of important cultural information from around the world. This marks the fifth consecutive year a Canadian organization has won an EMC Heritage Trust grant, showing how important additional funding is to Canadian libraries and museums.

The Fall 2012 Heritage Trust Project round began October 15. The application form is available on the EMC Heritage Trust Facebook page at: The deadline for submission is at 4:59:59 PM ET on Friday, November 9, 2012.


Social Media Campaign Helps Canadian Museum Win 2012 EMC Heritage Trust Project Grant

Money will be used to digitize extensive community photo collection showing evolution of Abbotsford, B.C.

TORONTO, Ontario – October 23, 2012 – EMC Corporation today announced The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, B.C.,  was one of three organizations in North America receiving an EMC Heritage Trust Project grant through the company’s Information Heritage Initiative program. The first round of the 2012 grants, totaling $30,000, supports projects that encourage the stewardship of cultural information in local communities. The submission process for the second round of 2012 grants began October 15.

Through its Information Heritage Initiative, EMC has donated more than $20 million to date to help advance the conservation of information heritage.

“Canada has had a high level of participation in all five years of the EMC Heritage Trust Project,”  said Michael Sharun, Managing Director of EMC Canada. “That proves how important preserving our unique cultural identity is to Canadians and we are pleased EMC has been able to contribute meaningfully to the preservation of six important local Canadian collections since 2007.”

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Sensor Comparisons @ Digital Camera Database

Wed October 24, 2012 | by gregorb

The heart of every digital camera is a rectangular light-sensitive silicon chip commonly known as the sensor. They come in a variety of sizes, from full-frame (36 mm x 24 mm) to tiny sensors found in point & shoot cameras. At it’s easy to see how big (or rather how small) sensors really are.

Sensors in point & shoot cameras tend to be very small, most of the times smaller than the size of the fingernail on your little finger. Compared to point & shoot cameras DSLRs have enormous sensors. Take this extreme example – Nikon D4 vs. Nikon S01:

The difference in surface area is a staggering 4563%, meaning that a full frame sensor can be as much as 46 times bigger than a sensor in point & shoot camera.

If you ever wondered why point & shoot cameras can’t possibly produce the same image quality as DSLRs (althought they might have a similar pixel count), the answer, or at least one of the biggest factors, is sensor size.

At Digital Camera Database you can compare actual sensor sizes and other important sensor characteristics (such as pixel pitch, pixel area, pixel density, etc.) for more than 3200 digital cameras.

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