Top 10 DSLRs in March (Japan Ranking)

Wed April 7, 2010

Japanese magazine BCN [Google translate] has posted their March 2010 ranking for the top 10 DSLR cameras sold in Japan.

What is interesting with those numbers is the strong showing of the micro FourThirds Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) cameras, aka mirrorless DSLRs.

The Panasonic GF1 [Specs], at 7.8%, beats the Nikon D3000 [Specs] (7.1%).

The Olympus E-PL1 [Specs], at a respectable 6.9%, beats the Pentax Kx [Specs] (6.5%), Canon EOS 7D [Specs] (4.4%) and Canon EOS Kiss X2, aka Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D [Specs] (3.4%).

Together, these two DIL cameras account for approx. 15% of the DSLR sales for March. [Amateur Photographer reports that 10% of DSLRs sold in February in the UK were mirrorless.]

[ via @Photoframd, 4/3 Rumors, 1001NoisyCameras ]

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Reinventing the DSLR

Tue April 6, 2010

An interesting article over at byThom on the need for camera manufacturers to reinvent the DSLR which, according to the author, is on the way out, with the new mirrorless Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) cameras steadily gaining ground.

Read The Backlash article at: byThom (Apr 5 commentary).

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Puppet Warp

Mon April 5, 2010

First it was the amazing Content-Aware Fill feature, now Puppet Warp promises to be another must-have new Photoshop CS5 feature. Puppet Warp overlays a Mesh (you can specify the tightness or looseness) over your object, lets you set Control Points (“pins”), and rotate your object around those Control Points! The Mesh magically gives your object a rubber-like quality so they bend, twist and warp naturally. You can rotate sections of your object in front or behind one another.

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Canon. Criticisms. Constructive. Which word does not belong?

Sat April 3, 2010

Canon has taken a beating lately with autofocus problems in its top pro DSLR and image softness in its latest enthusiast DSLRs, leaving Nikon as King of DSLR. So opines Michael Pino in his latest blog post, titled “Some Constructive Canon Criticisms.”

Sorry, Mike, camera manufacturers never take criticisms as constructive, but we get your point.

Read the article at: MikePino.


Breaking the CrackBerry Habit

Fri April 2, 2010

Want to stop smoking? Try chewing gum. Want to break the CrackBerry habit? Try an iPhone! So said 39% of BlackBerry owners in a survey by Crowd Science that they would ‘definitely’ switch to an iPhone tomorrow if given the option. The survey also found that 52% of Blackberry users would ‘definitely’ recommend an iPhone to their friends or family.

You just have to look at the number of business users who are opting for an iPhone instead of a BlackBerry to realize that a definite shift has taken place in that sector, long a bastion for the BlackBerry. Some are predicting that the iPhone will overtake Blackberry in market share as soon as 2011, a year from now.

Read the article at: Yahoo!


‘Father of the Personal Computer’ Ed Roberts Passes Away

Fri April 2, 2010

Interesting article over at TrustedReviews about the passing of Dr. Ed Roberts — dubbed the “father of the personal computer.” Dr. Robert used Intel’s famous 8080 processor to build the Altair 8800 in 1974.

Read the rest of the article at: TrustedReviews

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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Is Content Aware

Sat March 27, 2010

Digital manipulation takes on a whole new meaning with Photoshop CS5’s Content-Aware Fill feature. And it’s so e-a-s-y that you will all be doing it and we won’t know what “digital manipulation” means anymore — especially if camera manufacturers eventually incorporate this feature in-camera.

[ via Steve’s DIgicams ]

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It Costs More in Canada

Sat March 20, 2010

Even though the Canadian $ and US $ approach parity, you’ll pay more for the same goods in Canada than in the US. After factoring in the exchange rate, goods in Canada were on average 6.8 per cent higher than in U.S. stores. That’s down from the 24 per cent higher last Fall that sparked an outcry among Canadian consumers.

The Retail Council of Canada explained the cost disparity by saying that Canadian retailers face higher labor costs, import duties and bilingual labelling requirements. Yeah, right.

Read the article at: Toronto Star.


Google’s Next Frontier: Internet TV

Thu March 18, 2010

Just what is Google up to? Is it a search engine or is it more? It hopped onto email with Gmail [competitor: Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo! mail], dabbled in mobile technology with Android [competitor: Apple iPhone], created a browser overnight with Chrome [competitor: Microsoft IE, Firefox], provided a new translation software with Translate [competitor: AltaVista (now Yahoo!) Babel Fish], gave away Web services with Docs [competitor: Microsoft Office], bought YouTube [competitor: none really], … and now has indicated that it wants to be a player in the Internet TV arena with the help of Sony and Intel [competitor: Apple TV].

All of this made possible by the search you and I type into its search engine every day. In-cre-di-ble!

[ via TrustedReviews ]


Is this the beginning of the end for Flash?

Thu March 18, 2010

The Apple iPad does not support Adobe Flash which, according to Adobe, runs on 85% of all Web sites and which powers most of the cool animation and videos you encounter on the Internet. Apple claims that Flash is too buggy and drains the power from its devices. To prepare for the arrival of the iPad, major sites have announced Flash-free versions. Sites include The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and Virgin America.

[ via Network World ]

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And now… the Malvertising Virus

Thu March 18, 2010

Avast Antivirus is reporting a virus that targets display advertisement. Javascript code in the malware runs as soon as the ad displays on your screen and does not require you to click on the ad. Dubbed a malvertising virus, the ‘JS:Prontexti’ malware may have already infected the big ad services such as Google, Yahoo and Fox.

[ via BizReport ]

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Virgin America Airlines Loses Its Innocence

Wed March 17, 2010

Virgin America airlines, long the darling of airlines, seemed to have lost its innocence this past week-end when Flight 404 stranded passengers on board for an excruciatingly long 4.5 or 7 hours (depending on whether you are asking the company or the passengers) the tarmac.

A new law is coming into effect to prevent just this kind of passenger mistreatment by airlines with a maximum of 3 hours on the tarmac allowed before airlines must release passengers (with refunds or overnight hotel stay, etc.).

Read the article and watch the video at: abc News.

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