Keep the eyes open with this camera - Fujifilm X-Pro1

Published on 11/01/12 in the section of Presentations

By Bernard Custard

When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled large-sensor compact at Photokina 2010, it captured the imagination of serious photographers in a way the company seemed not to have quite anticipated. The X100's combination of 'traditional' dial-based handling and outstanding image quality brought widespread plaudits, making it something of a cult classic despite its undeniable flaws. The subsequent addition to the range of the X10 compact, with its bright, manually-controlled zoom lens, has cemented Fujifilm's resurgence as a brand worthy of serious attention.

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The X100 may have looked very traditional but it housed some very modern technologies - foremost amongst which was its hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. This design not only allowed the choice of a rangefinder-style optical view or a fully electronic view but was also able to overlay electronic data over the optical viewfinder. It was a masterpiece of engineering, but appeared to be a design very much dependent on its use with an integrated prime lens.

With the X100's success and the increasing popularity of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, it seemed only a matter of time before Fujifilm would introduce a higher-end model with exchangeable lenses. And after heavy hints that such a beast was indeed in the offing, that moment has now arrived. The camera is called the X-Pro1, leaving absolutely no doubt as to its intended market: it becomes the first camera of its type specifically aimed at professional photographers.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 highlights

The X-Pro1 is the start of an all-new camera system, with a brand new mount and lenses. It's unashamedly targeted at a high-end audience, with analogue control dials and a small set of compact, large-aperture primes to be available at launch. Fujifilm is keen to stress its future commitment to the system, with a promise of two more lenses to appear later in 2012. Key features are:

  • Fujifilm-designed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • Novel colour filter array to suppress colour moiré, no optical low-pass filter
  • EXR Processor Pro image processor
  • Dual-magnification hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder
  • Analogue dials for shutter speed and exposure compensation on top of camera
  • All-new, fully electronic X lens mount; 17.7mm flange-to-sensor distance
  • Three 'XF' lenses at launch: XF 18mm F2 R, XF 35mm F1.4 R, and XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro
  • Prime lenses have traditional-style aperture rings (1/3 stop increments) and large manual focus rings
  • Revised rear-panel control layout
  • On-screen 'Q' control panel and redesigned tabbed menu system
  • Focal-plane shutter, 1/4000 sec max speed
  • 3.0" RGBW 1.23M dot LCD

via@Dpreview

Polaroid announces the Android-powered SC1630 Smart Camera

Published on 11/01/12 in the section of Presentations

By Bernard Custard

Polaroid shocked the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday when the company announced a new camera powered by Android. The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera is a 3.2-inch device, and it features a whopping 16-megapixel camera capable of 3x optical zoom on a 36-108mm lens. When connected to Wi-Fi, users can instantly upload their images to social networking sites and will also even have access to the Android Market. No specific release date or price has been announced, however Polaroid has said the SC1630 Smart Camera will land sometime this year. Read on for the company’s press release.

Polaroid Announces the SC1630 Smart Camera Powered by Android™

Fusing the Feature Set of a High-End Digital Camera with the Power of Android*, the Polaroid SC1630 Makes Snapping and Sharing High Definition Digital Images an Instant Experience

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Polaroid today announced that capturing and sharing high-end digital images is now seamless with the Polaroid SC1630, an Android powered smart camera. The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera features a high definition 16 megapixel camera with built in 3X optical zoom, touch screen display and Wi-Fi, making uploads to social networks as easy as the touch of a button. Merging the optics of a digital still and video camera with the limitless power of the Android platform, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera evolves the process of clicking, editing, uploading and tagging to an instant experience on one device.

With the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera powered by Android you will no longer need to choose between your smart phone and your point and shoot camera because it offers the best of both worlds. Delivering everything expected from a digital camera but powered by Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera surprisingly packs all the features needed to conveniently capture, connect and instantly share beautiful HD digital images and video into one device, weighing a mere five ounces.

An ultra-portable, two-in-one instant sharing powerhouse, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera leaves even the most powerful camera phones in the dust by combining an advanced imaging feature set with an unmatchable Android powered mobile platform:

Capture Like the Pros: Life’s quickest moments are no longer at risk to becoming blurry images from a basic camera phone. Built on a 16 megapixel CCD senor, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera treats images to a 3X optical zoom – a feature not found in most mobile phones. Choose from 18 scene modes and then click and view crystal clear images – captured at 36mm or full 108mm magnification – on the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera’s 3.2” widescreen display.

Enhance Your Moments With Smart Features: The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera powered by Android takes the work out of being behind the lens with automatic face and smile detection. Also, gone are the days when digital images that never connected with a USB cord went unorganized and forgotten. The Smart Album feature of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera automatically organizes photos by date, location and people. Plus, geo-tagging features can add longitude and latitude coordinates to photos.

Edit, Share and Save: Now there is no reason to leave the party – everything needed to edit, save and upload can be done anywhere right on the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera. On-board editing features include cropping, red-eye removal, resizing and color correction. Backed by the power of Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera uploads images to social networks with the touch of one button and can hold up to 32GB of memory via a microSD card.

Instantly Connect to the World: The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional cellular data connections empower digital images to be shared from anywhere in a snap.

Get Productive: Need to check-in on where friends are gathering, get directions or make the next move in your favorite game? Backed by the power of Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera supports Google’s Android Market, making it truly like no other camera available today. Now you can snap, share and link up with more than 400,000 apps.

“Polaroid has helped the world bring stories to life through photographs for the past 75 years,” said Scott W. Hardy, President, Polaroid. “The newest member of the Polaroid family, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera unites the beauty of high-end digital images with powerful Android connectivity features. The result is an instant experience of click, capture and share that enables social networks to see and experience the moment as if they were there.”

Designed to be just as fashionable as it is portable, the simple, clean lines and straight forward interface of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera makes capturing and sharing effortless. Loaded with features that enable easy capture, connecting and sharing on the fly, the rechargeable battery can last all day on a full charge.

via@BGR and also Polaroid

XQD Memory Card with up to 1Gbps (125MB/s)

Published on 09/01/12 in the section of Presentations

By Bernard Custard

With blazing fast data transfer speeds, Sony's XQD Memory Card achieves stable, continuous shooting to capture each moment in the highest quality.
When using with Nikon's DSLR "D4", XQD memory cards can record approximately up to 100 frames in RAW format *2 in continuous shooting mode

ThePCIe interface and a unique controller enables high-speed data processing, resulting in write speed and performance that can't be achieved by conventional CompactFlash card.
Using a USB 2.0/3.0 compatible XQD card reader or an XQD ExpressCard adapter, quickly and easily transfer large quantities of very high capacity data like RAW images to PC, delivering efficient and fast workflow.
More information: Sony XQD Memory Card

The Epson International photographic PANOAWARDS 2012

Published on 08/01/12 in the section of Projects

By Bernard Custard

There will be a late entry period from the 21st April until Saturday 28th April. Late entry fees will apply.


The third Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and software such as PTGui and Adobe Photoshop has resulted in an explosion in image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.

The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.

The 2011 competition saw 3586 images submitted from 985 photographers in 62 countries.

 

For more information: The Epson internacional PANOAWARDS

360Thursday by Patrick Cheatham for Google + users

Published on 16/11/11 in the section of Projects

By Bernard Custard

Our college @Patrick Cheatham has put a link on Panoramic photographers on facebook that it´s a great idea that it´s #360thursday

#360Thursday is a weekly (Thursday!) photography theme on Google+, dedicated to 360° Photography.

The rules are simple:

Share any form of 360° photography, in a flattened projection: Little Planet, Equirectangular, Cylinder etc. (Please, no links to interactives; this is about the still image). Expand this post to see more info...

1) Upload ONE 360° photo on Thursday (no other day, Thursday only!).
2) Tag your post/photo with #360Thursday .
2a) Mention the curator, so he can follow you & share your post on +360Thursday:
+Patrick Cheatham
2b) Optionally mention this page:
+360Thursday
3) Follow your work being shared with the most amazing photographers around the globe.
4) Search for the same tag by clicking it and enjoy other entries.
5) Join us, learn, have fun and network with other photographers.
6) Keep shooting and posting!

You can find more general information about themes here:
http://ericleslie.com/guides/daily-photography-themes-googleplus/

Thank you and Enjoy!

Tablet-based immersive video technology Condition ONE launches

Published on 11/11/11 in the section of Presentations

By Bernard Custard

Long time ago we saw a little preview of Condition ONe technology but finally arrives a full demo and we can download it. It´s an amazing job !!!

Condition ONE, a new immersive video technology initially available for the iPad, can now be downloaded in the form of an app from the iTunes App Store. Condition ONE is a system for capturing extremely wide field-of-view video footage that can be freely navigated on an iPad. A preview video (embedded below), along with an accompanying press release, is available at Vimeo.
The system uses a proprietary camera technology to capture wide field-of-view video. When the footage is played on an iPad, the viewer can tilt, pivot, and swipe to swing the view they are seeing of the scene, like an immersive panorama image except with video.

Condition ONE Demo from Danfung Dennis on Vimeo.

Source and more information: Rob Gabraith

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