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Phase One announces IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, a new digital back they say sees color like the human eye

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 12:00
Phase One has announced the latest addition to its IQ3 digital back family, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic. This digital back is built around a new CMOS sensor which is the result of a close collaboration between Phase One and Sony. What makes the 100MP Trichromatic digital back special is that it has been designed to capture color as the human eye perceives it. Phase One states that the result is "astonishing color definition - with which champions of photography are able to create and express their artistic visions more accurately...
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Sony RX10 IV preview: Hands-on with the mind-blowingly fast, eye-wateringly pricey superzoom

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 00:55
Click here to read our Sony RX10 IV Hands-on Preview We've all been expecting it since the launch of last year's RX100 V pocket cam, and today it arrived. The Sony RX10 IV superzoom has made its debut at a press event in New York earlier today, and we've been hands-on with what has to be one of our most eagerly-anticipated cameras in recent memory! We've referred to the RX100 V as a pocket powerhouse before now. Well if that's the case, then the Sony RX10 IV has to be considered a palmtop power station with a nuclear...
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Apple iPhone X offers dual stabilized dual-cam, goes edge-to-edge with HDR OLED

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 20:45

At its event in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple has today unveiled its latest iPhone models, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Despite the direct step from the iPhone 7 to the 8 model number, rather than 7s, the new models look at first sight like fairly incremental upgrades.

The design is very similar to the iPhone 7 series but the phones now come with glass at front and back. The Retina displays still offer 4.7" and 5.5" diagonals and a wide color gamut. True Tone technology, which adjusts the temperature of the display in different surroundings, is also on board.

Both phones are powered by the new A11 Bionic six-core CPU which includes two high-performance cores, which are 25 percent faster than the current A10. The chip also comes with a new image signal processor (ISP) which, Apple says, helps improve low-light performance of the camera using multi-band noise reduction.

Other camera specs looks similar to the previous models. The iPhone 8 camera comes with a 12MP sensor that, according to Apple, captures 83 percent more light and is more power efficient than the predecessors. As before, there are a F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization.

The 8 Plus main cameras is the same as on the iPhone 8 but there's a secondary 12MP cameras for zooming and depth effects that comes with a F2.8 aperture. In video mode both devices can now record slow-motion footage at 1080p and 240 frames per second. Portrait mode gets an upgrade too, with a new beta Portrait Lighting mode to imitate various lighting effects.

The iPhone 8 models are also the first iPhones to come with the Qi wireless charging standard. Storage options range from 64 to 256GB and pre-order for both models starts on September 15th. Shipping is envisaged for September 22nd. The iPhone 8 will start at $699, for the Plus model you'll have to invest at least $100 more.

The iPhone 8 models were not the only new smartphone at Apple's event, though. The company also had a "one more thing" announcement in the shape of the much rumored iPhone X. The X comes with a new design that incorporates a 5.8" edge-to-edge 2436 x 1125 pixel HDR OLED display, a first for Apple.

Like on the 8 models there is glass on front and back of the water and dust proof body which also does away with Apple's characteristic home button.

Instead there is now Face ID: the device uses a range of sensors at the front, including the 7MP front cam, in combination with neural networking algorithms for face recognition and unlocking the phone. In dark surroundings your face will be illuminated by a front LED for this purpose.

The rear camera is an improvement over the iPhone 8 Plus. The 12MP dual-cam comes with "larger and faster sensors", F1.8 and F2.4 apertures and optical image stabilization on both lenses which should particularly improve image quality of the tele lens in low light.

The iPhone X will be available in 64 and 256GB versions and set you back at least $999. It will be available on November 3rd. As usual, we'll have to wait a few days until the full device specs trickle through but let us know in the comments what you think about the latest iPhone camera configurations so far.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 20:36
Introduction

The RX10 IV, as the name suggests, is the fourth in Sony's series of 1"-type sensor, long zoom compacts. The Mark IV is the first to offer phase detection autofocus alongside a series of changes designed to boost the speed and capability of the camera, for both stills and video shooting.

Sony is adamant that the camera is much more than an RX10 III with an RX100 V sensor in it. Let's take a look at what the latest version brings.

Autofocus

One of the biggest changes in the Mark IV is the addition of on-sensor phase detection autofocus. There are a total of 315 phase-detect points, which cover 65% of the total sensor area. This is a significant update as it should eliminate the RX10 III's need to hunt for focus, which was a particular problem at the long end of the zoom.

In addition, we're told the camera has "exactly the same" processor as used in the company's flagship sports camera: the a9. This means the RX10 IV has the same autofocus algorithms for subject tracking and the improved Eye AF mode we saw on the a9.

Touchscreen

The RX10 IV also becomes the first camera in the RX series to gain a touchscreen. This can be used for tap-to-focus in both stills and video mode. In video mode it is designed to offer a smooth focus transition between subjects which, combined with on-sensor PDAF, should make it relatively easy to shoot good-looking video without having to worry about manual focus.

The screen can also act as an AF touchpad when the camera is held to your eye, with the option of limiting the active area of the screen to one of nine regions of the rear panel, including the top (or bottom) right or left quadrants. There's also a choice as to whether the AF movement is 'absolute' (pressing the left of the screen places the AF point on the left of the image) or 'relative' (swiping left anywhere on the screen moves the AF point left from its current position), as different photographers prefer different methods. These are all welcome improvements over previous touchscreen implementations from Sony.

Continuous shooting

Continuous shooting speeds have been dramatically improved since the RX10 III, with the max frame rate increase from 14 to 24 fps, with continuous AF. The buffer is substantial, to say the least, topping out at 112 Raw and 249 Fine JPEGs.

If that's too fast for you, middle (10 fps) and low (3.5 fps) options are also available.

Speaking of (very) quick, the camera's electronic shutter allows for bullet-stopping 1/32,000 sec shutter speeds. The RX10 IV uses the e-shutter in order to shoot at 24 fps, by the way.

4K and proxy shooting

The RX10 IV can shoot 4K video from the full width of its sensor, which is rendered and downscaled to give very detailed, "oversampled" footage. This can be shot at 30, 25 or 24p in either 100Mbps or 60Mbps using the XAVC S codec. Dropping down to Full HD (1920 x 1080) you'll find 120p, 60p, 30p and 24p frame rates. If you're so inclined, a 60i option is available if you switch to AVCHD. (The PAL equivalents for these are also available, of course.)

As mentioned earlier, the new touchscreen display allows for tap focusing. You can use this to "rack focus" with zero effort, and there are three transition speeds to choose from. Unfortunately, 'Spot Focus' continues to confuse, and there's still no easy way to 'tap to track' a subject, as all Lock-on AF options are greyed out in 4K video mode. It is available in 1080p video, but only via the rather clunky (and old) 'Center Lock-on AF' method.

The Mark IV also gains a 'Proxy' shooting mode, where it captures a 720p stream of video alongside the main 4K stream, meaning you can edit using the proxies and then apply the edits to the full-res footage at the end of the process. This greatly speeds up the workflow, especially when using slower computers.

High frame rate shooting

In addition to 4K capture, the RX10 IV is able to shoot 1080 at up to 120p, which can either be saved as 100Mbps or 60Mbps clips or slowed down, in-camera, to 60, 30 or 24p.

The camera has the ability to capture at 240, 480 or 960 fps, with footage taken from increasingly low-res crops from the sensor (250, 500 or 1000 fps in PAL modes), which can then be output as 60, 30 or 24p super slow-mo footage (50 or 25p in PAL).

Other improvements

The RX10's focus peaking has also been improved, with three intensity settings designed to make the peaking easier to see and distinguish between, as you shoot.

A new focus limiter button, found on the left side of the camera, lets you choose between the whole focus range or 3m to infinity. Sony has also added an "AF-A" mode, which will choose between AF-S and AF-C based on its assessment of subject movement.

Fans of back-button focus will be pleased to hear that you can now activate autofocus with any of the custom buttons (we figure most folks will use the AE-lock button).

Another new feature is Bluetooth connectivity, which can be used to share location data with the camera. We'll see what else it can do when we spend more time with the camera.

Something that's a slight step backward is battery life, which drops from 420 to 400 shots per charge (CIPA standard).

Lens

The Mark IV uses the same 24-600mm equivalent, F2.4-4 zoom lens as its predecessor. As, no doubt, people will be highlighting in the comments, this is an equivalent aperture range of F6.5-10.9. This is not significantly less light than the F6.8-9.5 equivalent you'd get from an F4.5-6.3 tele zoom on an APS-C camera. On top of this, we've always been impressed with the quality of this lens, especially considering its long reach.

As one would expect, the lens is stabilized, and Sony claims 4.5 stops of shake reduction using CIPA's testing methods. The company says that it has improved the IS system at the long end of the focal range, which should framing subjects and keeping your AF point on them easier.

Those who were hoping for the return of an ND filter (found on the RX10 II) will be sorely disappointed, as the RX10 IV lacks one as well. The lens is threaded for 72mm filters, however.

Wrap-up

$1700 is a lot of money, but Sony believes the combination of capabilities: high speed shooting, autofocus performance and 4K video capture, together with a 24-600mm equiv. zoom, is what makes the Mark IV a compelling offering.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Apple announces the totally redesigned iPhone X

Imaging Resource - Di, 12/09/2017 - 19:45
We thought Apple was done after announcing the iPhone 8, but they had more. The new, all-screen iPhone X is what they call the future of their smartphone, and it looks like it. The new phoen features a new design, no home button, and a "super retina display." THe screen is 5.8 inches on the diagonal, and is 2436x1125 and 448ppi OLED display, the highest density in any iPhone. It has better contrast, higher resolution, and is extremely thin. Usually OLED has problems with...
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Apple’s new iPhone 8 features a “fake lighting” portrait mode

Imaging Resource - Di, 12/09/2017 - 19:12
Today was Apple's yearly, highly-anticipated, iPhone-focused keynote and this year they strongly honored Steve Jobs. In their new Steve Jobs theater, it was a really nice gesture. There was a lot announced, from retail to product, and of course there is a lot to say about the iPhone. But this is Imaging Resource, and we are going to focus on the imaging. After spending a lot of time talking about their new building in Silicon Valley and their new store designs, they did get to some new things for photographers. Part of that new...
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DxOMark Mobile testing protocol now considers bokeh simulation, low-light, motion and zoom

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 18:09

Camera and lens testing company DxOMark has announced an updated smartphone camera evaluation protocol that evaluates additional elements encompassing some of the newer mobile camera technologies. This new protocol builds upon the previous version, adding an updated low-light test that evaluates performance down to 1 lux, new bokeh and zoom tests, and a motion-based test.

DxOMark detailed the new mobile protocol on Monday, explaining that it is better capable of evaluating phones packing the newest mobile camera capabilities, particularly ones made possible by dual-camera hardware. The company has re-tested some top-tier phone models under the new protocol, finding that in some cases scores increased when looking at features like low-light performance, bokeh, and zoom.

A detailed analysis of the new protocol versus the old protocol sheds some light on what DxOMark is looking for in these new categories, as well as charting the score changes some phones experienced under the new protocol. The company also offers a more in-depth look at the new protocol in a blog post.

Via: Digital Trends

Kategorien: Fotografie

Aurora HDR 2018 pre-orders go live ahead of September 28 launch

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 16:40

Macphun has started taking pre-orders for Aurora HDR 2018, giving both Windows and Mac users a chance to purchase the software ahead of its launch later this month. The pre-order period will run from September 12-27 and includes a special lower price of $89 for new customers versus the regular $249 rate. Existing Aurora HDR customers can update for $49.

The Aurora HDR 2018 pre-orders are bundled with four free bonuses: a travel photo training video by Matt Granger, five sets of HDR Brackets by Pros, a 3-month membership to Zenfolio, and an HDR training video by Trey Ratcliff. According to Macphun, these bonuses have a value of $150.

Head to the Aurora HDR 2018 site to pre-order. The software will be available starting on September 28.

Via: CanonRumors

Kategorien: Fotografie

Sony announces new Cyber-shot RX10 IV with phase-detect AF and 24 fps bursts

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 15:23
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Sony has announced the RX10 Mark IV, a high-speed addition to its long-zoom 1" sensor compact lineup. Thanks to a newly developed Bionz X processor (borrowed from the a9), it can shoot at 24 fps with AF and AE and can shoot for up to 249 JPEG images (112 Raw). Its 0.03 sec AF-lock speed is claimed to be the World's fastest.

It is the first in the series to include a touchscreen.

It features the same 24-600mm equiv. lens as its predecessor and is the first RX10 camera to include on-sensor phase detection, with 315 AF points covering 65% of the frame (slightly more than 80% in each direction). It's also the first Cyber-shot to include Sony's "High Density" AF Tracking system, from the a9, and the company says that Eye AF has been improved.

It also gains the option to make one of the customizable buttons act as AF-On, to let you initiate AF and fire the shutter independently.

Naturally the lens has optical image stabilization built-in, rated at 4.5 stops of shake reduction. A focus range limiter switch has been added to the side of the Mark IV's lens, with a choice of 'All' or 3m-infinity.

The RX10 IV also has a tilting, 1.44M-dot touchscreen LCD with "touchpad AF" as well as a 2.36M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder. Sony claims that the increase in processing power has dramatically reduced EVF display lag.

The touchpad system can be limited to using one of 9 different regions of the screen, to suit which eye you shoot with and which orientation you use the camera in. It offers both relative and absolute modes, to define how the AF point is moved.

It also captures UHD 4K 24p/30p video with phase detection autofocus, taken from oversampled capture for high detail levels. It can also shoot 1080p footage at up to 120 fps. Video enthusiasts will also appreciate support for S-Log2/S-Gamut 2 and S-Log3/S-Gamut3, along with Gamma Display Assist to give a more usable preview when shooting with them.

There's also a proxy video mode that captures a 720p stream alongside the 4K footage, to speed up the editing workflow.

Battery life has dropped slightly, from an estimated 420 shots per charge on the Mark III to 400 on the Mark IV, using the same NP-FW50 pack as before.

It will cost around $1699 and will be available from October.

See our Sony RX10 IV hands-on

Press Release

Sony’s New RX10 IV Combines Lightning Fast AF and 24 fps Continuous Shooting with Versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Zoom Lens
  • World’s Fastest1 AF Speed, 24 fps2 Continuous Shooting with full AF/AE tracking
  • 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approx. 65% of the frame
  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm3 F2.4-F4 Large Aperture, High Magnification Zoom Lens
  • 4K4 Movie Recording with full pixel readout without pixel binning

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2017 – Sony – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – has today announced the new flagship model in its acclaimed Cyber-shot® RX10 series, the RX10 IV(model DSC-RX10M4).

Featuring the world’s fastest1 AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds5 and up to 24 fps continuous shooting2 with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile 24-600mm3 F2.4-F4 ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens, the new RX10 IV model delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.

The impressive RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1.0-type 20.1 MP6 Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a powerful BIONZ X™ image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together to maximize overall speed of operation and performance, ultimately ensuring the highest possible image and video quality throughout the entire range of the 24-600mm3lens.

“Our customers have been asking for an RX10 series camera with Sony’s latest innovations in AF performance, and we’ve delivered with the RX10 IV model,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “With its unmatched combination of AF speed and tracking, continuous shooting performance, extensive range of up to 600mm and outstanding video quality, the RX10 IV delivers more flexibility in a singular package than anything else in market. It is perhaps the most versatile ‘all in one’ camera that Sony has ever created, offering a seemingly endless amount of creative possibilities for photographers and videographers.”

Fast Focusing, Fast Shooting

A first for Sony’s RX10 series of cameras, the new RX10 IV model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to ultimately enable the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds5. This high speed focusing complements the extensive 24-600mm3 range of the lens, ensuring all subjects can be captured with precise detail and clarity.

Additionally, for the first time in a Cyber-shot camera, the RX10 IV model employs High-density Tracking AF technology. This advanced technology, which had only been previously available in a select few of Sony’s acclaimed line of ? interchangeable lens cameras, concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy, allowing even the most unpredictable subjects including fast-moving athletes and birds in flight to be captured with ease.

Other AF improvements in the new RX10 IV camera include an enhanced version of the popular Eye AF, Touch Focus and Focus Range Limiter7. AF-ON setting is also assignable, as well as multiple AF modes including AF-S, AF-C and AF-A, which can be easily adjusted based on user preferences and shooting situations.

An ideal complement to the AF system, the RX10 IV offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps2 with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 249 images8. With the significant improvements in processing power for the new camera, EVF display lag during continuous shooting has been substantially reduced, allowing shooters to capture the decisive moment with ultimate confidence. Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The RX10 IV also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects, and can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged. A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Lens

The 24-600mm3 ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens on the Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera features a large maximum aperture of F2.4-F4.0, helping it achieve outstanding image quality throughout the entire zoom range, all the way up to ultra-telephoto. It includes a super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element and ED aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration, and ZEISS® T* Coating to minimize flare and ghosting.

The lens also has built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization that helps to reduce camera shake and image blur. When the feature is activated, it is equivalent to an approximate 4.5 steps shutter speed improvement.

Additionally, with a minimum focusing distance of 72 cm (2.36 ft) and 0.49x maximum magnification at a fully extended 600mm, the lens is capable of producing amazingly detailed tele-macro images.

Professional Video Capture

The new RX10 IV model becomes the latest Cyber-shot RX camera to offer the advantages of 4K (QFHD 3840 x 2160) movie recording, with its Fast Hybrid AF system realizing about 2x faster focusing speed compared to the RX10 III.

In 4K mode, the new RX10 IV utilizes full pixel readout without pixel binning, capturing approximately 1.7x more information than is required for 4K movie output to ensure that all the finest details are captured accurately. The camera utilizes the XAVC S™9 codec, recording video at a high data rate of up to 100 Mbps depending on shooting mode. Users have the option of shooting at either 24p or 30p in 4K mode (100 Mbps), or in frame rates of up to 120p in Full HD mode.

The new camera also has a variety of other professional caliber video features including Picture Profile, S-Log3/S-Gamut3, Gamma Display Assist, Proxy recording, Time Code / User Bit and more, as well as input for external microphone and output for headphone monitoring.

Super slow motion10 video recording is also available, with an extended duration of about 4 seconds (in quality priority mode) and 7 seconds (in shoot time priority). This unique feature gives users the ability to choose among 960fps, 480fps and 240 fps frame rates and among 60p, 30p and 24p playback formats11.

Upgraded Operation and Customization

The new RX10 IV features Sony’s latest 3.0-type 1.44M dot tiltable LCD screen with Touch Focus and Touch Pad function – another first for Cyber-shot RX series – for quick and smooth focusing operation, and WhiteMagic™ technology, ensuring that LCD viewing is bright and clear in even the harshest outdoor lighting conditions. Additionally, it is equipped with an approx. 2.35M dot high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™, ensuring true-to-life image preview and playback functionality. Triple lens rings for aperture, zoom and focus are also available, with a completely quiet, smooth option for the aperture ring that is ideal for video shooters.

To enhance customization, “My Menu” functionality has been added, allowing up to 30 frequently used menu items to be custom registered. Menus are color coded for easier recognition and navigation, and a new Movie Settings menu has been introduced to improve the overall video shooting experience.

The RX10 IV is also dust and moisture resistant12, and Wi-Fi®, NFC™ and Bluetooth® compatible.

Pricing and Availability

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV camera will ship in October for about $1,700 US and $2,200 CA.

The new cameras and all compatible accessories will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America. More product information can be found HERE.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new RX10 IV cameras and other high-end Sony imaging products can also be found at www.alphauniverse.com , Sony’s community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of Sony imaging products. A full gallery of images from the camera can also be found HERE.

  1. Among fixed lens digital cameras with 1.0-type sensor. As of September 2017 press release, based on Sony research.
  2. With "Continuous shooting mode: Hi".
  3. 35mm equivalent
  4. 3,840 x 2,160 pixels
  5. CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=8.8mm (wide-end), EV6.8, Program Auto, Focus mode: AF-A, AF area: Center
  6. Approx. effective MP
  7. Only when 35mm-equivalent focal length is within 150-600mm range
  8. With "Continuous shooting mode: Hi" and "Image quality: Fine
  9. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.
  10. Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.
  11. In NSTC mode. Switch between NTSC and PAL using the menu.
  12. Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV specifications PriceMSRP$1699Body typeBody typeSLR-like (bridge)Body materialMagnesium alloy, compositeSensorMax resolution5472 x 3648Other resolutions4864 x 3648, 5472 x 3080, 3648 x 3648, 3648 x 2736, 3648 x 2592, 3648 x 2056, 2544 x 2544, 2736 x 1824, 2592 x 1944, 2720 x 1528, 1920 x 1920, 640 x 480Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9Effective pixels20 megapixelsSensor photo detectors21 megapixelsSensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)Sensor size notesStacked CMOS sensorSensor typeBSI-CMOSProcessorBionz XColor spacesRGB, AdobeRGBColor filter arrayPrimary color filterImageISOAuto, 100 - 12800 (expands to 64-25600)Boosted ISO (minimum)64Boosted ISO (maximum)25600White balance presets9Custom white balanceYesImage stabilizationOpticalImage stabilization notes4.5 stops correctionUncompressed formatRAWJPEG quality levelsExtra fine, standard, fineFile format
  • JPEG (EXIF v2.3)
  • Raw (Sony ARW 2.3)
Optics & FocusFocal length (equiv.)24–600 mmOptical zoom25×Maximum apertureF2.4–4Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYesDigital zoomYes (4X)Manual focusYesNormal focus range3 cm (1.18″)Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)Number of focus points315Screen / viewfinderArticulated LCDTiltingScreen size3″Screen dots1,440,000Touch screenYesScreen typeTFT LCDLive viewYesViewfinder typeElectronicViewfinder coverage100%Viewfinder magnification0.7×Viewfinder resolution2,359,296Photography featuresMinimum shutter speed30 secMaximum shutter speed1/2000 secMaximum shutter speed (electronic)1/32000 secExposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program auto
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Sports Action
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Sunset
  • Night Scene
  • Handheld Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flashYesFlash range10.80 m (at Auto ISO)External flashYes (Multi-interface shoe)Flash modesAuto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, offDrive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous (Hi/Med/Lo)
  • Self-timer (single/cont.)
  • AE bracketing
  • WB bracketing
  • DRO bracketing
Continuous drive24.0 fpsSelf-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)WB BracketingYesVideography featuresFormatAVCHD, XAVC SVideography notesHigh speed modes at 240, 480, 960 fpsModes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 60 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 25 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 50 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM
MicrophoneStereoSpeakerMonoStorageStorage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG DuoConnectivityUSB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)Microphone portYesHeadphone portYesWirelessBuilt-InWireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFCRemote controlYes (via smartphone)PhysicalEnvironmentally sealedYesBatteryBattery PackBattery descriptionNP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and chargerBattery Life (CIPA)400Weight (inc. batteries)1095 g (2.41 lb / 38.62 oz)Dimensions133 x 94 x 145 mm (5.24 x 3.7 x 5.71″)Other featuresOrientation sensorYesTimelapse recordingNoGPSNone
Kategorien: Fotografie

Kenko Tokina updates 400mm mirror lens with better coatings

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 15:02

A new version of Kenko’s 400mm mirror lens is to be released this month that is said to feature better anti-reflective coatings for improved flare performance. The Mirror Lens 400mm F8 N ll uses six elements in two groups and has a fixed F8 aperture. The closest focus distance is 1.5m/59in and the forward filter thread is 67mm while the rear takes a 30.5mm.

The lens is designed for full frame sensors but also comes in a longer version for mirrorless bodies. As it uses a T-mount, the lens can be supplied to fit cameras from nine different systems. There is no electronic contact between the lens and the body, and focus and aperture controls are all handled manually.

No price has been released yet, but more information is available on this translated version of the Kenko website news page. The product is set for release on the 15th September.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Sony press event: RX10 IV, imaging pro support arrive

Imaging Resource - Di, 12/09/2017 - 15:00
Live from Sony's headquarters in New York City, IR publisher and founder Dave Etchells and Reviews Editor Jeremy Gray are taking a first-hand look at Sony's latest and greatest RX10-series camera, the Sony RX10 IV. Sony has also live-streamed the press conference, so if you want to see it for yourself, we've embedded the video below: 10:00AM ET: And we're live! The press conference is now underway... Neal Manowitz is on stage, greeting everyone on the live stream and especially its "friends in Europe". Introducing "yet...
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Patterns and Purpose, an Excerpt from Animation at Work

A List Apart - Di, 12/09/2017 - 14:59

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Rachel Nabors's new book, Animation at Work, available now from A Book Apart.

So we can use animations to tap into users’ visual systems and give them a cognitive speed boost, terrific! But before animating every element of our designs, we must learn when and how to use this new tool: with great power comes great responsibility, and so forth. And as animation must vie with many other concerns for development and design time, it makes sense to spend our resources where they’ll go the farthest.

This chapter sets you up with some core animation patterns and shows you how animation applies to a greater system. Then you’ll learn how to spot cognitive bottlenecks and low-hanging fruit, maximizing the impact of the animations you do invest in.

Common Animation Patterns

If you’ve looked at as many examples of animation on the web and in app interfaces as I have, certain patterns start to emerge. These patterns are helpful for identifying and succinctly verbalizing the purpose of an animation to others. Here are the categories I’ve found myself using the most:

Transitions take users from place to place in the information space, or transition them out of one task into another. These tend to have massive impacts on the content on the page, replacing large portions of information.

Supplements bring information on or off the page, but don’t change the user’s “location” or task. They generally add or update bits of additional content on the page.

Feedback indicates causation between two or more events, often used to connect a user’s interaction with the interface’s reaction.

Demonstrations explain how something works or expose its details by showing instead of telling.

Decorations do not convey new information and are purely aesthetic.

Let’s have a look at each of them and see how they impact the user’s experience.

Transitions

The web was originally designed as a series of linked documents. Clicking on a link caused the browser to wipe the screen, often causing a telltale flash of white, before painting the next page from scratch. While this made sense in the context of linked text-based documents, it makes less sense in an era where pages share many rich design elements and belong to the same domain. Not only is it wasteful of the browser’s resources to be recreating the same page layout over and over, but it also increases users’ cognitive load when they have to reorient and reevaluate the page’s content.

Animation, specifically motion, can facilitate the user’s orientation in an information space by offloading that effort to the brain’s visual cortex. Using a transition between changes in task flow or locations in information architecture ideally reinforces where the user has been, where they are going, and where they are now in one fell swoop.

For example, on Nike’s SB Dunk page, when a user clicks a navigation arrow, the current sneaker moves out of the way while the next sneaker moves in from the opposite direction (Fig 2.1). These transitions clearly show the user how they are navigating along a linear continuum of sneakers, helping them keep track of their place and reinforcing the spatial model of perusing a real-world row of sneakers.

Fig 2.1: On this Nike page, transitions are used to navigate forwards and backwards along a linear continuum of sneakers. (Watch the accompanying video.)

On another shoes site, fluevog.com, transitions move the user from task to task (Fig 2.2). After a user starts typing in the search field, the results are animated on top of a darker backdrop. This transitions the user from the browsing context to refining their search results, streamlining their focus while also reassuring them that they can get back to browsing without much effort.

Fig 2.2: On Fluevog’s website, transitions move users from the browsing context to the searching context. (Watch the accompanying video.) Supplements

While transitions move the user from state to state, supplemental animations bring ancillary information to the user. Think of times when information complementary to the main content of the page appears or disappears in view: alerts, dropdowns, and tooltips are all good candidates for a supplemental animation on entry and exit.

Remember that these animations need to respect the user’s Cone of Vision: will they be looking directly at a tooltip appearing next to their cursor, or will their attention need to be directed to an alert on the side of their tablet?

When a user adds a product to their shopping cart on glossier.com, rather than taking them to a whole new shopping cart page, the site merely updates the user as to their cart’s contents by popping it out as a sidebar (Fig 2.3c). While a transition would snap the user out of browsing mode, this supplemental animation lets the user dismiss the shopping cart and continue shopping.

The shopping cart sidebar uses an additional supplemental animation to quickly and subtly attract the user’s eye: a progress meter gradually fills to show how much the user needs to spend to get free shipping (Fig 2.3d).

Fig 2.3: Glossier.com uses supplemental animation to show and hide the user’s shopping cart, keeping them in the shopping context longer without forcing them into the purchasing context. (Watch the accompanying video.)

This shopping cart process has a third animation pattern going on: the Add to Bag button gains a spinning icon when clicked, which gives the user feedback as to its loading state (Fig 2.3b). Speaking of feedback…

Feedback

Animation can give users direct feedback about their interactions. A depressed button, a swiping gesture—both link a human action to an interface’s reaction. Or the flip side: a loading spinner on a page indicates that we’re waiting on the computer. Without visual feedback, people are left wondering if they actually clicked that “pay now” button, or if the page is really loading after all.

On the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s site, hovering over a button causes its color to fade from red to blue, indicating that the element is interactive and ready to react to user input (Fig 2.4). Button hovers are classic examples for this kind of animation, partly because the gain of giving users visual feedback on buttons is so measurable and important to business.

Fig 2.4: On the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s site, hovering on a button triggers an animation that gives the user feedback that the element is interactive. (Watch the accompanying video.)

Design studio Animal’s site uses a bar of color across the top of the page as well as an animated version of their logo to indicate the page’s loading and loaded states while providing interest and reinforcing their “wild” branding (Fig 2.5).

Fig 2.5: Design studio Animal uses a progress to let users know how much of the page has loaded, and an animated logo to indicate when it’s fully loaded. (Watch the accompanying video.) Demonstrations

Demonstrations are my personal favorite use of animation. They can be both entertaining and insightful. These animations put information into perspective, show what’s happening, or how something works. This makes demonstrative animations perfect partners for infographics. One thing all demonstrative animations do is tell a story, as you’ll see.

“Processing…” pages are an opportunity to explain what’s happening to users while they wait. TurboTax makes good use of these processing pages (Fig 2.6). After users submit their US tax forms, it banishes any remaining anxiety by showing them where their information is headed and what they can expect—all while reinforcing their brand’s friendliness and accessibility. (It also helps that the animation distracts users from a rather lengthy page load with something visually engaging!)

Fig 2.6: TurboTax both informs their users and masks long page loads by demonstrating what’s going on after the user submits their US tax forms. (Watch the accompanying video.)

Coin famously uses demonstrative animations to explain their consolidation card’s value proposition to curious visitors as they scroll through the site (Fig 2.7)—no need to press play and sit through a video ad or wade through paragraphs of expository content. This page is the very essence of “show, don’t tell.”

Fig 2.7: As visitors scroll through Coin’s site, the company’s value proposition plays out in front of them. (Watch the accompanying video.) Decorations

It’s not hard to mistake decorative animations for demonstrative animations. But there is a key difference: where demonstrations bring new information into the system, decorative animations do not. They are the fats and sugars of the animation food pyramid: they make great flavor enhancers, but moderation is key.

The best way to spot a purely decorative animation is to ask, “What can a user learn from this animation? Does this guide them or show them something they wouldn’t know otherwise?” If the answer is no, you might have a decorative animation on your hands.

Even though they get a bad rap, decorative animations can help turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Revisionist History’s site uses decorative animations judiciously to bring flat illustrations to life. The animations add just enough interest to allow for the visual content on the page to be more austere, letting users focus on the podcast (Fig 2.8).

Fig 2.8: Revisionist History’s site uses decorative animations to add visual interest to non-visual media. (Watch the accompanying video.)

Polygon.com epically used animated illustrations to create centerpieces for a series of console reviews. These decorative animations may not have added new information, but they crucially reinforced the Polygon brand. They also helped each console review stand out from the competition, which at the time sported indistinguishable photographs of the same devices.

Fig 2.9: Polygon uses decorative animations as a showstopping feature to stand out from the competition. (Watch the accompanying video.) Want to read more?

This excerpt from Animation at Work will help you get started. Order the full copy today, as well as other excellent titles from A Book Apart.

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Brevit? launches new Hadley series of backpacks, aimed at providing practicality and style

Imaging Resource - Di, 12/09/2017 - 13:30
Brevitē has been making photographer-focused backpacks for the last few years. In fact, we reviewed one of them last year. That backpack was a particularly nice backpack because it was comfortable and functional when carrying photography equipment, but also worked very well as an everyday carrying solution and had very a nice style. Brevitē has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to launch a new series of backpacks, the Hadley line, which adopts a minimalist style while maintaining the same photographer-friendliness of Brevitē's...
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Aurora HDR 2018 now available for preorder: We go hands-on with the software ahead of its release

Imaging Resource - Di, 12/09/2017 - 12:00
After announcing Aurora HDR 2018 earlier this summer, Macphun has shared that the new HDR software is available for preorder now. For the first time in Aurora's history, it's available on Windows in addition to Mac and new users can preorder Aurora HDR 2018 for $89. Current users can upgrade at a special price of $49. Aurora HDR 2018 has been co-developed with professional photographer Trey Ratcliff, who is well-known for his HDR photography. Some of the big new features in Aurora HDR 2018 include a completely redesigned user...
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Canon announces three compact 4K camcorders and a new 4K reference display

Imaging Resource - Di, 12/09/2017 - 09:00
Canon has announced four new products today, three of which are compact 4K camcorders and the fourth a new 4K HDR reference display. The new camcorders are the XF400 and XF405, which have a minor difference, and the VIXIA HF GX10. The new 24-inch reference display is called the Canon DP-V2411 4K HDR1 and is designed spcifically for on-set monitoring. Starting with the camcorders, Canon's new XF400/405 are 4K UHD cameras capable of up to 60p in ultra-high definition (recording at 4:2:0) and full HD at up to 120 frames per second....
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Sigma can install a rear-mounted filter holder on your Canon 14mm F1.8 Art lens

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 11/09/2017 - 21:34

Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced an interesting new service: users of the company's Canon mount 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens can now pay the company to fit a rear mount filter holder onto their lens. The FHR-11 filter holder is designed to allow gel filters to be held over the rear element of the lens so photographers can enjoy "more freedom of expression."

Those who want to fit the holder themselves can buy it without the installation service, but keep in mind that damage caused by erroneous fitting will not be covered by the lens' warranty. Sigma says the time the fitting will take depends on local services, but in Japan users are being told to expect the lens to be away for a week.

In the UK, the FHR-11 on its own costs £35 (~$45 USD), while the filter+install service costs £60 (~$80 USD). Sigma USA has yet to release official US pricing. For more information see the Sigma website.

Press Release

Chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce a chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.

From September onwards, Sigma will be able to install the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.

The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 is an accessory exclusively designed for the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon, and it enables photographers to use a filter sheet with the lens.

By attaching it to the rear of the lens, it will allow more freedom of expression.

The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 will be available in the UK towards the end of September for a Suggested Retail Price of £34.99 including VAT. The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 and installation service by Sigma Imaging UK Ltd is £59.99 including VAT.

Please contact Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd for further information. Customers who do not own the appropriate tools or who do not feel confident in attaching the filter holder themselves may take advantage of the chargeable installation service.

PACKAGE CONTENTS
1. Rear Filter Holder FHR-11
2. Guide template
3. Fixing screws (3 pieces)
UPC Code: 0085126 934866

  • Any damage or faults caused by attaching the filter holder on your own will not be covered by the warranty.
  • This product is exclusive to the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art 017 (CANON Mount).
  • Please do not attempt to attach it to any other lens or mount. There is a risk that it may cause damage to the lens and camera.
  • Please be careful to avoid scratches to the lens or the electrical contacts when attaching the filter holder.
  • Please ensure not to drop the small fixing screws inside the lens.
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The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 11/09/2017 - 21:25

Photographer Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo recently put together an incredibly personal photo story—a project he's calling "one of the most powerful photo/video projects we've ever done." The story features Arty, Jared's neighbor of several years who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

For Jared, Arty's diagnosis struck a very personal note.

"When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it reminds me of my mom," he explains in the video. "Because she passed away from cancer and I dealt with it in a different way from a lot of people, I chose to hide behind the camera."

He told his mom's story as a way to "show the good with the bad," and as he got to know Arty and connect with him, Jared saw an opportunity to tell another story—to capture this man's life for his friends, his family, and even complete strangers because almost everybody has been touched by this disease in some form or fashion. The video above and the photographs below were Jared's way of capturing Arty, of writing down his personality in pixels and ink.

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Arty passed away shortly after the filming of this video. If this story moved you, or if you think it will touch a loved one or friend, please be sure to share it with them. And if you'd like to make a donation to help support the fight against cancer in Arty's name, click here.

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UN seeks worldwide drone registry to pave way for global standards

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 11/09/2017 - 20:24

The United Nations has revealed a controversial proposal to create a worldwide drone registry that would require UAV owners around the globe to register their details in a single unified database. The registry would, in an ideal situation, serve as a single database through which government and law enforcement officials in many countries could access drone operator information from a central location.

The proposal was recently detailed by Reuters, which reports that the plan was put forth by the UN agency International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The agency intends to hold a symposium next week to discuss drone-related matters, though details about this proposal are still largely absent.

Central to the goal behind a single global registry is the ability to create standardized regulations that could be adopted by many countries. Such standardization would relieve the burden drone makers currently face over creating devices that meet the requirements of different markets. Whether the ICAO would operate the database isn't clear.

Talking about this during an interview with Reuters last week, ICAO air navigation bureau director Stephen Creamer explained that drone manufacturers "are worried that Europe might create one set of standards, United States might do a second and China might do a third. And they’ve got to build a drone differently in these different environments."

Whether any given country would be willing to adopt the proposed registry and accompanying global regulations is yet to be seen. Compounding potential problems may be backlash from some consumers who are resistant to drone registries, the personal information they require, and the associated fees. Earlier this year, for example, a legal case brought against the FAA resulted in its Registration Rule being struck down for model aircraft.

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Nikon D850 Comparisons: Pitting this heavyweight against the 5D IV, 5DS R, GFX, D810 & A7R II

Imaging Resource - Mo, 11/09/2017 - 19:53
Click here to see our Nikon D850 First Shots Comparisons At Imaging Resource we are all about comparing images from competing cameras. We all look at many factors when considering what to buy, but image quality is at or near the top for most of us. This holds even more true as the ISO gain begins to rise. With that in mind, our Technical Editor Zig Weidelich has been busy indeed, poring over comparisons from the new Nikon D850 against both the predecessor Nikon D810 as well as against competing models in the Canon 5D Mark IV...
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Hasselblad drops H6D-50c price again, now $11,000 off original price

Digital Photography Review - Mo, 11/09/2017 - 18:15

This past June, Hasselblad dropped the price of the 50MP medium format H6D-50c by a whopping 30% from an original price of $25,995 to just $17,995. But if that's not enough, Hasselblad told us this morning that they're dropping the price even further, from the current $17,995 all the way to $14,995 (€11,900 // £10,800 )—that's $11,000 off the original retail price.

This new price isn't being reflected through online retailers yet—Hasselblad still has the model listed at June's $17,995 on Amazon, for example—but the official announcement went live this morning so we'll expect to see that change take effect soon.

As with the last price drop, there's no indication of whether or not this 'special promotion' is temporary, but if you've been looking to make the jump into medium format, now is as affordable a time as ever.

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