Everyone wants a piece of the 4K cake at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas, it seems. Yesterday, we saw the amazing new Sony A7S, which is not only 4K-capable but also sports an interesting sensor that might just become the new king of low light. Then we heard of a new 4K Micro Four Thirds camera from JVC, and now even more news started trickling in. So we though it was time for a little NAB 4K roundup.
Samsung today announces the UD590 desktop monitor, sporting a 4K UHD resolution at a 28″ screen size. With its size and resolution, it is clearly aimed at those who need a lot of screen real estate. So on top of graphic designers or architects, the UD590 might also find a liking with photographers and videographers. It supports a maximum of 1 billion colors, though the press release doesn’t mention how large exactly its color gamut is.
Besides its gorgeous looks, the main argument for the UD590 is its price tag of US-$ 699.99, which makes it truly affordable for a 4K monitor. On the downside, it comes with a conventional TN panel instead of the much superior IPS panel. This is good for gaming, as the monitor has a response time of just 1 millisecond. But photographers and videographers might need higher contrast and larger viewing angles, plus high color fidelity. How good the UD590 really is or isn’t, though, can only be said when testing it in a photographic workflow.
The UD590 can be pre-ordered now at Amazon.com. Head past the break for the full specs.
Lenovo hasn’t been known for the quality of the display panels they put in their products. Ever since the company took over IBM’s computer business, the ThinkPad line has been virtually useless to photographers. Bad contrast and brightness, bad viewing angles and low color fidelity–except for the incredibly expensive W series. So, understandably, we were pretty dazzled when we heard that the company known for the world’s most rubbsih notebook displays just announced a professional 30″ screen that they claim will cover 99% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.
The Apple iPad Mini turned lots of heads, had some people scratching their heads, and sooner or later became quite the hit. Photographers love the iPad. It is an excellent way to show off a portfolio, as it is small and can accomplish many of the tasks we often need to do. But with the release of both the iPad Mini and iPad 4, why would a photographer prefer the Mini over anything else?
So, the holidays are over. If you’re a frequent reader of this site, then you most likely asked for some photography related equipment as a gift from friends, family, and loved ones. Whether it be a new lens, new camera, new computer or just a bunch of accessories, you need to get the most out of your gear. One piece of gear that is constantly overlooked by many enthusiasts (and some “pros” too) is a good screen calibration device. In this post we will take a look at Datacolor’s Spyder4Pro screen calibration device.
Last night I took the Fuji X100 with me to a small celebration for Cinco De Mayo with co-workers and today I used it for a bit of street photography. Yesterday, I stated that the camera had a slew of problems: especially the metering. The day before that, I compared it to the Olympus EP-2 and was just getting a feel for it. Today, I’m going to address some of the problems a bit more.