Sony Announces New Point and Shoots with Lots of Megapickels

This evening, Sony announced three new additions to their point and shoot line of cameras. At a glance, the TX200V (above) is their tough camera that it waterproof up to 16 feet, and has a fairly thick layer of glass right in front of it (when we asked if it was Gorilla Glass, they couldn’t comment.) Plus, they announced the new WX70 with a 3.0 inch touch screen LCD and the WX50: which is their latest entry level CMOS model.

Interestingly, Sony said that the cameras will continuously autofocus and try to find something to focus on until you half-press the shutter button and lock it. That means that in real life use, the battery life may suffer. They also claim that these cameras have 1/6th the noise as their previous generation. During the presentation, we saw charts that we’re not allowed the publish; but the technology is called, “pixel super resolution technology.”

No press release here: just all the details you’re probably curious about after the jump; like more megapickels on those itsy bitty teenie weeny sensor.

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There are lots of cool new things coming soon, so stay tuned. We’re as excited as you are.

What You Need To Know About the Canon 1D X

Canon Rumors picked up the press release early, and today we hear about the new EOS 1D x (or 1Dx and 1D-X depending on what the search engines are all saying). While you can get the press releases everywhere else, here’s a quick analysis of the camera and what all the new features mean to you in practical terms based on the information we have so far.

Editor’s Note: This post will be updates as more information comes in. EOSHD has some info as does Photography Bay.

My good buddy Mitch over at Planet 5D also has more info that you won’t find in the press release.

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Nikon Announces New P7100 Point and Shoot, Fanboys Throw Riots

Today, Nikon has announced the P7100 point and shoot camera along with a slew of other point and shoot cameras. The exciting new—wait a second, what? Point and shoots? Sure the P7100 shoots raw, but where are the D300s and D700 successors?

Whatever, hit the jump to read the specs without the extra padding of a press release. Also watch a fanboy become sad and emo now that there is no D400 or D800 yet.

Before you click though, note that from the marketing language, they seem to be targeting this at street photographers…

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A Photo from the Canon 5D Mk III?

Upon browsing through the Editor’s Choice area of, I noticed this image. When you upload an image to the service, it automatically puts the EXIF Data in for you. However, it can be changed if you go in and edit the information. Apparently, Christopher Boffoli may have a Canon 5D Mk III. Christopher may have mistakenly put that in. If he did, then too bad. But if it really is an image from the 5D Mk III camera (that has yet to be announced), fanboys all around will be ecstatic.

He has comments on the image already asking about the Mk III but not replying at all. That just peaks my curiosity even more. What do you think? Could it be real? Why would he not correct it and prevent angry Canon fans from potentially ripping him apart?

Update: he has removed the camera information!!!!!!

Win an Eye-Fi Card Pro X2 Card!

Mother’s Day is coming up, and we’re giving away an Eye-Fi Pro X2 card in a very simple contest. So what do you need to do?

Follow The Phoblographer on Facebook or Twitter (both are recommended)

Follow Eye-Fi on Facebook or Twitter (both are recommended)

Leave a comment on this posting telling us how you or your mom would use this card.

You have until Wednesday, May 4th 2011 7PM Eastern (NYC Time) to enter. We will pick the winning comment and the winner will be announced very shortly afterwards.

I’ve reviewed the Eye-Fi card with many cameras and loved it with the Canon T3i, Olympus EPL-2, Canon 60D, and more. It’s an amazing memory card and will make a great gift for mom or yourself.

UPDATE: the winner is B Coram with his comment-

Congrats to you, please email me at chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com so we can arrange for you to get your prize. Congrats to all of you for making this decision difficult for me right after doing a whole load of work 🙂 Thanks for entering as well.


With the Flip Dead, Samsung Announces W200 Camcorder

With the Flip about to be put out of its misery, Samsung announced the new W200 pocket camcorder that not only sports an F/2.2 lens, but also features waterproofing. The new camcorder also has a back-illuminated 5MP CMOS sensor (BSI), which when combined with the F/2.2 lens should be able to do a great job with the diminished light underwater for up to 3 meters. That F/2.2 lens also has an anti-fog coating to prevent cloudy images. The only drag I see is the 2.3″ 230K LCD screen, which isn’t that great since we’re so used to higher resolution screens these days. Beyond this, it has art filters:

– Vignetting allows users to fade the edges of shots

– The Fish-Eye setting creates an arty, distorted feel for unique and interesting footage.


Sony Introduces HVL-F43AM Flash


Today, Sony announced the new HVL-F43AM flash that they are marketing as, “compact, yet versatile.” It seems to be the prefect companion to the Sony A580 that we previously reviewed. According to the specs they sent us, it is:

– A powerful output of GN43 (105mm ISO100 m), the compact yet versatile HVL-F43AM flash from Sony is optimized for superb results with all A-mount cameras.

– As featured on the HVL-F58AM, the innovative Quick Shift Bounce system allows flash head position to be adjusted instantly when switching between horizontal and vertical compositions. This maintains consistent shadow positions regardless of camera orientation, allowing easy creation of natural-looking ‘bounce’ effects.

– Further, Wireless Ratio Control makes it easy to select light emission ratios for up to three separate flash units. This allows quick creation of sophisticated multi-point lighting effects without the need for complex professional equipment.

– Ideal for everyday shooting and more serious applications, its dust- and moisture-resistant design makes the HVL-F43AM ideal for demanding assignments, indoors or outside.

– Flash power levels are switchable in 22 increments, from 1/1 through to 1/128 level in 1/3 steps. High output power is complemented by a quick 2.9 second (approx.) recycling time. Despite the flash’s extensive functions, operation is refreshingly clear and simple via the high-quality LCD screen and direction buttons.


2011 How to Sell Prints Guide at Photoshelter (its free!)

Selling prints can be and interesting task. When I got to a confident level in my photography,  I wanted to do this. I have been  reading things, here  and there, about the subject.  PhotoShelter( @photoshelter on twitter) has produced a nice 44 page guide on selling prints,whichI am currently reading through, and the best part is, it’s free! It has information on getting traffic from Google, Google Analytics, and SEO as well as using social media to help you sell your images. As you know, I am always trying to save money for my photography. This will also help me earn money from photography.

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What Does the New Leica X1 Firmware Update Mean For You?

Today, Leica issued a firmware update for the X1. Indeed, it is already quite the powerhouse of a camera that will powerbomb your wallet. Rumors were abound though that the Leica X1’s firmware update was perhaps to make it more of a competitor to the Fujifilm X100. So here’s the thing: we know how the X100 will function. Does the firmware update indeed make it more of a competitor?

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WestLicht Museum of Photography Purchases the International Polaroid Collection

Photo by Ansel Adams (Found on Westlicht’s site)

Nostalgia buffs rejoice! The International Polaroid Collection, which apparently was lost for years, has been found and purchased by the owner of the WestLicht Museum in Vienna (the same place as Lomography’s headquarter’s). The future of the unique Polaroid collection was apparently uncertain, though the press release doesn’t exactly say why.

So what does this mean to us? As photographers, whether we care to acknowledge it or not, Polaroid is a part of us and our history. Our roots are critical and this is something that is important to our history. With that said, it affects us in different degrees. Whether we’re using some really cool apps on our phone, shooting with Impossible film or some stored Polaroid, or not even embracing it at all: instant photography is now ingrained in us. Press release after the jump.

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How to Get Around Lightbox in Facebook

Recently, Facebook took a better measure to protect people’s photos by incorporating Lightbox the way that Flickr does. This is a step in the right direction for many photographers, yes? Sure. But try this: click on a photo of some sort and wait for it to come up in Lightbox. Then hit refresh. I’m using Firefox, and it took me back to the old Facebook photo page that allowed me to pull the image from the site if I wanted to.

So photographers: does this mean that you’re just going to work on building your pageviews on Flickr instead?

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Apple Reduces Aperture 3 price in Mac App Store to $79

Apple has launched its Mac App Store and is listing Aperture 3 – it’s professional photo management and editing software – to just $79 (US). You need to update your Mac to OS 10.6.6, which installs the new Mac App application, and purchase online.

When Aperture launched over five years ago it was about $500: Apple has dropped the price progressively, but this sees the price go from $200 to $79.

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4 Reasons Why the Olympus EPL-2 and XZ-1 Will Dominate in Sales

Admittedly, I haven’t touched either the Olympus EPL-2 or XZ-1 at the time of writing this posting. However, they are two very exciting cameras that are bound to be hot on everyone’s list. Those of you that have been reading the site for a while know that I hated the EPL-1 (more than once) to the point of even refusing to link to it through Amazon and B&H because I wouldn’t tell anyone to buy it. It seems like Olympus has listened to what I clamored for originally, and threw in some amazing accessories as well. If not, it at least will make the decision between the two top dogs in this category a bit more difficult.

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Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode Allows For Uploading Photos to Your Phones

For those who like to share their images in a quick and easy way, Eye-Fi is a familiar name. They have announced their new product, Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode. This product allows user to, wirelessly, connect their camera to smartphones for instant connectivity. We’re currently working on reviewing the X2 cards and are really liking them. Hit the jump for more of the news from CES 2011.

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Impossible Project Hopes to Ramp Up PX 680 Color Shade Production; 8×10 inch format

Lovers of film, like the 20×24 Polaroid studio we visited, will be happy to know that the Impossible Project is still fueling creativity. Today, they are announcing that they plan to ramp up production of PX 680 color shade film and restart production of 8×10 large format film. To be honest, there is really little more to the press release but highlighting IP’s steps forward for the year (which are still quite tremendous in and of themselves.) But if you live in Tokyo or NYC, then you’ll want to check out the events they have going on. In which case, hit the jump and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

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Instant Rebate on the Olympus EP-2

We finished our review of the Olympus EP-2 a while back. We liked it: when paired with the right accessories. For the holiday season, the EP-2 is available with instant rebates: which include said items and is available only for a couple of days (so you can’t procrastinate.)

This is a great camera for the street photographer, the person looking for a more compact solution to bulk DSLRs, or the pro looking for something different. We understand that not everyone will want the K-x. However, this can be a great gift.

Use Our ThinkTank Photo Banner on the Side and Get a Free Bag

Today, we have a great announcement: ThePhoblographer is now partnered with ThinkTank Photo. If you choose to use our special banner on the side (or the previous link) and make purchases of $50 or more, you’ll get a special gift. Straight from the tank’s mouth,

“As a special offer to our friends, when you order $50 or more of Think Tank gear online, at checkout you will be able to select a bag to receive for free. Be sure to let others know about this special deal. Enjoy your free bag!”

Alternatively, you can also check them out at Amazon if you’re interested. For you holiday shopping procrastinators, you can also check out our holiday gift guide. You’ll appreciate the deals.

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