Samsung has just announced a new budget compact camera that could indicate the company’s desire to carve out an entirely new niche in the market. A few years ago, the Flip Video camcorder made waves by offering users a cheap, convenient way to take videos. Its low price, simple controls, and convenient pop-out USB connector appealed to casual users and it’s since become one of the most popular consumer camcorders on the market. Today, the Flip camcorder is emulated by several companies, including Samsung. However, the HMX-E10 is last week’s news. This pseudo-Flip-like camera is all-new.
Even though Kodachrome is dead, film users, hipsters, and Lady Gaga acolytes will be happy to know that the Impossible Project seems to be alive and well. As shown in the video above, lovers of the nostalgic and unique film can get their hands on packs now. The film appears to have been improved as well as it isn’t temperature sensitive anymore.
Check out the video above. The gearhead in me wants that sexy camera bag and a collapsible, smaller camera like the one there. Hell, imaging a Micro Four Thirds model with a Polaroid attachment.
I did it—I took my first self portrait and maybe we don’t need to sing the doom song when looking at my picture. My camera did not melt! No fire and brimstone came down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! No 40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… none of the dead rising from the grave!
My first thought was that the image was an utter failure. But after some reflection and encouragement from friends and colleagues, my first endeavor at a self portrait was not as bad as I thought.
One hot evening in NYC, I took a walk around downtown Manhattan with a friend of mine to do some random shooting with the Sigma DP2s to try out the new and improved autofocus. Everything was shot in RAW and all photos were carefully metered. So how versatile are these raw files? They’re pretty damn good actually.
The video above is perhaps one of the weirdest PR video ever. Everyone knows that no one in the world sounds like the teacher from Charlie Browne.
If you’re into great lighting and you’re a Canon shooter, there is a $25 rebate on the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. For those of you not familiar with PocketWizard products, you actually need to buy both units. One goes on the camera and the other goes on the flash. The units make the flash think that it is on the camera. It’s best to leave the flash in E-TTL mode in this case but it gives you light essentially wherever you need it.
The Sigma DP2s has a nifty little accessory, the EF-140 external flash. So, how good and useful is it? Well, here’s a short test in this very quick posting. Before we go further, here’s a quick recap of the flash.
Like many of you professional photographers, a great compact camera is something we all yearn for. This flash was seemingly designed for us.
Here’s a photo of Jorge, one of my readers, shot without flash.
Here is the photo of Jorge with the EF-140 attached. This is a much better photo than the previous one. If one were to use the on-camera flash, the results would have been much more blown out and somewhat horrid.
Lots more in the field review to come!
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One thing that I have I’ve learned in photography is to always carry a zoom lens. If you shoot photos for fun or you get paid for creating compelling photographs, you will find need for a zoom lens. There are spots you just can’t reach and things you cannot get close to. A zoom lens will afford you that opportunity. Though my Nikon 35mm F1.8 remains my favorite lens and is almost always on my D90, the Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro is by my side often now.
Samsung just announced two new pocket recording devices: offering a pair of portable, pocketable packages for popping photos or videos. The ST80 is a smooth, curvy compact digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi, while the E10 is a smooth, curvy compact camcorder modeled after the current generation of Flip Mino.
Large sensor compact cameras like the Panasonic GF-1, Olympus EPL-1, and the Canon G11 (full review here) tend to take all the spotlight. But what about the other cameras? Enter the Sigma DP2s—a wonderful little large sensor compact camera that is highly customizable and that utilizes the Foveon sensor to capture photos with positively breathtaking color that surpasses film. But is it any good? I was recently sent a review copy for field review.
Panasonic Announces HDC-SDT750; the World's First Consumer 3D Camcorder, 3D Lens for Micro Four Thirds
Panasonic has just announced the HDC-SDT750 camcorder, the world’s first consumer 3D capable video device that shoots in 1080p HD. On top of this, the company has also announced the development of a 3D lens for the Panasonic Micro Four Thirds series of cameras. Releases, packed full of information, are after the jump.
Panasonic has just announced the release of two interesting new camcorders. The TA1 is a pocket camcorder that doubles as a web-cam and the SDX1 is their lightest full HD camcorder that also doubles as a web-cam. Hit the jump for more specs and the important pieces from the press releases.
Editor’s Note: Apparently more Panasonic information is coming this evening. Stay Tuned!
Camera Plus Pro for the Apple iPhone has been updated. Now priced at $0.99 the new fully iPhone 4 compatible app can now control the LED flash on/off/auto options and switch between Front and Rear camera. The new update also has realtime preview for photo editing, real time video exposure and white balance control and other great features that make the Camera Plus Pro app stand out from the rest of the camera apps out there. Full release is after the jump. Be sure to also check out our iPhone coverage and review here.
One of The Phoblographer’s longtime readers recently reached out to us asking for help/advice for her son—who is a college student. His problem in a nut-shell: he needs a great video-capable DSLR camera.
If you’re an Android phone owner, chances are that you use the phone’s camera at times—and possibly with a really cool app. If you do, you may want to check out the Retro Camera app. A free download, Retro Camera is the closest thing to Hipstamatic for the iPhone. It offers some really cool filters and one of the most unique interfaces I’ve seen on a camera app.
Recently the the Gary Fong Lightsphere Collapsible was sent to me to try out. As a photographer that loves and often uses the standard Lightsphere, personal experience has rated it as a very good and useful product. However, I couldn’t have predict how versatile it would be as a diffuser. I stopped by the F-Stopper‘s meetup in NYC two weeks ago and gave this a quick test.
Reviews of the Nikon D3s and the Canon 1D Mk IV have both been completed. Now that some time has passed since both have been written, a full comparison can be drawn. So let’s examine the features together. Both the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D in a similar fashion. While you’re at it, check out my comparison of the Nikon D300s and the Canon 7D.
Samsung is really taking its two-LCD camera concept and running with it. The company has just announced two new members of its DualView line of compact digital cameras, the ST100 and ST600. These two new models are follow-ups to the TL220 and TL225 DualView cameras, improving on several technical aspects.
Canon rebates are around again! Lots of really great deals this time too. Here’s the run down:
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My review of the iPhone 4’s camera made quite the stir; and some users are even wondering how they can make their photos better. Take the recent case of Kyle, who found the posting through Google. He’s got some problems with his images and he wants to make them better, but he’s not a photographer. As I’ve learned in the commercial world, great editors can also create great images. I’m going to show you how to create better iPhone images by converting them to RAWs.