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Digital Cameras

Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware update improves video and audio capabilities – and causes malfunction

No sooner had Canon released the latest 2.0.3 firmware update for its venerable EOS 5D Mark II earlier this week than problems were discovered resulting in the company pulling the update. The long-awaited update brought a range of video shooting enhancements and audio tweaks along with fixes to the camera’s manual sensor cleaning function. However, users quickly discovered a malfunction that saw the camera unable to record audio in certain circumstances... but a fix is on the way.Read More

Will the ARRI Alexa finally kill film?

Motion picture equipment manufacturer ARRI is set to release its new high-end digital movie camera, known as the Alexa, and some people in the industry are calling it the final nail in film cinematography’s coffin. Sure, we’ve heard that prediction before but early hands-on reports of the Alexa seem to back it up. Final details have not been officially released, but so far we know the Alexa platform will have a 35mm-size 3.5k pixel sensor with 800ASA sensitivity, onboard HD recording, and shooting speeds up to 60fps.Read More

Microsoft's high-definition webcams feature TrueColor Technology

With many online video resources now encouraging HD uploads, what vloggers and podcasters need in order to finally ditch the grainy low quality affairs that have plagued our online experience for far too long is a high definition webcam. Microsoft has responded to the call with three new 720p HD webcams which TrueColor Technology which, the company claims, automatically adjusts picture quality to give optimum brightness and color whatever light is available.Read More

Gitzo's Athena: the cameraman that can go anywhere

I suppose 'camerawomen' would be more appropriate, given that Athena is a woman's name. But what's in a name? Regardless of what you call it Gitzo's fully electronic, remote-controlled head was one of the sweetest gadgets on display at CP+ 2010 Focus on Imaging exhibition in Yohohama this past weekend.Read More

Samsung TL350 10MP compact camera sports analog capacity gauges

With Samsung's TL350 compact digital camera, users can enjoy the benefits of full high definition video recording, a 10.2 megapixel sensor, five times optical zoom on a wide-angle lens and a bright AMOLED display for preview and review. Would-be action movie makers might also be interested in the super slow motion possibilities offered by a 1,000 frames per second video recording mode, but what first caught our eye was the nifty analog capacity gauges on top which indicate remaining battery and memory.Read More

Mini Digi takes compact cameras to a new level

Japanese manufacturer Green House has just released one of the most compact cameras you're ever likely to see. But you'll have to get in really close because the Mini Digi is so tiny that you might just miss it! Amazingly, it measures 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.2 inches, and weighs just under an ounce. So, for photographers who don't want to take their hefty DSLRs with them all the time, attaching a Mini Digi to your keychain could be a fun alternative.Read More

Boeing launches compact, energy-efficient 3D imaging camera

Just as consumer cameras continue the shrink, so too are cameras designed for military and other commercial applications. The latest is a compact 3D imaging camera launched by Boeing that is designed to be deployed on a wide range of platforms, including unmanned aerial and ground vehicles. The cube-shaped camera is one-third the size and uses one-tenth the power of most comparable cameras.Read More

Pentax unveils 645D medium format 40MP digital SLR

It's been just under a year since Pentax first released images of its 645D medium format digital SLR camera and the company has finally announced its launch, albeit only in Japan for the moment. Offering 40 megapixels, dual-memory support and professional-level image processing you could be in for a pleasant surprise if you were assuming an astronomical price tag.Read More

Ricoh announces more lenses for the GXR digital camera

Ricoh has announced two new lens units for its unique modular GXR digital camera platform. The P10 28-300mm wide zoom and A12 28mm fast prime lens units each include the sensor and image processor built into the module. These modules slide onto the GXR body, allowing the photographer to change both the lens and sensor to accommodate different photographic situations.Read More

Mamiya's new 40 megapixel medium format DM40 digital SLR

Mamiya has announced that its DM33 and DM56 professional modular digital SLR systems are to be joined by a 40 megapixel, large sensor version. The DM40 brings together the expertise of Schneider-Kreuznach, Leaf Phase One and of course Mamiya to offer users a choice of two shutter systems, a lush 16 bit/channel color palette, touchscreen display and powerful supporting processing software.Read More

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