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Technical Image Press Association names photography award winners for 2010

The TIPA Awards have been run and won for 2010, meaning potential purchasers can make informed purchasing decisions backed by the collective opinions of 28 international photographic magazine editors. The big winners in the DSLR categories were the Nikon D3s (Professional) Canon EOS 7D (Expert), Canon EOS 550D (Advanced) and Pentax K-x (Entry). The Fuji FinePix HS10 took out best Superzoom, while Compact category winners included the Casio Exilim EX-G1 (Rugged Compact), Canon PowerShot G11 (Expert Compact) and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V (Best Compact). Significantly, the Best Expert Camcorder was…  Read More

Carl Zeiss introduces dedicated cine lenses for Canon and Nikon DSLRs

With the trend for digital SLRs to include additional video capture it was only a matter of time before dedicated prime and zoom cine lenses were offered to hybrid photographers and videographers. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas this week, Carl Zeiss introduced an entire new range of cine lenses, set for launch in June. As well as being designed especially for DSLRs, all forthcoming lens models will be available with interchangeable Canon EF, Nikon F and Arri PL mounts.  Read More

Canon has released firmware version 2.0.4 for its EOS 5D Mark II that fixes the audio reco...

It looks like the coast is clear for owners of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to upgrade their firmware. The newly released 2.0.4 firmware includes all of the improvements we saw in version 2.0.3 that was released last week, but without the side effect of rendering the camera unable to record audio in certain circumstances. The new update also fixes the malfunction for those that had already upgraded to version 2.0.3 before it was pulled, so Canon is encouraging all users to update to version 2.0.4.  Read More

Unfortunately Canon's firmware update 2.0.3 didn't only bring welcome enhancements to the ...

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

The Powershot SD3500 IS shoots 720p HD video and offers 5x optical zoom

Canon recently announced some new additions to its popular Powershot line of compact cameras. One of them boasts a respectable 12 megapixel sensor while the other three have been boosted to 14 megapixels. Optical zoom runs from 4x on the cheaper SD1300 IS and SD1400 IS models up to 14x on the SX210 IS and the SD3500 IS features a 3.5in 460,000 dot touchscreen LCD display.  Read More

EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR camera with 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and many professional level...

Canon has turned up the heat in the "somewhere between entry level and professional photographer" market with the announcement of its new addition to the EOS family, the Rebel T2i. As well as a new 18 megapixel sensor, the feature and function heavy T2i also includes improved ISO control and better metering, the facility to shoot full HD movies, a brighter 3:2 aspect LCD display and support for SDXC cards.  Read More

Canon's patent application details the disabling of parts of the touchscreen (the shaded a...

Touchscreens have almost become standard on point and shoot digital compact cameras. The same can’t be said for more enthusiast/professional oriented DSLRs, mainly because of the different ways both types of cameras are used. Compacts are generally held out in front of the photographer who checks the framing via the camera’s LCD screen. DSLRs, on the other hand, are often still used with the photographer’s face mashed up against the rear of the camera to frame a shot using the optical viewfinder. This would wreak havoc with a touchscreen as the photographer’s nose goes about changing all those carefully nurtured manual settings. But a new patent application from Canon could solve the problem and see touchscreens appearing on DSLRs as well.  Read More

Canon's new EOS 1D Mk IV professional D-SLR camera features a 16.1 Mp sensor and full 1080...

Canon didn't allow Nikon to enjoy the limelight for too long after all, announcing the forthcoming release of its new EOS 1D Mark IV professional D-SLR camera before the fanfare that accompanied Nikon's D3S had even died down. As well as slightly improving the huge ISO range of the D3S, Canon looks to have seized the opportunity to further raise the standard a little by opting for a 16.1 Mp sensor and 1080p high definition video.  Read More

A snap showing the balloon popped at high altitude

After receiving an email from a Japanese enthusiast, a group of amateur radio high altitude balloon buffs jumped at the chance to help record the first ever non-professional near space high definition video, and maybe set a new altitude record on the way. After squeezing the HD camcorder and tracking hardware into a styrofoam box, and a couple of false starts, the 1500g high altitude, hydrogen-filled balloon was away.  Read More

The Canon VB-C500VD vandal resistant mini dome network camera

Unfortunately for society today, there is an increasing need for quality surveillance - it’s almost mandatory that businesses incorporate security into their list of ‘must haves’. Canon’s new VB-C500VD vandal-resistant mini dome network camera is suited to a wide variety of applications where discreet high quality surveillance over a network is needed, and its wide angle lens means it’s ideal for positioning in tight places, like around ATMs, schools, lobbies, and shopping malls. If set to motion-activation mode, this PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) camera can send emails or cell phone messages instantly, and being a PoE (power over Ethernet) device, it uses a single LAN cable to power the camera and transfer video and audio data when connected to a PoE switch, saving on installation costs.  Read More

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