Canon has unveiled their latest products, large-format printers. These three printers will form part of their imagePrograf line that focuses more on photographic, proofing, and graphic arts markets. The Canon imagePrograf iPF8300 is a 44-inch printer and it can print out pictures of professional quality. The same goes for the Canon imagePrograf iPF6300 that is a 24-inch model. These printers come with LUCIA EX pigment ink that helps to make the pictures printed last up to 75 years and for black-and-white pictures, it can last for about 200 years.
These printers also have an enhanced color spectrum with 12-color LUCIA EX pigment ink set. This helps to increase the color gamut by almost 20 percent from the previous printers of the imagePrograf iPFx100 series. Together with these printers come a new Photoshop print plug-in and also new media configuration tools. There’s also an 80GB hard disk drive on the printers. These printers from Canon are all compliant with U.S. Energy Star energy-saving standards and RoHS compliance standards. These models will be displayed at the Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Convention, MGM Grand in Las Vegas in March.
Recently Samsung announced its new compact cameras, four point-n-shoot cameras in all. One of the models, the TL500 comes with f/1.8 lens and a large image sensor. It is said that having these two particular features in a camera automatically make shots taken look really good even in low-lighting conditions. The Samsung TL500 was first unveiled at the PMA show in California a few days back. What it also features is an ultra-wide 24mm Schneider Kreuznach lens with a 3X zoom. Apparently, the Canon PowerShot S90 features the same sensor (1/1.7) and a maximum aperture of 2.0 so in a way, the TL500 and PowerShot S90 will compete against one another. Though, the Samsung TL500 features the widest aperture on a compact camera with its F/1.8 maximum aperture.
Other models announced by Samsung include the TL350 which is a high-speed camera that is able to take full-resolution stills at a rate of 10 per second and it can capture video at 1,000 frames per second. This one will be sold at $350.
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There’s hope out there in Canada as word around is that Bell will launch the Samsung R330 mobile phone on the 1st of March this year. It will be available for $29.95 when signing a Bell contract for three years.
Let’s talk about the phone now. The Samsung R330 phone comes in a flip phone form factor. It measures about 95.2 x 46 x 18.4mm and weighs 90gm. A moderate 1.3 megapixel camera should be good to take portrait shots is present, either ways, it’s a small phone, can’t expect much. There are the traditional one-touch dial keys and other features include calculator, alarm, speakerphone and a 2.5mm jack.There are also different pricing for the phone including the $79.95 for a two-year contract, there’s the $89.95 price for a one-year contract and lastly, it’s $99.95 with no contract.
Last word, if you are over in Canada and would like a simple phone then the Samsung R330 might be the one for you.
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Samsung has just unveiled five new lenses that are meant for the Samsung NX camera. Samsung said that these new lenses will be released this year itself. The new Samsung NX lenses will be added to Samsung NX10’s other lenses including the Pancake, Standard Zoom and Tele Zoom lenses. These lenses were launched during the CES event in January.
Based on an official statement, a Samsung representative said that Samsung is inspired to create new lines of cameras and lenses that would change the way people think and feel about photography. Samsung has also created a detailed research on what consumers want from their cameras. According to Samsung, more consumers are looking for compact and stylish products of high performance, while retaining a focus on value. Samsung has managed to follow-up these demands throughout the development of their lens technology for the NX10 and forthcoming NX range. The new lenses that will be released later on this year are a Standard Zoom Lens – 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6, Non OIS; a Compact Zoom Lens – 20-50mm, f/3.5-5.6; a Wide Pancake Lens – 20mm, f/2.8; a Super Zoom Lens – 18-200mm, f/3.5-6.3 OIS and a Macro Lens – 60mm, f/2.8.
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It’s finally official; Sony just announced their new ultra-compact concept cameras with APS-C sensors. These DSLRs will have the new Exmor APS HD MOS sensor which is larger and bigger than the normal Micro Four Thirds system considering the fact that it is a general APS-C sized sensor (24mm x 16mm). Another new exciting feature in the new DSLRs is the ability to shoot 1080P AVCHD video, how exciting!
We also heard that one of these cameras to be released will be the successor of the Sony A700. Aside from the new DSLRs, Sony introduced their ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital cameras. These cameras have the Sony’s alpha formfactor as well as Sony’s rich design. Made with Sony’s rich design characteristics, these cameras will be available in red, blue and silver colors. We have to really say that these designs are as cute as a Sony camera can get not forgetting how stylish they look in their different colors.
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At the PMA, Sigma upgraded its two models, the DP1x and the DP2s and at the same time, Sigma announced their plan to re-launch the SD15. The DP1x will now have the True II imaging processor and a better and faster autofocusing algorithm. It will have the same controls as present on the DP2s and there will be an easier menu and quick access button on the camera that can be used for the frequently used presets. As you probably already know the DP1x features a 14-megapixel and this upgrade is expected to make the camera work much better and faster.
Meanwhile, the DP2s now has a new AF routine, simpler, easier-to-read rear controls and a new power-saving mode. Other than that, Sigma’s SD15 made an appearance again after quite some time (Photokina 2008, to be exact) and while this camera is considered a real DSLR, it features the same 14-megapixel Foveon sensor as the other models upgraded. While these details have been announced, we are still waiting for the release dates and the prices of these Sigma cameras.
This is just in; Sony has just announced their Alpha DSLR Concept Cameras. Though not that many details are out yet but we did manage to get a little taste of what’s in store for us and before you jump into any conclusion, these facts are not real facts yet, they are merely rumors of what we are hoping to become facts. According to a leaked source, these Alpha DSLR Concept cameras will be based on the concept model of an ultra-compact interchangeable lens digital camera system that packs the quality of a DSLR camera in a small body, along with its interchangeable lenses.
These new Alpha cameras are considered as mid-range concept cameras for advanced users and they will also act as concept mainstream models. There will also be the prototype of a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G) with class-leading optical performance. Also on the list is the prototype of a Distagon T 24mm F2 ZA SSM, new Carl Zeiss wide angle lens for superior shots of landscapes and sweeping vistas.
Motorola recently unveiled their new scanner series consisting mainly of rugged digital bar-code scanners. This new scanner series will replace the soon-to-be-discontinued Motorola DS3400 series. The new DS3500 series will provide a better performance and reliability than the previous series. The new series feature a 624 MHz microprocessor and as told by Motorola, it is designed to read one- and two-dimensional (2D) bar codes, direct part marks and item unique identification (IUID) support within milliseconds. Motorola also said that the DS3500 series feature an omni-directional scanning functionality that basically enables users to capture bar codes from any angle.
Two of the models from the new series, the DS3508-DP corded and the DS3578-DP cordless both met the U.S. Department of Defense tracking and identification mandates for suppliers. They are also ruggedized to withstand a six-foot drop or multiple drops of a meter or less. Corded models from the DS3500 scanner series are priced at $700 while the cordless ones are $1,100 and they come with a charging cradle. This sure will make a cashier’s life easier.
Leaf introduced its new medium-format camera back, the Aptus-II 8. The Aptus-II 8 comes with a 40-megapixel and features 7,360×5,562 pixels resolution with a capture rate of under 0.8 seconds per frame. It can sustain a burst of more than 60 resolution shots per minute. It comes with a 1.73 x 1.355-in CCD that features an 80-800 ISO sensitivity range and a 12 f-stop dynamic range. This camera as well as its other models from the Aptus-II series has the medium format camera backs that utilizes touchscreens and the camera back employs a high contrast, 2.36 x 2.76-in LCD. It also comes with a lossless 16-bit file compression which will help to speed up file transfer.
CF card, Bluetooth and FireWire 800 are also present as image storage and transfer depend on them. The Aptus-II 8 supports RAW file format that are used by the Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture software. These software are known to be used for image editing. As for now, we know that the Leaf Aptus-II 8 camera back will be sold at the price of $19,008 and it is already available to be ordered.
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Sanyo just launched its new digital photo frame, the ALBO HNV-S70. This new digital photo frame features a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels and comes with a 120° wide viewing angle.
The Sanyo ALBO HNV-S70 also comes with a 500MB internal memory and there’s a built-in card reader (supports SD/SDHC and Memory Stick) that can be used in case more memory is needed. It can play all basic audio (MP3 audio) and video file formats (Motion-JPEG video). Also known as the ALBO HNV-S70 Home Network Viewer, this device unfortunately doesn’t have WiFi support but it does include InfraRed that will allow its users to view photos from their mobile phones wirelessly. There’s also a USB port present on this device.
This Sanyo digital photo frame will be released in three colors which are white, pink and brown. It will be released on 8 October and will be sold at the price of $165.