• August 19, 2014

New Fujifilm Patent: Hybrid Autofocus Pixels

Fujifilm has recently patented new technology related to a future sensor: hybrid autofocus pixels. According to the Japanese website Egami, these hybrid pixels will substitute for phase-detection pixels, used up until now in camera sensors like the Fuji X-E2 or X-T1, which allow for a huge improvement in autofocus velocity with respect to models of the previous Series X generation. The phase-detection pixels pass information to the camera to speed up the autofocus, but they don’t fulfill their traditional role of capturing light, which translates into a certain “image quality degradation.”

hybrid autofocus pixels

To compensate for this deficiency, hybrid autofocus pixels have arrived on the scene, which would be able to do both jobs: transmit light and the information necessary to speed up autofocus. Egami stresses that the transmission of light by hybrid pixels “won’t be 100%” but that they would be able to “minimize the degradation of image quality.”

With autofocus hybrid pixels, its organic sensor, and its new color scheme, it seems that Fujifilm is working hard to continue its development of vanguard sensor technologies. Its aim is clear: to design its own sensors and become independent of Sony, the company responsible for the basis of its X-Trans sensors.

  • August 18, 2014

Pentax Q-S1: all the details about the new super-compact CSC

Pentax Q-S1

The leaks this time were right. In the last few days news has been going around about the possible configuration of a new Pentax mirrorless camera with a compact design and a classic look that would afford users the manual controls normally found in an advanced camera. And the predictions have come to pass. On paper, the new Pentax Q-S1 appears to meet the expectations it has generated.

Inside, it has a state-of-the-art 1-by-1.7-inch CMOS BSI sensor and a Q Engine image processor that, according to the camera’s designers, offers great image quality and the necessary processing capacity to take as many as 5 photographs per second. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s take a more detailed look.

Pentax Q-S1, main specifications:

Sensor

Backlit CMOS with a size of 1 / 1.7 "and 12 megapixels effective

Image processor Q Engine
Maximum ISO sensitivity 12.800
Control Dial Quick Dial
Image stabilizer Yes / Vibration Reduction by gyro
Video Recording Full HD (1080/30p)
Monitor 3-inch LCD with a resolution of 460,000 dots
Shooting Modes AE (P), AE (Av), AE (Tv) and manual
Sensor Cleaning Yes (DRII) / Using ultrasonic vibrations
Versions Available in five colors for the body and eight for the front (40 different combinations
Compatibility with Eye-Fi cards Yes
Continuous Shooting Up to 5 fps
Multi Exposure Yes (up to nine different exposures in one shot)
Digital Level Yes
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 34 mm
weight 203 g (including battery)

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  • August 13, 2014

New Metz 64 AF-1 digital flash (for Canon and Nikon)

Announced as “one of the sensational new products that METZ will present at Photokina 2014 in September,” the German company has launched its new flash, the Metz 64 AF-1 digital, with versions for Canon and Nikon.

Metz 64 AF-1 digital flash

The new Metz mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital flash is the brand’s new flagship model among flash products and will have a price of 399 dollars.

It has all the characteristics of the previous model, the 58 AF-2 digital, such as the additional reflector and the servo, automatic, and TTL flash modes, all of which have been perfected in various ways in the new model.

The guide number has been increased to 64 with ISO 100 with a focal distance of 200 mm, the Metz 64 AF-1 digital being one of the most powerful compact flashes in the world. The flash is also characterized by its excellent finish and many technical features like the motorized zoom or the completely orientable reflector system.

Metz 64 AF-1 digital flash

One highlight of the mecablitz 64 AF-1 is without a doubt its new, illuminated color touchscreen display with an automatic turning function. This offers especially comfortable access to the many setting possibilities of the mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital.

The new flash, like all mecablitz flash products, is adapted to the digital cameras of the most prominent manufacturers. So far it’s available for Canon and Nikon, but after Photokina 2014 it will also be available for Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax, and Sony.

  • August 12, 2014

Canon whips out zoom in its new PowerShot SX520 HS and SX400 IS

In addition to looking for compact, pocket-size models of camera, many other users are interested in all-terrain cameras that allow for the capture of images in all types of situations. These bridge cameras, which are halfway between single-lens reflex and point-and-shoot cameras, are the kind that Canon has wanted to update with its new PowerShot SX520 HS and SX400 IS. Both come with very similar designs, with powerful respective zooms of 42x and 30x and a 24-millimeter wide-angle lens.

Canon PowerShot SX520

They stand out due to the incorporation of an intelligent image stabilizer capable of detecting eight different types of scenes, as well as a 16-megapixel sensor which, in the case of the SX520 HS, is highly sensitive.

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  • August 11, 2014

The RAW of the Nikon D810 and Adobe: a mysterious result, more or less

A few days ago I ranted at you all a little about the mystery of the Nikon D RAW and its conversion with the DNG Converter: Ftc 30-7-2014. I ranted against Adobe, which you all know by now comes pretty easily to me.

Well, today I see that Adobe has published the definitive (non-beta) version of ACR and DNG Converter 8.6. Naturally, the first thing I’ve done is install it and try it on the NEF files that, until 48 hours ago, wouldn’t open.

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  • August 10, 2014

Adobe: Lightroom 5.6 update and (updated) ACR and DNG Converter 8.6

Adobe has introduced an update for Lightroom 5.6 that does the usual and also supports, among other cameras, the Nikon D810.

Curiously, I don’t see any indication that this is a beta version, even though just a couple of weeks ago (Ftc 18-7-2014), Adobe released the beta of ACR 8.6 which in principle is the same one that includes Lightroom. Is one a beta and the other one not?

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  • August 3, 2014

How to show your photos physically and digitally

Today we frequently have the opportunity to take photos often that we practically dedicate ourselves to accumulate images. How many photos have you printed in the last year? And how many times do you re-visit your archive to remember precious moments? Take your photos out of your memory box and find how to show your photos in both a digital and physical holder.

Digital Support

The most important thing for your whether they are physical or digital format is that they are good: choose only those photos that manage to express what you want to say and keep the quantity low so you don’t get bored.

Digital Frame

Do you have a bunch of photos that you love but don’t want to print? Do you get bored fast looking at the same kind of images and would like to change frequently? To look at your photos without printing them, you make yourself a digital frame: At first the expenditure is great but over a long time you would save on printing costs of millions of photos. You can also use it to place a static photo of change it when you want to.

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  • August 2, 2014

Sony will work on a curved sensor for smartphones

Sony, as it has done in the past, is one of the brands that, while not always right, are driving the photographic sector based almost on constant innovations each month. The latest news coming from the hand of DPReview, is the possibility that Sony is working to mount a curved sensor for their cameras for smartphones.

This idea is related to the already announced possibility of a spherical sensor similar to a human eye, Juan Carlos commented on this in the month of April, following in that line of work, which would increase the sensitivity and reduce chromatic aberrations. The engineers from Sony work to apply this philosophy in their smartphones cameras.

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  • August 1, 2014

Rumor: the Fuji X30 will have an electronic visor instead of an optic one.

From Fujirumors it is commented that the Fuji X30 could incorporate an electronic visor insubstitution of the optic visor that the Fuji X20 currently has. It would be a movement from the part of Fujifilm that will surely rally people for and against.

Fuji X30

Even if the optic visor is the usual preference for most fujists, the Fuji X10 and X20 one is often criticized by a good portion of the users that acquire these cameras, as they are not used to the parallax error and because the lens appears in the framing an a good portion of the most angular focal range. An electronic visor could be the most marketable solution for Fujifilm and maybe even the cheapest.

What do you think about a Fuji X30 with an electronic lens?

  • July 31, 2014

Ricoh announces the Pentax K-3 Prestige Edition

Ricoh Imaging Company charges back with a new launch that aims to liven up the heat of the summer. It is a model not of great importance, but of limited distribution, that will enchant the brand’s followers. We are talking about the Pentax K-3X Prestige Edition, an exclusive edition that arrives with 2000 units in the entire world, incorporating firmware modifications and a few changes from the basic model.

Pentax K-3 Prestige

For Ricoh, it is a justified limited edition because of the popularity of the Pentax K-3, which is its leading model at the moment against the different SLR cameras they have in their catalog. Its popularity hasn’t stopped growing and at Ricoh, where it is known how important it is to strengthen the brand’s value, they believe fitting to distribute this limited edition model with which they will please their biggest fans and will help spread the popularity of the Pentax K-3 in stores.

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