Olympus introduces the Stylus SH-2 digital camera

Olympus SH-2 digital camera

Olympus has introduced a successor model in the Stylus SH line of digital cameras, the Olympus Stylus SH-2, featuring a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote shooting and sharing with a smart device, RAW capture capability, and 5-Axis Image Stabilization that supports both still image and video capture. The camera also adds new Nightscape Modes for night scenes and portraits.

The Stylus SH-2 reflects the aesthetic of the Olympus PEN series of cameras. The SH-2’s top panel and main controls are constructed of aluminum alloy, with excellent craftsmanship that is reflected in many details of the camera, including the lens barrel, dials, and front and rear grips. The camera is available with two finishes: silver and black.

Despite its compact size, the Olympus Stylus SH-2 captures excellent image quality with a 16-megapixel sensor and 24x optical zoom lens, which adjusts from 25mm wide-angle to 600mm telephoto. This camera is also equipped with tele-macro functionality that allows you to capture detail from a distance of up to 40 cm (15.75 inches), great for shooting macro images in a variety of settings.Olympus SH-2 digital camera

Nightscape Modes allow the user to select from different sub-modes to shoot night scenes, cityscapes, and star trails. Pressing the movie button while in Nightscape Mode records video with gradation optimized for night scenes. Night + Portrait mode captures flash-illuminated portraits against a dimly-lit background. Night Scene mode uses an extended shutter speed to capture additional light from low-light scenes for bright, vivid images, without the use of a tripod. Fireworks mode expertly shoots high-contrast images from the dark sky. Live Composite and Hand-Held Starlight modes extract the brightest areas from a sequence of interval shots and combine them into one exposed image.

The Stylus SH-2 uses an image stabilization mechanism, adopted from the Olympus OM-D E-M1, as a base for the camera’s integrated 5-Axis Image Stabilization. Combined with the new Nightscape Modes, this system eliminates motion blur that tends to occur when shooting in low light, to deliver crisp, clear images. In addition, 5-Axis Image Stabilization compensates for camera movement that may occur when recording video while walking.

Sync an iOS or Android smart device by quickly scanning the QR code displayed on the camera’s 3-inch high-resolution 460,000-dot touch LCD monitor. After that, the SH-2’s Wi-Fi connectivity supports wireless image and video transfers, instant sharing, and remote shooting.

Olympus SH-2The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is equipped with Advanced Movie Modes for powerful video recording functions, including Full HD 1080p captured at up to 60 frames per second. High-Speed Movie stretches scenes in slow (120 fps) or super-slow motion (240 fps), while Time Lapse Movie compresses up to five hours of action into a 20-second time-lapse video. Photo in Movie allows users to shoot still shots – including RAW images – while recording 1080p video, great for times when you won’t have a second chance to capture the shot.

Pricing and Availability

The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in the US in April at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in Black and Silver).

For a complete list of specifications, visit the Olympus website: http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/long-zoom/sh-2.html

 

Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R feature world’s highest camera resolution

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Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the Canon EOS 5DSi and Canon EOS 5DS Ri Digital SLR cameras featuring the world’s highest resolution* among 35mm format DSLRs. Providing photographers with uncompromising image quality, these new EOS models incorporate a newly designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and processing speed. Perfect for commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and architectural photography, or anyone looking for an affordable alternative to medium format, the ultra-high resolution of these new models allow for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.


Maximizing the potential of the new 50.6 megapixel sensor – for the first time in an EOS camera the low-pass filter effect in the EOS 5DS R model is cancelled. The cancellation of the low-pass filter helps deliver sharp images, squeezing the most out of every pixel. Both models provide attractive options for medium format shooters especially when coupled with a wide array of more than 70 creative Canon EF lenses to choose from.canon eos 5ds

Built to Maximize Sharpness
In addition to the 50.6 megapixel full-frame image sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, both cameras include a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF array including up to 41 cross-type AF points and EOS iTR AF for high precision autofocus. They also include the EOS Scene Detection system featuring a 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor that provides enhanced precision and performance.

In support of such a high-resolution imaging sensor, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras were designed to minimize camera shake and significantly improve stability via a reinforced chassis, baseplate and tripod lug to improve rigidity. Canon also re-designed the mirror vibration control system to help reduce mirror bounce and camera shake. To help maximize stability and minimize vibrations, Canon added a new Arbitrary Release Time Lag Setting in Mirror Lock mode in both models. In addition to the standard setting (press the shutter button once to lock the mirror, then again to release the shutter), the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras offer new setting intervals of 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, one and two seconds, releasing the shutter after the selected preset delay, allowing potential camera vibration to dissipate before shutter release.

A new Picture Style called “Fine Detail” has been added to enhance the sharpness of JPEGs and EOS Movies with three new settings: Strength, Fineness and Threshold. With such abundant resolution on each sensor, both models also provide two cropped shooting modes, while still delivering high-resolution images 30.5 megapixels for the 1.3x mode and 19.6 megapixels for the 1.6x mode. The available crop options are visible as a mask or an outline in the viewfinder; so shooters can know exactly where to frame their subject.

Capturing the Action
Like the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature an advanced AE system that can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and natatoriums. When enabled, this anti-flicker system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and colour especially during continuous shooting. And new Auto White Balance settings include Ambience Priority and White Priority (for use when shooting under tungsten lighting).

Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long-exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

Both models feature Intelligent Viewfinder II providing approximately 100 percent field of view, while adding the ability to display cropped shooting frames and superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings and data such as dual-mode electronic level display and grid, as well as exposure, white balance, metering, drive, image quality and AF modes. A new Customizable Quick Control Screen, another first for EOS cameras, allows photographers to quickly change frequently used camera settings and functions.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras continue the EOS Movie tradition with the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD up to 30p or 720p HD video up to 60p. A creative Time Lapse Movie function, a first for EOS cameras, takes a continuous series of still photographs and automatically combines them in camera into a Full HD movie file. Interval adjustments can be set from one second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. The number of shots possible range from 2 to 3,600 with a maximum of two minutes and 30 seconds of playback time. In addition, high-speed continuous shooting up to five-frames-per-second (fps) at full 50 megapixel resolution allows users to capture fast action.

The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R cameras feature dual card slots for CF and SD memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Built to last, the cameras also feature a shutter durability rating up to 150,000 cycles, the same as the EOS 5D Mark III.

Availability
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras are scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June 2015 for estimated retail prices of $4,099.99 and $4,299.99 for the body only, respectively.

For more information about the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras, the full list of product specifications and compatible lenses, please visit www.canon.ca.

About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canon Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business and medical digital imaging solutions. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon’s success. Canon Canada Inc. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 per cent Canadian-based service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon Canada Inc. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. For more information, please visit: www.canon.ca or join us on Facebook at:www.facebook.com/CanonCanada.

All referenced product names and other marks are trademarks of their respective owners.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

* Among 35mm-format Digital SLR cameras as of February 5, 2015 according to published competitive information.

i These devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

SOURCE Canon Canada Inc.

HTC introduces suite of breakthrough imaging products

RE from HTC

HTC, a global leader in technology innovation and design, today heralds a new era of innovation, and an exciting new direction for the business, with the introduction of a suite of breakthrough imaging products. Changing the face of mobile photography, HTC will launch RE, a remarkable little camera; the HTC Desire EYE, a brand new category-shifting phone; the HTC EYE™ Experience enhanced imaging software; and Zoe™, a collaborative video editing community.

“Today, HTC is once again changing the way that people think about technology,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation. “Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favor of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing. Today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivaled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action.”

RE: A remarkable little camera

Step out from behind the camera and live life in full view with RE, HTC’s newest photography innovation. Re-imagining the point-and-shoot category, RE is a small handheld camera that allows you to naturally capture and fully experience the moment, through video and photography, without anything getting in your way.

With a stunning and unique cylindrical design made to fit comfortably in your hand, RE features a built-in grip sensor that instantly activates the camera when picked up, eliminating the need for a power button. Its single shutter button allows one tap to capture photos and a longer press for video recording so you won’t miss the moment fumbling between modes.

Featuring a high-resolution, 16MP CMOS sensor, full HD (1080p) video recording, 146 degree wide-angle lens and slow-motion and time-lapse recording, RE will capture moments like you have never seen before. The RE app features a remote live viewfinder that lets you set up the perfect shot and watch the live action on the screen of your mobile device, or switch to album and playback view to flick through the shots and videos already stored on the camera. Because life’s adventures are limitless, the app will also back everything up to your phone or the cloud automatically so you never need to worry about running out of space and missing a shot again. In addition, in the future, RE will offer real-time video streaming to YouTube, allowing you to live in the moment and share it live via your YouTube channel. The RE app will be available on both Android and iOS1.

HTC Desire EYE: Simply the best selfies

HTC EYEContinuing HTC’s heritage of breakthrough smartphone innovation, today also sees the launch of the company’s new top-of-the-range HTC Desire model, the HTC Desire EYE. With one of the best front-facing cameras available on the market today, and software that puts you center frame and looking your best, the HTC Desire EYE captures life’s big and small moments in perfect clarity. Sporting market-leading 13MP front and rear cameras for detailed image quality that allows you to zoom, crop and print without compromise, the HTC Desire EYE is fully equipped for those who love to take great photos, videos and selfies. BSI sensors capture crisp photos, even in low-light conditions, and intelligent dual-LED flash on both cameras provides flattering, natural tones when ambient light levels drop further.

Three dedicated microphones take HTC’s signature audio quality to even greater heights, ensuring crystal clear voice and video calling whatever is going on around you. HTC BoomSoundand a stunning 5.2″ Full HD display combine to make the HTC Desire EYE the ultimate multimedia companion and the perfect way to view your photos and videos.

The bold, bright, dual-color, waterproof2 unibody design is not only stylish but ensures that capturing your best side is as simple as possible, with a dedicated two-step camera key for focus, and capture providing comfortable, instant access to great shots, even one-handed.

Featuring HTC’s new HTC EYE Experience and Zoe, with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor and high-speed 4G connectivity, editing and sharing your best shots will also be smooth and effortless, wherever you are.

HTC EYE Experience: Designed for you

It’s not just about the hardware though. The HTC EYE Experience takes mobile imaging software into a new league with unique features guaranteed to make you look your best.

Taking video chat and conference calls to a new level of quality and performance, The HTC EYE Experience’s face tracking keeps you perfectly framed at all times. And because staying in touch means more than just talking to a single person, up to four people in the same room can also be tracked comfortably with each face cropped and positioned on the screen for maximum clarity. So enjoy the freedom and flexibility of services like Skype without worrying about exactly where you or your friends are standing, as the camera will follow everyone. Want to share even more on the move? The option of screen sharing brings desktop functionality to smartphone-based video chat for the first time.

The HTC EYE Experience opens up a new world of creative opportunity with the new Split Capture function. Combining simultaneous photos and videos taken on the front and back cameras into one split-screen image or video, this creates a new selfie experience, allowing you to document your journey and your reaction without relying on thumbnail views. Crop-Me-In places you at the heart of the action by cropping you from the image or video taken with the front-facing camera and positioning it within the scene captured by the main camera, opening the door to more extreme, exciting selfies and videos3. Voice Selfie removes the need for awkward hand contortions by enabling you to trigger the shutter release with a simple command. Simply “say cheese” as soon as you’ve struck the perfect pose or trigger the video recording with “action” or “rolling” commands.

Popular additions to the HTC Desire 820 are also included in the HTC EYE Experience such as face fusion, the feature that allows you to merge your face with that of a friend or celebrity for a completely original look and Live Makeup, where you can set the desired level of skin smoothing and preview the effect in real-time before the image is captured.

Zoe: Life as you experience it

With the new Zoe collaborative video-editing app it’s easy to remix your photos and videos into stylish highlight reels, with beautiful themes and soundtracks that can be shared. Allowing friends to remix their content with yours, Zoe creates the ultimate highlight video for all to enjoy and share through their favorite social networks.

Zoe 1.0 brings flexibility to the community, enabling short, medium and long Zoes that can be made up of just a couple of still images, or an entire series of video clips, with its new content engine4 making it easy to present small numbers of clips or even individual images in an interesting, visually stunning way.

Integrating fully with RE, Zoe video highlights are automatically generated and ready to share. There is no need to edit, no need to sync to your PC, just simply upload them with a single touch. Available free of charge on Android now and coming on iOS later this year, Zoe 1.0 ushers in the next generation of creative social networking.

Availability

The HTC Desire EYE will be offered by AT&T exclusively at launch.

RE will initially launch in the US at HTC.com and Best Buy, and in time for the holidays at AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Amazon.com.

HTC EYE Experience will roll out to the following models (full feature list to be confirmed at roll-out): HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), HTC One (E8), HTC One mini, HTC One mini 2, HTC One Remix, HTC One Max, HTC Desire 612, and HTC Desire 816 in the coming months.

 

About HTC
Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

1 Compatible with Android 4.3 and upwards, iOS 7 & 8
2 Rated IPx7, 1 meter underwater for 30 minutes, out of the box.
3  Crop-Me-In is currently only available on the HTC Desire EYE
4 The Zoe content engine will be available later this year

 

SOURCE HTC

Impressive Autofocus Camera Sony Ultra-Compact α5100

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Sony Electronics has today introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.

The speedy new autofocus camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1.  It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor.  This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.

Sony 5100 autofocus cameraUnique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.

“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony.  “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price.  It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”

Fast Hybrid AF system

Borrowing from the award-winning α6000, the compelling Fast Hybrid AF system on the new α5100 autofocus camera features focal plane phase-detection AF points with an extremely wide autofocus coverage area (179 focal points) that is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF.  This potent combination allows the camera to accurately track and respond to a subject moving through nearly the entire frame, whether shooting still images or full HD videos.

Sony 5100 autofocus cameraAdditionally, the α5100 camera has an extremely responsive touch screen which works with the AF system to enable Touch Focus, allowing shooters to focus by simply touching the intended subject on any area of the LCD screen – even if it’s at the far edges.

The new α5100 model also comes equipped with Eye AF and Lock-on AF functions that debuted in the α7/ α7R, a Flexible Spot AF area function, and AF-A mode (automatic switching between AF-C and AF-S) that is also offered in the α6000.

HD Video Performance

The versatile α5100 supports full HD video shooting  in AVCHD as well as the  XAVC S2 codec, which records video at a high data rate of 50 Mbps with advanced compression for impressive video quality.  XAVC S paired with the advanced focusing system of the α5100 makes for a compelling HD video shooting solution that only a select number of cameras in market today – mirrorless or DSLR – can offer.

Additionally, with the power of the BIONZ X processor, the camera is able to read, process and output data from all of the sensor’s pixels during video recording, ensuring that it produces the highest quality video possible by eliminating aliasing, moire and false color artifacts.

The new camera also features dual video recording, allowing it to simultaneously record two files – one in Full HD (AVCHD or XAVC S) and the other in lower resolution MP4 format – to a single installed SD card2.  This gives videographers a high-quality file for viewing on large screens or working on in post-processing, as well as a smaller, lower data-rate version that is ideal for uploading and sharing.

Design, Controls, Wi-Fi® and New Accessories

The compact new mirrorless camera features a high resolution 921k dot WhiteMagic™ LCD screen that can tilt a full 180 degrees upright, ideal for self-portraits.  On top of the camera body, there’s a zoom lever for convenient one-handed camera operation and a handy pop-up flash for tough lighting conditions.

The α5100 camera has built-in Wi-Fi, giving consumers one-touch connection with Xperia® or NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones or tablets for instant image transfer and sharing.  A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, giving users a live image preview through their compatible smartphone or tablet, and allowing them to use the smart device to release the camera’s shutter.

For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos and activate Smart Remote Control through Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ application, available for the iOS and Android platforms.

The camera is also compatible with downloadable Sony PlayMemories Camera Apps, adding a range of exciting and creative capabilities.  Currently there are a total of 10 different applications available with several others to be released this spring.  Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca .

New accessories that are compatible with the α5100 camera include the style-matching LCS-EBD body case – available in three color variations – as well as the compact, easy-to-carry RM-SPR1 remote.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony α5100 compact interchangeable lens camera will be available in September 2014 in black and white in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) for about $700, or as body-only for about $550.

The new camera and all compatible lenses and accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony α Lenses Assortment

The α5100 camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses, and uses the same Sony E-mount as the acclaimed α6000, α7, α7R and α7S models, as well as all the previous α ‘NEX’ cameras.  All Sony ‘FE’ and ‘E’ lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras.

Outlined below, the E-mount family now includes 20 different models with several premium models from ZEISS® and Sony’s G Series Lenses:

 

 

  • E 16mm F2.8
  • E 20mm F2.8
  • E 35mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 50mm F1.8 OSS
  • E 30mm F3.5 Macro
  • E 24mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • E 10-18mm F4 OSS
  • E PZ 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-55mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E 18-200mm F3.5 – F6.3 OSS LE
  • E PZ 18-200mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS
  • E 55-210mm F4.5 – F6.3 OSS
  • E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
  • E 16-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 28-70mm F3.5 – 5.6 OSS
  • FE 35mm F2.8 ZEISS
  • FE 55mm F1.8 ZEISS
  • FE 24-70mm F4 ZEISS OSS
  • FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS

Please follow #SonyAlpha on twitter for the latest α camera news.

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SOURCE Sony Electronics

CONTACT: Matt Parnell, Sony Electronics Inc., (858) 942-7975, matt.parnell@am.sony.com

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Top 10 Tech must-haves for summer road trips

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Summer is officially here and along with the arrival of warm, balmy weather and long relaxing days comes two solid months of patio lounging, backyard BBQs and the classic summer road trip. Whether it’s a drive to the cottage, a day at the beach or a weekend of camping, here are a few great gadgets to pack along for the ride.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8fuji
This instant camera makes it fun and easy to snap photos wherever you go. It takes instant credit-card-sized photos that you can share with friends or carry in your wallet.

GoPro HD
The GoPro HD waterproof camera records video in gorgeous Ultra HD resolution and takes detailed 12MP snapshots whether you’re biking down a mountain or swimming in the ocean. With built-in WiFi, you can control the camera with the included WiFi remote and preview footage on your smartphone or camera.

Sony QX10 Optical Zoom Digital Camera
The Sony Zoom mounts onto smartphones allowing you to use your favourite apps and existing menus to play back, edit and share quality images captured by its powerful 18MP lens. One touch connectivity links the two devices, instantly enabling high-definition photography beyond the capabilities of a smartphone camera.

Bose SoundTrue Over-the-ear headphones
Get the most out of your summer playlist with Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones. With its lightweight design, it’s great for all-day wear whether you’re listening to your tunes by the lake or watching your favourite movies on your tablet.

Nintendo 3DS
A great way to pass the time on a long drive or during a rainy summer day, the Nintendo 3DS provides up to 6.5 hours of battery life for 3D games and 10 hours for 2D games. The dual screens are 90 per cent larger than the original 3DS, while the upper one can display your games with cool 3D visuals without needing special glasses to see them.

Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Speaker
Keep the summer playlist going at the beach, on the patio or at the campgrounds with the greatest wireless speaker system. The 360 degree wireless speaker blasts sound in every direction, is water-resistant and can play songs wirelessly up to 50 ft away.

Seagate Wireless Plus
The Seagate Wireless Plus mobile storage device allows you to stream your media wirelessly without Internet by using its own WiFi network to send results to your mobile device. Enough storage for about 500 movies and allows up to eight tablets and smartphones to reach and store content at the same time.

LifeProof Smartphone Case
Waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof and shockproof, this is a must-have to keep your smartphone safe and protected during your summer outdoor adventures!

POWERROCKS Stone 3 portable battery pack
Never worry about losing power with the Powerocks Pro Series portable battery pack to charge your smartphone or tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S Tablet
Enjoy cinema-like HD quality whether viewing movies, games and more. At only 6.6mm, this slim tablet is easy to carry so you can stay productive and entertained wherever you go. It also comes with privacy features, such as a fingerprint scanner, for tighter security.

Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a second generation 38 megapixel camera

Nokia Lumia 1020

Today, Nokia established a new benchmark in smartphone imaging with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a second generation 41 megapixel sensor. Unlike any smartphone in the market today the Nokia Lumia 1020 reinvents zoom, enabling people to discover more detail than the eye can see. With Nokia’s innovative PureView technology, including optical image stabilization, the device is able to produce some of the sharpest images possible by any digital camera.

This is made possible by leading hardware technology combined with a new application called Nokia Pro Camera, which makes it easy for anyone to take professional quality images. Either before a picture is taken or after it has been shot, the zoom capability enables people to discover and then rediscover the personal stories each image can tell. With a beautiful interface that visually demonstrates how settings will affect the final photo or video, Nokia Pro Camera makes it easier than ever to capture, edit and share photos and videos with unrivaled clarity.

Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8.

The Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020

“We want to take people on a journey from capturing pictures to recording and sharing their lives,” said Stephen Elop, President and CEO, Nokia. “The Nokia Lumia 1020 will bring new meaning to pictures and continues to strengthen Nokia’s leadership in imaging.”

Nokia also released a new imaging software development kit (SDK) that provides key image editing features of the Nokia Lumia 1020 to developers. The SDK is available today at developer.nokia.com with a number of developers including Vyclone, Yelp and CNN integrating these features into future releases.

Hipstamatic showcased Oggl PRO, an exclusive application for the Nokia Lumia 1020 offering the most advanced smartphone camera controls for their creative community. It was also announced that popular applications Vine, Path and Flipboard will soon be available on Windows Phone.

Adding further professional capabilities and additional battery life, Nokia announced the new Nokia Camera Grip. This is an accessory that complements device features usually reserved for stand-alone cameras, like the Nokia Lumia 1020’s built-in xenon flash and mechanical shutter. The Nokia Camera Grip also has a tripod mount, and is expected to be available this month for an estimated retail price of USD 79.

The personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind.

To help people see what’s around them and discover new places to take photos, the latest developments in LiveSight will available in HERE Maps soon. The Nokia Lumia 1020 also comes with ad and subscription free Nokia Music streaming.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 will arrive first on U.S. shores exclusively with AT&T, with sales expected to start on July 26 at a price of USD 299.99 on a two-year contract.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is then expected to arrive in China and key European markets this quarter. Nokia plans to ship an exclusive variant of the device with Telefonica to select European and Latin American markets. The Nokia Lumia 1020 will be available in yellow, white and black.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Operating system Windows Phone 8
HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+; Free HERE Transit available in the Store
Display 4.5″ AMOLED WXGA (1280×768), 2.5 D sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+, ClearBlack, high brightness mode, sunlight readability, super sensitive touch, Nokia Glance Screen
Battery 2000 mAh battery, wireless charging supported via cover
Processor 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
Main camera PureView 41 MP with optical image stabilization, Resolution: 7712 x 5360. Includes Nokia Pro Camera. Xenon flash for still images, LED flash for video
Front facing camera HD 1.2 MP wide angle
Memory 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory; 7 GB free SkyDrive cloud storage

About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5: Field Test and Review

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5

The Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 was a real treat to use and I took the device on a field test on my recent trip to Cultus Lake, BC. It produced some world class photographs and videos and I’m happy to report that the image quality was outstanding and the focus was blazing fast. According to the Olympus corporate website,

“The FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) AF System is able to focus at an incredible speed and offers 35 separate focus points that are spread over nearly the entire sensor, which makes it possible for pin-point accurate focusing on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3×3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects.”

The E-PL5 is a small single lens reflex (SLR) camera meaning that interchangeable lenses are available for this unit. Some of the main specs for this camera include:

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
  • 16 megapixel
  • m Zuiko 28-84mm (14-42mm) F 3.5-5.6
  • FL-LM1 flash unit (Hot shoe compatible)
  • Touch screen + full tilt LCD at 3.0″
  • 8 Frames per second (FPS)
  • Video at Full 1080i
  • Lithium Ion Battery

There is an option to share photographs over WiFi but unfortunately I couldn’t get my hands on a FlashAir Wireless LAN SD card. But this looks like a super cool option and I’m looking forward to trying this out in the future. The vendor’s site explains this as follows:

Insert a FlashAir (optional) into a compatible camera, take pictures, and switch connection to ON. By simply launching the OI.Share application on your smartphone, you will be able to view thumbnails of the pictures in the camera on your smartphone display, allowing you to select which pictures to import.

The video below includes some findings from my most recent field test and discusses the camera in more detail.

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC
Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5
Cultus Lake, BC

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Camera shoots great pictures and does a whole lot more

Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera

Recently I had the chance to spend a few days with the Samsung Galaxy Camera and what a few days those turned out to be.

Samsung released this camera in September with hopes that your digital photo experience would benefit from the integration the Android OS and all the functionality that comes with that. This camera delivers on the companies promises and does so in style. I had to chuckle as one review I read called this a Franken camera but it’s anything but monstrous or scary.

With a lovely sized viewing screen of 4.8″ that is also a touchscreen it’s easy to view photo’s or videos you have just taken and then seamlessly touch a few buttons and be in your Gmail sending that very photo. I have to admit I am no expert when it comes to the technical specifics of a camera itself and I was more plugged into the smartphone prowess offered by it. I tend use such cameras as a point and shoot device and the Samsung camera was easy to use. It also shot video very well.

The video shot by the Galaxy Camera is noticeably better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone and it should be since it’s a camera and not a phone. The camera records MP4 files will capture 1920×1080 (full HD) at 30 FPS (frames per second). Three other resolutions are available: HD 1280×720 @30 fps, Slow Motion 768×512 @ 120 FPS, and low resolution 320×240 @30 fps (useful for real time sharing over the internet). Since I am a casual camera user, the quality of the video is good enough for me. If you want to post something on YouTube it will come out as a quality video.

The camera also offers all the things you would expect from the Android operating system including the Google Play store. It runs Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean. I managed to get a few apps installed including the Globe and Mail for technology news and the camera offered no resistance. It also comes with Instagram already installed. While you may not be happy with that company’s recent policy changes it is nice to have that app already ready to go.

I did not have the chance to exploit the full 4G capabilities of the camera since I did not have a SIM Card for it. However I did use the camera on Wi-Fi with direct access to a browser and sharing capabilities via email and social media applications. I almost thought I should be making a phone call with it since it feels and acts like an Android phone. You cannot unfortunately make calls with the camera though but it will work with application such as Skype.

The battery compartment is at the bottom of the camera. When you open it you will find the (removable) battery itself, the HDMI connector, the MicroSD slot and the MicroSIM card slot . The standard tripod socket is visible in the middle.

Release in Canada on December 7, 2012 it retails for $599.99. The camera is available from Black’s Photography and can also be purchased online from TELUS. The price is still the same at 600 bucks and you’ll need to hook yourself up with a data plan as the camera has 4G connectivity. I received this loaner from the Telus Caya store on Davie and Howe. Thank you again to Kenn Hamlin and his staff for providing this device for review.