Godox Wistro AD600

Godox Wistro AD600

 

Godox Wistro AD600

Chinese manufacturer Godox has announced  the Wistro AD600

This new flash is a 600 Ws lithium-ion powered TTL and HSS monobloc that can be triggered by the Godox X1 TTL remotes.

The Godox Wistro AD600 is a self-contained unit, meaning that the battery is attached to the body of the strobe, instead of having a separate battery pack.

The new Godox Wistro AD600 will have twice the power of the Witstro AD360-II and similar features, meaning that is able to do TTL, high-speed sync and remote manual power control via the Godox X1 radios.

These triggers are available for Nikon and Canon, but it is rumoured that a Sony version will be announced soon.

All this additional power means that the AD600 is significantly heavier than the AD360; the AD600 weighs 2.9 kg.

New with the Witstro AD600 is a 10-watt modeling light, a feature that is sought after by many Witstro bare-bulb flash users.

The AD600 will be released in two different versions: one with a Godox accessory mount and another with a Bowens S-fit mount (AD600B).

Both of them will have a lithium-ion battery pack enabling the strobe to fire up to 500 full power flashes. Godox is also planning to release a remote head which allows users to separate the head from the ballast, like a pack-and-head system. This remote head for either the Godox and Bowens version will be available as an accessory.

 

Manufacturer specifications

600Ws
Fan Cooled
10W LED Modelling Light (Adjustable)
Optional Remote Head
Built in (removable) 11.1V / 8700mAh Lithium-ion Battery
Up to 500 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
0.01 – 2.5 Seconds Recycle Time
Flash Modes – ETTL / M / Multi
HSS to 1/8000th FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (~+mn~3 Stops)
FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
ETTL & ITTL Radio Slave Modes Range – 100m + with X1 as Transmitter
Groups – A / B / C 32 Channels
Supports Legacy Godox FTR-16 Remote Manual Trigger System
Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless Slave Modes
Groups – A / B / C
4 Channels
S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
Up to 500 Full Power Flashes
Flash Duration – 1/220s-1/10000s
Large Dot Matrix LCD Display
Custom Functions
Auto Memory Function
Micro USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
USB Port Receiver Socket (For FTR-16)
PC Sync Port 3.5mm Sync Port

What is very notable is that with the release of the Wistro AD600 is that Godox is starting to develop a very strong lighting system. There are studio heads, speedlites and ringflashes, that Godox is able to offer  and once the new 2.4 GHz FT-16 receiver is released they will all be able to be triggered with the use of the X1 triggers. Personally I think Godox is  developing a very good system.

An Introductory Video Can be Found Here

Leica SL Press Release

Leica SL

Leica-SL_Leica-Vario-Elmarit-SL-24_90-ASPH_teaser-480x320

 

The Leica SL system marks the beginning of a new era of professional photography made in Germany. The Leica SL mirrorless system camera is impressive on account of its innovations in exceptional Leica quality. Its 24 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and perfectly matched components – from superior-quality lenses to its electronic viewfinder – guarantee exceptional imaging performance.

EyeRes viewfinder and touchscreen display for total control of every picture

Developed especially for the Leica SL, this electronic viewfinder is the first of its kind to feature Leica EyeRes technology. With a latency time below the threshold of perception, an impressive resolution of 4.4 million pixels and a magnification reminiscent of a medium format camera, this electronic viewfinder offers an entirely new visual experience and numerous advantages: the final image is visible in the viewfinder before the shutter release is pressed, which enables optimum control over the final picture in any situation. The EyeRes viewfinder is activated simply by looking through it. In addition, the Leica SL also features a 2.95″ back panel display with a viewing angle of up to 170° that enables reliable viewing of pictures and efficient touchscreen menu navigation.

Maestro II processor for maximum performance

The high-performance Maestro II series processor guarantees that photographers never miss even the fastest-moving subjects and that the camera responds instantaneously to all commands. Together with 2 GB of buffer memory, the processor makes it possible to capture consecutive exposures at rates of up to 11 frames per second at full 24 MP resolution and 4K video with a frame rate of 30 frames per second. Pictures can be saved simultaneously to an SD memory card as both a JPEG and DNG in line with the fast UHS II standard. Thanks to its Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL achieves the best performance currently possible in the professional camera class and underlines the innovative character of the camera.

24 MP CMOS sensor for exceptional picture quality in 35 mm full-frame format

The 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor guarantees impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast rendition, exceptional sharpness, the highest resolution, and noise-free images in almost all lighting conditions. The shutter provides speeds from 30 minutes to 1/8000 sec. The sensor reveals its full potential in combination with Leica SL lenses, especially in available-light situations, and captivates users with atmospheric exposures in superior quality at ISO settings up to a maximum of 50,000. What’s more, it is optimised for use with Leica M-Lenses and, in addition to supporting all their functions, delivers the excellent picture quality with which Leica has been synonymous for more than 100 years.

The new movie star: professional video in cinematic resolution

The Leica SL is much more than a professional still-picture camera with video recording capability: it fulfils even the most stringent demands of moviemakers as a fully fledged video camera. Thanks to its 24 MP CMOS sensor and high-performance Maestro II series processor, the Leica SL enables the production of professional videos in 4K resolution. Videos can be recorded in UHD at 30 frames per second or even in Cine4K at 24 frames per second. In full HD, the Leica SL records video at up to 120 frames per second and makes use of the entire sensor area. Here, the logical and intuitive handling concept of the camera makes a clear distinction between still- and motion-picture recording. As soon as the camera is in video mode, the display shows only relevant information for video recording, such as safe area, aspect ratio, zebra function or the recording level of the microphone. An optional audio adapter allows you to connect an external microphone and the audio recording level can be set without accessing the menu. Videos can be output in 4:2:2 10-bit format in 4K resolution over HDMI 1.4.

Aluminium body for robust performance in everyday photography

From the beginning, resilience and robustness were at the focus of the Leica SL’s development. Body components machined from solid aluminium and precisely engineered seals around controls and in the lenses provide optimum protection against dust, moisture and splashes for the sensitive technology inside. At the same time, integrated ultrasonic sensor cleaning removes dust and dirt from the sensor. The glass covering the back panel display is extremely scratch-resistant and features an anti-reflex coating. All these properties make the camera an ideal tool for use in the rough, everyday conditions faced by professional photographers. In the interplay between its equally classic and functional design and its distinctive lines, the Leica SL is another example of Leica’s fine art of engineering.

A new generation of lenses for excellent picture quality

The combination of outstanding imaging performance and the fastest autofocus currently possible makes working with the Leica SL an entirely new experience and enables photographers to produce images in a quality never before seen in 35 mm format. True to Leica’s principles, the new lenses specific to the Leica SL are distinguished by superior optical and mechanical precision. With its wide range of focal lengths and high speed, the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. is the ideal standard zoom lens in the Leica SL-System portfolio. The zoom range of the fast Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90–280 mm f/2.8–4 follows on directly from this and the current lens portfolio is rounded off by the Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH., the new reference lens for this focal length. Further Leica SL lenses will follow.

What’s more, the exceptional compatibility of the Leica SL-System grants photographers access to almost all Leica lenses ever made. For instance, all lenses for the Leica T camera can be used without an adapter. In addition, appropriate adapters allow Leica S, M, and R system lenses and lenses from other manufacturers to be mounted on the Leica SL.

Availability:The Leica SL body will be on sale from 16 November 2015. The Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24–90 mm f/2.8–4 ASPH. zoom lens will be available at the same time. The Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2,8-4/90-280mm ASPH will be available Q2/2016, and the Leica Summilux-SL 1:1,4/50mm ASPH. will be available Q4/2016.

Ricoh/Pentax K3 DSLR

Ricoh/Pentax K3 DSLR Announced

08.10.2013

Pentax K3 Black
Pentax K3 Black

 

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-3 digital SLR camera. Developed to be the flagship of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series, this new model features a host of advanced functions and user-friendly features to optimise image quality and performance when shooting outdoors.

 

Designed for top performance, the K-3 provides an array of outstanding features, including high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 24 effective megapixels; a 27-point AF system; high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second; high-precision exposure control with a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor; a new, large, high-resolution LCD monitor; and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class.

 

The new anti-aliasing simulator — a highly innovative function developed specifically for the K-3 — allows the user to effectively minimise moiré without the installation of an optical anti-aliasing filter in the camera, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject.

 

The K-3 also offers greatly-enhanced movie-recording features and smartphone-accessible functions. The time-proven dustproof, weather-resistant body construction ensures dependable, flawless performance in the field.

 

The PENTAX K-3 Premium Silver Edition* will also be simultaneously launched—but in a limited run of just 2,000 units around the world. This limited-edition model has a silver body and silver grip, making it a perfect match for the silver versions of the high-performance Limited-series lenses, designed for unrivalled image rendition. This special package also includes an exclusive leather strap and a spare battery.

 

* The specifications of this limited-edition model are identical to those of the PENTAX K-3.

 

Main Features

 

1. High-resolution images produced by a brand-new sensor with approximately 24 effective megapixels and a new imaging engine

The K-3 is equipped with a new APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.5mm×15.6mm) with approximately 24 effective megapixels. By coupling this sensor with a newly developed PRIME III imaging engine with high-efficiency noise and image processing capacities and an anti-aliasing filter-free design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images. It also offers a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, for taking detailed images under poor lighting conditions, and to simplify handheld shooting of nightscapes.

2. PENTAX-original SR mechanism to reduce moiré as effectively as an optical anti-aliasing filter

(1) In-body SR mechanism

The K-3 features a PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that can be used with any compatible PENTAX interchangeable lens.** Thanks to the addition of an SR-dedicated servo controller and an increase in the magnetic force driving the SR unit, this mechanism assures more stable, effective camera-shake compensation than ever before.

(2)The World’s-first***, innovative anti-aliasing simulator function

Newly developed for the K-3, the anti-aliasing simulator**** applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the subpixel level during image exposure, generating the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical anti-aliasing filter. Unlike an optical anti-aliasing filter that always creates an identical result, this innovative simulator allows the user not only to switch the anti-aliasing filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the level of the effect. This allows the user to set the ideal effect for a particular scene or subject.

(3)User-assisting shooting functions

The SR unit’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, is one reason why the K-3 can offer a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

** Lenses compatible with this mechanism:  K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2-, and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses, (with adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with adapter). Some functions may not be available with all lenses.

*** World’s first as an interchangeable-lenscamera to carry this functionality as of October 2013. (Based on RICOH IMAGING COMPANY’s research)

**** This function is most effective with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function is not available during HDR shooting.

 

3. Newly designed SAFOX 11 AF module with 27 auto focus points

The K-3 features a new SAFOX 11 AF module with an expanded image-area coverage using 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). The centre sensor and two sensors just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on the subject when using a large-aperture lens. This newly developed AF module is highly light-sensitive and covers a wide AF working range of –3EV to +18EV. Since the AF module takes data from RGB light sensors into calculation to optimise AF operation, the K-3 also provides such advanced functions as high-accuracy auto-focusing during the shooting of fast-moving subjects, and the zone-select AF mode to automatically select the best possible in-focus point within a designated nine-sensor zone.

 

4. High-precision exposure control with a new PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System

The K-3 is equipped with newly introduced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System that consists of approximately 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithm, which allows it to not only control the exposure with extreme accuracy, but also to utilise the data taken in by the light-metering sensor to further enhance the accuracy of auto-focusing and white balance adjustment.. This has expanded the measurable minimum luminance level to as low as –3EV. By detecting the type of scene or subject using the light sensor, the K-3 can not only select the exposure settings that are more consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions, but can also make more precise distinction between  the main subject and the background to improve the accuracy of flash discharge level.

 

5. High-speed continuous shooting with a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second

The K-3 continuously records as many as 22 images in the RAW format or 60 images in the JPEG format***** in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second. This has been made possible through the use of several innovative technologies, including a high-speed, high-accuracy control mechanism that regulates the shutter, mirror and diaphragm independently; a damper mechanism that effectively minimizes mirror shock; and a high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME III imaging engine.

 

***** JPEG Recorded PixelsL, JPEG Quality:★★★

 

6. Optical viewfinder with new optics, to provide a nearly 100% field of view and a larger, brighter viewfinder image

The K-3’s glass prism has been treated with a new coating designed to improve reflection, resulting in a much brighter viewfinder image. The eyepiece optics have been completely redesigned to assure an approximately 0.95-times viewfinder magnification to provide a broader image field, making it easier for the photographer to confirm the subject’s focusing status and compose the image.

 

7. Full HD movie recording with creative tools

The K-3 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30P frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, which assures flawless, high-quality movies even with fast moving subjects. It also comes equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and a headphone terminal. The user can even adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during microphone recording. In addition to a variety of creative special-effect modes,****** the K-3 also provides an upgraded interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval.

 

****** When special image processing is required, the frame rate may vary depending on the selected special-effect mode.

 

8. Smartphone-support functions*******

By installing the optional FLU CARD FOR PENTAX 16GB memory card in the K-3, the user can release the K-3’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone.

 

******* This software supports smartphones operating on iOS6 or later and Android 4.2 or later.

 

9. Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots

l,The K-3 features a newly designed 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in a 3:2 aspect ratio) on its back panel. In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also features a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique construction in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated, effectively reducing the reflection and dispersion of the light to improve visibility during outdoor shooting. During playback, the K-3 even allows the user to check recorded images at life-size magnification.

 

10. Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; perfect for outdoor shooting

The K-3’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 special sealed parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a dependable, durable shutter unit that can handle some 200,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-3 has been designed to be compact and manoeuverable, assuring exceptional operability when shooting outdoors.

 

11. Other features

・Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 bus speed mode)

・DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration

・HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing

・PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions

・Mode dial with a choice of lock mechanism engagement (ON or OFF)

・Redesigned, resized grip for steady, comfortable hold of the camera

・Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, brightness level at image-field edges, and fringe effect (available in RAW-format processing only)

・Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN memory cards

・Compatibility with USB3.0-standard interface accessories, with HDMI (type D) terminal

・Newly designed Digital Camera Utility 5 software included, to provide upgraded programs and enhanced overall performance

 

Optional Accessories

D-BG5 Battery Grip

Exclusively designed for the PENTAX K-3, this optional battery grip accepts six AA-size batteries as well as the standard lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It provides an extra set of shutter-release, AE-lock, AF, ISO, exposure-compensation and green buttons, as well as a preview lever and dual electronic dials to facilitate vertical-position shooting. It features the same dustproof, weather-resistant construction as the K-3 body.

 

O-FC1 FLU CARD FOR PENTAX 16GB

Newly developed for the PENTAX K-3, this SDHC memory card offers wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone. Via a designated Web browser, the user can inspect a live-view image, release the K-3’s shutter, shift the AF sensor point, and check images recorded on the card using the smartphone screen.

 

O-ST1401 Camera Strap

This versatile camera strap measures four centimetres wide and 50 centimetres long — a very functional length when the photographer wants to wrap it around a hand or wrist. It comes with a PENTAX logo, in a choice of black or red.

 

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

RRP

K-3 body                                                                                                          £1,099.99

K-3 single + DA L 18-55mm WR                                                                      £1,199.99

K-3 body + DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR                                   £1,349.99

K-3 Premium + DA 18-135mm WR                                                                   £1,449.99

K3 Silver Limited Edition                                                                                  £1,399.99

 

Available from November 2013

Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera Receives EISA Award

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the Nikon D7100 DX-format digital SLR camera is the recipient of the European Camera 2013-2014 award presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The Nikon D7100 is equipped with a DX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels and the EXPEED 3 high-performance image-processing engine. It offers excellent definition and superior rendering performance as it is not equipped with an optical low-pass filter. It offers a densely packed 51-point AF system with cross-type sensors adopted for the most frequently used 15 focus points at the center of the frame, making it a digital SLR camera that combines excellent rendering performance and superior subject acquisition with a compact and lightweight body. The D7100 has been extremely popular, and is also the recipient of the TIPA Awards 2013, selected in May of this year.


Nikon D7100

Reasons for selection of the D7100 as the European Camera 2013-2014 (EISA comments)

“The D7100 is the current flagship model in Nikon’s family of DX-format cameras, combining excellent image quality and advanced features. Its APS-C sensor is designed without an optical low-pass filter, which allows users to take full advantage of its 24.1-million-pixel resolution with no loss of sharpness. The fast 51-point AF system and high-speed continuous shooting are perfect for capturing action, while the reliable metering system delivers consistently accurate exposures. The bright optical viewfinder and crisp LCD monitor allow for both traditional viewfinder and ‘live view’ framing with shooting. Those who record movies will appreciate the clean, uncompressed HDMI output, which can be recorded directly to an external storage device.”

About the EISA awards

EISA is the association of 50 magazines in photo, video, audio, home theater, and mobile electronics, from 20 European countries. Each year, EISA chooses the best products released in Europe over the past year from a number of categories of imaging, audio and mobile devices.

Source :Nikon News

In-depth Review

FUJIFILM launches the X-M1

Compact and lightweight, the X-M1 offers enhanced operability whilst bringing the outstanding design, picture quality and performance of the multi-award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras not only to photo enthusiasts but also to a broader scope of users. 

Featuring the same internationally-acclaimed proprietary multi-award-winning 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1

The FUJIFILM X-M1 is equipped with a large APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor, which offers picture quality comparable to that of full-frame sensors. The sensor’s unique colour filter array minimises moiré and chromatic aberration without the need for an optical low pass filter, while dramatically boosting resolving power even at identical pixel counts to deliver sharp and texture-rich pictures.

The design draws out the potential of high-performance lenses to the maximum. It delivers clear images with stunningly low noise even in low-light conditions at night and indoors, where high sensitivity would usually be required. The sensor faithfully reproduces the warm tones of human skin and the vivid colours of the sky from deep blues to the red hues of the setting sun.

Users can set the sensor sensitivity from the regular ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, and can even take advantage of the extended range of ISO12800 and ISO25600 to obtain incredibly clear and low-noise images even in low-light or at night.

Fujifilm EXR Processor II for high-speed reactions

The EXR Processor II boasts fast performance, offering stress-free photo capture with its:

  • start-up time of 0.5 seconds (*1)
  • shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds
  • maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames*2)
  • *1 Quick Start mode

Designed to enable one handed operation with intuitive and quick selection of functions for casual shooting with beautiful results

All of the adjustable buttons and dials are positioned on the right-hand side of the camera’s rear LCD panel in pursuit of optimum operability and ease-of-use for casual shooting. When holding the camera with just your right hand, the placement of the buttons has been designed to allow you to access all functions and adjust the settings easily.

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The Mode Dial allows you to select the optimum scene setting with access to the “Advanced SR Auto” function, which automatically recognises a scene type for fail-safe photography, and the “Advanced Filter” function for artistic photographic effects.

The camera is equipped with two Command Dials, allowing users to adjust the aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation quickly with their thumb. Individual buttons are also provided to access frequently-used functions such as White Balance, Burst Mode and Macro, so that you don’t have to go to the menu screen for each change of setting, enabling an intuitive and quick operation.

Sporting a compact and lightweight body, with a cool, retro design inherited from the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1

The X-M1 has a classical and elegant feel just like the popular FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras. And importantly, at about half the size of a regular SLR body (66.5mm high and 39.0mm deep), its compact and lightweight design means users can casually carry it in a bag without having to worry about the bulk.

Featuring a 920,000 dot high definition tiltable 3-inch LCD for creative and multi-angle shots

Wireless image transfer allowing you to instantly transfer high quality images to a mobile device or computer

 

FUJIFILM X-M1 Key Features:

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor (same sensor as X-Pro1/X-E1)
  • Hi-speed EXR Processor II
  • Start-up time of 0.5secs (*1), shutter lag of 0.05secs and a maximum burst speed of 5.6fps (max. 30 frames (*2))
  • Compact and lightweight body (half the size of an SLR)
  • Tiltable 3-inch LCD (920K dot high definition)
  • Built in flash with FUJIFILM’s Super i-Flash technology
  • ISO200-6400 in 1/3 step increments (and extended range of ISO 12800 to 24600 at reduced resolution)
  • Full HD Video recording at 30fps
  • 49 point AF
  • Art filters: 8 Advanced Filters plus 5 Film Simulation modes
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Q button for list view of frequently-used menus and smooth configuration
  • Hot shoe
  • Wireless image transfer to smart phones and tablet PCs via FUJIFILM Camera app
  • PC Autosave Wi-Fi® (*5) connectivity to PCs (for easy image backup)
  • The X-M1 camera is available in three colours: Black, Silver and Brown (colours may vary based on your country)

*1 Quick Start mode

*2 Max. number of frames can be shot on JPEG setting, use an SD card Class 10 or higher

*3 Including the battery and memory card, excluding the lens

*4 ISO200・m

*5 Wi-Fi(R) is registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance

*6 35mm format equivalent

Model Name FUJIFILM X-M1
Number of effective pixels 16.3 million pixels
Image sensor 23.6mm×15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS with  primary colour filter
Total number of pixels: 16.5 million pixels
Sensor Cleaning system Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card *1
File format  (still image) JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2)
RAW (RAF format)/RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant, DPOF-compatible)
            (movie) Movie File Format : MOV
Movie Video Compression : H.264
Audio : Linear PCM  Stereo
Number of recorded pixels L:<3:2>4896x3264 <16:9>4896x2760 <1:1>3264 × 3264
M:<3:2>3456x2304 <16:9>3456x1944 <1:1>2304 × 2304
S:<3:2>2496x1664 <16:9>2496x1408 <1:1>1664 ×1664
Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount
Sensitivity AUTO/Equivalent to ISO200  – 6400   (Standard Output Sensitivity)Extended output sensitivity : equivalent to ISO100/12800 /25600
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE/Shutter priority AE/Aperture priority AE/Manual exposure
Exposure compensation -2.0EV – +2.0EV, 1/3EV step
Image Stabiliser Supports with OIS type lens
Face Detection Yes
Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed
(with mechanical shutter)
(Advanced SR AUTO mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
(All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (max.60min.)
Synchronised Shutter speed for flash :1/180 sec. or slower
*In S or M mode, 1/160 sec. or slower can be set .
Continuous shooting approx. 5.6fps (JPEG: max. 30 frames, RAW/RAW+JPEG: max. 10 frames)
approx. 3.0fps (JPEG: max. 50 frames, RAW/RAW+JPEG: max. 10 frames)
* SD card Class10 or higher
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (±1/3EV/±2/3EV/±1EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%・200%・400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV/±2/3EV/±1EV)
Focus              (mode) Manual Focus/Area AF/Multi AF/Continuous AF/Tracking AF
                    (type) TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
                    (AF frame selection) Area AF (49 areas with 7x7), Changeable AF frame size
White balance Auto/ Custom/ Preset(Fine/ Shade/Fluorescent light (Daylight)/ Fluorescent light (Warm White)/Fluorescent light (Cool White)/Incandescent light
Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec. Delay
Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : approx 7 (ISO200・m)
Flash modes Red-eye removal OFF: Auto/Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/Slow Synchro/Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto/Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/
Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro/Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
*Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON.
Hot shoe Yes ( dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
LCD monitor 3.0-in.   aspect ratio 3:2  approx. 920K-dot Tilt  type TFT colour LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recording 1920×1080 30p  Continuous recording : up to approx. 14 min.
1280x 720 30p  Continuous recording : up to approx 27min.
* SD card Class 10 or higher
Mode dial Advanced SR AUTO/P/S/A/M/C/Portrait/Landscape/ Sport / SP (Scene Position) /Adv./AUTO
Film Simulation mode PROVIA(STANDARD)/Velvia(VIVID)/ASTIA(SOFT)/MONOCHROME/SEPIA
Dynamic range setting AUTO(100-400%)/100%/200%/400%
Advanced filter Toy camera/ Miniature/Pop colour/ High-key /Low-key/Dynamic tone/ Soft focus/Partial colour (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Purple)
Other photography  functions Face Detection, Auto Red-eye Removal, Setting (Colour, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation, Film Simulation), Multiple exposure, Film Simulation, Depth of Field display, Histogram display, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Monitor Sunlight mode, Focus Peak Highlight, Date stamp, Fn button setting
Wireless transmitter    (standard) IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
                       (access mode Infrastructure
Playback  functions RAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames. Image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Favourites
Wireless function Geotagging setup, Image transfer (Individual image/Selected multiple images), View & Obtain Images, PC Autosave
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, Language selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, Silent mode
Terminal     (Video output)
       (Digital interface)
     (HD output)
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
         (Others) Remote release terminal for RR-90 (sold separately)
Power supply NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 116.9(W) mm x 66.5 (H) mm x 39.0(D) mmMinimum depth: 32.1 mm
Weight Approx. 330g / 11.6 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 280 g / 9.9 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0° – 40°C / 32°-104° F
Operating Humidity 10 – 80%  (no condensation)
Battery life for still images Approx 350 frames  (with XF35mmF1.4R lens )
Battery life for movies TBC
Start up time Approx 0.5 sec, when QUICK START mode set to ON
Approx 1.0 sec, when QUICK START mode set to OFF
* FUJIFILM research
Accessories included Li-ion Battery NP-W126
Battery Charger BC-W126
Shoulder strap
Body cap
CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc. *3 )
Owner’s manual
# *1 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
# *2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
# *3 OS compatibility
Viewer software      :   Windows8/7/Vista/XP
RAW File Converter   :   Windows8/7/Vista/XP,   Mac OS X 10.6-10.8

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma Releases Lens USB Dock

Sigma Lens Owners Now Have a Lens Firmware/Focus Update Tuning System.

Now This Is Really Cool

By connecting the USB cable to a computer, SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses.

Sigma USB Dock
Sigma USB Dock

SIGMA USB DOCK

Compatible lens
Art: 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
Contemporary: 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM
Sports: 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice

Contemporary, Art, Sports

Updating Lens Firmware
It is possible to update the lens firmware via the internet.

Focus Setting
Multiple focus setting options are available: 4 categories for fixed focal length lenses, and 16 categories (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses.

For Sports line

AF Speed Adjustment
There are 3 AF speed modes.

Focus Limiter Adjustment
Offering customization for the driving range of auto focus enables a photographer to exactly reflect the personal preference.

OS Setting
There are 3 OS (Optical Stabilizer) adjustment modes.

You can download “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Macintosh” from the link below.

http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/

Condition of Operation :

Windows
This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria;
* Core2Duo or faster processor
* Windows 7 or Windows 8
* 1GB of RAM
* 1GB of available hard disk space
* 24bit or more graphics card
* 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
* PC with USB 1.1 port

Mac OS
This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria;
* Mac OS X Ver.10.7 or 10.8 and Intel Core Processor
* 1GB of RAM
* 1GB of available hard disk space
* 24bit or more graphics card
* 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
* PC with USB 1.1 port

The Sigma USB dock works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro software in order to connect a photographers lens to their personal computer to update firmware and other parameters such as focus, and for the Sports category: Autofocus speeds, focus limiters, and optical stabilization functionality. Updating the firmware can be done via the internet. Sigma Photo Pro is available for Mac and PC computers.

Focus Settings:
4 Categories of customization for fixed focal length.
16 Categories of customization for zoom lenses (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance).

Sports Line:
AF Speed: 3 adjustment modes.
Focus Limiter: Customize auto focus range.
OS: 3 adjustment modes.

The Sigma Optimization Pro can be downloaded at the Sigma Global Vision site.

USB DOCK COMPATIBILITY CHART
LENS Product Line Firmware Update Focus Setting OS AF Speed Focus Limiter
DG 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art O O X X X
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports O O O O O
DC 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary O O X X X
30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art O O X X X
18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art O O X X X
OS Function, AF Speed and Focus limiter are only adjustable with the lenses with a custom mode switch
**DN Lenses are no compatible with the USB dock currently.

Sanho Updates iUSBport App

Sanho Updates iUSBport App

iUSBport
iUSBport

Sanho have updated the application for iUSBport camera control to version 1.54. The app now has a redesigned interface and for the short time I could see the App interface, they have also added a histogram.

Unfortunately for me the App crashes whenever I take an image.

Initially when joining the network with my iPad, the firmware on the iUSBport camera control unit (CameraMator) is updated over wifi.

This part went without a hitch.

I then proceeded to test the unit with the IOS App, the live view screen showed up perfectly and touching the screen focused the camera on the part selected, also now a focus rectangle shows exactly where the focus point is (Something that was missing in the previous version)

Taking an image seemed to work initially, with a .Nef image showing up on the film strip.

On trying to load the image for viewing to access sharpness etc, the App crashed.

I then changed the camera settings to take a raw image on the SD card and a basic small jpeg on the secondary CF slot.

On taking a photo the filmstrip showed an image with a raw.jpeg extension which on trying to load said image into the viewer the App again crashed

After restarting everything again I gave it another try and again the App crashed, so as far as I am concerned the IOS app is still unstable and unusable with my Nikon D800E.

The web App on the other hand seems to be a lot more stable and useable, with everything working as advertised. Using the settings for a small basic jpeg on the CF card, only a jpeg loads on the film strip, which can then be loaded to view in the viewer without problems..

I applaud Sanho for taking over the support of the so far ill fated CameraMator, but it seems that more testing is required before releasing applications that simply do not work correctly.

Maybe the problems are camera specific so anybody reading this who has had success with their cameras and the iUSB camera control app  leave a comment, maybe it can be narrowed down to just certain cameras showing problems.

I am sure that eventually they (Sanho) will get it right as they certainly seem to be standing behind the product, but so far for me and my camera the IOS App is still unuseable.

Update.

After contacting Hyper Support, I received a very quick reply explaining the reasons for the crashes.

“Are you using iPad 2?
The reason I ask is because iPad 2 is unable to handle the 36 megapixel image taken by the Nikon D800E, hence the app will crash.
Right now when you record both raw and jpg, we are obtaining the 36 megapixel jpg preview image within the raw file.
The reason why we are using the jpg preview within the raw file instead of the actual jpg is because if both raw and jpeg are shot at the same resolution, the  jpg preview within the raw file has a smaller file size and will transfer faster than the actual jpg.
In the next version 1.6 which will be available in 1-2 weeks, we will set the app to use the actual jpg instead of the jpg preview of the raw file.
In version 2.0 which will be available in 3-4 weeks, we will allow the user to determine whether to use the actual jpg or jpg preview.
Meanwhile for your case, you can either use the iPad 3 or 4 or shoot in jpg/raw that has smaller than 36 megapixel resolution to prevent the crashing issue.”
Sure enough this worked perfectly reducing the raw file size to the 1.2 setting makes the App work perfectly
Now waiting patiently for the next update. I have to say that the support from Hyper is quick and concise, a very unusual trait these days.

Nikon Release Firmware Updates

New Nikon Firmware Updates

Nikon have released firmware updates the link below is for European downloads.

The Firmware Can be downloaded here

 

Full list of modifications in the new D600 C:1.01 firmware:

 

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to “Information off” and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.
  • An issue that caused the right edges of images to be somewhat white when captured at an Image area setting of DX (24×16) 1.5x with Active D-Lighting set to Off has been resolved.
  • When the camera’s shutter-release button was pressed repeatedly for uninterrupted shooting with the “Record to:” option in Camera Control Pro 2’s Storage tab set to “PC+CARD”, the camera would stop responding with displaying “Err” in its control panel. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.

The new Nikon D800 A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware update contains:

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time.  This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp.  This issue has been resolved

The Nikon D4 and D3X also get firmware updates the Nikon D3X update is for the newly released Nikon 800mm Lens.

The Nikon firmware updates for the D800 are causing rumblings on some discussion boards about improved AF performance, part from the continuous AF mode mentioned I doubt anything has changed. My D800E fortunately focuses as good as it always did.  I doubt a firmware upgrade could even improve focusing issues. Ever hear of the Placebo Effect?

One good thing is the improved Live View in manual mode for studio shooters or indeed when shooting in dark places.

Still the trap focus does not work as it did on previous models but Nikon claim this is intentional.

I personally see no difference in the display of the Adobe RGB image on the LCD, but I never had the green tint that people were discussing.

camnexusTM released by Wooblue

camnexusTM released by Wooblue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 11, 2013 – IRVINE, CA–(March 11, 2013) – Wooblue, Inc. (“Wooblue” or the “Company”; www.wooblue.com (http://www.wooblue.com)) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its camnexusTM wireless photography device and app interface.  The camnexusTM is a next generation wireless photography device that creates a WI-FI network enabling wireless control of select DSLR cameras and photo sharing directly from a camera to multiple iPad, iPhone or Mac devices through the proprietary app interface.  camnexusTM users will enjoy all the benefits of Wooblue’s cameramatorTM with additional features including Apple© and Android© support, multiple simultaneous DSLR camera activations, real-time slideshow builder and viewer, on-camera file browser and photo sharing across social media.

“The enhanced features and multi-device functionality of our innovative camnexusTM tool provide DSLR users with an unprecedented wireless photography experience and access to tools previously unattainable,” said Ian Shanno, Wooblue’s Managing Director.

About Wooblue, Inc.

Wooblue, Inc. is an Irvine, California based technology development company and the creator of cameramatorTM and camnexusTM.

About cameramatorTM

cameramatorTM is a wireless tethered photography device and app interface designed for a host of professional grade DSLR cameras by Nikon and Canon.  When connected to a compatible DSLR camera, the cameramatorTM enables wireless control of the camera via an iPad, iPhone or Mac and enables real-time photo sharing.  Controls include wireless camera and shutter control, wireless image transfer, live viewfinder, time-lapse, HDR and self-portrait, in addition to multiple image and color manipulation features.  cameramatorTM works with CF and SD cards across multiple camera brands, drains no battery power from the DSLR camera, provides internet and Wi-Fi pass-through and supports social media integration.

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More Information at   http://camnexus.com/index.html

iUSBportCamera (Cameramator Reborn)

iUSBport Camera
iUSBport Camera

CameraMator Update

Following the original app being pulled for this device by Woodblue, Sanho have now taken over development of the software required

to run it.

A firmware update and the new apps for IOS can be found on the HyperShop webpage.

Sanho have released a web app for the device and also a Mac OSX script.

Windows and Android support is to follow late this week.

Sanho Corp Launches iUSBportCAMERA

Wireless Tether For Canon/Nikon DSLRs To iPad, iPhone, Android devices
Turn Mobile Devices Into DSLR Remote Control And High Resolution Viewer

Monday, March 11, 2013 LAS VEGAS, NV – Sanho Corporation (WPPI 2013 Booth #1675), creator of the award-winning HYPER line of mobile and photo accessories, today announced the introduction of the latest member of the iUSBport family: iUSBportCAMERA, the innovative new wireless DSLR Remote Control and Live Viewfinder for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

iUSBportCAMERA turns mobile devices into both an advanced wireless remote control with access to advanced features of DSLR cameras, and a wireless high-resolution photo viewer to share and review photos beyond the camera’s viewfinder, allowing for increased mobility, productivity and accessibility. Photographers have the added option of sharing photos with clients or other viewers instantly and can better execute challenging shots where the camera must be placed in difficult to reach positions.

“iUSBportCAMERA gives photographers increased capabilities, by enabling instant photo transfers wirelessly, increased mobility with remote camera control through mobile devices and added collaboration with off-site viewers and more,” said Daniel Chin, CEO of Sanho Corp.

Based on the same technology used in the rest of HYPER’s iUSBport line (iUSBport, iUSBportMINI, iUSBportHD), iUSBportCAMERA connects a camera’s USB port to any WiFi enabled mobile devices, including iOS and Android, as well as Mac and Windows devices. By mounting iUSBportCAMERA directly on a DSLR camera’s hot shoe, any accessory cold shoe mount or standard tripod and connecting to a camera’s USB port, photos taken become instantly available on a personal device for easier review, or on a remote device, allowing for collaboration and input from off-site viewers.

In addition to cameras, iUSBportCAMERA, like the rest of the iUSBport line, can also connect to any USB mass storage device like USB flash and hard drive to wirelessly stream media to any mobile device. Stream 1080p HD movies, music, photos and transfer files between mobile and USB devices.

A free companion iUSBport app is available on the Apple App Store. Android, Mac and PC software can be downloaded from our website at http://www.hypershop.com

Key Features


Live Viewfinder

  •    Live, large, enhanced viewfinder through your mobile device
  •    Photos shot are instantly and wirelessly sent to nearby mobile devices (e.g. iPad)
  •    Allow client and photographer to make informed corrections on the spot to get the right shot.

 

Remote Control

  •    Control your camera from afar
  •    Wirelessly control all camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter, white balance, etc.) directly from your mobile
    device
  •    See live viewfinder feed from the camera on your mobile device as you remotely trigger camera to take
    your picture.
  •   Tap anywhere on the live view screen to refocus camera to that point

 

Video Recording

  •    Shoot photos and videos remotely with Live View
  •    Remotely start and stop video recording
  •    View actual live video feed during recording
  •    Tap anywhere on screen to refocus video
  •    Ability to stream or transfer recorded video to mobile device

 

USB Media Streamer

  •    Also connects to any USB flash/hard drive to wirelessly stream media
  •    Stream 1080p HD movies, music, photos, files from USB to mobile devices
  •    Transfer files between mobile devices and USB

 

Hardware Specs
USB Port: USB 2.0 480 Mbps with 5W Power
Wireless: 802.1 1b/g/n (Access Point and Infrastructure Mode)
Battery: 3300mAh Li-Polymer
Transfer Speed: 3MB/sec
Server: HTTP/FTP/Samba/DLNA/WebDAV
File System:  FAT32/exFAT/NTFS/HFS+

Pricing and Availability
iUSBportCAMERA is available immediately online at http://www.hypershop.com at the starting MSRP of $299.95. For additional information, please visit us online.

About Sanho Corporation
Sanho Corporation designs, manufactures and markets IT accessories with a focus on Apple accessories, portable power and storage.  Sanho is committed to developing cutting edge products with a dedicated focus on performance, quality, value and service, with a sales and marketing office in the U.S. in Silicon Valley, California, a production facility near Shanghai, China, and R&D teams in both countries.

Company Contact
Daniel Chin
daniel@sanho.com

Media Contact
Robert Barsanti
408.710.7961
robert@sanho.com

 

Information take from  http://www.hyperblog.com

Update

Anyone with a CameraMator that still has the original firmware can now purchase the App for £17.99 from the App store. Very generous is it not? considering it was £20.99 two days ago.

Shouldn’t a supporting App be a free download. ?

The plot it seems thickens  this unit is destined for the bin…..

The CamRanger seems to be easily winning this battle for wireless tethering, oh and the supporting App to make it useable is a free download, it is a very polished piece of software that works as advertised.