Selfies. We know for a fact Malaysians love taking them, but just how do we compare against the other selfie lovers around the world? Time magazine sought to find out, and the results were pretty surprising: two Malaysian cities were listed in the top 10, while a third placed in the top 25 of the world’s “selfiest” cities.
Leica has always been a name associated with unparalleled luxury and sophistication. The red dot as been desirable by just about all photographers at one point or another. Previous collaborations have dropped jaws with the price and added just that much richkidsofinstagram cred to your camera collection. Hermès made the M9-P a completely new work of art and even Jony Ive made the M for RED an Apple fanboys ultimate shooter. The latest collaboration however, is pretty darn strange.
Good news for those of you who love to take selfies, our app of the week is this week is CamMe, a camera app for iOS devices that makes capturing selfies as easy as grasping the air, literally. You know those awkward situations where you’re trying to take a picture of yourself or a group of friends, and your arms are too short to fit everyone in, hence accidentally cropping out someone? With CamMe, you’ll never have that problem again because it allows you to capture self-shots from as far 5 meters without even having to touch your phone and no, you will not need to pay for an expensive remote shutter button.
Images on the internet tend to get used without the permission or even credit to the original creator. Getty Images, which licenses stock photos for official use, has decided that if you can’t beat them you might as well join them. As a result it is now allowing anyone to use its high quality images; as long as they use the embed feature.
Well that didn’t take too long, Samsung officially took the curtains off its Android powered compact camera right before CES earlier this year. The Korean company showed it off again at the very recent Samsung Forum 2014 which happened about two weeks ago and it looks like the camera has finally landed in our shores with a retail price of RM1,699, much cheaper than the original Galaxy Camera that was launched last year.
Taking a break from the mobile news from Barcelona we take a look at the new top of the range Nikon D4S. On the surface, not much has changed, the D4S still retains the same 16.2MP sensor from the D4 however if you dig a little deeper you’ll see something rather special. While the sensor offers the same sized images, it is completely reworked to allow 100-25600 ISO base and a Hi4 setting of 409600. The noise reduction has also greatly improved, comparing the D4S’ 1600 ISO, it will look like 800ISO images from the old D4.
50mm | f/2.8 | 1/80s | ISO 200
We have some sample images from the new Samsung NX30 and Galaxy Camera 2. The photos have not been touched up with the exception of the watermark and were shot straight from the camera in A mode. Click each image for a link to the larger picture. Hit the jump for more!
Imaging has never been Samsung’s strong point in particular, with a series of lacklustre offerings over the years not making much of a dent in the industry at large. Today at the Samsung Forum 2014 in Bali, they announced the addition of the new NX30 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera along with the new Samsung Galaxy Camera 2.
Do you love to share pictures of your food through Instagram? Well, rest assured, there are many people throughout the world who actually share the same love as you. However, if you somehow end up in Penang one of these days and are visiting this particular café, you might not be able to do that because the café actually bans the usage of camera within the outlet.
For the longest time, photographers have always followed the same one body, multiple lens approach to things. Granted there are always instances where multiple bodies with a multitude of lenses have been used but it’s never been a body purpose built of a particular focal length. Sigma have always been outside the realms of normalcy with things like their Foveon sensors and now with their brand new camera lineup, the dp, they’ve done it again.
The dp series consists of 3 fixed focal length cameras of 19mm, 30mm and 50mm respectively (at 1.5x crop thats 28mm 45mm and 75mm on a 35mm sensor). Each of the cameras shares the same body and brings out the best in each lens. Sigma have said that it works best when you have all 3 with you and select as needed for your perfect shot.
What’s special with the new dp lineup is that they feature the brand new Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor with a 39MP equivalent ultrahigh resolution with a lower data consumption as well as the signature lack of lowpass or colour filter, making every pixel un-interpolated and complete leading to outstanding colour information.
There are no details on price or availability at the moment, but I’ll be very interested to see where this will slot in to existing photographers workflows and if it would be viable to have 3 of the bodies at one go.
Sony’s A99 Full-Frame camera was a heck of a shooter, topping the Alpha range and one of my favourite Sony cameras of all time. The 24.3MP camera wasn’t the best designed in terms of build, but it wasn’t horrible of course. Hasselblad has pulled another “Stellar” this time, taking the A99 and wrapping it in a “much tougher” machined, high grade aluminium body and put a Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, calling it the Hasselblad HV. The HV comes with a “high performance” case and the whole camera benefits from physical vapor deposition hardening.
The price for this cosmetic makeover? A whopping USD11,500, over USD8,000 above the price of a vanilla A99. Even with the lens, its still ridiculous!
Hasselblad have an incredible range of Digital (and film) medium format cameras so I don’t see why they need to step in and take the A99 and previously the RX-100 and NEX-7 with the Stellar and Lunar respectively. So if anyone is working at Hasselblad or knows anyone: Please Stop.
So we’ve gone through awesome cameras for the beginner and the budget conscious photographer, but what if you want to make an in road to the world of DSLR cameras? The DSLR camera market is incredibly dense with a plethora of choices for just about every budget, sometimes it’s a little hard to figure out what kind of camera would suit you and your wallet. The main draw of a DSLR system is the flexibility of having very high quality interchangeable lenses available as well as a more “fully featured” body with all the modern bells and whistles you could ask for. Granted, the line between mirrorless and DSLR is getting blurrier by the day, there is still something about shooting a DSLR, for the serious amateur and hobbyist.
So we will look at a few cameras that I think are the best bets for starting the expensive and poisonous journey into DSLR photography!
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Adobe Lightroom is one tool that is no stranger to photographers out there with yours truly using it as a main archiving and editing platform for most of my work. Photographers who don’t have it should take a trial and seriously consider it. In a rumour floating around the internet, 9 to 5 mac has discovered references to a “Lightroom For Mobile” on Adobe’s website earlier this week. The leak indicates a tagline “Take Lightroom Anywhere”.
While there are no screenshots provided, it’s believed that the service will run and sync via Adobe’s Creative Cloud service with Lightroom on other devices. The downside to this? The subscription is said to cost US$100 a year. If this is true, that’s a little bit too much to pay for a tablet lightroom. Rumours put the Lightroom for iPad launch in the next few weeks so we will have to see for ourselves.
I for one am a little skeptical at the usefulness of a tablet version of Lightroom. Working on RAW files will require so much space which my 16GB iPad Mini doesn’t have. Also, data transfer rate would be a nightmare! If we are talking about just pictures taken by the iPad itself, what would Lightroom offer that iPhoto, Photoshop Mobile, Snapseed and a whole host of other non-subscription apps couldn’t do?
How about you? Would a mobile Lightroom fit in your workflow?
Instant cameras are amazing little devices that can print out your precious pictures almost immediately, giving you a hardcopy to keep but here’s a problem with instant cameras, especially if you have a toddler – if you accidentally press the shutter button, you are instantly RM2+ poorer and have wasted a piece of good film. You are also in risk of your subject moving or accidentally blinking and you’ll end up with a ruined picture.
What we have here today is the Polaroid Z2300 that may look like a typical point-and-shoot camera with a 10MP sensor on board and a 3” LCD at the back, what makes it special (apart from the retro design) is how it also comes with a built-in printer that can print out your pictures instantly and even allows you to review your picture before printing – imagine a digital camera with a built-in printer.
Apart from being able to capture 10MP pictures, the Z2300 can also record HD 720p videos at 30fps. Unlike typical instant cameras, the Z2300 uses ZINK Zero Ink technology for its prints, instantly churning out full-colored 2×3” pictures in under a minute and no, you will not have to wait for pictures to slowly show up and yes, you can shake these Polaroids. Utilizing ZINK Zero Ink photo papers, prints are smudge-proof, water-resistant and tear-resistant so you can hold it any way you want and it even doubles as a sticker; just peel off the back and you can stick your photo anywhere you want like a regular sticker. Other specs include 6x digital zoom, microSD card slot up to 32GB, and built-in flash.
For those of you who want something bigger, there is also the Polaroid Z340 Instant Digital Camera that not only print bigger pictures at 3×4”, but also has a better 14MP image sensor and more features on board. Designed based from the classic Polaroid 600 camera, it is equipped with a 2.7” LCD display, SD Card slot, and like its smaller sibling, also utilizes ZINK Zero Ink printing technology. You can edit your pictures before printing with some pre-loaded borders or even create your own. Other features include macro mode, flash, scene modes and a range of color filters to create unique effects to your pictures.
Hit the break to find out more and how you can get your hands on one.
It’s no secret that smartphones have quickly become the de facto image capture device, greatly reducing the convenience of a traditional point and shoot camera. Phones these days come with exceptional cameras in terms of the sensor, software or even the value added features like the flash; The unfortunate part however is that most of the time, the camera is left on Auto and is not brought to full potential.
Whether it be taking better selfies or shooting that breathtaking panorama short of a sunset, here are some tips to take better pictures with your Smartphone camera!
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