Friday, March 22, 2013

Olympus Stylus VH-520 Camera

Olympus has announced the release of its new compact superzoom camera, Stylus VH-520. The new model sports a 14MP CMOS sensor, a TruePic V image processor, a 26-260 mm 10x optical zoom lens, a 3" LCD screen, full HD movie recording function, and Magic Filters creative effects. The VH-520 will be available in April in six different body colors.


Press Release

Olympus Smart flagship shoots bright and blur-free, in 1080p Full HD.

The compact class has its low-light hero. Semi-pro tech gives VH-520 the edge in the dark.
In the new VH-520, Olympus have taken a gorgeously slim compact and packed it full of the technologies, such as low-light iHS, only normally found in much bigger cameras for three times the price. For sheer image quality, the VH-520 is way ahead of the field. Its biggest performance boosters? The 14-megapixel CMOS sensor and a TruePic V processor originally developed for DSLR. Closely followed by the 26mm-260mm* wide, 10x optical zoom lens (20x with Super Resolution Zoom) and lens-shift image stabilisation for taking out blur. When it's dark, ISO 6400 and HDR Backlight Adjustment are essential. For slow-mo movie playback, there's High Speed Movie recording, and Multi-motion Movie IS for shooting video on the go. It all sounds unbelievable that all this technology would be feasible in such a svelte camera body, because normally it wouldn't be. But even in poor lighting conditions, with the Olympus VH-520 great picture quality is feasible. It will cost just £129.99 from late April – in brown, black, white, red, purple or blue.

Point-and-shoot in the day or the dark

For a camera measuring just 25.4mm from lens to its radiant 3" LCD, the VH-520 really has no right to house components of this quality. Forget the gorgeous design, the sensibly laid-out controls (one-button movie recording) and Magic Filters for stills and Full HD movies. The real magic is in the 10x optical zoom, 26mm wide angle lens. By shaving down the lens set, Olympus were able to replace digital IS with mechanical. Combine that with the high-sensitivity, high-ISO capability of iHS, and you've got a camera that lets you shoot straight from the hip – bright and blur-free, in good or bad light.

Outstanding features:

10x wide optical zoom lens (26-260mm*) with 20x Super Resolution
Zoom for effortless close-ups and wide-angle shots
14 Megapixel CMOS sensor for extremely high-quality full-size
movies, stills and prints
iHS technologies for capturing exactly the shots you want with rich
colour and low noise, irrespective of shooting conditions
1080p Full HD Movie with stereo sound for capturing movies in the
best image quality
Multi-motion Movie IS for recording Full HD movies with reduced
blur while walking
Mechanical, lens-based Dual Image Stabilisation for reducing blur
caused by shaking, even with long exposures
TruePic V image engine for excellent image quality
HDR Backlight Adjustment for ideal exposure when shooting
against the light
High Speed Movie for recording video at high frame rates (240 or
120fps) and playing it back in dramatic slow motion
ISO up to 6400 for excellent imaging despite poor light
3" colour LCD (460,000 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and
sharing shots
Magic Filters for adding creative effects to stills or Full HD movies
* 35mm equivalent.

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Camera

Fujifilm has updated its rugged camera lineup with FinePix XP200 camera. Waterproof up to 15m, freezeproof to -10°C, shock- and dust-proof, the XP200 features a 1/2.3-inch 16MP CMOS sensor with Shift Image Stabilization, a continious shooting mode up to 10fps, full 1080i HD movie recording function, a 3" 920K-dot LCD screen, and a built-in WiFi connectivity. The camera will be available in May at 299.95.



Press Release

Fujifilm launches a new ultra-resilient camera FinePix XP200 with Wi-Fi ®*

March 22, 2013

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the addition of a further model to its XP range of tough cameras. The FinePix XP200 defines new standards for all-weather digital compacts (15m Waterproof, 2m Shockproof, Sand/Dustproof and -10°C Freezeproof)***; building on the success of previous Fujifilm XP models. The XP200 is the optimal camera for the outdoor enthusiast, and extreme adventurer; whether you're into climbing mountains or diving in the oceans, the FinePix XP200 has what it takes to deliver high quality still shots and Full HD movies, whatever the conditions are. The CMOS sensor empowers continuous shooting at up to 10fps*4 (max. 9 frames) with a dedicated "Burst Mode Button" which lets you instantly switch into continuous shooting mode. And with Wireless Image Transfer function, you can transfer the exciting photos and movies*5 which cannot be taken by other cameras and smartphones.

1. A Born Survivor!

Waterproof*** - the XP200 shoots stills and records movies underwater, up to a depth of 15 metres, with crystal clear quality. There's even a double seal over the battery chamber for increased protection
Shockproof*** - walkers, climbers and mountain bikers will benefit from the camera's shockproof capabilities that mean it can survive a drop of up to 2m
Dustproof*** - there is no need to worry about getting sand inside the camera due to the thoroughly sealed access ports, protecting both the lens and the sensor and ensuring optimum quality images
Freezeproof*** - if you like to shoot in the coldest of climates, the XP200 will keep functioning all the way down to -10°C

2. Wireless Image Transfer to smartphones and computers

The XP200's new wireless feature lets you transfer your photos and movies*5 from the FinePix XP200 to smartphones, tablets, and PCs.
For the first time, via Wi-Fi®*, Fujifilm's all-weather digital compact is able to offer a means to back up your photos on your home PC. Just install the free "FUJIFILM PC AutoSave" software onto your PC and select which folder you want the photos to back up to, and then by linking your Wi-Fi Router and the XP200 camera you will have set up a very simple to use backup for your photos on your home PC.
For smartphones and tablets you will need to download the free dedicated "FUJIFILM Camera Application" to your iPhone, iPad, or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the FinePix XP200. The app also lets you download movies*5, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera. Pictures stored on the camera can be viewed and selected for download on large smartphone or tablet screens for a smooth download experience. No wireless LAN access point or complicated ID/password entry is required, and once the pictures have been downloaded to the smartphone, it's a simple task to upload them to social networking sites.
High-quality pictures and movies*5 can be uploaded hassle-free to the smartphone or tablet of anyone who has downloaded the free "FUJIFILM Camera Application".

3. A high speed shooter

Capture high speed action with the XP200's 10fps*4 continuous shooting mode at full resolution (max. 9 frames). You can also shoot ultra-high speed continuous shooting at up to 60fps*4 (max. 60 frames*6). With a dedicated "Burst Mode Button" placed on the back of the camera, it's easy to switch to this mode instantly, which means it's so easy to capture fast paced action shots.

4. Superior image quality

At the very core of the XP200 is the camera's 1/2.3-inch 16 million pixel CMOS sensor. With ISO sensitivity up to 6400*7 and CMOS Shift Image Stabilisation, image capture is handled with ease ensuring that sharp, clear pictures are produced, even in challenging low-light conditions. Details in shadow and in bright light can sometimes be lost on cameras with less powerful sensors, but the XP200's CMOS sensor ensures that beautiful pictures are captured.

5. Seeing is believing

The XP200 has a bright and impressive 3.0", 920K-dot LCD screen with an anti-reflective coating which makes looking at images and data on the back of the screen really easy, even in bright sunlight. The screen features an automatic brightness adjustment feature which can be optimised to monitor brightness to account for ambient lighting, saving battery power without sacrificing clarity.

6. Get closer to the action

The well-designed XP200 features an internal 5x optical FUJINON zoom lens (28 - 140mm*8), which means that you can zoom right up to the action, even underwater. Blur free pictures are achieved through the CMOS Shift Image Stabilisation which corrects the effects of any slight shake of the hand when depressing the shutter. The technology continues to impress with the added application of Intelligent Digital Zoom. The XP200 combines its 5x optical zoom with Intelligent Digital Zoom which results in double the zoom range (10x) whilst offering optimum image processing to counteract the degradation that has traditionally occurred when digital zooms are used.

7. Rugged looks and wide appeal

The XP200 is a well-designed rugged camera with an excellent core specification that will withstand the wear and tear of your adventures. It's got extra grip in case your hands are wet and is incredibly simple to operate, even if you're wearing ski gloves.

8. Capture your adventures in Full HD

The XP200 allows you to take action-packed HD movies of your escapades, perfect to show friends and family on the TV back at home what you've been up to. With the fast read-out and high speed processing of the CMOS image sensor and processor, the XP200 can record Full 1080i HD movies (60fps). The performance of the Image Stabilization for movie recording has also been greatly improved than previous XP series*9. With a "Movie Recording Button" on the back of the camera, recording starts quickly and easily, and just another press to stop recording. In addition, high speed recording is also available at frame rates of up to 360fps.
Additional features such as Scene Recognition Auto now work when recording movies. Advanced in-camera movie editing available including features such as "movie trimming" to edit out unwanted footage and "movie join" to seamlessly pull together multiple movies into a single movie.

9. Transform your photographs with in-camera "Advanced Filter"

You can really get creative by applying "Advanced Filter" to your photos which you can preview on the LCD before you take your shot.*10
Pop Color - Emphasise contrast and color saturation
Toy Camera - Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
Miniature - Add top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect
Partial Color - Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect
High Key - Enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction
Soft Focus - Create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image
Cross Screen - Create starbursts around bright objects

10. Creative photography

The XP200 features a number of advanced features allowing greater creative flexibility. High speed multi-frame processing lets you record two shots or more at different exposures and then combine them to achieve High Dynamic Range (HDR) shots with natural contrast that preserves details in the highlights and shadows. Motion Panorama 360 lets you create a 360° panoramic shot just by selecting the mode & pressing the shutter button and spinning round in a circle. This is simple to use and the effect is superb, particularly for landscape shots. Individual shutter 3D lets you create fun images with a 3D effect by combining two shots taken from slightly different angles.

11. FinePix XP200 Key features list:

Waterproof to 50ft/15m***
Shockproof to 6.6ft/2m***
Dustproof***
Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C***
1/2.3-inch 16 million pixel CMOS sensor
5x optical zoom (10x Intelligent Digital Zoom)
CMOS-shift image stabilisation
3.0-inch, 920K-dot LCD screen with anti-reflective coating
Wireless Image Transfer to smartphones & tablets
Wi-Fi®* connectivity to PCs
Full HD movie recording with "Movie Recording Button"
10fps*4 continuous shooting mode at full resolution (max. 9 frames)
Dedicated "Burst Mode Button"
Available in Blue, Yellow, Black, and Red
300 shot*4 battery charge

Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Camera

Fujifilm has just announced the release of its new superzoom S8400W camera sporting a 1/2.3" 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor, 3" 460K dot LCD monitor, and a 201K dot viewfinder. In addition, the camera captures full 1080i/60 HD video, has continuous shooting mode at 10 frames per second, and offers 6 different artistic effects. The camera is expected to be available in May at around $350.



Press Release

Fujifilm launches a 44x zoom bridge camera FinePix S8400W with Wi-Fi ®*

March 22, 2013

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the FinePix S8400W long zoom bridge camera with Wi-Fi enabled. Highly regarded for their high precision FUJINON lenses, ease-of-use and compact design, Fujifilm's all-in-one bridge cameras are an excellent choice for any keen photographer looking for a step-up in their photography, and today's new S8400W, with its Wi-Fi connectivity, is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.

1. Wireless Image Transfer makes it easy to transfer photos and movies*** to smartphones and computers

The S8400W's new wireless feature lets you transfer photos and movies*** from the FinePix S8400W to smartphones, tablets, and computers.
For the first time, via Wi-Fi®, Fujifilm's long zoom bridge camera is able to offer a means to back up your photos on your home PC. Just install the free "FUJIFILM PC AutoSave" software onto your PC and select which folder you want the photos to back up to, and then by linking your Wi-Fi Router and the S8400W camera, you will have set up a very simple to use backup for your photos on your home PC.
For smartphones and tablets you will need to download the free dedicated "FUJIFILM Camera Application" to your iPhone, iPad, or Android™ smartphone or tablet device to transfer up to 30 pictures at a time from the FinePix S8400W. The app also lets you download movies, expanding the range of options available for enjoying pictures taken with the camera. Pictures and movies stored on the camera can be viewed and selected for download on large smartphone or tablet screens for a smooth download experience. No wireless LAN access point or complicated ID/password entry is required, and once the pictures are downloaded to the smartphone, it's a simple task to upload them to social networking sites.

2. 44x Optical zoom with powerful Optical Image Stabilisation

The new S8400W features a 44x optical zoom (24-1056mm*4), fast apertures of f/2.9 to f/6.5, and powerful OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) for excellent blur reduction resulting in crisp, clear photos.
Renowned for their superb clarity, the FUJINON lenses used in this camera feature 17 elements in 12 groups, and combine aspherical and ED elements which help to reduce aberrations and promote a superior level of image quality. Additionally this camera features a Super Macro mode, enabling you to get as close as 1cm from your subject, bringing great close-up shots to life.

3. Fast autofocus speeds, quick response times and high quality images

With its 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch BSI-CMOS sensor, the S8400W captures excellent quality, low noise shots at sensitivities as high as ISO 12800. And with an autofocus speed of 0.3 seconds*5, start-up time of 1.0 second*5, a 0.5 second*5 interval between shots and a continuous shooting speed of 10fps (MAX.10frames, full resolution) *5, you'll really find it hard to miss a shot. What's more, ultra-high-speed shooting of up to 60fps (MAX. 60 frames, image size 1280 x 960) and up to 120fps (MAX. 60 frames, image size 640 x 480) enables you to capture the action in slow-motion.

4. Full HD movie 1080i/60fps with stereo sound

Taking videos is as easy as taking pictures, with a dedicated Movie button which lets you start recording the moment you press it. The high resolution, 1080i movie capture at 60fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps*6 is superb when played back on HD TV screens and what's more, still photos can also be taken during video recording thanks to the clever, multi-tasking design. Additionally, a number of advanced movie-editing features are available, including "movie trimming" to cut unwanted footage from movies, and "movie join" to join multiple separate clips into a single movie.

5. Electronic viewfinder

The FinePix S8400W comes with a built-in Electronic viewfinder (EVF). This makes it easy to frame subjects, and makes checking focus and white balance in bright daylight conditions a breeze.

6. Intuitive design

Along with the easy grip surfaces, the S8400W features a convenient secondary zoom control on the side of the lens barrel; this gives you the option of adjusting the zoom with your left hand and operating the controls with your right. For hassle-free photography the user can choose from three zoom speeds, or use the Auto Return Zoom control to reach high-magnification focal points quickly. Complete with Mode Dial, the S8400W makes it very easy to change shooting mode.

7. Fun-filled feature set

Fujifilm's advanced filters allow you to indulge your artistic expression in-camera and avoid any time consuming post-processing.
The FinePix S8400W offers 6 different artistic effects:
Pop Color - Emphasise contrast and color saturation
Toy Camera - Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera
Miniature - blurs the top and bottom of the frame for a diorama effect
Partial Color - Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect
Cross Screen*7 - Creates starbursts around bright objects
Soft Focus*7 - Creates a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image

8. FUJIFILM FinePix S8400W Key features list:

Wireless Image Transfer to PC, tablets and smartphones
FUJINON 44x Super zoom Lens (24mm wide-angle, fast apertures of f/2.9 to f/6.5)
1/2.3inch 16 million pixel BSI-CMOS sensor
Autofocus speed of 0.3 sec. in fastest conditions
Continuous shooting; 10fps(MAX.10frames, full resolution), 60fps (MAX. 60 frames, image size 1280 x 960) ,120 fps (MAX. 60 frames, image size 640 x 480)
Start-up time of 1.0sec.
Shooting interval time of 0.5sec.
Full HD movie 1080i/60 fps with stereo sound and slow-motion capture at 480fps
Bright 3.0-inch LCD screen (460K-dot)
Electronic viewfinder(201K-dot)
Super Macro; 1cm
Manual exposure control(P/S/A/M modes)
Dual zoom lever
Shooting functions; 6 Advanced Filters, Individual shutter 3D, HDR, motion panorama and more
Instant zoom and Zoom Bracketing
3-level zoom switch
4 x AA alkaline batteries with an approx. 300 shot battery life

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS and SX270 HS Cameras

Along with its new flagship Rebel model, Canon is releasing two new PowerShot cameras, SX280 HS and SX270 HS. Both cameras are built with the newest DIGIC 6 image processors, 12.1MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensors, 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm lens with image stabilizer, and 3" TFT Color LCD screens. The SX280 also features a built-in GPS and Wi-Fi function. The cameras are going to be available in April at around $330.


Accessories for Canon SX280 and SX270 cameras:

1. NB-6L battery;
2. CB-2LY charger;
3. ACK-DC40 power adapter;
4. HTC-100 Mini-HDMI cable;
5. IFC-400PCU USB cable


Press Release

Canon unveils the PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS boasting next-generation DIGIC 6

London, UK, 21 March 2013 - Canon today unveils two new powerful PowerShot SX models – the compact and versatile PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS. Combining Canon’s brand new DIGIC 6 image processing technology with a 20x optical zoom, these models are the ideal travel companions for recording everything from panoramic landscapes to family holidays, in stunning detail and Full HD 60p video. Shooting and sharing high-quality images on the move is also easy with the PowerShot SX280 HS’s integrated Wi-Fi function, allowing instant connectivity with other devices such as tablets, PCs or smartphones.

Incredible performance with DIGIC 6
At the heart of both models is Canon’s next generation DIGIC 6 image processor, enabling the capture of outstanding images in even the lowest of light conditions, as well as realistically smooth, Full HD movies at up to 60fps. Whether at a party or under moonlight, new DIGIC 6 ensures pictures are low on noise and perfectly-exposed, with up to 30 per cent more detail1 captured than the models’ predecessors, without the need to use a flash or tripod.

The HS System pairs the new DIGIC 6 processor with a 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor to deliver exceptional images in low light, with minimal blur and noise, as well as wide dynamic range – perfect for capturing shadowy detail as the sun sets onholiday. Using the DIGIC 6 processor and HS System, users can enjoy shooting with incredible ISO sensitivity, up to ISO 6400, with outstanding results.

Using DIGIC 6, movies are recorded in the widely-compatible MP4 format, and can be played on a range of portable devices – providing the ability to share recordings quickly and easily with family and friends, without the need for lengthy file conversions.

Get closer to the action with super zoom
The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS are ideal for every precious family and holiday moment, thanks to the 25mm wide-angle 20x optical zoom Canon lens with a 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer (IS). ZoomPlus technology even digitally extends the reach of the zoom to 40x whilst maintaining crisp, detailed, high-quality resolution, allowing users to get even closer to the action whilst maintaining a discrete distance.

Keep track of your travels; sharing made easy
The PowerShot SX280 HS’s Wi-Fi function allows users to share their most memorable moments with friends and family by transmitting their stunning images to social networks, connected devices, or the internet for online back-up.

Ideal for travellers who wish to track their route effortlessly, or remember the exact location of a perfect shot, the PowerShot SX280 HS’s inbuilt GPS2 automatically tags each picture or movie with the local time and pinpoints the location in which it was taken. The integrated GPS logger function tracks the location of the camera at regular intervals on a journey, while A-GPS functionality uses Wi-Fi to quickly download additional Assisted GPS data, which greatly decreases the time to acquire a satellite signal.

Switch from stills to movies with Full HD capture
Users can quickly switch from still images to movies to record action in Full HD quality (1920x1080p) with stereo sound. Advanced 60p recording allows a new level of movie performance, with the ability to capture fast paced action with improved smoothness across the whole scene. Fine Detail Movie Processing technology (30 fps) offers incredible detail, while DIGIC 6 offers enhanced noise processing3 in Full HD movies (30fps), allowing users to capture every moment.

The huge 20x optical zoom can also be used whilst filming. Movies shot on the move are kept crisp and blur-free thanks to the latest version of Intelligent IS, which features an enhanced Dynamic IS mode. The improved mode employs a five-axis Image Stabilizer, correcting a range of additional types of camera shake, including rotational and parallel shake – a typical occurrence when filming whilst walking - for even smoother footage.

Whether on a family holiday or the trip of a lifetime, travellers can easily frame and review their recordings on the bright 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD screen with approximately 461,000 dots. A tempered glass layer provides additional strength and protection, and high contrast also combines with Quick Bright technology to make the display perfect for movie playback in bright sunlight.

Capture every moment creatively
The PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS make it easy to point and shoot with confidence, offering Canon’s acclaimed Smart Auto mode which detects up to 58 different scenes to determine the most appropriate settings to achieve the best possible result.

Combining creative flexibility with high quality images, both the PowerShot SX280 HS and PowerShot SX270 HS feature new Hybrid Auto mode which records the four seconds before every shot in 720p resolution, before using Smart Auto to determine the best settings to capture the perfect shot. At the end of each day, the four-second clips are merged into one to tell the “behind-the-scenes” story of the day’s images. Stills can also be transformed by using one of seven4 different Creative Filters, including Fish-eye Effect and Miniature Effect.

More ambitious and experienced photographers, or those wanting to develop their photography skills, can also take complete control of their camera settings. Using the range of more advanced modes, including Tv and Av modes to control shutter speed and aperture, or full manual mode to control all settings, users can explore their creativity and improve their knowledge with these powerful, compact cameras.

PowerShot SX280 HS - key features:

20x zoom, 25mm lens
HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC
Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS
 Wi-Fi
Full HD (60fps)
7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
GPS with A-GPS
Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto
Manual, Av and Tv modes
High-speed shooting. Optional Waterproof Case

PowerShot SX270 HS- key features:

20x zoom, 25mm wide lens
HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6
Intelligent IS, Enhanced Dynamic IS
Full HD (60fps)
7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G LCD
Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto
Manual, Av and Tv modes
High-speed shooting
Optional 40m Waterproof Case

Canon EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D Camera

Canon has announced its new flagship Rebel line camera, the EOS Rebel T5i (700D). The camera sports an 18.0MP CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5 image processor for superior image quality and performance, a continious shooting speed of up to 5 frames per second, a 9 point cross-type AF focus system, full HD movie mode with Movie Servo AF, and a 3" Clear View LCD screen II. The camera is expected to hit stores in April. The estimated retail price is set to $749.99 for the body only and $899.99 with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit).


Accessories for the new Canon EOS Rebel T5i:

1. LP-E8 battery;
2. LC-E8 charger;
3. ACK-E8 power adapter;
4. CA-PS700A compact power adapter;
5. IFC-500U USB cable;
6. BG-E8 battery grip


Press Release


NEW CANON EOS REBEL T5i DIGITAL SLR CAMERA PACKS PERFORMANCE WITH NEW CREATIVE CONTROLS

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce a new flagship model to its popular EOS Rebel line, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon’s superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light conditions. With a continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 frames per second (fps) united with 9 all cross- type AF focus points, the new EOS Rebel T5i allows photographers the opportunity to shoot with ease, even in challenging shooting situations.

When shooting in Live View mode, the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus for photos and video. Coupled with Canon’s new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, available in the standard kit lens bundle, the EOS Rebel T5i takes full advantage of the Stepping Motor (STM) technology, which allows the lens to smoothly and silently focus on the subject whether it is moving or standing still. When combined with the camera's high-resolution Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II and intuitive touch controls, the EOS Rebel T5i stands as Canon's most "consumer- friendly" DSLR.

'Built to make advanced photography creative and fun, the EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera gives users exceptional image quality and fast, intuitive operation along with creative functions to help advance photographic expression,' said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Expand Your Creativity with New Advanced Features
The EOS Rebel T5i provides amateur and advanced photographers looking to hone their creative and technical skills with a range of features that allow for crisp, clear images.

Whether it is adding saturation to a vivid landscape or applying a unique, vintage touch to a portrait, users who want to express their creativity can experiment with different effects and settings, composing a shot, by using one of Canon’s seven Creative Filters. When the Creative Filters are applied in Live View, users can preview the filter on the vari-angle three inch LCD touch screen without having to shoot the image first. Effects such as ArtBold, Water Painting, Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Fish- Eye and Miniature let users pick and choose how to best express their creative vision before or after the image is captured.

Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie Mode
The EOS Rebel T5i offers easy-to-use professional video capture. When users switch to EOS Full HD Movie mode, the EOS Rebel T5i offers the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD video in a number of recording sizes and frame rates. With Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF System and Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous AF for focus tracking of moving subjects by helping to reduce the camera’s need to “hunt”, resulting in a quick and smooth continuous AF. While shooting with one of Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the camera will only capture the stereo sound of the scene being recorded. For added flexibility, the EOS Rebel T5i also features a built-in stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment to enhance sound quality.

Expanded Lineup of STM Lenses

Canon is expanding the lineup of STM lenses by adding one new lens, which now gives users three choices that will allow for the capture of stunning images and video with the EOS Rebel T5i – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5- 5.6 IS STM lens. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens offers high magnification in a compact and lightweight EF-S standard zoom lens with an optical image stabilizer for up to four equivalent stops for shake correction. When paired with the Hybrid CMOS AF, it allows for smooth and quiet, continuous AF for photo and video capturing - making it the perfect combination for preserving those once in a lifetime moments.

Availability

The EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $749.99 for the body alone; $899.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit, and $1,099.00 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit. About Canon U.S.A., Inc. Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine's The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens also is also scheduled to be available separately in April at an estimated retail price of $249.99. For more information about the Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera, the full list of product specifications and compatible lenses, visit www.usa.canon.com/eos.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (100D) Camera

Canon has announced the world smallest and lightest SLR camera, EOS Rebel SL1 (100D). The camera features a 18.0 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, high-speed shooting up to 4.0fps, full HD video recording mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking, a touch-screen LCD monitor, 9-point AF system, and new Special Scene modes. The Rebel SL1 is expected to be available in April for $649.99 (the body only) or $799.99 (with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens).





Accessories for Canon EOS Rebel SL1:

1. LP-E12 battery;
2. LC-E12 charger;
3. CA-PS700A power adapter;
4. IFC-200U, IFC-500U USB cable;
5. AVC-DC400ST AV cable

Press Release

CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES WORLD’S SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST DSLR CAMERA

New EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera Fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013

Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0- megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday
'The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full- featured DSLR cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera.'

Advanced Image Quality in a Compact Body

As the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, the new camera body is 4.6" (w) x 3.57" (h) x 2.74" (d), and weighs only 14.36 oz.** In comparison, the EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that performs exceptionally well in both bright and dimly lit shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology allows for exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus. The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that’s increased from previous EOS models.

To help capture video with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon's Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features. The combination of Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is ideal for shooting video helping to ensure only the sounds of the scene are recorded.

Allowing for clear and easy viewing even in bright environments, the Touch Screen three inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides a rich and expansive display as well as providing intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be easily used for zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting

Creativity at your Fingertips
The EOS Rebel SL1 encourages users to explore their creative side with a wide array of features for convenience and simple shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 is equipped with Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced function that detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed. The results are photos with a wide dynamic range, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1’s in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera’s LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

For those who would like to take beautiful photos with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers a variety of scene modes to explore. New special scene modes include Kids, Food and Candlelight, giving users advanced presets to help ensure the best possible photos even under difficult shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The new EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $649.99 for the body alone or $799.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

For more information about the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera, and a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/eos.
* Among digital SLR cameras which use APS-C size equivalent sensors. As of March 1, 2013.
** Weight specifications are for camera body only; does not include battery or memory card

Friday, March 15, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 SmartPhone

Samsung has announced its brand-new flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4, which, according to the manufacturer, will be released in the second quarter of this year. The smartphone looks similar to its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, but has a larger 5" screen and slightly thinner body. The Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean OS and is built with a full HD 1080p Super-AMOLED 441ppi screen, 2GB of RAM, a removable 2,600mAh battery, a 2MP front-facing and a 13MP back-facing cameras with an LED flash and ability to record 1080p HD video, a barometer, and temperature and humidity sensors. The device can be controlled with gestures in front of the screen without touching it, by tilting the device to scroll down the pages, and with eye movement to automatically stop and resume video play. The phone's additional new features include S-Voice drive with a new set of voice commands activated when using the smartphone as a GPS navigator, S Translator app, S Health app to monitor your heart rate, blood sugar level, and calorie consumption, Adapt Display for automatic adjustments of brightness and contrast.



Specifications

Dimensions
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm (5.38 x x2.75 x x0.31 in)
Weight
130g (4.59 oz)
Display
Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
16M colors
Size: 1080 x 1920 pixels; 5.0" (441 ppi)
Multitouch: yes
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3 TouchWiz UI
Sound alert types
Alert types: vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeakers: yes
3.5 mm jack: yes
Memory
Card slot: MicroSD up to 64 GB;
Internal: 16/32/64 GB storage, 2GB of RAM
Data
GPRS: Yes
EDGE: Yes;
Speed: HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 MBps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLAN, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LE
NFC: Yes
Infrared port: Yes
USB: micro USB v 2.0 (MHL), USB on-the-go, USB Host
Camera
Primary: 13MP, 4128 X3096 px; autofocus; LED flash;
Features: Dual Shot; simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
Video: 1080p at 30 fps, dual-video recording
Secondary: 2MP
Features
OS: Android OS, v 4.2.2. Jelly Bean
Chipset: Exynos 5 Octa 5410
CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 and quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gesture
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Browsers: HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio: TBD
GPS: Yes; with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java: Yes; Java MIDP emulator
Colors: White Frost, Black Mist
Apps/Modes:
  • wireless charging
  • S-Voice natural language commands and dictation
  • Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll
  • Air gestures
  • Dropbox (50 GB)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone
  • TV-out
  • SNS integration
  • MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
  • Organizer
  • Image and video editor
  • Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
  • Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial commands
  • wireless charging
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
Battery
Li-ion 2600 mAh removable battery

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Nikon COOLPIX A and P330 Cameras

Nikon has announced its two new advanced performance cameras, a new flagship COOLPIX A and COOLPIX P330.
Designed for enthusiasts who want to capture professional images on the go, the COOLPIX A features a DX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter, a 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) lens with F2.8 aperture, multiple Scene Models, and full manual exposure controls. The camera  will hit stores at the end of March and will be available in two colors, black and silver, for $1099.95.
The COOLPIX P330 is built with a 1/1.7" 12.2MP BSI CMOS sensor, F1.8 lens, full HD 1080p video recording capabilities, a built-in GPS system, vibration reduction image stabilization, and ability to capture RAW images. The camera is expected to be available at the end of March for around $380.


Camera accessories available at BestBatt.com:

Nikon COOLPIX A
1. EN-EL20 battery;
2. MH-27 battery charger;
3. EH-5B AC power adapter;
4. EP-5C DC coupler (connector);
5. UC-E16 data cable.

Nikon COOLPIX P330
1. EN-EL12 battery;
2. MH-65 battery charger;
3. EH-62F AC power adapter;
4. UC-E6 data cable;
5. EG-CP16 AV cable.


Press Release

Nikon's Newest Advanced Performance COOLPIX Cameras Provide Incredible Quality and Control for Those Serious About Capturing Stunning Images

World Renowned Optics and a Host of Innovative Technologies, Including the Use of a DX-Format Image Sensor, Provide Users with Premier Compacts for Shooting and Sharing

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new advanced performance COOLPIX cameras, built for the customer seeking the best image quality possible with the convenience and ease-of-use of a compact camera. The Nikon COOLPIX A is the first COOLPIX to incorporate a DX-format sensor, similar to those found in many of Nikon’s coveted D-SLRs, which provides the highest image quality possible from a compact point-and-shoot. Additionally, the small yet powerful COOLPIX P330 fits comfortably into a shirt pocket, yet gives users the confidence to capture beautiful imagery through amazing optics, low-light capabilities and creative control.

“The introduction of the COOLPIX A, as Nikon’s flagship COOLPIX camera, provides uncompromised image quality and incredibly sharp detail in a compact point-and-shoot camera. As the first COOLPIX to use a DX-format sensor, the COOLPIX A will exceed expectations for its unsurpassed performance,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX A, along with the COOLPIX P330, demonstrates the forward-looking direction of the Advanced Performance COOLPIX line, and packs all of the benefits of Nikon’s optical heritage and imaging experience into a compact, yet powerful package.”

Advanced Performance COOLPIX Cameras with Wi-Fi® Connectivity
For those who never settle for second best, this new duo presents the optimal choice to consistently capture high-quality images and HD video with outstanding clarity and detail. Thanks to their exceptional CMOS imaging sensors and world-class NIKKOR lenses, these cameras deliver brilliant photos amidst the action, even in low-light conditions. With compact designs and advanced feature sets that allow users to easily grow and improve their image or video shooting skills, these new COOLPIX cameras provide creative control and connectivity options for the photographer in everyone. These new cameras also join the ultra-zoom COOLPIX P520 and performance powerhouse COOLPIX P7700 in Nikon’s series of COOLPIX Advanced Performance cameras.

Once a still or video has been captured, both cameras let users share images instantly with family and friends when connected using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter1. This accessory pairs with the free downloadable Wireless Mobile Utility application1, which enables users to transfer their images and videos to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others.

The COOLPIX A: Nikon’s First DX-Format COOLPIX Camera
Unlike any other COOLPIX camera, the new COOLPIX A is equipped with a DX-format CMOS sensor that enables users to achieve superior image quality previously only possible with a Nikon D-SLR. The combination of this 16.2-megapixel DX-format sensor and ultra-sharp prime NIKKOR lens firmly positions the COOLPIX A as the reigning flagship camera in the COOLPIX line.

The all-glass 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens has an f/2.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot with a shallow depth of field to blur backgrounds for professional-looking photos. Even when the sun goes down, the lens offers the ability to turn a fleeting glance into a flattering moonlit portrait with just a press of the shutter. Always ready for the spontaneous moment, the camera’s quick AF performance and 4 frames-per-second (fps) burst help users to consistently capture any moment with outstanding image quality.

For those who want to push their photography skills, the versatile COOLPIX A also offers advanced settings to allow shooters to have complete creative control to master nearly any shooting situation. With multiple Scene Modes, a familiar manual focus ring, full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M), and the ability to shoot RAW/NEF image files, even a simple snapshot can be transformed into artistic expression.

Additionally, the COOLPIX A offers a variety of accessories to enhance the shooting experience, including the DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder, the UR-E24 Adapter Ring for attaching lens hoods and filters, and the HN-CP18 metal Lens Hood, which helps protect the surface of the lens and restricts light from passing through without negatively influencing images. The camera also has a full size hot shoe port that makes the camera compatible with various accessories such as Nikon Speedlights.

The COOLPIX P330: Big Performance from a Tiny Camera 
The COOLPIX P330 offers a useful 5x wide angle to telephoto (24mm-120mm, 35mm equivalent) zoom and cutting-edge features in a sleek, portable design for exceptional images and HD video. The P330 has a 1/1.7-inch, 12.2-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that offers users the ability to confidently capture vibrant photos with low noise. Additionally, the super-sharp f/1.8 lens is the fastest in the COOLPIX line, rendering photos and Full HD 1080p video with striking clarity in a variety of lighting conditions. The lens also includes Vibration Reduction image stabilization to further reduce the effects of image blur when shooting handheld. Designed for the user who wants a sophisticated camera with the option of an advanced feature set, the COOLPIX P330 includes manual controls (P,S,A,M) and can now capture NRW/RAW images.

The P330 also enables users to enhance their photography with the inclusion of various Scene Modes, as well as Nikon’s Easy Auto Mode for capturing beautiful imagery during scenic vacations, celebrations or everyday moments, all with the convenience of a small, portable size. Additionally, the camera incorporates Full HD Video with stereo sound, engaged with just a simple press of the dedicated video record button.

This high-performance camera also comes with built-in GPS capabilities so photographers can easily log even their most exotic travels by pinpointing the exact latitude and longitude where the image was captured.

Pricing and Availability
The COOLPIX A will be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1099.95* and will be offered in Black and Silver. The DF-CP1 Optical Viewfinder will be available for a suggested retail price of $449.96*, and the UR-E24 Adapter Ring and HN-CP18 Lens Hood will be sold together for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $129.96*; accessories will be available in March 2013. The COOLPIX P330 will also be available in March 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $379.95* and will be offered in Black and White.

In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of the Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of NIKKOR optics, and announced the production of over 75 million NIKKOR lenses in 2012, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics.  For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikon and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.