Canon Gives DSLRs a True Challenger With Mirrorless EOS M Camera


Canon shook up the camera world on Monday with its own version of a mirrorless camera featuring interchangeable lenses with the debut of the slim and versatile EOS M. Promoted as a digital video powerhouse, the new EOS is essentially a digital SLR camera shrunk into a smaller package.

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You may have heard of the Micro Four-Thirds cameras from the likes of Olympus and Panasonic, which are also mirrorless designs. Without the mechanical mirror system that’s a feature of DSLRs, they tend to be much more compact.

Canon aims to improve on the overall concept of the mirrorless camera in a couple of key ways:

  1. By using a larger image sensor, the 18-megapixel APS-C that’s used in DSLRs like the recently unveiled T4i.
  2. Giving the EOS M the same autofocus system as the T4i, with fast response and the ability to use continuous autofocus for video, with special lenses that produce very little noise.

via Canon Gives DSLRs a True Challenger With Mirrorless EOS M Camera.


How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photo


Until recently, I only vaguely understood what each Instagram filter accomplished. I knew, for instance, that Rise would virtually erase the massive pimple on my face without washing out my skin tone. I assumed that every Twilight fan preferred Sutro, with its dark and enchanting exposure. And as for Kelvin — why even venture a guess?

If you’re like me, you stick with one to three tried-and-tested filters and forget the rest. Every so often, you make a halfhearted attempt to shuffle through the rest, only to become overwhelmed by the choices.

via How to Choose the Best Instagram Filter for Your Photo.

Nikon 18-300mm: testing the longest ever superzoom for street photography

Nikon 18-300mm

It’s the longest superzoom lens ever, but what’s the brand new Nikon 18-300mm superzoom actually like to use? Our friends at N-Photo just got their hands on a sample have taken it out for an hour’s street photography to find out.

The most obvious thing is the size and weight compared to the existing 18-200mm. The new lens is 23.5mm longer – nearly an inch – and 270g heavier, and you do feel that straight away. You could use the 18-200mm on a smaller body like the D3100, for example, and it would still balance OK, but the 18-300mm makes it feel really front-heavy, and it needs a heftier body like the D7000 or D300s…


Nikon 18-300mm: testing the longest ever superzoom for street photography.

Holographic Memory in your pocket

Soon you could be able to store more mp3s and podcasts in your pocket than you’ll ever have time to listen to. Fujifilm is working on a terabyte (1000 gigabyte) holographic memory, which it expects to launch in 2009. The terabyte holo-memory drive would be no bigger than a sugar cube and could access data much faster than existing memory technologies.

Holographic memory devices store binary bits of data by generating a 3D pattern of light interference inside a crystal or photopolymer, using lasers. Multiple bits can be written and read simultaneously, making the technique potentially very speedy.

Fujifilm has already developed a holographic memory disc capable of holding 300 gigabytes of data. Other companies currently working on holographic memory include IBM, Bell Labs and InPhase.

From NewScientist

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Canon EOS 30D is out

Canon EOS 30D

The successor of the 20D is out, all revved up.

Changes in the 30D include:

# A new 2.5-inch, 230,000 pixel rear LCD monitor with wide viewing angle
# Canon’s more flexible Picture Style menu, which replaces the Parameters menu of the 20D
# Sharpening of in-camera JPEGs can be turned off, which is a first for a Canon entry-level or midrange digital SLR
# ISO 100-1600 is now selectable in 1/3 stop increments
# ISO can be set without taking one’s eye away from the viewfinder
# Increased burst depth: 11 frames for RAW CR2 shooting, 30 for Large Fine JPEG and 9 for RAW+JPEG
# A more-durable shutter that’s rated for 100,000 cycles
# A slightly-shortened mirror blackout time of 110ms; Canon’s specification for shutter lag remains the same as the 20D at 65ms
# Viewfinder information now includes a dedicated Flash Exposure Lock (FEL) indicator
# Switchable High-Speed Continuous (5 fps) and Low-Speed Continuous (3 fps) frame rate settings are now included
# An Auto setting in the Long Exposure Noise Reduction Custom Function
# The ability, like several more-pricey Canon digital SLRs, to simultaneously apply long exposure noise processing to one picture while capturing another
# The addition of a 3.5% spot metering mode
# 0.15 second camera startup time
# A more-precise 4-increment battery charge indicator
# Reduced energy consumption, for a promised improvement of 10% more frames per charge
# No more new folders created every 100 photos; in the 30D, a folder can hold 9999 photos
# A new automatic rotation option that enables verticals to not be rotated on the rear LCD but appear rotated in compatible browser software on the computer
# The ability to zoom in on a photo in Quick Review mode
# During playback, the photo+shooting data screen will display file size, either an RGB or Brightness histogram and will optionally display AF markings
# Improved Jump function
# Refined multicontroller (both its physical design and its operation have been tweaked)
# More-detailed error code information, which now appears on the rear LCD monitor (in addition to the top LCD panel); the camera settings information screen will also display Images Failed to Transfer when the WFT-E1/E1A is in use and a transmit error occurs
# More ways to wake the camera up from an Auto Power Off snooze
# Direct image transfer from the camera to a computer using the PTP protocol
# A revamped software package that includes Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 2.1, EOS Utility 1.0 (a new image transfer, camera settings and camera control application), Image Browser 5.6 (Mac) and ZoomBrowser EX 5.6 (Windows); DPP adds user-settable noise reduction and support for RAW files from the Canon EOS D2000 and D6000
# New and potentially useful direct printing capabilities (plus a dedicated direct print/image transfer button)
# Slight body styling differences, beyond the changes necessitated by the larger rear LCD and new direct print/image transfer button

ISO can be set in the viewfinder

The first time we shot a concert in available light with a digital camera we appreciated how necessary it is to be able to change ISO quickly as light levels shift from bright to non-existent. The 20D requires that you pull your eye away from the viewfinder to change the ISO; in the 30D, when holding down the ISO button, the ISO displays in the information beneath the viewfinder and updates as the Quick Control Dial is turned. This will make the changing of ISO on the fly a much-quicker operation.

ISO is incremented in 1/3 stops

From ISO 100-1600, intervals are now in 1/3 stops. ISO 3200 is also selectable (when C.Fn-8-1 is set), but it’s a full stop jump from ISO 1600, there are no increments in-between. Of all the Canon and Nikon digital SLRs we’ve ever used, the 20D produces the cleanest, most printable RAW and JPEG files at the upper ISO settings. Being able to choose settings such as ISO 1000 or 1250 when shooting at certain indoor venues only sweetens the deal, though ISO 2000 and 2500 would have been equally useful.

Automatic long exposure noise reduction

With the new Auto option selected in C.Fn-4, the 30D will analyse the level of noise in exposures between 1 and 30 seconds and apply long exposure noise reduction only if it deems it would be beneficial to the picture. And unlike the 20D, the 30D doesn’t force the photographer to wait an amount of time equal to the exposure time while it applies long exposure noise reduction. This is a great feature of 1-series Canon’s, the 5D and now the 30D when shooting time exposures of events that unfold continuously, such as fireworks.

9999 photos per folder

Another longstanding quirk of Canon’s entry-level and midrange digital SLRs falls by the wayside in the 30D. Now, instead of the camera automatically creating a new folder every 100 frames, each folder can contain up to 9999 frames, the same as 1-series digital SLR models and the 5D. Choosing the manual reset option in the 30D creates a new folder, with file numbering starting at 0001 in that folder. User-customizable file names, an option in the EOS-1D Mark II N, as well as the manual folder selection function of several other Canon models, didn’t make their way into the 30D.

More frames per charge

Improved power management has increased the official frames-per-charge specification by 10% compared to the 20D, despite the fact the 30D’s larger rear LCD is more power-hungry. The battery indicator is now the same as the 5D, which means it’s stepped in four increments from fully-charged to depleted.

Spot metering

The 20D has three ambient metering modes: Evaluative, Center-Weighted and 9% Partial. The 30D incorporates these three and adds one more: 3.5% Spot. The metering circle marking in the viewfinder has been shrunk, relative to the 20D, to properly represent the measurement area of the 30D’s spot meter.

Refined multicontroller

The 9-way multicontroller Canon introduced to its digital SLR lineup with the 20D is an interesting approach to the modern problem of providing a fast, easy way to manually change the active AF point when the autofocus system has more than about 5 points. We mostly like the multicontroller on the 20D, because its size and feel does make changing to an AF point that’s up, down, left or right of centre a quick operation, even when wearing light gloves. But selecting an AF point on the diagonal is too hard, and it’s also sometimes difficult to press the centre of the multicontroller to return the selected AF point to the middle. The 30D’s multicontroller has been slightly reshaped, and the firmware that controls it has been altered, to address these operational concerns.

More info at the Canon EOS 30D site.

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Olympus E-330 digital SLR – First DSLR with live preview

With the new Olympus E-330, the specialist in opto-digital technology once again expands the horizons of photography. For the first time*, the comfort and flexibility of continuous live views directly on the LCD is available to digital SLR users. This ground-breaking innovation enables framing of shots without the need to look through the ocular. Users can therefore see what’s going on around them while they shoot, which is a significant advantage for reportage or sports photographers – as well as in other situations where it is difficult to frame using the viewfinder, such as under water. Moreover, thanks to a large tilting, multi-angle LCD measuring 2.5?/6.4cm, the Olympus E-330’s versatility is extended even further. It makes capturing shots from unusual angles, such as in crowds or during macro photo sessions, a breeze. To ensure image quality is second to none, Olympus has fitted this model with the latest-generation MOS sensor for high speed and sensitivity, delivering incredibly true-to-life, 7.5 megapixel results. As with all models in the Olympus E-System line-up, users will enjoy the benefits of dust-free photography thanks to the Olympus-exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter. And for the ultimate in versatility, the Olympus E-330 is compatible with the full range of Olympus E-System accessories. It is shipped with a ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens (equivalent to 28-90mm on a 35mm camera).

More details at the Digital Camera Websites

My Most Interesting Photos

These are my 4 most interesting photographs on Flickr:

1. Silent City Sunset,
2. Arab walking in desert,
3. Sunset Silhouette,
4. APose003

My whole photostream can be seen on Flickr.

eStarling Wi-Fi Gmail / Flickr Enabled LCD Frame

Your Photo Frame Needs its own E-mail Address…

Looking for the ultimate cool photo gadget? Then take heart young geek or geekette. ThinkGeek has the new and completely unique eStarling Wi-Fi Photo Frame ready for your hot little geek paws. “Wi-Fi Picture Frame?” you respond quizzically with great anticipation… The eStarling frame is a standalone Wi-Fi LCD photo frame that connects to a wireless network and automatically displays photos e-mailed to it in a slideshow format. Additionally you can specify an RSS photo feed from Flickr based on your own tagged keywords. You can even shoot photos on your mobile phone then e-mail them directly to your eStarling frame for display.

Let us elucidate on the eStarling’s inner workings.

One-Time Setup
To get things rolling you need to configure the eStarling Frame by connecting it to your PC via the included USB cable. Once configured, the frame can be disconnected from the PC and operates in a completely stand-alone mode.

Network Configuration

Using the eStarling software select the wireless network to connect to. The eStarling supports WEP encryption and has a full-featured TCP/ IP setup supporting DHCP, Proxies and Manual IP.

E-Mail Configuration

The eStarling frame supports standard POP E-mail. Simply enter the POP server, username and password. Optionally you can thwart possible spam by allowing only e-mails from a certain e-mail address to be received. We recommend you set-up a free Google Gmail account for your eStarling so it can have a dedicated e-mail address… that makes it happy.

Flickr RSS Photo Feed Configuration

Simply do a search on Flickr for your favorite photos. Cut and paste the URL from the “RSS 2.0” link at the bottom of the page into the eStarling software. You can even do multiple feeds at once. Once a feed is set-up Flickr photos matching your search criteria go into rotation on the frame. As new photos are posted to Flickr, they show up on the frame.

Displaying Photos

Simply e-mail any JPEG or BMP photo to the eStarling frame. It polls for new e-mail every few minutes and puts any photos it receives into rotation on the frame in a slideshow format. The internal memory holds about 30 photos… so as new photos are sent the oldest photos are removed from the frame. The frame functions similarly when receiving photos via the Flickr photo feed.

If you install a CF or SD card with photos into the eStarling frame these will go into rotation on the frame along with any photos received via e-mail or Flickr photo feeds.

Product Features

  • Connects to Wireless 802.11 Network
  • Displays Photos E-Mailed to the Picture Frame
  • Displays Photos from Flickr RSS Feeds
  • Displays Photos on a MMC/SD card


  • 5.6″ color TFT LCD Display
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b with Support for WEP encryption
  • MMC /SD card slot
  • On-board Storage for Approximately 30 photos
  • Views JPEG & BMP files
  • External 120V/240V AC Adapter


  • Internet access via wireless 802.11 Network
  • Frame Setup requires you to run the included software on a Windows 2000/ME/XP compatible PC. After the frame is setup it operates in a stand-alone mode with no PC needed.

You can get one from Think Geek.

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