We report on the week in photography for ya
Fujifilm Reveals New Details About the X100
Fujifilm has posted a new web site dedicated to the forthcoming X100 hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder digital camera, which is scheduled to launch next year. This is more of a teaser; it’s a buzz creator. Here’s what we now know about the X100:
• 23mm f/2 lens
• Custom 12MP APS CMOS sensor
• Shutter speed range 30-1/4000 sec, plus Timer and Bulb settings
• HD Movie capture
• Metal casing with “leather-like” accents
• Switch from optical to EVF viewfinder with 1.4 million dot resolution
• Aperture ring on lens
• Hot Shoe
• Shutter release with traditional mechanical screw-in cable release outlet
• 2.8-inch 460K dot LCD
• A Raw Button
• ISO range 200-6400, expandable to 100 and 12,800
• 720p HD Video
• 49mm filter thread
Fujifilm claims shutter lag will be around 0.01 seconds—rivaling DSLRs—making this camera a contender for the hearts and wallets of street photographers. Pricing has not yet been determined. The camera is still scheduled to launch in early 2011.
Ricoh GXR wins design award
Ricoh's GXR, introduced early this year, is the first camera to feature interchangeable lens/sensor modules rather than simply interchangeable lenses. It's a design that has just won the International Forum Design Award. In a statement the IF says that “concealing infinite possibilities in its small body, the GXR...pioneers a new realm of photography.” 2,756 products were submitted for consideration; about 900 received awards. Ricoh's ruggedized, wireless/blutooth-enabled, barcode-reading G700SE also garnered an award for its compact design and versatility.
Sony World Photo Competition
Sony is calling for entries in its World Photo Competition. Although the contest has been open for entries since late May, the deadline is fast approaching: January 5, 2011. That's just a few short weeks away, folks! Categories: Action, After Dark, Architecture, Arts & Culture, Fashion, Nature & Wildlife, Panoramic, People, Smile, Travel, and an open competition where anything goes. Winner nabs $5,000 and a trip to London for the awards ceremony.
Sweeps: Nikon and National Geo Team Up
Want to go exploring with a National Geographic photographer? Nikon has launched the Nikon Aspire Sweepstakes. Winner gets to go on a one-day photo excursion with Anne Griffiths, one of the first women to work for National Geographic, in the spring, and gets a Nikon D7000. You can enter once a day until January 26.
A quick look at new firmware releases
- Canon 60D version 1.0.8 fixes flash overexposure problem when using certain lenses.
- Canon EOS Rebel T2i version 1.0.9 Improves tonality when shooting with Auto Lighting Optimizer.
- Casio Exilim EX-H20G Using GPS, lets you write your location to a memory card.
- Fuji FinePix F300EXR version 1.0.1 fixes erratic HD video audio levels.
- Nikon P7000 version 1.1 fixes focus issues, occasional zoom failure, and is said to reduce RAW capture time.
- Panasonic 14 - 140 mm Micro Four Thirds lens: improves autofocus and stabilization when shooting HD videos
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 / FX75 / FX700 / DMC-FZ100: firmware update improves Motion Deblur feature and AF when shooting HD videos
Kodak Launches Facebook App
Want to gather photos on a related theme (such as a wedding) that live within different Facebook friends' photo albums? Kodak has just launched its Social Photo Album app specifically for Facebook which allows you to collaborate with friends and family to build an album. Anyone who collaborates gets access to the full album. You can then go to a Kodak kiosk and order prints, thereby expanding the Kodak digital processing ecosystem. Very clever! Go to Facebook and get started.
Yahoo and Flickr Cuts 4% of Staff
Many photographers have come to rely on Flickr as a platform for sharing their work with the world. But despite its popularity, Flickr is in for some belt-tightening. Yahoo, which owns Flickr, has cut staff by 4 percent, pink slipping over 500 employees. But that's good news. Rumors were that the cuts were going to be worse. A sign of the times? Bitter tweets from just-canned employees (as well as some classy farewells) are flying around the Web.
And Finally…Bye-bye, U.S. News & World Report
Photojournalists will soon have one less major newsmagazine to sell their photos to. U.S. News & World Report will cease publishing its print edition in 2011. It’s further evidence that print is dead. The magazine will live on online, but you can be certain they won’t pay much for photo use. Will Time and Newsweek follow soon?