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Weekend Wrap: January 21, 2011

Weekend Wrap: January 21, 2011

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January 21, 2011

Samsung announces 5 new compact cameras, Sony unveils colorful compacts across the pond, Nik bows Silver Efex Pro 2, Sekonic's video meter ships, Epson introduces new pro printer

Samsung Announces Five More Compacts

Although CES is over, the compact camera announcements keep on coming from Samsung. The Korean camera company announced five new digital cameras this week.

 Three of these cameras—the ST95 (above), ST90, and ST65—are in the ultra-slim category of fashion cameras, but Samsung has loaded them with cutting edge technology, starting with a wider-than-average zoom lens (26mm on the ST95 and ST90, 27mm on the ST65). Key features shared by the three cameras are 720p HD video recording (the ST95 also supports the H.264 codec), Smart Filters. The ST95 has a 16MP sensor as well as touch-screen operation, while the other two models have a 14MP sensor and a more traditional control layout. The ST95, ST90 and ST65 will be available next month for $200, $150, and $130 respectively.

Next up is the ST6500, a curvy 16MP affair with 720p HD video recording, a 26-130mm (35mm equivalent) lens, optical and digital image stabilization, a touch-sensitive 3-inch LCD monitor, creative filters, a Magic Frame feature that has 12 predefined templates for borders and backgrounds. It will be available in March for $229. Finally there’s the ST30, a $100 budget camera with a 3x zoom lens and 10MP sensor.


Hypercolor Sony Compact is Unveiled in Europe

Pssst….it hasn’t been introduced in the US yet, but Sony has just announced another compact camera, the DSC-J10, that comes in an array of eye-popping colors and sports a flip-out USB connector for convenient downloading onto your computer and for recharging. Features include a 16GB sensor, Sweep Panorama, Face Detection Smile Shutter, a 2.7-inch LCD, 4GB of internal memory, and iAuto mode. But oh, the colors: Red/Pink, Brown/Orange, Silver/Aqua, Pink/White! At the moment, the DSC-J10 is only available in Europe.

Milton Rogovin, Social Documentary Photographer, Dies at 101

Milton Rogovin was a Manhattan-based optometrist who desired greater social equality. When he picked up a camera, he found a way to effectively communicate his message and over the years his work was widely published. He passed away this week. If you are not familiar with this man’s work, check out this video:



Nik Launches Silver Efex Pro 2

For black-and-white enthusiasts, Nik’s Silver Efex has been widely adopted for its ease of use and ability to create the look of our favorite films. Now comes Silver Efex 2 (screenshot above), which increases control over detail, contrast, tonality and makes it easier to transform color shots into monochrome. New features include a History Browser, Dynamic Brightness, Amplify Blacks, Amplify Whites, Soft Contrast, Fine Structure, Image Borders, Selective Colorization and more. Under-the-hood improvements are said to improve performance. It will be available for $200, n month.


Sekonic L-308DC DigiCineMate Light Meter Arrives

Sekonic announced delivery of a new light meter designed for cinemetographers, HDSLR users, and still photographers the L-308DC. The L-308DC is said to offer 3 ways to meter: HD Cine Mode, which takes shutter speeds and frame rates into account when providing aperture settings to 1/10 stop accuracy, Cine Mode, which uses video settings as its exposure basis, and more traditional Photo Mode. The meter can read incident light readings, reflected light, and can help to light green screens, adjust ratios and take lux and foot-candle measurements. Custom settings and calibration compensation with other cameras and meters are also available. It’s available now for $279.

Epson announces Stylus Photo R3000 13-inch Pigment Ink Photo Printer

At Imaging USA this week, Epson unveiled a pro printer, the Stylus Photo R3000, a 13-inch printer that they are calling their most advanced to date. Key features include use of Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink and AccuPhoto HD2, which Epson says delivers smoother color transitions and better highlight and color detail. HD2 was developed in collaboration with RIT’s Munsell Color Science Lab, using complex mathematical architecture and screening technology for more precise placement of each individual ink droplet. The R3000 will ship starting in March for about $850.

And finally…How cool is this time-lapse video?

If you love New York and are interested in time-lapse photography,  check this out!

NYC - Mindrelic Timelapse from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

Scheduling note: Weekend Wrap is taking next week off. Look for the next Weekend Wrap on February 4.


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