SanDisk 64GB SDXC Class 10 Card for $48.95 – Deal Alert

SanDisk 64GB SDXC Card Deal

B&H has a solid deal on a SanDisk 64GB SDXC Class 10 card right now for just $48.95.  The email I received said it was a “weekend” deal, but I’m not sure of the exact expiration.  Check it out here at B&H.

Class 10 cards deliver on speed for HD video capture, which goes along with the size advantage of the SDXC spec.  For more details on what all the classes and card specs mean, check out my resource article Demystifying SD Cards.


Sony NEX-F3 Pic Leaked, Due for Launch in May

Sony NEX-F3

Sony Alpha Rumors just published the above image of the upcoming Sony NEX-F3, which is due to replace the excellent Sony NEX-C3.

The new Sony NEX-F3 will sport a 16.1MP image sensor and is rumored to include a 180-degree tilting LCD, along with a built-in flash.  The presence of the AVCHD logo on the above image also suggest 1080p capture (hopefully, it will be AVCHD 2.0 for 60p like the NEX-5N).

The naming scheme is curious given the Sony PMW-F3, which is a PL mount cinema camera and commonly referred to as simply the “F3″.  Likewise, the potential spec-sheet further suggests that the NEX-F3 may outshine the (also excellent) NEX-5N, in which case we can probably expect a summer 2012 replacement for it as well.

For now, the Sony NEX-F3 is rumored to launch in May 2012, alongside the Sony A37, an entry-level DSLR-ish camera with Sony’s translucent mirror technology.

You can expect to hear a lot more about this camera in the coming weeks.  So, stay tuned.

Nikon D600 Full Frame Rumors Emerge

Nikon D600 Strap

Hot on the heels of a Nikon D400 rumor, Nikon Rumors is at it again with new rumors of a cheaper full-frame model, dubbed the Nikon D600, which would serve in a complementary role the D800 (and perhaps replace the now-lower-priced D700) .  Rumored specifications include a 24MP CMOS sensor, no internal AF motor (akin to entry-level APS-C cameras), and a price point around $1500.

Other rumored specs include:

  • The new camera will be marketed as an entry level full frame camera
  • Auto DX crop mode
  • Dual SD card slots
  • In-camera RAW editor
  • Built in time-lapse functionality
  • There will be no built-in HDR feature
  • Possible integrated GPS
  • New external battery grip

The camera is alleged to make an appearance before Photokina 2012.

Stay tuned for the latest.

Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2 Now Available

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2

Adobe Labs just dropped Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2.  This is the first time I recall Adobe issuing a second release candidate for a particular update version, which is likely due to bugs reported in the first Release Candidate for 4.1 as noted below.

This update corrects issues reported from the initial Lightroom 4.0 release and Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate.  The Lightroom team would like to thank all of the customers who helped track down the details of these issues.  This update also allows Lightroom to support HDR files and provide new controls to correct for color fringing. This update also adds raw file format support for a number of cameras, including Canon EOS 60Da, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Samsung NX1000 and Sony Alpha NEX-VG20.

Remember, this is a release candidate, which means it has been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks it is ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to a prior version until the official releases drop.  Given some of the problems with the 4.0 release, this release candidate may be a necessary upgrade for some users. Expect the full version update to come soon though.  Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.

GoPro HERO2 Protune Upgrade

GoPro HERO2 Protune

GoPro announced some pretty exciting stuff for the POV market at NAB 2012.  A new firmware upgrade for the GoPro HERO2 called Protune adds 24p and 35Mbps data rate to the HERO2.  In partnership with Technicolor, the new Protune update adds the ability to shoot with a flat Cinestyle developed by Technicolor.

More details in the press release below.
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Yashuhara Nanoha x5 Macro Lens Hands-On

Yasuhara Nanoha Macro Lens

The Yashuhara Nanoha x5 macro lens is available for Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX cameras.  The 5:1 magnification of this little lens is incredible.  It sports a zoom range that goes from 4x to 5x as well as built-in illumination.  In the video below, you’ll see a little over from NAB 2012, as well as some sample video and photo through the Panasonic GX1. [Read more…]