Nikon P100 Hands-On Review

Nikon P100

At PMA 2010, I’ve had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with a number of cameras.  One of the most impressive new cameras that I’ve seen has been the new Nikon Coolpix P100.  To see what makes this camera special, check out the big hands-on review below. [Read more...]

Casio EX-S7, EX-Z35 and EX-FC150

Casio EX-S7

The Casio EX-S7 and EX-Z35 are two 12.1MP point and shoot announced at PMA 2010.  Additionally, Casio has brought the popular EX-FC150 to North America.

The Casio EX-S7 features a 3x optical zoom, 720p HD video capture and a 2.7-inch LCD.  The EX-S7 should be available in Spring 2010 at an initial retail price of $139.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

Casio EX-Z35

The Casio EX-Z35 features a 3x optical zoom, VGA video capture and a 2.5-inch LCD.  The EXZ35 should be available in March 2010 at an initial retail price of $109.99. Check availability on Amazon.com.

The Casio EX-FC150 is a 10.1MP point and shoot camera with a 5X optical zoom and Casio’s popular high-speed video and image capture. The EX-FC150 is available immediately at an initial retail price of $349.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

High Speed Video Developed for Frame Rates of 250,000 FPS

Scientists at Oxford University have developed a method for capturing extremely high frame rates by expanding on existing consumer-grade photography and video camera technologies. The new capture method works by using a single sensor to capture images simultaneously. According to Dr. Gil Bub,

“This is done by allowing the camera’s pixels to act as if they were part of tens, or even hundreds, of individual cameras taking pictures in rapid succession during a single normal exposure. The trick is that the pattern of pixel exposures keeps the high resolution content of the overall image, which can then be used as-is, to form a regular high-res picture, or be decoded into a high-speed movie.”

The most interesting aspect to this new development is the relatively low cost.  While the scientists developed the technology with medical and scientific applications in mind at macroscopic and microscopic levels, the underlying hardware is primarily what we use in consumer-grade cameras.  As a result, patent licensing of this tech could see future consumer applications but, obviously, at lower than the extreme frame rates required for use by the scientific community.

[Nature Methods via Sideways and UPI]

Verizon FiOS Gives Photographers Some Wicked Fast Upload Speed

Photography often focuses on the camera, the lens, the artist’s eye—all very important. But there’s also the photographer’s technology infrastructure that is critical to his or her success and efficiency.

FiOS Internet

Today, digital photographers (amateurs or professionals) constantly share large files via their websites, e-mail, and social networks and these basic tasks require fast, reliable upload and download speeds. Typically, people focus on download speeds when selecting their internet service provider, but photographers should pay close attention to the upload speed. In fact, photographers opting for pure fiber to the home services, like Verizon FiOS, can share their work with clients, colleagues, and prospective customers up to 200% faster than is possible with cable internet. FiOS Internet boasts more bandwidth and faster speeds and is far more reliable than cable competitors (based on claims from Verizon). [Read more...]