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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review
For a very comprehensive review see the link below.
September 3, 2013
The Lumix DMC-GX7 is Panasonic’s new compact system camera for keen prosumers. The Panasonic GX7 features the world’s first built-in 90-degree tilt-able Live View Finder (LVF), a FourThirds sized 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS sensor, built-in pop-up flash and a tilt-able 3-inch touch-sensitive rear LCD screen with a resolution of 1040K dots. The DMC-GX7 also offers in-body image stabilization, magnesium alloy body, 1/8000th sec shutter speed, Full HD 1920 x 1080 60/50p movie recording with stereo sound and full-time auto-focus, 5fps continuous shooting, low-light focusing down to -4 EV, focus full-time auto-focus, 5fps continuous shooting, low-light focusing down to -4 EV, focus peaking, silent mode for street photography, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, RAW support and an ISO range of 125-25600. The Panasonic GX7 is available in black or silver for £819 / $999 body-only, £899 / $1099 for the 14-42mm kit, or £999 for the 20mm kit (not available in the US)....

http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/ ... x7_review/
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Impossible Project Instant Film
Brand new film for your vintage Polaroid camera

It was a big blow in 2008 when Polaroid announced their plan to halt production on instant film. Heck, we loitered around the photo aisle for weeks just staring at the empty racks where our beloved 600 film used to sit.

But while we were sulking and stocking up on eBay film, The Impossible Project was rallying. They bought an entire Polaroid Factory!

With just a few bits of broken machinery and a lot of blanks to fill, they pledged to bring Polaroid back.

Since then they've developed their own line of instant films and earned a mega following of instant film lovers.

Enter us. We've been talking to The Impossible Project throughout their journey -- and when they asked us to help support their quest in resurrecting instant film, we proudly stepped up to the plate.

Photojojo was the first shop to pick up the PX 100 'First Flush' Silver Shade film and we haven't looked back since then. Our lineup now consists of four spectacular films ...

Silver Shade film produces the dreamiest monochrome images. And Color Protection Film has the boldest, sharpest colors of them all. The impressive new tonal range it boasts is the most exciting thing to happen to instant film in a long while.
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The right way to make print photos digital
STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune October 15, 2013

Q: I would like to scan my own photographic prints into digital images, but I’m having trouble finding a scanner (one that’s not a flatbed model) that would be suitable for photos rather than documents.
I looked at a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 but don’t know how well it would work with my photos. What do you think?


A: You’re looking at the wrong type of scanner for photos. Many of the top-rated photo scanners are flatbed models, in which you lay the picture flat on top of the scanning window. The trouble with upright printers, including the Fujitsu model you mentioned, is that most of them are optimized to automatically feed in and scan paper documents, not printed photos...
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Compressing Video Files
Q: I recorded an 11-minute, 3.1-gigabyte cooking video using a point-and-shoot camera. While I can watch the video on my computer, I can’t e-mail it (file is too large) or upload it to YouTube (takes about seven hours). Any suggestions?

A: It’s now easy to make a high-quality video, but difficult to upload it to YouTube if you’ve got a home broadband connection with an upload speed under 5 million bits per second, or 5 megabits. Your choices are to get a faster Internet connection or to compress your 1.3 gigabyte video file so it will upload faster...
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Camera+
Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera,
Camera+ will make you love taking photos..
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“SHARE” the Memories from Your Smartphone with “instax SHARE”

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Dropbox
Wherever you are
Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere.
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Shots from Stolen Samsung Galaxy Cameras End Up in Dropbox of a U.S. & a New Zealand Woman
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The Narrative Clip
A new kind of photographic memo.
Capture, store and relive special moments with the world's smallest wearable camera.

You won't even notice it's there
The Narrative Clip only weighs 20 grams (0.7 oz) and measures 36x36x9 mm (1.42x1.42x0.35 inches). With a storage capacity of 4000 pictures and battery life for 2 days of use, you can be sure to never miss a moment! Just plug it in to your computer to transfer all your images and recharge the batteries.

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Effortlessly upload all images taken by your Narrative Clip to your personal Narrative Library in the cloud. Keep them for yourself or share them with your friends, it's your choice!
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Sony Alpha 7s

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PROS
Amazing high ISO capability. Full-frame image sensor. 5fps burst shooting. Sharp, tilting rear LCD. Excellent OLED EVF. Great control layout. Compact, dust and moisture-resistant body. Vertical shooting grip available.

CONS
4K recording requires external recorder. No PC sync socket. No built-in flash. Limited native lens selection. Overactive EVF eye sensor.

BOTTOM LINE
The Sony Alpha 7S full-frame mirrorless camera offers incredible performance in low light, but you'll need an external recorder to take advantage of its 4K video support...

http://au.pcmag.com/sony-alpha-7s/13186 ... y-alpha-7s
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Canon PowerShot N2 is Yet Another Selfie Cam
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Arriving just in time to ease the fears of those who worry there just aren't enough selfie cams on the market is the forthcoming Canon PowerShot N2 -- a cutesy, square shaped snapper that's replacing Canon's original PowerShot N, bringing a bunch of extra features not found in the original design...
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Eeek.
Lots has changed since that last post. In terms of intermediate to pro level cameras, the SLR world has been slowly but surely changing to a mirrorless format (I haven't) and the major producers are going through some changes. Canon has problems - Nikon has bigger problems - Olympus no longer sell cameras (Olympus sold their cameras to a company that calls itself OM Digital Solutions Corporation, a company owned by Japan Industrial Partners.
All that being said, mobile phone producers have made leaps and bounds in the quality of their gear but still don't come close to serious camera equipment. There are, of course, some mobile phone photographers who are making a name for themselves using their phones. Meanwhile, the big names and the prize winners are still the folk using high-end kit and having years of experience.
Me.... I'm still using a Nikon DSLR and hoping the mirrorless revolution will make objectives for these old beasts cheaper in the near future.
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