Author: Barbara Okwufulueze

Barbara is a freelance writer, with interests in photography, real estate, education, and traveling.

Only a few weeks after the first images shot with Samsung’s 64-megapixel mobile sensor surfaced, the company has announced a new sensor — the ISOCELL Bright HMX. This new 108-megapixel sensor is the first 100MP+ mobile phone image sensor ever produced. Some weeks ago, the smartphone community was thrilled when Xiaomi gave hints of an upcoming smartphone with a massive 108-megapixel resolution. Samsung has officially announced the ISOCELL Bright HMX — the image sensor for the compact handset. The new Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX has over 100 million effective pixels which produce exceptionally sharp detailed images, even in extreme lighting…

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Several leaked photos from Photo Rumors (via The Verge.com) appear to depict two upcoming cameras from GoPro. The new leaks claim to show the GoPro HERO8 and Max 360 cameras. In addition to the images, the leaks say that the GoPro HERO8 action cam will outperform its predecessor in shooting speeds while delivering twice as much maximum frame rate. Photo Rumors also said it will be announced in no distant time (maybe next month). The new leak implies that the HERO8 will allow the mounting of a number of accessories. This includes a mountable screen and LED flashlight. The new…

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Zhiyun has announced a compact, affordable, lightweight, gimbal to add to its lineup of Cranes. The company’s targets for the new Zhiyun Crane-M2 are travel photographers and vloggers. The small 3-axis gimbal is designed to enable shooters to capture the smoothest possible pictures whether they are using a smartphone, compact camera or action cam. Zhiyun’s new handheld stabilizer is compatible with multiple devices and fits users of all levels. It features a more user-friendly quick setup system, a smart lock design, and six creative operation modes. The Zhiyun Crane-M2 easily goes anywhere and offers endless possibilities to make everyone a…

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Fujifilm has added a new lens to its range of compatible lenses for the GFX Series medium format mirrorless cameras – the Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR. The new GF lens is the smallest and lightest medium format lens from Fujifilm. Weighing only 335g (11.82oz), the new lens is incredibly compact with a 40mm full-frame equivalent focal length and f/3.5 maximum aperture. The Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 R first appeared on the company’s roadmap late last year. Fujifilm says that its latest lens addition can handle the resolution of even a 100MP camera like the GFX 100 with…

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Sony is setting the standard as a leader in the increasingly competitive full-frame mirrorless camera market. The company has unveiled the Sony a7R IV with a monstrous 61-megapixel image sensor. With its latest Alpha-series camera, Sony breaks new ground and presents an innovative take on full-frame mirrorless cameras. The Sony a7R IV is the world’s first 61MP full-frame mirrorless camera, with a burst shooting speed of up to ten frames per second. According to Sony, the new a7R IV raises the bar for image quality and operability standards for cameras. The a7R IV packs a brand new BSI CMOS image…

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After several weeks of speculations and image leaks, Leica has announced its newest camera called the V-Lux 5. The Leica V-Lux 5 is a superzoom-style bridge camera designed with explorers in mind. It’s grouped among the top multifaceted cameras that the company has made. Leica says the new V-Lux 5 is the “most travel-ready and versatile V-Lux camera to date.” As it turns out, Leica’s latest camera may not be a brand new model. It appears to be a rebadged Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 II superzoom camera which was announced some months back. The overall design and specs of the two…

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Popular manufacturer of luxury tripods, Gitzo, has recently announced a major new addition to its range of exotic tripod heads. The Gitzo 3-Way Fluid Head GHF3W is designed to deliver precise and versatile framing for professional photographers. The new Gitzo GHF3W pan-and-tilt head offers retractable handles, a rotating spirit level, and Arca-Swiss compatibility. It comes with a stiff ultra-light magnesium body, weighs less than 1kg and can safely support a payload of up to 13kg. It is a perfect tool for landscape and studio photographers who require precise framing and fine-tuned compositions. The GHF3W is also suitable for architectural photography…

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In a rather interesting development, Canon has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for its newest camera, the Ivy Rec. The Canon Ivy Rec is a small clippable outside camera. Described as “the ultimate go-anywhere camera”, the Canon Ivy Rec resembles a slightly bigger USB flash drive with no screen or traditional viewfinder. It’s a rugged, compact, lightweight clip-on camera – which is a perfect companion wherever “the moment takes you.” Using a 13MP 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, it takes still photos and 1080p videos at up to 60 frames per second. In the absence of a screen for viewing images,…

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Octopus Cinema has revealed that it’s developing an open platform cinema camera. The Octopus camera is sure to capture the interest of the open source tech community, as it’s a customizable rig which runs on Linux and supports a variety of sensors. Not only is the compact cube-shaped Octopus Camera capable of shooting both 4K and 5K videos, some key parts like the sensor and software development kit (SDK) are also removable and upgradeable. The Octopus open platform camera allows users to customize sensors and software for recording 4K and 5K video. It’s not dependent on a specific sensor or…

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Owners of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and OM-D E-M1X cameras can now experience improved performance on their devices with the firmware updates just released for both cameras. Now available for download are Version 1.1 for the OM-D E-M1X and Version 3.0 for the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Also available is an updated Version 1.1 of the Olympus Workspace software. Users can now access these version updates and download them for free from Olympus’ support pages. The E-M1 Mark II and E-M1X are the two professional members of Olympus’ OM-D series, which are turning out to be worthy contenders…

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Nikon Corporation has officially announced the release of a compact digital camera – the Nikon COOLPIX W150. The W150 is one of the five new cameras that users are expecting from Nikon. Not only does the new camera offer waterproofing and shockproofing capabilities, but it’s also affordable. Users can capture memorable moments at the beach and in various other locations as it’s both dust-proof and cold-proof. In addition to its compactness, its rounded design enables both children and adults to easily handle the new camera. Boasting 13.2 million effective pixels, the camera comes with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens.…

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Samyang Optics, a global optics brand has recently announced the release of three new lenses for Nikon F and Z mounts. One of the new lenses is an autofocus lens for the F mount. The other two are manual focus lenses which the company designed for the Z mount. According to Samyang, the three new lenses – the AF 85mm f/1.4 F, the MF 14mm f/2.8 Z, and the MF 84mm f/1.4 Z – were crafted to conform with the latest industry trends and meet users needs. All three new lenses come with ultra multiple coating which ensures that they…

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Sony is taking the powerful-sensor-development lead again. It appears Sony is on its way to launch a 100-megapixel full-frame sensor. According to reports, Sony has developed a new 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for consumer cameras. The new sensor is capable of capturing high-quality images in 100 megapixels and shooting 6K video.The news was first published by EOSHD after technical details of the sensor were leaked on some online platforms. On Chinese forums as well as in the EOSHD own forums, the sensor appeared with the code name IMX555CQR. The new sensor has the capacity to capture still photos in 12288×8192…

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Canon is starting off the NAB 2019 on a great note with the announcement of some new camcorders. The company has just rolled out an impressive new generation of affordable consumer camcorders with 4K resolution video shooting capability. The launch takes place at NAB 2019 which is the broadcast industry’s main trade show. Canon is not only announcing four new 30MP XA 4K camcorders. Users can expect two new 4K G-Series camcorders as well. The company is expanding its camcorder LEGRIA range with the announcement of two new 4K models – the Legria HF G50 and HF G60. The HF…

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Five Canon RF lenses, including the ‘trinity’ lenses, make European debut at the recently concluded The Photography Show 2019. Canon showed off five full-frame lenses it plans to add to its RF mirrorless ecosystem. Four of the lenses are new L-series lenses plus the 24-240mm which is also ultra-compact superzoom lens. The development of these latest RF lenses on the company’s roadmap will provide users with more lens options for Canon’s EOS R and EOS RP systems. Canon’s Product Intelligence Consultant, David Parry said that the company intends to release all the five lenses in 2019. He explained that the…

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Some researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Canada have developed a new imaging technique. The method which is called Compressed Optical-Streaking Ultra-high-speed Photography (COSUP), pushes the limits of standard imaging sensors. Typical imaging sensors have image capturing speed limit of 100 frames per second. But with this new technology, one can nowadays shoot images at speeds of up to 1.5 million frames per second. This means that you can now capture extremely fast events even without a specialty high speed camera. The researchers describe their new technique in The Optical Society (OSA) journal Optics Letters.…

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Growing up in Detroit, Drew Feustel, a NASA astronaut, became an avid car and racing fan. Feustel is so enthusiastic about car racing that he photographed race tracks from space while leading the International Space Station in 2018. He also watched the various car racing series in his free time.As a long time racing fan, Feustel follows several car racing series including MotoGP, IndyCar, and Formula One. He told Hot Rod Network in a recent interview that he keeps up on each series, the teams, as well as the drivers. To show how much of a fan he is, he…

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Innovations in the mobile device industry have ensured that the present generation of phones is really ‘smart’. We regularly see various enhancement in both design and functionality. For example, the recent trend in the design of mobile devices is the use of a large size display. This display trend also increases the need for more powerful cameras with great optical performance. In response to this need, we have seen smartphones with high-resolution rear-facing and front-facing cameras. Interestingly, multi-camera smartphones are also beginning to appear more like the norm. Last year, Huawei impressed consumers by introducing a triple camera setup at the…

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At the February 2017 MWC event, Oppo showed off a hybrid phone camera technology which is capable of 5x optical zoom. Although there’s currently no smartphone on the market with that camera technology, the company is now promising something even better – doubling the impressive zoom. Oppo is preparing to launch a smartphone with its innovative camera system which offers a 10x optical “lossless” zoom. The smartphone company plans to launch the new camera in the second quarter of this year. The latest reports show that Oppo is already mass producing the camera module. The first phone packing it will…

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In just a few weeks after its global launch, Canon’s EOS RP makes entry into the Indian market. The EOS RP is Canon’s most compact and lightweight full-frame mirrorless camera yet. The camera has been launched on Wednesday at a price-point of Rs 110,495 for the body only. It is also available as a kit at price point of Rs 199,490. For many years, the Japanese camera maker has championed the production of pro-grade DSLR camera segment. The EOS R was Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera which hit the Indian market in September last year at a starting price of…

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As one of the companies making the most headlines in the smartphone space in 2018, Vivo experimented with and released several devices with astonishing hardware features. Continuing in the same vain, Vivo has launched the V15 Pro which is its first major 2019 product. The new mobile device brings along some high-end features from the company’s Nex flagship series to the mid-range mainstream. It is endowed with interesting specs which leaves it with no direct competitors. For some time now, the Vivo’s V series has been at the forefront of screen design trends. The V9, for instance, was among the…

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Three new lenses join the array of lens options for full frame cameras. Tamron has announced the development of three new lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Two of the lenses are for full-frame DSLR cameras. The third lens is for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The company has recently announced that it is developing a “compact portrait zoom” lens (35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD) and a prime lens (SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD) for both Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Also under development is a fast wide-angle zoom lens (17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD) for Sony mirrorless cameras. Tamron has yet to…

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Kodak Alaris may be looking to sell all its businesses. It has recently put up its film business for sale. The Hertfordshire-based company that handles the manufacturing of Kodak’s photographic suppliers is reportedly up for sale. The company said that it is expecting a deal very soon as negotiations with potential buyers have reached advanced stages. Kodak has revealed that it expects to finalize sales discussions for its Paper, Photo-chemicals, and Film (PPA) unit by the end of March given the high levels of interest from prospective buyers. Kodak Alaris was founded in 2013 with the UK Kodak Pension Plan…

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Adobe is starting the year with updates to its online portfolio platform Behance. The update announcement covers a redesign of users’ profile page, an update to the project page and the addition of customizable banners. Over the years, Behance has served as a source of creative inspiration and artistic discovery. However, with the proliferation of the online space with several easy-to-use and drag-and-drop websites, the forceful pull of the online platform began to dwindle. But Adobe is set to rekindle the flames with the various update implementations going on. Some were released last year, and we are already beginning this…

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Samsung Electronics, a semiconductor technology industry leader, has launched a new ISOCELL Slim 3T2 sensor for smartphones. The compact 20-megapixel resolution image sensor measures only 1/3.4 inches, which is the smallest ever in the industry. This new sensor makes it possible for mid-range smartphones to deliver excellent optical performance on both their front and rear cameras. It also enables manufacturers of mobile devices to bring great versatility to smartphone designs. With the rapid and massive innovations in the mobile device industry, there’s a greater demand for advanced imaging capabilities in smartphones. Many mid-range and high-end mobile devices now feature long…

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Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z series cameras now have a new third party 50mm f/1.7 manual focus lens. Meike has announced a 50mm f/1.7 lens version for the Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z series cameras. The photographic equipment company with its headquarter in Hong Kong has now included Canon RF and Nikon Z mirrorless mount systems to its list of MK 50mm f/1.7 lens supported cameras. For the most part, the various lenses that have been announced or that are expected for the Canon RF and Nikon Z mirrorless mount systems have been a bit pricey. However, Meike is changing that…

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Nikon has announced two new budget-friendly compact digital cameras with high-power zoom capacities. Nikon Japan launched the Coolpix B600 compact camera and the Coolpix A1000 compact camera with bridge-style zoom. According to Nikon USA, the cameras are not yet available in the U.S. And they didn’t say if the cameras will come to the U.S. or when to expect them to arrive. The Nikon Coolpix B600 The Nikon Coolpix B600 efficiently combines a 16-megapixel sensor with a 60x optical zoom lens and a focal length range of 24-1440mm. This zoom can extend to 120x by enabling Dynamic Fine Zoom, thereby…

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Sony has officially launched its Alpha a6400 APS-C mirrorless camera. The new mid-range camera is actually an updated 24.2MP camera that comes equipped with a rear mounted three-inch flip-out touchscreen. This new E-mount camera shares a lot of similarities with the a6300. However, it borrows the A9’s powerful processor and autofocus plus an extensively expressed touchscreen, all at a lower price. Notwithstanding its lightweight and compact size, the Sony α6400 offers speedy performance and an extensive list of noteworthy features that were previously only available in full-frame models. It has high-speed AF system, good buffer capacity, and extensive options for…

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Nikon has unveiled the Nikkor 14-30mm F4 S Z-mount lens for its mirrorless full-frame cameras. The new lens was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new Nikkor Z lens features an ultra-wide zoom. It is the first to utilize the interesting capabilities of the brand’s revolutionary full-frame mirrorless Z Mount. According to Nikon, the newest Nikkor S-Line lens uses an STM (stepping motor) which allows for responsive and quiet autofocus and helps to reduce focus breathing. It also comes with a customizable control ring which photographers can use as a controller for manual focus, aperture…

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In addition to the announcement of the new Nikkor Z mount 14-30mm F4 S lens and Nikon Z6 filmmaker’s kit, Nikon has also informed users that three new pretty significant features are coming to the Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras by way of a new firmware update. Fans of Nikon’s Z-series cameras are in for a whole new experience. Nikon is bringing powerful features through upcoming firmware updates. The next Z mirrorless cameras system update will greatly improve image capture and video experience. It will enable support for Eye AF, RAW video, and CFexpress. Nikon revealed this at the 2019…

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