Tag - DSLR
Yesterday, Apple released an update to increase the support for RAW images from more digital SLR cameras. The Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20 now allows Mac desktops to display images for 13 more cameras that use the file format, typically used for images that are unprocessed and uncompressed by the camera itself, with the new support covering imaging devices from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.
Ricoh has unveiled a digital SLR camera that it believes is ideal for withstanding the elements while taking photographs outdoors. The 24.24-megapixel Pentax K-70 DSLR is an all-weather camera that can work at temperatures as low as -10C (14F), with its rugged dust-proof and weather-resistant casing said to make it ideal for outdoor shooting during activities, such as mountain climbing or while camping in a forest.
Canon has unveiled a trio of new cameras, covering the compact and mid-range DSLR markets. The EOS 80D is a prosumer 24.2-megapixel DSLR that is meant to replace the three year old 70D, while the PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a refresh of the existing compact G7 X, and the PowerShot SX720 HS is more of an entry-level version that offers slightly lower specifications in its compact size, as well as a smaller price tag.
Ricoh has unveiled what will become Pentax's first full-frame DSLR camera release, when it starts shipping in the United States in April. The Pentax K-1 houses a 36.4-megapixel 35mm-format CMOS sensor combined with a 14-bit RAW-capable Prime IV imaging engine, which also includes a five-axis shake reduction system and an AA filter simulator that uses microscopic vibrations to provide the same level of moire reduction as a normal optical AA filter.
Canon has unveiled a new version of its EOS-1D X digital camera aimed at the professional market, one it initially released four years ago. The EOS-1D X Mark II is an upgraded version of the original, housing a new 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, giving it a boost in terms of speed and image quality, as well as allowing it to film 4K and 1080p video at 60 and 120fps respectively with a "Dual Pixel" CMOS autofocus.
Nikon used CES to unveil three new cameras, with two DSLRs accompanied by the manufacturer's first action camera that can record 360-degree images for viewing with VR headsets. The D5 is the successor to the D4 and is capable of shooting 4K UHD video, the D500 is a 20.9-megapixel shooter that is meant to work well with smartphones and tablets, and the KeyMission 360 is a compact camera capable of recording 360-degree video in challenging shooting environments.
Pebble is shipping the circular-faced version of its smartwatch on the 8th of November, starting with those who preordered the wearable device when it was first announced in September. On the same day as shipments begin, the Pebble Time Round will be available at retail in the United States, with the smartwatch appearing in Target and BestBuy stores from Sunday onwards, priced at $250.
Sony has introduced a new Alpha DSLR camera aimed at the entry-level market, one that is said to have inherited many of the features from the Alpha A77 II. The Alpha A68 houses a 24-megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor backed by a 4D Focus phase detection system employing 79 autofocus points, 15 cross points, a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dark scenes, and translucent mirror technology to give it constant AF tracking while shooting at 8fps.
Ricoh has launched an updated version of its Pentax K-3 digital SLR from late 2013, improving a few elements while keeping the rest the same. Just like the original, the Pentax K-3 II has a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, but this time Ricoh has introduced a Pixel Shift Resolution system, which uses the camera's shake reduction mechanism to move the sensor in single-pixel increments and capturing four images, combinable into one higher resolution photograph.
Nikon today expanded its DSLR range with the D7200. The new model, aimed at the enthusiast and professional market, has a 24.2MP CMOS, boasting no optical low-pass filter. Due to improvements in hardware and software, the company claims 30 percent faster image processing with the new model over the now-replaced D7100.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE