According to the Reuters report, Canon is developing a smaller DSLR camera to better compete with the mirror-less interchangeable cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony. The compact mirror-less cameras are said to have become very popular in Japan and the popularity is expected to rapidly grow.
It is not very clear if Canon’s smaller SLR camera will be mirror-less. SLR camera with optical viewfinder can certainly be made smaller.
Nikon is also rumored to be working on a mirror-less camera.
Canon and Nikon are the No. 1 and No. 2 in the industry but they cannot afford to loss a rapidly growing market segment where consumers are increasingly demanding high quality cameras that come in smaller sizes.
The hot new trend in consumer electronics industry this year is 3D television, which is clearly evident in the range of TV products showcased at 2010 CES. It comes with no surprise since the world is actually in three dimensions. Photography and display were confined to the 2D format in the past due to technology limitations. Now the technology barriers for producing affordable 3D solutions have been broken, we will definitely see more 3D digital phtography products coming.
Fujifilm FinePix REAL 3D W1 was the first 3D consumer digital camera that caught my attention. The product started shipping last October but it was quite expansive. The camera and the display combo package was listed for over $1000. Now a company called Aiptek has introduced a pair of much less expansive products: a 3D camcorder that can record 720P HD videos and 5 megapixel stills, and a 7″ parallax LCD display that doesn’t require 3D glasses to create the 3D effect. Both products will be released on August 15, 2010. Amazon is taking pre-orders of both (Aiptek Portable 3D Photo and Video Display, Aiptek 3D-HD High Definition 3D Camcorder).
SD cards with built-in Wi-Fi isn’t anything new. We have seen it in Eye-Fi cards for many years now. Somehow Toshiba finds the need to reinvent the wheel and is developing wireless SDHC cards with a Singapore based company called Trek 2000. They are also jointly promoting a industry forum to create a standard for wifi capable SD cards.
The following is a message from Dana, one of the DPTnT readers.
I was wondering if you were planning on continuing to update this website? I noticed the last post was updated on November 2009 and it is now 2010 almost July. I plan on still using the website as there are lots of info I can go through and learn but would like to see some new articles. If you do not have time to continue updating the site with new articles or moved on could you please let me know so I can sign up for the RSS feed and Newsletter or not?
Thanks in advance, and Great work on the site and articles.
Here is my reply to Dana and a public message to all of my readers.
Thank you for contact us. As you and many other may have noticed, this entire blog is currently in a very slow mode. The time I can speed here has been considerably less and there is also a bit of shift in my interests. The visitor count to this site hasn’t significantly reduced as many of you come to this site via search engines. However I know there have been many who keep coming back for the Capture NX Guide. I really appreciate your continued visit and support. As I become accustomed to the new schedules and priorities, I should be able to free up some time to keep the guide up to date.
Kodak had its glorious Kodak Moment days but now it is struggling to survive. Obviously that means it will go after any possible revenue source. Even though Kodak falls behind in today’s digital camera market, it did invest quite a lot in digital photography technology and accumulated a large portfolio of more than 1000 patents, which is generating hundreds of million dollars royalties annually.
One of the patents at the center of the dispute covers the function that almost all digital cameras have: a real time preview of the scene before the shutter is pressed (US patent 6,292,218). Apparently many other companies have paid Kodak to use the technology but Apple and RIM refused.
Kodak probably isn’t one of the hated patent trolls. The patent seems obvious now but it most likely wasn’t when Kodak started to develop digital photography technology. First digital camera was invented by Steven Sasson of Kodak in 1975, which looked more like a toaster than a modern digital camera.
Photography is about image quality but not just pixel quality. The quality of the image content is also important. The camera on the iPhone doesn’t produce noise-free images like a PRO DSLR camera but it still offers endless ways of creative photography, especially with the help of more than two thousand photography-related Apps you can find in the App Store.
If you are an aspiring iPhone photographer, this contest offered by Adorama is a great opportunity to display your talent and win some cool prizes. It is easy to get started, just follow the simple steps:
A panel of celebrity judges (big names in photography such as Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Syl Arena, Moose Peterson, etc) will pick the winners but it is you who will select the best iPhone Apps.
Check out the details at contest.adorama.com.
Here is a list of new photography related gadgets from CES 2010 since yesterday.
Nikon School is bring a Capture NX 2 seminar to Atlanta, GA on Saturday February 6, 2010. If you just haven’t got a handle on Capture NX 2 even after reading all the tutorials I have collected for you, this four and half hour butt-numbing sit-and-listen seminar may finally untangle the mess in your brain. According to the announcement, Nikon Technical Sales Representative, Terrence Campbell, will teach you everything from the tools and basic operation of the program to advanced photographic editing. You will learn how to turn your good shots into incredible ones. All for just $79.
For details, check out the following: