We are now seeing a flood of new electronics being announced at CES 2010 and I have decided to pull the list of photography related gadgets announced at CES or just happened around the same time from Engadget. So here we go…
Eye-Fi announced the next generation Wi-Fi enabled SD memory card at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. The new class-6 card has 8GB memory and is capable of 802.11n Wi-Fi connection. One interesting new feature is the so-called Endless Memory Mode, which automatically deletes photos and videos as they’re uploaded. Basically it means you have virtually unlimited storage if you have a wireless connection. It also comes with a new Eye-Fi Center software for viewing and sharing management. The new card is bundked with unlimited geotagging.
The great features of the “Pro” line of Eye-Fi cards are: 1) RAW format support, 2) Ad-hoc networking support so you can wirelessly transfer photos and videos to your laptop computer directly without a Wi-Fi access point. You can even setup auto slideshow using Adobe Lightroom2.
According to this Financial Times article titled Camera makers focus on functionality, camera makers are no longer engaged in pixel wars but rather focusing on functionality.
Even though the market is reaching maturity, the digital camera technology is still far from perfection. Camera makers are offering various new things and consumers are showing interests in upgrades. New technology will continuously expand the existing limits and make what was impossible possible.
Currently one of the biggest trends is the transition from digital compact cameras to DSLR cameras, which offer changeable lenses, much better image quality due to larger image sensors and quicker responses. Many people I know have bought DSLR cameras even though quite a few of them use their DSLRs as an expensive point-and-shoot by leaving the mode dial in Auto.
DSLR camera likely isn’t the end of digital camera revolution. Jin Nakayama, head of Casio’s camera business, predicted that new technology will eventually make SLR camera disappear because “… digital camera will have an image sensor so precise and processing so powerful that optical zoom lenses and flash will become unnecessary.”
Nikon has released the updated version of their 300mm f/2.8G lens, AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II, and a new full frame compatible teleconverter, the AF-S TC-20E III.
With its large aperture, optimized sharpness across the whole frame, the lens is perfect for action and sports photojournalism and wildlife photography. But soccer moms and dads need to look elsewhere due to its weight and affordability.
The lens features the latest VR II vibration reduction that is claimed to provide stabilization up to 4 stops slower shutter speed than what is normally possible. Exclusive nano crystal coating reduces ghosting and internal flare. Three ED glasses minimizes chromatic abbreviations. Read More…
For a limited time until the end of this year, Wacom is offering you to buy the Intuos4 tablet medium size or larger from their eStore and get a National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Photoshop training DVD title for free.
Here is how it works:
Buy your Intuos4 medium from this special Wacom eStore page. You will receive a unique PIN code and directions for selecting your free DVD from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. You also get free shipping via UPS ground.
According to this Nikon support page, Nikon will release Mac OS X “Snow Leopard” compatible version of their photo transfer, management, editing software packages according to the following schedule:
Nikon has not determined the release date for the following Snow Leopard compatible software:
Not all people will want to get a Nikon D300s or Canon 7D for some simple reasons: too bulky and too expensive. The group of micro four-thirds camera manufacturers have long promised us compact high performance cameras and they delivered. The Olympus E-P1 has generated quite a buzz and now Panasonic has just officially announced the DMC-GF1. If you have been following rumors, this will not be a surprise.
The Panasonic GF1 has faster autofocus and AF-tracking, higher resolution LCD screen, built-in flash and the optional viewfinder. The Olympus E-P1 has built-in image stabilization, wider range of 4/3 lenses that supports autofocus, stereo sound and creative art filters.
It will be released in two kits packaged with either a Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 aspherical lens or a Lumix G Vario 14-45 mm f/3.5-f/5.6 lens. Pre-order available at Amazon.
According to The British Journal of Photography, Getty introduced a new low pricing model targeting online blogs and websites. The new prices are $5 for 170 pixel and $15 for 280 pixel wide images. At the same time, the old smallest file size 430 pixel wide images have their price lowered from $49 to $35.
Getty introduced the new business model to specifically address the needs of websites and blogs who cannot afford the traditional stock photo pricing, the growing concerns with piracy, and to compete in the market currently dominated by microstock companies.
Alamy, another well known stock agency based in UK, is also considering similar offering. The comments by Simon Cliffe, the executive director of The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA), shined some lights on the reasons behind the coming changes.
‘It seems like the World Wide Web has been around for decades, but it hasn’t and our industry has changed dramatically in just a few short years. Standing still and doing nothing drastically reduces the life of our industry and the photographers we support……’
‘…… The internet is here; it’s changed the traditional business model; it’s changed customer expectations; with the recession, it’s helped change ‘traditional’ spending. But if as an industry we can exploit it properly, there’s no reason why we can’t find millions of potential new image buyers – that’s certainly something BAPLA is working towards.
In the real world, the result of the debate seems apparent. It is interesting to see how long the stock agencies can hold on to their old business models.