It’s a necessity – not an accessory!

That’s what is written on the package of my latest photography gadget purchase: the Lenspen Lens Cleaning System. I think it is an accurate statement. Lately I have used the same lens cloth I use for my glasses to clean lenses and it hasn’t worked very well. There are always some smudges I cannot get rid of. After rubbing the lens surface with the cloth, the lens surface becomes dust magnet immediately. Finally I decided to try something different. In the past I have tried some pen-type lens cleaning tool. It had a built-in cleaning liquid reservoir. It created a mess when the pen snapped inside my camera bag. I never looked at similar tool again until recently. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on January 25th, 2012. No Comments.

Canon PowerShot S100 is the successor of the Canon PowerShot S95 that I have had for a year. Canon put in a whole new set of system from the lens to image sensor and processor. Even through these two cameras still look similar, they are actually quite different on the spec sheet. The new Canon PowerShot S100 appears to be a much improved camera compared to the Canon PowerShot S95.

In video shooting mode, the new S100 can record 1080P@24fps instead of the 720P@24fps with the S95. It also allows optical zoom during video recording unlike the S95, which can only have that functionality via the CHDK route. Read More…

Posted in Point & Shoot Cameras on January 24th, 2012. 1 Comment.

Joe McNally posted a video on his blog today featuring New Orleans musician Little Freddie King. The video was shot entirely on Nikon D4, produced and directed by Joe McNally. The image quality is amazing and the content is also fascinating!

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on January 23rd, 2012. No Comments.

In a detailed demonstration by Nikon UK, you can see some of the nice features Nikon put in its new flagship DSLR camera the Nikon D4 to make it a high performance user-friendly machine for video shooters.

The HDMI port on Nikon D4 can display clean video feed on external monitor and is not simply duplicating what is on the built-in LCD display. For example the LCD on the camera can have all the shooting information while the external video feed via HDMI can have none of it. This makes it possible to record the clean video from HDMI output to avoid the 30 minute time limit on the internal recording. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on January 21st, 2012. No Comments.

The basic function of neutral density filter or ND filter is cutting down the light entering the camera without introducing any color shifts. They have many uses in photography. Neutral density filters can be categorized into two main types: graduated neutral density filters and regular neutral density filters. The former has graduated distribution of the light reduction levels across the filter. The latter has simple uniform light reduction across the whole filter. Read More…

Posted in Accessories, Tips and Techniques on January 21st, 2012. No Comments.

This is a slow motion video captured by Nikon 1 V1 at 400 fps. It shows the typical SLR photo taking sequence: mirror up, shutter open, shutter close, mirror down.

The Nikon 1 cameras (Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1) can take 400 fps slow motion video at 640×240 and 1200 fps slow motion video at 320×120. You can find examples of both format below. Read More…

Posted in Mirrorless on January 18th, 2012. No Comments.
Tamaggo 360-imager

Conventional panorama photography involves taking many photos and stitching them together. No more! This small, 7 ounce, egg-shaped little gadget can take full 360 degree (depending on how you hold it) high-resolution, navigable images with just one click. The people who invented the Tamaggo 360-imager thinks the experience is so new that they came up with a term Tamaggraphy to describe the process of taking images (Tamaggraphs) with the Tamaggo 360-imager. The photographers who use them are called Tamaggraphers. Read More…

Posted in Photography Gadgets on January 12th, 2012. 1 Comment.
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It is uncommon to see a smart phone with a built-in camera but what about a camera with a built-in smart phone? Err… is there a difference? I guess so. There isn’t a smart phone with a big optical zoom lens and 16 megapixel image sensor like the Polaroid SC1630 yet.

The Polaroid SC1630 Android Powered HD Smart Camera looks very much like a regular point-and-shoot digital camera but it has a built-in Android smartphone. Read More…

Posted in Point & Shoot Cameras on January 11th, 2012. No Comments.
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