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Raw capture coming to iPhone in iOS 10?

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 11:23am

An eagle-eyed Reddit user has spotted an important new iOS 10 feature that Apple slipped into its WWDC keynote yesterday: Raw image editing. The feature didn't get a mention in the keynote speech itself, which instead focused on the addition of computer vision technology to sort photos more intelligently. Instead, the mention of Raw editing flashed on the screen behind SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. 

Apple's news release for developers seems to suggest that Raw capture will also be offered with the update, which brings 'more sophisticated control and monitoring of the entire [image] capture process [...] including support for new features such as Live Photos and RAW format capture'.

Many Android users have been enjoying Raw capture for some time now, so Apple would seem to be catching up. But the biggest news for photographers might be the ability to edit Raw files on an iPad Pro. iOS 10 is being offered in beta currently to developers, and will be released to the public this fall.

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Amazing underwater 4K footage from Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 7:00am

Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo in Monterey CA is the world's leading supplier for underwater imaging equipment. But as well as selling underwater photography gear, the staff at Backscatter also put it to good use.

Staff member Russ Sanoian has been diving with the Canon EOS-1D X Mk II for a little while and you can check out the results of his dives in the video below. We spoke to Russ about what makes a good underwater camera, and why he thinks the EOS-1D X Mark II is a good option for stills and video shooters.

What do you do at Backscatter?

Backscatter is the largest underwater Photography store in the world. We dive, shoot and service everything we sell and all employees are underwater videographers and photographers. I am our Product Manager and responsible for sales of underwater equipment. 

What makes a good underwater camera?

Large sensors and High ISO are critical for good underwater performance as it's typically a low light environment. Artificial lights or strobes can help with macro/close up, but for wide-angle photography. To shoot with the EOS-1D X Mark II I'm using a Nauticam 1D X Mk II housing with a Small HD Monitor.

What has impressed you about the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II underwater?

I owned and shot with the Sony a7R II before the 1D X Mk II, but the Canon shoots 4K at 60p, which is a big deal. It's great in low light and ISO at 2500 footage is incredibly clean.

I've also found that Canon cameras are the best for manual white balance underwater, they will nail a custom white balance setting at any depth and have the best blues in the industry even edging out RED cameras. So far I have shot the EOS-1D X Mark II with the Canon EF 100mm F2.8L IS USM Macro IS and the Canon EF 8-15mm F4L Fisheye USM attached.

Can you share some quick tips for underwater photography?

Always shoot in manual mode, and lock focus manually. This can be extremely challenging for macro subjects but is the best way to shoot with such a narrow depth of field. The 1D X Mk II has incredible autofocus and I have been testing it but so far it's just not accurate enough for underwater work.

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Apple Photos gets smarter in iOS 10, macOS 'Sierra'

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 5:08pm

On the first day of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has announced new features for its Photos app on both iOS 10 and macOS ‘Sierra,’ scheduled for release this fall.

The updated Apple Photos apps will use 'advanced computer vision technology' to identify people, objects and scenes in order to allow for intelligent searching and automatic sorting based on content. Most notably, a new Memories feature will use this information to automatically create movies and shareable collections of photos based on data such as people, places and events such as a trip or holiday.

Additional features leveraging the new technology include a People album, which automatically groups photos based on who is in the shot, a Places album, which plots your photos on an interactive world map, and Intelligent Search, which allows searches based on the content of photos.

Although Google has provided similar features through its Google Photos service for some time, Apple’s offering includes one feature that may appeal to many users: instead of sending photos to the cloud for analysis, Apple will use on-device intelligence to analyze and categorize photos in order to protect user privacy.

For more information about the new Photos apps head on over to Apple's website.

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Kerlee 35mm F1.2 is 'World's fastest' 35mm for full frame cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 3:56pm
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Industrial lens manufacturer Shenzhen Dongzheng Optics Technology has announced the Kerlee 35mm F1.2 – which it claims is the fastest 35mm designed for full-frame SLR cameras. The lens is manual focus and features a choice of clicked or silent aperture operation to suit both stills and movie photographers. The company says it will produce units with mounts in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and Pentax K fittings.

The lens uses 11 elements in 10 groups and includes two high refractive index lenses and one ED low dispersion element. The company says the closest focusing distance is 0.3m / 1ft, but optical performance is said to be at its best when the subject is 1-5m / 3.2-16.4ft from the camera. The smallest aperture is F22 and a depth of field scale is provided.

Pricing has yet to be released, but more information can be found on the Dongzheng Optics website.

Press release:

The world’s first SLR full frame camera support large aperture lens 35mm f/1.2

KERLEE 1.2/35 lens, specially developed for all lovers of photography,
is of high performances featuring large aperture, soft Bokeh effect and rich colors.

Features:
1. Minimum focus distance is up to 0.3.
2. Optional switchable aperture lock, allowing for smooth adjustment in video mode.
3. The optimal distance is within 1-5 meters with the best image quality
4. Smooth focusing feel, appropriate damping and superior experiences.
5. ED lens effectively improve image/color differences.
6. It’s globally the first 35mm F/1.2 large aperture lens that supports single-lens reflex full-frame cameras. When taking an image, set the aperture to Maximum f1.2 can conspicuously emphasize the subject on the background, producing a nice picture atmosphere.
7. Excellent rendering effect in dim light, also enhance shutter speed to complete a shot

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STG Uploader app allows Sony cameras to upload directly to Google Photos

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 2:33pm

A new unofficial app called STG Uploader enables Sony cameras compatible with PlayMemories Camera Apps to upload content directly to Google Photos. Running the application will prompt the user to set up a Wi-Fi access point, after which the user will authorize the app to place an oAuth token on the camera’s SD card, a safer alternative to saving the user’s Google username and password on the camera.

Full instructions on installing the app are located on the Sony-PMCA-RE Github. Once installed and set up, users are presented with a simple screen that shows how many photos are ready to be uploaded to Google Photos and how many have already been uploaded. An upload status bar is provided, as well as an option for erasing the upload database.

According to a user at SonyAlpha Rumors, the app uploads photos in full resolution. Images uploaded directly will appear in Google Photos with the name 'SonyUpload' followed by the date. Note that formatting the SD card will cause the oAuth token to be erased and the app setup process will have to be repeated.

Via: SonyAlpha Rumors

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Time-lapse captures fast-changing Singapore skyline over three years

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 12:55pm

Time-lapse and tilt-shift specialist Keith Loutit's latest project has been years in the making. The Lion City II - Majulah is a follow-up to another impressive feature, documenting the rise and fall (but mostly rise) of skyscrapers on Singapore's skyline over the course of three years.

Channel NewsAsia reports that the four-minute video is the culmination of 500 hours of shooting from June 2013 to June 2016. The soundtrack was composed for the project by Michael Adler Miltersen in collaboration with Loutit. 

The Lion City II tells a compelling story about daily life in the shadow of urban growth. And as someone who played way too much Sim City as a kid, I'm pretty sure I could watch this on repeat all morning. Are you inspired to start a time-lapse project of your own? Let us know in the comments.

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2016 Roundup: Semi-Pro Interchangeable Lens Cameras

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 8:00am

Within this category, which is made up of cameras costing $2000 or more (body-only, and based on MSRP in the US), you'll find some of the fiercest competitors the camera industry has to offer. This includes cameras with 50 or more megapixels geared perfectly for studio shooters, 4K-capable cameras for serious film makers, and all-rounders that can easily split their time between pro-level still shooting and high-end video capture.

All of the cameras in this price range use full-frame sensors. And while most of them are DSLRs, there are also several mirrorless options as well. Simply put, there is something here to satisfy just about everyone who is willing to pony up the requisite funds. Read through to see what makes this segment so cutthroat, and what innovations are driving this tier forwards at a remarkable pace. 

The models covered in this roundup are:

Note: We purposely excluded the Canon EOS 1DX II, Nikon D5 and Pentax 645Z from this roundup as we feel the capabilities of both cameras put them in a class of their own, which we'll cover in an additional roundup.

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India says no to Google Street View, citing security concerns

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 7:00am
Launched in 2007, Google's Street View service uses imagery captured by cameras mounted on cars, backpacks, bicycles and snowmobiles. Today, the service covers locations all over the globe.

Indian officials have told the BBC that the country has rejected Google's plans to image its towns and cities as part of its expanding Street View service. Citing security concerns around 'sensitive defense installations,' officials point out that planning for the 2008 Mumbai attacks was believed to have involved photographic reconnaissance. As such, the country believes, Street View could compromise national security.

This isn't the first time that Google's Street View service has attracted concerns. Several countries have at one time or other raised privacy and security worries. The Czech government has banned the company from taking any new imagery (current Street View images of Prague are frozen at 2014), and in 2010, almost 250,000 Germans requested that Google blur images of their homes.

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Bolt-on 21: Fujifilm WCL-X70 sample images

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 9:00am

The Fujifilm WCL-X70 is a wideangle converter that fastens to the front of the 28mm equivalent F2.8 lens of the Fujifilm X70. Its approximately 0.8X focal length multiplier results in a 14mm focal length, or 21mm in 35mm format equivalent. Check out our sample images to see how it performs.

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Road tripping through New South Wales, Australia

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 06/12/2016 - 8:00am
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Photographer Jason Futrill has already spent three months of this year exploring Australia for various tourism marketing campaigns and social media channels. Based in Tasmania, Jason recently completed an eight-day road-trip from Sydney down to Bermagui, along the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales.

Futrill's trip took him to Narooma, where he photographed the famous Camel Rock, and to the distinctive Sea Cliff Bridge which connects the coastline between Coledale and Coalcliff, north of Wollongong. The trip culminated back in Sydney, just in time for the annual light festival, 'Vivid Sydney.' After looking at his photographs, we're itching to recreate the trip...

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Explore Mars with 360-degree image shot by NASA Curiosity Rover

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 8:00am

Earlier this year, NASA released a 360-degree image from the perspective of the Curiosity Mars Rover. The scene is made up of a combination of multiple exposures taken with the rover's 2MP 'Mastcam' camera, which we wrote about back in 2012.

The resulting image is pretty incredible, and if you have access to a Google Cardboard viewer you can experience it in 3D. So if you've got a free few minutes this weekend, why not explore the surface of Mars? 

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iFixit takes a look inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 06/11/2016 - 7:00am

Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

The Olympus PEN E-PL7, like its Micro Four Thirds peers, is a pretty impressive little piece of engineering. It houses a 16MP Four Thirds sensor and a 3" LCD that flips up 180-degrees. It accepts Micro Four Thirds lenses and ships with a pocket-sized external flash. Being curious types of people, we wanted to know how Olympus squeezes everything into a camera of the E-PL7's size. Thankfully, there's iFixit. Their disassembly guide gives an up-close look at what's inside the camera – and you don't have to void your warranty in the process.

Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

This disassembly starts the way so many projects do: with a screwdriver. Screws are removed from the bottom plate and sides of the camera.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

With some screws removed from the lens mount, this inner ring is revealed and carefully removed.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

With even more screws gone a pair of tiny springs can be taken out of the mount.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

Removing even more screws makes it possible to gently pull the chassis apart, but not quite all the way with a ribbon cable connecting the two pieces. 

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

A camera divided. Highlighted in red is the ZIF connector keeping the ribbon cable attached to the motherboard.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

With the cable disconnected, the camera can be handled one half at a time.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

Here's another look at the motherboard, with even more ribbon cables attached.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

Up top, the plate that holds the mode dial and shutter release can be removed once one more screw is out of the way. 

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

...And with some ribbon cables disconnected, the sensor comes free of the camera body too.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

 E-PL7's 16MP sensor lies 

Here's a front view of the E-PL7's 16MP sensor. 

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

The camera is looking quite empty at this point. Here's a sense of how small that motherboard is.

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Inside the Olympus PEN E-PL7

...And with a few last cables disconnected and screws removed, the E-PL7 disassembly is complete.

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SUN-SNIPER introduceds new Rotaball ultra-strong camera straps

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 2:27pm

German company SUN-SNIPER has introduced a new line of camera straps called Rotaball, and each of the seven straps within it feature both the maker’s Rotaball Connector and Blokker hardware. In addition, SUN-SNIPER has improved the shock absorber used with the new camera straps, added an integrated anti-theft steel cable, an underarm 'Pitt' strap feature that keeps the shoulder pad from sliding, and an anti-camera swing feature called 'Limiter.'

The Rotaball connector allows the camera to swing around its bearing, reducing stress on the tripod socket attachment point.

The Rotaball Connector (see exploded view, above) is a stainless steel mono-multiball bearing featuring a single large ball that turns within an array of 32 smaller balls. The Blokker, meanwhile, is a pin developed to prevent the camera from being unscrewed and stolen. For added security, SUN-SNIPER has also included a steel cable in five of the seven models, each of which includes a 1,000 Euro insurance against camera theft, should someone succeed in cutting through the strap and stealing your camera.

Rotaball Pro features

1: 'Rotaball' Connector
2: 'Blokker' to prevent tampering
3: Shock-absorber
4: Steel-reinforced strap
5: Shoulder pad
7: Swing limiter
8: 'Pitt' underarm strap

The Rotaball camera strap lineup is composed of the Rotaball Pro (89 EUR), Rotaball One (59 EUR), Rotaball Traveler (79 EUR), Rotaball DPH (149 EUR), Rotaball TPH (229 EUR), Rotaball Surf (59 EUR), and Rotaball BPS (49 EUR). All seven models are available now through SUN-SNIPER's website.

Press Release:

RELAUNCH THE NEXT GENERATION: THE NEW SUN-SNIPER ROTABALL CAMERA STRAPS

Egestorf, June 7, 2016. SUN-SNIPER revolutionizes the camera strap and introduces new features. SUN-SNIPER is already well know for its innovative product design, providing the greatest professionalism, comfort and safety, and being ready to shoot in a flash. And now the company is enhancing its SNIPER-STRAP system with new developments. Each of the seven ROTABALL models now has a ROTABALL CONNECTOR and a BLOKKER. The stainless steel mono-multi ball bearing (a large ball turning in 32 small balls) allows the camera to pivot freely and without obstruction. The rubber washer with its SNAKESKIN structure provides the safest connection to the strap. And even more security is ensured by the BLOKKER: a newly developed pin that blocks the connector at the camera to prevent the camera from being unscrewed by anyone not authorized to do so.

"As an innovative leader in the industry, we place great emphasis on ensuring that our products are state-of-the-art, utilizing all the new technology available. This is why we continue to develop new features and improve the existing functions of our straps, providing photographers with the most comfortable and secure straps for carrying their cameras," explains Peter Geller, owner and CEO of SUN-SNIPER.

SEVEN MODELS, FIVE NEW FEATURES


The seven ROTABALL straps are designed to meet the most varied needs of professional and amateur photographers. In addition to the new ROTABALL CONNECTOR and the BLOKKER, the integrated SHOCK ABSORBER has also been improved. And the LIMITER feature prevents the camera from swinging back, while PITT ensures that the shoulder pad fits snugly and does not slide around.

WORLDWIDE INNOVATION - INTEGRATED STEEL CABLE INCLUDING UNIQUE INSURANCE

The steel cable is invisibly woven into five of the ROTABALL models (PRO, TRAVELER, DPH, TPH and BPS). New: The steel cable runs completely through the rubbery SHOCK ABSORBER as well. This safety tool protects from theft caused by cutting, burning or melting the straps. But if despite these precautions a thief should still prove successful, the SUN-SNIPER insurance will cover up to 1000.00 EURO of the loss. (Additional information on the insurance can be found under http://www.sun-sniper.com)

"I have ridden at least 2500 km on horseback through Africa, Australia and Europe, with my M + SL + S Leicas on the SUN-SNIPER strap, ready to shoot the next picture," says Florian Wagner, wildlife and outdoor sports photographer. He always has the camera close by, hanging safely by his body and ready for the next shot. The adventurer has been using SUN-SNIPER straps for his reports as seen from atop a horse. "The reliability, strain relief and especially the security of the SUN-SNIPER straps are essential to my survival."

STRESS TEST PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS


ROTABALL straps can bear loads of up to five kilos in camera and lens weight. "Our camera straps of course also pass tougher tests, e.g. applying loads up to 80 kg. But then we cannot guarantee the stability of the camera bodies," adds Peter Geller. "When performing the stress test, we focused particularly on the fact that the weight of the camera multiplies significantly due to the up-and-down motion caused by running, even with the SHOCK ABSORBER providing compensation."

ABOUT SUN-SNIPER


After founding SUNBOUNCE, a company specializing exclusively in reflector systems for photography and film, over 20 years ago, Peter Geller in 2009 started SUN-SNIPER, producing revolutionary camera straps for photographers. Peter Geller's aim is to make photographers' work easier with his products. After all, he knows all about what the pros need: He was the last German photographer to win the "World Press Photo Award," and that was 45 years ago. And he won it twice.

Via: PhotographyBlog

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Think Tank Photo launches Helipak backpack for DJI Inspire drone

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 1:15pm
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Bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has announced a new backpack designed for users of the DJI Inspire drone and other quadcopters of a similar size. The Helipak is capable of holding a single DJI Inspire craft as well as its gimbal, three lenses, spare propellers and six batteries, according to Think Tank Photo. There are also compartments for a 17in laptop and a pair of 8in tablets.

The idea of the Helipak is that it makes transporting the drone to ‘scenic’ locations much easier than via a hard flight case as it features shoulder straps that allow the whole thing to be carried on the user’s back. The backpack straps can also be stowed away to make the Helipak into a normal case with top and side handles.

While the case is made with soft materials it uses ‘twinwall’ reinforcement via a pair of ABS plastic shields within the outer construction that add extra rigid protection for the drone. The exterior is made with nylons and polyester that the company says provides a hardwearing and water repellent barrier, while zips are YKK RC Fuse and feature metal ‘hardwear’. In a promotional video Think Tank Photo claims that DJI’s own $200 case for the Inspire has poorly made zips that are prone to failing.

The bag is available now and costs $339.75. For more information see the Think Tank Photo website.

Press release

Think Tank Photo’s Helipak™ for DJI Inspire Backpack

Offers Superior Organization, Comfort, and Travel Portability

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA –Think Tank Photo has released the most well thought-out, comfortable, and protective backpack for users of DJI Inspire or other similarly sized quadcopters. The Helipak for DJI Inspire easily holds a DJI Inspire (parked with gimbal and rotors detached), Zenmuse gimbal with 3 lenses, 6x batteries, 2x controllers, 2 x 8” tablets, lots of extra propellers, and a 17” laptop and charger.

Movable dividers allow users to customize the fit of their gear in this fully featured backpack. The contoured tuck-away harness with lumbar support, cut-away air-channel, the adjustable sternum strap, and the removable padded waistbelt allow for extreme comfort while trekking into remote areas or simply pulling it from the car.

“The backpack’s ABS twinwall reinforcement provides a rigid shell that protects sensitive gear from impacts, bumps and scrapes,” said Think Tank Photo’s president and
lead designer, Doug Murdoch. “It also features YKK™ RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing that are the most durable, longest
lasting materials on the market. The last thing drone users want to worry about is if their backpack will hold up in rigorous outdoor conditions.”

ADDITIONAL KEY FEATURES

  • Large front pocket fits auxiliary items for the day’s outing: light jacket, 17” laptop pocket or a large tablet
  • Lockable zippers
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: propellers, screwdriver, cables, etc.
  • Deluxe organizer for smart phone, wallet, pens, keys, business cards, etc.
  • Water bottle pocket on side
  • Height adjustable sternum strap
  • Elastic pockets on shoulder straps for phone, energy bar, etc.
  • Robust handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from airline overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use

MATERIALS
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: 6mm ABS twinwall, removable closed cell foam dividers with PE board reinforcement, 200D polyester, polyurethane-backed 3-layer velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Exterior Dimensions: 19.3” W x 24” H x 9.4” D (49 × 61 × 24cm)
Interior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 21.7” H x 7.9” D (44 × 55 × 20cm)
Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 16.9” H x 1.2” D (32 × 43 × 3cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 8.5 lbs. (3.9 kg)

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Lenovo Phab2 Pro is the first Project Tango phone

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 12:53pm

At its TechWorld conference Lenovo has not only announced the modular Moto Z and Moto Z Force smartphones but also the first Google Project Tango enabled device, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro. The phone provides an Augmented Reality (AR) experience, thanks to its ability to sense 3D-motion and geometry. It can capture 3D-scans of its surroundings and use the data to create 3D-maps, recognize places or track objects. The technology can project virtual effects in real-world spaces, help navigate indoor areas or provide information about objects it has recognized. 

To achieve this the Phab2 Pro has a total of four cameras. In addition to the 8MP front module and the 16MP rear camera there are a depth and a motion tracking camera, both also located on the back. Underneath the 6.4" Quad-HD IPS display there is a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 652 chipset running Android 6.0. 4GB RAM and 64GB of microSD-expandable storage are on board as well, along with a fingerprint reader and Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. Energy is provided by a 4,050 mAh battery. All the high-end technology is nicely wrapped up in metal unibody that is available in gold or silver. 

The Lenovo Phab2 Pro will be available to purchase online in August and one month later in stores globally. In the US it will cost $499. Lenovo promises that by the time of shipping a special Tango App Store will contain around 25 apps and is planning to expand this number to 100 by the end of the year. The new technology certainly looks promising, and it will be interesting to see how it catches on with consumers and developers. Additional information on how Tango works on the Phab2 Pro can be found in the Lenovo promotional video below.

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Fast telezoom: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 sample images

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:03am

The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art is a fast telezoom lens designed for APS-C format cameras, on which it provides an equivalant focal length range of approximately 75-150mm. Its fast F1.8 maximum aperture makes it the brightest lens of its type on the market. But is it any good? Take a look at our sample images to find out.

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Lenovo unveils Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Mods attachments

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 5:30pm
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At its annual TechWorld conference today, Lenovo announced two new Motorola smartphones, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The two models are very similar but differ in some key ways – including the camera specifications. The Moto Z is only 5.2mm thin and comes with a 2,600 mAh battery and a 13MP rear camera with fast F1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization, laser-AF and a dual-tone LED flash. The 5MP wide-angle front camera has an F2.2 aperture. 

At 6.99mm the Force is a little thicker and can fit a 21MP camera with F1.8 aperture, on-sensor phase detection, laser-AF and OIS into its body. It also comes with a shatterproof display and a larger 3,500 mAh battery. 

The remaining device specifications are pretty much identical. Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB of RAM. 32 or 64GB of storage are expandable via microSD card. The 5.5" AMOLED displays offer a Quad-HD resolution and both devices come with fingerprint scanner and water-repellent coating. There is no 3.5mm headset jack but a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter is included.

While the devices look very sleek and elegant, their unique selling proposition are the Moto Mods attachable accessory modules. They connect to the back of the phones via 16 connection points on the rear plate. So far there are the InstaShare projector which can project a 480p image up to size of 70", the JBL Soundboost 6 Watt speaker and a 2220 mAh battery pack. Unfortunately the rumored camera grip has not materialized yet, but hopefully that is something to look forward to in the future. 

The Moto Z Force will, at least initially, be exclusive to Verizon in the US and be marketed as the Moto Z Force Droid edition. Verizon will also sell the Moto Z Droid Edition but consumers can buy an unlocked version directly from Motorola. Both models will be available in the US this summer; in other regions the Moto Z will become available in September.

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Facebook adds 360 photo viewing to iOS and Android apps

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:38pm

Facebook has rolled out the ability to upload and view 360-degree images on its iOS and Android apps. These images can be taken via a phone's panorama function or with a 360 capture device, such as the Samsung Gear 360.

Once uploaded, any user can click on the image and move through the scene by moving their phone in space or just scrolling with a finger. Owners of Samsung cameras which support the company's Gear VR headset can view the 360s by tapping a button in the Facebook app.

The updated version of the Facebook app will be available for iOS and Android tomorrow, June 10th.

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mini Plaster Hand is a camera mount on a belt

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:36pm

Hong Kong-based company miniorenji has introduced a new camera mounting product called ‘mini Plaster Hand.’ Unlike tripods, mini Plaster Hand is a camera mount on a belt designed to strap around rails and poles for steady shots in areas where tripods are inconvenient or banned. The mount can be used with or without a ball head.

Mini Plaster Hand is designed for use with all camera types, according to miniorenji, including point-and-shoot, mirrorless and DSLR cameras. The model is equipped with a flat plate and 1/4-inch screw; the plate can be placed on flat surfaces or strapped onto rails using the belt. When strapped onto a rail, a camera bag or other weighty item can be attached to the belt strap as a counterbalance weight. Mini Plaster Hand weighs 103g / 3.6oz and measures 60mm wide x 82mm high x 12mm deep (2.4 x 3.2 x 0.5-inches).

Minioreji is seeking funding for production on Indiegogo, where you can pledge $40 for a mini Plaster Hand unit and 1.2kg ball head.

Via: Indiegogo

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