Massively Fast Cards from Lexar

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A new super-fast card has been developed by Lexar Media, the Professional 600xcompact flash with a read and write speed of 90mb per second. Optimised forUDMA 6 enabled cameras, the card is designed to be best in class for photographers capturing high-definition stills and videos. Because of the medium’s speedy performance, the card will significantly increase in-camera performance by rapidly clearing a camera’s buffer and making fast cameras even faster, allowing photographers to simply keep shooting.

“Photographers are constantly demanding more from their equipment, and an increase in image capture speeds paired with a decrease in image transfer times can mean the world to a professional shooter,” said Jeff Cable, director of marketing, Lexar Media. “When shooting with newer cameras like the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D3x or Nikon ...full story

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Nikon Coolpix P90 – Review – 30

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Harley Ogier gets to grips with a new hybrid camera from Nikon that blends dSLR looks with the ease of use of a compact

A renowned manufacturer of professional and amateur dSLR cameras, Nikon also produces a respectable range of digital compacts. The P90 is a mix of the two, packing a digital compact camera into a lightweight dSLR-style body.

Construction

The P90 has a solid look and feel reminiscent of Nikon’s high-end dSLR family. The construction is good, with metal screen hinges, strap loops and a metal tripod socket. Rubber finger and thumb pads make the grip particularly comfortable, and the controls are smooth and responsive.

The lens is protected by a solid cap with a good locking mechanism to prevent it falling off in transit. The camera will refuse to power on if the lens cap is in place ” an annoyance if you just want to view images, but a power saver if something hits the start button inside your bag.

Image quality

Image quality is good for a digital compact, with sharp edges and vivid ...full story

Pentax X70 – Review – 30

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Harley Ogier puts Pentax’s dSLR lookalike through its paces to see if it performs as good as it looks

Pentax’s X70 is a high-zoom digital compact camera. Built in the form factor of a dSLR but with a non-removable lens, the X70 offers a compromise between the ease and portability of a digital compact, and the raw power of an amateur digital SLR.

Serious glass

At first glance the X70 really does look like a dSLR. The lens contains some serious glass (14 elements in 11 groups), and when fully extended equates to 624mm in 35mm terms. Despite this, Pentax has got the X70 down to just over 400 grams loaded and ready. Sadly, the lens cap is of the push-on variety: there’s no locking mechanism to keep it in place. This means it’s easier to knock off than it should be, which isn’t great when you’ve got so much glass exposed.

Image quality

The X70 takes great images, crisp and sharp under good lighting conditions. Contrast isn’t perfect and, without the ability to shoot RAW files, there’s not ...full story

A-Data Develops Underwater Storage

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A-Data has come up with a device that’ll store your photos safely, even underwater.

The waterproof and shock resistant portable hard disk drive, the HDD SH93, can survive under a metre of water for half and hour. The drive can also withstand military-level drop tests, keeping digital photography safe against the most unexpected bumps.

It also uses a discreetly-stored USB cable that tucks into the drive’s body. Available in 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, and 640GB, the drive also comes with a three-year warranty and a ‘racing car yellow’ paint job.

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Test Lightroom 3 for Free!

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Digital photographers, your prayers have been answered: there’s new version of Lightroom up online, and, incredibly, it’s absolutely free.

Adobe is beta-testing the new version of its popular photo workflow and image editing software, Lightroom 3, which reportedly includes ‘intuitive’ importing, improved noise reduction, enhanced slideshows and direct online publishing options to services such as Flickr.

The program has apparently been ˜completely redesigned under-the-hood’ — a process which is still ongoing — and photographers are being encouraged todownload an early version and test it out. Go on!

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New Kodak HD Video Cards Released

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Lexar Media and Kodak have teamed up to create a new memory card designed especially for high-definition video in any flash-based digital camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras and any SDHC-compatible devices.

The new KODAK SDHC Video Memory Card in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities have the ability to record up to 90 minutes, 3 hours, and 6 hours of HD video content respectively.

The new cards are also designed to be fast, with a Class 4 rating, offering high-speed video transfer from the card to a computer. The cards come with a five-year warranty, and start at $29.80, ranging to $88.20.

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Leibovitz Shoots Obamas

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Celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz has been following around even bigger celebrities of late, snapping the Obama family in the White House in a recent portrait that has surfaced on Flickr.

According to the Washington Post, Leibovitz didn’t accept a fee for the shoot, which features President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia seated in the Green Room of the White House.

Leibowitz had previously shot portraits of the First Lady for Vogue and much of the Obama administration staff, but had not been granted a session with the President until now.

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