Technical Image Press Association has awarded Canon five gongs for its products at the TIPA General Assembly. Twenty-five photo magazine editors voted for the company’s cameras, lenses and printers as the best photo and imaging products introduced in Europe during the previous year.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II took out the Best Digital SLR Expert category and the TS-E 17mm f/4L glass was awarded the mantle of Best Professional Lens. The solid PowerShot G10 was named the Best Expert Compact; the Canon LEGRIA HFS10 Best HD Camcorder; and the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II the Best Expert Photo Printer.
When voting, TIPA Editors took into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, and price/performance ratio.
“It’s always very gratifying to win a TIPA award, but to win five really is cause for celebration,” said Rochelle Mora, Brand Manager Imaging — Consumer Activities at Canon New Zealand ““These awards reinforce Canon’s market leadership position and really are testimony to the effectiveness of our heavy R&D investment each year in delivering superior product innovation ...full story
Olympus has maintained the lead in the race to have the biggest lens in the super-zoom war. The SP570UZ has upped the ante to 20x optical zoom covering an enviable 26mm wide angle through to 520mm telephoto.
Get a grip
Grasp the SP-570 with both hands and you’ll see how comfortable and ergonomic it is. Ingeniously, the zoom is controlled by turning the lens as you would on a dSLR. At the flip of a switch on the side of the lens, focus can be changed from auto to manual. This design forces you to hold the camera correctly, ensuring you cradle the camera with your left hand using the index and forefingers to control the zoom, with your right hand’s index finger poised over the shutter release.
Even with an image stabilizer ” the sensor moves to counter any movement you make ” you’ll still need a good physical grip with this 20x optical zoom.
After Sony’s new Alpha series 230, 330, and 380 were leaked to the public last week on Sony’s Russian site, they have now been officially confirmed.
Pre-orders will begin online and in some Sony stores on May 18th (today), but Sony isn’t giving anything else away with a real release date other than the month of July. We are hoping that New Zealand is included in this equation.
Never miss a shot with Casio’s EX-F1, a camera that fires off 60 frames per second and offers ultra slo-mo video capabilities.
Casio has taken the bull by the horns and produced a crossbreed camera that will please videographers and photographers alike. The Exilim EX-F1 is a 6 million pixel, 12x optical zoom camera that can produce stills at an alarming 60fps, as well as slow motion video at up to 1200fps (video normally runs at 25fps).
Set the scene
As is common with digital still cameras, it has a series of scene modes plus the advanced settings of aperture and shutter priority and full manual exposure control. There are two control dials on the top of the camera, one for exposure the other for frame rate. The zoom controller is a rocker switch around the shutter release.
Few cameras can shoot as fast as this one. It will rattle off 60fps for a maximum of ...full story
Nikon has grabbed a swag of wins from the Technical Image Press Association, receiving awards for their D3X and D90 models. TIPA named the Nikon D3X digital-SLR camera Best D-SLR Professional in Europe 2009 and the Nikon digital-SLR camera D90 Best D-SLR Advanced in Europe 2009.
TIPA’s jury, comprising editors from European photo and imaging magazines, praised the D3X’s 24.5-megapixel, full-frame sensor’s appeal to skilled photographers.
“Beautifully built, with a superb, approximately 100% viewfinder and a reassuringly comfortable grip, the D3X combines very high resolution and a wide dynamic range with outstanding low-noise performance — a great feature for quality, high-end photography.”
In the Best D-SLR Advanced category, the jury lauded the D90 for coupling movie making with its still photograph capabilities.
“Its CMOS sensor offers the definition and quality of the successful D300 for a much lower price,” the jury commented. “A truly sturdy D-SLR, suitable for all terrains.”
If you are a budget conscious photographer looking for a multi-faceted, whizz-bang home printer, you’ve never had it so good.
Thanks to digital photography taking over the world, printer prices have plummeted, while features and image quality have increased exponentially. Set to capitalise on this is HP’s Photosmart D5360, which offers a wealth of options in an attractive package. So how does the HP Photosmart D5360 stack up?
Setting it up is a breeze, and it certainly looks the part with its two-tone grey and white finish and dual input trays. The top ˜photo’ tray is for paper sizes up to 5×7 inches (about A5), and I suspect this is why it gets the name ˜Photosmart’ in its title. The tray is simply begging to be filled with ˜standard sized’ photo paper (I used 6×4 paper ...full story
New Zealand firm Nutech IT Supplies has taken on Kodak’s business across the country, taking over from SellAgence as of the first of next month. From June, Nutech will handle all sales and marketing for Kodak digital cameras, digital photo printers, inkjet paper, digital photo kiosks and photo-lab consumables, film, one-time-use cameras and batteries.
Nutech, established in 1979, will distribute Kodak productions in over 80 photographic stores operating under the Kodak Express banner, along with chemists, grocery stores and duty free.
“Kodak is an iconic brand that has been embraced by New Zealanders for over 100 years, so we’re very proud to represent them,” said Nutech IT Supplies’s Managing Director Joe Naus. “Kodak have an amazing range of products and are at the cutting edge of technology in a very fast paced industry, so it’ll be a fantastic business to be involved in.”