Apple’s feverishly-successful iPhone has received an update in a round of new releases today, adding a 3-megapixel autofocus camera, doubling storage capacity and supercharging its processing speed.
Along with a suite of software products, including the new operating system, OS X Snow Leopard, the new iPhone builds a number of improvements into what has already proven a popular product for Apple. Functions missing in the previous generation iPhones including video recording capabilities, the ability to cut and paste text, and a landscape keyboard has been included.
The covergent device’s new autofocus camera adjusts focus, exposure, colour and contrast for the best possible image and includes an automatic macro focus for extra close up shots. A “tap to focus” feature, allows users to press the display to select an object or area of interest and the camera automatically re-adjusts focus and exposure.
The new model also comes in larger versions — either a 16GB or 32GB capacities.
“iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet and we think people will love the incredible new features including autofocus camera, video recording and the freedom of ...full story
Last week Apple released a software update to make life easier for those of you using newer generation cameras.
Photo editing packages for the Mac Aperture 2, iPhoto ’08, and iPhoto ’09 will now have the capability to handle RAW images from the Canon Rebel T1i, the Nikon D5000 and the Olympus E-30.
RAW image formats can provide higher-quality and easily manipulated images, but require more complex software to cope with the individual format from each camera.
More information on the support is available through Apple.
It’s time for breakfast at Jafa in Grey Lynn, which should be cafe of the year in my opinion — the Tone and D-Photo teams spend a lot of time here and I even come back for more on the weekends. I’ve got the Saturday papers, some just right scrambled eggs and a strong latte to keep me happy. At my feel is a heavy backpack with both the 500D and my Fuji S3Pro (got to be prepared for any eventuality).
I took a few shots on the way over and the small form factor of the 500D is no handicap but getting used to the Canon’s single dial to adjust both shutter speed and aperture is proving a bugbear. After a month of daily use with the Fuji and its Nikon style dual dials, I’m already hardwired to the front and back controls.
On the other hand, the 500D’s 3” LCD screen is great, the Fuji’s screen is an old school 2” number, which looks like a postage stamp in comparison.
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Phil Hanson is impressed by the solid performance of Canon’s latest dSLR, which offers good low-light pictures and full HD video recording.
Canon stunned the professional and advanced amateur market in August 2005 with the remarkable Canon EOS 5D. So its successor, the 5D Mark II, has a tough act to follow.
A list of things that are new or different could fill the page, but hero features include its 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor coupled to the fast DiG!C 4 processor; an incredible ISO range; the ability to shoot full HD video; and a top-notch 3-inch VGA LCD screen with live view.
The Mark II shares Canon’s EOS ˜family’ feel, and many controls will be familiar to users of other of the firm’s cameras. Having spent time with the smaller-sensor 50D, I was right at home with its larger, heavier, full-frame big brother. It’s hard to fault the 5D Mark II for ergonomics, and balance with the packaged 24-105 lens is exemplary.
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Phil Hanson discovers an all-in-one printer that delivers quality prints and makes its 35mm film scanning and faxing functions a real bonus.
Although Canon still offers a range of printers that do nothing but print, the MP980 has joined the all-in-one bandwagon.
It carries over many of the MP970’s features but adds some important twists of its own, particularly in the ink system, which now comprises six colours, a mix of dye and pigment cartridges. This is one colour less than before and the printer’s also a little slower, so where’s the advantage?
The answer’s in the print. Here’s an all-in-one that punches well above its photographic weight, producing stunning images, particularly when using Canon paper. But more on that later.
Finished in silver-grey and black, the MP980 will look at home in most locations. Note, though, that because it has a pull-out paper tray at the back and a pull-out output tray in the front, it needs a larger working space than its folded footprint suggests. Apart from the paper trays — there’s another one at ...full story
Sometimes the fates are kind, it’s late on the last day of a long week, “beer o’clock” as it’s called in NZ and a courier has just dropped off a box from Canon NZ addressed to photo titles editor Tim Grey. It’s an EOS500D DSLR, come in to be reviewed in the next issue of D-Photo.
Now Tim’s occupied with moving into his first Auckland house and the Parkside photographers are nowhere to be seen, so it won’t go into our studio today. It would be a shame to consign this camera to a lonely weekend in the ultra secure product room in the depths of the compound, so I guess I’ll just have to look after it until uncle Phil Hanson pops in to grab it on Monday.
Carefully opened the box (yeah right) and found the 500D has a charged battery and an SD card. Hallelujah! We’re all systems go. I must remember to “borrow’ one of our studio tripods more often because I suddenly feel like charging off into the night to photograph Auckland by night but without a tripod, I’m not sure. Oh ...full story
It’s been a great time to pick up a camera again because I’m finding no end of inspiration out there. In addition to getting fired up by working with the passionate crew on D-Photo and The Photographer’s Mail and dealing with the industry in general, I’ve been taking in the Auckland Festival of Photography 2009.
With my fellow photo nut about town, Mr. Tim Grey, I’ve been to seven exhibitions across the city, starting with the Gravity Festival on Tuesday, where we were shuttled around in a small fleet of even smaller Minis, including one driven by a lovely young South Island lass in a Cooper cabriolet who thought barreling around the city in Winter with the top down was a fun idea. Apparently people from down South don’t consider Auckland cold. Still, despite my frozen ears, the five exhibitions were hot (or is that cool?) and well worth attending.
Being able to see a variety of exhibitions dotted around town in one night was a real pleasure and I particularly enjoyed As a Hero of Nippon by Mark Leonard Watts at the Satellite Gallery in Newton . What I initially assumed ...full story