Cambridge Student Steals Sony Fashion Prize

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Cambridge student, Marcelle Te Huia has come up trumps in the Sony Alpha Photography Competition, besting fourteen other finalists who spent seven days behind the scenes snapping Air New Zealand Fashion Week.

The 23-year-old student survived a week in the thick of the churning fashion industry, and returned with a Sony Alpha D-SLR Camera Package worth more than $2,500 and a $3,000 scholarship for a course relating to fine arts, design or photography in 2010.

Te Huia said she found the experience exhilarating: “The best part of the week was having full access to all the designers’ shows and seeing my work displayed on the Sony BRAVIAs for everyone to see,” she said. “It really helped me gain ...full story

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MacBook Lineup Gets Souped Up


Apple has updated its entry-level laptop offering, the MacBook, adding a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design fwith LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and built-in battery which lasts for up to seven hours.

A new 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics is likely to make post-processing that little bit easier. It also comes standard with the latest version of Mac OS X and a copy of iLife, suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.

The MacBook is available now for recommended retail price NZ$1699 including GST.

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Canon IXUS 110 IS – Review – 30

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Phil Hanson enjoys the simple pleasure of taking photos with one of the easiest to use cameras on the market today.

Despite what the pundits have been saying, the megapixel race seems far from over ” little shirt-pocket compacts that may never be called upon to make anything bigger than an A5-sized print are showing up with 12 to 15 megapixel sensors.

So it is with the Canon IXUS 110 IS, a 12.1 megapixel wonder that has a Smart Auto mode that uses scene detection technology to analyse the shooting scene in detail and select one of 18 modes.
Improved motion detection technology makes blur-free capture of moving subjects easier, while i-Contrast brightens the dark parts of a photo without blowing out correctly exposed areas.
The now common face detection incorporates blink detection, which, as Canon puts it, “helps avoid the disappointment of a mistimed portrait shot”. Face self-timer technology, already seen on other cameras, simplifies group shots or self-portraits by waiting until the user enters the frame before shooting; ...full story

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 – Review – 30

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Harley Ogier dives in to test out a cool-looking waterproof camera.

Panasonic is famous for its Toughbook line of notebook computers designed to military standards. That experience is put to good use in the company’s latest compact digital camera, the rugged DMC-FT1.

Built for action

Cased in an attractive metal shell reminiscent of the Toughbook computer, the DMC-FT1 is water-, shock- and dustproof to recognised industry standards. Sealed hatches protect the battery, memory card and connectors, while folded optics keep the lens assembly entirely within the body and behind a protective outer shell. Altogether this makes for an extremely hardy camera capable of shooting in harsh environments without an additional protective housing.

I gave the DMC-FT1 a test run underwater and it performed admirably. The controls were easy to operate and the screen was clearly visible. Image quality was equal to that of pictures taken on dry land. The camera works in salt water, though a rinse in fresh water is necessary afterwards. If you follow the instructions, you’re unlikely to have any problems shooting ...full story

Apple Updates Desktop Models

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For the business-end of photography, Apple has released a couple of updates to its computing lineup, with improved versions of its desktop model, the iMac.

The new iMac range has been refreshed with two LED-backlit 21.5 and 27-inch widescreen displays, Intel Core 2 Duo processors starting at 3.06 GHz, and Core i5 and i7 quad-core processors and a brand new ˜Magic Mouse,’ based on iPhone touch-screen technology, starts at recommended retail price NZ$1999 inc GST.

The iMac features improved graphics across the line with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics in the 21.5-inch model, and ATI Radeon HD 4670 discrete graphics or ATI Radeon HD 4850 discrete graphics in the 27-inch model. The new iMac line now also features 4GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 memory and ...full story

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EXCLUSIVE: Canon Unveils 1D Mark IV


Canon’s flagship EOS dSLR has received a welcome upgrade, with the 1D Mark IV adding HD video capabilities, the ability to shoot at 10 frames per second and improving on the AF system which proved a problem in the Mark III.

In an exclusive briefing Canon New Zealand assured D-Photo that any focusing issues noted in its predecessor have been solved in the new 45-point AF system with 39 cross-type points and sensitivity to f/2.8. In AI servo mode, AF has been improved for tracking slow-moving subjects during macro photography.

Along with 30fps HD video and improved AF system the 1D Mark IV adds increased ISO capabilities which can be expanded up to an enormous 102,400 in its a new 16.1 megapixel APS-H CMOS senor, Dual DiG!C 4 image processor. The new processor manages to capture up to 120 shots in a ...full story

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IXUS Blitzes Breast Cancer Support

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An initiative from Canon New Zealand has bankrolled the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation to the tune of $112,000, blitzing sales targets for 2009.

Canon donated ten dollars from every IXUS 80 IS camera sold to help the NZBCF promote awareness of breast cancer, provide information and education, fund research and support community outreach programmes for those affected by breast cancer. Over 11,000 of the pocket-sized cameras were snapped up by New Zealanders and were sold in a range of colours including pink.

“It just goes to show how effective fundraising can be when you match a quality, fun product to a worthwhile cause. With breast cancer affecting 1 in 9 people in New Zealand, it’s a reminder of just how important it is to capture memories,” said NZBCF Executive Trustee, Heather Shotter.

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