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Polaroid Changes The Game With In-The-Lens Camera Sensors

On December 17th, Fstoppers briefly introduced you to Polaroid’s upcoming IM1836 (dumb name for such an innovative product). But what we didnt know at the time was that this camera is not only the first camera to feature interchangeable lenses and Android Jellybean, but also the first camera to have the sensor built right into the lens instead of the camera’s body. Polaroid is hoping to eliminate sensor dust that is caused by changing your lenses by putting the sensor in the lens itself. [more]

More Info on Sigma’s SM Dock

In an interesting development, four months ago, Sigma announced a dock that allows you to connect your Sigma lens to your computer and adjust custom settings, but we have today we have more information, expanding on what we already posted then. You can adjust setting like a new minimum focus distance, autofocus speed, optical stabilization parameters and more. It’ll even let you update the lens firmware. This is pretty neat, I think, and the first such product of its kind to my knowledge. [more]

Lexar Announces New XQD and 256GB SDXC Cards

Until now, Sony has been the only XQD card manufacturer (you know, for those crazy fast, kind of small, and weird format cards that go into your Nikon D4). Finally, Lexar has announced their own 32GB ($299.99) and 64GB ($579.99) versions along with a USB 3.0 XQD card reader. The cards feature read speeds of up to 168MB/s (1100x) and slower write speeds that aren’t yet stated. A 256GB SDXC 600x card was also announced, holding the high-end for both capacity and speed of Lexar’s SD card lineup. [more]

New Nikon 1 J3, D5200 and Lenses Announced and Available for Pre-Order

The 14-megapixel Nikon 1 J3 mirrorless camera and 24-megapixel Nikon D5200 New Nikon 1 J3, D5200 and Lenses Announced and Available for Pre Order consumer DSLR were all announced yesterday with new lenses for the 1 system, including a 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR New Nikon 1 J3, D5200 and Lenses Announced and Available for Pre Order and a 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR New Nikon 1 J3, D5200 and Lenses Announced and Available for Pre Order. Both camera systems expand options in multiple ways for the consumer photo enthusiast or beginner… [more]

Sigma Unveils Latest Compact Camera in the DP3 Merrill

Sigma has unveiled the latest iteration of their extremely powerful compact camera series in the DP3 Merrill, a 46 megapixel monster with a 50mm f/2.8 macro lens (a focal range equivalent to 75mm on a 35mm SLR camera) and Sigma’s signature Foveon X3 sensor. It includes an advanced user interface and the capability of seven-frame continuous shooting. It is designed to be paired with its DP Merrill predecessors, the DP1 and DP2, as a complete compact camera tool set. [more]

Sigma Reveals Pricing and Availability of Two New Lenses

CES started today in Las Vegas, and with it comes the announcement of pricing and availability of the two lenses we announced last year. The 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will be available this month and the 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM will be available in February. The 17-70mm will retail for $499 and the 120-300 will retail for $3,599. [more]

Olympus Announces Six New Compact Cameras at CES

Olympus blew the doors off the camera announcing train with six cameras released at CES this week: the STYLUS SH-50 IHS, two new STYLUS TOUGH IHS cameras, the TOUGH TG-2,the STYLUS SZ-16 iHS and the STYLUS SZ-15. There is kind of a lot to take in, so let’s go one by one and so we can cover what these are all about. [more]

Pre-Order the Fujifilm X100S Now!

The new Fujifilm X100S Pre Order the Fujifilm X100S Now! is available for pre-order from Amazon for $1299.95. The camera features a new X-Trans sensor and hybrid phase and contrast detection autofocusing, as well as many more features. See more information about the camera here.

Canon’s “Creativity with a Twist” Campaign

Well, the teaser ad from Canon France that we showed you last week was confirmed today. The PowerShot N is the compact camera that Canon is pushing of their four released cameras today. Here is a promo video they put on Youtube. [more]

Fstoppers Reviews the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC Macro Lens

There have been a few really great lenses released in the past couple months hogging the spotlight, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the newly released upgraded Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC Macro passed under your radar. I’ve had a few weeks with it and have mixed feelings on Tamron’s latest prime. [more]

Canon Unveils Three New PowerShot Cameras

In addition to the PowerShot N, Canon also announced three other PowerShot cameras today: the ELPH 130 IS, the A2600, and the A1400. These cameras supposedly give consumers a simple, yet enhanced image sharing experience with Canon’s built-in wireless functionality, which has evolved with new options that help make posting on social networking sites easy. It’s obvious Canon is trying to mimic the ease of mobile phone cameras while maintaining higher image quality. [more]

Canon Announces the Super-Small PowerShot N Camera

Canon today announced the the PowerShot N, a tiny portable camera designed to capture “life’s every day moments.” The 12.1- megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor is packed in an insanely small body which includes a tilt screen for tough angles. The tiny camera will retail for $300 and is expected in April. [more]

[Updated x2] Have an Older Computer? Download Adobe CS2 Premium Plus for Free

Update 2: This update goes here because circumstances have changed. If you missed the hype, Arstechnica.com has a great explanation of what happened. The download link still works for a select few, so feel free to try, but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t work any more. Read on for the original post and a short explanation… [more]

Affordable Nikon D800 Grip Option Now Going Pro Route with Magnesium

Phottix has had their BG-D800 grip for the Nikon D800/D800E on the market for a while now. However, a new BG-D800M is now available, featuring a higher-quality magnesium build. While the BG-D800M is currently listed on their site for $200, the BG-D800 (the regular one) is listed for $150, but can be had for $90 on Amazon. The BG-D800M isn’t yet available on Amazon, but this post will be updated as soon as it is. [more]

David Hobby Now Shoots With A 2MP Buzz Lightyear Camera

For the past few years DigitalRev has done the “Cheap Camera Challenge” with a professional photographer and a crappy little toy camera. This year’s challenge consisted of Strobist‘s David Hobby, a 2MP Buzz Lightyear toy camera and 3 of the best named speedlights of all time, the Family Jewels FUQ 690. Kai of DigitalRev gives Hobby 5 photo tasks in 5 different locations and Hobby handles it pretty dang well considering the slight limitations. Enjoy!

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