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Early tech blog reports suggest HTCs much-anticipated M7 smartphone could have a Foveon-like layered sensor. All the information appears to stem from a Pocket-lint report about the phone, expected to be revealed at press events to be held in New York City and London on February 19. The suggestion is that the M7 could have a multi-layer sensor, rather than a conventional 13MP chip with a Bayer filter pattern. Foveon itself once tried to develop a sensor for smartphones and other companies are working on similar concepts. However, we wonder if the story comes from a translation error of Sonys Stacked CMOS technology – which is used in a 13MP Exmor RS sensor.

Olympus is denying reports that it is ceasing its production of DSLR cameras. In its official statement Olympus says there is no truth to these reports and the company will continue to offer DSLR cameras alongside its popular mirrorless camera range. The reports came as Olympus promised extensive business restructuring in its imaging division, above and beyond the downsizing already taking place as part of its medium term vision.

Samsung has announced a Wi-Fi-only version of its Galaxy Camera. It shares the same feature-set as the 3G and 4G versions announced last August, including a 21x, 23-481mmm equivalent zoom lens on the front with a 4.8 touchscreen on the back. It runs Android 4.1 (known as Jelly Bean), the latest version of the operating system. There is currently no information on price or availability.

Apple has added Raw support to its OS-X operating system for nine additional cameras, including Nikons D5200, Pentax K-5 II/IIs and Sonys DSC-RX1. Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update v4.04 also brings Leica X2, D-Lux 6 and V-Lux 4 support to Aperture and iPhoto. The update requires Aperture v3.4 or later and iPhoto version 9.4 or later. Click through for the complete list of cameras and download link.

Ricoh exhibited a concept camera at CP+ that captures spherical panoramic images and sends them wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet. Apparently produced mainly to gauge market reaction, Ricoh released no technical info on the camera apart from the ct that it uses two opposed 180-degree lenses whose images it combines into one spherical panorama. Users can zoom in on the image elements and swipe to look around the sphere; they can also zoom out to a circular image. The company imagines printing images on spheres as a potential product concept, and is considering video capture as well as stills.

The source code of the original version of Adobe Photoshop has been made available by The Computer History Museum, based in California. Photoshop started off in the 1980s as a program called Display written by Thomas Knoll, before being renamed Photoshop in 1990 – the year that the first version of the software shipped to customers. The download, which is available for non-commercial use with the permission of Adobe, consists of around 128,000 lines of code. Click through for more details (and some nostalgia-inducing screenshots of Photoshop 1).

The long wait for the next generation of cameras for Four Thirds may soon be over, suggests Olympus Toshi Terada, Manager, Product Planning SLR products. He also discusses the role the OM-D has played in increasing uptake of mirrorless cameras in the USA and the future of compact cameras now that smartphones have become many users cameras of choice.

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen has won the World Press Photo 2013 award for his picture of a Palestinian mily carrying two children who were killed in an Israeli missile strike to their funeral. The contest also awarded prizes in eight other categories ranging from Sports to Portraits. Some of these images may be miliar from news coverage throughout the year, but they make a compelling and inspiring reminder of the exceptional level of photojournalism across the world. Click through to check out some of the winning photographs.

Photographer Misho Baranovic used a smartphone to document his recent project in India for NGO World Vision Australia. He found his smartphone the perfect tool for both recording the journey and sharing it with a worldwide audience in real time. In this article, Baranovic discusses the pros and cons of documentary photography with a camera phone, and offers tips for shooting with a mobile device when travelling abroad. Click through for the full article on connect.dpreview.com.

Panasonic has devised a method to increase the sensitivity of image sensors, by replacing the near-universal colour filter array with prism-like Micro Color Splitters to generate colour information. The key advantage is that all of the incoming light is directed to the sensor, instead of half or more being absorbed by the colour filter dyes. This promises to deliver images with less noise in low light. The development is published in the journal Nature Photonics, and outlined in a press release on Panasonics website.

Panasonic UK has announced a Try Before You Buy service for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 Micro Four Thirds cameraThis offer is available across a number of UK retailers with no obligation to purchase. The company says the scheme lets customers road test the camera before committing to such a big purchase. Click through for the list of 28 participating retailers.

Dell has announced its 27 U2713H and 24 U2413 LED monitors designed for color critical applications like photo editing. These latest flagship models promise 99% coverage of the AdobeRGB color space, feature a 12-bit internal processor and 14-bit LUT (lookup table) for software calibration. The U2713H and U2413 are currently available at prices starting at US $999/802/829 and US $599/490/519 respectively.

Canon has announced an upcoming service update to its EOS-1D C professional DSLR that will add 25p 4K video recording. The camera currently captures 4096 x 2160 resolution videos at up to 24p without downscaling, Cameras, from an APS-H crop of its 18MP full-frame sensor. In a service advisory, the company promises more information about this update in April 2013 for US EOS-1D C owners. There is currently no information on the European website.

CP+ 2013: Casio wants to make cameras that allow non-photographers to take better images, and that could mean large sensor compacts, says Jin Nakayama, Senior General Manager of the companys QV Digital Camera Division, but dont expect a mirrorless camera. The company, which makes some of Japans best-selling compacts, has a development strategy Nakayama believes will distinguish it from smartphones while also staying a step ahead of its camera rivals, he says.

Weve added the Nikon D5200 to our database of studio comparison images. Were in the process of running a production D5200 through our studio tests, so wanted to present the results of our standard test scene. These shots are also available from other reviews and the standalone tool (click Review Comparison Tool link in the sites Reviews menu). Well be adding a complete set of studio and real-world sample images in the coming days but, in the meantime, click through to see how the D5200 stacks against the competition.

The team at iFixit.com have just got their hands on the Pro version of the For all the gory details, images and a link to the full tear-down, click through to our article on connect.dpreview.com.

Weve just posted our review of the Nikon Coolpix S800c, in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page. The S800c was the first compact camera from a major manucturer to openly use the Android mobile operating system when it was released last year. On one side its a 16MP BSI-CMDigital Photography Review CamerasOS compact camera with a 10x, 25-250mm lens built in, on the other its a 3.5 OLED touchscreen device running Android 2.3. Click through for a link to the full review.

Developer Dave Pawlowski and his wife Melissa have announced the CamRanger that lets users wirelessly control Canon and Nikon DSLRs to Apples iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. The standalone device connects the cameras with a USB cable and creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network for the Apple devices. It allows live live view control and playback of images and videos. Head over to connect.dpreview.com for more details.

Olympus USA has announced the launch of the Stylus XZ-10 enthusiast compact, just three weeks after it was introduced to the rest of the world. A cheaper companion to the XZ-2, its built around a 26-130mm equivalent F1.8-2.7 lens, coupled with a 12MP 1/2.3 type backlit CMOS sensor that offers ISOs up to 6400 and sensor-shift image stabilization. It can record 1080p Full HD movies with stereo sound, has a fixed 3 920k dot touch-sensitive LCD, and offers a full set of manual controls including a customizable round-lens control ring. Itll be available from March 2013 at an estimated street price of $399.99.

Just Posted: Our in-depth review of the Canon EOS 6D. Announced last autumn, the 20MP EOS 6D is Canons newest full-frame camera, offering a cut-down feature set compared to its big brother the 5D Mark III, but at a more affordable price. The 6D has some unique tricks up its sleeve though, including built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, as well as a super-sensitive central AF point capable of focusing in extremely low light. Is the 6D the budget-friendly full-frame DSLR that Canon enthusiasts have been waiting for? Click through to read our full 25-page review.

UK camera bag manucturer Billingham is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and its new 2013 catalogue highlights the development of its products released from 1973 to the present. Billingham was founded in 1973 in the West Midlands, in England. As well as an interesting overview of the companys history, Billinghams 2013 brochure also includes information about and specifications of all current models of bags and optional accessories along with details about the materials and construction methods used in the creation of its premium products. Click through for a link to the catalogue.

Nikon has posted a firmware update for its 1 V1 enthusiast small sensor mirrorless camera. Firmware version 1.21 resolves a minor bug related to live view performance immediately after a lens is attached. The firmware is available immediately for download. Click through for more details and a link to the update.

Flickr users may be alarmed to learn some of their private images could have been temporarily publicly viewable. Yahoos photo sharing site alerted affected users with an email message last week, detailing the error and explaining what steps to take. According to Flickr, a software bug resulted in some private images, uploaded between April and December 2012 becoming public between January 18th and February 7th this year. Click through for more details and analysis on connect.dpreview.com.

US underwater housing maker Nauticam has announced the NA-NEX6 for Sonys NEX-6 mirrorless camera. Providing protection up to 100 meters depth, its body is made from aluminum with a scratch-resistant acrylic rear cover. It features a single-lock housing and a patented lens attachment mechanism that allows you to change lenses without removing the camera from the housing. The NA-NEX6 is available at a retail price of $1650.

While wearable, mountable cameras such as the GoPro have been the choice for capturing action-oriented stills and video, some camera phone cases enable users to achieve similar results safely from their smartphone – at a fraction of the cost. With the high-megapixel cameras and HD video recording capabilities of todays advanced mobile devices, such accessories are becoming very viable options for extreme sports and action mobile photography. We look at three such products today on connect.dpreview.com.

Dozens of two-dimentional aerial photo calibration targets are scattered all across the United States, according to a report by the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Constructed mostly during the 1950s and 1960s, these large outdoor charts were used as a platform to test, calibrate, and focus aerial cameras traveling at different speeds and altitudes. The report points out that although some of these charts are still used for some optical camera testing and calibration, they are primarily relics of the past. Click through for more information,new york asian escorts and images.

Epson has announced the VS320 and VS220 budget projectors offering SVGA and XGA resolutions respectively. Both the lightweight models deliver 2700 lumens of color and white brightness and include features such as USB Plug n Play, 3 inch LCDs and HDMI connectivity. The projectors are at retail prices of $429 and $359 respectively.

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Award-winning photographer Steve McCurry has published the photos taken with the last roll of Kodakchrome to come off the production line on his WordPress blog. McCurry has shot more than 800,000 photos including his iconic Afghan Girl portrait, with the film. In an article posted by NPR in 2009 McCurry equated losing the medium to losing a dear friend. Click through for the link the gallery and a video exploring the story behind the gallery.

DxO Labs has released version 8.1.3 of its DxO Optics Pro software. The Elite edition extends support to the Leica M-E, M9, and M9-P rangefinders. Both the Elite and Standard versions gain Nikon D5200, Panasonic DMC-FZ200, and Canon SX50 HS support. The update also adds 260 lens and cameras combinations for Canon, Leica, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss users. These modules join the existing list of over 10,000 combinations.

Artist Susanna Kraus, daughter of original IMAGO1:1 co-inventor Werner Kraus is seeking 95,000 (~$150,000, 112,000) to fund the development of a mobile version of this mous camera to tour around the world. Click through for more information on the camera and the Kickstarter-funding link.

Nikon has offered a behind-the-scenes look at its lens manucturing process. The YouTube video follows the process from creating the glass through to final assembly and has been posted to celebrate the 80th anniversary of its Nikkor lenses. The company has also listed out few milestones of the brands history, which started with the Aero-Nikkor aerial photography lenses in 1933. Click through to watch the video.

Sony has announced firmware updates for its SLT-A37, A57, A65, A77 and A99 digital SLRs. Firmware version A99 adds Dual-AF compatibility with key A-mount lenses. Updates for the rest of the SLTs including the A99 add automatic lens correction with several A-mount lenses. Click through for more details and a link to the updates.

Casio Europe has announced the Exilim EX-N5 and EX-N50 16MP entry-level compact cameras. Both come with a similar feature set of the EX-ZS30 announced today, including 26-156mm equiv. optical zoom lenses, 2.7 LCDs and a set of eight Art Shot filters. The cameras differ only in terms of finish – the EX-N50 features a textured pinstripe pattern on its front, while the EX-N5 comes with two-tone silver ring around the lens. There is currently no information on price and availability.

A new BBC documentary uses tiny disguised cameras to take an intimate look at the lives of penguins. Wildlife producer John Downer and his team shot Penguins: Spy in the Huddle with fifty spy cameras disguised as rocks, eggs and even penguins themselves. The team shot footage of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, Rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands and Humboldt penguins in the Atacama Desert near the Peru-Chile border. Click through for photos, video and more information about the cameras.

The makers of Raspberry Pi – the popular low-cost computer – have announced the development of a new camera module, expected to cost $25. Since the first version of Raspberry Pi was released early last year, more than half a million of the inexpensive boards have been sold to eager enthusiasts all over the world, and put to use doing everything from running games to powering a voice-activated coffee machine (yes, really). Details on the forthcoming camera module are vague, but it is expected to offer at least 5MP resolution and the ability to capture HD video. Click through for more details.

Casio Europe has launched the Exilim EX-ZS30 featuring a 20.1 MP CCD sensor. It comes with a a 6x 26-156mm equiv. optical zoom lens and a 2.7 inch LCD. The camera includes beginner-friendly features include a Premium Auto mode and a set of eight Art shot filters. The Z320 will be available silver, black, purple, white, and pink at a price to be confirmed. Click through for the press release.

Much ado has been made about the sensor technology rumored to debut along with HTCs newest handset launched today, the HTC One. While rumors of stacked sensors were predictably wide of the mark, HTC is taking a clever approach to improving camera phone quality by betting on fewer but larger pixels captured by a 4.0MP 1/3 sensor, which are similar in size to those found in enthusiast compact cameras, and which HTC is calling ultrapixels

CP+ 2013: Panasonic has added a 42.5mm F1.2 portrait lens and 150mm F2.8 super-telephoto prime to its lens roadmap for Micro Four Thirds, for release in the near future. The lenses, shown in prototype form at Photokina 2012, last September, are shown as being ready for release just after the 14-42mm II ASPH. kit zoom launched this week.

Weve just added ten pages of content to our hands-on preview of the 24MP Nikon D5200, representing our progress so r towards the completion of a full review. As well as a complete breakdown of the options available in the cameras menu system weve added our full complement of studio tests, including resolution, noise and dynamic range, and a small gallery of real world samples. Click through for a link to the 16-page preview.

Samsung has started shipping its Wi-Fi enabled DV150F dual-LCD and WB250F compact cameras at retail prices of $149.99 and $249.99 respectively. Announced at the CES 2013 tradeshow, the WB250F is an 18x, 24-432mm equiv compact superzoom with a 3.0 touch screen and the companys latest Wi-Fi implementation – dubbed Smart 2.0. The DV150F is 16MP CCD with a 25-125mm equiv zoom and includes a 2.7 LCD and a 1.5 front LCD. UK and European pricing and availability have yet to be confirmed.

Professional photographer Kevin Kuster, who lives in Chicago, was recently approached by the charity Watts of Love to help with an interesting photography project that seemed a perfect opportunity to make use of his newfound love of mobile photography. He will now travel to the Philippines and shoot 50 weddings in one day – with his iPhone 4s.

CP+ 2013: Panasonic is considering which cameras it needs to appeal to the different demands for Micro Four Thirds in different countries. We spoke to Michiharu Uematsu, Special Adviser, Imaging Business Group and Yoshiyuki Inoue, Senior Engineering Planner, Marketing Team, Imaging Business Group. They explain the challenges of and marketing a high image quality compact and suggest the GH3 wont get focus peaking.

CP+ 2013: The show was a bit short on high-end camera launches, but the Olympus Stylus XZ-10 – a small-sensor camera with a good degree of manual control – generated a lot of interest. We got a chance to get our hands on a pre-production unit and were talked-through its Photo Story feature, as well as having a good dig through the menus to see what its capable of. Click here to read our first impressions.

This years competition saw tmore than 122,000 entries from 170 countries. Winners are scheduled to be announced in March and April. Click through for more information and a look at some of the photographs.

Sony has announced a series of firmware updates for its NEX-7, NEX-6, NEX-5R, NEX-5N mirrorless APS-C cameras and two E-mount lenses., as well as a number of other improvements and bugs fixes. Firmware v1.01 for NEX-6 and 5R provides Fast Hybrid AF support with multiple E-mount lenses. Owners of NEX-6 and 5R cameras who use the 50mm f/1.8 or 30mm f/3.5 E mount lenses must first update the latest lens firmware that adds the Fast Hybrid AF capability. Click through for more details and a link to the updates.

Visual Supply Company has released the VSCO Film 03 camera profiles and film emulation preset pack for Adobe Lightroom 4 and Camera Raw 7. The software comes with customized camera profiles for Fujifilm, Canon and Nikon image files and allows native non-destructive editing of desired film effects within Lightroom and ACR. The latest version includes a toolkit to achieve an authentic instant film look. Version 03 is currently available for immediate download at a retail price of $119 (~ 75/ 90) from the companys website.

Photojournalist Ben Lowy made headlines in 2011 when he used his iPhone to shoot an assignment for the New York Times in Afghanistan. Since then hes used his smartphone to document many more events including the Libyan revolution, and the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Today, photo sharing network EyeEm published an interesting interview with Lowy, in which he offers some insight into journalisms changing landscape, and why he chooses to shoot with an iPhone. Click through for more details and a link to the interview on connect.dpreview.com.

Pentax Ricoh has released the first firmware update for its Q10 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Firmware v1.01 improves operational stability and c. The update is available for immediate download from the companys website. Click through for the download link.

Just posted: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 sample gallery. Weve been shooting with the Olympus 17mm F1.8 lens for a while now and have put together a sample gallery showing what it can do. Weve also prepared some notes on the experience of shooting with the 34mm equivalent st prime for Micro Four Thirds and included some shots that match ones we included in our Sony RX1 gallery. Beyond that weve tried to show a the lens at a series of apertures to show how the lens behaves.

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