Friday, October 28, 2011

Sony Alpha 35 SLT -A35

Sony added a new one in its alpha series , the new alpha 35 (SLT-A35), which is a fastest camera with some creative options as sony claims.
The Translucent Mirror Technology by sony allows high-speed shooting with continuous auto focus while shooting stills of full HD movies. It is desirable for shooting fast actions like moving sports,child portraits or distant subjects with a high speed burst of frames.

The 16.2 MP, newly developed Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor allows you to shoot low-noise still and HD video with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800 and suitable for shooting even in the extreme low light conditions.

The Camera is compatible with full range of 32-A mount lenses from Sony that includes six Carl Zeiss lenses

Sony A35 specification highlights

  • Revised 16.2MP CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-12800
  • ISO 100-25600 in multi-frame NR mode
  • 15-point AF sensor (3 cross-type)
  • SLT design offering full-time live view with phase-detection autofocus
  • 1080i60 HD video in AVCHD format (from 30fps sensor output)
  • Auto+ mode giving easy access to the appropriate multi-shot shooting modes
  • Picture Effects processing options


  • 16.2 effective megapixels - High-resolution Exmor™ APS HD CMOS Sensor for low-noise, ultra-responsive still image and HD video shooting, even in low light
  • BIONZ processor with dual Noise reduction - Powerful image processing engine incorporates new algorithms for very high quality, low noise images with rich tonal gradation
  • Translucent Mirror Technology - Replaces DSLR moving mirror with fixed translucent mirror: enables ultra-fast shooting with speedy, accurate phase detection AF
  • High-speed continuous shooting with Tele-Zoom - Capture fast-moving action at up to 7fps (Priority AE) with continuous AF, and 1.4x digital zoom for close-ups of moving subjects
  • Quick AF Full HD movie shooting - Record detail-packed Full HD videos in AVCHD 1080i or MP4 format: with rapid, accurate AF tracking, even with moving subjects
  • Creative Full HD movie functions - Including dedicated Movie button, aperture control for beautiful depth of field effects and selectable Creative Styles
  • Advanced Quick AF Live View - Real-time full-resolution image display from main sensor on LCD or in viewfinder with fast, accurate phase-detection autofocus
  • Sweep Panorama with 3D Sweep Panorama - Press the shutter and sweep the camera to capture extra-wide panoramic images: also capture 3D panoramas to view on 3D TV
  • High sensitivity up to ISO 12800 - Very high maximum sensitivity with improved noise reduction for natural-looking images, even in low light conditions
  • 15-point phase-detection AF system - Precision AF with 3 cross sensors for rapid, accurate focus tracking - even during movie shooting: also works in Live View mode
  • 7.5 cm (3.0") widescreen (16:9) Xtra Fine LCD - High resolution (921k dot) LCD: with edge-mounted LED backlighting and TruBlack technology for superb detail and contrast
  • High resolution Electronic Viewfinder - Xtra Fine LCD Tru-Finder™ with 1.15 million dot resolution and 100% frame coverage for accurate image preview
  • Versatile information display - Select from a choice of digital levelling gauge, shooting parameters, grid lines and graphic exposure display options
  • AUTO+ Mode - Automatically analyses scene and shooting conditions, adjusting camera parameters for excellent results with any scene
  • Artistic Picture Effects with stills or movies - Produce an exciting range of creative effects - including posterisation, partial colour, retro, high-key, mono and toy camera
  • Enhanced HDR Auto - Automatically merges three successive exposures to create a single image with an effective dynamic range even wider than film
  • Multi-Frame Noise Reduction - Automatically combines a burst of six exposures to create a single ultra-low noise image; sensitivity equivalent to ISO 25600
  • Handheld Twilight Mode - Automatically combines a burst of six exposures to create a single image with supressed blur and reduced noise in low light
  • Creative Styles - 6 selectable image finishing options to suit range of shooting situations - can be customised for even greater creative control
  • Face Detection - Recognises up to 8 faces in a scene, optimising optimum exposure, white balance, flash and other settings for beautiful portraits
  • Smile Shutter - Automatically fires shutter when subject smiles with an adjustable smile detection sensitivity
  • D-Range Optimiser - Analyses image in real time, adjusting brightness and contrast for more natural, evenly exposed backlit scenes
  • Versatile drive modes - Drive modes include Continuous advance, Self-timer, exposure bracketing and White balance
  • SteadyShot INSIDE - Optical image stabilisation offers 2.5-4.0 steps anti-shake performance with A-mount lenses by Sony or Konica Minolta
  • Dual anti-dust system - Reduces build-up of dust on sensor during lens exchange
  • HDMI® output - HDMI® output for viewing on HD TV, plus PhotoTV HD mode for optimised still image viewing on compatible BRAVIA® TV
  • BRAVIA® Sync - Allows direct control of camera playback functions via BRAVIA® TV’s remote
  • Supplied software - Includes Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser
  • Works with iMovie - Certified by Apple for compatibility with iMovie for Mac: import your videos directly into iMovie for editing

Monday, October 24, 2011

Shoot Now, Focus Later: The Light Field Revolution

Lytro Inc announced that they are developing a “light filed “ camera and soon will be launched for their customers .The Light filed camera can capture all of the light rays in a scene and thus facilitates focussing a picture after it is taken. This will also create interactive pictures that can be focussed and refocused by both photographer and the viewer.

The Light field is the determinant factor that how a scene appears, from the foreground to background. The Light field camera can capture the entire light field, the light travelling in all direction through a scene in four dimension.The shot taken using this camera can manipulate later,this facility allows the photographer to shoot without the fear of being out of focus and you never be worried about the sharpness of the image.

According to the CEO and founder Dr.Ren Ng this is the next big revolution of the camera after the Digital revolution

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Real Compact: Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS

       Canon releases the successor to its 300 HS latest compact camera and named it after Canon Digital IXUS 310 HS. A very compact enough to fit in the palm of human hand. This is a 12.1 MP camera based on touch screen interface, it has a wider lens equivalent to 24-105 mm as compared to its predecessor.The IXUS 310 equipped with semi manual control with the availability of Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority and Program Modes and this is a feature not available in the less expensive rival models. The outstanding feature of this model is its video capabilities.The IXUS 310 HS shoots full HD 1080 video, as compared to the 300 HS shoot only 720p video.It can also shoot super slowmotion movies at 240fps.

XUS 310 HS – key features:
  • HS System (12.1 MP)
  • f/2.0, 24mm, 4.4x zoom. Optical IS
  • Stainless steel body
  • 8.0 cm (3.2") PureColor II Touch LCD
  • Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
  • Movie Digest
  • iFrame movie
  • Creative modes & manual control

    Style and sensitivity

    HS System (12.1 MP)
    HS System excels in low light allowing you to capture the real atmosphere of the moment without flash or tripod. A high performance DIGIC4 processor and high sensitivity sensor give superior image quality in all situations.

    f/2.0, 24mm, 4.4x zoom. Optical IS
    A bright f/2.0 lens captures low-light images and fast-moving subjects at higher shutter speeds brilliantly. A 24mm ultra-wide coverage lets you put more in the frame, while Canon’s advanced optical IS reduces blur caused by camera shake.

    Stainless steel body
    A slim metal body gives the camera a quality feel and makes it a pleasure to use whilst retaining the stylish look that embodies IXUS.

    8.0 cm (3.2") PureColor II Touch LCD
    The PureColor II Touch LCD has outstanding contrast, resolution and colour rendition. An advanced touch screen interface lets you customize the screen to match your shooting style and makes using the camera quick and fun.

    Full HD with optical zoom. Dynamic IS
    High quality movies can now be recorded in Full HD (1080p) format. Two additions to greater video quality are crystal clear stereo sound and Dynamic IS, which stabilises movies against wobble and shake.

    Smart Auto
    Smart Auto is truly automatic, allowing the camera to detect from 32 different scenes. You can take great pictures in confidence, knowing the camera will take care of everything.

    High-speed Burst & Super Slow Motion Movie
    Capture photos of fast-paced action with up to 8.2 shots/second using High-speed Burst mode or slow down movement up to 1/8th of the real speed using Super Slow Motion Movie mode.

    Movie Digest
    Movie Digest captures up to 4-seconds of the action before a shot is taken, joining all the clips together from the same day into a single VGA movie to add to your collection of photos.

    iFrame movie
    The iFrame video format is a simple way to quickly import, edit and share your video.

    Creative shooting modes & manual control
    Creative shooting modes give you the opportunity to experiment. Fish-eye Effect re-creates the distortion of a fish-eye lens while Miniature Effect transforms landscapes into miniature scale models. For the look and feel of a picture taken with an older style camera try Toy Camera Effect.



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