GoSee4Me is a new service hoping to help give people with cameras and too much time on their hands a spare buck or two. Similar to some of the question and answer services out there, GoSee4Me is a network for people to get pictures from all over the globe by utilizing a pay-per-picture system generated by users who can "claim" shots like they would an assignment. This isn't aimed at the folks who would be content just looking for something by tags or description in Flickr, Zooomr, or other photo-sharing sites. Instead it's aimed at unearthing … Read more
New cameras from Yashica and Ricoh, new accessories from Eye-Fi and Qstarz, and even more fixes for the Canon EOS-1D Mark III.Canon gives guidance on 1D Mark III AF issues Canon U.K. retailers to send back EOS-1D Mark III cameras Flashlight doubles as camcorder, night or day 'Gigantor' photo frame conquers the world GPS goodness in Qstarz Travel Recorder Kill your camera cords; Eye-Fi reveals a wireless SD card for digital cameras Lightroom update for Leopard users on the way Microsoft hopes scRGB will improve photo colors Photo gadget cures Awkward Arm Syndrome Ricoh announces GR Digital II … Read more
A new attempt to provide a higher-end sequel to the ubiquitous JPEG image standard is officially under way.
The multiple countries participating in the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the JPEG standard, have approved an effort to make Microsoft's HD Photo format a standard called JPEG XR, said Bill Crow, who has led Microsoft's HD Photo effort and who just took over the company's Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon imaging project. XR stands for "extended range," a reference to the format's ability to show a wider and finer range of tonal gradations and a … Read more
Probably the same time you went to pick up a roll of film.
So imagine our surprise when we saw a couple of new Yashicas at the Imaging Expo Singapore. And these were not relics either. The star of the bunch is the 14-megapixel Yashica AV1400-HD that's yet to be announced. Yep, 14 megapixels. The largest we've yet seen on a compact camera. According to its distributor, the AV1400-HD is expected to be available in Singapore by end December. No pricing details as of this writing.
We have a little more information about the other models. The Yashica … Read more
Ricoh announced its GR Digital II this week, the second-generation digital model in an unusual camera family geared for landscape specialists and enthusiasts with similar photographic needs.
Unlike virtually all other compact cameras sold these days, the GR Digital II's lens has a fixed focal length, the equivalent of 28mm on a 35mm film camera. The new six-element lens emphasizes sharpness and contrast, and has a maximum aperture of f/2.4, the company said. Other differences from the 8-megapixel predecessor include the new GR Engine II image-processing chip, a resolution bump to 10 megapixels, and the ability to … Read more
This afternoon Canon posted a service notice on its website for owners of the company's 1D Mark III digital SLR. If you haven't been following the saga of the camera's autofocus problems, Canon admitted a couple of weeks ago that some of that model's units have a problem with the submirror, a small mirror that sits behind the main mirror and helps to divert light to the AF system. As a result, they can end up with inaccurate focus and/or inaccurate focus tracking in AI-Servo AF and continuous shooting modes. The problems are supposedly more … Read more
For a computer, dealing with color is just another math problem. And Microsoft wants to change the way your PC counts.
The company has developed a color space--a way to encode colors as numbers a computer can process--called scRGB. If the company succeeds in getting it to catch on, the technology could help add depth and richness to photos taken with digital cameras and viewed on a computer or TV screen.
An update to make Lightroom 1.2 fully compatible with Leopard Mac OS X 10.5 should be available mid-November, Adobe has announced.
The company says photographers can continue using the photo management software in Leopard without too much issue, but stressed that the current version of Lightroom 1.2 is not fully compatible with Apple's new operating system.
Adobe recommends that users refer to a list of known compatibility issues published on Adobe's Lightroom Journal Web site before deciding whether to use the current version of Lightroom with Leopard. It also issued this warning:
"The interaction … Read more
External GPS receivers are pretty handy if you want to turn your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone into a satellite-navigation device. But imagine if you could use your external GPS receiver to keep a log of your travels and then be able to see your journey on Google Earth.
Better yet, imagine if you could use that GPS travel log to synchronize your digital pictures with their exact locations, so you can post them on sites such as Locr or Flickr and let your friends see where the pictures were taken. The Qstarz Travel Recorder BT-Q1000--the little black box in the pic--does … Read more
Wi-Fi-enabled cameras aren't really anything new. Many professional photographers use wireless adapters with their SLRs, and we've seen a small handful of Wi-Fi-enabled snapshot cameras over the past few years. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi on SLRs requires a rather pricey equipment investment, and Wi-Fi on snapshot cameras until now has only worked on certain models with built-in wireless modules.
Eye-Fi has announced its plans to change the limitations of wireless shooting with the Eye-Fi Card. While it looks like an ordinary (albeit painfully orange) 2GB SD card, it's really a 2GB SD card with a Wi-Fi chip inside.
After … Read more