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Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Guardian Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

From conflict-stricken regions and politicians to Barbie dolls, the Guardian’s award-winning picture team rounds up the most eye-catching images of the day

As always the Guardian uses great photographs, here are just a few that caught my eye although of the 20 or 30 on show I could have picked most, go and see for yourselfGeorgian state academic folk song and dance ensemble 'Rustavi' perform in Moscow

Rhapsody in blue: The Georgian state academic folk song and dance ensemble Rustavi perform at the Crocus City Hall, Moscow. Photograph: Dzhavakhadze Zurab/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis


Dorothy Hughes, one of the first two female Chelsea Pensioners, lines up for inspection with other Chelsea Pensioners who will take part in Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, during a uniform inspection at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters


A Sotheby’s employee in front of one of Gerard Richter’s photo-realist images. The work will go on sale at Sotheby’s New York in May. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/Barcroft Media


A man paddles on a boat with his wife in a flooded street during spring flood in a village of Vereshitsa near Pripyat river, Belarus Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images


Craftsmen work on instruments at Nadir Ali & Company in Uttar Pradesh, India. Meerut, a city about 50 miles from New Delhi, is home to many musical instrument manufacturers. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media


A supporter of the Venezuelan acting president and presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro attends his closing campaign rally in Caracas. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images


Fujifilm X100S First Look

The Fuji X100S is a much coveted camera, it definitely has style, if what you look for in technology is something that harks back to before you were born. It also has a pedigree of fine technical excellence so do you want one?


When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled compact at Photokina 2010, it instantly captured the imagination of serious photographers. With its fixed 23mm F2 lens and SLR-sized APS-C sensor, it offered outstanding image quality, while its ‘traditional’ dial-based handling and innovative optical/electronic ‘Hybrid’ viewfinder gave a shooting experience reminiscent of rangefinder cameras. On launch its firmware was riddled with frustrating bugs and quirks, but a series of updates transformed it into a serious photographic tool. Certain flaws remained, apparently too deeply embedded into the hardware to be fixable, but despite this, it counts as something of a cult classic.

Fujifilm X100S key features

  • Fujifilm-designed 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • On-sensor phase detection autofocus
  • Novel colour filter array to suppress colour moiré, no optical low-pass filter
  • EXR Processor II image processor
  • Hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder with 2.35M dot LCD EVF
  • Analogue dials for shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation
  • Fixed 23mm F2 lens (same as X100)
  • Improved manual focus system (more responsive focus ring, focus peaking and split-image displays)
  • 2.8″ 460k dot LCD
  • On-screen ‘Q’ control panel and tabbed menu system
  • Full HD 1080/60fps movie recording, 36Mbps bitrate
  • Socket for electronic remote release/stereo microphone


By the way it costs about £1000