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Sony introduces its first full-frame compact camera

In the pages of the BJP we learn about this compact camera that has a full frame sensor only previously seen in top range DSLR camera.

Olivier Laurent writes: Sporting a resolution of 24.3 megapixels, the new Cyber-shot DSC RX1 is Sony’s first compact camera to feature a full-frame sensor.

As of 12 September, Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 is claimed to be the world’s first compact camera with a 35mm full-frame 24.3 effective megapixel sensor.

The camera, which weighs 482g, features a f/2 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens with a fixed focal length of 35mm. “Derived from the German word ‘sonne’ (sun), the Sonnar name reflects the ability of the lens to capture as much light as possible,” Sony explains. “This premium lens features newly designed optics including an advanced aspherical glass element that contributes to the camera’s compact palm-sized dimensions, without sacrificing optical performance.”  READ MORE HERE

The price, a whopping £2,600 phew! It better be good

Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras?

Once there were compact cameras and DSLR cameras, then we had bridge cameras and now MIL cameras If you don’t know what is being talked about these are examaples The Panasonic Lumix G Series ,the Lumix DMC-GH2,  the Sony NEX and the Olympus Pen Series. Pentax is also taking grip on the market with it’s oddly designed Pentax K-01.

Here   at Lightstalking explains what, how, why

While not an entirely new technology, mirrorless cameras manufacturers have been enjoying a steady rise in interest of the compact cameras among amateurs and professionals alike. Initially marketed at serious amateurs who were looking for more from their point-and-shoots, but were not interested in a DSLR, the mirrorless camera, has helped fill a gap in camera technology. Their lightweight design offers users the comforts of carrying only a compact camera and their DSLR sized sensors produce images which rival some of the most popular DSLRs on the market..….MORE

Ikea cardboard camera…..it’s not a joke

Well I say it is not a joke but I found this on a Spanish website and had to rely upon google translation……. my Spanish goes little further than asking for a beer and then thanking the very nice person for providing the same.

There has been an interest in improbably simple cameras for so many years, I started out 40 years ago with something that it only had one button, it got me hooked. You are right, that was the dark ages, fun for a small boy then usually involved mud and or worms or perhaps puppet cartoons such as the excellent Thuderbirds. Think of the post from earlier this week about the World Pin Hole photography day, I asked if that was a joke but no one stood up to be counted in either direction so I assume it was real.

Canon, Sony and company can start to shake. Ikea has decided to create its first digital camera, but yes, cardboard. Now I would like to bring you more but when you copy and paste a google translated page it seems it to revert to the original language here is the link I have for the translation, go see for yourself

Alternatively here is the Spanish, perhaps you can tell us what it means, here is a link to the original page

Canon, Sony and company can start to shake. Ikea has decided to create its first digital camera, but yes, cardboard. . The chassis or Kämeroschiflen Ikeacam is not like we’re used to, but fortunately this time it’s a product that already assembled, do not pull manual for assembling pieces go.

Includes a small target, a memory and an image sensor. Operates on two AA batteries and is controlled by a button board. No LCD screen, or exposure controls, and filters. You can not ask for more.

 Can store a total of 40 images.  These are then passed to the computer via USB.  Then you have to do is reset the internal memory to capture 40 images.

So far this camera is not so curious for sale.  Has been presented on the occasion of the celebration of the International Furniture Fair of Milan.”

 

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera Comparisons & Reviews 2011

If you are thinking about buying a starter DSLR camera either for yourself or as a present this link will give an idea of the range before you. The Canon Ti is the 1100D I think and the T3i is the 600D. Odd that they don’t keep the same names worldwide Here is that link

I see many different DSLR’s in class and have to say that I would always recommend a Canon or a Nikon but it is your choice.

Viewing RAW files in Windows

There is a download now available that makes it possible to view RAW files as thumbnails in Windows, being a Mac user for more than 30 years I didn’t realise this was a problem but a friend in Denmark alerted me to the difficulty, so here is the resolution of that

“Overview

  • The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats in Window Live Photo Gallery as well as other software that is based in Windows Imaging Codecs (WIC).
  • Installing this package will allow supported RAW camera files to be viewable in Windows Explorer.
  • This package is available in both 32-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_x86.msi) and 64-bit (MicrosoftCodecPack_amd64.msi) versions.
  • The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats:
    • Canon: EOS 1000D (EOS Kiss F in Japan and the EOS Rebel XS in North America), EOS 10D, EOS 1D Mk2, EOS 1D Mk3, EOS 1D Mk4, EOS 1D Mk2 N, EOS 1Ds Mk2, EOS 1Ds Mk3, EOS 20D, EOS 300D (the Kiss Digital in Japan and the Digital Rebel in North America) , EOS 30D, EOS 350D (the Canon EOS Kiss Digital N in Japan and EOS Digital Rebel XT in North America), EOS 400D (the Kiss Digital X in Japan and the Digital Rebel XTi in North America), EOS 40D, EOS 450D (EOS Kiss X2 in Japan and the EOS Rebel XSi in North America), EOS 500D (EOS Kiss X3 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T1i in North America), EOS 550D (EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the EOS Rebel T2i in North America), EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk2, EOS 7D, EOS D30, EOS D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, G9, G10, G11, Pro1, S90
    • Nikon: D100, D1H, D200, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D300, D3000, D300s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s, D80, D90, P6000
    • Sony: A100, A200, A230, A300, A330, A350, A380, A700, A850, A900, DSC-R1
    • Olympus: C7070, C8080, E1, E10, E20, E3, E30, E300, E330, E400, E410, E420, E450, E500, E510, E520, E620, EP1
    • Pentax (PEF formats only): K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, K7, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DS
    • Leica: Digilux 3, D-LUX4, M8, M9
    • Minolta: DiMage A1, DiMage A2, Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D in Europe, α-7 Digital in Japan)
    • Epson: RD1
    • Panasonic: G1, GH1, GF1, LX3
    • Download here
  • ©Keith Barnes