Pentax and Samsung http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/pentax-samsung/feed.rss Sat, 18 Nov 17 18:16:32 -0700 Pentax and Samsung en-CA Pentax 645Z http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10168/pentax-645z Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:01:48 -0600 davjd 10168@/talks/discussions image

Super-high-resolution images made possible by approximately 51.4 effective megapixels
The PENTAX 645Z features a high-performance CMOS image sensor, with an imaging area (43.8mm x 32.8mm) approximately 1.7 times larger than that of a 35mm full-frame sensor. By combining this sensor with the PRIME III imaging engine — with its advanced image-processing and noise-reduction capabilities and anti-aliasing filter-less design — the 645Z makes full use of the imaging power and approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to deliver super-high resolution and exceptional depth rendition.

The 645Z minimises annoying image noise during high-sensitivity shooting, allowing the photographer to comfortably take pictures even at super-high sensitivities up to ISO 204800. This provides the photographer with totally new creative options beyond the scope of existing medium-format photography.

High-speed response to accommodate professional demands.
The 645Z continuously records as many as 10 images in RAW format (or up to 30 images in JPEG L mode) at a maximum speed of approximately three images per second. It also offers quick-view function, UHS-1 speed class compatibility for high-speed data storage (in SDR104 bus speed mode; with a compatible SD memory card), and USB3.0-standard data interface for easy transfer of recorded images to a computer. Thanks to its high-speed response rivalling that of 35mm-format SLRs, the 645Z assures active, flawless shooting in a wide range of applications demanded by professionals.

High-precision AF system
The 645Z incorporates a newly designed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF module with 27 sensor points (including 25 cross-type sensors). It also detects the light flux of an F2.8 lens to optimise focusing accuracy when using a large-aperture lens. Its wide AF working range of –3EV to +18EV (at ISO 100; at 23oC) assures pinpoint focus with dimly lit subjects, which are difficult to focus accurately with the naked eye. Thanks to the new CMOS image sensor with high-speed data readout, it also provides a live-view function. This allows the photographer to make more minute focus adjustments using the contrast-detection AF mode on the live-view screen, or by magnifying the on-screen image.

Tiltable, 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots In addition to its wide-view design, the 645Z’s 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in 3:2 aspect ratio) has a tilt mechanism to adjust the monitor angle, making it easier for the photographer to capture low and high-angle images. Its front panel is made of tempered glass for extra protection. To optimise visibility during outdoor shooting, it also combines a unique air-gapless construction which eliminates the air space between the LCD layers to reduce the reflection and dispersion of the light, with an AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimise reflections on screen.

Full HD movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60i frame rate The 645Z captures beautiful Full HD video clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30P frame rate) in the H.264 recording format. Its large image sensor is effective in recording shallow-depth videos with an effectively blurred background. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, it also provides a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and an audio level control function. It also provides interval video recording of 4K-resolution images (3840 x 2160 pixels; in Motion JPEG or AVI video format) to add a new dimension in creative imaging.

Solid, dependable body
Both the 645Z’s exterior housing and the LCD monitor frame installed on the back are made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, while the chassis is made of die-cast aluminium to optimise kinematic accuracy and thermal stability against excessive heat. The LCD panels — one on the top of the camera, and another on the back — are covered with tempered-glass plates for extra protection against scratches. The camera is also designed to be extremely durable and dependable even in harsh outdoor conditions. The body is not only weather-resistant and dustproof, with 76 seals applied around it, but it is also cold-resistant against temperatures as low as –10°C, while its dependable shutter unit has withstood a punishing operation test of more than 100,000 shutter releases.

High-precision exposure control supported by PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System
The 645Z also features the innovative PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, which consists of an RGB light-metering sensor with approximately 86,000 pixels and a fine-tuned algorithm. This system not only ensures much-improved exposure-control accuracy, but also utilises the data obtained by the light-metering sensor to further enhance autofocusing accuracy and white-balance adjustment. By accurately assessing the type of scene or subject using the light-metering sensor, the 645Z not only selects the exposure settings that are most consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions, but also makes a clearer distinction between the subject and the background to ensure more accurate control of the discharge level in flash photography.

PR

RICOH IMAGING UK, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital SLR camera. This new model features a newly designed, large CMOS image sensor with approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to deliver super-high-resolution images, all while ensuring outstanding operability and exceptional reliability to satisfy the demands of professional photographers.

The development of the PENTAX 645Z was based on the PENTAX 645D, which was launched in 2010. While retaining the proven weather-resistant, dustproof construction, it incorporates a newly developed image sensor and imaging engine to enhance image quality and reliability. It also boasts approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to produce super-high-resolution images with ‘true-to-life’ quality. It offers much-improved standard specifications, including; burst shooting at approximately three images per second; a tiltable, high-resolution LCD monitor; a state-of-the-art AF system with a live-view function; a high-precision exposure control system; and a more durable, dependable shutter unit. It also provides much faster response to the photographer’s commands in all types of shooting conditions. The result is the top level of operability and manoeuvrability required in professional work. It also features full HD movie recording capability and smartphone accessibility via Wi-Fi transmission, for more flexibility and enhanced opportunities for more creative photography.

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/645z/

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Samsung NX1, $1300 4K flagman http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11275/samsung-nx1-1300-4k-flagman Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:33:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11275@/talks/discussions image

Specs:

  • 28Mp APS-C back illuminated sensor
  • DRIMe Image Processor
  • 15 fps burst, with tracking
  • 1080p60, UHD 4K Video 2160p30/p24
  • H.265 encoder
  • 3″ AMOLED Touch Display, can be titled
  • OLED 1366x768 viewfinder
  • Water and dust proof magnesium body
  • Wi-Fi
  • NFC

Available at:

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Sigma DP Quattro, strange camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9579/sigma-dp-quattro-strange-camera Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:46:29 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9579@/talks/discussions image

PR

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new generation of high image quality compact cameras “SIGMA dp” that incorporates a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor (generation name: “Quattro”).

Unique and without peer among image sensors, the Foveon direct image sensor is similar to traditional color film in that its multiple layers capture all of the information that visible light transmits. Along with Sigma’s proprietary image processing technology, this sensor produces incredible resolution, precise gradation, gorgeous color, breathtaking realism with a 3D feel. In other words, full-bodied image quality.

For the new dp series, we rethought and redesigned every aspect of the camera, including the sensor, engine, lens, and body. While retaining its famous textural expression, which seems to give form to the air itself, the updated Foveon direct image sensor produces images that are more colorful, rich, deep, and faithful than ever before.

To a radical degree, the new-generation dp series embodies Sigma’s philosophy of creating cameras that produce works of art. Featuring the highest level of fundamental performance, this series unites artistic expression and daily experience as no other cameras can.

Special Features

With every element optimized for image quality, this camera is ready to produce works of art

Thanks to its optimized design featuring a fixed focal length lens and integrated body, the dp series offers both sensor and lens performance at the highest level. The result is full-bodied image quality.

In addition to superior holding performance, the camera body offers a balanced shape, layout, and weight distribution. With all of its elements designed for image quality, the dp offers highly intuitive operation. Its complete and robust specification allows the photographer to concentrate fully on photography itself and leverage the camera’s potential to produce outstanding images.

In everyday life, the dp series lets photographers find unexpected opportunities for experiencing emotion and enjoy photography and personal expression in exciting new ways. It is an outwardly simple yet extremely powerful embodiment of Sigma’s philosophy of photography.

Wide-angle, standard, and medium telephoto options

All of the fundamental photographic approaches in one lineup of three cameras

The dp series comprises three fixed focal length cameras, each of which features a different basic focal length for a different fundamental photographic approach: the wide-angle dp1 Quattro at 19mm, the standard dp2 Quattro at 30mm, and the medium telephoto dp3 Quattro at 50mm (respectively equivalent to 28mm, 45mm, and 75mm on a 35mm lens). Moreover, the three models share an exciting new camera body that brings out the best performance from the lens and image sensor.

It’s a simple but powerful lineup that delivers medium format-level image quality anywhere, anytime. Take all three with you and select as needed for the perfect shot. Only the dp series puts so much luxurious photographic potential in your hands.

The world’s only image capture system to use vertical color separation technology

Starting with our very first digital camera, we have featured the Foveon direct image sensor, which offers radically better image quality than any other sensor available. Leveraging the light absorption characteristics of silicon, the sensor comprises three layers of photodiodes, each at a different depth within the silicon and each corresponding to a different RGB color. Since it is the only sensor to use this superior vertical color separation technology, it is also the world’s only direct image sensor.

Almost all other image sensors are mosaic sensors, which use an array of RGB color filters in a single horizontal plane to capture color information. Each pixel is assigned only one of the three colors and cannot capture all three colors at once. In contrast, the Foveon direct image sensor captures color vertically, recording hue, value, and chroma accurately and completely for each pixel.

In the Foveon direct image sensor, there are no color filters, which cause a loss of information transmitted by light. Moreover, there is no low-pass filter needed to correct the interference caused by a color filter array. Finally, unlike the data from other sensors, which requires artificial interpolation to “fill in” missing colors, the data from the Foveon direct image sensor is complete for every single pixel and requires no interpolation. The unique technological principle of this sensor produces consistently outstanding image quality.

Newly developed Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor. Now featuring 39 megapixel-equivalent ultrahigh resolution

Capturing the information transmitted by light vertically instead of horizontally, the full-color image capture system of the Foveon direct image sensor is the only one of its kind in the world. This system makes possible the sensor’s full-bodied image quality, which is characterized by rich tone and gradation and texture that one can almost touch.

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The newly developed Foveon X3 Quattro is the latest generation of this unique sensor. While retaining the distinctive characteristics of its predecessors, it offers an even higher level of image quality. In addition to 30% higher resolution, the volume of image data has become lighter, and it enables much faster image processing and lower current consumption.

At the same time, Able to maintain the same exacting standard of image quality while increasing megapixels and enhancing noise characteristics, this 1:1:4 solution was the inspiration for the name of the current generation of Foveon sensor: “Quattro.”

Newly developed TRUE III image processing engine. Optimized for processing Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor data.

The new dp series cameras feature the newly developed TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) III. This image processing engine has evolved in pace with our Foveon direct image sensor and incorporates all of the image processing expertise we have developed over the years. Thanks to new refinements, it is the ideal engine for processing the rich and complex image data produced by the new-generation Foveon X3 Quattro direct image sensor. Our proprietary algorithm makes possible ultrafast processing of an immense volume of image data without any deterioration of the final images. The result is high-definition, 3D-like photographs with outstandingly rich color detail.

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Hasselblad X1D mirrorless camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15261/hasselblad-x1d-mirrorless-camera Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:19:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15261@/talks/discussions image

  • 50mp sensor, 14 stops DR
  • 3" 920k LCD multi-touch display
  • 1080p25,1080p30
  • 60 minutes to 1/2000th sec shutter
  • dual SD cards
  • USB 3.0
  • standard 2.3mp OLED EVF
  • mike input, headphone output
  • GPS
  • 150 x 98 x 71 mm
  • 725g
  • $8995, 7900 EUR price, preorder at http://www.adorama.com/hsx1d50c.html

http://www.hasselblad.com/x1d

PR

Hasselblad is proud to introduce the groundbreaking X1D – weighing less than half that of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless 50MP camera is a game changer in the world of photography.

Inspired by the brand’s iconic design heritage, the camera is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. Handmade in Sweden, the X1D combines Scandinavian sensibility with beautiful performance.

Like the iconic V System, the X1D seamlessly combines portability with excellent optical quality for which the brand is renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirrorless technology to digital medium format for the first time ever, creating a precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand. The 50MP CMOS sensor captures the finest details with true natural colors.

Commenting on the announcement Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO noted: “The X1D marks a pivotal point in Hasselblad’s rich 75-year history. This camera makes medium format photography available to a new generation of Hasselblad users, while pushing the existing limits of photography to new heights.”

A completely new family of dedicated autofocus lenses has been developed to support optical quality and portability, offering a wide range of shutter speeds and full flash synchronization up to 1/2000th second.

Weighing just 725g and including HD video, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, the X1D is a trusted partner and ideal travel companion. The robust exterior is dust and weather proof, providing durability to take with you wherever you go.

The X1D has been created with passionate photographers in mind, opening up Hasselblad to a new generation of creatives. Ideal for those who want to create the highest quality medium format images with a straightforward and easy to use camera that can fit in the palm of your hand.

The Hasselblad X1D is priced at 7,900 EUR / 8,995 USD / 5,990 GBP Prices stated are exclusive of VAT

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Hasselblad A6D-100c 100MP Aerial Camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17870/hasselblad-a6d-100c-100mp-aerial-camera Sun, 01 Oct 2017 04:53:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17870@/talks/discussions

Specs

  • 211MB 3FR raw files
  • 289MB 8-bit TIFF files
  • 16-bit color definition
  • 5-stop dynamic range, a max ISO of 12800
  • CFast/SD card storage
  • Computer tethering support
  • 60 shots per minute.

The A6D Aerial camera includes a feature that allows up to eight cameras to be synchronized within 20 μs. A simple bus-type cable connection is required between all cameras in the set-up. This feature completely eliminates any issues in post-production caused by un-synchronized exposures.

Nine H System lenses are available in aerial versions with secure locking mounts to minimize vibration and flexing which guarantees the image plane and sensor stay parallel at all times. These units ship with their focus precisely adjusted and fixed at infinity. The focal length range from 24 to 300mm of these lenses results in a horizontal AFOV of 96° to 10.2° covering most applications. The new generation of leaf shutters for the H lenses has an extended lifetime, which ensures reliability during flight.

In addition, the exposure time for the aerial lenses has been improved up to 1/4000 of a second, for sharp and crisp images. Traditionally, FMC systems typically only compensate for movement in a single direction, but the fast leaf shutter-based exposure time can both compensate for ground speed and the roll and pitch of the plane

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http://www.hasselblad.com/industrial-products/a6d-100c

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Sigma sd Quattro Mirrorless - Two exchangeable lens Cameras http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14654/sigma-sd-quattro-mirrorless-two-exchangeable-lens-cameras- Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:56:01 -0700 goanna 14654@/talks/discussions

Sigma has announced development of two new mirrorless "SLR-type" cameras that accept Sigma SA mount lenses

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Both cameras feature a Foveon sensor, and Sigma SA lens mount to accept Sigma SA (DSLR) lenses. There is a high resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the rear, along with a wide screen. The two models both have Foveon sensors, with the Quattro H featuring a larger APS-H 1.3x crop sensor, and the Quattro features an APS-C 1.5x crop sensor.

Sigma has also announced a number of optional accessories, including a battery power grip (PG-41), with 200% more shooting time, an electronic flash (EF-630) with S-TTL automatic metering, a flash USB dock (FD-11) to enable firmware updates for the flash, and a cable release (CR-31).

Release date and price is yet to be confirmed.

Sigma sd Quattro Features

  • Dual TRUE III image processor
  • New Super Fine Detail exposure mode
  • Combination of Phase detection AF and contrast detection AF
  • Focus peaking function
  • 2.36m dot electronic viewfinder (EVF)
  • 3.0inch 1.62m dot screen
  • Magnesium alloy body
  • Dust and splashproof design
  • Quick set menu
  • 14-bit RAW data
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Higher precision white balance (new algorithm)
  • Colour modes, Monochrome options
  • Custom bracketing display
  • Electronic level
  • USB3 port


Available at https://www.amazon.com/Sigma-Digital-Camera-Black-ZL900/dp/B01HHR572O/


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Sigma sd Quattro H features

  • 45 megapixel total pixels (25.5 megapixel top layer)
  • 51 megapixel max image size
  • APS-H Foveon sensor (26.6x17.9mm)
  • 1.3x crop
  • 3.8fps up to 10 images
  • 5.1fps with Low image size (20 images)

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Samsung NX1 issues http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12079/samsung-nx1-issues Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:18:14 -0700 brianl 12079@/talks/discussions A lot of early Samsung NX1 users are returning their cameras on account of an ugly exposure bug in the NX1's 4k video. There's an odd, and so far unfixable glitch in the camera when in full manual video mode. The camera randomly hunts for exposure, even when locked down. You'll see the brightness increase and decrease randomly, even if the light doesn't change and the camera doesn't move. The symptoms are worse when you pan or tilt from an overexposed area, such as a light, to a dark area, you'll see the camera hunt around for exposure as if it's set on AUTO, problem is, this is in FULL manual mode. Many say a firmware fix can solve it, but Samsung already released v1.1 and this issue wasn't addressed, so people don't want to gamble that Samsung will fix the issue. So cameras are going back. Look for USED NX1's on the shelves of B&H and on ebay. It's still a great still cam, but video functions weren't done right. Until it's fixed, IMO this camera isn't viable for serious video work. sample:

locked down, still getting exposure drift

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Pentax KP official topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16367/pentax-kp-official-topic Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:37:54 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16367@/talks/discussions image

Key specs

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Hasselblad A6D 100MP aerial camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16977/hasselblad-a6d-100mp-aerial-camera Sun, 21 May 2017 05:43:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16977@/talks/discussions image

Aerial photography delivers better results today than ever before and Hasselblad continues to grow its presence in the market, introducing more advanced products and applications for the aerial photographic industry. This is reflected in the Hasselblad A6D-100c, the latest evolution of Hasselblad aerial cameras.

Hasselblad cameras are developed by building on the shoulders of the previous generation of models which enables all of the prior advancements and branch-demanding features to be automatically included. This process allows Hasselblad to continually enhance and develop models. The A6D heralds a technological improvement that is noticeably greater than earlier generations.

The A6D Aerial camera includes a feature that allows up to eight cameras to be synchronized within 20 ?s. A simple bus-type cable connection is required between all cameras in the set-up. This feature completely eliminates any issues in post-production caused by un-synchronized exposures.

Product Manager Bjarne Hjörlund commented, “Available in 100 megapixel resolutions, the A6D camera combines the world’s best optics and sensors with a modern, compact design, resulting in a system that will ensure you attain the highest possible image quality. Hasselblad aerial cameras provide a range of important features that help deliver your imaging requirements”.

Nine H System lenses are available in aerial versions with secure locking mounts to minimize vibration and flexing which guarantees the image plane and sensor stay parallel at all times. These units ship with their focus precisely adjusted and fixed at infinity. The focal length range from 24 to 300mm of these lenses results in a horizontal AFOV of 96° to 10.2° covering most applications. The new generation of leaf shutters for the H lenses has an extended lifetime, which ensures reliability during flight.

In addition, the exposure time for the aerial lenses has been improved up to 1/4000 of a second, for sharp and crisp images. Traditionally, FMC systems typically only compensate for movement in a single direction, but the fast leaf shutter-based exposure time can both compensate for ground speed and the roll and pitch of the plane.

Near Infra-Red Photography

The A6D camera is available with or without Infra-Red filter for infra-red captures from 750nm to 1000nm to serve the needs of aerial analysis, such as environment surveying and crop management. NDVI, CIR and NIR imaging is possible with third party software.

Phocus SDK by Hasselblad

To facilitate the development of user specific software, Hasselblad offers a complete Software Developers Kit (SDK) which allows full control of camera and image processing from the user’s own software. To quickly get started using the A6D aerial cameras for photography, Hasselblad has created a simple but effective PC sample application which can capture and store RAW files coming from the camera. All source code for this application is supplied to allow the user to adapt to special individual requirements.

Key Features

  • Medium format 100 Megapixel resolution
  • The A6D Aerial includes a feature that allows up to 8 cameras to be synchronized within 20 microseconds.
  • 9 of the H System lenses are available in aerial versions
  • The exposure time for the aerial lenses is increased up to 1/4000 of a second
  • The A6D camera is available with or without Infra-Red filter to allow infra-red captures from 750nm to 1000nm

Additional Features

  • Reduced foot print designed to fit existing POD mountings
  • Up to 15 stops Dynamic
  • Improved external connectivity via stable LEMO connections
  • Fits plane power with a power requirement of 12 – 24 volt DC
  • FMS and multiple camera synchronization
  • Secure camera mounting via 4 x M4 screws
  • Lens locking mechanism with additional lens protector
  • Onboard fast 500+ Mbytes/sec CFast2.0 storage with a capacity of up to 512 GByte
  • External storage interface via locked USB3.0 type C-connection
  • Fully mechanically fixed system to minimize effects of vibrations
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Pentax K-1 FF DSLR camera topic, anti video camera for $1800 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12317/pentax-k-1-ff-dslr-camera-topic-anti-video-camera-for-1800 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 15:16:59 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12317@/talks/discussions image

  • 36.4 MP CMOS sensor
  • Prime IV 14-Bit Image Processor (main issue)
  • 33-AF points -3 EV, 25 cross type
  • ISO sensitivity up to 204,800
  • 5 axis sensor stab, 5 stop SR
  • anti-aliasing filter simulation
  • 300,000 actuations, 1/8000s shutter speed
  • 4.4fps full-frame JPEG L (70 frames, 17 raw)
  • 6.5fps APS-C JPEG L (100frames, 50 raw)
  • flexible, 3.2" tilt-type monitor 1037K dots
  • 0.7x 100% pentaprism VF
  • Weather resistant magnesium alloy body
  • Wi-Fi, GPS, compass
  • Horrible 1080 interlaced 50 and 60 fps video, 30p, 25p and 24p also
  • Operation assist light
  • $1800 body at http://www.adorama.com/IPXK1.html

Hands-ons


Most probably will share the fate with his cousin K-01.

As FF DSLR for Pentax users is same as second coming for Christians I am sure something big will happen in the world this year.

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Pentax K-70, Dinosaur on parade http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15198/pentax-k-70-dinosaur-on-parade Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:54:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15198@/talks/discussions image


Available for $646 at https://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-70-Weather-Sealed-Camera-Black/dp/B01GHVIU70/


DENVER, Colo., June 8, 2016—Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the PENTAX K-70 advanced digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Compact, dustproof and weather-resistant, the new PENTAX K-70 camera incorporates features — many of which have previously only been available on top-of-the-line PENTAX models — that enable photographers to produce high-resolution still photos and HD videos in a wide variety of challenging conditions, including low light and temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). The camera’s weather-resistant capabilities and compact design make it an ideal photographic companion for hikers, climbers and snow sports enthusiasts, as well as for nature and landscape photographers.

With a newly developed image accelerator unit providing a top sensitivity of ISO 102,400, plus the PENTAX-developed PRIME MII image processor, the PENTAX K-70 is capable of capturing high quality images in extremely low-light conditions. A new Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, integrating both image-plane phase-matching and contrast-detection autofocus technologies, delivers speedy and accurate autofocus while also providing continuous auto focus for HD video recording.

“PENTAX has a long history of developing cameras and lenses that can withstand the rigors of the great outdoors. The K-70 goes a step further, with new, advanced features that enable the creation of higher quality images and make the camera very easy to use, both in the backyard and in the field,” said Kaz Eguchi, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “Combined with any one of our many available weather-resistant lenses, this camera is in a class of its own for outdoor photography.”

The PENTAX K-70 provides a variety of advanced features found only in Ricoh’s high-grade PENTAX K-series models, such as the PENTAX Pixel Shift Resolution System, which produces high-resolution, finely detailed images. These also include an AA Filter Simulator that effectively eliminates moiré without the need for an anti-aliasing filter, a variable-tilt LCD monitor, and an in-body shake-reduction mechanism that reduces the effects of camera shake up to 4.5 shutter steps. The K-70 also incorporates built-in Wi-Fi for remote shooting and easy transfer to smart devices using Ricoh’s dedicated Image Sync app.

The PENTAX K-70’s exterior is designed with outdoor operations in mind. Features such as a newly designed grip, mode dial and control buttons on the camera’s top and back panels are designed to be easy and intuitive to operate, even with a gloved hand. It also comes equipped with an outdoor-friendly LCD monitor with an illumination control that can be instantly adjusted to the lighting level of any shooting location. The K-70 also has a red-lighted monitor display function which keeps ambient light from interfering with astrophotography.

In conjunction with the PENTAX K-70 camera, Ricoh Imaging is announcing the HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE lens, a compact, weather-resistant telephoto zoom (see details in separate news release, also issued today); plus the Cable Switch CS-310, a remote shutter release designed especially for use with the K-70.

Availability of the PENTAX K-70 camera, which comes in black and silky silver finishes, will be announced at the beginning of July. When available, it can be purchased at www.ricohimaging.com for $649.95, as well as at Ricoh Imaging-authorized retail outlets throughout North America.

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Samsung NX500 4K NX camera http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12106/samsung-nx500-4k-nx-camera Mon, 05 Jan 2015 10:19:39 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12106@/talks/discussions image

Specs:

  • 28MP BSI APS-C sensor, same as in NX!
  • D5s image engine
  • ISO range: 100-25,600
  • New hybrid AF with PD
  • 55ms super fast AF
  • 9fps with AF
  • 1/6000s shutter speed
  • Easy sharing with BT/Wi-Fi/NFC
  • 3" 1.036kdots Super AMOLED tilt &flip LCD screen (FVGA)
  • Dual command dial
  • 2160p30, UHDp24p, 1080p60/50/30/25/24...
  • 287 g
  • 120 x 64 x 43mm
  • $530 for body on deals - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-NX500-4K-Camera-White-Only-Body-SD-Card-/322285566382

Difference with NX1 - no 4K output via HDMI. no 1080p120 mode, no mic input and headphone output, no UHS-II support, no 802.11ac.

Previews

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Ricoh GR II now with WiFi and NFC http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13205/ricoh-gr-ii-now-with-wifi-and-nfc Thu, 18 Jun 2015 01:49:37 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13205@/talks/discussions image

PR

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation announced the newest camera in its GR series, the RICOH GR II, a premium compact camera with Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. The GR II is the smallest premium compact with DSLR image quality, making it ideal for advanced photographers who want the quality of an SLR camera but the portability of a smart phone.

To manage the new built-in Wi-Fi and NFC functions, Ricoh Imaging also announced GR Remote, a web-based application which allows users to control camera settings virtually via any browser, as well as view and share images wirelessly. Image Sync, available on PENTAX DSLR models, is also supported on the new GR II. It enables GR users to easily browse and transfer images to accompanying mobile devices.

“With the introduction of the GR II, we are taking the premium compact camera to a new level, offering the key features desired by photo enthusiasts: high resolution, a wide angle lens, quick shoot time and portability,” said Jim Malcolm, President of Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “With its new Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, photographers can now easily share their exceptional street and travel shots more easily, benefiting from the best of both worlds.”

Features of the new GR II camera include:

  • High-quality, high-resolution: The GR 18.3mm F2.8 lens is a compact, high-performance GR lens with a focal length of 28mm (in the 35mm format). The GR II also boasts a large, APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 16.2 effective megapixels. Equal in imaging area to the type used for most PENTAX digital SLR models, the sensor combined with the GR lens assures exceptional image quality.
  • High-speed: The GR II’s high-speed AF system can focus in a mere 0.2 seconds, thanks to the optimization of its lens drive mechanism and AF algorithm, and it also has a one second start up and shut down time. Further, with the GR II users can go instantly from the play back mode to shooting by half pressing on the shutter release button.
  • Pocket-sized: Even though it incorporates a host of Wi-Fi functions, the GR II comes in the same size as the previous GR model. Its exterior housing is made of lightweight, high-rigidity magnesium alloy, while its grip is shaped for easy, comfortable hold, and features a control button layout that enables simple one-hand operation.
  • Expanded creative functionality: The GR II provides a total of 17 effect modes with six new modes added including: Clarity, Brilliance, Bright, Portrait, Vibrant and HDR Tone. The new GR II also includes a full range of shooting functions including an in-camera RAW data development function, full HD movie recording for high-quality, extended videos; and, wireless control of PENTAX AF360FGZII & AF540FGZII external flashes.

Pricing and Availability

The Ricoh GR II will be available for purchase July 2015 in stores nationwide for a retail price of $799.95.

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Pentax K-3 II. blast from the past http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12855/pentax-k-3-ii.-blast-from-the-past Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:24:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12855@/talks/discussions image

Available at http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-3II-DSLR-Body-Only/dp/B00WBIYADC/

RICOH is proud to introduce the PENTAX K-3 II Digital SLR; refining the ultimate field camera. Developed as the successor to the award winning PENTAX K-3, the new K-3 II shares its predecessor’s magnesium alloy casing, metal chassis, 24.35 effective megapixel resolution, 27-point AF system and approximately 8.3 frames per second shooting while adding an improved 4.5EV stop shake reduction system, new high-speed AF algorithm, GPS, gyro sensor panning detection and automatic horizon correction.

"The introduction of the PENTAX K-3 II marks our commitment to providing photographers with rugged high quality solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Jim Malcolm, President of Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. The “magic’’ we add to our cameras through the motion-controlled Shake Reduction (SR) technology helps our photographers shoot for the stars and capture images in stunning detail; no other manufacturer is offering such a variety of features in a single camera design.”

The K-3 II is the first camera in the PENTAX line to incorporate Pixel Shift Resolution® for capturing still life subjects with ultra-high resolving power. Pixel shift technology uses the camera’s in-body Shake Reduction mechanism to move the image sensor at single pixel increments, capture 4 separate images, which are subsequently combined into a single high definition image. Benefits include higher resolving power, reduced false color and improved overall image quality of non-moving subjects.

Building on the PENTAX K-3 camera’s rugged dust proof and weather-resistant construction, the K-3 II features a built-in GPS receiver, GPS log and electronic compass purpose- designed to stand up to demanding location work. The GPS system records shooting location, camera orientation, altitude, and provides a date/time stamp tied specifically to your images; all of which can be transferred to a computer and mapped using services such as Google Earth™.

By combining the power of GPS positioning with in-body shake reduction mechanism, the PENTAX K-3 II cameras exclusive built in ASTROTRACER® features tracks and photographs astronomical bodies such as stars and planets. The system uses GPS and orientation location data together with magnetic and acceleration sensors to calculate the motion needed to synchronize the CMOS sensor with the movement of the stars; making it possible to capture stars as points of light rather than star trails during long exposures.

“The original PENTAX K-3 has been my go to camera since it was first introduced,” said professional photographer Kerrick James. “Now with the addition of GPS, Pixel Shift Resolution, and 4.5EV stop shake reduction, my field photography is further refined and documented regardless of my remote location. This ensures my demanding shooting style will always be met and will provide my clients with consistently high quality photography.”

The new PENTAX K-3 II uses the advanced and intuitive user interface common to most PENTAX camera products. The system is compatible with a host of accessories including a versatile array of flash units, lenses, battery grip and interchangeable focus screens.

Pricing and Availability

The PENTAX K-3 II will be available in May 2015 for a suggested retail price of $1099.95.

1. High-resolution images

The K-3 II combines an APS-C-size CMOS image sensor free of an anti-aliasing filter with the high-performance PRIME III imaging engine — identical to the one installed in the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital SLR camera — to optimize the imaging power of approximately 24.35 effective megapixels and deliver sharp, fine-gradation images. It also effectively minimizes annoying noise generated at higher sensitivities, allowing high-grade, high-sensitivity shooting even at the top sensitivity of ISO 51200.

2. New-generation PENTAX-original shake reduction mechanism

(1) Upgraded in-body SR mechanism to assure the best shake reduction performance in the K series

The K-3 II comes equipped with a PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that can be used with any compatible PENTAX interchangeable lens.* Thanks to its new, high-precision gyro sensor, this mechanism assures more stable, effective camera-shake compensation than ever before, with an extra-wide compensation range of as much as 4.5 shutter steps — the widest of all K-series digital SLR models. Even when taking a panning shot, this efficiently controls the SR unit to always produce the best image possible under the given conditions.

(2) New Pixel Shift Resolution System to deliver image resolutions higher than the image sensor’s capacity

The K-3 II features Pixel Shift Resolution System,** the latest super-resolution technology, which captures four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image. Compared to the conventional Bayer system, in which each pixel has only a single unit of color data, this new system obtains all color data in each pixel. This innovative system delivers super-high-resolution images with far more truthful color reproduction and much finer details, while significantly lowering the level of high-sensitivity noise. Recorded images can also be synthesized, either on a computer using the accompanying utility software, or with the camera’s in-body RAW-data development function.

(3) Innovative AA filter simulator to minimize moiré

By applying microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the sub-pixel level during image exposure, the K-3 II’s AA (anti-aliasing) filter simulator*** provides the same level of moiré reduction as an optical AA filter. Unlike an optical filter, which always creates the identical result, this innovative simulator lets the user not only switch the anti-aliasing filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the level of the effect. This means that the ideal effect can be set for a particular scene or subject.

(4) Supportive shooting functions

The K-3 II’s SR unit has a flexible design that tilts the image sensor unit in all directions. This is one reason why the K-3 II can provide a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation; image-composition fine-adjustment; and ASTROTRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography.

3. High-precision, SAFOX 11 sensor module with 27-point AF system

The K-3 II features the sophisticated SAFOX 11 AF sensor module with an expanded image-field coverage using 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). The center sensor and the two sensors just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on a subject when using a large-aperture lens. Thanks to the combination of a state-of-the-art AF algorithm and the advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, this AF system assures much improved AF tracking performance in the AF Continuous mode, while providing an extra-wide measurable luminance range (–3EV to +18EV).

4. High-precision exposure control with PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System

The K-3 II is equipped with the advanced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, which is supported by an approximately 86,000-pixel RGB metering sensor. This system is designed to optimize the camera’s overall performance, not only by controlling exposure with great accuracy, but also by utilizing the data obtained by the light-metering sensor to further enhance the accuracy of autofocusing and white-balance adjustment. It has also expanded the measurable luminance level to as low as –3EV. By detecting the type of scene or subject using the RGB metering sensor, the K-3 II selects the exposure settings that are more consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions.

5. High-speed continuous shooting with a top speed of approximately 8.3 images per second

The K-3 II continuously records as many as 23 images in the RAW format, or 60 images in the JPEG format,**** in a single sequence. This has been made possible through the use of several innovative developments, including: a high-speed, highly accurate control mechanism that regulates the shutter, mirror and diaphragm independently; a damper mechanism that effectively minimizes mirror shock; and a high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME III imaging engine.

6. Optical viewfinder with nearly 100-percent field of view

The K-3 II’s glass prism has been treated with a coating that is designed to improve reflectance for a much brighter viewfinder image. With a magnification of approximately 0.95 times, its viewfinder provides a broad, bright image field for easy focusing and framing.

7. Full HD movie recording with an array of creative tools

The K-3 II captures Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30p frame rate) in the H.264 recording format. It also comes equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and a headphone terminal. The user can even adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound pressure levels during microphone recording. In addition to a host of distinctive visual effects available for movie recording,***** the K-3 II also provides the interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips at a fixed interval

8. Built-in GPS module

Thanks to its built-in GPS module, the K-3 II provides a variety of advanced GPS functions, including the recording of location, latitude, longitude, altitude and UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) and direction at the time of shooting. The user can easily access images containing GPS data using a computer, to browse them, check on shooting locations and position data on the screen, or save them. The user can also take advantage of some unique tools, including: GPS log, which keeps track of the photographer’s movement; Electronic Compass, which displays the camera’s direction on the camera’s LCD monitor; and ASTROTRACER, which simplifies the tracing and photographing of celestial bodies by coupling GPS data with the camera’s SR mechanism.

9. Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots

On its back panel, the K-3 II features a 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots and a 3:2 aspect ratio. In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also has a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique air-gapless construction in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated to effectively reduce the reflection and dispersion of light for improved visibility during outdoor shooting.

10. Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction

The K-3 II’s exterior casing, consisting of top and bottom panels and front and back frames, is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 sealing parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as –10°C. It also features a dependable, durable shutter unit that withstands 200,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-3 II has been designed to be compact and maneuverable, assuring remarkable operability and swift response in the field.

11. Other features

  • Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 buss speed mode)
    • Smartphone-support functions using the optional FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB
    • Top-grade DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
    • HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing
    • PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions
    • Model dial with a choice of lock mechanism engagement (ON or OFF)
    • Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, diffraction, brightness level at image-field edges, and fringe effect (available in RAW-format processing only)
    • The latest version of Digital Camera Utility 5 software is included
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Pentax K50 and K500 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7236/pentax-k50-and-k500-topic Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:25:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7236@/talks/discussions image

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Specifications

  • 16.2MP sensor
  • 921,000px screen
  • 6fps shooting
  • SAFOX IXi+ TTL phase-detection 11 point (9 cross) wide autofocus system
  • Shutter speed: 1/6000 to 30 sec
  • up to 1080p30 video
  • Image Stabilisation
  • Weight 650g (K-50)
  • Power - Li-ion battery DLI-109 (K-50), K-500 uses 4 AA
  • K-500 lacks color options and weather sealing
  • Expected price - $779 for K-50 and $599 for K-500

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Pentax K-3 Official topic, first camera with USB 3.0 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/4604/pentax-k-3-official-topic-first-camera-with-usb-3.0 Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:10:07 -0600 ahbleza 4604@/talks/discussions image

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Specifications

  • Sensor - CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6mm, 24.71 MP, 14 bits/channel RAW
  • Movie - Full HD ,1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p, HD - 1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
  • Image Quality levels: ★★★ Best, ★★ Better, ★ Good, RAW (14-bit)
  • ISO 100-51200 (1, 1/2, 1/3 steps), Auto ISO range selectable
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 sec (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps), Bulb
  • Continuous FPS - Approx 8.3 FPS (60 JPG, 23 RAW)
  • Dust Removal: DR II (ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter) with Dust Alert function
  • SAFOX 11 TTL phase-matching - 27 point (25 cross type focus points in the center)
  • Pentaprism VF, Coverage (field of view): 100%, Magnification: 0.95X (w 50mm F1.4 at infinity)
  • 3.2” TFT color LCD monitor, 1037K dots
  • Retractable P-TTL popup flash, GN - 13m (ISO 100)
  • Double SD slots
  • Ports - USB 3.0 hi-speed, AV out, HDMI out, DC in, cable switch, X-sync socket
  • 3.5mm stereo microphone, and headphones
  • Battery - D-LI90
  • Body dimensions (W x H x D): 5.17in x 3.94in x 3.05in
  • Body weight - 25.2 oz

Link to Ricoh site - http://issuu.com/cjmphoto/docs/k-3_issuu_master_preview



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Sigma's SD1 (Flagship) Foveon Camera - Prices tumble http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10800/sigmas-sd1-flagship-foveon-camera-prices-tumble Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:19:12 -0600 goanna 10800@/talks/discussions Sigma seems to be finally generating attention for its Foveon range of cameras - so much the better if it generates for them the cash they'll needed for R&D if we ever want to see faster Foveon cameras.

Many understand the Foveon advantage: you can get a prize-winning, unforgettable picture, just once in a while, because of the aesthetic edge the sensor gives. The processors are slow; you'll have to convert the RAW to get that super-real look. You wait up to 6 seconds for the camera to write to its SD card. There's no video.

( I can imagine the Hitler-in-bunker subtitles film excerpt where the fuhrer invites all who want fast, cheap cameras with video to leave the room - and only two remain. This then, is for those two of us remaining in the bunker ;-)

The ~$600 DP1,2 and 3 series (Merril) produce fixed-lens shots which look as good as the (previously around $10,000) SLR Sigma SD1

Now there are the newer, boxy looking Dp' s in the ring as well- with pretty much the same sensor/processor as the big SD1. So nobody much bought the expensive SD1 one unless they were rich - or else sure of a certain job or shoot which would recoup the purchase price in one go - as well as come up with the winning shots.

But that's chanced recently; The same, once £5,3000 / $11,000 SD1 has starting popping up for sale at prices down by around 85% Off Now as low as$AUD1,400 !! (US$1250) Time to compare them again!

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from http://fotogenerellinternational.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/comparison-sigma-dp2m-vs-sigma-sd1-30mm-f1-4/

Both the Sigma DP2m and SD1 are fine cameras which appeal to different target groups and which reach top forms under different conditions. The DP2m is a compact camera capable of astonishing image quality – the full format for the jacket pocket, so to speak. This compactness comes with disadvantages as well, lenses cannot be changed, one has to make do with a fixed normal focal length. The SD1 is equipped with the same Foveon sensor and performs similarly, but having a lens mount, it provides the possibility of changing lenses in order to be all geared up for any motif whatsoever. What happens, however, if one mounts the Sigma 30mm f1.4 onto the SD1, thus creating equal opportunities (as much as this is even possible with such different cameras) and let them compete against each other.

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Pentax K-01 Digital Mirrorless http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2175/pentax-k-01-digital-mirrorless Thu, 02 Feb 2012 08:14:22 -0700 John_Farragut 2175@/talks/discussions Pentax K-01 is out. Interesting camera.


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THE FIRST K-MOUNT MIRRORLESS

  • 16.28 Megapixel CMOS sensor form the K-5
  • New Prime M imaging engine
  • New quieter mechanical shutter
  • Optional H.264 video format
  • New advanced HDR mode
  • Full-HD video recording (24/25/30fps) and 720p video recording at up to 60fps (a first for Pentax)
  • Native KAF2/KAF3 mount works with thousands of lenses, manual and modern alike
  • 81-point selectable contrast detect autofocus
  • 6FPS shutter delivering a 1/4000s maximum shutter speed
  • ISO 100-25,600
  • Sensor-shift shake reduction (SR)
  • Ultrasonic dust removal (DR)
  • 3 inch VGA LCD monitor with 170-degree angle of view ("921,000 dots")
  • Design by Marc Newson (but not weather-sealed)
  • 3 colors: silver & black, black, black & yellow
  • Weighs just 480 grams without the battery - lighter & smaller than the K-r
  • 12.1cm wide x 7.9cm tall x 5.9cm deep

Available for about $640-700


Reviews:


Available at:

More Pentax news at: http://www.pentaxforums.com/#ixzz1lF5SbvcX


http://www.mirrorlessrumors.com/pentax-k-01-announced-news-reviews-and-preorder-roundup/ http://www.pentax.co.uk/en/digital-mirrorless/K01.html

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Pentax K-S2 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12361/pentax-k-s2-topic Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:59:35 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12361@/talks/discussions image

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Samsung NX30 topic, first camera made for video shooter http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9246/samsung-nx30-topic-first-camera-made-for-video-shooter Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:58:20 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9246@/talks/discussions image

Main specs:

  • 20MP APS-C sensor
  • 1080p60 video
  • 2.4M dots tiltable EVF
  • Amoled tiltable screen
  • Hybrid AF with integrated phase sensors
  • NFC, fast dual channel Wi-Fi
  • Mic input with level control and levels on screen
  • 1/8000 min shutter speed
  • Kit price below $1000 / 1000 EUR

SEOUL, Korea – January 02, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced today the professionally-inspired NX30 compact system camera, featuring high quality images and with faster than ever performance. Samsung also expanded its line of NX lenses with the introduction of its first “S” Series premium lens.

"The NX30 continues the evolution of our award-winning NX series of cameras, bringing with it new and improved features such as a better imaging processor and our advanced SMART Camera offering. Not only does this camera deliver the performance users demand, it is also easy-to-use so that moments are never missed,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. "The NX30 allows photographers to shoot with confidence, providing a seamless ability to capture moments and share them immediately, delivering exceptionally beautiful photographs while creating an unmatched photo-sharing experience.”

Image Quality at the Core

High quality images with rich color are guaranteed with the advanced 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor. Delivering shots that are bursting with sharp detail and intense colors, the large sensor is ideal for creating rich images with dramatic foreground and background blur, providing professional quality imaging that ignites the visual senses. Featuring the Samsung NX AF System II that boasts fast and accurate auto focusing, this new model ensures all moments, including fast-moving scenes and subjects that make up the beauty of everyday life, will never be missed.

Capturing short-lived, fast-paced moments in perfect clarity is achievable with the NX30's exceptionally fast 1/8000 sec Shutter Speed and the 9 frame per second (FPS) Continuous Shooting function. These features help to further break down the action and capture movement beyond what the eye can see so that each split second can be appreciated.

Featuring a unique, Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), the NX30 makes it easier than ever to discover a new perspective. Whether crowds are obstructing the shot or a more creative angle is desired, the 80 degree tilt means that different viewpoints are simple to achieve. With the ability to move from side to side up to 180 degrees, and upward and downward up to 270 degrees, the NX30's 76.7mm (3.0-inch) Super AMOLED Swivel and Touch Display offers flexible angles which are especially useful for self-shooting, whether for stills or video capture.

Smart Connectivity, Tag & Go

Building on the successes of Samsung's market leading SMART Camera technology, the NX30's NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities offer the next-generation of connectivity, making it is easier than ever to take advantage of a host of intuitive sharing features. The ‘Tag & Go’ function lets users tap and share memories instantly and easily, pairing the NX30 with NFC enabled smartphones and tablets.

The Photo Beam feature allows the transfer of an image or video to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two devices together with no other configuration needed. MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time, so everyone can treasure photos without the need to take repetitive shots on each individual device. AutoShare automatically sends every photo you take instantly to your smartphone or tablet and the Remote Viewfinder Pro function enables control of the NX30 from a smartphone, allowing the user to zoom and snap shots remotely yet still have full visibility of the scene, opening up new photographic possibilities. Manual settings can still be accessed, including shutter speed and aperture, so that photographers can retain camera control yet have another option as to how they want to frame their shot.

Dropbox, the popular web storage service is pre-loaded on the NX30 in selected regions – making it the first camera-specific device to offer direct-to-Dropbox uploading. Additionally, users of the NX30 in select regions can upload directly to Flickr, the full resolution photo sharing site – another first in a camera-specific device. Using the advanced connected features of the NX30, images can be uploaded automatically so that snap happy photographers will not need to be concerned with filling up their memory cards ever again.

Experience Life from all Angles

The NX30 includes the sophisticated next-generation DRIMeIV Image Processor and a powerful DSP imaging engine that brings an unmatched shooting experience and Full HD 1080/60p movie capabilities. The high light sensitivity of the NX30, with a range from ISO100-25600, produces stunning images even in low light conditions and with OIS Duo technology, steady shots for better movie recording are guaranteed, even while on the move. The innovative technology provided by the DRIMeIV Image Processor also enables the 3D capture of scenes and subjects via the Samsung 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, letting memories live on through lifelike 3D images and videos displayed on compatible 3D devices. The introduction of OLED Color to the NX30 records the ultimate contrast and real colors, to make it possible for you capture landscapes that are rich and portraits with natural tones.

Advanced video features make the NX30 the ideal solution for movie makers searching for a compact yet high performing camera. In addition to Full HD Video Stereo Recording, the NX30 supports a standard 3.5mm microphone input for high quality audio capture while shooting movies. The Audio Level Meter appears on the display so you can continuously monitor the input level status while recording. In addition, the input level can be manually adjusted to ensure optimal audio quality. Moreover, the NX30 is also perfect for advanced video enthusiasts because of its HDMI live streaming with Full HD 30p output that makes it easy to connect with a large screen, recorder, and other HDMI devices.

Intuitive design is a central feature of the NX30. Two dedicated Custom Modes can be accessed on the mode dial, so that preferred camera settings can be retrieved quickly, while ten additional custom settings can be stored on the camera. The separate drive dial also provides instant access to a selection of popular modes, including continuous shooting, bracketing and self timer. It is therefore fast and simple to select the ideal settings for a shot, meaning that there is no delay in capturing the perfect image.

Through Samsung's innovative i-Function system, advanced camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture can be accessed with the touch of one button. For more experienced photographers, i-Function Plus lets users are able to reprogram existing buttons with their preferred and frequently used settings.

The powerful new SEF 580A TTL external flash with a Guide Number of 58 makes it simple to capture perfect shots, allowing light to travel further and wider. The high speed flash sync mode allows for flash with shutter speeds faster than 1/200 of a second, ideal for brightly lit scenes with selective depth of field. Additionally, this new flash supports wireless strobe sync, bringing an added dimension to images with light that looks natural.

Premium and Professional Quality in any Situation: 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

The new Samsung 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS lens allows photographers of all skill levels to achieve professional image quality through a myriad of new and advanced features. It is the first Premium “S” Series lens, which signifies end-users will be given superior optical-technology to meet their photography needs. Its versatile standard zoom angle of view allows for flexibility to take photos at frequently desired angles and vantage points, without limitations on what is captured. The 16-50mm has an extremely bright aperture (F2.0 at 16mm; F2.8 at 50mm) making it the brightest 3X zoom among equivalent class lenses, adding-value to the overall picture-taking experience and imaging results. Splash and dust proof, this lens is designed to deliver quality results even in extreme, harsh conditions.

This lens features an Ultra-Precise Stepping Motor (UPSM), improved from the conventional Stepping Motor (SM), that is 3X more precise in its ability to control and focus on subjects. Coupled with its optical image stabilizer and combination of three aspherical (ASP) lenses, two extra-low dispersion (ED) lenses, and two eXreme High Refractive (XHR) lenses, the 16-50mm F2-2.8 S ED OIS has the ability to take a steady shot and produce an exceptional photo with ultimate clarity and detail. The combination of these advanced elements work together to enhance the results from the lens. The ASP lenses reduce and nearly eliminate spherical aberration, whereas the ED elements reduce chromatic aberration and the XHR allows for a more compact and light lens.

Excellent Imagery Everyday: 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens

The new 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS lens was designed for everyday use as well as for photographers who often travel and desire quality and compactness. It is lightweight, weighing only 111g with a compact 31mm frame and a modern and simple design. It is available in two colors (Black and White). With an outstanding wide angle optical performance, the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OISlens includes Silent Auto Focusing and a low zooming noise, excellent for capturing video which is clear and undisturbed by the noise of the mechanism.

A vital feature of the new lens is its quick control made possible through an Electro zoom with a seesaw type button. This unique feature allows photographers to simply click to zoom and take a photo from any view or angle, similar to a compact camera experience. The smooth zooming operation, applied from the high-end camcorder not only creates superb pictures, but enables high-quality videos. The intuitive operating mechanism, i-Function and UPSM help to take more precise pictures, while the Optical Image Stabilization reduces the blur associated with camera movement adding to the appeal of this lens.

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Samsung NX300 and NX300M http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/5653/samsung-nx300-and-nx300m Thu, 03 Jan 2013 20:08:26 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5653@/talks/discussions image

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Specifications:

  • 21.6Mp APS-C sensor
  • 768,000 pixels AMOLED tilting touch screen
  • Hybrid AF with Phase and Contrast Detection, fastest among all cameras
  • 3D Still and movie capture
  • 1080p60 video
  • Wi-Fi
  • Optional GPS
  • 280 g
  • 122 x 64 x 41 mm
  • $749 expected price

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Samsung NX system topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12210/samsung-nx-system-topic Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:05:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12210@/talks/discussions Some short thoughts about my experience (and talks to members) with Samsung NX system.

Now Samsung NX system is underdog with great value. Something that Pentax years ago.

Interesting bodies

  • Samsung NX1 - video king for APS-C cameras, current top camera
  • Samsung NX30 - ex top camera, available for $460 and up on ebay . It is hard to get such good camera with EVF and AMOLED screen for so cheap in any other system.
  • Samsung NX20 - early top camera, available for $260 and up on ebay . Still with good EVF and AMOLED. FullHD video and Wi-Fi. Steal.
  • Samsung NX300. Little gem. Amazing build, AMOLED tilting screen. From around $280 on ebay.

Optics

Most optics is of very good quality, quite cheap, except one ultrazoom (but it is very ok for video).

Best ones: 16-50mm F2-2.8 zoom, 60mm macro, 85mm F1.4 S, 30mm F2, 12-24mm wide zoom, 16-50mm PZ lens.

Samyang and Rokinon optics can be got with good discount with NX mount (check $235 35mm F1.4 I posted in NX1 topic).

Connectivity

Samsung is known for best connectivity options and very good Wi-Fi speed (as they are pro in implementing Wi-Fi in smartphones).

Firmware

Bodies before NX1 can have small issues with video compression. It is BaseLine profile, 1 ReFrame only, no CABAC. Ala GH1.

Software

Samsung cameras come with full fledged Adobe Lightroom (except newest NX500). Take it into account also, looking at the prices.

Sound

On some bodies it is no mic input as well as headphones out.

Yet unusual hack to this exist, you will need small Samsung EM10 microphone.
It has headphone output and internal ADC. If you want to attach dynamic or electret lavalier mikes you'll need to rip it apart and solder wires to the original capsules.

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Samsung NX Mini 2 4K little mouse http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13271/samsung-nx-mini-2-4k-little-mouse- Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:34:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13271@/talks/discussions image

  • 1" 20.5 BSI CMOS sensor
  • 4K at 30 and 24fps (specs say that it is H.264 :-) )
  • 3" AMOLED screen
  • 6fps shooting
  • 1/16000s - 30 sec shutter
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Bluetooth with support for remote control
  • 110.4mm x 61.9mm x 22.3mm
  • Full weight - 193gr

Via - http://www.cameranu.nl/nl/p715865/samsung-nx-mini-2-systeemcamera-zwart-9mm

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Samsung NX mini http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9911/samsung-nx-mini Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:38:55 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9911@/talks/discussions image

  • 20.5MP 1" inch CMOS sensor
  • NX-M mount (new!)
  • 460k dot touch and tiltable LCD screen
  • Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Magnesium body
  • Contrast AF only
  • up to 1/16,000 shutter speed
  • 21 AF points
  • up to ISO 12,800 tops
  • 6fps shooting
  • only 1080p 30p HD video
  • Comes with Lightroom 5
  • Standard kit with 9mm - $449
  • 9mm lens + 27mm lens + flash kit will be $549
  • 9mm and 9-27mm lenses will go for $179 and $279 respectively

Available at:

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Previews and such:

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Pentax K-S1 - now with pretty lights http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/11072/pentax-k-s1-now-with-pretty-lights Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:46:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11072@/talks/discussions image

  • 20Mp CMOS sensor
  • LED body illumination indicates the current status of camera operation. Power switch LEDs stay green during still-image shooting, but change colour to red during movie recording
  • 3.0" high-res LCD monitor
  • 1080p movie recording with stereo audio
  • Shutter speed up to 1/6000 sec.
  • 5.4 images per second shooting

Previews:

Available at:

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Samsung NX3000 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10339/samsung-nx3000-topic Thu, 08 May 2014 10:59:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10339@/talks/discussions image

Specs:

  • 20.3Mp APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 21 Point Contrast AF
  • M7MU LSI
  • 3.0" 460,800 dot flip up LCD
  • 1/4,000 – 30 sec shutter
  • 5fps shooting
  • 100-25,600 ISO
  • 1080p30 video only
  • MicroSD Card slot (sic!)
  • 230 grams • 11.74cm x 6.59cm x 3.9cm
  • Price - $479 for kit

Preorder:

Previews:

PR

The new NX3000 is the latest edition to Samsung’s award winning NX series of compact system cameras. Featuring state-of-the-art technical specifications and a retro design, the premium NX3000 is the perfect choice for photography enthusiasts who want a stylish camera to capture life’s most important moments in stunning detail.

The NX3000 comes with a powerful 20.3MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, 1/4000 shutter speed and 5fps continuous shooting, allowing you to capture beautiful photos in perfect clarity, at any time from any location.

The Samsung NX3000 features a convenient 3.0-inch Flip-up Display with Wink Shot. By simply opening the screen and turning the device towards your face and winking, you can capture the perfect selfie in one hassle-free motion.

As is standard for all of Samsung’s recently released SMART cameras, the NX3000 features industry-leading Tag & Go integration so you can seamlessly share images via Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity as well as take advantage of advanced features including; Photo Beam, Remote Viewfinder Pro and Mobile Link.

The NX3000 will be available in White, Black and Brown, and will feature Samsung’s new compact 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 Power Zoom ED OIS Lens. This powerful yet compact, lightweight lens offers easy and convenient zoom-shooting, delivering stunning detail in every shot. Additionally, with the 16-50mm Power Zoom lens, you can control the camera’s zoom function on a mobile device via Remote Viewfinder Pro, allowing you to be even more creative with your shots. Available from mid June, RRP TBC.

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Samsung NX3300 topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12323/samsung-nx3300-topic Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:36:52 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12323@/talks/discussions image

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  • Old 20.3Mp sensor
  • New PZ lens
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Samsung NX Mount Protocol http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12663/samsung-nx-mount-protocol- Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:59:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12663@/talks/discussions NX protocol is based on SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) communication.
NX body is set as Master and Lens is set as Slave

Pin Out

  • Pin 1: SPI Clock - Body (Master) generates clock signal to synchronize SPI communication. (Normal High)
  • Pin 2: SPI MOSI - (Master Out Slave In) Body sends data to Lens. (Normal Low)
  • Pin 3: SPI MISO - (Master In Slave Out) Lens sends data to Body. (Normal High)
  • Pin 4: AF Tick - This line is used only when AF is performed. This tick commands lens report the lens status (AF location, moving status, etc). (Normal High)
  • Pin 5: Lens Data Ready - (Normal High) Lens set this line LOW when lens has data ready to send Body. Once this signal set LOW by lens, body will generate SPI Clock, and Lens will transfer prepared data with the clock signal.
  • Pin 6: GND (0V)
  • Pin 7: Power (3.3V) - It is a power source for microcontroller in Lens.
  • Pin 8: Power (5.0V) * It is a power source for motors in Lens (AF and Aperture motor)

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His posts in Korean about making adapter (also contains some protocol details):

http://www.mydiyworld.net/?cat=108

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Samsung NX1 UHD4k vs 1080p - Rolling Shutter and Resolution Crash Test http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12377/samsung-nx1-uhd4k-vs-1080p-rolling-shutter-and-resolution-crash-test Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:09:01 -0700 eddavid 12377@/talks/discussions

This is a test shooting the Samsung NX1 in UHD mode 23.98 FPS and 1080p 23.98 FPS - both in PRO mode to see how it handles rolling shutter and resolution loss. My test chart was one of those magazine insert things that always fall out of your magazine when you are trying to read in the subway and someone comes up to you and says, "hey you dropped your thingy." and they want you to pick it up because it's littering but they say it like maybe you want to hold onto the magazine insert, to avoid confrontation. I wonder if the world still needs these magazine insert thingies? Maybe it's time to stop littering, magazine people? Actually I shouldn't be so hard on the magazine people, I love magazines and I need them to keep existing and if it requires them to have these annoying insert thingies, let them be. I need to accept other people for who they are. I am working on this. But anyway back to the test.

I transcoded using wondershare at -25 contrast - sorry guys I can’t figure out iffmpeg!

Shot at 800 ASA, 1/60 shutter, 23.98 FPS

Shot with Leica R 50mm f/1.4 lens at F stop 2.8. Focued on center text with zoom tool.

I lit it with some weird LED light so that it would flicker a lot and cause even more rolling shutter shenanigans - to see what's going on with the rolling shutter from a scientific perspective. But I'm not a scientist, I'm mostly just faking it till I make it.

Shot at Gamma DR with master per up +10 and contrast down -3.

Then I increased resolution 200% then 300% then 400%

Results - the rolling shutter is so much better in 1080p mode, and the loss of resolution is there - is it enough to bother me ? No, actually I’m not that into resolution anyway - I think rolling shutter is a much greater evil.

How does 1080p affect the image beyond rolling shutter and sharpness - highlight handling looks similar from this weak test. Color looks similar too. Less resolution and maybe edges less defined might make the image more organic and smoother.

Woo hoo

I think we can help make the world love the little Samsung NX1. The little engine that could. The outsider. Next test - Sony A7S 4k to Odyssey 7q in Full frame mode vs Samsung NX1 in 1080p mode. Resolution and rolling shutter and dynamic range and highlight handling.

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Pentax Q-S1 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/10986/pentax-q-s1 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 04:42:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10986@/talks/discussions image

  • 1/1.7 inch, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • In-body Sensor-Shift Shake Reduction (SR) Mechanism
  • Continuous shooting at 5 FPS and shutter speeds from 1/2000 to 30 seconds
  • 3" monitor
  • Bokeh Control
  • In-body RAW development
  • HDR Capture
  • 1080p H.264 HD video recording
  • HDMI Port
  • Built-In Pop-up Flash
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC, Eye-Fi card compatibility
  • Optional External Viewfinder Available

Available at:

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