Lomography and renown singer Tori Amos have teamed up to host a photography contest inspired by several worldwide cities, including our very own City of Angels. The Tori Amos Inspiration Competition is accepting entries until August 15th, so get on it! The contest features “exclusives prizes including a Limited Edition TORI Diana F+ camera that you can’t even pick up in the Lomography Online Shop,” according to the contest site. There are also a ton of other opportunities for prizes for winners and runners up. Read all about the competition and prizes at the official contest site. Good luck!
Vimeo—the favorite online video hosting site of creative videographers and independent filmmakers—has announced a new service called Vimeo PRO. “Vimeo developed its PRO account, which will exist as a separate service outside of the Vimeo.com community, based on demand for a cost-effective video-hosting service equipped with core features that meets the growing needs of small businesses,” says Vimeo. Meaning, it is not an upgrade to the Vimeo Plus account but an entirely separate entity. Features of the PRO account include: portfolios to showcase videos and services (with SEO), no bandwidth caps or time limits, brandable video player, third-party video player support (if you’d like to go in that direction), and unlimited High Definition uploading. Visit Vimeo PRO for all the details on the new service, and to see if it might be a good idea for your creative (or not!) small business.
Olympus has announced the compact new SP-810UZ digital camera, which they’re billing as a perfect travel camera because of its compact size and powerful zoom range. With a wide 42-864mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and a 36x optical zoom, the SP-810UZ has “the best zoom performance Olympus has ever delivered,” according to the company’s product manager. It is also “one of the smallest compact cameras currently on the market with a zoom of 36x.” The SP-810UZ will be available in September for an estimated $329.99. See the press release below for more details.
Sony has announced the Cyber-shot TX55 point-and-shoot with a 3.3-inch wide angle touchscreen, 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and “amazing 3D image” capture. The TX55 also features something that Sony is calling “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology, which “boosts the cameras’ [5x] zoom range to a virtual 10x without losing quality at the image sensor’s maximum resolution.” The camera also comes packed with a “Picture Effect” mode, which sounds similar to the creative art filters we’ve seen in many other manufacturers’ models, with options like: HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key. The Sony Cyber-shot TX55 will be available for an estimated $350.00 in September. See the press release from Sony below.
In a recent patent application [here, via Photography Bay], Samsung proposed “a method for performing out-focus of camera having a first lens and a second lens, comprising: photographing a first image with the first lens and photographing a second image with the second lens; extracting depth information of the photographed first image and second image; and performing out-focus on the first image or the second image using the extracted depth information” [via]. Basically, they’re looking into a way to get the kind of shallow DOF results of the DSLR with a compact point-and-shoot. We recently saw that a different technology for the same result is in the works with the Lytro camera.