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Olympus today announced the latest offering in their longstanding tradition of waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof compact cameras—the Tough TG-1 iHS. Built for durability, the TG-1 iHS is being billed as the toughest Tough model to date; it’s waterproof down to 40 feet, shockproof from drops of 6.6 feet or less, freezeproof down to 14 degrees (Fahrenheit), and can withstand being crushed under up to 220 pounds of weight. It features a 25-100mm, f/2.0-4.9 4x zoom lens, and with an available adapter ring ($19.99) you can add a waterproof fisheye ($119.99) or telephoto ($109.99) attachment.
The Tough TG-1 iHS is priced at $399.99, and while the camera body is rugged, a full underwater housing accessory will also be available for $309.99 in July.
Nikon has just announced the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera—the upgrade to 2010′s D3100. The new D3200 features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame (DX-format, they call it) CMOS sensor, where the D3100 had a pixel count of 14.2 million pixels in the same APS-C size sensor. Nikon says that this huge jump in pixel count will not result in noisy images, but rather, “The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.”
The D3200 has an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 12,800. It also features “Guide Mode,” which gives step-by-step photo instructions to people moving into DSLR territory (and the manual controls that come along with it) for the first time. It also shoots full 1080p HD video and features a 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen.
It looks like Nikon will still keep the D3100 on the market, selling the D3200 alongside it for $50 more (both kits include an 18-55mm zoom lens). The Nikon D3200 will be available in either black or red in late April for $699.95 with the F-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.
Canon announced today the EOS 60Da DSLR. Not to be confused with the Canon 60D (reviewed here), the 60Da is “optimized for astrophotography.” It offers a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity. These modifications, according to Canon, allow the camera to capture photographs of “red hydrogen emission” nebulae and other cosmic phenomena. In other words, it’s built for those shooting in a specialized field.
While this isn’t a mainstream image maker, we can’t help but be fascinated (is “star struck” too horrible a pun?) by the camera. One Canon exec says, “This new camera enables an accurate depiction of a part of our solar system which is hard to achieve with conventional cameras but should be enjoyed and celebrated.” It features a 1,040,000 dots 3-inch Clear View LCD screen and ISO speeds up to 6400 expandable to 12800. Oh, and “The improved infrared-blocking filter is a modification suited specifically toward astronomy enthusiasts to achieve a hydrogen-alpha light sensitivity that is approximately three times higher than that of a normal Canon DSLR camera. This produces a 20-percent higher transmittance of Hydrogen Alpha line, or H α wavelength, allowing astronomers to capture crisp, clear images of reddish, diffuse nebulae.”
Should astrophotography be your thing, the Canon EOS 60Da will be available starting this month from select dealers for an estimated $1,499.00.
Sony has announced the latest A-mount series DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology: the α57. Successor to the α55, the new camera’s body is manufactured from recycled plastics and the camera chassis contains 10% recycled material. The α57 shoots still images at up to 12 frames per second, boasts a sensitivity range of ISO 100-16,000, features the α65‘s 5-point AF system with three cross sensors, and, like the α65, has an OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with 1440k dot resolution and a 100% field of view.
The α57 interchangeable lens camera will be available in April for about $700 (model SLT-A57, body only) or about $800 (model SLT-A57K, with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens for $800).
We’ve long been impressed by the GigaPan EPIC system. The robotic mounts allow cameras to capture up to thousands of photos at a time in order to create one extremely detailed “gigapixel panorama” image. Said captures are blended together through the use of GigaPan’s Stitch software.
Now GigaPan has announced two new versions of their high resolution image blending software: Stitch 2.0, and the more advanced Stitch.Efx. Updates to both include tools for automatic vignette correction and improved algorithms for estimating lens focal length for optimal alignment. Stitch.Efx also features adjustment options with real-time image preview, including those for brightness, exposure, color temperature, tint, and saturation. Additionally, GigaPan notes that the advanced version “Stitch.Efx allows the user to interactively rearrange the grid of images before stitching, substituting alternate shots and selecting the order of shots. In addition, the ability to save projected images in Stitch.Efx helps a user fine tune blending of their images within other image editing software, for maximum control of blending. This is particularly important when shooting moving subjects.”
Stitch software free if you purchase a GigaPan EPIC, or you can update for free if you’re an existing EPIC owner. For everyone else, they offer a free 14-day trial version, and then GigaPan Stitch retails for $79 and GigaPan Stitch.Efx is available for $149.
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