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This week’s technology news

  [bjp_ad_slot]After a brief post-Photokina pause to catch our breath, we’re back with a round-up of recently announced technology and product news. One of the biggest announcements this week (beginning 29 September 2014) comes from GoPro, which has announced a new range of Hero cameras – the Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver. The former, (“the highest performance GoPro yet”, according to the company), offers twice the performance of the previous Black Edition GoPro, claims the brand, and features 4K video capture at 30fps, 2.7K video at 50 fps, and 1080p at 120fps. It also has a redesigned audio system that can capture sound at twice the dynamic range of previous models. Its US retail price is $500. The Hero4 Silver, which has built-in touch display, costs a hundred dollars less.   CineStill has announced it will produce tungsten-balanced film for medium format cameras. The company, which recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, says the 800Tungsten film (already available in 35mm) is “a high speed colour film created for still photography in low light.” Swiss lighting manufacturer Elinchrom has announced it is to launch a number of new products. First up is the new Litemotiv softbox with 16 sides, allowing users …


Product news-in-brief

In the first of a new series we present our pick of newly announced cameras, lenses, accessories and software that have caught our eye this week. Cameras and lenses Towards the end of last week, news broke about the latest addition to the Leica stable – the M-P rangefinder. Billed as a camera that is “photography stripped back to the essentials”, the M-P is based on the Leica M (Typ 240), but has an enlarged buffer memory of 2GB – twice the size of that of the Leica M. For selfie fans, there is the new Olympus Pen E-PL7. With a flip-down, tiltable LCD touchscreen, the Pen E-PL7 has a 16.1 megapixel sensor and built-in wifi, which allows users to share images via their (compatible) smart phone and the bundled Olympus Image Share app. [bjp_ad_slot] Pentax announced the K-S1, the latest digital SLR to join the Ricoh Imaging UK family. Aimed at enthusiasts, the lightweight, compact and portable camera features “outstanding imaging performance, progressive design and an innovative illuminated body,” says the company. The camera, which is available in 12 colours, has a newly developed CMOS sensor with approximately 20.12 effective megapixels, LED body illumination, a three-inch, high-resolution …


Olympus announces PEN E-PL7

It seems the engineers behind the new Olympus PEN E-PL7 have pulled out all the stops to create a camera that is tailored to capture selfies. Announced today, the compact, light-weight, retro-styled camera with its all-metal finish, is priced £500, and comes with a slim-line 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ pancake zoom lens, a large, flip-down and tiltable LCD touchscreen, and automatic ‘selfie mode’ settings, including wide-angle lens position and portrait mode. Live Guide allows users to check and adjust settings manually using a sliding scale on the LCD screen without the need for menu navigation, which is meant to make handling easier, especially self-portraits. [bjp_ad_slot] The camera comes with a 16.1 megapixel sensor and built-in wifi, allowing users to share images via their (compatible) smart phone and the bundled Olympus Image Share app, available for both Android and iOS. Users will also be able to take advantage of options that include sequential and self-timer interval shooting. Using the flip-down screen, it will be possible “to frame and shoot a series of pre-timed, sequential still or video selfies… without even touching the camera, by simply tapping your smart phone,” claims the company. While Olympus admits that an interchangeable-lens camera allowing …


Review: Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash kit


I recently worked in a studio that still had the original strobe flash packs dating back to the late 1970s. I was able to explain to my assistant the joy (and fear) of working with these flash generators, which, despite their size and weight, photographers used to take on location. Back then we didn’t have much choice, but flash technology has come a long way and the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash kit is a prime example of how a powerful studio flash system can now be made truly portable. The kit featured here consists of two Profoto B1 flash heads, two lithium-ion batteries, a fast charger, car charger, plus backpack. The B1 flash heads have a nine f-stop range, from 2W to 500W, offering 1/10s stop, or full incremental exposure adjustments. The flash recycling time varies from 0.1s to 1.9s, depending on the power setting, and provides a quick burst of up to 20 flashes per second. The lights will still fire even if they are not yet fully charged to the required power level, but this is only …


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