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2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance first drive review: The future, quicker - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - 4 hours 55 min ago
A second motor does little to change the Tesla Model 3’s demeanor -- until you step on it.
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DPReview TV: the Sony 400mm F2.8 is a pretty sweet lens

DP Review Latest news - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:00
Sony's new 400mm F2.8 G Master rounds out the company's commitment to provide a complete range of pro-level lenses to photographers who use the Alpha system. In this week's episode of DPReview TV, Chris and Jordan take this behemoth for a spin and share their first impressions of Sony's exciting new telephoto.

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Review: Palette modular photo editing system

DP Review Latest news - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:00
Palette System
$250-$550 | PaletteGear.com The Palette system uses physical controls to manipulate software features in Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and other applications.

Image editing applications are full of controls that mimic physical interactions. We could adjust a photo in Lightroom using nothing but numbers, but we’re conditioned to drag virtual sliders to see how the change affects the image. What we’re actually doing is repetitively positioning the mouse pointer over specific locations to work those controls.

Palette is a set of modular hardware pieces that can be assigned individual tasks and features.

If you’re tired of hitting those tiny targets or want to potentially speed up your editing workflow, perhaps you should consider the real-life physical controls of the Palette system. Palette is a set of modular hardware pieces that can be assigned individual tasks and features. Think of a sound-mixing board, but for editing photos (although Palette can also work with some audio and video software, too).

Key Features
  • Three physical controls: buttons, dials, and sliders
  • USB-powered
  • Controls many features of Adobe (and other) software
  • Modular controls snap together with strong magnets
  • Machined aluminum modules
  • Rubberized base so modules don’t shift during use
  • Mac and Windows compatible
Buying options The modules can be like a mini puzzle: make sure the pins connect to pads so that power and data are distributed throughout the connected pieces.

The Palette system is sold in three kits:

  • Starter Kit ($249.98) includes the core, two buttons, one dial, and one slider.
  • Expert Kit ($349.98) includes the core, two buttons, three dials, and two sliders.
  • Professional Kit ($549.98) includes the core, four buttons, six dials, and four sliders.

The components are also available as separate add-ons: $29.99 for the button, or $49.99 each for the slider or dial.

Design

The system is based around a single Palette Core unit, which is 45mm (1.8in) square and connects to the computer via a Micro USB port. The core includes the processor and software for running the system, plus an OLED screen that indicates which mode it’s currently running. (It’s not a touchscreen, though; my smartphone-trained fingers kept tapping the display at first, expecting something to happen.)

At times I wish the controls offered some physical feedback, such as a dial that ticks as you turn it

The rest of the components connect to the core and to each other via strong magnets, with one side sporting spring-loaded pins to make data and power connections. There’s an arcade-style button, a dial that spins smoothly and can also be pressed like a button, and a slider. At times I wish the controls offered some physical feedback, such as a dial with detents that clicks as you turn it instead of just spinning smoothly; perhaps the company could offer such a module in the future.

Each piece includes an illuminated “halo” that can change color, which is helpful for visually identifying which application or feature you’re working with. Rubberized bases give the components a good grip so they don’t slip around while you’re working.

In use

I’ve used the Palette system and the PaletteApp software primarily with Lightroom Classic CC; it also supports Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC 2015, but notably does not work with the newest Lightroom CC (which doesn’t offer the same hooks for other applications that the classic versions do).

It’s not a Lightroom-only tool, however. Adobe’s apps are well represented, with support for CC versions of Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, and Audition. The software knows a few other applications, too, such as Final Cut Pro X, iTunes, Spotify, VLC, WMP, and Google Chrome. If PaletteApp can access the menu systems of other software, you can also set up some custom controls, although in my testing those weren’t as snappy as the interaction with supported apps. PaletteApp requires macOS 10.9, Mavericks, and higher, or Windows 7 and higher.

The software knows a few other applications, too, such as Final Cut Pro X, iTunes, Spotify, VLC, WMP, and Google Chrome

When you first begin using the Palette system, expect a lot of experimentation as you figure out which control layouts work for you. PaletteApp includes several pre-made profiles to get started, so as you snap modules together, functions are already assigned to them. You can also import downloaded profiles created by other Palette owners. That’s helpful, although I found myself wanting examples of physical layouts as starting points. I’d like to see recommendations of how other people work: do they use dials or sliders for controls like Exposure, for instance, and how are the modules arranged? I appreciate the freedom to piece modules together the way I want, but it’s almost too open-ended until you figure out what works for you.

Built-in profiles get you started.

The system’s modularity does have the advantage that one layout isn’t trying to accomplish everything; in Lightroom, for example, you can set up controls for reviewing and culling images, and then switch to a profile with controls for performing basic edits or even, say, landscape-specific editing tasks.

I’ve set up this profile and layout for reviewing and culling images after importing them in Lightroom Classic CC. Here’s the same layout with a profile designed to apply basic and frequently-used Lightroom Develop controls.

Of course, you can manually assign features to each module and in some cases, fine tune their performance. Depending on the control, dials and sliders may include a Sensitivity or Range value (or both) to set upper and lower limits to how much a control is applied. For example, pushing a white balance tint slider all the way to the right can max out at +50 instead of +100, since you’d probably never crank the setting that high toward purple.

Manually set a module’s task, and adjust aspects like sensitivity depending on which type of control it is.

One of the best features of the Palette system is how responsive it is—not just in tracking a control’s physical movement with its onscreen setting, but switching between tools and modules. Activating a module switches to that editing control, regardless of where you were in Lightroom. For example, to straighten a photo, you could turn a dial assigned to Crop Angle. That switches to the Develop module if it’s not already active, selects the Crop Overlay tool, and starts rotating the image as you turn the dial.

At times the responsiveness can be jarring, though. A physical slider’s position dictates the software slider; imagine that the module for Exposure is set a quarter distance from the left following an edit in another application, but the Exposure slider in Lightroom is at the zero midpoint. As soon as you nudge the module’s slider, the Exposure value jumps down to –2.5 to match.

When you first begin using the Palette system, expect a lot of experimentation as you figure out which control layouts work for you.

There’s a preference called Optimize for Performance which, when turned off, shows the live status of the controls in the PaletteApp window. That can be helpful when the app is visible and you don’t want to take your eyes away from the screen, and it has the added benefit of including notches on the virtual dials that don’t exist on the physical ones. However, those notches are ultimately arbitrary: if you reset a control (by pressing the dial button), the notch doesn’t snap back to the center, so the next time you turn the dial, it starts from the last position.

One clever feature of the Palette system is the ability to rotate your setup in 90-degree increments. By repositioning the connected block of physical modules for other tasks, you can train your muscle memory to work in two different applications, for instance, and not take apart the layout you’ve set up and put it together into a new one each time.

The bottom line

If you spend a lot of time editing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and you have the desk space to dedicate to it, Palette is a good investment. That’s particularly true if your work involves processing hundreds of images and manipulating several key controls, such as editing batches of wedding photos.

That really gets to the whole point of using a system like this: to be able to let your hands take over while your attention is focused on the image you’re editing, not having to dart around the screen selecting every control using a mouse or touchpad.

What we like:
  • Build quality is exceptional
  • Color accents help differentiate tasks
  • Modularity lets you set up the controls how you like
  • Compatible with many applications
  • Granular sensitivity for the controls
  • Ability to rotate layout in 90-degree increments
What we don't:
  • Open-endedness of layout options can be daunting until you find a layout you like
  • Expensive, especially to buy extra individual components
  • No physical feedback, such as clicks as you turn dials, which would sometimes be helpful

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UK heatwave reveals hidden henges in scorched fields

DP Review Latest news - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:00
Lancashire County Council

The UK's recent heatwave has provided a glimpse into Britain's history, revealing the outlines of ancient structures and buried features in the grounds of historical buildings.

The UK is home to multiple known prehistoric structures, but these new "phantom" henges are different, their presence only perceptible due to changes in grass color caused by drought. In a prolonged spell of very hot weather, stone or wood located beneath the earth stores heat, causing the grass above it to wither and brown at a faster rate than the grass surrounding it, effectively tracing the outline of the buried structures.

The warmer temperatures cause the grass above stone to wither, resulting in a tan outline in a brown field

According to the BBC, one such henge was discovered by aerial photographer Anthony Murphy, who was operating a camera drone over Newgrange, Ireland. Murphy spotted a circular imprint in a field near River Boyne, an otherwise invisible henge located near a different imprint spotted in 2010.

University College Dublin assistant professor of archaeology Stephen Davis confirmed to BBC that Murphy's image shows an "entirely new" henge with captivating features. Others like it have appeared in the withering UK landscape, including imprints revealing the former rooms and corridors of an 18th-century mansion called Clumber House.

Though the building no longer remains, stone from its foundation is still present beneath ground level. The warmer temperatures cause the grass above the stone to wither, resulting in a tan outline in a brown field. Other past structures have also become visible, including a Victorian-era garden in Lancashire (above) and the outlines of runways and dispersal pans at what was once Lasham Airfield, which was returned to farmland after World War 2.

Via: BBC

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Lattis Ellipse Smart Bike Lock review: Equal parts smart and frustrating - CNET

CNET Reviews - Sat, 07/21/2018 - 05:00
The lock has potential, but its flaws are just too much to get past.
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These are the winners of the 2018 iPhone Photography Awards

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:58
Jashim Salam, Bangladesh
Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year

The iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), was founded in 2007, making it the longest running iPhone photo competition in the world. Now in its 11th year, the winners of the IPPAWARDS have just been announced, and looking at the winning image it should be pretty clear that you don't always need a DSLR and big lens to capture outstanding photographs.

The Grand Prize winning image is called “Displaced" and shows Rohingya children watching an awareness film about health and sanitation near Tangkhali refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. It was captured by photographer Jashim Salam on an iPhone 7.

Swiss photographer Alexandre Weber's contribution "Baiana in yellow and blue" was captured on an iPhone 6S in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil and was awarded 1st prize in the Photographer of the Year category.

Alexandre Weber, Switzerland
1st Place, Photographer of the Year

Huapeng Zhao from China won the 2nd prize for his image "Eye to eye" showing a boy at the seaside in YanTai ShanDong province, China. Zhao used an iPhone 6 to record his award-winning photograph.

Huapeng Zhao, China
2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

The winners were selected from thousands of entries captured by photographers from more than 140 countries.

IPPAWARDS founder Kenan Aktulun said “iPhone users have become very fluent in visual storytelling. This year’s photos were technically impressive and many of them were very personal.”

On the IPPAWARD website you can see the winning images in all categories and find out more about all winning photographers. If you feel inspired, you'll also find more information about how to enter the 2019 competition.

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Polk Command Bar review: Alexa-powered sound bar gives command performance - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:01
Forget the Sonos Beam. The Polk Command Bar's elevated sound quality makes it the best value among voice-controlled sound bars.
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Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 added to studio scene comparison

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:00

Our test scene is designed to simulate a variety of textures, colors and detail types you'll encounter in the real world. It also has two illumination modes to see the effects of different lighting conditions.

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Our technical evaluation of the Panasonic GX9 has included a trip to the studio, where we put its 20MP Four Thirds sensor in front of our standard test scene. We've seen solid image quality from this sensor before, but Panasonic says that it has gone one step further and improved color rendition compared to both the 20MP GX8 and 16MP GX85. Take a closer look at its performance against its predecessors as well as its peers.

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Ring Alarm Security Kit review: Ring's crazy-affordable DIY system nails simple home security - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 05:00
The Ring Alarm Security Kit isn't fancy, but it's a solid DIY system at an unbeatable price.
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Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II review: The Scar II has a great screen, but an ugly paint job - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:00
With a slim-bezel, 144Hz display and Nvidia 1070 GPU, this is a feature-packed 15-inch laptop, even if it's not a looker.
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Buying guide update: The Sony RX100 VI is the best travel camera

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 04:00

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI earned high marks in our recent review and has earned a spot at the top of our Best Cameras for Travel buying guide, thanks to its long zoom and excellent still and video quality. Click through below to see all four of our updated buying guides:

Read our updated buying guide: Best Cameras for Travel

Read our updated buying guide: Best Cameras for Video

Read our updated buying guide: Best Pocketable Enthusiast cameras

Read our updated buying guide: Best Enthusiast Long Zoom cameras

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2019 Acura RDX review: Left-brain luxury - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 02:00
Acura's new compact crossover is one of the best values in the segment, even if it’s missing that special sauce.
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Fujifilm goes long with Fujinon XF 200mm F2 lens and teleconverter kit

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:30
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Fujifilm has announced its Fujinon XF 200mm F2 R LM OIS WR telephoto lens, which will be bundled with a matching 1.4x teleconverter. The lens has a 'matte silver' magnesium alloy body with an eye-catching green hood and is sealed against dust and moisture. The 200mm F2 has a total of 19 elements, including one Super ED and two ED elements, and the front glass has a fluorine coating to keep away fingerprints and water. Linear motors keep focus quick and quiet and the image stabilizer reduces shake by up to five stops, according to Fujifilm.

The XF 1.4X TC F2 WR teleconverter boosts the focal length of the lens to 280mm, with the maximum aperture rising a stop to F2.8. As with the lens, the teleconverter is weather-sealed.

The lens and teleconverter kit will be available in late October for just under $6000.

Press Release:

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW FUJINON XF 8-16MM F2.8 R LM WR LENS; FUJINON XF 200MM F2 R LM OIS WR TELEPHOTO LENS AND XF 1.4X TC F2 WR TELECONVERTER KIT

Ultra-wide angle zoom lens and super-fast telephoto lens with accompanying teleconverter for the X Series line of mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras; Latest development of the X Mount Lens Roadmap unveiled

Valhalla, N.Y., July 20, 2018 FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens, an ultra-wide angle zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 and focal length equivalent to 12-24mm (35mm format). Capable of providing outstanding edge to edge image-resolving performance, this lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography such as interior and nightscape, and astrophotography.

Also announced today is the new FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens, the first super-fast telephoto lens in the XF lens lineup, offering a fast maximum aperture of F2.0 and a focal length equivalent to 305mm (35mm format). This lens boasts exceptional image clarity with the ability to produce beautiful bokeh, making it an ideal lens for shooting sports and wildlife.

The XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR lens will only be available as a kit, paired with the high performance XF1.4X TC F2 WR Teleconverter to extend the focal length by 1.4 times to cover a focal length equivalent to 427mm at F2.8 (35mm format).

FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens and XF1.4X TC F2 WR Teleconverter Kit

The XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens is made of 19 elements in 14 groups, including one large-diameter super ED lens element and two large-diameter ED lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration. High-precision polishing technology, developed for broadcast lenses, was applied to the large-diameter lens to achieve outstanding image-resolving performance and beautiful bokeh. The lens also features a new Focus Preset function that instantaneously changes the focus to a preset position, enabling photographers to capture the main subject with ease, and without having to make focal readjustments.

Utilizing linear motors, the XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR achieves fast, silent and high-precision AF performance, and also features a new mechanism that fixes the motor group when the camera is not in use to reduce movement of the focusing group. In addition, the lens offers 5-stop image stabilization performance that recognizes shooting conditions and automatically applies optimum image stabilization control. With magnesium alloy construction, the lens is lightweight yet robust, and is sealed at 17 points and designed to be weather and dust-resistant, and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Key Features:

  • FUJIFILM X Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-sealed at 17 points for weather and dust-resistance; operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C
  • 19 elements in 14 groups including 2 ED elements, and 1 super ED element
  • Uses linear motors for quiet and ultra-fast AF
  • Focus Preset Function instantly changes focus to a preset position to capture main subject without readjustments
  • Optical Image Stabilization system achieves 5-stop image stabilization
  • Fluorine coating applied to front lens element for improved durability
  • Matte silver color for reduced risk of overheating

FUJINON XF1.4X TC F2 WR Key Features:

  • 7 elements in 4 groups including 1 aspherical element
Fujifilm XF200mm F2 R LM OIS WR specifications Principal specificationsLens typePrime lensMax Format sizeAPS-C / DXFocal length200 mmImage stabilizationYesCIPA Image stabilization rating5 stop(s)Lens mountFujifilm XApertureMaximum apertureF2Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades9OpticsElements19Groups14Special elements / coatings1 Super ED + 2 ED elements, fluorine coatingFocusMinimum focus1.80 m (70.87″)Maximum magnification0.12×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoFocus distance limiterYesPhysicalWeight2265 g (4.99 lb)Diameter122 mm (4.8″)Length206 mm (8.11″)MaterialsMagnesium alloySealingYesColourWhiteFilter thread105 mmHood suppliedYesTripod collarYes
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Fujifilm adds 33mm F1.0, 16mm F2.8 and 16-80mm F4 lenses to X-series roadmap

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:30

Fujifilm has added three new lenses to its X-mount roadmap. The most interesting of the lenses is definitely the XF 33mm F1.0 R WR, a weather-sealed lens that, when mounted on an X-series body, is equivalent to 50mm F1.5 on full-frame.

Also in the pipeline are a 16mm F2.8 prime and a stabilized 16-80mm F4 zoom, both of which are weather-resistant.

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The 16mm prime and 16-80mm zoom lenses are expected in 2019, with the 33mm F1.0 arriving sometime in 2020.

Press Release:

Updated X Mount Lens Roadmap Unveiled

Also announced is the latest development roadmap of interchangeable lenses for the X Series line of mirrorless digital cameras. The latest roadmap adds three new lenses to the lineup: a compact wide angle lens, XF16mmF2.8 R WR, perfect for landscape and travel photography; a standard zoom lens, XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR, which boasts a 5x zoom range with a broad focal range, providing a versatile lens capable of covering a wide range of shooting scenarios; and a large aperture prime lens XF33mmF1 R WR, an ultra-fast lens that stands to be the first mirrorless lens with a maximum aperture of F1.0 with AF capability. With the expansion of the high performance X Mount lens lineup, Fujifilm continues to cover more focal lengths to support a wide range of photography styles and shooting scenarios.

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Fujifilm's XF 8-16mm F2.8 ultra-wide zoom arrives in November

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 22:30
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Fujifilm's widest X-series zoom to date, the XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR, will ship in late November: just in time for Christmas. The lens has a total of 20 elements, including four aspherical, three ED and three Super ED, plus a Nano GI coating to reduce ghosting and flare. The lens has linear motors for responsive and quiet focusing, a nine-blade aperture and a minimum focus distance of 25 cm / 9.8". The lens is sealed against dust and moisture and operates down to -10°C/+14°F.

The XF 8-16mm F2.8 will be priced at $2000.

Press Release:

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW FUJINON XF 8-16MMF2.8 R LM WR LENS; FUJINON XF 200MMF2 R LM OIS WR TELEPHOTO LENS AND XF 1.4X TC F2 WR TELECONVERTER KIT

Ultra-wide angle zoom lens and super-fast telephoto lens with accompanying teleconverter for the X Series line of mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras; Latest development of the X Mount Lens Roadmap unveiled

Valhalla, N.Y., July 20, 2018 FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens, an ultra-wide angle zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 and focal length equivalent to 12-24mm (35mm format). Capable of providing outstanding edge to edge image-resolving performance, this lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography such as interior and nightscape, and astrophotography.

FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

The new XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR features an optical construction of 20 elements in 13 groups, including 4 aspherical lens elements to control distortion and spherical aberration, and 6 ED lens elements including 3 super ED elements to control lateral chromatic aberration, a lens design that produces advanced image-resolving performances across the entire zoom range. Featuring a floating lens element that adjusts according to the position of the zoom, the XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR achieves edge-to-edge sharpness, and corrects field curvature that is typically found in ultra-wide angle lenses. The lens barrel is lightweight yet robust, sealed at 11 points, designed to be weather and dust-resistant and capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Key Features:

  • FUJIFILM X Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-sealed at 11 points for weather and dust-resistance; operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C
  • 20 elements in 13 groups including 4 aspherical elements, 3 ED elements and 3 super ED elements
  • Uses linear motors for quiet and ultra-fast AF
  • Nano-GI coating applied to rear surface of two front lens elements to eliminate ghosting and flare caused by oblique light

Availability and Pricing

The new FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens will be available in late November 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $1,999.95 and CAD $ 2,599.99.

Fujifilm XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR specifications Principal specificationsLens typeZoom lensMax Format sizeAPS-C / DXFocal length8–16 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountFujifilm XApertureMaximum apertureF2.8Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades9OpticsElements20Groups13Special elements / coatings4 aspherical + 3 ED + 3 Super ED elements, Nano GI coatingFocusMinimum focus0.25 m (9.84″)Maximum magnification0.1×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight805 g (1.77 lb)Diameter88 mm (3.46″)Length122 mm (4.8″)MaterialsMagnesium alloySealingYesColourBlackZoom methodRotary (extending)Power zoomNoZoom lockNoHood suppliedYesTripod collarNo
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The HumanEyes Vuze XR shoots both 360° and 180° (3D) video

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 13:04
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HumanEyes Technology has announced the Vuze XR camera, a product the company describes as a 'dual camera' since it can be used for two distinctly different applications.

The Vuze XR captures standard 360° spherical video in 5.7K resolution. Like the Rylo Camera or the GoPro Fusion, it appears to provide editing tools that will allow users to create 16:9 videos from the 360° footage or zoom out to a 'tiny planet' view, allowing for a lot of creative choices to be made after video is recorded.

By flipping both of its cameras outward, the Vuze XR transforms into a camera that captures 180° stereoscopic video similar to the Lucid VR or Yi Horizon VR180 camera, providing an immersive 3D experience to viewers when used with VR goggles.

While the Vuze XR doesn't appear to break significant ground in either area, it presents an interesting option for 360°/VR content creators. Instead of having to purchase and carry two separate cameras, each of which may require different software and workflows, the Vuze XR promises to wrap both capabilities into a single camera.

Additionally, the camera will support live streaming to social media, which may make it an attractive choice for activities such as travel where you want to keep things light but retain the flexibility to share your adventure in different ways.

HumanEyes did not provide a specific release date, but says the Vuze XR will be available in the coming months at a price in the '$400 range'.

HUMANEYES TECHNOLOGIES DEBUTS THE VUZE XR DUAL CAMERA, GIVING ANYONE THE POWER TO CREATE AND SHARE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES IN 360° (2D) OR VR180 (3D)

With the touch of a button, the Vuze XR transforms from a 360° camera to a VR180 camera, enabling content creators to spontaneously tell any story, from every angle.


NEW YORK CITY, July 19, 2018 – Consumers and prosumers alike will be able to capture and share engaging content, life’s adventures and memorable moments in stunning 360° (2D) or stereoscopic VR180 (3D), all from one innovative device.

HumanEyes Technologies today announced its upcoming Vuze XR Camera, designed to capture, create and share both high-resolution photos and full motion video, in either 5.7K 360° or VR180 formats.

Available in the fourth quarter of 2018, the Vuze XR Camera will transform storytelling by providing the visual dynamics of a full 360° camera, and with a single click, convert to an immersive VR180 format. The unique dual-camera design is portable, simple-to-use and seamlessly combines two advanced capture systems into one pocketable device, giving content creators, social media enthusiasts, world travelers, adventure seekers, families and creators of all types the power and convenience to record or share live to mobile phones, computers and VR headsets alike.

The Vuze XR Camera allows users to:

  • Capture and share full 360° or immersive VR180 video or photos.
  • “Click” between standard 360° mode (when the camera is closed) and 3D VR180 mode (when the camera is open).
  • Enjoy industry leading, high-resolution, 5.7K video.
  • Live stream to popular social media channels.

"The Vuze XR Camera is a must have for anyone with a story or special moment to share, from consumers to prosumers. With powerful 360° and VR180 5.7K camera technology built in, along with instant sharing and a live streaming mode, anyone can enjoy the freedom of shooting their story, the way they want,” said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO of HumanEyes Technologies. “One camera can now live stream in 360° from a concert, take immersive VR180 pictures of the band, and record your friends singing along to edit and share the full experience later. We’re giving users the freedom to spontaneously shoot content from all angles, or only a few, and we can’t wait to see what’s created with it.”

The Vuze XR Camera is the latest innovation from the company’s award-winning VR camera line, which includes the Vuze and Vuze+ VR cameras, the first cost effective 3D-360° VR camera solutions has made content creation accessible to anyone.

The Vuze XR Camera will be available for purchase in the $400 price range. Additional camera details, specifications and pricing will be available in the coming months. To see the Vuze XR Camera in action and register to be the first to hear more, visit VuzeXR.com.

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Huawei launches photography contest with an AI judge

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:00

Huawei has launched the world's first photography contest with both AI and human judges. The company invites photographers to submit their best images to its 'Spark A Renaissance' competition, during which time both Huawei's P20 Pro smartphone AI and Leica pro photographer Alex Lambrechts will review the images.

The contest revolves around the P20 Pro, Huawei's smartphone co-engineered with Leica. The handset features a triple-camera system and Huawei's Master AI, which works in real-time to determine which of 19 categories any particular scene belongs to, automatically adjusting the settings in an effort to produce the ideal image.

The contest began on July 12 and will run for 8 weeks. During this time, photographers can submit their images via a Facebook Messenger chatbot, where Huawei explains that its P20 AI will evaluate it in multiple ways:

Trained using 4,000,000 images taken by professional photographers and picture editors the AI will then give each photo a personalised AI score based on parameters such as focus, jitter, deflection, colour and composition.

Huawei's competition will revolve around five themes total, including "Deep in Detail" and "A New Renaissance," with the winner in each category receiving a P20 Pro smartphone. A total of 10 winners from the themed categories will be given a trip to Florence, Italy, where they'll attend a Leica masterclass.

Both Leica photographer Alex Lambrechts and Huawei's AI will review the images taken during the Florence trip. The final winner chosen from them will receive the Grand Prize, a tour of three European countries. As well, Huawei says the top photos from the contest "will be sold to raise money for a local charity."

Huawei is currently accepting entries for the contest's first theme: A New Renaissance. The next theme, After Dark, starts on July 24, followed by three more with the final theme starting on August 28. All five themes can be found here.

Photographers must submit their images to the Huawei Spark A Renaissance Facebook Messenger chatbot, which guides users through the submission process:

Deadlines, eligibility requirements, and more can be found in the contest's Terms and Conditions. The contest is only open to legal residents in Europe.

Via: Light Stalking

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