GoPro HERO+ LCD is a new entry level action camera with a LCD screen


The new GoPro HERO+ LCD entry level action camera has a LCD screen and is priced at $299.99. Here are the rest of the specifications:

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No, you won’t get a Sony a7r camera for $199

An error on the Sony online store caused a lot of discussion on reddit yesterday - a brand new Sony a7r mirrorless camera was listed for $199.99. Of course all orders got canceled, except those paid with PayPal... but don't hold you breath, they will get canceled too. Sony will never sell you a $2,000 camera for $200. Don't waste your time.

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New Phase One XF medium format camera, new LS lenses and IQ3 digital backs leaked online

This is the new Phase one medium format camera that has been rumored for almost 2 years now. The new model is rumored to have some kind of IS technology build in. There will be also two new LS lenses that can support over 100MP resolution - Schneider Kreuznach 120mm LS f/4 Macro and 35mm LS f/3.5:

and new IQ3 digital backs:

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Fuji X-E2 firmware update coming soon

In the next few weeks Fuji will release a new firmware update for the X-E2 mirrorless camera. Stay tuned for details.

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Canon patents the world’s first tilt-shift zoom lens with image stabilization (IS) and macro capabilities

Canon tilt-shift lens with image stabilization IS patent
Canon filed a patent for a tilt-shift lens with image stabilization (IS). Currently there are no other tilt-shift lenses with IS on the market. The lens design reveals two different IS systems - one for the tilt and one for the shift. What is even more intersting: the technical documentation even describes zoom and macro capabilities (!?). Focal length and aperture were not listed in the patent application.

Via Egami

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Sigma to use the new Foveon X3 Quattro Direct sensor in a future DSLR camera


The last Sigma SD1 DSLR camera

In a recent interview, Sigma's CEO Kazuto Yamaki mentioned that they are planning to use the new Foveon X3 Quattro Direct sensor from the DP2 Quattro compact camera in a future Sigma DSLR body:

First, we started with the sensor development. We had already been discussing what kind of sensor we make with the Foveon, Inc. and we as SIGMA wanted to improve image quality (resolution) by increasing the number of pixels. The Quattro image sensor was born to deal with the increased data. As the first camera to have the new sensor, we chose the dp because of the shockless body and the dedicated lens optimized for the ultra high-resolution capturing. Of course, we're planning to use the sensor for the SLR SD body.

Here is more info on the new Foveon “Quattro” Direct Image sensor (from Sigma's press release):

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Last chance to take advantage of those deals

→ The Topaz Simplify plugin is 30% off (reducing the price to $27.99) for the month of May with coupon code MAYSIMP. More info is available here.

→ Rocky Nook is running a 40% off all eBooks sales this week - use coupon code PHOTOMONTH at checkout.

→ May 31st is also your last chance to enter the Adobe Lightroom CC book giveaway.

Here are few other ongoing deals:

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