The latest Kickstarter/Indiegogo updates

The latest Kickstarter/Indiegogo updates:


SPINN CP camera strap 2023 edition: carry your DSLR or Mirrorless more comfortably & shoot with greater intuitiveness.


SnapPack anti-theft bag: a new generation of anti-theft bags that combine sleek & functionality.


Power Junkie v2: use the Sony NP-F battery to power any camera.


AMKOV affordable V-LOG camera: 4K/60fps video, support time-lapse & snapshot video.


The HEIPI tripod: the lightest and most compact 3-in-1 travel tripod.


LEVANTE waterproof modular daily backpack: ocean proof, quick-drying, 6 ways to carry, shock absorbing.


Duovox Mate Pro camera: capture and see the night as if it were day.


Feiyu Scorp Mini4-in-1 gimbal: camera & smartphone controller, hyper-lapse, panorama, focus follow, auto track, quick charge.


Pinhole Pro Max lens: first pinhole lens with 6 apertures & 18-36mm zoom.

Other crowdfunded projects that are still available for purchase:

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ON1 Photo RAW sneak peek at upcoming features



ON1 will soon release a major Photo RAW update that will include new features and updates requested by customers. The new version 2023.1 will be free for existing owners and subscribers of Photo RAW 2023 and will include a handy new crop overlays feature, which includes the rule of thirds, grid, diagonals, and golden spiral to help achieve the perfect composition. Additionally, users can now hide overlays for a more streamlined editing experience. Here is the first sneak peek video:

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Topaz Labs Photo AI version 1.1.9 released



Topaz Labs released Photo AI version 1.1.9 with improved masking and crop tools, an updated blur detection model, and bug fixes:

  • Windows CLI is now accessed via its own executable inside the install directory called tpai.exe
  • Updated AI Engine
  • Fixed Hasselblad A6D camera profile
  • Fixed some Sony camera profiles
  • Fixed some images having incorrect orientations
  • Fixed lens correction after cropping RAW images
  • Fixed lens metadata not being read correctly after processing by some photo managers
  • Fixed metadata sometimes copying to an image’s neighbor
  • Reworded some cropping-related elements
  • Added warning when downscaling images

The Topaz Image Quality Bundle and Topaz Video AI sale is ending today:


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The rumored Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN | Art lens will be announced on February 7th, 2023 (for Leica L and Sony E mount)


The previously rumored Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG DN | Art mirrorless lens for Leica L and Sony E mount will be officially announced on February 7th, 2023 – the price is expected to be around $850:

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The global medium format camera market size is expected to grow from $146.5M in 2021 to $181M in 2027


The global medium format camera market size reached $146.5 million in 2021. ResearchAndMarkets.com expects the market to reach $181 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 3.59% during 2021-2027. Additional information (the full report is behind a paywall):

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What else is new?

Tamron Breaks Ground on New Factory Located in Vietnam

Some Tamron 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD (Model A057) For Fujifilm Have Defective Wide Infinity Focus

Five Pentax compact 35mm film cameras Ricoh should bring back

Sigma 105mm f/2.8, 45mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.2, 24mm f/3.5, and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 Firmware Updates Released

Exclusive 10% off for IDS modular grips for Leica M10/M11/film cameras (coupon code included)


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Canon 2022 financial reports are out: “increased unit sales by adding new EOS R series cameras”


Canon released its 2022 fiscal year financial report. Here are the details on the Imaging/Cameras division:

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Canon develops a 1″ 4k CMOS back-illuminated stacked sensor with 24 stops of dynamic range, Panasonic develops Hyperspectral Imaging Technology with the world’s highest sensitivity


Canon develops a 1″ 4k CMOS back-illuminated stacked sensor with 24 stops of dynamic range:

  • The new sensor divides the image into 736 areas and automatically determines the best exposure settings for each area
  • The new sensor realizes a dynamic range of 148 dB—the highest-level performance in the industry among image sensors for monitoring applications. It is capable of image capture at light levels ranging from approximately 0.1 lux to approximately 2,700,000 lux.
  • In order to produce a natural-looking image when capturing images in environments with both bright and dark areas, conventional high-dynamic-range image capture requires taking multiple separate photos under different exposure conditions and then synthesizing them into a single image.


Panasonic develops Hyperspectral Imaging Technology with the world’s highest sensitivity:

  •  Improve sensitivity beyond physical restrictions through data acquisition with thinning out using a special filter randomly transmitting multiple wavelengths of light.
  • Achieves clear images even in indoor illumination (550 lux) through hyperspectral imaging with the world’s highest sensitivity (about 10 times higher than conventional ones).
  • Achieves hyperspectral imaging with color camera-comparable usability by improving frame rates*5 to levels as high as video-rates (over 30 fps) via a uniquely developed algorithm.

For now, the above developments are not designed for the photo industry, but this may change on the future.

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