Canon Powershot N

The first thing you'll notice when you look at the brand new Canon N is that there are no buttons on the exterior. Only the power and mobile device connect buttons remain (more on that below). All of the other functions of the camera are controlled by the 2.8-inch tilting, touch screen LCD and unique rings mounted around the lens. These rings are used to both zoom the 8x lens, and to capture photos and video.


Canon PowerShot N Features:
  • 12-megapixel HS CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • 8x optical zoom lens
  • Stylish, compact, minimalistic body design
  • Full 1080p HD video capture
  • ISO up to 6400
  • New Eco mode
  • Built-in, advanced Wi-Fi
  • Unique control rings mounted around the lens to control zoom and capture 
  • New Hybrid Auto mode
  • 2.8-inch, tilting, touch screen LCD
  • Li-ion battery pack
The PowerShot N is scheduled to hit stores in April 2013, with a MSRP of $299.99 USD.

Canadian Photographers Now Own the Rights to Their Images

A new copyright bill just passed in Canada, and it means big things for photographers. Essentially, the bill grants photographers the rights to the photos they take, even if that work is commissioned by someone else. It's the same setup as in the US. Photographers own the work unless they've signed over the rights in a contract.

The change in copyrights has taken quite a bit of time - around 20 years. What's strange is that while other creative industries enjoyed the copyrights to what they created, photography was singled out. "In Canada," says Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators copyright head Andre Cornellier, "all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images."

(via PetaPixel)

Pentax K-30 review

Here's a new review of the Pentax K-30 16MP DSLR. The K-30 continues a Pentax tradition of building cameras around a strong photographer-friendly feature set. It may be less expensive than the much-loved K-5 but it gives up very little in terms of specification - it has a 100% viewfinder and a level of weather sealing unique at this point in the market. Nor does it skimp on software features, including intervalometer, distortion correction and image processing filters. So do these features add up to the perfect mid-level DSLR? Read the review to find out.

Halloween Photography Tips

With Halloween just a few days away I thought it was time to produce a new Halloween Photography Tips article with some new information and photos.

Photography Tips to Keep in Mind for Halloween

There are plenty of subjects around to photograph at Halloween ranging from the traditional jack-o-lantern through to people in costume, to scary houses. It's a time of colour, emotion and lots of interesting subjects.
The keys to capturing them are not that different from the normal keys to good composition in photography. As you photograph Halloween this year keep in mind some of the basics of good digital photography. I've selected the following tips that should be helpful in your Halloween photography:

Fill Your Frame

Halloween is a time of drama and you can add to this in your images by getting in nice and close and filling the frame with your subjects. Whether it's people or objects – getting in nice and tight will usually add punch to your shots.

Photograph the Details

It's easy to be distracted by the flashy parts of a time like Halloween but it's often when you step back, take a look around and notice the smaller details that you find the 'money shots'. Times like Halloween are filled with all kinds of smaller details and photo worthy moments including decorations, carving the pumpkin, people getting dressed in costumes, sleeping kids at the end of parties, bags full of treats at the end of the night etc.

Find Points of Interest

Before pressing the shutter ask yourself 'what is the point of interest in this image?' All good images have something in them that holds the attention of those who view them.

Rule of Thirds

One way of enhancing the composition of your shots is to place your points of interest inn smart positions. While the rule of thirds can be broken with great effect it's a useful principle to keep in mind.

Candid Photography

Halloween parties are a great time to get your camera out for some candid photos of your friends and family having a great time dressed up in all manner of costumes. Check out these 11 candid photography techniques.

Shooting in Low Light

The type of images that come to mind when I think of Halloween are fairly dark and spooky ones – candles in pumpkins etc. After all, the real action of Halloween seems to happen after dark. As a result you'll want to think carefully about the light sources for your shots.
To really capture the mood of these situations you'll want to avoid the stark and bright light of flash photography (or will want to at least pull it back a few stops and diffuse it) and so you'll need to switch off your flash and do one (or all) of three things to some extent:
  • increase your ISO – the larger your number the more sensitive your image sensor is to light and the darker conditions you can shoot in without having to slow down shutter speed. On the downside you'll get more grainy/noisey shots.
  • slow down shutter speed – choosing a longer shutter speed lets more light into your camera. On the downside you'll see any movement in your shots blur (which might add to the spookiness of the image but could also ruin it). Consider using a tripod if you lengthen your shutter speed.
  • use a larger Aperture – this widens the hole in your lens and lets more available light in. It will also lessen the depth of field in your shots. If you have a DSLR with a few different lenses is to use the 'fastest' lens you own as it will let you choose larger apertures. For example my f1.4 lens handles low light much better than my f4 lens.

Diffuse Your Flash

Another strategy that I've heard of some readers doing at this time of year is diffusing the flash on your camera with colored cellophane to try to lesson its impact upon your shot and also to give the light it produces a glow that might add to your shots – Red might be a good color to try. You'll probably want to test this before the big night as getting the right density of diffuser will be critical.

 

 Pumpkins

Photographing Jack-o-Lanterns is particularly tricky as to get the full effect of the glowing inside the pumpkin is a bit of a tightrope walk between overexposing and underexposing due to the light and dark patches in the shot you take. Instead of just one candle inside it is probably worth using two or three to give a little extra light. Also take a number of shots at different exposures (exposure bracketing) and you should get one or two that give you the impact you're after.

Canon Rebel T4i Review

Hot off the presses is DPReview's review of the Canon Rebel T4i. For users moving up from compact cameras, the 650D offers a very significant increase in image quality and a comfortable to hold camera wrapped in an interface that accommodates both touchscreen and external control operation. A 5fps shooting speed makes it a useful option for those who want to capture recreational sports or fast action. And for those ready to take more direct control over the imaging process, manual exposure controls (for stills and video), combined with a bundled feature-rich raw converter provide the ability to get the most from your images.

Where the camera falters, unfortunately, is with AF performance in live view. Canon's new 'hybrid' AF system, while a step forward compared to previous contrast detect attempts, is a long way from what we've seen in other mirrorless models, and from our experience of Sony's SLTs. And while we applaud Canon for attempting continuous AF in movie mode, it too is prone to more focus errors than we'd have liked to see. Read the full review here.

Rebel T4i Features

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, ISO 100-12800; expandable to 25600 (H)
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fp
  • Improved autofocus performance with a 9-point all cross-type AF system
  • Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects
  • New 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots)

Canon PowerShot S100 Review

Ken Rockwell ways the Canon S100 is the best compact digital camera ever made. That's good enough for me; I went out and bought one today. Yes, these are pricey little pocket-able cameras, coming in at $429 here in Canada. I got home, started charging the battery and here are my first impressions.

We need a little background. I own a Nikon D300 DSLR and a Canon G10. Both of these cameras are large, with big buttons and dials, and both have viewfinders. This little Canon ELPH S100 has no viewfinder, few (and small) buttons. Yes, I expect this will take some getting used to. None the less, this little pocket-rocket has some impressive features.
The HD video is surprisingly good. The image stabilization really kicks in and the ability to zoom while recording stereo sound kicks-ass.

CMOS sensor. Finally, low noise photos in a pocket-able camera. And some pretty decently high ISOs too.

GPS location tagging. Finally! I have wanted this for years.

I usually know in five minutes or less if I'm going to like a new gadget. After I get used to button placement, I am sure this is going to be the camera I carry around everywhere. I highly recommend you check out the S100. Click the image for info.


Canon PowerShot S100

S100 Features

  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor and up to ISO 6400.
  • Capture Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • 5x Optical Zoom with 24mm wide angle f/2.0 lens.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the condition.
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 8 frames* and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG, and a control ring for  manual adjustment.
  • Built-in GPS tracker records your location, and a logger allows easy viewing of the locations on a map to help you remember where images were taken.
  • Large 3.0-inch wide LCD.

Nikon recently announced the newest addition to its line of compact system cameras

Nikon has announced the expansion of the popular Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System with the addition of the Nikon 1 J2 camera and the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens including 1080p HD video in a portable package.
  The Nikon 1 J2 improves upon the Nikon 1 J1 with new features such as a Creative Mode that provides a variety of photo effects to users, a metallic body, a higher resolution LCD screen and the addition of stylish new color offerings.

I like the portability without compromising image quality this gives you. In addition to the camera, the 11-27.5mm lens is a super-compact zoom lens that offers a helpful 2.5x zoom range in an easily pocketable size.

"Building on the success and popularity of the Nikon 1 cameras and lenses, the new J2 and 11-27.5mm lens are welcomed additions to the ever growing Nikon 1 System," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "Expanding the Nikon 1 System demonstrates Nikon's continued dedication to creating compact and portable advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses that are easy-to-use and allow users to explore and redefine their creativity."

Nikon 1 J2

Pentax K-30 Review

Steve's Digicams has just posted his review of the Pentax K-30 Digital SLR. The K-30 has been designed with over 80 weather-resistant body seals to make the camera hold up in wet, dusty, and sub-freezing conditions. All of which will protect the inside of the camera and its 16-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor that, when paired with the PENTAX PRIME M engine, allows for full 1080p HD video recording at up to 30 frames per second as well as full resolution 6 frames-per-second high-speed burst shooting.

We won't give away the whole review here, but his final words were:
"The K-30 is fast, full-featured, and fun to operate. It delivers high image quality, records HD video, and is sturdy and weatherproof. Even if you're not the outdoorsy type, the flexibility for fast adjustments offered by the programmable buttons and two well-placed dials make the K-30 a serious contender. If a few autofocus quirks don't throw you, this dSLR will likely thrill you."

Features:

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS sensor 
  • Full weather sealing for worry-free use in any weather condition; Rugged coldproof design for sub-freezing use (-10C, 14F) 
  • Full 1080p30 HD video features h.264 compression, flexible exposure control, and HDR finishing options 
  • Advanced SAFOX IXi+ autofocus engine features AF assist lamp, light source sensor, and improved optical components 
  • 3-inch LCD is wide angle viewable, and features 921,000 dots of resolution

The Nikon 50mm 1.8D AF Lens

Once upon a time the Nikon 50mm lens was THE standard camera lens and was THE optical benchmark by which manufacturers were judged and compared. Although the basic lens focus has now shifted (at least at the low to mid amateur level) to zooms - you can still benefit from years of research and development that went into designing the 50 mm lens and this here lens may be the best lens, dollar for dollar, that you can ever buy. The question is can you afford not to own this lens?

Years of development have brought us a lens that has a fast aperture of 1.8 - far faster than any consumer zoom lens - and that is sharp as a filed tack. Be forewarned about the sharpness . . . if you are taking pictures of people, this lens is unyielding in its sharpness and may well surprise you and your subjects whose every blemish is captured. The lens has a fabulously shallow depth of field if you want to use the 1.8 aperture to blow out a background. This lens is also ridiculously inexpensive. For the money - this is heaven.

The Canon EOS REBEL T4i

Canon is proud to introduce its most sophisticated Rebel ever—the Rebel T4i.

The new Rebel T4i delivers phenomenal image quality, high performance, and fast, intuitive operation. This Rebel amps up the speed with the powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps make high-speed continuous shooting of up to 5.0 fps possible—great for capturing fast action. An 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor ensures that every image is shot in superb, high resolution; and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 gives photographers the opportunities to take the Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before. A 9-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision dual cross f/2.8 center point) delivers improved autofocus performance, and a new Hybrid CMOS AF System increases autofocus speed when shooting photos and video in Live View.

Canon Rebel T4i 

Canon EOS REBEL T4i

Features:

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, ISO 100-12800; expandable to 25600 (H) for shooting from bright to dim light and high performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fps allows you to capture all the action
  • Improved autofocus performance with a 9-point all cross-type AF system (including a high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 center point), and new Hybrid CMOS AF increases autofocus speed when shooting photos and movies in Live View
  • Enhanced EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 30p (29.97) / 25p)
  • New 3.0-inch Vari-angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation and Touch AF for an easy and intuitive experience, flexible positioning, and clear viewing even when outdoors
"The EOS 650D looks to be an intriguing update to the EOS 600D, that on paper offers more than its near-twin looks at first suggest. Most interesting, of course, is the Hybrid CMOS sensor that offers phase detection autofocus for live view and video. This appears to be similar to the system used by Nikon's 1 system cameras, although Canon's implementation is different (it uses contrast-detection AF to fine-tune for greater accuracy) and its claims are rather less grand (there's still a performance drop from using the dedicated phase-detection sensor)."