Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows 7 launched!

Will consumers embrace the newly launched Windows 7 or will it be another mishap on Microsoft like its forerunner Vista? That, we'll have to find out.

According to Amazon UK, Windows 7 has fly past Harry Potter's magic broom for being the best-selling pre-order product of all time. As fast as 8 hours, every copy has been SOLD OUT making history in Amazon UK. Hmm... I think users got over the Vista frustration.

Windows 7 says no more to annoying pop-ups and notifications, useless graphic animations which I personally hate! Uploading and downloading files from devices will be a piece of cake. One time I even got yelled by my boss just because copying pictures from my usb took a lot of time downloading in his vista operated laptop! Boy I hate Vista! But hey no more of that!

Another drawback of Windows Vista was some software and hardware compatibilities. You still have to get your elbows greased just to find drivers and cracks that support Vista. Windows 7 has finally made itself flexible for other consumer hardware and software.

Aweigh Windows 7 goes with a number of collabs with leading manufacturers of  laptops and netbooks which kept the computer industry afloat during the recession. A while back, Windows 7 had collaborated with Acer on its new 3D Gaming laptop Acer Aspire 5738DG-6165, laptops like the Toshiba Satellite T100 and many other laptops, netbooks, personal computers, Zune players,  mobile phones and even Xbox 360 videogame consoles. Microsoft will even open a Microsoft store in Northern California next week for all devices that utilize Windows 7.

Windows 7 managed to get into the Touchscreen Industry and made it big with the collaboration of HP in its newly launched HP TouchSmart PCs which also made a grand entrance this October and also with Lenovo's ThinkPad T400s four-fingered touch input. And who knows how many more computer Giants will engage with Microsoft with its touchscreen support!

Even with Windows 7 release, nothing's certain for Microsoft yet. There's still the new powerful iMacs that consumers are preoccupied of. But for now, we can say that Windows 7 could be a hit in the computer technology. Microsoft has finally managed to come into the bright side.

Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta : Download Free Trial

Adobe's digital lightroom: the Adobe Lightroom Software delights photographers with its many editing features and now Adobe wants to delight them more!

Adobe recently announced Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta and everybody's excited on its improved features.

Below are some of the hightlights from

  • Brand new performance architecture, building for the future of growing image libraries
  • State-of-the-art noise reduction to help you perfect your high ISO shots
  • Watermarking tool that helps you customize and protect your images with ease
  • Portable sharable slideshows with audio—designed to give you more flexibility and impact on how you choose to share your images, you can now save and export your slideshows as videos and include audio
  • Flexible customizable print package creation so your print package layouts are all your own
  • Film grain simulation tool for enhancing your images to look as gritty as you want
  • New import handling designed to make importing streamlined and easy
  • More flexible online publishing options so you can post your images online to certain online photo sharing sites directly from inside Lightroom 3 beta (may require third-party plug-ins)*

Get a glimpse of the new software at

You can have your try on the latest Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta from Adobe's site..

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Apple iMac Unveiled

The New Apple iMac is finally launched! Now with absolute better performance, equipped with the New Snow Leopard OS and paired with the interesting Apple Magic Mouse it sure is steaming hot in the market!

Price starts at $1499 at the Apple Store. A bit expensive compared to the recently launched HP TouchSmart PCs. But performance-wise, the New Apple iMac tops again!

New Apple iMac Features:
  • Processor. Faster quad-core Intel Core i5 or Core i7 “Nehalem” processor in the 27-inch iMac. For over 2x faster performance of the previous iMac. With Turbo Boost thaht shuts off the idle cores while simultaneously increasing the speed of the active ones.
  • Faster Graphics. The 21.5-inch iMac offers great graphics performance with the integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor or the ATI Radeon HD 4670 which is 4x faster performance than the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. Choose a 27-inch iMac with the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor for ultimate graphics experience.
  • Operating System. Mac OS X Snow Leopard: the world’s most advanced operating system
  • Display. LED-backlit iMac display in 21.5-inch (1920x1080 display) or 27-inch(2560x1440 display)
  • Viewing. In-plane switching (IPS) which gives you a bright picture with excellent color consistency — even if you’re viewing the display from the side.
  • RAM. 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory standard, with room in its four SO-DIMM slots for up to 16GB
  • Storage. Serial ATA hard drive up to 2TB
  • Wi-fi. High-speed 802.11n wireless technology
  • Wireless. It comes with a wireless mouse and Apple's famous Magic Mouse. see details of Apple's Magic Mouse.
  • iSight Camera. It's a powerful tiny camera hidden behind the glass display at the top of iMac.
  • Ports. Mini DisplayPort that connects to any external source that has DisplayPort output. Four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port. SD Card Slot.

Apple Magic Mouse

Apple has taken multi-touch technology to a different perspective. Introducing the world's first Multi-Touch mouse the new Apple Magic Mouse that comes with every new iMac. It has and elegant, smooth top shell design. Experience high precision laser tracking, scroll vertically, horizontally, and diagonally — a full 360 degrees — simply by touching anywhere on the top surface. Absolutely better than an optical mouse.

Apple Magic Mouse's one-button design makes it simple to use right out of the box. You can also easily switch it to act like a normal two-button mouse.

Once you pair Magic Mouse with your Mac, you can enjoy a secure and reliable connection from up to 33 feet away. It can also be separately purchased for only $69 and connects wireless via bluetooth technology.

The Apple Magic Mouse is powered by two AA batteries that could last up to for months of usage.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The Canon EOS-1D MARK IV Digital SLR Camera is a high-performance camera with new and improved 45-point autofocus system, 16mp resolution, fast 10 fps continuous shooting perfect for sports activities, with low-noise image quality even at higher ISO levels ranging from 100 up to 12,800.

Canon EOS-1D MARK IV captures 1080p Full High Definition videos. It can record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94).

It has an Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) which automatically adjusts the image for optimal brightness and contrast on the fly during  in-camera processing. keeping shadowed areas clear and detailed.

Canon EOS-1D MARK IV has an exclusive wireless  file transmitter device which would really come in handy in the studio or field sessions.

Canon EOS-1D MARK IV can be parred with Nikon's New D3S Digital SLR with almost the same enhancements, photographers will yet to decide.  Canon EOS-1D MARK IV will be available this late December and priced $4,999.00 for body only.. Should be on top of your Wishlist for Christmas!



Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Media
CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), UDMA Mode 6 CF cards and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2/E2A or Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 IIA*)
Image Sensor Size
1.098 x 0.73 in./ 27.9 x 18.6 mm (APS-H size sensor)
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount

Image Sensor
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Approx. 16.10 Megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 17.00 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal:Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the image sensor
Dust Deletion feature
(1) Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
- Helps remove dust adhering to the low-pass filter.
- Automatic cleaning when power on and off, and manual cleaning.
- Low-pass filter has a fluorine coating.
(2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
- The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images
- The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the provided software to automatically minimize the dust spots
(3) Manual cleaning

Recording System
Recording Format
DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible. Multiple options for recording images on two memory cards, and onto compatible external USB hard drives (via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2/2A, E2 IIA*)
Image Type
File Name
The file name can be set to one of three formats:
1. Factory-default, four-character alphanumeric name
2. Any four characters (User setting 1)
3. Any three characters plus the image size (User setting 2). If 3 is set and an M-RAW image is taken, the fourth character will be "M." The above three settings also apply to the file name for movies. If 3 is set, the forth character will be "_" (underscore).
File Size
1) Large: Approx. 16.00 megapixels (4896 x 3264)
2) Medium 1: Approx. 12.40 megapixels (4320 x 2880)
3) Medium 2: Approx. 8.40 megapixels (3552 x 2368)
4) Small: Approx. 4.00 megapixels (2448 x 1632)LOSSLESS RAW
1) RAW: Approx. 16.00 megapixels (4896 x 3264)
2) M-RAW: Approx. 9.00 megapixels (3672 x 2448)
3) S-RAW: Approx. 4.00 megapixels (2448 x 1632)
Folder Setting
Folder creation/selection enabled
Recording Functions
(1) Standard
- No automatic switching of recording media
(2) Automatic switching of recording media
- When the current recording media becomes full, it switches to another recording media automatically and continues recording
(3) Separate recording
- Set the desired image size (L, M1, M2, S, RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW) for each recording media before shooting
- The image size set for one captured image will be applied to all the recording media
(4) Recording of identical images
- The same image is recorded to all recording media. (Also possible with RAW+JPEG.)
- Movies cannot be recorded simultaneously to multiple recording media
- If simultaneous recording has been set, movies will be recorded to the recording media set with [Play] on the [Recording func+media/folder sel.] screen.
- If a still photo is taken during movie shooting and (3) or (4) has been set, the still photo will be recorded to each recording media in the image size that was set.
Backup Recording
- With external recording media connected via WFT-E2 IIA* and WFT-E2/E2A (Firmware Ver. 2.0.0 or higher).
- Two options: 1. Quick backup (Backup folder created automatically and folder name set automatically.), 2. Backup (Backup folder created manually and folder name can be entered manually.)
- Images in the card are backed up in the external recording media's root directory based on the card's DCIM folder structure.
* This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
File Numbering
(1) Continuous numbering (2) Auto reset (3) Manual reset (the image numbering is reset to 0001, a new folder is created automatically)
Image Copy
Image copying between recording media enabled (images with checkmarks or all images in folder or card)
Color Space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1-3

Image Processing
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance, taken from imaging sensor
Color Temperature Compensation
White balance bracketing: Three consecutive images, Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-stop increments White balance correction: blue/amber bias and/or magenta/green bias (Corrected in reference to the current WB mode's color temperature.) +/- 9 levels; manually set by user.
When blue/amber bias and magenta/green bias set with White balance correction, white balance bracketing cannot be set together during white balance correction
Color Temperature Information Transmission

Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Approx. 100% horizontally and vertically
Approx. 0.76x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1)
Angle of view: Approx. 28.3°
20mm (at -1m-1, from eyepiece lens center)
Built-in Dioptric Adjustment
Adjustable from -3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63)
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Eyepiece Shutter

TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points
Area AF with 45 AF points
- 8 mm (H) x 15 mm (W)
- All 45 AF points are horizontal-line sensitive at f/5.6 (vertical). Thirty-nine of the 45 AF points are vertical-line sensitive at f/2.8 for cross-type focusing. For automatic AF point selection, cross-type focusing with 19 AF points is used. (The 39 cross-type AF points are used only during manual AF point selection.)
- When using some f/4 lenses (including when using f/2.8 lens + Extender 1.4x), cross-type focusing with 39 AF point is possible.
Metering Range
EV -1-18 (at 23°C/73°F with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
1) One-Shot AF
2) Predictive AI Servo AF
- The following can be set: C.Fn III -2: Focus-tracking sensitivity, C.Fn III -3:
Servo operation method and shutter-release timing, C.Fn III -4: Servo operation method in case a closer object enters the focus center during subject-tracking.
(2) Manual focus
AF Point Selection
1) The 45 AF points can be selected automatically or any one of them can be selected manually. To select an AF point, press the AF point selection button, then use the Multi-controller, Main Dial, or Quick Control Dial. With C.FN III -8-3, the 18 expanded AF points are instead used to search for the subject.
2) During manual AF point selection, the six AF points (or 26 AF points during automatic AF point selection) other than the 39 cross-type AF points will work as horizontal line-sensitive sensors at f/5.6. The two AF points at the immediate top and bottom of the center AF point have improved detection performance and precision due to the increase in the number of lines to two for the f/5.6 sensor. (The 39 cross-type AF points are used only during manual AF point selection.)
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam
- When an external, EOS-dedicated Speedlite is attached to the camera, the AF-assist beam from the Speedlite will be emitted when necessary.
- Compatible with the 270EX's AF-assist beam (a series of small flashes)

Exposure Control
Metering Modes
63-zone TTL full aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of screen, at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of screen, at center)
  • Center spot metering
  • AF point-linked spot metering
  • Multi-spot metering (max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Center-Weighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (at 23°C/73°F with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100)
Exposure Control
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II program AE (Evaluative flash metering, Averaged flash metering), Manual
ISO Speed (Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto, ISO 100-12800 (1/3-stop or 1-stop increments: C.Fn I -2), Expandable
- ISO Auto set by default. With all C.Fn to their default setting, automatically set within ISO 100-12800.
- With C.Fn I -3 (ISO speed range), the highest and lowest settable ISO speed can be set. By setting L (ISO 50) for the lowest speed and H1 (ISO 25600), H2 (ISO 51200), H3 (ISO 102400) [TD] for the highest, ISO speed expansion is possible.
- In manual ISO setting, if the upper ISO speed limit is set to H1, H2, H3 [TD], and the lower ISO speed limit to L with C.Fn I-3, the settable ISO speed range will be ISO 100-12800.
- In ISO Auto, even if the upper ISO speed limit is set to H1, H2, H3 [TD], and the lower ISO speed limit to L with C.Fn I-3, ISO Auto speed range will be ISO 100-12800. However, if the lower and higher ISO speed limits have been set to a narrower range, ISO speed will be automatically set within that range.
- In P, Tv, Av modes and C.Fn I -8-2 (Tv/Av safety shift) is set, C.Fn I -3's ISO range limit will be canceled when the standard exposure cannot be obtained, even if C.Fn I-3 has set the lowest and highest settable ISO speed to a narrower range. It will be automatically controlled within the range of ISO100-12800.
- In ISO Auto and C.Fn I-8-1 (Tv/Av safety shift) is set, the C.Fn I-12's shutter speed range limit and C.Fn I-13's aperture range limit will be canceled when the standard exposure cannot be obtained. C.Fn I-3's upper and lower limits will be applied to control the ISO speed range. With C.Fn II-3 (Highlight tone priority) set, even if C.Fn I-3 has set the lower ISO speed limit to L and the upper ISO speed limit to H1, H2, H3, the ISO Auto range and manual ISO range will be ISO 200-12800. However, if the lower and higher ISO speed limits have been set to a narrower range with C.Fn I-3, the settable range will be ISO 200 to the higher speed limit set.
- When checking the ISO speed of still photos or movies shot at H3 (ISO 102400) in commercially available software, the correct ISO speed value may not be displayed (the EXIF information standard cannot record ISO 102400 settings).
- When imprinting the shooting information for images shot at H2, H3 ISO speeds during ISO speed range expansion, the ISO speed setting may not be correctly printed.
Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation (user-set): +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
Auto Bracketing (AEB): 3 shots, up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments, in all exposure modes. Can be changed via C.Fn I-6 to 2, 5, or 7 shots. Bracketing order can be changed via C.Fn I-5.
*Except during movie Manual exposure.
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with Evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual (user-set): By AE lock button in all metering modes

Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-, 1/2-, or 1-stop increments: C.Fn I -1), X-sync at 1/300 sec.
- The shutter speed range can be limited with C.Fn I -12 and the aperture range limited with C.Fn I -13
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay
Remote Control
Canon N3-type terminal

External Speedlite
EOS Dedicated Speedlite
E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
Zooming to Match Focal Length
Compatible Flash
Compatible with all EX-series Speedlites. Compatible with the AF-assist flashes fired by Speedlite 270EX
Flash Metering
E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation
±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock
External Flash Settings
Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings / Clear all Speedlite C.Fn's
PC Terminal
Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum

Drive System
Drive Modes
Single, silent, high-speed continuous (approx. 10 fps), low-speed continuous (approx. 3 fps), 10- or 2-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 10 fps (at a shutter speed of 1/500 sec. or faster in all recording modes); fastest speed can be lowered if desired via Custom Function III-16
Maximum Burst
The maximum burst during continuous shooting is as follows:
JPEG Large (Compression rate 8): Approx. 85 shots, RAW: Approx. 26 shots, RAW+JPEG Large (Compression rate 8): Approx. 20 shots
Although the file size is larger than the EOS-1D Mark III due to the increase in pixels, the improved internal processing enables stress-free continuous shooting.

Live View Functions
Shooting Modes
(1) Remote Live View shooting (with a personal computer installed with EOS Utility)
(2) Live View shooting
1) Manual focus
2) Autofocus (One-Shot AF)
- AF enabled by pressing the shutter button halfway or pressing the AF-ON button.
1. Live mode
- One point, contrast AF. Switching to another AF point possible.
2. (Face detection) Live mode
- Face detection, Contrast AF. When multiple faces are detected, face selection is possible with the multi-controller.
- Magnified view not possible.
3. Quick mode
- 45-point, phase-difference AF (Same as viewfinder shooting), One-shot AF.
- Manual AF point selection enabled.
Metering Modes
Evaluative metering with the image sensor
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (at 23°C/73°F with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Magnified View
Magnifiable by 5x or 10x at AF point
Grid Display
Exposure Simulation

LCD Monitor
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size
3.0 in.
Approx. 920,000 dots (VGA)
Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment
Adjustable to one of seven brightness levels
- During playback, illumination adjustable by pressing the illumination button.

Image Playback
Display Format
Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Histogram, Auto rotate, Rotate
Live view: view image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation of exposure level possible with C.Fn IV-16-1

Image Protection and Erase
Single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection
Single image, all images in a folder, all images in the memory card or check-marked images can be erased or unprotected

Direct Printing
Compatible Printers
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images
RAW/M-RAW/S-RAW and JPEG images complying to Design rule for Camera File System
- Regarding RAW/M-RAW/S-RAW images, only those captured by the EOS-1D Mark IV can be printed.
- Movies cannot be printed.

DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
Version 1.1 compatible

Custom Functions
A total of 62 Custom Functions from C.Fn I to IV can be set with the camera
My Menu Registration
Save Camera Settings
Register Basic Camera Settings
C.Fn Registration Settings

USB Terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB)
Video Out Terminal
NTSC/PAL selectable

New Features
Recording Time
Max. 30 sec. per sound clip/voice memo

Menu Categories
(1) Shooting (2) Playback (3) Setup, (4) Custom function/My Menu
LCD Monitor Language
25: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Power Source
Battery Pack LP-E4 x 1
* With the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4, AC power is possible.
Battery Life
Viewfinder Shooting
- At 73°F/23°C: Approx. 1500
- At 32°F/0°C: Approx. 1200
Live View Shooting
- At 73°F/23°C: Approx. 270
- At 32°F/0°C: Approx. 230
* Based on a fully-charged LP-E4 and CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards.
Battery Check
Automatic battery check when the power switch is turned ON Displayed in one of six levels
* Displayed on LCD panel, in the viewfinder, and battery information screen.
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.
Date/Time Battery
One CR2025 lithium battery x 1
Start-up Time
Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
* Approx. 0.2 sec. based on previous specification standard.

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD)
6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in./156 x 156.6 x 79.9mm
Approx. 1180 g / 41.6 oz.

Operating Environment
Working Temperature Range
Working Humidity Range
85% or less

Battery Pack
For LP-E4
Rechargeable lithium ion battery
Rated Voltage
11.1 V DC
Battery Capacity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
68.4 x 34.2 x 92.8mm/2.7 x 1.3 x 3.7 in.
180g/6.3 oz. (excluding protective cover)

Battery Charger
For LC-E4
Charger dedicated to the Battery Pack LP-E4
Recharging Time
Approx. 120 min. (for 1 pack)
Rated Input
100-240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
12 V/24 V DC
Rated Output
12.6 V DC, 1.55 A
Working Temperature Range
0°C-40°C/32°F - 104°F
Working Humidity Range
85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)
155 x 52.3 x 95mm/6.1 x 2.1 x 3.7 in.
340g/12.0 oz. (excluding power cord and protective covers)

AC Adapter
For ACK-E4
* Car Battery Cable CB-570 connectable.
Rated Input
12.6 V DC
Rated Output
11.1 V DC
Cord Length
Approx. 2.3 m/7.5 ft.
Working Temperature
Working Humidity
85% or less
Dimensions (WxHxD)
68.4 x 34.2 x 92.8mm/2.7 x 1.3 x 3.7 in.
Weight (Approx.)
165g/5.8 oz. (excluding protective cover)

Acer Liquid Snapdragon-based Android Smartphone

Acer Liquid, is the world’s first Snapdragon and Android 1.6 smartphone. With its High Definition capacitive touch screen (Wide VGA) you can enjoy better multimedia experience. The new Acer Liquid promises high-speed processing capability and high-speed internet  access with its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor No idle-time, almost instant uploads of web pages and downloads of rich multimedia contents . Acer Liquid also has a smart integration of Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Picasa and Flickr in the address book, with realtime notification of status or content updates so you'll never miss out on what's new!

Acer Liquid Android Smartphone Key Features: 
  • runs with Google’s Android 1.6 Donut platform
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor underclocked down to 768MHz
  • 3.5 inch WVGA touchscreen
  • 5MP Camera with a self-timer, accelerated auto focus and ISO adjustments
  • QVGA (320x240)  video resolution
  • 256MB of RAM
  • longer battery life
  • and of course all smartphone basic features like 3G, WiFi, FM Radio, MP3, microSD/microSDHC slots, etc..
Despite the Acer Liquid buzz, release date and price are yet to be disclosed.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nikon D3S DSLR with ISO 200 to ISO 12800 Sensitivity

Nikon recently announced Nikon D3S DSLR as its  new FX-format digital SLR camera with higher sensitivity of ISO 200 to ISO 12800. Despite high sensitivity, the DS3 has better noise control so quality photos even in the dark. It has a  3-inch LCD monitor, 12.1 MP FX-format advantage and even record HD quality movies in (1,280 x 720 pixels) Motion-JPEG movies at 24 fps.

You don't have to worry about dust with your Nikon D3S DSLR. It now has its Image Sensor Cleaning Function which has 4 vibration modes to choose from for optimum dust removal.

DS3 automatically eliminates color fringes caused by chromatic aberrations and hard shadows with its Active D-lighting maintaining proper contrast. Bye-bye to purple fringes that everybody hates! Experiment more on your shots with its Picture Control for fine-tuning of sharpness, saturation and other parameters.

In terms of speed, Nikon D3S start-up time is approx. 0.12 seconds and release time lag is minimized to approx. 0.04 seconds. D3S's continuous shooting rates are 9-frames-per-second in FX format, 11 fps in DX crop. It has 51 AF points deliver faster focus

The D3S can be inserted with two separate CF cards for maximum storage and even store RAW and JPGs separately into each card.

Enjoy longer photography sessions with its EN-EL4a rechargable battery engineered for shooting up to 4,200 images* per charge.

Nikon D3S DSLR price starts at US: $5199.95 for its body only.

View video below for a rundown of Nikon D3S DSLR key features...

Nikon D3S DSLR Specifications

Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount
Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Picture Angle
Equivalent to angle produced by lens focal length (1.5 times when DX format is selected)
Effective pixels
12.1 million
Image sensor
CMOS sensor, 36.0 x 23.9 mm; Nikon FX format
Total Pixels
12.87 million
Dust-reduction System

Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Storage Image Size (pixels)
Image area
FX format (36x24)
4,256 x 2,832
3,184 x 2,120
2,128 x 1,416
1.2 x (30x20)
3,552 x 2,368
2,656 x 1,776
1,776 x 1,184
DX format (24x16)
2,784 x 1,848
2,080 x 1,384
1,392 x 920
5:4 (30x24)
3,552 x 2,832
2,656 x 2,120
1,776 x 1,416

File format
1) NEF (RAW): 12- or 14-bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed, 2) TIFF (RGB), 3) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available, 4) NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System
Four setting options: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome; each option can be adjusted
Storage Media
CompactFlash (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
Double Slot
Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards
File system
Compliant with DCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.21, and PictBridge
Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame Coverage
FX (36x24): Approx. 100% (vertical/horizontal), 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal), DX (24x16): Approx. 97% (vertical/horizontal), 5:4 (30x24): Approx. 100% (vertical) and approx. 97% (horizontal)
Approx. 0.7x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter Adjustment
-3 to +1 m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI screen with AF area brackets
Reflex Mirror
Quick return
Depth-of-field Preview
When Pv (depth-of-field preview) button is pressed, lens aperture can be stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or value selected by camera (P and S modes)
Lens Aperture
Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible Lenses
1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR*1: All functions supported (PC Micro-NIKKOR does not support some functions), 2) DX NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/1.2x (30x20)/5:4 (30x24) image size, 3) Other AF NIKKOR*2: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II, 4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II, 5) Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure modes A and M; color matrix metering and aperture value display supported if user provides lens data (AI lenses only) Electronic rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
*1.IX- NIKKOR lenses cannot be used
*2. Excluding AF- NIKKOR lenses for F3AF

Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/8,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Flash Sync Speed
X = 1/250 s; flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s
Release Modes
Single frame, continuous low speed, continuous high speed, quiet shutter-release, self-timer, mirror-up
Frame Advance Rate
(CIPA Guidelines)

• DX (24x16): Up to approx. 9 fps (CL) or approx. 9 to 11 fps (CH)
• Other image areas: Up to approx. 9 fps

Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s
TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor
Metering System
1) Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering (non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data)
2) Center-Weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame, diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame)
3) Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)

Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Combined CPU and AI
Exposure Modes
1) Programmed Auto (P) with flexible program,
2) Shutter-Priority Auto (S),
3) Aperture-Priority Auto (A),
4) Manual (M)

Exposure Compensation
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Exposure Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Exposure Lock
Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 to 12800 in steps of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 or 3 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Can be selected from [Auto], [Extra high], [High], [Normal], [Low] or [Off]
ADL Bracketing
2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3 to 5 frames using preset values for all frames
Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection; 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors); AF fine-tuning possible
Detection Range
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Lens Servo
1) Autofocus: Single-servo AF (S); Continuous-servo AF (C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status,
2) Manual focus (M) with electronic rangefinder

Focus Point
Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area Mode
1) Single-point AF,
2) Dynamic-area AF [number of AF points: 9, 21, 51, 51 (3D-tracking)], 3) Auto-area AF

Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button or by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF)
Flash Control
1) TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 1,005-pixel RGB sensor are available with SB-900, 800, 600 or 400
2) Auto aperture (AA): Available with SB-900, 800 and CPU lens
3) Non-TTL auto (A): Available with SB-900, 800, 28, 27 or 22S
4) Range-priority manual (GN): Available with SB-900 and 800

Flash Modes
1) Front curtain sync, 2) Slow sync, 3) Rear-curtain sync, 4) Red-eye reduction, 5) Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Flash-ready Indicator
Lights when Speedlight such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts, and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync Terminal
ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White Balance
White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 1,005-pixel RGB sensor), Incandescent, Fluorescent (7 options), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored), and color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000 K), all with fine tuning
White Balance Bracketing
2 to 9 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View
Tripod, Hand-held
• Tripod: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame
• Hand-held: TTL phase-detection AF with 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors)

Flicker Reduction
50 Hz and 60 Hz
Frame Size (pixels)
1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps
File Format
Compression Format
Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 200 to 12800 (ISO 6400 to Hi 3 in high-sensitivity movie mode)
LCD Monitor
3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), 170-degree wide-viewing-angle, 100% frame coverage, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Function
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlight display, auto image rotation, image comment (up to 36 characters), and voice memo input and playback
Hi-Speed USB
Video Output
NTSC or PAL; simultaneous playback from both the video output and on the LCD monitor available
HDMI Output
Type C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
Audio Input
Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)
10-pin Remote Terminal
Can be used to connect optional remote control, GPS Unit GP-1 or GPS device compliant with NMEA 0183 version 2.01 and 3.01 (requires optional GPS Cable MC-35 and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported Languages
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Power Source
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a/EL4
AC Adapter
AC Adapter EH-6 (optional)
Tripod Socket
Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
(W x H x D)

Approx. 159.5 x 157 x 87.5 mm/6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 in.
Approx. 1,240 g/2 lb. 12 oz. without battery, memory card, body cap or accessory shoe cover
Operating Environment
Under 85% (no condensation)
Supplied Accessories*
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL4a, Quick Charger MH-22, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC5, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-2, Eyepiece DK-17, Battery Chamber Cover BL-4, USB Cable Clip, Software Suite CD-ROM
* Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area
Main Optional Accessories
Wireless Transmitter WT-4A/B/C/D/E*, GPS Unit GP-1, Magnifying Eyepiece DK-17M, AC Adapter EH-6, Capture NX 2 Software, Camera Control Pro 2 Software, Image Authentication Software
* Product name varies according to region, depending on local frequency channels available.