Monday, July 26, 2010

Time Lapse Drive

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sony Announces New Cyber-Shot Cameras

Hello everyone!

Today Sony announced three new cyber-shot cameras that are able to shoot 3D images. Sony are really pushing the 3D trend and with these new cameras, it certainly opens up doors to consumers who want to try out 3D imaging but don't want to buy a Sony NEX camera. Following the images, will be the press release with the specs of these cameras.

Sony Cyber-Shot TX9
Sony Cyber-Shot T99
Sony Cyber-Shot WX5

Press Release:
• 12.2 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor and new Superior Auto mode for superb images with DSLR-style low noise performance
• 1080i Full HD movie recording for playback on your HD TV
• World’s first compact still cameras with 3D Sweep Panorama
• Sweep Multi Angle for exciting 3D-style viewing effects
• Background defocus mode for stunning professional effects
Experience a new dimension of photo excitement with this summer’s colourful additions to the Cyber-shot™ family of digital cameras from Sony.

Beautifully slim, light and easy to use, the Cyber-shot™ WX5 and TX9 boast exciting new features for outstanding still picture quality compared with conventional compact cameras. Capable of shooting detail-packed Full HD (1920 x 1080, 50i) AVCHD movie clips, they’re also the first Cyber-shot™ cameras from Sony that can capture amazing 3D images to enjoy on any 3D-compatible TV.

Superior Auto mode: incredible low-noise images
The WX5 and TX9 are the first Cyber-shot™ cameras that can capture extremely low-noise images, evoking the expressive power of a digital SLR camera.

Powered by the 12.2 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor, Superior Auto mode captures a high-speed burst of up to six frames when you press the shutter button. Camera settings are automatically optimised according to shooting conditions. Cyber-shot™ then combines information from each frame to create an exquisite, low-noise picture with wide dynamic range, as enjoyed by DSLR photo enthusiasts.

As an extra refinement, new Background Defocus makes it easy to achieve pro-style images, similar to the results achieved with a DSLR camera and wide-aperture lens. Cyber-shot™ rapidly shoots two frames when the shutter button is pressed. Position information between the foreground and background is analysed automatically, creating a single picture with your subject in sharp focus and a beautifully blurred background. New Soft Skin mode flatters portrait subjects even further, automatically removing small wrinkles and skin blemishes for effortlessly beautiful results.

First-ever 3D Cyber-shot™ cameras
For the first time ever, 3D Sweep Panorama lets you shoot incredible 3D images without needing a bulky, complex double-lens camera system.

Just press the shutter button: the advanced Exmor R™ CMOS Sensor inside the Cyber-shot™ WX5 and TX9 captures a high-speed burst of frames as you sweep the camera from side to side. Information from up to 100 images is automatically combined to create a stereoscopic pair of frames. You can enjoy the incredible results by connecting the camera by HDMI to your 3D-compatible TV.

Cyber-shot™ offers even more exciting 3D image possibilities.  Also new this year, Sweep Multi Angle shoots a high-speed burst of fifteen frames, creating a ‘3D-style’ image of your subject that can be viewed from different angles. After shooting, just tilt the Cyber-shot™ from side to side: sensors inside the camera detect your movements, scrolling through the sequence of multi-angle frames as you tilt and view the camera’s LCD screen. Multi-angle views can also be viewed simultaneously on an ordinary 2D television as you tilt the camera.

You can also enjoy breath-taking panoramic shots with the Cyber-shot™ TX9 while you’re snorkelling or diving. Add an optional marine housing and select Underwater Sweep Panorama mode that optimises white balance for clear, natural results with underwater subjects.

Cyber-shot™ T99 – more style, more colour
Also available this summer, the beautifully sculpted Cyber-shot™ T99 is guaranteed to turn heads with a choice of gorgeous new colour options. Inside its slim, curvaceously sculpted lines there’s plenty of smart technology – from Sweep Panorama and 720p HD movie recording to new Soft Skin mode. Like the Cyber-shot™ TX9, the T99 also features new Underwater Sweep Panorama mode for extra-wide sub-aqua scenes.

The beautiful, easy to use Cyber-shot™ WX5, TX9 and T99 digital cameras by Sony are available from mid-September 2010.

Cyber-shot™ WX5, TX9, T99 Specification table

Effective Pixels12.2 megapixels12.2 megapixels14.1 megapixels
Image Sensor7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor R™ CMOS7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor R™ CMOS7.76mm (1/2.3 type) Super HAD CCD
LensSony GCarl ZeissCarl Zeiss
Zoom5x (optical)4x (optical)4x (optical)
Sweep PanoramaYes (including 3D, Intelligent)Yes (including 3D; Intelligent; Underwater)Yes  (including Underwater)
Sweep Multi AngleYesYes-
LCD screen size7.0cm (2.8”)8.8cm (3.5”)7.5cm (3.0”)
Battery Life115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on
Image stabiliserOptical SteadyShotOptical SteadyShotOptical SteadyShot
Video recordingFull HD movie (1920x1080/50i MPEG-4 AVC(H.264))Full HD movie (1920x1080/50i MPEG-4 AVC(H.264))720p HD movie (1280x720 progressive 30 fps MPEG-4)
Internal memoryApprox. 32MBApprox. 32MBApprox. 32MB
Approx. dimensions WxHxD (mm)91.7 x 51.9 x 21.5mm97.8 x 59.5 x 17.5mm93.0 x 55.6 x 16.8mm
Weight*Approx. 130gApprox. 133gApprox. 105g
ColoursBlack, silver, brown, gold and violetDark grey, gold, redBlack, silver, pink, green and violet

Stop Motion - A walk on the streets of Sydney

Landscape Portfolio

Hi everyone!

Its been a while since I updated my blog and with a slightly new layout, this post is long overdue. I thought I would start off with congratulating Ria, one of the JMCK models who is going to be participating in a fashion show at the end of this month so great news and congratulations again. Also I am going to be working with Chris Pavlich (Sydney MX photographer) next week, so that would be great for some photo-journalistic experience and a taste of one of the many photography paths I want to pursue. Its great to be given the chance to work with someone who has so much experience and the fact that hes willing to give his time to mentor me is great so I'd like to thank him in advance, even though I know he doesn't know about this site.

I also have plans to start up a new portfolio for landscape photography. I think this would be a great endeavor and by no means would this be a solo project. For this to work though, there is a lot more planning, a lot of travel and patience and early morning starts but I'm sure this will be well worth it. I aim to have at least twenty to thirty awe-inspiring images before the end of the year and if its all done before the date its due then that would be a great accomplishment. I plan to have a website that would strictly be for landscape photos so keep an eye out for that.

JMCK has been pretty quiet lately but myself and Marione are planning a lot of new projects and new ideas that we will soon finalize. The JMCK blog will also get an update soon with a shoot that we had not too long ago and some other events that we will be at so check that out also.

To tech news, its been a few weeks since the Sony NEX cameras have been released and they have actually been selling really well which is great news. Other than the NEX cameras, there is nothing that has been announced for the replacement of the a700 yet. It will be an exciting next couple of months for the gearheads (like myself) so I'm just hoping that the new a7xx is worth the wait.

Thats all the news for now, I think but after this blog entry I'll be posting a stop motion video that I just did recently. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for reading!