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2010.12.28

Along with the Fuji Finepix REAL 3D W3 Express review, Neocamera’s latest database update adds all Tamron Di II lenses to the Lens Finder. We have received information regarding the remaining Tamron lenses and will be added shortly as well. This means we finally have all major third-party makers accounted for. A few premium brands exist as well but what we list covers the vast majority of what is available to our readers.

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2010.12.28

The rather unique Fuji Finepix REAL 3D W3 has just been reviewed at Neocamera. This is one of the first 3D digital camera which captured stereoscopic images using two 3X optical zoom lenses and two 10 megapixels sensor. Both optical paths capture image simultaneously and combine the images to produce a 3D image that gives a sense of depth which is directly visible on the camera’s huge 3.5″ lenticular LCD screen. No special glasses are necessary to frame and review images directly on the REAL 3D W3′s LCD. Read the review to find out how it works and performs. Stereoscopic images are also viewable on a special 3D picture frame and modern 3D HDTV displays.

Subjectively, the W3 is a very interesting product as it changes the way photographs are perceived and thus also the way they are taken. A great deal of standard 2D images fail because they lack the sense of depth which must be given through the use of shadows, leading lines and the like. However, with a 3D camera, as long as there are objects in multiple planes, the sense of depth is simply captured, rather than conveyed. This allows certain otherwise uninteresting snapshot to genuinely  show more appeal. There is obviously the wow and unusual factor which contribute to the interest of Fuji Finepix REAL 3D W3 evokes.

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2010.12.10

Just in time to consider a new digital camera for Christmas, here is the detailed review of Olympus’ flagship DSLR. The E-5 is an evolutionary step over the already excellent E-3 with a very similar exterior but a new image sensor and processing system. With 12 megapixels and an ISO range up to 6400, the Olympus E-5 can shoot continuously at 5 FPS with no buffer limit. It is also one of the most feature-rich DSLRs with built-in stabilization, dust-reduction, a 100% coverage viewfinder, HD video and much more.

The Olympus E-5 is aimed at professionals and is built like a tank with a fully weather-sealed body. Its Four-Thirds lens mount makes it compatible with excellent Zuiko lenses. It features dual-controls dials, a panoply of buttons and even a viewfinder shutter to please demanding professionals.

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2010.12.05

Canon just announced that the EOS 7D and 5D Mark II can have their mode-dials replaced for a $100 fee to feature a locking mechanism as seen originally on the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D. This prevents accidental movement of the dial which could cause shots to be missed. Pentax has also used that design on their K-7 and K-5 and Canon recently added it to the mid-range EOS 60D, putting the higher-end models in an awkward position.

While we have seen plenty of minor firmware upgrades to digital camera over the years, and even a few more complex ones from Sony, this has to be one of the first time a major manufacturer is offering a hardware upgrade and certainly the first to do so for usability reasons. There was one manufacturer which offered a memory buffer upgrade, if my memory serves correctly, but I can’t remember which.

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2010.11.29

iStockphoto is preparing to give out awards for its best stock images, illustrations and videos. Voting for these is open until December 3rd and enters you into a draw for $2000 USD and 2000 iStock credits which let you license artwork from their site. To vote and find out all the details go to the Stokys website.

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