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41-Megapixel Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone Not Heading To America

41-Megapixel Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone Not Heading To America

Even though this phone packs a very interesting sensor, it’ll not make it to the shores of the North America.

When the 41-megapixel 808 PureView camera phone was first announced in late February, it spaked plenty of debate. By using a high-megapixel sensor and pixel-binning, the company has designed a work around for the lack of a zoom lens in camera phones. Unfortunately, it’s just come to light that Nokia won’t even be offering the phone in North America, killing any hopes to take it for a test drive.

On the phone’s specifications page its regional availability is specifically marked as global — excluding North America. The reason for this is doubtless commercial, and not a nefarious plot by Nokia. Their Symbian OS has never done particularly well in the USA, and the last few years have seen it enter a death spiral, to the point where no carrier would want it. In the USA, Nokia is now focusing on Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, and so this last hurrah of Symbian won’t be seen here.

However, there’s no reason you wouldn’t be able to purchase the handset unlocked in another country and bring it Stateside. Or, if this phone is anything of a success in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, then the hardware may make its way to other Nokia phones on this side of the ditch.

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March 06, 2012 at 11:12PM


41-Megapixel Nokia 808 PureView Smartphone Not Heading To America

Even though this phone packs a very interesting sensor, it’ll not make it to the shores of the North America.

When the 41-megapixel 808 PureView camera phone was first announced in late February, it spaked plenty of debate. By using a high-megapixel sensor and pixel-binning, the company has designed a work around for the lack of a zoom lens in camera phones. Unfortunately, it’s just come to light that Nokia won’t even be offering the phone in North America, killing any hopes to take it for a test drive.

On the phone’s specifications page its regional availability is specifically marked as global — excluding North America. The reason for this is doubtless commercial, and not a nefarious plot by Nokia. Their Symbian OS has never done particularly well in the USA, and the last few years have seen it enter a death spiral, to the point where no carrier would want it. In the USA, Nokia is now focusing on Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, and so this last hurrah of Symbian won’t be seen here.

However, there’s no reason you wouldn’t be able to purchase the handset unlocked in another country and bring it Stateside. Or, if this phone is anything of a success in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, then the hardware may make its way to other Nokia phones on this side of the ditch.

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February 27, 2012 at 09:43PM


Nokia 808 Pure View Phone’s Camera Has a 41-Megapixel Sensor

Can lots of resolution make up for a lack of optical zoom lenses? Nokia hopes to find out

Two years ago, Nokia exec Anssi Vanjoki claimed that phones would be making DSLRs obsolete sooner than later. That’s kind of crazy, of course, but it seems like they’re still actually working on making it happen. Their new 808 phone has a 1/1.2″ sensor with a total of 41-megapixels on-board. Yes, 41-megapixels.

It sounds a bit outlandish. In fact, some people were upset with Nikon for putting 36-megapixels on a full-frame sensor in their new D800. But, Nokia’s technology is a bit different than the brute-force megapixel attack of days past. The 808 can take photos up to 38-megapixels in resolution, checking in at 7728 x 5354, but it doesn’t seem like they intend for you to do that all too often. Their intention was to combine those pixels to make better 5- or 8-megapixel images.

According to reports, the Pure View has been in the works for more than five years, which helps explain why the new phone runs the now-ancient Symbian OS. The phone does what’s called “oversampling,” which combines pixels on the sensor in order to make clearer images at smaller resolutions. It’s not an entirely new concept, but it makes for an impressive headline.

Part of the driving force behind the development was the fact that fitting optical zooming lenses into a phone is difficult, if not impossible. So, the phone uses its megapixel power to let you “zoom” up to 3x without a loss of image quality, or so they claim. That “zoom” power gets pumped up to 4x in video mode, since full HD video only requires 1920 x 1080 resolution. When you zoom, you’re just selecting which area of the sensor to use the capture the image.

This is different than typical digital zoom because Nokia has limited the zoom range to prevent upscaling. It won’t zoom past the point where the final image resolution exceeds that of the input resolution.

The sensor isn’t the only piece of fancy photography kit that they put in the 808. The lens is a Carl Zeiss with a maximum Aperture of F/2.4 and has a full-frame equivalent of 26 or 28mm, depending on the aspect ratio you choose. Plus, the flash acts like a real camera flash, rather than a janky flashlight like some other smartphones.

In the end, it’s an interesting experiment. The sensor is still very small considering the resolution. It’s more in-line with what you’d find in a typical compact, which still makes is far smaller than anything you’ll find in a DSLR or even a Micro Four-Thirds camera.

If you dig, you can find a couple sample images online, but we’re always weary to trust those. We’ll be interested to get our hands on one of these at some point. Unfortunately, that will likely be a ways off as it’s only being officially released in Europe for the moment where it will cost 450 Euros.

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February 23, 2012 at 07:04AM


Carnival 2012

A last blast before the observance of Lent, Carnival has evolved in many parts of the world with Christian traditions to be the biggest party of the year. Traditions vary from country to country, and even from region to region, but most places celebrate with a parade filled with masks, music, and ecstatic revelers. The world’s biggest party happens in Rio de Janeiro, where millions fill the streets as the parade enters the Sambadrome. Collected here are pictures of Carnival in many forms as celebrated in various parts of Europe, Latin America, and North America. — Lane Turner (41 photos total)

A performer from the Beija Flor samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 20, 2012. Millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Carnival parade. (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press)

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February 23, 2012 at 03:46AM


Pentax 645D red limited edition camera now shipping in the US, the Silver K-5 coming soon

The limited edition Pentax 645D red lacquer camera is now shipping in the US. A limited number of the Silver K-5 cameras will also soon be available on the US market. Here is the unboxing video of the red Pentax 645D camera from Photogizmos:

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February 08, 2012 at 01:01PM


Sony announces 500mm f/4 Alpha mount lens (SAL500F40G)

Sony finally announced their 500mm f/4 lens that was been on display at show for years. Shipment is expected in late March 2012.

Longest-ever focal length G Lens from Sony

Bright F4.0 aperture for superior light gathering

Nano AR Coating on optical surfaces for flawless still images and HD video

Compatible with SteadyShot INSIDE featured in all α cameras

New SSM drive circuit for quick, accurate autofocus

Rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design: ideal partner for SLT-A77

Enhanced handling and operability

Here is the full press release:

08 February 2012

Rugged, pro-focused SAL500F40G lens from Sony for A-mount SLT and DSLR cameras

Serious photographers can pull distant subjects closer with a powerful new 500mm (equivalent to 750mm with APS-C camera) super-telephoto lens from Sony.

The SAL500F40G is ideal for sports, wildlife and demanding imaging applications that require extreme magnification with uncompromised optical performance.

The SAL500F40G is the longest fixed focal length G Lens from Sony to date. Whether you’re shooting detail-packed stills or Full HD video, you’ll enjoy frame-filling close-ups with flawless resolution. With a bright F4.0 maximum aperture, its excellent light gathering power allows the use of faster shutter speeds to broaden shooting opportunities.

The ruggedly-engineered SAL500F40G copes effortlessly with tough photo assignments. Focusing ring and front/rear joints are protected by interlocking seals that shrug off dust and moisture, even when you’re shooting outdoors in driving rain or arid desert conditions. This weather-resistant design makes the SAL500F40G a perfect partner for the SLT-A77 (α77) Translucent Mirror camera that offers serious photographers similarly ruggedized performance.

Like all other A-mount lenses, the SAL500F40G is compatible with the SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilisation system that’s featured in every α Translucent Mirror and DSLR camera from Sony. Depending on shooting conditions, camera model and settings, you’ll enjoy camera-shake blur compensation that’s equivalent to approximately 4.5 stops (max.) in shutter speed.

Inside, the advanced optical design of the SAL500F40G includes 11 elements in 10 groups, including three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements. It’s also the first G Lens from Sony to feature advanced new coating process that ensures crisper, clearer images. Exclusive to Sony, the ground-breaking Nano AR Coating process cuts internal reflections by up to 80% compared with previous models. Resulting images are brilliantly crisp and clear, with dramatically reduced lens flare and ghosting. Flare is reduced still further by the carbon fibre lens hood that’s lined with black velvet fibres to absorb incident light.

Razor-sharp autofocus performance makes the SAL500F40G ideal for capturing an athlete’s explosive movements or the unpredictable flutter of wild birds. The high-torque SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) features a new drive circuit, ensures rapid, responsive AF with up to 4x faster object tracking than conventional Sony lenses.

Serious enthusiasts will also welcome a strong emphasis on enhanced handling and ergonomics. Four focus hold buttons are spaced around the lens barrel for easy operation in any position. They’re complemented by a two-way DMF (Direct Manual Focus) mode button and focus range switch for positive, fumble-free operation when you’re shooting under pressure.

Built to order, the SAL500F40G super-telephoto lens from Sony is available in Europe from late March2012.

Key Specifications

500mm F4 G SSM

Min. aperture

F32

No. of aperture blades

9 (Circular aperture)

Max. magnification ratio

0.135

Min. focus

4.0 m

Filter diameter

42 mm (Exclusive)

Dimensions (Diam. X L)

140 x 367.5 mm

Weight (approx.)

3460 g

Teleconverter compatibility

Yes (1.4x: AF and MF Mode, 2x: MF mode)

Dust and moisture resistance

Yes

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February 04, 2012 at 02:36AM


Extreme cold weather hits Europe

Frigid temperatures have gripped Europe in the last week, with the mercury reaching as low as 35 degrees Celsius below zero. After what had been a relatively mild winter, the sudden cold caught many unprepared. Eastern Europe is hardest hit, with over 100 deaths in Ukraine, and with over 11,000 people in remote villages cut off by snow in Serbia. Most of the fatalities recorded have been homeless people found frozen to death outside, and emergency tents with hot meals have been set up to help them in several affected countries. Russia and Poland are mobilizing help for the homeless. Travel in Romania has been chaos as a blizzard hampered efforts to clear both rails and roads. Recorded temperatures in Italy were the lowest in 27 years. — Lane Turner (45 photos total)

A woman looks out a bus in Bucharest on February 2, 2012. At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia‘s mountains as the death toll from Eastern Europe‘s weeklong deep freeze rose. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

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January 27, 2012 at 02:48AM


Samyang 24mm f/1.4 D AS UMC price announced, Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Sony NEX introduced

Samyang announced the European price of their 24mm f/1.4 D AS UMC lens:

Samyang 24mm 1:1.4 ED AS UMC will be available in sale in the first week of February this year. The estimated retail price in Europe will be:

599 EUR gross- Samyang 24mm 1:1.4 ED AS UMC (Canon, Four-thirds, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony)

625 EUR gross – Samyang AE 24mm 1:1.4 ED AS UMC (Nikon)

Rokinon (same manufacturer as Samyang) posted on Facebook the first images of their new 8mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Sony NEX cameras:

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January 21, 2012 at 11:36PM


Wells Fargo did it again (Olympus OM-D)

After a series of prematurely published news (Nikon D4, Fuji X-Pro 1, Canon G1x), Wells Fargo did it again with the Olympus OM-D:

“The new OM-D model will be offered in the United States, Europe and some Asian countries as the top model of the company’s digital mirrorless interchangeable lens camera series, selling for above 100,000 yen in Japan. The new model resembles the OM-1 film camera and is equipped with high-speed autofocus and image stabilization functionality as well as 16 megapixel resolution.”

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January 21, 2012 at 08:10AM


Haunting Portraits of the Homeless

Photographer Lee Jeffries worked as a sports photographer before having a chance encounter one day with a young homeless girl on a London street. After stealthily photographing the girl huddled in her sleeping bag, Jeffries decided to approach and talk with her rather than disappear with the photograph. That day changed his perception about the homeless, and he then decided to make them the subject of his photography. Jeffries makes portraits of homeless people he meets in Europe and in the US, and makes it a point to get to know them before asking to create the portraits. His photographs are gritty, honest, and haunting.

You can see more of his work in this Flickr set.

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Image credits: Photographs by Lee Jeffries and used with permission

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