All posts for the month January, 2012

Nikon 1 – J1 review

There’s no shortage of digital camera reviews on the internet and in magazines. Most reviews are focused on the technical specifications or comparing the new gear next to existing systems, if you want to know about specifications then take a look at the last page of this review. Here at photo-i, as you may know from our interactive reviews, we like to take a different look at things. With this in mind we are pleased to bring you our “photo-i User Review” format.

The Nikon 1 camera was launched in September 2011, and in this short time it has become an instant success, it’s currently the best selling mirror less camera available. We have been using the J1 camera extensively for past few weeks and are happy to publish an unbiased opinion on this camera. The Nikon 1 is available in two versions the J1 and the V1. The J1 uses the rear LCD screen for focusing and composing shots, whereas the V1 has an electronic viewfinder and a higher resolution LCD screen (921,000 dots compared to 460,000 dots on the J1). The V1 also has a 3.5mm audio input, but other than that the two models offer more or less the  same features.

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Litepanels Croma™

Litepanels®, A Vitec Group brand, announces the premier of the Croma™ LED light. Ideal for use on-camera or off, the new sleekly designed fixture provides Litepanels’ hallmark HD-friendly soft light, with variable color temperature output from daylight (5600°K) to tungsten (3200°K) Continue Reading

Kodak, the once yellow god for photographers has filed for bankruptcy. Kodak, has suffered from declining film sales over the years due to the popularity of filmless digital cameras .Kodak and its US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 business reorganisation in the US bankruptcy court for the southern district of New York, non-US subsidiaries were not covered by the filing. Continue Reading

When it comes to photo quality printers, Epson is at the forefront with an ever increasing portfolio of high quality printers. Epson has now just announced their latest A3 model the Epson Stylus Photo 1500W.  The 1500W printer uses the popular Claria dye based ink set and offers WiFi connectivity as well as PictBridge and the ability to print labels on inkjet compatible CD/DVD disks. So let’s take a look at this new model.

Setting up.

The first task after unpacking is to connect the power supply and turn on the 1500W printer. Press the ink button which moves the print head cradle into position, now insert the six individual Claria ink cartridges. Each cartridge is colour coded and has a unique coded plastic key, so you can’t physically fit it in the wrong slot. Close the cover and the printer primes the print heads with the inks, this process takes a couple of minutes. Next the drivers need to be installed.

As with most hardware and software these days, the user doesn’t have to worry too much about the technicalities, just insert the installation CD and a wizard takes care of the rest. Follow the on screen instructions and plug in the USB cable when instructed to do so. Once completed you are ready to start printing. The entire setting up process is very easy and will only take about 10 minutes to complete.

Printer in use.

This is where we start looking at the printer in detail and looking for things that may turn a few red lights ON for you. The thing that strikes me is how small the ink cartridges are especially for an A3+ printer. The 1500W uses six individual Claria cartridges, Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Black. These are the same ink cartridges that many Epson A4 printers use, including the All in One Epson PX720WD printer. If you want to produce a lot of A3 photos then these small cartridges are not going to yield too many prints. However, looking at the photos, they do display exceptional quality, I will come back to this later.

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JVC Professional unveils world’s first handheld 4K camcorder

GY-HMQ10 records four times resolution of 1080p to SDHC/SDXC media cards



London, 11th January 2012 – JVC Professional Europe Ltd. today announced the GY-HMQ10, the world’s first handheld 4K camcorder, which captures, records and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Powered by JVC’s Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840×2160 footage at 24p and 50p. Continue Reading

Canon unveils the enhanced LEGRIA HF M-series

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 9th January 2012 – Canon today enhances its LEGRIA HF M-series with the launch of the new LEGRIA HF M52LEGRIA HF M56 and LEGRIA HF M506 – a premium collection of touch-screen AVCHD camcorders. Underpinned by Canon’s professional HD CMOS PRO sensor, this range combines a superior quality Full HD video system, with new, in-built features including Wi-Fi functionality and MP4 recording support.  Continue Reading

Canon unveils The Master Compact –
the revolutionary PowerShot G1 X

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 9th January 2012 – Canon today introduces the PowerShot G1 X – a revolutionary new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, designed to produce DSLR levels of image quality and control in a highly portable metal body. Created for professional and serious photographers, the PowerShot G1 X creates a prestigious new category at the top of Canon’s legendary G-series line-up, and redefines the performance achievable from a compact camera. Continue Reading