Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Photokina........................... No Pro Models!

Just been reading some of the blogs from Photokina, it's very interesting, everyone is picking up on the fact that Canon haven't announced the new incarnation of the 1Ds, there's no 5D MkIII and Nikon haven't up-graded the D3X. So what's going on? The compact market is going off, everybody's aim seems to be to flood this lucrative market with new models, it's like the pro market has lost it's lustre, have we already got enough toys to buy, well yes, yes we have. The rumour mongers are pre-empting the camera manufacturers and suggesting what they want next, maybe the manufacturers want to sell a few more of their existing high end cameras before retooling for the next megapixel monsters to hit the market. I think the attention now will be for the missing new pro models to appear for PMA in the spring but you never know. Maybe, just maybe this new love affair with compacts will continue for a bit longer.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Fuji FinePix X100.............................. Nice

Talk about retro styling, if this new model from Fuji works as good as it looks then I think they're on to a winner. 12megapixel APS-C chip a 23mm lens (equivalent to 35mm lens on a full frame chip) and it shoots 720p HD video. With a few manufacturers now sticking bigger DSLR chips into there top end compacts can a full frame 35mm chip compact be that far off, who's going to be brave enough to bring that out. It's got to happen at some point.

Extra: So Photokina has finally got underway and the X100 is causing quite a stir, I'm not surprised with those looks and the speck of this little compact I think Fuji are onto a winner. It's going to be down to price point as to what sort of volume they shift these little beauties in, I know I'd like to be snapping my incidental location shots, video clips and family shots with this cute camera. Mr Fuji how much?

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

New iPhone software..... Will the joy return

The new iPhone 4.1 software has finally appeared for download. I've been waiting for this with baited breath, will my iPhone 3G finally start to work brilliantly again, like it did before loading 4.0. I hope so, the last few month have been blighted by the poor performance of the internet and many of the apps on my phone, apps crashing before they even finish loading and trying to load a page from the web was so painfully slow that I usually gave up and switched off. Steve Jobs has promised this will sort all the bugs out, strange that nobody at Apple noticed the problems the 3G and 3GS were having during testing before the release of iOS4. Though I have to admit the software glitches only really started to make their presents felt after a few weeks.

Well fingers crossed I've finished downloading and installing the software, I'm off to test my phone, I'm hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Extra, extra, read all about it! Just been putting the iPhone through it's paces and I can report it's all good, the joy returns.