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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.
The open-source Dark Table for image editing and cataloguing has been updated to version 2.4 and, more interesting, completed the porting to Windows platform, being born on Linux and Mac. The official announcement is available at this link.
It's a very versatile program and completely free, so a possible alternative to Adobe Lightroom - see other alternatives in our review at this link.
You can download it from here.
We have just published our deep review of software alternative to Lightroom for whom does not want to go with the subscription model with Adobe.
The image, and RAW, processing software DxO Optics Pro from DxO has been replaced by a new version called DxO Photo Lab. The new name brings new features, like the most interesting are the following ones:
- local adjustment tool (finally, every major image software has one) using Nik's U Point technology that has been bought from Google which in turn acquired Nik software 5 years ago - Nik software provides renowned effects for black and white, film and so on;
- graduated filter (like in Adobe Lightroom and other similar softwares);
- auto mask to help user to follow edges when drawing a retouching mask (this too available in similar advanced image softwares);
- a rebuilt version of the repair tool that promises better and faster operations.
Yesterday, not much unexpected since the trend in last years in Adobe's policy, Adobe has announced that Lightroom is moving forward with cloud-based approach and that will terminate evolution of the standalone version - Lightroom 6 will not be updated.
Current Lightroom CC (the subscription version associated with Photoshop CC in the Photography bundle) will be renamed Lightroom CC Classic and is going to be updated with new features and better performances - low performances is probably the major complaint from Lightroom users.
A new product will be named simply Lightroom CC (well, maybe two more different names would have helped?) and will be a simplified (less features) version only on Web/cloud, thus accessible by any type of device (PCs, tablet and smartphones).
- Referenced brands in this article: Adobe
Phase One has announced a new medium format camera, the IQ3 100M, with 100 megapixels and that should render the colors like humans see them.
Official announcement at this link. The launch price? Well... $ 44,990, not for everyone.
- Referenced brands in this article: Phase One
About 2 months ago, we reported (link) that Micron, the parent company of Lexar (one of the most famous famous producer of memory cards), would discontinue the storage business, so Lexar was facing a hard future.
Yesterday good news: Longsys, a Chinese company, has announced that will acquire Lexar from Micron, so Lexar will probably survive!
The official announcement at this link.
Today Canon has announced the new entry-level mirrorless camera: the EOS M100, that replaces the EOS M10.
Resolution up to 24 megapixels, framerate for HD video up to 60/sec, added bluetooth connectivity.
Still very small body (just 302 grams), infact there is no viewfinder. A model aimed at people that want to upgrade from smartphone photography.
Available from next October at 600 $ with a 15-45 lens (24-72 mm equivalent in 35 mm format).
Our catalogue has been updated with this new model: link here.
- Referenced brands in this article: Canon
After some anticipations, Nikon has announced all the features and characteristics of the new middle/high level, full-frame digital reflex: the D850.
A great Auto Focus system inherited from the flagship D5: 153 points, of which 99 cross-type and central point focusing down to -4 EV... practically in the dark!
Double slot, tiltable rear LCD, 4K movie using all the frame (no cropping), a wonderful optical viewfinder (fighting against the advance of the mirrorless world...).
Launch price around 3300 $.
Official announcement here.
Read the main characteristics in our camera catalog here.
- Referenced brands in this article: Nikon
Today Canon has announced the new full-frame, intermediate-level DSLR Canon 6D Mark II.
Maybe not the best camera on the market for about 2000 $ but a good option if you have a lot of Canon lenses.
- Good: 26 megapixels, 45 AF points all cross-type (sensitive to both horizontal and vertical lines), fully articulated rear LCD - a unique feature for a full frame camera, burst up to 6.5 frames per seconds, very light for a full-frame.
- Not Good: no 4K video, AF points just in the center of the frame, no dual card slot (essentially for pro photographers).
- Referenced brands in this article: Canon
The parent company of Lexar, Micro Technology, has announced that is discontinuing its removable media storage business, that means no more Secure Digital / Compact Flash memory cards, neither USB drives and so on...
Lexar is one of the most famous producer of media cards together with SanDisk and has also launched new biggest capacity cards in the past years. Actually, Lexar business is on sale. The announcement is at this link.
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