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Some news here and there from the digital photography world.
Canon has announced the EOS 60D in the mid-range segment, after a lot of rumours and expectations. Actually it is not exactly a full upgrade of the 50D, let's see briefly why.
It does offer new and upgraded capabilities like:
- HD movie shooting (taken from higher range model 7D);
- 18 Megapixels versus 15 Mp of 50D;
- ISO range up to 6400 (excluded expanded ones that I consider more commercial than practical features);
Adobe has released final version of Camera Raw 6.1 (raw processing plug-in for Photoshop CS5): it includes the new processing engine (used in the upcoming Lightroom v3) and the important Lens Correction feature that corrects chromatic aberration, distorsion and vignetting using a database of lens profile (user extensibile). Also support for new cameras is introduced (like Olympus E-600).
Phase One, producer of one other popular RAW development software, has announced its acquisition of Microsoft's Expression Media digital asset management (DAM) software.
DAM software provides support for importing, browsing, organizing, basic editing, sharing digital media (i.e. images and videos).
Canon has reached 40 million EOS cameras manufactured, starting back from 1987 where the EOS ("Electro Optical System") was launched.
Adobe has posted a prerelease version of its Lens Profile Creator utility to be used with Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 to correct lens chromatic aberration, vignetting and geometric distorsion. The custom built profiles can be used in Photoshop Lens Correction filter, in RAW editing in Adobe Camera Raw (but only from ACR v 6.1 on) or in Lightroom 3. Results for chromatic aberration correction working in RAW are extremely better than working with JPG, since the correction works before demosaicing (conversion of raw data from camera sensor) and image conversion takes place.
Adobe has released yesterday the Creative Suite 5 (CS5) software family: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, After Effects, ...
Free 30 days trials are available from Adobe webiste.
Datacolor has released Spyder3 Elite 4.0, its monitor color management solution.
From the press, the main new features in the upgrade are the following:
New Workflow Features make it easier to find and use advanced controls.
Software Brightness Control allows owners of iMac and other displays with limited controls to work with displays in a more desirable, dimmer environment, and match them to other displays.
Automated Brightness Adjustment on Apple Cinema Displays, iMacs, MacBooks and PowerBooks screens are now automatically adjusted by the Spyder software.
Iterative Gray Balance Option for improved accurate gray balance algorithm.
Display Graphing allows users to compare the range of multiple displays to one another, as well as to standard color spaces like sRGB and AdobeRGB.
Monitor Quality Analyzer provides the tools to determine the quality of a display. Using easy-to-read maps of a screen’s uniformity, it compares monitor displays to allow users to determine which areas of the screen are most accurate.
For existing Spyder3 Pro users, the upgrade cost is $99.00 USD, while for users who purchased Sypder3 Elite in 2010, the upgrade is free.
Adobe has released Lightroom 2.7, Camera Raw 5.7 and DNG Converter 5.7.
The Lightroom update adds support for nine cameras (Canon EOS 550D, Olympus E-PL1 and others), increases the cache size limit to 200GB (more previews stored) and fixes a slideshow bug (sometimes a crash occurred).
The Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop v5.7 incorportates a demosaicing algorithm compatible with settings applied in the Lightroom 3 beta.
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