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COOPH Field Jacket is waterproof, designed for photographers

Cooperative of Photography (COOPH) has introduced the Field Jacket, designed for photographers and made from a fully waterproof Swiss cotton fabric called EtaProof. The jacket features both inner and outer pockets for carrying photography gear, a quick-access smartphone pocket, and a small loop near the collar to fix a cable (from headphones or a microphone) in place.

The jacket’s material was first used to make overalls for WWII British Hurricane pilots, according to COOPH, offering a mixture of comfort and protection against hypothermia by blocking out water. Used to make COOPH’s Field Jacket, the fabric helps keep both photographers and their stowed gear dry without constricting movement or getting too warm. 

The Field Jacket is available in Black and sizes ‘small’ to ‘xx-large’ for €398. COOPH currently ships only within Europe, though some US distribution is becoming available.

Via: PhotographyBLOG

LG introduces live-streaming action cam with LTE built-in

Korean electronics manufacturer LG has announced a new action cam that can stream live content to the internet via built-in 3G and LTE connectivity. The LG Action CAM LTE allows users to connect directly from the camera to a chosen video hosting website without using a mobile device as the middle man. The camera will also offer remote access, so it will also function as a CCTV camera or security monitor.

Capable of recording video in up to UHD quality at 30fps and of shooting 12.3MP stills, the Action CAM LTE is dust and weather proof and can cope with being submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter. It will be available first in Korea, with plans to launch in the rest of the world after. No price information has been released yet.


Press release:

LG INTRODUCES ACTIVE LIFESTYLE CAMERA WITH LIVE STREAMING OVER 4G

Action Camera with LTE is the Latest Addition to the LG Friend Ecosystem

The newest addition to LG Electronics’ (LG) Friend ecosystem is the first action camera to be available globally with LTE connectivity built-in, allowing for users to stream directly to sites such as YouTube Live without a smartphone. The device, LG Action CAMLTE, will launch in South Korea next month followed by key markets worldwide including North America and Europe.

In addition to its live streaming feature, LG Action CAMLTE will offer remote access* functionality via 3G and LTE which will enable the device to be used as a CCTV camera for home monitoring or as an automobile dash camera. Action CAMLTE users can download recorded images and videos on their paired smartphones.

With a rating of IP67, the LG Action CAMLTE is completely protected from dust, sand and can be immersed in up to one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. A completely waterproof case (available in the third quarter) will enable the camera to participate in more vigorous activities such as surfing and scuba diving. With the optional mount, the LG Action CAMLTE can capture smooth videos while attached to helmets, bicycles, cars and other fast moving objects. With a generous 1,400mAh battery the camera boasts an industry-leading Full HD recording time of up to four hours.

“We are committed to expanding the LG Playground ecosystem with both modules and standalone accessories and Action CAMLTE is one of many more that we plan to announce this year,” said Juno Cho, LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company president. “Action CAMLTE is an example of the kind of innovation we will be bringing to market, devices that offer features unavailable in other competing products.”

Prices, specifications and carrier details will be announced locally at the time of launch.

Key Specifications:

  • Camera: 1/2.3-inch 12.3MP / 1.55 x 1.55?pixels
  • Connectivity: LTE / 3G / Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n / USB Type-C 2.0 / Bluetooth 4.1
  • Video Recording: UHD 30fps / FHD 60fps / HD 120fps
  • Video Live Streaming: HD 30fps
  • Memory: 2GB RAM / 4GB ROM (OS only) / microSD (up to 2TB)
  • Size: 35 x 35 x 77.9mm
  • Weight: 95g
  • Battery: 1,400mAh
  • Others: IP67 / GPS / Accelerometer / Gyroscope
  • Color: Light Gray

* Remote access feature available after software update coming in July 2016.

Sony a6300 VS a7S ii Video Comparison

With so much hype surrounding the a6300, we test it against the a7Sii to answer this question: Is the a6300 all that good?.. for video.

More test shots and our thoughts of the new Sony a6300:
https://bokeh.digitalrev.com/article/first-impressions-of-the-sony-a6300

Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated

Shooting with the Nikon D500 continues, both in Seattle and in Palm Springs, California. DPR staffer Richard Butler is there with Nikon, weathering some scorching temperatures and getting to know the local residents at the Living Desert Zoo. We’ve added some images to our existing D500 sample gallery, and you can keep your eyes peeled for more very soon.

Tips From a Pro: Shoot Kid Photography That’s Authentic, Not Cheesy

Zoe Berkovic, one of the country’s busiest and best child photographers lets us in on her tips and secrets.

Zoe Berkovic tells us her tips for better photographs of kids…

Facebook announces support for 360 degree photos

Only a few years ago capturing a 360 degree sphere was quite an involved and lengthy process, even more so when recording moving images. In 2016, 360 degree imaging has made it to the consumer level, with affordable 360 degree cameras such as the Ricoh Theta, Samsung Gear 360 or LG 360 Cam available in abundance. Clearly the web’s largest social network does not want to miss out on the trend – after integrating 360 degree videos in its news feed last year, Facebook will now the support of 360 degree photos on mobile and web.

The feature, called ‘360 Photos,’ is expected to arrive within the next few weeks and will allow users to upload and view 360 degree photos in their news feed. Users will be able to view the content by dragging the image with their finger on a mobile screen or by using the mouse on a desktop web browser. Of course there’s also the option to use a virtual reality headset, such as the Samsung Gear VR or Facebook’s own Oculus Rift, and get an even more immersive experience. 

Facebook supporting the new technology could be an important moment for 360 degree imaging. The ability to share spherical images and videos straight from capture should make this new type of imaging even more popular than it already is. Keep an eye on your news feeds; it’s only a matter of time before your friends and contacts will post the first 360 degree photos.

Via: The Verge

Watch This: A Short Documentary About Wet Plate Photographer David Rambow

Wet Plate Photography

This photographer keeps an old process alive

Photographer David Rambow embraces the slow process of wet plate photography…

EyeEm launches The Roll for iOS, an intelligent take on your Camera Roll

If you’re an iPhone owner, you know one thing about the beloved Camera Roll: it can get messy. While it seeks to bring some order to the chaos with built-in dating and geotagging, it doesn’t help high-volume shooters zero in on specific content or locate their best shots from multitudes of thumbnails.

EyeEm, the global community and photography marketplace, is here to help with today’s release of The Roll, an app that uses a proprietary image recognition algorithm to classify, tag, keyword and select your best photos. In addition to its organizational function, the app also displays metadata such as aperture, ISO, geolocation and more.

When launched, The Roll examines each of your photos for content and then groups similar shots together, whether or not they were taken on the same day or in the same place (and ignoring all of those screenshots living on your phone). Then, it classifies and tags photos under broad searchable categories like Pets, Water, Fun, Cute, or a predominant color or location, placing the best shot on top. The same photos or groups can appear under different headings. Within each broad classification are smaller subgroups of similar photos of varying quality that you can choose to keep or delete in order to save room on your device or to immediately share with others.

The app’s keywording and scoring functionality are based on EyeEm Vision, the company’s server-based computer vision tech. Powered by deep learning technology, photos are assigned an Aesthetic Score from 1 to 100 percent that seeks to replicate how professional photographers and curators judge a composition.

Each photo also features a multitude of keywords, which are derived from a shot’s content and an artificial intelligence algorithm’s judgment of the photo’s mood and emotion. The algorithm can identify thousands of concepts to help you search for photos in your catalog. EyeEm assures privacy to all users and promises that all synced photos are deleted after scoring and keywording.

The app contains all the information you need to understand how it works, though there is no further analysis on why one cat picture may score 10 points more or less than another taken at the same time or place — though scrolling through each selection often makes the rational for the score more obvious. I did not necessarily agree with all of The Roll’s judgments about my images, of course, but it provides a starting point if a user is in a quandary about what to immediately share or delete.

The Roll is not the first to come up with automatic sorting and keywording: Google Photos and Flickr’s Magic View already do that. The Roll also did not move at lightning speed through my relatively small collection, which is typically filled with screenshots. Its real value is having a reliable analysis of resident images and an assist in deciding what is immediately sharable.

The Roll is offered free of charge and while it only runs on iOS 9 or later for now, an Android version is in the works.

You Can Do It: Create Abstract Light Patterns In Photos Using LEDs

Rotate your LED strips to play around with composition

How to create abstract images using LED strips and a little creativity…

Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card

Samsung has introduced the EVO Plus 256GB UHS-1 Class 10 microSD card. According to Samsung, the new EVO Plus card has the highest capacity in its class, and is able to hold up to 12 hours of UHD video, 33 hours of Full HD video and up to 55,200 photographs.

The Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card offers write speeds up to 90MB/s and read speeds up to 95MB/s, as well as the maker’s ‘4-Proof’ durability — it is magnet-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and x-ray-proof. A 10-year limited warranty accompanies the durability promises.

Samsung will launch its new storage card in the U.S., Europe, China and beyond (totaling 50+ countries) next month for $249.99.

Via: Samsung