The Coolpix P340 is Nikon’s latest pocket enthusiast camera, featuring a large 1/1.7″, 12.2-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, full manual controls (P, S, A, M) and Raw image capture. The P340 has a versatile 5x (24-120mm equivalent) wide-angle to telephoto zoom range plus 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom and a fast F1.8 maximum aperture lens with Lens Shift VR image stabilization. We’ve spent a few days shooting with it to see if these specs add up to impressive performance. See gallery
Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services division, and in March both companies confirmed the $7.2 billion deal would be closed by the end of April. Now Windows Mobile Power User got hold of a leaked letter which Nokia supposedly had sent out to its suppliers in Finland. In the letter it says that the name of Nokia Oyj will change to Microsoft Mobile Oy. Learn more
Take 4×5 film with you on the road
The Travelwide is a new large format film camera that costs just $149, but shoots on 4×5 film. If you’ve ever wanted to experiment with analog writ large, this is probably one of the most affordable ways you’ll be able to do it—and in a package that’s small enough to take with you to just about anywhere you want.
The Travelwide weighs just 9.7oz, and can focus from infinity down to 2 feet. However, it only comes with a pinhole lens—so for anything more advanced, you’re going to need to spend some time scouring eBay and used lens listings to get the right sort of glass. It’s designed for use with the Schneider Angulon 90mm ƒ/6.8, and will also accept most 90mm ƒ/8 lenses. You’ll also need to load it up with a film holder for the back, either a standard 4×5, or else a Polaroid 545i if you want to shoot instant film.
It also comes with three cold shoes for mounting accessories, including the metal sports viewfinder that it ships with. And while it might not come with a real lens, there is a pinhole lens included so you can at least get started shooting something pretty quickly.
If you want to have a look at the images out of the Travelwide, a number are up on Flickr. If you’d like to know more, you can either check out the Travelwide site, or else the Kickstarter that begat it.
Minus printing fees and Amazon’s cut, of course
Photographers with an eye towards self-publishing now have a much easier way of making their work available to the largest audience in the world: Amazon. The online retail megagiant has paired with book printers Blurb in a venture to get your self-published photo books on sale.
Amazon has long offered ways for people to publish their own text works, both digitally and in actual print, but this marks a move into a more photographic space. With the Blurb combo, you set whatever price you want for your photo book. From each sale, Amazon then takes a 15% cut, Blurb pays for printing, and then a processing fee of $1-$5. The remainder is paid out to you on a monthly basis, via check or PayPal.
For now, Blurb is saying “Enrollment in Blurb to Amazon is free for a limited time”, though so there may be extra fees that pop up in the not too distant future. You can also sell directly on Blurb’s online shop, and while you might not reach the huge potential Amazon customer base, then you won’t have to deal with Amazon taking a cut, either.
If you’ve ever wanted to put together a photo book to try and sell, this might the easiest way to get it out into the general public, without having to having to go through a publisher, or fill your garage with copies to sell by hand.