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My Fuji X10

My Fuji X10

I really do like this retro camera from Fujifilm – The Fujifilm X10 is a 12-megapixel compact with manual controls, a larger-than-average, 2/3” type EXR CMOS sensor, a 28-112mm (eq.) f/2.0-2.8 lens and a newly developed Optical Image Stabilisation mechanism. Resurrecting the 2/3” sensor size that was commonly found in bridge cameras until the middle of the past decade, the Fujfilm X10 features a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 5000, expandable to ISO 12800 at reduced resolution. The new sensor also offers all the usual EXR shooting modes that allow the user to give priority to signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range or resolution depending on the individual requirements of each shot. The newly developed 4x manual zoom lens comprises 11 elements (including 3 aspherical and 2 extra-low-dispersion elements) in 9 groups and benefits from a Super Electron Beam Coating that is claimed to reduce flare and ghosts. The maximum aperture is f/2 at the wide end of the zoom range and f/2.8 at full telephoto, while the available minimum aperture is f11 throughout. Raw image capture, a full range of manual controls, 4 different auto bracketing functions, 8 film simulation modes, a 360° Motion Panorama mode, electronic level gauge and 1080p Full HD video recording round off the features list. The Fuji X10 also boasts a hot-shoe, an integrated manual pop-up flash, an optical viewfinder and a 2.8” rear monitor with a resolution of 460,000 dots.

The Fujifilm X10 will be available in early November 2011, with pricing to be confirmed.

Fujifilm Press Release

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES THE NEW PREMIUM COMPACT FUJIFILM X10 DIGITAL CAMERA: LARGE SENSOR, BRIGHT LENS AND WIDE OPTICAL VIEW FINDER IN A RETRO BLACKOUT DESIGN

FUJIFILM X10 Features a 2/3” EXR CMOS Sensor with a Maximum F2.0 Aperture and 4x Manual Zoom

Valhalla, N.Y., September 1, 2011 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the all new premium compact FUJIFILM X10 digital camera, featuring a new larger 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor and a bright, high-definition FUJINON1 F2.0 wide-angle to F2.8 telephoto, 4x manual zoom lens (28-112mm)2 with a proprietary Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) that produces superb image quality from edge to edge.

The sleek X10 is a sophisticated compact digital camera that follows in the footsteps of the multi-award winning FUJIFILM X100, and it now combines a trim and refined blackout design, an easy-to-use manual barrel zoom lens and a traditional optical viewfinder with a wide 20° field of view for exceptional image composition.

The X10’s stunning body is built from lightweight, yet ultra strong, die-cast magnesium alloy and has an upper control deck with mode dials and an aluminum milled, textured finish lens ring. The 4x manual zoom lens ring doubles as an on/off power switch, ensuring fast start times to capture even the most fleeting shooting scenario.

“Fujifilm is dedicated to elevating the art of digital photography, and the X10 premium compact underscores that commitment by offering first-class image quality, beautiful styling and the innovative technology that exceeds consumers’ expectations,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation.

“The X10’s thoughtfully laid out design, large EXR CMOS sensor, bright lens and manual zoom make it an outstanding choice when image quality simply cannot be compromised.”

Exceptional Image Quality
The X10 features a newly-developed, larger 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor that combines Fujifilm’s proprietary EXR technology with CMOS technology to provide bright, sharp images in all shooting conditions. The intelligent EXR CMOS sensor automatically selects the optimum shooting mode from a total of 99 different variations to capture every type of scene perfectly, even in the most difficult photography situations.

The X10’s EXR CMOS sensor selects the optimum shooting mode for any lighting situation:
SN (Signal to Noise) High Sensitivity and Low Noise – produces clear and sharp high-sensitivity images while keeping noise levels low, which is ideal for capturing night scenes or indoor situations with poor lighting.
DR (Dynamic Range) Wide Dynamic Range – delivers an increased dynamic range (up to 1600%) to deliver rich gradations and detail in both shadows and highlights.
HR (High Resolution) – takes full advantage of the 12 megapixel resolution to reproduce the finest details in landscape and portrait scenes, perfect for use on bright clear days.

The X10’s fast EXR processor also delivers high-speed continuous shooting – up to 7 frames per second – at the full 12 megapixel resolution (L size), and 10 frames per second at the reduced resolution M size.

Bright Optical System
The X10 features a newly-developed high-definition FUJINON 4x manual zoom lens (28-112mm) with a Super EBC (Electron Beam Coating) that achieves superb image clarity from edge to edge. By treating all of the lens elements with the multilayer Super EBC, the X10 expertly reduces ghosting and lens flare and delivers an impeccably sharp image.

The lens consists of 11 glass lens elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical glass lens elements (6 sides) and 2 extra-low dispersion lens elements. Together with its wide-angle maximum aperture of F2.0 to a maximum telephoto aperture of F2.8, the X10 delivers beautiful, bright images with outstanding clarity.

In its spacious glass optical viewfinder, the X10 uses an arrangement of 3 aspherical lenses plus a special 2 glass prism configuration to give the photographer a composition experience that is marked by superior brightness and superb field of view with its extra wide 20° viewing angle.

X10 Premium Shooting Experience
In less than one second, photographers can be ready to shoot in almost any situation thanks to the X10’s power switch that has been aptly integrated into the manual zoom barrel. This smart and simple design feature allows faster photography response times and helps to avoid missed photo opportunities.

Once ready to shoot, the X10’s all-metal lens barrel and smooth zoom rotation helps you compose photos quickly and easily, and its remarkably quick shutter-release lag time of approximately 0.01 seconds lets you capture even the most momentary of photography scenarios.

The X10 also features a newly developed Optical Image Stabilization mechanism that all but eliminates motion blur by maximizing sensor performance, and its 49-point matrix contrast auto focus provides high-speed and high-precision focusing thanks to the fast CMOS capabilities and the advanced EXR Processor system.

The X10’s lens is capable of taking super-macro shots as close up as 1cm, and combined with its 7-blade aperture, the X10 generates a stunning soft-focus “bokeh” effect that makes it the ideal choice for shooting perfect portraits.

The X10 is proudly manufactured in Japan, and as a mark of true quality, it prominently features the words “made in Japan” along the rear of the chassis near the viewfinder.

X10 Key Features:
4x manual optical zoom featuring Fujifilm’s new Intelligent Digital Zoom technology that doubles telephoto capabilities and provides up to 8x zoom
Fast power start-up; the X10 is fully ready to shoot in approximately 0.8 seconds using the on/off power switch built into the lens ring (must be in Quick Start mode)
High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8” 460K dot high contrast LCD screen that provides excellent viewing even outdoors and in bright sunlight
Diverse manual shooting modes that can be selected according to scene type (Program / Aperture Priority / Shutter Speed Priority / Manual)
Four diverse auto bracketing functions for exposure, ISO sensitivity, dynamic range and film simulation
RAW shooting and in-camera RAW processing (SilkyPix RAW conversion software supplied in-box)
Best-in-class3 1080p Full HD movie recording capabilities
Film Simulation Modes (eight setting are available, including Velvia / PROVIA / ASTIA)
Manual pop-up flash with a range of 7 meters (approximately 23 feet)
Electronic horizon leveling gauge to ensure that the camera is being held level, and histogram display to check image gradation
Motion Panorama 360° for seamless 360-degree panoramic shooting

Premium Accessories
To perfectly complement the look and first-class feel of the X10 camera body, the following premium accessories will be available:
Case – a retro-style “quick shot” case with matching strap made from luxurious leather (LC-X10)
Lens Hood – precision milled from metal, the lens hood with adapter ring is also compatible with commercially sold 52mm filters and lens caps (LH-X10)
TTL Flash – Fujifilm External Automatic Flashes EF-20 (Guide Number:20) and EF-42 (Guide Number:42) are compatible with the X10

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Nikon announced the new J1 and V1 cameras amidst a flurry of excitement spawned from months, if not years, of rumours and mysterious “giant hands” appearing around the world.

The Nikon J1 and V1 were finally revealed to a world with baited breath, featuring some pretty impressive specs in an extremely small body, along with a brand new “CX” format 10 million pixel sensor and new “1” mount, the company’s first new mount since 1959.

We spent some time with a pre-production sample of V1 to get the lowdown on Nikon’s camera, which it describes as belonging to a whole new category, the “ACIL” or “Advanced compact with interchangeable lenses”.

Designed from the ground up, Nikon claims that, unlike other compact system cameras on the market, this is not a compromise, but a complete system that has been designed for the best performance.

I really do like this camera and the Nikon V1 “C1” format.

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Key Features of the New Nikon S8200 Digital Camera

Ultra-portable 14x super-zoom: boasts a compact pocket-size body.

Back illuminated 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor: increases the amount of light that each pixel receives, improving sensitivity and reducing noise for superb performance in any light.

Coolpix S820014x NIKKOR zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage: boasts ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass as well as aspherical lens and HRI (High Refractive Index) elements for superior performance. Offers outstanding precision and sharp resolution (35mm equivalent: 25-350 mm).

Anti-blur technology automatically counters blurred images in four different ways. Lens-shift VR (Vibration Reduction) reduces the effect of camera shake. High ISO (up to 3200) light sensitivity reduces the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low-light. Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots.

Dedicated light modes: deliver superb results in any light, even without a tripod: Backlight scene mode  with Auto HDR offers impressive tonal detail in any situation. Night Portrait mode delivers beautifully detailed night scenes and indoor portraits. Night Landscape mode lets you shoot sharp images in low light.

Large 7.5 cm (3 in.) 921k-dot LCD monitor offers vivid color reproduction, sharp contrast and clear viewing. Boasts Nikon’s Clear Color Display technology that minimizes reflections, even in bright sunlight.

Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound: optical zoom and autofocus are available during recording, and you can capture a photo while filming. Boasts an option to film in slow or fast motion using recording speeds from 15 to 120 fps (VGA). Camera features a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to an HDTV.

High speed continuous shooting: lets you capture the action at a fast 6 fps.

Quick response: fast start-up and autofocus for capturing moments as they happen.

Easy Panorama 360°/180°: lets you pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.

Special effects: shoot still images or movies using a special effect, or use an in-camera filter to enhance photos after you have taken them. Effects to shoot with include soft focus and Nostalgic Sepia, and you can review your choice on the LCD screen before you begin. Filters include Cross Screen, fisheye and Miniature.

EXPEED C2 image processing system provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.

Smart portrait system: advanced automatic features for perfect portraits. Smile Timer takes a series of shots at 6 fps when your chosen subject smiles. Blink Proof alerts you when someone had their eyes closed.

Skin softening adjusts uneven skin tones on people’s faces for smoother looking skin. In-camera Red-eye Fix corrects false eye color due to flash the instant you take the shot.

18 scene modes automatically optimize settings for popular photographic styles, effects and locations.

Scene Auto Selector selects the optimum scene mode for popular photographic situations.

Estimated Price at date of post – £279.00

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RIP Steve Jobs - 1955 - 2011Steve Jobs, billionaire co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionised computing, telephony and the music industry, has died in California at the age of 56.

Jobs stepped down in August as chief executive of the company he helped set up in 1976, citing illness. He had been battling an unusual form of pancreatic cancer, and had received a liver transplant in 2009.

Jobs wrote in his letter of resignation: “I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.”

Apple released a statement paying tribute: “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives … The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Bill Gates, the former chief executive of Microsoft, said in a statement that he was “truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’s death”. He added: “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.

“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honour. I will miss Steve immensely.”

He is survived by his wife, Laurene, and four children. In a statement his family said Jobs “died peacefully today surrounded by his family … We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief”.

Jobs was one of the pioneers of Silicon Valley and helped establish the region’s claim as the global centre of technology. He founded Apple with his childhood friend Steve Wozniak, and the two marketed what was considered the world’s first personal computer, the Apple II.

He was ousted in a bitter boardroom battle in 1985, a move that he later claimed was the best thing that could have happened to him. Jobs went on to buy Pixar, the company behind some of the biggest animated hits in cinema history including Toy Story, Cars and Finding Nemo.

He returned to Apple 11 years later when it was being written off by rivals. What followed was one of the most remarkable comebacks in business history.

Apple was briefly the most valuable company in the world earlier this year, knocking oil giant Exxon Mobil off the top spot. The company produces $65.2bn a year in revenue compared with $7.1bn in its business year ending September 1997.

Starting with his brightly coloured iMacs, Jobs went on to launch hit after hit transformed personal computing.

Then came the success of the iPod, which revolutionised the music industry, leading to a collapse in CD sales and making Jobs one of the most powerful voices in an industry he loved.

His firm was named in homage to the Beatles’ record label, Apple. But the borrowing was permitted on the basis that the computing firm would stay out of music. After the success of the iPod the two Apples became engaged in a lengthy legal battle which finally ended last year when the Beatles allowed iTunes to start selling their back catalogue.

Jobs’s remarkable capacity to spot what people wanted next came without the aid of market research or focus groups.

“For something this complicated, it’s really hard to design products by focus groups,” he once said. “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

Jobs initially hid his illness but his startling weight loss started to unnerve his investors. He took a six-month medical leave of absence in 2009, during which he received a liver transplant, and another medical leave of absence in mid-January before stepping down as chief executive in August.

Jobs leaves an estimated $8.3bn, but he often dismissed others’ interest in his wealth. “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”

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I am so jealous today, Nick took Ted down to Douglas Beach for the first time ever, Ted and Nick or Nick and Ted 🙂 loved it, Ted was running wild and even ran into the sea right up to his neck and spent an hour after that running wild, I just wish I was off work to have been with them! Never mind I am off this coming Friday until next Tuesday so hopefully we can take Ted down there again, happy days 🙂

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Well its been over four weeks since I last posted an update about Ted the Border Terrier Terrorist pup, Ted is now 17 weeks old and is growing in age, cockiness and character every single day.

Ted absolutely loves going out for a walk with Nick and I, he gets so excited and even though he is still small with small legs he will walk for ever, in fact Nick and I have found when we return home after a massive walk, we are knackered but Ted is just started, he is a bit hyper!! 🙂

We took Ted for a walk on the boards above Clypse Reservoir on Friday 23rd September and he loved it, we can let him off his lead and he stays close by, he even comes straight back as soon as we call his name.

We love little Ted (sometimes!) and he has made such a lovely pet.

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Ted and Nick on the 23rd Sep 2011 above Clypse Reservoir...

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New Version of iOS Includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Twitter Integration Among 200 New Features

iPhone 4 and iPad - Sept 2011Available to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users This Autumn 🙂

SAN FRANCISCO June  2011 Apple® today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users this fall. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box and get software updates over the air with no computer required.

“iOS 5 has some great new features, such as Notification Center, iMessage and Newsstand and we can’t wait to see what our developers do with its 1,500 new APIs,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Perhaps iOS 5’s paramount feature is that it’s built to seamlessly work with iCloud in the Post PC revolution that Apple is leading.”

With iOS 5 and iCloud®, you just enter your Apple ID and password and iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer.

Notification Center provides iOS 5 users with an innovative way to easily access all notifications―text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, all in one place, from anywhere in iOS 5. When they arrive, notifications appear briefly at the top of the screen without interrupting what you’re doing. With one swipe you can see all your notifications, and a simple tap will take you right to its app for more detail. Notifications also appear on the lock screen, with the ability to be taken to the notifying app with just one swipe.

Newsstand is a beautiful, easy-to-organize bookshelf displaying the covers of all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions in one place. A new section of the App Store™ features just subscription titles, and allows users to quickly find the most popular newspapers and magazines in the world. If subscribed to, new issues appear in the Newsstand and are updated automatically in the background so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art.

Safari is the world’s most popular mobile browser, and with iOS 5 it’s now even better. New features include Safari® Reader, which gets all the clutter out of the way and sets the right font size on a web page, so you can easily scroll and read through a story; Reading List, so you can save articles to read later and they automatically show up on all your iOS devices; and Tabbed Browsing, which makes it easy to flip between multiple web pages on iPad.

iOS 5 includes built-in Twitter integration, so you can sign in once and then tweet directly from all your Twitter-enabled apps, including Photos, Camera, Safari, YouTube and Maps with a single tap. New APIs give third party developers the ability to take advantage of the single sign-on capability for their own iOS 5 apps.

iMessage in iOS 5 brings the functionality of iPhone messaging to all of your iOS devices―iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Built right into the Messages app, iMessage allows you to easily send text messages, photos, videos or contact information to a person or a group on other iOS 5 devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. iMessages are automatically pushed to all your iOS 5 devices, making it easy to maintain one conversation across your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iMessage also features delivery and read receipts, typing indication and secure end-to-end encryption.

The new Reminders app helps you manage your tasks; create and group related tasks together; and set time or location-based reminder alerts, priorities and due dates, so you can be reminded of a task as its deadline approaches, or when you arrive or depart a given location. Reminders can also be viewed in iCal® and Outlook and are updated automatically.

New features in the Camera and Photos apps give you instant access to the camera right from the lock screen, and you can use the volume-up button to quickly snap a photo. Optional grid lines help line up your shot and a simple tap locks focus and exposure on one subject. The new Photos app lets you crop, rotate, enhance and remove red-eye, and organize your photos into albums right on your device to share them on the go.

With the new PC Free feature, iOS 5 users can activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box with no computer required, and iOS software updates are delivered over the air and installed with just a tap. Wi-Fi Sync in iOS 5 transfers and backs up your content securely over SSL and wirelessly syncs purchased content from your device to your iTunes® library.

Additional new features in iOS 5 include:

 

  • Game Center, now with the ability to add photos to your profile, purchase new games from within the Game Center app and easier ways to find friends and new games;
  • Mail enhancements which include the ability to compose messages using draggable addresses, and a new formatting bar with bold, italics, underline and indention controls;
  • AirPlay® Mirroring to wirelessly display everything you do on your iPad 2 right on your HDTV through Apple TV®; and
  • a system-wide split keyboard to make it even easier to type on your iPad.

 

Availability
The iOS 5 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com. iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (fourth generation) and iPod touch (third generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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On Saturday 20th Nick and myself took Ted for the longest walk of his 13 week old life along Douglas Promenade 🙂

Ted loved the walk but as we discovered he has some dislikes as well!

Basically as you can imagine there are lots of things happening on the Promenade and Ted soon found that he did not like waste bins, buses, horse trams and anyone pushing a pram, they were all big monsters to him and all he wanted was picking up whenever these situations arose.

Anyway we took Ted from Summerland to the Castlemona shops and we had to turn around because the rain started to pour down, much to the joy of cocky little Ted 🙂

Nick has has now taught Ted to sit properly and he even raises his right paw (high 5) when he gets a treat for doing something right, which unfortunately is not that often!!

More about Ted the Border Terrorist soon 🙂

Ted the Border Terrier on Douglas Promenade

 

 

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Nick and myself took Ted down to Castletown beach today to introduce him to the sand and the sea 🙂 Ted’s first reaction was, Oh my God whats this stuff all about and quickly plonked his bum down however when Nick started chucking his mini tennis ball for him, he took off running into the wind, with his ears flapping….

After ten minutes he was like a puppy possessed with absolute love for the sand and the sea, he adored it, he even ran into the sea until a big wave came towards him and frightened him!!

This little fella is such an adorable puppy and I cannot wait until his next adventure, maybe a trip along the Promenade in Douglas or Laxey 🙂

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1st August 2011 – A bit of an update on Ted the Border Terrorist who has just turned 10 weeks old 🙂

Since the last post on the 26th July, Ted has really sprung up with his noticeably longer legs and his more than playful way.

For some unknown reason Ted thinks he is a cat and sometimes prowls around and pounces on unsuspecting feet or sometimes his toys!

He has been to the vet today and had his final injection which will allow him to go out for walks next week.

I cannot wait to take him out for a walk or onto the beach for a run.

Ted 1st August 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted 1st August 2011

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