You and I Will Never Be Together (HTC vs. Apple, Fight!)

I saw this yesterday and thought it was pretty funny. It seems that HTC, Google (Android), are launching a full scale war on Apple's iPhone. First it was Motorola's idont-Droid does ads, and now it's HTC's "You Campaign." It looks like Android 2.0, Eclaire will soon be released to a ton of new Android phones. I can't wait!

Motorolla/Verizon Droid Does Commercial


Canon Gets Even with Nikon, Releases the EOS-1D Mark IV


Today, Canon has upped the stakes against Nikon's new D3s with their new 1D Mark IVwhich replaces the EOS 1D Mark III first introduced in May of 2007. So two and a quarter years later, what does Canon have to show for it? How about 16.1MP (up from 10MP),  1080p video at 24fps and 720p video at 60fps and full resolution shots at 10fps (same, but increased buffer). It maintains the same APS-H (1.3x crop factor) sensor size and makes the ideal sports or wildlife photograher's camera for it's high iso capabilities, slight crop, and high-speed capabilities.

Also new and improved, like the 7D, is the revamped autofocus system which allows for quicker auto focus, a digic IV processor (also in the 5D Mark II and 7D), and FULL HD video capabilities (take that Nikon!). It has the same 45 AF points, but 39 of them are F/2.8 cross type sensors that are selectable to allow you to focus in the dimmest of situations with fast lenses. Lastly, like the D3s, it can also do H3 102,400 ISO with 12,800 native.

Availability: Ships late December 2009 (who want's to get me a Christmas present?) for a mere $4999!

No new lenses I guess :(. Was hoping for a new 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM.

Sample Images and Video from Canon



Rob Galbrainth



Canon USA Product Page: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=139&modelid=19584

Product Info Page: http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetProductAct&productID=349

First look videos: http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=3108&productID=349&articleTypeID=125

Vincent LaForet's first impressions and Nocturne Movie: http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/2009/10/19/lights-out-camera-action/

Full press release after the break.


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New Canon EOS 7D Firmware 1.0.9


The original firmware on the 7D (1.0.7) has not given me any problems, but it seems some others have. Canon has addressed these issues with their latest firmware update 1.0.9. It's good to see Canon appears to be on top of things early on.

The following three things have been addressed in the new firmware:

  1. Improves AF accuracy during Live View shooting.
  2. Corrects a phenomenon where in rare instances, movie images shot by the camera may exhibit abnormal colors.
  3. Corrects a phenomenon that at certain timings, the shutter cannot be released when the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite is used for shooting.

You can find the firmware for download at Canon's Website.


Nikon D3s Links Including Sample Images, Videos, and Previews

Last night Nikon released the new D3s. A few things have started to come out (mostly from Nikon's end). The 12,800 ISO photos look decent enough but they don't seem to be all that great, am I missing something? I can't imagine what the other shots would look like. There's still 25,600, 51,200, and then that incredible claim of 102,400. Yeah, sure my camera can do that too if it's pushed! It'll look like crap though. The movies look alright. It's Youtube after all and 720p is perfect for youtube today but FullHD would be best.

Pocket Lint


Lets Go Digital


Nikon Sample Images with the D3s

Nikon Sample Videos from the D3s

Hands on videos after the break

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Nikon Unveils the D3s, the D3 on Speed


Nikon D3s

Nikon today has announced the poorly-kept secret of the D3s, a refresh to the D3. Unlike the D3x, this has a lower MP count and features 720p movie mode. What's incredible is that it can do 102,400 ISO! and everything in between (from 100). And I thought my camera could see in the dark at 12,800 ISO! WOW. It doesn't come cheap though. It still makes for the ultimate Sport's photographer's dream camera. I can't wait to see the samples myself!

Release Date info: Ships in late November for $5,200 (body only), $300 more than the D3.

Nikon Product Page

Nikon High Res Photo Gallery

NEW Key featues:

  • New 12.1MP FX Sensor
  • 102,400 ISO (12,800 Standard ISO, expandable)
  • 720p HD movie mode at 24 fps (Really? Only 720p24? Clearly Canon has the movie advantage.)
  • 11fps in DX mode, 9fps in FX mode
  • 48 frame raw buffer (up from 18 on the D3)
  • Various other speed improvements


DPReview Hands On

Imaging Resource Preview

Full press release after the break.

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