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The photographers who refuse to abandon traditional film cameras

Film photography was supposed to have been killed off by the digital era - but a committed band of enthusiasts refuse to abandon the traditional camera. Stephen Dowling finds out why for some, film never went out of fashion.
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Single-lens 3D camera
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It was slow to start but 3D television really looks as though it could be here to stay. The problem is that with the technology in its infancy, the two-lens cameras are very expensive to buy.
Spencer Kelly looks at the idea behind a new, single-lens 3D camera that does away with the extra lens that, up until now, has been needed to add depth.

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Camera makers slash prices on new point-and-shoots

To fight dwindling camera sales, manufacturers are slashing prices for point-and-shoots -- often below $100 -- and offering more features for the money.
It used to be nearly impossible to buy a digital camera for $100. Now, Casio America Inc., Canon Inc., Eastman Kodak Co. and Olympus Corp. all sell them, and other big brands just jumped on the bandwagon.

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Nikon D3100 DSLR
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Novice photography snappers who are planning to get a new DSLR may want to wait a bit longer with news that a new entry-level camera from Nikon will be coming out soon. This comes in the form of the Nikon D3100 whose features are now out.
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Specifications
(official announcement is expected in a few weeks)

11 to 12 AF points
10-megapixel CMOS sensor
3fps (same as D3000)
Continuous AF in video mode/live view
(recordable in 1080p at 24fps or 720p at 30/24 fps)
HD video recording
AVCHD video codec and in camera video editing capabilities.
No swivel display

The Nikon D3100 includes an 18-55mm kit lens.

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Nikon D3S Digital-SLR Camera
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Nikon To Introduce The Latest Images From Space Captured With Nikon D3S Digital-SLR Cameras And NIKKOR Interchangeable Lenses Ordered By NASA

The images exhibited were captured with equipment, including Nikon D3S digital-SLR cameras, NIKKOR lenses, Speedlights and other accessories, kept aboard the ISS. To date, NASA has captured more than 700,000 images with Nikon equipment carried into space. Among these many images, those rare and precious photos that can only be captured from space, as well as those captured under the extremely low-light conditions of space that exhibit the superior image quality of D3S noise suppression features are introduced.
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Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back

In a world constantly upgrading and adding new innovative features to tempt users into buying a new piece of gear; it is truly refreshing to come across a product that not only raises the bar on quality, but reuses old camera systems - giving them a new lease of life. The CFV-39 digital back is something of a revelation, because it works with a series of medium format Hasselblad film cameras dating back to 1957 and brings them bang up-to-date capturing images at a resolution of 39Mp.
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But when it comes to the smudgy lack of detail, the problem is the same as with every other compact camera today - too many pixels.
The FE-26 is a "12 megapixel" model using a 1/2.33" sensor. This means each pixel is about 1.5 microns wide. When pixels are that small, the random difference in photon counts between adjacent pixels can add quite a bit of noise to the image. To solve this, the camera's processor chip applies a noise-suppressing algorithm, which unfortunately smears out all the fine detail and texture in the scene.
As I discussed last time, 1.5 micron pixels are always going to struggle with diffraction blur. The theoretical minimum size for a light spot focused by an f/3.7 lens is 5 microns. Stopping down the lens makes the diffraction blur larger.

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Samsung NX10
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The Samsung NX10 is a 14.6-megapixel hybrid, interchangeable lens camera. The NX10 is the first camera in what Samsung plans as an entirely new system, complete with NX-mount lenses and other accessories.

Samsung NX10 Key Features

* 14.6MP APS-C CMOS sensor
* ISO 100-3200 (Auto ISO setting available)
* 3 fps continuous shooting speed
* 3-inch AMOLED (614k dot resolution)
* Built-in electronic viewfinder (921k dot resolution)
* 720p HD video capture at 30 fps
* Samsung NX proprietary lens mount (Pentax K mount adapter coming soon)

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Panasonic Lumix G1
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The new LUMIX G1 is the first of a new generation of cameras, with compact interchangeable lenses, that puts enormous photographic power in the palm of your hand.

Price 489.00

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The Lumix G1 is equipped with an electronic viewfinder and a wide viewing angle LCD monitor so that the finished colouring can be easily checked while taking photos.
The Lumix G1 is the world's most compact, lightweight single lens reflex digital camera due to its innovative mirror-less structure. It also features a 12.1 megapixel Live MOS sensor that divides the image captured by the lens into 144 blocks and measures the light intensity of each block to obtain the correct targeted exposure with multi photometry. The camera also features Auto Focus Tracking, which continues to automatically focus the camera even if the subject is moving, and a Face Detection function that automatically detects and focuses on faces in the frame. With these functions, anyone can use the Lumix G1 to take beautiful photos every time.

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