This Week in Photography – news from 28 July to 3 August

New diffuser for on-camera flash

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Two new Canon bridge cameras

Two new Canon bridge cameras

In a further sign of the ongoing (some would say surprising) resilience of the power compact market, Canon has announced two new 16Mp bridge cameras – bridge cameras being sophisticated compacts with long built-in lenses.

First up is the PowerShot SX520 HS, featuring a 42x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 24-1,008mm) and a backlit sensor. The SX520IS will be onsale through a wide range of outlets and cost £299.

The less powerful PowerShot SX400 IS has the same sensor, but gets by with a 30x optical zoom lens and will sell exclusively through Argos stores for £259.

DxO’ hails the ‘new leader’

Even though the Nikon D810 SLR has only been out a couple of months, it’s already doing well in tests and reviews. DxO, a prominent maker of lens-testing and image editing software, recently announced that the full-frame, 36Mp behemoth has chalked up a class-leading DxOMark Sensor Score of 97.

This is higher than the original Nikon D800 (95) and subsequent D800E (96). “It’s an outstanding score with excellent colour depth and an extremely wide dynamic range at base ISO for the most subtle tonal gradations in highlights and shadows,” DxO Labs said.

“The low-light score of 2853 ISO is also excellent, however it’s somewhat behind the best in that category.” Click here for more information on the test, which saw the Nikon D810 proclaimed the “new leader” in the DxO database.

SEE MORE: Nikon D810 review

MacBook specs raised, prices lowered

Apple’s MacBook Pros are popular laptops with photographers and the company recently announced it has upgraded the models with Retina displays. The entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will include dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz and 8GB of memory.

Meanwhile, the 15-inch model will come with faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors and 16GB of memory. Prices have been cut too. The flagship 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display will start from £1,999/$2,499. while the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro will be £100 cheaper at £899/$1,099.

Food, animal-photo competitions announced

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Entry is now open to the latest Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition, won last year by DPR Lao-based Tessa Bunney. New categories include Food for the Family (families eating together) and the self-explanatory Bring Home the Harvest. Judges include well-known TV food pundit Jay Rayner, and David Loftus, Jamie Oliver’s photographer.

Younger photographers are also being encouraged to enter the RSPCA Young Photographer of the Year award. “With school summer holidays stretching out ahead of us, the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Awards is the perfect boredom-buster for children,” said well-known wildlife photographer and judge, Chris Packham.

New diffuser for on-camera flash

New diffuser for on-camera flash

As part of the ongoing quest to make on-camera flash more palatable and adjustable, a “revolutionary”  light modifier called BounceLite has been announced. It’s described as a mini-softbox/bounce-card combination and features various filters and gels.


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