This Week in Photography – news from 25-31 August

Pentax K-S1 DSLR revealed

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Selfie-friendly Olympus PEN E-PL7 unveiled

Selfie-friendly Olympus PEN E-PL7 unveiled

Olympus has unveiled the Olympus Pen E-PL7. This 16.1Mp metal-bodied compact system camera features a selfie-friendly LCD that “flips down and around so you can frame and shoot a series of pre-timed, sequential still or video selfies without your hand blocking the shot,” according to Olympus.

The E-PL7 also includes a 3-inch, touchscreen LCD, 3-axis image stabilisation and built-in WiFi, which also enables the camera to be controlled via a smartphone.

The PEN E-PL7 goes onsale in late September for £499.99 and includes a 14-42mm f/3.5 pancake zoom lens. Read our head of testing’s Olympus PEN E-PL7 hands-on review here.

Pentax K-S1 DSLR revealed

Pentax K-S1 DSLR revealed

Pentax has revealed a new DSLR called the K-S1, with a 20Mp APS-C sensor and an LED body illumination that stays green when shooting stills but changes to red when shooting movies. More conventional features include an ISO range of 100-51,200 and a maximum shutter speed of 1/6000sec.

There is a slightly bizarre choice of colours based on Pentax’s ‘Fabric’ range, including tweed grey, which will doubtless appeal to members of the aristocracy, and denim, which will doubtless appeal to Iron Maiden fans.

New Fujifilm X30 premium compact unveiled

New Fujifilm X30 premium compact unveiled

Fujifilm has released a new premium compact, the X30, featuring a 12Mp, 2/3-inch CMOS sensor. The camera replaces the X20 and also includes an articulated (but not touchscreen) three-inch screen and an improved electronic viewfinder, featuring 2.36 million dots and a display time lag of only 0.003 seconds.

The lens has a fast aperture range of f/2-2.8 and 4x optical zoom. There is also a manual control ring to adjust aperture and shutter speed, and 12 frames per second continuous shooting mode.

Fujifilm claims the battery can now shoot 470 images on a single charge. The X30 goes onsale in late September for £479 and comes in black or silver. Click here to read our testing team’s Fuji X30 hands-on review.

New Manfrotto travel tripod

New Manfrotto travel tripod

The Befree Carbon, a new Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod for travel photographers and others needing lightweight support, has been launched.

The BeFree Carbon weighs only 1.1kg while its foldable legs reach a folded length of just 40cm. Such portability doesn’t come cheap though, and the new tripod costs £279.95.

DxO Optics Pro 9.5.2 update

Version 9.5.2 of DxO Optics Pro has been released, with the Elite Edition adding support for the highly acclaimed Nikon D810 SLR. The DxO Optics Modules library has also been expanded, and now offers 894 new camera/lens combinations.

Click here for more information on the Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 for Mac and Windows.

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