Nikon’s New Android Camera | Coolpix S800c

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Phone nope. Games console, maybe. Camera probably. The Nikon Coolpix s800c is Nikon’s first Android powered camera. The big question – will Angry Birds work on this?

Nikon Announces First Android Camera | Coolpix s800c 

Nikon announced it’s first casual wander down the body-strewn Avenue de Convergence (it’s in France) this week with the announcement of the Android Coolpix s800c camera phone.

The s800c (memorable moniker eh) runs Android version 2.3.3 (reeses pieces?) and sports a great big touch screen,  a nice zoom and connects with the world via WIFI and bluetooth (does anyone actually use Bluetooth?).  There is no GSM capability so, no, it is not a phone.

The downside to all of this new age loveliness? Crappy battery life – actually, crappier than crappy – a very 2005-esque 140 shots per charge.  Presumably that factors in little or no Instagramming or Angry Birding in between shots too….

Personally, I see this as a dead end street for Nikon.  I see little long term market for a compromised compact camera with partial communications functionality in  world of  smartphones – many of which will have equivalent camera functions within the next 2-3 years.  Who is going to carry around a compact a camera when their phone does it all?

Head over here to read my full thoughts on the Nikon s800c.

Cheers – Todd


Photos of New Zealand | Leaning Rock, Central Otago

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Sunrise over Leaning Rock on the Dunstan Range, Central Otago New Zealand. Photography By Todd Sisson.

I have been getting right into my Panoramic stitching recently – as we are finding more and more demand for large scale canvas prints of  New Zealand scenics.  This image was made on the Nikon D800e with the utterly superb 85mm f/1.4G (my new favourite landscape lens).

This image has a native resolution of 22,000 pixels and prints at about 2 metres without any up-rezzing – you can get an idea of the detail in the image by checking out the sample images in my Nikon 85mm f/1.4G outdoor photography review 

Enjoy and feel free to share!

Cheers – Todd

The Shadows Slider – Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4’s Killer Upgrade Feature

Lightroom 4 Shadows Test

Exposures (and subjects) don’t get much worse than this. Lightroom 3 left us with a sow’s ear – can Adobe Lightroom 4 make us a shiny new silk purse? – Well, I guess the answer is fairly obvious, otherwise what would be the point of this post eh?…….


If you are a Lightroom 3 user wondering whether it is worth making the upgrade leap to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 you will want to have a look at my review of the newly re-invigorated Shadows Slider.

There are a pile of excellent tweaks to Lightroom in version 4 but the Shadows Slider is da bomb.

I have just completed a little review on sisson| photos of New Zealand  showing the power of LR4’s newly anointed shadow busting powers – the results will amaze.  As I am prone to saying, check it out….

Adobe Photoshop Light room 4 Reason To Upgrade | The Shadows Recovery Slider

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments stream here or on the website.

Cheers – Todd

Key Summit Tarns At Sunrise | Routeburn Track Fiordland, New Zealand

New Zealand Photos | Key Summit, Routeburn Track, Fiordland

Sunrise on Mt Christina from the alpine tarns at Key Summit on the Routeburn track, Fiordland, South Island New Zealand

Fiordland went over well with you wonderful WordPressers yesterday – so here’s another one for you – this time from the Key Summit Tarns, on the world famous Routeburn Track.

Please drop on by our website to check out more of our  Photos of New Zealand   |  Canvas Prints Of New Zealand Landscapes | Fine Art Photo Prints we’d love to hear from you :-)

New Zealand Photo Of The Day | Milford Sound, Fiordland New Zealand

New Zealand Photos | Mitre Peak Reflection, Milford Sound

Morning Reflection – Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Photographer Sarah Sisson

We are super stoked that a series of our images have just been included on a recent Milford Sound travel article at Environmental Graffiti.

Please drop on by our website to check out more of our New Zealand landscape images  – we’d love to hear from you :-)

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRii User Review – On Nikon D800e


OK, I have been remiss.

After all my grizzling and whining about the delayed arrival of the Nikon D800e I have yet to post my impressions of the beast after owning it for about 6 weeks.

Let’s just say that the D800e is a whole new world of photographic goodness – I have just finished some side by side print tests with the Canon 5dmkii tonight and it is in a whole different league once you start making up-rezzed prints. More on that later this week.

I have started writing a comprehensive review of the D800e and as part of that process I have ended up testing some of our new lenses.

First out of the block is the stunning Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRii. I have reviewed it from a landscape photography perspective and I am happy with the way it has turned out – I hope you enjoy it too – if so please share it about.

Cheers – Todd