Sony unveils 5 new digital cameras

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 –


Manufacturer description: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300 features a 50x optical zoom lens with DSLR-style handling and manual controls, enhanced image stabilisation and speedy autofocus.










Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 -


Manufacturer description: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 is the world’s smallest and lightest compact with a powerful 20x optical zoom, enhanced image stabilisation and speedy autofocus.









Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 –


Manufacturer description: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30 is the world’s slimmest digital compact camera that is waterproof to 10m, freeze- and shock-proof.









Sony Alpha NEX-3N –


Manufacturer description: The Sony NEX-3N is the company’s entry-level NEX camera, replacing the NEX-F3. The 3N is, as before, aimed at users stepping up from compact cameras and gains a compact-style zoom lever around its shutter button. It features a smaller body than the F3, and Sony says it is the smallest, lightest mirrorless camera to feature an APS-C sensor, despite featuring a built-in flash.









Sony SLT-A58 –


The Sony AlphaSLT-A58 is a mid-rangeSLTcamera with a newly-developed 20MP sensor. The A58 will replace both the A37 and A57 models, helping to simplify the company’s lineup. The A58 builds on the A57′s feature set and gains an SVGA (800×600 pixel) OLED viewfinder, rather than its predecessors’ LCDs. It gains a new lock-on focus mode and Auto Object Framing mode – an extension of the auto portrait mode in the A57.


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How to use your AC Adapter and DC Coupler

Instructions for using your AC Adapter and DC Coupler –


What is a DC Coupler?

Simply put, the DC Coupler acts as a dummy battery. By replacing your original battery and connecting the DC Coupler to your AC mains adapter it will provide a more stable power source and prevent loss of data when transferring images or video footage to a PC due to an empty battery. DC Couplers are used in various electronics that include cameras and computers. The DC coupler serves a basic function for the tech-savvy user. Primarily built for convenience, DC couplers also can increase the efficiency of electronic operations.


Below are instructions for using an AC Adapter & DC Coupler with Canon models –

Step 1 -

  • Connect the DC Coupler’s plug to the AC Adapters socket -


Step 2 -

  • Connect the power cord as shown in the illustration.
  • After using the camera, unplug the power plug from the power outlet

Step 3 -

  • Insert the DC Coupler’s cord carefully without damaging the cord.

Step 4 -

  • Open the battery compartment cover and open the DC Coupler cord notch cover.
  • Insert the DC Coupler securely until it locks and put the cord through the notch.
  • Close the cover.


Below are instructions for using an AC Adapter & DC Coupler with Panasonic models –

Step 1 -

  • Insert the DC Coupler instead of the battery

Step 2 -

  • Open the DC Coupler cover

Step 3 -

  • Plug AC Adapter into power outlet

Step 4 -

  • Connect AC Adapter to DC IN socket of DC Coupler.



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Chipped batteries explained.

Chipped Batteries Explained

What are chipped battery packs -


With the sales of digicams and in particular popular DSLR’s on the rise, the demand for generic versions of the original battery packs has increased. Generic batteries offer reduced costs for users and are easily obtainable. Unfortunately this has triggered movement from several makers to introduce  ‘chipped’ battery packs. This is the inclusion of a silicon chip into the design. The makers claim the reason behind this is to improve the communication between the battery and camera whilst offering enhanced details of performance such as a guide to remaining power.


Cynics, including ourselves, believe this is simply a means of ensuring that only batteries produced by the camera maker can be used – thus the camera refusing to work with an un-chipped battery – and meaning the camera maker can continue to charge extortionate prices for replacement batteries. This leaves the camera user in the distressing scenario of having no option but to pay over the odds for what is essentially a ‘replacement’ battery. Another disturbing knock on effect from the introduction of the chipped battery is it leaves the maker with the ability to control supply. Once they have decided not to produce the them anymore, the camera effectively becomes redundant once the current batteries reach the end of their useful life.


We have managed to keep a record of all the generic batteries we are currently experiencing chipping issues with and the camera models they affect. Please see details below -


Batteries currently affected -


NP-FW50 –

SLT-A35, SLT-A55, SLT-A33, DSLR-A560, DSLR-A580, NEX-3, NEX-5


EN-EL14 –

D5100, D3100, D3200, P7000, P7100


BP-110 –

Legria HF R205


EN-EL4 –

Nikon D2X


NP-FM50 -



BMB9 –



VBK180 –




We are always in contact with our suppliers for the expected arrival of updated versions of these batteries. We will tweet, facebook and blog to keep our customers up to date.



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Show Case Photographer – Erin Tyrrell

photo by Dave Croke


October 2012, Photographer of the Month – Erin Tyrrell


Tell us a little bit about yourself….

I’m from Cornwall and I graduated from The Arts University at Bournemouth where I studied BA (Hons) Photography.


Where do you live?

Currently in Poole


Favourite 5 photographers….

Anni Leppala, Masao Yamamoto, Uta Barth, Laura Letinsky, Raulph Eugene Meatyard, Stefania Sapio – oh wait, that’s six

How do you keep yourself motivated and your photography fresh?

You’ve just gotta keep going. Looking at other peoples work and taking some time to reflect on your own work, that’s the good thing about being at university because you constantly have people around you to tell you how you could improve, but when you leave it’s so different. You just gotta keep your self interested, learning new things, going to events, exhibitions and talks.  Otherwise you’ll probably just get lost and bored.


Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?

My family, my lovely niece and my newly born nephew


What is the best part of being a photographer?

Exploring, walking, adventures, finding different places that become a big part of your work.


How long have you been a photographer?

I first started getting passionate about photography when I was about sixteen.


What type of cameras do you shoot with?

I use a range of cameras – mostly film, like Bronica SQ-A, Holga, point and shoot cameras. The one I use most often though is my Canon Eos Kiss, which has pretty much been completely taped up, because parts keep falling off. But if it still does the job…why replace it?

What is your favourite photography accessory, other than your camera?

My neg scanner


What is your favourite computer / editing accessory, other than your computer?

Photoshop probably, or InDesign.


What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc….?

Clone stamp tool


Are you a Mac or PC lover?

Mac – they just seem to run so much smoother. They’re designed for creativity, and I like that.


The hardest part of your job?

Explaining my work to people, being able to ‘get it out there’, or being able to finish. I remember when Amy Whinehouse died and her album got released, that she hadn’t finished because it just wasn’t right – and I think that is what I feel like at times, actually being able to say, ‘yeah, that’s good, that’s complete.’


The easiest part of your job?

I couldn’t even say. When you’re used to the job I guess it becomes easier.

Maybe then it would be – spending time with the people I want to spend time with.


What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?

Persist and pursue.


What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have yet?

A graphics tablet – just some ideas that I get, involve being a bit more detailed with software, sometimes I find it difficult to do a lot of stuff that I want to do with a mouse. Exactly the same as putting pen to paper, it’s nicer when your ideas can begin to flow.


Do you make time for personal photographic work?  If so, what do you enjoy photographing and do you have an image you can share with us?

To be completely honest, it’s all personal photographic work. I enjoy photographing children, because they’re so inquisitive and animals and nature, because it’s uncontrollable. You can’t tell it what to do, it just is.


The first photographer that comes to your mind and why?

Masao Yamamoto – he’s just so good. I like how he can seem to make each picture have a life, completely individual.

A visual poem.


photo by Masao Yamamoto

The last workshop or seminar you attended?

A seminar with Robert Newman talking about Capitalism.

‘You can’t have Economy and Ecology at the same time.’

Something that you are still learning?

Everything. Bookbinding – I find it quite relaxing, because you can generally take your time with it.


What do you love to indulge in?

Charity shopping


Something that is overrated?

This is difficult because the way I always see it is that people do what they have to do to get by – and if people like it then there’s nothing more to it, you just don’t.

Take Beiber – I don’t like his music, but you’ve got to congratulate him. He’s 16 and he’s doing what he loves. How many of us can say, even when we’re 40, that we’re doing something that we actually want to do.


Something that you are saving up for?

My own home


If you could have lunch with anyone who is famous who would it be?

Laura Marling probably, or Tracy Chapman, or Cat Stevens


Where you’ll find me on a Friday night at 9pm?

I would more than likely be at home or at my Mum’s.


Your favourite film of all time?

That’s a difficult question, because I have a few. It’s either Krzysztof Keislowski’s Three Colours Blue or Fredrik Edfeldt’s Flickan or Watership Down.


First thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Well, I suppose it depends how much, but I would probably start by giving it away. I’d buy my Mum and Sisters’ houses for them – somewhere for my Brother too.


Three words that describe you?

Reserved, independent, happy


And the last question; if you had one wish?

That one person likes something that I do.






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Cornwall Today – 16.05.12

No rain and no wind makes for a delightful start to the day up on the moors:

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Cornwall Today – 15.05.12

Bitterly, bitterly cold up on the moors this morning.  A strong northerly wind makes it the last place that you would want to be at 8am:

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Cornwall Today – 11.05.12 & 14.05.12

Sorry for not posting on Friday.  It was a breezy start to the weekend up at Siblyback Lake and this morning on Bodmin Moor was very damp and unpleasant:

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Cornwall Today – 10.05.12

There is even less visibility today.  Very dull and depressing at Siblyback Lake @ 7.30am:

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Cornwall Today – 09.05.12

No visibility and dreadful weather this morning:

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Cornwall Today – 08.05.12

Warm, cloudy but thankfully dry up on the moors this morning:

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