LeafValeo camera due in September

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Creo's new Leaf Valeo 22, a digital camera back for studio photographers that sports 22-megapixel resolution, will begin shipping September 1. Pricing hasn't yet been announced, but there will be upgrade options.

Designed for professional photographers to shoot in studio and on-location, the camera can handle medium and large format photography. It can capture images at 4,056 x 5,356 resolution; they're captured in the Raw format at 16 bits per channel.

Leaf Valeo 22 boasts a live video view and electronic control of shutter speed and aperture. This lets you compose, focus, and adjust lighting by viewing the computer monitor. The CCD imaging area fits the 6x4.5 lens coverage. Focal length needs minimal conversion, which means that lens perspective usage is the same as with film. The camera sports a 3:4 classic photographic ratio.

Two types of Leaf Digital Magazines -- removable storage units -- are available: one with 10GB of storage space, the other with 5GB. Both let users capture hundreds of images on a single magazine, all in uncompressed HDR (High Dynamic Range) format.

The Leaf Valeo 22 will support existing Leaf workflows, including the Leaf Capture V8 for Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.1 (and higher) and Leaf oXYgen for Mac OS 9.1 and higher. Leaf Capture V8 is an image capture and management application; it offers 15-bit uncompressed quality and ICC color management. Leaf oXYgen is a tool for preparing your digitally captured image for print. The camera itself will connect to any Mac with a FireWire connector.

This story, "LeafValeo camera due in September" was originally published by PCWorld.

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