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30 December 2015

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Photographer's Oil Collective, digital imagining in 2016, the best serious & entry mirrorless cameras and the implications of 5K+ monitors.

  • David Hobby introduces The Photographer's Oil Collective, which "enables photographers to offer quality oil paintings to their clients." The paintings are created from photographs and painted according with the more muted palette of a classic oil painting by painters in Xiamen, China. Prices range from $750 for a 16x20 to $1,200 for a 34x48 and the site offers a downloadable guide on shooting for oil.
  • David Elrich looks at Digital Imagining in 2016, from 4K to full-frame to drones and VR. He also grants a passing nod to the state of traditional point-and-shoots and the computational camera.
  • Thom Hogan announces his Best Serious & Entry Mirrorless Cameras of the Year. All we reveal is that one is a Sony and the other a Nikon.
  • Lloyd Chambers discusses the merits of the iMac 5K as either "an awesome display that includes a computer" or "the fastest Mac money can buy." But the implications for sensor size on future 8K displays are humbling, in that "a low-res 16MP sensor doesn't cut it. And 24 megapixels is the bottom-end," he writes.

More to come! Meanwhile, please support our efforts...

(Please accept our apologies for a much reduced editorial effort this week as we remain on the physically unable to perform list with a persistent illness. -- Editor)

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