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Nikon + Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: “Reflections” Photo Contest for Canada: Submit Your Original Photo with Description & Form Per Entry During Weekly Contest Periods and Before 11:59 p.m. ET on May 31, 2016

"Reflections" Photo Contest

“Reflections” Photo Contest

The following video presents Introducing the Nikon D5500 HD-SLR:

In this video, Nikon Canada’s Paul Reid provides a feature set overview of the new Nikon D5500 – Nikon’s first ever HD-SLR with touch operation!

The DX-format camera is an ideal entry-level HD-SLR for creative photographers ready to take their storytelling to a new level. One of Nikon’s smallest-ever HD-SLRs, the Nikon D5500 is compact and surprisingly lightweight at 14.8 ounces, making it the ideal HD-SLR for users constantly on the go.

The new D5500 sports an impressive arsenal of imaging technology, which includes:

•3.2-inch Vari-angle touch operation LCD display
•24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF)
•Full HD 1080/60p video with Full-Time AF and stereo sound for a cinema-like experience

This is an update to the previous blog, You’re Invited: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 2016 CONTACT Photography Festival May 1-31 + Nikon Lecture Series at No Cost in Toronto, Canada, May 3 (Complimentary Sensor Cleaning of Your Nikon D-SLR Cameras), May 10 & 17.

Nikon and  Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invite legal residents of Canada  – who, at time of entry, are of the age of majority in their province of residence – to participate in the “Reflections” Photo Contest during the following weekly Contest Periods:

  • Week 1 — 12:00 a.m. ET on Friday, April 29, 2016 to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 8, 2016
  • Week 2 — 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, May 9, 2016 to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 15, 2016
  • Week 3 — 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, May 16, 2016 to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 22, 2016
  • Week 4 — 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, May 23, 2016 to 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The entry deadline for each Contest Period is 11:59 ET on the Sunday of each Contest Period (“Contest Closing Date(s)”), with the exception of Week 4, where the Contest Period ends on 11:59 ET on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Here are the weekly assignments:

  • Week 1: Reflections in Time: Special moments that take your breath away (Friday, April 29, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 8, 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • Week 2: Reflections on Places: Be it at home or afar, places that warm your heart (Monday, May 9, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 15, 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • Week 3: Reflections on People: Creatures (people or animals) who fill your life with joy (Monday, May 16, 12:00 a.m. ET to Sunday, May 22, 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • Week 4: Reflections – An Open Assignment: Any thought, moment or memory that is meaningful to you (Monday, May 23, 12:00 a.m. ET to Tuesday, May 31, 11:59 p.m. ET)

Reflections! Beautiful moments, special places, distinctive people – anything that fills your life with joy and causes you to reflect positively on another time, place or occasion. We want to see your photos that illustrate reflections on the people, places and things that mean the most to you.

Each week of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, we’ll focus on a different Reflection and eagerly await your submissions. Judges will be looking at how your photo best illustrates our theme of Reflections.

“What does reflection mean to you? Every photograph captures a memory or a moment in time. These moments might take your breath away, or hold a special place in your heart, or evoke a special memory.”

Nikon D5500 D-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Nikon D5500 D-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Prizes

  • Each weekly Reflections Photo Contest winner (in each of the four weekly Contest Periods) – selected by a panel of judges – will receive a Nikon D5500 D-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens (approximate retail value $999.95) (a “Prize”).
Takashi Suzuki BAU grid (CONTACT edition): 2015 Chromogenic print; 16 x 24 inches; Signed, on separate label; Edition of 20, printed in 2015. Image Courtesy of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Takashi Suzuki BAU grid (CONTACT edition): 2015 Chromogenic print; 16 x 24 inches; Signed, on separate label; Edition of 20, printed in 2015. Image Courtesy of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Eligibility

“NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.”
  • The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada who, at time of entry, are of the age of majority in their province of residence (“Eligible Entrants”).

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  • 30x (24-720mm) LEICA DC Lens optical zoom performance ideally suited for travel and everyday photography
  • 4K Ultra HD video recording plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus photo capture features Eye-level Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and touch- enabled LCD for a wider viewing experience
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Olympus Wins Prestigious 2016 TIPA Awards: OM-D E-M10 Mark II – ‘Best Mirrorless CSC Advanced’; Stylus Tough TG-870 – ‘Best Rugged Camera’; M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO – ‘Best CSC Wide Angle Zoom Lens’

This video presents E-M10 Mark II Product Overview:

The following video presents Olympus TOUGH TG-870:

TOUGH TG-870
The Advance Outdoor Hero

Olympus wins three prestigious 2016 Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards for the following imaging products:

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, silver

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, silver

This Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera features a 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor with an ISO sensitivity up to 25,600. The camera can deliver full-res framing rates of 8.5 per second that take advantage of its 81-point “FAST” AF system. Viewing is via a 2.36 million dot OLED EVF with 100% field of view and 120 fps refresh rate. Other attractive features include Full HD video capability at 60 fps, an AF targeting pad that can be traced on the rear touch screen, a simulated optical finder that delivers a high dynamic range image, in-body 5-axis image stabilization and a 3-inch tilting and touchscreen LCD.

http://www.tipa.com/awards-en/olympus-om-d-e-m10-mark-ii

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870, green

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870, green

Appealing to photographers who want to make images and videos under the most challenging conditions, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 can be submerged up to 15 metres, withstand drops up to 2.1 metres and functions in temperatures as low as -10C. A 180-degree tilting monitor means images can be made with virtually any point of view. The 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VII processor handles stills as well as full HD 1080/60p video, plus there is built-in WiFi and an upgraded GPS feature that can position in under 10 seconds. The TG-870 has numerous exciting shooting modes, including Nighttime Live Composite, Sportcam, TimeLapse Movie, and Sport Burst modes.

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Panasonic Wins Three Prestigious 2016 TIPA Awards: LUMIX FZ330 – ‘Best Superzoom Camera’, LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 ASPH – ‘Best CSC Entry Level Lens’ and Panasonic’s 4K Ultra HD Camcorder HC-VXF990 – ‘Best Camcorder’

The following video presents Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 – The All-Weather Full-range F2.8 Aperture Camera:

  • LUMIX FZ330 (FZ300 outside the UK)

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 offers a full range F2.8 aperture 24X Leica Lens zoom housed in a weather sealed rugged body.

This all in one camera features the latest 4K Ultra HD Video recording and Panasonic’s exclusive 4K PHOTO function. The 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor enables shooting high quality images even at higher sensitivities up to ISO 6400, resulting in higher resolution and superior color reproduction.

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ series offers a popular pack a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation over photo and video recording. The Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 integrates a new large, bright 1,440K-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) with approx. 100% field of view. For a faster focusing response the Panasonic LUMIX FZ300 utilizes integrates LUMIX DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology to achieve ultra-high-speed Auto Focusing. With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.

Panasonic recently announced that it has been awarded three prestigious 2016 Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) awards for the following digital imaging products:

Panasonic LUMIX FZ330 (FZ300 outside the UK)

Panasonic LUMIX FZ330 (FZ300 outside the UK)

  • LUMIX FZ330 (FZ300 outside the UK)- ‘Best Superzoom Camera’ Award
LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 ASPH

LUMIX G 25mm F1.7 ASPH

Panasonic's 4K Ultra HD Camcorder HC-VXF990

Panasonic’s 4K Ultra HD Camcorder HC-VXF990

  • Panasonic’s 4K Ultra HD Camcorder HC-VXF990 – ‘Best Camcorder’ Award

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Three Panasonic Digital Imaging Products Awarded Prestigious Global Industry Accolades

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Panasonic: 4K Studio Camera AK-UC3000 and HD Broadcast Studio Camera AK-HC5000 are Now Available for Studios & Productions Requiring High-End Functionality at an Affordable Price

The following video presents Mediapro broadcast “El Clásico” to the entire planet:

Mediapro broadcast “El Clásico” FC Barcelona – Real Madrid to the entire planet. The new Panasonic AK-UC3000 cameras made it possible to capture the tiniest detail in 4K, responding to LaLiga’s commitment to offer the ultimate technological innovations.

Panasonic recently expanded its studio camera offerings with the immediate availability of the AK-UC3000 4K system, and the HD Broadcast AK-HC5000, with output of up to 1080p at 239.76p.

 4K Studio Camera AK-UC3000’s Key Features:

Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K

Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K

  • Supports 4K and HD acquisition simultaneously. HD output from camera (3G-SDI): 1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97psF, 25psF, 23.98p over 59.94i
  • Delivers high sense sensitivity of F10 (59.94Hz), F11 (50Hz)
  • Equipped with a CAC (Chromatic Aberration Compensation) function capable of correcting even slight chromatic aberration at the lens periphery
  • The DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) function suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights. Black gamma function for independent color settings in dark areas.
  • The V-REC, F-REC function provides powerful support in digital cinema production.
  • Features an internal digital extender (x2 magnification)
  • 12-axis color correction, detail, skin tone detail (two tone axis) and easy matrix adjustment
  • An SD Memory Card can be used to set up data and firmware version.
  • IP streaming (future option) and IP control is supported
  • Advanced trunk functions such as 3x CCU to camera, plus 1x HD-SDI from Camera to CCU as well as a 1000Base-T LAN-Trunk

HD Broadcast Studio Camera AK-HC5000’s Key Features:

Panasonic AK-HC5000

Panasonic AK-HC5000

  • Sensitivity F12 (2000 lx) and an excellent S/N ratio of 60 dB (without NR)
  • Supported Format (from Camera) HD: 1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97psF, 25psF, 23.98p over 59.94i
  • Equipped with a CAC (Chromatic Aberration Compensation) function capable of correcting even slight chromatic aberration at the lens periphery
  • The DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) function suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights
  • The V-REC, F-REC provides powerful support in digital cinema production
  • Black gamma function for independent color settings in dark areas
  • 12-axis color correction, detail, skin tone detail (plus two axis) and easy matrix adjustment
  • An SD Memory Card can be used to set up data and firmware versions
  • IP streaming (future option) and IP control is supported
  • Advanced trunk functions such as 3x CCU to camera, plus 1x HD-SDI from Camera to CCU as well as a 1000Base-T LAN-Trunk

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Delivers New 4K and High-Speed 1080P Studio Cameras

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Panasonic Provides Aid to Disaster-Stricken Areas and Victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake in Japan

The following video presents Japan Devastated by Strong Earthquakes:

Panasonic recently announced that they will help provide relief to people who have suffered in this earthquake and to help recovery efforts as follows.

(1) 10 million yen (90,108.4000 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) in donations.

(2) The “Panasonic Open Golf Championship 2016” will be held as scheduled from April 20 to 24, however, other events such as the Pro-Am Tournament will be cancelled. Panasonic will donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and operation costs budgeted for such events, which together will amount to 10 million yen. Moreover, Panasonic will also cooperate with charity events to be organized by the Japan Golf Tour Organization as well as other activities to help support people in the afflicted areas.

(3) The company and the employees will be organizing a charitable fund drive for the people of Kumamoto.

(4) Panasonic will also provide Panasonic products that the afflicted areas need.

NEWS RELEASE

Provision of Aid to Disaster-stricken Areas and People of Kumamoto, Japan

Apr 18, 2016

We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to all the victims of the Kumamoto Earthquake, and we sincerely hope that the afflicted areas can realize a quick recovery. (more…)

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Panasonic + Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas, USA, April 29 – May 7, 2016: ‘Water Screen Digital Show’ Starts April 29; Wonder KABUKI Spectacle ‘KABUKI LION’ Starts May 3; Technology Showcase ‘KABUKI LION Interactive Showcase’ Starts May 3

The following video presents May 3-7, 2016 『 獅子王 KABUKI LION 』 in Las Vegas:

-Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas 2016-
Kabuki performance in Las Vegas, US
Panasonic presents Wonder KABUKI Spectacle
A new kabuki play – “KABUKI LION” – opening soon!!

Panasonic recently announced that they will sponsor and provide technical support to the Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (produced by Shochiku Co., Ltd.), running from April 29 to May 7.

  • ‘Water Screen Digital Show by Shochiku X teamLab’: On the artificial lake at the Bellagio thirteen 20,000-lumen PT-DZ21K projectors will digitally depict the tale of an aquatic Samurai battle using the fountains as a huge, 300meter wide screen.
  • Wonder KABUKI Spectacle ‘KABUKI LION’–The Adventures of the Mythical Lion: Panasonic will deploy nine 20,000-lumen PT-DZ21K digital projectors to support the production.
  • Technology showcase “KABUKI LION Interactive Showcase,”: Visitors will be able to take a 3D photo of themselves in the theater’s lobby, using a 3D scanner equipped with 54 Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras.

The following video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX “4K Photo Mode”:

Panasonic LUMIX cameras feature 4K VIDEO/PHOTO capability. The new 4K Photo mode offer three new modes; (1)4K Burst mode (2)4K Burst Start/Stop[S/S]mode and (3)4K Pre-Burst mode. All these modes make it easy to capture the spur-of-the-moment in a 8-megapixel equivalent picture shot at 30 fps. All you have to do after shooting is is to pick up the frame you want in the camera.
*The specifications of 4K Photo Mode differ depending on the model.

Enjoy!

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic State-of-the-Art Technology Meets Kabuki in Las Vegas

Futuristic Production to Highlight Entertainment Solutions

LAS VEGAS, NV 04/19/2016

Panasonic Corporation is sponsoring and will provide technical support to the Japan KABUKI Festival in Las Vegas 2016 (produced by Shochiku Co., Ltd.), running from April 29 to May 7. Panasonic hopes to highlight a new approach to performing and enjoying Kabuki, the classical Japanese dance drama that dates back more than 400 years, by enlivening the performance of the art form with state-of-the-art technology to make it more engaging and accessible to contemporary entertainment seekers. Panasonic’s support includes the following initiatives:

A) Special sponsorship and technical support for the first theatrical performance of Kabuki in Las Vegas: “Panasonic presents Wonder KABUKI Spectacle ‘KABUKI LION’–The Adventures of the Mythical Lion”
Dates: May 3 to 7, 2016 (five days, six shows)
Venue: David Copperfield Theater at the MGM Grand Hotel

Panasonic PT-DZ21K projector

Panasonic PT-DZ21K projector

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Panasonic + Sensity Systems’ Internet of Things (IoT) Platform: Smart City Solutions in Denver, USA, to Bring Lower Energy Costs, Improved Public Safety & Deliver Advanced IoT Enabled Capabilities Via Intelligent Lighting & Video Analytics + Showcase & Demos at Lightfair International in San Diego, USA, April 26-28, 2016

This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic + Denver in Colorado, USA: To Make a Smarter, More Sustainable City Service for Denver Residents & Visitors.

The following video presents Panasonic Convention 2016: Mobility:

Smart mobility is one of the key success factors of modern societies.

At Panasonic, we believe that transport should be greener, safer, and more entertaining, whether you’re on the road, on rails – or in the air.

A market leader in both in-flight entertainment and car infotainment, we have developed technologies that create better experiences for passengers.

Take a closer look at how Panasonic is driving innovation in the transport sector.

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, and Sensity Systems Inc. recently announced  a strategic alliance based on their respective smart city platforms.

  • Panasonic’s CityNow Safe and Smart Streets platform is based on the company’s experience in smart city planning and integration around the world.

Where Denver’s plans and CityNOW intersect

Denver wants similar smart-city technology to drive its new transit-oriented development project that will connect commuter hub Pena Station with Denver International Airport. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock envisions the airport and Pena Station to be more than just a transit hub. A lot more. Panasonic Eco Solutions Company president, Jim Doyle, cites Mayor Hancock’s vision as a determining factor to not only partner with the Mile High City but also relocate its Enterprise Solutions headquarters to Denver. Technology-minded and forward thinking, Hancock sees a connected community that supports citizens and businesses with smart, sustainable technologies. By implementing a responsive infrastructure that taps into real-time analytics, leverages big data, and lives among the Internet of Things, the possibilities are virtually limitless.

Picture this: you round a corner and the streetlights illuminate to brighten your path. After you pass, they dim to conserve energy. Pull into a crowded shopping mall and your car’s in-dash system locates the closest available parking space. Approach the subway platform and an alert on your phone tells you the arrival time of the next train. This is just a glimpse into the possibilities of a responsive city infrastructure. It’s also a key component in the world of Panasonic CityNOW, where connected technology and real-time data work together to predict, adapt, and respond to people’s needs.

http://panasoniccitynow.com

The new train line, University of Colorado A Line, which opened on April 22, 2016, provides easy, affordable and reliable connections between downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, and the many communities along I-70. Photos Courtesy of Denver International Airport

The new train line, University of Colorado A Line, which opened on April 22, 2016, provides easy, affordable and reliable connections between downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, and the many communities along I-70. Photos Courtesy of Denver International Airport

  • The first deployment of the integrated solution will be at Peña Station NEXT, a transit oriented development and sustainable community served by Denver’s new light rail line. Peña Station NEXT leverages Panasonic’s smart and sustainable technologies and expertise to provide seamless sensing, communications, and community engagement experiences for residents, businesses and visitors.  Peña Station NEXT will include leading edge solutions for sustainability, energy management and resiliency, public safety, transportation, healthcare and other public services.
  • Sensity’s NetSense IoT Platform for Smart Cities leverages existing lighting infrastructure by embedding sensors, wireless connectivity and data analytics into LED luminaires to enable cloud-based applications and services for security and public safety, smart parking, retail services and environmental monitoring, among other initiatives.

The following video presents Sensity Smart Cities:

A Sensity Light Sensory Network can unlock the power of the IoT to improve how cities and municipalities operate, helping city managers, employees and residents alike. Turn outdoor lighting infrastructure into a sensor-equipped, high-speed wireless backbone for any of hundreds of possible applications to run advanced city services—such as smart lighting, smart parking and public safety.

Also, on April 26-28, 2016, Panasonic and Sensity will be at the San Diego Convention Center for Lightfair International, Booth #537. The companies will showcase their joint Smart City solution that brings together the best of both worlds – Sensity’s NetSense platform and Panasonic’s smart city technologies and analytics. Attendees will see demonstrations on safety and security, smart parking and traffic management.

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Sensity Systems Joins Panasonic’s CityNow Initiative to Accelerate the Transformation of Smart Cities

Strategic alliance begins with the implementation of sustainable solutions in Denver, bringing lower energy costs, improved public safety, and enabling a new generation of smart city applications

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