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Ricoh R Development Kit’s Camera is the Industry’s First Spherical Camera to Live Stream 360° Full HD Videos at 30 fps Up to 24 Hours

Ricoh recently announced the industry’s first camera capable of delivering up to 24 continuous hours of fully spherical, 360-degree live video streams in 2K resolution at 30 frames per second. The Ricoh R camera and related technology will be sold as the Ricoh R Development Kit.

  • The development kit will allow third parties to create applications that will enable its use in a variety of environments and industries, including entertainment, gaming, telepresence, computer vision, education, and scientific research.

The RICOH R Development Kit consists of the:

  • Ricoh R camera,
  • camera stand,
  • downloadable software development kit (SDK), plus
  • image-control tools and source code.
RICOH R Development Kit

RICOH R Development Kit

Highlights of the RICOH R Development Kit’s camera include the following:

*Uses an AC adapter
  • Outputs spherical full HD videos at 30 fps
  • Real-time stitching in the camera of the two fisheye lens videos
  • Spherical video can be output to HDMI or USB
  • Spherical video can be recorded on a microSD card
  • Built-in monaural microphone
  • Can be controlled with video settings via USB
  • Prepare an image control tool for PC/Mac
  • The source code for the video control tool will be publicly released
  • Compact body size; External Dimensions: 46mm(W) x 118mm(H) x 16.6mm(D)
RICOH R Development Kit

RICOH R Development Kit

NEWS RELEASE

Ricoh announces industry’s first camera to deliver up to 24 hours*1 of fully spherical, 360-degree live streaming video

Spherical live video streams expected to have wide range of potential applications in entertainment, telepresence, computer vision, and more; available spring 2017 (more…)

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Cameras Nikon

Nikon KeyMission 360 Action Camera + MINI Countryman Car: Customers Get 360° Virtual Reality Driving Experience with 4K UHD Quality Videos

Nikon KeyMission 360

EVERY MISSION HAS A STORY

There are many moments of inspirations in life. It’s at the heart of every story, it’s the drive that lets you go further and push on. It’s more than just the thrill of a moment. A mission is about having the desire and passion to pursue something that really matters. Dive into the following journeys to see what inspires these trailblazers.
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The following video presents Nikon KeyMission 360, an all new action camera:

Nikon KeyMission 360: front view (left), side view (right)

Nikon KeyMission 360: front view (left), side view (right)

Nikon recently announced that its Imaging Business Unit has come together with MINI in a global marketing partnership to offer customers new virtual reality driving experience for the new MINI Countryman car even before it becomes available.

ADD STORIES.

Stories are the source of every great conversation. The new MINI Countryman, as you will soon discover, is the ideal catalyst for experiencing all of life’s greatest stories.

With ruggedness for every road, space for every escape, and premium features to enhance every journey, this new Sports Activity Vehicle is designed to accommodate every one of your adventures…..

So go forth. Leave the city behind, and find yourself off the beaten path. Add friends. Add memories. Add meaning. And when you return, go tell your story.

THE NEW MINI COUNTRYMAN

In the journey to collect experiences, the MINI Countryman is an enabler of new stories, driving outside the ordinary while the KeyMission 360 is the perfect companion for documenting them in seamless 360° videos with 4K UHD quality,

NEWS RELEASE

KeyMission 360 delivers full 360° immersive experience for the launch of the new MINI Countryman

January 11, 2017

Global partnership between Nikon and MINI offers new virtual reality driving experience for new cars even before they become available

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its Imaging Business Unit has come together with MINI in a global marketing partnership to collaborate on a series of marketing initiatives and content creation for the new KeyMission series of action cameras and the recently announced new MINI Countryman. Through a collection of real-life experiences documented on the KeyMission 360 and enabled by the new MINI Countryman, the partnership aims to inspire and encourage the spirit of exploration and sharing of these experiences in complete 360° immersive detail. (more…)

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Cameras Fujifilm

FUJIFILM GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless: 51.4MP Ultra-High Resolution In a Camera the Size and Weight of a Full-Frame DSLR

FUJIFILM has decided to bypass the Full-frame sensor for now, and why not when they can deliver the GFX 50S Medium Format Mirrorless with a 51.4MP 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor in a body the size and weight almost identical to a full-frame DSLR.

The Fujifilm GFX 50S features a new G Mount, 117-point Contrast AF, a detachable 3.69M-dot Organic EL Electronic Viewfinder, a 2.36M-dot Touchscreen LCD, Weather & Dust Resistant Magnesium Alloy body, Film Simulation Modes, Full HD Video, and initially selection of three FUJINON GF Lenses and 3 additional lenses to be announced later in 2017.

The following video presents FUJIFILM GFX 50S Promotional Video / FUJIFILM:
“Featured photographers in the videos are: Jan Gonzales (Philippines), Pål Laukli (Norway), Minoru Kobayashi (Japan), Victoria Wright (USA), Per-Anders Jörgensen (Sweden), Knut Koivisto (Sweden), Piet Van den Eynde (Belgium), Serkan Günes (Sweden), Itaru Hirama (Japan), Ivan Joshua Loh (Singapore)”

PRESS RELEASE

GROUNDBREAKING FUJIFILM GFX 50S MEDIUM FORMAT MIRRORLESS CAMERA DELIVERS ULTRA-HIGH IMAGE QUALITY

FUJIFILM GFX 50S combines an extraordinary sensor, processor and design with FUJINON lenses to give users the ultimate photography experience

Valhalla, N.Y., January 19, 2017 – As the leader in innovation for photographers, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announces the FUJIFILM GFX 50S medium format mirrorless digital camera that will launch late February, 2017 with an initial selection of three FUJINON lenses – the GF63mmF2.8 R WR, the GF32-64mmF4 R LM WR, and the GF120mmF4 R LM OIS WR Macro. These lenses encapsulate the design philosophy of FUJINON lenses that are renowned by photographers around the world.

The innovative GFX system utilizes a Fujifilm exclusive 43.8 x 32.9mm (FUJIFILM G Format) 51.4MP CMOS sensor. The GFX 50S combines the heritage of over 80 years of imaging and the innovative award-winning functional design of our X Series digital camera system in the relentless pursuit of image quality.
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Cameras Fujifilm

FUJIFILM X-T20 Features 24.3MP, Adds Tilt Touchscreen LCD and Improved AF; FUJINON XF50mmF2 R WR Lens is Perfect for Travel Photography

The following video presents FUJIFILM X-T20 Promotional Video / FUJIFILM:

FUJIFILM X-T20 Key Features:

  • 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • 3.0 inch 1.04M-dot tilting LCD touchscreen monitor
  • 0.39 inch 2,360K-dot OLED viewfinder
  • AF-C Custom Settings with five AF-C presets
  • 4K video
  • Full HD video with Film Simulation effects
  • Integrated pop-up flash
  • Nine Film Simulation modes (including ACROS)
  • Multiple Exposure
  • Interval timer shooting for time lapse photography
  • Completely silent electronic shutter capable of exposures up to 1/32000 seconds.
  • Digital Split Image and Focus Peaking
  • Eye Detection AF
  • Auto Macro function
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote app for Remote Control function
  • Weather and dust resistant; operates as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit \ 0 degrees Celsius

The new FUJIFILM X-T20 Body (Black and Silver) will be available in February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $899.95 and CAD$1,199.99.

The X-T20 Body with XF18-55mm Lens Kit will be available for USD $1,199.95 and CAD $1,599.99.

The X-T20 Body with XC16-50mm Lens Kit will be available for USD $999.95 and CAD $1,299.99.

The FUJIFILM XF50mmF2 R WR (Black and Silver) will be available in February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $449.95 and CAD$649.99.

PRESS RELEASE

FUJIFILM X-T20 UPS PERFORMANCE AND ADDS TOUCH CONTROLS FOR ENTHUSIAST PHOTOGRAPHERS; NEW COMPACT FUJINON XF50MMF2 R WR PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION LENS

Valhalla, N.Y., January 19, 2017 – As the leader in innovation for photographers, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-T20 interchangeable lens camera that joins the award-winning X Series digital camera lineup. The X-T20 is the successor to the FUJIFILM X-T10 and builds on its outstanding image quality, intuitive design, and versatility with a new APS-C sized 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The updated sensor and processor, along with an improved AF algorithm, boost the camera’s startup time and AF performance, dramatically improving its ability to track moving subjects for their best pictures to date. The X-T20 also has a large tilting touchscreen LCD monitor for multi-angle shooting and responds to quick gestures for a variety of efficient controls and picture review.

Also announced today is the new FUJINON XF50mmF2 R WR, a compact, mid-telephoto lens adding to the X Series lineup of interchangeable lenses known for their outstanding image quality. The lens features a focal length equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format) and a maximum aperture of F2.0 for beautiful bokeh. The compact and stylish optic also offers high speed AF and weighs just 200g.
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Cameras Fujifilm

FUJIFILM X100F Fixed-Lens Compact Camera Features 23mm F2 Lens, Improved Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder and 24.3MP Resolution

The following video presents FUJIFILM X100F Promotional Video / FUJIFILM:

FUJIFILM X100F Key Features:

  • 24.3MP APS-C size X-Trans CMOS III sensor
  • Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF) equipped with an Electronic Rangefinder
  • FUJINON 23mm (35mm in 35mm format Equivalent) F2 lens
  • ND filter equivalent to 3 stops of aperture
  • High-definition 1.04M-dot 3” LCD
  • NEW ‘ACROS’ film simulation mode
  • Focus Peaking function and Digital Split Image display even in the OVF
  • Extended full HD Video Recording
  • Full HD video with Film Simulation effects
  • Six AF Modes
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF: switches between Phase Detection AF and Contrast AF according to scene
  • Digital Teleconverter function
  • Advanced Filter Functions
  • Interval Timer Shooting for time lapse photography
  • Manual focus available during video recording
  • Free FUJIFILM Camera Remote application and Wireless Communication function allows users to remotely shoot images from smartphones and tablets via WiFi
  • Photos can be sent to the INSTAX Share Printer using the free INSTAX Share App (iOS and Android) SHARE Smartphone Printer
  • Output for Stereo Microphone

The new FUJIFILM X100F Digital Camera (Black and Silver) will be available in February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $1,299.95 and CAD $1,699.99.

PRESS RELEASE

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION X100F FROM THE SERIES THAT STARTED A REVOLUTION

X100F features improved Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder and the latest 24.3MP sensor and processor

Valhalla, N.Y., January 19, 2017FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the FUJIFILM X100F, the new premium rangefinder style compact digital camera featuring a unique Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder that allows users to switch between an optical viewfinder and electronic viewfinder. The new X100F is the fourth generation release from the series that introduced the first hybrid viewfinder camera for ultimate flexibility, style and premium image quality.

Featuring the latest 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C image sensor, high-speed image processing engine and a high-performance FUJINON 23mm F2 lens, the X100F delivers outstanding color reproduction and gradation of tones in both stills and videos, while providing photographers with increased mobility and an unsurpassed user experience.
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Cameras Leica

The Leica M10 Full-frame Digital Camera goes back to its legendary analogue roots with Optical Viewfinder and Rangefinder

Ever wished that your favorite 35mm film camera could just switch the film for a high resolution sensor? That seems to be the driving idea behind the new Leica M10. It is a full-frame digital camera, but with the well-known dimensions (similarly sized as an M4), construction and operation of the legendary M film cameras.

The Leica M10 has an optical viewfinder and rangefinder (with improved 0.73x magnification and eye-relief), a dedicated Shutter Speed dial, manual Focus and Aperture Rings on its lenses, and a dedicated ISO dial. Movie? What movie?

The digital part consists of a new 24-MP full-frame CMOS sensor with sensitivity between ISO 100 and 6,400 (extendable to ISO 50,000). Leica is promising “considerably improved noise characteristics at higher ISO settings.” For those who need accurate framing and focusing, especially when using long telephoto lenses, there is an optional Visoflex electronic viewfinder (EVF) with 2.4-MP resolution. The viewfinder features a swivel function for shooting from unusual angles and an integrated GPS module that can be switched in for geotagging image files. There is a built-in 1.04 million-dot rear LCD (with Corning Gorilla glass). Continuous shooting is at 5 fps for up to 30 Raw frames.

Leica M10 (Silver)

Leica M10 (Silver)

The Leica M10 provides integrated WLAN connectivity for fast, wireless transfer of pictures to Apple mobile devices, where they can be edited, posted and shared in social networks. Of course, there is an app — the Leica M-App — which enables direct transfer of RAW data in DNG format to mobile devices for further processing with suitable apps from iOS Version 10.2. and remote control from a compatible smartphone or tablet.

Leica M10

Leica M10

The body construction features components machined from solid brass, a full-metal, magnesium alloy chassis and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass. Special rubber seals provide protection against light showers, dust and bad weather.

The following video presents Discovering Zanzibar:

  • Photographer Maik Scharfscheer discovers Zanzibar.

PRESS INFORMATION

M as in milestone: The new Leica M10 impresses with more compact dimensions, improved performance and even more intuitive handling.

Wetzlar, 18 January 2017. An iconic camera system sets standards yet again: The perfect balance of long-established traditions and technical innovation in the Leica M10 embodies the essence of everything that is truly important for photography like no other camera before. Although all its functions have been adapted to meet the precise needs of contemporary photography, there has been no deviation from the essential principles of the legendary M-System. Every single component and every technical solution concentrates uncompromisingly on photography. With its more compact dimensions, improved performance and even more intuitive handling, the Leica M10 sets a new milestone in the ongoing history of Leica M photography.
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Cameras Panasonic

Panasonic #LUMIXGH5 Roadshow (First) in NYC, Nashville, NJ, Boston, Seattle and LA: Learn More About the LUMIX GH5 at a Dealer Near You, January 19 – 27, 2017

The following video presents LUMIX DC-GH5 Introduction (4K):

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 Hits the Road

NEWARK, NJ (January 12, 2017) – Panasonic will launch the first of three GH5 Dealer Tours beginning on January 19th for those that were not able to attend CES or want to learn more. The LUMIX GH5 is the latest flagship model of LUMIX G DSLM cameras which is based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. The new camera delivers a high-end, hybrid performance to photo enthusiasts and professional videographers looking to capture moments in 4K 60p/50p video and 6K PHOTO.

The GH5 was exceptionally well received at CES capturing nine awards.

The #LUMIXGH5 roadshow will make the following stops throughout January: (more…)

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Contests

ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest for Legal Residents Ages 13 and Older in Ontario, Canada: Share Your Wildlife / Natural World Images and Include @ROMtoronto and #ROMWpy JR before 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2017

The ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest invites amateur or professional photographers to share captivating images of the natural world for a chance to win prizes and have your photograph on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Youth Category (Ages 13 – 17)

Eligibility

  • The Royal Ontario Museum’s “ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest – Youth Category” (the “Contest”) is open to all legal residents of Ontario, Canada who are 13 years – 17 years of age  (Youth Category) or older (Adult Category) at the time of entry in order to be eligible to enter the Contest.

Grand Prize:

Youth Category (ages 13 -17) (more…)

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