Will We See Paper-Thin @ImprintEnergy Batteries In Mirrorless Cameras?


However thin you may think lithium-ion batteries are in today’s smartphone and tablets, they are still not thin enough for the gadgets of the future. For example, the flat battery in the iPhone or the iPad takes up much of the space of the gadget and contributes to the bulk of its weight.

So, researchers at Imprint Energy are challenging long-accepted battery limitations and pioneering new ways to enable inexpensive, mass production of ultrathin, flexible, and high-energy density batteries. Flexible is good if these batteries are to be used in wearable devices.

Using everyday screen-printing machines (apparently, the same equipment that are used to print witty phrases on t-shirts), they print one layer of the battery on top of another, essentially printing a multilayer device stack to produce a single, rechargeable, ultra-thin battery.

We sincerely hope they are working with Mirrorless camera manufacturers. Mirrorless cameras consume a lot of the power from its removable Li-ion battery, primarily due to the need of maintaining Live View on the LCD display screen and/or electronic viewfinder. As a result, the Mirrorless camera can take about 350 images on a fresh charge compared to the 1,000+ that their DSLR competitors can.

If these ultra-thin, lightweight and rechargeable batteries could be somehow incorporated into the design of Mirrorless cameras (without contributing undesirable heat, and thus noise, to the image sensor) and exclusively used to power the LCD display screen and the electronic viewfinder (like in a smartphone or tablet), the removable Li-ion battery can then be dedicated to powering the shutter, autofocus and other needed functions. Of course, both batteries need to be able to last at least one full day of shooting 1,000+ images out in the field.

We are no electrical engineers, so if you are one, tell us whether you believe this idea can work.

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Getty Images Prepares to Cover Rio 2016

Getty Images @ Rio 2016 by the numbers:

  • 120+ – people including an elite roster of award-winning specialist sports photographers
  • 1.5+ million – images to be shot
  • 62 / 100 – miles / km of state-of-the-art fiber optic cable that will link the photographers from within all 32 venues back to Getty Images editors based in the Main Olympic Press Center. This enables a picture to be transferred from the field of play to the web site in as little as 120 seconds.
  • 360 – cameras

The photographers of Getty Images are planning to make this Rio 2106 Olympic Games “the most visual Olympics ever,” planning to shoot over 1.5 million images. 62 km of fiber-optic cabling makes it possible to send an image from any one of the 32 venues back to the site in about 2 minutes to be processed, and over 85,000 of these images are then slated to be distributed worldwide. With about 360 cameras to be used by the sports photographers, it averages to over 4,000 images per camera.

To give us a glimpse of the gear, Michael Heiman tweeted and posted two pictures on his Instagram account of some of the lenses and cameras being prepared for the task.


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Pawel Zagrodnik of Poland (white) and Masashi Ebinuma of Japan lay on the mat after their match in the Men's -66 kg Judo on Day two of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be the most visual Olympics ever

Getty Images to take you up-close to the intensity and excitement of this world-class sporting event

New York, 20 July, 2016 – Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, today announces it will be capturing the upcoming Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with an elite roster of award-winning specialist sports photographers using innovative technology that will transform how the world experiences the Olympics.

Getty Images will deploy a team of over 120 people including an elite roster of award-winning specialist sports photographers. The expert photography team will shoot over 1.5 million images in Rio, of which over 85,000 will be distributed worldwide.

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Cameras Panasonic

Panasonic AG-AC30 is the Entry-Level Full HD Handheld Camcorder for Shooting Like a Pro: 20X Optical Zoom, Wide-Angle 29.5mm/F1.8 Lens, Built-in LED Light for Low-Light Shooting, 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization & More

The following video presents Panasonic Broadcast & ProAV Teaser Video:

Panasonic recently released the AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld camcorder with low-light functionality and many professional-level features and tools.

As the prosumer’s camera for shooting weddings & other events, web videos, business conferences and exhibits, the Panasonic AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld includes the following features:

Panasonic Entry-Level AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld Camcorder (front and side view)

Panasonic Entry-Level AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld Camcorder (front and side view)

  • 20x Zoom Lens (F1.8 29.5-612mm),
  • 3 manual rings (Focus, Zoom and Iris),
  • Built-in, powerful LED Light for low-light shooting,
  • Two-channel XLR audio inputs, simultaneous record or relay record with hot swap, and full HD (1080p) recording,
  • 5-Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S).


Panasonic Introduces Entry-Level AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld With Slate of Professional Features

Panasonic Entry-Level AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld Camcorder

Panasonic Entry-Level AG-AC30 Full HD Handheld Camcorder


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Firmware Updates Fujifilm

Fujifilm: Firmware Updates (July 21, 2016) for Lens XF90mmF2 R LM WR (Ver.1.02) & Lens XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (Ver.1.11): Improvements

The following video presents FUJIFILM Craftsmanship of FUJINON / FUJIFILM:
Featuring the craftsmanship of FUJINON Lens, the lenses are hand-made in Japan.

Fujifilm XF90mmF2 R LM WR

Fujifilm XF90mmF2 R LM WR

The issues regarding the previous firmware updates (ver1.01) to the Fujifilm XF90mmF2 R LM WR and Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR have now been fixed and new, corrected firmware updates (Ver.1.02 for the XF90mm and Ver.1.11 for the XF16-55mm) have just been released.

Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

Jul 21, 2016
The phenomenon is fixed that the LCD on the camera blinks on & off after the camera is turned on and then a “Lens Error” message is indicated if the upgrade is conducted with a camera whose firmware is the previous version.

Download the corrected firmware updates

You can buy the above Fujifilm lens as well as accessories at B&H (prices are in USD):

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Firmware Updates Panasonic

Panasonic Firmware Updates Ver. 2.2 (2016/07/20) for the G7 and GX8 Cameras: New Functions & Improvements

The following video presents LUMIX DMC-GX8 – DMC-G7 – DMC-FZ300 4K Photo Modes:
Panasonic LUMIX cameras feature 4K VIDEO/PHOTO capability. The new 4K Photo mode (available on the GX8, G7 & FZ300) offer three new modes;
►4K Burst mode
►4K Burst Start/Stop[S/S] mode
►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.

Yesterday, Panasonic issued firmware updates (Ver. 2.2) for the G7 and GX8 to add a couple of options to the Fn button and MENU. In addition, a freezing issue in the Tracking AF of the GX8 has also been “improved.”

Panasonic G7/G70:

Panasonic G7/G70

Panasonic G7/G70

  1. New functions are added in Fn button. (more…)
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Leica Lenses

Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. Lens is Now Also Available in Silver Anodized Finish

The following video presents Pedro Ferreira on the Leica Apo-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. from Leica Camera on Vimeo:
Fashion photographer Pedro Ferreira uses his Leica M9 and the new Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. lens to capture images. Pedro explains why the M-System is his camera of choice and how the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. lens performs with the strong backlight in the studio.

Leica recently announced that the Leica APO-Summicron-M 50 mm f/2 ASPH. is now also available in a silver anodized version. (more…)

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NASA Explains Starless Saturn’s Image

Why do we not see any stars in this beautiful picture of Saturn’s rings and two of Saturn’s moons (Bione, left and Epimetheus, right) shot by the Cassini spacecraft?

As anyone here on Earth who has tried to shoot the stars in the night sky knows, to record the faint lights of stars requires a very long exposure of many seconds, even minutes. But Saturn’s main rings, along with its moons, are much brighter than most stars and so do not require a long exposure. In fact, the picture was snapped using a very short exposure of 10 milliseconds (1/100 sec.), too short to record the stars in the black sky.

This image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on April 2, 2016. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 257,000 miles (413,000 kilometers) from Saturn. Image scale is 15 miles (25 kilometers) per pixel.


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Fujifilm Printers

Fujifilm x Kastor & Pollux Releases Instax Share SP-2 Printer With 2-Day Photo Sharing Event

The following video presents Fuji Guys – Fujifilm Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-2 – First Look: The Fuji Guys give you a first look preview of the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2.
Select your best shots from your smartphone and get instax prints by transferring the shots from the app to SP-2 via Wi-Fi connection. You can also print images from your Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2, silver

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2, silver

The Fujifilm Instax Share Printer SP-2 is a smartphone printer which can print high-quality credit-card sized instant photos from smartphones. Though most smartphone photos are shared on social media sites, users who want to obtain prints can now do so effortlessly and wirelessly in as little as 10 seconds.

Users can use the Custom Filter, Collage Template and Split Template features available in the free “instax SHARE” app to adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, to combine two to four images into one instax photo, and split one image into two instax photos.



July 18, 2016 – TORONTO, ON: Fujifilm and Toronto-based digital and experiences agency Kastor & Pollux teamed up for a 2-day photo sharing activation to celebrate the release of the Instax Share SP-2 printer. Following an invite-only media launch event, Fujifilm and Kastor & Pollux opened the doors of 12 Ossington Ave. for a public viewing with a meet-and-greet with special guest Jenn Im (@imjennim) of YouTube channel Clothes Encounters.

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