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Interviews CES 2012 @ Imaging Resource

Sat January 14, 2012

Interesting series of interviews by Imaging Resource from the camera manufacturers at CES 2012. The first three are from Olympus, Pentax and Fujifilm, with more to follow.

Olympus: Interview with Toshiyuki Terada, Manager and Group Leader of the Product and Marketing Planning Group, Product and Marketing Planning Department at Olympus Imaging Corp., and Sally Smith Clemens, Product Manager at Olympus Imaging America Inc.
Concerning Olympus’ financial problems, “Actually, for our usual business, not so big an impact, we are working usually. Nothing special.

Pentax: Interview with John Carlson, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing at Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp.
Pentax is trying very hard to get the “message out there that a small camera [Pentax Q] with a combination of a high quality sensor and a high quality lens is going to give you better results than a compact camera where it’s all combined together.

Fujifilm: Interview with Kayce M. Baker, Director of Marketing in the Electronic Imaging Division of Fujifilm North America Corp.
Fujifilm is making big claims that their new sensor in the X-Pro 1 is “equal in resolution to a full-frame sensor, and signal to noise is equal to a full-frame sensor.


Reviews on the Web

This Week’s (Jan 7-13, 2012) Digital Camera Review Roundup

Sat January 14, 2012

Here is this week’s (Jan 7-13, 2012) digital camera review roundup:

  • This week has been CES 2012 and we got a flurry of camera updates from Canon, Samsung, Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm, though nothing terribly exciting. The Canon G1 X boasts a large sensor in a non-interchangeable lens camera and it’s pretty much where we see the compact prosumer cameras going. Canon however did not introduce any compact mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the only big camera manufacturer that have not done so yet. Fujifilm introduced their mirrorless X-Pro1, though we can hardly assign the label “compact” to it. Fujifilm is also making big claims that the new sensor in the X-Pro 1 is “equal in resolution to a full-frame sensor, and signal to noise is equal to a full-frame sensor.” And even though it gives us a manual focus ring, the latter is fly-by-wire. Think of the X-Pro1 as an entry-level DSLR with its mirror removed. This is also about where we see entry-level DSLRs going: having their mirror removed since the latter is simply redundant and you should not be paying money for something that is unnecessary in a modern DSLR. Please check our Reviews Matrix for links to the appropriate press releases.
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Press Releases

Lenovo Earns 16 Awards and Honors @ CES 2012

Fri January 13, 2012

During this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Lenovo announced more than 20 new products to be released later this year. The company was recognized for its product design and innovation by industry publications, experts, and associations with 16 awards and honours, many of which were for “Best in Show.” The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga and the ThinkCentre A720 were favoured among the winning products.

Awards included:

- CES Innovations Awards: Design and Engineering Showcase Award Honoree
- Lenovo LT1421
- CES Innovations Awards: Design and Engineering Showcase Award Honoree
- Lenovo Thinkpad

PRESS RELEASE

Lenovo Receives Top Industry Awards at 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show

CES 2012, Las Vegas – January 13, 2012 – Lenovo ( http://www.lenovo.com/us/en/ )today announced at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that it has received 16 awards and honours highlighting innovation, design and versatility in the PC industry. Most notably, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga won 11 awards from prominent industry publications including CNET, PCMag.com, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, LAPTOP and Tom’s Guide, all highlighting its groundbreaking hybrid functionality, distinctive design and innovative engineering. Lenovo’s other featured product at CES this year, the Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 all-in-one (AIO) PC, won CNET’s Best Desktop award for its advanced ergonomics and stylish design.

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Fun Stuff, Videos

You Won’t See This Page Turner @ CES 2012

Fri January 13, 2012


From allonewordplease

Of all the technology you’ll see coming out of CES 2012, this awesome à-la-Rube Goldberg “Page Turner” from kinetic artist Joseph Herscher won’t be there. Filmed by Erik Olsen.

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Fun Stuff, Videos

When the Bookstore Closes, The Books Play

Fri January 13, 2012


From crazedadman

I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into photographying and creating this stop-motion animation, but it is cool. I always like to see behind the scenes and feel exhausted just trying to picture the photographer moving the books and other objects to make the video.

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Fun Stuff, Videos

Sh** Photographers Say @ CES 2012

Tue January 10, 2012

Sh** Photographers Say from Jason Groupp on Vimeo.

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek video by Jason Groupp about those words and phrases that come out of photographers’ mouths. We expect similar words and phrases are being uttered at CES 2012 this week.

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Editorial

London Undeground Apologizes For DSLR Ban But It’s Still Unclear

Tue January 10, 2012

How could London Underground mess up their sign so? No DSLR was allowed in their Aldwych Underground Station “due to their combination of high-quality sensor and high resolution” — then they backtracked and said it was for safety, since heavy cameras and tripods could pose a safety hazard as visitors negotiated spiral staircase with over 160 steps; and again now a third time saying that excessive photography (apparently people using DSLRs tend to take excessive pictures) would cause delays because people were held up by visitors taking pictures. So, which one of the three reasons is it? And if any one of those was deemed valid, why remove the ban now?

Let’s examine the 3 reasons given one by one.

1. Compact mirrorless cameras now take high quality and high resolution pictures, so banning DSLRs won’t help one bit.
2. Put a sign that says no one is supposed to take pictures on the staircase. No one is stupid enough to anyway.
3. I believe advanced photographers take less pictures than happy go-lucky snapshooters.

The reasons do not hold water and London Underground has still not come out and tell us the real reason for the original ban. Probably some company wanted to gain exclusive rights to take and sell pictures and postcards there. A perfectly good reason and one that every photographer would accept. But, please no bull.

via pdn


Press Releases

Panasonic Canada Announces SZ1

Tue January 10, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

PANASONIC INTRODUCES ULTRA-SLIM LUMIX SZ1 DIGITAL CAMERA – DESIGNED TO BE PORTABLE AND EASY-TO-USE

MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 10, 2012) – Panasonic Canada Inc. today introduced the new LUMIX SZ1 digital camera which combines a powerful 10x optical zoom with a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, in a slim and compact body, making it extremely portable and easy to carry. The LUMIX SZ1 has 16.1 megapixels and features 720p HD video recording capabilities. And it is easy to use thanks to Panasonic’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode which automatically chooses the best camera settings for natural, beautiful images.

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PANASONIC SZ1 REVIEWS
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2012-01-10 Panasonic SZ1 Press Release
2012-01-09 Panasonic SZ7 & SZ1 Press Release

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Press Releases

Panasonic Canada Announces FH8, FH6 and FH4

Tue January 10, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

PANASONIC ENHANCES LINEUP OF POPULAR FH-SERIES DIGITAL CAMERAS WITH THREE SLIMMER, MORE COMPACT MODELS

Featuring a Bright, Fast LEICA f2.5 Lens, the New LUMIX FH4 and FH6 are Equipped with HD Video Recording and Panoramic Shooting, While the LUMIX FH8 Also Adds a Creative Miniature Effect Mode and USB Charging Capability

MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 10, 2012) – Panasonic Canada Inc. today introduced the new 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH8 and 14.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-FH4 and FH6, all of which feature slim, compact stylish designs and are packed with advanced photography functions to enhance a consumer’s ability to easily take beautiful photos, even in low light situations. Beyond their capability to shoot high-quality still photos, these models can record 720p High Definition (HD) video. The LUMIX FH4 and FH6 shoot HD video in Motion JPEG format while the LUMIX FH8 records HD video in MP4 format and incorporates a dedicated video button so users can quickly and easily switch from capturing photos to recording video.

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PANASONIC FH8, FH6 & FH4 REVIEWS
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2012-01-10 Panasonic FH8, FH6 & FH4 Press Release (Canada)
2012-01-09 Panasonic FH8 & FH6 Press Release

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Press Releases

Panasonic Canada Announces Conversion Lenses for Lumix G Series

Tue January 10, 2012

Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens

Panasonic DMW-GFC1 Fisheye Conversion Lens

PANASONIC INTRODUCES FOUR NEW CONVERSION LENSES FOR THE LUMIX G SERIES OF COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERAS

MISSISSAUGA, ON (January 10, 2012) – Panasonic Canada Inc. today announced four new conversion lenses that are compatible with two Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses – the H-PS14042 (LUMIX G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.) and H-H014* (LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH.) – both of which are from the LUMIX G Series and are compatible with the company’s compact system cameras (CSC).

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PANASONIC CONVERSION LENSES REVIEWS
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2012-01-10 Panasonic Conversion Lenses Press Release (Canada)
2012-01-09 Panasonic Conversion Lenses Press Release

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Press Releases

Olympus Announces New Ultra Durable TOUGH TG-320

Mon January 9, 2012

Olympus TOUGH TG-320

Olympus TOUGH TG-320

WORRY-FREE IMAGES OF LIFE’S SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURES ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE NEW OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-320

Active Families Appreciate an Ultra Durable, Affordable Camera That Can Keep Up with Them

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus adds to its TOUGH line of rugged digital cameras today with the new 14-megapixel, 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom lens (28-102mm equivalent*), waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof Olympus TG-320. Whether they’re in the water or enjoying the snow, families and active consumers want an affordable camera they can trust to endure all of life’s spontaneous moments and capture superior images anytime.

The rugged Olympus TG-320 is designed to take the hard knocks of everyday life, so you know that the memories it captures will be protected. It can handle five-foot drops to the hard ground, operate in freezing snowstorms (to -10 degrees Celsius), and swim with fish (waterproof to 3 metres) – lethal conditions for most other digital cameras. With Underwater HD Video, the TG-320 offers the reliability of the ideal vacation camera.

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Press Releases

Olympus Unveils SP-620UZ Ultrazoom Compact Camera

Mon January 9, 2012

Olympus SP-620UZ

Olympus SP-620UZ

PORTABLE POWERHOUSE: OLYMPUS SP-620UZ ULTRAZOOM BOASTS OUTSTANDING OPTICS, IMAGE QUALITY AND AFFORDABILITY

High-Performance 21x Wide Zoom Compact Camera–The Ideal Travel Companion

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 9, 2012 – Olympus today unveils the SP-620UZ, a long zoom camera designed for consumers looking for a powerful, great-value, go-anywhere compact that captures challenging shots. Offering impressive wide-angle capability for shooting landscapes, interiors and crowds, it’s a 21x optical zoom lens (25-525mm equivalent*) gives you the flexibility to focus and capture wildlife, competitive sports and other distant subjects without having to carry interchangeable lenses.

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OLYMPUS SP-620UZ REVIEWS
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2012-07-02 Olympus SP-620UZ Steve's Digicams
2012-03-08 Olympus SP-620UZ ePHOTOzine
2012-02-29 Olympus SP-620UZ TechRadar
2012-02-23 Olympus SP-620UZ PhotographyBLOG
2012-01-09 Olympus SP-620UZ Press Release

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