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Sony Develops the Industry’s First 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM for Smartphones: Fast Data Readout Speeds to Capture Still Images of Fast-Moving Subjects with Minimal Distortion & Super Slow Motion Movies at Up to 1,000 fps in Full HD

Sony recently announced the development of the industry’s first*1 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM for smartphones. The key highlights include:

  • Fast data readout speeds, making it possible to capture still images of fast-moving subjects with minimal focal plane distortion*2. This newly developed sensor with DRAM is capable of reading one still image of 19.3 million pixels in only 1/120 of a second (approximately 4x faster than conventional products*3), thereby supporting high-speed image capture.
  • Super slow motion movies at up to 1,000 frames per second (approximately 8x faster than conventional products*3) in full HD (1920×1080 pixels).
  • Reducing the noise generated between the circuits on each of the three layers.

The following silent video presents The Super Slow Motion Movie Taken by 3-layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM :

Sony: Conventional 2-layer stacked CMOS image sensor (left) and newly developed 3-layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM (right)

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Sony Develops the Industry’s First*1 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM for Smartphones

High-Speed Data Readout Minimizes Distortion*2 in Still Images, and Enables Super Slow Motion Movie Shooting

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Lenses Tamron

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon & Nikon, a High-Speed Telephoto Zoom Lens for 35mm Full-Frame DSLR: Faster AF Speed, Image Stabilization Performance of 5 Stops*1, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant & Compatibility with Tele Converters

Tamron recently announced the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras.

The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. in March.

NEWS RELEASE

Tamron redefines the fast telephoto zoom category with the introduction of the next-generation 70-200mm F/2.8 zoom
All-new optical design delivers a dramatically faster autofocus speed and image stabilization performance of 5 stops*1

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Design details

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Design details

February 7, 2017, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor.
These included a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to enhance increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with tele converters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism.

Product name
SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
(Model A025)
Date of Launch (in Japan)
February 23, 2017
The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously.

*1 CIPA Standards Compliant Using in VC MODE 3 (For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon: D810 is used)

Product Highlights

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 100mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO 400: Estonia Image by Noboru Sonehara

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 100mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/125sec, ISO 400: Estonia Image by Noboru Sonehara

1. Outstanding resolution and contrast reproduction performance, beautiful bokeh and full compatibility with Tamron tele converters

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 118mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO200: South America image by Ian Plant

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025): Focal length 118mm, Exposure F/2.8, 1/200sec, ISO200: South America image by Ian Plant

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Lenses Samyang

Samyang (Rokinon) XEEN 20mm T1.9 Lens for Professional 4K+ Production for Filming Video & Cinema

The following video presents Samyang Optics – 40 Years of Journey to the Light from XEEN on Vimeo:

This is an update to the previous blog, Samyang (Rokinon) Xeen 16mm T2.6 Professional Video-Cinema Lens for 4K+ Optical Performance: Released in Five Different Mounts.

Samyang recently announced a new XEEN 20mm T1.9 lens for professional video-cine.

  • This lens brings the range of XEEN cinema lenses to eight and compliments the existing lenses: 14mm16mm24mm35mm50mm 85mm and 135mm.
The complete range of XEEN cinema lenses: top row - 135mm, 16mm, 85mm. 50mm; bottom row - 20mm, 14mm, 35mm, 24mm.

The complete range of XEEN cinema lenses: top row – 135mm, 16mm, 85mm. 50mm; bottom row – 20mm, 14mm, 35mm, 24mm.

XEEN 20mm will be available from early March. The retail price of each lens is USD $2,495.00.

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Samyang Announces XEEN 20mm T1.9

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Olympus Press Releases

Oympus: Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group Gains New Companies Which Will Introduce Products Compliant with the Standard for Interchangeable-Lens Digital Camera Systems with Size & Weight Reduction of Camera Systems: Agrowing LTD., Qtechnology A/S, and Entaniya Co., Ltd.

Oympus announced today that three more companies have recently declared their support for the standard and will be introducing products compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

PRESS RELEASE

February 15, 2017

Agrowing, Qtechnology and Entaniya
join the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group

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Cameras Canon

Canon Adds Entry-Level EOS Rebel T7i DSLR and Enthusiast EOS 77D DSLR

The following video presents Introducing the EOS Rebel T7i Digital Camera:
“Join Jon Lorentz from Canon USA as he introduces the new EOS Rebel T7i camera with insight into major features for both still and video modes such as up to 45-point All Cross-type Autofocus system, Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth™ technology, Time Lapse Movies, Dual Pixel AF modes for both still and video, and much more.”

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon has announced the EOS Rebel T7i targeted to entry-level photographers and the EOS 77D targeted to advanced amateur photographers.

Canon EOS 77D

Canon EOS 77D

Both share a same-sized body and common features include:

  • 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Optical Viewfinder with 45-point All Cross-type AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor, ISO 100–25600
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Vari-angle Touch Screen, 3.0-inch LCD
  • Movie Electronic IS
  • HDR Movie & Time-Lapse Movie
  • Continuous Shooting @ 6.0 fps
Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EOS Rebel T7i

Canon EOS Rebel T7i with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

Canon EOS Rebel T7i with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens

 

Canon EOS Rebel T7i with EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens

Canon EOS Rebel T7i with EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens

The EOS Rebel T7i will be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price CAD $949.99 (US $749.99) for the body only, CAD $1,149.99 US $899.99) with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and CAD $1,399.99 (US $1,299.00) with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EOS 77D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

Canon EOS 77D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

The following video presents Introducing the EOS 77D Digital Camera:
“Join Rudy Winston from Canon USA as he introduces the new EOS 77D DSLR camera with insight into major features for both still and video modes such as up to 45-point All Cross-type Autofocus system, Built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth™ technology, HDR Movie & Time Lapse Movies, Dual Pixel AF modes for both still and video, and much more”

Canon EOS 77D

Canon EOS 77D

The EOS 77D will be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price CAD $1,149.99 (US $899.99) for the body only, and CAD $1,649.99 (US $1,499.00) with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens kit. In the US, it will also be available for US $1,049.00 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Canon EOS 77D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

Canon EOS 77D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens will be available in early April 2017 for an estimated retail price CAD $324.99 (US $249.99).

The Canon Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 will be available in April 2017 for an estimated retail price of CAD $64.99 (US $50.00).

PRESS RELEASE

NEW CANON EOS REBEL T7i AND EOS 77D CAMERAS POSSESS STUNNING AUTOFOCUS CAPABILITIES

New DSLR Additions are Joined by New Compact EF-S Lens and Canon’s First-Ever Remote Utilizing Bluetooth® Technology3

BRAMPTON, ON., February 14, 2017 – Developed and designed to meet the varying needs of entry-level and advanced amateur photographers, Canon Canada, Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the celebrated EOS system – the EOS Rebel T7i DSLR camera, which adds to the popular Rebel series of entry-level DSLR cameras, and the EOS 77D DLSR camera, which represents a new category of cameras for advanced amateur photographers. Canon also introduced today the new EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens and Wireless Remote Control BR-E1, as well as added functionality for the Canon Connect Station CS100.
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Cameras Canon

Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Camera: 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS Sensor; Fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-Detection; Combination IS with Five-Axis Image Stabilization; Touchscreen LCD Flips Up for Taking Selfies; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Capability

The Canon EOS M6 mirrorless targets the selfies audience with a touchscreen LCD that flips up to face forward. It is basically the EOS M5 in a smaller package, minus the electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is now offered as an external option (EVF-DC2, 2.36M-dots, non-tilting). It features the 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection, 9 fps Continuous Shooting (with AF lock), built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, and Full HD 60p video.

Canon EOS M6, black

Canon EOS M6, black

In Canada, the EOS M6 Camera will be available in both black and silver models April 2017 for CAD $1,149.99 with the EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens and CAD $1,449.99 with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

Canon EOS M6, black

Canon EOS M6, black

In the US, the EOS M6 Camera will be available in both black and silver models April 2017 for US $779.99 body only, US $899.99 with the EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens and US $1,279.99 with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

Canon EOS M6, silver

Canon EOS M6, silver

The following video presents Introducing the EOS M6 Digital Camera:
“Join Peter Marr from Canon USA as he introduces the new EOS M6 camera with insight into major features for both still and video modes such as combination IS with 5-axis Image Stabilization, Dual Pixel AF modes for both still and video, and much more.”

Canon EOS M6, silver

Canon EOS M6, silver

PRESS RELEASE

NEW CANON EOS M6 DIGITAL CAMERA ADDS POWERFUL PERFORMANCE TO EOS M SERIES

EOS M6 Camera Fuses Outstanding Image Quality, Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Improved Manual Control in a Small and Lightweight Digital Camera Body

BRAMPTON, ON., February 14, 2017 – Designed with the advanced enthusiast photographer in mind, Canon Canada, Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest addition to its EOS M series – the Canon EOS M6 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera; and a high performance External Electronic View Finder – the EVF-DC2, with approximately 2.36 million dots. For photographers who demand premium performance, the new EOS M6 Camera features the company’s 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor able to capture sharp, high-resolution images even in low-light situations, its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 7, and super-fast Dual Pixel CMOS AF speed, enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos.
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Cameras Panasonic

Panasonic’s New Organic CMOS Sensor Technology Electrically Switches – Frame by Frame – Between Visible and Infrared Light: For Miniaturizing a Camera System in Applications Such as Machine Vision

Since a CMOS image sensor is sensitive to near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, an IR (infrared) cut-off filter is physically placed in front of the sensor to block off these NIR wave-lenths that can produce unnatural-looking images, while allowing visible light to pass through.

Fig.1 Cross-sectional image of stacked organic CMOS image sensor with the control of the sensitivity by changing the applied voltage.

Fig.1 Cross-sectional image of stacked organic CMOS image sensor with the control of the sensitivity by changing the applied voltage.

Panasonic recently announced that it has added a new technology to its Organic CMOS image sensor: Electrically Controllable Near-Infrared Light Sensitivity. This new technology allows the sensitivity of all the pixels in the image sensor to be simultaneously controlled by changing the applied voltage to the two stacked organic films that make up the sensor (one film is sensitive to visible light, the other to NIR). This allows the sensor to be used for both conventional (visible light) photography and Infra-red (visible + NIR) photography without necessitating the presence or absence of a physical IR cut-off filter. This frame by frame switching between color imaging mode and NIR imaging mode is accomplished without the loss of resolution.

This technology also allows the use of a Global Shutter to read all pixels on an entire pixel array simultaneously.

Practical applications may include night vision use for surveillance cameras, non-destructive inspection use, and machine vision use which is shown in the image of Fig.4.

PRESS RELEASE

Feb 09, 2017

World’s first*1 Organic CMOS Image Sensor with Electrically Controllable Near-Infrared Light Sensitivity

The new technology enables frame by frame switching between modes of color imaging and NIR imaging. In addition, fine motion sensing is realized by global shutter operation. (more…)

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Cameras Nikon

CANCELED: Nikon Cancels The DL Series Premium Compact Cameras

After first missing its June 2016 target ship date, and then facing increased development costs, Nikon has finally pulled the plug on its DL Series premium compact cameras: the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6. These were non-interchangeable zoom lens cameras. The DL24-85, DL18-50 and DL24-500 all feature a large 20.8-megapixel (CX-format) one-inch BSI CMOS sensor, high-speed AF, 20 frames-per-second (60 fps with fixed AF) Continuous Shooting capability, 4K UHD video recording, and Nikon SnapBridge connectivity for easy sharing.

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Cancellation of release of the DL series of premium compact cameras

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