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Fujifilm UK’s #‎FujiFriday‬ Challenge: Shoot a Portrait on a Fujifilm Camera and Upload it Before 10am BST on 5 August 2015

Sun August 2, 2015

Courtesy of Fujifilm

Courtesy of Fujifilm

The following video (duration 30 min:40 sec) presents Live tutorial: Portrait photography with Bert Stephani:

Last Friday (July 31), Fujifilm UK invited you to take on the #FujiFriday challenge.

This week’s theme is ‘Portrait’.

The prize will be your image printed to a large size and sent out FREE of charge.

Entries close Wednesday 5 August 2015 – 10am BST.

  • The winner will be announced on Thursday 6 August 2015.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/fujifilm.uk?fref=nf .

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!


Articles

Panasonic Automotive: Next Generation Concept Car with 360-degree View Cameras System Equipped with Camera & Sensing Technologies to Provide Navigation Routes & Camera Images on a “Curved LCD Display”

Sat August 1, 2015

Panasonic's next generation concept car: HIT Solar Panel Module. Image grab from video below

Panasonic’s next generation concept car: HIT Solar Panel Module. Image grab from video below

At one of the world’s largest motor shows held in Shanghai, China – the “Auto Shanghai 2015,” in April, where many global automotive companies gather, Panasonic presented the next generation concept car, a state-of-the-art vehicle that combines environmental-friendly solar panel modules with features that enhance the comfort and safety of drivers.

Panasonic's next generation concept car on the presentation stage with 3D projection mapping. Image courtesy of Panasonic.

Panasonic’s next generation concept car on the presentation stage with 3D projection mapping. Image courtesy of Panasonic.

This video presents Next generation concept car CG [Panasonic]:

Panasonic's next generation concept car: "Curved LCD display": Image courtesy of Panasonic.

Panasonic’s next generation concept car: “Curved LCD display”: Image courtesy of Panasonic.

The key features of Panasonic’s next generation concept car also include:

Panasonic's next generation concept car: Navigation routes and camera images.  Image grab from video below.

Panasonic’s next generation concept car: Navigation routes and camera images. Image grab from video below.


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Firmware Updates

Fujifilm: FinePix XP80 Firmware Update Ver.1.01 (Jun. 29, 2015): Two Improvements

Fri July 31, 2015

Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 rugged digital camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 rugged digital camera

The following video presents Fuji Guys – FinePix XP80 – First Look:

  • The Fuji Guys give you a first look preview of this camera.

FIRMWARE UPDATE

Jun. 29, 2015

FinePix XP80 Firmware Update Ver.1.01

Please read the followings and update the firmware.

Notes

  • · Please read this update after refreshing this page.
    • * In case of Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, hold down the control key and press the F5 key.
    • * In case of Safari, hold down the control key and press “R” key.
  • · The firmware upgrade is not required if its version is 1.01.
    • * Refer to “2) Firmware version checking procedure” in the “Detail of firmware update steps” below to check the firmwawre version.

Detail of the update

The firmware update Ver. 1.01 from Ver. 1.00 incorporates the following issues:
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Firmware Updates

Fujifilm Software Updates (Jun. 29, 2015): Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows Ver.1.1a and Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Ver.1.1a

Fri July 31, 2015

This is an update to the following blogs:

SOFTWARE UPDATES

Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows® Ver.1.1a Updater for Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1

Overview

Only the user who has CD-ROM “Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5″ can use this updater.
This updater updates HS-V5 Ver.1.1.

Precaution

  • To use the software, you need a Windows PC installed with “Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 Ver.1.1″.
  • The firmware of “FUJIFILM X-T1 / X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition” needs to be upgraded to version 3.11 or newer.

System Requirements


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Press Releases

Fujifilm Notice of Compatibility of Digital Cameras and Application Software with Microsoft Windows10

Fri July 31, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

Notice of Compatibility of Digital Cameras and Application Software with Microsoft Windows10.

July 29, 2015

We are checking the compatibility of the digital cameras and the application software mentioned below with Microsoft Windows10. Once we complete the check, we will inform you of its result.

Digital cameras which are being checked

  • FUJIFILM X series cameras
  • FinePix series cameras which were launched on 2010 or later

Application software which are being checked
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Articles

Sony Xperia’s Photo Teaser: “Focus closely now, a new way to capture split-second photos is coming. 03.08.15″

Fri July 31, 2015

Here is a Sony teaser on both Facebook, and Twitter – .

"Focus closely now, a new way to capture split-second photos is coming. 03.08.15" Image courtesy of Sony

“Focus closely now, a new way to capture split-second photos is coming. 03.08.15″ Image courtesy of Sony

Sony Mobile will announce on August 3, 2015, a new way to capture split-second photos in an Xperia smartphone.

Most probably, it’s a new app that can extract photos from a video. Since this is only a photo teaser, there is a small possiblity that it’s a new Xperia. We will know for sure on that day.


Press Releases

Canon: New Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH with ISO Equivalent of Over 4,000,000: To Capture Color Full HD Video in Extreme Low-Light Conditions, Where Subjects Might Not Be Seen with the Naked Eye

Thu July 30, 2015

Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132.

The following video presents Canon Experimental Low Light Sensor (and the 2013 press release. Today’s press release is further below):

Canon Press Release:
(The video provided by Canon was low res as it is test model in an experimental sensor only. What you need to take away from this is the extreme 0.01 lux light that this was shot in and understand this will be refined and flow downstream to consumers.)

TOKYO, Japan, September 12, 2013—Canon Inc. has successfully captured video footage of Yaeyama-hime fireflies flying in darkness, a feat made possible by the high-sensitivity 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor developed by Canon for video capture that was announced in March 2013.

The high-sensitivity, low-noise video-shooting capabilities of the dedicated 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor1 for Full HD video capture were made possible not only through the integration of the high-performance sensor technologies employed in Canon’s digital SLR cameras, but also through the incorporation of new pixel and readout circuitry technologies that reduce noise.

Using a camera prototype equipped with the CMOS sensor, Canon, in cooperation with ZERO CORPORATION,2 succeeded in capturing video3 of the Yaeyama-hime fireflies that inhabit Japan’s Ishigaki Island, located off the northeastern coast of Taiwan. No artificial lighting was used during shooting, which took place after sunset amid the island’s mountains. Despite an exceptionally dark shooting environment4 of less than 0.01 lux, a level in which the naked eye would have difficulty discerning surrounding objects, the CMOS sensor was able to capture not only the color of the light emitted by the fireflies, each of which measures only a few millimeters in length, and their movements, but also the surrounding vegetation in which the species lives. Plans call for the footage to be used to benefit future research into the Yaeyama-hime firefly.

In addition to astronomical and natural observation, Canon is looking into applying this CMOS sensor to medical research purposes as well as surveillance and crime-prevention equipment. Through the further development of innovative CMOS sensors, Canon aims to expand the realm of photographic possibilities while cultivating the world of visual expression.

1 -An imaging element (aspect ratio: 16:9) that corresponds to the largest image circle size possible when shooting with a Canon EF lens.
2 – Headquarters: Musashino City, Tokyo; Representative director: Soichiro Takemoto
3 – Assistance provided by Rinpana Eco Tour Service in Ishigaki’is (Representative: Akira Naito).
4 – A full moon provides approximately 0.3 lux; a crescent moon, approximately 0.03 lux.
5 – Color video shot at 30 frames per second.

Canon announced today the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture color Full HD video in extreme low-light conditions –  a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000).

The following video presents Canon ME20F-SH ( Sensor Review + Sample Footage):

New Canon ME20F-SH Full-Frame 35mm Camera Sees in the Dark with 4 Million Max ISO

Canon just announced the ME20F-SH, a full-frame 35mm camera with the ability to reach an astonishing 4,000,000 ISO.
The new 1080p camera is aimed at a number of different markets, including nighttime surveillance/security, cinema, reality TV, and nature/wildlife documentaries, just to name a few, and it comes with a positive-locking EF mount and features Canon Log and Wide DR for maximum recorded dynamic range.

The new Canon camera ME20F-SH captures color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions, without the need for infrared illumination which is a technique that only yields video in black and white.

  • Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications.

The Canon ME20F-SH is expected to be available in December 2015 at a suggested retail price of $30,000.

PRESS RELEASE

Canon’s First Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera Features ISO Equivalent Of Over 4,000,000

MELVILLE N.Y., July 30, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today has introduced the Company’s first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, which delivers exceptionally high sensitivity to capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux1 (at maximum 75 dB gain setting, equivalent to an ISO sensitivity of over 4,000,000). Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. With the ability to capture color video in extreme low-light conditions and its simplistic and versatile design, the ME-20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera can be easily incorporated into existing infrastructures and systems to provide high-quality video capture even where subjects might not be seen with the naked eye.

Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH (front)

Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH (front)

Canon’s new multi-purpose camera employs an enhanced version of the 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor for Full HD video use that was originally developed by the Company in 20132. Its compact, modular body design allows easy custom configurations for diverse usage scenarios. While capturing video in extreme low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination (a technique that only yields video in black and white), the ME20F-SH camera achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of color Full HD video with reduced noise in low-light conditions without the need for infrared illumination.

Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH (back)

Canon Ultra-High-Sensitivity Multi-Purpose Camera ME20F-SH (back)


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Press Releases

Ian Parry Scholarship 2015 Winner is Yuyang Liu

Thu July 30, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Ian Parry Scholarship 2015 for Documentary & Visual Photojournalism Students and Freelance Photographers of the Age of 24 Years and Under, from Any Country: Apply Online Until 14 July 2015.

Yuyang Liu, a 24-year old photography graduate and freelance photojournalist from China, has won the 2015 Ian Parry Scholarship.

For Yuyang Liu’s award-winning essay ‘At Home With Mental Illness’, the photography gear included the Canon EOS 6D with an EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Yuyang Liu’s award-winning essay ‘At Home With Mental Illness’: Taken on a Canon EOS 6D with an EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens

Yuyang Liu’s award-winning essay ‘At Home With Mental Illness’: Taken on a Canon EOS 6D with an EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens

This video presents Canon EOS 6D.

To view the winners and runners up portfolios, please visit the Ian Parry Scholarship website here.

PRESS RELEASE

July 2015

Yuyang Liu wins 2015 Ian Parry Scholarship

Yuyang Liu, a 24-year old photography graduate and freelance photojournalist from China, has won the 2015 Ian Parry Scholarship for a moving body of work documenting mental illness in his native country…

The judges – chaired by Getty Images’ Aidan Sullivan and Ian Parry Scholarship Creative Director Rebecca McClelland – included world-renowned photographer and Scholarship patron Don McCullin CBE, who commented: “Every single portfolio selected for this year’s scholarship has human interest at its heart and that’s why this award is so special. These are very strong stories shot well and simply, they must be commended for this.”
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Press Releases

Samsung: New 16 Megapixel Image Sensor, S5K3P3, with the Industry’s Smallest 1.0μm Pixels to Meet High-resolution & Slim Design Requirements for Smartphone Cameras

Wed July 29, 2015

The following video presents Samsung’s ISOCELL CMOS Image Sensors Deliver High-Quality Images:

This short, animated video takes a look into the key features of Samsung’s ISOCELL image sensor technology. ISOCELL is an improved pixel architecture that enables cameras to deliver amazing images, even in low light.

Samsung announced today the industry’s first 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor for use in advanced mobile devices.

  • Samsung’s new image sensor, the S5K3P3, leverages the company’s proprietary ISOCELL technology to enable the high performance 1.0μm pixels.
  • Furthermore, it meets both high-resolution and slim design requirements for smartphone cameras.

Samsung’s new S5K3P3 image sensor is available today for mobile device manufacturers to design into their next-generation products.

The 1.0μm-pixel-based image sensor measures only about 5mm high, roughly 20 percent thinner than the previous 1.12μm model and offers comparable image quality. Device manufacturers now have more flexibility in designing products that are sleek and stylish and capable of taking high resolution, share-worthy photos.

ISOCELL Technology: High Resolution Imaging in the Slimmest Devices Yet

Samsung S5K3P3: 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor

Samsung S5K3P3: 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel CMOS image sensor

PRESS RELEASE

Samsung Announces Mass Production of Industry’s First Mobile Image Sensor with 1.0μm Pixels

July 29, 2015

Samsung Electronics, a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced the industry’s first 1.0μm-pixel-based 16 megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor for use in advanced mobile devices.

Samsung’s new image sensor, the S5K3P3, leverages the company’s proprietary ISOCELL technology to enable the high performance 1.0μm pixels. This market-leading small pixel minimizes the overall size and height of an image sensor module, making it an ideal solution for today’s increasingly thinner mobile devices.

“As a trendsetter in the mobile image sensor business, we are pleased to be the first to deliver the most advanced 1.0μm-pixel imager, which meets both high-resolution and slim design requirements for smartphone cameras,” said Kyushik Hong, Vice President and Head of S.LSI Marketing at Samsung Electronics. “Starting with 16Mp sensor, Samsung plans to further expand 1.0μm-pixel product category and lead the image sensor market for high performing slim mobile devices.”
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Press Releases

Nikon: Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reached 95 Million in the Middle of July 2015

Tue July 28, 2015

The following video presents NIKKOR Lens Technology:

Nikon’s line-up of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced camera with interchangeable lenses.

In October 2014, Nikon announced its milestone achievement of 90 million in total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras. The achievement is also accompanied by the equally momentous 50 million total production mark for NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.

The new Nikkor lenses released this year are:

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Telephoto lens

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Telephoto lens

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, a high-performance 5x normal zoom lens compatible with the Nikon DX format with the latest optical design technologies and Nikon’s exclusive and highly durable fluorine coat.

PRESS RELEASE

Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for
Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 95 Million

July 28, 2015

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses*1 for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached ninety-five million in the middle of July, 2015.

*1Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F, as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since those first lenses were released.

Nikon actively releases new NIKKOR lenses that utilize the superior optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history as well as a variety of technologies developed exclusively by Nikon, including its anti-reflection coating, Nano Crystal Coat, PF (Phase Fresnel) lens elements with superior chromatic aberration compensation capability that makes lenses smaller and lighter, fluorite lens elements that offer superior chromatic aberration compensation and make telephoto lenses more compact, and fluorine coat, which effectively repels a variety of contaminants, such as dust and dirt, water, oils, and grease.
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Press Releases

Leica M and Leica Q Cameras + Street Photographer Matt Stuart: To Capture Images of the Qatar Goodwood Festival-Horseracing in England 28 July – 1 August 2015

Tue July 28, 2015

The Qatar Goodwood Festival – where fashion, high society and world class horseracing come together for five enthralling days.

Street photographer Matt Stuart will attend the Qatar Goodwood Festival on behalf of Leica.

  • He has been capturing the humorous, ironic and spontaneous moments of everyday life in London with Leica cameras since 1996

The following video presents Celebrating 60 Years of the legendary Leica M with Photographer Matt Stuart from Leica Camera UK on Vimeo:

To mark this anniversary we asked 10 photographers to tell us about their experiences using M, their favourite image captured with it, and what this iconic camera means to them.

Leica M

Leica M

Matt Stuart will use the Leica M and Leica Q cameras to capture the festival from a new perspective.

The following video presents Leica Store Singapore: Official Launch of the Leica Q:

Less than 20 hours after the announcement of the new Leica Q, media and Leica fans in Singapore got to touch and experience the Leica Q first-hand. Watch this video for highlights from the evening.

Leica Q (Typ 116)

Leica Q (Typ 116)

The resulting photographs will be shared on Leica Camera and Glorious Goodwood social media channels and, following the event, on the Leica Camera Blog.

PRESS RELEASE

Qatar Goodwood Festival

23/07/2015

For five thrilling days, the world’s most prominent jockeys, trainers and owners meet on the Sussex Downs during the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’, for top class horseracing.

Leica Camera and Leica Sport Optics are delighted to be working with Goodwood to capture images of this unique festival and provide select guests with Leica binoculars, allowing them to be closer to the action and experience vividly this unforgettable moment.
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Press Releases

Panasonic: More Info on Firmware Ver 4.0 Update (July 6, 2015) at No Cost for VariCam 35 4K & VariCam HS Professional Camera/Recorders: New Features Include Uncompressed RAW Capture with New Codex V-RAW Recorder & Anamorphic Lens Support for VariCam 35; Support for Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4 Codec in Both Cameras

Mon July 27, 2015

The following video presents NAB 2015: Codex Updates:

Megan stopped by the Codex booth today to chat with Sarah Priestnall, VP Market Development, about their new VariCam V-RAW Recorder. Designed specifically for the Panasonic VariCam 35, the unit attaches directly to the back of the camera. The V-RAW Recorder captures uncompressed Varicam-RAW (V-RAW) 4K at up to 120 fps using the new 1TB or 2TB Capture Drive 2.0 media. These Codex Capture Drives offer 52 minutes or 1 hour 45 minutes of run time at 24 fps respectively and easily accommodates higher frame rates. The V-RAW Recorder uses the standard Codex workflow, including the Vault Platform and Vault Review, which now run on Mac OS.

This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic: New Firmware Ver 4.0 Update (July 6, 2015) for VariCam 35 & VariCam HS Professional Cameras is Now Available: New Features Include Support for AU-VEXT1 Extension Unit .

The press release below provides more info about the recently released FREE firmware upgrade for Panasonic VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS professional camera/recorders

Panasonic VariCam 35 4k workflow

Panasonic VariCam 35 4k workflow

If specific post / grading software or software versions does not work with certain VariCam codecs, Panasonic P2 Viewer Plus v2.3 can bridge the gap by converting the camera original content to RGB 4:4:4 DPX files, which are commonly used by major grading tools.

Also, for more information about the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS, please visit http://info.panasonic.com/varicam-models.html or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Perfects Varicam 35/Hs Production and Workflows with Latest Firmware Upgrade

NEWARK, NJ 07/21/2015

Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders that expands recording options and enables a multiplicity of post-production workflow scenarios. Improvements encompass uncompressed RAW capture for the VariCam 35 with the new Codex V-RAW recorder, support for the Apple ProRes* 4444 codec in both the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS, and anamorphic lens support for the VariCam 35.

panasonic-varicam-35-4k-crop

This firmware upgrade Version 4.0 is immediately available for downloading at the Panasonic service support website, http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/content/download/EN/ep2main/soft/upgvaricam_e.htm.

varicam-hs-logo-front-left-crop

“We have largely developed these new features based on numerous set visits as the VariCam 35/HS have gained traction in commercial, narrative and documentary production,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company. “We’ve listened closely to the real-world requirements and observations of cinematographers, DITs, rental and post houses and other VariCam partners.”
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