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Canon Firmware Upgrades at No Charge for XF205 and XF200: Available in Mid-April for Image-quality Setting & Late-June 2015 for IP Video Streaming

Thu March 5, 2015

Canon will exhibit prototype-versions of the firmware upgrades at the Canon booth during the 2015 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show from April 13 to 16 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

  • One of the new upgrades, to be released in mid-April 2015, will add an image-quality setting to the XF205 and XF200 camcorders that facilitates the recording of video with noise reduction even in low-light conditions.
  • The firmware upgrade to be released in late-June 2015 will enable the XF205 and XF200 camcorders to support video streaming over an IP network, a method that is widely used in the broadcasting industry to send and receive video signals.
    • By sending video over the internet while it is being captured, users will be able to provide live transfers of footage to news programs and video-sharing sites.
    • In addition, the upgrade will enable the camcorders to be used with Fujitsu’s video transmission equipment, the Fujitsu Network IP-900IID and IP-920D HD/SD Compact Video Decoders3 as well as software supporting IP streaming.
    • Soon, users will be able to stream video over an IP network without having to alter existing video-capture and editing workflows, such as those employed at broadcasting stations.
Canon XF205

Canon XF205

PRESS RELEASE

Free Firmware Upgrades For Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Camcorders Deliver Improved Basic Performance

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 4, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today two free firmware upgrades1 that the company will make available for the Canon XF205 and XF200 Professional Full HD camcorders (released in July 2014), one of which adds a new image-quality setting to the camcorder and another that enables the streaming of video over an IP network.
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Press Releases

Sony Imaging PRO Support at No Charge for Certain Professional Photographers Using α Camera Equipment in Germany: Effective Apr.1, 2015: Submit Applications Now

Thu March 5, 2015

This is the first time that Sony has offered the FREE Sony Imaging PRO support programme in Europe to certain professional photographers using α camera equipment, applications for which can now be submitted at the following links, with the programme going fully live in Germany on 1 April 2015:

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Imaging PRO Support launches in Germany

Press Release • Mar 04, 2015 08:00 GMT

3rd March, 2015

Initially announced at Photokina 2014, Professional photographers in Germany can benefit from valuable help and extra peace of mind with the launch of Sony Imaging PRO Support. This is the first time that Sony have offered this service in Europe, applications for which can be submitted from today with the programme going fully live on 1st April 2015.

There’s no membership fee for the service that’s offered to professional photographers[i] who own at least two Sony α camera bodies and three Sony α lenses from the qualifying list detailed in this release.
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Press Releases

Sony Canada: New α E-mount Lenses & Converters + Software Update for Select FE Full-frame E-mount Lenses

Thu March 5, 2015

Sony α E-mount lenses and converters (left to right): FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (model SEL24240), FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (model SEL90M28G), ZEISS® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL35F14Z), FE 28mm F2 (model SEL28F20), Sony SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter, Sony SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter

Sony α E-mount lenses and converters (left to right): FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (model SEL24240), FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (model SEL90M28G), ZEISS® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL35F14Z), FE 28mm F2 (model SEL28F20), Sony SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter, Sony SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter

Sony Canada just announced the following new α E-mount lenses and converters:

Four new ‘FE’ full-frame E-mount lenses designed to complement the α7 camera lineup, which include:

  • ZEISS® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA wide angle lens,
  • FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens,
  • FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS hi-magnification zoom lens and
  • FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime lens.

Two sets of new ultra-wide and fisheye converters:

  • One set exclusive for the new full-frame FE 28mm F2 lens.
    • SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter
    • SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter
  • Another set for use with existing 16mm (SEL16F28) and 20mm (SEL2028) APS-C E-mount lenses.
    • VCL-ECU2 Ultra Wide APS-C Converter
    • VCL-ECF2 Fisheye APS-C Converter

In addition to the new lenses and converters, Sony has just released a software update for select FE full-frame E-mount lenses, including the following lenses, to shorten start up time when mounted on α E-mount camera bodies:

An additional software release for lens performance will be available in late March – please click here for more info.

This video presents See how Sony’s lenses are keeping up with new sensor technologies.

Sony expands its range of full-frame α E-mount lenses with four new lenses and two full-frame converters. These lenses are developed to make the most of our ever improving sensor technologies.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Introduces a Variety of New Lenses for Acclaimed α E-Mount Camera System

4 Mar, 2015 21:07 CET

New Models include 4 ‘FE’ Full-Frame Lenses and 4 Lens Converters

TORONTO, Ontario – March 4, 2015 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has today announced several new α E-mount lenses and converters, building upon the rapid expansion of their popular mirrorless camera system.

The new introductions are highlighted by 4 new ‘FE’ full-frame E-mount lenses designed to complement the acclaimed α7 camera lineup.  These include a ZEISS® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA wide angle lens, an FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens, an FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS hi-magnification zoom lens and an FE 28mm F2 wide angle prime lens.

In addition, two sets of new ultra-wide and fisheye converters have been announced, one set exclusive for the new full-frame FE 28mm F2 lens and another set for use with existing 16mm (SEL16F28) and 20mm (SEL2028) APS-C E-mount lenses .

“These new high-quality lenses are a great example of the evolution of our α mount camera system,” said Todd Toyoda, Director of Digital Imaging at Sony Canada. “With a rapidly expanding system of over 60 total lenses and a variety of the most unique, innovative camera bodies in market today, we are in a great position to build on our positive momentum and bring the power of Sony α to more customers than ever.”
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3D Printers, Press Releases

New MakerBot Starter Lab for Schools & Businesses: Available as a Single Purchase to Provide 3D Printing Capabilities Quickly, Efficiently & Cost-­Effectively

Thu March 5, 2015

The following video presents MakerBot Stories | Sebastian Errazuriz:

Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean artist who works in Brooklyn, NY, designed and made “12 Shoes for 12 Lovers” on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. Errazuriz talks about his design process and what 3D printing offers to future generations of artists and designers.

This is an update to the previous blog, You’re Invited: Makerbot’s “12 Years from Now” Talk on 3D Printing Technology + Anniversary Celebration of The USA’s First MakerBot Innovation Center: Feb.25, 2015

MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, just announced its newest offering, the MakerBot® Starter Lab, to the marketplace, designed to get a school or organization’s 3D printing capabilities up and running quickly and efficiently to accelerate innovation among its users.

  • Available as a single purchase, the MakerBot Starter Lab includes MakerBot Replicator® 3D Printers, a MakerBot Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner, MakerBot MakerCare® Protection Plans for all hardware, a supply of parts and materials, and a custom-­tailored, on-site MakerBot Learning workshop.

Please click here to learn more about the MakerBot Starter Lab or to request a quote.

MakerBot® Starter Lab

MakerBot® Starter Lab

PRESS RELEASE

MakerBot Introduces the MakerBot Starter Lab
for Educational Institutions and Businesses

MakerBot Starter Lab Creates 3D Printing Hub to Jumpstart 3D Printing Capabilities Quickly,
Efficiently and Cost -­ Effectively

BROOKLYN, N.Y., March 4, 2015 — The New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2015, Higher Education
edition, recently identified one of its top trends in education as advancing cultures of change and innovation. MakerBot sees the adoption of desktop 3D printing in the classroom as a way to create a culture of innovation, stimulate creativity, and prepare the leaders of tomorrow. MakerBot, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, today announced its newest offering, the MakerBot® Starter Lab, to the marketplace, designed to get a school or organization’s 3D printing capabilities up and running quickly and efficiently to accelerate innovation among its users.
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Press Releases

Leica Camera Received Prestigious iF Design Awards 2015: Leica-T Camera Won Gold Award & Leica M Edition 60 Won an iF Design Award

Wed March 4, 2015

Leica T

Leica T

The following video presents The new Leica T Camera System.

Introducing the Leica T Camera System. Watch the uncompromising story behind Leica Camera’s latest innovation and learn why the new Leica T Camera System is easy to use, hard to forget.

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, has received the following awards for two of its products at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD ceremony.

  • The iF Gold Award in the Audio/Video category of the Product discipline went to the Leica T camera.
  • The Leica M Edition 60 was chosen for a further design award in the same category.

The product design of the two award-winning Leica cameras was “born of a collaboration with AUDI Design.”

Leica T: Jury-Statement

This Leica T camera has succeeded in combining typical brand value with progressive and contemporary elements. The shape is reliably clean and geometric – developed in collaboration with Audi Design – and the high quality shell, made of one single piece of aluminum as well as the extremely reduced design typical of Leica is totally inspiring.

http://exhibition.ifdesign.de/entrydetails_en.html?mode=esearch&offset=1

Leica M Edition 60

…Reduced to only the essential camera features, the Leica M Edition 60 is the first digital camera to concentrate exclusively on the bare functions required for digital photography – shutter speed, aperture, focusing and ISO sensitivity. Stainless steel – a material that is extremely difficult to work with – has been employed for the visible metallic elements of the camera and lens.

http://exhibition.ifdesign.de/entrydetails_en.html?mode=esearch&offset=0

The iF Gold Award trophies: Image extracted from video below

The iF Gold Award trophies: Image extracted from video below

Leica T

Leica T

PRESS RELEASE

2015 iF DESIGN AWARD WINNER: THE LEICA T SCOOPS iF GOLD AWARD

Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, has received awards for two of its products at this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD ceremony. The iF Gold Award in the Audio/Video category of the Product discipline went to the Leica T camera and the Leica M Edition 60 was chosen for a further design award in the same category. The product design of the two award-winning Leica cameras was born of a collaboration with AUDI Design.

Leica M Edition 60

Leica M Edition 60


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Press Releases

Panasonic + New Jersey Performing Arts Center, USA: A World-class Broadcast Center to Stream More Content by Broadcasting Across Multiple Platforms

Wed March 4, 2015

Camera Equipment: NJPAC image

Camera Equipment: NJPAC image

Broadcasting the Future of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
NJPAC Reinvents Itself, Solidifying World-Class Status with
Panasonic Support

Panasonic’s advanced technology solutions position NJPAC for long-term success

 NJPAC offers a world-class broadcast center in the proximity of NYC, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, at a fraction of the cost

 NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” filming two shows daily, March 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7

NEWARK, NJ (MARCH 3, 2015) – Reinventing its business model for long-term growth, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced the creation of a cutting-edge broadcast solutions package, and a significant expansion of in-house television production capabilities. The initiatives are designed to transform NJPAC into a world-class broadcast center located in the proximity of New York City that will generate new revenue streams at a fraction of the cost. The summer’s number one reality show – NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent, will be among the first networks to use the new state-of-the-art technology when they film auditions for another exciting season at NJPAC, March 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7, taping two shows each day.

NJPAC Broadcast Operations: NJPAC image

NJPAC Broadcast Operations: NJPAC image

Additions to NJPAC’s broadcast production, operation and technical presentation functions were accomplished in collaboration with its business partner, and Newark neighbor, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America.
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Press Releases

Fujifilm: New ‘Pro Rental Service’ for Enthusiast & Professional Photographers and ‘Professional Repair Rental Program’ in USA: Effective March 16, 2015

Tue March 3, 2015


Fujifilm just announced two new Fujifilm Professional Rental programs as follows.

Fujifilm X-Series cameras

Fujifilm X-Series cameras

  • Fujifilm Pro Rental Service for enthusiast and professional photographers who want to experience a FUJIFILM X-Series camera or FUJINON XF lens.
    • Current and potential new X-Series customers can have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of using an X-Series camera or lens for a limited time during a special event, a weekend getaway, or just for fun while out taking pictures.
    • Customers can also take advantage of the program to try a specialty lens or a different camera for a new photo shoot or project.
  • Fujifilm Professional Repair Rental program to provide access to familiar X-Series camera bodies and lenses while your camera or lens is being repaired for uninterrupted workflow (discounted rates will apply).
FUJINON XF lenses

FUJINON XF lenses

Please note that the above programs are effective March 16, 2015.

  • Award-winning X-Series equipment rentals that can be shipped anywhere in the United States, including a customer’s destination for easier travel.
  • One Price Shipping in the United States (additional charges for Alaska and Hawaii apply).
  • Easy return shipping with a prepaid return shipping label.

Pro Rental Service
hlusprorental@fujifilm.com
Phone: 1-800-800-3854 Option 3

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 9am-4pm (EST)
Effective March 16, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES PRO CAMERA AND LENS RENTAL PROGRAMS

Customers can experience an X-Series product, and photographers can rent
familiar bodies and lenses during a repair

Valhalla, N.Y., March 2, 2015 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced its new Fujifilm Professional Rental program for enthusiast and professional photographers who want to experience a FUJIFILM X-Series camera or FUJINON XF lens, and the Fujifilm Professional Repair Rental option to provide access to familiar X-Series camera bodies and lenses while their gear is in for repair.
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Press Releases

Samsung: New Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge Smartphones Have Fast Cameras with Auto Real-time HDR: Front-5MP and Rear-16MP with Optical Image Stabilization

Tue March 3, 2015

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge Smartphones: Rear and front cameras. Image extracted from video below.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge Smartphones: Rear and front cameras. Image extracted from video below.

This is an update to the previous blog, Samsung Will Unveil The Next Galaxy Smartphone With New, Advanced Cameras on March 1, 2015: Product Teaser.

Samsung just announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

The features of the new smartphones’ cameras include:

  • Rear Camera: 16MP with Optical Image Stabilization,
  • Front Camera: 5MP,
  • high-resolution sensors on both cameras,
  • Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) for both Front and Rear cameras, and
  • a new “Quick Launch” feature give users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds* by simply double clicking the home key button.
    *Average speed based on internal testing conducted by Samsung. Results may vary by device or situation.

The following video presents Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge – Official Introduction:

Carefully crafted from metal and glass, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge blend purposeful design with powerful features. The Galaxy S6 edge shows outstanding beauty and an immersive viewing experience with revolutionary dual edge display.

[Vivid Images with a Fast, Bright Camera]
The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are equipped with an incredibly vivid, bright and fast camera. The F1.9 lenses and high-resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. The camera launches quickly from any screen in 0.7 sec.

[Super Charging and Cord Free]
The devices work with any wireless pad available in the market that supports WPC and PMA standards. They also support incredibly fast wired charging, providing up to 4 hours of usage after only 10 minutes of charging.

[Cutting-edge Core Technology]
The world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory provides higher performance and enhanced memory speed, lower power consumption.

[Easy and Protected Mobile Payment]
Samsung Pay is convenient and secured mobile payment that works with MST, NFC and barcode.

* Samsung pay will be available in US and Korea from 2015 2nd half. (Barcode is available only in Korea.)

PRESS RELEASE

Beautifully Crafted from Metal and Glass, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge Define What’s Next in Mobility

March  2, 2015

Equipped with first-of-its-kind technology, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are the most advanced smartphones on the market

Barcelona, Spain, March 1 2015 – Samsung Electronics today announced its entirely redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. Creating a new standard for design, craftsmanship and performance, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge seamlessly blend premium materials with the most advanced Samsung technology to offer consumers an unmatched mobile experience.

“With the all new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung is offering what’s next in mobility, along with a new standard to drive the global mobile agenda,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By listening to our customers, and learning from both our success and missteps, we continuously push forward new technologies and ideas. With a reimagined design, robust partner network and novel services, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge offer users the ultimate experience in smartphone options.”
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Press Releases

Intel Security + Samsung: ‘McAfee VirusScan Mobile’ To Be Pre-installed on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Smartphones Globally

Tue March 3, 2015

The following video presents Is mobile the new security frontier? | Raj Samani, CTO McAfee | ITProPortal:

Security expert Raj Samani of McAfee tells us what the main threats are to mobile users, and how you can protect yourself.
Raj tells us why the growing threat of malware on mobile devices isn’t even the main threat facing users, and which crucial app permissions to look out for.
Raj also tells us why he thinks the mobile is even more vulnerable than a computer, and why the biggest threat to mobile security is the Bacardi Breezer.
Watch our exclusive interview to learn what are the most important security features that you can install before a security breach happens to you.

This is an update to these previous blogs:

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Intel Security just announced its VirusScan Mobile technology will be pre-installed on all Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones worldwide. The availability of this anti-malware technology on these devices will allow Galaxy S6 users to experience a more secure online mobile experience.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 devices will be shipping with McAfee VirusScan pre-installed.
  • There is no additional purchase necessary.

NEWS RELEASE

Intel Security to Protect Galaxy S6 Smartphones

Anti-malware technology to be pre-installed on customers’ devices globally

Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA, Spain — March 2, 2015 – Intel Security today announced that Samsung will be providing Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphone users with a security solution to help keep them safe from a growing number of mobile threats. For the first time, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be pre-installed with VirusScan Mobile technology. With this agreement, customers’ Galaxy S6 devices will be protected by anti-malware technology that provides users with a more secure online mobile experience.
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Videos

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

Tue March 3, 2015

Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. We have never been able to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time: we either see it as a stream of particles or as a wave, but never both at the same time. However, scientists at EPFL have now succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior of light.

Fabrizio Carbone and his research team at EPFL used electrons to visualize a “fingerprint of the wave-nature of light.” The experiment is explained in the following video:

via physorg


Videos

Amazing Lenticular Cloud Video

Tue March 3, 2015

It’s not everyday that you get to capture an amazing lenticular cloud but that’s just what photographer Nuno Serrão did while shooting the rare angular conjunction of Mars and Venus below a crescent moon. The dramatic scene was illuminated from the bottom by the setting Sun.

via APOD


Press Releases

Nikon Canada: New DX-format Nikon D7200 HD-SLR Has Built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication: Lightweight & Fast Performance

Mon March 2, 2015

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

The following video presents Introducing the Nikon D7200 HD-SLR:

In this video, Nikon Canada’s Mark Cruz provides a feature set overview of the new Nikon D7200 — Nikon’s first ever HD-SLR to feature both built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing photographers to seamlessly connect and share images via compatible smart devices!

The DX-format camera is ideal for the enthusiast photographer who wants to creatively capture stunning images and sharp HD video. The D7200’s ergonomic design and lightweight magnesium alloy body makes it easy for users to take on their next photographic adventures.

Some of the features of the new D7200 include:
• 3.2-inch ultra high-resolution (1,229k dot) LCD monitor
• 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF)
• Ability to shoot 6 frames-per-second (fps) continuously or up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode

NEWS RELEASE

Nikon’s New DX-format Nikon D7200 HD-SLR Helps Passionate Photographers Conquer Their Next Challenge with Incredible Speed and Image Quality

The D7200 is a lightweight yet powerful option for enthusiasts eager to create, capture and share incredible images and HD video

Mississauga, ON, March 1, 2015 – Today, Nikon Canada introduced the Nikon D7200, a powerful DX-format HD-SLR built for enthusiasts ready to conquer the next challenge in their photographic journey. Featuring a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and the EXPEED 4 image processing system, the D7200 is capable of incredibly fast performance and capturing phenomenally detailed, sharp images and HD video. Nikon’s newest lightweight HD-SLR also adds increased buffer capacity compared to the D7100, includes new Picture Controls and offers the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi®1 and Near Field Communication (NFC2). Additionally, Nikon introduced the new ME-W1 wireless microphone, a simple solution to HD-SLR videographers’ wireless sound needs, as well as the new VIEW NX-I imaging software.

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

“Those passionate about photography are constantly looking for the next challenge and Nikon is committed to providing the tools necessary to take that passion to the next level,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “The new DX-format D7200 offers a higher level of performance for the enthusiast photographer that wants to creatively capture exceptional images and HD video that can be easily shared with friends and family.”

Nikon D7200: Official Sample Image

Nikon D7200: Official Sample Image

Incredible Image Quality
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