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Olympus Contest: A Chance to Try Out Olympus OM-D and PEN Cameras & Lenses While Photographing Circus Performers in London, UK: Apply Before June 5, 2015

Tue May 26, 2015

The following video presents Olympus OM-D Line-up:

RENOWNED OM-D SERIES

The award-winning Olympus OM-D series has been acclaimed around the world for pushing the limits of innovative camera technology, image quality and sophisticated design.

  • This short clip shows the stand out features of each camera in the range; OM-D E-M1, OM-D E-M5 and the OM-D E-M10.

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BIG TOP HOT SHOTS

June 23 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Chiswick House & Gardens
Great West Road, London, W4 2RP, UK

Roll up, roll up! Join us on for an afternoon of fantastic photographic fun with our friends from the vintage Giffords Circus in the gardens of beautiful Chiswick House, West London.

This is always a very popular event in the Olympus calendar and there are limited spaces available free to members of the public, so please do register your interest early to be in with a chance of winning a space in the big top for what promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of thrills and spills and hands-on equipment testing. As a further incentive, tea and cake and a memento of your visit will also be provided to attendees.

This video presents OM-D E-M5 Mark II Commercial.

The key highlights of this Olympus event are as follows.
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Firmware Updates

Fujifilm: Firmware Ver. 4.00 for X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition Will be Posted in Late June 2015: New Auto Focus System Has Advanced Technologies for X-T10 and XT-1 Cameras

Mon May 25, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Update V.4.00 Substantially Improves Moving Subject Autofocus & Adds Auto Macro Mode: Available @ No Cost in Late June 2015.

The following video presents FUJIFILM X-T1 & X-T10 New Auto Focus System / FUJIFILM:

The new AF system in the FUJIFILM X-T1(with Firmware Ver. 4.00) and X-T10 adds Zone and Wide/Tracking options to the existing 49-point Single Point mode. This improves focus performance when shooting moving subjects and helps you to capture perfect photos when the subject is moving across the 77-point AF area.

 Fujifilm X-T10, silver

Fujifilm X-T10, silver

FUJIFILM X-T10 camera already has the Advanced new autofocus (AF) system.

Firmware Ver. 4.00 for FUJIFILM X-T1 and FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition will be posted in late June 2015.

Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

  • X-T1 cameras with Firmware Ver. 4.00, and X-T10 camera showcase a great improvement in Autofocus (AF) function. Among the enhancement, Wide Tracking is perhaps the one that many are eager to test.

Here are the key highlights of the upcoming firmware update.

Fujifilm: Intelligent Hybrid AF combines on-sensor phase detection AF with contrast AF to improve focus even in low light conditions or on low contrast subjects.

Fujifilm: Intelligent Hybrid AF combines on-sensor phase detection AF with contrast AF to improve focus even in low light conditions or on low contrast subjects.


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Articles

Panasonic UK: #‎4KLumix Photo Walks Using 4K Lumix Cameras @ National Trust Properties: Experience the Lumix 4K PHOTO, May – September 2015

Mon May 25, 2015

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The following video presents Panasonic LUMIX 4K PHOTO Feature – Never Miss a Moment:

Taking advantage of Panasonic LUMIX 4K Ultra HD Video recording capability, now you will never miss a moment again. With the exclusive Panasonic LUMIX 4K PHOTO feature, anyone can capture fleeting photo moments at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution by grabbing a frame of the most photogenic moment out of the high resolution 4K Ultra HD Video file to save as a high resolution photo.

Now available on: Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000, LX100, GH4, and the amazing new G7.

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Join Panasonic and The National Trust in the UK for a stroll, with a ‪#‎4KLumix‬ camera in hand!

Panasonic and National Trust are providing opportunities to get hands on with the latest 4K Lumix models in the range.

  • Try one of Panasonic’s latest Lumix cameras for the whole day – Capture your special moments at the National Trust property near you this summer!
  • You will learn to film in 4K video then extracting 4K photos from your footage.

The evolution of 4K Photo means you are able to extract your surroundings exactly as you saw them, never missing a moment.

As shown on the map above, the following thirteen Photo Walks are available for you, from May to September, to capture your National Trust memories:
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic Professional Cameras VariCam 35 4K & Varicam HS: Firmware Ver. 3.01-00-0.02 for Workflow/Video Updates May 14, 2015

Sun May 24, 2015

The following video presents An exploration in 4K with the VariCam 35 from Varicam on Vimeo.

The beautiful World Heritage sites in Turkey – “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, “Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia”, and “Hierapolic-Pamukkale” were captured with the Panasonic professional 4K camera, VariCam 35. This video introduces behind the scenes highlights during the shooting. Through the interviews of a Varicam 35 developer and users, you will get to know the features of the VariCam 35.

Watch aslo Captured on VariCam 35: “Timeless legacies of light, shadows, and flowing water” at vimeo.com/127797148

Panasonic recently released the Firmware Ver.3.01-00-0.02 for both VariCam 35 4K professional camera and Varicam HS professional camera on May 14, 2015, for improvements in workflow and video editing.

VariCam Software (Firmware) Update

  • Last Update: May 14, 2015
  • Model: AU-V35C1G, AU-V23HS1G, AU-VREC1G
    AU-VCVF1
  • Registered Name/Size: VSI6060J / 139MB
    Expected Time for Update Approx. 60min

Firmware Ver 3.01-00-0.xx
CAMERA(35):3.01-00-0.02
   CAMERA(HS):3.01-00-0.02
   RECORDER  :3.01-00-0.10
Firmware Viewfinder
AU-VCVF1    :1.06-00-0.00 (VSI6043F)

The following functions are added:
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Articles

Panasonic’s Interactive Light ID Solutions Coming to Stores or Public Places Near You by March 2016: Require an App-installed Smartphone

Sun May 24, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Panasonic is Developing “Light ID solution”: The High-speed Visible Light Communication Technology Via App-Installed Smartphone’s Image Sensor (Camera).

The following video presents Smartphone Optical Data Communication Technology – Light ID Technology:

Visible light ID technology concept: Image by Panasonic

Visible light ID technology concept: Image by Panasonic

Panasonic has developed technology for using an LED as the light source so that smartphones can read optical ID (identifier) signals containing various kinds of information.

  • Panasonic showcased Visible Light ID (identifier) Technology which only requires an app-installed smartphone at CES2015.

On the LED side, technology for communicating information through LED flashing at high speed has been utilized before. However, to make such information readable, the system used fluctuations in brightness that could be seen by the human eye.

But the technology we’ve developed now can vary the LED’s brightness at such high frequency, the flashing or fluctuation, isn’t visible to the human eye. The feature of this technology is on the smartphone side; it makes the signal readable by an ordinary smartphone.

Panasonic made the following technological improvement with accompanying benefits for consumers and tourists:
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Firmware Updates

Panasonic AJ-PX270 Camcorder Firmware Update Ver.27.73-: Enhanced Network Functions Include FTP Transfer for P2 Cast & Streaming for LiveU: May 20, 2015 (JST)

Sat May 23, 2015

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

Panasonic AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld camcorder

This video presents Discover Panasonic’s Compact AJ PX270 Camcorder.

Panasonic released the AJ-PX270 P2 HD handheld professional camcorder Firmware Update Ver.27.73- on May 20, 2015 (JST).

AJ-PX270 series Software (Firmware) Update

  • Last Update: May 20, 2015.
  • Model: AJ-PX270 series, AJ-PX298MC, AJ-PX285MC.
  • Registered Name/Size: VSI5951J / 48.9MByte.

New features
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Press Releases

Fujifilm Showcases Cabrio PL Cine/ENG-Style Lenses, HA18x5.5 HD Zoom & Premier PL 4K+ Cine Lenses: @ Cine Gear Expo LA 2015, June 4-7

Sat May 23, 2015

Fujifilm will showcase its range of Cabrio PL cine/ENG-Style lenses (including new FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio [S35 format PL Mount, 4K]),  Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses, and the HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual Cine Gear Expo LA 2015, to be held from June 4-7 at the Studios at Paramount in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

  • Premier PL 4K lenses have been used by several acclaimed DPs for feature films including Life of Pi, Oblivion and Iron Man 3.

2015 Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles is the premier Film, Video, and Digital Media Expo for the entertainment industry.

Created by the professional for the professional, Cine Gear Expo remains focused to the needs of the community and attracts the most dedicated specialists from every major department of the entertainment production and post production world.

This video presents Getting to Know the Fujifilm Optical Devices HA 18×5.5 HD Zoom Lens.

  • Thom Calabro, Director of Marketing and Product Development with Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division, details the Premier Series HA 18×5.5 HD zoom lens.
  • This lens is able to capture images for a versatile range of environments including live news, sports, and dramatic program production.

PRESS RELEASE

FUJINON CABRIO, PL 4K+ CINE-STYLE LENSES and VERSATILE, NEW HD ZOOM TAKE THE STAGE AT THE CINE GEAR EXPO 2015

Wayne, N.J., May 21, 2015 – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America will showcase its range of Cabrio PL cine/ENG-Style lenses, Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses, and the HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual Cine Gear Expo LA 2015, to be held from June 4-7 at the Studios at Paramount in Hollywood.

Fujinon HA18x5.5 HD zoom lens

Fujinon HA18x5.5 HD zoom lens

“We remain extremely optimistic about the continued growth of the Cine-Style market,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “Consequently, the Cine Gear show continues to thrive and is attended by some of our most passionate customers. Our Cabrio and Premier PL 4K+ lenses are very busy on a wide range of high-end theatrical releases, TV projects and commercial productions. We received very positive feedback to our new HA18x zoom at NAB, so we want to show it off to anyone who didn’t get a chance to see it in Las Vegas. The HA18x lets operators shoot very wide from a long range, which is something our customers, particularly sports producers, have been requesting. It’s a very solid all-around, standard lens.”

FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio

FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio

The FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio will be featured, along with the rest of the Cabrio series within the company’s Cine Gear booth. Equipped with a 35mm PL mount, the PL 25-300mm boasts a high zoom ratio covering the focal length of 25mm to 300mm. The PL 25-300mm supports an optional, detachable servo drive for electric zooming, focusing and iris. Mounting the unit enables remote control of zoom, focus, and iris adjustment.  FUJINON’s popular Cabrio series includes: the new PL 25-300mm, PL 19-90, PL 85-300, and PL 14-35mm. All the Cabrio lenses feature exclusive detachable servo drive units, the PL 25-300 servo is optional making them suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens.  And they can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio

FUJINON Premier PL 25-300mm Cabrio


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Firmware Updates

Samsung: New Firmware Ver.1.30 (May 18, 2015) for NX1 Camera is Now Available: Updates Include Improved FHD Video Recording, Enhanced AF Performance, Supports Tizen OS TV Connection

Fri May 22, 2015

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The following video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1] Official Introduction:

There’s never been a compact system camera like this. Powered by the DRIMe V Image Processor, the NX1 is the world’s fastest and most accurate in the APS-C sensor category. It’s a natural born speedster equipped with Auto Focus -AF- System III with 205 Phase Detection AF points, an incredibly fast AF speed of 55ms and 15fps continuous AF shooting capabilities. The 28MP BSI APS-C Sensor ensures that every shot you take is of superb image quality. Videos are recorded in 4K UHD capturing your world in the finest detail.

Samsung Nx1: Firmware 1.30 Update

Samsung Nx1: Firmware 1.30 Update

NX1 Firmware Ver.1.30 is Now Available for Download

Firmware File (Firmware) ver.1.30 – All OS (MULTI LANGUAGE, 291.45 MB)

May 18, 2015

Samsung recently released the new Firmware 1.3 for the NX1 camera, which includes the following updates:

Video recording

  • Sensor reads larger data size, resulting in improved FHD quality – up to 60P (not for Slow Movie).
  • Time code added features: Rec Run option is added.
  • “1920×1080 (120)” setting in the Movie Size Menu for easy access.
  • Auto Mic Control On/Off.
  • Histogram & Digital Level are displayed during standby / recording mode.
  • Capture individual 4K frame forward & backward with precision: Embedded EXIF data in jpeg.
  • Added NEW MF Responsiveness mode: Capable of setting to Low, Medium, High focus angle in manual focus mode.
  • Remains in Stand By mode after recording.

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Contests

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera: ‘Win The Cure To DSL-ARM’ Sweepstakes for U.S.A., D.C. and Canada: Submit Registration Form before 1:29 pm EST on May 31, 2015

Fri May 22, 2015

Digital SLR or DSLR is the acronym for digital single-lens (DSL) reflex camera.

The following video presents Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II – DSL-ARM:

DSL-ARM is the affliction of having your arm stretched by using a heavy DSLR. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the cure to DSL-ARM because it’s almost half the the size of a DSLR, but with all the power.

Are you suffering from DSL-Arm? You could win the cure!

What is DSLR-ARM?
For years, photographers have suffered the effects of carrying heavy DSLRs and their lenses – a condition known as DSL-ARM. Watch how an arm stretched beyond repair by the weight of a traditional DSLR can lead to a host of embarrassing moments.

Olympus Has THE CURE
Intense research and product development have led to the cure for DSL-ARM – the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
Capture amazing images without the bulk and weight of a DSLR. Don’t you think you’ve suffered long enough?

Eligibility: The Win The Cure To DSL-ARM Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older or have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence as of the time of entry.

  • Void in Puerto Rico, the province of Quebec, outside the United States, and where prohibited by law.
  • Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable Federal, State, Provincial and local laws and Regulations.
  • “DSL-ARM” is a fictitious ailment conceived for humorous advertising purposes.

The winner will receive the following Prize:

Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark II camera body

Olympus OMD E-M5 Mark II camera body


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FUJIFILM Canada Invites You: X-T10 Camera Launch with Circus Performers + ‘Fuji Guys Toronto Distillery District Photo Walk’ + Chance to Win a Fujifilm X30 Camera: @ No Cost; RSVP by May 28, 2015

Thu May 21, 2015

This video presents Fuji Guys – Fujifilm X-T10 – New Auto Focus Modes.

  • The Fuji Guys Marc and Dale from the UK are back to outline the new Auto Focus modes of the Fujifilm X-T10
  • Follow the Fuji Guys on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fujiguys

Fujifilm Canada

Presents

The Fuji Guys Toronto Distillery District Photo Walk

and

X-T10 Launch

FREE Admissions

May 30, 2015: Registration at 8:30am; Event from 9am -11am

Please RSVP by May 28, 2015 at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/51385253834963 or via email gteichmann@fujifilm.com

The Distillery District
12 Trinity Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Grab your camera and join the Fuji Guys for a photo walk in Toronto’s Distillery District, 12 Trinity Street, starting off with an X-T10 launch event featuring circus performers!

  • Registration at 8:30 am, Saturday, May 30.
  • One additional guest allowed per person.
  • Event is Rain or Shine.
  • Please note: Due to a large number of events happening in downtown Toronto this weekend, they strongly recommend that you use transit.
 Fujifilm X-T10, silver

Fujifilm X-T10, silver

Check out the new Fujifilm X-T10 and all the X-Mount lenses.

Fujifilm X-T10, black

Fujifilm X-T10, black

Here are some key highlights of this event.
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Firmware Updates

Olympus: New Firmware Version 3.1 for OM-D E-M1 and Version 1.2 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II: Underwater Picture Mode for Both; LV Boost II – Assists Vision in Starscape Photography for E-M1: To Be Available June 16, 2015

Thu May 21, 2015

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Olympus recently informed us that the new firmware updates for OM-D E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II will become available June 16, 2015.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Key Features of OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 3.1

  • LV Boost II: assists vision in starscape photography.
    • LV Boost II which lets you display the Live View five EV steps brighter than the current LV Boost I, making it much easier to compose shots and confirm focus of darker scenes such as starscapes.
  • Underwater Picture Mode: provides vivid colours and beautiful reproduction of blues for underwater photography.

In addition, Underwater Picture Mode has been added, which, when combined with Underwater White Balance, adjusts settings for perfect underwater shots no matter what PASM shooting mode you are in.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Key Feature of E-M5 Mark II Firmware Version 1.2
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Press Releases

Fujifilm: Broadcast and Cine Lenses 4K: 25-300mm Cabrio and Premier HK 18-85mm T2.0 Zoom for Aerial Digital Cinematography

Wed May 20, 2015

This silent video presents L.A. Aerial Night Reel from Gyro-Stabilized Systems on Vimeo.

  • Shot with Angel City Air’s GSS C520, Fujinon Premier PL 18-85mm T2.0 lens, and Sony PMW-F55 camera with AXS-R5 RAW recorder.
  • Edit by Guise Creative.

Fujinon 25-300mm Cabrio Fast Becoming Go-To Zoom for Aerial Digital Cinematography

Fujinon 25-300mm Cabrio Fast Becoming Go-To Zoom for Aerial Digital Cinematography

PRESS RELEASE

FUJINON BROADCAST AND CINE-STYLE LENSES TAKE FLIGHT WITH GSS AND ANGEL CITY AIR

25-300mm Cabrio Fast Becoming Go-To Zoom for Aerial Digital Cinematography

Wayne, N.J., May 19, 2015 – Grass Valley, CA-based Gyro-Stabilized Systems LLC (GSS) has designed their aerial gimbal systems to employa variety of FUJINON lenses for use in the company’s pre-assembled yet customizable gyro-stabilized camera platforms. GSS has seen the popularity of certain FUJINON lens models escalate in regard to aerial digital cinematography. GSS sells its gimbals for aerial video production surpassing 4K/UltraHD for broadcast and feature productions, utilities inspection, and surveillance applications.

“FUJINON lenses are known as top-quality optics for both broadcast and digital cinema applications,” said Jason Fountaine, Managing Director, GSS. “Our customers make the final decision as to which camera and lens they want on their platform, but I’ve noticed the new Cabrio PL25-300mm lens has been gaining particular popularity in the aerial digital cinema market recently. Our systems are perfectly setup for this lens. FUJIFILM has always gone the extra mile getting us engineering resources we need to help us design and integrate great lenses into our platforms.”
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