Google Earth Pro is Now Available at No Cost: Interactive Imagery of Google Earth With Professional Tools for Business or Personal Use

Sun February 1, 2015

Google Earth Pro is a 3D interactive globe that can be used to aid planning, analysis and decision making.

The following video presents Making better geographic decisions with Google Earth Pro:

  • Learn about the features available in Google Earth Pro.

Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Google Earth Pro includes the following key features:
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‘Discover Leica': Take a Leica Camera for a 48-Hour Test Drive in London

Sun February 1, 2015

The following video presents Craig Semetko: How to use a Leica M:

What makes the Leica M different from SLRS? Follow along with photographer Craig Semetko as he answers this question and explains how to use the Leica M, including techniques on focusing. For Craig, the benefits of the Leica M include its small, discreet nature and big, bright viewfinder that allows you to see more. Because of this, the Leica M demands more from the photographer. Watch this video and discover the capabilities of the Leica M.

Leica Store Mayfair (London, UK) recently launched ‘Discover Leica’ which offers customers the opportunity to experience a Leica before making a decision to purchase.

  • Customers can take a camera from the M-System, T camera system, X camera series or the range of compacts for a period of 48 hours to fully experience its performance and capabilities.

‘Discover Leica’ is running now and Leica recommends that customers book their experience in advance to ensure both camera availability and details of the security required.
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You’re Invited to Panasonic Webinar ‘Introduction to 4K for Photographers’ Jan.28, 2015 at 12pm PT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET: Sign Up Now

Wed January 28, 2015

This video presents Panasonic LUMIX – Four Examples of Panasonic LUMIX Hybrid Photography in Action.

Panasonic LUMIX has been Changing Photography since the introduction of the first mirrorless camera in 2008. With the removal of the mirrorbox from the DSLR came advancements in focusing accuracy and speed, in-camera creative control, and video recording with real time AF. New “Hybrid Photographers” are advancing the art of photography by taking video and still and mixing it into amazing new forms of photography. Thanks to Panasonic LUMIX 4K video, Hybrid Photographers can now grab high resolution stills directly from 4K video in the camera. Here are 4 examples of Hybrid Photography – (1) 4K Photo from 4K Video, (2) Slide show incorporating video, still, and audio, (3) cinemagraphs of video turn into living photos, and (4) a clip of 4K video.


Panasonic invites you to a FREE webinar with host Frederick Van Johnson and Lumix Luminary Giulio Sciorio – “Introduction to 4K for Photographers “- today, Jan. 28th, at 12pm Pacific, 2pm Central, 3pm Eastern.

They will show you the following.

  • A basic photographic workflow using 4K.
  • Shoot motion like a still photographer.
  • What is “Hybrid Photography” and how does 4K fit in?
  • Some of the huge advantages of smaller sensors with regard to video.
  • Q&A with Frederick (interview style).
  • Q&A with webinar attendees.

Please click here for more info.


Articles, Contests

Olympus “Freeze Frame” Event at Snozone in UK: Enter a Draw Before Feb.1, 2015 for a Chance to Win an Event Ticket

Mon January 26, 2015

Olympus UK invites you to enter a draw for a chance to win a ticket to the following event:

Freeze Frame

February 10, 2015 @ 09:30 – 12:30

Snozone Xscape
602 Marlborough Gate
Milton Keynes MK9 3XS
United Kingdom
Phone: 0871 222 5673

Olympus UK is inviting a lucky few photographers to take to the slopes on February 10th 2015, for an explosively action-packed morning event at Snozone, Milton Keynes. This will provide the perfect opportunity to thaw out those photography skills, as you capture snowboarders on real snow.

There will also be a selection of OM-D bodies and M.Zuiko lenses available to try on the day if you wish.

Olympus OM‐D E‐M10

Olympus OM‐D E‐M10


The highlights of this event include the following.
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Olympus Teaser: “The Future of Award Winning Photography”

Fri January 23, 2015

Here’s a very exciting teaser from Olympus.

The Future of Award Winning Photography

Coming February 2015.


You’re Invited: “Peak Performance from Olympus” Event in London, UK, Jan.29, 2015

Fri January 23, 2015

The following video presents Peak Chapayev Summit 360:

Summit 360 of the first British solo of Peak Chapayev (6095m) using the Olympus TOUGH TG-3.

By Explorer Ed Farrelly

Olympus Image Space London



By Explorer Ed Farrelly

FREE Admission

January 29, 2015
Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Olympus Image Space London
199 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TY United Kingdom

We’ve always said our Olympus Tough camera series was resilient, but find out just how tough it really is at an evening with young explorer Ed Farrelly at the Olympus Image Space, London on January 29th 2015.

Please click here for more info as well as to sign up for this event.

The recent addition to the Olympus Tough camera series is the Olympus STYLUS TOUGH TG-3.



The following video presents Olympus Stylus TG-3 Concept Movie.

TG-3, the pinnacle of Tough cameras, perfectly captures the most amazing moments.
With an expanded system, more scenes than ever before are now in your grasp.



You’re Invited: Panasonic Presentation on New 4K Photography Products in Georgia, USA Jan.27, 2015

Thu January 22, 2015

The following video presents Panasonic LUMIX 4K Photo Mode – Creating High Printable Photos from 4K Video From 4K Video Playback:

Panasonic leads the way in Hybrid Photography with the first in camera 4K Ultra HD Video to 4K Photo in camera feature. You might never use your shutter button again once you try this amazing feature. Pause playback and save 8 megapixel photos from any frame of your 4K Ultra HD Videos.

Panasonic Presentation

FREE Admission

January 27, 2015, 1:00pm – 4:00pm in EST

Showcase Inc. Photo & Video
2323 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324, USA

Phone: +1 404-325-7676

Showcase Inc. Photo & Video invites you to a FREE Panasonic Presentation by Panasonic Representative, Matt Chandler who will discuss and demo the new Panasonic 4K products including the

  • Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera LUMIX GH4,
  • FZ1000 all-in-one camera and
  • HC-X1000 4K Ultra High Definition Camcorder.



Panasonic-UK: New, Light LUMIX GF7 Has LCD That Tilts 180° for Automatic Hands-free Selfies

Tue January 20, 2015

This video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF7

Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera DMC-GF7 from the stylish, compact GF series of LUMIX G. The DMC-GF7 offers high capability for shooting selfie – one of the world’s most powerful trend – with its 180-degree flip-up monitor and a variety of creative functions.


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF7

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF7

Panasonic UK today has launched the LUMIX DMC-GF7, a compact and light LUMIX G interchangeable lens camera with these key features.

  • 3.0-inch 1040K-dot, 180° Tiltable touch screen for hands-free selfies via two new ‘Selfie’ modes: Face Shutter and Buddy Shutter.
    • Buddy Shutter mode works when faces are in close proximity.
    • Face Shutter is activated merely by waving hand your hand in front of your face.
  • 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds Digital Live MOS Sensor with Venus Engine.
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD video in AVCHD Progressive (50p) or MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format.
  • Wide variety of creative and automatic modes including Self Shot, Jump Snap, Creative Control, Time Lapse, and Stop Motion Animation.
  • Light Speed Auto Focus with Contrast AF, Low Light AF, Face / Eye Detection AF and more.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity.

The LUMIX GF7 with 12-32mm lens will be available in the UK from March 2015.


Panasonic Interactive ‘Future Mirror’ Uses Your Image to Provide Personal Beauty & Grooming Advice and Tutorials

Sat January 17, 2015

The following video presents The Future Mirror: A Beautiful Innovation:

Excited about the future of beauty and grooming, Panasonic revealed its interactive mirror at CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The mirror itself has the ability to evaluate consumers’ skin, suggest areas to work on, show how they’ll appear in different lighting and more. The mirror can give makeup tutorials and show what people would look like with various styles of facial hair.

Panasonic 'Future Mirror': Image extracted from the video above.

Panasonic ‘Future Mirror': Image extracted from the video above.

Panasonic’s ‘interactive mirror’ (prototype) can check your skin conditions and provide skin care advice when you simply sit in front of it.

  • Visitors can try virtual makeup and make-up navigation.
  • Men can try on virtual beards and mustaches that suit on the facial contour.

The Future Mirror displays high-contrast, high-definition images and video.

  • This ‘interactive mirror’ is the Panasonic glass that is both a mirror and a display.

It shows transparent overlays on top of the reflective image and is essentially a high-tech cosmetic tool—or at least will be when/if it is released.

Using Panasonic’s latest display technology, various information is shown on the display in a convenient and easy-to-understand manner in accordance with the intended purposes.

We’re committed to bringing innovation to every aspect of your life, including your beauty routine. See how we’re revolutionizing beauty technology with our Future Mirror, debuted at ‪#‎PanasonicCES‬.

Articles, Contests

Canon Europe’s Film Competition: Upload a 15-Second Film with #SpacetoPlay Before 23:59 (CET) on 22 Jan.2015

Fri January 16, 2015

The following video presents Urban Explorers- CANON BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 competition:

This is our interpretation of “Space to Play”, what’s yours?
If you want to win a VIP experience at the world renowned Berlin International Film Festival 2015, upload your interpretation of “Space to Play” in a 15 second film to the Canon UK Facebook page and quote #SpacetoPlay.

This Competition is open to all residents of United Kingdom & Ireland, GermanyFrance, Spain and The Netherlands aged 18 years or over.

The theme is “Space to Play”.

For the Film Competition, there will be five (5) pan films shortlisted (one per country) and from these films one (1) pan European winning film overall selected by the judging panel formed by a minimum of three (3) professionals – one Canon representative, one representative from Berlinale International Film Festival and a representative from Canon’s sponsored vlogger (“Judging Panel”) in their sole discretion—judging will be based on the technique, creativity and original and interesting interpretation of The Theme.

Canon LEGRIA Mini

Canon LEGRIA Mini


  • The shortlisted Winners of the Film Competition (one per country) will each be awarded with a Canon LEGRIA Mini as the prize.
  • In addition, the Grand Prize Winner of the Film Competition will be awarded a VIP trip to Berlin from Friday 06/02/2015 to Sunday 08/02/2015 for his/herself and a partner to the Berlinale International Film Festival 2015 as the prize (collectively, “Grand Prize”).  The Grand Prize includes these items.
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Articles, Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Olympus Firmware Update v2.0 for STYLUS 1: Greater Focal Length to 22.4mm, Interval Shooting & Time Lapse Movie Modes & More

Thu January 15, 2015

This video presents Stylus 1 In-depth Overview.

  • “The Stylus 1 is a true game changer that provides premium image quality for any shooting style.”

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact

Today, Olympus released a FREE firmware upgrade that further enhances the specifications of the STYLUS 1 compact, a 2014 red dot design award winner.

The Firmware Upgrade v2.0’s enhancements include:

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact with WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter)

Olympus STYLUS 1 compact with WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter)

  • Making the camera compatible with Olympus’ super-slim WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter) that together extend its focal length to 22.4mm* without affecting the 1:2.8 aperture.
  • Giving you the creative potential of the Interval Shooting and Time Lapse Movie modes.
    • With the New Interval Shooting feature, you can take up to 999 shots at intervals of 1 second to 24 hours.
  • Small Target AF enables pinpoint focusing, while Focus Peaking makes it easier to use the manual focus by highlighting edges in white or black near the area in focus.
  • Step zoom was newly added.
    • You can jump to the selected 9 grades of magnification (28 / 35 / 50 / 70 / 85 / 100 / 135 / 200 / 300 mm, equivalent to 35 mm photography).

Please click here for the complete details of the Firmware Upgrade v2.0 (January 15, 2015) for Olympus Stylus 1.


New firmware for STYLUS 1 compact

01/15/2015 • Hamburg, 15 January 2015 – Olympus has released a comprehensive firmware upgrade that further enhances the specifications of its category-straddling STYLUS 1 compact. The Firmware Upgrade v2.0 endows the 2014 red dot design award winner with a greater focal range, and boosts its wide-angle potential to 22.4mm*. The new firmware also gives STYLUS 1 owners the creative potential of the Interval Shooting and Time Lapse Movie modes that have proved so popular with users of Olympus’ flagship OM-D cameras. A host of other enhancements include compatibility with OI.Share v2.5, which adds remote wireless shutter release from a smartphone. The new firmware is available free of charge for download via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater.

D-SLR features without the weight

The STYLUS 1 Firmware Upgrade v2.0 gives owners of this high-performance compact the ability to shoot impressive landscapes and indoor scenes without the need for weighty accessories. It makes the camera compatible with Olympus’ super-slim WCON-08X Wide Angle Converter Lens (and CLA-14 adapter) that together extend its focal length to 22.4mm* without affecting the 1:2.8 aperture. Photography lovers who like to travel light will also appreciate the new Step Zoom feature, that lets them easily set the zoom lever to common 35mm-equivalent focal lengths without the hassle of switching single-focal-length lenses. The focal length display in the Electronic Viewfinder now shows the 35mm equivalent familiar to D-SLR users.
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FUJIFILM: New Rugged FinePix XP80 Camera – Product Video

Thu January 15, 2015

Fujifilm XP80

Fujifilm XP80

This video presents FUJIFILM FinePix XP80 Promotional Video(30sec.).

  • “The Camera for Active Lifestyles”
    • Waterproof to 50ft/15m, Shockproof to 5.8ft/1.75m, Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C and Dustproof
    • 16.4 megapixel 1/2.3” inch BSI CMOS sensor
    • 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide-angle setting
    • Wireless connectivity with smartphones and tablets
    • 11 Advanced Filters

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