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Google Maps: New Street View App for Android and iOS: For the First Time You Can Tour Immersive 360-degree Imagery & Instantly Contribute Your Own to Google Maps

Thu September 3, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, New Ricoh Theta S Portable Camera: Captures High-resolution Spherical Images of Approximately 14 Megapixels, Records Spherical Video in Full HD at 30fps Up to 25 Min., New Bright f/2.0 Lens for Low Light Shooting, Live Streaming (USB/HDMI) .

Today Google Maps is introducing the new Street View app for Android and iOS, which allows you for the first time, to tour immersive 360-degree imagery and instantly contribute your own — right to Google Maps.

  • The Street View app allows you to shoot photo spheres directly from your Android phone or iPhone or connect to spherical cameras like the Ricoh Theta S, or NCTech iris360.
Ricoh Theta S Camera: Spherical Image Courtesy of Ricoh

Ricoh Theta S Camera: Spherical Image Courtesy of Ricoh

Starting today, the Street View app will replace the Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhones and the Street View from Google Maps app on Android phones.

 


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Photos from This Camera May Not Reflect Reality

Sun August 30, 2015


Distraction-predicting software in action; photos on the right are the ones with distractions [in red] removed.
Fried et al, “Finding Distractors In Images”

In an effort to help people take “better” photos, a team of computer scientists from Princeton University and software company Adobe have created a program to automatically remove distracting elements from your photos.

Their software goes one step further than Photoshop’s magic healing or clone brush: with just a single tap, their software automatically identify and remove the distracting elements, which can include objects near the border of the photo, a face coming in from the side (assumed to be a photobomb), a piece of trash on the lawn, a person peeking from atop a structure, the side of a table peeking out in the corner, a vertical window, bokeh light effects, etc. In other words, elements that may be important to the photographer.

To determine what elements may be distracting, they used volunteers, found through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system and through the photo editing app Fixel, to sift through thousands of photos to annotate or edit out the distractors. I am surprised not one of them mentioned distracting power lines.

They hope to incorporate the algorithm into a photo editing software. Hopefully, not directly into your camera.

via popsci


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Panasonic: New AG-DVX200PJ 4K Handheld Camcorder for Professionals: At a Lower, New Price

Sun August 30, 2015

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

The following video presents THE DVX 4K – A New Legend Begins – Vol.2 Expression:

New AG-DVX200 – The World’s First 4/3” Sensor & Fixed Lens 4K 60p Handheld Camera Recorder will be available in October, 2015.

<AG-DVX200 Introduction Video – Vol.2  Expression>
Introducing DVX200’s functions to enhance the expression such as beautiful bokeh effects by 4/3-type sensor, 12 stops of latitude thanks to V-Log L, VFR up to 240fps in FHD. Expressive 4K production in your hand.

* For a lens-integrated 4K/60p camcorder with a 4/3-type sensor. (As of March 2015, according to a Panasonic survey.)

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The highly-anticipated Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder will begin deliveries in October 2015 with a suggested list price of $4,695.

  • The DVX200PJ is the first in a new generation of large sensor, multi-format professional camcorders capable of capturing 4K/UHD, HD and SD, including cinematic DCI 4K 4096×2160.

The following video presents THE DVX 4K – A New Legend Begins – Vol.3 Lens / Features

New AG-DVX200 – The World’s First 4/3” Sensor & Fixed Lens 4K 60p Handheld Camera Recorder will be available in October, 2015.

<AG-DVX200 Introduction Video – Vol.3 Lens / Features>
Introducing DVX200’s functions to support your shooting by the newly developed LEICA DECOMAR 4K 13x zoom lens.

* For a lens-integrated 4K/60p camcorder with a 4/3-type sensor. (As of March 2015, according to a Panasonic survey.)

PRESS RELEASE

Panasonic Announces Pricing/Availability for AG-DVX200PJ 4K Handheld Camcorder

With Wide Dynamic Range Capture, Superb Image Handling, DVX200PJ is Equipped for High-Level Documentary/Reality/Event Production

08/28/2015

Panasonic has announced that its highly-anticipated AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder will begin deliveries in October 2015 with a suggested list price of $4,695. The DVX200PJ is the first in a new generation of large sensor, multi-format professional camcorders capable of capturing 4K/UHD, HD and SD, including cinematic DCI 4K 4096×2160.

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

Panasonic AG-DVX200PJ 4K

Offering a suite of top-end features including  4K/24p* and 1080/60p recording,  a V-Log  L gamma curve and integrated 13X optical zoom lens design, the DVX200PJ will excel in documentary, reality television and event production, and prove an asset as a second-unit camera in 4K filmmaking.
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You’re Invited: Sony Imaging Seminar Showcasing Sony a7s, a7R II and Other a7 Series Cameras for Photographers & Videographers at No Cost in Toronto Sept.2, 2015

Fri August 28, 2015

The following video presents Detailed hands on with the Sony A7s (ILCE-7S):

Discover the next step for Sony’s digital imaging technology, meet the A7S. Find out here just what is so special about this new camera and how it could rocket your photos and videos to incredible new heights!
α7S features a newly-developed sensor with wide dynamic range, opening up thrilling artistic possibilities for serious photographers.

Sony Imaging Seminar – Showcasing a7 Series Cameras for Photographers and Videographers

FREE Admission

Wednesday, September 02 2015; 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Location:
Vistek Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Contact: 416-365-1777
Email: seminars@vistek.ca

Please register early at https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1469/SonyA7.aspx

Sony Representatives will present a7 style cameras and lenses as well as gear, including:

Sony a7S

Sony a7S

Sony α7R II

Sony α7R II


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AeroSense Inc.: Autonomous VTOL Drone Prototype for Sony’s Enterprise Solutions Via Image Capture Combined with Cloud-based Data Processing in 2016

Wed August 26, 2015

VTOL Drone Prototype for Sony's Enterprise Solutions

VTOL Drone Prototype for Sony’s Enterprise Solutions

Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network, and robotics technologies will be leveraged alongside ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies together with their business experience in industrial fields.

  • Aerosense Inc. will combine these assets and develop comprehensive solutions that meet needs including measuring, surveying, observing, and inspecting.
  • It will aim to roll out these services for enterprise customers beginning in 2016.

This is an update to the previous blog, Sony’s Camera, Sensing, Telecommunications Network & Robotics Technologies + ZMP’s Automated Driving & Robotics Technologies: Aerosense Inc.(August 2015) for the Development, Manufacture & Sale of Enterprise Solutions Using Autonomous Drones for Image Capture Combined with Cloud-based Data Processing in 2016.

The following video presents VTOL Flight 20150715

Flight experiment of VTOL by Aerosense Inc.
Taking off vertically, Hovering, Fly fast Stop on the Air, and Landing vertically.

The text below is a Google translation of the Japanese text at http://www.aerosense.co.jp/services:

Workflow

Automatic surveying

Aerosense of surveying is a low-cost compared to the aerial survey , it is capable of shooting with automatic flight . So this was to difficult, will also be possible to survey every day in the same flight path repeatedly.

Setting the flight path

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Set the optimal flight path to a subject in surveying . Automatically generated only flight path to click . Flying what route at any speed , whether may be divided into a number of times of flight , and then automatically calculated in accordance with the continuous flight possible time of the image sensor and aircraft use.

Flight

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

To fly the set route , you can take a picture at the optimum timing . Flying and shooting automatically performs you since the operation is not required . Once you set the flight route , for example, it is also possible to fly the same route every day . During the flight you will be able to monitor the flight situation in the web .

Upload

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

It will upload a large number of images that have been recorded in the camera to the cloud . Since Sony is using the close proximity wireless transfer technology TransferJet ™ developed , OK with only close to the terminal . Transferred image data is uploaded automatically to the cloud .

Analysis of the data

From the captured image , it is possible to generate various data . For example, you can create a three-dimensional topographic map from multiple photos . Using the three-dimensional topographic map data , progress check and construction , such as the work before the terrain confirmation can be easily , leading to operational efficiency. AeroSense of drone will automatically take a picture in a way that is suitable for the production of these data . Also By using a measuring machine than the camera to the subject you want to survey , it is also possible to generate an optimal data to your business.

Calculate point cloud data from the photo data

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

The three -dimensional position of an arbitrary point on the image is calculated from a plurality of images , and restore the terrain as a set of points .

Generation of surface and image

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

Image Courtesy of AeroSense

You can restore undulating as to generate a surface from point cloud . In addition , it will create a two-dimensional map image that connected the image that bird’s-eye view of the ground called ortho image from directly above . 3 -dimensional topographic map will be completed by attaching it to the relief of the terrain.

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Olympus “Test & Wow” Program for the UK: Try Certain Olympus Cameras and Lenses for a Full 24-hour Day at No Cost

Mon August 24, 2015

The following video presents Olympus OM-D: “MOVE INTO A NEW WORLD”

The new OM-D Line-Up Feature Movie 2014

The OM-D line-up is the epitome of perfection
in design and workmanship.

Try certain Olympus cameras and lenses for FREE for a full 24-hour day via Olympus Test & Wow program in the United Kingdom (UK).

  • The MyOlympus promotion ‘TEST & WOW’ is organised by Olympus UK and offered by participating dealers. The TEST & WOW platform is run by Olympus and helps you finding the right dealer for the product you would like to test.
  • The contract will be between you and the dealer. The details of the agreement have to be agreed with the dealer.
  • For more details please contact your local dealer.
  • You have the chance to test an Olympus product for private use for a full day FREE of charge.
  • Via the platform or at a participating local dealer you can check the availability of a product. Olympus does not guarantee the actual availability of the products.

In order to take part in the ‘TEST & WOW’ promotion the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  1. The customer has to be over 18 and has to have fixed residence in the UK.
  2. The customer must have a MyOLYMPUS account or setup one, as well the Terms & Conditions and the data Privacy has to be agreed to https://my.olympus-consumer.com/uk/p/terms-and-conditions .
  3. The customer has to leave his credit card details, a copy of an identity proof e.g his/her ID card (or driver’s licence) and a copy of an utility bill at the dealer for the period of testing the product.
  4. The customer has to close a written loan contract with the dealer. (Sample contract: pdf)

The current available Olympus products for testing includes:

  • E-M1 PRO Kit: OM-D E-M1 Camera  + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40 mm 1:2.8 Lens + HLD-7 Power-Grip
E-M1 PRO Kit

E-M1 PRO Kit

E-M5 Mark II

E-M5 Mark II

  • E-M5 + Grip: OM-D E-M5 Camera with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12‑50mm 1:3.5‑6.3 EZ  Lens and HLD-6 Battery Grip
E-M5 + Grip

E-M5 + Grip

OM-D E-M10 Camera with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ Pancake Lens + Grip

OM-D E-M10 Camera with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 EZ Pancake Lens + Grip

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45mm 1:1.8 Lens


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Leica: National Open Call for Entries for Leica Store Gallery Washington DC’s 2015 Juried Exhibition to U.S. Leica Photographers: Submit Your “Unforgettable” Images Before 7PM EST August 28 – Extended Deadline

Sun August 23, 2015

The following video presents 100 Years of Leica Photography: Pictures for Eternity from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

History can be written – or photographed. For 100 years now, famous photographers from around the world have been capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments with their Leica camera. Moments that remain unforgettable. Perhaps the most famous of all timeless, iconic photos can be seen in our film. So go on a journey through time with Leica. With impressive pictures that you can rediscover every time you view them. And which you will never forget.

More information on 100years.leica-camera.com.

Leica Store Gallery DC: National Open Call for Entries to the 2015 Juried Exhibition: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica Store Gallery DC: National Open Call for Entries to the 2015 Juried Exhibition: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica Store Gallery Washington DC announces a national open call for entries for their 2015 Juried Exhibition to all U.S. Leica photographers to capture the unforgettable.

  • The Deadline is 7pm EST Friday, Aug. 28.
  • This year’s theme is, “Unforgettable”

Unforgettable”:

The photographic medium is privileged with the capability of freezing time. Displacing content and context to transcend a mere moment. Extending the life, influence, and impact of the decisive moment by preserving observations for successive generations.

For our 2015, third annual juried exhibition, we ask U.S. Leica photographers to fix their eyes and then lens upon scenes that should forever be suspended. It’s a search for significance with the intent to reveal fundamental universal truths. Allowing others the opportunity to glimpse scenes that expose the nature of reality. Moments that are truly worthy of being indelibly impressed upon the viewer’s memory.

http://leicastoredc.com/gallery

Check out an image from photographer Boaz Lyu who was an exhibiting artist from last year’s open call, at: http://fb.me/3WqRSwdEv .

Entry Requirements:

  • All images must be shot with a Leica.
  • Photographer must reside in the USA.
  • A $30 flat fee for entry. Entry fee covers a minimum of one photographic entry up to a maximum of 3 images, per photographer, matting costs for final selected prints, juror honorariums, and artist opening reception.
  • Each entry must be a single photograph, not a series.
  • All profits will be donated to a Washington, DC 501©(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Initial submissions must be digital and sent to exhibition@leica-store-dc.com .

Important Dates:
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You’re Invited: Canon EOS 5D Anniversary Open House at No Cost in San Francisco August 22, 2015, 1pm – 4pm: Register Now

Sat August 22, 2015

The following video presents Canon EOS 5D 10th Anniversary:

Follow the evolution of the Canon EOS 5D Series through its inception in 2005 to its current state and discover how it’s warranted buzz for over a decade. For more information, visit http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consume…

canon-eos-5d-10th-anniversary-poster-600

This is an update to the previous blog, Canon Will Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Canon EOS 5D Series of DSLR Cameras.

Canon EOS 5D Anniversary Open House

August 22, 2015, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

FREE Admission

Location:
Canon Live Learning San Francisco
201 California St.
San Francisco, California 94111

Questions: SanFranciscoCanon@cusa.canon.com

Register Now

Registration for this class will be through  Canon Live Learning San Francisco Meetup group. To be directed to the Meetup Page for sign-up, please click the “Register Now” button at:

http://learn.usa.canon.com/events_calendar/event_details/cll_events/20150822_sanfran_eos5danniversary_cllsf.shtml?cm_mmc=TW-_-CLL%2FSanFran-_-2015-08-21_0645PM_TWPRO_Its-the-big-_-129336%3A2754811 .

Celebrate 10 years of Canon EOS 5D Cameras

September 2015 will be the 10th anniversary of the launch of the original EOS 5D.

The EOS 5D series cameras have been landmarks in DSLR photography.

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D

The original EOS 5D brought full frame DSLR photography to the consumer and advanced amateur market.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The EOS 5D Mark II raised the bar to 21.1 MP resolution while being the first DSLR to capture 1080P HD video. Hollywood has never been the same with TV shows and major motion pictures shot using the EOS 5D Mark II.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The EOS 5D Mark III again pushed the limits with a combination of high resolution, amazing high ISO performance and six frames per second. The EOS 5D Mark III also brought the EOS 5D series to new levels with 61 AF points (similar to the EOS-1DX).

Left to right: Canon EOS 5DS R and Canon EOS 5DS

Left to right: Canon EOS 5DS R and Canon EOS 5DS

Now we add the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R that push the envelope to 50.6 MP resolution. Join us at Canon Live Learning San Francisco to celebrate the anniversary of this amazing line of EOS cameras.

The celebratory events include:
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Olympus Received the Prestigious EISA Awards 2015-2016 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera and M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO Lens

Thu August 20, 2015

This video presents OM-D MOVIE – BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE RUNNER.

European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is the association of 50 special interest magazines from 20 European countries, which is the world’s most prestigious multimedia magazines association.

  • In June each year, the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet to decide which of the products analyzed in their publications during the past year deserve the coveted EISA Award.
  • The six categories under consideration are: Audio, Video, Home Theater, Photography, In-Car Electronics, Electronics and Mobile Devices.

Olympus recently announced that the EISA has presented the following products with the EISA Awards for Best Product 2015-2016:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The following video presents EUROPEAN PROSUMER COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA 2015 – 2016 – Olympus OM-D E-M5 II:

The Mark II sees the popular E-M5 refined to being a really serious photographic tool. The superb electronic viewfinder, fully articulated touchscreen, quiet shutter, and extremely effective 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system combine to make an exceptionally capable camera. The autofocus is extremely fast, and continuous shooting is available at up to 10fps. The innovative 40-million-pixel high resolution composite mode is capable of image quality close to that of high resolution full frame DSLRs for static subjects. Much-improved movie features also make the Mark II very interesting to videographers. Overall the E-M5 Mark II is one of the finest CSCs currently available.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO

Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO

The following video presents EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL COMPACT SYSTEM LENS 2015-2016 – Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40‑150mm F2.8 PRO:
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Fujifilm + Vistek: You’re Invited to a Photo Walk with Vistek & The Fuji Guys in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, August 21: RSVP by August 19, 2015

Tue August 18, 2015

One of the latest Fujifilm X cameras is the Fujifilm X-T10.

FUJIFILM X-T10

FUJIFILM X-T10

This video presents FUJIFILM X-T10 Product Video:

On Friday, August 21, the Fujifilm team will join up with Vistek in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for a photo walk.

  • They will meet at the downtown location (Vistek Calgary – Downtown, 1231 10th Avenue SW. Calgary, Alberta, T3C 0J3 tel. 403-244-0333, toll free: 1-800-561-0333) and take the beautiful river walk along the Bow to Eau Claire and Princes’ Park.
  • This photo walk may include, but shall not be limited to ambulation at a location designated by Vistek Calgary and use of cameras at such locations, and, in some circumstances, use of Fujifilm cameras supplied by Fujifilm (collectively, the “Event”).  Event is Rain or Shine.
  • This will combine city scapes with colourful gardens as well as wildlife and birds.
  • There will be lots of people watching too.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera!
  • Please RSVP by 19 August 2015.
  • Registration will start at 6:30 pm on August 21.
  • One additional guest allowed per person.


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Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) – Lightest Lens in the World: USA Availability & Pricing

Tue August 18, 2015

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018)

TAMRON USA, INC. recently annouced the availability and pricing of Tamron 18-200mm Di II VC (Model B018) lens which is the lightest(1) in the world.

(1) Among 18-200mm interchangeable lenses for APS-C DSLR cameras with O.I.S. (As of July 8, 2015. Source: Tamron)
Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018): Image Courtesy of Tamron

Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018): Image Courtesy of Tamron

  • The lens will be available at approximately $249 in the USA in both Canon and Nikon mount starting August 20, 2015.
  • The Sony(2) mount will be introduced at a later date.


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EISA Photography Awards 2015-2016

Sat August 15, 2015

Photography Awards List

EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) has published their Photography Awards 2015-2016 which, this year, honor 18 of the best cameras and lenses:

DSLR CAMERAS

DSLR LENSES

CSC (COMPACT SYSTEM CAMERA, AKA MIRRORLESS)

CSC (MIRRORLESS) LENSES

COMPACT FIXED-LENS CAMERA

SMARTPHONE CAMERAS

  • EUROPEAN SMARTPHONE CAMERA: LG G4

PHOTO INNOVATION

  • EUROPEAN PHOTO INNOVATION: DxO ONE

Read more (and view videos) at: EISA Photography Awards 2015-2016

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