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What Good Is A Throwable Camera? Turns Out, Life-and-Death Good.

Sun July 12, 2015

Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT (photo courtesy of Bounce Imaging)

Illustration: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT (photo courtesy of Bounce Imaging)

When you think “throwable camera,” do you think: Just a gimmick, a toy, a fad?

It could be all those, but an MIT alumnus has actually made something incredibly useful out of it. Turns out, his throwable tactical camera, called the Explorer, is a life-and-death tool for police and first responders who need to know what’s hiding in collapsed buildings and other potentially hazardous areas.

Courtesy of Bounce Imaging

Courtesy of Bounce Imaging

The following video presents BounceImaging-P1:

  • The Bounce Imaging Explorer – Tactical Throwable Cameras

The softball-sized Explorer is covered in a thick rubber shell, with a camera and sensors inside.
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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft is Snapping Pluto Photos Via the LORRI Telescopic Camera and Ralph’s Color Camera: Closest Approach to Pluto Occurs on July 14, 2015

Sat July 11, 2015

The Pluto Encounter infographic

The Pluto Encounter infographic

The following video presents July 10th Daily Briefing for New Horizons/Pluto Mission Pre-Flyby:

July 10th daily pre-flyby overview of the New Horizons mission, the spacecraft and its suite of instruments and a summary of Pluto science to date from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, site of the mission operations center.

Science Payload of New Horizons spacecraft: Image Courtesy of NASA

Science Payload of New Horizons spacecraft: Image Courtesy of NASA

"Shipping a Science Lab to Pluto" infographic

“Shipping a Science Lab to Pluto” infographic

The science payload of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft includes the following cameras:
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Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015: Video of the Winners and Finalists’ Portfolios

Thu July 9, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Leica Announed the Winners of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2015.

The following video presents Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 – Finalists’ Portfolios from Leica Camera on Vimeo:

This video shows the winners and finalists’ portfolios for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015. Thousands of entries were received from all over the world. The video and awards were presented on July 8 during Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival held in Arles, France.

JH Engström won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his portfolio, “Tout Va Bien” and Wiktoria Wojciechowska won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for her series “Short Flashes.”


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Nikon Canada Announces DX 16-80mm F2.8-4, FX 500mm F/4 and FX 600mm F/4

Thu July 2, 2015

Nikon Canada today announced three news lenses, expanding Nikon’s family of first-class lenses for DX and FX-format cameras.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a versatile wide-angle lens for enthusiast photographers:

  • The first Nikon DX lens with an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposure during high-speed shooting
  • The first Nikon DX lens with Nikon’s legendary Nano-Crystal Coat
  • Equivalent to the popular 24-120mm FX format focal range

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm F/4E FL ED VR makes professional super telephoto performance lighter than ever before:

  • Weighs 6.8 lbs./3090 grams (vs. 8.5 lbs./3880g for its predecessor)
  • A great choice for nature and sports photographers who need tack-sharp images of birds in flight or fast-moving action
  • Includes new fluorite lens elements to reduce chromatic aberration

The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm F/4E FL ED VR provides the ultimate in fast-aperture and focal distance for challenging subjects:

  • Weighs 8.3 lbs./3810g (vs. 11.5 lbs./5060g for its predecessor)
  • The constant aperture of f/4 lets photographers fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background
  • Also includes new fluorite lens elements

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Intel Security’s Most Toxic Superheroes List 2015: Tips to Stay Protected

Wed July 1, 2015

Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Infographic Courtesy of Intel Security

Most Toxic Superheroes 2015: Infographic Courtesy of Intel Security

With Comic Con kicking off next week, today Intel Security is releasing its 3rd annual Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Aquaman coming in at number 1. The King of Atlantis reclaims the top spot after topping the inaugural list in 2013.

Canada’s most famous superhero – Wolverine – finished as the 3rd most toxic superhero of 2015.

Intel Security conducted research on the comic universe’s top heroes to learn which searches may be leading consumers to viruses, malware and other inappropriate content that can be considered dangerous, can compromise private information or infect their devices.

As movie studios continue to announce plans to create films and TV series based on comic fans’ favourites – including Aquaman, Doctor Strange and Iron Fist – the study’s results explain why sites that feature these popular superheroes have the potential to be targeted by cybercriminals. They are aware that people are surfing for these characters, giving cybercriminals ample opportunity to steal innocent people’s personal information.

The top 10 superheroes most likely to affect online surfers this year are:

Intel Security’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes*:
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Olympus: New Underwater Photo Gallery Showcases “The Beauty Below”: Fascinating Photographs of Underwater Wonders in Vivid Colours with Exquisite Details

Fri June 19, 2015

Olympus invites you to see the “Beauty Below” at their new Underwater Photo Gallery which showcases fascinating photographs of underwater wonders in vivid colours with exquisite details at the new website, http://cameras.olympus.com/underwater/en-ca/ .

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus PT-EP11 Underwater Housing for OM-D E-M1

Olympus PT-EP11 Underwater Housing for OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Olympus underwater accessories include UFL-3 Electronic Flash units (2)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Olympus underwater accessories include UFL-3 Electronic Flash units (2)

Olympus OM-D E-M1  with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Olympus underwater accessories include UFL-3 Electronic Flash units (2)

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Olympus underwater accessories include UFL-3 Electronic Flash units (2)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus PT-EP13 underwater housing for Olympus O-MD E-M5 Mark II

Olympus PT-EP13 underwater housing for Olympus O-MD E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Olympus underwater accessories include UFL-3 Electronic Flash units (2)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Olympus underwater accessories include UFL-3 Electronic Flash units (2)

Jun Shimizu

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Image by Jun Shimizu

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Image by Jun Shimizu

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Image by Jun Shimizu

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Image by Jun Shimizu

Richard Meng

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Image by Richard Meng

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Image by Richard Meng

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Image by Richard Meng

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro: Image by Richard Meng

Thorsten Antons

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Image by Thorsten Antons

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Image by Thorsten Antons

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Image by Thorsten Antons

Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro: Image by Thorsten Antons


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Canon: EOS 5DS and 5DS R High-resolution DSLR Cameras are Now Available in Europe: For Professional Photographers and Advanced Amateurs

Wed June 17, 2015

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

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

The following video presents The Impossible Brief: the Canon EOS 5DsR – our new 50 megapixels DSLR – tested by Georges Antoni :

Low light performance, billboard-ready ultra-high resolution and super crisp images: impossible? Not with our brand new 50.6 megapixel full frame DSLR cameras: the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5DsR.

Redefine impossible – with our all-new ultra-high resolution sensor, high-powered DSLR.

Key features include:

  • 50.6 megapixels CMOS
  • Up to 5.0 frames per second
  • Maximum 61 High Density Reticular AF
  • DiG!C Dual image processor for even faster readout from the sensor
  • ISO 6400 – stills and video
  • Mirror Vibration Control System to suppress camera-shake blur and maintain high image quality.
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II with approx 100% frame coverage
  • 150,000 pixel RGB metering sensor with infra-red sensitivity
  • EOS Movie Full HD recording
  • Uncompressed HDMI external recording with sound
  • High Dynamic Range mode to capture even more stunning detail
  • Time-Lapse Movie mode

Canon launched in February the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R high-resolution DSLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras.

Canon recently announced that its EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R high-resolution DSLRs is now officially on sale throughout Europe.

NEWS RELEASE

June 2015

EOS 5DS and 5DS R on sale date revealed!

Canon has announced that its EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R high-resolution DSLRs will be officially on sale throughout Europe from 15 June 2015…

Launched in February to international acclaim, the two new high-resolution cameras are among Canon’s most eagerly awaited imaging products ever and offer medium format levels of resolution with all the advantages of EOS size, handling and performance.

Available from all Canon authorised pro dealers, the two 50.6 Megapixel bodies are designed for ultimate image quality both on location and in the studio.

Canon EOS 5DS: Official sample image

Canon EOS 5DS: Official sample image

The EOS 5DS is designed to offer editorial, fashion and architectural photographers the ultimate in image size and quality while minimising post-production thanks to the 50.6 Megapixel sensor with an optical low-pass filter.

Canon EOS 5DS R: Official sample image

Canon EOS 5DS R: Official sample image


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Samsung “Care for Nepal” Project Provided Relief Materials & Communication Services to the Victims of the Earthquake

Mon June 8, 2015

The following video is titled Nepal’s deepening humanitarian crisis:

  • Alexander Matheou of the British Red Cross discusses the challenges of aid reaching remote areas in Nepal.

In response to Nepal’s devastating earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale on April 25, 2015, Samsung initiated the “Care for Nepal” in the following ways:

Samsung “Care for Nepal”: Second camp set up and operating on May 5 in Bhaktapur. Images Courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung “Care for Nepal”: Second camp set up and operating on May 5 in Bhaktapur. Images Courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow

  • The first was to support the affected people by supplying relief materials.
  • The second was to help the victims of the earthquake by setting up communication and convenience centers that utilized Samsung products on the sites of destruction in Nepal. Stationary facilities offered communication services to residents of Tudikhel, Bhaktapur, and Kirtipu. Also, mobile communication centers in vans were used to provide assistance to inland areas where few aid workers had been able to previously reach.
Samsung “Care for Nepal”: Communication centers in vans. Images Courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow

Samsung “Care for Nepal”: Communication centers in vans. Images Courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow

These camps and mobile vans ran at full capacity on a daily basis and touched thousands of lives. Currently, there have been over 10,000 calls made, more than 7,200 phones have been charged and hot meals and cold water have been provided to over 4,500 people at these facilities.

The full story by Hasit Mankodi is given at http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/an-experience-of-a-lifetime-samsung-care-for-nepal/ .


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Olympus Invites You: A Photo Walk with Professional Photographer Robert Pugh at No Cost in Bath, United Kingdom June 13, 2015

Sun June 7, 2015

This video presents 5-Axis Image Stabilization.

Soak In Bath With Olympus: A Photo Walk

FREE Admission

June 13, 2015 @ 10:00 – 17:00:
Morning session – 10:00 till 13:00; Afternoon Session – 14:00 till 17:00

London Camera Exchange – Bath
13 Cheap Street, Bath BA1 1NB United Kingdom
Phone: 01225 462234

Spaces are Limited to 10 for Each Stroll: Please Register Early at http://www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk/what-is-on/soak-in-bath-with-olympus/

Olympus has teamed up with the Bath branch of the London Camera Exchange and professional photographer Robert Pugh to invite you on an exclusive Photo Walk through the historic city, providing ample opportunity to soak up the splendor of its world famous Georgian architecture and Roman origins.

  • Robert Pugh will also be offering a masterclass in the art of urban street portraiture using natural light and speedlights (off-camera flash).

Please choose from either 10am to 1pm, or 2pm to 5pm.

There will be the opportunity to:
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Sony PXW (XDCAM) Production Cameras – Featuring the PXW-FS7 Camera: Seminar at Vistek Calgary at No Cost; June 10, 2015

Fri June 5, 2015

This video presents PXW-FS7 Official FullHD Beauty Image.

“The PXW-FS7 XDCAM Series camera can be operated by just a single person in situations where the extraordinary flexibility of its Alpha Mount System and compatible interchangeable lenses can be used to excellent advantage.
That makes it suitable for a wide range of shooting projects such as documentaries, music video and so on.”

Sony PXW-FS7

Sony PXW-FS7

Vistek

Presents

Sony PXW (XDCAM) Production Cameras – Featuring the PXW-FS7

FREE Admission

June 10 2015 at 10 AM – 1 PM at Vistek Calgary (Downtown), 1231 10th Avenue SW., Calgary, Alberta, Canada; tel. 403-244-0333, toll free: 1-800-561-0333

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1458/PXW-FS7.aspx

Email:  seminars@vistek.ca

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera, M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f.2.8 PRO Lens, M.Zuiko 8mm f1.8 PRO Fisheye Lens: Vistek Seminars at No Cost in Toronto-June 4 & Mississauga-June 6, 2015

Mon June 1, 2015

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

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II: "Move into a New World"

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II: “Move into a New World”

Vistek

Presents

An Olympus Special Event | Toronto, Mississauga

FREE Admissions

June 4, 2015: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Vistek Toronto (Downtown), 496 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Phone:  416-365-1777

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1454/olympus-toronto.aspx

June 6, 2015: 10:30 AM – 12 PM at Vistek Mississauga, 5840 Mavis Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Phone:  905-593-1777 or 1-866-923-1777

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1453/olympus-day.aspx

Email:  seminars@vistek.ca

    OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II body (black) + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II

OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II body (black) + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II

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Canon 4K Cameras Cinema EOS C300 Mark II and XC-10: Vistek Seminars at No Cost in Canada: Ontario June 4 & 5; Alberta June 8 & 9, 2015

Mon June 1, 2015

The following video presents Introducing the Canon EOS C300 Mark II:

Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he discusses the new features and benefits of the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema camera. This camera is an evolutionary, second-generation CINEMA EOS System model that’s been reworked, redesigned, and reengineered with the valued input of thousands of users worldwide. Starting with a brand new Super 35mm 8.85 MP Sensor, the EOS C300 Mark II offers a dynamic range of 15 stops – and an amazing amount of shadow protection thanks to a new Log gamma that’s been created – Canon Log 2.

Canon EOS C300 Mark II; 4K

Canon EOS C300 Mark II; 4K

  Vistek

Presents

Canon Cinema EOS C300 Mark II Event

FREE Admissions

June 4, 2015: 2:30 – 4:30 PM at Vistek Toronto (Downtown), 496 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Phone:  416-365-1777

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1455/C300-MarkII-Event.aspx

June 5, 2015: 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM at Vistek Mississauga, 5840 Mavis Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Phone:  905-593-1777 or 1-866-923-1777

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1456/EOS-C300-Mark-II.aspx

June 8, 2015 at 2 – 5 PM at Vistek Edmonton, 10569 109th Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; tel: 780-484-0333,  1-877-484-0333

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1459/Acquisition-Systems-Camera-Event-.aspx

June 9, 2015 at 2 – 4 PM at Vistek Calgary (Downtown), 1231 10th Avenue SW., Calgary, Alberta, Canada; tel. 403-244-0333, toll free: 1-800-561-0333

Please Register at: https://www.vistek.ca/events/seminars/1457/C300-MarkII-Calgary.aspx

Email:  seminars@vistek.ca

Here are the key highlights of the event.
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