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Leica Camera Digital Technology ‘Made in Germany’ + Art: LEICA X ‘Edition Moncler’ Special Limited Edition

Sun October 19, 2014

The following video presents Monuments Backstage. In the landscapes of Greenland with Fabien Baron and Leica X “Edition Moncler”:

“It is a land of water and glaciers that reach down to the sea. It’s a world only barely possible, expressed with the precision of a language which has four different word roots for expressing the concept of snow, and four more for ice.

In the enchanted landscape of Greenland, Fabien Baron crosses the threshold of this land of ice and cold, of night time and silence, when everything is white and the ice slides towards the waves.
Discover the Leica&Moncler project at http://leica.moncler.com/ .

LEICA X ‘Edition Moncler’ Special Limited Edition camera with strap and case

LEICA X ‘Edition Moncler’ Special Limited Edition camera with strap and case

PRESS RELEASE

15/10/2014

Digital technology ‘Made in Germany’ meets art: The LEICA X ‘Edition Moncler’ special limited edition

In collaboration with Moncler, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a special limited edition: the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’. Reflecting the common values of both brands – high end quality and technicality – the Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ unites aesthetic and technology to create an unmistakeable appeal. Finished with a premium leather trim in a three-colour scheme of blue, white and red, as an homage to the French origins of Moncler, this silver version of the Leica X is an eye-catching must-have for conscious and lovers of both photography and style.

The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ is strictly limited to only 1,500 examples for the entire global market. In addition to the camera, the set also includes a case. Designed in typical Moncler way, the padded white pouch refers to the down jackets that made the brand world-famous. It comes complete with a matching camera strap in genuine leather bearing the inscription Leica & Moncler to highlight the collaboration between the two brands. The Leica X ‘Edition Moncler’ will be available from Leica Stores and Boutiques, as well as Moncler flagship stores, from October 2014.


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Contests, Press Releases

The Brave New World Project + Sony 4K Camera and Production Technologies: Los Angeles-area Minority Youth (Ages 18-24) Apply Online Until Nov.14, 2014

Sat October 18, 2014

For the second year of The Brave New World project, Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America Group is working with David Merritt of King David Films to give 10 Los Angeles-area young adults, who are from the age of 18-24 and interested in motion picture production careers, the opportunity to work and learn in a professional Hollywood production environment.

The Brave New World project’s mission is to empower minority youth by giving them access to current film technology and teaching them the art of filmmaking. By providing these youth with an introduction to the latest in digital/film technology, the program looks to increase interest in film production and post-production careers and open the door to a new world that many of these young people may never have imagined. The programs goal is to cultivate advancement, encourage diversity and increase opportunities for minority talent and employment in the film industry.

Here are the key highlights of the Brave New World Project.

Sony F55 4K

Sony F55 4K

  • The project will use Sony F55 4K cameras.
  • Participants will work on their projects at Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center (DMPC) located at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
  • This year’s program will focus on the art of the sitcom, offering students the chance to work together to create, write, direct, produce and edit their own sitcom presentation.
  • Sessions will be led by David Merritt of King David Films and Sony DMPC system specialist, Dhanendra Patel.

The program accepts applications until November 14th.

  • The program will start on Friday, November 21st and runs through the week of January 17th.
  • The students will have the chance to screen the final film projects at the Sony facility.
  • Each student will receive IMDB credit and a Blu-ray or DVD copy of their film.

Please click here for more info, and to submit the online application form.

  • There is an application fee of $20 USD.

Good Luck!

PRESS RELEASE

The Brave New World Project Uses Sony 4K Camera and Production Technologies

by Sony Pro Team 10/16/2014, in Professional, Sony Professional

Project Focuses on Advancing Students in the Film & Entertainment Industries

 Culver City, Calif., October 15, 2014 – The Brave New World Project is gearing up for its second year of helping aspiring young filmmakers learn about the latest in movie-making technology. The project, run by David Merritt of King David Films, will again work with Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions of America Group to give participants an opportunity to work and learn in a professional Hollywood production environment.

The project will use Sony F55 4K cameras and participants will work on their projects at Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center (DMPC) located at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. This year’s program will focus on the art of the sitcom, offering students the chance to work together to create, write, direct, produce and edit their own sitcom presentation. Sessions will be led by David Merritt and Dhanendra Patel, an 18-year Sony veteran, now with CINEVERSE-LA SN as a Cinema Systems Engineer.

“By offering these students a chance to work with this kind of technology, while learning the art of filmmaking, we are igniting an interest in film production and post-production careers,” said David Merritt II, director and producer. “Our goal is to foster diversity and increase opportunities for those who share a passion for the industry but don’t have the funds or resources to pursue a formal education.”
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Press Releases

Sony Commercializes World’s Highest Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras: To Capture High-resolution Color Images in Low Light & Nighttime Levels

Fri October 17, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

October 16, 2014

Sony Commercializes the World’s Highest Sensitivity*1 CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

- Sensors capable of capturing high-resolution color images even in low, 0.005 lux light conditions equivalent to nighttime levels -

October 16, 2014

Revised on 3:00 pm October 16, 2014

Tokyo, Japan – October 16, 2014 – Sony Corporation (hereafter “Sony”) announces the commercialization of the “IMX224MQV” CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras, which boasts the world’s highest sensitivity levels*1 of any image sensor of its kind. This sensor is capable of capturing high-resolution color images even in light conditions as low as 0.005 lux, a level equivalent to that of a moonless night and one that is far below illumination levels under a star-filled night sky. The “IMX224MQV” is set*2 to become Sony’s first image sensor for automotive cameras to meet the requirements of the “AEC-Q100″*3 electronic component reliability tests.

In July, 2013, Sony gained “ISO/TS 16949″ certification, a technical specification and quality management standard for the automotive industry. “IMX224MQV” is the starting point from which Sony will proactively develop CMOS image sensors for automotive use, a market projected to grow significantly due to the trending towards and advances made in automated vehicles.

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Press Releases

Samsung, Nick Cannon, Julianne Hough Smashed Selfie World Record at #DITCHtheDSLR & Donated $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity-Greater Los Angeles

Wed October 15, 2014

Habitat LA will use the $50,000 donation to build and renovate more homes throughout greater Los Angeles for more low-income, hardworking families and individuals. Image by Samsung.

Habitat LA will use the $50,000 donation to build and renovate more homes throughout greater Los Angeles for more low-income, hardworking families and individuals. Image by Samsung.

MEDIA RELEASE

October 14, 2014

POST-EVENT update: Samsung, NICK CANNON AND JULIANNE HOUGH SMASH SELFIE WORLD RECORD at Ditch DAy and Donate $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity OF GREATER LOS ANGELES

283 People Joined Samsung, Nick Cannon, Julianne Hough and Habitat LA to Break the Selfie Relay Chain GUINNESS World Record

When:
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, 8am – 7pm (PT).

Where:

Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

B-Roll:
Event video available here.

Photos:
Event photos available here.

What:
Today Samsung smashed the Selfie Relay Chain GUINNESS World Record with 283 consecutive selfies at the #DITCHtheDSLR event at Los Angeles’ iconic Hollywood and Highland promenade. Entertainer and host of America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon, served as the event’s emcee, taking photos with everyone who participated. Actress and Dancing with the Stars’ judge Julianne Hough also joined the attempt to benefit Habit for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA).
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update is Now Available

Fri October 10, 2014

FIRMWARE UPDATE

October 10, 2014

SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We are pleased to inform you the SIGMA USB DOCK Firmware Update is now available.

This firmware update allows you to use the SIGMA USB DOCK with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary. If you have the products mentioned below, please start up SIGMA Optimization Pro and then operate SIGMA USB DOCK firmware update.

Benefits of this firmware update
It will be compatible with SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary.


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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Sigma Corporation Releases Tele Converters TC-1401 and TC-2001 on Oct.24, 2014: SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports Lens Needs Firmware Update to Be Compatible

Fri October 10, 2014

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 (left) and TC-2001 (right)

SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 (left) and TC-2001 (right)

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens

NEWS RELEASE

October 10, 2014

The compatibility of SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and TC-2001

Sigma Corporation would like to announce that there are two types of new tele converters to be released on October 24th, 2014. Please note that the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports requires an update to the firmware to make it compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001.

For those who own the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and considering using it with either the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001, please follow the steps below to update the firmware of the lens.


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Press Releases

New Ricoh WG-30W Camera with Built-in Wi-Fi Connectivity and Advanced Smartphone Support Functions

Wed October 8, 2014

RICOH WG-30w, Flame Orange

RICOH WG-30w, Flame Orange

Built for extreme adventues, Ricoh WG-30W is a rugged, compact camera with these key features.

  • Waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, coldproof, dustproof.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • A 16.0 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS image sensor,
  • Advanced imaging technologies include a digital microscope and a 5x optical zoom lens.
  • Record full HD movies with the powerful H.264 recording format.
  • Ricoh’s enhanced underwater mode compensates for excessive blue coloration, a feature you can only find on the WG-30w.

PRESS RELEASE

October 08, 2014

RICOH WG-30w Ricoh Imaging Announces the Latest Addition to the WG Series Complete with Built-in WiFi

Denver, Colorado October 8, 2014 RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the launch of the new Ricoh WG-30W. Building on the heritage of the amazing adventure proof cameras in the WG series, the WG-30w comes equipped with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and advanced smartphone support functions so one can easily browse through and download their adventures to share with family and friends. Designed to capture outdoor activities effortlessly, the WG-30w has a durable construction and a variety of outstanding features that make it ideal for those with an active lifestyle.


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Press Releases

Samsung’s New Semiconductor Fabrication Plant in 2017: Growing Demand for Advanced Semiconductor Products for Electronics Including Digital Still / Video Cameras

Tue October 7, 2014

A semiconductor product (a.k.a. “chips” or “semis”) is the “final or intermediate form of an incorporated circuit in a chip. It has an electronic function.”

Samsung will construct a new semiconductor fabrication plant in the company’s Godeok Industrial Complex in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.

  • The new fabrication plant operations are scheduled to begin in 2017.
  • Samsung will invest approximately KRW 15.6 trillion (South Korean Won).

Samsung’s Memory Business offers the industry’s most advanced and extensive range of memory semiconductor products. As a leader in both the design and manufacture of memory semiconductor since 1993, the business provides key memory products including dynamic random access memory (DRAM), static random access memory (SRAM), NAND flash memory, Solid State Drives (SSD) and a range of green memory solutions for use in PC, server and mobile applications. Samsung is also leading the industry in advancements of next generation DRAM and NAND flash technologies while nurturing future memory technologies.

Samsung’s System LSI Business designs and manufactures a variety of large scale integrated circuit (LSI) products….Samsung is a leading provider of CMOS image sensors for use in mobile phones, digital still cameras, DSLR cameras, digital video cameras and camera embedded display. Samsung’s leadership in this area includes backside illumination sensor technology, which dramatically enhances the light sensitivity of a sensor, and helps offering clear and crisp image quality. Samsung’s imagers also have advantages in high resolution, fast motion playback and longer battery life.

Samsung’s LED Business aims to achieve excellence as a long life, energy saving and eco-friendly light source supplier in displays and lighting applications. Samsung’s advanced semiconductor manufacturing expertise serves as a strong foundation to deliver state-of-the-art LED devices. Samsung offers LED based lighting solutions in the form of back light units in display panels, exterior and dashboard lighting in automotives, lighting packages and engines with and without integrated optics, and drivers and retrofit lighting such as bulbs and tubes.

The Memory and System LSI products are fabricated in the wafer fabrication (front-end) production facilities that are located in Giheung and Hwaseong, Korea (near Seoul), and in Austin, Texas. The company also operates IC (Integrated Circuit) assembly and testing plants in Onyang, Korea and Suzhou, China. A key benefit of Samsung’s component strategy is operational efficiencies of placing manufacturing facilities and R&D offices on the same plant helps the company create distinctive synergy effect in the industry, while fertilizing communication more efficient and timely.

Samsung is also operating wafer level LED production within the main semiconductor locations in Giheung and Hwaseong, Korea and a package assembly site in Tianjin, China. As a means to secure supplies of core materials, a vertically integrated structure for phosphor and sapphire wafers is formed through a joint venture with Sumitomo Chemicals.

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/aboutus/business/overview

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/aboutus/business/factsheet

The latest high-end digital still/video cameras offer multiple advantages, such as “an ultra-compact physical size, ease of use, exceptional image quality, and long battery life.”


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Press Releases

Nikon Canada’s 2014 Digital Camera Holiday Lineup: For Every Photographer on Your Holiday List

Sat October 4, 2014

Nikon Canada’s 2014 Digital Camera Holiday Lineup features a range of offerings to meet the needs of every photographer on your holiday list — from the novice shutter bug to the future film director. Nikon has cameras at various price points and in assorted colours.

NEWS RELEASE

Share the gift of memories this season
with Nikon Canada’s 2014 Digital Camera Holiday Lineup

Creative, Innovative, Stylish and Compact: Digital cameras that capture the moments
that mean the most  

Mississauga, ON, October 3, 2014 – Nikon Canada is pleased to introduce its 2014 digital camera lineup, featuring a range of offerings to meet the needs of every photographer on your holiday list — from the novice shutter bug to the future film director.

“If you’re looking for a memorable gift this holiday season, Nikon Canada has you covered,” Amanda Mohammed, Manager, Communications & Nikon Professional Services, Nikon Canada. “This year, our extensive lineup includes a durable, family-friendly camera that lets everyone be a memory-keeper; an HD-SLR for the budding photographer looking to learn how to preserve life’s special moments; as well as Nikon’s newest full-frame HD-SLR, featuring built-in Wi-Fi and a tilting Vari-Angle LCD, for more experienced photographers looking to shoot from all angles. From adventurers to social media aficionados, our range of cameras includes stylish and compact designs, innovative features and creative functions for all.”

 Nikon COOLPIX Cameras

 COOLPIX S32: The Family-friendly Warrior

Nikon  COOLPIX S32, white

Nikon COOLPIX S32, white

Nikon COOLPIX S32, blue

Nikon COOLPIX S32, blue

Now everyone can help preserve family memories! There’s a lot going on during the holidays, and children are a part of it all. Hand them a camera to see the holidays through their eyes, and you’ll be amazed at what they discover. The S32’s oversized buttons are perfect for tiny hands, and its tough shell makes it durable enough to be used by every member of the family. Housed in a compact, durable body that’s waterproof (up to 10 metres), shockproof (up to 1.4 metres), and dustproof, this camera takes the worry out of photography. Its 2.7-inch LCD display supports an intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) that allows for simple navigation and several shooting and playback modes. The S32 also records Full HD (1080p) video with a built-in mic for exceptional video and audio quality.

MSRP: $129.95*. Available in white and blue.

COOLPIX P600: The Compact Zoomer

Nikon COOLPIX P600, black

Nikon COOLPIX P600, black

Nikon COOLPIX P600, red

Nikon COOLPIX P600, red


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Press Releases

Panasonic’s New State-of-the-art Welfare Technologies Include “Digital Mirror” With Cutting-edge 3D Camera Technology

Fri October 3, 2014

Rehabilitation Navigation System (Digital Mirror): Extensive menu makes physical therapy enjoyable. Image by Panasonic.

Rehabilitation Navigation System (Digital Mirror): Extensive menu makes physical therapy enjoyable. Image by Panasonic.

At both the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo (June 18 – 21, 2014 in Yokohama, Japan) and 41st Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, H.C.R. 2014 (October 1 – 3 in Tokyo, Japan), Panasonic Corporation presented the “Digital Mirror.”

Today is World Smile Day!

This year’s theme for the Panasonic booth at H.C.R. is “Panasonic’s welfare solutions that help realize ‘a better life’ full of smiling faces.”

Panasonic is showcasing a rehabilitation navigation system for hospitals and facilities for the elderly, the “Digital Mirror,” now combined with rehabilitation training and evaluation system that comes equipped with cutting-edge 3D camera technology.

  • The Digital Mirror is a system that combines a large half-mirror with digital technologies hidden behind it to provide innovative rehabilitation navigation programs for care facilities and hospitals.
  • It allows for rehabilitation training, scientific measurements and records keeping of these measured data.
  • Individualized programs can be created per patient and quick comparisons made between past and present data.
  • It contributes to improving quality of rehabilitation along with higher worker efficiencies.

NEWS RELEASE

Panasonic’s Robotic Technology Helps Deliver “A Better Life” to the World of Welfare

Oct 03, 2014

Tokyo, Japan – Panasonic Corporation is taking part in the 41st Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition, H.C.R. 2014, which is being held at the Tokyo Big Sight from October 1 to 3, 2014.

This year’s theme for the Panasonic booth at H.C.R. is “Panasonic’s welfare solutions that help realize ‘a better life’ full of smiling faces.” Panasonic’s state-of-the-art welfare and rehabilitation systems being introduced in the stage presentation and numerous assistive products for homes and facilities are drawing much attention.

Panasonic introduces the latest nursing care and rehabilitation products and systems at “Home Care and Rehabilitation, H.C.R. 2014.”

Presentation of state-of-the-art welfare technologies

On the main stage located in the center of the booth, Panasonic is introducing 3 products as part of a cutting-edge age-free solution.
The “Resyone” is an electric care bed with a section that can be separated and transformed into a fully reclining electric wheelchair to help users get out of bed. Panasonic has already begun taking orders for this product.
Moreover, by using sensing technology, Panasonic’s “Mimamori System” can keep an eye on the facility inhabitants’ movement and breathing to make sure they are safe and sound. Also being introduced is a prototype of self-reliance support robot, which helps users stand up, walk, and sit down.

On the 2 mini stages Panasonic is showcasing a rehabilitation navigation system for hospitals and facilities for the elderly, the “Digital Mirror,” now combined with rehabilitation training and evaluation system that comes equipped with cutting-edge 3D camera technology, as well as a rehabilitation training and evaluation system for tablets. And for facilities, Panasonic is demonstrating the “Aqua Heart J Series (prototype),” a barrier-free bath unit that was developed to help users be as independent as possible while taking a bath.

Rehabilitation assistant system (prototype) is an upgrade of the Digital Mirror.

Rehabilitation assistant system (prototype) is an upgrade of the Digital Mirror.


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Contests, Press Releases

City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Contest Update: Deadline Extended to Oct.31, 2014

Fri October 3, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, City of Toronto, Parks, Forestry and Recreation Contest for Ontario Residents: Submit Photos Until 5:00PM on Sept.30, 2014.

  • The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division’s photo contest deadline has been extended from September 30 to October 31.

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

September 30, 2014

City of Toronto photography contest deadline extended

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division’s photo contest deadline has been extended from September 30 to October 31 so fall colours in Toronto’s parks, urban forests, natural environments and recreation spaces can be included.

The contest is presented by Nikon Canada. The expert guest judges are Kristian Bogner, a world-class professional photographer, speaker and Nikon Ambassador; Dr. Roberta Bondar, the first neurologist in space and Canada’s first female astronaut, whose photography has taken her to the most extreme climatic and geological locations on earth; and Moses Znaimer, media visionary, Founder/CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and President of CARP.


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Contests, Press Releases

Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015 is Open to All: Submit Photos & Videos Online Until Dec.15, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. Japan Standard Time

Thu October 2, 2014

…For Nikon, with our pledge to be “at the heart of the image”, this is a great opportunity to champion new forms of image making, adapting to and embracing these exciting changes in the way people express their passions and beliefs through imagery…

This year for the first time, all categories in photography and video will accept entries from any digital device, including smartphones. The video category will broaden its accepted length to six to 180 seconds, and will have an independent set of judges….

We believe in the power of the image to tell stories that can’t be told any other way. The Nikon Photo Contest is a celebration of that belief and an invitation to you to share your story with the world. As our contest continues to broaden, we would be honored to have you take part.

Nikon Corporation
President and Representative Director
Kazuo Ushida
http://www.nikon-photocontest.com/en/message/

Eligibility: The contest is open to all, professional and amateur, regardless of age, sex or nationality.

  • Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian.
  • By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.

Awards and Prizes

Grand Prize

  • One prize will be awarded in each of the photography and video categories.
  • Each winner will receive a trophy, an award certificate, and Nikon products equivalent to 1,000,000 yen (9193.1200 US Dollar at the current exchanges rate), 500,000 yen (4587.6200 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) in cash and the opportunity to show his or her portfolio on the Nikon Photo Contest Website.*1
  • The Grand Prize will be selected separately from the 1st place prize in each category.


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