To mark this anniversary we asked 10 photographers to tell us about their experiences using M, their favourite image captured with it, and what this iconic camera means to them. Learn more about capturing your M image at http://uk.leica-camera.com. #LeicaM60
The M Magazine is exclusively dedicated to M photography, presenting great pictures taken by renowned photographers, all wrapped up in a completely new outfit with book-like quality. The M Magazine, concentrates on the essential and celebrates each picture – whether part of an extensive series or a single unforgettable image. Continue Reading »
Wayne, N.J., July 22, 2015 – Introduced in April during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in April, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced that the first two lenses in its 4K Ultra HD Series for sports and entertainment applications are available for delivery. The UA22x8 is the first portable zoom lens in the series, and the new UA80X9 is the first field lens.
Fujinon UA80x9, 4K field lens
“Since their debut at NAB, these lenses have gotten a lot of attention because of their 2/3-inch design, extended focal length and 4K optical performance,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “From long-form programming DPs to sports and news camera operators, everyone is excited about the range and resolution now offered in a 2/3-inch lens. 4K UltraHD productions can be produced with equipment that has the same ‘look and feel’ capabilities of HD, but with a premium picture quality. We can’t wait to hear the feedback from customers after they’ve used them in the field.” Continue Reading »
Sony Mobile Communications and ZMP Inc. agree to collaborate on development and launch of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones.
The two companies will jointly found “Aerosense inc.,” in early August 2015.
The partnership will incorporate Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network and robotics technologies with ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies.
ZMP inc. have sold the household bipedal locomotion robot: nuvo in 2004, and 2-wheeled autonomous moving music robot: miuro in 2007, then succeeded autonomous driving with 1/10 scale model of commercial vehicle RoboCar ® 1/10 and sold it from 2009. We applied our technology for developing RoboCar® MV, an operational single seated EV based on Toyota Coms, and then sold RoboCar® MV from 2011. In addition, we started to sell commercial hybrid car based vehicle RoboCar® HV from 2012, then performed demonstration of autonomous driving and trial for the general public in the ITS world conference in December and 43th Tokyo Motor Show in Novenber, 2013.
The following video presents 東京モータショー2013/Tokyo Motor Show 2013:
ZMP Inc.’s Autonomous Driving Demonstration
The detection of pedestrians and vehicles is done bymachine learningand high-speedGPU.
Figure 1 below (Image Courtesy of ZMP Inc.): autonomous VTOL (Vertical TakeOff and Landing) unmanned airplane
[ZMP finally take off in the sky! ]
Today, the combination of the processing of the image data by the imaging and cloud by Sony Mobile Communications like the autonomous unmanned aircraft, was agreed on collaboration in order to develop and provide industrial solutions! This year early August (planned), we plan to establish a new company “Aero sense Inc.”.
The above text is a Google translation of the following Japanese text:
Aerosense Inc. will combine Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network, and robotics technologies with ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies together to 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.
July 22, 2015
Sony Mobile and ZMP to Establish Joint Venture for Developing and Providing Enterprise Solutions that Utilize Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Sony Mobile Communications and ZMP agree to collaborate on development and launch of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles
The two companies will jointly found “Aerosense inc.,” in early August 2015
The partnership will incorporate Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network and robotics technologies with ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies
Tokyo, Japan – Sony Mobile Communications Inc. (“Sony Mobile”: President and CEO Hiroki Totoki) and ZMP Inc. (“ZMP”: CEO Hisashi Taniguchi) have agreed to collaborate on the development and launch of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing. Sony Mobile and ZMP will jointly found “Aerosense Inc.,” a new company slated to be incorporated in early August of this year. Continue Reading »
The following video presents 16th FINA World Championships – Kazan 2015 (teaser):
The 16th FINA World Championships will be held in Kazan, Russia, from July 24 – August 9, 2015. Kazan has now developed the most advanced sporting infrastructure in all of Russia and has one of the most advanced Aquatic facilities in the world.
Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan Republic, Russia, is the host for the 16th FINA World Championships which will feature competitions in six different disciplines; swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, high diving, water polo and open water swimming.
Dozens of athletes from all parts of the world arrive every day in the host city of the upcoming mega aquatics event, to take place from July 24 – August 9, 2015.
Kazan will welcome approximately 2,500 athletes coming from 186 nations for this edition of the event.
Also, FINA Water World Park will be officially opened on July 24.
It will be available to the general public during the whole period of the Championships from midday till 22:00.
Furthermore, for the professional photographers covering this event, Nikon Professional Services (NPS) will set up a service center to offer support and services, including equipment inspections, cleaning, minor repairs and the loan of equipment.
The following video presents Nikon Professional Services – BCN2013:
NPS supports accredited Nikon professional photographers at around 50 major sporting events throughout the year. Robert Cristina, Manager – NPS Nikon Europe, talks about the particular challenges of shooting at the FINA World Swimming Championships, BCN2013.
Nikon to Support 16th FINA World Championships as Official FINA Partner
July 16, 2015
Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) is pleased to announce its official partnership with the Fédération International de Natation (FINA) at the 16th FINA World Championships, to be held from July 24 to August 9, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. Continue Reading »
Sigma Corporation Announces Pricing and Availability of 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
Market’s first F2 full-frame zoom available in late July for $999
July 16, 2015 10:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
RONKONKOMA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced that the new Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens will become available in late July for the street price of $999.
“The combination of fast, constant aperture and zoom versatility will make this lens exceptionally popular for photographers who crave the convenience of wide angle zooms, paired with the performance of fast, wide primes”
The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens is the market’s first full-frame zoom that allows photographers to carry one fast aperture lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm. It includes an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing, a manual focus (MF) override functionality, and is made of Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) reducing its size and weight.
Built upon the impressive versatility offered by Sigma’s 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the new 24-35mm continues the Art line tradition of top optical performance that’s comparable to Sigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art. It offers optimized lens power distribution, and minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature. The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens also features a video-friendly, inner focusing system that eliminates front-lens rotation, enhancing the lens’ stability as well as a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function.
“The combination of fast, constant aperture and zoom versatility will make this lens exceptionally popular for photographers who crave the convenience of wide angle zooms, paired with the performance of fast, wide primes,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The Art lenses have raised the bar for total imaging performance, and this lens is going to make a lot of photographers very happy.” Continue Reading »
The following video presents The Future of Factory Automation:
Since the 1970 factories have become ever more automated. In this episode Allison and Vince look at current trends in factory automation and show how networked facilities are changing the landscape of manufacturing.
A total of 27,685 robots valued at $1.6 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2014, an increase of 28% in units and 19% in dollars over 2013.
25,425 robots valued at $1.5 billion were shipped to North American customers in 2014. Shipments grew 13% in units and six percent in dollars over 2013.
The automotive industry was the primary driver of growth in 2014, with robot orders increasing 45% year over year.
Non-automotive industries grew seven percent in total over 2013. The standout non-automotive industries in 2014 in terms of order growth were Plastics and Rubber (25%), Semiconductor and Electronics (21%), and Metals (16%).
The fastest growing applications for robot orders in North America in 2014 were Arc Welding (+58%), Spot Welding (+57%), Assembly (+16%), and Material Handling (+11%).
RIA estimates that some 230,000 robots are now at use in United States factories, placing the US second only to Japan in robot use.
Some Socioeconomic Reasons For Increasing Robot Sales in Manufacturing
Wages offshore rising.
Robot prices down and performance up.
An aging workforce moves closer to retirement.
Misconceptions of manufacturing as crude and demoralizing persist.
The skills gap is growing.
Canon is working hard in creating “eyes for intelligent robots” or Super Machine Vision.
Canon is currently hard at work in the pursuit of Super Machine Vision (SMV), a next-generation vision system that surpasses the abilities of the human vision system, by leveraging its autofocus (AF) technologies cultivated through the development of cameras and business machines while also taking advantage of the image-recognition and data-processing capabilities employed in face-detection and character-recognition technologies.
SMV development is proceeding in two fields—Industrial Machine Vision and Monitoring Machine Vision—with the aim of realizing intelligent robotic vision capable of not only operating on command, but also detecting, assessing and learning as people do, based on a recorded history (experience) in accordance with changes in the environment and circumstances.
Conceptual Overview of Identification Functionality of the 3-D Machine Vision Heads or Systems. (Left) Performing the same function as the human vision system, the illumination and capture unit employed in these systems incorporates some of Canon’s most advanced imaging and optical technologies. (Right) Meanwhile, the processing unit, which serves as the brain of the system, is equipped with various recognition and image-processing technologies developed by Canon: Image Courtesy of Canon
Additionally, to provide intelligent learning capabilities, the unit contains algorithms developed based on statistical machine learning, which makes possible estimation and learning through the analysis of statistical data.
Because many of the parts used in cameras and other products are achromatic—many being either black or white in appearance—or made of glossy or transparent material, identifying individual parts from within a large pile proved challenging. With Industrial Machine Vision SMV, however, development focuses on the realization of visual capabilities that enable the high-speed and high-precision supply and assembly of such parts. http://www.canon.com/technology/approach/special/smv.html
Recently, Canon launched the 3-D Machine Vision Systems, models RV300, RV500 and RV1100.
To be used with industrial robots, these systems or heads are capable of high-speed, high-accuracy three-dimensional recognition of objects.
Therefore, these heads in combination with a robotic arm can help increase production efficiencies in factories by facilitating the automatic high-speed supply of parts to production lines.
The Canon 3-D Machine Vision Systems, models RV300, RV500, and RV1100 are expected to be available on Oct 1, 2015.
Panasonic is developing a new technological function ‘Post Focus’, that enables users to select their area of focus after shooting with easy touch screen operation. This function has been developed by evolving the conventional 4K Photo technology, not only to prevent out-of-focus misshots but also to offer creative freedom in photography. This is made cleverly possible by shooting 30 shots (using 4K Photo Burst) while shifting the lens to set focus on approx. 50 different depth areas. Panasonic will introduce this Post Focus function via a firmware update for DMC-GX8, DMC-FZ300 and additional models in late 2015. This feature will be integrated into several upcoming LUMIX digital cameras in 2016 as well.
One news that should get many photographers excited is the development of the first and much anticipated Leica super telephoto zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system. With a 35mm equivalent of 200-800 mm, the LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens will be the longest telephoto in the Panasonic lens line-up and it makes wildlife and sports action shooting now possible with a MFT mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. Will the availability of this lens (and hopefully of more high quality long zoom lenses to come) tempt current DSLR professional photographers to finally ditch their bulky and heavy DSLRs and lenses and switch to Panasonic’s (and Olympus’) more compact and lighter mirrorless MFT alternatives? Available spring 2016. Pricing is not yet available.
Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH
Another lens being developed is the Lumix G 25mm Single Focal Length Lens with F1.7 ASPH. This lens is a 50mm (35 mm camera equivalent) single focal length lens with a large diameter. The 50mm focus distance offers almost the same viewing angle and sense of perspective of human eyes which means users can enjoy shooting a portrait or scenery as they see. The new lens also supports high speed digital signal exchange at 240 fps to comply with the high-speed, high-precision AF (Auto Focus) with DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology on the LUMIX G cameras. Available October with final pricing to be announced.
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF FIRST LEICA TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS FOR MICRO FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM
The First LEICA DG Zoom Lens in the Lineup1
MISSISSAUGA, ON (July 16, 2015) – Panasonic Canada is pleased to announce that the company is developing the first LEICA DG 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 telephoto zoom lens (35mm camera equivalent: 200-800mm) for the Micro Four Thirds system. Continue Reading »
The following video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GX8 Shooting Impression by Daniel Berehulak:
Daniel Berehulak, a world-renowned award-winning photojournalist, travelled to Cuba with new LUMIX DMC-GX8 to document an evolving culture and society going through significant social, political and economic change.
The Panasonic GX8 improves on the GX7 with a dual image stabilizer: the in-body sensor-shift image stabilizer now works in conjunction with the lens optical image stabilizer to take maximum advantage of both stabilizers in wide angle as well as at the tele end. Sensor resolution has increased to 20.3MP. The 4K Photo/Video capability and DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology of the G7 are now included. Both the EVF and rear monitor are high resolution OLED with time lag of less than 0.01 sec. Available September in either black or chrome metal with an MSP of CAD $1,599 (sold body only).
PANASONIC CANADA ANNOUNCES LUMIX DMC-GX8 FLAGSHIP DSLM CAMERA
20.3-Megapixel GX8 includes Dual Image Stabilizer and 4K Video/Photo Capability
MISSISSAUGA, ON (July 16, 2015) – Panasonic Canada is proud to introduce the new LUMIX G Series DMC-GX8 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera featuring a host of advanced functions packed into a splash and dust-proof rugged design.
For the first time in a LUMIX G camera, the DMC-GX8 boasts a dual image stabilizer1. By evolving the in-body image stabilizer, the new DMC-GX8 integrates Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)1 to secure a more powerful handshake correction. Almost any type of handshake can be effectively suppressed with this innovative image stabilization system. As a result, you can get clear handheld shots in low-light situations.
Panasonic GX8: dual image stabilizer
The new 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor excels both in response, sensitivity and dynamic range. The Venus Engine dramatically boosts its performance with a quad-core CPU that enables high speed signal processing. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, the DMC-GX8 allows for shooting at max. ISO 25600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and colour reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality. It is also capable of high speed burst shooting at 8 fps (AFS) / 6 fps (AFC).
The DMC-GX8 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p (60Hz) or 24p in MP4, capturing video footage that boasts stunning detail. Taking advantage of 4K video recording performance, users can capture 4K photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel resolution. It is easy to get 4K photos with three 4K Photo modes; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst.
The following video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ300 – A New Hybrid Camera with Full-range F2.8 Aperture:
Panasonic is proud to introduce a new powerful zoom camera DMC-FZ300 with full range F2.8 aperture complying with 4K ultra high definition video recording and 4K Photo function in a splash/dust-proof rugged design. The 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the new image processor Venus Engine in DMC-FZ300 feature enables shooting high quality image even in higher sensitivity recording up to ISO 6400, higher resolution and superior color reproduction. The LUMIX’s popular FZ series pack a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability including manual operation over photo and video recording. The DMC-FZ300 newly integrates a large, bright 1,440K-dot OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder) with approx.100% field of view. For even faster response and higher mobility, the DMC-FZ300 newly integrates the DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology to achieve ultra high-speed AF of approx. 0.09 sec. It contributes to the high speed burst shooting at 12 fps. With the Wi-Fi® connectivity, users can connect the camera to their smartphone / tablet to expand the flexibility in shooting/storing/sharing images.
The Panasonic FZ300 improves on the FZ200 with the addition of 4K Photo/Video capability in a splash/dust-proof rugged body. 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst are available just like on the G7. Also new is the DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology. The FZ300 retains the amazing 24x 25-600mm equivalent optical zoom lens with a constant F2.8 across the entire zoom range. Available mid-September with an MSP of CAD $799.99.
Featuring 4K Photo and Video, 24x Optical Zoom and Full Range F2.8 Aperture1
MISSISSAUGA, ON (July 16, 2015) – Panasonic Canada is proud to introduce the DMC-FZ300, a powerful new zoom camera and successor to the DMC-FZ200. Building on the FZ200’s outstanding lens performance of full range F2.8 aperture (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm), the DMC-FZ300 also features 4K ultra high definition photo and video recording.
The DMC-FZ300’s stunningly fast F2.8 aperture in 600mm, which has never before been achieved by any digital compact camera, makes it possible to capture moving subjects clearly with a fast shutter speed even at a distance. In addition, the cameras 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the new Venus Engine allows for shooting high quality images up to ISO 6400, with a higher resolution and superior colour reproduction.
The DMC-FZ300 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p (60Hz) / or 24p in MP4, which allows users to capture footage in truly stunning detail. Taking advantage of 4K Photo, users can capture that perfect moment at 30 fps in 8-megapixel resolution. Three new exclusive functions will help capture the perfect moment: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. These functions help capture unique moments by cropping the frame you want out of the 4K burst file.
Vic Chao describes the integration of IP in a live production switching environment .
Sony is also set to show how 2015 will be a landmark year for Sony and IP.
Image extracted from video above
Sony is returning to IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) this September to showcase its latest developments around its core capabilities: image technology, IP at the core as well as demonstrating its commitment to delivering end-to-end workflows.
The Sony press conference is scheduled for 9am CET on Friday, September 11, and will be streamed live.
IP (Internet Protocol) enables multiple video, audio, reference signals and control data to be transmitted between devices using a single network cable. This simplifies live production systems, reducing installation costs and dramatically improves in the efficiency of video transmission.
Sony’s Networked Media Interface packetizes and transmits HD and 4K video, audio, and metadata in real time over standard network infrastructures. Sony is also developing low latency video codec (LLVC) technology to support the video compression required for 4K 60p transmission over 10 Gbps Ethernet.
This technology also enhances Sony’s IP Live Production system, making live studio and sports broadcasts more efficient and less expensive. At IBC 2014, Sony announced an alliance of leading companies, including Evertz, for their support for Sony Network Media Interface to allow customers to use an IP infrastructure in their facilities, and support broadcasters through the transition from legacy SDI environments to IP-based infrastructures.
Sony’s IP Live Production Solutions in the UK
Sony is working with standards bodies including SMPTE, VSF, and JT-NM (Joint Task Force on Networked Media) to create a unified standard for IP Live. The IP Live codec is in the process of becoming an open industry standard through SMPTE.
Sony, in collaboration with some of the world’s leading broadcast industry organisations, has created the Networked Media Interface. This AV over IP interface delivers low latency and noise-free switching of HD and 4K video, audio and metadata, as part of IP-based networking. It forms the backbone of IP Live Production Solutions.
Sony enhances solutions-based approach at IBC 2015 to accompany partners through the networked media landscape
Basingstoke – July 10th, 2015: Sony is returning to IBC this September to reinforce and build upon its industry-leading position as a technology innovator, solutions provider, and trusted business partner. Sony will showcase its latest developments around its core capabilities: image technology, IP at the core as well as demonstrating its commitment to delivering end-to-end workflows. By expanding upon its ‘Beyond Definition’ theme, Sony will show how its latest innovations help customers optimise the creative, operational and economic value of their work. Sony will be exhibiting from 11th to 15th September in the Elicium Hall at the RAI in Amsterdam. Continue Reading »