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Sony α7II (Model ILCE-7M2), the World’s First Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera with 5-Axis Image Stabilization: Available in USA Beginning on Dec.9, 2014

Wed November 26, 2014

The following video presents α7Ⅱ from Sony: Official Video Release:

Full-frame, palm-sized α. Perfection for all. Stability for all.
Breathtaking image quality meets unrivaled shooting freedom in the ɑ7 II, the world’s first*1 full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization. Now you can fully express your vision with full-frame quality and cutting-edge camera shake compensation compatible with wide-ranging lenses. But Sony didn’t stop there. Operation is incredibly intuitive and enhanced Fast Hybrid AF delivers lightning-fast focusing, super-wide coverage and tracking performance that captures fast-moving subjects and doesn’t let go. The liberating ɑ7 II. Packed with innovation yet compact beyond compare, it frees you to shoot however you like with confidence.
*1 Among interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with a 35mm full-frame image sensor. As of November 2014 based on Sony research.

Sony α7II Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (Model ILCE-7M2)

  • Available beginning on December 9th as body-only  or as a kit with the FE 28-70mm F3.5 – F5.6 OSS zoom lens (model SEL2870).

New α A-mount 70-300mm F4.5 – F5.6 G SSMII (model SAL70300G2) Telephoto Zoom Lens

  • For outdoor sports and wildlife photography as well as tightly cropped portraits.
  • Approximately 4x faster AF tracking than the current lens model 70-300mm F4.5 – F5.6 G SSM.
  • Available in February 2015.

New α A-mount Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSMII and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA Lenses

  • Improve upon the speed of AF tracking.
  • Target ship timing is Spring 2015.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Introduces the α7II, the World’s First Full-Frame Camera with 5-Axis Image Stabilization

by Communications 11/26/2014, in Digital Cameras

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 26, 2014 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has today introduced another exciting addition to its full-frame α7 lineup, the α7II (model ILCE-7M2).

The new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is the world’s first full-frame camera to feature 5-axis image stabilization1, allowing it to compensate for camera movement in five different directions to produce extremely sharp handheld images.

The α7II model is equipped with a 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor and adds 30% faster AF responsiveness4, enriched video shooting capabilities, redesigned ergonomics and more.

“The new α7II is simply the latest example of the impressive innovation we’re bringing to the industry, particularly in the mirrorless space” said Neal Manowitz, director of the α interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “We’re continuing to push the boundaries of what can be accomplished with a full-frame sensor, consistently delivering ‘world’s first’ technologies that no other cameras – DSLR or otherwise – can accomplish.”
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Press Releases

Sony Canada α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the World’s First Full-Frame Camera with 5-Axis Image Stabilization: Available in Mid-December 2014

Wed November 26, 2014

The following video presents Introducing the α7Ⅱ from Sony:

  • Introducing the α7 II (ILCE-7M2) the next in the α7 series of interchangeable lens models and the world’s first camera with optical 5 – axis image stabilization designed for a full frame image sensor.
  • The α7Ⅱ features:
    -35mm full-frame Exmor™ CMOS sensor with approx. 24.3 effective megapixels
    -*High-speed BIONZ X™ image processing engine for high image quality
    -*ISO sensitivity: 100-25600
    – *SteadyShot™ INSIDE 5-axis image stabilization
    -*Fast Hybrid AF(Performance improved)

Additional technical specifications are available online at www.sony.net/Products/di/en-gb/products/v6cd/ .

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Introduces the α7 II, the World’s First Full-Frame Camera with 5-Axis Image Stabilization

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TORONTO, Ontario–November 26, 2014­–Sony today announced the α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the next in the revolutionary α7 series of mirrorless interchangeable-lens models and the world’s first1camera with 5-axis image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor, giving photographers greater creativity with full-frame quality and cutting-edge camera shake compensation in a compact design.

“Our photographers love the Alpha series and the new α7 II is the next evolutionary step for unparalleled steady handheld shooting freedom– as the world’s first-full frame camera with 5-axis image stabilisation in a compact body,” said Todd Toyoda, Director of Digital Imaging at Sony Canada.  “With an operation that is incredibly intuitive and an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF for lightning fast-focusing, the α7 II is the perfect full-frame palm-sized camera that lets you shoot with unrivalled confidence.”
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Press Releases

Canon Gets 2014 Design for Asia Bronze Awards for EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Super-telephoto Zoom Lens and LEGRIA mini X Video Camcorder

Tue November 25, 2014

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X. Internal extender switch lever is located between the Canon label and the lens mount section (right-hand side) as shown above.

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X. Internal extender switch lever is located between the Canon label and the lens mount section (right-hand side) as shown above.

Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is the world’s first interchangeable super-telephoto zoom lens (for use with EOS cameras) to employ an internal extender. This super-telephoto zoom lens is designed for sports and wildlife photographers.

  • With the simple flick of a switch, the internal extender enables the lens’s focal length range to be increased from 1x to 1.4x – a capability that normally would require the attachment of an external extender – thus eliminating the risk of dust or moisture entering the lens or camera during lens changes.
  • “IS” stands for Image Stabilizer.
  • “USM” stands for Ultrasonic Motor.
    • Ultrasonic motor (USM) for fast, quiet autofocus.

Canon LEGRIA mini X video camcorder (VIXIA mini X in the Americas and iVIS mini X in Japan) features a simple, compact body design that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand.

  • The camcorder employs a wide-angle lens delivering widespread coverage even when shooting at close range, and includes a built-in stand.

This video presents Canon VIXIA mini X camcorder.

Both the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x and LEGRIA mini X (VIXIA mini X in the Americas and iVIS mini X in Japan) video camcorder were recognized for design excellence by the Hong Kong Design Centre* with 2014 Design for Asia (DFA) Bronze Awards in the following categories and subcategories:

PRESS RELEASE

November 25, 2014
Canon Inc.

Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens, LEGRIA mini X camcorder win Design for Asia Bronze Awards

TOKYO, November 25, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company’s EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, a super-telephoto zoom lens incorporating an internal extender, and the LEGRIA mini X (VIXIA mini X in the Americas and iVIS mini X in Japan) video camcorder were recognized for design excellence by the Hong Kong Design Centre* with 2014 Design for Asia (DFA) Bronze Awards.

The Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is the world’s first interchangeable super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender. With the simple flick of a switch, the internal extender enables the lens’s focal length range to be increased, a capability that normally would require the attachment of an external extender. The EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x brings together various Canon optical technologies, making possible exceptional versatility through its built-in extender, which does away with the need to attach an external extender, thus eliminating the risk of dust or moisture entering the lens or camera during lens changes.
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Press Releases

Apple AirPrint to Seamlessly Print Photos and Documents from Apple Devices: Now Available on Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE Color Multifunction Printers

Mon November 24, 2014

Wireless printing support is now available on select Canon PIXMA Wireless All-In-One Printers and select Canon imageCLASS Multifunction Printers as well as Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350iF and C250iF Multifunction Office Printers.

AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print photos, emails, web pages and documents without installing device drivers.

  • Apple AirPrint functionality requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch device running iOS 4.2 (or later), and an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device.

This video presents How We Print: AirPrint.

With the seamlessness of AirPrint technology, you can make sure that the best-looking photos of you on social media are printed to be remembered forever.

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Canon Adds AirPrint Compatibility to imageRUNNER ADVANCE 350iF/250iF Color Multifunction Office Systems

Delivers Seamless, Convenient Mobile Printing From iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 24, 2014 – Continuing to meet the needs of its customers, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the new imageRUNNER ADVANCE C350iF and C250iF color multifunction systems now support AirPrint wireless1 printing from iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices. As an industry leader Canon continues to offer products that provide customers with user-friendly, convenient solutions, including AirPrint2 which allows users to wirelessly print photos, emails, web pages and documents without installing device drivers.
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Press Releases

Nikon: New ‘I AM Generation Image’ Integrated Campaign and Website

Thu November 20, 2014

Nikon D750, the NIKKOR lenses, and other essential gear the participants used in the “I AM Generation Image” campaign.

Nikon D750, the NIKKOR lenses, and other essential gear the participants used in the “I AM Generation Image” campaign.

This video presents I Am Generation Image.

  • “This generation creates tens of thousands of images in the blink of an eye. Our images speak for us. Will you be heard? See how you can be part of #IAMGenerationImage here: IAmGenerationImage.com .”

The new “I AM Generation Image” integrated campaign just started with the launch of the I am Generation Image website featuring the content of a select group of creative individuals representing some of the eyes and voices of this generation.“

We sent one Nikon D750 on a road trip through a generation. The purpose of this journey? To give seven people with something to say a better camera to say it with, and to show the incredible range of expression a single Nikon DSLR is capable of capturing.

Please click here to view the interactive display of the camera, the NIKKOR lenses, and other essential gear they used in this campaign.

Formal participants in the campaign will share imagery under the hashtag “#IAMGenerationImage” and Nikon will encourage widespread consumer participation through its social channels.

  • Users will also be encouraged to interact with the campaign by tagging their own visual stories with #IAmGenerationImage for the chance to be incorporated into the campaign.

More than any before, this generation speaks through images. Amidst the visual noise, Nikon can help you stand out and be heard. Join #IAmGenerationImage and make your mark on the world.

PRESS RELEASE

November 20, 2014

Nikon Inc. Announces New ‘I AM Generation Image’ Integrated Campaign to Celebrate and Support a World that Communicates Visually

“I AM Generation Image” Will Include Inspiring Content and Encourage Others to Share Their Own Passions Through Authentic Imagery

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced its new “I AM Generation Image” integrated campaign, which is the imaging leader’s new platform to amplify the voices of individuals who want to stand out in a world of visual noise. The brand campaign aims to reinforce confidence in the entry-level and enthusiast DSLR markets, and inspire people to create images far beyond just “good enough,” to have their stories heard. “I AM Generation Image” will officially start today, with the launch of an immersive website featuring the content of a select group of creative individuals representing some of the eyes and voices of this generation.

“Each day we upload tens of thousands of images, making us the first generation to truly embrace pervasive visual communication. Whether it’s love, laughter or a call to act for the greater good, the feeling you get when you look at a photo or watch a video should reflect the intent and emotions of the person behind the lens,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “Generation Image was created to answer this need, and celebrates the stories of our lives and the important role that imagery plays in telling them, while inspiring users to capture more, and capture better using Nikon.”
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Press Releases

Sony α7 II, the World’s First Full-Frame Camera with Optical 5-Axis Image Stabilization: Available in Europe from Jan.2015

Thu November 20, 2014

Sony has released the α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the next in the α7 series of interchangeable-lens models and the world’s first[i] camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor.

The α7 II will be generally available in Europe from January 2015.

Please click here for the α7 II (ILCE-7M2)- technical specifications.

The following video presents α7 Ⅱ 5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE from Sony: Official Video Release:

5-axis image stabilization (5-axis SteadyShot INSIDE)
The remarkable new 5-axis image stabilization system dramatically expands your range of expression by compensating for five types of camera shake during handheld shooting of still images and movies. So you can confidently zoom in faraway subjects, snap detailed close-ups and capture night scenes with minimal camera shake blur. Since camera shake compensation is equivalent to using a 4.5-step* faster shutter speed, you can also take advantage of a wider range of shutter speeds. All this, within super compact dimensions!

* Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long exposure NR off.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Introduces the α7 II, the World’s First Full-Frame Camera with Optical 5-Axis Image Stabilization

Nov 20, 2014 11:05 GMT

Sony has released the α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the next in the α7 series of interchangeable-lens models and the world’s first[i] camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor.

The camera offers outstanding image quality in a compact size and light build, and it carries on the traditions of the α7 series, which includes the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens full-frame camera (α7R). A 24.3 effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor® CMOS sensor moves along five axes to compensate for camera shake, providing optical image stabilization equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction[ii] for still images. Shooting sharp handheld stills and video is now possible under conditions that may have required a tripod in the past. In this and other scenarios, users can enjoy beautifully rendered images from the full-frame sensor with the convenience of image stabilization. In-camera image stabilization also offers sharper images for those using A-mount lenses on an optional lens adapter.

World’s first full-frame camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization

Detects and corrects various camera shake along five axes for still images and video, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) that tends to occur when shooting with a telephoto lens, shift shake (along the X and Y axes) that becomes noticeable as photographing magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects shots at night or when recording video.

The full-frame image sensor moves to compensate for these kinds of camera shake. For still images, stabilization is equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction.
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

FUJIFILM: New Macro Extension Tubes MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 for Close-up Photography + Launch Dates for Firmware Update v3.0 and PC Tethered Shooting Software Availability for X-T1

Thu November 20, 2014

 FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES MACRO TUBES AND LAUNCH TIMING FOR NEW FIRMWARE UPDATES

Major firmware update and PC Tethered Shooting Software planned for FUJIFILM X-T1; updates coming for FUJIFILM X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X30

Valhalla, N.Y., November 20, 2014 FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced two new Macro Extension Tubes for the award-winning line of X-Series interchangeable lens cameras; plus a launch date for a major firmware update and PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for the FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver and X-T1 Black cameras. New firmware updates that deliver additional features and enhanced controls will also be available for the FUJIFILM X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X30.

FUJIFILM Macro Extension Tubes

The two new Macro Extension Tubes, the MCEX-11 and the MCEX-16 (for extended close-up work), are intermediate rings for close-up photography. By attaching the ring between a FUJINON XF or XC lens and a camera body, users can enjoy high-magnification photography. When the Macro Extension Tube is attached, the focus range is limited so users can find a focus point by moving the camera forward and backward.

The Macro Extension Tubes are equipped with electronic contacts, retaining normal AE (Auto Exposure) functions and are designed to seamlessly blend into the original look and feel of the X-Series line of compact system cameras.

FUJIFILM Macro Extension Tubes will be available in mid-December 2014 for USD $99.95 \ CAD $109.99 each.

PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5

A new PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows® Ver. 1.0 will feature two modes, Camera Mode and PC Mode, giving photographers enhanced shooting controls.

Within the PC Tethered Shooting Software, Camera Mode allows users to operate the camera and adjust its settings on the camera itself, with images taken simultaneously transferred to computer for display on the screen or saving on a PC. Adjusting exposure and other shooting settings, along with activating the shutter release, are carried out on camera. Alternatively, users can switch to PC Mode where they can check the viewfinder image of a remotely-setup camera, operate the camera and adjust its settings on a PC screen, with images taken simultaneously transferred to a PC for display on the screen or saving onto a PC. Adjusting exposure and other shooting settings, or activating the shutter release, are carried out remotely on the computer.

PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 also includes the Hyper-Utlity3 image browser for easy image viewing, analysis, assessment, categorization and organization. It features an image analysis function using the histogram, highlight clipping warning and EXIF data (including Film Simulations, exchangeable LENS name, and more) and displays an “image assessment” function that shows two images side-by-side for comparison.

PC Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 will be available in January 2015.

Firmware v3.0 (X-T1 Graphite Silver, X-T1 Black) available for download on December 18

Fujifilm will release a free, comprehensive firmware update on December 18 specifically for the new FUJIFILM X-T1 Graphite Silver and the original X-T1 Black that will give users exciting new features and controls to dramatically enhance their X-T1 shooting experience, including:
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Press Releases

Leica Camera AG Licenses a Patent Portfolio of Intellectual Ventures to Strengthen Its Intellectual Property Strategy and Business Position

Wed November 19, 2014

Leica Camera AG has licensed a patent portfolio of Intellectual Ventures™ (IV) to strengthen the existing intellectual property (IP) strategy and position of Leica Camera.

  • Intellectual Ventures is a privately-held invention capital company. IV builds a market for invention by making invention a profitable activity.
  • It has more than $6 billion committed capital and more than 40,000 intellectual property  (IP) assets in active monetization programs.
  • IV licenses intellectual property portfolios to companies, individuals, and institutions.

C-suite (a.k.a. chief executive officers, chief operating officers and chief information officers) at successful, growing companies faces multiple challenges such as technological convergence, limited R&D (Research & Development) capacities, and fierce global competition.

The agreement provides Leica, the Wetzlar based manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products, with a license to IV’s patent portfolio of nearly 40,000 IP assets in more than 50 technology areas, including digital imaging.

IV’s patent expertise, IP assets, and invention capabilities span the IT industry and every discipline of science and technology, helping companies gain efficient access to a global source of invention rights.,

Together with our customers, Intellectual Ventures is Bridging the Invention Gap™ by significantly reducing liabilities and providing access to valuable invention rights.

The Invention Gap—the difference between the invention rights companies own and the intellectual property (IP) assets they use—represents a strategic risk and potentially substantial financial liability. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, over the past 15 years, the annual median damages award for patent litigation in the U.S. has ranged from $2.4M to $10.5M—with single initial judgments as high as $1.8B.

Intellectual Ventures (IV®)

This video presents Patents Matter.

  • “Intellectual Ventures (IV) has always believed that patents are valuable, and the Market Research on Patent Attitudes study confirms that the C-suite shares this belief.
  • To read more study insights, visit http://www.intven.com/patentsmatter.”


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Here are the key benefits of licensing IV’s Patent Portfolio.

  • IV is an efficient source of IP and is uniquely positioned to help customers mitigate risk and increase their IP potential through licensing IV’s assembled portfolio containing nearly 40,000 IP assets in active monetization programs.
  • No longer deal with multiple patent owners; IV assembles the best available assets in the industry.
  • Avoid multiple business and legal costs, such as royalty stacking, through one licensing transaction.
  • Reduce exposure to litigation and the toll it will take on a business through fees and business disruption.
  • IV customers have access to value-added solutions designed to address short-term IP-related concerns while providing long-term leverage for their business success.
  • Access to IV’s acquisitions channels to source and buy relevant IP.
  • Leverage IV’s network of inventors to create new inventions.
  • Extend R&D efforts through acquiring and outsourcing targeted invention.
  • Monetize underutilized IP portfolio assets.
  • Mitigate potential threats by collaborating on defensive strategies: Intellectual Ventures’ IP-for-Defense™ program.
    • Intellectual Ventures’ patent experts identify patents in the Intellectual Ventures’ portfolio that could mitigate strategic risk for their customers.

Leica is also now a subscriber to IV’s IP-for-Defense™ program.

NEWS RELEASE

18/11/2014

Leica Camera AG licenses Patent Portfolio of Intellectual Ventures

Leica Camera AG has licensed a patent portfolio of Intellectual Ventures™ (IV) to strengthen the existing intellectual property (IP) strategy and position of Leica Camera. The agreement provides the Wetzlar based manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products with a license to IV’s patent portfolio of nearly 40,000 IP assets in more than 50 technology areas, including digital imaging. Leica is also now a subscriber to IV’s IP-for-Defense™ program, a strategic defense tool for companies faced with the threat of patent litigation. Under this agreement, Leica can access patents from IV’s growing portfolio on an as-needed basis to protect its business.

“As one of the world’s most visible camera makers, we’ve long recognized the value of inventions that catalyze continued innovation and the ability to bring new products to market, said Alfred Schopf, CEO of Leica Camera AG. “IV is a key partner in helping us secure access to cutting-edge technologies and product innovations.”
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Press Releases

You’re Invited to the New Leica Fotopark: A Photo Platform for Passionate Photographers to Discover, Exchange, Organise, Create

Wed November 19, 2014

The Leica Fotopark is a digital premium service for the secure storage, processing and archiving of pictures – is now available online.

Leica announces the start of a truly special innovation: Leica Fotopark. Register today and be one of the first to discover the new photo platform that brings everything together : Discover. Exchange. Organise. Create.

WE ARE HERE!
Leica Fotopark is aimed at everyone who sees more in a picture than just a simple image of a moment in time: A discovery. A story. A form of personal expression.  Even now, numerous acclaimed and prominent contemporary photographers acknowledge Leica Fotopark and their love of the perfect picture.

WHERE ARE YOU?
Become a part of the unique Fotopark community and let yourself be inspired. Discover new photographers and their work, as well as new tools for image creation and management. And, above all, showcase yourself and your own work.

Be one of the first to explore the Leica Fotopark.

Here are the key highlights of the Leica Fotopark.

  • Discover:
    • Constantly discover new and inspiring photos from the community.
    • Follow the work of prominent photographers.
    • Subscribe to photos from interesting categories like reportage, street and portraits.
  • Exchange:
    • Show and discuss your best works with like-minded people and professionals around the world.
    • Set up private groups for interesting topics and share your pictures with selected members.
    • Take advantage of the community messaging system for person-to-person exchange.
    • Post your favourite photos on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.
  • Organise:
    • Choose from several upload options: browser import, upload clients, drop box import or with the Fotopark iOS app.
    • Place your trust in maximum security against data loss and unauthorised third-party access, with servers located in Europe.
    • Registration on www.leica-fotopark is FREE, as is the use of the platform for data volumes of up to ten gigabytes (GB). Paid membership provides 100 GB of storage space for photos.
    • Take advantage of intuitive processing tools and sort your photos according to keywords, projects and categories.
    • You decide who is allowed view your photos: you alone, the community or the whole world.
  • Create:
    • You get exceptional print quality. Leica uses only carefully selected materials from prominent brand manufacturers.
    • You can order prints on premium paper or on Hahnemühle paper for fine-art prints.
    • You can choose from an extensive selection of frames and hanging options in Leica Galerie quality.
    • Receive your personalised photo product – whether for your home, your office or as a gift – by convenient delivery to your door.

Enjoy! / Profitez-en!

PRESS RELEASE

19/11/2014

Leica Fotopark gets green light: The platform for image archiving and high-quality prints is now online

The Leica Fotopark (www.leica-fotopark) – a digital premium service for the secure storage, processing and archiving of pictures – is now available online.
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Press Releases

New Sony Exmor RS IMX230 for Smartphone Photography: Industry’s First Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with an Image Plane Phase Detection Signal Processing Function for High-Speed AF

Mon November 17, 2014

The new Sony Exmor RS™ is the industry’s first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to be equipped with an onboard image plane phase detection signal processing function for high-speed AF.

  • This function enables the camera to capture quick-moving subjects and makes accurate, high-speed autofocus tracking possible when shooting still images and videos, such as kids and animals constantly on the move and other fast subjects including athletes at sporting events.

The High Dynamic Range (HDR) function, which captures both backgrounds and subjects “clearly and vividly even in high-contrast scenes such as backlit locations, now supports high-resolution still images and 4K video recording.”

This new CMOS image sensor – type 1/2.4  21 effective megapixels*2 stacked CMOS image sensor IMX230 – will ship in April 2015.

  • The sample price is 2,100 Japanese yen (or 18.1483 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

NEWS RELEASE

The following information is true and accurate at the time of publication.

November 17, 2014

Sony Announces the Exmor RS™, the Industry’s First*1 Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with an Image Plane Phase Detection Signal Processing Function for High-Speed AF

*1: As of November 17, 2014

Tokyo, Japan – November 17, 2014 – Sony Corporation (hereafter “Sony”) today announces the commercialization of the Exmor RS™ IMX230 for smartphone cameras and other devices requiring increasingly sophisticated image-capture functionality. With 21 effective megapixels, this stacked CMOS imaging sensor features compact size, higher image quality, and improved functionality. This is the industry’s first CMOS image sensor for smartphones to be equipped with an onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects. The High Dynamic Range (HDR) function, which captures both backgrounds and subjects clearly and vividly even in high-contrast scenes such as backlit locations, now supports high-resolution still images and 4K video recording. This new CMOS image sensor will ship in April 2015.

Exmor RS IMX230 stacked CMOS image sensor

Exmor RS IMX230 stacked CMOS image sensor

model-shipment-priceRather than the traditional back-illuminated CMOS image sensor’s support substrate, the Exmor RS™ uses a chip consisting of signal processing circuits, on top of which is stacked a pixel section consisting of back-illuminated pixels for an original stacked construction. This kind of stacked CMOS imaging sensor, which delivers superior image quality and high functionality in a compact size, was first commercialized by Sony in 2012.

The new IMX230 is a type 1/2.4 stacked CMOS image sensor with a significantly improved 21 effective megapixels, and it is also equipped with a newly developed signal processing function. These features fulfill the growing needs in smartphone photography for high-speed autofocus (image plane phase detection AF) and clear, high-quality capture of bright and dark areas even in backlit scenes (HDR imaging). Image plane phase detection AF is a technology used in mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, and HDR imaging now supports not only 4K (4096 x 2160) high-resolution videos but also still images. Sony also plans to extend the lineup by adding a 16 effective megapixels stacked CMOS image sensor equipped with image plane phase detection AF and HDR imaging functions by the end of the next fiscal year.
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Press Releases

Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors’ #FutureofCities: You’re Invited to Share Photos from Your Changing Cities

Thu November 13, 2014

In collaboration with Panos Pictures and the World Photography Organisation (WPO), Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors present a nine-month social documentary initiative, #FutureofCities.

  • With over a dozen photo commissions, this initiative explores how cities around the world are evolving and coping with the large-scale migrations of people from suburban and rural areas into urban environments.
  • With seventy-five percent of the global population projected to be living in cities by the middle of this century, Panos photographers have begun examining this change through topics such as urban farming, eco-housing, technological innovations, elastic environments, children at play, green spaces, economic divides and much more.
  • Primary areas for reporting include China, the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil, with additional stories from Africa, Asia and Northern Europe.

The #FutureofCities project has launched a blog to collate the most insightful, quirky, innovative and engaging comments and imagery in response to the #FutureofCities campaign, as well as highlight additional interviews with and images from participating photographers. View the blog at futureofcities.tumblr.com .

  • Sony invites you to share images from your changing cities.

    Follow and join #FutureOfCities via:

    InstagramTwitter and Facebook

  • They will be collecting these images in this new blog that is presented today.

We look forward to seeing you online through our campaign to explore the local effects of our global changes.

This brief video presents #FutureofCities: Abbie Trayler-Smith – London Honey.

  • The number of honeybees is falling and yet they play a vital role to life on earth.
  • Without bees many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves and ⅓ of our food supply would be gone.
  • It has been claimed that without the honeybee we humans would only last 4 years on planet earth.
  • Despite the falling numbers of honeybees, the trend of urban beekeeping is rising and beehives can now be found on rooftops in several of the world’s largest cities.
  • Abbie visited London rooftops and documented the trend.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors’ #FutureofCities: First projects ready and blog launch

Nov 13, 2014 10:00 GMT

We are now proud to present the first projects which, through stunning imagery, give us insight to the mass transit system that carries more than 9 million people daily in Beijing, the urban beekeeping trend atop London’s roofs, the revitalization of Los Angeles’ river channel and the trendy phenomenon of hot tub cinemas in London. We are also proud to present our new #FutureofCities blog futureofcities.tumblr.com.

What does the future of our cities look like? With over a dozen photo commissions, this initiative explores how cities around the world are evolving and coping with the large-scale migrations of people from suburban and rural areas into urban environments. With seventy-five percent of the global population projected to be living in cities by the middle of this century, Panos photographers have begun examining this change through topics such as urban farming, eco-housing, technological innovations, elastic environments, children at play, green spaces, economic divides and much more. Primary areas for reporting include China, the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico and Brazil, with additional stories from Africa, Asia and Northern Europe.
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Canon Contributes to Production of Primary Mirror for the Thirty Meter Telescope, a Next-Generation Extremely Large Telescope

Thu November 13, 2014

The following video presents Thirty Meter Telescope.

The core of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Observatory will be a wide-field, alt-az Ritchey-Chretien telescope with a 492 segment, 30 meter diameter primary mirror, a fully active secondary mirror and an articulated tertiary mirror. The optical beam of this telescope will feed a constellation of adaptive optics (AO) systems and science instruments mounted on large Nasmyth platforms surrounding the telescope azimuth structure. These platforms will be large enough to support at least eight different AO/instrument combinations (depending on exact volume and mass parameters) covering a broad range of spatial and spectral resolution. To support and maintain these technical systems, a comprehensive set of support facilities is included in the basic observatory design.

TMT will couple unprecedented light collection area (almost 10 times more than one of the Keck telescopes) with diffraction-limited spatial resolution that exceeds Keck by a factor of 3. Relative to the Hubble Space Telescope (arguably the most revolutionary astronomical instrument of our generation), TMT will have 144 times the collecting area and more than a factor of 10 better spatial resolution at near-infrared and longer wavelengths.

http://www.tmt.org/observatory

Construction of the telescope began in 2014 with completion scheduled for the early 2020s.

  • Japan will handle the processing of approximately 30% of the 492 segments (574 when including replacement segments) that make up the TMT’s primary mirror.
  • Of the processing being handled by the team from Japan, Canon is currently responsible for grinding 26 segments and has already begun work.

To produce the segments, Canon is drawing on its various optical technologies cultivated through the manufacture of lenses and mirrors, namely grinding and polishing technologies, aspherical surface processing technologies, and measuring technologies.

  • In particular, Canon will make use of its proprietary tools when grinding and polishing the aspherical surfaces to ensure the proper curvature required for each segment.

NEWS RELEASE

November 13, 2014
Canon Inc

Canon technologies contribute to production of primary mirror used in TMT extremely large telescope

TOKYO, November 13, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has been entrusted with the responsibility of processing the 30-meter-diameter multi-segment primary mirror to be incorporated in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) currently under construction near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Conceptual image of the completed TMT (courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

Conceptual image of the completed TMT (courtesy of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

The creation of the TMT, a next-generation extremely large telescope, is being made possible through the cooperative efforts of Japan and four other countries. Construction of the telescope began in 2014 with completion scheduled for the early 2020s. Japan will handle the processing of approximately 30% of the 492 segments (574 when including replacement segments) that make up the TMT’s primary mirror. Of the processing being handled by the team from Japan, Canon is currently responsible for grinding 26 segments and has already begun work.

The TMT’s primary mirror will comprise an array of 492 hexagonal segments, each of which measures 1.44 meters diagonally with a thickness of 45 millimeters. The segments will be closely arranged, separated by gaps measuring only 2.5 millimeters wide, to create the 30-meter-diameter primary mirror. The primary mirror’s construction requires the production of six each (seven when including replacement segments) of the 82 uniquely shaped segments used to create the mirror.

The processing work that Canon is responsible for requires that segments be processed at a level of precision measuring less than 2 microns Peak-to-Valley (P-V), a value that indicates differences in surface levels. This degree of precision is comparable to a variation in the surface evenness of the playing field housed in the Tokyo Dome sports stadium of less than 0.2 millimeters. To produce the segments, Canon is drawing on its various optical technologies cultivated through the manufacture of lenses and mirrors, namely grinding and polishing technologies, aspherical surface processing technologies, and measuring technologies. In particular, Canon will make use of its proprietary tools when grinding and polishing the aspherical surfaces to ensure the proper curvature required for each segment.
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