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UrtheCast’s High-Resolution Camera on the ISS Captured & Released the World’s First Full-Color HD Videos of London, Boston and Barcelona from Space

Sat June 20, 2015

The following video (2013) presents The big picture | Wade Larson | TEDxWaterloo:

  • Wade Larson’s company, UrtheCast, is putting HD cameras on the International Space (ISS) Station so you can watch Earth like an astronaut.

Image extracted from video above

Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast Corp., the Earth Observation (EO) company aiming to open the world to anyone with an internet connection, recently announced that it released the following first-ever, full-color HD videos of Earth, filmed by UrtheCast’s Ultra HD camera, Iris (a.k.a. HRC), from the International Space Station (ISS) at roughly one-meter resolution:

  • UrtheCast is developing the world’s first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full color.
  • Working with prominent aerospace partners from across the globe, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon operate its Ultra HD video camera, Iris, on the ISS alongside its Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC a.k.a Theia).
  • Video and still image data captured by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to partners and customers. Please note a black screen indicates that ISS is on the night side of Earth.
  • UrtheCast’s cameras will provide Ultra HD video and still imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc.
UrtheCast's Ultra HD camera, Iris (right): Image extracted from Youtube video "UrtheCast Space Camera Zoom & ISS Fly-by"

UrtheCast’s Ultra HD camera, Iris (right): Image extracted from Youtube video “UrtheCast Space Camera Zoom & ISS Fly-by”

London, England

The following silent video presents London, UK from UrtheCast on Vimeo.

  • Captured by Iris, UrtheCast’s Ultra HD video camera aboard the International Space Station
    © 2015 UrtheCast Corp.

Boston, United States

The following silent video presents Boston, U.S.A. from UrtheCast on Vimeo.

Captured by Iris, UrtheCast’s Ultra HD video camera aboard the International Space Station
© 2015 UrtheCast Corp.

Barcelona, Spain

The following silenst video presents Barcelona, Spain from UrtheCast on Vimeo.

Captured by Iris, UrtheCast’s Ultra HD video camera aboard the International Space Station
(c) 2015 UrtheCast Corp

Ranging in length from 34 to 47 seconds, and covering areas of up to 1.19 x 0.67 miles (1.92 x 1.08 kms), the Iris camera has captured the above ‘First Light’ videos of unparalleled data.

Image extracted from video above

Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast’s High-Resolution Camera (HRC), Iris

  • The HRC is a multispectral imager mounted on a bi-axial pointing platform that provides a pitch/roll pointing capability to image points between ±52 degrees latitude.
  • This allows it to capture full-color video sequences approximately 60 seconds in length through a wide range of oblique-look angles.
  • Upon reaching IOC (Initial Operation Capability) status (summer 2015), video captured from UrtheCast’s HRC will be made available on an individual basis and also processed and constantly streamed to the interactive UrtheCast web platform.
Left to right: UrtheCast Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia; High-Resolution Camera (HRC), Iris: Image extracted from video above

Left to right: UrtheCast Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia; High-Resolution Camera (HRC), Iris: Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast’s Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia

  • UrtheCast’s MRC, Theia, is a conventional linear Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) pushbroom camera.
  • It produces strips of medium-resolution, 4-channel multispectral imagery with a GSD of approximately 5m and a swath width of approximately 50km.
  • Theia’s daily collection capability is approximately 29-million km². MRC reached IOC in 2014.
UrtheCast cameras were mounted on the satellite platform to capture images of earth : Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast cameras were mounted on the satellite platform to capture images of earth : Image extracted from video above

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Fujifilm: New Book “Innovating Out of Crisis, How Fujifilm Survived (and Thrived) As Its Core Business Was Vanishing” Provides Insights Into How Fujifilm Survived & Thrived in the Digital World

Fri June 19, 2015

This video presents Corporate Video (Long version) / FUJIFILM.

  • Fujifilm’s proprietary technologies and pursuit of high quality
  • Bold Challenges — Paradigm shift & Globalization
  • Expanding business fields — Fujifilm products in our everyday life
  • Fujifilm — challenging new frontiers

The new Book “Innovating Out of Crisis, How Fujifilm Survived (and Thrived) As Its Core Business Was Vanishing” by Shigetaka Komori, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation Chairman and CEO, recounts how he was inspired to lead Fujifilm’s journey from the brink of extinction to its current path of prosperity and growth – and a new direction.

Excerpted from:

Innovating Out of Crisis: How Fujifilm Survived (and Thrived) As Its Core Business Was Vanishing

By Shigetaka Komori, Chairman and CEO, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, 2015

In the year 2000, photosensitive materials such as color photographic film accounted for sixty percent of Fujifilm’s sales and two-thirds of its profits. The disappearance of that market in roughly the blink of an eye, as digital photography grew dominant, was for us an earth-shattering event. Photosensitive materials, our core moneymaker, had fallen into the red in just four or five short years.

It was during this, the deepest crisis in our company’s history, that I was appointed president.

The question facing me now was how to survive this unprecedented situation and save the company. If I failed, it would mean disaster for Fujifilm; and for me personally, at this final stage of my career as a company man, it would mean my whole life had been a failure.

* * *

Photography is an indispensable part of human culture, and Fujifilm takes as its mission to protect the photographic culture. We cannot stop producing film simply because the market has shrunk.

But if the demand for photographic film drastically dwindled, our production facilities and sales organizations around the world would become a huge fixed cost weighing us down. If Fujifilm could not sustain this burden and went under, the lives of some seventy thousand employees and their families would be shattered.

It was clear to me that this was not the time for makeshift measures. Our only choice was to initiate radical reform, including the downsizing of our photography-related businesses. Had we delayed by just another year or two, we would have been right in the middle of the devastating financial downturn of 2008 and the company might not have been able to survive this double punch.

At the same time, while moving ahead with structural reforms in our photography-related businesses, we boldly invested in those fields that we felt showed future promise. By developing entirely new ventures, we could fill the vacuum left by the loss of our core business.

After assuming the position of president, I used each and every opportunity to stress the fact that this marked a new start for the company, a “Second Foundation,” if you will – much more on that later. For an entire decade it is fair to say that Fujifilm braved high waves, kept on course, and managed to traverse a turbulent sea.

Thanks to this series of reforms, the company was literally reborn.

Mr. Shigetaka Komori, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

Mr. Shigetaka Komori, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

The Brief Bio of Shigetaka Komori

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

Shigetaka Komori is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation.

In 1963, Mr. Komori joined Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in economics. During his tenure, he gained extensive experience in the graphic systems and recording media businesses. From 1996 until 2000, he served as Managing Director of Fuji Photo Film (Europe) GmbH. In 2000, he became President, Representative Director of Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., and in 2003 he was appointed President and CEO.

From 2007 to 2008, Mr. Komori was Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. He is also President of the Japan-Germany Society and the Japan-Netherlands Society.

In 2015, Fujifilm will celebrate 50 years in the United States.

Innovating Out of Crisis is now available through Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, in both hard copy and e-book.

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Canon: New PowerShot G3 X Compact Camera is Ready to Be Released in July 2015: One-inch 20.2MP CMOS Sensor, a 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens, Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC

Thu June 18, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Canon is Developing New PowerShot G3 X Compact Camera: 1.0-Inch Sensor and 25x Optical Zoom Lens.

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X

This video presents Experience the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

The following video presents Canon PowerShot G3 X – The Outback:

  • Watch this sample movie taken with the Canon PowerShot G3 X.

The new Canon PowerShot G3 X premium compact camera is scheduled to be available in July 2015 for:

Canon PowerShot G3 X Premium Compact Camera Specifications Summary:
  • One-inch, 20.2 Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 24-600mm equivalent, f/2.8-5.6 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens
  • Improved Five-Axis Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS)
  • Dust- and water-resistance (approx. equivalent to EOS 70D)
  • Multi-Angle, 3.2-inch 1.62-million dot capacitive touch panel LCD screen
  • 1080p Full HD video (24p, 30p, 60p), Live HDMI output
  • External stereo microphone and headphone jacks
  • EOS-inherited control layout
  • 31-point High Speed AF system
  • Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled
  • Compatible with a variety of Canon EOS system accessories

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Canon’s New Powershot G3 X Digital Camera Delivers Features Pros Need And The Convenience Advanced Shooters Crave

Newest Addition to G-Series Features a One-inch 20.2MP CMOS Sensor, a 25x Optical Power Zoom Lens, Dust- and Water-Resistance and Built-in Wi-Fi® with NFC

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 18, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced an exciting addition to its G-series of premium compact digital cameras — the Canon PowerShot G3 X. Ideal for photographers looking for DSLR-style features and quality in a compact, dust- and water-resistant body, this camera’s large, one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel* High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with a high-performance point-and-shoot camera that captures vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.

The Canon HS System is "the result of two technologies in the PowerShot G3 X camera: the large format 1.0-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which captures more light; and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise at high ISO speeds up to 12800 and processes images at high speed, even at full resolution."

The Canon HS System is “the result of two technologies in the PowerShot G3 X camera: the large format 1.0-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which captures more light; and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise at high ISO speeds up to 12800 and processes images at high speed, even at full resolution.”

“The Canon PowerShot G3 X is a truly superb digital camera, one that provides so many top-notch features to empower photographers of all skill levels to shoot and share stunning images and HD video with ease,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The compact size will make the PowerShot G3 X camera a pleasure to have on-hand for any occasion and the advanced features will help make sure the moment is captured beautifully.”

Canon PowerShot G3 X: Official sample image

Canon PowerShot G3 X: Official sample image


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RICOH: New GR II Compact Camera: High-resolution Wide-angle Lens 18.3mm F2.8, High Speed Autofocus, Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, GR Remote to Control Camera Settings via Any Browser, More Creative Effects

Thu June 18, 2015

RICOH GR II

RICOH GR II

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June 17, 2015

RICOH IMAGING UNVEILS GR II, ITS NEWEST PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA, FEATURING WI-FI and NFC CAPABILITIES

Popular for combining exceptional image quality with outstanding portability, new functions now enable easy image sharing and expanded effects options

DENVER, CO, June 17, 2015 – Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh Imaging) today announced the newest camera in its GR series, the RICOH GR II, a premium compact camera with Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. The GR II is the smallest premium compact with DSLR image quality, making it ideal for advanced photographers who want the quality of an SLR camera but the portability of a smart phone.

To manage the new built-in Wi-Fi and NFC functions, Ricoh Imaging also announced GR Remote, a web-based application which allows users to control camera settings virtually via any browser, as well as view and share images wirelessly. Image Sync, available on PENTAX DSLR models, is also supported on the new GR II. It enables GR users to easily browse and transfer images to accompanying mobile devices.

RICOH GR II

RICOH GR II

“With the introduction of the GR II, we are taking the premium compact camera to a new level, offering the key features desired by photo enthusiasts: high resolution, a wide angle lens, quick shoot time and portability,” said Jim Malcolm, President of Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. “With its new Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities, photographers can now easily share their exceptional street and travel shots more easily, benefiting from the best of both worlds.”



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Olympus: New Firmware v 3.1 for OM-D E-M1 and v1.2 for OM-D E-M5 Mark II Cameras are Now Available at No Cost: More Vivid Starscapes for E-M1; Better Underwater Vivid Photography for Both Cameras

Wed June 17, 2015

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Please note the OM-D E-M5 Mark II comes equipped with LV Boost II to begin with.

LV Boost II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

LV Boost II helps you compose shots of dark scenes by brightening the scene in the display. …Without LV Boost II, the stars would have been invisible, making it impossible to recognize the true composition of the shot prior to shutter release. The settings should give you an idea of how dark the scene actually was:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II + M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 M mode f/2.0 15sec. ISO1600 WB 3600K: Official sample image

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II + M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 M mode f/2.0 15sec. ISO1600 WB 3600K: Official sample image

OM-D E-M1 Ver.3.1 update features:

  • LV Boost II which lets you display the Live View five EV steps brighter than the current LV Boost I, making it much easier to compose shots and confirm focus of darker scenes such as starscapes.
  • Underwater Picture Mode when combined with Underwater White Balance, adjusts settings for perfect underwater shots no matter what PASM shooting mode you are in.

New Underwater Picture Mode for Both Cameras

  • The new Underwater Picture Mode combines the wide and macro underwater modes available on previous models in one single function and makes them available in all PASM modes.
  • In addition to white balance, exposure and flash compensation, demanding sealife photographers can now adjust aperture and shutter speed to capture stills with the perfect balance of vivid colours and natural underwater blue tones without the need of further image editing.

These firmware updates will further enhance the performance of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye PRO lenses.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II + M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, M mode f/2.8 30 sec. ISO1000 WB 4000K: Official sample image

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II + M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO, M mode f/2.8 30 sec. ISO1000 WB 4000K: Official sample image

Olympus OM-D: Official sample image

Olympus OM-D: Official sample image

For more info about the LV Boost II, please visit https://www.facebook.com/OlympusOMD.Official.

The two firmware updates are available as a FREE download via the Olympus Digital Camera Updater.

Advantages of registering the camera via the MyOlympus online platform:

  • Camera owners will be notified by e-mail that the firmware upgrades are available.
  • A FREE six-month warranty extension**.
** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.

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New OM-D firmware boosts underwater and starscape photography

06/16/2015 • New firmware updates are now available for Olympus’ top-of-the-range OM-D E-M1 as well as the OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Owners of the E-M1 can look forward to more vivid starscapes thanks to Live View Boost II. New specialist settings add to the E-M1’s and the E-M5 Mark II’s already impressive underwater repertoire.

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Frame starscapes better with Live View Boost II
The new firmware v 3.1 adds LV Boost II to the E-M1, which enhances the camera’s night vision capabilities. A decreased display frame rate enables a better control of even poorly lit subjects on the camera screen, making it easier to capture pin-sharp images of tiny bright points of light against dark backgrounds that are typical for beautiful starscapes. The new LV booster can be assigned to all PASM shooting modes selectively, which is particularly interesting for the studio photographer when working with a flash in M mode. Moreover, it is possible to apply Live Boost modes individually to a range of creative functions, including Live Composite and Bulb/Time modes.

Overachieve underwater with Underwater Picture Mode

Olympus dedicated underwater casing

Olympus dedicated underwater casing


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Fujifilm Unveils the New Open Innovation Hub (OI-Hub) in California’s Silicon Valley: Features Fujifilm’s Most Advanced Core & Product Technologies for Innovation Leaders & Partners in North America

Tue June 16, 2015

The following video presents Fujifilm Unveils Its First U.S. Open Innovation Hub in California’s Silicon Valley :

OI-Hub expands Fujifilm’s presence in the U.S., featuring its most advanced core and product technologies for innovation leaders and partners in North America

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FUJIFILM UNVEILS ITS FIRST U.S. OPEN INNOVATION HUB IN CALIFORNIA’S SILICON VALLEY

OI-Hub expands Fujifilm’s presence in the U.S., featuring its most advanced core and product technologies for innovation leaders and partners in North America

Valhalla, N.Y., June 16, 2015 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the unveiling of its all-new Open Innovation Hub (OI-Hub) in California’s Silicon Valley. The new U.S. OI-Hub will give business partners and customers a first-person experience of Fujifilm’s rich variety of leading-edge technologies and new products.

The entrance to the Open Innovation Hub (OI-Hub).

The entrance to the Open Innovation Hub (OI-Hub).

The core technologies represented at the U.S. OI-Hub demonstrate the wide diversity of products and markets that Fujifilm has innovated using fundamental capabilities that stem from its photography and imaging achievements. In the OI-Hub, represented markets include energy, environment, information technology, transportation, bio-pharma and regenerative medicine, all areas where Fujifilm is leading technological innovation.

“We are very pleased to see that Fujifilm, a renowned Japanese Corporation, has decided to invest and open one of their three worldwide Technology Hubs here in Silicon Valley,” said Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Global Innovation Partner
“Our mission at Fujifilm is to reach out to the innovation community using the OI-Hub and then partner to bring these new Fujifilm technologies to market faster,” said Dr. Bruce Novich, division president, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Industrial and Corporate New Business Development Division. “Fujifilm’s new OI-Hub is one of a new group of business development partnering tools. These partnering tools have been designed to drive Fujifilm’s leading edge technologies and products through conventional market barriers at an accelerated rate,” added Dr. Novich.

Fujifilm's Core Technologies

Fujifilm’s Core Technologies

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Panasonic: New “NEYMAR JR. CRAZY SKILLS” Interactive Webpage at No Cost: True-to-life 3D Images of Neymar Jr.’s Superb Skills Can Be Viewed and Shared on Smartphones or Computers

Tue June 16, 2015

The following video presents CRAZY SKILLS:

“Neymar Jr. Crazy Skills” is a website which reproduces the marvelous techniques of Neymar Jr. in 3D Computer Graphics with the latest Web technology.
You can view the skills of Neymar Jr. from 360 degree angle, with your smartphone and laptop computer.

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“NEYMAR JR. CRAZY SKILLS”

Jun 15, 2015

Full reproduction of Neymar Jr.’s amazing skills through 3DCG video. Enjoy anytime on your smartphone or computer!

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation introduced today the full reproduction of Neymar Jr.’s amazing skills, which enthralls people around the world, with super-real 3D computer graphic video. These incredible images can be viewed from a 360-degree perspective on smartphones or computers via a new webpage, “NEYMAR JR. CRAZY SKILLS”, which was globally released on Monday, June 15, 2015.

Panasonic has had a sponsorship agreement with Neymar Jr. since 2010, and his greatest appeal, of being able to excite and delight people with his awe-inspiring, top caliber techniques, represents what the company aims to do, to bring a sense of “wonder” through its products and services. Inspired by Neymar Jr.’s fantastically imaginative “CRAZY SKILLS,” Panasonic has set out to offer a groundbreaking viewing experience, allowing the public to appreciate his genius from never-before-seen angles. Videos of special plays from Neymar’s past matches have been selected and archived as motion capture data, and using the latest graphic technology, these true-to-life 3D images are shared with people around the world.

“NEYMAR JR. CRAZY SKILLS,” is a unique stage for Neymar Jr., where users can enjoy his amazing skills from every possible angle on smartphones and computers with compatible browsers. It is free to use, and currently three plays are available for viewing, in Japanese, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Going forward, new plays chosen by the football website, “Goal.com” and football celebrities will be updated regularly, and by the end of 2015, 6 more additional play will be available.
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Canon: Donation of Money to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the U.S.A. + More Than 2,200 Pieces of Equipment, Including Digital Cameras to Law Enforcement Agencies in 50 States, Puerto Rico and Guam

Tue June 16, 2015

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Canon U.S.A. Takes The Field At Yankee Stadium For The 12th Annual Canon Promotional Night

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the New York Yankees and Canon Celebrate Home Run Efforts Made to Help Bring Missing Children Home

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 16, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the New York Yankees teamed up for the 12th annual Canon Promotional Night at Yankee Stadium on June 9 to raise awareness about the importance of child safety.

During a pre-game ceremony against Washington, Joe Warren, executive vice president and general manager, Corporate Human Resources, Canon U.S.A., Inc., presented to John Walsh, co-founder of NCMEC, a check in the amount of $456,566, representing the cumulative amount of money raised and donated and the approximate retail value of product donated by Canon U.S.A. to NCMEC in 2015. To celebrate the joint efforts made to help keep children safe, the first 18,000 fans that entered the Stadium received a Canon and Yankees co-branded baseball cap.

“A picture is the most powerful tool that law enforcement has in the search for a missing child and thanks to Canon’s efforts to raise awareness, families all across the country are more knowledgeable and better prepared to take action if their children were to be missing,” said Linda Krieg, acting CEO, NCMEC. “We are grateful to Canon for their partnership and longstanding commitment to child safety.”

“Our partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has helped educate the public about the issue of missing children and child victimization,” said Kotaro Fukushima, senior director and general manager, Corporate Communications, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Through the support of the New York Yankees, we are able to reinforce how digital photographs can quickly and effectively locate missing children. We are honored to celebrate our successes together in helping to keep our children safe.”
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Panasonic: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1 Will Be Available in the USA: World’s Only 1-inch Sensor Camera With an Android Operating System and Smartphone Features & Apps

Mon June 15, 2015

    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1

The following video presents Panasonic LUMIX CM1 Connected Camera Product Overview:

The LUMIX CM1 is an Android™ platform connected camera with smartphone features and apps. Its wireless features include Bluetooth®, WiFi NFC and cellular* enabling the ultimate in camera / phone mobility. First and foremost, it’s a powerful point-and-shoot camera with outstanding optical and sensor technology that will be sure to please the demands of any photographer.

* Consult your mobile wireless carrier service plans and network compatibly prior to purchasing.
**Android Platform Apps may be subject to mobile network download and data charges, consult carrier plan for details.

Panasonic has announced that the LUMIX DMC-CM1, the world’s only 1-inch senor camera with an android operating system and unlocked GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) smartphone functionality, is now available nationwide.

  • This slim profiled 20 megapixel camera is available at Panasonic.com and LUMIX authorized retailers.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1; top view

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1; top view

Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • Approx. 135.4 x 68.0 x 21.1 (Body 15.2) mm (5.33 x 2.68 x 0.83 (0.60) inch)
  • Weight
  • Approx. 204 g with UIM Card and microSD Memory Card (0.45 lb)
    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1: LUMIX Communication Camera CM1

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Panasonic’s DMC-CM1 Makes Welcome Arrival to the U.S.

Newark, NJ (June 15, 2015) – Panasonic has announced that following a successful initial launch phase of the LUMIX DMC-CM1(CM1), the world’s only 1-inch sensor camera with an Android operating system and unlocked GSM smartphone functionality, it will now be available nationwide.  The CM1 will be available at shop.Panasonic.com and LUMIX authorized retailers.

The LUMIX DMC-CM1 is unique in that despite its stylish slim profile allowing it to fit neatly into a pocket; a 1-inch high sensitivity MOS sensor and LEICA DC lens are able to produce high quality images that even rival those of a bulky DSLR.

The 1-inch 20 Megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor is normally only available in high spec compact cameras but because of the size, it offers outstanding low light performance with minimum noise levels – even at high ISO. The LUMIX DMC-CM1 produces crisp, highly dynamic images full of intricate details and accurately rendered soft focus. The award winning LUMIX CM1 will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat*.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 (CM1)

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-CM1 (CM1)


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Sigma: New dp0 Quattro Compact Digital Camera With Fixed Wide-angle 14mm F4 Lens, Increased Resolution + LCD View Finder Kit: For Landscape, Architecture and Interior Photography

Mon June 15, 2015

The following video presents Sigma Aizu, Chapter II:

Starting with the「Sigma Global Vision」released at Photokina 2012, the movie「SIGMA Aizu, Japan」has produced a sensation and made a big hit.
This time, we are pleased to introduce the sequent of the movie「SIGMA Aizu, Japan」.

Our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. To pursue optimal quality, the vast majority of Sigma’s manufacturing right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated self-manufacturing production system, within the company.

We sincerely invite you to enjoy this exclusive movie embodies the craftsmanship that thrives in Aizu factory.

(Feb.2014)

「Sigma’s craftsmanship」
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/….

SIGMA dp0 Quattro with lens hood

SIGMA dp0 Quattro with lens hood

Sigma recently announced the new dp0 Quattro compact digital camera, the fourth compact camera in the Quattro series.

  • The SIGMA dp0 Quattro integrates the Foveon X3 direct image sensor (generation name : “Quattro”).

  • The “SIGMA dp0 Quattro” incorporates a high performance 14mm F4 lens (equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm SLR [Single Lens Reflex camera]), which is designed to maximize the Quattro sensor’s performance.

Sigma also announced the pricing and availability of the Sigma dp0 Quattro as follows.

  • To be available in the United States in late July for the street price of $999.
  • To be available in the UK (United Kingdom) towards the end of June at the suggested retail price of £899.99 .
SIGMA dp0 Quattro

SIGMA dp0 Quattro

Furthermore, Sigma announced a new kit for the SIGMA dp0 Quattro and LCD View Finder.

Sigma LCD VIEW FINDER: LVF-01

Sigma LCD VIEW FINDER: LVF-01

  • Sigma’s exclusively designed LCD View Finder LVF-01 for the dp Quattro series will be bundled with the camera in this kit.
SIGMA dp0 Quattro with LCD View Finder Kit

SIGMA dp0 Quattro with LCD View Finder Kit

  • By attaching the LCD View Finder to the dp Quattro camera’s LCD display, it cuts off outside light and magnifies the LCD display 2.5 times* to allow photographers to check the focusing and framing more easily.
  • Global launch date: July 2015
  • Price: TBD

It is exclusively designed for Quattro series and achieves clear visibility by incorporating a high performance lens and coating. Similar to the viewfinder of a DSLR, it is possible to hold it stably, thus reducing camera shake, and look at the detail of the image. Its diopter adjustment range is from -2 to +1.

* The magnification ratio was calculated based on the standard ratio measurement for a loupe.

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June 12, 2015

Sigma Corporation of America Announces Pricing and Availability of dp0 Quattro Camera

Fourth camera in the Quattro series to be available in late July

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.—Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, announced the pricing and availability of the fourth compact camera in the Quattro series, the Sigma dp0 Quattro. The dp0 Quattro camera will be available in the United States in late July for the street price of $999.

“The dp0 Quattro specifically offers wide-angle capabilities combined with the high resolution sensor that makes this camera ideal for landscape and architecture photographers.”

The dp0 Quattro incorporates a fixed, high performance 14mm F4 lens, which is equivalent to a 21mm lens on a 35mm DSLR and is optimized to maximize the performance of the series’ Foveon “Quattro” Direct Image sensor. The Quattro line is great for photographers seeking the utmost in image purity, and the 14mm F4 lens is designed to take full advantage of the exceptional detail and color captured by the Foveon Quattro sensor.

SIGMA dp0 Quattro

SIGMA dp0 Quattro

“Each camera in the dp Quattro series provides photographers with an option for their unique photographic needs,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The dp0 Quattro specifically offers wide-angle capabilities combined with the high resolution sensor that makes this camera ideal for landscape and architecture photographers.”
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2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program: Three Canadian Undergraduate Photography Students are Winners

Sat June 13, 2015

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2015 AIMIA | AGO PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Jury awards three Canadian undergraduate photography students one year’s tuition

May 20, 2015 (Toronto, ON) — The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize has announced the winners of the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program. Valued at C$24,000, the scholarship program, which was inaugurated in 2013, recognizes three full-time students—Canadian or international—who are entering their final year of study toward a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in photography at one of 15 participating post-secondary institutions across Canada. From a field of more than 100 applicants this year, the jury has awarded Lodoe Laura of Ryerson University, Alison Postma of the University of Guelph and Graham Wiebe of the University of Manitoba C$7,000 each toward tuition for their final year of undergraduate study. Their schools will each receive a C$1,000 honorarium.

  • Alison Postma is currently studying Studio Art at the University of Guelph. Born and raised in Toronto, her work incorporates photography as a means to explore dreams, ideas and spaces. By manipulating the surfaces of her images and using non-traditional installation methods, Postma’s images conjure the possibility of narrative.
  • Lodoe Laura’s work deals with themes of ancestry, legacy and tradition. Her artistic practice is a response to personal realities, and her work questions the act of photography as a supplement for memory. Laura is pursuing a BFA at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.
  • Graham Wiebe, currently pursuing a BFA at the University of Manitoba, takes inspiration from his hometown of Winnipeg. His subject matter is heavily influenced by youth subcultures and incorporates impulse and irony to create images tinged with both public and personal nostalgia.

“From eight partner schools in our first year to 15 in year two, the Scholarship Program continues to grow, driven by the enthusiasm and prodigious talent of student artists and our partner institutions,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and CEO of the AGO. “The success of this national program is just one of the many ways in which the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize continues to support Canadian artists.”

“As part of our longstanding commitment to supporting our communities, we are proud to help foster local artistic talent to build a Canadian legacy of impact in contemporary photography,” said Vince Timpano, President and CEO of Aimia in Canada. “Congratulations to this year’s three scholarship winners.”

Fifteen respected and established visual arts institutions from across the country nominated students for the Scholarship Program this year. At each participating school, an internal jury composed of faculty members selected one finalist to submit to the Scholarship Program jury.

The 2015 Aimia | AGO Scholarship Program finalists included:
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Fujifilm: Technical Support for FUJINON Lenses During the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup (June 5-July 5), Pan Am Games & Para Pan Am Games (July 10-August 15, 2015) in Canada Will Be Provided by Century Optronic

Fri June 12, 2015

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CENTURY OPTRONIC INC TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR FUJINON LENSES DURING CANADA’S SUMMER SPORTS BONANZA

Wayne, N.J., June 10, 2015 – Century Optronic, the Canadian-based service partner for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, will provide technical support for FUJINON lenses during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Pan Am Games, and the Para Pan Am Games. Based in Markham, Ontario, Century Optronic specializes in the sales and service of lenses and battery supplies for broadcast television production.

Fujinon Television Lenses

Fujinon Television Lenses

The FIFA Women’s World Cup began June 5th and concludes on July 5th. Canada is the host country for this year’s quadrennial, international event. Tournament matches will be held in Vancouver, EdmontonWinnipegOttawaMontreal and Moncton.

Fujinon lenses for broadcast television production: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

Fujinon lenses for broadcast television production: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

Toronto is the host city for this year’s Pan Am Games which run from July 10-26. The Para Pan Am Games run from August 7-15. The Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games are held every four years for athletes of the 41 PASO member nations, in the year preceding the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games.

Fujinon digital Cinema lenses

Fujinon digital Cinema lenses

“As a full-line provider of our digital cinema and broadcast lenses, we’re confident of Century Optronic’s ability to service our domestic and international customers covering these three high-profile events in Canada,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for FUJIFILM North America Corporation.  “Many of the industry’s top live sports producers will be in Canada this summer shooting with a broad range of our lenses. We know they’ll receive extraordinary support from Century Optronic Inc.”
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