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Fujifilm Launches the Medium-Term Management Plan “VISION 2016” with a Commitment to “Value from Innovation”

Tue November 11, 2014

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

challenging-new-frontiers

Fujifilm’s medium-term management plan “VISION 2016” includes the following business plans:

  • Optical Device and Electronic Imaging
    Expand sales of such business-use products as broadcasting/cine, security, in-vehicle cameras utilizing optical design and image processing technologies.
    Focus on high-end digital cameras “X Series” and expand sales of highly profitable interchangeable lenses.
  • Photo Imaging
    Maintain profitability of color paper by increasing market share and cost reductions, expanding sales of such value-added printing business as photobook, and capturing printing demand from smartphones.
    Further expand sales of instant camera “instax”.
  • Graphic Systems
    Expand digital printing business through collaboration with Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) and other measures while maintaining market share in CTP plates.
  • Recording Media
    Expand sales of high storage capacity tapes containing barium ferrite (BaFe) particles, further accelerate data archive service toward long-term data storage needs in “big data” era.

NEWS RELEASE

Fujifilm launches the Medium-Term Management Plan “VISION 2016”

November 11, 2014

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation (President and CEO Shigehiro Nakajima) has drawn up the medium-term management plan “VISION 2016” covering FY2015/3 to FY2017/3.

After celebrating the 80th anniversary in January this year, the Fujifilm Group adopted a new corporate slogan, “Value from Innovation”, reflecting the company’s commitment to continuously creating innovative technologies, products and services that empower the potential and expand the horizons of tomorrow’s businesses and lifestyles. Under this slogan, the latest medium-term management plan “VISION 2016” identifies resolving various social tasks as the company’s opportunities for business growth. The plan sets out the company’s resolve to creating new values with its advanced proprietary technologies to build a business portfolio that secures stable medium-term growth, so as to evolve into a company that delivers social contributions with sustainable growth.

More specifically, Fujifilm will selectively concentrate management resources into healthcare, highly functional materials and documents business, which are most promising out of the company’s 6 business fields (healthcare, highly functional materials, documents business, graphic systems, optical devices and digital imaging), to deliver products of high quality and cost performance in line with market needs for greater market expansion.


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Articles

Blurb Made by You: Give a Gift as Thoughtful as You Are With a Book from Blurb

Tue November 11, 2014

Blurb

Presents

Give a Gift as Thoughtful as You Are

With a Book from Blurb

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year and cherish the memories you’ve created with loved ones. Creating a book with Blurb, an online self-publishing platform is a fun activity for family to share and also makes for a meaningful and inspired gift for the holiday season.

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Blurb author Jane Stokes understands the importance of preserving memories – a notion that goes beyond the traditional photobook – to create meaningful books like the memoir she wrote with and gifted to her mother, Charlotte Stokes.

The following video presents Writing a memoir with Jane and Charlotte Stokes.

It’s said that everyone has a book inside them. For Jane Stokes, Managing Editor at News Canada, that book was a memoir of her 86-year-old mother, Charlotte. Written in collaboration between mother and daughter, “Are you ready for a bumpy ride?” chronicles Charlotte Stokes’s turbulent journey from war-time Germany to England and then to Canada. We were lucky enough to be able to chat with Jane and Charlotte about the importance of making a book about the twists and turns—and the bumps—in one woman’s life.

The holidays aren’t just about reflection and preservation, but are also a time for planning ahead and making resolutions. Blurb takes an out-of-the-box approach when it comes to gift-giving this holiday season.

This video pesents Welcome to Blurb!

Three different bookmakers. Three different stories. Create your own book at blurb.com.

Here are some Blurb holiday book ideas for inspiration:
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Press Releases

McAfee Canada: “12 Scams of the Holidays” List 2014 and Tips to Protect Your Digital Lives

Tue November 11, 2014

2014 has been dubbed “the year of the breach,” with cybersecurity-related headlines consistently making news. McAfee research shows Canadians are no more immune to online threats than citizens of other countries around the world with Canada hosting the third most phishing sites globally with 821 domains and having the ninth most total infections from W32/Autorun.worm.aaeh malware in 2013-2014.

With the holiday season already underway, McAfee wants to educate people on how to stay safe and avoid online threats created by cybercriminals looking to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers.

In its annual “12 Scams of the Holidays” list, McAfee shares the most popular digital scams that leverage all types of digital devices, social media platforms and mobile apps.

Also, here are some of McAfee’s tips for staying safe during the holiday season:

  • Avoid Costly “Deals” – if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Address Online Shopping Safety – Be sure the e-tailer has HTTPS in their web address before you shop.
  • One Safe Move – Use a one-time use credit card for online shopping. If stolen, it’s useless to thieves.
  • Keep it Private – Review the e-tailer’s privacy policy to ensure your information isn’t sold to a third party.

NEWS RELEASE

MCAFEE’S “12 SCAMS OF THE HOLIDAYS” LIST EDUCATES SHOPPERS ON HOW TO AVOID UNWRAPPING AN ONLINE THREAT AND KEEP THEIR DIGITAL LIVES SAFE

Cybersecurity Threats Heighten During the Holiday Season as More Consumers are Expected to Unknowingly Share Their Personal Information Across Their Devices

MARKHAM, ON Nov. 11, 2014 McAfee, part of Intel Security, today announced its annual “12 Scams of the Holidays” list to educate the public on the most popular ways cybercriminals scam consumers during the holiday season as they surf their digital devices. Cyber scrooges leverage all types of digital devices, social media platforms and mobile apps to take advantage of consumers’ distraction during this festive and busy time of year.

This fall, holiday shopping sales are expected to surge from last year to an estimated US$616.9 billion[1]. E-commerce sales are also predicted to rise between 8-11 per cent this year to more than $105 billion, with 56 per cent of smartphone owners planning to use their device while shopping[2]. With four out of five U.S. households with Internet access conducting banking transactions online[3], being vigilant about safe online behaviour this holiday season is more important than ever.
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Press Releases

New Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM: A Second Generation Highly Mobile, Compact Super-telephoto Zoom Lens

Mon November 10, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Canon U.S.A. Introduces New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens, The Compact And Highly Mobile Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens Delivers an Enhanced IS System Providing Four Shutter Speed Steps of Correction, a Rotation-Type Zoom Ring, and New Optical Element Formula to Help Maximize Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 10, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens, a second generation compact super-telephoto zoom lens featuring significant advancements in optical quality, image stabilization performance up-to-four steps, and rotating-zoom-ring design. This new L-series super- telephoto zoom lens features Canon L-series weather resistance and rugged magnesium housing to meet the needs of wildlife and sports photographers or photojournalists working out in the elements. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features a completely redesigned optical formula containing one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element – a combination unique to lenses in this focal range – to help deliver sharp images with high resolution and contrast. This combination of elements helps thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range.

“The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is the logical evolution of the very popular EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM introduced 16 years ago,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc., “This long awaited, next generation lens was developed to be a highly portable and adaptable telephoto zoom lens for today’s modern professional and advanced amateur photographers.”
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Contests

Nikon + 1 Happy Snap Aruba Contest: Post Your #1happysnap Photos Before 11:59 p.m. (“ET”) on Nov.21, 2014

Mon November 10, 2014

Nikon and Aruba invite you to share your happiest, most treasured adventures for the chance to win a 3 night / 4 day trip for two to the Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort and the Nikon 1 AW1— the world’s first water-proof, shock-proof and freeze-proof camera.

  • Then simply Tweet or Instagram your “happy adventure” photo(s) with the hashtag #1happysnap to enter the contest.
  • Check out the incredible adventures in Aruba captured with the Nikon 1 AW1 at http://www.aruba.com/1happysnap for inspiration, although your #1happysnap does not have to be taken in Aruba or with a Nikon camera to be eligible.

The “1 Happy Snap” Contest is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have attained the age of majority in his or her state, territory or providence of residence and who are at least 18 years old as of the Contest start date.

The following video presents UNLEASH YOUR FUN | NIKON 1 AW1:

Never lose a moment of summer fun with the Nikon 1 AW1. Life doesn’t have a replay button, so the AW1 can go with you everywhere.

PRIZES: Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of the prize package is $3,500

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive 1 Happy Snap Contest Prize Package which includes:
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Contests

Fujifilm + International Food Photography Day Contest: Post Your Photos Between Midday on Nov.12 & Midday GMT on Nov.14, 2014

Sun November 9, 2014

International Food Photography Day is November 13, 2014.

In association with Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, Fujifilm UK will be celebrating International Food Photography Day on Thursday 13th November, and offering you the chance to win a personalised Fujifilm X-E2 camera and XF18-55mm lens (worth £1078 or $1706.47 US at the current excange rate).

  • Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year is the world’s leading awards recognising the art and diversity of food photography.

This video presents Fuji Guys – Fujifilm X-E2 – First Look.

  • The Fuji Guys show you the button and controls on this camera.

The International Food Photography Day Competition

  • The theme is Snap the Rainbow. “It’s really simple, all you have to do is capture the beautiful colours of food with your camera (doesn’t have to be a Fujifilm camera) and share them…”
  • To allow participants to contribute around the world, all entries must be tweeted or posted on Facebook between midday GMT on the 12th November and midday GMT on the 14th November 2014.
  • There are two ways to enter the competition and upload your “Snap the Rainbow‬” photos
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Articles

You’re Invited to a Special LUMIX Event at Panasonic Australia Head Office Nov.18, 2014

Fri November 7, 2014

The following video presents [NEW] Introducing 4K Video Advantages – A Revolution in Videography:

The new LUMIX DMC-GH4 is evolved to bridge the gap of consumer video camera and professional video camera. One of the most prominent advance is unlimited* 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4. What you can do is not just recording a video in 4K but there are more ways to take the most of 4K video. Please learn them and get inspired for your creativity.
* Motion image can be recorded up to 29 min 59 sec depending on the recording format and the camera’s sales area.

The inserted video of birds is recorded by Bence Máté.

Panasonic

Presents

Special LUMIX Event

Date: 18 November 2014
Time: 6-8pm

Venue: Panasonic Australia Head Office
Address: 1 Innovation Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113
Getting here: Train (Macquarie University station), Parking at Macquarie Shopping Centre (3 hours free)

RSVP BY 11th NOVEMBER
Please complete Panasonic’s registration form or simply email lumixevents@panasonic.com.au.

Panasonic invites you to a special Lumix event held at the Panasonic Australia Head office. Come along to see presentations from expert photographers and videographers, get hands on with the range of Lumix cameras and lenses, and learn about the latest 4k technology. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet Australia’s leading landscape photographer, Ken Duncan!

Here are the highlights of the Special LUMIX Event.
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Articles, Press Releases

New Lytro Platform Provides Lytro Development Kit for Companies to Explore Developing Custom Light Field Cameras & Applications

Thu November 6, 2014

Lytro sells light field cameras that can capture all of the light rays in a scene to offer photographic capabilities never before possible, such as

  • focusing a picture after it’s taken, and
  • creating interactive, living pictures that can be endlessly focused and refocused by both the photographer and the viewer, bringing new creative possibilities to photography.

In April 2014, Lytro launched the consumer Lytro Illum: A new camera that lets you capture and harness the power of light field, allowing you to create living pictures.

This silent video presents Midnight Jellies with LYTRO ILLUM.

  • Midnight Jellies by Alex Krafcik.

Today, Lytro presents the new LYTRO PLATFORM.
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Press Releases

Nikon’s Second Season of the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” Video Series for Enthusiast Photographers: Starts Nov.5, 2014

Wed November 5, 2014
The second season kicks off with Nikon Ambassador and wedding photographer Cliff Mautner’s “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Wedding Day Portraits with Cliff Mautner.”

The second season kicks off with Nikon Ambassador and wedding photographer Cliff Mautner’s “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Wedding Day Portraits with Cliff Mautner.”

This video presents Nikon Behind the Scenes: Turning Harsh Light into Good Light.

Thinking of exploring wedding photography or just want to learn how to shoot great portraits in challenging light? Nikon Ambassador, Cliff Mautner explains how to make the most of harsh lighting scenarios.

PRESS RELEASE

November 5, 2014

Nikon’s Original “Behind The Scenes” Video Series Returns for a Second Season

Nikon Ambassadors Cliff Mautner and Andrew Hancock Featured in Educational and Inspiring Video Series Geared Toward Enthusiast Photographers

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. launched the second season of the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series. Following the popular first season, which has more than 340,000 views to date, Nikon has engaged two new Nikon Ambassadors to continue its mission of educating and encouraging intermediate level photographers.  Over the course of ten short videos, Cliff Mautner and Andrew Hancock will provide viewers with an all-access look into their professional processes with tips and tricks aimed at encouraging viewers to develop and improve their photographic skills. These acclaimed wedding and sports photographers will offer valuable insight on various subjects including capturing weddings, working in challenging light, photographing athletes, taking action shots and more.

“The overall response to the first season of the ‘Nikon Behind the Scenes Video Series’ from both photographers and the Nikon community has been very positive. The first season provided a new and unique way to communicate with the growing number of photographers who have developed their skills and are ready to take the next step creatively,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “The second season will again aim to be an invaluable tool for educating and supporting Nikon users on their creative journey. “
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Press Releases

Canon Cinema EOS Products + Disneyland Paris: 4K Videos for the New Ratatouille Attraction

Tue November 4, 2014

The following French/English video presents [FR/EN] Ratatouille : L’Attraction – Le Making-Of:

Le 10 juillet 2014, le monde de Ratatouille devient réalité dans L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. A quelques jours de l’inauguration officielle, les Imagineers reviennent sur la création de la 60e attraction de Disneyland Paris pour nous mettre en appétit. Action, innovation, immersion… une aventure unique à consommer sans modé-rat-ion !

Translation: July 10, 2014, the world of Ratatouille becomes reality in L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. A few days before the official opening, the Imagineers return to the creation of the 60th attraction of Disneyland Paris to whet our appetites. Action, innovation, immersion … a unique adventure to consume without moderate-rat-ion!

PRESS RELEASE

Disneyland Paris uses Canon Cinema EOS products for its new attraction Ratatouille

London, UK, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses. The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.

The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.
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Press Releases

Nikon’s Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 90 Million at the End of October 2014

Tue November 4, 2014

nikkor-lenses

This video presents NIKKOR Lens Technology.

Take a look into the innovative technology that goes into NIKKOR lenses and see why professionals around the world settle for nothing less than NIKKOR lenses.

PRESS RELEASE

November 3, 2014

Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 90 Million

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses(1) for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached the ninety million milestone at the end of October 2014. Additionally, production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the autofocus motor developed exclusively by Nikon, recently reached fifty million.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. Since then, the NIKKOR tradition has continued. Nikon continues to actively release new NIKKOR lenses utilizing advanced technologies cultivated over its long history, while further expanding its lineup of lenses for the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Since reaching the eighty-five million lens milestone in January 2014, production of NIKKOR lenses continues at a steady rate.

In addition, total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) has reached fifty million. Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics, which achieves extremely quiet autofocus photography. In just eighteen years since the 1996 release of the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, which was one of the first lenses to employ SWM technology, a total of 72(2) lenses equipped with a SWM and covering a broad range of focal lengths have been released for both FX and DX-format DSLR cameras.

In September 2014, Nikon responded to a variety of user needs by adding the new ultra wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to its already robust lineup of fast f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses for FX-format cameras. The new 20mm f/1.8 lens utilizes the latest optical design technologies to achieve superior resolution, while the adoption of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat controls ghost and flare. Lightweight and extremely portable, Nikon’s newest ultra-wide angle lens is ideal for fulfilling one’s photographic vision.
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Articles

Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer: A Family Gift to Print Your Holiday Photos

Tue November 4, 2014
The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer

The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer

This video presents Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer.

Epson

Presents

Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer

Give the gift of memories with the ultimate printer for home

“Let’s face it, sometimes it’s important to do some self-gifting during the holiday season. However, in the spirit of the holidays self-gifting is best disguised under the guise of a gift for the entire family.

This year, commit to replacing the aging black & white printer that the entire household battles with and give your family the gift of easy, wireless and quality printing. The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer is the ideal tool for the multi-tasking family that’s looking to simplify life. Forget lining up at your local photo shop to print your holiday photos. Print them at home with the XP-820’s unbeatable photo quality – vivid and smudge free right out of the dedicated photo tray in as fast as 12 seconds!”


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