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Panasonic LX100 Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Thu October 9, 2014

PhotographyBLOG has published their full review of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100.

They conclude that ‘The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is the most capable compact camera that we’ve ever reviewed, offering a mouth-watering combination of cutting edge technology, excellent image quality, and intuitive handling.

Find out why they rate the LX100 as 5 stars and awarded it their highest ESSENTIAL rating.

Read the PhotographyBLOG review of the Panasonic LX100.

Press Releases

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

Wed October 8, 2014
RICOH WG-30w, Flame Orange

RICOH WG-30w, Flame Orange

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

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

PRESS RELEASE

October 08, 2014

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

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


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Reviews on the Web

Panasonic LX100 Review @ ePHOTOzine

Wed October 8, 2014

ePHOTOzine has published their full review of the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100.

They conclude that ‘If you are looking for a “serious compact” with a large sensor, then there are no other cameras available that offer everything that the LX100 offers…

Find out why they rate the LX100 as 5 stars and awarded it their Editor’s Choice.

Read the ePHOTOzine review of the Panasonic LX100.

Press Releases

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

Tue October 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Articles

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Cameras Captured Selfies, Broken Sidewalk, Small Ball, Pyramid, Bird Sculpture & Laser Shots

Mon October 6, 2014

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft (launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Nov. 26, 2011) set down on Mars a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — at Gale Crater on the floor of Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012 Universal Time (evening of Aug. 5, Pacific Time).

  • The rover studies the geology and environment of selected areas in the crater and analyzes samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground.
  • Within the first eight months of a planned 23-month primary mission, Curiosity met its major objective of finding evidence of a past environment well suited to supporting microbial life.
    • Images from the rover showed an area where “water once coursed vigorously over the surface.”
    • The evidence for stream flow was in rounded pebbles (spheres up to a few centimeters) mixed with hardened sand in conglomerate rocks at and near the landing site.
    • This indicates sustained abrasion of rock fragments within water flows that crossed Gale Crater.
  • The touchdown site, Bradbury Landing, is near the foot of a layered mountain, Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons).
  • Please note: a Martian day for rover Curiosity is one Sol (in the satellite of our sun).

Curiosity’s 17 cameras consist of both engineering and science cameras.

There are four types of engineering cameras.

Like the Mars Exploration Rovers, Curiosity has a stereo Navigation Camera on its mast and low-slung, stereo Hazard-Avoidance cameras. The wide view of the Navigation Camera is also used to aid targeting of other instruments and to survey the sky for clouds and dust.

  • Front Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Front Hazcams)
Front Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Front Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left B (FHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 762 (2014-09-28 03:17:13 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left B (FHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 762 (2014-09-28 03:17:13 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Rear Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Rear Hazcams)
Rear Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Rear Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Left B (RHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 758 (2014-09-23 20:53:00 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Left B (RHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 758 (2014-09-23 20:53:00 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Left Navigation Camera (Navcams)
Left Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Left Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The pyramid-shaped rock is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive. The rock has been named "Jake Matijevic." Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The drive by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity during the mission’s 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The pyramid-shaped rock is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive. The rock has been named “Jake Matijevic.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Right Navigation Cameras (Navcams)
right navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Right Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MSL payload on Curisoity. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MSL payload on Curisoity. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

There are four types of science cameras.

Mars Descent Imager (MARDI)

MARDI. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MARDI. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.


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Press Releases

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

Sat October 4, 2014

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

NEWS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

 Nikon COOLPIX Cameras

 COOLPIX S32: The Family-friendly Warrior

Nikon  COOLPIX S32, white

Nikon COOLPIX S32, white

Nikon COOLPIX S32, blue

Nikon COOLPIX S32, blue

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

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

COOLPIX P600: The Compact Zoomer

Nikon COOLPIX P600, black

Nikon COOLPIX P600, black

Nikon COOLPIX P600, red

Nikon COOLPIX P600, red


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Sat October 4, 2014

With IBM Cloud, Music Mastermind created a solution that provides a gaming experience to over 250,000 active users in 155 countries. And that is music to everybody’s ears. Learn more now.

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Sponsored Video: La musique créée avec le Nuage IBM

Sat October 4, 2014

Avec le Nuage IBM, Music Mastermind a créé une solution offrant une expérience de jeu à plus de 250 000 utilisateurs actifs dans 155 pays. En avant la musique! Plus d’info.

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Press Releases

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

Fri October 3, 2014
Rehabilitation Navigation System (Digital Mirror): Extensive menu makes physical therapy enjoyable. Image by Panasonic.

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

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

Today is World Smile Day!

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

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

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

NEWS RELEASE

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

Oct 03, 2014

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

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

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

Presentation of state-of-the-art welfare technologies

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

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

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

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


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Contests, Press Releases

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

Fri October 3, 2014

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

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

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

September 30, 2014

City of Toronto photography contest deadline extended

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

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


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Articles

Nova Scotian Photographers Age 50 or Older: Exhibit Your Work in the Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery in Halifax

Fri October 3, 2014

Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery
Art and photography can be a pleasant and rewarding hobby. Nova Scotian Seniors, 50 and over, are invited to become exhibitors in the Gallery. The Gallery is open to beginning and experienced photographers and artists. No fees are charged and the works are not judged. Artists price their own art and receive the full amount of sale. When a piece is sold, the artist is contacted and may replace it with another. Individuals who register with the gallery will be given an opportunity to participate in future exhibitions. Prior to an exhibit, information will be sent to each artist/photographer. Included will be an application form, framing guidelines and the history of the Gallery.

The art and photos on display are a lasting legacy that mirrors the interests, diversity and creative talents within the 50 plus age group. The Department of Seniors is pleased to sponsor the Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery, which encourages creativity and participation of older Nova Scotians in society.

Department of Seniors
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery provides artists and photographers 50 years of age and older, a FREE, central location to display and sell their works of art.


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Contests, Press Releases

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

Thu October 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards and Prizes

Grand Prize

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


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