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Fujifilm X30 Premium Compact Fixed Lens Camera Features F2.0 4x Manual Zoom Lens, New Real Time Viewfinder and Dual Control Rings

Tue August 26, 2014

FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X30, a premium compact, fixed lens camera aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers. The FUJIFILM X30 has an all new Real Time Viewfinder and innovative dual manual control rings for composing.

Key Features:

  • FUJINON F2.0-2.8 lens 4x manual barrel zoom lens
  • 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Real Time 2.36M-dot OLED Viewfinder (0.005 second lag time, 0.65 magnification)
  • Tilting 3.0” LCD (920k dots)
  • Hybrid AF (0.06 seconds)
  • Start-up time of 0.5 seconds, Shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
  • Continuous shooting of 12fps (11 frames) in JPEG at full resolution
  • Increased battery performance (470 photos)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Full HD video 1080p at 60fps (bit rate 36Mbps)
  • Die-cast magnesium alloy body
  • ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation

The FUJIFILM X30 will be available in late September 2014 in black or silver for US $599.95.

PRESS RELEASE

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES CLASSICALLY DESIGNED PREMIUM COMPACT X30 WITH NEW CONTROLS AND FASTER PERFORMANCE

X30 features Real Time Viewfinder, dual control rings, and new ‘Classic Chrome’ Film Simulation for dramatically colored photos

Valhalla, N.Y., August 26, 2014FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X30, a premium compact, fixed lens camera aimed at enthusiast and professional photographers. The FUJIFILM X30 has an all new Real Time Viewfinder and innovative dual manual control rings for composing and taking pictures quickly and easily.

The FUJIFILM X30 gives enthusiast and professional photographers a vast array of new features, and delivers the same award-winning image quality and design that the FUJIFILM X-Series is known for around the world. The new X30 features a Real Time Viewfinder – which is the largest, brightest, fastest and highest resolving viewfinder in its class*1 – a large 12MP 2/3” X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and a new ‘Classic Chrome’ film simulation mode that delivers muted tones and deep color reproduction for beautifully dramatic images.

The X30 also includes a large tilting 3.0” 920K-dot premium clear LCD monitor, increased battery performance, and a strong, yet lightweight, die-cast magnesium alloy body that is superbly designed to add a real sense of style and elegance to the camera.


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Press Releases

New Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 Freestyle Digital Camera: To Shoot Selfies & Group Shots from All-new Angles

Tue August 26, 2014
Casio EXILIM EX-FR10

Casio EXILIM EX-FR10

As the latest addition to the EXILIM family of digital cameras, Casio EXILIM EX-FR10 freestyle digital camera boasts a modular construction that can be separated easily into two parts—the camera unit and the LCD-equipped controller for users to create new shooting styles as follows.

  • Detach and dock at the press of a button.
    Although the camera is made up of two separate units—the camera unit and controller—Casio designed it to look like a single unit. Nevertheless, the camera unit can be detached and docked at the press of a button.
  • Here are the three different styles to shoot for maximum flexibility.
    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Split style

    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Split style

    • Split style
      With one of several attachments, users can easily fix the camera anywhere they like and then shoot remotely with the controller. Casio has equipped the camera with an interval shooting function for enabling hands-free shooting of photos or videos. Users can also take shots without the controller by using the shutter button on the camera unit.
    • Self-portrait style
      Dock the camera unit to take effortless self-portraits with the lens and LCD facing in the same direction and the camera held upright.
    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Conventional camera style

    Casio EXILIM EX-FR10: Conventional camera style

    • Conventional camera style
      Fold the camera unit when taking photos in self-portrait style. This enables photos to be shot like on a conventional camera.
  • Shoot in a variety of situations.
    Once the camera unit and controller are turned on, the Bluetooth® connection is established and the user can immediately begin shooting. When the controller is detached, the user can simply prop the camera unit up on its hinge. Users can shoot a wide range of situations using the strap that comes with the camera and attachments that can easily be fitted and removed. Both the camera unit and controller body feature a splash-proof and dustproof construction, and can withstand dropping from a height of up to 2.0 meters.

Take self-portraits or group shots—all with one camera

  • Self-portraits
    By setting up the camera for self-portrait style shooting and using the Make-up mode, the user can enhance his or her appearance.
  • Group shots
    By detaching the camera unit and setting it to face the subject, the user can take group shots including him or herself using the controller.

Have Fun Sharing Photos and Movies

  • Images can be sent effortlessly via Wi-Fi to a smartphone or tablet.
  • Fun times can be captured in condensed versions with Highlight Photo and Highlight Movie.
    • Highlight Photo lets users see a day’s photos in a single collage.
      With the Highlight Photo function, users can produce a single image of a day’s highlights just by specifying the shooting date and layout. The camera automatically selects recommended still images and saves them as a single photo collage. Users can choose from 10 different options featuring with different photo sizes, placement, and total number in the collage. Automatically selected photos can be changed with an easy operation, and favorite photos can be given priority.
    • Highlight Movie lets users watch their videos in a single clip.
      With the Highlight Movie function, users can produce a single short video of a day’s shooting, complete with automatically added video effects, just by specifying the shooting date. The camera automatically selects recommended video clips and still images. Users can choose from four types of background music, and specify three different lengths of the video to suit the situation.

Please click here for more info and EX-FR10 Specifications.

NEWS RELEASE

Casio Releases EXILIM “Split Camera” That Enables All-New Ways of Shooting Photos

Offering “Freestyle Shooting” Using Split Configuration Consisting of Camera Unit and Controller

TOKYO, August 26, 2014 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of the EXILIM EX-FR10 freestyle digital camera. This latest addition to the EXILIM family of digital cameras boasts a modular construction that can be separated easily into two parts—the camera unit and the LCD-equipped controller—making it possible to take various kinds of interesting shots including self-portraits and group shots.


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Videos

The Transparent Display Edges Closer to Reality as MIT Student Confines Light in a Thin Slab of Photonic Crystal

Tue August 26, 2014

The transparent display in many SciFi movies and TV shows (including Extant) looks really cool. The problem has always been that light escapes the transparent glass. Recently, MIT graduate student Wade Hsu and colleagues have shown that they are now able to confine light in the surface of a photonic crystal slab and thus design a transparent display using nanoparticles.

We can take a piece of glass which is originally transparent and put in nanoparticles that only scatter a particular, narrow bandwidth of light. Light in the visible spectrum is made of many different wavelengths from 300 nanometers to 750 nanometers. If we have such a structure, then most of the light can pass through, so it is still transparent, but if we project light of that particular narrow bandwidth, light can be scattered strongly as if it were hitting a regular screen. -Wade Hsu

Read the whole article at: MIT

Editor’s note: Pair this transparent display with the transparent solar cell and you could have a truly interesting product.

Videos

#TimsDark Experiment: Canadian Tim Hortons Coffee Shop Where Servers Wear Infrared Goggles and Customers Drink In Complete Darkness

Mon August 25, 2014

I hope US fast food firm Burger King (BK) knows what it is getting into with the purchase of Canadian iconic Tim Hortons coffee shops. The young execs at BK better realize that this is not a shop that you buy and then drop when you have no need of it anymore: it could well ignite the simmering resentment Canadians feel toward their neighbor (and best friend) to the south.

In one “experiment,” a Timmys was painted completely black outside and cloistered so it was pitch black inside — as in, you can see zilch.

Customers gingerly felt their way inside as servers wearing infrared goggles directed them to the counter, took their orders and served them their order of Double-Double. Apparently, the extreme darkness heightened their sense of taste and a great-tasting coffee was elevated to even greater heights of flavor.

Of course, if you believe this was an actual store with actual customers, there’s still a bridge for sale somewhere…

Contests

Parks and Forests Through The Seasons Contest for 10 Years of Age & Older: Submit Photos by Noon Sept.3, 2014

Mon August 25, 2014

This video presents “A Modern Legacy – Pennsylvania State Parks.”

  • A look at what Pennsylvania State Parks in the USA have to offer.

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) invites everyone to enter the Parks and Forests Through the Seasons photo contest.

  • The contest will be judged by popular vote on PPFF’s Facebook page.
  • Each email address is able to vote one time.

parks-and-forests-through-the-seasons-contest

PPFF’s mission is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism.

All photos must be submitted by noon on September 3, 2014, for consideration.

  • The voting period will be from September 10 to September 17.
  • Photos must be submitted by the photographer. (No third party submissions.)
  • All photos must have been taken in a Pennsylvania state park or state forest.
    • A maximum of 3 photos per submitter will be accepted in any one category.

Note: only one prize will be awarded per person.

  • Should a photographer receive the most votes in more than one category, PPFF reserves the right to select from which category the prize will be awarded.
  • There are six different categories and three photographs from each category will be awarded a prize as follows:
    • The top vote-getter will be named People’s Choice in that category.
      • The top vote-getter in each category receives a $50 state park gift card.
    • Second prize in the category will likewise be chosen by popular vote.
      • The second place winner in each category receives a $25 state park gift card.
    • PPFF’s blue ribbon panel of experts (chosen solely at PPFF’s discretion) will select a Critics’ Choice in each category.
    • Once again this year, the top vote-getter among all submissions will be named the People’s Choice Best in Show and there will also be a Critics’ Choice Best in Show chosen from all submissions.
      • Both Best in Show winners (People’s Choice and Critics’ Choice) receive a $75 state park gift card.

Award winners will be featured in PPFF’s fall newsletter and may be included on PPFF’s website,  Facebook page and other electronic communications.

The six categories are:


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Articles, Press Releases

“Clean Air: A Basic Right” Exhibit: Photographers in Pictou County Can Submit Works by Sept.6, 2014

Sat August 23, 2014

This video presents “Northern Pulp Mill and Pictou, NS – July 27, 2014.”

A very putrid and sickening day in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is far from an isolated occurence. In an interview with CBC, David MacKenzie, spokesperson for Northern Pulp readily admits that Northern Pulp is not in compliance with it’s regulatory emissions. This was not new information. The Nova Scotia Department of the environment allows stake holders to exceed limits if they have a plan and are working towards compliance. A Scrubber filter in the plant broke down in 2006. The Department of Environment says they were not aware until 2008. The precipitator on the recovery boilder has had issues since 2011. There have been two directives (in 2012 and early 2013) that the DOE has given Northern Pulp to come under compliance. Northern Pulp are working towards this and says this should be completed by spring 2015. In the mean time, emissions have ridiculously exceeded limits and Northern Pulp are setting records in production without fear of being shut down due to excessive particulate matter. Pictou County already has the highest levels when it comes to cancer mortality rate in Nova Scotia according to Government of Canada Stats.

Photo by Matt Gunning‎: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill.

Photo by Matt Gunning‎: Clean up the Pictou County Pulp Mill.

NEWS RELEASE

CLEAN AIR: A BASIC RIGHT

***ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS IN PICTOU COUNTY***

Gerry Farrell, director of Palliative Care at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow and local photographer and Marianne Fraser, retired professional photographer, are organizing an exhibition of photography. They are seeking works by photographers who are affected, moved and/or inspired by the issue of toxic emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill in Pictou and the effects it has on health, the environment and the general wellbeing of the people in Pictou County.

The purpose of this exhibition is to raise awareness of the magnitude of the impact of the emissions of the Northern Pulp Mill on human life and the environment as a whole. With due consideration of the livelihood of its employees and the people who work in the sub industries, this exhibition seeks attention to the fact that the people in Pictou County and surrounding areas, can’t live any longer with the unacceptable toxic pollution that destroys their health, environment and community.

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Articles

Talk to Your Children About Sharing Personal Images and Videos on the Internet

Sat August 23, 2014

School is a little bit more than one week away and parents and their children are busy preparing their school supplies and wardrobe. Besides the requisite pencils, erasers and copybooks, today’s tech savvy children also carry smartphones, cameras, tablets and/or laptops. Snapchat, Facebook, and text messaging are standard communication tools for many students, who have no qualms sharing personal information, pictures and videos on the Internet.

While Canadian schoolchildren today may be more digitally savvy than their parents, their online activities may not always be safe and don’t always meet with parental approval. A McAfee study conducted earlier this year found 76 per cent of Canadian youth admit to hiding online behaviour from their parents and 56 per cent have visited websites or viewed videos their parents would disapprove of. More statistics from the survey are available at http://sawebdev.ca/mcafee/Bridge_The_Gap/bridgethegap.html.

For children today, the school experience can be far different from that of their parents, and they may think that parents do not understand their generation. With all the technology available to today’s students come new responsibilities for parents. To help bridge the gap between generations and start a conversation between parents and children, McAfee offers some tips parents can use to help protect their children:

  • Turn off GPS services – disabling GPS helps keep children invisible to strangers.
  • Enable privacy settings – this helps keep children’s personal information private.
  • Teach them what is inappropriate to share – many teens and tweens underestimate the danger of sharing contact information (e-mail addresses, phone numbers and home addresses) and personal images and videos.

Children may balk at these restrictions and it’s a perfect time to start a conversation about the importance of digital privacy. Probably the most important thing parents can do to protect their children (especially teens) is to keep communication lines open. This means to respect them, listen to them and support them. Starting the conversation with older children may not be easy but it will tell them that you are always there for them.

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Press Releases

Manfrotto: New Pro Light Bag Collection for Photographers and Videographers

Fri August 22, 2014

This video demonstrates the Pro Light 3N1-25 PL camera backpack.

“Manfrotto delivers photographers and videographers light-weight, ergonomic, durable and reliable bags with the launch of the Manfrotto Pro Light collection. Utilizing innovative materials the Pro Light collection offers shutterbugs the capacity to carry large amount of gear, while providing maximum protection for equipment as well as proper weight distribution through the shoulders and back. The Pro Light includes 33 items divided into three cateogires: photo bags, video bags and accessories. Items include backpacks, holsters, cases, rolling organizers, camera straps and raincovers.”

For additional information about Manfrotto and its products, please visit www.manfrotto.ca or the Manfrotto brand page. To learn more about Gentec International, please visit www.gentec-intl.com and www.facebook.com/GentecInternational.

Manfrotto: New Pro Light Bag Collection

Manfrotto: New Pro Light Bag Collection

NEWS RELEASE

MANFROTTO OFFERS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS A LIGHTWEIGHT SOLUTION WITH NEW PRO LIGHT BAG COLLECTION

 TORONTO, ON., August 22, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Manfrotto photo and video products, announces the launch of the new Pro Light bag collection. Designed for photographers and videographers who require lightweight, intuitive, and ergonomic camera carrying solutions that are rugged, reliable, and easy to use.

 Manfrotto has utilized the most innovative materials to construct the new Pro Light collection. In addition to offering the capacity to carry a large amount of gear, these bags are also the lightest in the Manfrotto range. Incorporating Manfrotto’s Camera Protection System (CPS) these bags have been engineered to guarantee maximum protection for your equipment. The Advanced Harness System, foam harness straps and removable waist straps ensures that Pro Light bags are extremely comfortable to carry.

The Pro Light range includes a total of 33 items divided into three categories: photo bags (8 backpacks, 4 holsters), video bags (2 backpacks, 4 cases, 3 rolling organizers for lighting equipment), and accessories (1 camera strap, 4 camera raincovers, 7 video raincovers).


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Contests

Four Photographers are Finalists for Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014: Vote Until 11:59 P.M. on Oct. 27, 2014

Fri August 22, 2014

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Aimia and  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) recently announced the four international finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014:

  • David Hartt (Canada);
  • Elad Lassry (Israel/USA);
  • Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa); and
  • Lisa Oppenheim (USA).

Help us choose the $50,000 Winner

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Art is all about perspective. What’s yours?
View art from four international photographers and vote for what moves you to help award our $50,000 Prize.

We’d love to get your perspective on which one of these extraordinary artists should receive this year’s $50,000 Prize. You don’t have to be a curator to have your say; you just have to consider the work through the lens of an art lover.

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Advisories

Nikon D810 Digital SLR Advisory: Free-of-Charge Service for Cameras Affected by Noise (Bright Spots)

Thu August 21, 2014

D810 Service Advisory

To users of the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.

We have received a few reports from some users of the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera indicating that noise (bright spots) are sometimes noticeable in long exposures, and in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).

After looking into the matter, we have determined that some noise (bright spots) may on occasion be noticeable when shooting long exposures, and in images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).

Nikon service centers will service these cameras that have already been purchased as needed free of charge to the customer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

Identifying affected products

To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, please click the Affected Product Serial Numbers link below and enter your D810’s serial number as instructed. Your camera’s serial number will be checked against those of affected products. If your camera is one of those affected, you will be forwarded to additional instructions. If your camera is not one of those affected, you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.

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#LoveYourLines Celebrates Real Women, Real Bodies

Tue August 19, 2014

We’ve all owed our existence (on a large part) thanks to the nine months spent growing safely in our mother’s tummy. That bulge to her tummy does something to her skin: it stretches it and, when you are finally out of there and into the world, leaves stretch marks behind. These stretch marks are your mom’s battle scars, so to speak, and proof of what mothers all over the world are willing to go through to bring the most precious cargo into the world: you. That’s how nature is and that’s something to be proud of. She is. Are you?

#LoveYourLines is an instagram site that was started by two moms who decided to shine a light on this issue because it became one when a mother’s bikini body with stretch marks clearly visible was publicly shamed on social media. They thought, Surely, this is something to be ashamed of and hidden from public view. Women (and men) around the world came to that mother’s defense and #LoveYourLines was born.

“#LoveYourLines is a social media photo campaign to help showcase the beauty of the female body. This account is curated by two mommas hoping to make a difference in the world of the female body image. To submit your photos please email loveyourlines@gmail.com. All women of different shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Photos submitted should be taken against a plain background. We can’t wait to see your love lines!”


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Press Releases

Sony α5100 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera Features α6000’s Fast Hybrid AF system

Mon August 18, 2014

The new Sony α5100 claims to be “the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera that boasts a big APS-C sensor plus a built-in flash and Wi-Fi.” It incorporates the α6000’s blazing Fast Hybrid AF system with 179 phase detection points and features a 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor.

Main features:

  • Fast Hybrid AF with huge 179 focal plane phase-detection AF points for reliable tracking autofocus plus touch focussing and touch shutter release
  • Large, sensitive 24.3 megapixel APS-C size Exmor™ CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X™ processor for superb image quality
  • New 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor
  • Shoot cinematic Full HD movies with tracking Fast Hybrid AF
  • Expand your shooting fun with a host of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps™ to expand your creative possibilities
  • One-touch image and movie sharing with Wi-Fi/NFC

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Debuts Ultra-Compact α5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera with Impressive Autofocus

New Mirrorless Camera Features Remarkable AF speed and tracking, 24 MP APS-C Size Sensor, BIONZ X™ Processor and more

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2014 – Sony Electronics has today introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.

The speedy new camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1. It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor.  This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.

Unique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.

“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony.  “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price.  It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”


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