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Canon: #CanonVidContest Video Contest for 13 Years of Age or Older in USA & District of Columbia: Post a 15-Second or Less Video of Yourself before 11:59 PM ET on July 26, 2015 with Answers to Questions What is Your Passion? & Why You Want to Be a YouTube Star?
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Sony's Camera, Sensing, Telecommunications Network & Robotics Technologies + ZMP’s Automated Driving & Robotics Technologies: Aerosense Inc.(August 2015) for the Development, Manufacture & Sale of Enterprise Solutions Using Autonomous Drones for Image Capture Combined with Cloud-based Data Processing in 2016
The following video presents Sony Qrio & Friends:
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Canon: New Update Digital Photo Professional 4.3.0 (DPP 4.3.0) RAW Processing Software 07/16/2015 at No Cost: DSLR Support Includes Certain EOS Cameras, and PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot G1 X Mark II Cameras
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We have confirmed that there are counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products in circulation in the market. It has been reported that these products are being sold through various online marketplace websites. These counterfeit products have not been designed or manufactured by Canon, but fraudulently display the Canon logo, and may also fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks. Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon, so we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke.
The safety of our consumers is our utmost concern. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit products may not meet government and industry safety standards. To ensure that you’re buying genuine Canon products, we recommend purchasing from a Canon Authorized Dealer or directly from Canon. Please be advised that Canon is not responsible for any malfunction, accident, or damage related to the use of any counterfeit product.
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This video presents Welcome to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will take place from October 3-11, 2015 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 44th annual event will feature 550 colorful hot air and gas balloons, of which 100 are anticipated to be special shape balloons.
Pilots from 20 countries are expected to fly in the popular international event.
The Balloon Cams are one of the most popular features. During the Fiesta you can view live images of the park. You can also browse previous webcam images.
Canon is the three-year Presenting Sponsor for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a world-renowned attraction and destination.
Canon will host hands-on activities to allow attendees to experience the wide array of its photographic and printing products, and will provide educational experiences to help attendees see impossible and capture photos and videos like never before.
At this event, Canon will also present the:
Opening Day Mass Ascension that highlights the launch of the balloons,
spectacular Night Magic™ Glow, where balloons light up the night sky on the second Saturday of the Balloon Fiesta: “Fiesta Glow all burns when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time are perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta,“
Canon See Impossible balloon to fly through the sky,
Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest, where attendees can share and submit their favorite photographs of the luminous event.
Canon U.S.A. Soars To New Heights As It Sponsors The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®
Colorful Balloons Create Vivid Imagery in Bright New Mexico Sky that Inspire Visitors to Capture Dreamlike Moments with Canon See Impossible Continue Reading »
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Recently, Panasonic introduced at InfoComm 2015 the PT-RQ13KU, the company’s first beyond 4K screen resolution projector. Panasonic also demonstrated the high brightness PT-DZ21KU projector, showcasing its impact through a dramatic projection mapping display onto a Tesla Model S.
The following video presents Empowering Businesses with a Wide Range of 4K Solutions at InfoComm:
Watch Panasonic, a single-source supplier of 4K solutions, demonstrate its fully integrated range of B2B applications at InfoComm 2015. Observe a number of stunning 4K technologies such as large format 4K LQ series displays and the vibrant RQ13K projector that will serve to empower businesses.
Panasonic PT-RQ13K is the most compact and lightweight projector of its kind in the world. It employs quad pixel drive technology to deliver extremely detailed, film-like, 4K image quality.
Panasonic PT-RQ13K : 4K images
To achieve this, the optical axis of the projector is shifted both horizontally and vertically at a high frame rate of 240 Hz, to create four different pixels from a single pixel – effectively quadrupling the pixel density of the image. A new generation of detail clarity processor analyses the required pixel information for extra pixels, and optimises for fluid, detailed, high-contrast images.
A contrast ratio of 20,000:1 that, together with high-resolution performance, makes them ideal for large exhibition venues, virtual reality theatres and corporate applications.
The projectors include a fail-safe dual-drive laser optical engine which ensures 20,000 hours maintenance-free laser lighting. A new liquid-cooling system reduces operating noise and maximises the laser light source performance.
The PT-RQ13K is set for release in autumn 2015.
Projection mapping utilizes projectors and software to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection.
Projection Mapping on a Tesla: Image Courtesy of Panasonic
By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object. Projection mapping really is as limitless as your imagination.
Panasonic PT-DZ21KU projector
At InfoComm 2015, there were six PT-DZ21KU projectors with edge blending in action through a state-of-the-art projection mapping display onto a Tesla Model S. The demo takes the car through a spectacular drive through the snow, a cityscape and multiple different color changes.
The following video presents InfoComm 2015 – Sizzle Wheel #infocomm15:
Overview segment featuring footage from ALL videos and other footage shot throughout the booth,
The following video presents Sony Digital Cinema: 4K – Explained:
4K cinema offers a picture quality four times higher than in theatres with 2K. This video explains exactly how 4K technology produces more detailed and life like images and therefore a more immersive cinema experience. More about Sony’s 4K Digital Cinema products here: http://bit.ly/1gtbZ1g
“4K Digital Cinema by Sony means better-looking pictures and a more immersive, emotional entertainment experience that customers love. Movies projected in Sony 4K are bursting with life-like detail and rich, vivid colour:” Image Courtesy of Sony Professional
National Theatre (NT) Live broadcasts the best of British theatre live to cinemas around the world, and is also showing at local Vue cinemas in the United Kingdom.
NT Live: Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in Sony 4K
From 15 October 2015
Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.
Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.
…Hamlet will be filmed and shown at more than 550 cinemas in the UK and beamed around the world… on October 15,….
‘It’s just a great way of making the play accessible,’ Cumberbatch said.
Friedman added that the NT Live initiative gives the ‘opportunity to thousands of people who are not able to see our limited run at the Barbican’.
She hopes that the October 15 broadcast will be ‘an electrifying evening’ for UK audiences watching the show ‘in real time’.
Some European countries will also see Hamlet live. However, David Sabel, head of NT Live, explained that screenings in the U.S. will be time-delayed because of the different time zones but will still be shown on October 15. It will also be broadcast in Brazil and later in Japan.
He expects the eventual global audience for Hamlet to be in the hundreds of thousands.
In a major event cinema breakthrough, the 15th October performance at the Barbican will be transmitted live in 4K for exclusive presentation in selected Vue cinemas around the UK.
It’s the first time that any theatrical production has been delivered live to multiple locations for simultaneous 4K projection.
Transmitted with 4K resolution at 50 frames per second, the live broadcast will ensure that cinemagoers enjoy smooth, realistic reproduction of the action on stage.
National Theatre Live is expecting Hamlet to screen in many countries including:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.
Please note that screening dates have not yet been confirmed for all the above countries. As they are confirmed and go on sale they will be added to National Theatre Live website at http://ntlive.com/hamlet.
If you want to be notified when venues in your country go on sale, sign up to receive NT Live emails at http://ntlive.com/signup .
Audiences at Vue Cinemas around the UK will exclusively be able to experience the on-stage action in 4K, “as if they’re right there in the auditorium. Screened with Vue’s fleet of Sony Digital Cinema projectors, these special 4K showings will bring both NT productions to life with unsurpassed detail, clarity and contrast.“
4K means loads of detail. But that’s not the whole story. Sony 4K Digital Cinema projectors also deliver images with an extremely high contrast ratio. That’s the difference between dark and light areas in the same scene, like a brightly twinkling star on a pitch-black night. The advanced optical engine inside our SRX-R515P projector delivers bright, beautiful images with an incredible 8,000:1 contrast ratio – way ahead of internationally-recognised digital cinema standards and close to the limits of human vision.
This video presents Sony Digital Cinema 4K: Sizzle Reel.
What makes the Leica M different from SLRs? Follow along with photographer Craig Semetko as he answers this question and explains how to use the Leica M, including techniques on focusing. For Craig, the benefits of the Leica M include its small, discreet nature and big, bright viewfinder that allows you to see more. Because of this, the Leica M demands more from the photographer. Watch this video and discover the capabilities of the Leica M. Learn more about the legendary Leica M here: http://bit.ly/LeicaMCamera #LeicaM .
THe following video presents NASA – The Limited Supply of Fresh Water on Earth:
Freshwater seems abundant, but when accounting for all the water on Earth, it’s in limited supply. Just three percent of the water on our planet is freshwater. A majority of this water, about two percent of the world total, is contained in glaciers and ice sheets or stored below ground. The remaining one percent is found in lakes, rivers and wetland areas or transported through the atmosphere in the form of water vapor, clouds and precipitation. Rain and snowfall replenish freshwater sources, making it vital to know when, where and how much water is falling at any given time. Using NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, researchers can track precipitation worldwide and monitor levels from space. 15 Aug 2014
Water’s Edge Photography Auction 24 June – 8 July 2015
Salgado, Burtynsky, Balog photos on auction and display at MEC to benefit the Canadian Freshwater Alliance
Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) is the title sponsor of Water’s Edge, a Pan Am-commissioned public exhibition curated by No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment, a charitable organization that leverages contemporary art and design to drive environmental awareness. Photographers from Pan America countries were commissioned to explore society’s tenuous relationship with our natural water supplies. The large-scale public exhibition will be on display at Union Station beginning July 9th and continuing through to August 16th.
As part of MEC’s Homewaters fundraising campaign for Canadian freshwater preservation, 13 photos generously donated by Water’s Edge photographers will be available for auction with opening bids ranging between $1,000 and $20,000. The auction photos will be on display at MEC’s 400 King Street West store beginning tomorrow with funds raised to be donated to the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.
MEC is helping raise funds for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance through additional activities including the creation of limited edition t-shirts designed by Etsy artists and a social media hashtag fundraising campaign that will see all profits from t-shirt sales and $5 for every use of #myhomewaters on Instagram donated to the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.
Who: Andrew Davies, Executive Director, No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment
What: Water’s Edge photogrtaphy auction
Where: MEC – 400 King Street West, Toronto
When: Wednesday June 24, 2015, 1 pm
Why: To raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance
This video presents Canada AM: A cleaning drinking water crisis?
MEC and renowned photographers Sebastião Salgado and Edward Burtynsky bring freshwater issues into focus
Vancouver, B.C. (June 23, 2015) – Freshwater touches us all. Since 2010, MEC has invested over $2 million to sustain freshwater in Canada and is committed to doing even more. MEC’s Homewaters 2015 campaign is designed to increase awareness of freshwater issues in Canada and around the world, while benefitting the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. Homewaters gives Canadians four ways to engage:
Experience Water’s Edge
MEC is proud to be the platinum sponsor of Water’s Edge, a major public exhibition of large-scale photographs highlighting the impact of human development on the world’s freshwater commissioned as a cultural exhibit for the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games.
Featuring six of the world’s most renowned photographic artists from Pan Am countries, including Sebastião Salgado (Brazil), Cristina Mittermeier (Mexico), James Balog (USA) and Edward Burtynsky (Canada), Water’s Edge is produced by No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment, a charitable organization that leverages contemporary art and design to drive environmental awareness.
It includes the public No.9 Fresh Water Symposium July 10, 2015 at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, featuring talks by the photographers James Balog, Cristina Mittermeier, Jorge Uzon and Edward Burtynsky.
“Freshwater is essential to the active outdoor lifestyles MEC exists to enable and inspire. But the world’s freshwater supply is under threat, including here in Canada–Water’s Edge highlights this,” said MEC CEO David Labistour. “Together with these renowned artists and our members, MEC offers Canadians real ways they can take action.” Continue Reading »
The following video presents Journey Back to the Ancient Ocean With Samsung Gear VR:
Natural History Museum, Atlantic Productions and Samsung collaborate for a world-first virtual reality storytelling experience.
Virtual reality will showcase some of the Earth’s earliest inhabitants at the Natural History Museum in London, England, from the 19 June 2015. David Attenborough’s First Life is a new fully immersive experience bringing natural history to life with cinematic virtual reality (VR) technology by Samsung.
Immerse yourself in stunning virtual worlds with a 96-degree viewing angle.
This innovative virtual reality headset launches you into an immersive world that features a 360-degrees surround cinema-like viewing experience. Enjoy more lifelike, vivid images thanks to the Galaxy S6’s higher resolution and greater pixel density.
Powered by Oculus technology.
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (white): Easy Control Touchpad
A deeper touchpad with an embossed centre offers you user-friendly controls for an easier interactive experience.
For more info about Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, please visit:
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.
Sigma recently announced the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the market’s first full-frame zoom lens offering a wide-open, constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range. Pricing and availability are pending.
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens
Sigma Corporation Announces World’s First F2 Zoom Lens for Full Frame Cameras
New 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens offers prime performance with zoom versatility covering three popular focal lengths
RONKONKOMA, NY — June 19, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the market’s first full-frame zoom lens offering a wide-open, constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range. Pricing and availability are pending.
With the development of this latest Global Vision Art lens, Sigma was determined to develop a zoom for 35mm full-frame sensor cameras that enables the same sharpness and resolution as a fixed focal length lens. To do this, the company’s engineers built upon the concept of Sigma’s ground-breaking 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, which is designed for APS-C cameras and is the first zoom to offer a fast F1.8 aperture value throughout the zoom range. The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art allows photographers to carry one lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm — with F2 brightness and top optical performance comparable to Sigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art.
“Now, rather than switching between three high-performance, fixed focal length lenses, photographers and videographers can simply zoom and know that the results will be of prime caliber,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “There’s nothing like this lens on the market today; we’re thrilled to arm photographers with yet another unique, innovative and versatile lens that features the incredible image quality that has become the hallmark of our Art line.” Continue Reading »
High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) Cameras of the International Space Station (ISS)
The following video (2014) presents Planet Earth HD View at Night from ISS (1080p):
On Space Station, Earth’s Beauty is in the Eye of the High Definition Beholder
A series of new Earth science instruments launching to the International Space Station over the next year is prompting a new era of Earth observation from the orbiting outpost. These new tools that monitor ocean winds and measure clouds and pollution in the atmosphere, among other climate science phenomena, will help NASA deliver important information to climate researchers.
While these new Earth science instruments collect valuable information on our changing planet, one current Earth observation study continuously streams live views of Earth directly to your desktop or mobile internet device. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) investigation allows anyone with an internet connection to view our world from above. Tune in to the HDEV live stream here.
The HDEV project employs four commercially available cameras to stream the first continuous, high definition video from the space station. During the two-year study period, researchers hope to determine the best types of cameras to use on future missions by subjecting them to the harsh space environment. The cameras are enclosed in a temperature-specific case and mounted outside the Columbus laboratory to monitor how quickly they degrade during exposure to radiation in microgravity.
“We know over time that the cameras will begin to degrade,” said David Hornyak, engineer and HDEV project manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We will operate the cameras to determine how long it takes and to learn what that degradation characteristic looks like to provide information on the planning and design of future imagery systems. It is expected that the cameras will not just turn off, but they will have some type of image degradation and at some point, that degradation will be bad enough that the image is no longer useful.”
With the use of commercially available cameras, the research team also hopes to validate cameras that may be more cost-effective for future missions. If a camera is readily available on Earth and proves to hold up well in space, purchasing this type of camera would likely be cheaper than designing a new product.
By using four different types of cameras, each has a different type of technology to analyze for what works best in space. Once a week, the project team uses an automated software program to compare pixels on night imagery taken by the cameras to assess the deterioration of each camera. The pixels are easier to see and compare in dark images than in those with objects and multiple colors included.
“The project team is building up a database of knowledge for selecting cameras in the future,” explained Hornyak. “With this information, we will have an understanding of how much time we have on orbit before a camera has to be replaced.”
Another noteworthy feature of HDEV is that the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program participated in its development. HUNCH is an instructional partnership between NASA, high school and intermediate/middle school students to build cost-effective hardware and soft goods both for use on the space station and for training NASA astronauts and flight controllers. Students from the Clear Creek, Cypress Woods, Conroe and North Shore Senior High schools in the Houston, Texas area built much of the secondary structure that supports components of the HDEV flight system.
Additional educational connections with HDEV include involvement from the University of Bonn in Germany and the University of Houston – Clear Lake in Texas. Students from both universities have the opportunity to operate HDEV and participate in monitoring effects on the HDEV cameras through the duration of the project. The University of Bonn created the Columbus Eye website for HDEV viewing and plans to create interactive tools to support the continuous imagery downlink from space. Plans for University of Houston’s participation are still in work.
Though communication coverage between the space station and the ground is near-continuous, there are times when a loss of signal occurs and the communication from HDEV is temporarily unavailable. Observers may experience times of inaccessibility to the HDEV signal due to a change in communications satellites within range of the space station; when there is no line of sight between the station’s antenna and the communications satellites, as when a satellite is over the horizon or blocked by a structure on the space station; or, during times of station, satellite or ground infrastructure maintenance. The HDEV site will display an image that the signal is down or display darkness when the station is on the night side of the Earth.
“While the HDEV collects beautiful images of the Earth from the ISS, the primary purpose of the experiment is an engineering one: monitoring the rate at which HD video camera image quality degrades when exposed to the space environment (mainly from cosmic ray damage) and verify the effectiveness of the design of the HDEV housing for thermal control.
The four cameras of the HDEV experiment are oriented in different directions and with different views relative to the ISS travel direction. They are in positioned, 1 looking forward, 1 looking nearly straight down, and 2 looking back. This provides several different viewing angles to the viewer.
The cameras are programmed to cycle from one camera to the next, and only one camera can work at a time. As they cycle, each camera must turn off and the next camera turn on before the HD video starts, taking about 8 to 10 seconds to change. Through this cycling, comparable data can be collected on each camera; while also providing, as a bonus, different Earth viewing perspectives.
The University of Bonn in partnership with the German Space Agency (DLR) is implementing the “Columbus Eye” program based on the HDEV streaming video. A webpage is in place (http://columbuseye.uni-bonn.de/ in German) that incorporates the HDEV UStream video and describes the Columbus Eye project, which will leverage ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Alexander Gerst educational activities in space.“
Canadarm2 and the Mobile Servicing System Cameras on the ISS
“Launched on STS-100 in April 2001, the next generation robot arm, called Canadarm2, is a bigger, better, smarter version of the robotic arm that was on the space shuttles.
It is 57.7 feet long when fully extended and has seven motorized joints.
This arm is capable of handling large payloads and helped build the entire orbiting complex.
It has latches on either end, allowing it to be moved by both ground controllers and the Expedition crews to various portions of the station. It has even been used to move astronauts around during spacewalks.
The Mobile Base System is a work platform that moves along rails covering the length of the space station. It provides lateral mobility for the Canadarm2 as it traverses the main trusses. It has four grapple fixtures on board that can hold cargo carriers, Canadarm2 and Dextre. The Mobile Base System was added to the station during STS-111 in June 2002.“
International Space Station’s Mobile Servicing System (MSS, a.k.a Canadarm 2) has four color cameras (one at each side of the elbow, the other two on the Latching End Effectors):
The Expedition 11 crew aboard the International Space Station flexes the robotic arm, Canadarm2, while flying approximately 225 miles above Cape Horn. Image Credit: NASA.
After more than 13 years of supporting on-orbit operations, the MSS camera systems are nearing the end of their design life.
With ISS operations continuing through 2024, the new MSS camera systems to be designed and upgraded by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) will provide superior illumination and viewing for critical robotic operations like capture of visiting spacecraft, maintenance and inspection of the ISS.
New camera features will include colour, high dynamic range, advanced focus and digital zoom to enhance ISS robotic operations.
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
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”
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
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
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
The Fujifilm X-T10 is a more affordable version of the X-T1. It features the same 16.3MP sensor and fast AF, delivering image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It features a huge, very high resolution and extremely fast refresh OLED EVF, focus peak highlight and Digital Split Image assist for manual focusing. It's fast and handles superbly with direct control dials. Beginners get the addition of Scenes Modes and Advanced SR Mode.
Nikon ups the ante with their newest affordable full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D750. It features some of the most advanced features on its high-end full-frame DSLRs in an affordable, weather-resistant body. The D750 features 24.3MP on a FX-format CMOS sensor, 6.5fps burst, ISO 100-12800, 51 point AF system, dual card slots, Full HD (1080p) video at 60/50/30/25/24p with stereo sound, a tiltable LCD and built-in Wi-Fi.
The Fujifilm X-A2 targets the beginner photographer desiring to upgrade from their smartphone to a mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. The X-A2 boasts outstanding image quality, with low noise at high ISOs. A bonus: flip the LCD all the way up to face forward and the camera automatically enters into face and eye detection mode for easy selfies. A Mode Dial gives ready access to AUTO and Scene Modes to beginners while PASM modes and RAW modes are available to advanced users.
The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is ultra compact but accepts interchangeable lenses on a Micro Four Thirds mount, and delivers excellent DSLR-level image quality and performance. It features a high resolution EVF, is fully-featured and is customizable to the way you like to work.
FUNDAMENTALS If you are new to digital cameras, first read up on Digital Camera Fundamentals to understand the important features you should pay special attention to when comparing digital cameras.
BUYER'S GUIDE We have taken the mystery out of the selection process in our Digital Camera Buyer's Guide. Here, you'll find the best digital cameras in four categories. Select the digital camera that is right for you in 4 simple steps.
TUTORIALS After you have bought your digital camera, go through our Digital Photography Tutorials for some tried and tested tips on taking good pictures. You can take better pictures. We plan to regularly add new articles covering a wide range of subjects to this section.