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Photographic Work Portrays Brazil’s Environmental Dualities: Caio Reisewitz Exhibition Continues to Sept. 7, 2014

Tue June 24, 2014

Brazil is the host country for two international sports events.

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ : This is the 20th FIFA World Cup, a tournament for the men’s football (aka soccer) world championship, that is currently taking place in Brazil 12 June- 13 July.

Brazil is also recognized as “one of 17 megadiverse (i.e.extremely biodiverse) countries, home to a variety of wildlife, natural environments, and extensive natural resources in a variety of protected habitats. Brazil is a regional power in Latin America and a middle power in international affairs, with some analysts identifying it as an emerging global power. Brazil has been the world’s largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.

“In view of the environmental crisis and globalisation, how can we analyse the delicate relation between preservation and transformation?”

Curator Rafael Cardoso
“From the Margin to the Edge: Brazilian Art and Design in the XXI Century”

THis video presents “Caio Reisewitz (english).”

Museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP)

Museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP)

Caio Reisewitz

Exhibition

Continues to September 7, 2014

Museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP)
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036, USA

Phone: 212.857.0000
Email: info@icp.org

www.icp.org

One of Brazil’s leading contemporary photographers, Caio Reisewitz, portrays the environmental dualities of Brazil in his photography exhibition.

  • This is the first major U.S. solo exhibition of noted Brazilian photographer and artist Caio Reisewitz.
    • Organized by ICP curator Christopher Phillips, the exhibition Caio Reisewitz presents a selection of the artist’s works made between 2003 and 2013.
  • Reisewitz’s photographic work “explores the rapidly changing relationship between urban and rural in modern-day Brazil.”
    • “His images draw attention to the challenge the nation’s economic development now poses to its lush natural environment and rich architectural heritage.
    • A section devoted to large-scale color photographs depicts the largely untouched rainforests that are now endangered by Brazil’s explosive economic growth.
      • Reisewitz sees Brazil’s green rainforests as a “threatened utopia.”
    • Most of these works were made within a few hundred miles of São Paulo, in remnants of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) that once blanketed Brazil’s east coast.”


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Planetary Panoramas by Vincent Brady

Sun June 22, 2014

Vincent Brady: Planetary Panorama Project &emdash; Devils Tower & The Heavens

Usually star trails time-lapse photography and panoramic photos do not go together, but this is exactly what photographer Vincent Brady has accomplished with his Planetary Panoramas – 360 Degree Night-Sky Time-Lapse.

In his setup, he uses a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses. Travelling to “firefly parties in Missouri, dark eerie nights at Devils Tower, through Logan Pass at Glacier National Park, up the mountains of British Columbia, and around the amazing arches and sandstone monuments in the Great American Southwest,” he spends the daytime to scout out the best locations and times to shoot, and returns at night when the sky is clear.

Each camera is set up to take continuous shots, typically over 2-3 hours with 1-2 minute exposures, resulting in 100 or 200 photos from each camera. All the images from a camera are then stacked using StarSltax. The 4 stacked images are then manually — and tediously — stitched into a panorama using PTGui Pro. Finally, the stitched panorama is tweaked in Photoshop.

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World’s Largest Optical/Near-infrared Telescope (E-ELT ) Will Be Built With New, Advanced, Powerful Cameras

Sat June 21, 2014

This video presents “E-ELT Trailer.”

ESO (the European Southern Observatory) has been planning a 39-metre-class European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky”.

  • ESO just started the construcion of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) with a groundbreaking ceremony on 19 June at Cerro Armazones, near Paranal in Chile.
  • The telescope’s “eye” will be almost half the length of a soccer pitch in diameter.
  • The start of operations is planned for early in the next decade, 2024.
  • More than 100 astronomers from all European countries have been involved throughout 2006 on the planning and design of the E-ELT.

The costs involved are astronomical!

  • This planning/designing study costs 57 million Euros (77,512,590.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).
  • The construction cost is estimated to be 1083 million euros (2012 prices; 1,472,739,210.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).
  • The E-ELT will be operated as an integral part of the ESO observatories.
    • The operating cost includes not only the cost of running the observatory in Chile, but also the cost of operation support in Garching as well as re-investment costs for telescope upgrades and new instruments/cameras for the telescope.
    • The total operating cost is estimated to be 50 million euros per year (67,993,500.00 US Dollar per year at the current exchange rate).
european extremely large telescope diagram

The European Extremely Large Telescope (annotated): The very detailed annotated design for the E-ELT shown here is preliminary. Credit: ESO

The E-ELT will be the largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the world and will gather 15 times more light than the largest optical telescopes existing today.

  • This revolutionary telescope will be able to correct for the atmospheric distortions (i.e., be fully adaptive and diffraction-limited) from the start, providing images 15 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • The E-ELT can observe over a wide range of wavelengths from the optical to mid-infrared.

The new, advanced, powerful cameras that will be built as part of the European Extremely Large Telescope include:

ELT -CAM Instrument

  • It’s an infrared (0.8 – 2.5 μm) camera designed for performing astrometry as well as obtaining exquisite photometry of dense, resolved stellar populations at the highest possible spatial resolution.

    “MICADO is one of the two instruments that are currently defined by ESO as the First-Light Instruments (one camera and one spectrograph) for the E-ELT. The 39-Meter telescope will be begin its operation with this camera which obtains for the first time stellar light for analysis.”

    Institute for Astrophysics
    http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/263488.html

  • This wide-field imaging camera is very compact and is supported underneath the AO systems so that it rotates in a gravity invariant orientation (please see Fig.1 below).
  • This adaptive optics camera is able to image, through a large number of selected wide and narrow band near-infrared filters, a wide 53″ field of view at the diffraction limit of the E-ELT.
    • The field of view of the camera should be comparable with the 53 arcseconds x 53 arcseconds field of MICADO.
  •  It is also a high throughput camera with a fixed 3 mas (milli-arcsec) pixel scale,
  • The key capabilities include the following:
    • Higher Sensitivity and Resolution.
      • This is a powerful tool for many science cases, from studies of faint high redshift galaxies to performing photometry in crowded fields (please see Fig.3 below).
    • Precision Astrometry.
      • The primary imaging field of the camera uses only fixed mirrors.
    • High Throughput Spectroscopy.
Fig.1: The MICADO First-Light Camera as a concept study at the Nasmyth focus of the E-ELT. The hexpod-like structure supports the optical bench of the Adapative Optics system (above), it carries and rotates the large vacuum vessel with the cold camera optics (below). As the central instrument structure it links the camera with the telescope incl. necessary adjustments. Image by Institute for Astrophysics

Fig.1: The MICADO First-Light Camera as a concept study at the Nasmyth focus of the E-ELT. The hexpod-like structure supports the optical bench of the Adapative Optics system (above), it carries and rotates the large vacuum vessel with the cold camera optics (below). As the central instrument structure it links the camera with the telescope incl. necessary adjustments.
Image by the Institute for Astrophysics

mikado e-elt vs. jwst and vlt crowded field

Fig.3: Comparative view of observations (top row) and simulations (lower row) of a crowded field, the center of the globular cluster Omega-Cen; upper row: today's observations with VLT (Very Large Telescope), lower row: simulated view of James-Webb-Space-Telescope (JWST) and MICADO at the E-ELT. Images by the Institute of Asrophysics.

Fig.3: Comparative view of observations (top row) and simulations (lower row) of a crowded field, the center of the globular cluster Omega-Cen; upper row: today’s observations with VLT (Very Large Telescope), lower row: simulated view of James-Webb-Space-Telescope (JWST) and MICADO at the E-ELT. Images by the Institute of Asrophysics.

ELT – MIR Instrument

  • ELT – MIR is based on METIS (Mid-Infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph) for the thermal infrared (2.9 μm –14 μm) region to:
    • image young, self – luminous giant planets,
    • study the molecules present in their atmospheres as well as their weather,
    • study our Solar System in more detail than ever before, from cometary volatiles to the surface of Kuiper Belt objects,
    • image both the gas and dust distribution  of planets, and
    • get the dynamics and composition via spectroscopy.

ELT – PCS Instrument

  • ELT – PCS is The E-ELT Planetary Camera and Spectrograph, which is based on EPICS.
    • The spectrometer optical design has a six lens collimator and five lens camera which focuses the light on a mosaic of four 4k x 4k detectors.
    • It is designed for:
      • imaging exoplanets – young, self-luminous planets in star-forming regions or young clusters as well as
      • imaging and characterisation of earth-like planets in the habitable zone.

ELT-IFU Instrument

  • ELT-IFU is based on HARMONI, which has high spatial resolution and will allow researchers to:
    • fully characterise Jupiter-mass exoplanets by determining their age, mass and temperature,
    • study the low – mass regime of star formation,
    • understand the transition between planet and brown dwarf formation,
    • probe the vicinity of intermediate – mass black holes in star clusters and dwarf galaxies, thought to be possible seeds of supermassive black holes at high redshift, and
    • allow the study of resolved stellar populations in nearby galaxies.

Please click here for more details and the roadmap of the E-ELT instruments.

Here are some highlights of the the world’s largest optical/near-infrared telescope.


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Press Releases

Sony PMW-F55 4K CineAlta Cameras Record Abdication of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Coronation of his son Felipe VI

Fri June 20, 2014

King Juan Carlos I of Spain signed his own abdication and Spain welcomed their new king and queen, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. Unlike most coronations that tend to be ostentatious affairs, the celebration was purposefully kept a relatively humble affair due to the economic crisis Spain is currently going through.

PRESS RELEASE

RTVE records the abdication of King Juan Carlos I and the coronation of Felipe VI of Spain using Sony 4K cameras

4K technology provides four times more resolution than conventional high definition

Barcelona, Spain, 20 June 2014: As part of its ongoing commitment to technological innovation, national television broadcaster Televisión Española has filmed the historic event of the abdication of King Juan Carlos I of Spain at the Royal Palace—as well as the subsequent proclamation of Felipe VI as the reigning monarch at the Spanish parliament—in 4K ultra high definition. For both events, RTVE used two Sony PMW-F55 cameras to capture the scenes and the key moments using the latest 4K technology for future viewings. The images will form part of the RTVE archive using the very best in future technology.


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Articles

You’re Invited: Camera Obscura at The Photographers’ Gallery

Fri June 20, 2014

This video presents “The Camera Obscura at The Photographers’ Gallery.”

  • “Janice McLaren, Head of Education at the Photographers’ Gallery talks about our camera obscura.”

Looking through the lens and turret of the camera obscura<br />

Looking through the lens and turret of the camera obscura
© The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery

Presents

Camera Obscura

FREE ADMISSION

Currently open most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11.00 – 13.00.

The camera obscura will be closed on Friday 20 June, and Friday 27 June to Sunday 29 June.

Eranda Studio, 3rd Floor
The Photographers’ Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, UK

Phone: +44 (0)20 7087 9300
Email: info@tpg.org.uk

“Camera obscura” is a latin phrase which translates to darkened room 
or chamber (Latin; camera for “vaulted chamber/room”, obscura for “dark”). By today’s definition, camera obscura is a darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object onto a screen inside.

  • It is also known as a pinhole camera.

It is important historically in the development of photography and camera.

  • “Camera obscura is created when a small hole or aperture is made
 in a darkened space, producing an inverted image of the scene outside onto an opposite surface within.”
    • The Photographers’ Gallery’s camera obscura uses a lens to increase 
the brightness and sharpness of the image.
  • Camera obscuras have been used:
    • to prove that light travels in
 straight lines,
    • as an aid to drawing and,
    • a popular form of entertainment, particularly during the Victorian era.

There are many camera obscuras located throughout the world including:


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Improved IVF Treatment: Using Thousands of Time-Lapse Photos of Developing Embryos for a Successful Pregnancy

Thu June 19, 2014

This video presents “Time Lapse Embryo Imaging with CAREmaps to ‘improve’ IVF.”

  • “Time Lapse images every 10 minutes of developing embryos together with morphokinetic algorithms (maps) – calculations about what the embryo should be doing at specific points in time, enables Care Fertility embryologists to predict which embryos have the highest potential for a successful pregnancy.”

Embryologists use Time Lapse Embryo Imaging (or time-lapse photography) to significantly improve IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment by using the EmbryoScope® time-lapse system (Unisense/Fertilitech, Aarhus, Denmark).

“The Vision to Conceive

Currently, assessment of embryo development in IVF is limited to brief “snap-shot” glimpses at defined time points, in order to minimize disturbances to culture conditions. However embryo development is a dynamic process and a wealth of information about embryo development history remains untapped.

The EmbryoScope™ Time-lapse System provides a safe, controlled culture environment, while allowing continuous monitoring and observation of up to 72 embryos at a time. The instrument provides a unique opportunity to develop new parameters for future embryo scoring.”

Unisense FertiliTech A/S, Denmark
www.fertilitech.com

This video presents “EmbryoScope™ time-lapse system in a clinic.”

  • “See how the laboratory director and embryologist use the EmbryoScope™ Time-lapse System and the EmbryoViewer™ software at the fertility clinic at the hospital in Horsens, Denmark.”

This medical device is a state-of-the-art system, with a built-in camera providing automated and continuous time-lapse photography of “fertilized oocytes from conception until the time of embryo transfer without disturbing the culture environment.”

EmbryoScope® time-lapse system includes the following highlights:


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Articles

Drone Wedding Proposal and Photo Show Video

Wed June 18, 2014

This video presents “Drone Wedding Proposal – Tea & Alberto – Photo Show.”

“Drone Wedding Proposal – Tea & Alberto
A… heaven-sent marriage proposal!
In Nizza Monferrato, with our families, a lot of good friends and… a drone with a very special load.
Thank you all!
Tea & Alberto”

Felicitazioni!

Articles

iPhone Photography Awards™ (IPPAWARDS): Winners of 2014

Tue June 17, 2014

This video presents “2014 Iphone Photography Awards.”

iPhone Photography Awards™ (IPPAWARDS) is the first and the longest running iPhone photography competition since 2007.

  • All photographers compete for the three IPPAWARDS Photographers of the Year titles, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
  • All images must be taken with an iPhone, iPod or an iPad.
  • The photos should not be altered in Photoshop or any desktop image processing program.
  • The use of any iPhone/iPad App is permissible.
  • The IPPAWARDS is not affiliated with Apple Inc.

IPPAWARDS recently announced the winners of the 7th Annual Contest for the Photographers of the Year.

  • The categories are: Animals, Abstract, Architecture, Children, Flowers, Food, Landscape, Lifestyle, Nature, News/Events, Panorama, People, Portrait, Seasons, Still Life, Sunset, Travel, Trees, Others.

This year’s winning entries were submitted by 54 iPhone photographers from 17 countries/locations: Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

The winners received the following prizes:

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Press Releases

FUJIFILM Canada: New FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is a Weather-Resistant Zoom Lens

Mon June 16, 2014
FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES THE FIRST WEATHER-RESISTANT
XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR LENS

New XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is the perfect match for the FUJIFILM X-T1 and delivers extraordinary performance and image quality in challenging weather conditions

Mississauga ON, June 16, 2014 – As a proponent of professional photographers worldwide, FUJIFILM Canada today announced the new FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, a weather-resistant zoom lens with a 27-206mm equivalent that has the world’s most advanced 5.0-stop image stabilization system*1. With more than 20 sealing points for a dust-proof and weather-resistant design, the new lens is a perfect companion for the recently released, weather-resistant FUJIFILM X-T1 that gives photographers a wide range of outdoor shooting capabilities.

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens and FUJIFILM X-T1 camera

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens and FUJIFILM X-T1 camera

Whisper quiet speed
With the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, users get lightning-fast autofocus speeds as quick as 0.10 seconds*2 and smooth performance when combined with an X-Series camera body*3 that has phase detection AF, and nearly silent operation thanks to its linear motor technology, high-precision gyro sensors and lightweight focusing lens*4. This zoom lens has an advanced 5.0-stop image stabilization system that improves its ability to detect movement in the low-frequency band and uses an advanced algorithm to accurately sense blur from the detected signal. Additionally, its OIS performance is maximized in the slow-shutter speed range to support a lightly-equipped shooting style without the use of a tripod.

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens and FUJIFILM X-T1 camera with vertical battery grip (VG-XT1)

FUJINON XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens and FUJIFILM X-T1 camera with vertical battery grip (VG-XT1).

Weather-resistant operation
The XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR uses more than 20 sealing points for a durable, weather-resistant and dust-proof design that make it the perfect choice for photographers who want an uncompromising shooting experience in even the most challenging weather conditions. And when paired with the FUJIFILM X-T1, this is the perfect lens for a wide range of focal lengths and outdoor photographic opportunities.


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Artistic Appreciation for “The Beauty of Life” Via Digital Painting of Flower Photographs: Free Exhibition Runs to June 20, 2014

Sat June 14, 2014
Photo Credit: Elaine Waisglass: The Beauty of Life Exhibition

Photo Credit: Elaine Waisglass: The Beauty of Life Exhibition

First Canadian Place

Presents

Elaine Waisglass: The Beauty of Life Exhibition

Free Admission

Continues to June 20, 2014

First Canadian Place Gallery
First Canadian Place
100 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Email: fcpinfo@brookfield.com

Telephone: 416-862-8138

Web: elainewaisglass.com

Please note: The First Canadian Place Gallery is open from 11 AM – 3 PM, Monday to Friday. Hours of operations are subject to change due to private events. For more information, please contact the Arts & Events office at: 416-862-6290.

The Beauty of Life is a solo exhibition of new work by Elaine Waisglass who is a Toronto based photographer, artist and videographer.

She uses digital painting techniques of a large, digital printer to create beautiful, painterly photographs of her garden flowers.

  • “The imagery hovers between the real and the super-real, with each picture perceivable as either or both a painting and a photograph.”

Waisglass expresses her artistic appreciation for the beauty of life in her “large images of flowers set in vases, portrayed with richly intense colors that conjure up and celebrate the joyful vitality of the blossoms opening according to their season, from early frost to fall.”

She describes her artistic inspiration, photographic practices and skillful use of contemporary high tech as follows.


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Newseum Displays AFP’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Photos Online and on the Huge HD Screen June 13-July 18

Fri June 13, 2014

AFP’s World Cup Photo Coverage is Displayed on Newseum’s Huge HD Screen Beginning June 13

June 13 – July 18

Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave.,
N.W., Washington, DC 20001

Google Map

Questions?
Phone: (202) 292-6100 or  888/NEWSEUM (888/639-7386)
info@newseum.org

Global news agency AFP and the Newseum are partnering to present photographic coverage of memorable moments at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, from first kickoff to the championship match.

Huge HD Screen in Newseum’s New York Times Great Hall of News. Image courtesy Newseum and AFP.

Huge HD Screen in Newseum’s New York Times Great Hall of News. Image courtesy Newseum and AFP.

NEWS RELEASE

AFP’s World Cup Photo Coverage To Be Displayed on Newseum’s Huge HD Screen Beginning June 13

WASHINGTON — The Newseum, in partnership with AFP, will display the very best of the global news agency’s photo coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Beginning June 13, Newseum visitors will see dramatic images of the competition as soccer teams from 32 countries compete in 12 cities throughout Brazil for international soccer’s biggest prize.

Every day during the World Cup, images captured by AFP photographers will be featured on the 40-by-22-foot high-definition media screen in the Newseum’s New York Times Great Hall of News. Visible from Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., the massive screen in the 90-foot-high atrium provides a fitting display for AFP’s photo coverage of the international soccer competition. The images also will be available on the museum’s website at newseum.org.

AFP is deploying more than 60 photojournalists to cover the World Cup in Brazil. An AFP photo editor will send a selection of the agency’s most captivating and newsworthy images to the Newseum for display on the huge HD media screen, seen by thousands of Newseum visitors each day.


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Press Releases

Panasonic Canada: New Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Camera Features the World’s First 4K Video Recording Capability

Thu June 12, 2014

Panasonic Canada announces the new DMC-FZ1000 as the latest member of the popular LUMIX FZ series.

PRESS RELEASE

PANASONIC CANADA INTRODUCES THE LUMIX DMC-FZ1000

The Flagship Bridge Camera Now
Featuring the World’s First 4K Video Recording Capability*

*For a digital compact camera as of June 12, 2014

MISSISSAUGA, ON (June 12, 2014) – Panasonic Canada Inc. is proud to introduce the new DMC-FZ1000 – with a one-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and 4K video recording capability – as the latest member of the popular LUMIX FZ series.  In addition, this camera features a newly developed 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, which produces stunning detail and edge-to-edge resolution, while also delivering beautiful quality defocus together with the large-sized MOS Sensor.

The one-inch 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor dramatically improves S/N ratio, making it possible to capture clear images with minimum noise even when shot at high ISO.  The newly developed Venus Engine features multiple noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR, Random Filter and Aperture Filter, to achieve high colour reproduction and superb image quality.

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The DMC-FZ1000 incorporates 4K (3840×2160, at 30 fps in MP4) video recording capability for the first time in a digital compact camera*1.  Panasonic is also promoting a new method of photo creation by cutting out a 3840×2160 8-megapixel equivalent image from the 4K video footage, for capturing spur-of-the-moment shots often missed in still image photography.  Videos can be recorded in Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or MP4 at 60p*2.  The powerful 16x optical zoom with 5-step speed enables smooth zoom control even when recording video, while the 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)+ with Active Mode effectively compensates for any handshake motion*3.  Additional video features include Creative Video mode, High Speed video in Full-HD at 120fps, Time Lapse Shot、and Stop Motion Animation.


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