The FUJIFILM X-E3 is basically the rangefinder-style model of the X-T20. Since the X-E3 has the same 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processor of the X-T20 (and the X100F, the X-Pro2 and the flagship XT2), you can expect the same high image quality and low-light capability. As in the X-T20, there is no optical low-pass (Anti-Alias) filter in front of the sensor, allowing for more detailed images. The AF Tracking is improved to allow it to track subjects that are smaller or moving faster. (more…)
The following video presents What is a Neural Network – Ep. 2 (Deep Learning SIMPLIFIED): “With plenty of machine learning tools currently available, why would you ever choose an artificial neural network over all the rest? This clip and the next could open your eyes to their awesome capabilities! You’ll get a closer look at neural nets without any of the math or code – just what they are and how they work. Soon you’ll understand why they are such a powerful tool!…
Deep Learning is primarily about neural networks, where a network is an interconnected web of nodes and edges. Neural nets were designed to perform complex tasks, such as the task of placing objects into categories based on a few attributes. This process, known as classification, is the focus of our series….“
The following video presents 3 reasons to go Deep – Ep. 3 (Deep Learning SIMPLIFIED): “With so many alternatives available, why are neural nets used for Deep Learning? Neural nets excel at complex pattern recognition and they can be trained quickly with GPUs.
Historically, computers have only been useful for tasks that we can explain with a detailed list of instructions. As such, they tend to fail in applications where the task at hand is fuzzy, such as recognizing patterns. Neural Networks fill this gap in our computational abilities by advancing machine perception – that is, they allow computers to start to making complex judgements about environmental inputs. Most of the recent hype in the field of AI has been due to progress in the application of deep neural networks.
Neural nets tend to be too computationally expensive for data with simple patterns….. As the pattern complexity increases, neural nets start to outperform other machine learning methods. At the highest levels of pattern complexity – high-resolution images for example – neural nets with a small number of layers will require a number of nodes that grows exponentially with the number of unique patterns. Even then, the net would likely take excessive time to train, or simply would fail to produce accurate results…..
As a result, deep nets are essentially the only practical choice for highly complex patterns such as the human face. The reason is that different parts of the net can detect simpler patterns and then combine them together to detect a more complex pattern. For example, a convolutional net can detect simple features like edges, which can be combined to form facial features like the nose and eyes, which are then combined to form a face (Credit: Andrew Ng). Deep nets can do this accurately – in fact, a deep net from Google beat a human for the first time at pattern recognition.
However, the strength of deep nets is coupled with an important cost – computational power. The resources required to effectively train a deep net were prohibitive in the early years of neural networks. However, thanks to advances in high-performance GPUs of the last decade, this is no longer an issue. Complex nets that once would have taken months to train, now only take days.“
Sony’s Neural Network Console is a deep learning tool for training, evaluating, and designing neural networks.
In June 2017, Sony released its Neural Network Libraries as open source software.
Recently, Sony released an app, Neural Network Console V1.0.0 for Windows 8.1/10_64bit, to make deep learning even more intuitive. It is hoping to spur more deep learning-related development in the industrial world by providing this newly developed console software that can use its GUI (graphical user interface) to operate the core libraries as well as design, train and evaluate neural network models.
The key highlights of Sony’s Neural Network Console include:
Hands-on: Start using deep learning with an intuitive user interface.
Drag and drop for trial and error: Use a rich variety of neural layers to design your cutting-edge network. A comfortable UI will help you implement new ideas instantly.
Automatic Structure Search: Tired of fine-tuning your network by hand? Neural Network Console can automatically search for a lightweight, high-performance neural network structure for you.
Train and examine with a click of a button: After designing a network, training the network using our Neural Network Libraries is a simple click away. View the progress and performance in real time.* The Neural Network Libraries are the core libraries of the Neural Network Console.
Manage Your Training History: Browse your history of the neural networks you have trained. View the performance of each network at a glance.
The following video presents Introduction of Neural Network Console: “A deep learning tool for training, evaluating, and designing neural networks. Start using deep learning with an intuitive user interface.“
Sony Unveils Neural Network Console, an Integrated Development Environment Using Deep Learning for AI Creation
Visualizing Neural Networking Structures for Efficient Program Creation
The following video presents Sony | α | α6500 – Product Feature:
“The α6500 is the flagship APS-C interchangeable lens camera that puts the power to shoot professional-looking stills and movies solidly in your hands. An enhanced buffer for continuous shooting of up to 307 shots*, in-camera 5-axis optical image stabilisation, touchscreen control and super-speed AF with High-density Tracking AF Technology extend the range of your shooting capabilities. * With “Hi” continuous shooting mode and “Fine” image quality.”
Your photos could win you Sony gear.
September’s theme: STRENGTH.
Sony recently announced a new ongoing photo contest called Pushing the Lens. Submit your photos & win Sony gear. September’s theme is STRENGTH.
Sony’s Pushing the Lens Photo Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
Sony’s Pushing the Lens Photo Contest begins September 7, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends January 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
The Contest Period consists of three (3) separate Entry Periods (each, an “Entry Period”), each with its own Judging Period (and its own prizes), as outlined below:
Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, excluding CO, MD, NE and ND, who are 18 years of age or older as of date of entry.
Employees of Sony Corporation of America (the “Sponsor”), Don Jagoda Associates, Inc., their respective affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, suppliers, distributors and advertising, promotional and judging agencies (collectively, the “Sponsor and its Administrators”), and their affiliates and each of their respective employees, shareholders, directors, officers, members, assigns and agents and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate or win.
Void in CO, MD, NE, ND and where prohibited by law.
All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
Prizes and Approximate Retail Values (“ARVs”):
Sony α6500 (Model ILCE-6500)
Grand Prize (3 total – 1 awarded per Entry Period): A Sony α6500 Premium E-mount Camera and an E-mount Lens (Model ILCE-6500, SELP1650) (ARV: $1,699.98 each), as well as a professionally mounted and framed picture of the winner’s photo submission (ARV: $500 each).
Sony E PZ 16–50 mm F3.5–5.6 OSS (SELP1650)
First Prize (12 total – 4 awarded per Entry Period): A professionally mounted and framed picture of the winner’s photo submission (ARV: $500 each).
Prizes are awarded “as is” without any warranty or guaranty of any kind. Limit one (1) prize per person.
The ARV of any prize listed is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules, and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. If the actual purchase price of a prize is less than the ARV stated herein, the prize winner will NOT be entitled to a check, cash or other form of payment for the price difference.
No substitution or transfer of prize permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor who reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.
All expenses not specifically mentioned as being included as part of the prize are excluded and are each winner’s sole responsibility (e.g., any required installation, requested upgrades/options, etc.).
All federal, state or other tax liabilities arising from participation in the Contest or award of any prize will be the sole responsibility of the winners.
Grand Prize winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 from the Sponsor or Sponsor’s designee for the total ARV of the prize won (as stated herein) in the calendar year won.
The following video presents Coming 9.19: “Change the way you see your world. Push yourself. Be the enemy of perfection. Challenge the status quo“
Lensbaby just announced the brand new Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic.
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Lens: Image by Rachel Shomsky Photography – “Girl Sitting On Rock Wall”
It is an 80mm f/2.8 tilt lens that brings Lensbaby’s classic “sweet spot” look to portrait photographers, or anyone looking for selective focus at a longer focal length.
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Lens: Image by Cristina Venedict – “Cowgirl Mystery Hat”
Sweet 80’s 12 aperture blades make for a perfectly smooth transition from sharp to soft.
Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic
Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic: Image by Chris Flash
Blow past simple depth of field. Create an entirely new composition with our Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic. Bring tack sharp focus to your subject. Fill the surrounding area with compelling, streaky bokeh. We’ve harnessed basic physics to create blur in-camera, bending depth of field around your subject. The result? Your new favorite in-camera effect.
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Lens: Image by Rachel Shomsky Photography – “Girl Surrounded In Crazy Flare”
Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic Lens Specifications
Tamron announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto zoom lens with superior image quality, advanced features and lightweight, compact design
by Tamron Canada · Published September 15, 2017 · Updated September 15, 2017
100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035)
September 15, 2017, Saitama, Japan -Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD zoom lens (Model A035) for full-frame DSLR cameras.
Consumer Canon VIXIA GX10 is Canon’s first 4K UHD consumer camcorder for video enthusiasts and aspiring filmmakers.
The following video presents Introducing the Canon VIXIA GX10 Camcorder: “Learn how brilliant and lifelike video is made possible with the new VIXIA GX10, Canon’s first 4K UHD consumer camcorder. The VIXIA GX10 includes a large 1.0-inch CMOS sensor and a 15x Optical Zoom lens in a compact, portable design, delivering clear video with stunning detail. Whether you are a video enthusiast or aspiring professional, the VIXIA GX10 is equipped to meet your needs.“
The Canon XF405 4K UHD video camcorder, the XF400 4K UHD video camcorder and the VIXIA HF GX10 4K UHD video camcorder are scheduled to be available in November 2017 in:
Canada for estimated retail prices of CAD $4,499.991, CAD $3,899.991 and CAD $3,249.99.1 respectively;
USA for estimated retail prices of USD $3499.001, USD $2999.001 and USD $2499.00.1 respectively.
Canon Launches Three New Compact and Lightweight 4K UHD Video Camcorders: The XF405, XF400 and VIXIA GX10
Canon MM100-WS Multi-Purpose Camera for video content creation for professional and industrial applications, such as monitoring in narrow spaces, piping inspections, automotive industry, and as a support tool for numerous varieties of verticals
Canon Is Developing A New Compact Multi-Purpose Module Camera
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 12, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is leveraging the Company’s celebrated and longstanding optical and sensor technologies to develop a new Multi-Purpose Module Camera, the MM100-WS, designed to provide business imaging solutions for new and established companies. Canon Inc. plans to have the new multi-purpose module camera on display in the Canon booths at upcoming tradeshows and events. (more…)
The following video presents Fuji Guys – FUJIFILM X-E3 – Family Time With The X-E3: “Billy takes the Fujifilm X-E3 out for some family shots. FUJIFILM branded Shirts, Jackets and other accessories are available for purchase online. Item availability is dependent of country….This video was shot in 4K with the FUJIFILM X-T20. Videographer: Francis Bellefeuille“