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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

23MP Camera with cellphone built in from Sony

Ok its really a cellphone with a 23mp camera but Sony was clearly looking to aim at people wanting to take pictures with their cellphone as opposed to people who want a cellphone that can take photos. They also have a "lighter" version with 16mp. These cameras, i mean cellphones mean business for photography. Now the true test will be how all those pixels do crammed into such a tiny space. We all know smaller spaces mean more heat and more heat means more noise. Initial samples are promising but all have good lighting.

--- Press release---
Sony unveils new selfie smartphones: Xperia XA2
and Xperia XA2 Ultra

• Xperia XA2 features a Sony 23MP Exmor RSTM for mobile rear
camera and 8MP 120° super wide-angle Exmor R™ selfie
camera, in a sleek and borderless design
• Xperia XA2 Ultra is the “dual selfie” smartphone, featuring
16MP with Optical Image Stabilisation and 8MP 120° super
wide-angle front cameras
• Xperia L2 also announced, with a 5.5” HD display, highcapacity
battery and 8MP 120° super wide-angle selfie

Ricoh announces Plug-in Partner Program for RICOH THETA V

Launching spring 2018, initiative includes an online marketplace where third parties can upload and share their Android-based plug-ins for the popular consumer 360-degree camera
 Ricoh today announced the RICOH THETA V Partner Program, which will launch in spring 2018. The new program will support third-party developers interested in creating their own Android-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, the top-of-the-line Ricoh 360-degree camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video. The program will be featured at CES 2018, where attendees will be able to get a hands-on experience creating their own plug-in, resulting in the creation of a new feature for the RICOH THETA V camera.

Based on the Android operating system, the RICOH THETA V provides a user-friendly way for third-parties to not only create apps and software that extend and enhance the capabilities of 360-degree imaging but also new features and functionality for the camera itself. These can include customized capabilities that enhance the RICOH THETA V’s use for specialty applications and in vertical markets. As part of the program, Ricoh is making available the RICOH THETA V’s application program interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) and will provide tools and guidance to support plug-in development. It will also open an online RICOH THETA V partner marketplace, where plug-ins can be uploaded and shared.

Western Digital / Sandisk shows off 1tb flash drives and more at CES

Exciting news from Western Digital and Sandisk including wireless portable SSD's, ultra rugged SSD's and a 1TB, yes one terabits USB Flash drive! The two companies are really showing their commitment to storage on the go at CES 2018 and image makers will be happy to know that they are not being left out. 

Modern cameras producing 100mb images and 4k video consuming gigs of memory in minutes mean we must travel with external storage solutions and that old DVD or Blue ray of the 200's just wont cut it anymore for file transfer/sharing. Many people are giving clients their photos and videos on Flash Drives and even portable HDD but until now the limited size and ruggedness have put many in binds. 


Full line up from CES and Press release after the jump.



Since their launch in February of 2017, the MK Series of zoom lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM have received numerous accolades from noted industry websites, publications and cinematographers thanks to the lens’ lightweight, professional zoom performance and price point. Among those recognizing the FUJINON MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm T2.9 zoom  T2.9 zooms are: No Film School (Best New Lenses of 2017); Pro Moviemaker (Launch of the Year); Philip Bloom (Best Video/Cinema Lens); Newsshooter (Best Cinema Lens); and The Camera Store (Best New Lenses of 2017).

DJI Reveals New Handheld Camera Stabilizers At CES 2018

A Redesigned Osmo Mobile 2 Turns Smartphones Into Smart Steadycams and Ronin-S Becomes DJI’s

First Single-Handed Stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras
DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, introduced two new handheld camera stabilizers at CES 2018 – Osmo Mobile 2 and Ronin-S. Built for smartphones, DSLRs, and mirrorless camera systems, they give consumers, professional videographers and photographers new tools to capture smooth, steady videos and stunning photos wherever they go.

  • Osmo Mobile 2: The handheld smartphone camera stabilizer from DJI, redesigned for the storyteller in all of us. Using a lightweight design that supports portrait orientation, with simpler controls with cinematic zoom, a longer battery life for more filming, and intelligent features to help you share a professional-looking story wherever you go.
  • Ronin-S: DJI’s first single-handed stabilizer for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras. Built for efficient setup and ease of use with a compact form and dedicated buttons to control camera settings and precise positioning, plus intelligent features for advanced shooting modes all designed to help bring a steady shot to any set.

MeVIDEO Offering First-Of-Its-Kind Travel Video Tripod

MeVIDEO’s sleek design and unmatched usability provides on-the-go filmmakers with an exceptional video tripod experience.

MeFOTO, the innovative tripod manufacturer, today announced the launch of MeVIDEO, a new sister company focusing on the film and video market with a travel video tripod available now on Kickstarter. Incredibly durable, lightweight, thoughtful and intuitive, MeVIDEO is the ultimate high-quality and full-featured travel video tripod.

"We created MeVIDEO with one simple goal: to create the best compact, travel-friendly, user-friendly video tripod ever for today’s on-the-go filmmakers and videographers. We wanted to create a tripod that makes sense from the moment you put your hands on it; something detailed, yet approachable - and then, to make it incredibly beautiful"

Brian Hynes, MeFOTO + MeVIDEO Brand Marketing Manager

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