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Olympus unveils TG-5 Tough camera

Press release issued by Olympus UK:

The new ultra-rugged Tough! TG-5 camera from Olympus set to beat all others in all conditions

London, May 17th, 2017 – When you are looking for the ultimate tough, go-anywhere camera to capture the highlights of your latest adventure, the best in class just got better. With the TG-5, Olympus announces their latest flagship Tough! camera, and it comes with some serious enhancements. The class leading super bright 25-100mm* 1:2.0 lens is married to an all new sensor and the latest TruePic VIII image processor that deliver significant improvements in speed and still image quality in all conditions, while video now boasts 4K and 120FPS Full HD high-speed movies for better slow motion quality. Added to this are new easy to access controls and dual pane anti-fog glass. As Tough!’s tend to be used when the elements are at their harshest, this matters, so for all those who want to share spectacular evidence of their exploits this summer: Look no further than the new Tough! TG-5 available in red or black from mid June at £399.99.

The adventurer’s choice:
Annelie Pompe** is a professional adventurer from Sweden who has used the TG series for many years:

“I go climbing, freediving, running, skiing, surfing, kayaking and mountain biking so I need a camera that can go anywhere, stand the pace and create great pictures. The TG-5 takes all this in its stride and I love the new control dial and anti-fog dual pane glass – when you are in and out of freezing water these will make a great camera even better to use.”

There are plenty of “action” cameras but none that quite deliver the still image quality and convenience of the TG-5. In the middle of a tackle-anything adventure, your camera needs to be light and small enough not to get in your way, yet be able to take punishment so you don’t worry. Throw a TG-5 in a canoe with water sloshing – no problem. Stand on it in hiking boots – a walk in the park. Drop one from head height onto a boulder – all in a day’s shoot. Regularly awarded best in class since the introduction of the TG-1 in 2012, the flagship Olympus Tough! series has become the go-to rugged camera for die hard adventurists the world over. A classic blend of carry-anywhere size and hard as nails durability that Olympus pioneered, the TG-5 now heralds levels in image quality and video performance to add to a reputation for robust construction.

Better image quality, more tracking and sharing capabilities
Eiji Shirota is head of the Olympus team that developed the TG-5 in Tokyo and explains the camera manufacturer’s priorities as follows:

“Our priority with the TG-5 was to improve overall image quality in a wider range of conditions and to enhance the adventure capturing capabilities of the camera. Customer feedback told us that Tough! cameras are used in situations that are challenging both physically and photographically. The new sensor has a lower pixel count than the previous model, yet when combined with the latest image processor from our pro flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II, gives better image quality than before with enhanced dynamic range and improved response time.
As a bonus, we have even included a version of the Pro Capture feature also taken from our professional OM-D line that helps catch the exact moment in action sequences. Finally, we added a temperature sensor to the existing GPS, manometer and compass so that users can share even more information with their images to really tell a story of their adventures.”

Five features for outdoor fans
The TG-5 has five main strengths. Its ultra-bright lens, its Variable Macro system, its range of accessories and its field sensor system combined with built-in WiFi for tracking and transferring data to smartphones. That’s four. Number five is the now legendary toughness. The TG-5 is shockproof to a height of 2.1 metres***, crushproof to a weight of 100kg***, freezeproof down to -10°C***, dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 15m without a special underwater housing***. With the PT-058 underwater casing (sold separately), images and movies can even be captured in depths of up to 45 metres.

The super-bright 25-100mm* lens has a 1:2.0 maximum aperture at wide zoom settings, which means the TG-5 can capture colourful, low-noise shots in light-starved environments where fast shutter speeds and low ISO settings are a must: For example 15m underwater, with no need for a housing or extra light. Divers will not only profit from the built-in manometer but also from Underwater HDR to enhance areas of light and shadow, AF Area to shift the focus within the frame and the glove-friendly customizable mode dial together with a new control wheel.

For spectacular nature shots, the TG-5 has an advanced, four-mode Variable Macro system, with Microscope, Microscope Control, Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking Mode. The latter works without software, which is unique in this camera category. To maximise realism and colours and minimise noise, the TG-5 also supports RAW files.

Extended warranty and underwater tips & tricks at MyOlympus
The TG-5 is a comprehensive system for adventurous people with imaging ambitions to match. The great-value price includes a six-month warranty extension**** if new owners register their camera at MyOlympus.
Divers can find more information and tips & tricks on capturing pristine images with the Tough! series below sea level in our new Underwater Photography World at www.olympus.eu/underwater

Accessories

>        LG-1 Macro Light Guide for illuminating macro subjects evenly and counteracting camera shadow for truly spectacular shots

>        FD-1 Flash Diffuser for redistributing light from the built-in flash to evenly illuminate close-up subjects in poor light

>        FCON-T01 Fisheye Converter Lens for quirky, wide-angle shots in severe conditions, including underwater

>        TCON-T01 Tele Converter Lens for extreme close-ups underwater, or elsewhere

>        PT-058 Underwater Casing for capturing movies and stills worry-free at depths up to 45 metres

>        CSCH-121 Neoprene Case for added protection against scratches and high drops – it’s mesh design allows quick draining and drying after underwater use

>        CSCH-123 Sport Holder for carrying your camera hands-free and within reach on the front of a harness or backpack. Available in light blue and Orange

>        CSCH-126 Silicon Jacket for protection from scratches

>        CSCH-107 Hard Case with a carabiner hook for securing your camera to a variety of outdoors equipment

>        CHS-09 Floating Handstrap in red for a sporty and highly visible way to hold onto or relocate your Tough!

For a complete list of Tough! TG-5 features and accessories, go to www.olympus-europa.com/tough

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at http://www.olympus-europa.com/ for the latest specifications.

* 35mm equivalent
** @anneliepompe and www.anneliepompe.com
*** Waterproof according to IEC standard publication 529 IPX8. Shockproof figures compliant with MIL-STD810F (Olympus test conditions). Freezeproof and crushproof according to Olympus test conditions.
**** Six months on top of the statutory warranty in the country of purchase.

Nikon launches D7500 DSLR

Catch the shot of a lifetime with the all-new D7500

London, United Kingdom, 12th April 2017: Nikon announces the D7500, designed to expand the creative possibilities for photographers as they pursue their passion in photography. Powerful, nimble, and fully connected, the D7500 offers the same image quality as the D500—Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, and a performance that overcomes the most challenging conditions.

Packing powerful image technology in a travel-ready body, the D7500 is ideal for photographers who are always searching for the best possible images. As with the D500, the D7500’s 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range that extends to an incredible ISO 1640000 equivalent. Nikon’s EXPEED 5 processor is on board, offering faster, cleaner image processing. And the greatly increased pixel count of the 180K-pixel RGB sensor enables improved metering accuracy. Video shooters can record 4K/UHD movies, and Nikon’s in-camera Electronic Vibration Reduction counters the effects of unwanted camera movement. Ergonomic improvements include the new tilting monitor that offers touchscreen operation, and a deep grip for a stable, exceptionally comfortable hold. And this is the first Nikon DSLR to boast a built-in flash that supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting.

Tim Carter, Senior Product Manager, Nikon UK, Says: “The D7500 delivers the same superb image quality as the D500 but in a smaller, more lightweight body with easier handling. For amateur photographers who are looking to up their game and deliver best-in-class imagery, but perhaps don’t need so many of the professional features that the D500 offers, the D7500 is the perfect D-SLR. The camera comes equipped with SnapBridge which lets shooters share their incredible images wherever they are, and the chance to shoot at up to 8 fps with full AF/AE tracking allows the speed and precision to never miss a shot.”

Summary of key features

Flagship D500 image quality: 20.9 MP DX-format sensor. EXPEED 5. 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor.
Stunning light sensitivity: excel in low light with ISO 100-51200, extendable up to ISO 1640000 (equivalent).
Phenomenal subject recognition: 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system. Capture precise exposures and dynamic compositions.
Highlight-weighted metering: prioritises the brightest elements in the frame, helping to avoid images with blown-out highlights.
Extreme AF precision: 51-point AF system accurate all the way down to an impressive -3 EV. Track, lock onto, and keep subjects in focus—even if the only light is the moonlight.
Cinematic 4K/UHD video footage: record 4K/UHD 30p footage, or Full HD (1080p) video at frame rates of up to 50p/60p.
Time-Lapse Movie: easily generate smooth, well-exposed 4K/UHD and Full HD time-lapse movies in-camera in full DX-format.
8 fps with Full AF/AE tracking: capture 50 NEF (RAW) or 100 Large JPEG Fine images in one high-speed burst.
Tilt screen and touch controls: slim-line 8 cm (3.2 in) tilting monitor. Operate AF and shutter-release functions via touch controls when you shoot in Live View.
Optical pentaprism viewfinder: offers approximately 100 % frame coverage.
Picture Control Auto: In-camera Picture Control system features eight controls including the new Picture Control Auto, which optimizes color, contrast, and brightness according to the scene. Automatically adjusts variables when shooting multiple frames.
DX agility: the camera body weighs just 640 g (approximately), boasts a deep grip, and is weather sealed. DX NIKKOR lenses are compact, and the 1.5x crop factor of the camera’s sensor delivers a telephoto effect when shooting with an FX lens.
Expandable system: compatible Nikon Speedlights, as well as Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone and ME-W1 Wireless Microphone.
Kits: the D7500 comes with multiple kit options. Shooting portraits or urban scenes? Go for a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR. Travel light with the compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Capture inspiring views of the world with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom.

SnapBridge compatibility
The camera’s Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi® capabilities are only available when using SnapBridge. Nikon’s SnapBridge application must be installed on a compatible smart device before SnapBridge can be used with this camera.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Nikon and its Affiliates is under license.
Wi-Fi® and the Wi-Fi Certified logo are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®.
Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

The Photography Show is on this weekend!

Top 10 – What’s on at The Photography Show 2017

18-21 MARCH 2017 – NEC, BIRMINGHAM

              

The Photography Show is a destination event for all image creators. Whether a seasoned professional, or just starting out, head to the NEC, Birmingham on 18-21 March and be inspired by a host of experts, learn new photography and video techniques, get hands on with the latest kit and  find fantastic deals. It’s an unmissable date in the diary for anyone looking to reveal the next step in their photography journey.

 

1 HEAR FROM THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE GAME

Photography icons Sebastião Salgado, Albert Watson, Nadav Kander, Frans Lanting, Jill Furmanovsky, Clive Arrowsmith, David Alan Harvey, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole will take to the Super Stage this year. Each will offer insights into the images they’ve captured, their eventful careers and the challenges they’ve faced along the way.*

 

2 GET UP TO SPEED WITH THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Take a leap into the world of virtual reality and get hands on with 360° technology. Be sure too to check out the Drone Zone – complete with a drone flying demo area and drop into the Video Theatre, packed with insightful sessions giving give you the skills you need to capture dynamic footage on camera and integrate moving image into your photography skill set.

 

3 SHOPPING & EXHIBITORS

From the latest cameras, lenses and bags, to albums, clothing and gadgets you didn’t even know you needed, you’ll find the latest kit and accessories from over 200 leading photography brands including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Sony at the show. With the chance to try before you buy and some great bargains up for grabs, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

 

4 EXPERIENCE LIVE PHOTO SHOOTS

The Live Stage* promises to put you right at the heart of the action and excitement of a live shoot – expect to be enthralled and inspired by various demo offering practical insight into taking beautiful shots of a range of subjects, in character and in action – with lighting and settings thrown in. Everything from shooting the big day to a live catwalk show awaits.

 

5 HEAR THE STORIES BEHIND THE SHOTS

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and at The Photography Show this year, a host of imaging experts will step out from Behind the Lens to reveal how they captured some of their most stunning and specialist shots. Richard Bradbury will divulge the stories behind shooting record breakers whilst on assignments for Guinness Book of World Records.  Other sessions include: Coastal visions (Karl Holtby), Expedition photography (Ben Cherry), Capturing time (John Miskelly), Close-up and macro photography (John Humphrey), and Forgotten locations and hidden worlds (Rebecca Bathory), among others.

 

6 MASTERCLASSES & CONFERENCES

If you’re looking to take your photography journey to the next level, why not consider one of the Masterclasses and Conferences on offer at The Photography Show this year. Sessions are designed for all levels: beginners, professionals and those thinking about making the leap from amateur to pro.

 

 

7 TAKE AWESOME PHOTOS ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE AND GET SHARING

Click… Flash…Edit… Filter… Tag… Share… the all-new Mobile & Social Stage**line-up will spark the creativity of anyone looking to make the most of their mobile phone camera or their use of social platforms to showcase their image-creation skills. The full programme will include YouTube photography vlog sensation Bert Stefani and Weekly Imogen, plus Insta-famous photographers Tobishinobi and @Levanterman.

8 EXPLORE THE GALLERIES AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS

Take some time out to explore the galleries around the show including the highly anticipated Outdoor Photography of the Year exhibition, showcasing compelling imagery taken from around the world.

 

 

9 PUT WHAT YOU’VE LEARNT INTO PRACTICE

There will be many photo opportunities around the show so remember to bring your camera or snap away on your mobile phone and use the techniques you’ve acquired straight away – get social and use the show hashtag #UKPhotoShow to share the images of your experience at The Photography Show.

 

10 CAPTURE BIRMINGHAM

Capture Birmingham, the weekend-long photography and arts extravaganza, will return to the city this March (18-19), offering a series of exhibitions, photo-walks, masterclasses and workshops for all with an interest in photography. Extend your experience at The Photography Show by taking part in one of the many Capture Birmingham activities around the city.

 

 

 

TICKET NOTES

Additional talks, seminars and workshops can be booked in addition, at a price of £10 each

Student entry will be free of charge on Tuesday 21 March

*Tickets to all sessions on The Super Stage are priced at £10 each

**Sessions are included in the show entry ticket fee and will take place on all four days of the show.

About The Photography Show

The Photography Show (TPS) was launched in 2014 by Future plc, a world-leading photography publisher. Attracting both professional and amateur visitors over the four days, The Photography Show is now considered to be a major UK calendar fixture by attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.

At The Photography Show, visitors can expect to learn the latest techniques, hear from industry thought leaders and experts, and see the latest technology and kit revealed.

The Photography Show is run by a team with over 60 years collective event organising experience and is backed by Future’s market-leading photography portfolio, which serves an extensive audience across the global photography industry via magazines, websites, apps and events.

 

Since its launch, The Photography Show has celebrated many achievements, including:

  • Event Experience of the Year (PPA Awards 2016), Winner
  • Event of the Year – Consumer Media (PPA Awards 2015), Winner
  • Best New Organiser Team (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Winner
  • Best Consumer Show (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Highly Commended
  • Organiser Team of the Year (AEO Excellence Awards 2014), Winner
  • Show Rising Star (Exhibition News Awards 2015), Highly Commended
  • Launch of the Year (PPA Connect Awards 2014), Highly Commended

 

New QNAP Thunderbolt NAS line-up at the Photography Show

QNAP showcases new Thunderbolt NAS lineup, budget-friendly 10GbE-ready business NAS and more NAS solutions at the Photography Show 2017

QNAP Thunderbolt

QNAP® Systems, Inc. will be exhibiting at the Photography Show taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, from March 18th to March 21st, 2017. Visitors heading to QNAP’s stand C51 will have the chance to get hands on with QNAP’s latest NAS solutions for all image creators, including the industry-leading Thunderbolt™ 3 NAS and many other models of the feature-rich NAS series.

Explore the Best NAS for photographers with QNAP

QNAP will present amateur and professional photographers a variety of QNAP NAS solutions designed to suit their needs in image production. With live demos, visitors will see how QNAP NAS can help optimise their workflows. The TVS-882T Thunderbolt™ 2 NAS is a perfect match for Mac users. The TVS-882T features up to 20Gb/s bandwidth to deliver high-speed file transfers and to boost the 4K video editing process, making it ideal for 4K image production workflow. For image creators with multiple needs in backup, the TVS-473, equipped with the powerful AMD R-Series APU, is the perfect NAS solution to build a private cloud. With the support of USB 3.1 10Gbps connectivity and 10GbE expandability, it satisfies users who demand higher bandwidth for fast backup and restore for an ever-growing amount of data. It provides various backup applications including volume and LUN snapshots, RTRR, Rsync and cloud storage backup. Additionally, QNAP will also introduce the TS-453A. Featuring advanced 8th-generation Intel® HD Graphics, it supports 4K hardware decoding and 4K (H.264) video transcoding, bringing a quality multimedia experience with its superior video playback ability.

Highlights of QNAP’s stand also include high-performance yet cost-effective NAS solutions

To meet diverse consumer needs for various media applications, a selection of QNAP’s SMB NAS models will also be displayed at the Photography Show. More from QNAP’s Thunderbolt NAS line will be exhibited, including the TVS-1282T, TVS-882ST2 and TVS-1282ST3. The TVS-1282ST3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS is the latest addition to QNAP’s Thunderbolt NAS lineup. Being the best companion for the latest MacBook Pro®, the pioneering TVS-1282T3 adopts the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 technology. Coupled with QNAP’s exclusive Thunderbolt to Ethernet (T2E) Converter technology, the NAS allows Thunderbolt-enabled computers to connect to 10GbE networks for wider application scenarios. Visitors will also see the highly-acclaimed, cost-effective 10GbE-enabled business NAS, TS-431X and TS-1635. The quad-core 16-bay TS-1635 provides huge storage potential, ideal for media professionals that create vast amounts of high-resolution media files from daily work routines.

 

Removu S1 World’s First Rainproof 3-axis Gimbal for GoPro® Cameras

The Removu S1 is a 3-axis stabilising  gimbal designed and made for use with GoPro Hero 3, 4, 5 and Session cameras. This rainproof gimbal features a detachable handgrip, removable battery,  wireless remote control and is fully compatible with GoPro’s range of helmet, body  and bike mounts.

Removu S1

Removu S1

Advanced stabilisation

The Removu S1 delivers extremely stable and vibration free footage. The 3-axis stabilisation is manufactured with world class brushless DC motors and rotary sensors, removing unwanted movements and giving your footage a smooth professional look.

Water resistant

The motors and body of the Removu S1 are specifically designed to be water resistant. So whether your using the waterproof GoPro Hero5 or the S1’s rainproof housing for GoPro’s 3 & 4, you can keep shooting through whatever nature can throw at you!

Wireless control

The Removu S1 comes equipped with a detachable wireless joystick remote control. This allows you to control the angle of the camera and switch between the different modes on the gimbal using the 5-way jog key on the wireless remote.

Hold. Wear. Mount.

Removing the handrip from the body transforms the Removu S1 into mountable gimbal. You can attach the main gimbal body to any GoPro compatible mounting system o譠ering incredible versatility.

Control modes

PAN: The camera will smoothly follow your panning motion but cancel out any pitch  or roll movements.

FOLLOW: The camera will follow the direction the S1 is facing left, right, up and down.

LOCK: The camera is locked into it’s current position and maintains that orientation regardless of how the S1 is moved.

Extended battery life

The S1 has an excellent battery life of 3-5 hours. But what makes the Removu S1 even more attractive is that once the battery does run low, you can simply swap it out for a fully charged spare! There are also two micro SD slots in the handle cap so you’ll be able to capture every second of your adventure.

Removu S1 Specification

Gimbal

Operating Voltage (DC): 6.4V ~ 8.4V

Weight: 380g (Housing and Battery excluded)

Vertical Tilt Angle: 292°

Roll Angle: 90°

Horizontal Panning Angle: 292°

Operating Time (@25°C): 3h ~ 5h

Battery: 7.4V / 850mAh

Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)

Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C

Handle

Dimensions: 32.8 x 32.0 x 160.4 mm

Weight: 70g

Remote Control

Operating Time (@25°C): 10h

Operating Distance: 33ft (10m)

Weight: 24g

Battery: 3.7V / 200mAh

Battery Charging Time: 2.5h (5V/2A)

Operating Temperature: -20°C ~ 45°C

Removu S1 SRP: £349.99

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