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Fujifilm GFX 50R

Press release issued by Fujifilm

Introducing the rangefinder style model to the GFX medium format digital mirrorless system
FUJIFILM GFX 50R

A large 51.4MP image sensor in a compact and lightweight body is reminiscent of renowned medium format film cameras widely used in street and documentary photography

PHOTOKINA 2018, COLOGNE, GERMANY, September 25, 2018 -FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will launch a medium format mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM GFX 50R (GFX 50R), which features the FUJIFILM G Format (medium format, 43.8×32.9mm) image sensor, which is approx. 1.7 times the size of a full frame 35mm image sensor (*1).

The GFX 50R continues the compact, lightweight and superior image quality characteristics of Fujifilm’s GFX medium format mirrorless digital camera system, while weighing approx. 145g less and 25mm thinner than the FUJIFILM GFX 50S (GFX 50S). The GFX 50S has attracted high praise from professional photographers since its launch in January 2017. Yet, many field photographers who specialize in weddings, portraits and street photography have sought after an even more compact and lightweight camera, along the line of Fujifilm’s traditional medium format film cameras such as GA645 (*discontinued) and GF670 (*discontinued). With this in mind, FUJIFILM is adding the new “GFX 50R” to the lineup.

1. Compact and lightweight (approx. 775g *2) medium format mirrorless digital camera in the rangefinder style
・The GFX 50R is approx. 145g lighter than the GFX 50S (weighing 920g with EVF). The camera body is just 66.4mm thick, 25.0mm thinner than the GFX 50S.
・The rangefinder style design allows you to keep your eye on a subject while looking through the viewfinder with the other eye. This enables checking and feeling the atmosphere of the scene around your subject matter, shown in the EVF.
・The GFX 50R is equipped with the 0.77x 3.69M-dot organic EL electronic viewfinder (EVF). This allows accurate focusing despite the large size of the medium format sensor, which has a shallower depth of field than that of a 35mm full frame sensor when shooting at the same angle of view.

2. Equipped with 51.4MP medium format CMOS sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine
・The medium format (43.8mm x 32.9mm) “G Format” sensor has better per pixel light reception capability than that of a 35mm full frame sensor of the same resolution. Furthermore, the micro lenses have been designed to optimize the light gathering performance and image resolution as well as the handling of data from photodiodes are customized to achieve a superior level of image quality, surpassing that of existing cameras that use a sensor of the same size. As a result, the GFX 50R delivers images that precisely reproduce the subject’s texture, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere of each scene.
・The GFX 50R features the X-Processor Pro image processing engine. Supporting FUJIFILM’s renowned Film Simulation modes, the camera allows you to opt for the tonality of photographic films such as Velvia, PROVIA and ACROS, used for many years in medium format film cameras by professional and enthusiast photographers alike.

3. Intuitive handling and rugged camera body that caters for the needs of all photographers
・The GFX 50R is equipped with the Focus Lever to allow quick adjustment of the focus point. The elimination of the selector buttons provides extra space to hold the camera better. The top panel sports two dials, one for shutter speed and the other for exposure compensation. The milled aluminum dials give the camera a premium feel and satisfying clicking touch.
・The robust magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed in 64 places to provide dust and weather resistance and ability to operate at temperatures as low as -10℃. Its durability caters to the needs of all photographers.

4. Extensive lineup of the medium format mirrorless system, “GFX system”
・The medium format mirrorless system, GFX system, currently offers a lineup of seven FUJINON GF lenses, covering focal lengths from 23mm (equivalent to 18mm in the 35mm film format) to 250mm (equivalent to 198mm in the 35mm film format). All GF lenses are able to resolve up 100MP which means they are future proof. They are also dust and weather resistant and designed to operate at temperatures as low as -10℃ so that they withstand professional use in harsh conditions.
・Tethered shooting is essential part in a professional photographers workflow. The GFX system supports tethering software “HS-V5 for Windows” and “Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop®”, “Capture One Pro (FUJIFILM)” is also due to be released, giving extra options in studio sessions for commercial and fashion photography. This means that a professional photographer can incorporate the GFX system into their regular workflow.

5. GFX system’s first Bluetooth® compatibility for enhanced connectivity
・This is the first model in the GFX system to support the Bluetooth® low energy technology. Captured images can be transferred easily and quickly to smartphones and tablet devices paired with the camera via the FUJIFILM Camera Remote app.

*1 Image sensors measuring 36mm×24mm, used by many DSLRs
*2 Operating weight (including the weight of battery and recording media)

Fujifilm Develop 100-Megapixel Mirrorless Camera with On-Chip PDAF

Press release issued by Fuji

World’s first mirrorless camera with 100MP+ image sensor GFX 100 Megapixels Concept

In-body image stabilization system allows for handheld capture of 100MP images

New Development Release

PHOTOKINA 2018, COLOGNE, GERMANY, September 25th, 2018 -FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) is developing a new flagship model equipped with 100MP+ image sensor to join the GFX system of mirrorless cameras. The new model will be the world’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera to feature an image sensor that has phase detection pixels across the entire sensor, outperforming contrast detection autofocus in tracking a moving subject and delivering greater accuracy in continuous autofocus. This model will also become the first medium format digital camera to feature in-body image stabilization mechanism, to significantly broaden the scope of achieving ultra-high resolution handheld images. The camera boasts substantially improved video recording capability compared to that of the GFX 50S and GFX 50R. It will be the first mirrorless digital camera equipped with an image sensor with the size of 43.8mmx32.9mm to support 4K video recording (4K/30P). This model will be Fujifilm’s highest performance camera that offers unrivaled innovation and versatility, as seen in the three “world’s first” features, satisfying all the needs of photographers at a higher level.

Main features

(1) FUJIFILM G Format image sensor with over 100MP resolution
The camera is equipped with a 102MP “FUJIFILM G Format (“G Format”) image sensor, specifically developed for this model. It delivers the highest image quality in the history of Fujifilm when combined with the fourth-generation “X-Processor 4” image processing engine that delivers superb color reproduction Fujifilm is famous for, and FUJINON GF lenses that offers ultra-high resolving power. Phase detection AF coverage on the entire sensor (approx. 100% coverage) enables fast and highly accurate autofocus regardless of your subject’s position within the frame, providing a level of performance that defies the current standards of medium format digital cameras.

(2) World’s first medium format digital camera to feature in-body image stabilization
In general, the higher the number of pixels that an image sensor has, the greater the likelihood of producing images out of focus from camera shakes. This is why Fujifilm has developed a new in-body image stabilization system for the G Format. This is also a world’s first for medium-format digital cameras. This has dramatically expanded the scope of achieving ultra-high resolution images (100MP+) hand-held, allowing users to explore new photographic opportunities.

(3) World’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera capable of recording 4K video
The combination of X-Processor 4’s advanced processing capability and the new image sensor with fast read speed has enabled 4K video recording (4K/30P, 10bit), the world’s first for a medium format mirrorless digital camera. The use of the larger image sensor facilitates a shallower depth of field, broader tone reproduction and advanced sensitivity characteristics. This, in turn, makes it possible to record a subject’s texture, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere of the scene with an unprecedented level of ease.

(4) Lightweight and robust magnesium alloy body with integrated vertical grip
The new camera has the size and weight equivalent to a high-end DSLR despite featuring an image sensor which is about 1.7 times the size of a 35mm sensor. This will be the first GFX camera to feature an integrated vertical grip, making it more robust and comfortable to hold, especially when large telephoto lenses are used.

Fujifilm

Panasonic S1 and S1R

Press release issued by Panasonic

First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras powered by Panasonic

  • Panasonic launches two models of its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor

  • The S1R and the S1 cameras are the world’s first*1 to support 4K 60p/50p video recording

  • Leica Camera’s L-Mount allows for the use of replacement lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of the partners

Cologne (Germany), 25. September 2018 – Panasonic Corporation has developed two models of its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor: the S1R and the S1. These models are equipped with the world’s first*1 4K 60p/50p video recording function and the Dual I.S. image stabilization system. As part of the LUMIX S series, Panasonic aims to release them on the global market next spring, as announced during Photokina 2018.

For 100 years, Panasonic has strived to help realize better lives for customers around the world by responding to their needs. Working on the concept of creating a new culture of photography for a digital age, in 2008 Panasonic released the G1, the world’s first*2 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Over the last ten years, Panasonic has continued to lead the industry with product innovations. This has included the world’s first*3 camera supporting 4K video recording, and cameras equipped with the Dual I.S. image stabilization system; combining stabilization both inside the camera unit and the lens.

In more recent years, the sharing of video via social media has gained in popularity. More and more people are also enjoying a hybrid of photos and videos, expanding the range of expression in the production of content. A new type of camera has been needed for this new field that goes beyond the boundaries of photos and videos.

Against this backdrop, Panasonic adopted the concept of ‘Fuel the Photographers’ creative vision’ to develop a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a comprehensive focus on this need. These cameras will form the LUMIX S series with a powerful sense of striving to provide specialized value to customers desiring high expressiveness.

The cameras have the user-friendliness and robustness essential as tools for photography or videography by professionals. They incorporate an entire array of our technology refined over a century in the consumer electronics business and ten years developing Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras. Such innovations include digital technology like image or signal processing, plus optical and heat treatment technology and more. The combination of these will provide our customers with new value for photography and videography.

The key features of the newly developed S1R and S1 cameras are as follows.

  1. Creative capabilities: with high definition and high level of expression achieved with the newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine. (Effective pixels: approximately 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)

  2. World’s first*1 support: for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera.

  3. World’s first*1 full- frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. image stabilization: enabling handheld shots for dark or distant scenes that would previously have required a tripod or other equipment.

  4. A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards, a first for Panasonic

  5. A rugged triaxial tilt LCD: emphasizing ease of use and supporting professional photography and videography.

  6. An unlimited scope of applications: Leica Camera’s L-Mount, making it possible to use replacement lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of the partners*4 Leica Camera and Sigma. Expressiveness is further enhanced by increasing options for replacement lenses.

Panasonic will also expand its line-up of LUMIX S series compatible lenses, developing more than ten by 2020, including a 50 mm/F1.4 fixed-focus lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.

For the LUMIX G series of Micro Four Thirds Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic will begin developing a Leica DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25 mm F1.7 lens that will achieve the world’s first*5 zoom with a constant aperture value of F1.7. On top of this, the support services for professional photographers and videographers, which started in Japan in April last year, will be available in selected European markets and the United States this fiscal year.

The GH5, G9, and GH5S high-end Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras that Panasonic has steadily released since 2017 have already gained a solid reputation among professionals and high-level amateurs across the world for the quality of their pictures and ability to capture the vitality and beauty of life. This success is thanks to Panasonic’s world’s-first*6 support

for 4K 60p/50p video recording, and the world’s fastest autofocus*7 function using the company’s proprietary DFD technology. Panasonic will continue to provide new value to customers through the unique features of the compact yet high-definition LUMIX G series, while also reaching the professional market through the introduction of the full-frame LUMIX S series and the greater reach of our support system. Through these measures, Panasonic will continue to transform the culture of photography and videography.

The products in development in this release will be exhibited at Photokina 2018*8.

Notes:

*1. World’s first support for 4K 60p/50p recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Regarding the inclusion of the Dual I.S. image stabilization system, this is for a full-frame Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera: As of September 25, 2018 when announced at Photokina (Germany), according to Panasonic data.

*2. For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera: As of September 12, 2008, according to Panasonic data.

*3. The GH4 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera capable of 4K video (as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of February 7, 2014), and the GX8 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with Dual I.S. onboard (as a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera, as of July 16, 2015) according to Panasonic data.

*4. “The L-Mount Alliance: a strategic cooperation between Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma”(announced on September 25, 2018 in Germany.

*5. For an interchangeable lens for use with a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of September 25, 2018 when announced in Germany, according to Panasonic data.

*6. As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. As of January 4, 2017, according to Panasonic data.

*7. For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of November 8, 2017, according to Panasonic data.

*8. Photokina is a leading exhibition for the photographic and imaging industries (held in 2018 from September 26 to September 29, at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany).

Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

SUMMILUX and L-Mount are registered trademarks of Leica Camera AG.

Panasonic

Vuze XR Camera

Press release issued by HumanEyes Technologies:

HUMANEYES TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES THE VUZE XR DUAL 360° & VR180 5.7K CAMERA

Available for pre-order for £399, the Vuze XR Camera makes extraordinary content creation possible in 360° and VR180 with easy and fun effects, quick sharing to social media, and live streaming with a mobile phone.

(NEW YORK CITY & COLOGNE – Sept. 25, 2018) Building on its aim to make 360 degree and VR photo and video content creation accessible to all, HumanEyes Technologies announced today at Photokina the full product details for its Vuze XR Camera, which is now available for pre-order at VuzeXR.com for £399.  For a limited time, pre-order customers will receive a free bundle that includes a 360° underwater case, a micro SD card, and free worldwide shipping. Offer is valid until November 4th.

Shipping in late November, the Vuze XR Camera enables consumers and prosumers to create and share exciting experiences in both 5.7K 360° (2D) or VR180 (3D) formats. The camera includes a mobile app, for iOS and Android, and desktop editing software, for Mac and Windows.  Customers can create immersive experiences, popular 360° panoramas like Tiny Planet, adding stickers, and can share it now with live streaming or later on social media.  Vuze XR customers can make their content even more interactive by creating their own VR website with the HumanEyes Zone.

Click here to see XR footage! VR180 3D video and 360 2D video

“People want to bring their content to life and they want to share their experiences for others to enjoy.  We created a dual 360° and VR180 camera, along with a companion mobile app, giving them the ability to capture high quality immersive experiences that can be shared in the moment.  The Vuze XR makes it easy and fun to share all the moments from every angle,” said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO of HumanEyes Technologies.

Available in black or white, the unique dual-camera design of the Vuze XR Camera seamlessly combines two advanced capture systems into one pocketable device. Portable and simple-to-use, the camera gives everyone the power and convenience to record and live stream, or share, from their mobile phone or computer.

Vuze XR Camera features:

  • “Click” between 2D 360° mode (when the camera is closed) and 3D VR180 mode (when the camera is open).
  • Video resolution: 5.7K at 30fps or 4K at 60fps (H.264 MP4)
  • Photo resolution: 18MP
  • In-camera stitching up to 4K, desktop stitching for 5.7K
  • Mobile app stabilization and editing features include: 360° panoramas, effects, filters, stickers, ‘Directors Cut’ mode.
  • Live streaming: Stream live to popular social media channels, including Facebook and YouTube in 360° and VR180.
  • Google VR180 Certification: HumanEyes is working closely with the Google team to complete VR180 certification for the Vuze XR.

The camera gives content creators a suite of tools and accessories to make it easy to edit and share 360° and VR180 content, including:

  • The Vuze XR Mobile App: For iOS and Android, which provides remote camera control over Wi-Fi, photo and video preview, editing, and the ability to upload to social media, as well live streaming. Additionally, the app features stabilization control, photo and video filters, virtual stickers, the ability to add text, color adjustments and the “Directors Cut” mode with Track and Follow object viewpoint adjustment, Little Planet like effects, fly in/out effects and more.
  • Desktop Editing Software: For Mac and Windows, it supports basic and advanced editing and stitching functions for VR180 and 360° content, including live streaming in both VR180 and 360°, as well as sharing directly to social media channels.
  • Accessories: Tripod and underwater cases for 360° and VR180.

Photokina attendees can be among the first to see a demo and experience the power of the new Vuze XR Camera at the HumanEyes booth H-015 in Hall 5.2 from September 26-29.

The HumanEyes Vuze XR Camera is the latest innovation from the company’s award-winning 360° and VR camera line, which includes the Vuze and Vuze+ VR cameras. To see the Vuze XR Camera in action, view more product specifications and pre-order, visit VuzeXR.com. For hi-res images, please see here. To see the XR in person, please visit the booth at Photokina.

About HumanEyes Technologies:

Founded in 2000, HumanEyes Technologies is a veteran in 3D and animated content creation and has over 70 patents covering relevant technologies and processes across the market. Recognizing the growth potential in VR, HumanEyes has focused its longstanding experience in the space to provide end-to-end VR video solutions that make the creation of virtual and augmented reality content easy and accessible to everyone from professionals to consumers. As the vibrant VR and AR market segments develop, HumanEyes is helping define the innovation standards that will drive mass appeal, with the Vuze, Vuze +, and Vuze XR VR Cameras. HumanEyes’ multi-patented computer vision technologies inside the world’s first affordable VR camera are enabling the bustling ecosystem of creation, production and publishing of unprecedented immersive VR experiences.

HumanEyes is headquartered in Israel with offices in the U.S. For more information on HumanEyes, go to http://www.humaneyes.com. For more information on the Vuze XR Camera, please visit www.Vuze.camera

Panasonic Release New Firmware Updates

Panasonic have issued new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S (pictured), G9 and GX9 compact system cameras.

Press release issued by Panasonic

Firmware Update To Enhance Performance and Usability for Premium Cameras

Cologne (Germany), 2018-09-25 – Panasonic is announcing the new firmware update programs for DC-GH5 (Firmware Version 2.4), DC-GH5S (Firmware Version 1.2) ,DC-G9 (Firmware Version 1.2) and DC-GX9 (Firmware Version 1.2) to further enhance their performance and usability.

The new firmware includes following upgrades:

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.4

1.Improvement of AF performance

2.Improvement of video recording operation

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.2

1. Improvement of AF performance

2. Improvement of stability during HDMI output

3. Improvement of video recording performance

4. Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)

LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.2

1.Improvement of AF performance

2.Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)

LUMIX DC-GX9 Firmware Ver.1.2

1.Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)

The details of the new firmware update for DC-GH5/GH5S/G9 are available at the following pages and the firmware programs are scheduled to be released on the LUMIX Global Customer Support website in late October 2018.

•Specifications are subject to change without notice.


LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.4
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5_firmware.html

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.2
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5s_firmware.html

LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.2
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/g9_firmware.html

LUMIX Global Customer Support
http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

Press release issued by Canon:

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS features a powerful 65x fixed lens zoom with DSLR-style looks and true portability

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Thursday 20th September 2018 – Canon Europe announces the launch of the PowerShot SX70 HS, a bridge camera with a powerful 65x optical fixed lens zoom, equivalent to a 21-1365mm focal length. Featuring DSLR-style looks and handling, a 7.5 Vari-Angle LCD screen, 20.3 Megapixel sensor and 4K Ultra High Definition video, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is an ideal all-in-one camera, capable of handling all types of shooting scenario, without the need to carry multiple lenses.

Featuring cutting-edge technology to produce high-resolution images and 4K Ultra HD video

The PowerShot SX70 HS’s 65x zoom extends to an impressive 2730mm equivalent focal length with Canon’s ZoomPlus functionality, ideal for capturing distant scenes from afar. With a focal length of this strength, the camera is well equipped to capture everything from a concert, graduation ceremony or even the details on a distant plane. The 0cm macro mode enables users to focus on objects that are virtually touching the lens, ideal for capturing the intricate detail of a watch face, plate of food or wild flowers in bloom. The Zoom Frame Assist Lock function helps maintain framing when taking super-telephoto images, suitable for capturing fast-moving sports or wildlife.

The classic DSLR-style ergonomics of the camera and its high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder delivers sturdy handling and control when composing photographs, particularly helpful at popular tourist attractions or while on the move.

The power of the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS lays with the cutting-edge and superfast DIGIC 8 processor, which produces high resolution images, 4K Ultra High Definition video and a continuous shooting speed of 10 fps (frames per second). The autofocus is highly responsive and adaptive, even in low-light and continuous autofocus is possible when shooting at 5.7 fps, allowing spontaneous moments to be captured with ease.

The DIGIC 8 processor also powers the cameras 4K Ultra HD video capabilities, including 4K time-lapse and 4K frame grabs, so stunning landscapes or special memories can be captured and preserved in the highest of resolutions.

The camera’s enhanced 20.3MP 1/2.3-type CMOS sensor delivers a 25 per cent increase in resolution, compared to the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS predecessor, the SX60 HS at 16.1MP, bringing a new level of detail and vividness to images. This sensor upgrade also means that large photo prints look beautiful when taken on the camera, doing justice to precious family memories as they take pride-of-place on the wall.

In addition to sharp JPEGs, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS can capture images in RAW or compact RAW format, opening a world of professional post-production techniques, providing limitless ways to impress with optimised photographs.

It has never been easier to sync images or videos to a smart device, PC or Mac1 via the Auto Image Sync and Transfer mode using the Canon Camera Connect app (iOS/Android), or Image Transfer Utility 2 for PC and Mac. The PowerShot SX70 HS also features Remote Live View, which enables images to be taken remotely via a smartphone2, meaning no-one is ever left out of a family portrait.

Canon’s new premium bridge camera delivers a truly portable and versatile shooting experience, capable of capturing everything from a vlog to wildlife on the African Savanna or a portrait of a loved one at a family occasion. This multi-purpose camera will get users closer to the action, when it matters.

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will be available to purchase from November 2018

For more information, please visit: https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/powershot-sx70-hs/

Pricing and availability:

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will be available to purchase from November 2018 with a RSP of £519.99/€599.99

Key Benefits:

  • Look and feel of an all-in-one DSLR with an easy-to-use interface
  • Versatile shots with a 65x superzoom and 10 fps shooting
  • Capture important memories in RAW and 4K UHD video
  • Reliable, fast autofocus even in low light
  • Phone and computer support via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

What’s in the box:

  • Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
  • Battery Charger LC-E12E
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12
  • Lens Cap
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • AC Cable (E)
  • User Manual Kit

1 Computers: Mac and PC running Canon Image Transfer Utility 2, see specifications for details

2 Mobiles: Compatible iOS and Android devices with the Canon Camera Connect app, see specifications for details