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Sony still third globally but bullish about 2017 prospects

High value models such as the a7R II have boosted Sony’s income, despite falling unit sales.

Sony is the world’s leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it said in a presentation to investors.

The company says the move to higher value products allowed Digital Imaging’s operating income to maintain essentially flat, despite declining sales. It attributes these declines to a combination of a shrinking market and missed sales opportunities due to the Kumamoto earthquakes. Also counting against its 2016 numbers were adverse foreign exchange movements. The figures also looked bad compared with 2015, as the group had received a one-off insurance payment that year, following flooding in Thailand.

The company suggested its 2014 strategy of strengthening its ILC and lens ranges is bearing fruit. It also predicts a compound annual growth rate of 27% in sales of ILC bodies and a similar figure in lenses, for 2017. It says it expects the group as a whole (which includes broadcast and medical businesses) to see sales grow by around 10% and its operating income to rise by 12.7%. Part of this will be driven by the move to higher margin products and some by the ability to respond to pent-up demand, following the Kumamoto earthquakes.

The company says it currently has 14% of the ILC and lens markets, putting it in 3rd place, globally (the recent press release about being 2nd in the US market is as much to do with bouncing back after Kumamoto and second-placed Nikon not having released any high-end cameras recently, as anything else). It also says it has 23% of the compact market, putting it in 2nd place or 1st if you only → continue…

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New startup ‘Binded’ aims to simplify copyright for photographers

How do you stop your images from being stolen? And if it happens, what can you do about it? Copyright disputes are among the most difficult issues that face working photographers, and in the US, registering copyright is time-consuming and expensive in itself.

Binded CEO Nathan Lands is pitching the service as an easier alternative to traditional means of registering copyright.

He has pledged that Binded will remain a free service, but one that creates a legal record of copyright, which can be used in the event of a dispute.

‘Binded’ is a free service that aims to simplify the process of registering – and enforcing – copyright for photographers. When you upload an image to Binded, it creates a digital ‘fingerprint’ which serves as a permanent record that you own the copyright. This record is then written to the bitcoin blockchain. Binded will then monitor use of the image on the Internet, and automatically notify the copyright holder if it detects unauthorized use.

Previously known as Blockai, the startup has just raised an additional $950,000 in funding from investors, bringing total funding to $1.5 million.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Learn more at binded.com

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Sony A9 now shipping out from US stores and Adobe just added full A9 support!

By SonyAlpha Admin

Plenty of SAR readers told me that all major US stores charged their credit cards today. Which means the Sony A9 is shipping at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Expect all stores to show the camera as “in Stock” within a couple of hours! And Adobe right now added full support for the Sony A9 and […]

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Kodak EKTRA ‘camera first’ smartphone now available in US

The Kodak EKTRA, the company’s ‘camera first’ smartphone, is now available to purchase in the United States. The Android smartphone, which was first announced in October 2016, features a 21MP camera and a design reminiscent of point-and-shoot cameras. The handset has been available to purchase in Europe for a handful of months, and now US consumers can buy the model unlocked with support for GSM mobile networks for $399.99 USD.

Coinciding with the launch is software update version 2.009.00/_A for the smartphone, which Kodak says it is zeroing in on requests from its ‘photo-enthusiast’ customers. The update brings improved autofocus performance, better color saturation and white balance, and the addition of raw image support, among other things.

The full software changelog:

  • Enhanced single handed camera functionality; when the camera app is enabled the Android touch buttons are now disabled to avoid an accidental press when using the camera with one hand
  • Added RAW file support in manual mode; shooting in RAW records all the data from the sensor enabling more sophisticated image processing options
  • Improved auto focus making in quicker and more accurate
  • Improved Face Detection performance for better portrait photos
  • Optimisations to the Auto White Balance and colour saturation
  • Improvements to shutter speed performance
  • New option to disable Auto Scene Detection in smart auto mode
  • New shutter effect to provide visual indication of when a picture is taken
  • Enhanced low light performance
  • Optimisations to the noise reduction algorithm from ISO 100-6400
  • Introduces a new ‘How To’ camera tutorial on the new functionality

Via: BusinessWire

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RedShark West Coast writers wanted

By noreply@redsharknews.com (David Shapton)

Can you use one of these (the keyboard, not the coffee mug)?

The RedShark team is off to Cinegear in Los Angeles in a couple of weeks and I just wanted to mention that we are looking for new writers in the US, particularly on the West Coast.

  • RedShark
  • writers
  • LA
  • West Coast
  • Cinegear

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    Google Photos update encourages sharing, adds photo book creation

    Google’s I/O conference today included some information about updates for the company’s photo organization app. Google Photos will use machine learning to analyze who’s in your photos and automatically suggest photos to share. Suggestions will appear in the sharing tab on the Photos apps for Android, iOS and web ‘in the coming weeks.’ You’ll also be able to set up shared libraries to automatically send photos to designated people – with the ability to share everything, or just photos of certain people, for example.

    Google also announced it will allow you to create photo books from your Photos library, streamlined by a largely automated photo selection process. They’ll be available to US users only at launch, and will start at $10 for a softcover book and $20 for hardcover.

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    HTC launches U11 flagship smartphone

    Taiwanese manufacturer HTC today launched it latest flagship smartphone, the HTC U11. The new model’s stand-out features is called Edge Sense. It lets you squeeze the phone’s edge in order to execute specific actions, for example take a picture.

    The main camera specification looks similar to the HTC 10 but the 12MP BSI CMOS sensor with 1.4 micron pixel size has been updated. Light is captured through a fast F1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization is available as well. The camera also features a dual-LED flash and 4K video recording. In video mode the U11 offers 3D audio recording which is powered by 4 microphones. The front camera comes with a 16MP sensor and F2.0 aperture.

    Images can be composed and viewed on a 5.5-inch QHD Super LCD 5 display that is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The Android 7.1 OS is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. 64GB of on-board storage are expandable via a microSD-slot. The U11 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 as well as a power saving mode. Unfortunately the new HTC has to make do without a 3.5mm headset jack, though.

    All the technology is wrapped up in a body with a reflecting glass back and IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. The new device will be available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red worldwide from May 2017. In Europe the U11 will set you back €749 (US$825). No pricing information for the US has been released yet.

    Key specifications:

    • 12MP BSI CMOS sensor with 1.4μm pixel
    • F1.7 aperture
    • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
    • Dual LED flash
    • 4K video recording with Hi-Res audio and 3D audio recording
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    Cinematographers Days

    By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

    Cinematographers Days

    Terre Di Cinema – International Cinematographers Days is proud to announce the presence of Ed Lachman ASC as a guest at the seventh edition of our festival, that will take place in Catania from 1st to 5th of June, 2017.

    A member of ASC – American Society of Cinematographers – and a great protagonist of both US and European independent cinema scene, Lachman has collaborated with Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola and Robert Altman, he also co-directed with Larry Clark the teenage drama “Ken Park”.
    Lachman has been nominated twice for Best Cinematography at the Academy Awards for “Far from Heaven” – winner for the Best Cinematography at the Independent Spirit Award and National Society Film Awards – and “Carol”.
    Both films, directed by Todd Haynes, will be screened at cinema King during the festival days.

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    From:: Imago News

    Hahnel introduces radio-controlled MODUS 600RT hotshoe flash system

    Hahnel industries has launched its first flash unit in the shape of the radio-controlled Modus 600RT. The new hotshoe flash is powered by a block lithium ion battery, in the style of the Godox V860ll, instead of the usual AA cells and has a guide number of 60m @ ISO 100. Each flash unit can operate as both slave or master in a wireless set-up, using optical or 2.4GHz radio signals to communicate with other guns or with a Viper flash trigger in the hotshoe.

    Hahnel says the Modus units will be compatible with some other third party speedlights via its optical system and the Viper TTL radio transmitter, but stops short of saying which ones. The Modus 600RT’s radio system has a range of 100m and can control up to three groups of flash units, with manual and TTL output modes. High speed sync is also supported, with shutter speeds of up to 1/8000sec possible, and the lithium ion battery is said to provide up to 550 full power bursts per charge.

    The Hahnel Modus 600RT is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony flash systems and retails at £219.99 for the flash on its own, £269.99 for the flash and a Viper transceiver, or £429.99 for a kit with two flash units and a Viper. US prices have yet to be announced.

    For more information see the hahnel website.

    Manufacturer’s information

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    You may recognise the hähnel brand for their long-standing reputation for manufacturing high quality Li-Ion batteries & DSLR accessories, so their new speedlight range may well come as a surprise to you. You must remember though, that hähnel have a long-standing reputation for their wireless flash trigger range which includes the popular Tuff TTL & Viper flash triggers.

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    From:: DPreview

    Deep in the Heart Film Festival

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Call for Entries Deadline: May 31, 2017
    Official Website: http://www.deepintheheartff.com/

    The Deep in the Heart Film Festival seeks to showcase the best in independent features and short films from Texas, the US, and the world. The festival wants to inspire filmmakers, create networking and show their guests some Texas hospitality in Waco.

    The fest debuted in 2017 with tremendous success! They sold out screenings, had over 1000 in attendance over the festival, and gave away over $1000 in prizes. Now, they are looking to build on that for 2018!

    The festival proudly screens at the Waco Hippodrome, a former vaudeville theater that’s over a century old. The Hippodrome is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and has seen Elvis Presley and John Wayne enter its doors. Always a Waco tradition, the Hippodrome has been reborn as a central Texas destination – now with recent renovations in seating, projection, and the addition of full kitchen and bar.

    ADDED BONUS: if you’re a fan of the HGTV show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Market is located just steps away from the Hippodrome. Plus, Waco’s the home to Dr Pepper and Balcones Distilling.

    The festival is easily within driving distance of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

    For more information, visit the website, http://www.deepintheheartff.com/.

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    Announcing DaVinci Resolve 14: The upgrade the film industry has been waiting for and it’s only US$299 for new professional users

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the product, and an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production. Blackmagic Design believes the new DaVinci Resolve will break through the stagnant toolsets used in post production, and offer a new path forward for the smallest as well as the largest facilities in the world.

    New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built into DaVinci Resolve, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time.

    What this means is that DaVinci Resolve 14 is like 3 high end applications in one. Customers get professional editing, color correction and the new Fairlight audio tools. All it takes is a single click to switch between editing, color and audio. Then the new multi user collaboration tools let everyone work on the same project at the same time, so customers no longer have to import, export, translate or conform projects.

    DaVinci Resolve 14 dramatically changes post production from a linear to a parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

    A public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 is available and for immediate download from the Blackmagic Design website. DaVinci Resolve 14 demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

    DaVinci Resolve 14 Detailed Overview

    DaVinci Resolve 14 features a new high performance playback engine that’s up to 10 times faster than before.

    In addition to extensive CPU and GPU optimizations, customers also get better threading and GPU pipelining, lower latency, much faster UI refresh rates, support for Apple Metal → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers

    Announcing DaVinci Resolve 14: The upgrade the film industry has been waiting for and it’s only US$299 for new professional users

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the product, and an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production. Blackmagic Design believes the new DaVinci Resolve will break through the stagnant toolsets used in post production, and offer a new path forward for the smallest as well as the largest facilities in the world.

    New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built into DaVinci Resolve, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time.

    What this means is that DaVinci Resolve 14 is like 3 high end applications in one. Customers get professional editing, color correction and the new Fairlight audio tools. All it takes is a single click to switch between editing, color and audio. Then the new multi user collaboration tools let everyone work on the same project at the same time, so customers no longer have to import, export, translate or conform projects.

    DaVinci Resolve 14 dramatically changes post production from a linear to a parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

    A public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 is available and for immediate download from the Blackmagic Design website. DaVinci Resolve 14 demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

    DaVinci Resolve 14 Detailed Overview

    DaVinci Resolve 14 features a new high performance playback engine that’s up to 10 times faster than before.

    In addition to extensive CPU and GPU optimizations, customers also get better threading and GPU pipelining, lower latency, much faster UI refresh rates, support for Apple Metal → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers

    The Grand USA Headquarters Opening of TILTA

    By Cinescopophilia

    Tilta make it back to the US. Well they have been available via Intellytech and ikan for many a year after going under, but now they have a presence all to themselves. So almost a re-reopening for Tilta. The Grand Opening of TILTA’s US Headquarters from TILTA on Vimeo. All footage was shot entirely on […] → continue…

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    New 32-inch monitor from Philips is… Full HD

    By Jose Antunes

    New 32 inch monitor from Philips is… Full HD

    The new curved monitor from Philips is conceived for everything from checking mail to touching up videos before posting them online. It’s a large size monitor, at 32-inch, but only 1920×1080 pixels when it comes to resolution.

    Although higher resolutions are the trend these days, when it comes to monitors, the truth is that sometimes a lower resolution – which was high resolution not so long ago – is what makes sense. Besides, lower resolution monitors are tendentiously cheaper, something that this 32-inch monitor in the 16:9 format confirms: while the US price is not available yet, it will cost somewhere around € 300 in Europe, where the 328E8QJAB5 was first announced.

    This new monitor offer classic Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 16:9 format and advanced vertical alignment (VA) technology, in a curved display (1800R) which wraps gently around the user’s line of vision. Specialists say it can help concentration by promoting greater focus on the task at hand – all the more important in busy home environments, which is the main destination of the new display.

    Although conceived for home, meaning it is designed to be the center of a range of activities, the 328E8QJAB5 is built to offer the best colour and sharpness technology allows for this segment. The latest Ultra Wide-Color technology, claims Philips, “enables the 32-inch display to offer an expansive colour gamut of 103% of the NTSC gamut and 126% of sRGB colour space (CIE 1931), which notches up the quality and accuracy of colour reproduction and creates an even more lifelike viewing experience. With the innovative Adaptive Sync technology, the display is fine-tuned for fast action and provides super-smooth viewing with no stuttering, tearing or motion blur.”

    New 32 inch monitor from Philips is… Full HD

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    US military journal pays tribute to photographer killed in 2013

    Four years after US Army combat photographer Hilda I. Clayton was killed in a training exercise in Afghanistan, army journal The Military Review has published her final photograph, in an issue focusing on gender equality in the military.

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