Archives for February 1, 2012

42x zoom highlight of nine new Nikons

“Breaking the zoom barrier,” Nikon says, it’s new P510 “brings the action close” with a 42x lens that zooms from 24mm wide to 1000mm, with optical image stabilization.

“With this extreme focal length, the need for superior image stabilization becomes essential for photos and HD video,” the company adds. “Photographers are given increased stability with the additional zoom control located on the side of the lens barrel.”

The P510 has built-in GPS, a 3-inch tilting LCD, and captures 1080p video as well as five images at full resolution in approximately one second. It’s $430.

The camera is the standout in Nikon’s nine new Coolpix compact cameras. Most of the new models have 16-megapixel sensors — although a few have CCDs while many sport backside illuminated CMOS sensors for better low-light performance.

Next in the P-series line of compact ultrazooms — which Nikon says “enable photographers to capture any adventure with astounding clarity” — is the P310, which “achieves superior image quality in low-light settings” thanks to its BSI sensor and fast maximum aperture f/1.8 lens that has a 4x zoom. The camera has manual exposure controls, and is $330.


The S-series line gives consumers “new ways to go super-zoom or super chic.” The S9300 is “deceptively slim with an approximately 1.5-inch body, but “hides a super-zoom secret,” Nikon says, an 18x lens that zooms from 25mm wide. The camera has a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD, 1080p video, and built-in GPS that make it “the perfect compact travel camera.” It’s $350.
The similar S6300 has a 10x zoom that starts at 25mm wide, for $200.
The S4300 features a 3-inch touchscreen. It captures just 720p video, and its 6x zoom starts at 26mm wide. It’s $170. The similar S3300 lacks the touchscreen, and is $140.

Three other new cameras use AA batteries.
The L810’s zoom “goes the distance to get in close to the action.” The 26x lens starts at 22.5mm wide, and also has a side zoom control for more stability. The 16-megapixel camera has a 3-inch LCD and 720p video capture, for $280.
The S30 is a “new type of camera” for Nikon, the company says, “providing worry-proof construction with a simple to use interface and an affordable price point so any family can enjoy photography with a camera that instills confidence.” The S30 is shockproof up to 2.6 feet and waterproof up to 9.8 feet. The 10-megapixel camera has a 3x zoom and 720p video for $120.
The L26 is “ideal for casual photographers and streamlines photo-taking.” The 16-megapixel model has a 5x zoom and 720p video for $120.

More information is here.


Hirai replaces Stringer as Sony CEO

Sony appointed Kazuo Hirai as president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, replacing Howard Stringer, who will become chairman of the board of directors in June.

Hirai is currently executive deputy president, and has “distinguished himself through his work in the PlayStation and networked entertainment businesses.”
Stringer says work on his succession started three years ago.
Sony will post quarterly financial results later this week.

Interestingly, Canon posted its own results earlier this week, and then appointed a new president.

The full announcement is here.

Industry veterans acquire Express Digital Graphics including Photoreflect and Labtricity products

Photoreflect LLC, a new Austin, Texas-based company formed by the owners of Imaging Spectrum Inc. of Dallas, Texas, announces it has finalized the acquisition of Express Digital Graphics (also known as ExpressDigital), including its Photoreflect and Labtricity products. Photoreflect LLC is represented by the principle owners of Imaging Spectrum, Darkroom Software, and Senior Management of Express Digital.

Photoreflect LLC now owns all of the Express Digital Graphic assets including Photoreflect, Labtricity and corporate solutions. Sales, customer and technical support, and training for these products will continue to be managed by Photoreflect. Photoreflect will honor all existing maintenance and support contracts.

“We are pleased to welcome ExpressDigital products and customers to our family of companies,” explains Brian Woodchek, one of the principle owners and Photoreflect’s new CEO.  “Photoreflect LLC is another exciting step in our diversification into the imaging industry and broadens our overall technology offering to professional photographers.  Like other recent acquisitions, ExpressDigital further strengthens our portfolio, focusing on bringing complimentary products and services to market. We will leverage the resulting synergy to better serve the Photoreflect customer base and create new products and services.”

ExpressDigital’s Photoreflect and Labtricity products were created specifically for professional photographers and enthusiasts to provide a turnkey solution that automates the selling and printing of images for any-sized photography business. For sports and event photographers, studios or large corporate photo chains, ExpressDigital’s Photoreflect and Labtricity services have long been the solution of choice.

“This is an exciting day for Photoreflect and the photographers and labs associated with Express Digital’s Photoreflect and Labtricity services.  The synergies of this acquisition will allow us to aggressively invest in Photoreflect’s development and bring cutting edge features and functionality to our customer base in the near future,” says Charlie Meyer, vice president, sales and marketing, Photoreflect.  “This is a powerful combination with excellent growth prospects; we’re excited to get to work, leveraging the strengths of all three organizations.”

PPFA elects 2012-2013 board of directors

Members of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA), a PMA member association, elected their 2012-13 board of directors Jan. 31 at the PPFA Luncheon and All-Member Meeting held at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ron Mason, CPF, Ron Mason’s Gallery One, Iowa City, Iowa, succeeds Ken Link, CPF, Picture This & More, Alton, Ill., as association president. Link assumes the role of immediate past president.

Also elected were George Alvarez, MCPF, The Integrated Framestudio, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, as vice president; and Stuart Altschuler, Prestige Framing Academy, Woburn, Mass., as treasurer. Julius Shultz, retired CEO of DAX Manufacturing, Orangeburg, N.Y., will serve a second term as past president.

Serving as directors are: Rob Clark, Wizard International, Mukilteo, Wash.; Cliff Wilson, MCPF, Framed In Tatnuck, Worcester, Mass.; Robin Gentry, MCPF, B&J Gallery, Bowling Green, Ky.; David Lantrip, MCPF, Franchise Concepts Inc., St. Louis, Mo.; Joyce Michels, MCPF, Michels Frames & Things, Saint Robert, Mo.; and Carol Graham, FrameReady/SoftTouch Solutions Inc., Petrolia, Ontario, Canada.  Jim Esp, executive director, PMA, Jackson, Mich., holds the office of secretary.

PPFA honored outgoing board members Shirley Damon, CPF, Damon Galleries, Vienna, Va.; Jeanette King, SpecialtySoft, Wilmington, N.C.; and Gene Ausili, CPF, The Picture Show, Valencia, Calif. Also during the meeting, Service Award recipients were honored.

Stoik Imaging offering photo caricature app for Android

Stoik Deformer screenshot

Stoik Imaging, Moscow, Russia, released its Stoik Photo Deformer app for Android, which now includes Facebook integration. The new release has automated face recognition and pre-defined morphing templates, allowing to produce one-click caricatures automatically. The app lets users grab images from a Facebook stream and upload caricatures and avatars back into Facebook easily.

Pre-defined templates are available for making perfect caricatures in just a click, while five individual effects remain within an arm’s reach for the adventurous explorer.

The new version of StokPhoto Deformer for Android comes with Facebook photo stream download and upload support, supports multi-touch and device’s built-in camera. The tool carries five image deformation tools, each of which can be applied with Weak, Normal and Strong settings. Android users can get the app from the Android market. The ad-sponsored version is free, while the Professional edition without the ads costs $1.