Archives for April 12, 2012

6Sight seeks speakers

The 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference is bigger and better this year, as part of the CE Week event  in New York City in June 2012.

The 6Sight sessions are on June 25–26 — and now is the time to toss your hat in the ring to be considered a speaker on a panel discussion.

Participating in a 6Sight panel is a great way to position yourself and your company as a leader in your particular area of imaging technology.

The panels are all about lively, informed conversation — and so no presentations or other preparations are required.

6Sight is looking for a wide range of knowledgeable and thoughtful imaging experts. Session topics now include:

  • Advances in Camera Capture
  • Sensors & Optics
  • Image Processing
  • Mobile Operators
  • Connected Cameras
  • Imaging Apps
  • Augmented Reality
  • Social Imaging
  • Intelligent Imaging

If you want to participate, simply complete the online form here.



Sony transformation stresses imaging as a core business

Sony says it will reinforce its development of image sensors, signal processing technologies, lenses “and other key digital imaging technologies in which it excels,” as it plans to leverage these technologies in both its consumer products (such as compact digital still cameras, digital video cameras, and interchangeable lens digital cameras) and broadcast and professional products (such as professional use cameras and security cameras) in order to further strengthen and differentiate Sony’ overall product line.

The company says it also plans to extend the use of these key technologies across a wide range of business applications, from security to medical, to further expand the scope of its digital imaging business. Sony will target total sales of 1.5 trillion yen and double-digit operating income margin from the consumer, professional and image sensor businesses by FY14.

The move come as Sony announced a series of strategic initiatives to be introduced under the new management team established on April 1, 2012. Sony is positioning digital imaging, gaming, and mobile as the three main focus areas of its electronics business and plans to concentrate investment and technology development resources in these areas.

By growing these three businesses, Sony aims to generate approximately 70% of total sales and 85% of operating income for the entire electronics business from these categories by FY14.

Other steps include “turning around the television business,” creating new businesses, accelerating innovation, and realigning the business portfolio and optimizing resources

In mobile, Sony is integrating the R&D, design engineering, and sales and marketing operations of its smartphone, tablet, and Vaio laptop businesses in order to quickly develop and deliver compelling products to market.

Sony notes it is “largely a new entrant to the medical industry,” but has launched medical printers, monitors, cameras, recorders and other medical-use products, and will target sales of 50 billion yen in this market in FY14. Sony also plans to enter the market for medical equipment components, where its strengths in various core digital imaging technologies offer significant competitive advantages in applications such as endoscopes. Furthermore, Sony plans to enter the life science industry, where the Company can leverage its expertise in technologies such as semiconductor lasers, image sensors and microfabrication.

Sony says it is also drawing on its strengths in audio and visual technologies to aggressively promote the growth of “4K” technology, which delivers more than four times the resolution of Full HD video. “Incorporation of Sony-developed technologies, such as image sensors, image processing compression LSIs and high-speed optical transmission modules into its professional-use and high-end consumer products will pave the way for Sony to continue to expand and enrich its 4K-compatible product lineup,” the company says.

Finally, Sony confirmed it will “reduce headcount” across the entire Sony Group by approximately 10,000 in FY12.


Adobe revs Revel photo cloud for Retina

Adobe updated its Revel cloud-based photo sync service: version 1.2 adds support for the Retina Display on the new iPad, and faster image editing on the iPad and iPhone.

Also new are the ability to tag photos with an event name “so that a photo library matches how things happened in real life,” the company says, a grid view which displays photos from a single day or event, and the ability to share, export and delete multiple photos at once,

“Revel is the best way to keep all your photos synced across your different devices,” Adobe says. “All the photos you put in Revel are automatically and effortlessly accessible on your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Revel is also a lot of fun to experience with others. Share a carousel with your friends so everyone has a single place to put all the photos from your group events. Everyone uploads to the same photo carousel, and you can instantly see what others are capturing from your personal device.” As carousels can be private, “Revel is perfect for couples who want a single place for both of their photos,” Adobe adds.

The app, first called Carousel, includes editing tools and sliders that control lighting, color and clarity. And, like Instagram and other imaging apps, Revel can add filters, here called “Looks,” to turn a photo black and white, “add a soft dream like look or another filter to give your friends vintage sepia flare.”

Subscription pricing for an Adobe Revel account is $6 per month.


Scan printed docs with an iPad

Readdle has improved its Scanner Pro 4 for the new iPad, with a revamped interface and processing engine for “blazingly fast image processing,”

The $7 Scanner Pro transforms your iPhone and the new iPad into portable scanners, the company says. It allows you to scan checks, agreements, whiteboards, pages and even multipage documents. After scanning, you can email them or upload to Dropbox, Google Docs and Evernote. Automatic edge detection and advanced image processing help you to get great scans blazingly fast. You can adjust the crop area manually by tapping on the screen. All scanned document are produced as industry-standard PDF files.


SmugMug captures awesome iPhone images, on the DIMAcast

SmugMug is a premium online photo sharing site that has branched out with its own mobile imaging app, one that substantially improves photo capture on the iPhone.

Co-founder Don MacAskill tells us why the company took up software development and how it’s benefited the company, and discusses the impact of social imaging on photography.

DIMAcast interviews are available for free download here.

Don MacAskill of SmugMug

ODM launches Super Sewer XXL

ODM Super Sewer XXL is for side sewing book blocks up to one-inch (25 mm) thick.

On Demand Machinery LLC, Elizabeth, N.J., launched the next generation of the ODM Super Sewer XXL, an automatic side-sewing machine designed for ‘on-demand’ photo books up to one-inch (25 mm) thick. The Super Sewer XXL features the same Back Tack Technology, as in the Super Sewer. The machine does a reverse lock-stitch on the head and foot of the book block ensuring a very strong side sew which will not come apart like standard side sewn books normally do. The Super Sewer XXL pre-drills holes prior to thread stitching enabling the book block thickness up to one inch. The Super Sewer XXL can sew up to 400 books per hour and operates with a touch-screen LCD color control panel, high-speed drill station and vacuum drill waste removal system.

ROES labs process $73.6 million during first quarter, up 23 percent

SoftWorks Systems Inc., Jamesville, N.Y., released order-tracking numbers for the first quarter of 2012. During the first quarter, ROES lab licensees processed more than $73.6 million in lab orders. This represents a 23 percent increase in revenue compared to the first quarter of 2011. ROES is used by photo labs around the world to receive orders online from professional photographers and consumers.


Canon debuts 4K video EOS, lenses

Canon EOS-1D C DSLR with Cinema Prime Lens

Canon U.S.A. Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., made numerous product announcements for the professional imaging marketplace.

The $15,000 EOS-1D C DSLR camera provides video recording at 4K (4096 pbyp2160-pixel) or Full HD (1920-by-1080-pixel) resolution to support high-end motion picture, television production and other advanced imaging applications.

Equipped with an 18.1-megapixel full-frame 24mm x 36mm Canon CMOS sensor, the camera records 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to the camera’s CF memory card at 24 frames-per-second (fps) or Full HD video at selectable frame rates from 24p to 60p, making it possible for next-generation visual expression with even higher image-quality and resolution performance.

“The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera was designed in response to the needs of filmmakers, television producers, and other high-level motion-imaging professionals,” says Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Not only does it combine 4K and Full HD video capture with a convenient design, its use of dual CF cards also offers an efficient workflow compatible with today’s post-production requirements.”

4K video is captured by an approximately APS-H-sized portion of the full image sensor, while Full HD video can be captured in the user’s choice of two different imaging formats:

  • The standard Full HD setting captures the full 36mm width of the CMOS sensor to achieve the largest possible angle of view for any compatible lens.
  • An optional Super 35 crop setting enables cinematographers to match the standard imaging format and angle of view achieved by traditional motion picture cameras. This enables video footage from the EOS-1D C camera to more closely match the look of footage from other cameras in multi-camera shooting environments.

Other useful video-related features on the EOS-1D C DSLR include a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, and the ability to view the camera’s LCD even when the HDMI port is connected to an external monitor. The EOS-1D C camera uses the same LP-E4N battery pack as the EOS-1D X, and it can also be powered by an optional AC Adapter Kit.

The Canon EOS-1D C digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available within 2012 at a suggested retail price of $15,000.

Cinema EOS C500 professional cinema camera, capable of originating 4K resolution digital motion imagery

Canon also announced is developing two digital cinematography cameras as part of its new Cinema EOS System of professional cinematography products. Designated as the Cinema EOS C500 for use with EF-mount lenses, and the Cinema EOS C500 PL for use with PL-mount lenses, the cameras will be capable of originating 4K resolution digital motion imagery with uncompressed RAW output for external recording, in response to growing expectations for higher levels of imaging performance in premium Hollywood films and other production markets requiring the utmost in picture quality.

The Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography cameras will not only support 4K-resolution video but also outputs this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering.  The Cinema EOS C500 simultaneously records in-camera a 50 Mbps HD proxy video to a CF card that is immediately available to support offline editing.

Canon also announced the development of four EF Cinema zoom lenses. Designed to deliver exceptional optical performance on 4K resolution Super 35mm-equivalent cameras, each of the four lenses features a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and Steadicam shooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths. Included are two wide-angle cinema zooms – the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S* (for EF mounts) and the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP* (for PL mounts) – and two telephoto cinema zooms – the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S* (for EF mounts) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP* (for PL mounts).

Canon also introduced two HD field lenses designed for improved coverage of sports and other mobile-location productions. Designated as the XJ80x8.8B and the XJ76x9B* both lenses combine highly telephoto performance, wider angles of view, and exceptional operability. Integrating Canon’s latest optical and digital-control innovations, both lenses are third-generation additions to the DIGISUPER product line.

Canon also introduced the HJ17ex6.2B lens to its HDxs Series product line, which offers a broad focal length range from 6.2mm to 106mm (212mm with built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4m (shortened by approximately 30 percent compared to previous models) for close shooting in news situations.