Archives for November 12, 2012

Aptina adds HDR to automotive image sensors

CMOS imaging systems provider Aptina introduced two dedicated automotive image co-processors that enable flexible camera platforms using high dynamic range sensors.

The two-chip solutions “combines megapixel-resolution sensor support, superior image quality including HDR, and optimal heat dissipation,” the company says.

The AP0101AT delivers 1.2-megapixel video at 45 fps and 720p video at 60 fps, and supports 185-degree fisheye lens distortion correction, perspective correction and multiple view options such as split side view, triptych and trailer hitch. The HDR sensors include the 1/3 -inch optical format AR0132AT.


Olympus cuts profit forecast, expects camera loss

Olympus cut its operating profit forecast by 24 percent on an expected loss at its camera unit, BusinessWeek reports.

Operating profit will be $478 million in the year ending March; the camera unit is expected to report a loss of 8 billion yen in the current fiscal year, compared with its previous forecast of a 1 billion yen profit, as the compact camera market is shrinking, the Tokyo-based company said. “The compact camera market is shrinking rapidly because people are switching to smartphones.”

Olympus cut its full-year sales forecast for digital cameras by 11 percent to 7.3 million units.

The full report is here.


On the DIMAcast: Corel combines photos in Windows 8 app MediaBook

Corel says its Windows 8 app Roxio MediaBook “easily combines photos and videos with audio and text to create dynamic and interactive ebooks.”

In this episode of the DIMAcast, Corel product manager Sam Hui explains how the new software was designed from scratch specifically for Windows 8 and its new generation of touch enabled devices, to a new way to experience personal media, and create visually rich and interactive ebooks.

The full interview is here.


App combines photo editing and sharing

Latin American publisher Movile says its PhotoFun social photo-editing app for iOS combines quick and creative photo editing with seamless sharing “for an interactive experience and the ability to create meaningful and funny photo memories.”

PhotoFun users can take pictures within the app or upload existing photos to transform them with a variety of fun frames and a caption.

PhotoFun is available for free in the app store here.

Movile is a mobile services and mobile content publisher in Latin America offering payment and entertainment apps.

Gentec International distributes Vitec Group Imaging

Gentec International announced it will be the exclusive distributor for Vitec Group Imaging Division in Canada, beginning January 1, 2013.

The relationship includes Vitec Group Imaging Division’s entire range of products, including photo and video supports, carrying/protective solutions, and lighting categories. Brands include Manfrotto, Kata, National Geographic, Gitzo and Avenger.

“Gentec’s business philosophy, product mix, distribution and logistics center, and channel diversification provide all of the critical elements required to execute our strategic plan,” Manfrotto/Vitec says in a statement. “This partnership ensures that all of our products remain easily accessible for our Canadian consumers, which is always a top priority for the brand.”

“It is our goal to work with Manfrotto and take their extensive range of photo, video and lighting products to the next level and to markets that are not presently served,” Gentec says.