Archives for January 8, 2013
Pentax says its MX-1 will appeal to a wide variety of photo enthusiasts with its design and vintage lines — and fast F1.8-2.5 lens.
“Encased in brass covers with an ergonomically-pleasing, texturized grip, the MX-1’s body is a tactile experience,” the company says. “The brass panels are cool to the touch and its high-end composition feels substantial in the hand, enabling simple and intuitive handling.” The lens “makes creating beautiful focusing effects and bokeh achievable, enabling heightened creative expression and artistic personalization.” It’s a 4x zoom.
Also, the Handheld Night snap mode helps the photographer capture blur-free night-time images by taking multiple images at one time, then synthesizing them into a single composite picture, Pentax adds.
The $500 camera has a 12-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch articulated LCD.
How do you differentiate your compact cameras these days? With its PowerShot N, Canon is trying two tactics: a square small shape, and features to make the camera “the ultimate storytelling tool.”
With a “sleek and distinct design,” the PowerShot N measures 3.09 x 2.37 x 1.15 inches, making it ideal for quick on-the-go shooting, the company says.
The new Creative Shot mode enhances artistic expression and helps people’s creativity , Canon says: the imaging mode “intuitively analyzes an image and automatically creates a series of five artistic photos of the original with varying composition, lighting and color.”
The N has shutter and zoom rings on the 8x optical zoom lens, a 12-megapixel sensor, and a 2.8-inch tilting touchscreen. WiFi connects the camera to mobile devices to upload images. It will sell in in April for $300.
Canon also updated its compact line with the PowerShot Elph 130 IS, A2600, and A1400.
The Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), a PMA member association,
honored Ron Inkley with the PMA/DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award at the Wynn Las Vegas XS Nightclub at Encore. The award was received by Inkley’s son, Mat, on behalf of Ron, who was unable to attend.
The PMA/DIMA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose vision and body of work have guided and helped shape the future of digital imaging. Inkley is only the fourth individual to receive this honor since the establishment of the award, joining Graham Nash, Mac Holbert, and George E. Smith.
Inkley opened his first photo specialty store in 1947, and built that business to more than twenty stores in four states. He has served the industry in many positions over the past 5 decades, including as President of PMA from 1972-1973 and many years as President of the Photographic Research Organization (PRO). He is a recipient of both the PMA Distinguished Service Award and the PMA Hall of Fame Award – the Association’s highest honor.
Most recently, he and his son Mat opened a new business, The Imaging Depot.
Jim Esp, Executive Director of PMA, who presented the award at a ceremony held Jan. 7, 2013, said, “On behalf of DIMA, it is an honor to give Ron Inkley this much-deserved recognition of a lifetime dedicated to growing and serving the imaging industry.”
Imaging manufacturers and retailers to benefit from direct sales pipeline to the most valuable photo consumers, on The Big Photo Show floor
The Big Photo Show, just announced by PMA, the Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, is an exciting opportunity for the top imaging suppliers and dealers to meet, interact with and sell products directly to the most avid photo buyers in the marketplace.
The inaugural event will be held from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. on May 4-5, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California.
The Big Photo Show will bring tens of thousands of photo enthusiasts – a demographic that spent an average of $1,565 on photography equipment and related purchases in 2011* – in direct contact with exhibitors, who will demonstrate and sell their products and services to these most valuable customers in the imaging industry.
“PMA is all about promoting the growth of the imaging industry, and there is no better way to do that than by helping manufacturers, retailers, labs and service providers sell more units and make more money. That is exactly what will be happening at The Big Photo Show,” said PMA President Allen Showalter. “This is a golden opportunity for exhibitors to sell products and create new customers right there on the spot, and then keep them for a lifetime.”
In addition to the chance to find and purchase the latest imaging equipment and accessories, photo enthusiasts attending The Big Photo Show will discover tips and tricks from professional photographers, improve their skills, experience the latest photo and video innovations, learn about new imaging services, and find communities of like-minded enthusiasts, in person and online through www.thebigphotoshow.com.
Companies interested in exhibiting or in sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show can contact Jeff Frazine at email@example.com for more information.
*From the 2011 Rise of the Amateur Report