The eight-color HG2 pigment ink set includes Red and Orange inks for deeper reds, true-to-life colors, while dedicated channels for both Matte and Photo Black inks provide deep, rich blacks on matte, fine art and photo papers, according to Epson. Media handling includes a front-in and front-out paper path, enables borderless photos up to 13-by-19-inches on a wide variety of glossy, matte and fine-art papers, while improved roll paper support allows for panoramas more than 10 feet long for both Windows and Mac users. Custom images can also be created and printed directly onto canvas, art boards and CD/DVDs. The SureColor P400 prints via USB, Wireless n1, Wi-Fi Direct, or Ethernet.
The first annual 2015 DPReview Awards were announced at this week’s Photo Interactive Experience (PIX2015) conference and expo, taking place at the Seattle Center. The 12 winners spanned 11 categories and included camera and lens manufacturers. The panel of judges this year included DPReview editors, as well as Roger Cicala with LensRentals.com, who served as a guest judge for the lens category.
“PIX 2015 gave us the opportunity to do something we’ve wanted to do for a long time — present awards recognizing significant photographic gear that has been announced in the last year,” says Richard Butler, senior reviewer, DPReview. “The DPReview Awards take into account the technology, performance, value, our experiences and the sheer enjoyment we derived from photographing with these products.”
This year’s categories and winners are as follows:
- DPReview Best Zoom Compact Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
- DPReview Mobile Product of the Year: DxO ONE
- Best Prime Lens Compact Camera: Leica Q
- Consumer Stills/Video Camera of the Year: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7
- Best Consumer Crop-sensor ILC: Nikon D5500
- Best High-End Crop-sensor ILC: Samsung NX1
- Best Lens (Crop Sensor): Samsung NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 ED OIS
- Best Lens (Full Frame): Canon EF 11-24mm F4L USM
- Best Full Frame System Camera (Joint Winner): Nikon D750 and Sony Alpha 7R II
- DPReview Innovation Award: Samsung NX1
- DPReview Product of the Year: Sony Alpha 7R II
Computational-camera startup Light emerged from stealth mode to launch the L16 camera, which the company claims will challenge DSLRs in terms of picture quality and versatility, in a much smaller size. Light says, “The L16 is the first multi-aperture computational camera that packs DSLR quality and capability into a device that fits in your pocket. The L16 is smaller, lighter, less expensive, and provides better image quality than any camera in its price class [$1,699].”
The L16 works by firing multiple cameras at multiple focal lengths simultaneously, then computationally fuses the images together to create a single high-quality image up to 52 megapixels in size. The camera, however, is still in prototype mode, so final specs have not been announced. There is also no information yet about Light images will work with, although the FAQ does mention the device will support JPEG, TIFF, and raw DNG.
Key L16 features include:
- Integrated 35mm-150mm optical zoom
- “Exceptional” low-light and l0w-image noise performance
- Built-in flash and water/dust resistance to IP54 specs.
- Depth-of-field control
- Five-inch, easy-to-use touch-screen interface with on-device editing and social network sharing
- The L16 will retail for $1,699 and ship in late summer 2016.
Light was founded in 2013 by Dave Grannan, CEO, and Rajiv Laroia, CTO, who have backgrounds in mobile technology. Light has gained considerable financial support, closing $25 million in Series B funding in July. The round was led by Formation 8 Hardware Fund, with further participation from StepStone Group LP, Bessemer Venture Partners, CRV, Foxconn’s FIH Mobile Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES CEO (and former Motorola Mobility Chairman and CEO), Sanjay Jha, and CrunchFund. Founded in 2011, Formation 8 is a technology investment firm which led early growth investments in innovative hardware and software companies like Oculus and Relate IQ.
Fujifilm Australia announced it will feature its “Wonder Photo Shop” concept store at The Digital Show, Oct. 16-18, in Melbourne. According to Fujifilm: “Wonder Photo Shop is a creative and inspiring new initiative that originated from Fujifilm Tokyo’s Wonder Photo Shop in Harajuku, Tokyo.”
In February 2014, Fujifilm a opened a two-story photography boutique in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district that seeks to educate today’s young consumers on “the fundamental value of photos,” and YKL Color Inc., the Philippine Fujifilm distributor, launched its own version the UP Town Center in Quezon City in June, 2015.
Fujfilm Australia’s press release said the concept shop “will launch all categories, which includes a host of direct printing concepts from smartphones. With the help of instant photography, customers are able to access photos straight away and turn their prints into personalised pieces of art by decorating and framing them. The extensive range of craft cards, scrapbooks, frames, washi tape (masking tape), stickers and the like have been designed in Australia to complement the Australasian market.”
Each shop will include a Wonder Print Station where customers can connect their phone to a kiosk (or insert a memory card) enabling them to print photos instantly using a choice of different templates. Alternatively, photos can be printed via an App once downloaded onto a smartphone. In addition to photo paper, customers will be able to print on various materials such as glass, metal, canvas and stickers. Some Wonder Photo Shops will include a Selfie Studio complete with professional lighting, props and a green screen background. To replicate a selfie-style photo, customers are provided with a remote to press once they are ready to capture the occasion.
“The Wonder Photo Shop concept aims to encourage young people to print photos from smartphones in a fun and creative environment to ensure they have a printed record of their photo memories down the track,” says Dave Marshall, COO, Fujifilm Australia. “Wonder Photo Shops may even help bring out the inner artist in customers by providing a comprehensive gifting experience that evolves around producing works of art, gifts and décor using smartphone-generated photography.”
For long-time industry retailers, the move is reminiscent of the one-hour minilab boom, when suppliers like Eastman Kodak, Fuji and Agfa offered branded, franchise-type stores to customers; Australia was a hotbed of testing of these concept stores. Today, few of these branded stores remain. (Kodak Express still has website here showing dealer listings, but it does not appear to are current.)
Samsung Electronics America Inc. is bringing the highly successful #DitchTheDSLR movement to Seattle at the inaugural PIX Photo Expo and Conference hosted by DPReview, Amazon and PMA Wednesday, Oct. 7 starting 11 a.m. and lasting until supplies run out. Samsung will offer PIX show attendees the chance to receive the Samsung NX500 camera (valued at $799) by simply trading in their DSLRs. This program has previously seen nearly 1,000 DSLRs traded in at events in New York and Los Angeles.
“Since the first #DitchTheDSLR event, Samsung has made major strides in the digital imaging category with industry-leading innovation,” says Gary Riding, senior vice president, Mobile Computing, Samsung Electronics America.
To be eligible to ditch, attendees must be registered for the PIX conference, and can register for free. PIX attendees will have the opportunity to put their new NX500 to the test and participate in local photo walks led by Ibarionex Perello and Rinzi Ruiz alongside DPReview editors.
Photo Interactive Experience (PIX 2015), presented by DPReview, in association with Amazon and PMA, has an inspiring lineup of speakers at its upcoming two-day, live-streamed expo and conference being beginning tomorrow at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA.
re:FRAME Photography Talks will offer informative and inspiring discussions and presentations by a diverse line up of more than 30 professional photographers.
“We’re delighted to welcome such an impressive roster of photographers to speak during our re:FRAME Photography Talks,” says Simon Joinson, general manager, DPReview and PIX 2015 organizer. “Our speakers this year include some of the most prolific working photographers today who will discuss a variety of topics — including the power of photography to make an impact, and its vital role in educating and connecting people around the globe.”
Highlights from this year’s speakers during re:FRAME include:
- PIX 2015 Keynote Speaker Cristina Mittermeier: Mittermeier, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers and was recognized as one of the World’s 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Photographer
- PIX 2015 Closing Speaker Brian Ach: Ach is a New York-based Samsung Image-logger/photographer who blurs the lines between editorial and commercial photography. From traveling with Prince as his European tour photographer to portraiture with top celebrities, Ach is equally adept behind-the-scenes, on location or in the studio. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, People, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The NY Times, and Travel and Leisure.
- David Fitzsimmons: A leader in the children and nature movement, his “Curious Critters” picture books have sold more than 100,000 copies
- Tim Matsui: An Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker whose work focuses on human trafficking, alternative energy, and the environment
- Brian Smith: A Pulitzer-prize winning photographer who focuses on celebrity portraits; work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time and Forbes
- Aaron Huey: A National Geographic photographer who’s captured stories around the world, which have also appeared in Harper’s magazine
- Laura Winslow: Portrait and commercial photographer whose work has appeared in Real Simple, Rangefinder and on HGTV.com
- Ibarionex Perello: Host and producer of ‘The Candid Frame’ photography podcast and contributor to MaximumFun, which produces NPR’s Bullseye
- Rick Sammon: A Canon Explorer of Light, known as one of the most prolific working photographers today
- Lynette Johnson: A family and wedding photographer who photographs those enduring life-threatening situations through her non-profit ‘Soulumination’
- Devin Allen: His photos of the 2014 Ferguson riots have been shared by media organizations around the world, including Time magazine
- Benjamin Von Wong: His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts
- Max Lowe: A National Geographic photographer and writer who shares his experiences of extraordinary moments, wildlife, people and places
All of the speakers will share thought-provoking and inspiring stories about the impact of photography on their lives and work. Each discussion, including the keynote and closing speech, will be live-streamed via pix2015.com, Amazon, and other partner sites. For the complete list and schedule of speakers during re:FRAME at PIX 2015, please visit: www.pix2015.com/schedule
Attendees at day two of PMA InnovationNow Photo Business and Technology Summit agreed on one thing: The opportunity is enormous for the output business.
How to take advantage of this opportunity, as an industry, was the main topic of many heated discussions during yesterday’s summit at the Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco.
Joe Rago, director of mobile innovation, at Walgreens explained how Walgreens leveraged a core advantage – brick-and-mortar stores – to drive and to facilitate mobile and web traffic. This included creating a third-party photo API, which has led to 160 integration in three years. Walgreens also reacted to competitors by doubling down on in-store photo products, where competitors were reducing the emphasis on the category. This even includes traditional snapshots: “Never underestimate the power the 4-by-6 print (and square prints) to drive traffic to the store,” said Rago.
As moderator Scott Brownstein said yesterday, the “photo explosion” in recent years has been driven by technology, and two surprise speakers reinforced that viewpoint.
(Photos above, courtesy of Martin Wagner, Ringfoto)
Several companies made announcements for today’s Mobile Photo Connect conference in San Francisco. Here’s a rundown:
Personalized greeting cards provider CleverCards discussed their recent announcement of a global distribution partnership with Vodafone, where Vodafone customers will be able to send up to three free personalized cards to anyone in the world, plus unlimited eCards for a monthly subscription fee.
Chinese-based photo-editing app, Fotor, released new versions for iOS and Android, and now also enables users to sell their photos.
Canvsly announced upcoming Web and Android versions of their artwork scanning and organizing app, as well as adding international shipping to its printing services.
Photo-entertainment app Holysnap! showed sneak preview photos of beards to be featured in the 2015 World Beard Championships in Leogang, Austria on October 2, 2015. Its sister app, RunZebra, announced a beta release of its merchandising web-API.
Printicular announces photo-printing apps for Android and Windows Phone 8 users in Germany, as part of the KODAK Photo Service program. The Printicular app lets users send photos directly from their phones for instant printing on Kodak Picture Kiosks at more than 1,600 DM drugstores.
SoSocio recently announced its photo-album software will be pre-installed on all Philips Smart TVs worldwide, thus enabling consumers to use their Smart TVs to make greeting cards, calendars, photo albums and other photo-printing products.
Walgreens recently announced a partnership with on-demand delivery service, Postmates, through which customers can have their Walgreens purchases home-delivered the same day from 600 Walgreens or Duane Reade stores throughout the US.
Winkflash recently released Swipebooks for Winkflash, an iOS photobook creation app using finger-swiping as a way to not only select photos, but also to adjust photo-book layouts. The company also announced its new Same Day Prints app will print to more than 8,000 Walgreens retail locations. Connect.
Taopix announces its new personalized calendar user journey for smartphones and tablets.
Shoto announced the availability of Shoto, a photo-sharing app, as well as securing a seed-funding round of $1.5 million.
Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) announced the recipients of the Out of the Box awards presented at InnovationNow Photo Business and Technology Summit, Monday, Sept. 28, at Hotel Parc 55, in San Francisco, Calif.
The inaugural Out of the Box Awards recognize innovation and collaboration by honoring the visionaries behind breakthrough achievements across the entire photography spectrum. Out of the Box Award categories span all industry segments, including manufacturers, service providers, small and large in-store and online retailers, software providers, photographic studios, and photographers who have broken new ground.
“PMA wants to recognize, in the digital world, innovations can come from all segments of the industry, from a small family-owned shop to a large multinational,” says Georgia McCabe, CEO, PMA. “The Out of the Box Awards recognize those who understand the way to grow the entire industry is to learn new skills, invent new process and try new marketing approaches.”
The award winners are:
Customer-first award: Mixbook
Mixbook, an award-winning photo service that helps consumers share and relive life‘s most important memories through stunning, one-of-a-kind photo products.
Customer-focused productivity: DSP Photography
DSP Photography, has demonstrated that a total dedication to quality and efficiency can lead to higher profits, sustained growth and customer loyalty.
Market Maker: Circle Graphics
Circle Graphics manufactures and sells personalized wall décor and photo gift products through multiple retail channels, and popularized personalized wall decor with bringing high-quality canvas to new channels and markets.
Millennials Meet the Master: The Artona Group
The Artona Group has adapted to changing technology and business practices from the input from all members of the Rak family.
Engine of Innovation: Mediaclip
Mediaclip’s white-label software solution, which is integrated into hundreds of websites and with the most popular e-Commerce platforms worldwide, allows customers to offer an incredible array of photo merchandise products with a intuitive user interface.
21st Century George Eastman Award: DNP
DNP introduced the DNP WPS-1 wireless print server, allowing event photographers to efficiently increase their shoot-to-print business by eliminating the use of wires and memory cards.
Consumer Market Driver: CEWE Color
CEWE jump-started the photo book market in Europe by offering the CEWE Photo Book through independent retailers and supported with an extensive marketing campaign.
High-Touch, Low-Tech Marketing: Atkins Photo Lab
Atkins Photo Lab, a third-generation photo lab based in Australia, meets the needs of the ever-changing market, all the while advancing the personal touch and service that is the hallmark of the company.
High-Touch, High-Tech Marketing: Live Portrait
Live Portrait breathes new life into the school portrait, which uses augmented reality through a smartphone camera to add a video element to every photograph in a yearbook.
All Are Welcome: Glossy Finish by Lifetouch
Glossy Finish also allows parents and family attending the sporting event to make their own prints at the mobile lab, which not only adds another layer of customer service, but also highlights the quality from Glossy Finish’s own photographers.
Education Leadership: H&H Color Lab
H&H Color Lab actively works to ensure customer success with a commitment to education.
Marketing Maverick: OIympus America
Olympus America has advanced the cause for mirrorless cameras with a humorous video campaign to raise awareness of DSL-ARM, a fictional affliction causing an arm to be stretched through the use of a heavy DSLR. which also highlighted the distinctiveness of the OM-D E-M5 Mark II.
Imaging Evangelist: Panasonic
Panasonic has broken the mold for camera marketing for its Lumix brand cameras. Panasonic is embracing the fact the consumer lives in an age of screens, with moving images everywhere: smartphones, tablets, computers and television displays.
Unsung Hero: Peter Tahmin
Peter Tahmin has been behind the success of many of the photo industries biggest names, including Kodak, Ritz Interactive and Ritz Camera & Image. Currently, Peter is the co-founder & COO at MailPix.com located in Huntington Beach Calif., which also operates Winkflash.
Photo History Preservation: Rachel LaCour Niesen
Rachel LaCour Niesen is the driving force behind Save Family Photos, a popular Instagram site recognizing and valuing the power of a single family photo.
Apple Inc., Cupertino, Calif., said it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in three days after launch. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus introduced Live Photos, which bring still images to life, transforming instants frozen in time into unforgettable living memories.