Mediaclip’s responsive photo tool for tablets builds on HTML 5


Mediaclip-tabletWhite-label software developer Mediaclip says its new HTML5 builder “provides tablet and mobile users with an optimized, easy to use experience” while also maintaining compatibility with your backend infrastructure and content library assets.

The Montreal-based company says the builders for photo books and photo gifts “are just the first step toward Mediaclip’s new modular product vision.” The upcoming approach to the merchandising of personalized products will include “the complete range of tools and capabilities required to virtually redefine both product merchandising as well as the on-line shopping experience and raise mass market awareness of the value of customized photo gifts and products.”

The HTML5 builder “provides a stunning photorealistic preview that lets customers see what their photo book or gift would look like, triggering the buying impulse,” the company adds.

Mediaclip is also introducing a “Smart Design” with designs that fit all products or sizes, and is dynamic and responsive.

There’s more information here.


iON camouflages action camera

ion camocam

ion camocam

For fishing and hunting enthusiasts, camouflage gear can be critical to success, says connected camera maker iON America. And so: the CamoCAM.

The $300 model is “skinned with official Realtree XTRA-designed camouflage,” the company says, and it the mount’s “easy lock technology makes it perfect to affix to the barrel of a firearm, fishing net and the stabilizer bar on a compound bow.”

The camera has a 14-megapixel, HD video, a 180-degree lens, and optional WiFi. It also features silent activation so that “unlike other POV cameras, there are no loud beeps to alert game and scare off that trophy buck.” There’s more information here.

ion camocam

iON also signed with for its cameras to be the official POV action cameras for such baseball events as the Home Run Derby. “Throughout the rest of the baseball season, starting with this week’s all-star game, there will be a constant stream of fresh content across coming from footage shot with iON Air Pro Wi-Fi cameras,” the company says.

Pentax zooms 52x

pentax XG-1

pentax XG-1Ricoh Imaging say its new Pentax XG-1’s 52x optical zoom lens means the “all-in-one model performs superbly in a wide range of shooting opportunities, without the need for lens changes.”

Sensor-shift shake reduction minimizes movement when using the lens’s full telephoto range, the company adds, or when shooting poorly lit locations. The zoom ranges from 24-1248mm. The $400 camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and 3-inch LCD.


Small 360-degree lens “revolutionizes selfies”

immervision lens

immervision lens

A new thin lens design may enable “every mobile and wearable device to deliver an unprecedented 360-degree experience,” claims optics developer ImmerVision.

The 3.8 mm panomorph (wide-angle panoramic) lens is the world’s smallest, the company adds, and makes “distorted fish-eye views and camera accessories obsolete.” It’s designed for compact phone or wearable devices, “yet it is capable of doing what no other lens can: deliver a distortion-free 360×182-degree view without having to pan the camera.”

Lens manufacturer Kolen is licensed to produce the lens, and plans to make it available by the end of this Summer.


First photo of… Photosynthesis


First photo of photosynthesis

All our vegetation, food, even our carbon-based fuels such as gasoline are all powered by or derived from photosynthesis — the process by which green plants convert sunlight into energy.

It is, surpassingly, a process we do not completely understand. But now, we have photographed it.

Scientists have “caught a central step of photosynthesis in action for the first time,” reports the scientific journal Nature. The team used the world’s most powerful X-ray flashlight at the US National Accelerator Laboratory SLAC “to record still frames of a molecular complex called photosystem II… This is the very first scene of a molecular movie showing light-driven water splitting in photosystem II, the mechanism which makes all oxygen in the atmosphere.”

This could lead to a deeper understanding of photosynthesis, which could aid development of better solar cells, and even “biochemistry’s holy grail, artificial photosynthesis.”

All that said, hey, it’s not much of a photo: “The LCLS provides an exposure time of just 30 femtoseconds (quadrillionths of a second), short enough to freeze-frame the water splitting process at different stages,” the report adds. But the study “also proves that molecular movies of biochemical processes are possible with a X-ray Free-Electron Laser.”

There’s more information here.



Smallest wearable cam streams through phone

multiple light box connectivity

multiple light box connectivity
A small wearable camera can consistently stream its feed of your life through your smartphone — and even simultaneously connect to multiple units worn by friends together at an event.

Catch Motion in New York City funded the project on Kickstarter, and says it will ship the camera for $189.

“Lightbox is designed to fit seamlessly into your everyday life,” they say. “Because it’s so easy to wear, small and waterproof, you can always have it on so that you can capture and share your life as it happens. Lightbox lets you auto-store media in the cloud, create events on the fly and share your day with family or friends in one click. It’s not just about capturing the perfect picture, it’s about sharing authentic moments in real time, all with the ease of a single click.” It can stream video, be set to capture stills that are kept private, or save animated motion gifs, “combining a burst of photos into a motion experience,” Catch Motion adds.

The 8-megapixel camera is 1.5 inches square, with a waterproof aluminum body. The 6-element lens has an f2.4 aperture.

The Lightbox’s patented magnetic clip lets you easily attach it anywhere, the company says.

There’s more information here.

The July/August issue of PMA magazine is now available


Magazine_issue072014_700x454The July/August issue of PMA Magazine – Connecting the Imaging Communities is live and online.

In this issue, discover the excitement of The Big Photo Show LA 2014! Read about all the opportunities this event, held in May, brought to photo enthusiasts and imaging businesses; check out interviews with attendees; and read (and even watch) interviews with exhibitors.

In addition, this issue revisits retailers we interviewed a year ago about getting consumers to make prints and photo products from mobile images. Discover what a huge difference a year has made in technology, ease of use, and big profits.

Also in this issue:

  • Hans Hartman of Suite 48 Analytics reveals trends in mobile photography and output
  • LifePics is betting on 3D printing
  • The 2014 AIE Future Imaging Summit panel on output explains current trends
  • Panasonic’s Darin Pepple explains how 4K and hybrid photography are changing the game
  • How the Tran family escaped terrors in Cambodia – then built one of the most successful imaging businesses in Australia
  • In the U.K., The Photography Show picks up where Focus on Imaging left off

Watch video interviews with exhibitors at The Big Photo Show


One of my favorite things about The Big Photo Show is interviewing exhibitors and attendees. In fact, cameraman extraordinaire Jason Hochstedler and I did so many exhibitor interviews this year, we had to break them into two videos. Check them out below. (You can read about what the attendees had to say here.)

In the first of the exhibitor interviews below, I talk to Mark Comon of Creative Photo Academy and Paul’s Photo; Cathi Nelson of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO); Dave LaNeve and Robert Scott Lim of California Center for Digital Arts; and Dave Dimont of Samy’s Camera.

The second video features interviews with Jeff Allen of Tamron; John Bruehl of Sony; Erin Manning of Westcott/Erin Manning Media; and Ellie Guttilla of Forever.

Apple imaging advances and… retreats?*

apple quicktake 100

apple quicktake 100

Last week marked three milestones in photography from the leading phone and computer maker:

• It was the 20th anniversary of Apple’s QuickTake 100, the first successful consumer digital camera

• Apple debuted an affordable smart camera

• Apple confirmed it was stopping development of it professional photo tool Aperture.

The image quality of the QuickTake would not qualify for even a keychain camera today, but back then it was rather revolutionary. I remember reviewing one back at Publish! Magazine (remember when desktop publishing was such a new thing it warranted its own magazine?) and being taken with instantly seeing my pictures almost as I snapped them. No, not on the camera — and “instantly” meant getting them onscreen on my venerable Mac II — but back in the days of film, seeing a shot in minutes rather than hours or days was really, well, Quick. (It was made for Apple by Kodak.)

ipod touch

Today the most popular camera in the world (measured by pictures taken by model) is the iPhone. But smartphones are still very pricey: more than $600 if bought off-contract, and much, much more than that if you count up two years of a data plan when bought on-contract. Apple has long offered the iPod Touch as an affordable iPhone without the phone part — but while it ran all the iOS apps, the low-cost model lacked a good camera! No longer: now the base $199 Touch sports an 5-megapixel iSight camera (as well as the front video-chat cam). It has a 4-inch display, A5 chip, and iOS 7.

Earlier this month Apple demonstrated its upcoming Photos app for the iPhone and iPad, and then said a desktop version for Mac OS would debut in 2015. Last week the company reportedly announced this new development means the end of an old one: Aperture, Apple’s Lightroom-like professional-aimed image management tool, will no longer be updated. Also, it turns out, the consumer-aimed iPhoto gets a similar fate. Both will be subsumed in the new Photos tool.

(*Remember the rule about headlines with question marks: the answer is generally “No.”)


Nikon updates full-frame SLR

nikon D810

nikon D810Nikon says its newest full-frame SLR “delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines.”

While there’s a new 36-megapixel sensor, perhaps the biggest change is what the camera lacks: There’s no optical low pass filter, which results in improved resolution and an ISO of 64-12,800. There’s also a new image processor that yields a 30 percent overall boost in performance, the company says.

For cinematographers, there’s 1920 x 1080 video at 60/30/24p, with uncompressed HDMI output to an external device.

The D810 is $3,300 for the camera body.

There’s more information here.