Kodak Alaris unveils innovations



It was only a year ago that “a new company was born from one of the world’s most iconic brands.” Kodak Alaris says it is now “on a mission to help consumers unlock the power of their images through innovative technology and state of the art printing solutions,” and this week it showed off some of the latest in both areas.

“In a world where we capture and share more images than ever before, we’re passionate about helping people capture, keep, share, relive and celebrate their precious moments as easily as possible,” the company says.

There’ve been more than six million downloads of its Moments app, and on the Android version they added the “Tell my Story” function that combine three images with voice-over narration. (It will also be available for iOS soon.)

The tablet version is “specifically designed to take advantage of the larger format and enhanced touchscreen functionality,” and creates photo books and prints “in an expanded range of sizes.” The company says its Smartfit Technology “preserves the complete content of pictures without cropping, regardless of format, including panoramic images.”

Kodak Alaris is also now offering retailers the ability to capability to print Square pics, “to instantly turn photos into “retro” prints.”

And the company says its “opened its worldwide Kiosk network to content providers.” This provides a revenue opportunity for retailers and third party developers while offering consumers a pathway to create physical output from their captured moments, Kodak Alaris adds. “This program removes barriers to printing by giving consumers an easy-to-use, proven way to print from mobile, desktop and web applications. They simply choose what they wish to print, pick the most convenient retail location at which to pick-up products, and place their order, all from their favorite devices at home or anywhere.”

There’s more information here.


Plenty of Picture Products & News #5

red engadget

red engadget

Yep, it was a busy week in the photography biz. Here’s a fifth and final round-up of news and products covered around the Web.

• Panasonic and Red hope to replace photos with frames of video

• Polaroid Socialmatic combines camera, printer and Android OS

• Panasonic launches 35-100mm zoom, 14mm prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds

• Canon launches 24mm and 400mm primes, 24-105mm zoom lens

• Samsung launches bright, constant-aperture 50-150mm f/2.8 zoom lens


Plenty of Picture Products & News #4

procam 2

It’s a busy week in the photography biz. Here’s a fourth round-up of news and products covered around the Web.

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• ProCam 2 shows off Iphone manual camera controls

• Case carries APS-C sensor, f/2 lens to iPhone

• Canon tours Pixma Pro printers

• Adobe Revenue Forecast Misses, Shares Slip

• Sony reports losses in mobile


Plenty of Picture Products & News #3

sony 4d AF

It’s a busy week in the photography biz.
Here’s a third round-up of news and products covered around the Web.

sony 4d AF

• Sony explains New ‘4D’ Autofocus Technology

• Athentech’s updates Perfectly Clear desktop plug-ins

• Phase One updates Capture One Pro software

• Sigma’s new set of focal lengths

• Canon pro zooms and pancakes

• Sony expands FE-Mount Optics offerings


Plenty of Picture Products #2


It’s a busy week in the photography biz thanks to Photokina.
Here’s a second round-up of other products covered around the Web.


6-Camera rig captures 360-degrees for virtual reality — costs $200,000

Software intelligently averages thousands of photos into one

Photo app learns your aesthetic preferences, provides high-level editing tools

Tiiny app shares temporary photos

Photography-only crowdfunding website from the Lucie Foundation

Apple ad uses careful camera angles and forced perspective


Panasonic puts a phone in a camera with 1-inch sensor

panasonic C1 phone

panasonic C1 phone

For more than a decade many pundits, myself included, looked at the many phone makers marketing models with poor cameras built in, and asked the camera makers where was their quality point-and-shoot with a built-in phone?

Here it is, in 2014: the Lumix DMC-CM1 from Panasonic.

The Android-running smartphone doesn’t simply have a high-resolution camera — it has a 1-inch sensor, around seven times larger than the 1/3″-type sensors in most compact cams. DP Review reports the phone also has an F2.8 Leica-branded lens with a 28mm-equivalent focal length. “This is by far the best camera specification on any smartphone,” DPR says. It will also capture 4k video, and has a 4.7-inch display.

Pricing and availability aren’t set, but it should debut in Europe for more than $1k.

There’s more information here.


Plenty of Picture Products

leica dlux 109

It’s a busy week in the photography biz thanks to Photokina.
Here’s a first round-up of other products covered around the Web.

leica dlux 109

Phase One announces Capture One Pro 8

Leica introduces D-Lux compact with Four Thirds sensor

Leica’s medium-format S shoots 4K video, 37.5-megapixel stills

Leica All-Mechanical M-A Film Rangefinder

Olympus’ Lens Camera ‘Open Platform’ Project

Polaroid Shows ‘Socialmatic’ Camera at Photokina

FutureVideo’s Multi-View HD Pro multi-cam editor for action camera users

Canon debuts compact cam with 1-inch sensor, new SLR

canon 7d mII

canon 7d mII

A new 20-megapixel APS-C sensor gives Canon’s latest SLR an ISO range of 100–16000, the company says, and lets the EOS 7D Mark II capture 10 frames per second: up to 31 Raw images or 1,090 JPEGs.

In addition to the Dual Pixel system “for rapid and precise focusing of video,” the camera has a new 65-point autofocus system, as well a newly developed mirror mechanism that uses motorized control to help reduce impact and enhance camera performance during high-speed continuous shooting, Canon says.
The dust- and weather-resistant magnesium alloy body houses a 3-inch LCD, and a GPS receiver for geotagging.
The 7D Mark II camera body is $1,799. There’s more information here.

• Canon also debuted the PowerShot G7 X, its first compact camera with a one-inch sensor that takes 20 megapixels with an ISO range from 125–12,800, at continuous shooting speeds of 6.5 frames per second.
The 4.2x lens has a f/1.8 to f/2.8 aperture range. Also, the lens “features a nine-blade curved aperture diaphragm to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at full-zoom range.” The $700 camera has a 3-inch touchscreen, and built-in WiFi  and NFC.

• The new PowerShot SX60 HS has a 65x lens that zooms from the equivalent of 21mm -1365mm, with image stabilization of course. When shooting at extreme telephoto focal lengths, Canon says, the Zoom Framing Assist function remembers your previous zoom position, zooms out to locate the subject, and zooms right back into the saved position when the button is released. The $550 camera has a 16-megapixel sensor.

canon n2 • The PowerShot N2 compact has a “selfie-ready” flip-up touchscreen “for social media fanatics to share their favorite photos.” The 8x lens zooms the equivalent of 28-224mm. The 2.8-inch screen tilts 180 degrees. The 16-megapixel camera has WiFi and NFC, and will sell for $300.


Panasonic promotes “hybrid photography” with 4k capture

panasonic lx100

panasonic lx100

With its new “Hybrid Photography 4K Photo mode,” Panasonic says it is “proposing a new way of photo creation… by grabbing a 3840×2160 8-megapixel equivalent image from the 4K video footage. It is possible to capture the spur-of-the-moment which is often missed in still photography.”

The new DMC-LX100 Micro Four Thirds camera has a 12-megapixel sensor with high sensitivity that “lets subjects stand out of the background impressively with a rich stereoscopic effect” the company says. Also, the F1.7-F2.8  lens “produces stunningly beautiful defocus” with a new 9-blade aperture diaphragm that “helps produce bokeh with a smooth, circular shape.” It has a zoom range of 24-75mm.

Panasonic says its “Depth From Defocus” technology achieves autofocus at 0.14 seconds, and the burst mode captures 11 frames per second at full resolution.
The compact camera has a dedicated aperture ring, control ring, shutter speed dial, and exposure compensation dial “allow direct, intuitive control.”

Panasonic also announced the Lumix DMC-GM5. The compact has a 16-megapixel sensor, and a contrast autofocus system with new functions such as Face and Eye detection, Low-Light, Pinpoint AF and One-shot AF. It has a 3-inch touchscreen, WiFi connectivity, and captures HD video.


Samsung captures 4k video with APS-sized BSI sensor

samsung nx1_1

samsung nx1_1

The new flagship camera from Samsung Electronics captures 4K video with an APS-sized back-side-illuminated sensor.

The NX1 Smart Camera has Samsung’s fastest AF system to date, the company says: the 28-megapixel sensor has 205 phase-detect focus areas embedded in it, “covering 90 percent of the frame, allowing photographers to quickly focus on their targets.” With this, the camera provides 15 frames per second continuous shooting with continuous tracking focus. Also, “Wide Phase Detection gives the NX1 the ability to instinctively track subjects almost anywhere in the frame, regardless of their location,” the company says.

And while many cameras are now capturing 4K video, this model provide “cinema quality” uncompressed video recording via its HDMI connector, Samsung adds.

The camera has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, a 3-inch tilting touchscreen, and NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi for “the next-generation of connectivity.” There’s also a “top-deck” LCD  to confirm camera settings including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, AF settings, drive and battery life “with one glance.”
The NX1 will sell for $1500 for the camera body