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Olympus Malaysia Launches the 3 PEN Cameras

30 Jun

Photos from the official launch of the 3 new PEN EVIL cameras by Olympus Malaysia on June 30, part of the worldwide simultaneous announcement.

Photos by: Aiemax Choomoo

 
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Olympus E-P3

30 Jun

Olympus announces a new flagship PEN camera designed for the hobbyist or advanced photographer who desires superior image quality, FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology)Autofocus Tracking System and total creative control in a body portable enough to travel the world: the PEN E-P3. The powerful Olympus PEN® E-P3 is the ultimate PEN camera for visual expression, delivering professional image quality, the World’s Fastest AF** speed, a huge selection of built-in creative features and an easy-to-use interface, all elegantly packaged in a classic, all-metal body with full-advanced controls. Two new M. Zuiko prime lenses also join the family of six MICRO Four Thirds® lenses, to expand the broad options offered to imaging enthusiasts.

Look what you can do with the new Olympus PEN E-P3. It blends high-quality still images expected of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with high-definition (HD) video, AC3 Dolby Digital audio (comparable to studio recordings) and In-Camera Creativity in an ultra-portable body. The PEN E-P3 has it all.

Outstanding New Features:

12.3 MP Live MOS Sensor — Utilizing new Fine Detail Processing Technology for greater detail in the photograph, the sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M. Zuiko digital lenses in all shooting conditions; TruePic VI Image Processor — This new image engine, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and faster speeds;

FAST AF — To meet the demand for focusing speed, Olympus has introduced the new FAST AF Tracking System. The FAST AF Tracking System features 35 focus points as well as new Tracking AF to ensure fast & accurate focus each and every time;

Low Light Performance — AF Illuminator / Built In Flash / ISO to 12,800;

Fast Shutter Response — Never miss a shot again with fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds;

Full HD Movie — Shoot up to 29 minutes of full 1080i HD video in either AVCHD or AVI formats; and

3-inch 614,000 pixel OLED Touch screen — Bright high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that provides an innovative touch display solution.

A large 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers the highest quality images. Take great photos in low-light environments thanks to the camera’s built-in flash, AF illuminator and ISO up to 12,800. To improve color and speed, the Olympus PEN E-P3 features the new TruePic VI Image Processing Engine. Photos and HD videos taken with the PEN E-P3 will be crisp and clear thanks to three modes of in-body image stabilization. Image stabilization built into the camera’s body enables photographers to take advantage of this feature with every lens. The camera’s award-winning Supersonic Wave Filter patented Dust Reduction System vibrates to remove dust and other particles from the front of the image sensor, capturing it on an adhesive membrane every time the camera is turned on.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 uses a variety of features to achieve speed rivaling that of the professional Olympus E-5 DSLR. Focus and shoot faster with the camera’s new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor and new FAST AF Tracking System. The Olympus PEN E-P3 offers 35 separate focus points spread over nearly the entire sensor, enabling the camera to pin-point focus accuracy on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3×3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects. The camera’s fast shutter response time ensures that you will never miss the shot, even in the toughest shooting environments.

For the first time, the Olympus PEN E-P3 features full 1080 60i HD Video. Push the direct HD video button to instantly start filming your HD video with a choice between ACVHD and AVI formats with uncompressed CD-quality 16 bit/44.1kHz Linear PCM stereo recording or AC3 Dolby Digital Audio. In-camera features such as Art Filters, Multiple Exposure and In-Camera Editing enable photographers to capture the world as they see it. The Olympus PEN E-P3 features 10 Art Filters: Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone. The camera also features nine Art Filter variations and enhancements, including new Pale & Light Color II, and five Art Filter Effects, including new Star Light and White Edge. The new Art Filter Bracketing function helps you develop multiple pictures utilizing different Art Filters with a single shot, making it possible to experiment with several different photographic effects at the same time. Photographers can use Art Filters in all shooting modes: shutter priority, aperture priority, manual and program auto modes for expanded control. All Art Filters can be applied to both still shots and Standard Definition or HD movies. Art Filters set the Olympus PEN E-P3‘s images and videos apart from the pack. Since they’re built into the camera, Art Filters can help you achieve dramatic results on the go without the need for a computer or editing software.

The Olympus PEN E-P3 adds a new dimension to photographs by shooting dynamic 3D photos in any situation from macro to landscape. Recreate a sense of depth like that of the original scene. Simply select the 3D Photo Mode, release the shutter, and slowly pan until the camera automatically takes a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

The Olympus E-P3 is simple with its next-generation, three-inch, touch-sensitive 614,000 pixel OLED display. Consuming much less energy than the traditional LCD, this display has a wide 176-degree angle of view and is bright enough to compose images even in harsh midday light. With the camera’s new intuitive graphic user interface and touchscreen, it is easy to capture a picture, change camera settings or navigate the Live Guide controls by simply touching the screen. Going through a day’s photos is easy by scrolling through and enlarging photos with the tap of a finger.

The Olympus PEN E-P3’s built-in, pop-up flash makes it easy to illuminate low-light subjects, reduce red-eye and fill in dark areas. The camera is compatible with SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 memory cards for greater speed and capacity and can be utilized with the Olympus PENPAL or various Eye-Fi cards for instant wireless uploads to your favorite social or photo sharing websites. Olympus has added a rotational dial, sub-dial and two new function buttons to the back of the PEN E-P3 so photographers can make rapid changes to menu settings and maximize the camera’s performance. With a thumb, photographers can adjust aperture and exposure time in an instant without switching between menu selections. Hands-on shooters will appreciate the two customizable buttons they can assign to favorite functions. Photographers will appreciate how the camera’s mode dial enables access to basic settings.

The Level Gauge in the Olympus PEN E-P3 is a tremendous benefit for architectural photographers who must ensure that images of buildings are as centered and true as the walls of the buildings themselves. This feature detects the camera’s pitch and roll during Live View operation so photographers can make sure subjects appear where they should in the frame.

Availability
The Olympus PEN E-P3 kit will be available in stylish black, white and silver, starting in August 2011. It includes the PEN E-P3 body, lens, USB cable, video cable, BLS-1 Li-Ion battery pack, Li-Ion battery charger, shoulder strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, manuals and registration card.

 
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New Lenses and Accessories for The Olympus PEN

30 Jun

MICRO Four Thirds family features eight fully-compatible MICRO Four Thirds lenses. The legendary Olympus Zuiko® Digital Four Thirds range of 27 high-quality lenses, OM-series and other manufacturers’ lenses can be attached to Olympus PEN cameras with optional adapters. The Olympus PEN E-P3 comes packaged with the Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-84mm equivalent) or the m17mm f2.8 (34mm equivalent). Today, Olympus is proud to announce several new Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) lenses with high-speed, near-silent autofocus during still shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture. Also, several new accessories will complement the PEN E-P3 perfectly and broaden the creative horizons for all PEN photographers.

M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens (24mm equivalent):

This high-speed, single-focal–length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting everything from dramatic landscapes in low-light conditions to hard-to-get, spontaneous street shots. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.

M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens (90mm equivalent):

This single focal length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field, which enables the background blurring effects not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography.

FL-300R Compact Flash:

This flash functions as a bounce flash and wireless remote flash with enough power for nearly any shooting situation. Photographers can use it in tandem with the camera’s built in pop-up flash, or as an alternative to it. It is designed in silver to match the new PEN lineup.

MCG-2 Exchangeable Camera Grip:

Available exclusively for the PEN E-P3, this comfortable grip enhances the grip area of the camera to fit any photographer’s hands perfectly. It is available in black and beige.

 
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Olympus PEN E-PL3 and E-PM1

30 Jun

PEN E-PL3: This powerful camera is perfect for photographers who want their memories to reflect incredible, professional image quality. Easy-to-use creative technologies are packed in its versatile body — the size of a small, portable point-and-shoot camera, but with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. A clever, tilting three-inch LCD empowers photographers to go head-and-shoulders above the crowd to capture graduations, easily stoop to eye-level as babies take their first steps or even lower to the ground to get an adorable shot of the family pet.

PEN E-PM1: The smallest and lightest Olympus PEN is available in six stylish colors (purple, pink, brown, white, silver and black) and features a new and simplified user interface as well as a streamlined button structure for superior ease of use. Its small size and portability make it the ideal camera to document life’s fun and spontaneous moments.

A large 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor delivers the highest quality images. Each camera comes equipped with an AF illuminator and ISO up to 12,800. To improve color and speed, the new Olympus PEN cameras feature the new TruePic VI Image Processing Engine. Photos and HD videos will be crisp and clear thanks to three modes of in-body image stabilization and the award-winning Olympus Dust Reduction System. The new Olympus PEN cameras use a variety of features to achieve speed rivaling that of the professional Olympus E-5 DSLR. Focus and shoot faster with the new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic VI Image Processor and new frequency acceleration sensor technology (FAST) autofocus system. The FAST AF Tracking System features 35 separate focus points spread over nearly the entire sensor, enabling pin-point focusing accuracy on small subjects wherever they appear in the frame. Selectable 3×3 groups within the 35-point area are especially effective when shooting active subjects. The cameras’ fast shutter response times ensure you will never miss a shot, even in the toughest shooting environments.

Olympus PEN series cameras bring a new level of creative freedom to the shooting experience and enable instant experimentation and gratification. The new PEN Series features full 1080 60i high-definition video. Push the direct HD video button to instantly start filming in either AVCHD or AVI formats with uncompressed CD-quality. In-camera creative features such as Art Filters, Multiple Exposure, Aspect Ratios and In-Camera Editing allow photographers to capture the world as they see it. Art Filters set Olympus PEN images and videos apart from the pack. Since they’re built into the camera, Art Filters can achieve dramatic results on the go without the need for a computer or editing software. All filters can be applied to both still shots and HD movies. The Olympus PEN family offers several ways to capture artistic visions. Apply up to 10 Art Filters (Depending upon model: Diorama, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia and Dramatic Tone) in the camera while shooting. Vary images by mixing and matching Art Filters to achieve your creative vision or by applying effects, including the new Star Light and White Edge to frame photos the way you want after capture.

These Olympus PEN cameras add a new dimension to photographs by shooting dynamic 3D photos in any situation from macro to landscape. Simply select the 3D Photo Mode, release the shutter and slowly pan until the camera automatically takes a second image from a slightly different perspective. The 3D data is processed in-camera, resulting in an .MPO file, the universal industry 3D format for easy display on 3D televisions or laptops.

The E-PL3 features a tilting 3-inch 460,000 pixel LCD screen that offers the flexibility to capture moments from a variety of angles. The E-PM1 features a 3-inch 460,000 pixel display. All three cameras feature a newly designed Graphical User Interface. The font and graphics used in the menus offer improved visibility and quality to render elegant graphical menus that are attractive and easy-to-use. The E-P3 incorporates a rotational dial and sub-dial on the back of the camera. With just their thumb, users can fine-tune aperture and exposure time in an instant — without the need to switch between menus. Fans of hands-on shooting will love the three customizable buttons that can be assigned to the user’s favorite functions.Both the Olympus PEN cameras are compatible with SDHC, SDXC and UHS-1 memory cards for greater speed and capacity and can work with Eye-Fi cards for instant uploads.

 
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Canon EOS 50D Firmware 1.0.8

30 Jun

Canon has released a firmware update for the Canon EOS 50D digital SLR camera. Version 1.0.8 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

1. Improves the writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
2. Fixes incorrect indications in the Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai and Turkish menu screens.

Website: Canon EOS 50D Drivers & Software

 
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Canon Malaysia Launches 5 New LCD Projectors

29 Jun

Canon Marketing Malaysia has just launched 5 new LCD Projectors today. The new products will further strengthen the company’s market share for portable LCD multimedia and business projector segment. Among the 5 new projectors, there is one model with 1280 x 800 WXGA widescreen projection, which is the LV-8225. The rest belong to the 1024 x 768 XGA resolution category, with models like LV-7290, LV-7390 and LV-7490.

The new LV series of LCD multimedia projectors share features designed with academic and business presentations in mind. The compact designs make the new LCD projectors extremely portable, and easier to bring them along for a presentation. This line-up of projectors also has extended lamp life and time-to-filter replacements that reduce the frequency of needing servicing. With the advanced Power Management mode, it helps to reduce power consumption and prolongs the lamp’s life.

The new LV series can also be easily configured for use in rooms where a white screen or wall is not available, as the Colour Board function adjusts colour settings to maintain as much colour accuracy as possible. Other functions include the customisable logo feature where users can load their corporate logos or images they want to be displayed on start-up and in-between presentations. In addition, the Ethernet input allows the projectors to be remotely operated via a network. These multimedia LCD projectors are able to receive a wide variety of inputs (except HDMI) and video signals, ensuring maximum compatibility with most computers and AV sources.

 
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Zoner Software Updates Free Version of Zoner Photo Studio

29 Jun

Innovative graphics software company Zoner Software has announced the release of a new version of its standalone Zoner Photo Studio FREE, now based on Zoner Photo Studio 13.

This very popular free and easy-to-use one-stop photo toolkit for managing, editing and sharing photos now benefits from many features new to Zoner Photo Studio 13. As always, the free edition offers a no-cost, no-hassle way to download, manage, edit, and share photos, including easy work with large batches and quick photo enhancers such as the Quick Fix window. Features new to this release include an improved Catalog, easy bullets and arrows with Insert Symbol, and a postcard maker. It also has improvements under the hood, like better utilisation of multicore processors.

Regarding the new release, Ales Hasala, Director of Development noted, “We’ve been looking forward to providing users of the free edition with the benefits of version 13 ever since we released it. We are very pleased that this day has come. Personally, I anticipate catching eyes with the postcard maker.”

Users around the globe can enjoy the new release of Zoner Photo Studio 13 FREE just like the previous one: it is available in English, German, French, Italian, Russian, and traditional and simplified Chinese.

Zoner Photo Studio FREE is for personal, non-commercial use on single computers running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. Download it at http://free.zoner.com

Zoner Software’s flagship Zoner Photo Studio 13 PRO is easy to download and compare to the free edition.

Visit http://www.zoner.com to find a free 30-day trial.

 
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Pentax Optio WG1-GPS Shiny Orange

28 Jun

Since its market launch in March 2011, the Optio WG-1 GPS has been exceptionally well received by a broad range of photographers thanks to its ability to couple dependable performance under demanding outdoor conditions —— with unique GPS functions such as the recording and storage of positioning log data during travelling.

The new Shiny Orange version was designed in response to strong demand by outdoor enthusiasts. It features a high quality finish in brilliant-orange with an aluminium-alloy front panel to give the camera a vibrant, glossy appearance. A gunmetal-grey rubber coating has also been applied to the edge of the camera body to further accentuate the brilliance of the sparkling orange colour. The total design scheme has been carefully conceived to complement outdoor-oriented fashions and lifestyles.

The Optio WG1-GPS is also available in green and grey and includes the following features:

Waterproof to 10 metres – Shockproof to 1.5 metres – Coldproof to -10°C – Dustproof – Crushproof to 100kg -14 Megapixels – 5x wide-angle optical zoom – geotagging – 3’’ LCD Screen – HD Movie – 1cm macro – AF Tracking.

The Shiny Orange Optio WG1-GPS will be available beginning of August 2011, at the RRP of £299.99.

 
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Delkin Releases Upgrades to SensorScope System

28 Jun

Delkin has announced new upgrades on their award winning SensorScope DSLR Sensor Inspection Device and Cleaning System. The inspection tool, which has sold over 50,000 units since September of 2006, utilizes enhanced magnification and LED illumination to present a quick and clear view of a DLSR image sensor before every shoot.

“Particles of dust, lint and debris on a sensor show up as dark specs and lines in image and video capture,” explains Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. “These imperfections can be minor to extreme and can cost a photographer hours in post-production editing to remove.  In the past a photographer would shoot a blue sky or white wall at F22, transfer the image to a computer and magnify it to find the areas of the sensor that needed to be cleaned; this process would be completed several times until a clean sensor was produced. The SensorScope enables quick and easy inspection with universal compatibility across DSLR brands and models, giving the photographer the ability to inspect and clean quickly and away from the studio.”

Delkin’s already comprehensive DSLR image cleaning system also received upgrades this month, with two new components added to the arsenal of cleaning tools that are designed to tackle various types of sensor debris.  A recent partnership with respected manufacturer LensPen resulted in a custom designed polishing and edging tool inspired by DSLR camera technicians. The SensorPen by LensPen features a non-carbon triangular tip for cleaning the edges of the sensor and polishing the sensor surface, as well as a slide out soft DSLR body brush that safely removes dust and debris from the camera body.

“Lens Pen has a great reputation among photographers, videographers and camera technicians, and this final polishing and edging step really completes the sensor cleaning process,” explains Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. “Not only does it effectively remove small debris that can become lodged in hard to reach areas, the proprietary material on the tip of the pen reduces overall static on the sensor surface which helps to keep the sensor clean in the future.”

A dual sided lint free cleaning cloth has also been added to the system, with a white microfiber side designed for sensitive exterior optics and a grey terry side for the removal of fingerprints and oils from the SensorScope and camera body.

The award winning system ships with the newly patented SensorScope inspection device, a dual speed SensorVac that removes loose and potentially abrasive particles, 24 double-sided SensorSafe Wands and a bottle of alcohol free SensorSolution that removes chemically adhered contaminants such as pollen, condensation and lubricant, a SensorPen, a SensorCloth, a battery pack to power the SensorVac in the field, and a user guide with step by step instructions for safe inspection and cleaning.  Refill kits that include 15 SensorSafe Wands, a bottle of SensorSolution and a SensorPen can also be purchased, as well as the SensorScope Inspection Device a la carte.  The upgraded SensorScope product family is now shipping to specialty photo and video retailers worldwide and can be ordered directly at http://www.delkin.com. SensorScope System is listed for USD$119.99, SensorScope Inspection Device for USD$79.99 and Refill Kits for USD$34.99.

 
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Photo Movie Creator for Android

26 Jun

Sony Digital Network Applications, Inc. has announced that “photo movie creator” has been available in EU countries from June 24. “Photo Movie Creator” is the smart-phone application that enables you to easily create movies that combine photos with themes and music, and share them with friends and family over social networking services and e-mail.

Application name   Platform   Release date   Price
photo movie creator Android June 24, 2011 [Price List]*
photo movie creator Trial Android June 24, 2011 Free of charge

*Price List

1.99EUR: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain
15DKK: Denmark
19SEK: Sweden
(At an exchange rate of 230 yen to the CZK): Czech Republic
(At an exchange rate of 230 yen to the PLN): Poland
1.99GBP: United Kingdom (released in April 2011)

URL for photo movie creator:http://www.sonydna.com/products/e/photomoviecreator
URL for Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/sonydna

Main features
●Easy photo movie creation
Create photo movies easily by selecting groups of photos (by date, event, or location), rather than picking them one by one.
● Share with friends and family
Share your photo movies by e-mail (Note: 1) or upload them to social networking services. (Note: 2) (Note: 3)
●Select from a variety of movie templates (themes)
photo movie creator includes 18 (Note: 4) movie templates offering a range of presentations. (Examples: Travel, Wedding, Sports)
●Insert titles and change the background music
Easily insert photo movie titles and captions.
Use music files on your smart-phone as background music. (Note: 3)
●Wide compatibility with smart-phone devices and operating systems(Android & iOS)
Photo movies created on Android devices can be played on iPhones and vice versa. (Note: 5).

Note 1: To play photo movies received by e-mail, the receiver must have “photo movie creator” or “photo movie creator Trial” installed.
Note 2: Upcoming version supports only Facebook.
Note 3: A photo movie with your own music cannot be uploaded onto SNS.
Note 4: Trial version (“photo movie creator Trial”) offers 6 movie templates.
Note 5: Photo movies can be played only on supported models.

 
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