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Canon Professional HD Center @ Berjaya Times Square Closes

31 Aug

The Canon Professional HD Center located inside the IT Centre in Berjaya Times Square has shuttered. All the other retail business on the Ground Floor of the IT Centre will also vacate the premise within the next 2 weeks, with mall having back the space empty from the tenants by September 15. The area will undergo extensive renovation and reopen for business as the new Radioshack Store by mid-October onwards.

The Canon Professional HD Center, managed by Pro DV Specialist, began its operations on April 1, 2011. It specialised in Canon’s HD camcorders as well as the EOS DSLRs featuring Full HD video function, and more recently, the Cinema EOS System. The closure of the HD Center does not mean customers and users of Canon’s HD camcorders and Cinema EOS System has come to an end.

On the contrary, the management of Pro DV Specialist will move on and plans to set-up a new retail centre specialising in sales and support solution for HD equipment, ranging from the three major Japanese brands offering HD video – Canon, Panasonic and Sony, as well as the numerous accessories for filming and video capture from a new base located at Old Klang Road’s Scott Gardens, where UK’s hypermarket, Tesco is the anchor tenant there.

The new retail centre is known as Lumalab (www.lumalab.tv), and it will commence business by end of September 2012.

 
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MMER 2012 Drivers Posing For Group Photo @ Sepang Circuit

31 Aug

Drivers for the participating teams for the Malaysian Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER) 2012 gathered for their group photo prior to the start of briefing and free practise on Thursday. Qualifying for the MMER was held today (Friday) while the race itself will be flagged off from 12noon on September 1 and ends on midnite September 2, 2012.

Getting the drivers to pose for a group photo wasn’t easy. It took the organiser, SIC, and the track’s official photographers as well as the media a good 15 minutes to finally get all of them to pose for a few good shots.

After the official group photo, the drivers and some of the teams’ mechanics began to pose for their own informal shots together.

 
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Samsung Galaxy Camera

30 Aug

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd has today announced the launch of the GALAXY Camera. Developed to fit the changing ways we communicate, the GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography with the latest Android™ 4.1 platform, so called Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a brand new type of device. Samsung GALAXY Camera fits perfectly for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and spontaneously from anywhere, at any time.

The GALAXY Camera makes outstanding photography on the go. Users never again have to sacrifice picture quality if they want to edit and share their photos instantly. It easily outperforms any smartphone camera. The GALAXY Camera, boasting a 21x super long zoom lens and a super-bright 16M BSI CMOS sensor, delivers pictures in brilliant quality. The device also features ‘Smart Pro’ technology, a series of modes that make professional-looking photography easy for anyone to achieve. What truly revolutionizes this photography experience is Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean and wireless connectivity, which opens up the device to applications for photo-editing, sharing, and much more. Users will experience all of GALAXY Camera’s great features on a market-leading HD Super Clear LCD. With stunning clarity, incredible ease-of-use and unparalleled connectivity, the GALAXY Camera is the next step in imaging innovation.

The GALAXY Camera’s ‘Smart Pro’ feature makes it easy to recreate advanced photographic setups in just a few simple steps for stunning artistic results. Using the easy-to-navigate menu system, users can choose from a series of preset scenario options which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings in order to capture the perfect photo. The GALAXY Camera boasts large and vivid enough camera display – a 4.8”(121.2mm) HD Super Clear LCD screen, which makes it a pleasure to shoot, share and edit images from the palm of the hand. Another advantage of smartphone technology is the Voice Control option which allows the user to control a number of functions such as ‘Zoom in’ and ‘Shoot’ through voice.

The camera’s convenient ‘Auto Cloud Backup’ feature will automatically save precious photos into the cloud via Samsung’s AllShare the instant they are taken. The GALAXY Camera also allows users to share photos at the same time as they shoot them with ‘Share Shot.’ As well as sharing to social networks and cloud services, users can also connect to a range of GALAXY devices including the GALAXY SIII and GALAXY Note II for effortless and automatic sharing of pictures across the GALAXY family.

Samsung GALAXY Camera will be on display at the Samsung booth #20 at IFA 2012, Aug 31 through Sep 5. For more information on GALAXY Camera, please visit http://www.samsungmobilepress.com

 
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Sony Unveils The Mirrorless NEX-5R

30 Aug

Sony has announced its latest mirrorless camera, the NEX-5R ahead of the IFA event taking place in Berlin this week. The NEX-5R is a new compact system camera with Fast Hybrid AF, Wi-Fi and PlayMemories Camera Apps. It also offers 16.1 effective megapixels, DSLR-like AF tracking for shooting at up to 10fps, built-in Wi-Fi with PlayMemories Camera Apps, and a 180° tiltable LCD touchscreen. The Sony NEX-5R compact system camera will be available globally from mid-October 2012 in silver, black or white and with the 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens.

 
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLRs Help Capture the Summer Animated Feature “ParaNorman” in 3D

30 Aug

Five camera teams and crews of animators, puppeteers, and staff from LAIKA animation studios, along with an garrison of sixty EOS 5D Mark II SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, have come together to help bring the new 3D feature film, “ParaNorman” to screens this Summer. The EOS 5D Mark II DSLR cameras captured frame-by-frame stop-motion animation of puppet “actors” in this new horror comedy about a small-town boy who speaks to ghosts and must battle an assortment of otherworldly creatures to save his town from doom.

“The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has features that helped us to expedite the stop-motion animation process,” noted John Ashlee Prat regarding the animation of “ParaNorman.” Prat, one of five lighting cameramen on the film, explained that in order to capture the more than 400,000 separate stop-frames needed to create “ParaNorman,” the film was divided among five camera teams and 50 separate units at LAIKA’s 151,000 square ft. studio. Each unit had its own shooting stage, sets, puppet “actors,” equipment (including Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras), and a crew working on different portions of the film simultaneously. Director of Photography Tristan Oliver supervised the daunting task of five simultaneous film units throughout the entire production.

Compact, lightweight, and compatible with Canon’s wide selection of EF Series lenses, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera is equipped with a 21.1 megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor for exceptional still-image capture in a number of RAW or JPEG modes and sRAW options.

“Stop-motion animators need a live-view reference to see and record their progress,” Prat said. “We tested every off-the-shelf digital SLR camera that can provide live view and the high-resolution RAW image files we needed, and we found that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II live view is far superior to any of the others. The 5D Mark II also provides the RAW image output we needed, and a USB connector to feed files to our in-house network.”

Photography of a stereoscopic 3D film requires the capture of not one, but two frames – a left and a right image – 24 times for every second of screen time (in stop-motion animation that number is doubled to 48). The compact size of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera (as opposed to traditional film cameras) greatly facilitated the capture of the corresponding left- and right images needed for 3D, especially given the miniature sets and puppets being photographed. Each 5D Mark II camera was mounted on a computer-controlled motorized horizontal slider, which moved the camera first right and then left for sequential capture of all the necessary 3D frame-pairs.

“The slider is necessary because we can’t put two cameras side-by-side to successfully photograph little 8- to 12-inch puppets in a miniature world,” Prat explained. “We have to use the inter-ocular distances appropriate to that world in order for it not to look miniature.”

“The self-cleaning sensor feature of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II saved us a lot of time because we didn’t need to take the lens off to clean the sensor,” Prat added. “We are rolling our current fleet of 5D Mark II cameras on to our next production, although not for principal photography. Instead they will be used to support all the other departments for their photographic needs. Principal photography will be done with EOS 5D Mark III cameras, which feature a live view that’s two stops better than the original Mark II’s, and that’s even better for us.”

 
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Canon Announces Cinema EOS C100 Camera

29 Aug

Canon Inc continues its commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression and expand its contribution to cinematic culture with the introduction of the new EOS C100 Digital Video Camera*. The C500 will take its place as the flagship camera model in its Cinema EOS System. The new EOS C100 provides another option for beginning filmmakers working on a budget. A cost-effective camera solution for a wide range of everyday users, the EOS C100 digital video camera is ideal for many full HD applications such as:

  • Low-budget television production and independent moviemaking
  • Museums, galleries, and film schools that utilize Full HD video
  • Wedding, corporate and event videography

The EOS C100 digital video camera is approximately 85% of the size of the EOS C300 model, for maximum mobility. Designed for professional operability, the C100 includes a push auto iris function, one-shot auto focus (or full manual focus and exposure control), a multi-angle 3.5-inch LCD control panel, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), built-in ND filters, dual XLR inputs, and a locking HDMI output. These features combine with such advanced technologies as reduced rolling shutter artifacts in 60i mode, enhanced gamma modes (including Wide Dynamic Range (DR) Gamma and Canon Log Gamma), cinematic depth of field characteristics, and excellent low-light performance. The C100 records to dual SD cards contributing to the camera’s reduced size and convenience.

Like its C300 sibling, the EOS C100 employs Canon’s uniquely designed Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor that captures individual R, G, and B channels for each full HD 1920 x 1080 frame. This high-sensitivity CMOS sensor provides creative depth of field capabilities for an excellent “bokeh” effect, and provides an ISO range of from 320 to 20,000, enabling the capture of images in low light with minimal picture noise. The Canon DIGIC DV III image processor in the C100 helps ensure high color fidelity and smooth color gradations. The camera’s AVCHD codec utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression similar to the codec used in Canon’s XA10 professional HD camcorder. AVCHD features a maximum recording bit rate of 24Mbps in full HD 1920 x 1080 and 4:2:0 color space for sharp, vivid images. Multiple recording modes, resolutions, and frame rates (including 24p) make the C100 creatively flexible for many production environments. The C100 also offers enhanced gamma modes (including Wide DR Gamma and Canon Log Gamma) for a peak dynamic range of 800% and the wide exposure latitude needed for creative post-production image processing, color correction, and contrast manipulation.

Designed for extensive operational versatility, the Canon EOS C100 digital video camera features a mobile core configuration that allows users to flexibly add accessory parts to the main camera body according to their production needs. A removable side-mounted rotating grip with start/stop button and miniature “joystick” menu control provides traditional SLR camera-style operation. A detachable handle unit connects to the top of the C100 and includes dual XLR connectors, a built-in stereo microphone, a bracket for an external microphone, audio-input level adjustments, and a tally light. The C100 records linear PCM two-channel audio or Dolby digital two-channel audio.

In addition to its ability to record to both SD cards simultaneously, or relay-record from one card to the other, the Canon C100 Cinema EOS camera can also output uncompressed digital HD to an external recording device via its locking HDMI connector. This HDMI output includes superimposed time code and 2:3 pull-down marker information. Additional outputs include a USB connector and stereo headphone jack.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available in November 2012 for an estimated list price of US$7,999.

 
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Canon Introduces 2 Compact Cinema Zoom Lenses For 4K/2K Cinema EOS Cameras

29 Aug

As the production of motion pictures, episodic television shows, commercials, documentaries, and other program content increasingly transitions to digital, Canon Inc. continues to provide innovative Cinema EOS products designed to enable the most discerning filmmakers and producers to capture their unique creative visions. The latest of these Canon products, two new compact and lightweight cinema zoom lenses available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, were first announced at NAB 2012 and have now been officially added to the Canon Cinema EOS product line. Designated as the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens, both are engineered to deliver exceptional optical performance for the latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. Both lenses feature a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and SteadicamTM shooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths.

These two new compact lightweight cinema zoom lenses provide exceptional optical and operational performance for creative film and television professionals. The Canon Cinema EOS line of high-resolution cameras and lenses is engineered to affordably serve the highest-performance needs of the production community and enable it to truly ‘Leave No Story Untold.

A leading maker of precision lenses for professional digital photography, broadcast HDTV sports and news coverage, and many other markets, Canon has leveraged its years of expertise as a world leader in optics and imaging to develop the compact and lightweight CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens. Each lens will be available in both EF- and PL-mount configurations. (The EF-mount version is designated by the letter “S” at the end of the model name; the PL-mount version by the letters “SP”.)

Main Features: CN-E15.5–47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30–105mm T2.8 L S/SP

1. High optical performance for use with 4K-resolution cameras

  • Supports 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) production standards, with a level of resolution exceeding four times the resolution of Full HD.
  • Offers compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent image format as well as APS-C-size sensors.i
  • The optimal placement of low-refraction, low-dispersion UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass corrects for axial and lateral chromatic aberrations to realize exceptional imaging performance without color blurring.
  • With a T-number of 2.8, the new lens lineup offers bright performance and, with no changes in brightness during zooming, enables the use of attractive blur effects when employing a shallow depth of field.
  • Each lens is equipped with an 11-blade aperture diaphragm for soft, attractive blur characteristics.
  • The lenses minimize focus-induced changes in the angle of view and, through the latest advances in anti-reflective coating and related technologies, reduce the occurrence of ghosting and flare.

2. Broad focal-length coverage despite compact, lightweight design

  • Designed with hand-held shooting in mind, each lens weighs just approximately 2.2 kg, less than half the weight of the top-end zoom lens models that went on sale earlier this year.
  • Combining the wide-angle and telephoto zoom lenses as a set enables users to cover a wide focal length range, from 15.5 mm (wide-angle end) to 105 mm (telephoto end).
  • Because the lenses provide a long focal length at the telephoto end, they enable the magnification of scenes shot from a distance and the use of attractive blur effects when employing a shallow depth of field.

3. Designed to deliver high operability

  • With a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees, the lenses facilitate precise focusing performance.
  • Zoom, focus and iris markings all appear on angled surfaces for improved readability from behind the camera.
  • Features a unified front lens diameter and uniform gear positions, doing away with the need to adjust or reposition accessory gear when switching between the two lenses.
  • By removing the cover ring, users can easily perform flange-back adjustment.

4. Functionality to realize increased shooting convenience

  • The new lenses can be used with matte boxes and other standard manual and electronic movie industry accessories widely used in the motion picture production.
  • Each lens offers a reduced minimum object distance (0.5 m for the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and 0.6 m for the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP) that makes possible tighter close-ups and facilitates shooting in limited-space environments.
  • The EF-mount version lenses, when combined with Cinema EOS System cameras, support lens-camera communication enabling the recording of zoom and other settings along with video data, making possible the effective management of shooting conditions. Additionally, a future camera firmware update (release date to be decided) will enable automatic image correction along with other benefits.
Pricing and Availability

The Canon CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens is expected to be available in November 2012 and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens is expected to be available in January 2013, both for an estimated list price of US$24,500 each.

 
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Canon To Expand Cinema EOS System With The Development Of New EF Cinema Prime Lenses

29 Aug

Further contributing to the evolution of the motion picture industry, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the development of two new cinema prime lenses, the 14mm T3.1 cinema prime lens and 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lens, adding to the Cinema EOS lineup consisted of 11 EF Cinema Lenses.

Both the 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 cinema prime lenses will be engineered for exceptional optical performance for Canon’s latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. As part of the Cinema EOS System, the lenses will be compatible with standard sensor sizes including Super 35mm, the standard format in the motion picture industry, as well as HD-compatible EOS Digital SLR cameras using 35mm full frame, APS-H and APS-C image sensors.

Since November of 2011, Canon has pledged to offer high-end professional solutions to filmmakers, cinematographers, and television production professionals. That pledge included a commitment to this industry and a promise of future product development and solutions to meet industry needs. Today’s announcements prove that Canon intends to deliver on that pledge.

The 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 EF cinema prime lenses are expected to be available in the first half of 2013, and will be showcased from September 6 – 11, 2012 at IBC2012 in Amsterdam.

 
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Acer Malaysia gives out Blockbuster Movie Passes and A Preview of the Upcoming Windows Operating System

28 Aug

Acer Malaysia is giving away blockbuster movie passes together with popcorn and drinks at participating cinemas as part of their Windows Upgrade Blockbuster campaign. This bonanza will also treat moviegoers to a sneak peek of the next Windows Operating System before its launch on October 2012.

Individuals may enter the Windows Upgrade Blockbuster Campaign by registering on www.wub.my

Once registered, an e-ticket will be sent via email within 3 working days to registrants with confirmed date, time and venue for the movie screening. No purchase is necessary for registration. A short education and preview session on the will be conducted before the movie screening.

A summary of the entitlements is as follows:

Acer Customer

Non Acer Customer

2 Movie Tickets

1 Movie Ticket

Combo Set (Large Pop Corn + 2 Soft Drinks)

Combo Set (Small Pop Corn + 1 Soft Drink)

*RM100 Acer Discount Voucher

*RM100 Acer Discount Voucher 

**RM50 Shopping Voucher

* Valid for purchase of selected Acer notebook and desktop models at participating resellers.

** Applicable for customers who purchased Acer products pre-installed Windows® 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Professional from 2nd June 2012 onwards.

In addition, Acer customers who have purchased Acer products pre-installed with Windows® 7 Home Basic, Home Premium or Professional after 2nd June 2012 will enjoy an upgrade to Windows® 8 Pro for RM49.99 (USD14.99).

For more information, please visit www.wub.my or call Acer Product Infoline at 1800-88-1288 (9am – 6pm Mondays to Fridays).

 
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Kingston Unveils E100 Solid State Drive

28 Aug

Kingston has today announced the new SSDNow E100 SSD, the company’s new enterprise-class solid state drive (SSD). The new drive enables enterprises to accommodate the performance demands required in support of big data and virtualization initiatives. The new Kingston E100 SSD achieves up to 10X improvements in endurance and reliability over client SSDs on existing hardware, while drastically reducing the physical footprint as significantly fewer SSDs are needed to handle the tasks of many traditional hard-disk drives (HDD).

The performance and processing requirements required in the rapid analysis of massive data sets and large collections of virtual systems have pushed many servers far beyond their breaking point. The next generation E100 SSD provides vastly higher IOPS compared to HDDs, dramatically reducing processing bottlenecks, computer latency and physical system limitations.

In a recent virtualized database performance test that compared Kingston’s Enterprise SSD with traditional HDDs, the review “found that replacing a solution consisting of a server with an external chassis containing 24 HDDs with only six internal SSDs increased total database performance by up to 91.8 percent.”  The amount of power consumed “while idle and while running database workloads for both revealed that Kingston’s SSDs used up to 51.0 percent less power than the HDDs, and increased performance per watt by a staggering 184.2 percent.”

The new enterprise-class SSDNow E100 SSD is shipping immediately and is available in 100GB, 200GB and 400GB capacities. It is backed by a three-year warranty and free technical support.

 
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