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Nikon announces development of D850

25 Jul

Nikon has announced the development of the long-awaited replacement to its high resolution, full-frame D810: the D850.

The company didn’t release any actual details about the D850, though a teaser video promises an 8K time-lapse function. Nikon says that it will be a ‘formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility’ and that it will incorporate ‘new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users.’

Nikon promises more information about the D850 at a later date. When that time comes, be sure to visit DPReview for all the details!

Ten things we’re hoping to
see in the new D850

Press Release:


MELVILLE, NY (July 25, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) –– Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850. This announcement coincides with Nikon’s 100th anniversary of its establishment, which is celebrated today.

The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators.

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which has been highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, with rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users, who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek the high resolution and high-speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this caliber complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

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Sigma announces pricing and availability of 14mm and 135mm T2 Cine Prime lenses

14 Jul
The 14mm T2.0 will cost $ 4999 when it starts shipping later this month. The 135mm T2.0 will also ship in late July, for the same price.

Sigma has announced pricing and availability for its new Cine Prime lenses. The 14mm and 135mm T2 primes will be available later this month for $ 4999 each, or as part of two and seven-lens kits for $ 10,499 and $ 24,799 respectively.

Press Release:

Sigma Announces Pricing and Availability for the 14mm and 135mm T2 Cine Prime Lenses, Shipping This July

Full-frame sensor compatible, high-speed prime lenses bring Sigma’s esteemed Art lens technology to cinema cameras; the 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF begin shipping late July for a retail price of $ 4,999.00 USD each

Ronkonkoma, NY – July 13, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced the availability of two brand new cine lenses: the Sigma 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF, which will both begin shipping late July 2017. Compatible with full-frame image sensors, these high-speed cine prime lenses are available for EF, E and PL mounts. They are available as individual lenses for a retail price of $ 4,999.00 USD each, or as part of two and seven lens sets for retail prices of $ 10,499.00 USD and $ 24,799.00 USD respectively.

Go fast and wide with the Sigma 14mm T2 Cine Prime
The Sigma 14mm T2 FF Cine Prime lens is the world’s first and only to offer an incredibly fast T2 at this ultra-wide angle focal length for full frame sensors. Bringing remarkable optical performance to the art of capturing moving images, the Sigma 14mm T2 offers cinematographers the opportunity for robust cinematic expression.

Resolving power like nothing ever seen before with the Sigma 135mm T2 Cine Prime
The Sigma 135mm T2 FF Cine Prime offers astonishing rendering performance unmatched by almost any lens on the market. Retaining the optical performance of Sigma’s original Art lens for the still photographer, this exceptional lens enables cinematographers to enjoy the highest image quality for shooting movies.

Both lenses offer the following benefits and capabilities:

  • Bright, T2 full frame maximum aperture
  • Capable of resolving up to 8K
  • Available in Canon EF, Sony E & PL Mounts
  • 180-degree focus rotation

The Sigma 14mm and 135mm lenses are fully compatible with full frame sensors. The addition of these lenses to the Sigma cine lineup expands the FF High Speed Prime Line to a total of seven lenses, from a super-wide 14mm to a brilliantly sharp telephoto 135mm.

Pricing for individual lenses and lens sets
The newest cine lens offerings from Sigma will be available individually as well as in sets for the following retail prices.

Individual lenses:
Sigma 14mm T2 FF – $ 4,999.00 USD
Sigma 135mm T2 FF – $ 4,999.00 USD

Two lens set with case:
Sigma 14mm T2 FF, 135mm T2 FF and a protective lens carrying case – $ 10,499.00 USD

Seven lens set with two cases:
Sigma 14mm T2 FF, 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF, 85mm T1.5 FF, 135mm T2 FF, and two protective lens carrying cases – $ 24,799.00 USD

The Sigma 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF Shipping Late July
The Cine 14mm and 135mm lenses and sets will begin shipping late July 2017 for EF, E and PL mounts.

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Wacom announces new 4K 24-inch and 32-inch Cintiq Pro models

13 Jul

Wacom has preemptively unveiled two new Cintiq Pro models that will be launching in early 2018: the Cintiq Pro 24 and Cintiq Pro 32 models. The numbers refer to each model’s display size, representing a big increase from the current 13-inch and 16-inch Pro models.

Though neither model can be purchased at this time, Wacom explains that it will be sharing ‘behind the scenes details’ over the next half-year as a way to drum up both awareness and excitement for the upcoming Pro lineup expansion.

Hardware details for the Pro 24 and 32 models haven’t been provided at this time; however, Wacom does say that both models will offer 4K edge-to-edge displays with ‘maximum color accuracy’ and a billion colors. Both models will also feature Pro Pen 2 technology.

The smaller of the two models, the Pro 24, will be priced at $ 2,000, while the larger Pro 32 will be $ 3,300 at launch next year.

Wacom encourages interested consumers to sign up for email updates at any of the following websites:

  • USA (English)
  • Europe (English)
  • Japan (Japanese)

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Sony announces new 20MP 1-inch sensor

27 Jun

Sony’s sensor division has announced a new 1-inch type sensor with an effective pixel count of 20.48MP. The new CMOS sensor is backside-illuminated and offers an all-pixel global reset function which should drastically reduce rolling shutter effect when panning. The chip can also record 4K 2160p video at up to 60 frames per second and output 12-bit full-resolution images at readout speeds approaching 22 frames per second.

The new sensor has similar specifications to the chips used in Sony’s RX100 line of high-end compact cameras and RX10 superzoom models but appears to be designed specifically for industrial and surveillance applications. Full specifications are available on the Sony Semiconductor website.

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Yi announces development of 180 VR camera with Google

23 Jun

Yi, which already has VR offerings in the Halo and 360 VR cameras, is announcing the development of a new, stereo 3D camera called the 180 VR. They’re working directly with Google Daydream, and promise it will be easy to use, and easy to view.

Any real details regarding the product, including pricing and availability are still to come.

Press release:

YI Technology Announces Upcoming VR180 Camera with Google

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 22, 2017 – Today at VidCon 2017, the annual conference for online video fans, creators, and industry leaders, it was announced that YI is working with Daydream on an upcoming VR180 camera. Later this year YI Technology will deliver a new stereo, 3D camera, designed from the ground up for VR180. Technical details, pricing, exact availability dates, quantities and the product name remain undisclosed but together with Daydream, this camera will be as easy to use and as compact as a 2D camera. And 3D videos and livestreams will be just as easy to upload to YouTube.

This camera will just be the latest in YI Technology’s growing line of advanced yet approachable virtual reality solutions, including most recently, YI Halo, the most advanced, cinematic quality VR camera ever, and the YI 360 VR Camera, the first high-end, live-streaming VR camera for everyone.

To learn more as details are announced, and to be considered for early shipments, please visit the pre-launch website, and to learn more about YI Technology’s other current VR offerings go to and To learn more about Daydream’s VR180 program go to

About YI Technology:

YI is the leading provider of advanced, intelligent video, imaging and computer vision technologies. We are inspired by a singular, bold vision of a future powered by widespread, intelligent, video technology, where smart cameras everywhere will make people’s lives safer, richer and more fun.

We are passionately dedicated to, and humbled by, the mission to make even the most sophisticated, ground-breaking, complex innovations useful every day to everyone from high-end professionals to kids. We work incredibly hard toward these goals across a large and growing range of offerings. But across them all we stand by a consistent set of values and standards that combine the very best technology, the very best design, and great value.

At YI Technology we are committed to the promise that such technology will extend everyone’s reach so they can…

See Everything.

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Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products

16 Jun

Nikon has released details of its pricing for the range of collectables it will be selling to mark its 100th anniversary. The gifts and special edition cameras, lenses and binoculars are due to begin shipping in late July, but orders will be taken between now and the end of August – though check your local region for dates as these may vary by location.


  • D5 body 100 years £7,699.99 / €9,399.00/$ 7999.95
  • D500 Body 100 years £2,599.99 / €3,199.00/$ 2799.95
  • Triple lens kit 100 years £7,699.99 / €9,399.00/$ 7999.95
  • 70-200E w/ lens display 100 years £3,599.99 / €4,399.00/$ 3999.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model £1,299.99 / €1,500.00/$ 1499.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap BK £99.99 / €109.00/$ 99.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap BR £99.99 / €109.00/$ 99.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera £129.99 / €149.00/$ 139.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection £250/$ 269.95
  • 8×30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition $ 799.95
  • WX 7×50 IF 100th Anniversary Edition $ 5999.95
  • WX 10×50 IF 100th Anniversary Edition $ 6399.95

The products will be sold direct from Nikon’s websites as well as via specific retailers. For more information see the Nikon website.

Press Release

Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Models and Goods Now On Sale

Nikon is pleased to announce the release of a number of commemorative models and goods celebrating its 100th Anniversary on July 25, 2017. Official Nikon shops will be accepting orders for these commemorative models and goods starting as of today, June 15. Orders will be accepted through August 31, 2017.

For full details, please see our 100th Anniversary site and authorized Nikon retail partners.

100th Anniversary Editions

D5 100th Anniversary Edition
The commemorative edition of the D5, Nikon’s flagship digital SLR camera has a metallic grey finish and a stamp on the bottom noting Nikon’s contribution to the study and exploration of space. An Anniversary booklet detailing these contributions is also included.

D500 100th Anniversary Edition
Featuring a special anniversary design, the D500 Anniversary Edition comes in an exclusive metal case with engraved commemorative logo and serial number. It also comes with both a body cap and leather strap embossed with the commemorative logo.

NIKKOR 70-200E 100th Anniversary Edition
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a fast telephoto zoom lens that offers both superior agility and excellent optical performance. The Anniversary Edition comes with a set of the individual glass elements that make up the lens (special display stand and case included).

NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition
The NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition is comprised of the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the normal AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. The same commemorative serial number is engraved on all three lenses.

WX 7×50 IF and WX 10×50 IF 100th Anniversary Editions
The 100th anniversary editions feature the special commemorative logo and exclusive serial number. In addition to the usual strap, they also come with a WX leather strap embossed with the commemorative logo. Sales of these are limited to a total of one hundred (7×50 and 10×50 combined).

8×30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition
This elegant commemorative edition of Nikon’s 8×30 E II has an exclusive metallic gray finish and is imprinted with the Anniversary logo.

100th Anniversary Special Collection

Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model I
A beautiful crystal reproduction of Nikon’s first camera the Nikon Model I from 1948, created by Swarovski®1, the world’s leading crystal manufacturer.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera
The historic Nikon F, Nikon’s first flagship model and the camera that set the standard for single-lens reflex cameras around the world, is faithfully reproduced with this 1/2-scale model.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection
This collection of pins looks back over Nikon’s 100-year history by Nikon’s most historic and popular products, as well as its various corporate logos.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap
This premium camera strap is made entirely of the best Italian leather that improves with use and age.

*Order period, sales period, and price for each product varies by country or region.
*Please note that delivery of purchased goods may take some time if a large number of orders are received.

1 Swarovski® is a registered trademark of Swarovski AG.

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Ricoh announces WG-50 rugged compact with 5x zoom, built-in macro lights

25 May

Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera – the WG-50 – which replaces the WG-30. The WG-50 offers a 28-140mm equiv. F3.5-5.5 lens. The WG-50 uses a 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor and is capable of recording Full HD video at 30 fps. It is waterproof for two hours at a depth of 14m/45ft, and can cope with being dropped from a height of 1.6m/5ft, will operate at temperatures as low as -10°C/+14F and can withstand 100kg/220lbs of force.

As with Ricoh’s other recent rugged cameras, the WG-50 has an array of six LEDs around the lens that can be used to assist macro shooting, selfies and when using the 2MP digital microscope mode.

The camera will go on sale at the end of June in a choice of orange or black, and will cost $ 279/£249. For more information see the Ricoh website.

Press release

RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. announced the launch of the RICOH WG-50 digital compact camera.

This new model features a compact, lightweight body design, delivering exceptional waterproof and shockproof performance.

Developed as a standard-class waterproof digital compact camera, the RICOH WG-50 provides dependable performance and outstanding operability in demanding outdoor conditions. The WG-50 is waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 metres, and freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C. It also provides a range of features to facilitate all types of still-image and movie shooting, including approximately 16.0 effective megapixels and Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie recording capability. It also comes equipped with an outdoor friendly LCD screen on the brightness can be instantly adjusted to the lighting levels in a particular shooting situation.

The RICOH WG-50 features a range of optional camera-mounting accessories allowing the user to fix the camera securely on a bicycle or watercraft. Using the camera’s creative shooting functions, such as interval shooting and Full HD movie recording, the user can capture unique images seen from a very different angle or viewpoint.

RRP £249.99
Availability: End June 2017
Colours: Orange or Black

Main Features

1. Heavy-duty construction allowing underwater shooting down to 14 metres, for up to two hours of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX 8 or JIS Class 8). The RICOH WG-50 is also shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 metres,* dustproof (equivalent to IPX 6 or JIS Class 6), freeze-proof to temperatures as low as -10°C, and crushproof against weights up to 100kgf (kilogram force). ** Thanks to this heavy-duty construction, the camera performs superbly and dependably even in difficult and demanding outdoor conditions.
* Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards — from a height of 1.6 metres, onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood — conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F
** Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards

2. Exceptional image quality
The WG-50 comes equipped with a back illuminated CMOS image sensor, which delivers excellent high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and high-speed readout of image data signals. Coupled with a high-performance imaging engine, this image sensor delivers a top sensitivity of ISO 6400 and super-high-resolution images with approximately 16.0 effective megapixels. This model also provides advanced image processing functions, made possible by the latest super-resolution technology, to assure sharp, clear, high-resolution images. It also offers such innovative features as Hand-held Night Snap mode, which automatically captures several images of the same night-time scene from which it produces a single, blur-free composite image. Some advanced features have also been added to this model to facilitate and upgrade scenic photography. For example, white-balance optimisation in the Landscape shooting mode reproduces brilliant greens of trees.

3. 5X optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle coverage
The WG-50 features a high-performance, five-times optical zoom lens with a focal-length coverage from 5mm to 25mm (equivalent to approx. 28mm to 140mm in the 35mm format) to accommodate a wide range of scenes and subjects, including sweeping landscapes. It also provides other convenient shooting functions, such as a macro mode to capture dramatic close-up images from a minimum focusing distance of a mere one centimetre; an Intelligent Zoom function to extend the zoom range to approximately 36 times (equivalent to 1008mm in the 35mm format) without compromising image quality and ideal for superior telephoto photography; and an interval shooting mode, which comes in handy for fixed-point observation.

4. Underwater shooting mode
Specifically designed for underwater photography, the Underwater and Underwater Movie shooting modes are programmed to optimise colour and contrast, based on the data of images actually captured under the water. These modes deliver sharp, true-to-life images by enhancing shades of red which are lost in underwater photography, while effectively compensating for the loss of contrast caused by the diffusion of light in water. During Underwater mode, the Flash Off + Flash On option, allows the user to consecutively capture two images — with a single shutter release — one without flash and another with flash.

5. Six Macro Lights to assist close-up shooting, and a Self-Portrait Assist mode
Ideally positioned around the circumference of the lens barrel for macro shooting, six LED Macro Lights allow the WG-50 to provide bright, uniform illumination on a subject when the Digital Microscope mode is selected.*** Using these Macro Lights, the user can clearly see a magnified view of the microscopic world on the camera’s LCD screen, normally undetectable by the naked eye, to effortlessly capture eye-catching, close-up images. In order to minimize camera shake and subject shake, the Instant Illumination Enhance function allows for the use of a higher shutter speed by automatically raising the discharge level of the Macro Lights at the moment of shutter release. The Macro Lights also provide other useful functions, such as a Self-Portrait Assist mode, which uses the blink of an LED lamp to check if the subject’s face has been safely captured within the picture frame, and the LED Lighting mode, which uses the Macro Lights as a lighting device in the dark.
*** When this mode is selected, the image size is fixed at 2.0 megapixels (at 16:9 proportions).

6. Full HD movie recording for extended shooting of high-quality movies
The WG-50 provides Full HD movie recording employing the H.264 recording format. Users can capture high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. To add some creative touches to movie recording, it also features a high-speed camera function**** for slow-motion playback of captured movie clips, and an interval movie function. A micro-HDMI terminal (Type D) is also provided on the camera body for simultaneous output of Full HD movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.
**** When this function is selected, the recorded size is fixed at 1280 x 720 pixels.

7. Triple anti-shake protection to prevent blurred images in all applications
(1) Pixel Track SR mechanism
When recording still images, this advanced shake-reduction mechanism effectively compensates for camera shake by digitally processing affected images.

(2) Digital SR mode
When the camera detects low-lighting conditions in still-image shooting, this mode automatically raises the sensitivity up to as high as ISO 6400, making it possible to use a higher shutter speed and effectively minimise the adverse effect of camera shake and subject shake when dealing with poor lighting conditions.

(3) Movie SR mode
During movie recording, this mode effectively compensates for the misalignment of images caused by camera shake through the use of exclusive software to produce beautiful, blur-free movie clips.

8. 2.7 inch LCD screen with Outdoor View Setting mode
The WG-50 comes equipped 2.7 inch LCD screen with horizontally extended 16:9 proportions and approximately 230,000 dots. The screen’s AR (Anti-Reflection) coating minimises annoying glare and reflections to deliver a sharp, clear on-screen image even in sunshine during outdoor shooting. It also comes equipped with such convenient features as the Outdoor View Setting mode, which easily sets the optimal screen brightness level for a given lighting situation.

9. Other features

  • A range of WG-series mount accessories (optional) for a range of shooting situations
  • Two remote control receptors (one in front and another in the back) to widen signal coverage
  • Macro stand (included) to maintain a minimum focusing distance of one centimetre to the subject during extended observation and shooting of macro images
  • High-speed Face Detection function to capture as many as 32 faces in focus in approximately 0.03 seconds (minimum); Smile Capture function to automatically release the shutter when the subject’s smile is detected
  • Outdoor friendly Style Watch function to display the time on the LCD monitor, using an extended push of the OK button when the camera’s power is turned off
  • Delay-free, push-button start of the playback mode, using an extended push of the playback button
  • Auto Picture mode to automatically select the most appropriate shooting mode from 16 different scene modes
  • A choice of 12 digital filters
  • Pet detection function to automatically detect the face of a cat or dog

Ricoh WG-50 specifications

MSRP $ 279/£249
Body type
Body type Compact
Body material Composite
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
Color space sRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 125-6400
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Digital only
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–140 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F3.5–5.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (7.2X)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points 9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Program
Scene modes
  • HDR
  • Handheld Night Snap
  • Movie
  • High Speed Movie
  • Digital Microscope
  • Landscape
  • Flower
  • Portrait
  • Underwater
  • Underwater Movie
  • Interval Shot
  • Interval Movie
  • Surf & Snow
  • Kids
  • Pet
  • Sport
  • Night Scene
  • Night Scene Portrait
  • Fireworks
  • Food
  • Digital SR
  • Report
  • Green
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.50 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Flash modes On, off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Self-timer
  • Continuous
  • Burst
  • Remote control
  • Auto Bracketing
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, remote)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes (Wireless)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description D-LI92 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 300
Weight (inc. batteries) 193 g (0.43 lb / 6.81 oz)
Dimensions 123 x 62 x 30 mm (4.84 x 2.44 x 1.18)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

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Garmin announces the VIRB 360, a 5.7K waterproof 360-cam

24 May

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Garmin is entering the 360-camera market with the introduction of the VIRB 360, a dual camera device capable of 5.7K (30p) immersive video and 15MP spherical still images. Unlike most other 360-cameras, the VIRB 360 is completely waterproof. It also features a bevy of sensors, including GPS – information from which can be overlayed directly into 360-video in post.

The camera will launch with a free mobile app and desktop software for editing, stabilizing and sharing 360 photos and video. There does not appear to be any in-camera stabilization, though users can stabilize their 5.7K footage in post, resulting in 4K 360 footage. The camera also has live streaming capability and footage should be compatible with all VR headsets currently on the market.

Available in June, the suggested retail price is $ 799.99, putting the VIRB 360 at a substantially higher price point than other consumer 360 cameras.

Press Release

Introducing the VIRB® 360: An immersive 360-degree 5.7K camera experience from Garmin®

OLATHE, Kan./May 24, 2017/Business Wire – Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the versatile VIRB 360, a compact, rugged and fully spherical 360-degree camera. The waterproof1 VIRB 360 is an easy-to-use camera that captures impressive high-quality video up to 5.7K/30fps, with four built-in microphones to ensure everything sounds as good as it looks in any direction. Whether users are kayaking down river rapids or mountain biking through rough terrain, the VIRB 360’s 4K Spherical Stabilization2 makes every video smooth and steady.

With the VIRB 360, users capture video with automatic in-camera stitching up to 4K/30fps. Videos are easily uploaded for editing or sharing instantaneously. Taking advantage of its built-in GPS and numerous other sensors, the VIRB 360 provides owners with customizable G-Metrix™ data overlays in a captivating 360-degree augmented reality3 setting.

“The VIRB 360 lets you relive personal experiences and share them with your friends – from a different point of view, every single time,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “VIRB 360 owners will no longer need to worry about trying to capture the perfect angle or setting up the perfect shot. The camera’s easy-to-use feature set will make even the most inexperienced users look like experts.”

Garmin offers a free downloadable VIRB Mobile app and desktop software to edit, stabilize, share and add data overlays to any VIRB 360 video content – features that make the VIRB 360 easier to use than most other 360 cameras. Boasting conveniently simple one-touch button controls, the VIRB 360 also incorporates helpful voice control4 options to start and stop recordings, snap photos and more. And to make the most of “in-the-moment” experiences, the VIRB 360 features livestream5 capabilities to post to YouTube™ or Facebook Live with a compatible smartphone or tablet.

The VIRB 360 offers a rechargeable, one-hour battery life while recording. Even more impressive, whether it’s a family event or a rigorous journey, the VIRB 360 is built to withstand overheating and wet conditions. Beyond video, the VIRB 360 can take stitched-in-camera, 360-degree, 15 megapixel spherical photos. Photo modes include single capture, burst shooting, and time lapse. Additionally, the camera is equipped with a sunlight-readable display for users to identify battery life, storage capacity and video modes. The VIRB 360 supports Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, ANT+™, and NFC (one-tap connection with Android™ devices) connectivity.

Offering a wealth of flexibility and range, the VIRB 360 is compatible with industry-leading virtual reality headsets and live playback through the free VIRB Mobile app. What’s more, the camera is compatible with Apple® and Android devices, and comes with its own unique tripod/handgrip. The VIRB 360 uses replaceable microSD memory6 cards of up to 128GB (sold separately).

The Garmin VIRB 360 has a suggested retail price of $ 799.99 and is expected to be available in June. For more information, visit

The Garmin VIRB 360 is the latest from the consumer automotive and camera segment of Garmin, the leading worldwide provider of portable navigation devices for automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. The company’s user-friendly navigation and action camera solutions have innovative features that provide time- and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving and outdoor living.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation, advancements with camera solutions, wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at,, or

2Stabillization is applied using VIRB Mobile app or VIRB Edit desktop software and is only available for videos stitched in camera.
3Augmented reality overlays require mobile or desktop VIRB app before sharing.
4Voice control available for English (US, UK), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Japanese, and Mandarin.
5Live streaming only available on compatible Apple devices.
6See for compatibility.

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Leica announces plans for ‘peeling’ CCDs in M9 and Monochrom

23 May

Owners of Leica M cameras that suffer from ‘peeling’ CCDs will be able to claim a free repair in the future so long as the camera was purchased within five years of the fault becoming apparent, the company has announced. The plan has been set out to address what happens after the 16th August this year when the ‘regardless of camera age’ offer is due to expire.

After this date Leica will still replace faulty sensors in affected models that have been in use for more than five years but will ask owners for €982 towards the cost. Alternatively, owners may wish to take advantage of ‘even more attractive terms’ on a trade-in for a new Typ 240 class model. Quite what those attractive terms are though remains unclear.

Cameras that have an issue with a peeling layer on the CCD sensor are some M9, M9-P, M Monochrom and M-E cameras. The issue was recognised and acknowledged by Leica in 2014, and this announcement intends to begin to put a close to the free repair program.

Cameras that need to have their sensor replaced will also get a free 7-point service and overhaul as a good-will measure, which includes cleaning of numerous mechanisms and some repairs to the viewfinder and the multi-function wheel.

For more information see the Leica website.

Press Release

Latest information concerning the CCD sensors of the Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom and M-E camera models

Following the successfully begun and largely completed replacement programme for corroded sensors that affected M9, M9-P, M Monochrom and M-E camera models, we would now like to inform you about how this programme will be handled in the future.

Until 15 August 2017, we will continue to offer free replacement of sensors for these camera models if they are affected by the corrosion problem. This will also apply after 16 August 2017 for the models listed above, but only in cases where the cameras have been purchased as new products within the last five years.

From 16 August 2017, and until further notice, we will offer our customers the following new programme for all camera models mentioned above that were purchased longer than five years ago. Here, the customer pays a share of the replacement costs for the affected CCD sensor amounting to 982 euros (825 euros plus 19% VAT). Included in this programme is a free general overhaul of your Leica M camera and a one year warranty on the same terms as for new products. This offer expresses our commitment to conserving the value of your camera.

We have also revised our upgrade offers with more attractive terms for our customers. Instead of a sensor replacement, we offer our customers the alternative option of sending us their camera affected by sensor corrosion in part payment for the purchase of selected Leica M camera models of the Type 240 generation at even more attractive terms. Leica Customer Care will be pleased to inform and advise interested customers about the terms and conditions of the upgraded offer.

With regard to the above, we would like to remind you that the replacement of CCD sensors and the upgrade offers apply only to cameras affected by this concrete problem, and only to the models of the Leica M-System we have listed above. Preventive replacement of sensors is not included in this programme.

The general overhaul of the Leica M camera includes the following items:
• Cleaning and overhaul of the shutter cocking mechanisms
• Cleaning and maintenance/repair of the multifunction wheel
• Cleaning of the main switch and shutter speed dial
• Adjustment of the baseplate locking system
• Refurbishment of engravings
• Renewal of the protective film on the baseplate
• Maintenance/repair of viewfinder displays

How can I find out whether my Leica M is more than five years old?
The date on which you purchased your camera as a new product applies. The sales receipt serves as proof of the date of purchase. If you no longer have your sales receipt, the age of the camera will be determined from its serial number. In this case, the date on which it was supplied to the dealer applies.

Which point in time is used for determining whether my camera is within the period designated for the full goodwill arrangement?
The date on which the defect was reported to Leica Camera AG applies. In each concrete case, a check of the camera by Leica Customer Care is required to prove that the problem is due to the corresponding sensor defect. This check can be made by sending the camera or a suitable test exposure to Leica Customer Care and subsequent checking of the camera by specialist personnel at Leica.

What can I expect to pay if I decide to take advantage of the upgrade option instead of having my camera repaired?
Leica Customer Care can provide concrete prices for your upgrade wishes on request.

Can I also upgrade to a Leica M10?
Due to the extremely high demand for the new Leica M10, this model is excluded from the upgrade programme. Only the direct successors of the Leica M9 listed below are available as options in the upgrade programme:
• Leica M (Typ 240)
• Leica M-P (Typ 240)
• Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246)

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PDN announces 2017 Photo Annual contest winners

07 May

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photo District News has announced the winners of its 2017 PDN Photo Annual competition. It selected 165 winners from thousands of entries across 10 categories, with winners ranging from established photographers to up-and-coming artists.

Of particular note, PDN awarded its first annual Photographer of the Year award to photographer Mark Peterson for creating an outstanding body of work that reflects the year in photography, and for his book Political Theatre

Head over to the official contest site to see all the winners.


Photographer: Todd Anthony

Category: Advertising/Corporate Work

A summer campaign for UK brand Fab Ice Lollies, “A Sprinkle of Summer Fun.” [Client: Nestlé]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Julien Grimard

Category: Sports

From a series that captures freestyle mountain biker Matt Macduff attempting the Loop Of Doom, his subsequent crash and injuries.

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Ami Vitale

Category: Magazine/Editorial

Pandas, once dangerously close to extinction, are being sent back to the wild. Following China’s massive captive-breeding program, this series shows the next step in the attempt to save the country’s ‘most famous ambassador.’ [Publication: National Geographic]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Emile Ducke

Category: Student Work

A portrait of Aidara, a West Siberian village accessible only by boat and home to a small community of Russian Orthodox Old Believers. This faction continues liturgical practices prior to church reforms introduced in the mid-17th century. Life in Aidara, Ducke explains, consists of exhausting agricultural work, and beyond the village is a vast forest, prone to fires that the residents must control in the dry summers. [From a series]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Jimmy Chin

Category: Sports

For this shoot, Chin accompanied Felipe Camargo while he climbed the Getu Arch in China. [From a series]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Marcus Palmqvist

Category: Stock Photography

‘Impossible Balance’ tricks the eye with seemingly impossible moves by Swedish dancers caught in camera.

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Amber Bracken

Category: Photojournalism/Documentary

A series about the members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies, who camped for nearly a year in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing their territory and their water supply. Though on its face the issue is the pipeline, the conflict is steeped in generations of violent history with the American government.

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Piotr Naskrecki

Category: Personal Work

For the last few years Naskrecki has been documenting the lesser-known animals of Africa, which receive little attention due to their small size or elusive lifestyle. Images in this series were taken in Mozambique, ‘one of the least explored countries on the continent, biologically and photographically.’ [Photo of a pangolin, from a series]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Mark Peterson

Category: Photo Books

Peterson’s caustic black-and-white series about American politicians pulls back the curtain on their performances to show them as they really are. From shortly before the 2013 government shut down to the 2016 presidential election, Peterson cuts through the staging and reveals the cold, naked ambition for power. [Book: Political Theatre, Steidl]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Tyler Gray

Category: Personal Work

‘Blue Collar’ is an ongoing series that depicts the harsh beauty and big potential of the North American towns that never quite recovered from the 2009 financial crisis that decimated the manufacturing industry. [From a series]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Jack Davison

Category: Magazine/Editorial

‘L.A. Noir’ features the year’s best actors—including Ruth Negga, Emma Stone, Taraji P. Henson and Denzel Washington—channeling classic film-noir looks and scenarios. [From a series]

2017 PDN Photo Annual

Photographer: Shawn Corrigan and Steve Boyle

Category: Video/Multimedia

A short film about Carol, known as ‘Grubby’ to her teammates, who became a starting middle linebacker after just two weeks of practice in 2001, when women’s tackle football was in its infancy. Nine seasons, hundreds of tackles and one brief retirement later, she’s back for one final season with the Firebirds. [Film: Grubby’s Last Stand]

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