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News The Smart Choice The integration of WiFi and other ‘smart’ technology in cameras is one of the key features keeping compact cameras in competition with cameraphones. Samsung’s Jon Penney talks to Pixel about smart technology and the importance of connecting cameras on page 10.
80 Billion Things Connected by 2020 IDATE has published its report on the ‘Internet of Things’ ... a concept whereby any item can connect to the Internet to retrieve information to enhance its intrinsic value. 15 billion things (machines, connected devices and objects) were connected to the Internet in 2012, up from 4 billion in 2010. According to Samuel Ropert, project leader, “In 2020, there will be 80 billion devices that fall into this category.”
Bowens In the USA Bowens International has appointed MAC Group as its exclusive distributor in the USA. As part of the agreement, MAC Group will become a shareholder in the UK-based lighting company, and MAC Group President Jan Lederman has been appointed a Director of Bowens International Ltd. Emerson Roberts, MD of Bowens said: “MAC Group will provide the kind of marketing and distribution muscle we need to build our presence in the USA. Bowens is a world-leader in photographic lighting and the number one seller in many countries. With MAC Group’s track record, we look forward to seeing similar results in the USA.”
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Meet KodaK AlArIS
KPP Creates Kodak Alaris to Ensure long-Term Growth of Valuable Businesses The UK Kodak Pension Plan has completed its acquisition of the Kodak Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses from Eastman Kodak Company and created a new company, which will be known as Kodak Alaris. The new company aims to preserve the heritage and legacy of the Kodak brand, while embodying greater speed and agility to meet market needs and changes. “Our excitement around the acquisition of these businesses comes not just from their market strength but from what we see as long-term, highly successful growth opportunities,” said Steven Ross, independent chairman of KPP. “We’re thrilled with the potential the new company holds for our plan members, our customers, and our employees.” “Our new owner shares the same commitment to our Kodak Alaris’ customers, which is what
makes the future of Kodak Alaris so exciting,” said Dennis Olbrich, President of Kodak Alaris’ Personalised Imaging Business. “As we celebrate this critical step on our journey, the priority is to continue to meet and exceed the needs of customers and consumers by continuing our tradition of customer service, all made possible by our committed and talented employees.” When the transaction completes globally, Kodak Alaris will have more than 4,700 employees in approximately 30 countries with expected revenue of more than $1.3 billion. Read more in our Big Interview on page 14.
OM-G! It’s Here!
New oM-d model prmises the best images in the history of olympus. That’s a bold claim, so let’s take a look. Olympus’ new OM-D E-M1 is more compact than its main rivals, combining the portable dimensions of the Micro Four Thirds format with image quality more common in DSLRs. Thanks to a new Live MOS sensor and nextgeneration processor, it delivers the best images in the history of Olympus cameras. The E-M1 trumps the autofocus performance of its OM-D predecessor with DUAL FAST AF – one of the world’s fastest AF systems. It has an electronic viewfinder with the magnifying power of a high-end, full-frame DSLR and the unique 5-axis image stabilisation system that made its OM-D debut on the E-M5.
The E-M1 is splash, dust and freezeproof and compatible with an ever-growing range of interchangeable lenses. It is available for pre-order in black with a special offer, and stores will be able to offer additional incentives for E-System users from mid- October 2013. Prices start at £1299.99 for the body only. Olympus will open up Four Thirds lenses to MFT customers by giving E-System camera owners an adapter worth £179 when they purchase the E-M1 by November. Customers who pre-register before the October sales start will receive an HLD-7 vertical grip free of charge. Olympus is also offering E-M1 owners a Service Plus package and extended warranty – both free of charge.
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Saying what you’re thinking and asking the difﬁcult questions. Each week the Insider reports from the front line of our industry So here it is – Merry Christmas! Since my last rant on these, the pages of the foremost imaging retail newspaper in the UK market, (they keep asking me back), we’ve changed seasons, seen a handful of industry events come & go (IFA & IBC) and must now be turning our attention to the big ‘C’. No, not the one that kills you, the one where the portly gent, dressed in red comes down the chimney bearing gifts for one and all. My wonder is, what will be in his sack this year? We’ve had a good few launches of late and some unusual ones at that – Sony mobile Cybershot lens anyone? New smartphones
News JP Offer New Warranty for BlackRapid
from Apple, the Note 3 from Samsung and a smattering of compacts from Sony and Nikon make up the crux of the hardware. For me though, as we stand here right now, the outstanding two (that I’d like to see with my name on them) would have to be the new Olympus OM-D E-M1and Canon’s EOS-1D C. What do you think though, have you started ordering for the festive season and if so, what. Get online (Pixel.co.uk) and discuss what’s out there and what you think will be the hit of the season… See you at the Pixel Trade Awards on the 15th November in London (if I’m invited).
JP Distribution have informed us that all BlackRapid Straps and SnapR Cases will now carry a 5 Year Warranty. This is an exclusive upgrade authorised by BlackRapid for UK and Ireland customers only and only when purchased from an authorised reseller, so only stock distributed via JP Distribution will carry this warranty. The warranty will be back-dated to 1st January so all of this year’s BlackRapid customers will be covered.
Hasselblad Launches First Retail Store
A Light Introduction Nikon’s new LD1000 LED light for Nikon 1 system cameras and Coolpix compact cameras, will retail for a recommended £119.99. This ultra-portable light provides a continuous light source for close-up photography or movie making. It helps users who are beginning to explore more creativity in their photography to add impact to their images. It can help avoid ﬂat-looking photos, soften shadow areas, compensate for backlight or add depth to colours. When shooting movies from close up, the small and lightweight design makes this a great light source to take on location.
Hasselblad, one of the world’s best known imaging brands, is about to launch its ﬁrstever retail outlet
Hasselblad opens it’s ﬁrst retail store in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku area on September 14. The new store launch is the latest move in CEO Dr Larry Hansen’s extensive new investment programme aimed at making it easier for more people across the globe to own a Hasselblad camera. Dr Hansen said: “This is a landmark day and to celebrate we will be throwing an all-day party.” The new store - a one-stop-shop of all things Hasselblad - is located adjacent to the Hasselblad Japan ofﬁces and close to
a number of well-known retailers and fashion boutiques. William Penrice, Hasselblad Japan President said: “Our Tokyo premises include a photo-studio and a gallery. We also have a display area showcasing heritage products including our classic V System and space cameras favoured by US astronauts.” He added: “This is the ﬁrst time in our history that we will be providing direct sales We want people to just drop by whenever they can and browse, not just our latest cameras, but also enjoy a snapshot of our heritage and history.”
In on the Action Sony’s sporty new model
Sony’s new Action Cam feature GPS, Live-View Remote and slim waterproof housing. The new Action Cam HDR-AS30V offers Full HD movie quality and detail-packed still photos in a waterproof housing 35% lighter and 25% smaller than its predecessor.
With an impressive 170° ﬁeld of view, the wide-angle Carl Zeiss Tessar lens combine with the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor to capture even more light, and more of the scene. There’s a choice of recording modes, including Full HD 60p/50p and two slow-mo modes. For the ﬁrst time, Action Cam can also capture crisp 11.9 megapixel still photos as well as HD movies.
In-built Wi-Fi also links Action Cam with the optional RM-LVR1 LiveView Remote and offers instant sharing. The new Action Cam HDR-AS30V from Sony is available in UK from the end of September, RRP £260.
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Cooke Impress at IBC Cooke Optics is presenting the ﬁrst two working production models from its Anamorphic/i range at IBC, ﬁrst launched to great acclaim at NAB 2013. In addition, the ﬁrst production model in the new Cooke Metrology lens testing range is on show. The Anamorphic/i lenses, which are approximately the size of Cooke’s industry standard S4/i lenses, retain the Cooke Look, are colour matched with the Cooke 5/i, S4/i and miniS4/i ranges, and come equipped with the next generation /i Technology, /i Squared, which you can read about on page 13.
Nikon’ Cool Compact Duo Perfect for professions that require a high quality compact camera like architects or those working in real estate, the Coolpix P7800 offers 12 megapixels, with a large illuminated CMOS sensor coupled with a built-in electronic viewﬁnder and clear 3” display. Full HD 1080p video resolution with built-in stereo microphone (and external microphone output) place adaptability at the heart of this powerful camera. The Coolpix P7800 will be available from 26th September, RRP: £499.99. With a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, 7.3GB of internal memory and a 3x optical zoom, the eyecatching Coolpix S02 has the functions of a larger model while the touch screen and intuitive interface make it simple. The petite camera packs a 13 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD movie and a large touch sensitive screen with a customisable user interface. This smallest Coolpix will be available in white, pink, blue and mirror, RRP £119.99 from 19th September.
Get Kitted Out
Body and multiple lens bundles key for DSLR growth In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the number of changeable lenses sold in kits with more than one lens. DSLR lenses sold in kits grew by 7% compared to Q2 2012. In the meantime, lenses sold alone declined by 18%. Knowing that SLR remained stable in volume during the same period, we can easily understand that SLR sold with more than one lens are growing in importance and that these kits probably affect the SLR lenses sold alone in the market. In Q2 2013, body-only SLR sales accounted for 22% of the total SLR market, whereas single lens kits and twin lens kits represented respectively 71% and 7%. Body only sales are more important to specialist and online retailers, representing 25% of SLR sales in consumer electronic stores and mail order houses. Bundled sales of two or more lenses make up 10% of sales in consumer electronic stores. On the other hand, in the mass merchandiser channel, single lens sales have more importance, making up 85% of SLR volumes.
The CSC market has a different split, with more than 82% of their sales coming from one lens kits, 9% coming from twin lens kits and 9% from body only. Looking ahead, we can expect to see cameras sold without lenses remain an important part of the consumer electronic and mail order house business, as well as seeing an increase in kits with more than one lens become more important in all channels. Aline Marchal, Account Manager, Photo, email@example.com, 0870 603 8181, www.gfkrt.com/uk, www.twitter.co.uk/gfkrtuk
The Fight to Evolve Our High Streets m-Commerce entrepreneur says shops need to embrace a new in-store dynamic
In the wake of Bill Grimsey’s high street reports, many retailers are grasping for new ideas that will help their business compete. Dan Wagner, Technology Entrepreneur and CEO of Powa Technologies, which has implemented payment platforms for major brands and retailers such as Tesco and Superdrug, commented, “The shopping experience on the High Street can be poor compared with the online environment What you are beginning to see from certain retailers like Hollister is a very different, attractive environment that drives consumers into stores. They have proven that the in-store dynamic can be changed dramatically and there is an
opportunity to create a different experience. “New mobile technology offers another way of competing. Retailers have to embrace new ways of operating if they want to survive. The stores should have more ﬂexible layouts with the ability to make purchases anywhere on the premises, as immediacy is key for customers. The challenge is for traditional shops to enrich the physical shopping experience in order to compete with online retailers. The High Street needs to evolve or die.” Dan Wagner’s company is playing its part in changing this scenario with its mPowa mobile payment system which enables merchants to accept payments on the move.
Auto Flash Units for Pentax Two weather-resistant auto ﬂash units for PENTAX interchangeable lens cameras With 28 seals applied to crucial parts of the unit body including the hotshoe, these ﬂash units feature weather-resistant construction, so by coupling one with a camera body and lens that are weather-resistant, the user can create a highly versatile and robust digital imaging system
Both models incorporate a newly designed, high-intensity ﬁxed-light LED light in the body. This white LED light comes in handy not only for close-distance movie recording, but also for still-image shooting requiring extended exposures. It also functions as a catch light in portraiture and an AF assist light in the dark.
The AF 540FGZ II Flashgun carries an RRP of £549.99, and the AF 360FGZ II Flashgun will retail for a suggested £399.99. They’re available from Ricoh Imaging from the end of September. www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk
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Razor Sharp and ready to go!
Hot on the heels of the Vortex Diamondback 60mm and 80mm spotting ‘scopes, NewPro have reported delivery of the new Razor HD 65mm Spotting Scopes. Weighing in at just under 1340g for the body and 16-48x HD eyepiece combination, these 65mm ‘scopes ﬁt into the Razor range between the new 50mm HD and 85mm HD scopes and offer a lightweight HD ‘scope with close focus at less than 12 feet. Available in both straight and angled bodies, they both come complete with a 16-48x zoom eyepiece and case. As the zoom is built in the same housing as the 20-60x zoom, there’s already a dedicated adapter for these ‘scopes to be used with ‘PhoneSkope’ for scoping with a Smartphone. Both versions will retail for £1099.
Small and Sporty
Tiny action cam
Rollei used IFA to unveil its new, extremely small Actioncam S-50 WiFi. Equipped with 14 megapixels, full HD resolution 1080p, integrated WiFi and extra-slim lens for pin-sharp underwater recordings, this compact action camcorder is ideal for all action enthusiasts who want to watch their sport in real time and share it via social networks. All editions come with a free download link for Corel Video Studio X6 to process the photos and videos. The stylish Rollei Actioncam S-50 WiFi Standard Edition shines in bright orange and boasts 3 interchangeable fronts in black, blue and yellow. The comprehensive accessory package is especially designed for outdoor activities. The Rollei S-50 WiFi Editions will be available in stores from mid-October.
Putting ActionCams in the Shade
New entry to the interesting wearable-tech market
Rollei also surprised us at IFA with the new Rollei Actioncam Sun- glasses Cam 100, with a 63 degree ﬁeld of view, and the Sunglasses Cam 200, with a 135 degree wide-angle view! Equipped with full HD video resolution 1920 x 1080/30fps and a 5-megapixel sensor, these splashproof action sun- glasses are especially
for outdoor and sports enthusiasts who want to record their action on video quickly and easily. It is powered by a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (550 mAh) – with up to 60 minutes recording time. The battery is charged directly in the camera via the USB port; memory cards can be connected using the microSD/SDHC card slot.
Sony Open up Apps
Remote shooting from mobile devices on the way for Sony snappers
Sony is releasing the “Camera Remote API,” Application Program Interface for remote operation of Sony cameras with Wi-Fi-equipped smartphones and electronic tablets. API speciﬁcation, sample codes and related documents required for application development are available for download from the website. Using the app developed with this API, users will be able to shoot still images and movies, see real-time views of camera displays on the screens of smartphones and electronic tablets, as well as operate the camera self-timer and zoom functions using
mobile devices via Wi-Fi. Eight Sony cameras are compatible with the Camera Remote API beta, and all additional models will be added to this list in the future. Developed applications can be released and distributed in Google Play for Android, or App Store for iOS.
News Zeiss Closes the Gap This wide-angle lens Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 is the newest member of the ZEISS zoom family. “With the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 we are closing a gap in the wideangle range” says Michael Schiehlen, Director of Sales of ZEISS Camera Lenses. “This offers clients the greatest possible ﬂexibility so that there are no limits to their creativity.”
A Great All-Rounder Fujiﬁlm has launched the Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R lens for Fujiﬁlm compact system cameras. With a focal length equivalent to 35mm in 35mm format, the Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R is suitable for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes as well as more general photography. The Fujinon XF23mm will be on sale from October 2013. Its UK SRP will be £849.99.
Update your contacts... Epson’s New Sales Manager Phil McMullin has joined Epson as UK Sales Manager for its Professional Graphics business unit. Phil comments: “I am delighted to be joining the Pro Graphics team. Epson has a good position in the market and I aim to make it the supplier of choice in all our Pro Graphics markets, with particular focus on the signage sector.” Phil began working within the graphics supplies sector over 20 years ago, ﬁrst as production sales specialist with Kodak, followed by roles at Xerox. For the past eight years he has headed up media sales at Spandex, with responsibility for delivering a world class customer service experience. Phil will report into UK Managing Director, Tony Petford who said: “Phil’s wide range of skills and knowledge of the industry, particularly in the signage sector, make him an important addition to Epson’s UK team at a time when we are rapidly expanding our range of solutions for the market.”
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RETURN TO iMAGEX
Back in February we told you the story of the former Jessops store in Bicester that was taken over by Rob Peckham and Paul Crockett to open iMagex. This is a 3 part catch up of how the guys, are getting on since opting to join the Kodak express network where they tell us what has really worked for them in store todrive sales and footfall. This week we’re focusing on connectivity What has been going on since we last caught up with you? The business as a whole has been growing month-on-month by a significant amount, and the new Bicester Town Centre with two hours free parking has been a great help with this. We’ve also received great support with our technical issues from Tetenal, who have been very efficient in supplying consumables and excellent point of sale ideas from Kodak. Word of mouth has been an important factor in our success. We’ve noticed that mobile users seem to tell each other how easy it is to get their photos printed here using the Kodak Kiosk Connect app and the Facebook notification has generated more business from users who use Facebook on their phones. Kodak Kiosk Connect app • The Kodak kiosk connect app was developed to keep up with the huge growing demand for hassle free photo printing • More than ever consumers are using phones to print over 6 their www.pixel.co.uk their cameras
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• With the Kiosk connect app retailers can now offer their customers the option to print products direct The KODAK Kiosk Connect App provides a quick and easy way to wirelessly transfer photos from a Wi-Fi enabled device like a Smartphone to a Kodak Picture Kiosk, allowing the consumer to make prints, cards, calendars, collages, photobooks and more using the photos on their phone. Kodak Kiosk Facebook Simply connect and print Facebook photos from the Kodak Picture Kiosk. Customers can even access their friends’ albums and include their pictures as well. In just minutes, they can turn online photos into prints, photo products and personalized gifts — ready the same day.
To find out more information on the great benefits Kodak Picture Kiosks can deliver to your business visit our website at www.kodak.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)1442 261122
Prograf Progress Two new models for Canon’s Wide Format line up The image PROGRAF iPF6400S and iPF8400S - which replace the iPF6300S and iPF8300S respectively - are designed to support highvolume production and both now feature the same ‘Hot Swap’ ink capabilities and new colour density sensor found in the iPF9400S. Together, these features ensure customers in production, prooﬁng, photographic and design industries receive superior image quality and uninterrupted printing across the full range of 24” - 60” 8-colour models. The iPF6400S also features a larger optional
300ml ink tank (in addition to the standard 130ml) and is the ﬁnal model in the 8-colour range to beneﬁt from a sub-ink tank, which allows for nonstop printing - or ‘Hot Swap’ during ink tank replacement. Additional features, including automatic nozzle compensation, email error reports and consumable replacement notiﬁcations, make this printer ideal for production environments by supporting continued productivity. All 8-colour imagePROGRAF models now feature Direct Print & Share software.
Epson Enters Direct-To-Garment Printing Market Performance and reliability meet to drive more proﬁt
Epson has added to its textile printer line up with its ﬁrst direct-to-garment t-shirt printer, the SureColor SC-F2000. With the garment printing market expected to be worth over €200 million by 2014, businesses can beneﬁt from the SureColor SCF2000’s revenue-generating features. Combined with high performance, low maintenance and running costs, it enables businesses to offer a new t-shirt design and print service. Garment Creator software by Epson is bundled with the package, which includes a cost calculation function, allowing you to estimate the print cost by calculating the
amount and cost of the ink used for each print job. This design software enables designers to produce customised, eye-catching designs on t-shirts, caps and bags up to 25mm thick. The SC-F2000 is capable of printing a white t-shirt in 27 seconds and a dark coloured t-shirt in 111 seconds, using white and colour ink. The SC-F2000 offers a resolution of up to 1440x1440dpi for accurate dot shape and placement, while its wide colour gamut produces vibrant colours, sharp contours and smooth gradations. The SureColor SC-F2000 is available from November 2013.
Printers Explore Opportunities to FESPA Mexico
FESPA Mexico 2013 welcomed 8,314 visitors through its doors, 50% of which were in senior company positions and 44% had ﬁnal decision making power 125 exhibitors demonstrated products across the 11,000sqm ﬂoor plan, taking place at the Centro Banamex, Mexico City. 13.5% of the total 125 exhibitors were new to FESPA Mexico 2013 and overall 13% of returning exhibitors increased their ﬂoorspace. The theme for FESPA Mexico 2013 was ‘discover a new world of print’, designed to empower print service providers to seek out new business opportunities at the show, where they could explore new products, technologies and market trends. FESPA Mexico Exhibition Manager, Michael Ryan comments: “This year’s show was a tremendous success and we’re delighted to
continue the positive interest after last year’s record breaking year. It’s great to see the enthusiasm in the market is still here and the feedback we’re receiving from exhibitors is extremely positive.”
News ‘Faux Lith’ Prints on Show Bangwallop, a venue in Salcombe, Devon, will be exhibiting 20 images from Tim Rudman’s ‘A Walk on the White Side’ ‘til the end of November. Shot on ﬁlm in temperatures of -20˚C or less, Tim Rudman’s ‘faux lith’ prints are handmade on Ilford Multigrade Warmtone FB ﬁbre silver-based paper in and are chemically toned, both for the aesthetic and to ensure archival permanence. Tim is well known internationally for his pioneering work in Lith Printing and distinctive toning methods of Black & White silver gelatine prints.
ScreenTec Increases Capacity with Canon Continuing to invest in growth Enhancing productivity and expanding its portfolio of services are top of the agenda for Walesbased Print Service Provider ScreenTec, who have just invested in an Océ Arizona 480 GT from Canon. Inspired by the success achieved with its existing Océ Arizona 350 GT - which has underpinned its growth from a traditional screen printer to a multi-purpose PSP ScreenTec has purchased an Arizona 480 GT to boost output capacity and pave the way for potential new revenue streams. The company is looking to further strengthen its position in both the pointof-sale and industrial print markets. Two key drivers for the company in selecting its new investment were the reliability of the technology and Canon’s back-up service. Duncan Smith, Wide Format Printing Group Director, Canon UK, says: “We’re delighted that ScreenTec has decided to continue its journey with us. It is an example of a company that recognises both the vast potential of the wide format market and how digital printing technology can drive success.”
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A continuing trend throughout 2013 has been the integration of Wi-Fi and other smart technologies into cameras, enabling customers to use their products in new and exciting ways. Samsung has been at the forefront of these developments, we caught up with Jon Penney, Senior Product Manager, Digital Imaging at Samsung Electronics UK to ﬁnd out more
How would you deﬁne a Smart camera? In our increasingly connected world, cameras are playing a more prominent role. Customers want to capture and share everyday life with their social networks, and want the process to be quick and easy. We identiﬁed this requirement and used our expertise in connectivity to introduce a range of Smart Cameras, which provide not only enhanced connectivity, but smart technologies that let customers do more. We recognised that capturing the results in any given shooting situation posed numerous challenges for consumers, and that’s before they even began the process of editing the shots on a computer, resizing and sharing, which can be complicated. We identiﬁed the need to simplify the entire digital imaging process and developed our Smart Cameras. To simplify the capture process Samsung developed intelligent scene detection technology which detects the scene and automatically adjusts the settings for the best results. Captured photos can be easily viewed on the camera; photos and videos can be backed up to a computer automatically and saved on a remote server securely; photos and videos can be transferred to smartphones, tablets, sent by email, viewed on a TV and can be shared on Facebook or YouTube. Now the entire digital imaging process takes place directly from your Samsung Smart Camera. With the release of NX300 earlier this year, we introduced the next-generation of Samsung Smart Cameras. SMART CAMERA 2.0 brought with it many new features as well as feature upgrades that allow users to share high quality images directly from the camera, faster and easier than ever before. What are the key features of SMART CAMERA 2.0? The key elements are Auto Share, Mobile Link, Remote Viewﬁnder, All-share Play,
Social Sharing/Email and Auto Backup. Two of the major challenges that customers face when using their digital camera are sharing and backing up their images safely, Auto Share and Auto Backup make this simplicity itself. AutoShare provides easy, direct sharing and sends photos, as they are taken, directly from the camera to a smartphone or tablet, via a direct WiFi connection. This means that customers don’t need to be near a WiFi hotspot, as they simply use the built-in WiFi capability of the camera to share the images with their smartphone or tablet. The Auto Backup feature allows you to save all the images in the camera to a computer with a single touch, rather than having to remove the memory card or connect a cable. You simply turn the mode dial to WiFi, select the Auto Backup icon and then follow the on-screen instructions. You can send up to 1000 ﬁles, giving you complete peace of mind.
“The Samsung SMART CAMERA App combines three separate apps into one, enabling customers to connect their camera and smart device in a single touch. It integrates AutoShare, MobileLink and Remote Viewﬁnder into one app.”
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How easy is it for customers to use the camera with their smartphone or tablet? It’s really easy. The Samsung SMART CAMERA App combines three separate apps into one, enabling customers to connect their camera and smart device in a single touch. It integrates AutoShare, MobileLink and Remote Viewﬁnder into one app. The MobileLink feature sends photos to a smartphone or tablet with a single touch. Simply select the WiFi mode from the mode dial, choose the MobileLink icon and then either select the images on the camera or use the App on your smartphone or tablet to select which ﬁles to send. This brilliant feature eliminates the need to transfer images to a computer ﬁrst, letting you share images on the go. The Remote Viewﬁnder function lets you remotely control your camera from a smartphone or tablet for a distance of up to 10 meters. The intuitive App enables you to use the larger screen on your phone or tablet as the camera’s viewﬁnder, letting you preview images, adjust camera settings, zoom in and out, frame the scene and tag the shot with the location - all from your phone or tablet, wirelessly. It’s a great way to put yourself in the shot for a group picture. Is the SMART CAMERA App compatible with all models? The SMART CAMERA App works with all Samsung camera models manufactured in 2013. For models prior to this, customers can use the individual apps – MobileLink and Remote Viewﬁnder - available on Google Play and iOS app stores. You mentioned All-Share Play earlier. What does that do? All-Share Play is a great way to share content with your other devices at home, making it easier to view photos with family and friends, for example. Again, you just turn the mode dial on your camera to WiFi mode and select All-Share Play. If you have a Samsung TV you’ll be prompted on the TV screen that the device is trying to connect with your TV and you can simply use the TV remote to view images or start a slideshow.
With all those mode and options, can’t things get a little confusing? It’s true that there’s lots of options, but it’s the same simple steps to access the Smart features – using the mode dial to access WiFi mode and then selecting the option you want from the seven available. On the NX1100, NX2000 and NX300 we’ve made it easier still by incorporating a Direct Link button on the camera. You can simply register which WiFi option you want to use, and then just press the Direct Link button to activate it, so uploading your shots to Facebook is just a simple button press away. You mentioned Facebook, is it easy to post your images or email them from the camera? Absolutely, you can send photos or videos with text via email from the camera. Simply select the images, enter an email address and personal message and send. With the Social Network Sharing & Cloud uploading options, you can easily upload directly to social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Picasa, or archive images to the cloud right from the camera, letting you connect and share instantly. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about? It’s become increasingly common for
manufacturers to provide new features and functionality to their products via ﬁrmware updates. With the NX300 we included a smart way for customers to keep their camera up to date. The software upgrade notiﬁcation utilises the WiFi network in your home or ofﬁce to ensure optimal camera performance is maintained. The camera will display a pop-up message when a software update is available for the camera. This might provide additional functionality, menu improvements or on occasions, minor bug ﬁxes. You can then simply connect the camera to a computer to launch the i-Launcher program provided with the camera and then select Firmware Upgrade. The i-Launcher will retrieve the update and help you install it, ensuring you always have the very best performance. www.samsung.com/uk
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News New Samsung Zoom Edition Samsung continues to grow its imaging-smartphone range, with the Galaxy Zoom LTE. Simon Stanford, Vice President, IT & Mobile Division, Samsung UK & Ireland, said: “Today’s consumers place great importance on being connected with their world, a need that is catered for with the LTE technology. It’s powerful, stylish and is perfect for those who want to take outstanding pictures from a device that’s always with them and then share them immediately and easily.”
Get Your Hanns on This! Hannspree is to bring to market a new large screen Tablet PC portfolio. The ﬁrst model will be the HANNSpad SN1AT71 which features a 10.1” high end, ultra responsive 10-point IPS touch screen, Quad Core power to deliver seamless mobile computing and entertainment, HDMI connectivity, Bluetooth, an Aluminum Alloy design and much more. Hannspree will quickly follow this up with a 13.3” solution. The SN1AT71 will be available in November, with the accessible suggested price tag of £159.99
Will iPhone Maintain Position as World’s Most Popular camera? With the release of two new iPhones, Apple has once again taken a step forward in terms of imaging capability. The 5s’ 8 megapixel iSight camera features a larger sensor for better sensitivity and low-light performance. This model also introduces the True Tone ﬂash—the world’s ﬁrst for any camera—that variably adjusts color and intensity for over 1,000 combinations. iPhone 5s also includes a new Burst Mode, Slo-Mo video with 120 fps, a new FaceTime HD camera for better low-light performance and audio-only FaceTime calls with iOS 7. The slightly-cheaper 5c features a 4-inch Retina display and an 8 megapixel iSight camera, plus a new FaceTime HD camera for better FaceTime calls and self-portraits.
Camera in a Lens New format from Sony changes the mobile photography game
Sony introduced two revolutionary new products at IFA - the Cyber-shot DSCQX10 and DSC-QX100: lens-style cameras which unite the creative power of a premium camera with the convenience of a smartphone. DSC-QX10 The Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens-style cameras are a perfect partner for the new Xperia Z1 and other smartphones, transforming a mobile into a powerpacked camera. Whilst they look like lenses, the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 are complete cameras in their own right. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 attach easily with the supplied smartphone
attachment that ﬁts several popular smartphone models. Connection to the phone is made via WiFi, and the latest version of Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile. For NFC smartphone owners, linking is even simpler with easy One-touch connection established without any complicated settings. The DSC-QX10 partners an 18.2 effective megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with a highquality Sony G Lens and boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom range. DSC-QX100 The new Cyber-shot™ DSCQX100 and DSC-QX10will be available from the end of September 2013, priced at £399 and £179 respectively.
GOCLEVER, has today announced the launch of its ﬁrst ‘phablet’ mobile device With a resolution of 1280 x 720 and IPS technology the display delivers stunning image clarity, whilst the capacitive 5 point touch screen is ultra responsive for speedy ﬁnger tip control. Much bigger than the screen size typically found on Smartphones, the FONE 570Qs display makes it a more suitable and practical solution for a applications such as web browsing, picture viewing/editing and and GPS navigation. Despite the big screen, at only 212g the FONE 570Q is extremely mobile. The Fone is supplied contract-free, ready for a sim card, which makes it an ideal solution for
resellers who don’t deal in contracts. The phablet includes; a 4GB Flash memory which is expandable via the Micro SD Card slot, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS, a Micro USB port, two cameras and a FM Radio. It has a high capacity battery which ensures up to 100 hours of battery life in standby mode. It is supplied as standard with an accessory bundle which includes: Charger, USB Cable, Stylus and Headphones. The FONE 750Q, which is available in 2 colours (White / Graphite Grey) is available now, RRP £249.99 inc. VAT.
What Next for Microsoft and Nokia?
Victor Basta, Managing Director of Magister Advisors, advisors to the technology industry, talks us through Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Nokia “Microsoft effectively ‘acquired’ Nokia several months ago when it entered into a deal to license Windows Mobile to Nokia, making Nokia entirely reliant on Microsoft’s software for its mobile future. The burning question, of course, is whether Nokia’s gradual erosion in market share, value and perception can be reversed. Microsoft must be betting that with more control they will be able to reengineer the business and gain market share. There are challenges in the way though.
There is ﬁerce competition in the market and mobility has changed fundamentally as the PC market changed when Microsoft entered it in the early 80s. “This still leaves the strategic question of how Microsoft will be competitive in the mobile space... an attempt to simply catch up to Apple is not likely to succeed Nokia employs 30,000 people, which will make integration a costly, time-consuming and blood-letting exercise. To me, this feels like a clean up deal at the end of an era.”
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News Accelerating Connected TV Beenius has produced a new Android Set-Top Box (STB) client. The Android app extends Beenius’ ﬂexible interactive TV middleware platform, providing greater choice to operators and their customers and supporting the move towards connected TV. The Android STB client means they can play a full range of games, access services, listen to music and read books and magazines optimised for their TV.
A Slim Solution WD has announced the availability of its My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the ﬁrst thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. Available in 1TB and 2 TB capacities, the My Passport Slim measures 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches for ease of transportation. The My Passport Slim also incorporates super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity.
Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max Beta Chaos Group has announced the beta program for V-Ray 3.0 for 3ds Max - the most complete lighting, shading and rendering toolkit on the market. Everything an artist or full scale production team needs to tackle tight timelines comes standard with V-Ray 3.0. Beta testers will have access to the Chaos Group team, which will help make this package even more appealing to industrial design users in the coming months.
In Tune with Consumers Sony releases dedicated Music Video device The high quality 120-degree X-Y stereo microphone stands out of the recorder body, guaranteeing superb depth and separation. An on-screen meter allows easy checking and adjustment of mic levels for clear, undistorted recordings, and an onboard limiter prevents unusable recordings. Linear PCM recording assures sound that’s better quality than CD – making the HDR-
Cooke Optics, Codex and The Pixel Farm Present /i Squared Next-generation metadata system expands capabilities of /i Technology Cooke Optics has announced the new /i Squared Technology system (patent pending) that expands the capabilities of the original /i Technology system developed by Cooke to record key lens data for postproduction work and real-time display. The newest functions provide inertial tracking data in addition to the lens metadata to be used by applications such as matchmoving Page Ad.pdf The 15/5/13 and 3DQuarter camera tracking. inertial09:30:40 tracking
Vladimir Koylazov, Chaos Group Co-founder and Lead Developer of V-Ray. said: “Our community is very active and very collaborative, which is a great situation to be in if you want artist feedback. V-Ray 3.0 is their proof that we hear them loud and clear.” “Productions of all sizes are about to get a lot more out of V-Ray,” added Lon Grohs, VP of Business Development at Chaos Group.
and lens data will help VFX teams to better deal with common issues like occlusions, fast camera motion (motion blur) and other known challenges associated with fast paced camera motions typical of today’s cinema style. Cooke lenses with the new /i Squared Technology will be available in 2014.
MV1 ideal as a ‘standalone’ audio recorder. Alternatively, web-friendly AAC format is great for speedy Internet uploads or there is also a handy speaker in-built for checking recordings instantly. The wide-angle 120-degree Carl Zeiss lens captures the whole scene, and the backilluminated Exmor R CMOS sensor grabs detail-packed Full HD video with extremely low noise. Built-in WiFi connects the HDR-MV1 with a smartphone or tablet for easy wireless uploads of your clips with no PC needed. MVR Studio software is available as a download from the Sony website for easy editing, polishing and web uploads. The new HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder from Sony is available in the UK from the end of November 2013, priced at RRP £260. www.sony.co.uk
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AV & COMPUTING
Midwich and EIZO Reunited Back together after 13 years!
Some relationships are just meant to be and 13 years after sister companies Midwich Thame and EIZO UK, formerly PDS were sold by Raab Karcher (part of the Veba group) to Avnet, they have reunited to work together once again. Back in 2000, the electronics side of Raab Karcher was sold for around $2billion to Avnet, Shroders and Arrow. Of the 20 companies involved, only Midwich and PDS, which became EIZO UK, are still trading. “This is a great fit”, said Darren Lewitt, AV Director at Midwich. “I remember the MEMEC days in the early 90s before the Raab Karcher acquisition and although the scales of both operations have changed, both companies still have a similar ethos. He added: “The MEMEC way became the Midwich way for us and that methodology still exists today, a strategy of pro-active market marking for profitable growth. EIZO also fits perfectly into Midwich’s new Small Format
Display strategy and we are delighted to have this exclusive distribution opportunity.” EIZO sells high-spec display equipment into verticals that demand clear, high-definition systems, such as medical, financial trading, design, publishing and video-editing. 20 months ago specialist-monitor vendor EIZO called time on a 20-year relationship with Avnet to once again set up its own operation in the hunt for new partners to expand its channel proposition. A 15-strong team moved from Avnet to the new firm under TUPE regulations at the start of 2012. At the same time its own distribution warehousing operation moved out of its current home at a former Bell Micro base in the Midlands to a managed facility. Robert Smyth, Head of Channel at EIZO, said: “It’s great to see our partnership with Midwich come full circle and we look forward to a highly successful association with Midwich once again. Being a specialist distributor, they will help us expand into new areas where our high-definition systems excel.”
PNY Introduces StorEDGE Mac memory boost, ideal for imaging and graphics professionals
PNY Technologies has announced the introduction of StorEDGE™ Flash Memory Expansion Module designed for use in MacBook computers to quickly and easily increase available storage capacity. Engineered as a semipermanent storage solution, StorEDGE plugs directly into a MacBook to radically upgrade its flash memory without compromising its design. StorEDGE sits nearly flush to the MacBook. Jonathan Filleau, EMEA Marketing Manager at PNY said “Once plugged in, StorEDGE appears as an additional drive allowing for easy
access, convenient drag and drop, and searchable content. With no installation required, users have the added benefit of not having to worry about unplugging or disconnecting, as they would with other storage devices.” The PNY StorEDGE is compatible with the 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Pro with Retina display. It fits into the SDXC slot on Apple notebooks. The 64GB model will retail for £89 RSP and the 128GB for £169, MRSP. www.pny.com
PLASA London 2013, (ExCeL London 6–9 October 2013) has revealed the first audio sessions in its Professional Development Programme, which are sure to provide real insight for imaging enthusiasts and professionals stepping into filmmaking who would like a better understanding of audio technology. All sessions in the audio streams are presented by leading experts in audio technology, with separate programmes on Live
Insight into sound for photographers
Sound and Installed Sound in the new AudioLab Theatre, and a pro audio laboratory - AudioLab Interactive - that will push audio technology to its limits. The AudioLab Theatre features programmes on Live Sound, Installed Sound and The Sound Business.
News Prepared for Perfect Photo? onOne Software have let us know that Perfect Photo Suite 8 is on the way. The new Suite is available to pre-order now and will be launching 26th November this year. It will be available in 3 distinct editions: Premium, Standard and an edition for Lightroom & Aperture. The big difference between these now is that the Lightroom & Aperture Edition now includes support for Photoshop Elements as well. Other new features will include twice as many filters, further options for customising presets, powerful batch processing and improved handling on many levels.
Dixons Travel Takes Off Dixons Retail has unveiled its new concept store Dixons Travel, at Heathrow Terminal 5. The new space will offer the latest tech alongside holiday essentials in a futurefacing layout which will feature state-of-theart digital signage, a KNOWHOW service bar (giving shoppers the added benefit of expert technical advice and support on-site) and ‘floating screens’. Digital signage will display new products and the latest offers while 32-inch rear projection ‘floating screens’ will be placed over themed product tables. Dixons Travel has also announced that it will continue to expand its portfolio with plans to launch another exciting store in Heathrow Terminal 2 in June 2014.
The Speed Professionals Need Lexa’s Professional Workflow Reader Solution, the only solution that transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once using one USB port. “The new Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution will surpass many expectations as to what a card reader can add to a photographer’s workflow process,” said Lexar Elite Photographer Scott Kelby, a leading voice in photo editing and processing. “In today’s digital imaging industry, speed is the major factor that impacts all photographers and videographers. “ TThe Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub has an MSRP of £64.99 and the readers have MSRPs of £24.99 (CFR1 and SR1) and £35.99 (XR1).
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Pixel speaks to Lee Palmer the new Kodak Alaris, to explore the impact of changes in the Kodak business on the UK trade. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Lee. Firstly, there have been many changes to the Kodak businesses during the company’s restructure. Could you clarify where we are now? Eastman Kodak Company will move forward as a commercial imaging business. Kodak Alaris is a separate entity that includes the businesses Eastman Kodak, as part of its Chapter 11 emergence, sold to the KPP. Kodak Alaris is made up of our Personalised Imaging and Document Imaging businesses. Those businesses include: Document Imaging, which delivers • Award-winning scanners and capture software; • Information management platforms; • An expanding range of professional services; And Personalised Imaging, which includes four business lines: • RSS, a worldwide leadership in instant printing with the retail instant photo kiosks offering consumers personalised photo products; • Film Capture, which includes some of the world’s most popular and recognisable award-winning still film for professionals and consumers; • Paper and Output Systems: the broadest portfolio of high quality media, including traditional photographic paper, for a variety of professional print operations and workflow solutions for photo specialty retailers, professional and wholesale labs; • EIS, a digital souvenir photography services and solutions at theme parks, iconic destinations & resorts. What does this mean for Kodak’s existing customers at trade and consumer levels?
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For our customers and partners, in the near term, very little will change. They can still obtain the same great products, services and solutions they know and expect from the Kodak brand. In the long term, our goal is to bring more relevant innovation to the market, at a faster speed to not only meet, but also anticipate their needs. What effects will this have on Kodak Express as a franchise? Hopefully, only a positive effect. The Kodak Express channel is a vibrant, important channel for us and in most countries, the face of our brand and it will remain an important part of our new organisation. Will Kodak Alaris be taking on staff from what was the Kodak personalised and document imaging business, or will a new team be brought in? The Kodak Alaris team comprises employees from the Personalised Imaging and Document Imaging staff. There are references to speed and quick reactions in the Kodak Alaris statement. It’s sometimes said that Kodak’s difficulties stemmed from the company not being fast enough when reacting to changes in the industry, such as the switch to digital: will Alaris be better placed to deal with future changes? Our name reflects our philosophy. We will preserve the heritage and legacy of the Kodak brand, while embodying greater speed and agility to meet market needs and changes. We’re a new company, free of legacy obligations, made up of strong, profitable businesses, with a new owner that is committed to long term investment. That combination places us on a future path better equipped to not only manage, but take advantage of future market shifts. How much marketing will be done to make consumers aware of these changes? We will continue to market Kodak-branded
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