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February 2017


In This Issue... • Here, we provide you with everything you need to know about The Photography Show 2017, from dates and venue to details on speakers. P11. • We are living in a lifelogging era; everything is documented and stored digitally. It’s all about the memory. P12.

Fujifilm’s Latest Announcements Kicking off the New Year, Fujifilm has announced the launch of four brand new products as well as a new professional service. Here, in our February issue, Pixel provides you with everything you need to know about the brand’s latest product releases

• Sign & Digital UK is back for 2017, celebrating 30 years as a national exhibition. P17.

CES 2017: The Aftermath

Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the US between the 5th and 8th January, CES was the host of hundreds of presentations and demonstrations of the newest product releases in the consumer electronics industry. If we were to mention each and every product that emerged from CES 2017 we would be here until next year, and the innovative products Pixel is interested in investigating are those that promise to expand and benefit the photography and print industries. Continued on P10. PHOTO -


Beginning their journey back in 1934 as Japan’s groundbreaking photographic filmmaker, Fujifilm has become a prevalent presence in the photography and print industry, VIDEO







with constant and innovative new additions to imaging solutions, to the extent that Pixel itself awarded Fujifilm with the titles of Camera Manufacturer of the Year and Print -






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WELCOME To Pixel Magazine The dust has well and truly settled after the end of year chaos, and with a new year comes many new announcements, product launches and upcoming events. In this, our February issue, Pixel continues to provide you with the all the latest information. Fujifilm have made a great start to 2017 with some huge new announcements, and here, we investigate the company’s four new product releases, plus an exciting new professional

service dedicated to the needs of professional photographers. As well as taking a look at the biggest announcements made at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, we look at some of the industry events set to take place this year, including the upcoming Sign & Digital and The Photography Show, both arriving next month. In addition to all of this plus our Behind the Counter section, this time in collaboration with Harrison Cameras, Pixel provides you with all the latest industry news. Enjoy your February read! Jess Saunders, Editor. Team Pixel.

Panasonic Introduces the New LUMIX FZ82 Panasonic has announced the launch of the new LUMIX DCFZ82, adding to the popular FZ series. Packing a powerful optical zoom and superior controllability, the new LUMIX FX82 provides users with better manual control over photo and video recording and is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast to capture amazing moments both near and far. The FZ82 features the LUMIX DC VARIO 20mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 60x optical zoom and comes with USB charging to allow an even quicker charge. Not only this, but the newly integrated 18.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and advanced image

processor, Venus Engine, achieve high-speed response and highquality images even in sensitive recording. The product is also capable of 1cm Macro Shooting. The LUMIX FZ82 also offers high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps to capture fastmoving subjects in sharp focus. Thanks to the touch-control system, users can quickly focus on the subject and even release the shutter with touch operation to capture unmissable photo opportunities. The LUMIX FZ82 will be available from March 2017 with an RRP of £329.99.

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Canon Introduces the PowerShot G9 X Mark II Canon has refreshed its commended PowerShot G-series with the PowerShot G9 X Mark II – the new, slim and compact ‘powerhouse’. Offering users superfast continuous shooting speeds of up to 8.2 fps, a large 1.0 type 20.1-megapixel sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor, this camera promises to deliver responsive performance and outstanding detail with every press of the shutter. Key features of the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II include the fact that it is the perfect

product for striking portraits and beautiful landscapes alike with its 3x optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens, and the ability to capture incredible Full HD and time-lapse movies. In addition to this, this camera is as compact as can be, weighing in at just 206g, and the intuitive LCD touchscreen provides full control and access to settings without the bulky buttons. The PowerShot G9 X Mark II is available from February 2017 with an RRP of £449.99

Turn Heads with the New Sevenoak Electronic Panoramic Ball Head from Kenro Kenro Ltd has announced a newly upgraded version of the Sevenoak Electronic Panoramic Ball Head. The new product is designed to create stunningly smooth time-lapse videos and panoramic photographs. It can be used with lightweight DSLR cameras, smartphones and action cameras up to 2kg. The device enables the user to create professional-looking time lapse videos on a budget. Users can specify rotation times of 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes, and set the rotation angle from 15

to 360 degrees, as well as control the direction of rotation. The head has a standard 1/4 inch screw thread for cameras and a 1/4 inch and 3/8th inch thread on the base to connect to tripods, sliders and other devices. Kenro’s Managing Director, Paul Kench commented: “The beauty of this electronic model is the new range of creative possibilities opened up by the flexibility of the settings.” The Sevenoak Electronic Panoramic Ball Head has an SRP of just £83.94 including VAT.

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NEWS Launches Graphite Silver Leica Announces Oskar Barnack Fujifilm Editions of the X-T2 and X-Pro2 Flagship Award 2017 Interchangeable Lens Cameras Now in its 37th year, Leica has announced the opening dates for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2017. Those wishing to enter the renowned international competition for professional photographers, in addition to the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’ (for up-and coming photographers under the age of 25), can submit their entries between 1 March and 10 April 2017. With prizes amounting to a total cash value of 80,000 Euros, the ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Award’ is one of the industry’s most prestigious photographic competitions. The winner of the main category will be honoured

with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and Leica M-System equipment (a camera and lens) valued at an additional 10,000 Euros. The winner of the Newcomer Award will receive a cash prize of 10,000 euros and will also receive a Leica rangefinder camera and lens. In addition to the two main categories, a further ten submissions to the competition will each be honoured with prizes of 2,500 Euros. The portfolios entered by all finalists will be published on the website and in a magazine published specially for the competition.

Further details will be announced during the year.

PENTAX Announce the Release of a new, high-end digital SLR camera, the PENTAX KP The PENTAX KP is a highperformance, high-resolution camera, which extends the scope of digital SLR photography to encompass everyday images to those achieved in challenging photographic situations. The newly designed mechanism inside its compact, slim body features a new-generation CMOS image sensor and a highperformance imaging engine to deliver extremely highresolution, rich-gradation images using its 24.32 effective megapixels. It is designed to be highly dependable in the harsh


environmental conditions found in outdoor photography, incorporating features such as a dustproof, weather-resistant construction and cold-proof performance down to temperatures as low as -10°C. Other key features include the PENTAXoriginal SR II five-axis shake-reduction system featuring the Pixel Shift Resolution System, effectively minimising camera shake and delivers sharp, blur-free images and a grip replacement system for an easy, quick change of grip.

The Pentax KP will be available from the end of February 2017 with an RRP of £1,099.99, body only in black or silver.

Fujifilm has announced the launch of graphite silver and graphite versions of the prestigious X-T2 and X-Pro2 digital cameras. While the elegant X-T2 Graphite Silver edition is crafted with stylish and tailor-made accessories, the X-Pro 2 Graphite Silver Edition includes the compact, fast and lightweight interchangeable lens of the same colour; the FUJINON XF23mm F2 R WR. Key features of the X-T2 Graphite Edition include a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor, which delivers outstanding image quality, a start up time of 0.3 seconds, a shutter release time

lag of 0.045 seconds, and a highly accurate AF system which focuses in as little as 0.06 seconds, while the X-Pro2 Graphite Edition boasts an Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, which enables users to instantly switch between the optical and electronic viewfinders and, similarly to it’s relative model, a 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and sold together with the FUJINON XF23mm F2 R WR lens. The Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 Graphite Silver Editions are available now, and SRPs are as follows: • Fujifilm X-T2: £1,649 • Fujifilm X-Pro2: £2,149

XP Distribution Appoint Video Channel Development Manager XP Distribution has appointed a new Video Channel Development Manager to further strengthen links to the video market. Tim Haskell has over 20 year’s video experience in the digital imaging industry and has been appointed to identify new vendors and to expand XP Distribution’s video reseller network across the EMEA region to promote, demonstrate and sell the video product portfolio. “XP Distribution is a dynamic, energetic business with a high focus on fulfilling the needs of vendors and resellers across the EMEA region,” commented Tim. “Traditional photographic resellers and distributors who actively embrace the need for video products, accessories, information and technical support will survive

and grow in a turbulent market. The vision of the XP Distribution management team to do exactly this shows how connected the business is to the ever-changing world of imaging.” He concluded: “XP Distribution’s technical sales, support and service approach to its expanding photo channel business will lead it well into the developing video business, which will considerably expand the company’s outreach by continuing to demonstrate its commitment to excellence in all product and service sectors in which the business works.” For more information about XP Distribution, visit 5

Fujifilm’s Latest Announcements


ujifilm have hit the nail on the head over the years when it comes to listening to the needs and requirements of consumers, and it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down anytime soon, as they kick off 2017 with the announcements of four brand new products and a new professional service.


Fujifilm has announced the launch of the GFX 50S medium format mirrorless digital camera, which will be released on 23rd February this year. With this innovative new product, Fujifilm has combined an extraordinary sensor, GF のみ GF 用フォント and design with an exclusive new processor range of FUJINON GF lenses, as well as incorporating a 43.8mm x 32.9mm medium format sensor with 51.4 MP, providing users with the ultimate photography experience. X フォント This product features a premium design and outstanding operability stemming from the highly commendable digital camera ‘X Series’

system and, with more than 80 years of experience in image design technology, Fujifilm has manufactured this camera to achieve their highest ever image quality. Released with the APS-C sensor back in 2011, the X Series system has earned itself high praise from professional photographers and image making enthusiasts alike with thanks to excellent image quality and mobility across a range of photographic genres, including landscapes, portraits and sport photos. Although Fujifilm’s X Series incorporated all of this, many photographers were craving the release of a camera equipped with a large sensor and with an even higher number of effective pixels. Fujifilm heard the cries for a product of this level, leading to the launch of the GFX 50S.


The GFX 50S boasts a compact and lightweight but highly robust body, with a weight of approximately 1230g, and when paired together with a standard lens, this camera weighs around 60% of your regular medium format DSLR camera. The overall camera body height and width have also been minimised for maximum flexibility, overturning the common perceptions photographers have with regards to the mobility of medium format digital cameras. Other key features of the Fujifilm GFX 50S include a new Colour Chrome effect, which can be used to reproduce the tones and deep colours more than ever before in highly saturated subjects, as well as adopting the wellestablished X Processor Pro, which has already been in use for the X Series double flagship models, the X-Pro2 and the X-T2. In addition to this, the GFX 50S comes equipped with 1.28 inch sub LCD monitor on the upper Command Dial section of the body, and boasts a 117 point contrast autofocus with distance measuring points, as well as your usual rechargeable battery, connector cover, hot shoe cover and battery life of approximately 400 frames with the auto power save on.

“When paired together with a standard lens, this camera weighs around 60% of your regular medium format DSLR camera”

The Fujifilm FFX 50S will be available in early March with an RRP of £6,199. Pricing of the Fujifilm GF Lenses are as follows: Fujifilm GF63mm F2.8 R WR: £1,399 Fujifilm GF32-64mm F4 R LM WR: £2,199 Fujifilm GF120mm F4 R LM OIS WR Macro: £2,599


Fujifilm’s second announcement was that of the X100F, the powerful new addition to the X Series range of compact cameras. The company prevailed in the premium compact digital cameras segment back in March 2011 with the launch of the Fujifilm X100 and in 2013, the X100S was released with a newly developed sensor and image processing engine. The company then went on to update the series in 2014 with the X100T and now, have announced the fourth-generation release of the series, the X100F, which features the latest image sensor and high-speed image processing engine, incorporated to deliver the most premium level of image quality and mobility. The X100F features the 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III, an APS-C sensor with no lowpass filter, therefore boasting the highest performance in the history of the X Series. As well as this, the X-Processor Pro highspeed image processing engine has been incorporated to, like with the GFX 50S, deliver outstanding colour reproduction and gradation

enhanced accuracy when checking the focus. of tones in both stills and videos with high The X100F is a product created for all kinds sensitivity and low noise. Basic response of photographers, and boasts the Grain Effect specifications have been enhanced to the function for reproducing extreme in the X100F. A distinctive graininess seen start-up time of approx. in photographs taken 0.5 seconds, shooting with film cameras. The interval of 0.2 seconds, “The X100F is a product function can be used in shutter release time lag of created for all kinds of either ‘strong’ or ‘weak’ 0.01 seconds and fastest photographers, and and can be combined with AF of 0.08 seconds boasts the Grain Effect any of the Film Simulation ensure the camera modes. operates exactly as the function for reproducing More new features photographer intends. distinctive graininess seen incorporated into the Additionally, the number in photographs taken with X100F include built-in of focusing points film cameras” ISO Dial incorporated into has been dramatically the Shutter Speed Dial, expanded from 49 in reminiscent of traditional previous models to 91. film cameras and the Approximately 40% of the Focus Lever, which imaging area is covered allows you to instantaneously move the focus with phase detection AF pixels, which form a area without having to take your eye off the fast and accurate phase detection AF area that viewfinder. can be used in a variety of scenes. Also with this model, users can now change the magnification of the electronic rangefinder, The Fujifilm X100F is available now in shown in a small window as EVF at the bottom Black and Silver with an RRP of £1,249. right corner of the optical viewfinder, for 7


FUJINON XF50mmF2 R WR Fujifilm has also announced that it will launch the compact and lightweight Fujifilm X-T20 this month, complete with APS-C sized 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine. The updated sensor and processor promises to boost the camera’s startup time and AF performance, intensely enhancing its ability to track moving subjects, while the tilting touchscreen LCD monitor permits users to shoot from a variety of angles with ease of use. The X-T20 is compact with a lightweight body, making it the perfect camera for stills and video use. Taking its body styling from the highly regarded Fujifilm X-T10, the X-T20 adds a Video option to the Drive Dial to enable prompt switching from still photo shooting to the video recording mode. The X-T20 is also equipped with an Auto Mode selector lever for selecting the fully automatic Advanced SR Auto mode, where the camera chooses the optimum settings for a given scenario. The X-T20 also boasts enhanced video functionality and is capable of capturing 4K movies with Fujifilm’s popular Film Simulation modes. Staying true to the X Series functional Fujifilm’s New Professional Service Scheme Fujifilm began selling both compact and professional film cameras in the 1960s and at that time set up a comprehensive repair service across all major European countries. In 1995 the service was expanded and customised to the modern ‘digital’ customer. Since then, most of Fujifilm’s service was dedicated to compact digital cameras – it’s only recently that the service centres have begun to service interchangeable cameras and lenses. With the increasing numbers of professional photographers switching to Fujifilm mirrorless cameras like the X-Pro2 and X-T2, and also with the launch of the GFX medium format mirrorless system


design ethos, the X-T20 also combines an SLRstyle viewfinder and dial-based operation. Not only is Fujifilm’s X-T20 capable of recording both Full HD and 4K video using the X Series’ famous Film Simulation effects, it also features the new ACROS Film Simulation mode and allows for 5.0 fps live-view shooting with a speedy start up time of 0.4 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.050 seconds and shooting interval of 0.25 seconds. In addition to this, the top plate of the X-T20 features three aluminium dials, which give the camera a premium feel and allows users to easily adjust the aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions, all while concentrating on their photography. Also, with a magnification of 0.62x and a display lag time of just 0.005 seconds. The X-T20 offers a clear live view image with thanks to the 2.36 million-dot EL electronic viewfinder. All of this, along with the many other key features incorporated into this product, makes the X-T20 yet another innovative and impressive product to come out of Fujifilm. The Fujifilm X-T20 will be available from 23rd February with an RRP of £799, body only. mentioned earlier on, Fujifilm has announced the establishment of a new camera professional service, dedicated to the needs of its consumers, called Fujifilm Professional Service. This will begin on March 1st 2017 in the biggest markets, like the UK and Germany, and will be gradually expanded during 2017 to service all major markets in Europe. The new service is valued at £260 per year and will be free for the first two years. Qualification is offered to all working photographers and also to those who own a GFX system or at least 2 professional camera bodies and three XF lenses. For any more information on any of these products, please visit

The release of its third compact, light and stylish lens for the X Series has also been announced by Fujifilm this year; introducing the FUJINON XF50mmF3 R WR, adding to Fujifilm’s line-up of compact, lightweight and stylish lenses, which currently includes the FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR and XF23mmF2 R WR, further broadening the appeal of Fujifilm mirrorless digital cameras. The metal exterior boasts the same design as the XF35mmF2 R WR and the XF23mmF2 R WR for a robust feel, and the lens weighs just 200g. The XF50mmF2 R WR is a mid-telephoto lens that promises to deliver the best results from Fujifilm’s unique X-TRANS CMOS sensor. Its compact and lightweight design features 9 elements in 7 groups, including one aspherical ED lens, and has an inner focusing system, which is driven by a stepping motor for fast and silent autofocusing. This lens is weather and dust resistant and will also continue to operate in temperatures as low as -10°C. Used with the weather and dust-resistant FUJIFILM X-Pro2 or X-T2 bodies, users can shoot confidently in light rain or dusty environments, making it the perfect supporting camera accessory for all kinds of photographic circumstances. The Fujifilm FUJINON XF50mmF2 R WR will be available in black and silver from 23rd February with an RRP of £449.

A new level of functionality in photography ultra-wide angle of view solid construction high quality materials extreme weather resistance numerous inner sealings focus lock infinity click rear gelatin filter slot front filter thread focus scale calibration hyperfocal scale complex optical system minimal distortion ideal tool for landscape photography For more information, please visit us during The Photography Show in March 2017 in Birmingham or go to our official website.

CES 2017

CES 2017:

The Aftermath

January saw the arrival of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry’s trade show, organised by the Consumer Technology Association. Here, Pixel examines its favourite hot new product releases announced at this year’s event


ikon released three brand new products which has been designed as an easy-to-use, at 2017’s event, the first being the new waterproof and shockproof camera. Like the and improved version of the D5600. A300, the camera features a 1/3.1 inch CMOS The Nikon D5600 is the latest of the D5000 sensor, offering 13 megapixels and a lens that series, which was first introduced in 2009 offers a 35mm-equivalent 30-90mm focal and is the only design in Nikon’s offerings that range. This member of the Coolpix range will features an LCD that can swivel in a variety be available from March 2017 while the Nikon of formations. The D5600 boasts only minor Coolpix A300 is scheduled to be available this updates to the original month, so keep a look out! line, adding Bluetooth CES 2017 also allowed and NFC connectivity to visitors to get hands on with “CES 2017 also allowed the camera, as well as a the new Panasonic Lumix visitors to get hands on new AF-P version of the GX850. With this product, with the new Panasonic 18-55mm kit lens, which Panasonic has quite clearly Lumix GX850. With this allows for smoother and combined its ‘beauty’-oriented product, Panasonic has almost silent focusing. GF line of interchangeable quite clearly combined its Nikon’s second lens cameras with the ultra‘beauty’-oriented GF line of announcement at the compact-oriented GM line, event was that of the interchangeable lens cameras leading to the creation of Coolpix A300 – the latest quite an impressive product. with the ultra-compactin Nikon’s longstanding The GX850 has a lot in oriented GM line” Coolpix series. The common with its most direct A300 is designed to predecessor, the GF8, but be and delivers super one major improvement is the portability, weighing in at just 119g, and inclusion of 4K video capture (at 24/25/30p). features a 20-megapixel 1/2.3-inch type CCD It also gains all of Panasonic’s 4K-related stills sensor. Not only this, the new addition to the modes as well as post focus. On the surface series also features an integrated zoom lens the GX850 looks more like it belongs in the that provides 35mm-equivalent field of view of super-small GM series, sporting a rangefinder25-200mm, and offers an aperture range of style design, than the GF series, which leans f/3.7 – f/6.6. In addition to this, CES 2017 saw toward an SLR-style design. And despite the announcement of the Nikon Coolpix W100, looking pretty similar to the GM5, the GX850


has no electronic viewfinder, bringing it more in-line with the GF7/GF8 and GM1. It effectively replaces both the GF8 and the GM5. Steering away from cameras and into the space and memory sector of the industry, SanDisk made a couple of new product announcements at this year’s CES, one being the 256GB microSDXC card. With memory a hugely crucial element of photography and print, this new product will be a crucial addition to the market. Meeting A1 performance standards, this microSDCX card is designed to expand smartphone storage for photos and videos as well as provide space to store and run apps. It’s said to achieve transfer speeds ranging up to 95MB/s. At this capacity, the card is able to store up to 24 hours of 1080p Full HD video. The A1 performance standard means this microSD card can handle random read input-output access per second, also called IOPS, of 1,500, as well as a write IOPS of 500. As such, SanDisk says this card is suitable for handling in-app permissions, graphics and audio, and save profiles on a smartphone. The A1 spec is particularly useful in in light of Android Marshmallow 6’s option for storing and launching apps from the microSD card. The new SanDisk Ultra microSD card with A1 is compatible with the SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android™, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device.

The Photography Show 2017

Continuing with Pixel tradition, here in our February issue, we provide you with everything you need to know about The Photography Show 2017, from dates and venue to details on speakers and never-before-seen features


he annual Photography Show, organised by international media group Future Plc, is one of the most renowned events to grace the photographic and print industries, and will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham from 18th to 21st March this year. A much anticipated event in the image-making community’s calendar, The Photography Show will yet again be offering visitors the chance to try the latest technology from leading photography brands as well as access to a wide variety of seminars and conferences, designed to suit photographers of all levels. In amongst this list are some all-new feature areas, which have been confirmed for the 2017 event, including a dedicated video section, 360 and VR, as well as an enhanced Drone Zone, where visitors will be able to investigate this new imaging technology. March’s event will also see the arrival of a host of new exhibitors, including camera bag brand, Billingham, darkroom equipment specialists, Paterson Photographic, video production company, Unitary Studios and Martin Newman Photography, to name a few. Leading brands confirmed to appear at 2017’s The Photography Show include Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Nikon, Olympus and Sony, all of whom will be on hand to deliver demonstrations or talks on their latest product releases, as well as allowing visitors to get hands-on with these devices. This year will also see the usual show favourites, including the Super Stage, Behind the Lens Theatre, Adobe Theatre and Live Stage. The Super Stage at The Photography Show will host some of the most prevalent international photographers, offering exclusive and inspirational tips on how to produce the most influencing images. Nadav Kander, Clive Arrowsmith, David Alan Harvey, Julia FullertonBatten, Alex Webb and Louis Cole will be in attendance, offering insights into the images they’ve captured, their eventful careers and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. A talk by Albert Watson will explore his distinctive visual language and the stories

Alex Webb

David Alan Harvey

Jill Furmanovsky


Clive Arrowsmith

Louis Cole

Nadav Kander

Frans Lanting

behind his images. Albert commented: “Creative preparation has been a hugely important element in achieving my images over the years and this process is one of the things that I look forward to sharing at The Photography Show.” Also, taking a retrospective look at his four decades as a photographer, Frans Lanting will reveal the secrets behind his recent Dialogues with Nature exhibition. Frans has witnessed the natural world from the Amazon to Antarctica and promoted understanding about the Earth through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about the living planet. Additionally, Jill Furmanovsky, founder of the Rockarchive, will tell the tale of how it all

Albert Watson Portrait-By Gloria RodrIguez

began, including backstage narratives from her intriguing experiences. She said ahead of the event: “On the Super Stage this year I will be sharing my 45 year career in rock and roll photography through imagery and anecdotes. I feel immensely privileged to have worked with some of the world’s greatest musicians, many of whom contributed to an important era in cultural history.” This year’s event promises to have some exciting announcements and unique opportunities to get hands on with equipment so it’s definitely not one to miss! For any more information or to book tickets, please visit 11


It’s All About the Memory

We are living in a lifelogging era; everything is documented and stored digitally, whether on your phone, tablet, computer or digital camera. Of course cameras are there to capture moments in time and preserve memories – it’s no good if you don’t have the means of storing them


his is where memory technology comes in. Memory storage has developed massively over the years, alongside the huge leaps and bounds that the digital photography industry has made. Not only do we all document continually, professional and enthusiast photography equipment is now catered to taking the best quality photos at the highest resolution in the quickest time, which would have been unimaginable for an SD card of 20 years ago to comprehend. The 4K video recording function has meant that memory capacity has needed to up its game massively. The safe storage and transfer of these (huge) files has given birth to a demand of more pro-end solutions in the consumer space and of course, these carry a higher price point than your average SD card. For example, anyone with an Apple® iPhone 6s can capture 4K video, and just 30 minutes of footage will take up to 11GB of space. Professional videographers capturing 4K resolution video at 60fps are creating 400MB per second, or 1.4 terabytes per hour of raw footage, and will often back-up their footage in multiple places for safety. This doesn’t even take into account post-production, or transferring content on to clients etc. Now digital camera technology fuels business opportunities for SD memory cards, and future developments in one cannot come without the other. The value of the SD card market has increased from 2015 to 2016 by 1%, despite a 4% decline in units sold, while the rate of value increased from


equally identifying brands such as Toshiba, the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter Sony, Panasonic, Kingston, Delkin Devices and of 2016 by 2%. Digital memory in all forms is EDGE as other major players. engrained within society, and therefore is a Lower to mid range capacity devices now huge part of photographic – or any digitally exchange hands for focused – retail. very little money if At this point in time, compared to just a few imaging card sales are years ago, so where are dominated by Sandisk “Imaging card sales are the opportunities, what in the UK at almost 40% dominated by Sandisk in is on the horizon and (as they are in most the UK at Almost 40%. what’s the state of play countries worldwide). with the brands? Lexar are second in the Beyond Sandisk, Lexar Lexar recently pecking order and have, are #2 and has for a long announced the 256GB for a long time, played a time played a particularly capacity Lexar Highparticularly strong role in strong role in the UK Performance 633x the UK market, PNY is microSDXC™ UHS-I #3. Samsung has been market, and PNY is #3” (U3) memory card, seen as a price aggressive displaying its capabilities competitor in the past at 2016’s Photokina year and has event in Cologne, been gaining Germany. Designed for market share sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, in the UK and across Europe. this 633x microSDXC UHS-I card has read Recent market research on Secure transfer speeds up to 95MB per second and Digital Memory Cards identify can capture more than 36 hours of HD video, Asia-Pacific as the largest and 67,600 photos or 58,100 songs. fastest growing market though,


Western Digital Corporation recently unveiled its SanDisk 1TB SDXC™ card prototype at Photokina, the world’s leading trade fair for photo and video professionals, although these are yet to be released. One of the brand’s most prevalent releases though, has been the 512GB Extreme Pro, which was first released back in 2014. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card represents a 1,000-fold capacity increase in just over a decade, yet maintains the same size footprint. As SanDisk’s most powerful and highest capacity SD UHS-I memory card so far, the 512GB card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB per second and UHS Speed Class 3 recording speed for high resolution, real-world colour and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video. With increasing demand for high resolution content, such as 4K and 8K, the company continues to push the boundaries of technology with solutions that support the exponential growth of data-intensive production demands. Ruben Dennenwaldt, Senior Product Marketing Manager at EMEAI said: “Today the most widely spread format and memory product in highest demand is microSD. MicroSD cards are being used in multiple devices like smartphones, tablets, action cameras, drones and many more which makes them perfect allrounders. Given the market trends of 4K video and advanced computational photography it’s important to choose the right capacity and performance as well. Our 64GB and 128GB

Extreme microSD cards are a perfect fit for most consumers.” Vice President of Product Management at Western Digital’s Content Solutions Business Unit also commented on the company’s success over the years: “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace

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for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates.” Toshiba Electronics Europe has also further extended its family of EXCERIA PROTM memory products with the SDXC N501 and microSDXC M402 cards. With strong features for capturing 4K video, these new cards will appeal to all those wishing to capture professional grade images and video. In addition to this, Toshiba’s EXCERIA PROTM N501 UHS-II speed class 3 (U3) series features new capacities of up to 256GB and improved data transfer speeds, causing it to be the ideal product for 4K video recording and continuous shooting. Also, these cards have a maximum write speed of 250MB/s and a maximum read speed of 270MB/s, delivering exceptional performance throughout the entirety of its use. The series also features an adapter that provides the user with a wide variety of use options. All members of the M402 family are shock, water, temperature and X-ray proof to allow use in the toughest environments. All in all, it’s clear to see that the memory sector of the photographic industry is continuing to innovate and grow just as fast as any other, as manufacturers are understanding of the importance of memory for professionals and amateurs alike.





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A History of Innovation Pixel caught up with Peak Development, Who highlight the SanDisk innovations that have helped transform the industry, as well as outlining what we can expect in the months to come


eak Development (Peak) first partnered with SanDisk back in 1995 to become SanDisk’s first ever European Distributor. At the time, Digital Cameras were already driving the development of flash memory cards towards smaller, cheaper and higher performance form factors. Well over twenty years later, the two companies still share one of the longest running relationships in the industry. At Photokina 2016, SanDisk gave the Photographic Industry a glimpse of the future when they demonstrated the world’s first 1 TB SDXC Card. It seems hard to believe that 16 years earlier it was the 64MB SD Card that was making headlines. With increasing demand for high resolution content, such as 4K and 8K, SanDisk has continued to push the boundaries of technology and set the pace for the imaging industry. Higher capacity cards expand the possibilities for professional videographers and photographers, giving them a greater ability to create more of

the highest quality content, without the interruption of changing cards. Whilst SanDisk has not officially announced availability of the 1TB SDXC Card, it’s worth bearing in mind that it was only a matter of months after SanDisk announced the ground breaking 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC Card that it became available to buy. The SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card continues to provide uncompromising performance for hi resolution image and 4K Ultra HD video recording. With write speeds of up to 90MB/s, the card handles rapid shots, sequential burst shooting and RAW plus JPEG capture with ease, whilst Read speeds of up to 95MB/s allow photographers to offload big files quicker. With 4 minutes of HD video taking up approx. 661MB of storage and 4 minutes of Ultra HD video taking up approx. 1.6GB of storage, Drones and Action Cams are helping

“Already in 2017 SanDisk has launched its fastest, high capacity USB Flash Drive and unveiled the World’s first microSD card with the new A1 SD Specification”

to drive microSD capacity and performance. SanDisk Extreme microSDHC/microSDXC UHS-I cards deliver that speed. This fast, high-performing card is now rated UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) with a V30 UHS Video Speed Class, guaranteeing sustained write speeds of 30MB/s. Already in 2017 SanDisk has launched its fastest, high capacity USB Flash Drive and unveiled the World’s first microSD card with the new A1 SD specification. Look out for the A1 logo on the SanDisk Extreme microSD card packaging. It guarantees the performance needed to launch apps quickly and to store and play audio visual content, photos, videos and music. Over the last twenty-two years, Peak Development has won numerous industry awards for their work with SanDisk. They are one of only a few SanDisk Distributors to keep a wide range of SanDisk product in stock, and available for next day delivery or same day local collection. Through the SanDisk Official Photo Partner Program, Peak Development continues to offer a real focus to Photographic and Broadcast Specialists, and the keenest supported pricing available.

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Sign & Digital UK 2017

The country’s leading trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry, Sign & Digital UK is back for 2017, celebrating 30 years as a national exhibition Running from 28 to 30 March 2017 at NEC Birmingham, the event attracts thousands of visitors and is a showcase of applications, ideas and advice. With more than 180 leading suppliers and a range of show features, live demonstrations and product launches, the 2017 exhibition is set to be better than ever. Covering the latest trends in wide format digital printing, inks, materials and display systems, soft signage and print finishing, this year’s event is a must for professionals working in the photo imaging and printing industries.

30 years of industry insight First launched as SignUK, as a national exhibition in the late 1980s, Sign & Digital UK has been home to some of the most significant innovations in sign making and digital printing technologies. From the introduction of early vinyl cutting systems through to the highly advanced large format flatbed printers and cutting tables, the show continues to evolve each year. Throughout this time Sign & Digital UK has continued to provide visitors and customers with the

stability, advice and support they need to thrive in an ever-changing marketplace. Commenting on the show’s 30th anniversary, Event Director, Rudi Blackett, said: “Reaching the 30th show milestone is an amazing achievement, and not one that many other shows can claim. This success also includes our partners, exhibitors and visitors who have played such a pivotal role in making the show what it is over the years. Continued on P18... 17


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Why is Sign & Digital UK such a success? I believe it comes down to the show being not only for buying, but also a place where visitors can access advice and tips from the experts. Coupled with this is the fact that the event serves as the annual showcase of what is new and emerging in terms of products, trends and new revenue streams. It provides vital information on the future direction of the industry and which way the market is heading. That is a powerful mix and has maintained the show’s momentum over so many years.”



Leading industry brands and products Sign & Digital UK has a well-earned reputation as the show where visitors can research, discover and purchase their next wide format print and finishing solutions. This year’s exhibition will showcase the latest products from leading manufacturers and suppliers, including Hewlett Packard, Roland DG, Atlantic Tech Services, Granthams, Hybrid Services/Mimaki, Signmaster Systems, printMAX, Epson, Antalis Colourgen and Spandex. For visitors looking to research new developments in print finishing equipment and

technology, exhibitors not to be missed include Blackman & White, Esko, Daltons Wadkin, Biesse and Vivid Laminating. A host of new brands will be exhibiting at the show for the first time in 2017, with new products and services from BERGMAN/ Art Neon Lighting, Universal Laser Systems, Boxford and APA. A full list of exhibitors is available on the Sign & Digital UK website. Workshops and seminars In addition to being able to source the latest products and services, another popular feature of Sign & Digital UK is the programme of free seminars and workshops taking place daily. There are six free to attend education theatres and workshops available, featuring around 35 daily seminars, covering practical applications and real world tips, as well as new business ideas and revenue streams. This year sees the launch of the new Creative Theatre, which combines case studies and learning for visitors from the graphics and display industries. With a core focus on the processes that take place during preproduction, the daily sessions will cover topics including the future of digital signage, colour management and understanding consumer retail trends. The ‘Future Materials’ sessions, taking place on Tuesday, will provide an overview of the latest innovative materials, including demonstrations on how to achieve exciting and creative visual communications products and finishes. For any visitors looking to get up to date with the latest software developments, the Adobe, SignLab and Corel Theatres will return in 2017, providing visitors with the chance to learn and

“This year sees the launch of the new Creative Theatre, which combines case studies and learning for visitors from the graphics and display industries” engage with the latest products and services on offer. Not to be missed sessions include daily training seminars exploring the complete Adobe Creative Suite, updates on the latest Photoshop creative features, and a video production training session focused on getting the most out of Adobe Premier Pro CC. Drop in workshops are also available, and visitors are invited to bring along files on a memory stick to get advice from industry experts. The popular Business Theatre will have a full lineup of seminars and case studies to help visitors grow their business and increase revenue. For anyone looking to expand into the wide format printing business, the session ‘Where are the Opportunities in Wide Format?’ is a must attend. Showcasing real world insight from current industry experts, speakers include Ed Currer, founder of Vinyl Impressions, Robert Long, Managing Director of Kingswood iOptus and Richard McCombe, Managing Director of Matic Media. While for anyone considering financing options for their next piece of expensive kit, the ‘Financing, Funding and Maintenance of Equipment’ session will explain solutions across a range of budgets. Sign & Digital UK 2017 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 28 to 30 March 2017 and is free to attend for visitors. To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team on 01342 332 000, email or visit for more information or to pre-register for free as a visitor. 19

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Here, Pixel takes a look at some user experiences of the Frontier-S DX100, Fujifilm’s compact and high quality printer produced to meet the diverse needs and challenges of the retail minilab, retail kiosk and event photography


he summer of 2016 saw Fujifilm hit the road with the Wonder Photo Tour initiative. From July to September, Fujifilm travelled to key family festivals around the UK, generating interest and inspiring people to print their pictures – and the Frontier-S DX100 played an instrumental part in the Wonder Photo Tour’s success. Peter Wigington, Marketing Manager for Photo Imaging at Fujifilm said: “The Frontier-S DX100 was the obvious printer to take on the Fujifilm Wonder Photo Tour. Fast, reliable, cost effective and with a surprisingly compact footprint, the DX100 is a powerful printer that can help you to take your event business to the next level.”

Frontier-S DX100 Specification Print size: 127 x 89mm to 210 x 1,000mm Print speed: Up to 360 prints per hour (4”x 6”) Print resolution: Standard mode 720 x 720dpi; High Quality mode 720 x 1,440dpi Paper loading: 1 roll paper feeder Paper type: Glossy / Lustre / Silk / Fine Art Matte Roll Paper Length: 65m / Width: 102mm, 127mm, 152mm, 203mm, 210mm Ink cartridges: 6 colours (C,M,Y,K,SB,P) dye-based ink. Volume: 200ml per colour Weight: Approx. 23kg (include roll paper and ink cartridge) 51lbs Footprint: 0.19m2


Dilip Joshi of DeeJay Photography explains how the DX100 has helped his business grow: “I had been outsourcing the printing aspect of my photography business and I’d generally considered the process of managing both the photography and printing workflow at weddings and events a little daunting. However, winning the DX100 offered me the chance to expand my commercial opportunities, especially at weddings, and sell prints during the event, rather than afterwards. One of the most important aspects of printing for any professional photographer is image quality. There cannot be a compromise between speed and convenience when it comes to image quality. I have to be confident that the images are going to be reproduced faithfully and for me; this really is where the DX100 comes into its own. For me, as a small business owner who needs portability, I find this printer extremely useful. It has the capability to cope with varied print volumes, and in terms of consumables and quality, you would be hardpressed to find a better solution. Looking to the future, I can see a number of areas where the DX100 will help me to improve my business. For example, I can now bring in a second shooter on larger jobs and money taken from selling prints on the night will cover that cost.”

Time Photography’s Virginia talks about her experience with the DX100: “The quality of the prints is just as important as the volume of prints and from day one we have been very happy with the quality this printer produces. Image after image, the DX100 renders each picture superbly. And the number of images that the printer can ‘run’ without us having to check or adjust anything is incredible. There are often days when I can just let it run for hours at a time. The DX100 fits perfectly in the boot of our car, without having to lower the back seats or make any other adjustments and is perfectly manageable when moving from shoot to shoot.
The DX100 is a real workhorse. It’s powered us through our busiest times of years without complaint. In fact, it has become such an integral part of our business that we have just bought a second unit! I would definitely recommend the DX100 to any photographic business that is looking to take more control of their printing and increase the options they can offer to their clients.”

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Breathe New Life into Old Images with the Kenro Film Scanner

2016 was quite a year for Kenro with their announcing of new, innovative products, and it seems that they have similar plans for 2017. Here, InPrint introduces the Kenro Film Scanner and provides you with everything you need to know about the new product


enro Ltd., the specialist photo and video distributor for the UK and Ireland, has announced its new Kenro Film Scanner – the KNSC101 – and, taking innovation to a whole new level, with this device you don’t even need a computer. Whether it’s for a photographer who wants to inject a breath of fresh air and new life into their images of the past, or they have only just started shooting ‘real film’, the Kenro Film Scanner KNSC101 is the go-to solution to bring silver halide imagery into the digital sphere. Not only is the Kenro Film Scanner a very simple piece of equipment to use, it features a built-in, 2.4 inch TFT LCD preview screen so that users can make instant choices on which images to scan. Not only this, but the product boasts a TV out connector in NTSP/ PAL format, allowing for previewing on the big screen. The Film Scanner accepts both colour and black and white negatives, as well as mounted and unmounted slides. In addition to this, the product also has a Super 8 insert, allowing users to digitise frames from their old movies. Even 126 and 110 size film is catered for with the included adapters, showing that the KNSC101 really is the perfect product for every film fanatic. Also, white balance is automatic with Kenro’s new Film Scanner, and users have the choice of either automatic exposure or the manual control to increase or reduce the exposure by up to +/- 2.0 EV. The Kenro Film Scanner is powered by a 240V mains adapter and simply connects users to their computer via the USB port. Plus this device supports both Windows and Mac computers. On the other hand, it can be used as a stand-alone device with the ability to store the scans to an SD memory card,


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supporting up to 32GB, although it holds an internal memory of 128MB. Paul Kench, Managing Director at Kenro commented: “This film scanner is a great addition to Kenro’s growing range of inexpensive but high-quality photography equipment. It is so easy to use; just insert your film, view the preview and make your scan. Once your masterpiece is digitised you can take it into your preferred image editing programme, which is where all the fun really starts!” The Kenro Film Scanner KNSC101 has an SRP of just £101.94 including VAT. For more information, please visit

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“The Film Scanner accepts both colour and black and white negatives, as well as mounted and unmounted slides. In addition to this, the product also has a Super 8 insert, allowing users to digitise frames from their old movies”

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Pixel Magazine - Issue 972  

Pixel Magazine - Issue 972 - February 2017

Pixel Magazine - Issue 972  

Pixel Magazine - Issue 972 - February 2017