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Olympus to sell camera business to Japan Industrial Partners News Opinion 

Olympus to sell camera business to Japan Industrial Partners

Camera pioneer and co-founder of the 4/3 format Olympus Corp. reached an agreement with Japan Industrial Partners Inc. (JIP) to sell its 84-year-old camera business to JIP for an undisclosed amount. Olympus’ statement said the two plan to sign a legally binding deal by Sept. 30 and close the transaction by Dec. 31, 2020. Olympus’ commitment to the digital camera... Read More
Sony introduces ZV-1 digital camera for vloggers New Products 

Sony introduces ZV-1 digital camera for vloggers

Sony Electronics Inc. announced the new pocket-sized Digital Camera ZV-1, a lightweight, compact camera for content creators and vloggers. “Sony’s new ZV-1 was purpose-built to meet the needs and demands of today’s video creators,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “We are always listening to our customers, and this camera is the... Read More
Sony upgrades VENICE and FX9 motion-picture cameras News 

Sony upgrades VENICE and FX9 motion-picture cameras

Sony Electronics Inc. will upgrade the firmware of its VENICE digital motion picture camera and FX9 full-frame camera in 2020. These firmware upgrades build on the two platforms’ extraordinary image capture and color science. VENICE 6.0 firmware update, available in November 2020, delivers more monitoring options and high frame rate. The FX9 update, expected in October, 2020, expands shooting and... Read More
Raspberry Pi adds $50 12.3 MP camera module News 

Raspberry Pi adds $50 12.3 MP camera module

Raspberry Pi, the increasingly useful homebrew computing platform, has added a 12.3-megapixel High-Quality Camera for just $50, alongside a range of interchangeable lenses starting at $25. Features include: 12.3 megapixel Sony IMX477 sensor 1.55μm × 1.55μm pixel size – double the pixel area of IMX219 Back-illuminated sensor architecture for improved sensitivity Support for off-the-shelf C- and CS-mount lenses Integrated back-focus... Read More
Tamron adds series of fast 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD zoom lenses for Sony bodies New Products 

Tamron adds series of fast 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD zoom lenses for Sony bodies

Tamron announced the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056), a large aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras will be available in the U.S. on May 14 at $1199. Due to the spread of COVID-19, however, the release date or the product supply schedule could be delayed. The 70-180mm F/2.8 features a compact and lightweight design... Read More
Sony establishes $100 million COVID-19 Global Relief Fund News 

Sony establishes $100 million COVID-19 Global Relief Fund

Sony Corp. announced the establishment of the “Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19,” a $100 million fund to support those around the world affected by the COVID-19 virus. Sony will provide support in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work... Read More
Sony spinning off camera, mobile division News 

Sony spinning off camera, mobile division

Sony Corp. announced it will establish, effective April 1, an intermediate holding company “Sony Electronics Corporation” incorporating these three businesses – Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound, and Mobile Communications – as well as related global sales and marketing, manufacturing, logistics, procurement, and engineering platforms. “Through the establishment of Sony Electronics Corporation, Sony will not only accelerate the... Read More
Sony adds large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle prime lens New Products News 

Sony adds large-aperture, ultra-wide-angle prime lens

Sony Electronics launched the G Lens series FE 20mm F1.8 G (model name SEL20F18G) compact, lightweight, ultra-wide prime lens for a variety of creative needs including portraits, astrophotography, landscape and street photography, as well as video. The FE 20mm F1.8 G is the widest full-frame prime lens in Sony’s E-mount lineup. The lens design features two advanced aspherical (AA) elements and three... Read More
Sony debuts smartphone with high-end imaging/video chops: Xperia 1 II New Products 

Sony debuts smartphone with high-end imaging/video chops: Xperia 1 II

Sony announced its new flagship smartphone, the Xperia 1 II with advanced imaging capabilities. Designed with Sony’s Alpha AF technology, the newly developed triple camera array with focal lengths of 16mm, 24mm and 70mm with ZEISS optics calibrated specifically for Xperia 1 II, as well as ZEISS T* coating, which contributes to exquisite rendering and contrast by reducing reflections. Utilizing technology... Read More
The Imaging Alliance to “Salute and Celebrate” Photographers Who Give Back at March 25 event Events 

The Imaging Alliance to “Salute and Celebrate” Photographers Who Give Back at March 25 event

The Imaging Alliance, a non-profit organization representing the bold and diverse imaging industry, announced the winners of its 2020 “Imaging Alliance Salutes Photographers Who Give Back” Awards. James Balog, Alicia Hansen, and Chris Rainier will be honored for their charitable achievements and dedication to creating change and social awareness on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New York City. The event... Read More
Sony launches compact 4K Handycam camcorder New Products 

Sony launches compact 4K Handycam camcorder

Sony Electronics announced the FDR-AX43/B 4K Handycam camcorder featuring Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology, using a built-in gimbal mechanism, for capturing smooth video footage. Sony says the FDR-AX43/B was developed for content creators and vloggers.   The FDR-AX43/B features include: ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens with a wide angle of 26.8mm 20x optical zoom and Clear Image Zoom of 30x for 4K... Read More
Sony announces SDK for Sony α7R IV and α9 II cameras News Updates 

Sony announces SDK for Sony α7R IV and α9 II cameras

Sony Electronics released a new software development kit (SDK) enabling third-party developers and integrators to access control of Sony cameras. Sony says it is releasing the SDK based on extensive interest in their camera lineup from commercial customers. “The customer’s voice is absolutely critical to all aspects of our business,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy President of Sony Imaging Products and... Read More
Sony introduces GP-VPT2BT wireless shooting grip New Products 

Sony introduces GP-VPT2BT wireless shooting grip

Sony Electronics announced the GP-VPT2BT shooting grip with wireless remote commander, for different types of content creation ranging from vlogs to travel photography/videography. The $140 grip offers stability combined with cable-free connectivity and a reliable dust and moisture resistant design. The grip is compatible with a variety of Sony’s latest digital cameras, connecting via Bluetooth wireless technology, allowing creators to... Read More
Canon, Sony, Panasonic commit to photokina 2020 support Events News People on the Move 

Canon, Sony, Panasonic commit to photokina 2020 support

A delegation of the City of Cologne, Koelnmesse and the association of the photo industry (PIV)  recently visited Tokyo, Japan. The Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, Gerald Böse, and the Chairman of the PIV, Kai Hillebrandt, were warmly welcomed at a celebratory reception in the German Embassy in Tokyo by Ambassador Ina... Read More
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