Back From Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks
I arrived home from 8 intense days of shooting (plus two travel days) in the incredible Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks at 3:30 AM yesterday morning. It was an awesome trip - I will eventually get through all of my pics and will post some of my favorites (I still need to post pics from my California trip earlier this year).
At this point, I have most of the news posts caught up and have replied to all emails sent through Thu night. Note that I receive between 300 and 400 emails per day and use 3 layers of spam filtration to eliminate the garbage. I bulk-deleted over 3,300 filtered email messages today as the list was simply to long to thoroughly scan. Occassionally these filters generate a false positive - if I have not responded to your email, please send it again.
My trip had a rough start. I had an early AM flight scheduled from an airport just over an hour away, so I set the alarm on my Droid X for 2:30 AM and went to be early. The phone rang and I pushed my wife to get up. After more than a little pushing, she turned over and said "It's 12:30!?"
Half awake, I realized that the alarm had not gone off - I had an actual phone call - from the airline - notifying me that the first flight (of three legs) had been canceled. By 1:30 AM, after a long phone call, I had a new set of flights scheduled - from an airport 3.5 hours away. I was fortunate to get to the St Mary Lodge by 1:00 AM the next day (there are not many flights into Kalispell, MT - and fewer with seats available).
The weather for the week was mostly excellent (warm for late Sep) with great cloud patterns on some days. The crowds were very light (most services were shutting down for the season) and the leaves were just starting to change. The week+ was a great experience - I highly recommend the trip!
"Canon Live Learning and the imaging experts at stillmotion joined forces to deliver this series of EOS HD production tutorials, developed during Canon Live Learning workshops such as 2010's Canon Cinema Caravan and 2011's Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion, and EOS HD"
"These tutorial videos give an inside look at what Canon Live Learning students experienced with the creative and technical leaders of stillmotion during these remarkable programs."
JOBY UNVEILS THREE INNOVATIVE NEW CAMERA TRIPODS FOR HOLIDAY SEASON
New Additions to the Popular GorillaPod Family Support Compact System Cameras and Photography On-the-Go
September 28, 2011, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.: – JOBY is pleased to announce the launch of three new portable tripods to extend the innovation of the massively popular GorillaPod product line: the GorillaPod Micro 250, GorillaPod Micro 800 and GorillaPod Hybrid. The three new products are designed to meet the needs of today’s digital camera consumer, whether an enthusiast who shoots on-the-go with a point-and-shoot camera or prosumer sporting the latest compact system camera.
“The JOBY brand has its heritage in photography – that creative passion is in our blood,” explains chief executive officer Forrest Baringer-Jones. “Since the GorillaPod Original launched more than five years ago, we’ve made it our mission to inspire consumers with innovative camera accessories. We’re thrilled to strengthen our core family of GorillaPod flexible tripods with the new GorillaPod Hybrid designed specifically for popular compact system cameras and new GorillaPod Micro series, a pair of revolutionary, portable, always-on micro tripods. At $19.95 - $39.95, the products make perfect gifts for any type of photographer.”
Forever at your camera’s side, GorillaPod Micro is the indispensable companion for your point-and-shoot as the first always-on tripods that offer the stability, range of movement and versatility of full-size supports. Elegantly concealed beneath the base of the camera, the sleek form is convenient to carry and easily fits in any camera case or pocket. The aluminum and zinc alloy construction is engineered for dependable stability, quick deployment and precise ball positioning. Plus, the colorful rubber grips provide rock-solid footing on any surface. Now you can capture crisp low-light landscapes, join group portraits and record time-lapse party scenes, wherever your adventures take you.
The GorillaPod Micro series represents a revolution in camera positioning and stabilization on-the-go with sleek, always-on tripods that feature a machined aluminum positioning ball with up to 36° of movement in any direction. The GorillaPod Micro 250 supports point-and-shoot cameras weighing up to 250g (8.8 oz.), while the GorillaPod Micro 800 supports hybrid cameras weighing up to 800g (1.75 lbs.).
Designed for the rapidly growing segment of compact system cameras (CSC), the GorillaPod Hybrid supports cameras weighing up to 1kg (2.2 lbs.) and is the perfect versatile tripod for the demanding, active photographer. The flexible, wrappable legs provide rock-solid stabilization on any surface and integrated aluminum ball head (±90° tilt, 360° pan) enable precise positioning to capture professional-quality images without the size and weight of a traditional full-size tripod system. Whether you’re staging a last-second street portrait, shooting time-lapse photos or recording stable, shake-free video, GorillaPod Hybrid unleashes the power of your hybrid camera.
The $19.95 GorillaPod Micro 250 is available in grey, red, and blue. The GorillaPod Micro 800 retails for $29.95 in grey, while the GorillaPod Hybrid is available in grey and red for $39.95. All three new GorillaPod products are available for purchase today at popular photography, consumer electronics, outdoor retailers and internet stores, including Adorama, Amazon.com, B&H and more.
Canon U.S.A. Introduces New Printer Cartridge Recycling Program
Collaborates with FedEx Office, Sims Recycling Solutions and Close the Loop to Offer Customers Ink Cartridge Recycling
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 27, 2011 – Continuing its commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announces a new nationwide inkjet cartridge recycling program. Designed in collaboration with FedEx Office®, Sims Recycling Solutions and Close the Loop, this program utilizes the best environmental practices in treatment of recyclable materials.
Canon PIXMA printer users can now drop off empty genuine PIXMA inkjet cartridges at more than 1,600 FedEx Office Print and Ship Centers across the United States. From FedEx Office locations, cartridges will be consolidated by Sims Recycling Solutions, who specialize in the large-scale processing of electronic waste. After being consolidated by SIMS Recycling, the Genuine Canon ink cartridges go to Close the Loop, a "material recovery" company specializing in the recycling of inkjet cartridges. This program will be free of cost to all Canon consumers.
"With the rise in consumer environmental awareness, Canon is pleased to offer customers the opportunity to participate in this national recycling program," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications, Canon U.S.A. "Environmental responsibility and awareness have always been a top priority for Canon, and recycling is one of the simplest yet most beneficial aspects of this."
The recycling program will tie into the Canon Generation Green initiative that focuses on helping to reduce the environmental burdens in all stages of a product's lifecycle. Generation Green is designed to provide business partners, customers and consumers a way to identify and learn about the various eco-conscious features and solutions that Canon has to offer, including possible cost savings through energy efficiency.
In addition, components from the recycled cartridges can be turned into materials for other products. Close the Loop's innovative products include felt-tip pens and markers made from inkjet plastics and inks; industrial colorants made from recycled ink; recovered metals that can be recycled into new steel and aluminum ingots; and scrap plastics that can be turned into the company's synthetic "eLumber" and various eLumber products.
Nikon has released Capture NX 2.2.8 updater: USA | Europe
• Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1, and COOLPIX P7100 has been added.
• Information for lenses used with the Auto Distortion correction function under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section of the Edit List has been updated.
• When the Auto Lateral Color Aberration function under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section of the Edit List was applied to RAW images, gray edges were, in some rare cases, displayed in some portions of the subject. This issue has been resolved.
Updated: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 Updates
Camera Raw 6.5 Update
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 software. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES SELECT PIXMA PRINTERS NOW SUPPORT APPLE'S AIRPRINT ENABLING WIRELESS PRINTING FROM iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 20, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced that the PIXMA MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One inkjet photo printers will now support AirPrint1 wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print photos, emails, web pages and other documents without the need to install device drivers, saving time and making for a seamless user experience.
AirPrint will be supported by the majority of Canon PIXMA inkjet printers launched from this point forward. AirPrint works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) running using iOS 4.2 or later.
Eye-Fi and SanDisk Launch Co-Branded Wireless Memory Cards in Europe
Eye-Fi Press Release:
Eye-Fi’s Patented Wireless Technology and SanDisk’s High-Quality Flash Memory Enables Consumers to Capture, Back Up, Organize and Share Photos on the Go
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., September 14, 2011 — Eye-Fi Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world’s first wireless memory card, today announced an exclusive distribution agreement with SanDisk, a global leader in flash memory storage solutions. The relationship combines Eye-Fi’s strong partner ecosystem with SanDisk’s broad retail presence to deliver a co-branded SD™ wireless memory card to consumers throughout EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
The SanDisk® Eye-Fi Wireless memory card allows consumers to instantly transfer photos and videos from a camera to a nearby smartphone or tablet; when within range of Wi-Fi®, the files can glide seamlessly to a computer. Consumers can then organize and share the content to social media or online sites. Eye-Fi expands SanDisk’s product portfolio and addresses the needs of an increasingly mobile, connected world of digital photography. Consumers who purchase the card will also receive access to Eye-Fi services such as Eye-Fi View, a cloud-based storage solution.
“Since 2005, we’ve been building an imaging ecosystem that delivers a connected photography solution that helps people more easily view and share their digital photos, freeing images from devices and releasing them into people’s lives. SanDisk has built wide brand awareness in the memory space and enjoys strong distribution throughout EMEA,” said Yuval Koren, chief executive officer and co-founder of Eye-Fi. “This relationship will deliver a connected solution into more hands and more cameras faster than we could ever have imagined.”
“Eye-Fi’s convenient wireless solution and our high-quality flash memory allow consumers to easily back up, organize and share their digital photos and videos,” said Pascal de Boer, vice president, retail sales, SanDisk. “Now consumers can capture a photo, transfer it to a nearby mobile device and share it with the world, all without ever removing the memory card from their camera.”
The SanDisk Eye-Fi Wireless memory card comes in 4GB and 8GB capacities and features Class 4 minimum sustained write speed, 802.11n wireless performance, automatic backup, social media integration and Endless Memory. Eye-Fi continues to directly distribute its eponymous line of cards throughout the U.S. at both specialty stores and at top retailers like Best Buy, Target and WalMart, and recently increased distribution in Japan.
There are lots of other refurbished Canon lenses available at the Canon Store right now - 24 L II, 14 L, 100 L IS Macro, 100 Macro, 300 f/4 L IS, 24-105 L IS, 70-200 f/4 L, 70-200 f/4 L IS, 70-200 f/2.8 L, 100-400 L IS and more. Refurbished lenses are in like new condition at low prices.
Adorama has an "E+" rated used Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III in stock. As I've said before, I'm not a big fan of used gear, but Adorama is one of the safer sources for used gear. And this 1Ds III is reasonably priced at over $2,000 less than a new one.
These results are very impressive. The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens was one of Canon's best lenses. The 300 II bests it - especially with the new extender IIIs attached. As with the 400 II, the lighter weight of this lens over the previous model is very noticeable - and very welcomed.
Some of you have indicated that a grid overlay would be a useful addition to this tool and I plan to make such a grid optional. If you know of an easy way to create a grid using Photoshop, would you mind emailing me instructions for doing so? Thanks!
As expected and similar to what was seen in the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens Review, the results from this lens are impressive. Less impressive is the much-hyped-by-Canon with-extender-III image quality performance. My Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM version I Lens performed at least as well as either of my Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens lenses with extenders mounted.
Lens specifications and measurements are also available for the new 400 II. The lighter weight of this lens over the previous model is very noticeable - and very welcomed.
Both Canon and Nikon super telephoto lenses are included.
Sorry if the site seemed soggy this week. The rain gauge here at The-Digital-Picture.com's world headquarters captured just under 14" of rain this week. Recall hearing about the "Susquehanna River" on the news? I'm about 4 miles from it. If it rains any more, I will be able to see it. Fortunately I am high and dry, but my prayers go out to those of you who are not. Stay safe!
DateTime: 9/8/2011 10:44:10 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Get a $750 Instant Rebate on Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 Printers
Epson is offering a $750.00 instant rebate on the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and Epson Stylus Pro 9890 Designer Edition Printers. Save $500.00 instantly on the standard 7890 model and $1,000.00 on the 9890 wide format printers.
DateTime: 9/8/2011 10:04:36 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Epson Announces Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition
Epson Press Release:
Epson Introduces the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition – A New Generation of Package Prototyping
Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Joins Family of Designer Edition Printer-and-RIP Systems for Creative Professionals
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 7, 2011 – Epson America today announced a new addition to the Epson® Stylus® Pro Designer Edition line – the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition. Combining the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 with an industry-leading EFI™ eXpress WT software RIP, this system is engineered to deliver extremely high-resolution packaging mock-ups for graphic design firms, creative agencies and brand owners.
This system combines the advanced hardware and aqueous Epson UltraChrome® HDR White ink technology of the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 with the Adobe® Postscript® interpreter and PANTONE® color matching capabilities of the EFI eXpress RIP. Together, this combination allows users to print both color and white ink directly on clear or metallic media, as well as color accurate CMYK comps, proofs, mock-ups, and prototypes. In addition, the software includes an easy-to-use intuitive interface that saves time and produces accurate spot colors with the included PANTONE, DIC, HKS, and TOYO libraries.
“Epson continues to break printing barriers, taking what is perceived to be a complex process and providing a solution that offers both ease-of-use and intuitive functionality,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition builds on Epson’s strengths in the graphic design community to deliver a superior product for the packaging creative process and mock-up needs.”
The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition allows designers to create in-house mock-ups more efficiently than using an outside vendor, as well as gain creative control of packaging concepts with reduced turn-around time. In addition, the software provides users with the ability to print directly from the latest creative design software or drag-and-drop files to a hot folder for cross platform network printing. Full support is included for all Epson proofing and packaging media, with the ability to add profiles for additional media types.
Pricing, Support and Availability
The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition joins the Epson Stylus Pro 3880, 4900, 7890 and 9890 Designer Editions, and is now available through authorized Epson Professional Graphics resellers for $6,995 (MSRP). The printer and RIP is supported on both Macintosh OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition is supported with a standard Epson PreferredSM Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure. Epson PreferredPlus service plans are available that cover both the hardware and software for up to two additional years. For additional information, visit www.proimaging.epson.com.
Adobe Carousel Photography App Debuts for Mac OS and iOS Devices
Adobe Imaging Magic Delivers All-New Way to Browse, Enhance and Share Photos Across Devices
LAS VEGAS, Photoshop World 2011 — Sept. 7, 2011 — During the Photoshop World 2011 keynote, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced Adobe® Carousel™ for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac OS. Adobe Carousel is designed for anyone who loves photographs, takes a lot of them, and needs a simple way to view, browse, adjust and share them without worrying about manual syncing or storage. Adobe Carousel uses the powerful photo-processing technology that is used in Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom®, so customers get the finest photo-editing results delivered consistently no matter what the device. Photos look great and are easy to share directly with family and friends.
Adobe Carousel is comprised of a set of client apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac OS desktops (versions for Windows and other devices are expected in the first half of 2012). When customers import their photo library into Adobe Carousel, or take new photos using Adobe Carousel on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, those photos are automatically accessible on any supported device through the cloud-based smart mesh technology incorporated in Adobe Carousel. Once imported, any edits, deletions or additions to the library made on one device are automatically updated across all devices linked with the account. With Adobe Carousel, manual syncing and device storage limitations are a thing of the past.
Setting up Adobe Carousel is easy. Customers will just download the apps, set up a subscription plan on their iPhone and iPad, and they are ready to go. Subscribers can import a virtually unlimited number of JPEG files, and install Adobe Carousel apps on as many of their compatible devices as they want.
“With Adobe Carousel we are extending the power of Adobe’s imaging expertise beyond the desktop and onto tablets and smartphones, delivering instant access to your complete photo library and the freedom to edit and share photos anywhere, any time,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “Thanks to Adobe Carousel, users never need to worry about wasting time syncing, remembering if a photo was saved to a particular device, or worrying about maxing out storage on their iPhone or iPad.”
Familiar multi-touch gestures provide a fun and interactive experience to explore tens of thousands of photos quickly and easily, and Adobe’s powerful photo-processing engine lets users adjust exposure, shadows, highlights, white balance, vibrance, clarity and contrast. There are also over a dozen “Looks” that allow customers to quickly experiment with the appearance of a photo. Adobe Carousel simplifies and enhances photo sharing by allowing subscribers to invite friends and family members to collaborate on a photo library free of charge – so anyone with a Carousel capable device can view existing photos and contribute new ones, apply adjustments and Looks to images, and easily grab and flag favorite photos. Users can also share photos by sending them directly to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr or via email.
Pricing and Availability
The Adobe Carousel apps will be available through the iTunes App Store and for Mac later this month. Through Jan. 31, 2012, Adobe plans to offer Adobe Carousel for a special introductory price of US$59.99/year or US$5.99/month. Anyone subscribing at that price will be able to renew at that same price for an additional two years. At the conclusion of the introductory offer, Adobe Carousel will be US$99.99/year or US$9.99/month. By subscribing, customers automatically receive any enhancements and updates to Adobe Carousel at no additional charge. Customers receive a complimentary subscription for up to 30 days and can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription at any time from their iPad or iPhone.
Customers can download and install the Adobe Carousel apps as many times and across as many devices as they want as a part of their subscription (no additional fees apply). For more information, including system requirements, visit www.photoshop.com/carousel.
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations announced details of its compelling four-day educational line-up coinciding with the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, Nev. For the first time, photo-industry members can combine the famous Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA) conference with the classic PMA education program, along with attending hundreds of PMA@CES exhibits.
“PMA@CES is shaping up to be the largest photo technology and education event ever,” says Ted Fox, executive director and CEO, PMA. “By partnering with the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), PMA@CES offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore emerging technologies at the acres of exhibits, then enjoy industry-specific classes, seminars and networking opportunities.
“Hotels and flights will fill up fast, so retailers, photographers and lab owners – especially those who have not attended a past CES -- should register right away,” advises Fox. Since registration opened for PMA@CES, more than 4,000 trade registrations have already been received.
The DIMA program, Jan. 8-9, 2012, at Bally’s Las Vegas, features five tracks: “Professional Imaging,” “Retail Strategy,” “Social Media,” “Photo Publishing” and “IS&T Technology for Digital Photo Fulfillment.” DIMA is the unsung hero of the PMA experience, giving attendees exposure to cutting-edge concepts to help attendees market imaging products and services better, to build a stronger business base, to increase revenue and to become more efficient and profitable.
The 2012 DIMA conference, which requires a separate fee from the PMA educational program, includes a PMA@CES Exhibits Plus Pass, which allows access to exhibit show floor, keynote addresses, SuperSession and select conference sessions. The full program and registration information is available here.
The PMA@CES Conference takes place Jan. 10-12, 2012, at The Venetian, the hub for all things photo at CES. Two tracks – “Retail Strategy for the Photo Industry” and “Trends and Technology” – offer a clear picture of opportunities in photo and the future direction of digital imaging. These educational sessions are the perfect complement to the PMA@CES exhibits at The Venetian.
Because of the relationship with CEA, photo industry members will have access to dozens of different workshops, all designed to elevate their expertise in marketing, technology, social media and sales, as well as the renowned CES Keynotes.
There are thousands of PMA members who have never attended CES, the largest consumer electronics show, and PMA@CES offers a unique opportunity. The International CES typically draws more than 140,000 attendees each year and, with the Venetian serving as the PMA@CES hub, PMA photo retailers, imaging labs and professional photographers will have an opportunity to experience the excitement of both.
DxO Optics Pro Module Update for Week of 9/07/2011
DxO Labs has added 48 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Sigma, Sony, and Tamron lenses, for numerous Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Sony cameras.
Update: Looks like these lenses were part of a bigger refurbished inventory update happening at the Canon Store. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II ($1,999.00) and other Cameras, Lenses and Flashes are becoming available. Keep checking back for the latest inventory as items are being added regularly at this time. The 35 L just arrived.
PocketWizard® Photo Products Announces Convenient New Storage Solution
PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk designed specifically for MiniTT1®, Flex TT5® and accessories
So. Burlington, VT – September 6, 2011 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the new G-Wiz Trunk bag. Designed specifically for use with the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 radios and accessories, this optimally-sized padded gear bag packs a lot of room in a small space and still fits comfortably into a photographer’s photo bag.
“This new G-Wiz Trunk bag offers photographers a safe and convenient solution to keeping all their radios and coordinating accessories organized and together in one place for quick and easy access,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “It’s the perfect storage solution for photographers that have invested in multiple MiniTT1 and FlexTT5’s.”
The new PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag features movable hook-n-loop dividers allowing photographers to customize this bag to fit their gear-packing needs. The G-Wiz Trunk opens from the top allowing photographers to see all their PocketWizard gear neatly and safely packed away. And, the padded movable dividers provide extra protection when traveling.
Features include: zippered inside pocket, web loop, movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, 7.5" wide x 3.5" high by 3.5" deep, and durable rip-stop nylon construction.
Apply the most famous silver halide film renderings to your digital photos in just one click! With its 60 film types, newly-designed interface, and even greater creative possibilities, DxO FilmPack 3 is aimed at both beginners and experts.
DxO FilmPack 3 is available as a standalone application and as a plugin that adapts perfectly to your Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Lightroom®, Apple® Aperture® or DxO Optics Pro workflow.
LABOR15 - $15 off select DSLR’s, Point and Shoots, and Camcorders! Use Coupon Code. Free Memory Card with select purchases! FLASH8 - Get a free 8GB Flash Drive with your purchase of select DSLRs LOYALTY15 - $15 off of $400 or more LOYALTY10 - $10 off of $200(?) or more TAMRON10 - $10 off of Tamron lenses
Use coupon code SEPTACC to save 20% off of accessories overs of $100 or more at the Canon Store. (thanks Jeff)
DateTime: 9/3/2011 10:38:09 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Toshiba Announces SDHC Card with Embedded Wireless LAN Communications
Toshiba Press release:
Toshiba to Launch "FlashAir™", the World's First SDHC Memory Card with Embedded Wireless LAN Communications
TOKYO–Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality to meet the SD Memory Card Standard. The new card, "FlashAir™", has an 8GB capacity and supports both peer-to-peer transfers and uploads to and downloads from servers. Samples will be available from November 2011 and sales will start in February 2012.
FlashAir will be featured at IFA 2011, in Berlin, Germany from September 2.
At a time when digital cameras have achieved immense popularity, users want a quick and easy way to share photographs with friends and to transfer them to and from online storage services and social networks. Toshiba provides the solution with FlashAir, the world's first SDHC memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality that is fully compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard.
FlashAir's embedded wireless communication function allows users to upload and download photographs to and from a server and to exchange photographs and other data with other devices, including digital cameras that are FlashAir compliant and, smartphones and PCs that support wireless LAN. All transfers are done wirelessly, without any need for a cable connection. Key features of the new card include the ability to receive as well as transmit and lower power consumption than other cards with similar functions.
Even in digital cameras not compliant with FlashAir, the new card can share digital images with smartphones and PCs that support wireless LAN.
Toshiba will secure certification of FlashAir for wireless communication in Japan, North America and Europe.
Toshiba will reinforce and extend its leadership of memory business by further enhancing its SD memory card line-up.
Notes: As of September 1, 2011. Source: Toshiba Corporation. A number of camera makers are now considering launching compliant products.
Key features Product name: THNSW008GAA-A Capacity: 8GB Price (tax included): Open Start of sample shipping: November 2011 Start of sale: February 2012 Note: The above product name is for the Japanese market.
Specifications Standard: SD Memory Card Standard Wireless LAN Standard: IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN security: WEP, TKIP, AES (WPA, WPA2) Card capacity: 8GB Speed class: Speed Class 6 Applicable format: JPEG, RAW, MPEG, etc Power Supply Voltage: 2.7-3.6V Operating Environment: Temperature: -25°C to 85°C Relative humidity: 95% at 25°C (no condensation) External dimensions: 32(L)×24(W)×2.1(T)(mm) Weight: Approx. 2g Note: The above specifications are as of September 1, 2011.
* The card can be used in devices that comply with the SDHC Memory Card Standard. * "FlashAir™" is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation. * The SDHC logo is a trademark of SD-3C. LLC.
"PromarkBRANDS, a U.S.-based designer, manufacturer, engineer and distributor of time-tested photographic and video lighting products and light shaping accessories, announces the company has acquired the assets of Speedotron Corporation, a Chicago, Ill. based designer and manufacturer of affordable and durable flash lighting systems. The acquisition will expand the PromarkBRANDS current family of products which include Photogenic Professional Lighting, Norman, Smith-Victor, Cool-Lux and Logan Electric."
"PocketWizard, the industry leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash and light meters, announces a major new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, version 3.0 for Nikon and Version 6.0 for Canon include several new features and updates to make the system more powerful than ever including HyperSync™ Automation, SpeedCycler and Flash Power Control without a Camera. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can install these new features and updates for free using the PocketWizard Utility."