Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Mar 2012 (Page 4)

 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Reuters is reporting that:
 
"Canon Inc aims to cut at least 400 billion yen ($4.84 billion) in costs over four years to soften the likely impact of a strong yen and an economic slowdown in Europe, the Nikkei reported.
 
Canon estimates that the yen's firmness will depress its operating profit by a little more than 100 billion yen from a year earlier, the business daily said.
 
The company plans to use industrial robots to achieve these goals. In addition to increasing the use of industrial robots in toner production, Canon will consider introducing them in the production of interchangeable lenses for single-lens-reflex cameras, the daily reported.
 
In fiscal 2015, Canon hopes to lift its sales to 5 trillion yen or higher, up 41 percent from the year-ended December 2011, Nikkei said.
 
($1 = 82.6700 Japanese yen)"
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 4:37:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Very refreshing news in light of Canon's recent DSLR and lens introductions:
 
A reliable source tells me that the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (both bodies and kits) are in the Canon warehouse waiting to be shipped to retailers perhaps on Friday (3/16). Also, it sounds like the day-1 volume is going to be strong.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 12:08:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LensRentals.com is now accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III rental reservations. Roger expects April 22nd to be the availability date and that meshes with the date I am hearing from others. Hit the Canon EOS 5D Mark III review placeholder page for preorder opportunities.
 
The Canon PowerShot G1 X is now available for rent. Though it will never replace my DSLRs, I'm really liking this camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 11:03:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Firmware update v0554 for Windows has been released for the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader.
 
The new firmware adds support for UDMA 7. This is a great card reader - it is the one I use.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 10:33:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Corel:
 
Corel Breaks New Ground in Video Editing with Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5
 
HTML5 Capabilities, Screen Capture, Advanced Performance & Effects Make X5 the Most Comprehensive Version Yet
 
Ottawa, ON - March 7, 2012
 
Today Corel announced the release of Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5, the most comprehensive version of the company’s award-winning video editing software. VideoStudio Pro X5 breaks new ground with the introduction of screen recording and HTML5 authoring capabilities, multi-core acceleration, and advanced video compositing while still maintaining the key elements that users have come to know and love. With outstanding speed, a robust collection of creative tools, and its user-friendly approach, Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 continues to break down the barriers to video editing, opening the door to truly inspired and diverse productions.
 
“Consumers have come to appreciate VideoStudio Pro for its uncomplicated approach to movie making, speed and impressive creative effects,” said Jan Piros, Senior Product Manager, Digital Media at Corel. “With VideoStudio Pro X5, we’ve furthered our commitment to overall performance and innovation by offering powerful new features and category-crossing tools like screen recording and HTML5. From YouTubers and home video editors, to small business owners and educators, VideoStudio Pro X5 enables a wide range of possibilities in video.”
 
VideoStudio Pro X5 is the first video editor to support HTML5, the innovative web technology that’s revolutionizing online video distribution and consumption. Users can generate hyperlinked on-screen cue and chapter points, graphics and titles, perfect for anyone looking to create a complete interactive on-line video experience.
 
“HTML5 offers a lot of possibilities for consumers who aspire to see their videos integrated onto web sites. Since HTML5 video can be played natively within any browser, it offers a much more robust, flexible solution for developers who have been constrained by funneling content through plug-ins,” said Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst of the Enderle Group. “VideoStudio Pro X5 is a pioneer in its category because it marks the first time we’re seeing HTML5 video creation placed in the hands of consumers. This vastly broadens the number of people capable of generating low cost interactive HTML5 multimedia content. This in turn should increase dramatically the rich user generated content integrated into cutting edge web sites.”
 
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 Offers New Tools for More Dynamic and Interactive Video

  • New! HTML5 authoring: Users can now easily create HTML5 videos, complete with hyperlinked on-screen cue and chapter points. As VideoStudio Pro X5 outputs HTML5 videos in both WebM and MPEG-4 (H.264), videos can be displayed in any compatible browser. In addition, users can open and edit their HTML5 videos in other HTML5 authoring applications.
  • New! Screen recording: With the new screen recording tools, users can create polished screencasts complete with animations, effects, music, titles and voice-overs. Produce professional training DVDs or export them directly to YouTube™, Facebook®, Flickr®, or formats including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (H.264) and WebM.
  • New! Multimedia tracks: VideoStudio Pro X5 supports up to 21 video or graphic tracks, two title or subtitle tracks, and four audio tracks.
  • New! Advanced multi-core acceleration: VideoStudio Pro X5 employs multi-threading to fully harness the processing power of today’s multi-core PCs. By assigning different software procedures to different cores, X5 generates speed gains that are significantly more pronounced than simply enabling the additional memory addressing capabilities of 64-bit systems.
  • New! Import multi-layer graphics: Users can now add multi-layered Corel® PaintShop™ Pro graphics to their movies by simply dragging a graphic to the Timeline. VideoStudio Pro X5 automatically adds each layer of the graphic as a separate track in the timeline allowing users to apply effects and filters to individual layers to create unique animation effects.
  • New! Canon DSLR support for Stop Motion: VideoStudio Pro X5 provides new support for Canon DSLR cameras for creating stop-motion animations. Users can connect their DSLR to their PC or laptop with a USB cable.
  • New! 3D video import: VideoStudio Pro X5 now supports 3D webcam capture; enabling users to easily import and edit 3D video formats, such as Multiview Video Coding (MVC) and Multiple Picture Object (MPO).
  • New! Template organization: VideoStudio Pro X5 lets users make movies quickly from templates. The Library now includes an Instant Project tab, which makes templates easier than ever to browse, preview, and select.
  • New & Enhanced! Corel® Guide: This web-connected in-product resource delivers 24-7 access to online training videos, templates, help, product updates, additional paid content, training videos and much more.

Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5 Ultimate
 
Also today, Corel announced the release of VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate. For editors looking to take their productions to the next level, this premium version offers a range of high-end plug-ins from proDAD, Boris and NewBlue®, providing users with over $500 in additional value. Thanks to these additions users can add broadcast-quality effects, 2D and 3D titling, apply animated pen effects, and fix even the shakiest video with image correction and video stabilization. VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate gives users even more ways to create content-rich and professional looking movies.
 
Availability and Pricing
 
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 is available immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.corel.com in English, Japanese, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Box versions will be available from Corel's global resellers after March 21, 2012. North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) is $79.99 (US and CDN). Users of VideoStudio Pro X3 or higher are eligible for upgrade pricing of $59.99. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.
 
VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate is also available at www.corel.com and at resellers including Best Buy for SRP $99.99 or $79.99 (US and CDN) for an upgrade. Resellers may sell for less.
 
To download a free fully-functional trial version or for more information about Corel VideoStudio Pro X5, please visit www.corel.com/videostudio.
 
B&H carries Corel products.

Category: Corel News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 10:07:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has sent an invitation to an event to be held during the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas. Will the promised new Canon Cinema EOS camera be announced?
 
Canon Event Invitation - 2012/04/15
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:54:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon France has released a Canon EOS 5D Mark III demo video entitled "Eye of the Mind":
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:06:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 12, 2012
Lightroom Journal has posted a list of Lightroom 4 Hot Issues.
 
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 in stock ($149.00 shipped) and is taking preorders for the upgrade version (only $79.00 shipped).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 9:23:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Professional Network has posted a new Canon EOS-1D X article: Frits van Eldik on shooting an F1 weekend with the EOS-1D X (thanks Scott).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 12:42:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, March 11, 2012
From Reddit's gynoceros:
 
"FYI- if you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor- no metal, no moving parts), TSA may confiscate it because it "looks like a bomb", no questions asked."
 
Gynoceros' Giottos Rocket Air Blower was confiscated by Newark's TSA. I'm feeling safer already.
 
The good news is that I made it through Orlando, FL and Washington/Dulles TSA with my blower, so this may be a regional issue. (thanks Chris)
Post Date: 3/11/2012 9:05:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I'm back from photo-exploring southern Florida - including the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Big Cypress NWR, Corkscrew Swamp Refuge, Sanibel Island, Captiva, Ding Darling NWR, Cayo Costa, Venice Rookery, Caspersen Beach and other great locations in the area.
 
It was a great trip - but exhausting. I'm home and digging into the large email backlog. Thanks for your patience.
Post Date: 3/11/2012 11:03:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has relased ImageBrowser EX 1.0.1 software.
 
From Canon:
 
"ImageBrowser EX is a new image management software program for Canon’s digital cameras and digital camcorders. This software makes managing and searching for images shot with cameras and camcorders very easy. Please utilize the software for editing, printing and sharing images. ImageBrowser EX can be installed simultaneously with ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser. (Even if ImageBrowser EX is installed, ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser will not be uninstalled.) It is required to connect your Canon Camera to the computer, which is connected to the Internet, using a USB cable.
 
Major Functions of ImageBrowser EX
 
(The following functions are available with ImageBrowser EX).
 
- Importing images from a camera* or a memory card. (* Using CameraWindow DC / EOS Utility)
- Displaying images by folder
- Displaying images by shooting date/month/year.
- Displaying shooting information of images
- Editing still images
- Editing movies
- Printing still images
- Uploading images to CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
- Uploading images to Facebook
- Uploading images to YouTube
- Attaching images to e-mail
 
Target images
 
- Images (still/movie) shot with Canon cameras (except for AVCHD movie files).
 
Differences from ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
 
(Please note that the following functions available with ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser are not available with ImageBrowser EX).
 
- Displaying images in a viewer window
- Backing up images on a CD-ROM
- Exporting images (resizing, wallpaper, screen saver, etc.)
- Changing all file names at once
 
Also newly available at the same URL are:
 
ZoomBrowser EX 6.9.0 Updater
CameraWindow DC 8.8
PhotoStitch 3.2.6 Updater for Mac OS X
 
(thanks Sean & Johnny)
 
Update: As of 3/11/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT, the software links are broken. I have notified Canon USA and expect them to be corrected - but possibly not until Monday.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2012 10:38:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/6/2012 10:13:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lightroom Journal has posted a list of additional Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 resources.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/6/2012 9:58:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Updated: OneCall.com just started accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body and Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4 IS USM Lens
 
A suggestion for those of you wanting a 5D III ASAP: Include the with-kit-lens version on your preorder list. Canon has occasionally made the with-lens version of their DSLRs available first. Also, the number of preorders for the body-only 5D Mark III FAR outnumber the with-lens version preorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/6/2012 9:00:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to Adobe, the top new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 features are:

  • Highlight and shadow recovery - Bring out all the detail that your camera captures in dark shadows and bright highlights. Now you have more power than ever before to make great images under challenging lighting conditions.
  • Photo book creation - Create beautiful photo books from your images with a variety of easy-to-use templates included in Lightroom, and then upload your book for printing with just a few clicks.
  • Location-based photo organization - Find and group images by location, easily assign locations to images, or plot a photo journey. Automatically display location data from GPS-enabled cameras and camera phones.
  • Extended video support - Organize, view, and make adjustments and edits to video clips. Play and trim clips, extract still images from them, or adjust clips with the Quick Develop tool.
  • White balance brush - Get more consistent color across your image in scenes with mixed lighting sources. A flexible brush lets you refine and adjust white balance in targeted areas of your shot.
  • Additional editing brushes - Expand your creative control by targeting particular areas of your images using new local editing brushes for noise reduction and moire removal.
  • Video publishing - Easily share video clips in HD format on Facebook and Flickr. Or save HD clips formatted for phones, tablets, TV, and more.
  • Soft proofing - Save time and ink and help ensure your prints meet your expectations. Soft proofing lets you preview how an image will look when printed with color-managed printers.
  • Enhanced online sharing integration - Easily post images to more social media and photo sharing sites like Facebook and Flickr. With selected sites, online comments about your images are visible within Lightroom.
  • Emailing from Lightroom - Email images directly from Lightroom using the email account of your choice.
  • Importing libraries from other software - Bring the power and elegance of Lightroom to all your images, new and old. Easily import photos from other applications.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is available for immediate download from Adobe.com.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/6/2012 2:15:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has made Camera Raw 6.7 Release Candidate available for download.
 
Newly-supported are:
 
• Canon EOS-1D X
• Canon EOS 5D Mark III
• Canon PowerShot G1 X
• Canon PowerShot S100V
• Nikon D4
• Nikon D800
• Nikon D800E
• More cameras and many new lenses are supported
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/6/2012 11:48:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Order Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 today from B&H, Adorama, Amazon.com or Adobe.com.
Category: Adobe Preorders
Post Date: 3/6/2012 11:41:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Now Available
 
Innovative Shadow and Highlight Recovery and Enhanced Digital Photography Workflows Mark A Milestone Release
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 6, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software for Mac OS and Windows. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. First released as a public beta in January 2012, the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available for US$149 for the full version and US$79 for the upgrade, providing an incredible value for photographers. Lightroom 4 introduces refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, ability to create photo books, additional local adjustment controls, and enhanced video support.
 
“Feedback from our customers is invaluable in developing Lightroom and the real trick to a great release is to combine these insights with Adobe’s unrivalled image processing innovation,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”
 
New Features in Lightroom 4
 
Lightroom 4 is a major release, adding significant new capabilities and innovations. New adjustment controls maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering exceptional shadow details and highlights. The software features new and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast, and additional local adjustment controls including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.
 
Lightroom 4 provides photographers the tools to create beautiful photo books with text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module. A new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging and reverse geo-tagging controls and saved locations for easy assignment of a photographer’s common locations.
 
Now, native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Video-specific presets and many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can be applied to video clips, and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr*.
 
In the Develop module, presets fully utilize new processing technology and the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure content looks its best. In addition, customers can now email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of their choice.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is now available for Mac and Windows at www.adobe.com/store. The estimated street price is US$149 for new users or US$79 for upgrades. For more detailed information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit Adobe.com.
 
Users can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lightroom), via Twitter (www.twitter.com/lightroom) or on the Adobe Lightroom blog (http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal). For Lightroom how-to videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/lightroom.
 
 
Included in Lightroom 4 is support for the following cameras:
 
• Canon EOS-1D X
• Canon PowerShot G1 X
• Canon PowerShot S100V
• Nikon D4
• Nikon D800
• Nikon D800E
• More cameras and many more lenses are now supported.
 
Lightroom Journal has more information.
 
Thanks to everyone who let me know about the new release - And sorry that I'm late with the news today - I was shooting White Pelicans and Roseate Spoonbills at Ding Darling NWR.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/6/2012 11:27:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 5, 2012
Sorry - this post was supposed to go live at 3:00 AM Fri morning. Poor Internet service apparently prevented it from doing so:
 
I have the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Review placeholder page live on the site with comparison charts and images.
 
I'll get more information on the site as soon as I can. Thanks for your support!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/5/2012 11:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 3, 2012
Here is another chance to get on the top of a 5D III preorder list: J&R just starting accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body and Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Kit preorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/3/2012 11:00:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the CDLC:
 
Canon Digital Learning Center presents: 5D Mark III and Speedlite 600EX-RT resources
 
New HD video features in the EOS 5D Mark III
 
There's no one single headline feature for HD video recording that separates the EOS 5D Mark III from its legendary predecessor. But what we have is clear evidence that Canon's engineers and designers listened to the requests and suggestions of a critical group of users – HD video shooters. And they've responded, with a variety of refinements and additions that enhance the HD video shooting experience. Image quality is better than ever, control is easier, audio monitoring and adjusting is much more effective, and editing after the shooting is done is easier as well with Time Code and choices of compression method. Learn about the new and improved HD Video Features in the EOS 5D Mark III on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
For more information on the new EOS 5D Mark III, please review this article by CPN.
 
Speedlite 600EX-RT: Radio wireless basics
 
In one move, Canon has revolutionized the way photographers work with flash. The use of portable Speedlites has exploded over the past decade, along with the advent of digital SLRs, as photographers realize the advantages of speed, compactness, ease of set-up, travel and more that they provide. Now, the single remaining thing photographers have begged for – for years – is here. Radio-based, wireless flash triggering that's all self-contained within a portable Speedlite. Read all about Canon's new RT system in this in-depth article on the Canon Digital Learning Center -- we'll go over the fundamentals of this exciting new technology, and hopefully plant the seeds in readers' minds about some of the almost limitless potential this new system brings to creative photographers.
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/3/2012 9:36:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 2, 2012
Beach Camera and BuyDig.com are now accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III preorders.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/2/2012 7:34:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Professional Network has posted more Canon EOS 5D Mark III information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/2/2012 10:35:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Jessops is accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III preorders.
 
Sorry - The Amazon international URLs were not correct. I'll blame lack of sleep.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/2/2012 10:28:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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