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Panasonic launches compact GX800 mirrorless

Press release issued by Panasonic UK:

Panasonic unveils the LUMIX GX800: A sleek and stylish camera with advanced selfie and panorama shoot function technology

Panasonic Lumix GX800

Compact System Camera (CSC) Featuring 4K PHOTO and 4K Video Recording

Panasonic is today launching the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera – the LUMIX GX800 – which offers great image quality for those who want to capture amazing scenery and unmissable moments. The DC-GX800 offers newly integrated 4K PHOTO and 4K Video all in a sleek, stylish compact body.

The 3.0-inch 1040K-dot static touch control screen boasts a 180-degree tiltable structure and the camera goes into Self Shot mode automatically once the monitor is flipped. In Self Shot mode, a variety of functions for selfies are available on the LUMIX GX800, including a newly-added 4K Selfie mode. Users can also choose to capture the background clearly or defocused depending on the situation with the new Background Control mode. Panorama pictures can also be shot in Self Shot mode.

The 16.0-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor without low-pass filter and the new Venus Engine combine to achieve crisp, high-resolution images in fine details with high-contrast, impressive colour reproduction and maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity.

The LUMIX GX800 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 resolution at 30p/25p(50Hz Area) or 24p in MP4[1]. Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can also enjoy 4K PHOTO shots and a variety of derivative functions, such as Focus Stacking, Post Focus and Light Composition.

For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style including L.Monochrome mode are included. The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and Scene Guide make LUMIX GX800 easy to use. The camera integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation.

Panasonic Lumix GX800

Capture unmissable photo opportunities with cutting-edge 4K technologies and stunning performance

The LUMIX GX800 is capable of recording smooth, high-resolution 4K videos yet despite its high performance, it boasts superior energy-efficiency within a compact design.

Thanks to this 4K technology, users can also experience 4K PHOTO to capture fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps by extracting the frame with the best timing out of a 4K burst file to save as a photo. In 4K PHOTO, three modes can be chosen from depending on the situation; 4K Burst, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. All of these functions in 4K PHOTO let the user save pictures in 8-megapixel equivalent high-resolution, which is good enough for printing in A3 size. A maximum of 150 frames in five seconds following a designated frame can be saved.

The LUMIX GX800 also comes with a Post Focus function that lets users select the focus area after shooting. This function was developed by combing the high-speed, high-precision DFD (Depth from Defocus) auto focus technology and 4K technology.

Achieve true-to-life detail and impressive colour reproduction

The LUMIX GX800 lets users shoot vibrant, true-to-life high-quality images with excellent resolution, high contrast and impressive colour reproduction. By removing the low-pass filter, the limiting resolution has been improved. The Venus Engine reproduces vibrant, impressive colours for images such as clear skies by dividing the hue, saturation and luminosity, and finely adjusting them separately. The combination of the Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine achieves clear image rendering with minimum noise, even in low-lit situations.

The Contrast AF System features DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology and excels in both speed and accuracy by exchanging digital signals between the camera and the lens at a maximum of 240 fps[2], resulting in ultra-fast auto focusing of approx. 0.07 sec[3].

The LUMIX GX800 will be available from March 2017 in Silver, Black, Tan and Orange and will RRP at £499.99.

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Panasonic Lumix GX800

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[1] Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 5 minutes with [MP4] in [4K]

[2] Contrast AF with DFD Technology works only with Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses

[3] In AFS, at wide-end with H-FS14140 (CIPA)

CES Canon G9 X Mark II and more

Press release issued by Canon UK:

Canon launches the sleek and stylish PowerShot G9 X Mark II, three easy to use compact cameras and introduces the new LEGRIA HF series.

Sleek, slim and stylish – introducing the PowerShot G9 X Mark II

Canon G9 X Mark II
Canon G9 X Mark II

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 4 January 2017 – Canon today refreshes its acclaimed PowerShot G-series with the PowerShot G9 X Mark II, a super slim, pocketable powerhouse. Offering 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, the camera delivers responsive performance and stunning results with every press of the shutter. Whether you’re an enthusiast looking for a trusted companion, or ready to upgrade from a smartphone, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II is the camera to be carrying.

Power, performance, precision

With a DIGIC 7, and CMOS sensor at the heart, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II offers significantly improved performance and high quality results. Dual sensing image stabilisation offers 3.5-stop correction using parallel stabilisation processing, great for shooting on the go and keeping the frame steady even when your hand isn’t. For spontaneous moments – from surprise animal appearances to street performers – sustained continuous shooting at 8.2 frames per second, coupled with 0.14 second auto-focus ensures you’re always ready and have a camera that keeps up. To keep everything in the shot, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II packs a 3x optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens, great for striking portraits and beautiful landscapes alike.

Memorable moments are captured with perfect clarity, whatever the light. The sensor significantly reduces noise and improves dynamic range for consistent performance day or night, while the f/2.0 lens lets in more light, giving you the freedom to use lower ISO or higher shutter speeds, and create beautiful background blur. For motion blur while capturing moving objects, the new Auto ND filter restricts light reaching the shutter, letting you use longer shutter speeds without over-exposure.

Create professional quality movies

Unleash your budding videographer and capture incredible Full HD movies; DIGIC 7’s improved subject tracking ensure you capture everything, from big, sudden movements to changes as small a change in facial expression.

Whether you’re climbing a mountain or exploring a city, there’s no need to stand still. Canon’s Dynamic Image Stabilisation automatically corrects camera shake, helping you shoot from any angle or on the move. For unique creations the PowerShot G9 X Mark II includes Time-Lapse movie capture, with a variety of settings to give you creative control.

A pocketable powerhouse

The PowerShot G9 X Mark II delivers amazing performance in a minimalist design and retro style, with an elegant and compact aluminium body – 25 per cent thinner than the G7 X Mark II. Weighing just 206g, it’s perfect for pockets and won’t weigh you down. The camera embodies a minimalist design, with the intuitive LCD touchscreen providing full control and access to settings, without adding bulky buttons, while the Lens Control Ring gives you greater control over aperture, shutter speed and zoom.

Stay connected and share your creations

Stay in touch with connectivity at your fingertips via the Wi-Fi button. Dynamic NFC lets you quickly connect and transfer images to compatible smart devices, including the Canon Connect Station, to easily share and safely store your photos and movies. The new Bluetooth compatibility means you can maintain a constant camera connection, so you can see and share your photographs via a phone or tablet even when your camera is tucked away. The features also mean smart devices can be used for Wireless Remote Shooting, helping you get in front of the lens for group shots and stand out selfies.  With USB charging, you can conveniently charge anywhere your adventures take you.

PowerShot G9 X Mark II key features:

  • Pocketable premium image quality in any light
  • Take beautifully simple control
  • Easily capture superb, shareable Full HD movies
  • Designed for effortless creativity
  • Share your creations with the world – instantly

 

Pricing and availability

The PowerShot G9X Mark II will be available from February 2017 with an RRP of £449.99/€569.99.

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Capture the moment with Canon’s new easy-to-use compact cameras

Canon PowerShot 430 IS
PowerShot 430 IS
Canon Ixus i90
Ixus i90
Canon Ixus i85
Ixus i85

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 4 January 2017 – Canon today unveils three new compact cameras that help you get ready to capture any spontaneous moment, with the introduction of the slim and stylish IXUS 185 and IXUS 190, and the mini-bridge superzoom, the PowerShot SX430 IS. The new IXUS models are the slimmest in the range, perfect if you want a camera to carry with you wherever you go, with image quality that wows. The PowerShot SX430 IS’s massive 45x zoom is perfect for families looking for a camera to take them closer to all their special moments, so they can be relived again and again.

The power of quality and zoom, in your pocket

Each new camera captures moments in impressive 20 Megapixel quality, as well as movies in HD 720p, with powerful optical zooms that give you the freedom to get closer to the detail. The IXUS 185’s 8x and the IXUS 190’s 10x optical zooms recline back into their bodies, which are so compact they can easily be slipped into a pocket or bag, while ZoomPlus digital doubles the zoom range, perfect for getting those hard to reach shots while still at full resolution. For really long distant scenes, the PowerShot SX430 IS’s impressive 45x optical zoom puts you at the heart of the action, while the 90x ZoomPlus takes you even closer.

To help you capture every friend, family or scene in the best light, the IXUS’s new Easy Auto feature automatically selects the best camera settings for you, and locks buttons to help you avoid pressing anything by mistake.. For added ease, Auto Zoom intelligently selects the best framing for stills and movies, all dependent on the number of people in shot.

With each press of the shutter, Canon’s Intelligent IS helps to ensure images are crisp, with minimal blur. Eight modes constantly adapt to the scene that’s being captured, from on a tripod to panning whilst shooting a child running, while Dynamic IS supports during movie shooting.

Create, share and remember

Newly introduced to each of the cameras is the new Date Button, which adds a date and time stamp to images for a visual reminder of when precious moments took place. Gone are the days of lengthy edits and slow uploads; you can easily share your snaps directly to social sites with the built in Wi-Fi or, with the IXUS 190 and PowerShot SX430 IS, by tapping the camera and your phone together to make an automatic wireless connection, thanks to Dynamic NFC.

IXUS 190 key features:

·         Focus on the style with an easy, ultra-slim IXUS

·         High quality results for all your best moments

·         Seamless connectivity to share and shoot remotely

·         Creative and easy with point and shoot simplicity

·         Superb HD movies with one touch of a button

IXUS 185 key features:

·         Easy, slim IXUS you can keep in your pocket

·         Brilliant results for all your best memories

·         Just point and shoot for beautifully easy results

·         Have fun with easy creative modes

·         Superb HD movies with one touch of a button

PowerShot SX430 IS key features:

·         Big zoom you’ll want for every occasion

·         Superb results for your proudest moments

·         Seamless connections for easy sharing

·         Effortless point and shoot creativity

·         Superb HD movies at the touch of a button

 

Pricing and availability

·         The IXUS 190 will be available at selected retailers from February 2017 with an RRP of £169.99/€219.99.

·         The IXUS 185 will be available from February 2017 with an RRP of  £119.99/€149.99

·         The PowerShot SX430 IS will be available later this year at selected retailers with a RRP of £229.99/€299.99.

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Record and share with the new LEGRIA HF series

Canon Legria HF R806
Legria HF R806

 

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 4 January 2017 – Canon today unveils a refreshed LEGRIA HF series with the introduction of the LEGRIA HF R806, LEGRIA HF R86 and LEGRIA HF R88. Offering an easy-to-use, quality HD video camera experience for families and memento seekers, the updated line retains the features of their predecessors and adds more creative control including flexible slow and fast motion effects, enhanced low light capability for clear and colourful movies and an all new body finish.

Creative features with class leading technology

Each of the camcorders now offer the ability to change framerates mid-recording with the new ‘Flexible’ slow and fast motion effects. Whether you’re slowing down at the crucial moment candles are blown out, or speeding up as your loved one dives from the board, you can add comic or dramatic effects with ease. To ensure your videos look natural and well lit, the Highlight Priority mode is backed-up with an improved Backlight Correction, which can now be selected directly when shooting. The combination of the two settings helps the camcorder analyse the scene to ensure all the detail is captured and the contrast between light and dark is sharper, even in bright scenes.

To help you navigate every setting the colourful 7.5cm high-res touch screen offers access to an easy-to-use interface, while Automatic scene takes the pressure away by intelligently changing the settings for you. With a long battery life, these camcorders keep going, and the LEGRIA HF R86 and LEGRIA HF R88 include built in storage to let you capture more.

The entire LEGRIA HF line is equipped with powerful Intelligent IS with 5 axis stabilisation, which helps balance out any camera shake, even at high levels of zoom. Whether you’re capturing your baby’s first steps or holiday fun in the sun, your video will stay steady while you rush to keep up with the action. Let far-away details come closer with the 32x optical zoom, an impressive 57x Advanced Zoom and reliable Auto Zoom Framing Assist to make sure you never miss a shot. For sound that brings your videos to life, Audio Scene Select adds the optimum setting for any scene to get the best audio quality.

The LEGRIA HF R88 also contains the WA-H43 wide angle lens adapter to provide an even wider angle of coverage, great for situations where you are shooting in a confined space or for capturing a stunning landscape.

Enhance connectivity

The connectivity features of the new LEGRIA HF series let you to share your videos in an instant. The LEGRIA HF R86 and LEGRIA HF R88 both include built-in Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC, and are now fully compatible with the Canon Camera Connect App and Canon Connect Station CS100. For a range of connected features the LEGRIA HF R806 is FlashAir compatible.

LEGRIA HF R806 key features:

·         Full HD, 57x Advanced Zoom

·         Optical Intelligent IS

·         Supports FlashAir cards

·         Slow & Fast Motion Recording

 

LEGRIA HF R86 key features:

·         Full HD, 57x Advanced Zoom

·         Optical Intelligent IS

·         Wi-Fi & NFC, 16GB internal memory

·         Long-life rechargeable battery

 

LEGRIA HF R88 key features:

·         Full HD, 57x Advanced Zoom, wide-angle adaptor

·         Optical Intelligent IS

·         Wi-Fi & NFC, 16GB internal memory

·         Long-life rechargeable battery

 

Pricing and availability

·         The LEGRIA HF R806 will be available from February 2017 with an RRP of £249.99/€329.99

·         The LEGRIA HF R86 will be available from February 2017 with an RRP of £319.99/€429.99

·         The LEGRIA HF R88 will be available from February 2017 with an RRP of £329.99/€449.99

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Relonch announces $99 a month camera

California start-up gambles on $99 a month camera as a service offering

Not since the Pentak K-01, almost five years ago, have I seen anything quite as bizarre as the Relonch 291 camera; a $99 a month camera. But in this day and age being bizarre is not necessarily an indicator of guaranteed failure. As we know only too well from this year, it’s been difficult to predict winners, no matter how bizarre. However, the Pentax K-01 was both bizarre and a failure.

But back to the camera, or should that be the service? If you go for the Relonch 291 you will be, in one way, getting the camera for free. Instead you will be paying $99 per month for the service that the camera is entirely dependent on. That service is called Pictured Technology. It receives all your photos via an LTE (4G) mobile data connection. It then automatically massages them into shape digitally. In theory, you get an online portfolio of perfect photos without going anywhere near image processing software. To manage your account and view your photos you will use a Relonch app.

Pictured Technology image processing is, we’re told, clever enough to convert camera images like that on the left into results like that on the right

Simplicity is the name of the game here. The camera, appears to be a re-purposed Samsung Galaxy NX disguised in a stitched leather jacket. It has only one button; the shutter release, apart from the power switch. There is no rear screen (one of the more striking features of the Galaxy NX which had a massive 4.8 inch LCD). Thankfully, there is an electronic viewfinder and, if our hunch is correct, like the Samsung Galaxy NX, it will be an SVGA 800×600 pixel affair, which isn’t really cutting edge any more. The Galaxy NX also sported a 20 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which is, presumably, shared with the Relonch 291.

A noticeable aspect of the launch news is the dearth of technical information about the hardware. It may be that Relonch aren’t keen to dwell on a set of specifications that betrays the camera’s three year old bones. That word, ‘bones’, is pretty apt, too, since the Galaxy NX was a commercial failure. Samsung, itself, killed off its camera division two years later. It doesn’t look like you can change lenses, which you could with the NX. In fact without any obvious controls it also appears that the Relonch 291 doesn’t even have a zoom lens.

Clearly, Relonch are gambling on the 291 becoming a must-have style accessory, a high-tech-low-tech fashion icon. The target audience has been identified as those who would like good photos but not have to think about the technical side of making them good. What we have here is a camera that should deliver much better quality photos than a smartphone, with even more simplicity. In many ways it will work like a smartphone camera, sending images to the cloud but your $99 a month pays for the premium photo processing service that Pictured Technology is being portrayed as being. Whether or not the extreme simplicity of the camera itself will be a hindrance or not remains to be seen. But Relonch have really taken ‘point-and-shoot” to its extreme.

Tell us what you think of the Relonch 291 and if it could tempt you to sign up for $99 a month.

 

Press release issued by Relonch:

Relonch Camera-as-a-Service Lets Members Have Remarkable Photos

World’s first camera-as-a-service model aims to deliver an experience that will make you reconsider how you capture everyday moments

PALO ALTO, CALIF., December 13, 2016 — Today, Relonch unveiled its camera-as-a-service at the company’s showroom located in the heart of Silicon Valley on downtown Palo Alto’s main drag. With the press of a single button, Relonch 291 takes photos that automatically upload to Relonch’s server over LTE for processing and distribution. This simple sequence solves for what Relonch refers to as the “chain of pain” associated with producing professional-looking images. You won’t need to fuss with confusing camera settings, tedious file downloads, manual image sorting and laborious photo editing.

“There’s nothing valuable about owning a camera that collects dust on the shelf or that you don’t know how to use” said Relonch co-founder Yuri Motin. “Our aim is to eliminate the countless complications associated with photography so we chose to create the camera as a service model rather than just hardware or software. Our service gives members the ability to solely focus on the experience, on the moment itself.”

Do you want to try it? Sign up for a three-day test drive by visiting the showroom. If you’re already a believer, register online to become a member. The service will be available globally in 2018 and includes:

  • a camera that is preset to take great photos;
  • an algorithm-based approach to developing photos called Pictured Technology; and
  • a mobile application for receiving and storing your Relonch images.

CEO and co-founder of Relonch Sergey Korzhenevich explains, “Even high-end cameras tend to disappoint most people because pictures rarely capture what they actually saw. Relonch members could be camera savvy but don’t need to be because our preset camera and Pictured Technology takes care of everything.”

Pictured Technology is the Relonch approach to photo processing. Every object within a frame is processed independently based on the company’s professionally edited photo stacks and algorithms. Members will see a great difference between Relonch photos and ones where you apply a single filter to the entire photo. Given that lighting conditions are factored into the algorithms, photos actually look like what you pictured.

“The nuances associated with capturing outstanding photos make it hard for average photo enthusiasts to find true satisfaction. We know that will change if they switch to our camera-as-a-service model,” added co-founder Nikolay Babich. “All you need to do is believe that you can take remarkable photos of your everyday life and find value in the simplicity of our process—one-click, automatic upload, and next-day delivery of photos.”

The Relonch mobile application is where you’ll receive your processed photos. You’ll no longer need to sift through thousands of raw image files to find the best ones. Relonch will select and process your photos for you. Each morning, Relonch will directly deliver your best photos to the Relonch app. In addition, members will be able to select their favorite photo of the day to create a personal collection of your best 365 images, highlighting your life’s best moments over the course of the year.

About Relonch

Founded in New York City, Relonch, Inc. is reinventing the photography experience with the world’s first camera-as-a-service. Relonch has reduced the complexity of professional photography to a single shutter button. See more on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or in person at the company’s showroom.

Here is a gallery of Relonch product images as well as lifestyle and service example images.

Leica SL firmware 2.2 and Summilux SL ships

Press release issued by Leica UK:

Firmware update 2.2 for Leica SL with improved support for Leica Image Shuttle software and Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens – available today

Leica Camera has released Firmware Update 2.2 for the Leica SL mirrorless system camera, improving support for the Mac versions of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 and Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0., as well as supporting the new Microsoft Windows version of Leica Image Shuttle 3.5.

Registered Leica SL owners can download the new software and firmware updates from the Leica Owners’ Area (https://owners.leica-camera.com) or take their camera to their local Leica Store or Leica Customer Care in the UK for a complimentary installation.

Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 improves workflow efficiency for tethered shooting with the Leica SL and allows the camera to be controlled from a computer via a USB 3.0 cable connection. All relevant exposure parameters such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO value and autofocus can be set and controlled from the computer, and exposures can be displayed directly on a large monitor screen for assessment.

The Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 (for Mac) – also available as a download from the Leica Owners’ Area – establishes a direct connection between the Leica SL and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC for Mac via USB cable. The camera’s shutter release can be activated from the plug-in and the images captured can be displayed directly in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 / CC (for Mac), making the workflow even faster and more reliable. The corresponding firmware update is required for the use of Leica Image Shuttle and the Leica Tethered Plug-in.

Firmware update 2.2 also removes the shutter speed limitation when shooting with 6-bit coded Leica M-Lenses, while further optimising the performance of the Leica SL system.

Available from today, the Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. is the first prime lens for the Leica SL-System and sets a new standard in its class. Its large maximum aperture makes this high-performance lens ideal for photography in challenging lighting conditions, and enables the use of shallow depth of focus as a creative tool. Furthermore, the fast, precise and reliable autofocusing ensures that photographers can concentrate fully on composition and creativity. The lens’ combination of resolving power and soft bokeh in unsharp areas clearly isolates subjects from their background, particularly when shooting at maximum aperture.

Lens Leica Summilux-SL 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Field angle

(diagonal, horizontal, vertical) 47.9°/40.5°/27.7°

Optical design

Number of lenses/groups 11/9

Number of aspherical lenses 2

Entrance pupil position 76.8 mm

Working range 0.6 m to infinity

Distance setting

Smallest object field 241 × 362 mm

Largest reproduction ratio 1:10

Aperture

Setting/function Electronically controlled aperture, set using turn/push wheel on camera, including half values Aperture setting range 1.4 -22

Lowest value 22

Bayonet/sensor format Leica L bayonet, full-frame 35 mm format

Filter mount E82

Dimensions and weight

Length to bayonet mount 124 mm

Largest diameter 88 mm

Weight 1.065 g

For additional product specifications, please visit: Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

iPhone 7 Zeiss ExoLens revealed

ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS

Accessory Lenses Now Also Compatible with iPhone 7 Family

The ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses are now also compatible with the iPhone® 7 family

New ‘Edge’ bracket available at camera speciality stores beginning at the end of January 2017

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 09/12/2016.

The three accessory lenses with the new family name ExoLens®1) PRO with Optics by ZEISS are now also compatible with the iPhone®2) 7 family. The new Edge bracket with six device-specific inlays for the iPhone® 6 and iPhone® 7 families will be available at camera specialty stores starting at the end of January 2017. The bracket for the iPhone® 7 as well as the wide-angle accessory lens are now also available at camera specialty stores.

“We can now confirm the compatibility of the existing accessory lenses for the entire iPhone® 7 family in addition to the iPhone® 6 family,” says Michael Schiehlen, Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Service in the Camera Lenses division at ZEISS. “The ExoLens PRO with Optics by ZEISS accessory lenses work exclusively with the wide-angle camera on the iPhone®3) 7 Plus. All existing lenses are generally compatible with the iPhone® 7 Plus, but due to the built-in 2X telephoto camera on the device, we recommend using the ExoLens PRO Wide-Angle and Macro-Zoom with the iPhone® 7 Plus primarily,” explains Oliver Schindelbeck, Product Manager at ZEISS. “The technology for these accessory lenses has not changed. The addition of ‘PRO’ to ‘Optics by ZEISS’ is just an enhanced product name to better distinguish it from ExoLens’ own PRIME line,” explains Schiehlen.

The new Edge bracket

The new and compact Edge bracket, which is mounted on the corner of the smartphone, will be available at camera specialty stores beginning at the end of January 2017. The bracket also features a cold shoe mount for attaching additional accessories such as external light sources. “An extra small key ring loop hole makes it possible to affix the mounting solution to a keychain when it’s not being used,” says Schindelbeck.

iPhone® 7 bracket and wide-angle accessory lens available à la carte

The new iPhone® 7 bracket package is now available at camera specialty stores. It also contains inlays for the iPhone® 6 and 6s. The bracket also features an integrated standard tripod mount and a cold shoe mount.
The individual wide-angle lens is also now available at camera specialty stores. ExoLens® PRO with Optics by ZEISS lenses are also generally available via other sales channels.

iPhone® compatibility Product Available at camera specialty stores Prices (USD / euros incl. VAT)
iPhone®-6-family
(6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus)
Wide-Angle kit*
Wide-Angle
Telephoto
Macro-Zoom
Bracket**
Edge bracket***
Now
Now
Now
Now
Now
End of January 2017
$199.95 / €219.95
$149.95 / €179.95
$199.95 / €229.95
$149.95 / €179.95
$59.95 / €64.95
$49.95 / €59.95
iPhone® 7 Wide-Angle
Telephoto
Macro-Zoom
Bracket**
Edge bracket***
Now
Now
Now
Now
End of January 2017
$149.95 / €179.95
$199.95 / €229.95
$149.95 / €179.95
$59.95 / €64.95
$49.95 / €59.95
iPhone® 7 Plus Wide-Angle
Telephoto****
Macro-Zoom
Edge bracket***
Now
Now
Now
End of January 2017
$149.95 / €179.95
$199.95 / €229.95
$149.95 / €179.95
$49.95 / €59.95

* Kit available exclusively for the iPhone®-6-family (either 6, 6s kit or 6 Plus, 6s Plus kit)
**Bracket available for the iPhone® 6-family and the iPhone® 7 (either 6, 6s, 7 or 6 Plus, 6s Plus)
*** Edge has inlays for the following iPhone® models: iPhone® 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus
**** Due to the built-in 2X telephoto camera on the device, we primarily recommend using the ExoLens® PRO Wide-Angle and Macro-Zoom with the iPhone® 7 Plus.

 

The new Edge bracket will be available at camera speciality stores beginning at the end of January 2017

1) ExoLens® is a registered trademark of Fellowes, Inc.
2) iPhone® is a trademark of Apple Inc.
3) Apple® is a trademark of Apple Inc.


About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops and distributes semiconductor manufacturing equipment, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, and Vision Care/Consumer Optics. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries and operates more than 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities.

In fiscal year 2014/15 the company generated revenue approximating €4.5 billion with around 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Further information at www.zeiss.com


Consumer Optics

The Consumer Optics business group combines the company’s business with camera and movie lenses, binoculars, spotting scopes, hunting optics and planetarium technology. It is represented at the Oberkochen, Wetzlar and Jena sites. The business group is allocated to the Vision Care/Consumer Optics segment. In fiscal year 2014/15 the segment generated revenue of €1.007 billion with around 9,100 employees


Discover the world with the Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit

Press release from Leica UK:

The perfect gift for the travel enthusiast and adventurer

Leica D Lux Explorer kitLeica Camera has announced the Leica D-Lux Explorer Kit, featuring the company’s high-performance D-Lux compact camera, combined with a set of useful accessories for the travel enthusiast.

One of the fastest lenses in the Leica compact camera range, the Leica D-Lux features a Leica DC Vario-Summilux 10.9–34mm f/1.7–2.8 ASPH. zoom lens, which perfectly complements the camera’s large four-thirds sensor, and delivers images with exceptionally natural colours and outstanding quality.

Ideal for travel and all types of creative photography, this versatile lens (equivalent to 24 to 75mm in 35mm format) has been designed to excel in a multitude of photographic genres, from portraits to landscapes, architecture to macro, as well as the classic domain of Leica cameras – reportage photography.

Included with the camera is the Leica D-Lux automatic lens cap, which has been cleverly engineered to allow photographers to shoot spontaneously and capture subjects discreetly, without having to remove the cap each time. For maximum convenience, the shutters of the lens cap open up automatically as soon as the lens is extended, ensuring the camera is ready to shoot immediately – so the user will never miss a crucial moment on their special trip or holiday.

Also featured in the Leica D-Lux Explorer Set is an exclusive carrying strap made from highest quality cotton in a striking shade of red.

With its timeless and classically elegant design, the Leica D-Lux offers the same high performance and benefits of the standard model, delivering extensive functionality combined with intuitive handling.

In addition to its fast zoom lens, the camera’s outstanding feature set includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder for the perfect composition of subjects, 4K video recording, and an integrated Wi-Fi module for remote control of the camera from a smartphone or tablet, as well as wireless transfer of still pictures or movies to mobile devices. The Leica Image Shuttle app required for this function can be downloaded free of charge and installed on iOS or Android devices.

Full product specifications for the Leica D-Lux camera can be found at: uk.leica-camera.com.

Pricing and availability

The Leica D-Lux Explorer Set is scheduled to be available from mid-November 2016, at a suggested retail price of £920 including VAT.