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Panasonic S1 and S1R

Press release issued by Panasonic

First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras powered by Panasonic

  • Panasonic launches two models of its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor

  • The S1R and the S1 cameras are the world’s first*1 to support 4K 60p/50p video recording

  • Leica Camera’s L-Mount allows for the use of replacement lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of the partners

Cologne (Germany), 25. September 2018 – Panasonic Corporation has developed two models of its first Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor: the S1R and the S1. These models are equipped with the world’s first*1 4K 60p/50p video recording function and the Dual I.S. image stabilization system. As part of the LUMIX S series, Panasonic aims to release them on the global market next spring, as announced during Photokina 2018.

For 100 years, Panasonic has strived to help realize better lives for customers around the world by responding to their needs. Working on the concept of creating a new culture of photography for a digital age, in 2008 Panasonic released the G1, the world’s first*2 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Over the last ten years, Panasonic has continued to lead the industry with product innovations. This has included the world’s first*3 camera supporting 4K video recording, and cameras equipped with the Dual I.S. image stabilization system; combining stabilization both inside the camera unit and the lens.

In more recent years, the sharing of video via social media has gained in popularity. More and more people are also enjoying a hybrid of photos and videos, expanding the range of expression in the production of content. A new type of camera has been needed for this new field that goes beyond the boundaries of photos and videos.

Against this backdrop, Panasonic adopted the concept of ‘Fuel the Photographers’ creative vision’ to develop a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with a comprehensive focus on this need. These cameras will form the LUMIX S series with a powerful sense of striving to provide specialized value to customers desiring high expressiveness.

The cameras have the user-friendliness and robustness essential as tools for photography or videography by professionals. They incorporate an entire array of our technology refined over a century in the consumer electronics business and ten years developing Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras. Such innovations include digital technology like image or signal processing, plus optical and heat treatment technology and more. The combination of these will provide our customers with new value for photography and videography.

The key features of the newly developed S1R and S1 cameras are as follows.

  1. Creative capabilities: with high definition and high level of expression achieved with the newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine. (Effective pixels: approximately 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)

  2. World’s first*1 support: for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera.

  3. World’s first*1 full- frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. image stabilization: enabling handheld shots for dark or distant scenes that would previously have required a tripod or other equipment.

  4. A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards, a first for Panasonic

  5. A rugged triaxial tilt LCD: emphasizing ease of use and supporting professional photography and videography.

  6. An unlimited scope of applications: Leica Camera’s L-Mount, making it possible to use replacement lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of the partners*4 Leica Camera and Sigma. Expressiveness is further enhanced by increasing options for replacement lenses.

Panasonic will also expand its line-up of LUMIX S series compatible lenses, developing more than ten by 2020, including a 50 mm/F1.4 fixed-focus lens, 24-105 mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200 mm telephoto zoom lens.

For the LUMIX G series of Micro Four Thirds Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic will begin developing a Leica DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25 mm F1.7 lens that will achieve the world’s first*5 zoom with a constant aperture value of F1.7. On top of this, the support services for professional photographers and videographers, which started in Japan in April last year, will be available in selected European markets and the United States this fiscal year.

The GH5, G9, and GH5S high-end Digital Single Lens Mirrorless cameras that Panasonic has steadily released since 2017 have already gained a solid reputation among professionals and high-level amateurs across the world for the quality of their pictures and ability to capture the vitality and beauty of life. This success is thanks to Panasonic’s world’s-first*6 support

for 4K 60p/50p video recording, and the world’s fastest autofocus*7 function using the company’s proprietary DFD technology. Panasonic will continue to provide new value to customers through the unique features of the compact yet high-definition LUMIX G series, while also reaching the professional market through the introduction of the full-frame LUMIX S series and the greater reach of our support system. Through these measures, Panasonic will continue to transform the culture of photography and videography.

The products in development in this release will be exhibited at Photokina 2018*8.

Notes:

*1. World’s first support for 4K 60p/50p recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Regarding the inclusion of the Dual I.S. image stabilization system, this is for a full-frame Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera: As of September 25, 2018 when announced at Photokina (Germany), according to Panasonic data.

*2. For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera: As of September 12, 2008, according to Panasonic data.

*3. The GH4 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera capable of 4K video (as a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera, as of February 7, 2014), and the GX8 Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera with Dual I.S. onboard (as a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera, as of July 16, 2015) according to Panasonic data.

*4. “The L-Mount Alliance: a strategic cooperation between Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma”(announced on September 25, 2018 in Germany.

*5. For an interchangeable lens for use with a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of September 25, 2018 when announced in Germany, according to Panasonic data.

*6. As a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera. As of January 4, 2017, according to Panasonic data.

*7. For a Digital Interchangeable Lens System Camera. As of November 8, 2017, according to Panasonic data.

*8. Photokina is a leading exhibition for the photographic and imaging industries (held in 2018 from September 26 to September 29, at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany).

Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

SUMMILUX and L-Mount are registered trademarks of Leica Camera AG.

Panasonic

Vuze XR Camera

Press release issued by HumanEyes Technologies:

HUMANEYES TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES THE VUZE XR DUAL 360° & VR180 5.7K CAMERA

Available for pre-order for £399, the Vuze XR Camera makes extraordinary content creation possible in 360° and VR180 with easy and fun effects, quick sharing to social media, and live streaming with a mobile phone.

(NEW YORK CITY & COLOGNE – Sept. 25, 2018) Building on its aim to make 360 degree and VR photo and video content creation accessible to all, HumanEyes Technologies announced today at Photokina the full product details for its Vuze XR Camera, which is now available for pre-order at VuzeXR.com for £399.  For a limited time, pre-order customers will receive a free bundle that includes a 360° underwater case, a micro SD card, and free worldwide shipping. Offer is valid until November 4th.

Shipping in late November, the Vuze XR Camera enables consumers and prosumers to create and share exciting experiences in both 5.7K 360° (2D) or VR180 (3D) formats. The camera includes a mobile app, for iOS and Android, and desktop editing software, for Mac and Windows.  Customers can create immersive experiences, popular 360° panoramas like Tiny Planet, adding stickers, and can share it now with live streaming or later on social media.  Vuze XR customers can make their content even more interactive by creating their own VR website with the HumanEyes Zone.

Click here to see XR footage! VR180 3D video and 360 2D video

“People want to bring their content to life and they want to share their experiences for others to enjoy.  We created a dual 360° and VR180 camera, along with a companion mobile app, giving them the ability to capture high quality immersive experiences that can be shared in the moment.  The Vuze XR makes it easy and fun to share all the moments from every angle,” said Shahar Bin-Nun, CEO of HumanEyes Technologies.

Available in black or white, the unique dual-camera design of the Vuze XR Camera seamlessly combines two advanced capture systems into one pocketable device. Portable and simple-to-use, the camera gives everyone the power and convenience to record and live stream, or share, from their mobile phone or computer.

Vuze XR Camera features:

  • “Click” between 2D 360° mode (when the camera is closed) and 3D VR180 mode (when the camera is open).
  • Video resolution: 5.7K at 30fps or 4K at 60fps (H.264 MP4)
  • Photo resolution: 18MP
  • In-camera stitching up to 4K, desktop stitching for 5.7K
  • Mobile app stabilization and editing features include: 360° panoramas, effects, filters, stickers, ‘Directors Cut’ mode.
  • Live streaming: Stream live to popular social media channels, including Facebook and YouTube in 360° and VR180.
  • Google VR180 Certification: HumanEyes is working closely with the Google team to complete VR180 certification for the Vuze XR.

The camera gives content creators a suite of tools and accessories to make it easy to edit and share 360° and VR180 content, including:

  • The Vuze XR Mobile App: For iOS and Android, which provides remote camera control over Wi-Fi, photo and video preview, editing, and the ability to upload to social media, as well live streaming. Additionally, the app features stabilization control, photo and video filters, virtual stickers, the ability to add text, color adjustments and the “Directors Cut” mode with Track and Follow object viewpoint adjustment, Little Planet like effects, fly in/out effects and more.
  • Desktop Editing Software: For Mac and Windows, it supports basic and advanced editing and stitching functions for VR180 and 360° content, including live streaming in both VR180 and 360°, as well as sharing directly to social media channels.
  • Accessories: Tripod and underwater cases for 360° and VR180.

Photokina attendees can be among the first to see a demo and experience the power of the new Vuze XR Camera at the HumanEyes booth H-015 in Hall 5.2 from September 26-29.

The HumanEyes Vuze XR Camera is the latest innovation from the company’s award-winning 360° and VR camera line, which includes the Vuze and Vuze+ VR cameras. To see the Vuze XR Camera in action, view more product specifications and pre-order, visit VuzeXR.com. For hi-res images, please see here. To see the XR in person, please visit the booth at Photokina.

About HumanEyes Technologies:

Founded in 2000, HumanEyes Technologies is a veteran in 3D and animated content creation and has over 70 patents covering relevant technologies and processes across the market. Recognizing the growth potential in VR, HumanEyes has focused its longstanding experience in the space to provide end-to-end VR video solutions that make the creation of virtual and augmented reality content easy and accessible to everyone from professionals to consumers. As the vibrant VR and AR market segments develop, HumanEyes is helping define the innovation standards that will drive mass appeal, with the Vuze, Vuze +, and Vuze XR VR Cameras. HumanEyes’ multi-patented computer vision technologies inside the world’s first affordable VR camera are enabling the bustling ecosystem of creation, production and publishing of unprecedented immersive VR experiences.

HumanEyes is headquartered in Israel with offices in the U.S. For more information on HumanEyes, go to http://www.humaneyes.com. For more information on the Vuze XR Camera, please visit www.Vuze.camera

Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 for Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic have announced the development of the world’s first constant-aperture f/1.7 zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds.

Press release issued by Panasonic

Panasonic develops fast wide-angle LEICA zoom-lens

  • Professional LEICA DG 10-25mm zoom lens
    (35mm camera
    equivalent: 20-50mm)

  • The World’s First Full-range F1.7 Wide Zoom Lens as of September 25, 2018

  • Aiming to be the ultimate photo/video-hybrid digital interchangeable lens

  • Constant aperture ensures harmonic depth of field while zooming

Cologne, Germany, 2018-09-25 – Panasonic Corporation announces that it is developing the LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 wide zoom digital interchangeable lens (35mm camera equivalent: 20-50mm). It is the world’s first* F1.7 wide-angle zoom lens for the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) system.

Taking full advantage of the MFT system standard, the new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 lens is both: bright and compact. It is the first interchangeable lens to be introduced to the market featuring a full-range F1.7 high-speed aperture.

Integrating a click-less aperture ring that provides seamless aperture control, the new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 lens aims to be the ultimate photo/video-hybrid digital interchangeable lens.

The zoom range of the VARIO-SUMMILUX covers 10-25 mm: Starting from a wide angle and reaching to the natural perspective of human vision. It is designed and developed to fully support photography as well as video recording on a professional level.

LEICA DG lenses are designed to exceed the stringent LEICA quality standards to boast excellent optical performance. The new LEICA DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm / F1.7 achieves exceptional imaging performance over the entire zoom range, empowering users to capture precise details and expressions.

Panasonic is committed to further expand the camera and lens line-up for the MFT system to meet customer demands and needs.

* As of September 25, 2018

Details of the product specifications, the date of release and the price are yet to be advised.

Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.

SUMMILUX is a registered trademark of Leica Camera.

Panasonic Release New Firmware Updates

Panasonic have issued new firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix GH5, GH5S (pictured), G9 and GX9 compact system cameras.

Press release issued by Panasonic

Firmware Update To Enhance Performance and Usability for Premium Cameras

Cologne (Germany), 2018-09-25 – Panasonic is announcing the new firmware update programs for DC-GH5 (Firmware Version 2.4), DC-GH5S (Firmware Version 1.2) ,DC-G9 (Firmware Version 1.2) and DC-GX9 (Firmware Version 1.2) to further enhance their performance and usability.

The new firmware includes following upgrades:

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.4

1.Improvement of AF performance

2.Improvement of video recording operation

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.2

1. Improvement of AF performance

2. Improvement of stability during HDMI output

3. Improvement of video recording performance

4. Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)

LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.2

1.Improvement of AF performance

2.Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)

LUMIX DC-GX9 Firmware Ver.1.2

1.Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc.)

The details of the new firmware update for DC-GH5/GH5S/G9 are available at the following pages and the firmware programs are scheduled to be released on the LUMIX Global Customer Support website in late October 2018.

•Specifications are subject to change without notice.


LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.4
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5_firmware.html

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.2
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/gh5s_firmware.html

LUMIX DC-G9 Firmware Ver.1.2
http://www.panasonic.com/global/consumer/lumix/g9_firmware.html

LUMIX Global Customer Support
http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html

New ProGrade Memory Cards and Card Readers

Press release issued by ProGrade Digital:

ProGrade Digital Announces New Line Of Professional Grade microSDXC™ UHS-II, V60 Memory Cards, Plus Two Additional USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Dual-Slot Workflow Readers

microSDXC™ UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 Memory Cards Support Maximum Read Speed of up to 200MB/s and Maximum Write Speed of up to 80MB/s

Company Expands USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Card Reader Line to Add  microSD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader, Plus CompactFlash™ & SD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader

COLOGNE, Germany, Photokina, Sept. 25, 2018, 7:00 am PDT – ProGrade Digital, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions, has expanded its product range with the introduction of professional grade microSDXC™ memory cards, plus two additional USB 3.1, Gen. 2 dual-slot workflow readers. The new ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 card delivers a maximum read speed of up to 200MB/s and maximum write speed of up to 80MB/s. Video Speed Class V60 tested and certified, the card’s sustained write speed will not dip below 60MB/s, which ensures that dropped frames do not occur during video recording. Building upon the company’s line of latest generation USB workflow products is the addition of a microSD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader, plus CompactFlash™ & SD™ Dual-Slot Card Reader. Both readers support USB 3.1, Gen 2 protocols and offer data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s).

ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, V60 memory cards in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB capacities, priced $49.99, $74.99, $114.99 respectively, will be available in Q4 on www.progradedigital.com. These cards will be available on partner sites, such as Amazon.com and B&H Photo and Video, in Q4. The CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader (PG06), $79.99, and microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader (PG07), $79.99, will be available on www.progradedigital.com plus Amazon and B&H Photo and Video websites in Q4. ProGrade Digital products are now shipping to 27 European countries via Amazon and Amazon Prime.

“ProGrade Digital is pleased to announce the expansion of our professional line to include a range of V60, UHS II microSDXC cards. With this announcement, ProGrade Digital becomes one of the only companies to offer a microSDXC with a certified video speed class rating of V60–which is critical for uninterrupted video capture by many professional and mirrorless cameras from companies such as Sony™, Canon™, and Panasonic™,” said Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “As more and more professionals add drones plus smaller action and point-of-view cams to their workflows to produce broadcast, sport, travel and documentary footage, the need for high performance, high-quality microSD cards is increasing. The ProGrade Digital microSDXC memory cards bring extra versatility, when paired with the included SD UHS-II adapter, by also allowing professionals to record footage created by DSLR and mirrorless cameras with full-size SD card slots.”

The company also introduced two workflow readers. Mark Lewis, VP of Marketing for ProGrade Digital, said, “Our new dual-slot readers support the USB 3.1, Gen. 2 protocol. This protocol renders a data transfer rate of up to 10Gb/s. At that speed, envision the time to be saved when transferring files, especially from today’s data-intensive cameras. Insert a memory card into each slot and get a concurrent maximum speed of transfer.”

ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 delivers:

  • Performance speed certified to perform at a maximum read rate of up to 200MB/s; maximum write speed of up to 80MB/s
  • V60 (Video Speed Class) tested and certified to perform at a minimum sustained write speed of 60MB/s
  • Optimized for 4K, UHD, Full HD and most high bit rate MPEG-4 CODECs
  • Rigorous full card testing, plus component-level testing down to individual memory chips
  • Laser-etched serial number to track key components and manufacturing data in order to provide highest quality control
  • Professional-level capacities 32GB, 64GB; 128GB in Q4
  • Packaging: single and multi-pack in jewel case; includes full-size SD UHS-II adapter
  • 3-year warranty
Card Format Speed Capacities Pricing
microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 200MB/s read speed80MB/s write speed 32GB, 64GB, 128GB $49.99, $74.99, $114.99 USD

Dual-Slot CompactFlash & SD Workflow Reader, Dual-Slot microSD Workflow Reader Key Features:

  • USB 3.1, Gen. 2 interface provides transfer speed of up to 10Gb/s (25GB/s)
  • Supports concurrent maximum speed data transfer from cards in both slots
  • LED indicator for data transfer activity
  • Includes two 18” connection cables: one Type A to Type C and one Type C to Type C
  • Magnetized bottom connects reader to laptop (using included metal mounting plate)
  • Portable and compact
  • Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later; Windows 10
  • Backwards compatible with USB 3.0 devices
  • Dual-Slot CompactFlash & SD Workflow Reader dimensions: 70.8 mm x 70.8 mm x 18 mm
  • Dual-Slot microSD Workflow Reader dimensions: 70.8 mm x 70.8 mm x 18 mm
  • 2-year warranty
Reader Supported Media Interface Speed Pricing
Dual-Slot CompactFlash & SD Workflow Reader (PG06) CompactFlash & SD cards USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s) $79.99 USD
Dual-Slot microSD Workflow Reader (PG07) Two microSD cards USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s) $79.99 USD

About ProGrade Digital, Inc.

ProGrade Digital focuses exclusively on the design and marketing of digital memory cards, card readers and workflow software required by imaging professionals. Flagship products include ProGrade Digital CFast 2.0 and ProGrade Digital SDXC UHS-II memory cards offered in a range of capacities and optimized to render maximum performance when paired with high-end DSLR, mirrorless, camcorder, drone  and digital cinema cameras from Canon™, Nikon™, Panasonic™, Sony®, Blackmagic™, GoPro™, DJI and more. ProGrade Digital memory cards and workflow solutions are available for purchase by global customers on www.progradedigital.com and the B&H Photo and Video website. Customers in North America and 27 European countries may also shop on the Amazon website. ProGrade Digital memory cards expand the creative visions of cinema and photography professionals around the world.

STC Showcase New Accessories at Photokina

Press release issued by Sense-Tech Innovation Company:

STC to Showcase a Host of New Products During Photokina 2018

Following the recent announcement of STC’s award-winning products becoming available across Europe via InfinityX Distribution, we are pleased to announce a number of new products to be showcased during Photokina 2018

Sense-Tech Innovation Company, (STC), the Taiwanese optical manufacturer with an enviable heritage of producing precision optical products for serious image-makers and content creators, since 2010.

STC Introduce World’s First Sapphire UV Filter

Award-winning Taiwanese manufacturer of optical products, Sense-Tech Innovation Company, (STC) is proud to introduce a brand-new filter series during Photokina 2018.

Visitors to the pan-European imaging event, which takes place between Wednesday 25th to Saturday 29th September, will witness the world premiere of STC’s Sapphire UV Filter.

This innovative Sapphire UV Filter from STC offers users the benefit of the minimum optical path difference, reducing diffraction in the glass and therefore reducing flare and ghosting. The superior optical coating technology also corrects colour casting by suppressing ultraviolet light before 380nm, and the transmittance of visible light registers at a staggering 99.5%.

STC has adopted the use of the world’s thinnest single-crystal Taiwan-made semiconductor glass, which is naturally strong and structured by the chemically strengthened 800Mpa glass, which will provide users with the most reliable protection for both lens and images.

World Leaders in Compatible Clip-in Filters

As the world-leading brand of clip-in filters, STC presents new and patented clip-filters for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fujifilm full-frame and APS-C DSLRs and Olympus micro-four-thirds cameras.

Along with these, visitors to Photokina 2018 can also expect to see a number of new customised clip-in filters for use with drones, including ND, and clip-in filters for use with Panasonic camera models, along with colour-correction coated gelatin filter for a number of Canon and Sigma lenses.

STC’s filter series ranges from Astro to Infrared, Infrared Cut and Neutral Density.

Astrophotography

For enthusiasts of astrophotography, STC will also present the brand’s Nightscape Filter, which cuts light pollution, retaining original colour of cityscapes and landscapes.

Designed for simple use, even for beginners, STC’s Nightscape Filter utilises the same superior colour coating design as the brand’s Astro Multispectra Filter but with the allowance of 40% mercury and sodium light transmittance for optimum results.

STC’s excellent Astro Duo-Narrowband Filter captures the specific wavelengths of gaseous and planetary nebulae, Hα and OIII, realising the vision of many deep-sky astrophotographers, allowing users to shoot with less time, whilst still achieving detailed, superior images.

Olympus PEN-F Grip

Not only do STC produce world-leading optical products, as outlined above, but the brand also manufactures a number of exceptional accessories for brands, such as Nintendo, Hasbro, Garmin and Fisher Price, as well as many well-known imaging brands.

Adding to this long list of successful partnerships, STC present a brand new hand grip for the popular Olympus PEN-F camera.

  • Solid and comfortable holding vertical hand grip for Olympus PEN-F camera
  • Aluminium alloy metal with retro silver-anodized, yet 107g light to carry
  • No Disassembly Necessity: battery and SD card can be freely taken out without removing the grip
  • Standard 1/4″ stainless screw can mount on tripod directly
  • Flat Slotted screw: Easy to assemble with just one random coin
  • Rubber cushion better protect your camera from vibration.

Mobile Phone Filters

During Photokina 2018, STC will present its new filter kit for use with mobile phones. These exceptional new products remove unwanted reflection light, reducing the brightness for motion blur and changing colour temperature without lowering the image resolution.

Photokina 2018

STC will be present during Photokina 2018 in Hall 3.1, stand C60, where visitors can see a broad range of products from the brand.

On their stand throughout Photokina 2018, STC will have a spectrometer to hand, to demonstrate the optical excellence of their wide range of filters.

STC

Canon PowerShot SX70 HS

Press release issued by Canon:

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS features a powerful 65x fixed lens zoom with DSLR-style looks and true portability

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Thursday 20th September 2018 – Canon Europe announces the launch of the PowerShot SX70 HS, a bridge camera with a powerful 65x optical fixed lens zoom, equivalent to a 21-1365mm focal length. Featuring DSLR-style looks and handling, a 7.5 Vari-Angle LCD screen, 20.3 Megapixel sensor and 4K Ultra High Definition video, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS is an ideal all-in-one camera, capable of handling all types of shooting scenario, without the need to carry multiple lenses.

Featuring cutting-edge technology to produce high-resolution images and 4K Ultra HD video

The PowerShot SX70 HS’s 65x zoom extends to an impressive 2730mm equivalent focal length with Canon’s ZoomPlus functionality, ideal for capturing distant scenes from afar. With a focal length of this strength, the camera is well equipped to capture everything from a concert, graduation ceremony or even the details on a distant plane. The 0cm macro mode enables users to focus on objects that are virtually touching the lens, ideal for capturing the intricate detail of a watch face, plate of food or wild flowers in bloom. The Zoom Frame Assist Lock function helps maintain framing when taking super-telephoto images, suitable for capturing fast-moving sports or wildlife.

The classic DSLR-style ergonomics of the camera and its high-resolution OLED electronic viewfinder delivers sturdy handling and control when composing photographs, particularly helpful at popular tourist attractions or while on the move.

The power of the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS lays with the cutting-edge and superfast DIGIC 8 processor, which produces high resolution images, 4K Ultra High Definition video and a continuous shooting speed of 10 fps (frames per second). The autofocus is highly responsive and adaptive, even in low-light and continuous autofocus is possible when shooting at 5.7 fps, allowing spontaneous moments to be captured with ease.

The DIGIC 8 processor also powers the cameras 4K Ultra HD video capabilities, including 4K time-lapse and 4K frame grabs, so stunning landscapes or special memories can be captured and preserved in the highest of resolutions.

The camera’s enhanced 20.3MP 1/2.3-type CMOS sensor delivers a 25 per cent increase in resolution, compared to the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS predecessor, the SX60 HS at 16.1MP, bringing a new level of detail and vividness to images. This sensor upgrade also means that large photo prints look beautiful when taken on the camera, doing justice to precious family memories as they take pride-of-place on the wall.

In addition to sharp JPEGs, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS can capture images in RAW or compact RAW format, opening a world of professional post-production techniques, providing limitless ways to impress with optimised photographs.

It has never been easier to sync images or videos to a smart device, PC or Mac1 via the Auto Image Sync and Transfer mode using the Canon Camera Connect app (iOS/Android), or Image Transfer Utility 2 for PC and Mac. The PowerShot SX70 HS also features Remote Live View, which enables images to be taken remotely via a smartphone2, meaning no-one is ever left out of a family portrait.

Canon’s new premium bridge camera delivers a truly portable and versatile shooting experience, capable of capturing everything from a vlog to wildlife on the African Savanna or a portrait of a loved one at a family occasion. This multi-purpose camera will get users closer to the action, when it matters.

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will be available to purchase from November 2018

For more information, please visit: https://www.canon.co.uk/cameras/powershot-sx70-hs/

Pricing and availability:

The Canon PowerShot SX70 HS will be available to purchase from November 2018 with a RSP of £519.99/€599.99

Key Benefits:

  • Look and feel of an all-in-one DSLR with an easy-to-use interface
  • Versatile shots with a 65x superzoom and 10 fps shooting
  • Capture important memories in RAW and 4K UHD video
  • Reliable, fast autofocus even in low light
  • Phone and computer support via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

What’s in the box:

  • Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
  • Battery Charger LC-E12E
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12
  • Lens Cap
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • AC Cable (E)
  • User Manual Kit

1 Computers: Mac and PC running Canon Image Transfer Utility 2, see specifications for details

2 Mobiles: Compatible iOS and Android devices with the Canon Camera Connect app, see specifications for details