Archive for September, 2011

PermaJet Launches You Tube Channel

PermaJet were the first company to design and launch an ink flow system in the UK back in 2001. The concept was born from customer feedback concerning the extremely high costs of printer manufacturer’s original cartridges where, in some cases, the replacement cartridge set ended up costing more than the initial value of the printer itself!

This simple and yet extremely effective concept was, and still is, largely based upon a ribbon of ink tubes, attached at one end to an external bottle unit containing 125ml of each colour of the highest quality PermaJet inks, and at the other end, a set of specially developed ‘injectors’ which replace your original cartridges in the print carriage and are fed from the bottles as required.

The Eco-Flo system requires no physical modification of the printers working parts and can be installed in less than 40 minutes by anyone with the aid of the step by step fully illustrated instructions provided.

If you would like to see a more in depth demonstration of the installation process you can now visit PermaJets official You Tube channel and view their useful videos explaining the set up clearly every step of the way.

Canon develop ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor

Canon Inc have announced an ultra-large-scale, ultra-high-sensitivity CMOS sensor which has been developed to enable the video recording across a wide 3.3° x 3.3° field of view with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10.

The sensor has a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm, and is the world’s largest* surface area for a CMOS sensor.  It has been installed in the Schmidt telescope at the University of Tokyo’s Kiso Observatory in Japan.

For further details please use the following link to the Canon Inc Press Centre:
http://www.canon.com/news/2011/sep15e.html

For images to support this release please contact the Canon UK Press Office:
[email protected]

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 used in Médecins Sans Frontières campaign ‘MSF Delivers’

Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) is this month launching ‘MSF Delivers’, a new campaign highlighting the work MSF does delivering babies in humanitarian emergencies across the world.   Supporting the campaign is a series of photofilms; including a 3D film captured entirely on the Fujifilm FinePix 3D W3.

The campaign was conceived by MSF as an opportunity to highlight the vital hands-on medical work being done by British volunteers working for the international charity.  It focuses on the authentic experiences of midwife Samantha Perkins, 29, who has spent nine months working with MSF in a war-torn part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  Sam was based in North Kivu, where she supervised a busy maternity ward providing obstetrical and neonatal care to the women and babies in Masisi.  Sam and her team delivered 3451 babies last year, more than the Royal Free hospital in London.  Almost all of the pregnancies will have been classified as high risk – were it not for the work of Sam and her team, many of these women, and their babies, would have died.  

The unique 3D film was created by duckrabbit, an award-winning digital and broadcast production company, who spent ten days in the Democratic Republic of Congo documenting Sam’s work.   duckrabbit worked alongside World Press Photo award-winning Japanese photographer, Yasuyoshi Chiba, to capture the images used in the film.  Chiba studied holographics at university and bought Fujifilm’s original 3D camera, the FinePix Real 3D W1 when it launched in 2009.  Upgrading to Fujifilm’s latest model for his trip to the Congo, Chiba used the FinePix W3 to capture over 2500 3D stills for the film, of which about 30 will be used in the final film. 

Peter Rudge, Head of 3D at duckrabbit says of the production, “The 3D imagery in the film is rich, layered and incredibly engaging; the audiences that we have shown the material to have been struck by the immersive and moving nature of the 3D experience.  They say they’ve never seen anything quite like this before.  The film and Yasuyoshi Chiba’s images demonstrate that the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 is capable of producing very high quality 3D still images that are fit for large-screen professional productions.”

UK PR Manager of Fujifilm Digital Imaging, Katie Teesdale, said of the project, “We are delighted that the FinePix W3 has been used to create part of the MSF Delivers campaign.  It is great to see 3D images being used so effectively.  Chiba has taken some phenomenal photographs that really capture Sam’s experiences in the Congo.  We are thrilled that he has chosen to use our FinePix W3 to document MSF’s work in the region.  The 3D photofilm that duckrabbit has put together is extremely evocative and we hope it will prove a valuable part of the campaign.”

The MSF Delivers campaign is being launched at the Royal Society of Medicine where the 3D photofilm of Sam’s work will be screened alongside a 2D film and images taken on the visit to the Congo.  There will also be a free public exhibition of the 3D photofilms at Spitalfields Market in London from 22-27 September.   The film will be available to view online on YouTube’ 3D channel to help promote the campaign further.

HARMAN technology announce two new products to the ILFORD range of photographic papers

Improvements to the characteristics of ILFORD ILFOSPEED RC DIGITAL and ILFORD GALERIE FB DIGITAL have allowed the two brands to be relaunched under the name of ILFORD GALERIE DIGITAL SILVER.

As a result, the new products feature better Dmax, improved latent image characteristics, improved speed, easier calibration and calibration accuracy, and better highlight and shadow detail. ILFORD GALERIE DIGITAL SILVER RC is coated on a 190 gsm base and will be available in glossy and pearl surfaces. ILFORD GALERIE DIGITAL SILVER FB is coated on the same 255 gsm fibre baryta base as traditional ILFORD MULTIGRADE FB papers, and ILFORD ILFOBROM GALERIE FB, and will be available in glossy surface.

 Both new products are premium quality black and white papers designed using the very latest silver halide emulsion technology. Spectral sensitivity and exposure characteristics are specially suited to optical digital exposure systems with tricolour lasers or LED systems produced by Durst, Océ, Pollielettronica, Fuji, Noritsu, and others.

 Eric Luden, Managing Director of Digital Silver Imaging in Belmont, Massachusetts, says of the new papers “We are very pleased with the improved quality in these papers, and so are our clients.  The new silver gelatin emulsion technology and higher sensitivity produces a superb Dmax and better control, especially in the highlights.  We are thrilled to see HARMAN’s ongoing commitment to traditional materials and the photographic craft“

 Further additions to the range, including art surface textures, are expected later in the year.

Full details of the item availability, technical guides, and calibration files can be found on www.ilfordphoto.com.

Digital Silver Imaging services can be found at www.digitalsilverimaging.com

Photo calendars now available with high-gloss

Photo calendars are the perfect personal present. Now Printing-1 is offering personal photo calendars with optional gloss.

For five years Printing-1 has been offering its customers the opportunity to create their personalized photo books. In addition to canvas prints, photo books and photo book calendars, Printing-1 is now offering wall calendars with an optional high-gloss finish. For the high-gloss option, the calendar’s pages are sealed with an environmentally friendly gloss coating that gives the images brilliance and sharpness in every detail.

Gloss

For the glossy option, each calendar page will be sealed after the digital print with a glossy, protective coating. This UV varnish improves the appearance and colour brilliance, coming close to the quality of photographic prints, without using temperature-sensitive PE photo paper.

Environmentally friendly gloss on photo calendars

Customers can choose from eight different photo calendar formats. Thanks to the “glossy” option, the picture surface is protected from wear and fading, which ensures a long life for the calendar images and memories. Those using the glossy option can do this with a good environmental conscience, because the direct digital printing doesn’t use chemically developed PE photo paper; and the materials and processes used have been scrutinized under the environmental management norm ISO 14001 *.

Introductory offer:

For those who want to try out the new photo calendars there is an additional incentive, because Printing-1 introduces its new photo calendars with £10 off on the first order. The coupon code “PRIXUK” is valid on the goods ordered by new customers till 30/10/2011:http://printing-1.co.uk/Calendar/

 How to create a photo calendar?

Printing-1 photo calendars have a page for each month and a cover sheet. With thirteen or more digital images, creating an individual photo calendar takes just five simple steps:

Select the calendar format: portrait, landscape or square. At Printing-1 the size can still be increased or reduced later. 

Choose the starting month and year.

Select the calendar template and layout, insert images and choose background colours. Inserting small portrait pictures on birthdays gives a nice personal touch.

Upload the photo calendar design to the Printing-1 server.

Log into the online account with Printing-1 to share with friends with an individual access to the photo calendar (or photo book) layout by email, where they can order copies at their own expense if they wish. From the online account, photo calendar prints can be ordered at any time.

Photo book specialist

Printing-1 offers a Windows and MacOS compatible online photo service, which can be used with images from any digital camera and specialises in photo books, calendars and canvas prints. The professional printing processes allow Printing-1 to produce photo books in “pocket” format with ring-or laminated binding from 7,95 €. The postage is £ 4.90 for the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Between the Pocket and the Premium (40×30 cm) sizes, Printing-1 offers another five intermediate formats with up to 250 pages. The costs for the gloss-finish option are 30 pence per page on the large ‘Photo Book Maxi’ (30×30 cm).

Printing-1

Catalina Martínez, London, UK

Contact: pr (at) printing-1.com

Tel.  +44 20 7617 7469
http://printing-1.co.uk/

SanDisk Announces Suite of Retail Products

Peak Development has announced the availability of no less than four additions to its SanDisk line-up.

SanDisk® Memory Vault

The new SanDisk Memory Vault will provides users with a convenient, reliable way to pass down their images for generations to come – a photo album for the digital age!  The device has been developed using new Chronolock™ technology which ensures that precious photos and videos will be safely preserved for up to 100 years.  The SanDisk Memory Vault will initially be available in 8GB and 16GB capacities with a respective MSRP of £49.99 and £79.99.  Availability October

SanDisk 64GB Extreme® PRO™ SDXC™ UHS-1 Card

SanDisk have doubled the performance and capacity of their professional-grade imaging line-up to create a new SD™ card that offers the fastest write performance of any SD™ card in the world to date.  The new SanDisk 64GB Extreme® PRO™ SDXC™ card has a WRITE speed of up to 90 MB/s and a READ speed of up to 95 MB/s.  The card is ideal for enthusiast spec UHS-1 compatible cameras, allowing the capture of a series of RAW images using burst mode, Full HD Video recording and the super-quick transfer of images from camera to computer.  SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC™ and SDXC™ UHS-1 cards come in 8GB to 64GB capacities.  The MSRP for the 64GB SDXC™ is £289.99.  Available mid-October.

 SanDisk® 64GB Mobile Ultra™ microSDXC™ Card

SanDisk’s new 64GB microSDXC™ card can double the capacity of even the most advanced smartphone or tablet.  The UHS-1 based high-capacity card features up to 30 MB/s transfer speeds and offers the Class 6 performance needed to capture Full HD Video.  The card is compatible with any tablet or smartphone equipped with a microSDXC™ card slot.  The SanDisk Mobile Ultra cards come in capacities ranging from 4GB to 64GB.  MSRP for the 64GB microSDXC™ is £169.99. Available mid-October.

 ImageMate® All-in-one USB 3.0 Reader/Writer

Based on the latest USB 3.0 interface transfer performance of up to 500 MB/s, this card reader/writer reduces transfer times when downloading data from a card to a computer.  With four card slots, this compact solution supports all major card formats and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 enabled devices.  MSRP £39.99.  Available mid-October.

Canon introduces the PowerShot SX40 HS

Canon has unveiled the latest addition to its range of powerful, ultra-zoom compact cameras. Combining an incredible 35x ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, full manual control and Full HD movie capture, the PowerShot SX40 HS is ideal for photographers who want the flexibility and control of a DSLR and the versatility of a huge focal range packed into a compact body. 

Providing outstanding image quality, the PowerShot SX40 HS is among the first PowerShot models to feature Canon’s new DIGIC 5 image processor which boosts the performance of the HS System and offers advanced shooting options as well as supporting Full HD (1080p) movie capture. The amazing zoom range allows any subject to be captured with ease, from high-speed action at the racetrack to distant wildlife on the African plains and abstract close-ups. New Intelligent IS technology also ensures still images are crisp, and video footage is smooth and clear. 

Ultra-powerful, ultra-zoom 
The PowerShot SX40 HS is incredibly versatile, capturing subjects near and far with amazing precision thanks to one of the most powerful zooms on the market, which draws on the same optical expertise behind Canon’s industry-leading professional lenses.  The versatile 35x zoom, with Ultrasonic and Voice Coil Motors (USM & VCM) to ensure fast, silent zooming and focusing, extends from a 24mm ultra-wide-angle to a maximum telephoto range of 840mm, enabling users to capture wide-angle shots of stunning landscapes as well as portraits and distant action. 

The 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer has also been enhanced with new Intelligent IS technology that detects the shooting situation and automatically applies the most appropriate image stabilisation settings from seven possible modes (Normal IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Tripod mode, Dynamic Macro IS).  For example, Panning IS is enabled when following the action of a racetrack, ensuring the IS system stabilises in only one direction, while Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology is perfect for shooting clear close-ups. Powered IS uses Canon camcorder technology to make it easy to film distant subjects with the long zoom, and Tripod mode switches off the Image Stabilizer when the camera is on a stable surface or attached to a tripod. 

Raising the bar for image quality 
The PowerShot SX40 HS is the latest model to feature the HS System, combining a high-sensitivity back-illuminated 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Canon’s new breed of image processor to capture beautiful, low noise images in all conditions. The new DIGIC 5 image processor offers even more advanced noise reduction technology, giving up to 75% less noise ( Compared to the previous Canon DIGIC 4 processor) at all ISO levels and producing more natural, blur-free results without needing to use a tripod or the flash. New Multi-area White Balance can make images look more natural by detecting situations where there are two different light sources and then applying area-specific white balance correction. For example, when shooting a casual portrait with flash inside a room lit with tungsten lighting, the camera will apply tungsten white balance on the background and flash white balance on the face, ensuring both the subject and the background keep their natural colours.   

High speed, high drama 
The new DIGIC 5 processor takes the high-speed shooting capabilities of the 12.1MP CMOS sensor to a new level, enabling photographers to capture every moment in stunning detail and quality. Photographers shooting fast-paced action can choose between shooting full resolution photos continuously to card capacity at 2.4 shots/sec., or with the new High-speed Burst HQ mode, a high-speed sequence of up to 8 full resolution shots can be captured at 10.3 shots/sec. 

Alternatively, experiment with Super Slow Motion Movie – shooting VGA resolution video at 120fps (or QVGA resolution at 240fps) and playing it back at a fraction of the real speed (QVGA movies (320×240) play back at 1/8 of real speed, VGA movies (640×480) play back at 1/4 of real speed)  - to add dramatic flair or analyse a goal or golf swing. For even greater support when shooting after dark without a tripod, Handheld Night Scene captures a high-speed sequence of shots, combining the image data to produce one well-exposed shot with minimal blur. 

Full HD movies – shoot and share with ease 
The dedicated movie button allows photographers to become videographers instantly, switching from high quality stills to Full HD (1080p) video at 24fps with stereo sound for fantastic home movies. The USM and VCM on the huge telephoto lens enable the PowerShot SX40 HS to zoom and focus quickly and silently, allowing photographers to make use of the full focal range whilst filming. 

Sharing and editing your home movies also couldn’t be easier. The PowerShot SX40 HS supports the Apple iFrame Movie format, allowing video clips to be imported and immediately edited in common software programs, simplifying and accelerating the post-production process. Frame and view your footage on the 6.8 cm (2.7”) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD screen, alternatively, share your footage and photos on the big screen, straight from the camera’s HDMI port. You can also use the remote control of an HDMI-CEC compatible HDTV to browse the camera from the comfort of your sofa – perfect for sharing holiday snaps or home movies with friends and family. 

Manual control and creative support 
For more advanced users, the PowerShot SX40 HS offers the complete flexibility of full manual control. On-screen Hints & Tips can also be engaged to guide beginners through the different camera settings, helping to develop their photographic skills with every new shot. Smart Auto has also been enhanced, detecting up to 32 different scenes 21 scenes detected in Movie mode and automatically adjusting the camera settings to capture the best possible image. Tracking AF allows the photographer to select an object and track it as it moves around the frame, ensuring off-centre compositions are perfectly in focus at the moment the photo is taken. 

To add creative flair to every shot, the PowerShot SX40 HS also features a range of Creative Filters including Fish-eye Effect, Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Miniature Effect which also extends to movies. Toy Camera Effect recreates the nostalgic effects of a pin-hole camera and Monochrome produces shots in black and white, sepia and blue tones. 

Further extending its creative possibilities, the PowerShot SX40 HS can be used with Canon Speedlite EX flash units as well as a lens filter adapter and other accessories. This provides Canon compact camera users with many of the benefits of the EOS DSLR System, combined with the unsurpassed versatility of this model’s incredible zoom range. 

Join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY community 
Owners of the PowerShot SX40 HS can also join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album provides up to 2GB of personal storage capacity – enough room for hundreds of high-quality images. 

PowerShot SX40 HS – key features : 
35x ultra wide-angle zoom with USM 
Image Stabilizer (4.5-stop). Intelligent IS 
HS System (12.1 MP) with DIGIC 5 
Full HD, HDMI 
6.8 cm (2.7″) vari-angle LCD, EVF 
Smart Auto, Multi-area WB 
High-speed Burst HQ 
Manual modes 
Zoom Framing Assist 
Range of accessories 

Pricing & Availability 
The PowerShot SX40 HS is available from October 2011, priced at £459/€529 RRP incl. VAT. 

Canon unveils the PowerShot S100

Canon has announced the launch of the new PowerShot S100 – a powerful, versatile and highly compact camera offering photographers extensive control and leading image quality. The most advanced PowerShot S-series model to date, the PowerShot S100 surpasses the high standards set by its acclaimed predecessor, featuring a new f/2.0 Canon lens and an enhanced HS System, which combines an elite high-sensitivity sensor with the very latest in Canon processing technology – DIGIC 5. 

Packed with upgrades, the PowerShot S100 marks a true step forward for the PowerShot S-series. Its 24mm ultra-wide angle, 5.0x optical zoom genuine Canon lens provides greater power and flexibility, and combines with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) system to deliver crisp, clear images in stills and movies. GPS functionality records the time and location of every shot, Full HD movie recording captures stunning video, and the powerful DIGIC 5 processor offers fast shooting speeds and even better image quality in all conditions. All of these new features also come in a super-slim body measuring just 26.7mm front-to-back, available in matte black and titanium silver variants. 

The HS System with DIGIC 5 – new levels of power 
The PowerShot S100 features the most powerful implementation of the HS System yet. Building on the PowerShot S-series’ reputation for providing high-quality, low noise images in low light, the enhanced HS System optimally combines DIGIC 5 processing with a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS developed using Canon EOS sensor know-how – providing an even more powerful basis for low light photography. Supporting a maximum ISO of 6400 at full resolution, the camera fully-utilises the high performance of the CMOS sensor and the power of DIGIC 5 to reduce image noise – offering the reassurance of excellent image quality in all conditions. 

Designed to achieve new and advanced levels of image quality, DIGIC 5 analyses four times more image information to create each pixel, recording more detail and colour from a scene than ever before. Processing speed is also six times faster compared to the previous processor, efficiently managing the increase in scene information and simultaneously reducing the appearance of image noise by up to 75% (Source: Canon internal testing. Comparison between the PowerShot S95 and the PowerShot S100 at ISO 1600 sensitivity). 

Genuine Canon lens with Intelligent Image Stabilizer 
The PowerShot S100 features a new, high performance lens developed and manufactured using the same methods and expertise as Canon’s leading EF lenses. A benchmark in Canon optical technology, the lens supports 24mm ultra-wide angle coverage for shooting horizons and landscapes, and an extended 5.0x optical zoom for zooming into distant scenes or subjects – all while offering a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture, and a light and compact design. 

Intelligent IS utilises Canon’s highly-effective 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer to counter camera shake in stills and Full HD movies. Providing seven modes of stabilisation (Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Dynamic Macro IS, Tripod mode). Intelligent IS automatically identifies the scene and adapts the optical Image Stabilizer settings for optimal compensation. Panning IS is ideal for following racetrack action, ensuring the IS system only corrects the axis vertical to the direction of movement, while Macro IS features Hybrid IS technology for shooting clear close-ups. Powered IS uses Canon camcorder technology to film distant subjects when using the zoom, while Tripod mode switches off IS when the camera is on a stable surface or attached to a tripod. 

Enhanced control 
The PowerShot S100 offers full manual control over shooting settings and modes. Designed to fit seamlessly into a photographer’s existing workflow, it supports RAW format shooting and offers compatibility with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software as standard, providing a perfect second camera for DSLR users. 

The popular Lens Control Ring, synonymous with the modern PowerShot S-series, also provides a tactile way to control picture settings such as focus and exposure. Users can assign the Lens Control Ring to a number of different image parameters, including shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and aperture, allowing them to fine tune their exposure in 1/3-stop increments. The ‘Ring Function’ button and rear Multi-Control Dial can also be custom-assigned to control other pre-selected functions, providing complete flexibility to serve different user styles. 

High-speed and complete ease-of-use 
Using the power of the DIGIC 5, the PowerShot S100 is ideal for capturing fast-moving action. High-speed Burst HQ is perfect for everything from sports to parties, capturing a rapid sequence of eight full resolution shots at up to 9.6 shots/sec. For recording the drama of high-speed action, Super Slow Motion Movie mode also records videos at 240 fps (QVGA quality) or 120 fps (VGA quality). 

For easy shooting in a range of situations, Canon’s Smart Auto mode ensures great results by selecting the optimum settings for a scene from 32 variables. New Multi-area White Balance also makes images look more natural by detecting scenes with two different light sources and applying area-specific white balance correction. For instance, when shooting a portrait with flash under tungsten lighting, the camera will simultaneously apply tungsten white balance to the background and flash white balance to a person’s face, ensuring both the subject and background look natural. 

A wealth of additional features 
Ideal for users who want to record the location of every shot, the PowerShot S100’s integrated GPS unit records where and when images are taken, so users can keep an accurate record of the place and time their pictures are taken. Additionally, the GPS Logger facility records a user’s journey, allowing them to review their travels by using the supplied Map Utility software which integrates with Google Maps (Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are trademarks of Google Inc). 

Stunning Full HD (1080p) video is also captured at 24 frames per second with stereo sound. The 5.0x optical zoom can be used during video capture, while Dynamic IS and Powered IS mode within Intelligent IS counteract camera shake when recording whilst moving, or when using the zoom. An HDMI-CEC port makes it easy to share videos, allowing users to play images back on compatible HDTVs using the TV remote. 

A large, premium-quality 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD display is perfect for framing and playback, with a fine 461k dot resolution that offers high contrast and excellent colour reproduction. A tempered glass outer layer provides a wide viewing angle and resistance to scratches, and new grips on both the front and back of the camera body offer improved handling, making this the ideal pocket camera for enthusiasts. 

Expand your possibilities 
The PowerShot S100 is instantly compatible with a range of Canon accessories. The new HF-DC2 is an external flash unit that can be used to supplement the on-board flash, allowing users to capture a broader range of subjects. Users can also explore the world of underwater photography with the new optional Waterproof Case WP-DC43, which provides water resistance to depths of 40 metres and protects the camera from dust, dirt and damage – making it perfect for snorkelling or diving on holiday. 

Share stories with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY 
Owners of the PowerShot S100 can also join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album provides up to 2GB of personal storage capacity – enough room for hundreds of high-quality images. 

Canon PowerShot S100 – key features: 
High-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS (1/1.7 type) 
HS System with powerful DIGIC 5 
Ultra-wide 24mm, f/2.0, 5x zoom lens. Intelligent IS 
Lens Control Ring, NR Control & RAW 
GPS 
Full HD, HDMI 
Large 7.5 cm (3.0″) LCD 
High-speed Burst HQ 
Smart Auto, Multi-area WB 
Optional Waterproof Case 

Pricing & Availability 
The PowerShot S100 is available from November 2011, priced at £439.00/€509.00 RRP incl. VAT.

Ricoh releases fifth function-enhancing firmware update for GR DIGITAL III

Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo) has announced the planned mid-October 2011 release of the fifth function-enhancing firmware update for its GR DIGITAL III, a high-image-quality compact digital camera launched in August 2009.

Ricoh’s function-enhancing firmware updates are developed in response to opinions and requests received from numerous customers through surveys submitted at customer registration and other channels. These updates enable customers who already own a GR DIGITAL III to update their firmware to include the latest functions, thus making it possible for them to enhance the performance and usability of their cameras by adding new functionality and settings.

Introduced in August 2009, the GR DIGITAL III features an F1.9 large-aperture lens and achieves high image quality in a compact body.

The function-enhancing firmware and instructions for using these functions can be downloaded free of charge from the Ricoh website. This is the final function-enhancing firmware update for the GR DIGITAL III.

Enhanced functions

Addition of contrast bracketing

You can automatically record three images with different contrast settings. The contrast can be adjusted on a five-level scale.

Expansion of ADJ. control settings :You can assign five functions to the ADJ control (currently four). The assigned functions can be directly changed without going through the menu screen. 

Addition of ISO [AUTO-HI] setting function : When using ISO [AUTO-HI], you can specify settings for switching the maximum ISO and for the point (shutter speed) for changing ISO sensitivity.

Addition of vignetting setting function for high contrast B&W :For high contrast B&W, you can adjust the vignetting. The vignetting setting options are off, weak, and strong.

Support for the GL-1 metal lens cap (with power button lock mechanism) 

This firmware addition provides support for the power button lock mechanism of the GL-1 metal lens cap, which is a new option to be introduced in mid-October 2011. This prevents the problem of unexpected extension of the lens since the lock function is in effect if the power button is pushed.

Contact Information:

Alpha Digital Services Ltd : UK Exclusive Distributor

http://www.alphadigitalservices.co.uk/

[email protected]

01189 337000

Ricoh announces the GR DIGITAL IV digital camera

Ricoh Co., Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo) has announced the development and release of the GR DIGITAL IV digital camera, the successor model to the GR DIGITAL III, which offers enhanced Quick Shooting capability and image quality. 

The new GR DIGITAL IV, featuring a new image engine and a refined optical filter, exceeds the GR DIGITAL III and achieves the highest level of image quality in the history of the GR series.

Additionally, for the advancement of the Quick Shooting capabilities required to make sure you never miss a shot when out shooting, Ricoh has introduced a Hybrid AF System and an Image-sensor-shift Image Stabilization Function, which makes use of Ricoh’s independently developed external AF sensor, and a 3-inch, approximately 1.23 million-dot VGA LCD monitor for heightened outdoor visibility. The addition of an electronic level that can detect inclination in the tilt direction, as well as the conventional horizontal direction also improves operability. Moreover, the inclusion of Dynamic Range Compensation makes it possible to shoot subjects in backlit or high-contrast scenes in the way the eye sees them, and Interval Composite, which can combine images shot at a certain shooting interval, advances the camera’s expressive capabilities.

Ricoh will also continue to provide the highly praised function-expansion firmware.

Stock should be available mid October. 

GR Digital IV Black/ GR Digital IV White      £499.99  

Hand Strap GS2        £17.90

Metal Lens Cap GL1   £17.90