Panasonic develops new sensor technology
Panasonic has announced new technology that will increase the sensitivity and color fidelity in its sensors. The new designs will feature “micro color splitters” that aim to “separate the light that falls on image sensors by exploiting light’s wavelike properties.” This will remove the need for color filters, and so will allow for better color reproduction even in low-light conditions. The technology can be used with any existing sensor type, making it potentially suitable for video and still cameras.
DpReview notes that “it may be the first serious alternative to colour filter array-based sensors since the Foveon X3 appeared over 10 years ago.”
Thom Hogan on the state of the photography industry
Thom Hogan has published a personal synopsis and evaluation of the state of the camera market on his Nikon F mount and Sans Mirror blogs. The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published its report into sales and trends within the industry and it presents a somewhat depressing picture. In 2012, total shipments of all cameras for the year was 98.1 million units, which is a 15% drop on the 2011 figure. However, interchangeable lens camera shipments grew to 20.2 million units, a 28.4% gain. Within the interchangeable lens sector, mirrorless cameras accounted for around 20% of the total shipped. Although Nikon’s figures have not yet been released, Hogan notes that their stated aim of exceeding Canon’s sales have not materialized.
Mike Rutzen injured in car accident
“Shark Man” Mike Rutzen of Cape Town has been seriously injured in a car accident whilst on holiday in Mozambique reports iol news. The cause of the accident is currently unknown, but it is known that the vehicle he and his partner were travelling in rolled. Tragically, his girlfriend Elisabetta Castella, died at the scene.
Mike is in a serious condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mike at this awful time.
National Geographic features Shark Stanley
The Shark Stanley project, a collaboration between two graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Pew Environment Group, Shark Savers, and Shark Defenders, has been featured in an article on the National Geographic’s NewsWatch. The campaign aim to use images of Stanley from around the globe to create a collage that will be sent to each delegate for the forthcoming Bangkok CITES meeting. The aim is to gather 5,000 photos, with representation from all 177 voting countries. Currently, the campaign has been able to collect 1,500 photos from 85 countries.
To support the campaign, please click here to download Stanley. Cut it out, and take a photo with him. Please upload the picture, along with your name and where you’re from, to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or Instagram tagged with @SharkDefenders, #SharkStanley, and the country where you live i.e. #USA, #Fiji, #Brazil, etc.
Call for entries: British Wildlife Photography Awards
The 2013 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) is now calling for entries. The contest aims to “recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.” It is open to all photographers, with the only entry requirement being that the images must have been shot in the UK.
Full contest details, rules and submission guidelines are on the BWPA website.
February issue of DIVE magazine available
The February edition of DIVE magazine is now available to download. In it, Pamela Stephenson Connolly writes about the diving in Belize and Honduras and Jo Mattock on Grenada. Cave diver and filmmaker, Becky Kagan Schott, is interviewed in this issue and Cornish couple Deeble & Stone are the featured filmmakers. Lastly, the magazine has a review of the Liquid Image Ego HD action camera and an article about the compact camera battle between Canon and Sony.
DIVE is available in version for Mac/PC as well as iOS and Android devices. It is free to download after a registration.
Survey: The Photographers Outlook on 2013
PhotoShelter has released the results of its survey into photographer’s attitudes about 2013. The survey consisted of over 5,000 photographers, with 65% surveyed living in the United States with 35% living abroad. Results would indicate that most photographers are optimistic about opportunities for 2013, plan to spend money in order to improve their work, and feel that word of mouth is still their best advertising medium. The issues that they anticipate for 2013 is finding new clients and getting their work found online.
The full survey is available to download from the PhotoShelter site.
Adobe previews Anywhere collaborative workflow platform
Adobe has released details of its new collaborative workflow platform for video editors. Anywhere is a “cloud” based tool that allows multiple editors to collaborate in real-time at multiple locations and across computing platforms. Adobe Anywhere will operate across standard networks and does not require any proprietary hardware. Its collaborative capabilities will be embedded directly into future versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude software.
It is currently under development and will be available sometime in 2013.
- Endangered sharks return ‘home’ (via BBC)
- Sony Announces NEX-3N Mirrorless Camera (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Firmware update available for Olympus OM-D E-M5 (via )
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- Arabia’s extraordinary wildlife (via BBC)
- Seabirds Rescued from Dumped Oil Additive (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Lost Antarctic penguin found in NZ (via BBC)
- Protection of the wreck of the SAS Pietermaritzburg (via African Diver)
- The failing South African Fisheries Department (via African Diver)
- Canal fish removed for lock repairs (via BBC)