General and News Thu, 19 Jul 18 19:18:29 -0600 General and News en-CA Hot pixel, stuck? Fix? Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:58:48 -0600 Mysteryman3 20086@/talks/discussions I bought a untested cheap secondhand handycam, but when recording I see a small white pixel. First I thought it was the lcd when I was recordeding, but after playback I noticed the white pixel was there to. It can be seen in dark areas, in brighter areas less chance. I was like is it the lens, the sensor and can it be fixed? It does not has senor cleaning option and it is a 3ccd sensor so old camera. I also noticed that when digital zoom is on, I see the pixel move out of the lcd frame at some point. When zooming in and out the white pixel stays the same, could it be the sensor then? It is on the lcd really small, but annoying. It probably or possible went to a x-ray on the airport, because I bought from foreign country. I tried a bit to make screen bright and dark with shutter iris option and try to make it bright, dark fast, shaked camera a bit in hope it goes away. Not sure if anybody knows what is is some dust, lens damage or dust? Any ideas if it is stuck pixel to fix?

Investors dump $121 million into Light Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:01:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20084@/talks/discussions

Light, the leader in advanced computational imaging, today announced a Series D funding round of $121 million, led by the SoftBank Vision Fund. The renowned Leica Camera AG also participated in the financing. Light’s groundbreaking imaging platform enables machines to see like humans do, using sophisticated algorithms to combine images from multiple camera modules into a single high-quality image and enabling highly-accurate 3D depth extraction.

Welcome to the era of the software-defined camera.

In this era, pocketable, connected cameras can reconstruct the world in three dimensions and superhuman detail, cars are able to perceive the objects around them without the need for special sensors, and robots are able to thread the elusive needle autonomously.

Light’s highly accurate depth mapping can be used to create rich and complex environments for a wide-range of applications including augmented reality.

The new funding will allow Light to expand the reach of its imaging platform beyond consumer photography and into security, robotic, automotive, aerial and industrial imaging applications. Later this year, the first mobile phone incorporating Light’s technology will be available to consumers around the world. It will shatter the expectations of mobile photography.

“Light’s technology is a revelation, showing that several small, basic camera modules, combined with highly powerful software, can produce images that rival those produced by cameras costing and weighing orders of magnitude more. We’re just getting started. Having the support of SoftBank Vision Fund as a strategic investor means this technology will see more of the world sooner than we could have ever imagined,” said Dave Grannan, Light CEO and Co-founder.

“Light is a world leader in computational imaging. By replacing mechanical complexity with digital sophistication, they have been able to drastically reduce the size, weight, and cost of traditional cameras. This has paved the way for a whole new era of intelligent imaging applications” said Akshay Naheta, Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers. “We believe that the opportunity to proliferate these technologies across other data-rich imaging platforms means that Light will completely revolutionize the world of mobile imaging and we are excited to be supporting the team in realising this ambition.”

Whole thing is like black hole eating money. It seems like main value is in some patents and algorithms, as products are subpar for now.

My prediction that they'll close without fanfares within 2 years. Or will be bough for their patents.

Cooke Optics bough by Caledonia Investments plc Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:09:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20078@/talks/discussions

UK-based investment trust Caledonia has bought 89 percent holding in film lenses manufacturer Cooke Optics Group Ltd for 96.5 million pounds ($127 million).

Caledonia said it subscribed $82.66 million of equity and $39 million of debt. Cooke's management team have reinvested $10.3 million of sales proceeds for the remaining equity.

A statement released by the company says that the current management team — Les Zellan (Chairman), Robert Howard (Chief Executive Officer) and Alan Merrills (Chief Operating Officer), — all remain in place and that day-to-day activities at the Leicester-based company will continue unchanged.

“We have been experiencing a sustained period of growth, and the time was right to look for a new investor to help us develop further,” said Zellan.

Nikon sensor "design", new PR thing Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:38:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20079@/talks/discussions

I’ve known for some time that Nikon actually designs their own sensors, to a fairly minute level of detail. I think this is almost unknown in the photo community; most people just assume that “design” in Nikon’s case simply consists of ordering-up different combinations of specs from sensor manufacturers, picking a feature from column “A”, another from column “B” and so on, like a Chinese restaurant menu. In actuality, they have a full staff of sensor engineers who design cutting-edge sensors like those in the D5 and D850 from the ground up, optimizing their designs to work optimally with NIKKOR lenses and Nikon's EXPEED image-processor architecture.

Nikon really needed this PR article. Especially as 100% of all mass cameras have Sony sensors now.

Yes, in the past at this place they designed sensors and still do something now, but not for any mass camera (D5 is not mass camera, for D850 mentioned in article I have huge doubts). So, mostly they can only do slight changes to Sony design.

Rumors: Olympus can pass Photokina due to future merger Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:56:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19907@/talks/discussions

Multiple sources told me that Olympus will NOT have a stand at this years Photokina. Instead they will have a “Perspective Playground”. This means there is a 99,9999% chance Olympus wont announce a new camera

One of the reasons can be that digital camera part of Olympus will merge with other m43 strong manufacturer (I khow you get the idea), but later in the year or early 2019.

CP++ 2019 premiminary details Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:18:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20059@/talks/discussions

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) (President: Kazuo Ushida; Address: MA Shibaura Bldg. 3-8-10, Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan) will hold CP+ [cpplus] 2019 from Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3, 2019. CP+ is an international camera and photo imaging show that presents the latest products and technologies, and disseminates the joy and extensive reach of the industry and culture of photo imaging.

CP+2019 continue to raise the profile of Japan's world-leading camera and photo imaging industry with its cultural aspects. From Wednesday, July 4, we just started calling for exhibitors on the official website. We sincerely request your continued support of CP+


Solid modelling: Autodesk 123D, 3DVia Shape and Creo Tue, 06 Sep 2011 13:45:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 865@/talks/discussions )

Mergers: Broadcom buys CA Technologies Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:06:01 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20051@/talks/discussions

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, CA's shareholders will receive US$44.50 per share in cash, according to the announcement. This represents a premium of approximately 20% to the closing price of CA common stock on July 11, 2018, the last trading day prior to the transaction announcement, and a premium of approximately 23% to CA's volume-weighted average price (VWAP) for the last 30 trading days. The all-cash transaction represents an equity value of approximately US$18.9 billion, and an enterprise value of approximately US$18.4 billion.

CO also was mix of big number of software companies -

Nikon 1 cameras lineup discontinued in preparation for largest flop in history Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:46:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20043@/talks/discussions Nikon finally made it more or less official moving all Nikon 1 cameras in discontinued state on their sites.

All management now prepared for big launch of expensive mirrorless cameras lineup.
I had been told it'll be most expensive PR company with paid bloggers special meetups in luxury places and celebrities.
Discussion being that focus will be rich modern people.
Similar to Sony Nikon top managers insisted to set record ever margins on new cameras.

Cinegear 2018 Exhibition Coverage Thu, 31 May 2018 18:37:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19809@/talks/discussions image

Coverage: Alan, Main US team.



Our Telegram Channel:

Make sure to support us and get chance to propose questions to our team -

All about 8K format, Super-Hi, H.264 and HEVC Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:38:36 -0600 stelldust 4364@/talks/discussions ITU has just approved the new Super-Hi format. I expect we will first see TVs with the new format. Any speculations on how long it may take to see consumer products for this format?

The 8K format will host a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels, which is 16 times as sharp as current HD TVs and offers resolutions of around 2MP. This is approximately the equivalent of a 32 megapixel photo. A new high-resolution tv format that is 16x sharper than today's HDTV has been approved. A new high-resolution tv format that is 16x sharper than today's HDTV has been approved.

Japanese broadcaster NHK has developed three cameras able to film in this Super Hi-Vision resolution at 120 frames per second.

Going down: HTC smartphone manufacturer Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:20:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19997@/talks/discussions For quite long time firm is going down, steady. Very similar to Blackberry.

Today they announced cut of another 1500 high qualified employees.
It is also expected that HTC will stay for about 1-2 years in premium segment only and after this will shut the doors.

Nikon upcoming cameras from registration records Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:44:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20001@/talks/discussions
  • N1622
    • Made in Thailand
    • Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth installed
  • N1710
    • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth installed (Wi-Fi has been tested at 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz (11 a / b / g / n / ac) at China MIIT, but only at 2.4 GHz (11 b / g / n) at Taiwan NCC.)
    • Battery used - EN-EL15 or equivalent
  • N1711
    • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth installed (same as N1710)
    • Battery used is EN-EL15 or equivalent
  • N1718
    • Made in Thailand
    • Bluetooth, lacks Wi-Fi
  • N1721
    • compact camera
    • Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) and Bluetooth installed (same as A300 and Key Mission 180)
    • AC adapter used - EH-73P
  • ]]>
    Gibson files for bankrupcy, Tascam can have serious problems Wed, 02 May 2018 07:11:59 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19615@/talks/discussions

    Gibson Brands Inc. ("Gibson" or "the Company"), today announced it will be re-focusing the Company on the manufacturing of world-class, musical instruments and professional audio products and the continued development of the Company's portfolio of iconic, globally-recognized brands including Gibson and Epiphone, by reorganizing around its core businesses. The Company has reached a "Restructuring Support Agreement" with holders of more than 69.0% in principal amount of its 8.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2018, and its principal shareholders, that clears the pathway for the continued financing and operations of the musical instruments business as well as a change of control in favor of those noteholders.

    To implement the agreement, the Company and its U.S. subsidiaries today filed pre-negotiated reorganization cases under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The filings will allow the Company's Musical Instruments and Professional Audio businesses to continue to design, build, sell, and manufacture legendary Gibson and Epiphone guitars, as well as KRK and Cerwin Vega studio monitors and loud speakers, without interruption. The Restructuring Support Agreement provides funding for the musical instrument and professional audio businesses, supports the Company's key vendors, shippers and suppliers, and provides for the restructuring of the Company's balance sheet. Gibson will emerge from Chapter 11 with working capital financing, materially less debt, and a leaner and stronger musical instruments-focused platform that will allow the Company and all of its employees, vendors, customers and other critical stakeholders to succeed. Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gibson Brands, and David Berryman, Gibson's President, will each continue with the Company upon emergence from Chapter 11 to facilitate a smooth transition during this change of control transaction and to support the Company in realizing future value from its core business.

    The Company's Gibson Innovations business, which is largely outside of the U.S. and independent of the Musical Instruments business, will be wound down. The wind-down of the Company's GI Business is not expected to impact the Company's reorganization around its core Musical Instruments/Pro Audio business.

    In conjunction with the restructuring, the Company received commitments for $135 million of debtor-in-possession financing from its existing noteholders. This financing, combined with cash generated from its operations, will provide the Company with the liquidity necessary to maintain its operations in the ordinary course during its reorganization proceedings.

    Check more at

    After initial disaster Light pushes smartphones with 9 lenses Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:16:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19996@/talks/discussions image

    It looks and feels bad. As their first camera tanked and got very bad reviews. Yet with exact same approach and software they want to talk to big brands to help them do something to stand their product apart.

    Fujifilm helps Samsung with mobile sensors Wed, 27 Jun 2018 07:20:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19973@/talks/discussions image


    Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today introduced its new 'ISOCELL Plus' technology, which allows CMOS image sensors to capture more light, significantly increasing light sensitivity and color fidelity. Smartphone consumers can now expect even more accurate and clearer photos in challenging light environments.

    To take high-quality photographs, CMOS image sensors need to hold as much light, or photons, as possible and transmit the right color information to the photodiode. Such requirements were resolved by the introduction of Samsung’s ISOCELL technology in 2013. ISOCELL forms a physical barrier between the neighboring pixels, reducing color crosstalk and expanding the full-well capacity. This enables each pixel to absorb and hold more light than the conventional backside-illuminated (BSI) image sensor design for superior image quality.

    With the introduction of ISOCELL Plus, Samsung pushes pixel isolation technology to a new level through an optimized pixel architecture. In the existing pixel structure, metal grids are formed over the photodiodes to reduce interference between the pixels, which can also lead to some optical loss as metals tend to reflect and/or absorb the incoming light. For ISOCELL Plus, Samsung replaced the metal barrier with an innovative new material developed by Fujifilm, minimizing optical loss and light reflection.

    “We value our strategic relationship with Samsung and would like to congratulate on the completion of the ISOCELL Plus development,” said Naoto Yanagihara, corporate vice president of Fujifilm. “This development is a remarkable milestone for us as it marks the first commercialization of our new material. Through continuous cooperation with Samsung, we anticipate to bring more meaningful innovation to mobile cameras.”

    The new ISOCELL Plus delivers higher color fidelity along with up to a 15-percent enhancement in light sensitivity. The technology also enables image sensors to equip 0.8-micrometer (µm) and smaller-sized pixels without any loss in performance, making it an optimal solution for developing super-resolution cameras with over 20 megapixels.

    “Through close collaboration with Fujifilm, an industry leader in imaging and information technology, we have pushed the boundaries of CMOS image sensor technology even further,” said Ben K. Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “The ISOCELL Plus will not only enable the development of ultra-high-resolution sensors with incredibly small pixel dimensions, but also bring performance advancements for sensors with larger pixel designs.”

    The ISOCELL Plus will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, held from June 27 to 29.

    Sony, UK - Free Rotolight NEO 2 with A7 and A9 bodies Wed, 27 Jun 2018 05:32:00 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19971@/talks/discussions PR

    Rotolight, British LED lighting manufacturer, today announced a unique summer promotion with Sony, UK. Photographers will receive an award-winning Rotolight NEO 2 – an all in one High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash and continuous on-camera LED, worth £299 - completely free of charge, when they purchase a Sony A9, A7RII, A7RIII or A7SII from the coveted Alpha range.

    Unlike traditional on-camera flash, Rotolights NEO 2 has zero recycle time, which ensures users never miss a shot, making it the perfect light choice for Sony's high-frame-rate-capable cameras. NEO 2 can be simultaneously a continuous modelling light and HSS flash, allowing the photographer to easily acquire focus in dimly lit situations and optimise composition.

    We're incredibly excited to announce this unique joint promotion with Sony, whose Alpha series of cameras are constantly redefining the boundaries of innovation in the mirrorless camera market. There is a natural synergy between Sony's class leading mirrorless cameras, and Rotolight's pioneering shoot what you see continuous LED lights that enable you to preview your results and perfect image composition ahead of time, speeding up your workflow and maximizing your creative time on shoot." said Rod Aaron Gammons, managing director of Rotolight.

    "We know that a large number of our customers are already shooting with the Sony Alpha system because of the unique benefits the two technologies offer photographers, and so this promotion will offer them, and indeed those considering upgrading or switching to the latest Sony camera, the ultimate bundle for portrait, sports or event photographers" said Gammons.

    This unique offer will run from 20th June 2018 for a limited time only, and available exclusively from the following retailers: Clifton Cameras, Castle Cameras, Camera Centre Cardiff, CameraWorld, CVP, London Camera Exchange, Jessops, Park Cameras, Harrisons, Wex Photo Video and Wilkinson.

    Rotolight Master of Light and professional photographer, Terry Donnelly, says "the NEO 2 perfectly compliments either of my Sonys (A9 or A7RIII) to create high quality results, every single time. I love the quality of light I get from a Rotolight NEO 2, even when it's completely unmodified."

    "Sony, like Rotolight, have been huge disruptors in the photographic industry over the last few years with their industry-first solutions, innovative features and high quality design" Gammons continues. "The NEO 2 offers a lighting solution that can keep up with the speed, power and portability of the Sony Alpha range. The two together provide photographers with the creative tools that open up a vast new world of imaging opportunities."

    For more information, please visit

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich fired for failed 10nm process Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:22:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19941@/talks/discussions

    June 21, 2018 – Intel Corporation today announced the resignation of Brian Krzanich as CEO and a member of the board of directors. The board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan interim chief executive officer, effective immediately.

    Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation.

    “The board believes strongly in Intel’s strategy and we are confident in Bob Swan’s ability to lead the company as we conduct a robust search for our next CEO. Bob has been instrumental to the development and execution of Intel’s strategy, and we know the company will continue to smoothly execute. We appreciate Brian’s many contributions to Intel,” said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant.

    And they even made up nice excuse to not scare markets.

    As it is real shit going on with 10nm process, it is not even clear if they could do something before end of 2019.

    Kinefinity Mavo and Mavo LF Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:05:53 -0600 bannedindv 19228@/talks/discussions Kinefinity has announced two new evolutions from their Terra Platform. One 6K S35 sensor’d camera Mavo, and a 36x24 “full frame” format Mavo LF


    Kinefinity MAVO

    The new Kinefinity MAVO is a 6K-capable Super 35mm cinema camera building upon the legacy of the company’s previous line, the Kinefinity Terra. Although the MAVO offers plenty of professional features, its price of “only” $14,000 for a complete camera package with all accessories is still massively disruptive – a strategy that Kinefinity is clearly intent on keeping up.

    Kinefinity MAVO

    The Kinefinity MAVO is a modular system similar to what the manufacturer did with the Terra line. The camera body includes the brand new 6K CMOS Super 35mm sensor, along with basic I/O, headphone output, 2.5” SSD port, built-in mic and the port to attach the SideGrip – a side handle offering basic controls and battery compartment – and the KineMON – the camera’s proprietary monitor. Like the Terra, the Kinefinity MAVO becomes a much more powerful beast when attaching the optional KineBACK module at the rear of the camera body, which unlocks more professional features such as dual XLR inputs with phantom power, SDI outputs, V-Lock battery capabilites, D-tap power outputs, and timecode in/out. The new version – the KineBACK-W – seems a lot easier to attach, requiring only a couple of screws rather than fumbling around with a delicate ribbon cable, as was the case with the Terra. This means it is a lot quicker to go from a fully built-up camera to the compact 990g body-only, perfect for mounting on a gimbal. Wireless Capabilities

    This new version of the KineBACK, however, offers new integration for wireless functionality. It features a slot into which you can insert a new wireless transmitter card, unlocking a system capable of wireless video transmission with a claimed zero delay, as well as wireless lens control via the Movcam system, all this without additional cables or powering.


    The Kinefinity MAVO still makes use of the Kinefinity KineMOUNT system, a versatile mount that allows you not only to easily change between Sony, Canon, Nikon and PL mounts, but also takes the manufacturer’s proprietary EF or PL variable ND filter attachment and KineENHANCER (Kinefinity’s version of a Speedbooster).

    Additionally, the Kinefinity MAVO will feature a removable OLPF. This is significant, as the Kinefinity TERRA 4K – the company’s current entry-level option, which also offers very interesting features at a very low price – suffered from severe OLPF reflection flare issues when pointed directly at strong sources of light. This has been a cause of concern for many potential buyers doing their due diligence, so having the possibility to remove the OLPF altogether, or easily replacing it when new and improved versions become available, could be a good compromise. Kinefinity MAVO Image

    Kinefinity’s new camera offers a Super 35mm sensor, larger than the Terra 4K sensor which was halfway between Super 35mm and Micro Four-Thirds. This new 6016×4016 pixel sensor offers over 14 stops of dynamic range, and various maximum frame rate, resolution and sensor windowing combinations including Open Gate and 4:3 for anamorphic capture, as you can see in the graphic below. Despite the larger sensor, Kinefinity claims improved rolling shutter speeds, putting it in the same ball park as the RED 8K-capable cameras.

    In terms of processing, the Kinefinity MAVO also has some great improvements, with the addition of ProRes 422HQ, ProRes 444, ProRes 444XQ codecs to the previously available ProRes 422. Kinefinity’s own flavour of Raw has been updated to KRW 2.0, and now allows for an adjustable compression ratio from 2:1 to 10:1. Kinefinity previously offered a free software utility to transcode KRW to cinemaDNG, so what is even bigger news is that MAVO can record cinemaDNG internally at 3:1, 5:1 and 7:1 compression ratios. Pricing and availability

    Kinefinity MAVO will be available in four packages:

    • Body Only: $7,999
    • Basic: $9,499
    • Pro: $10,999
    • Full: $13,999

    If the Terra pricing scheme is anything to go by, the Basic package will also include accessories such as the KineMON, SideGrip, a couple of BP-U 30 style batteries, charger, KineMAG SSD and power cables. The Pro package will also include the KineBACK module, case and shoulder rig kit. I would guess the Full package includes all the necessary accessories to unlock the wireless capabilities of the camera. There will also be trade-in deals for owners of earlier Kinefinity cameras.

    New Large Format Camera Too? Kinefinity MAVO LF

    In the age of Sony Venice, RED Monstro and ARRI ALEXA LF, it is clear that there is a tendency towards large sensors at the very top tier of cinema cameras. Clearly, Kinefinity didn’t want to lag behind.

    During the live stream today, Kinefinity also announced an upcoming large-format cinema camera, the MAVO LF, which will pack a 36x24mm sensor, just a wee bit smaller than the ALEXA LF. This camera – which will no doubt become Kinefinity’s flagship after the now ageing KineMAX – will benefit from all the improvements of the upcoming Kinefinity MAVO, and will become available in August 2018.

    New MAVO Prime range of cinema lenses

    As if the announcement of two new cameras wasn’t enough, Kinefinity also announced a complete range of cinema lenses for the MAVO platform. The MAVO Prime lenses will cover 25, 35, 50, 75 and 135mm at T2 with full-frame coverage, and a price tag of around $12,000 for the whole set.

    More info here:

    Photo stuff to become more expensive - B&H and Amazon will pay sales tax Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:05:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19948@/talks/discussions

    The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes even in states where they have no physical presence.

    The decision, in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., was a victory for brick-and-mortar businesses that have long complained they are put at a disadvantage by having to charge sales taxes while many online competitors do not. And it was also a victory for states that have said that they are missing out on tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue.

    Writing for the majority in the 5-to-4 ruling, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the Quill decision caused states to lose annual tax revenues of up to $33 billion.

    “Quill puts both local businesses and many interstate businesses with physical presence at a competitive disadvantage relative to remote sellers,” he wrote. “Remote sellers can avoid the regulatory burdens of tax collection and can offer de facto lower prices caused by the widespread failure of consumers to pay the tax on their own.”

    HDR - new marketing idea Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:00:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14402@/talks/discussions 2016 is a year of HDR, as 2014 had been for basic 4K and 2015 had been for color gamut and quantum dots.

    Current REC.709 televisions only display 33% of the actual amount of colours you can see and they are also limited to around 100 NITS of brightness (NITS are the unit used to measure brightness),

    And this is that happens if you read too much marketing literature.

    In reality most consumer TVs are not 100nits (and at retail demo rooms they are even more far from it). And they are NOT limited here.

    Next thing people do not understand that sRGB color gamut is not so limiting due to fact that we see reflected light in nature and super saturated colors that is not included can be rarely seen in nature.

    Next trap lies in complete misunderstanding on that dynamic range of reproduction device is (and replacing it in the head with dynamic range of camera).
    Dolby lie comes from marketing proposal that limiting factor of consumer sets comes from maximum brightness, and it is just not true. While actual limiting factor now come from black level on LCD sets. And all modern quantum dots and so called "UltraHD Premium" marketing labels have nothing to do with it.

    Real cure can come from OLED side, where black level is limited only by room reflected light. OLED also can be made with very wide gamut with ease. Main issue with them is... color degradation and burn in, especially with long time high brightness.

    In reality that Dolby want to do now is to introduce premium theaters where they will check reference brightness level and try to keep it at acceptable level (saving on bulbs in theaters is very common business, as with brightness reduction very expensive bulbs work much longer) and also check quality of projectors and used screens to do not have washed out colors.

    DRAM vendors can get $8 billion fine for cartel agreement Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:08:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19944@/talks/discussions

    Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology - the world's top-3 DRAM vendors - could be fined up to US$8 billion in China over alleged price fixing, according to industry sources.

    Regulators launched investigations into Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron, which collectively hold an over 90% share of the global DRAM market, the sources said.

    Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron have all confimed the visits of China's antitrust regulators to their local offices. The companies said they would cooperate but did not elaborate.

    According to China's antitrust law, Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron could be fined between US$800 million and US$8 billion if found to have engaged in price fixing, the sources noted. The estimated fines are based on their DRAM sales to China in 2016-2017.

    Nice news.

    Canon extra large sensor Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:47:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19938@/talks/discussions image

    A certain level of light is required when shooting with a digital camera or camcorder, and without it, images cannot be captured due to insufficient sensitivity.

    In the pursuit of further improving the sensitivity of imaging elements, Canon has embraced the challenge of achieving higher levels of sensitivity and larger element sizes while maintaining high-speed readout performance, and has succeeded in developing the world's largest class of CMOS image sensor measuring approximately 20 cm square. At present, the standard diameter of the silicon wafers on which CMOS sensors are fabricated is 12 inches (approx. 30 cm). As such, a 20-cm-square sensor is the largest size that can be manufactured based on these dimensions, and is equivalent to nearly 40 times the size of a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor.

    Increasing the size of CMOS sensors entails overcoming such problems as distortion and transmission delays for the electrical signals converted from light. To resolve these issues, Canon not only made use of a parallel processing circuit, but also exercised ingenuity with the transfer method itself. As a result, the sensor makes possible the shooting of video at 60 frames per second with only 0.3 lux of illumination (approximately the same level of brightness as that generated by a full moon).

    Possible applications for this ultrahigh-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of celestial objects in the night sky, nocturnal animal behavior and auroras, and use in nightwatch cameras.

    When installed in the 105 cm Schmidt camera at the Kiso Observatory operated by the University of Tokyo's Institute of Astronomy, the ultrahigh-sensitivity sensor made possible the world's first video recording of meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10, a level so dark that image capture had not been possible until now. As a result, the sensor provided proof that the frequency with which faint meteors occurred coincided with theoretical estimates to date. By supporting more detailed recording and statistical analysis of meteors, the technology could lead to an increased understanding of the influence that meteors may have exerted on the development of life on Earth.

    Nikon prices will rise in UK, other firms will follow Mon, 14 May 2018 22:50:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19704@/talks/discussions In dealers circles it is strong talks about prices hike for all Nikon cameras and lenses within next 40 days.
    Some items can hike as much as 30% due to dropping sales.
    Nikon management think that top income buyers will not notice such price changes.

    Other firms can follow within 1-2 months.

    AMS Full Frame Global Shutter Sensor Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:53:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19939@/talks/discussions image


    • 8T global shutter pixel with true Correlated Double Sampling (true-CDS)
    • Resolution of 7920×6004 at 30 frames per second
    • Low noise (8.8e) and high sensitivity (QE=60%), with on-chip noise reduction
    • Capable of using standard optics
    • 35mm full frame optical format sensor
    • Capture fast moving objects
    • Designed for high performance applications
    • Use in low light conditions


    Premstaetten, Austria (12 June, 2018) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, today announced its CMV50000, a high-speed 48Mpixel global shutter CMOS image sensor for demanding machine vision applications, has gone into mass production.

    It is available for purchase in high volumes now.

    The CMV50000, which features a 35mm-format 7920 x 6004 array of 4.6µm-sized pixels based on a patented eight-transistor pixel architecture, is a breakthrough in CMOS image sensor performance. It operates at a fast 30 frames/s with 12-bit pixel depth at full resolution or a binned 4K and 8K modes, and even faster – up to 60 frames/s – with pixel sub-sampling at 4K resolution.

    This means the CMV50000 can provide the detailed views of a large surface area that are required in factory automation applications such as automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment and systems for the inspection of displays of mobile phones, tablets, laptops and TVs. The combination of high frame rate and high resolution enables manufacturers to increase their already high throughput rates at consumer product assembly plants.

    The low-noise ams pixel architecture offers excellent electronic shutter efficiency, and the global shutter operation produces distortion-free images of fast-moving objects. The sensor offers 64dB optical dynamic range at full resolution and up to 68dB in binned 4K mode. The image sensor benefits from the implementation of sophisticated new on-chip noise-reduction circuitry such as black-level clamping, enabling it to capture high-quality images in low-light conditions.

    The outstanding performance of the CMV50000 lets manufacturers replace the charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors which have traditionally been used in applications requiring ultra-high resolution. Now they can use a CMOS image sensor which is easier to implement in camera systems, uses less power and operates at higher frame rates.

    The superior imaging performance of the CMV50000 was recognized earlier in 2018 when it was named the Biggest Breakthrough Development at the Image Sensors Europe Awards 2018.

    “During recent months, ams has seen great demand for the CMV50000 from design teams developing new automated optical inspection systems and vision systems for testing flat panel displays,” said Wim Wuyts, Marketing Director for Image Sensors at ams. “The CMV50000 is now fully qualified and available to these manufacturers in production volumes. It is also about to be supported by a full demonstration system for evaluating the sensor’s performance.”

    Both the monochrome and color versions of the CMV50000 are available in production volumes now. The per unit pricing is €3,450.

    For sample requests and for more technical information, go to

    ProRes RAW and patent trolls from RED Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:48:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19440@/talks/discussions

    ProRes RAW

    ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that offers the quality and workflow advantages of RAW with the stunning performance of ProRes. With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.

    Final Cut Pro editors can work natively with ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files created by Atomos recorders. The format will be available as a free update for owners of Atomos Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno devices. The format will also be available as part of a forthcoming upgrade package to users of the DJI Inspire 2 drone and Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera system designed for aerial cinematography.

    Now let's go back to 2017

    RED, known for high-end cinema cameras used by James Cameron, Peter Jackson and others, has just formed a very unusual retail partnership. It's now offering the 4.5K, 120 fps RED Raven camera exclusively at for a mere $15,000.

    Nothing unusual?

    And now back to 2013, listen to Red patent trolls attacking Sony

    We are heavily invested in concepts, inventions, designs, development and manufacturing of RED cameras, REDRAY and the RED Projector. Each is unique and has motivated the industry to get better, for the benefit of all. We don't mind others joining the 4K revolution... quite the contrary, we embrace it. What we don't accept is others just borrowing our technology, intentionally or unintentionally. We admire invention and happily pay for and license great technology from other companies when it is useful to our program.

    We have created many jobs in the US leveraging our vision and technology and we will aggressively protect our employees. Every single job matters. It is a magic trick to build a camera in the US, especially at the highest level. This cannot be done if others are allowed to just take what we have done and use our work as their own.

    Our customers have invested in our technology. They need to be protected and their investment needs to be protected. We have an obligation to our customers so they will not have their investment diluted by a proliferation of the proprietary technology they invested in.

    Patents are here for a reason. They protect IP. Receiving a patent now means that you have an obligation to protect it... or they have absolutely no value whatsoever.

    Solution for many cameras is using Cinema DNG, effectively it is way to circumvent patents but at a cost of making much less effective everyday work.

    Back in 2017 Apple and RED made secret agreement (Atomos seems to also join on second stage), and I am sure that for now we saw only small part of it.

    Both Apple and RED want to gain good money from ProRes RAW licensing. And both will use combined lawyers power to not allow any fast free compressed raw formats.

    Sigma Ships Five Prime Art Lenses for Sony Cameras Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19919@/talks/discussions

    Ronkonkoma, NY -- June 19, 2018 -- Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced availability of five of its interchangeable Art prime lenses for Sony E-mount camera systems -- Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM ($849 USD), Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM ($949 USD) and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ($1199 USD).

    Offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses are compatible with Sony's Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Like MC-11, the lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion.

    Key Features and Benefits

    Autofocus Tuned for Each Lens

    Thanks to an autofocus drive control program tuned for each lens and high-speed data transmission, the lenses offer a high-speed autofocus at the same performance level as that of a lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. In particular, in E-mount cameras offering Sony's Fast Hybrid AF, AF-C mode delivers exceptional subject following performance. Autofocus remains\ extremely precise even in those E-mount cameras offering only contrast AF.

    Compatible with In-Camera Image Stabilization

    The lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization. The Sony E-mount camera senses the focal length of the lens and automatically optimizes image stabilization performance.

    Data Loaded for Compatibility with In-Camera Aberration Correction

    The lenses are fully compatible with in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion. By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.

    Native Mount for a More Rigid and Stable Feel

    Making the mount native to the lens means a more rigid and stable feel to the lens. Featuring a special surface treatment to enhance strength, the brass bayonet mount offers a high-precision fit and exceptional durability. The mount connection area incorporates rubber sealing for dust- and splash-proof construction.

    Available Mount Conversion Service

    This service converts the mount of Sigma lenses to that of a different camera body, allowing photographers to continue using their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of camera system.

    The Mount Conversion Service is different from a normal repair. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma subsidiary or distributor:

    This service is performed exclusively by Sigma.

    Chinese made TVs sales going up fast, 4K models lead the pack Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:40:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9066@/talks/discussions image

    By green Chinese manufacturers are marked. Vizio also makes all of their TVs in China.

    In fact that we can see is pretty optimistic view for LG and Samsung. As if 4K will become hotter product things can be much worse, as all of marked companies already have 4K and 3D capable TVs for very affordable prices.

    HDMI 2.1 released, 8K and 10K oriented, 48Gbit cables now Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:26:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16274@/talks/discussions

    HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.


    “This new release of the Specification offers a broad range of advanced features for enhancing the consumer entertainment experience, as well as providing robust solutions to the commercial AV sector,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. “This is part of the HDMI Forum’s continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features.”

    HDMI Specification 2.1 Features Include:

    • Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.
    • Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.
    • 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
    • eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.
    • Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

    The new specification will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters and they will be notified when it is released early in Q2 2017.

    Mergers: Comcast to aquire Twenty-First Century Fox Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:49:51 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19870@/talks/discussions

    PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 13, 2018-- Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) issued the following statement:

    Today, Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”) delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21CF”) setting forth the terms of a superior proposal by Comcast to acquire the businesses that 21CF has agreed to sell to The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) for $35.00 per share in cash, which represents a premium of approximately 19% to the value of Disney’s all-stock offer as of 12:00 p.m., noon (Eastern Time) on June 13, 2018. The structure and other terms of Comcast’s proposal, including with respect to the spin-off of “New Fox” and the regulatory risk provisions and related termination fee, are at least as favorable to 21CF shareholders as the Disney offer.