General and News Wed, 18 Jan 17 05:03:39 -0700 General and News en-CA H.265 HEVC topic. Same quality, half file size. Tue, 22 May 2012 15:42:11 -0600 Hallvalla 3306@/talks/discussions Didn't realize h265 is predicted to become available in 2013:

New upscaling algorithm "RAISR" advertised/used by Google Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:43:59 -0700 karl 16329@/talks/discussions The "Rapid and Accurate Image Super Resolution" algorithm "RAISR" is touted by Google to be the best invention since sliced bread, but as usual, it won't be used to bring you better quality at existing bandwidths, it will rather be used to be cheap on bandwidth, bringing you 75% more advertisements per megabyte transferred.

On RED Helium 8K DxOMark Sensor Score Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:07:51 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16322@/talks/discussions image

Given the Helium 8K’s very impressive noise scores, we wanted to see if it is applying noise reduction before outputting the “RAW” files. The first kind we tested for is the most typical, spatial noise reduction. This is usually a sophisticated form of smoothing areas that appear to have noise, while retaining edges to minimize the loss of sharpness. This approach typically results in a spreading out of the frequency response of the image, and therefore can be detected through careful analysis.
Just as when we tested the RED Dragon for spatial noise reduction, we didn’t see any evidence of this type of smoothing, as there is no correlation between neighbor pixels.

The high frame rate possible with RED’s sensors, including the Helium, mean that they are especially well-suited for noise reduction based on sampling multiple sequential image frames. This technique, called temporal noise reduction (TNR), is most commonly used in video, since there are many successive frames to work with . However, temporal correlations across a time axis are not relevant when analyzing the image quality of a single RAW image, as they do not impact any RAW converters.

Whatever noise reduction system RED employs creating the RAW images from the Helium sensor, its presence means that we aren’t measuring just the RED sensor, so its results aren’t directly comparable to those from camera sensors we have tested from other vendors, whose RAW results come straight from the sensor with no prior noise reduction processing.

Some people do not like to read things before blaming someone :-)

Of course DXOMark carefully avoided mention of known fact that some companies also do noise processing of raw files.

Canon - cry from the dying beast Tue, 08 Sep 2015 07:26:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13675@/talks/discussions

Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

Nikon’s 100th anniversary Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:29:23 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16313@/talks/discussions

Parrot Drones to fire 290 out of 840 employees Tue, 10 Jan 2017 03:48:54 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16309@/talks/discussions

Parrot is therefore envisaging a plan that could reduce its workforce by around 290 people out of a total of 840 staff currently working in the Group’s Drone activities. These reductions would concern employees both in France and internationally.


Cameras and lenses cut in half Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:08:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 429@/talks/discussions



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Samsung QLED and confusion it produces Sat, 07 Jan 2017 09:53:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16299@/talks/discussions

CES 2017 topic Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:42:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16248@/talks/discussions Let me know if you being PV member (or just reading it) plan to go to CES, send me PM.

Topic will contain all important stuff from pre CES announcement and CES itself.

Sony and Panasonic it is planned to present some cameras and camcorders, mostly consumer oriented. During CES Panasonic also will try to revive interest in GH5 that died everywhere.
Some people inside think that they still will feed us with only partial new data.

Ambarella H22 4K Ultra HD SoC Announced Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:30:11 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16290@/talks/discussions

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 5, 2017 -- Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), a leading developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video processing semiconductors, today introduced the H22 System-on-Chip (SoC) targeting a new generation of 4K drones and sports cameras with leading-edge video features.


The new H22 SoC is capable of encoding 4K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per second using the H.265 (HEVC) or H.264 (AVC) video formats, and supports advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) up to 4K resolution. The on-board 1.2 GHz Quad-Core ARM® Cortex®-A53 CPU provides significant processing power for customer applications including flying camera flight control, advanced analytics, video stitching and wireless networking. Fabricated in 14nm process technology, the H22 offers very low power consumption, enabling 4K cameras with small form factors and extended battery life.

“The H22 brings 4Kp60 Ultra HD video at extremely low power into the mainstream,” said Chris Day, VP of marketing and business development at Ambarella. “With 4K HDR, 4K EIS, and a quad-core CPU, the H22 enables a new generation of drones and sports cameras with outstanding video quality and extended battery life.”

The H22 includes a highly optimized image processing pipeline with excellent imaging and advanced noise reduction, and a hardware de-warp engine to support wide-angle panoramic designs with minimal distortion. The device’s 4K EIS can augment or potentially eliminate the need for a mechanical gimbal in a drone. The ability to encode at high frame rates, including 4Kp60 and 1080p120, delivers smooth slow motion, high definition video even during fast action shots.

A typical use case for the H22 in a drone might be to simultaneously encode 4K Ultra HD video, stabilize it in real time using EIS, and execute flight control algorithms using input from an array of sensors including an optical flow sensor. Additionally, a second, low-delay, Full-HD live video stream may be processed, encoded and wirelessly transmitted to the pilot for monitoring and camera control

Ambarella H3 8K Ultra HD SOC announced Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:28:25 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16289@/talks/discussions

Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), a leading developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video processing semiconductors, today introduced the H3 System-on-Chip (SoC) for high-end drones and a new generation of video cameras, including 360-degree and virtual reality cameras. The H3 video SoC enables 8K Ultra HD H.264/AVC video at 30 frames per second, as well as multiple video streams with equivalent performance, including 360-degree cameras with dual 4KP60 sensor video capture.


8K videos played on large 8K displays provide a better viewing experience to the end user, as pixels at this resolution are indistinguishable to the human eye at any reasonable distance. The combination of 8K video capture together with Ambarella’s advanced oversampling and image stabilization also enables higher video quality 4K video recording.

“With the introduction of H3 we believe we provide the highest video performance and best image quality solution for high-end drones and multi-sensor video cameras,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “H3 delivers 8Kp30 video performance to match the next generation of displays, such as 8K televisions and high resolution head-mounted displays.”

H3 includes a powerful multi-channel ISP for 360 degree video capture and multi-sensor drone applications. Its 10-bit HEVC High Dynamic Range (HDR) video processing handles high contrast and wide color range scenes. It also features Ambarella’s advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), capable of generating a smooth 4Kp60 video output under challenging conditions, including during high winds and with high degrees of rotation. The integration of a quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53 CPU with floating point and NEON™ provides significant processing power for customer applications including computer vision, wireless networking, and multi-sensor stitching algorithms. The H3’s hardware de-warping engine supports wide-angle panoramic camera designs and fish-eye lenses.

HDMI 2.1 announced, 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.

Nick Driftwood Interviews, Photokina 2016 Sun, 02 Oct 2016 10:01:51 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15831@/talks/discussions

Anamorphic+f0.95 and GH2 Drewnet T9 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:13:05 -0700 donniewagner 16264@/talks/discussions SLR Magic 1.33X w/ diopter, Zhongyi 25mm 0.95 shot mostly at around f2 (bought through PV), GH2 w/ Drewnet T9 hack, mostly ISO 800, $10 old overhead projector (light/flare), footage shot in 720 60p and conformed to 23.976 in adobe premiere. no color work. great combo and lots of fun... The Zhongyi Speedmaster paired with the SLR Magic Anamorphot is a great little lens combo. I probably won't take it off my camera for a long time.

Paradox - slow Canon is leading OLED revolution Thu, 29 Dec 2016 21:32:29 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16249@/talks/discussions And to be more specific - Canon Tokki is quite small company that is part of Canon.


They are leader of OLED screen manufacturing equipment and specialize on it for last 20 years. Contrary to poor suffering parent they have orders for next 2 years and major clients complain is that they want to order more but can't.

Teruhisa Tsugami, their director , even assured that they are doing all they can to cope with Samsung, LG and Sharp orders

CES 2015 and Panasonic TZ70 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 06:06:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12081@/talks/discussions Panasonic site -


Samsung, LG and other streams

HDMI 2.0b - let's all the flowers shine, another HDR "standard" added Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:09:51 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16205@/talks/discussions

Previously, HDMI Specification Version 2.0b (HDMI 2.0b) only supported HDR (High Dynamic Range) video transport in the SMPTE ST 2084 EOTF (as applied in the media profile commonly known as HDR10), by referencing the CTA861.3 specification. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has recently notified the HDMI Forum of the adoption of a new version of the CTA-861 Specification, CTA-861-G. This new version provides additional support for HDR Video transport by including (among others) an extension to the static metadata signaling to include the HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) EOTF. The HDMI Forum has assessed the applicability of the CTA-861-G Specification to HDMI 2.0b. The HDMI Forum has confirmed that the extension of the static metadata signaling to include HLG can be utilized under the existing HDMI 2.0b Specification. This means that HLG Video Transport functionality may be implemented on HDMI 2.0b compliant devices.

None of present TVs except some Panasonics support HLG and all require either firmware update or will be incompatible always.

Also note that most HDR movies will require upcoming HDMI 2.1 with support of dynamic HDR metadata, so all first wave of TVs can become incompatible.

Nikon prices will rise in EU Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:18:00 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16211@/talks/discussions image

Price via Nikonrumors

Increase starts since February.

According to my own sources camera companies can add another increase later. Especially considering that EU can go to parity with dollar.

Datacolor now include free 90 day Adobe CC Photography plan Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:38:44 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16058@/talks/discussions

Datacolor today announced that they will be partnering with Adobe to offer customers who purchase a qualifying Spyder product beginning November 14, 2016, the opportunity to receive a ninety-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan trial.

In conjunction with Adobe’s Affinity Partner program, Datacolor customers will receive promotion redemption instructions upon purchase and activation of qualifying Spyder color calibration tools, which include Datacolor’s Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO, Spyder5ELITE, Spyder5STUDIO, Spyder5CAPTURE PRO and SpyderPRINT, as well as with other promotional opportunities in the future.

Designed with photographers and imaging professionals of all skill levels in mind, Datacolor Spyder calibration tools provide customers with the essential tools needed to manage color from image capture to print. Through this special ninety-day trial offer, Datacolor is able to improve the post production experience by providing their customers with an overall enhanced photography workflow.

Adobe tools available to Datacolor customers with this Creative Cloud Photography plan trial include:

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, the world’s best photo editing tools
  • Mobile applications made readily available on your tablet, iPhone and Android phone to organize, edit and share on-the-go
  • Storytelling apps Adobe Spark and Adobe Portfolio, expertly designed to share content on social networks or create a custom website to present photography
  • Overarching Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan training and updates

“We are always looking for innovative ways to provide our customers with the optimal photography workflow, from capture to print.” said Stefan Zrenner, Director Global Sales & Marketing Imaging, Datacolor. “We’re excited to announce this partner promotion with Adobe, as the seamless integration between our industry-leading color calibration products and Adobe’s world-renowned photography tools will allow our customers to exercise total creative control over their images.”

For more information about this offer visit

If you ask me - better get X-Rite tools, they are not so greedy.

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other companies interviews Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:28:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12024@/talks/discussions In Japanese (use google to translate)

Light L16 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:52:52 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13908@/talks/discussions

Very strange product of startup that seems to be running out of investments.

  • $1299 price.
  • Allows to adjust focus and depth of field even after a photo is taken up to F1.2
  • 35-150mm true optical zoom (huh)
  • Good low light performance
  • Low noise
  • Uses only 3 fast prime lenses
  • Up to 52MP interpolated images
  • Sixteen 13-megapixel camera modules at three different focal lengths – 35mm (5), 70mm (5) and 150mm (6)

Nikon badly want to move 360, arrange necessary surveys Fri, 16 Dec 2016 03:17:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16189@/talks/discussions image


Today, Nikon Inc., a world leader in digital imaging, has released results from the Nikon Life in 360 national survey, indicating that 90% of Americans believe content they currently watch would be better viewed in fully immersive, 360-degrees, and 92% of Americans are ready to capture and share their own personal experiences using 360 cameras. The study also revealed massive potential for growth in the 360-space, as while only 25% have used a 360-camera, and less than half (49%) are at least somewhat familiar with the technology, nearly three quarters of Americans (72%) are interested in trying out a 360 camera to help share their missions in an exciting new way. On the heels of Nikon’s entry into the 360-degree camera market with the KeyMission 360, Nikon commissioned the Nikon Life in 360 Survey to study awareness and attitudes toward emerging 360 video technology and gain insights into what Americans want to view and capture in 360.

NAB 2016 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 09:26:03 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14707@/talks/discussions Registration codes (allow you to get to NAB for free)

  • LV5685 (CAME-TV)
  • LV4362 (Lectrosonics)
  • LV8384 (Sound Devices)
  • LV2582 (Convergent Design)
One button camera as a service Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:01:51 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16179@/talks/discussions image

At $99 permonth, Relonch will lend you a fancy-looking leather-clad Samsung NX camera with a 30mm f/2.0 lens permanently attached and only two buttons exposed: power and shutter. You can’t even see the LCD screen. You carry this camera around with you day-in and day-out, snapping photos that are instantly sent via 4G network to the Relonch servers, where the best of them are edited automatically and sent back to your smartphone the next morning.

Samsung cameras are back :-)

Panasonic interview about FZ2000 / FZ2500, Photokina 2016 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 03:26:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15878@/talks/discussions

Interview with Carol Hartfree about Panasonic new ultrazoom focusing on new features - such as improved 4K, ND filters, AF and such.

Chronos 1.4 High Speed Camera Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:45:56 -0700 kendalloz 16143@/talks/discussions Anyone have any first-hand experience with this camera or any video files from the camera?

Sorry for offline period - was outage in datacenter Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:21:18 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16155@/talks/discussions Hope for understanding.

Panasonic will start making OLED like contrast LCD panels Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:28:40 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16127@/talks/discussions

Panasonic on November 28 announced that it has developed LCD panels with a contrast of one million-to-one and display quality equivalent to that of OLED panels. Panasonic will begin sampling in January 2017 and start production of 10- to 100-inch models specifically for use in medical care and automotive displays in the third quarter.

After phasing out from plasma TV panel production in 2013 and LCD TV panel production in 2016, Panasonic no longer has panel products for B2C sales and its only panel production plants in Japan currently only supply panels for B2B applications with a utilization rate of 25%.

With the new panel technology, the company is expected to be able to manufacture using its existing production lines and will be able to avoid costs from investing in new OLED production line.