General and News Tue, 14 Aug 18 23:32:59 -0600 General and News en-CA Rumors: Panasonic management dreams about selling GH6 cameras features Thu, 09 Aug 2018 06:51:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20214@/talks/discussions

What I heard so far is that Pana will further streamline the portfolio. Essentially there will remain the GX and the GH line only. For GH it will be discussed that you can buy software keys to enable different features for video or photo but hardware will remain the same


As I told previously about upcoming GH6 lineup current top managers dream is to close certain features of cameras and sell you keys to enable them.
Difference in price for exactly same hardware camera, but different enabled options, in new upcoming line could reach as much as $1000.
Idea is to get very big profit margins such way, plus move even more profits further from dealers.
Discussed GH6 margins are 1.5x of GH5.

Hope your help will make it Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:52:39 -0600 tinbeo 20236@/talks/discussions

Rev. Peter G. Vu, a Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Grand Rapids in Michigan, United States, is one of those few authors. In his book, “Living for Higher Purpose: Story of a City Boy Who Survived the Viet Nam War by Living for Jesus and Others,” he recounts the memoirs of a Vietnam War refugee named Viet who, despite insurmountable odds, escapes the post-war Communist regime to the United States to start a new life.

We ( Vietnamese ) keep remind ourselves that “ You sign, Chicken Die “ ( Búr Sa Gà Chết in our language. ). Longtime ago in Vietnam, a farmer had to serve meal , like a form of bribery having documents be certified by a village officer. Chicken was favorite food for that .-;)

Your signature in Personal-view won’t make chicken die but make Father Vu story alive.

We need your help to have 1000 signature at least. Father Vu story could become “ Film “

net SE who stood behind Meyer Optik Görlitz and similar kickstarter things can be scammers Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:24:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20224@/talks/discussions After collecting all money few things happened

  • company filed for bankruptcy
  • their CEO had some strange car accident after that he just left with nice compensation
  • company shares are delisted from German stock exchange

For me it looks like big organized scam, perfectly executed with support (and may be sponsorship!) of all major photo media.

TEAC to join Onkyo due to Gibson bankrupcy Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:55:26 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20205@/talks/discussions

Through the agreement, Onkyo garners access to TEAC’s established marketing and distribution networks covering a variety of retail channels. TEAC products will join the company’s growing suite or brands including Onkyo, Pioneer, Pioneer ELITE, Integra and Esoteric-branded home theater electronics.

Onkyo USA said Tuesday it has reached an agreement for the exclusive distribution rights to market and distribute TEAC-branded home entertainment products in the United States and Latin America

Things are going in reverse now :-)

Will see that happens to Tascam if it will survive coming months.

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



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US: More and more people live in cars Thu, 02 Aug 2018 06:27:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20176@/talks/discussions

The number of people who live in their vehicles because they can’t find affordable housing is on the rise, even though the practice is illegal in many U.S. cities.

The number of people residing in campers and other vehicles surged 46 percent over the past year, a recent homeless census in Seattle’s King County, Washington found. The problem is “exploding” in cities with expensive housing markets, including Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco, according to Governing magazine.

Capitalists try to sole issue their way

A recent survey by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), which tracks policies in 187 cities, found the number of prohibitions against vehicle residency has more than doubled during the last decade.

Mergers: Think Tank merged with MindShift Thu, 02 Aug 2018 05:59:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20175@/talks/discussions

Think Tank Photo Inc. (“Think Tank”) and MindShift Gear LLC (“MindShift”), today announced the merger of the two companies, creating an integrated product suite for professional and advanced photographers. The merger is effective today, and the companies have immediately combined their business operations.

The combined company will be privately held and operate under the Think Tank brand. MindShift will continue as a distinct product line for outdoor photography bags and accessories. Doug Murdoch, Think Tank's founder, president, and lead designer, will continue as Chairman of the Board and president of the combined company. Corporate headquarters will remain in Santa Rosa, CA.

“We celebrate a milestone today as we formally join two of the top brands in camera bags and photo accessories, Think Tank and MindShift,” said Doug Murdoch. “Combined under the Think Tank umbrella, and with MindShift's powerful position in the outdoor photography market, we will draw on our decades of experience to push the boundaries of carrying solutions and enhance our reputation as 'The Choice of Working Professionals'.”

Mergers: Logitech bought Blue Microphones Mon, 30 Jul 2018 22:48:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20156@/talks/discussions

Logitech has agreed to acquire Blue Microphones, a leader in studio-quality microphones these past 20 years.

Logitech’s acquisition of Blue Microphones will accelerate our entry into a growing market, and offers another way for us to help bring people’s passions (from music to blogging) to life. Joining with Blue is an adjacent opportunity for us – a new way to grow – with additional synergies related to our existing gaming, PC webcam and audio categories. It’s exciting!”

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.

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: Tron bought BitTorrent Wed, 25 Jul 2018 00:56:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20123@/talks/discussions

TRON has officially closed its acquisition of BitTorrent. BitTorrent has more than 100 million active users worldwide, and has one of the top-rated apps on Google Play and other products, including BitTorrent Play (iOS), uTorrent Web, and desktop clients for PC and Mac.

BitTorrent will continue operating from TRON’s new San Francisco location, which is now the center of operations for the company’s global market expansion. The division will provide robust support for TRON’s global business development and partnerships, while pursuing its vision for the world’s largest decentralized ecosystem.

Fujifilm new lens roadmap Sun, 22 Jul 2018 07:21:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20109@/talks/discussions

FUJIFILM Corporation unveils the latest development roadmap for interchangeable lenses for the X Series range of digital cameras, expanding the lineup of high-performance lenses even further

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has unveiled the latest development roadmap for interchangeable lenses for the X Series range of digital cameras. The latest roadmap covers basic specifications of three new lenses to be added to the lineup, namely “wide-angle compact prime lens,” “constant F4 standard zoom lens,” and “Ultra-fast 33mmF1.0 prime lens.”

Lenses added to the development roadmap

XF 16mmF2.8 R WR compact prime lens

This compact wide angle lens has the focal length equivalent to 24mm in the 35mm format and a maximum aperture of F2.8, making it the perfect choice for landscape and travel photography. It complements the already-released “XF23mmF2 R WR,” “XF35mmF2 R WR” and “XF50mmF2 R WR” series of small, stylish prime lenses, covering wide angle to mid-telephoto focal lengths.

XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR standard zoom lens

This lens boasts a 5x zoom range equivalent to 24-122mm in the 35mm format while keeping a constant maximum aperture of F4.0. Its broad focal range makes it a very versatile lens capable of covering a wide range of shooting scenarios.

XF 33mm F1 R WR Ultra-fast prime lens

This ultra-fast lens promises to be the world’s first mirrorless camera lens with a maximum aperture of F1.0 and AF capability.

FUJIFILM Corporation is committed to continued expansion of its already comprehensive XF lens lineup to cover even broader shooting ranges and to meet diverse photographic needs.


Fujifilm management dreams about lenses Sat, 21 Jul 2018 03:33:46 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20102@/talks/discussions

Fujifilm to boost its production capacity for interchangeable lenses

Addressing the ever-increasing demand for mirrorless digital cameras

Production Capacity to increase 70% by 2020

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will substantially reinforce its production capacity for interchangeable lenses in response to a growing demand for mirrorless digital cameras. Additional production facilities will be set up at the Taiwa Factory of FUJIFILM Optics Co., Ltd. (“FFOP”), a subsidiary for producing cameras and lenses in Japan. The new facilities will go operational in stages starting in September 2018. This expansion will boost the production capacity by approx. 70% in 2020, when all of the new facilities go fully operational.

Fujifilm entered into the mirrorless digital camera market in 2012 and continued to expand the lineup of the X Series of highly maneuverable APS-C mirrorless digital cameras. In March 2017, the company introduced the FUJIFILM GFX 50S ( “GFX 50S”), a medium-format mirrorless digital camera featuring a large sensor 1.7 times the area of a 35mm full-size sensor. Its superior image quality based on Fujifilm unique color reproduction technology, elegant design and outstanding operability have given the camera a strong reputation from professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. Tapping into the optical technologies nurtured through the production of FUJINON lenses, widely used in the broadcasting and cinematography industries, Fujifilm has worked on developing interchangeable lenses with excellent descriptive performance. The current lineup of interchangeable lenses includes 36 models, with sales expanding at the rate of over 20% per annum.

Fujifilm is substantially reinforcing the production capacity of FFOP’s Taiwa Factory in response to a growing demand for mirrorless digital cameras and to achieve further sales expansion of interchangeable lenses for the X Series and GFX Series. Among new facilities to be installed are a large-scale cleanroom featuring the cutting-edge cleanroom analyzer, and other latest facilities that use AI and IoT to improve accuracy in optical adjustments. This will enable the production of interchangeable lenses at high quality and efficiency, resulting in advanced productivity in manufacturing ultra wide-angle lenses and large-diameter lenses, which require a high level of image resolving performance. Through this investment, the Taiwa Factory’s production capacity will be raised by approx. 70% from the current level by 2020, when all of the new facilities go fully operational.

After the upgrade, the Taiwa Factory will combine the state-of-the-art facilities and production technology of skilled workers to manufacture not only the GF lenses, which draw out the advanced resolving performance of the GFX 50S, but also other interchangeable lenses which require highest manufacturing skill. They include an ultra wide-angle zoom lens announced today with a maximum aperture of F2.8 and focal length range equivalent to 12-24mm*, addition to the lineup of XF interchangeable lenses for the X Series, as well as a large-diameter telephoto lens, being developed for anticipated demand during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with a maximum aperture of F2.0 and focal length equivalent to 305mm*. Interchangeable lenses with “Made in Japan” quality, manufactured at the Taiwa Factory, will be distributed worldwide.

Fujifilm will continue to tap into its optical, precision processing and assembling technologies that have been nurtured in the cutting-edge imaging field over many years, to further expand the lineup of mirrorless digital cameras and interchangeable lenses, thereby broadening the photographic appeal of the X Series and GFX Series.

Just one problem - growing demand must be looked up with microscope.

Sony BSI sCMOS Sensors Teaser Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:07:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20091@/talks/discussions

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
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    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.

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    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.