Photography News Roundup for 4 April 2016

Here is a quick roundup of some of the latest photography news.


New Google Photos for Android Update

The latest Google Photos for Android update has a great new feature: non-destructive editing.

Fujifilm’s Instax Instant Film Business is Booming

Fuji’s Instax instant film business has been exploding in popularity in recent years and their instant film was the bestselling item in Amazon’s Camera category in the 2015 holiday season. The company estimates that it sold 5 million of the cameras in the fiscal year that just ended last month, and that it will sell at least 6.5 million in the coming year.

Leica and Huawei Join ForcesAnnounce Partnership to Reinvent Smartphone Photography

Two of the leading companies in the photography and smartphone industries hrecently announced a partnership that is hoped will redefine smartphone photography. The new Huawei P9 phone is expected to be announced on 9th April, and it is anticipated to feature dual Leica Cameras.

Flickr May Be Up For Sale

As Yahoo Board of Directors looks to shed web properties, the future of Flickr is uncertain.

Optical or Electronic Displays: Best of Both Worlds?

Canon has applied for a patent for a viewfinder design that combines both optical and electronic displays in a DSLR style system.

Are Some Photographers Too Grumpy?

In this article, Frank McKenna wonders why some photographers are so unfriendly, unsmiling, and critical, and holds up Trey Ratcliff and Scott Kelby as examples of photographers who just go out there, explore the world, take awesome photos and keep a really positive attitude.

Happy Shooting!

Leica and Huawei Announce Partnership to Reinvent Smartphone Photography

Leica Huawei Announce PartnershipLeica and Huawei Announce Partnership: these two leading companies in the smartphone and photography industries are joining forces to reinvent smartphone photography. 

[Wetzlar, 25th February, 2016]

Today Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) and Leica Camera AG are delighted to announce the start of a strategic partnership, a co-operation with shared premium ambitions and spirit, which will see both technology and photography brands combining their shared ethos in a long-term commitment to the art of craftsmanship, meticulous engineering and the spirit of winning collaboration, to create a powerhouse in the reinvention of smartphone photography.

In 2012, Huawei became the world's third-largest smartphone manufacturer and was the first Chinese company to sell more than 100 million mobile phones in one year in 2015. The first Chinese brand to appear on the prestigious Interbrand Best Global Brands list in 2014, Huawei soared to number 88 in 2015 whilst launching the globally critically acclaimed Huawei Watch and Huawei P8. In 2016, Huawei looks to build on its success with Leica Camera: a mutually beneficial collaboration with the most iconic name in the photographic world to bring joint superior excellence to consumers.

For over 100 years, premium iconic camera manufacturer Leica Camera has been creating lightweight cameras favoured by street photographer pioneers and world-class optical lenses, fulfilling the passions of its community. With ingenious optical engineering and formidable craftsmanship, Leica cameras, recognisable by their 'red dot' branding, are German engineering at its best, and continue to attract new generations of consumers who aspire to achieve "the Leica look" and own these masterpieces of design. In addition to making precision-crafted masterpieces, Leica supports prominent photographers and emerging new talent around the world.

Richard Yu, CEO of the Huawei Consumer BG said: "We choose our partners carefully, and with this extraordinary collaboration we are offering our wide customer base and consumers the best elements of two expert brands in harmony: combining innovation and design, enhancing the user experience and continuing to inspire amazing advancement in human technology through exceptional premium imaging quality. Leica is a legend in the world of photography; we believe no other manufacturer has revolutionised the industry as much as them. We, Huawei, take the utmost pride in exceptional quality and Leica is in a class of its own in its sector."

Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG said: "The strategic alliance between Huawei and Leica Camera demonstrates the desire of two rapidly growing and globally active brands to continuously push the envelope of the technologically possible. In addition to innovative strength and premium standards, our two companies are united by the commitment to uncompromising quality. The technology partnership with Huawei offers Leica Camera an excellent opportunity to introduce its proven optical expertise into a new product segment and to unlock exciting business areas in the field of mobile devices. Smartphones make a very important contribution to the world of photography and open an important door for Leica to new target groups and fields of application."

"The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of innovation, highest precision and craftsmanship. I'm pleased and convinced that the traditional German medium-sized company Leica Camera will bring its values and comprehensive expertise in optical engineering to the long-term partnership with Huawei in order to achieve the best possible imaging results in the field of smartphone photography - and to take it to the next level of quality", emphasizes Dr Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG.

More details on the culmination of Huawei and Leica's partnership, which will span research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution, will be shared as the partnership continues.

About Huawei Consumer Business Group

Huawei's products and services are available in more than 170 countries and are used by a third of the world's population, ranking third in the world in mobile phone shipments in 2014.  Sixteen R&D centers have been set up inthe United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of Huawei's three business units and covers smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud services. Huawei's global network is built on 20 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.

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About
Leica Camera

Leica Camera AG is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the construction of lenses. And today, in combination with innovative technologies, Leica products continue to guarantee better pictures in all situations in the worlds of visualisation and perception. Leica Camera AG has its headquarters in Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse in Germany, and a second production site in Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. The company operates branch offices in China, England, France, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Italy,Australia and the USA. New and innovative products have been the driving force behind the company's positive development in recent years.

Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera with World’s Fastest Autofocus

Sony Introduces New α6300 Camera

Sony Electronics has introduced the latest addition to their lineup of mirrorless cameras, the new α6300 model.

The camera boasts an unrivaled 4D FOCUS™ system that can lock focus on a subject in as little as 0.05 seconds, the world’s fastest AF acquisition time.  Additionally, the α6300 has an incredible 425 phase detection AF points that are densely positioned over the entire image area – the world’s highest number of AF points on any interchangeable lens camera2, and can shoot images at up to 11 frames per second with continuous autofocus and exposure tracking,

The impressive new mirrorless model also has the ability to support full live-view continuous shooting on the Tru-finder or LCD screen at up to 8 frames per second, ultimately producing a real-time shooting experience that combines all the benefits of an electronic viewfinder with the immediacy of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder.

The versatile α6300 is equipped with a newly developed 24.2 MP (approx.. effective) APS-C sized Exmor CMOS sensor that works together with a BIONZ X image processing engine to produce outstanding image quality throughout the entire ISO sensitivity range ISO 100 – 51200 3.  It can also shoot and record high resolution 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in the popular Super 35mm format.

“The α6300 is yet another example of the dominant innovation that Sony continues to bring to the industry, especially from the mirrorless space,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics.  “With this new model, we’ve combined the world’s fastest and most extensive AF system with a superb image sensor and many of our most advanced imaging and video technologies, creating a package that can far exceed the performance of any DSLR in its class.   This camera connects you with the action like never before.”

The Sony α6300 interchangeable lens camera will be available in March for about $1,000 for the camera body or for about $1,150 paired with a 16-50mm F3.5 – F5.6 kit lens (model SELP1650). Prices for the Canadian market will be about $1,350 CA for the body and about $1,500 CA for the camera kit.  It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout each region.

The α6300 is compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of α lenses including the new premium G Master™ lenses also announced today.

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