By Lisa Johnston
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Coral Gables, Fla. — High-performance German camera maker Leica said Wednesday it recently opened a new Miami-area store at 372 Miracle Mile, in the heart of the shopping district, here.
Called the Leica Store Miami, the modern Euro-style venue features the full Leica photography and sport optics product portfolio. It first opened to the public Feb. 25, and will celebrate an official grand opening on March 21, followed by a series of educational workshops and lectures on March 22 and 23.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
San Francisco — Photographers who like to view vast libraries of images on devices ranging from smartphones and computers to smart TVs may be interested in a new upgrade unveiled Tuesday by Everpix.
The company announced its Everpix iOS 1.5 upgrade with a new Explore feature that uses metadata to automatically sort collections into themed categories, including pets, city, people and more, for fast and easy retrieval on the fly.
San Diego – Sony introduced in the U.S. Monday three Cyber-shot point-and-shoot cameras using advanced image-sensor technology, and new additions to the Alpha DSLR and NEX mirrorless compact system camera family.
Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft and Nikon have entered a patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for certain Nikon cameras running the Android platform.
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. — Sigma introduced Thursday its Sigma Photo Pro 5.5 software, which includes upgrades and updates for both Mac and Windows platforms, as well as a new Monochrome Mode processing interface.
The updated software is now available to download in both Mac and Windows versions.
Sigma said the new Monochrome Mode features several new functions, including a channel-mixing palette, which allows users to control the level of red, green and blue within an image for better tonal separation and contrast.
Valhalla, N.Y. – Fujifilm North America continued to ramp up its 2013 point-and-shoot camera line by unveiling five FinePix models, including some with super telephoto lenses and high-speed shooting capability.
The new models include the F900EXR, F850EXR, S6800, S4800 and JX680.
Yokohama, Japan — Sigma of America introduced Tuesday four lenses for its ART product line, including three lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and one APS-C DSLR model.
The Sigma lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, which will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, and the 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems.
Pricing and availability on all of lenses will be announced later.
Miami, Fla. — MeCam recently introduced a wearable point-of-view (POV) video camera that is designed to capture everyday clips worn pinned to a users’ shirt or as a necklace.
The company said its MeCam will easily upload recorded videos to a computer via USB and will enable sharing videos to social-media outlets and other sites.
Lake Success, N.Y. — Canon USA Tuesday issued a consumer-safety warning on the risks of using counterfeit accessories with digital cameras and camcorders — especially batteries and chargers.
Canon said it is spearheading an awareness promotion to what it called an industrywide problem of counterfeit accessory products, “designed to take advantage of the superior value of the real product.”
LAS VEGAS – Sakar International celebrated here Wednesday the 75th Anniversary of its Vivitar brand, which Sakar founder Charles Sakar rescued from oblivion after the previous owner, Syntax-Brillian collapsed in 2008.
Since that time, Sakar International has reinvented the brand with an expanding portfolio of products for the mass market, including the new Vivitar Action camcorder (DVR785HD), designed as a high value alternative to Go-Pro HD models.