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  1. Rollei returns with the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera TLR

    German brand Rollei has revived its iconic Rolleiflex twin lens reflex lineup with the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera. This model—Rollei's first TLR camera in decades—retains the brand's iconic look but adds modern features including support for Fuji Instax Mini film.

    The Instant Kamera joins a lineup first launched in 1927 with the original Rolleiflex prototype. The brand's final TLR model, the Rolleiflex 2.8F, was released in 1960, "leaving only vintage cameras behind for true photography enthusiasts," says Rollei.

    The company began exploring ways to revive the Rolleiflex line in 2017, ultimately launching the new Rolleiflex Instant Kamera on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The reimagined Rolleiflex features the same twin lens system found on the models before it, but has been optimized for use with Fuji's Instax Mini film.

    The Instant Kamera has a built-in electric flash, f/5.2 to f/22 aperture, a magnifier, manual focus (48cm to infinity), Multiple Exposure and Long Exposure modes, an ambient light meter, Fresnel anti-glare coated viewfinder, and a 3-element aspheric lens. Rollei slimmed the Instant Kamera down 30% compared to past twin lens cameras and added simplified buttons and knobs.

    Rollei is seeking funding on Kickstarter, where backers can get a Rolleiflex Instant Kamera by pledging at least HK$ 3,100 / $395 USD / €325 EUR. Shipping is offered globally, and expected to start for Kickstarter backers in October 2018.

    Full specs:

    • Aperture: f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, Bokeh
    • Lens: Aspherical lens with 3 elements, f=61mm
    • Focal Range: 48cm ~ infinity
    • Shutter Speed: 1/500 - 1 second (Mode A) | max. 10 seconds (Mode B = slow shutter)
    • Viewfinder: Twin lens reflex viewfinder with an eyepiece magnifier to lift up
    • Exposure Control: EV+/-1
    • Flash: Integrated, electronic flash with automatic light emission control
    • Power Supply: 3AA Batteries (1.5V)
    • Film: Instant film magazine 54 x 86 mm (w x h)
    • Dimensions: 141 x 102 x 80mm
    • Weight: 525g

    Sample Photos:

    Press Release

    Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera

    An instant camera with the legendary twin lens design and modern features

    Rollei™, a well-known German brand, has over a hundred years worth of experience in camera and optics development. Rolleiflex™ is the name of our premier line dedicated to medium format twin lens reflex (TLR) cameras.

    The first Rolleiflex™ twin lens reflex camera came out in 1927. For the next few decades, we continued to innovate and push our development of TLRs until we reached our limit. The last Rolleiflex™ TLR update was released in the 1960s – leaving only vintage cameras behind for true photography enthusiasts.

    We have never forgotten TLR. So in 2017, we gathered camera enthusiasts, experienced technicians, TLR lovers and other camera manufacturers together in order to brainstorm new ideas for how to re-introduce the TLR for the modern era.

    In 2018, after 90 years old birthday of the first TLR, we’re proud to introduce you to the newest edition to the Rolleiflex TLR Camera.

    A new instant film camera by Rolleiflex™

    Over the years, we’ve received countless messages. And we developed a new idea and adding the twin lens element and classic design aesthetic in a way that meets the needs of today’s users.

    Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera produces high quality images optimized for use with Fujifilm Instax Mini film. You will be amazed by the wide range of apertures from f/5.6 to f/22, accurate focusing from 48 cm to infinity with cinematic viewfinder and the built-in electric flash with automatic light emission control. This allows you to have a taste of instant photography with the well-loved twin lens system that Rolleiflex is known for. We hope to honor our legacy and let all of you enjoy the amazing visuals this camera will produce.

    Twin Lens Design: Reinhold Heidecke was inspired to make the Rollei TLRs while photographing soldiers in the German trenches in 1916 – the twin lens design provided a periscope approach to focusing and taking photos which radically reduced the risk of the photographer being hit by sniper fire.

    Aperture Control: Enjoy shallow depth of field with f/5.6. This allows you to get the most out of the instant film format and really help your subjects stand out.

    Viewfinder Design: A Fresnel anti-glare coated viewfinder that is operated at waist-level allows you the perfect setup for street photography while on the move: shoot photos any time just by looking down.

    3-element Aspheric Lens: Takes sharp images bursting with detail, and has a focal length of 61mm.

    Magnifier: As with traditional Rolleiflex cameras, our new instant TLR camera includes a magnifier so you can take a closer look.

    Accurate Focusing: Adjust the focus manually so you can eliminate excess noise and hone in on what matters most.

    Ambient Light Meter: Don’t worry about having to figure out the exposure, simply check the green/orange light to know if the exposure is correct. Then just point and shoot!

    Multiple Exposure Mode: Create beautifully layered images by exposing a frame as many times as you like.

    Long Exposure Mode: Keeps your shutter open with B mode so that you can unleash your creativity in light paintings or anything you could imagine.

    Portable: 30% slimmer than traditional twin lens cameras with simplified knobs and buttons.

    Built-In Flash & Flash Off Mode: Lets you decide just how much light you want to shine on your shenanigans.

    Instant Films: Uses Fujifilm Instax Mini - the most common instant film and widely available!

    We’re confident that Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera will evoke memories of days gone by when in the hands of people who grew up with one in the 60s. But we also want to introduce ourselves to a new generation of analog photographers to help them release their untapped creative potential.


    • Aperture: f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22, Bokeh
    • Lens: Aspherical lens with 3 elements, f=61mm
    • Focal Range: 48cm ~ infinity
    • Shutter Speed: 1/500 - 1 second (Mode A) | max. 10 seconds (Mode B = slow shutter)
    • Viewfinder: Twin lens reflex viewfinder with an eyepiece magnifier to lift up
    • Exposure Control: EV+/-1
    • Flash: Integrated, electronic flash with automatic light emission control
    • Power Supply: 3AA Batteries (1.5V)
    • Film: Instant film magazine 54 x 86 mm (w x h)
    • Dimensions: 141 x 102 x 80mm
    • Weight: 525g

    Box set includes: Rolleiflex™ Instant Kamera, lens cap, user manual, warranty guide, and 3 AA batteries.

  2. NASA is working on an aerial 'Fluid Cam' that can see through ocean waves

    We know more about the surface of the moon and Mars combined than we do about our own ocean floor, according to NASA Ames scientist Ved Chirayath, which is why he is developing a camera that can remove the water from our seas to reveal 3D images of what’s below the waves. Using a grant from Earth Science Technology Office, Chirayath is working on a project that uses both hardware and software to see and map the floors below great bodies of water as though the water isn’t there at all.

    In the video above, Chirayath explains that it is hard to see the ocean floor due to the waves on the surface, but his Fluid Cam uses software called Fluid Lensing to image objects in up to 10 meters of water.

    While he doesn’t explain exactly how this technique works, he does say it requires a camera with a lot of processing power, as the software runs on-board. The camera he shows in the video uses a Leica Elmarit-M 28mm F2.8 lens on front of what is described as a ‘high performance’ camera. We are told it uses a 16-core processor and has 1TB of RAM, and that it outputs data at a rate of 550MB per second.

    At the moment, the camera is in the test stage and has been used attached to a drone, but NASA hopes that the technology will be housed in airplanes and satellites in the near future, so wider areas can be mapped and explored.

    The project was unveiled on the NASA website as part of the agency’s program to mark Earth Day. For more information, visit this link.

    Press Release

    New Camera Tech Reveals Underwater Ecosystems from Above

    Scuba divers and snorkelers spend vacations visiting exotic coastal locations to see vibrant coral ecosystems. Researchers also don their gear to dive beneath the surface, not for the stunning views, but to study the health of the reefs that are so critical to fisheries, tourism and thriving ocean ecosystems.

    But one person can only see so much coral in a dive. What if you wanted to assess coral over an entire region or see how reefs are faring on a global scale?

    Enter Ved Chirayath of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California. He has developed a new hardware and software technique called fluid lensing that can see clearly through the moving water to image reefs. Imagine you’re looking at something sitting at the bottom of a swimming pool. If no swimmers are around and the water is still, you can easily see it. But if someone dives in the water and makes waves, that object becomes distorted. You can’t easily distinguish its size or shape.

    Ocean waves do the same thing, even in the clearest of tropical waters. Fluid lensing software strips away that distortion so that researchers can easily see corals at centimeter resolution. These image data can be used to discern branching from mounding coral types and healthy coral from those that are sick or dying. They can also be used to identify sandy or rocky material.

    So far Fluid Cam, the imaging instrument that carries the fluid lensing software, has flown only on a drone. Someday, this technique could be flown on an orbiting spacecraft to gather image data on the world’s reefs.

    That amount of data would be painstaking to sort through to look for specific coral attributes. So Chirayath’s team is cataloging the data they’ve collected and are adding it to a database to train a supercomputer to rapidly sort the data into known types – a process called machine learning. Because of the technology developments in both the tools to collect the data and the machine learning techniques to rapidly assess the data, coral researchers are a step closer to having more Earth observations to help them understand our planet’s reefs.

  3. Snapchat launches water-resistant Spectacles V2 with photo capture

    Snapchat has just introduced version 2 of its Spectacles camera glasses, and they come with a bunch of new features. The glasses—which Snapchat has dubbed "your hands-free camera"—can now take photos in addition to video, are water resistant to the point where you can even submerge them for short periods of time for underwater snaps, and will be available with prescription lenses, too.

    When Snapchat debuted its original Spectacles camera glasses in September of 2016, the company was able to leverage novelty and scarcity to make the glasses a big hit... for a time. But it didn't take long for both novelty and scarcity to wear off, and the glasses never really caught on with a mainstream audience.

    After selling a little over 200K glasses, demand plummeted and that... was that. No doubt, the new features, more stylish options, and immediate mass-market availability of Spectacles V2 are meant to appeal to a much broader audience and succeed where Version 1 fell flat.

    Spec wise, Snapchat Spectacles V2 are nothing special. They take video at 1216 x 1216 pixels, and photos at 1642 x 1642 (a whopping 2.7MP). The field of view has also been decreased from 115 to 105 for less of a fish-eye look.

    Where the Spectacles V2 should shine compared to its predecessor, though, is in build quality and convenience. According to TechCrunch's Josh Constine—who got to try the specs out early—the glasses feel much sturdier, the charging case is much smaller and more convenient, battery life is substantially improved, and pairing to your phone is easier too.

    What's more, Constine seems to think these glasses could be the commercial success that V1 (and Google Glass, for that matter) never were:

    After two days of use, I think Spectacles V2 cross the threshold from clumsy novelty to creative tool accessible to the mainstream. And amidst user growth struggles, that’s what Snap needs right now.

    Spectacles V2 are available to purchase today from Snapchat's website in the US, UK, Canada and France, with more countries on the way. They'll cost you $150 ($20 bucks more than the original V1s) and are available in Onyx, Sapphire and Ruby with each color offering a darker or lighter version of the attached lens.

    To learn more about Spectacles V2 or if you want to give the new camera glasses a go for yourself, head over to the Spectacles website.

  4. Meyer-Optik Goerlitz unveils 'world’s fastest' 75mm F0.95 Nocturnus lens

    German lens manufacturer Meyer-Optik Goerlitz is expanding its range of F0.95 aperture lenses with the release of the Nocturnus 75mm. The lens will have the world’s widest aperture for the focal length, according to the company, and will offer sharp detail even when used wide open.

    Like the Nocturnus 50mm F0.95 lll, this full-frame lens will be available in mounts for Leica M, Sony E and Fujifilm’s X series cameras, and will feature a 15-bladed iris that Meyer says will help to create bokeh ideal for portrait work. The aperture will be click-less to allow silent operation for filmmakers, and will close steplessly to F16.

    The hand-made lens uses only five elements in five groups, and will have a closest focusing distance of 0.9m/35.4in. It will take a 72mm filter, will weigh about 750g/26.4oz and can be ordered in a black or a silver finish.

    Meyer says it expects the lens to be delivered in December this year at a price of €4,000 (~$4,900 USD), but those ordering before 20th May will be able to get it for €1,900 (~$2,300 USD). For more information, visit the Nocturnus 75 f0.95 product page on the Meyer-Optik Goerlitz website.

    Press release

    Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Nocturnus 0.95/75mm continues the creation of the “master of light series” and the legacy of the fastest 75mm lens in the world

    Nocturnus 0.95/75 mm becomes world’s fastest 75mm lens with 15 aperture blades

    Available for Leica M, Sony and Fuji X

    Again Meyer optic reaches for the next big step. But this time it’s a big one: the creation of the fastest 75mm lens worldwide causes a stir

    • sharpness with aperture of 0.95 - 16
    • the fastest 75 mm lens of the world
    • with 15 aperture blades
    • a Bokeh ideal for portrait photography in difficult light conditions
    • a lens that creates a three-dimensional appearance separating the subject from the background in a characteristic manner
    • compatible with Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X
    • clickless aperture ring
    • Made in Germany
    • Highest requirements for the glasses used

    Expected launch: May 2018

    Special Early Bird Price until 20.05.2018: 1899 €, expected MSRP €3499
    Available camera mounts: Leica M, Sony E and Fuji X

    More Information: https://www.meyer-optik-goerlitz.com/en/nocturnus-75-f0.95

    Meyer-Optik-Goerlitz: Again in the leading position for available light photography
    Already in the 1920s, Meyer brought lenses to market which were the fastest lenses of their time: the Kinoplasmat 75/f1. 5. Later the Primoplan 1.9/58 was to become the fastest standard lens for the famous Exakta camera, which was sold in the USA as "Kine night Exakta". At this time Meyer-Optik Goerlitz was considered as the most prominent manufacturer of available light lenses, so called “giants of light” and in 2016 the company presented the Nocturnus 0.95/50 mm for the first time now available in its third version.

    Now Meyer is following the legacy of creating the fastest 75mm lens in the world like it once did with the Kinoplasmat. The Nocturnus 0.95/75 mm lens is a full format lens available for Sony E, Fuji X and Leica M. The company also intends to follow with a 35mm lens later in order to complete its Nocturnus line.

    Main Features

    1. The Nocturnus provides unsurpassed portrait images

    Like its “little brother” – the Nocturnus 50 – the Nocturnus 0.95/75 delivers outstanding performance with a ully opened aperture 0.95 for Sony E, Fuji X and Leica M photographers.

    With its aperture at 0.95 and its 15 steel aperture blades with antireflection coating the Noctunrus 50 delivers an appearance and imaging which cannot be obtained by any other lens. This opens creative opportunities especially in “people photography” under difficult light conditions.

    2. 75mm focal length, 15 Steel Aperture Blades: #1 and Only in the World of Available Light Photography

    World premier! 75mm focal length, 15 steel aperture blades along with a maximum aperture of 0.95 is only available in the portfolio of Meyer-Optik Goerlitz. This combination allows photographers who are using Leica M, Sony E or Fuji X to make use of the outstanding creative opportunities by the conscious use of depth of field, sharpness and bokeh. The 15 blades aperture was designed by Dr. Prenzel from Goerlitz and the mechanical components of the aperture are built by Otto Niemann precision mechanics from Berlin. Otto Niemann has been one of the specialists in the production of iris diaphragms since 1945. Of course, the aperture of the Nocturnus 0.95/75 is adjustable to infinty. The mechanical quality is outstanding and as a result the Nocturnus 0.95 / 75mm is a tool, that the photographer can rely on all his life.

    3. Handmade Masterpieces

    The Nocturnus 0.95/75 is a handmade masterpiece. Trained expert staff and state of the art technology make each Meyer-Optik Goerlitz lens a masterpiece in itself. Meyer-Optik Goerlitz employs a selected staff who put in all their experience and pride to produce a perfect Meyer-Optik Goerlitz Nocturnus 0.95/75. The company offers guided tours in its production facilities in Hamburg, Germany, to give customers an insight into the high production standards.

    4. Photography at the speed of light

    The combination of 75mm and the unique aperture of f 0.95 creates images of an unmet aesthetic especially when shot wide open, generating a three dimensional appearance where the subject seems to be stepping out of the image. The Bokeh is smooth and under the appropriate condition may contain some sharp edged light circles.

    Each shot is of unique sharpness, depth of field and Bokeh characteristic.

    5. Technical Specification

    • Focal Length: 75mm
    • Aperture range: f0.95 - f16
    • Mounts: Fuji X, Sony E, Leica M
    • Angle of view: 32°
    • Minimum Focal Distance: 0,9m
    • Filter Thread: 72mm
    • Elements/Glasses: 5 Elements in 5 Groups
    • Aperture Blades: 15, with special anti-reflex coating
    • Weight: ~ 750g
  5. Sample gallery and impressions: the Panasonic ZS200 goes to Hogwarts
    Ravenclaw and Gryffindor students heading to Hogwarts
    ISO 3200 | 1/250 sec | F3.3 | 24mm

    When I travel with my kids, a few things differ from my child-free traveling experiences:

    • I can expect to carry a lot of things that don’t belong to me;
    • Plans can and will change at the drop of a meltdown;
    • I will see and do things that I might not normally choose; and
    • My travel companions will have the attention span of a gnat combined with the impatience of a... well, a child.

    As a photographer, this means I need a camera that is small enough to stash in my pocket or purse, versatile enough to handle everything from relaxing moments at a pool to all-day treks through a theme park to sleep-deprived shenanigans at a family restaurant, and “smart” enough to take the pictures I want with very little input from me. Not only are my kids less generous about waiting for me to take photos, but the other guests/tourists have absolutely no time for that nonsense.

    No patience
    ISO 125 | 1/500 sec | F3.3 | 24mm

    For a recent trip to the Universal theme parks in Orlando, Florida, I decided to bring along the Panasonic Lumix ZS200. Its small size meant I could carry it in the purse I stashed at my feet on rides (or in a temporary locker for particularly aggressive rides). The 1”-type sensor meant it would likely outperform my iPhone in low light. And the 24-360mm equivalent 15x optical zoom gave me the flexibility to get the whole scene from the middle of the action or to step away to focus on details.

    Waiting for Gringott's Dragon to breathe fire
    ISO 125 | 1/320 sec | F6.3 | ~274mm

    Since there were other tourists vying for the same views and rushing to get to the same attractions, I didn’t have much time to frame shots or get my settings right. For the most part, I trusted the ZS200 to figure things out and set it to “P” mode (or “S” mode if I knew my subject was moving and I wanted to control for movement). I also used the touch screen almost exclusively, as it was easier, faster, and often safer to hold the camera up and quickly frame and take a shot rather than put the EVF to my eye and possibly run into a small child covered in ice cream.

    Days are long and hot at Orlando theme parks
    ISO 125 | 1/1250 sec | F5.6 | 24mm

    A feature I did wish for on the ZS200 was an articulated LCD screen. One of the advantages of using the LCD screen is to frame shots from a vantage point I wouldn’t have with the EVF — holding the camera high over my head, low to the ground, or off the edge of a boat, for example. But without an articulated screen, I couldn’t see what I was framing and I had to guess and hope for the best.

    In use, I was pretty happy with the Panasonic ZS200. Sure, the low-light performance wasn't as good as I'd expect on a larger sensor camera, focus got a bit soft at the long end, and the JPEG conversion could be a little crunchy, but I was on vacation. This was a time for me to enjoy an experience with my family while getting a few photos to document the memories. For that purpose, it served me well – I carried it with me the entire trip and was always ready to capture a moment when it arose.

  6. ARRI starts certified pre-owned program for second hand cinema cameras

    Filmmakers on a budget who prefer using second hand kit will soon have a great certified option at their disposal, as cinema camera manufacturer Arri has started a certified sales program for used Alexa bodies. The company says these pre-owned Alexa Plus and Classic models have gone through extensive servicing and testing before being put on sale, and for additional peace of mind, all of them will come with a one year warranty.

    Before you get too excited, you are still going to need at least €9,900 (~$12,000 USD) plus tax to get yourself started... and that’s without a lens. So far the company has just eight cameras for sale, including Alexa Plus 4:3 and 16:9 models and a Classic EV, none of which are in the current production line-up.

    Still, as the program grows, it will offer more affordable (if not exactly affordable) options for filmmakers with medium-deep pockets and extremely high standards.

    To get ARRI's Approved Certificate, the second hand bodies are checked, serviced, fixed and tested by the company’s service engineers. According to the website, this includes "a thorough check of parameters, including image sensor quality, recording functions, connectors, flange focal distance, audio system, and ARRI Lens Control System." Furthermore:

    The overhaul also includes an update to the latest Software Update Packet (SUP) of the respective model. Repairs are performed as required if any malfunctions are detected. Before the ARRI Certificate of Approval is issued, the equipment goes through the same Final Function Test as new cameras, ensuring it meets the high standards expected of it.

    For more information, visit the pre-owned pages on the Arri website.

    Press Release

    Announcing the ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program

    • Selected ARRI ALEXA cameras available
    • Comprehensive check and overhaul of all components
    • All cameras subjected to final function test
    • Certified cameras come with one-year warranty

    April 24, 2018; Munich, Germany – ARRI announces the introduction of the Certified Pre-Owned Program. The motion picture equipment manufacturer is now offering selected pre-owned and refurbished camera systems of the ALEXA series for sale. “We are excited to offer the ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program,” says Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and General Manager of the Business Unit Camera Systems. “It’s a global initiative which adds a new tier to our products, allowing more filmmakers access to our technology. It also gives educational institutions a cost-effective way of providing high-quality equipment for their students.”

    ARRI’s attention to detail and intimate knowledge of conditions on set for over one hundred years have resulted in generations of cameras that are robust, reliable, and simple to operate. Under the ARRI Approved Certified Pre-Owned Program selected ALEXA Plus and ALEXA Classic EVs undergo thorough assessments, are given thorough overhauls, and are recalibrated.

    All components—starting with the sensor—are checked to confirm they are fully functioning, and that all systems work as they should. Any parts that require replacement are exchanged.

    Christian Richter, Manager Certified Pre-Owned Camera Systems at ARRI, says the program delivers reliability, affordability, and dependability. “It will give more filmmakers access to tools that will enable them to capture stunning images,” he says. “They can be sure that they are not sacrificing performance for price, because the selected ALEXA cameras come directly from the manufacturer and are backed by ARRI’s warranty.”

    Before the ARRI Certificate of Approval is issued, the equipment goes through the same final function test as new cameras, ensuring it meets the high standards expected of it. The ARRI approved and certified cameras are also covered by a one-year warranty.

  7. Philips' new 43-inch 4K HDR monitor earns world's first DisplayHDR 1000 certification

    Philips has unveiled the new Momentum 436M6VBPAB 43-inch 4K HDR Quantum Dot Monitor. This model is a milestone for the display market, according to Philips, because it is the first to receive the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certification.

    As DPReview explained earlier this year, not all "HDR" monitors are created equal. In fact, until recently, there was no standard that helped define what was and what was not HDR. That's why VESA created DisplayHDR: the first open standard for HDR displays.

    The DisplayHDR standard is split into three tiers: the baseline DisplayHDR 400, the mid-range DisplayHDR 600, and the ultra-high-end DisplayHDR 1000. A total of eight tests are used to determine which of the three certifications a monitor deserves, including a trio of peak luminance tests, BT.709 and DCI-P3 color testing; a couple contrast measurement tests; an HDR response performance test; and, finally, a bi-depth requirement test.

    By establishing a standard (assuming manufacturers adopt it) the display industry has simplified the shopping process. Rather than examining each display's spec sheet, buyers can look for the DisplayHDR 400/600/1000 badge and rapidly determine whether the display truly meets HDR standards.

    The DisplayHDR 1000 certification that Philips just achieved guarantees a minimum 10-bit encoding, 1,000 nits peak brightness, 0.05 nits cap on black levels, minimum of 90% DCI-P3 coverage, and 99% sRGB. Both the DisplayHDR 600 and DisplayHDR 1000 tiers are suitable for professional work, but 1000 is obviously the better option.

    VESA certification aside, the Momentum 436M6 monitor offers Ambiglow technology that adds "a new dimension to the entertainment viewing experience," according to Philips. With Ambiglow, Momentum 436M6 monitors present a glow around the display that matches the colors and brightness on the screen. This "enlarges the screen," says Philips, though it's more of a unique ambiance for watching movies and playing games than something practical for work. Fortunately for those of us who might find this feature distracting, users have full control over Ambiglow.

    Finally, Philips' new monitor features MultiView for working with multiple devices simultaneously. One example provided is using one side of the display for something interactive, such as using a PC, and the other side of the display for streaming content from a set-top box.

    Philips plans to launch the Momentum 436M6 some time this summer for $1,000.00 USD.

    UPDATE: Philips AU has posted official specs for the monitor (when this article was written, the full spec sheet was missing). You can see them at this link.

    Some of the highlights:

    • Static Contrast Ratio: 4000:1
    • Brightness: 720 nits 'typical', 1000 nits peak
    • Color Gamut: 100% BT.709m, 97.3% DCI-P3
    • Pixel Density: 103.64 PPI

    Press Release

    New Philips Monitor the First to Achieve HDR1000 Certification

    he Philips Momentum 43” monitor is the first monitor to receive the new VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certification

    Fremont, CA – Today EPI, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips monitors, announces the new Philips Momentum 43” 4K HDR Quantum Dot Monitor (436M6VBPAB), the world’s first HDR1000 monitor with the new Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) DisplayHDR 1000 Certification. The Momentum also features Ambiglow technology. The Philips Momentum 436M6’s combination of HDR 1000 with Ambiglow leads to an incredibly immersive entertainment viewing experience.

    The Momentum 436M6 features Quantum Dot Color and DisplayHDR 1000 for a wider range of more accurate colors – especially dark reds and greens – that stay crisp and clear even in bright light. DisplayHDR 1000 delivers a dramatically different visual experience. With a peak brightness of up to 1,000 cd/m2, incomparable contrast and captivating color, images come to life with much greater brightness while also featuring much deeper, more nuanced darks. It renders a fuller palette of rich new colors seen on the display.

    DisplayHDR is the display industry’s first fully open standard specifying HDR quality. This standard spans across three performance tiers: DisplayHDR 400 (baseline), 600 (mid-range) and 1000 (high-end). These specifications are established using eight specific parameter requirements and associated test including: three peak luminance tests, two contrast measurement tests, color testing of the BT.709 and DCI-P3 color gamuts, bi-depth requirement test and a HDR response performance test.

    “As with any new technology there can be confusion out there regarding HDR specs and benefits. VESA’s new DisplayHDR standard will make monitor shopping easier by offering consumers a comparable standard to judge HDR picture performance between monitors,” stated Chris Brown, Philips Monitors Global Marketing Manager, TPV. “We are very excited to launch the world’s first DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the Philips Momentum 43-inch 4K Display. DisplayHDR 1000 level of picture performance will offer a more intense gaming and entertainment experience. The contrast and color really bring action scenes alive, like we’ve never seen before.”

    The Momentum 436M6 uses Ambiglow technology to add a new dimension to the entertainment viewing experience. This innovative technology enlarges the screen by creating an immersive halo of light around the outside of the screen. It uses a fast internal processor to analyze the incoming image content and continuously adapts the color and brightness of the emitted light to match the image. Users can adjust the ambience to their liking. It’s a unique and immersive viewing experience especially suited for watching movies, sports or playing games.

    With its 4K UHD resolution, the Momentum 436M6 can take advantage of MultiView technology. MultiView enables active dual connect so that you can work with multiple devices like PC and Notebooks simultaneously, making complex multi-tasking work a breeze. It’s easy to watch a live football feed from a set-top box on one side, while playing a gaming console on the other. This technology makes the Momentum 436M6 perfect for extreme productivity or entertainment.

    The Philips Momentum 436M6 will be available later this summer for $999.99.

  8. Xiaomi unveils Mi 6X with dual-camera and AI-powered scene detection

    Dual-camera equipped devices have really been taking off this year, and with the Mi 6X, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just thrown its hat into the dual-cam ring as well. As has been the norm with virtually all recent device launches, Xiaomi is putting a lot of emphasis on the Mi 6X camera capabilities: claiming the new model competes with rivals such as the iPhone X or OPPO R15 in the imaging department.

    We'll have to get hands on a test unit to confirm if that's true, but the camera specs do look promising. The main camera uses a 1/2.9"12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor and F1.75 aperture lens. The secondary camera comes with a 1/2.78" 20MP sensor and the same lens specifications as the main camera. Xiaomi says the secondary camera uses a 4-to-1 pixel binning mode for reduced noise levels. It is also deployed to generate a fake-bokeh portrait mode.

    The front camera uses the same Sony IMX376 sensor as the secondary unit, which should ensure image quality that is a cut above your average small-sensor front camera.

    It's not all about hardware, though. Like some other recent high-end devices, the Mi 6X uses artificial intelligence to detect more than 200 scene types and adjust camera settings automatically—including 12 different portrait scenes. According to Xiaomi, the AI algorithms are capable of learning, providing better detail and subject separation in portrait mode the longer you use it.

    Non-camera specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4/64 GB, 6/64 GB, and 6/128 GB memory combinations and a 5.99-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. Security is covered with a fingerprint reader on the back and Face Unlock support.

    Pricing is in line with Xiaomi's tagline: “the same specifications, at half the price.” In China, prices start from CNY 1,599 (approximately $250 USD) which, considering the specifications, makes the Mi 6X an enticing option. The global version of the device will likely be called Mi A2 but no international pricing information has been provided yet.

    More information, including some camera samples, is available on the Xiaomi website.

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