New October worldwide sales report: Glass is half full and half empty.

sales-system

The image above shows the new October worldwide system camera shipment data (DSLR+Mirrorless). If you are the kind of guy that like to see a glass as half full well the good news is that sales were almost as good as the previous year. Which after 5-6 years of continuous fall is not so bad.

But the glass is also half empty because 2016 will be again a year with worse sales than we had in 2015 (which was already very bad).

Source: Cipa

New Hasselblad X1D tests, previews and interviews

Interview: Hasselblad Asia featuring the X1D

The early Hasselblad X1D preorders are now shipping out (slowly) at BHphoto. In Europe they will ship out in 10 days at Calumet.de and at WexUK. I still haven’t found any official full review to share. I would love to see an image quality comparison between the best FF cameras and the X1D to see if there is really a major difference.

In the meantime the X1D got presented on various events in Spain and Asia. Here are a few videos:
Toma De Contacto by Photolari.
First Look by Keydrin Franklin
Tom Potisit had travelled the the North Of Thailand with the Hasselblad X1D
An Open Boxing video in italian.
Presentacion cámara X1D de Hasselblad en Provideo Sevilla

Tamron announced a new sensor that Exceeds Far Beyond Human Visual Capability

Tamron announced a new sensor (yes they make sensors too) that Exceeds Far Beyond Human Visual Capability. Impressive:

Technology Development Announcement

Imaging Technology that Exceeds Far Beyond Human Visual Capability

– Extrasensory Imaging Technology –

Tamron Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Saitama City, Japan; President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), an integrated optics manufacturer announces successful development of an innovative technology, with support of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) of National Research and Development Agency, that enhances imaging capability far exceeding that of human vision, with critical consistency established between ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range.
This technology is aimed at consistent enhancement of ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range, which has been considered difficult in the past. The ultra-high sensitivity technology enables capturing clear full-color images even under an extreme low brightness of 0.003 lux, which is darker than starlight. The wide dynamic-range performance assures luminance resolution of a range of brightness in excess of 140 dB (a lightness-and-darkness difference of 10 million times).
Consistent implementation of these two technologies opens a new imaging potential that enables vision far beyond human visual capability.

 

Image observed by human eyes

Key Elements of Technology

Three key technologies – Optics, Image Sensor, and Image Processing – have been identified essential, and their effective integration has been studied for the new imaging technology.

 

    • Optical Technology

Development of an extremely low-reflection technology to suppress optical artifacts that arise in ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range, and optical focusing system optimized for imagers.

    • Image Sensor Technology

A proprietary low gain-noise, wide dynamic-range CMOS image sensor was originally developed.

    • Image Processing Technology

Development of a digital noise-reduction technology that does not compromise the resolution of an object in focus or under motion, and a dynamic brightness-range technology that enables luminance resolution for an extreme wide range of low and high brightness.
Thanks Barry!