Nikon South Africa is promising changes after sparking controversy with its latest roster of influencers. In a country in which over 75% of the population is Black and less than 9% is white, the group of new South Africans representing the brand featured just one Black photographer.
On July 24th, Nikon South Africa released a video introducing its new influencers to promote the Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera in the country. The video was a teaser for a new campaign to share the influencers’ adventures and moments, and it prominently highlighted a series of white photographers on the roster. The only
Canon has reportedly been hit by a devastating ransomware attack. In addition to knocking a long list of Canon websites offline, the attack is said to have resulted in a whopping 10 terabytes of data being stolen from Canon servers.
BleepingComputer reports that the ransomware group called Maze has claimed responsibility for successfully attacking Canon and impacting a wide range of services at the company, including email, team collaboration software, its USA websites, and internal applications.
Canon reportedly sent out a company-wide alert this morning to inform employees of “wide spread system issues affecting multiple applications[.] Teams, Email, and
Facebook today announced Instagram Reels, a challenge to TikTok that lets users record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects, and creative tools.
To create your own reel, select Reels at the bottom of the Instagram camera. A selection of creative editing tools will be at your fingertips on the left side of the screen — things like Audio, AR Effects, Timer and Countdown, Align, and Speed.
Reels can be put together with a series of new clips you shoot, a 15-second video at once, or through video uploads from your gallery.
Kodak announced on Tuesday, July 28th that it had secured a massive loan (worth multiple times its market valuation) from the US government to begin manufacturing ingredients used in generic drugs such as hydroxychloroquine (the anti-malarial drug touted by President Trump as a treatment for
Some speculate that overall fake news could cost the economy $39 billion a year. Quite a market to grab for a savvy tech startup, even at 1%! But while fake news and in particular deep fakes have been accused of wreaking havoc on minds and economy, there is surprisingly only a minimal amount of companies offering tools to combat them.
The most important, probably, is the challenge of the task. Deepfakes are notoriously extremely hard to detect and are evolving very quickly. Since they employ the same AI as used to identify them, any innovation in detecting
Following yesterday’s reports from Canon Rumors and EOSHD about delays in shipping of the EOS R5 to retailers, Canon has released a statement to set the record straight. There is no delay, says Canon. The first shipment is going out this week, as promised.
The statement was prompted primarily by a report published by EOSHD citing several retail sources in Europe and the UK who had received extremely limited quantities of the EOS R5 ahead of the official ship date. That report was corroborated by Canon Rumors, whose sources indicated that the second allocation of EOS R5 cameras might
Last year, peer-to-peer rental services KitSplit and ShareGrid both announced a nearly identical “Owner Guarantee” that protected users in case someone they’ve rented to walks away with up to $20,000 of gear. However, it seems ShareGrid has quietly suspended the policy due to COVID-19.
We first became aware of the change earlier today, when a PetaPixel reader and ShareGrid user reached out to share the news.
“The guarantee was introduced last August to much fanfare and purported to protect gear owners from ‘voluntary parting’ — i.e. a renter straight-up stealing your s*** — of up to $20,000 worth of
Multiple outlets with inside information are reporting that Canon is holding back and/or delaying shipments of the new EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras as a result of the overheating issues that early reviews have been reporting. This could be a sign that a recall is in the works.
While a recall might seem like a drastic step given how transparent Canon has been about the thermal limitations in the EOS R5 and EOS R6, both Canon Rumors and EOSHD are reporting that Canon is shipping far fewer units than expected, and has delayed the second allocation of cameras “significantly.
In a move that’s either brilliant marketing or a sad indicator of financial struggles, GoPro has just debuted a line of “lifestyle gear,” including a range of bags, camera cases, clothing, and even accessories like a pair of floating sunglasses and a GoPro-branded water bottle.
The news dropped quietly a few days ago, and if you’re a fan of the GoPro brand, you suddenly have a lot more gear to choose from. That includes everything from rugged roll-top backpacks, to dry bags, to hats, sunglasses, and camera cases.
Kodak stock had a closing price of $2.62 on Monday, but it had an intraday high of a whopping $60.00 today before pulling back to the mid-$30s at the time of this writing. At its highest point so far today, the stock
Kodak’s stock skyrocketed severalfold today, and it had nothing to do with the company’s long-established business in the world of photography. News broke that Kodak had secured at $765 million loan from the US government to shift its attention to producing ingredients for generic drugs.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Kodak received the first loan of its kind under the Defense Production Act, which is part of a US effort to reduce its dependence on foreign countries by bringing production of certain things back onto American soil. Kodak has 25 years to repay the loan.
Fujifilm US has just announced the launch of Fujifilm Professional Services. Just like Canon’s CPS and Nikon’s NPS, Fujifilm’s FPS is a service and repair program for qualifying professionals that gives them access to expedited repairs, loaner equipment and more.
The news broke earlier today, and while it might not be as “groundbreaking” as the AP switching to Sony cameras, it represents a major step from Fuji as more photographers and filmmakers begin using X-series and GFX cameras for their professional work.
As with the other Professional Services programs, in order to qualify you need to own a
A new op-ed published by the Deputy Editor of the Nikkei Asian Review in Japan is making waves in the industry today. The article strikes an ominous tone, foreshadowing difficult times ahead for the camera giants and blaming “excessive competition” for their financial woes.
The article in question was penned by Masamichi Hoshi, Deputy Editor of the Nikkei Asian Review, and it’s a response to the recent news that Olympus will be selling its camera division to Japan Industrial Partners. Hoshi maintains that the sale, and the financial circumstances that prompted it, paint a grim picture for the future
In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the world-wide reckoning with systemic racism that his death inspired, the photo industry has been taking a long hard look at its own issues with diversity and inclusion. Black Women Photographers—a new global community and database of Black women creatives—is both the result of, and an answer to, this long-overdue soul-searching.
A one-day initiative that took place around the United States yesterday shows the impact photographers can have when they team up to make a difference. It’s called “10,000 Headshots,” and it involved booking and shooting free headshots for 10,000 unemployed Americans across the country in a single day.
The initiative was created by the website Headshot Booker, and it consisted of organizing 200 photographers across all 50 states to host a one-day portrait photography bonanza. The goal was pretty straightforward: “helping Americans get back to work by providing complimentary professional headshots for 10,000 unemployed workers nationwide.”
The Associated Press, one of the world’s largest and most respected news agencies, has just announced an exclusive partnership with Sony Imaging. From this point on, Sony will become the exclusive camera supplier for AP news photographers around the world.
The partnership was unveiled this morning, and is being hailed as “the biggest camera deployment in the history of the AP.”
In a short video announcing the news, the AP’s Deputy Managing Editor of Visual and Digital Journalism, Derl McCrudden, outlined several overarching benefits of using a single brand. As he points out, this is the first time
Adobe has hired Marc Levoy, the computation photography pioneer who led the development of groundbreaking technologies found in Google’s Pixel smartphones. Levoy will now be putting his expertise toward helping Adobe develop a “universal camera app.”
Levoy became a computer science professor at Stanford in 1990, focusing on computer graphics and vision. He would go on to make significant contributions in the fields of light-field cameras and computational photography.
In 2011, Levoy took a leave from Stanford and helped Google develop Project Glass, the augmented reality camera glasses that made a splash in the press but failed to
If you love the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR and have been waiting for its successor to be announced, brace yourself for a big disappointment: Canon has reportedly decided to discontinue its popular and pioneering 5D line of cameras.
Canon was, as recently as October 2019, said to be working on the 5D Mark V for a release by the end of 2020. But with a big push toward mirrorless cameras and the industry struggling with the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems that the camera has now been erased from Canon’s roadmap.