Canon CEO “very dismayed” by BREXIT

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The day before yesterday was history, and will give Europe a new shape. The UK decided to leave the European Union. It appears Canon’S CEO is not very happy with the decision the Brits took, as Reuters reports:

Canon Inc […] Chief Executive Fujio Mitarai said on Friday he was “very dismayed” by Britain’s shock decision to leave the European Union, saying the move hurt Japan’s economic growth prospects.

“In Japan, while we can expect to see a temporary surge in the value of the yen, the U.K.’s decision could also bring a halt to the economic recovery that had been underway,” Mitarai, head of the camera and printer maker, said in a statement.

“We look to the Japanese government to implement strong monetary measures.”

 

Artificial Intelligence tells you how memorable your pictures are

Artificial Intelligence Tells You How Memorable Your Pictures Are

Researchers of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT (Massachusetts Institute for Technology) published a pretty interesting paper about an algorithm that can determine how memorable your photos are. It’s artificial intelligence, and the algorithm can be tried out here.

From the LaMem site:

Progress in estimating visual memorability has been limited by the small scale and lack of variety of benchmark data. Here, we introduce a novel experimental procedure to objectively measure human memory, allowing us to build LaMem, the largest annotated image memorability dataset to date (containing 60,000 images from diverse sources). Using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), we show that fine-tuned deep features outperform all other features by a large margin, reaching a rank correlation of 0.64, near human consistency (0.68). Analysis of the responses of the high-level CNN layers shows which objects and regions are positively, and negatively, correlated with memorability, allowing us to create memorability maps for each image and provide a concrete method to perform image memorability manipulation. This work demonstrates that one can now robustly estimate the memorability of images from many different classes, positioning memorability and deep memorability features as prime candidates to estimate the utility of information for cognitive systems.

The paper is titled Understanding and Predicting Image Memorability at a Large Scale (A. Khosla, A. S. Raju, A. Torralba and A. Oliva) and can be downloaded here.

The underlaying dataset can be explored, and the whole thing is available for download, i.e. you can get a pre-trained system and use it on your computer.

[via TDP]

Canon’s Picture Styles explained (video)

Canon Picture Styles, available in almost all Canon cameras, are a cool way to shot a JPG the way you intend, without the hassle of post-production. Above you can watch a short introduction video. To use Picture Styles you need Canon Picture Style Editor and Canon EOS Remote Utility (here an easy to grasp tutorial for both). Both software come with your Canon camera or an be downloaded on Canon’s support pages.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – $1,899 (reg. $2,599)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Deal – $1,899 (reg. $2,599)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a glance:

  • 22.3 MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.6% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,899. Compare at $2.599. Free shipping. Please note: this is an import model with 1 year seller warranty.

Canon Announces New EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits For Aspiring Content Creators At VidCon 2016

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Canon U.S.A. Announces New Video Creator Kits For Aspiring Content Creators At VidCon 2016

New Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits Provides YouTube Enthusiasts with the High Quality Imaging Tools to Elevate their Videos

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 21, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its new Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits during VidCon 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center, June 23-25. In addition, visitors to the Canon booth #1801 on the main floor of Hall B at VidCon will have access to engaging live speakers and guest appearances by YouTube® content creators like Anna Akana as well as touch-and-try areas where they can see for themselves how Canon cameras and lenses can help them create high-quality videos.

New for VidCon 2016 is the Canon EOS 80D and EOS M3 Video Creator Kits which include the following:

  • Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit: Includes an EOS 80D DSLR camera & EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, an external microphone and 32GB SD card. This kit also includes the Canon Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 which allows creators to smoothly control their zoom at the push of a button or right from their compatible smartphone by using the Canon Camera Connect app*.
  • Canon EOS M3 Video Creator Kit: Includes an EOS M3 digital camera & EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, an external microphone and a 32GB SD card.

The new EOS 80D Video Creator Kit is currently scheduled to be available in August 2016 for an estimated retail price of $2,049.00**.

The new EOS M3 Video Creator Kit is currently scheduled to be available in late June 2016 for an estimated retail price of $899.99**.

The new kits join a family of Video Creator Kits that include the EOS Rebel T6i, Rebel T5i and EOS 70D. To learn more about the Video Creator Kits, please visit: www.usa.canon.com/daretodream

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Canon will also host an on-site social media contest that encourages attendees to share their talents (Fashion/Costume, Beauty, Dance, Skit, or Talent Tricks). Participants will have the chance to create their own unique 30-second video using Canon Video Creator Kits. One lucky winner will be selected to create a video with a YouTube® star at the Canon Experience Center in Cosa Mesa, CA and win an EOS Rebel T6i Video Creator Kit!

YouTube® sensation Anna Akana will discuss various topics, such as how she got her start on YouTube®, what inspires her, and the challenges she faces during the creative and filmmaking process. Below is the full Canon speaker schedule for VidCon 2016.

Speaker Schedule

TIME THURSDAY, JUNE 23 FRIDAY, JUNE 24 SATURDAY, JUNE 25
10:00AM Wildlife photographer, filmmaker and host of Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series wild_life Bertie Gregory
11:00AM Up Your Game: The New Canon Video Creator Kits
12:00PM Up Your Game: The New Canon Video Creator Kits Sawyer Hartman Q&A
1:00PM Wildlife photographer, filmmaker and host of Nat Geo WILD’s first digital series wild_life with Bertie Gregory Chris Peterson, Director of Photography, LAIKA
2:00PM Tiffany Ma Q&A Loey Lane Q&A
3:00PM RJ Aguiar Q&A
4:30PM Anna Akana Q&A
5:00PM Clarissa May Q&A
6:00PM

For those with a Creator or Industry Badge for the show, Canon will also have a booth on the second floor of the convention center #205L. Creators will be able to touch and try Canon’s professional video products, including the new COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm T4.4 EF, and have their questions answered by Canon product experts.

Follow Canon’s Instagram feed at @CanonUSA and its Twitter accounts @CanonUSAImaging and @CanonUSApro.

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