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Nikon Announces Partnership with Lighting Brands Nissin and Profoto

Nikon Z fc cameras along with Nissin and Profoto lighting products

Nikon Z fc cameras along with Nissin and Profoto lighting products

Nikon has announced a partnership with lighting manufacturers Nissin and Profoto, but it’s not clear what that might mean for customers.

Announced via Profoto and through Nikon Australia, the partnership promises a collaboration between the camera company and both lighting manufacturers.

Nikon Australia is pleased to announce that Nikon Corporation will be collaborating with Nissin Japan Ltd. (President & CEO: Chikara Goto) and Profoto AB (CEO: Anders Hedebark, head office: Stockholm, Sweden) on speedlight products and studio lighting products.

In a press release, Profoto explains a bit more on what that might mean, stating that the collaboration will “further improve functionality for professional photographers.”

The announcement of this partnership is somewhat confusing since Profoto already produces multiple products that are compatible with Nikon cameras, including the Profoto Air Remote TTL-N, Profoto Connect-N, and Profoto A10-N. The same can be said of Nissin, which currently offers a variety of products including its Di700A Flash and Air 1 Commander for Nikon cameras.

It could be inferred that Nikon will work more closely with both Profoto and Nissin in the future through integrated wireless flash triggers or even lighting products designed in tandem, but none of that is clear at the time of announcement.

Nikon mirrorless cameras with profoto speedlights

When reached for comment, Nikon only had the following to add:

We are testing compatibility after discussions with Nissin Japan/Profoto regarding applicable products.

Given that compatibility with both brands already exists, the vague nature of this announcement means that photographers are left to speculate what such a relationship might mean. One possibility that is likely to excite Nikon fans is integrated trigger compatibility inside future Nikon cameras. At present, some kind of system is needed to connect a camera to a light and sync them together, whether that be wired or a wireless trigger. It is certainly possible for Nikon to integrate the wireless trigger system from either Profoto or Nissin (or both) into a camera, but it’s not something that is often done, though is not unheard of as the latest Phase One cameras have an integrated Profoto trigger.

Even though speedlights tend to be somewhat of a commodity now, camera brands tend to make and market their own strobes and sell them for a lot more than what third-party brands tend to ask. Perhaps this partnership is a sign that Nikon intends to drop or at least de-emphasize that part of its business. Without the company being more open with information though, this is all speculation.


Update: The original story incorrectly noted that no company had integrated a flash trigger into a camera body, but that was not true. Profoto has worked with PhaseOne to integrate a flash trigger into its latest cameras. We apologize for this error.

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Vivo Launches New X70 Series Smartphones, Continues Zeiss Partnership

Vivo Launches New X70 Series Smartphones, Continues Zeiss Partnership

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Vivo has announced that it will launch three new smartphones under its X70 series in the X70, X70 Pro, and X70 Pro+ as it tries to position itself among the best mobile photography options available.

The company is also sticking to its collaboration with Zeiss in a “joint pursuit of creating the ultimate mobile photography experience.” Vivo is looking to follow up on the solid performance of its X60 series phones, particularly with the image quality it proved capable of producing. The Zeiss effect was most prevalent in the X60 Pro+, though the German optics brand’s logo is present on all three X70 models coming from its Chinese partner.

Pushing Mobile Photography Forward

Vivo outfitted all three phones with 32-megapixel front-facing cameras, whereas their respective rear arrays will differ, especially when it comes to the primary image sensor. The X70 Pro+ will feature Samsung’s 50-megapixel Ultra-Sensing GN1 primary sensor, which may be the very same one the X60 Pro+ was equipped with: a 23mm equivalent lens with an f/1.57 aperture. Vivo has yet to confirm whether there are any unique differences in that regard.

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What may be different this time around is how that sensor works with the 48-megapixel ultra-wide Gimbal Camera with what Vivo calls 360-degree Horizon Leveling Stabilization technology. Vivo claims this will result in “unshakable stability even during extreme action-packed shooting sequences.” Having not seen any sort of demo on how that works, it’s not clear exactly how or when such a feature kicks in.

Vivo had also put its Gimbal Camera in the 48-megapixel ultra-wide sensor on the X60 Pro+, and it is indeed the same Sony IMX598 sensor found in that device. It does look like the telephoto lens may also stick to the same 8-megapixel sensor from before, whereas the fourth lens at 12-megapixel wasn’t specifically identified. Vivo had a 32-megapixel sensor for its Portrait mode in the X60 Pro+, and PetaPixel is waiting to hear if the 12-megapixel sensor is for that same purpose,

The X70 Pro sports a similar lineup in the rear, save for the ultra-wide sensor, which is a 12-megapixel one instead. The X70 uses a different 40-megapixel sensor as its primary shooter, and ditches the telephoto lens to go with a triple array.

To try and offer a similar experience, the primary lens works with Gimbal Stabilization 3.0 technology to better capture action shots. VIS 5-Axis Ultra Stable Video technology also applies for the X70 Pro and X70 “integrating enhanced OIS with EIS to transition the X/Y-axis with Z-axis rotation for well-rounded stability.”

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New Software and Imaging Settings

There is some new hardware under the hood to note as the X70 Pro+ does have the new Imaging Chip V1. This is proprietary silicon that Vivo says uses artificial intelligence (AI) to reduce noise in a photo, while also applying MEMC (motion estimation, motion compensation) effects. It’s not yet clear how effective or efficient these features are, or in what conditions in which they work best.

High-Transmittance Glass Lens — which has Zeiss all over it — is upgraded glass designed to lower dispersion for improved image quality. Neither Vivo nor Zeiss provided additional context in the announcement as to how that works.

Vivo also hasn’t confirmed if all the software features and modes from the X60 Pro+ made the cut over to the X70 Pro+, but did mention multi-modal photo and video features, like Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, Super Night Video, Pure Night View, and Pro Cinematic Mode, among others.

Zeiss’s imprint on the software side looks like it will come through with bokeh effects. The Biotar Portrait Style will give all three X70 models three lenses to shoot with: Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar. Distagon is more anamorphic with a dynamic perspective, while Planar is more classic in how it applies bokeh to an image. Sonnar is more creamy, where it works best when capturing people in a frame, whether posed or candid.

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Design and Components

The X70 Pro+ has a 6.783-inch WQHD display with up to 2K resolution and a pixel density of 517ppi. Vivo mentions a 120Hz refresh rate for the X70 Pro and X70, but not its flagship among the three, and PetaPixel will confirm what the deal is with that.

Under the hood, the X70 Pro+ runs on a Snapdragon 888 chipset with a 5G modem. Details like internal storage and RAM weren’t specified, but they will likely mirror those of the X60 series. The X70 Pro+ will also be the first Vivo phone to offer water and dust resistance, courtesy of an IP68 rating. It also supports wireless charging — another first.

In contrast, the X70 Pro and X70 won’t have that kind of protection, nor support wireless charging. They each sport 6.56-inch displays — though Vivo didn’t note the top resolution — and they also run on the same MediaTek Dimensity 1200-Vivo processor.

All three phones in the X70 lineup have ZEISS T* Coating, much like their successor X60 phones did, to reduce reflections, ghosting, stray light, and other image artifacts.

Vivo is also making the X70 Pro+ available only in enigma black, whereas the X70 Pro and X70 will come in cosmic black and aurora dawn colors. It appears the back plate will retain the textured faux leather from the previous generation as well.

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Vivo will launch all three phones in the X70 series on September 30. Pricing was not provided at the time of publication.

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Render of Samsung Galaxy S22 Renews Olympus Partnership Speculation

Render of Samsung Galaxy S22 Renews Olympus Partnership Speculation

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Samsung made waves with its Galaxy S21 smartphone launched last year thanks to notable improvements to its camera system. Multiple rumors have speculated the smartphone manufacturer would partner with Olympus in the S22 Ultra, and a new render of what that might look like has renewed that speculation.

In early April, rumors that Samsung would be partnering with Olympus — or more accurately, OM Digital Solutions — sprung up. And while Olympus said that it would collaborate with other companies that aren’t in the camera or lens industry at CP+ earlier this year, there were reasons to doubt the veracity of these reports. As also reported by Sammobile, Samsung is reportedly working on a new Exynos processor that is codenamed “Olympus,” so seeing the names appear together in rumors may simply the result of a bad translation or misunderstanding.

Still, an early rendering published by LetsGoDigital showed what that partnership might look like.

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Additional reports about the alleged partnership have been absent in recent months, but LetsGoDigital may spark renewed interest thanks to a set of very convincing new renders combined with a well-produced promo video all made by TechnizoConcept.

LetsGoDigital says that because of the silicon shortage, fans should not expect a Note 21 this year, which is why the manufacturer is expected to package the popular S Pen with the Galaxy S22. More than that, Samsung will have its efforts focused on making the S22 Ultra even more impressive due to the lack of a Note smartphone.

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“Samsung seems to have big plans for the camera this time,” the publication says. “Stories have been circulating for some time that the South Korean manufacturer has started a collaboration with the Japanese company Olympus.”

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LetsGoDigital says to expect the partnership with Olympus to feel similar to how OnePlus works with Hasselblad, Huawei with Leica, and Sony with Zeiss. The result is rumored to be a massive rear camera array that features one giant main camera and three additional cameras. While the publication admits taht very little is known about the camera configuration of the S22 Ultra at the time of publication, the company predicts Samsung will use the Exynos 2100 chip that can support 200-megapixel sensors. As such, the giant main camera is presumed to be a 200-megapixel and will be combined with an ultra-wide and two telephotos.

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The full report on LetsGoDigital discusses other features that it thinks might make its way into the new Galaxy S22 Ultra, but this is the second render that points to a giant main camera among a group in the large camera notch. It remains to be seen if this comes to pass.


Image credits: Renders by TechnizoConcept and shared with permission from LetsGoDigital.

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Nikon & The National Gallery Announce 2020-2021 Digital Partnership

Nikon & The National Gallery Announce 2020-2021 Digital Partnership

Nikon has a new Digital Content Partnership with The National Gallery which is the first collaboration of its kind for the art venue.

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Nikon has created a Digital Content Partnership with The National Gallery that will see both companies work together on a varied roster of online content series and programmes, aimed at inspiring members of the public to explore the synergies between photography and fine art.

Such featured content will include the ongoing Picture of the Month series, a tradition dating back to the early 20th Century, as well as a brand new Conservation Series and curator-led talks, all of which will be hosted across the National Gallery social media platforms. Free digital events led by Gallery Educators and Nikon experts will also be available to watch, focusing on aspects of the permanent collection. By joining together in this way, both The National Gallery and Nikon will have the tremendous opportunity to use their online platforms to further educate and inspire a broader audience than ever before.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said: “When the National Gallery was first forced to close its doors for 111 days due to the pandemic, our digital programming and online community flourished – open 24/7 with free art for everyone, anywhere online. As the Gallery closes its doors for the second time, our online activity is vitally important. We are delighted that Nikon have joined us in this endeavour as our first-ever Digital Content Partner. It is a critical time for the arts, a sector that has proven to be a vital mechanism for mental wellbeing at this difficult time, and support from businesses like Nikon will enable us to continue to bring great art to the widest possible audience.” 

Julian Harvie, Head of Marketing for Nikon Northern Europe said: “Nikon is delighted to be supporting the National Gallery as their Digital Content Partner for the coming year. As a brand that enables photographic artistry at the highest level, we are proud to be working with such an iconic institution to inspire and educate our online audience, looking to the past better to empower our creative vision today.”

For more information about the partnership, visit The National Gallery website.

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