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Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020

Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020

When Google announced the Pixel 2 smartphone this week with the world’s highest rated smartphone camera, the company also free and unlimited photo and video storage for Pixel 2 owners through Google Photos. But it turns out there’s some fine print: you only get to upload unlimited full-res images through 2020.

CNET spotted a small catch in the fine print of the offer. It reads:

Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards.

Google Photos already offers free and unlimited storage to anyone right now… as long as you’re willing to have your photos downsized to 16 megapixels and your videos adjusted to 1080p HD. If you choose to upload in full-resolution, the files will count toward your 15GB free storage limit across all Google services.

If you buy a Google Pixel 2, you get to go around these resolution limits and store an unlimited number of photos and videos in their original resolution regardless of how large the files are. But you’ll only get that perk for about three years.

When 2021 rolls around, your Pixel 2 photos will start being downsized to 16MP, just like with photos uploaded by anyone else. The original resolution photos uploaded up to that point won’t be downsized, though — the change will only affect everything uploaded from 2021 onward.

“After 2020, there is no change to the photos you took before 2020 and you will always have access to those in original quality,” a Google spokesperson tells Engadget. “This is new for this year. We know that people tend to change their phone every 2-3 years so for Pixel 2, we are offering storage in line with that.”

So if you’re ready to purchase a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, just know that owning the phone won’t score you a free eternal archive of all your life’s memories in full resolution.


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Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020

GoPro Unveils the Fusion, a 5.2K 360° Camera with OverCapture

GoPro Unveils the Fusion, a 5.2K 360° Camera with OverCapture

The GoPro Fusion is a new 360° camera that captures an immersive experience in 5.2K resolution at 30fps. It was announced by GoPro today alongside the new HERO6 Black camera at the company’s launch event in San Francisco.

Perfect for those wanting to try out VR and other modern filming styles, one of the Fusion’s coolest features is the fact that the grip mount can be automatically removed from your shots.

Here’s an introduction to the camera from GoPro:

But 360 footage looks at its best when viewed with VR goggles or a 360-enabled browser – so check out this demo if you have the capabilities (you can also change the camera direction by dragging the frame around):

What may appeal to most people here is the use of the OverCapture built into the GoPro app (coming early 2018 to iOS and Android). It allows you to manually select an area of the film, following your subject, to pick out the best angles and export it as a normal, non-360° 1080p video.

This means that you can shoot a 360 video and turn it into something like this:

GoPro is also including new Fusion Studio software for desktop computers to bolster the 360-editing process. This will include the OverCapture feature on the day of launch, so you won’t necessarily have to wait for the app’s update.

The Fusion also boasts “shockingly smooth” stabilization abilities, removing the need for a gimbal. It’s features like this which will mean footage coming out of the Fusion will open up a wealth of creative opportunities.

“GoPro Fusion marks the beginning of a new creative era,” said GoPro. “Fusion captures everything around you so you’ll never miss the shot.”

As well as imagery, Fusion also captures sound in a 360-degree direction too, meaning you have a totally immersive final film offering a surround sound experience.

You can also capture 18-megapixel spherical photos and create time-lapse videos. The Fusion has a GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass built-in – all of which allow it to properly stabilize footage internally.

Other features and specs include voice commands, waterproofing (down to 16ft/5m), and wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth).

The GoPro Fusion is available for pre-order at GoPro.com for $700 (which includes the Fusion grip mount) and is expected to ship by November 30th, 2017.


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GoPro Unveils the Fusion, a 5.2K 360° Camera with OverCapture

Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Chinese lighting manufacturer Godox has unveiled a new flash commander unit called the Xpro.

The commander is able to control flashes in TTL mode as well as manual power and high-speed sync modes. All of the flashes and lamps that Godox makes in its X1 2.4 GHz system can be controlled and triggered.

The commander is able to handle several X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 different groups, has a full graphic display of 5 groups simultaneously, and enables manual flash from 1/1 to 1/256 power.

There is also high-speed sync for up to 1/8000th of a second, with modeling light status control and stroboscopic multi flash.

The Xpro can selectively transmit data to conserve energy and battery life, as well as a useful magnification function that displays details of each group’s settings.

Global adjustments can be made to exposure values in M mode, and some other features include FE lock, flash exposure compensation, and 11 customizable functions.

There’s also a new TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) function, which allows you to meter your flashes while in TTL mode. If you then click a button and switch to manual mode, the settings will be automatically adjusted to give the equivalent output.

Lighting Rumours notes that this is almost exactly the same as Nissin’s “TTL memory function,” and it seems like Godox may be taking aim at them with this latest introduction.

The user interface also has direct-select buttons for each wireless grouping – another similarity to the Nissin Air 10s. Such buttons are expected to give greater usability than when using other master flash units.

The Godox Xpro will be branded as the Flashpoint R2 Pro in the United States. The Canon version, the Xpro-C, is available to pre-order now for $80.


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Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Alongside its new X-E3 mirrorless camera and XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro lens, Fujifilm has also announced the development of a new RAW conversion program called “Fujifilm X Raw Studio.” This software is different from others in that it’s designed to offload work from your computer’s CPU by using your camera’s processor to convert RAW photos.

“‘Fujifilm X Raw Studio’ enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality, once a camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB cable,” Fujifilm says.

The company points out that the ever-increasing size of RAW files has caused major slowdowns for photographers who often do batch conversions of RAW photos.

Fujifilm’s solution is to use the X Processor Pro found inside its cameras to process the digital files so your CPU can be freed up to handle other things you’re working on at the same time.

“Using the high performance “X Processor Pro” processor, this batch conversion is handled far more efficiently as a result,” Fujifilm says. The RAW files will need to have been taken by the same camera model as the connected camera, so you won’t be able to process other RAW file types with this software.

Features of the software will include converting single and batch RAW files on the computer, previewing converted photos, and saving/loading/copying conversion profiles.

Fujifilm X Raw Studio will be available for download starting in late November 2017. Compatible cameras at launch will include the X-T2, X-Pro2, X100F, and GFX 50S medium format DSLR (which produces 121MB uncompressed 14-bit RAW files).


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Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm announced today that a series of firmware updates are coming to X Series mirrorless cameras later this year. As rumors foretold, the X-Pro2 will be getting 4K video recording as part of its update.

The new firmware versions will be released for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F, and X-T20 to add new features and improve operability. Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming to each camera:

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Version 4.0

  1. Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes (excluding HDMI output for recording).
  2. Supports tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi using compatible software to enable transfer of images to a computer, or to control the camera from the computer. (Requires FUJIFILM X Acquire and Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO/Tether Shooting Plug-in)
  3. New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
  4. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  5. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  6. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X-T2 Version 3.0

  1. New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
  2. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  3. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  4. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X100F Version 2.0

  1. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.
  2. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  3. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.

Fujifilm X-T20 Version 1.1

  1. Touch panel operation while looking into the electronic viewfinder.

The firmware updates will be available for download sometime in November and December 2017 depending on which camera you have.


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Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator is an image editor for macOS that launched back in 2007 and has since grown into a formidable alternative to Adobe Photoshop in a previously untouchable domain. Now the company has just announced a Pro version of its software, which is set to be released this fall.

On the surface, Pixelmator Pro has a completely redesigned interface that aims to reduce the clutter. The company says it is “designed exclusively for working with images”, and it puts the image front-and-center, eschewing the floating windows of its predecessor for a streamlined and unified display.

Unlike Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is fully native to macOS, meaning you get all of the niceties that the operating system brings: built-in versioning, split view, iCloud support, native tabs, touch bar support, and trackpad force touch.

The team has taken advantage of macOS’ Metal 2 to improve GPU utilization, and Apple’s CoreML framework to introduce AI machine learning features to the software. This enables things like automatic layer naming based on content, automatic horizon straightening, more intelligent selections and a Repair tool to remove and replace sections of your image (think Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill).

“Using machine learning, Pixelmator Pro automatically recognizes the contents of images and gives descriptive names to every layer you add to your composition. In real-time. So you don’t end up with a bunch of layers called Layer 1 to Layer 99. Just drop in a photo from your Photos library or elsewhere on your Mac and it will automatically be named for you.”
“With the help of machine learning, Pixelmator Pro detects the horizon in images to automatically straighten your shots for you.”
“Featuring an algorithm developed and enhanced using machine learning, the Repair Tool lets you paint over objects to remove them, recreating image areas with stunning realism. It intelligently matches surrounding colors, textures, and even the structure of the image to naturally repair areas. As if by magic.”

Pixelmator Pro allows full RAW editing and adjustments with nondestructive edits, but it lacks the library management tools of Lightroom. It also includes what the company calls a “cutting-edge painting engine”, allowing for brush painting that is “staggeringly responsive, fluid, and natural”.

The software will be available this fall, with the price yet to be announced. It’s not clear whether the original Pixelmator will run alongside the advanced Pro version, but the former is currently priced at $30 on macOS. Pixelmator Pro will also be released on the iPad sometime after the macOS launch and will be competing heavily with Affinity Photo for the iOS photo editing crown.

You can find out more about Pixelmator Pro on the extensive launch website that has just gone live.


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Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Canon Opening a New Camera Factory in Japan Heavy on Automation

Canon Opening a New Camera Factory in Japan Heavy on Automation

Canon is planning to open a new camera factory in Japan by 2019 in an effort to move more of its production “back home,” but this time it will be relying more on automation to lower the cost of domestic operations.

The Nikkei Asian Review reports that the camera giant acquire 300,000 square meters of land in southern Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture as early as later this month to serve as the site of the new digital camera factory (estimated to cost about $181 million).

It was in 2010 that Canon last opened a factory in Japan, but this time round there will be “labor-saving assembly lines” that will use machine automation to perform many of the necessary tasks that once used human labor. Canon is installing such technology across its Japanese facilities in an effort to make domestic production cost-competitive with outsourcing.

The factory will take over production of DSLR cameras, which were previously made at a separate Miyazaki plant. Nikkei reports that eventually compact camera manufacturing may be relocated to this factory from abroad as well.

In 2016, 56% of Canon’s cameras and other products were made in Japan. With this new factory, that figure will rise to 60%, Nikkei says.

(via Nikkei via DPReview)


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Canon Opening a New Camera Factory in Japan Heavy on Automation

Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

Instagram is moving further and further away from its mobile-centric routes. Instagram has just announced that Stories can now be watched on desktop Internet browsers.

Normally, users would have to upload or view stories using the smartphone application only. The Instagram website is notoriously limited in its ability to use the social media platform, leaving most of the functionality to the app itself.

However, the dividing line between the two browsing methods is becoming increasingly blurred with this latest development.

Heading to the desktop site, you’ll now be able to browse stories at the top of your feed, just like you’d expect when using the app. Since you can’t necessarily tap your desktop’s screen, left and right arrows have been included for convenience.

“Stories has quickly become an important part of the Instagram experience — over 250 million people use it every day to see what their friends are doing in the moment,” said Instagram. “Now we’re excited to bring stories to people who use Instagram on the web.”

Instagram also says it will soon be enabling the creation of stories via mobile Web browsers, without plans of desktop story creation as of now. Photo uploading already came to mobile browsers back in May, and photographers have since found a way to use that functionality to upload photos from the desktop.

The new Desktop updating is being rolled out now to users around the world, and mobile browser Story creation is expected to arrive sometime in the coming months.


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Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

SanDisk Unveils the World’s Largest microSD Card, A 400GB Monster

SanDisk Unveils the World’s Largest microSD Card, A 400GB Monster

Today, SanDisk released the world’s highest capacity microSD card to date: the 400GB SanDisk microSDXC Ultra UHS-I card. It’s targeted at mobile users who have a lot of data to store on their smartphones, including high-res photos and videos.

The card comes about a year after SanDisk previously broke records by creating a 256GB microSD card that was the world’s fastest of its size.

This time around, this new Class 10 card looks pretty robust, too: it’s water, shock, temperature, and even X-ray proof.

An adapter allows the microSD card to be used as a standard SD card.

“Mobile devices have become the epicenter of our lives, and consumers are now accustomed to using their smartphones for anything from entertainment to business,” said Jeff Janukowicz, Sandisk Research Vice President. “We are collecting and sharing massive amounts of data on smartphones, drones, tablets, PCs, laptops and more.

“We anticipate that storage needs will only continue to grow as people continue to expect more sophisticated features on their devices and desire higher quality content.”

Western Digital, the company that now own SanDisk, says it leveraged its “proprietary memory technology and design” to allow for the increased capacity.

“We continue to push technology boundaries and transform the way consumers use their mobile devices,” said Sven Rathjen, Vice President of Western Digital. “By focusing on achieving new technology milestones, we enable consumers to keep up with their mobile-centric lifestyles with storage solutions they trust.”

The new microSD card is ideal for Android smartphone users and can hold up to 40 hours of Full HD video. The transfer times are fast too, with a read speed of 100 MB/s (that’s about 1,200 5MB photos per minute) and write speed of 10 MB/s. The card is also said to load apps faster, thanks to its adherence to the A1 App Performance Class specification.

The 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a 10-year warranty and SD adapter (for using it as a standard SD card) and is available on the SanDisk website and through retailers such as B&H for $250.


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SanDisk Unveils the World’s Largest microSD Card, A 400GB Monster

Karl Lagerfeld Is Releasing A Collaboration With Vans

Karl Lagerfeld Is Releasing A Collaboration With Vans
Vans will officially collaborate with legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld to give the classic checkerboard pattern a chic upgrade. According to WWD, Vans’ trademark pattern will now feature camouflage, “using a cameo motif depicting Lagerfeld’s iconic profile, with boucle fabric and a quilted letter K among other leitmotifs.”
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Karl Lagerfeld Is Releasing A Collaboration With Vans