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Nikon D850 Has Same Image Quality at Double the ISO as the D810: Report

Nikon D850 Has Same Image Quality at Double the ISO as the D810: Report

The Nikon D850 has generated a considerable amount of excitement among photographers today after its announcement, and here’s a new fact that will add even more fuel to the frenzy: Nikon says the D850 should have the same image quality at double the ISO as the D810.

That’s what Imaging Resource learned after meeting with top Nikon personnel at the company’s headquarters in Japan.

“Nikon told us that the D850 should produce the same image quality (both JPEG and RAW) at twice the ISOs as the D810, a full-stop improvement,” Imaging Resource writes. “That is, the D850 at its top ‘native’ ISO of 25,600 should deliver the same image quality as the D810 did at ISO 12,800. If true, that’s a pretty significant improvement.”

“Nikon says dynamic range will be as good or better than that of the D810, despite the higher pixel count.”

Only tests will be able to determine if these claims are true, but if they are, this is a huge boon for photographers who often work in low-light environments.

Nikon also revealed to Imaging Resource that the new backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor design in the D850 — the first in a Nikon DSLR — isn’t primarily for low-light performance but rather for speedier shooting speed by providing “more flexibility in the chip’s wiring.”

And if you’ve been wondering about the origins of this new sensor, you’ll be interested to know that Nikon designed it themselves rather than use an off-the-shelf sensor from a sensor manufacturer (e.g. Sony).

“While Nikon contracts with a silicon foundry to actually manufacture the chips, Nikon confirmed that the D850’s sensor is entirely their own design,” Imaging Resource reports.


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Nikon D850 Has Same Image Quality at Double the ISO as the D810: Report

Shutterstock’s Randomized Watermark Protects Photos from Google’s AI

Shutterstock’s Randomized Watermark Protects Photos from Google’s AI

Google recently published a paper showing how easy it is for a computer to detect an identical watermark from a large collection of photos and then cleanly remove that watermark from each photo. Shutterstock has responded to Google’s AI by developing a new randomized watermark that counters it.

Google’s research found that many common stock watermarks can be removed since they appear identically across a huge number of online photos.

Shutterstock was actually notified about the search before the paper was published, and its engineers began working on a way to fix the flaws that Google researchers uncovered. Google’s conclusion was that to prevent computers from being able to easily isolate a watermark, you need to introduce random variations to your watermark. That’s exactly what Shutterstock decided to do.

“The challenge was protecting images without degrading the image quality,” Shutterstock CTO Martin Brodbeck says. “Changing the opacity and location of a watermark does not make it more secure, however changing the geometry does.”

Engineers developed a new watermark randomizer that results in no two Shutterstock watermarks ever being exactly the same now.

“The shapes vary per image and include contributor names,” Brodbeck says. “By creating a completely different watermark for each image, it makes it hard to truly identify the shape.”

Here’s what the standard Shutterstock watermark looked like prior to this new technology being rolled out:

And here’s what the new watermark looks like:

This new random watermark has been rolled out to all of Shutterstock’s 150 million+ photos and images. Google engineers already tested the new watermarks and found that they successfully foil Google’s watermark removal AI system.


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Shutterstock’s Randomized Watermark Protects Photos from Google’s AI

DJI Will Disable Your Spark Drone If You Don’t Update the Firmware

DJI Will Disable Your Spark Drone If You Don’t Update the Firmware

DJI is releasing a new firmware update for the Spark camera drone, and this is one update that Spark owners will not want to ignore. If you fail to properly update your Spark, DJI will disable it and prevent it from flying at all.

Earlier this year, there were some reports of DJI Spark drones falling out of the sky. This came just month after GoPro Karma drones were found to lose power, leading GoPro to recall and relaunch the Karma.

But while the GoPro Karma’s issues were caused by a faulty physical battery clasp, the DJI Spark’s problem appears to be software based and something that can be remedied with a firmware update.

DJI announced today that the new firmware “enhances flight safety and performance” by improving the “battery management system to optimize power supply during flight.”

The firmware will be available later this week through the DJI GO4 App on smartphones and through the DJI Assistant 2 desktop program. Failure to comply will lead to your drone being grounded remotely by DJI.

“If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off,” the company says. “DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities.”

Other secondary improvements in the new firmware include full integration with DJI Goggles, an optimized PalmLaunch function, improved QuickShot Dronie control accuracy, and better remote controller compatibility with new firmware updates.


Source: PetaPixel

DJI Will Disable Your Spark Drone If You Don’t Update the Firmware

Lensrentals Enters Drone, Virtual Reality Markets

Lensrentals Enters Drone, Virtual Reality Markets

In a sign of the growing maturity of drone photography and virtual reality gear, Lensrentals is expanding its rental gear list to include products in both categories. Headlining the company’s drone offering are several models from DJI, including the Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones, plus related accessories. When you rent a drone, you’ll be redirected…

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Lensrentals Enters Drone, Virtual Reality Markets

KENZO Is Debuting Natasha Lyonne-Directed Fashion Film

KENZO Is Debuting Natasha Lyonne-Directed Fashion Film
Fashion films are having are moment amongst many fashion houses who are embracing the medium, and KENZO is the latest to put their stamp of approval on it.  The French fashion house has collaborated with iconic film stars and producers resulting in two Tribeca Film Festival award nominations, and this year, KENZO has announced a film entitled Cabiria, Charity, Chastity written and directed by Natasha Lyonne (of Orange is the New Black fame) in her directorial debut, with an all-star cast of…

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KENZO Is Debuting Natasha Lyonne-Directed Fashion Film

Adidas x Alexander Wang Season 2 Is Arriving

Adidas x Alexander Wang Season 2 Is Arriving
Alexander Wang loves a good rave. That’s how he staged his AW17 collection, and that’s how he’s presenting the just-released teaser for his second unisex collaboration with Adidas Originals.
In the short film, bikers with balaclavas speed around town putting up posters with a number: 917-512-7715, before ditching their bikes and heading into a bass-thumping rave. It’s not just a film narrative; the posters are going up around town, and Wang wants you to call in. Hacking the retail formula, …

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Adidas x Alexander Wang Season 2 Is Arriving

Rag & Bone’s Fall 2017 Campaign Features Lottie Moss and Selah Marley

Rag & Bone’s Fall 2017 Campaign Features Lottie Moss and Selah Marley
Rag & Bone is taking bold strides to revamp the traditional ad campaign. As part of their fall 2017 campaign, the NY based label tapped famed fashion photographer—Glen Luchford—to shoot an array of fresh new faces and rising talent. Among the stars featured, was newcomer—and half-sister of iconic model, Kate Moss—Lottie Moss. The lineup also included Lauryn Hill’s daughter, Selah Marley, as well as musician-turned-model, Staz Lindes.
When asked about the project, CEO and founder…

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Rag & Bone’s Fall 2017 Campaign Features Lottie Moss and Selah Marley

Lanvin Announces New Artistic Director

Lanvin Announces New Artistic Director
Following the surprise departure of Bouchra Jarrar, Lanvin has appointed a new creative director: Olivier Lapidus.
The house has struggled to find its footing since Alber Elbaz’s exit in 2015, reporting a 23% drop in sales in 2016. Jarrar’s stint was short lived: 16 months compared to Elbaz’s 14 years.
The incoming Lapidus was previously creative director for Balmain Homme in 1985, and currently runs his own label, Creation Olivier Lapidus (described as an e-couture brand). It’s likely…

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Lanvin Announces New Artistic Director