All posts for the month March, 2013

Wacom’s Cintiq

Wacom’s Cintiq line draws attention once again with its slim, new 13-inch interactive pen display

Boasting high quality HD resolution with advanced control and comfort, the new Cintiq provides an immersive experience consistent with Wacom’s family of interactive pen displays

Wacom, the industry leader of pen tablets for professional designers, today boosts its lineup of Cintiq interactive pen displays with the addition of the Cintiq 13HD. Aimed at creative professionals working in areas such as design, art and image editing, it combines a 13” HD screen, slim and compact design, simple setup, an adjustable stand and an improved pen for creating directly on the screen. Easily integrated into any environment, the Cintiq 13HD is the ideal tool to support creativity and enhance productivity, offering a natural and immersive experience.

Key to the Cintiq 13HD is its compact, slim design and easy setup with both Macs and PCs. For complete comfort, the Cintiq 13HD’s stand is optimised for use in a choice of four settings – flat, 22°, 35° and 50° and is detachable too.

Superior screen in HD quality

Perfect for professionals such as artists, graphic designers and photographers, the Cintiq 13HD’s best-in-class screen displays 16.7m colours to ensure life-like colour quality. In addition, the wide-format HD LED display offers a wide viewing angle of 178° and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels that is particularly beneficial for handling intricate graphics.

The full Cintiq experience

As with all Wacom interactive pen displays, the Cintiq 13HD enables users to create directly on the screen for an immersive and seamless process that feels natural and saves time.

The new and improved cordless and battery-free Pro Pen offers advanced pen performance, superior comfort, precision and control. With 2,048 levels of pressure and tilt sensitivity, it is perfect for precision work and is ergonomically designed. The Cintiq 13HD comes with a convenient case to securely store the Pro Pen and everything else an artist needs at their fingertips including spare nibs.

To further improve workflow and productivity, frequently used shortcut commands are available at the user’s fingertips through four customisable and application-specific ExpressKeys and Rocker Ring. Making use of these shortcuts can save valuable time by minimising keyboard dependency.

With the existing 22HD, 24HD and 24HD touch, there is a Cintiq interactive pen display to suit anyone’s workflow requirements and budget.

Guido Möller, product manager creative products, at Wacom Europe says: “We’ve gained valuable customer feedback in developing our latest Cintiq which will support professionals and help them spur creativity on the 13” high resolution screen. Not only that, it also enhances productivity and saves creator time with new features. As with our entire Cintiq range, the new Cintiq 13HD provides a completely immersive and ergonomic pen-on-screen experience that adapts seamlessly to all working environments and practices.”

Pricing and availability

The new Cintiq 13HD will be available for £749.99 (incl. VAT) from April 2013 onwards at Wacom’s eStore and other retailers.

Inspiration from the ‘Pioneers of Now’

For further information on what can be achieved with a Wacom Cintiq, check out Wacom’s ‘Pioneers of Now’. The ‘Pioneers’ are inspiring because they have vision, talent, perseverance and stamina. But above all, they have the tools to make their new worlds a reality.

Pioneers of Now: Wacom Pioneers of now



New shoulder mounted events camera launched by JVC Professional

The new GY-HM70 shoulder mounted camcorder boasts our latest Falconbrid technology, hot-swappable batteries and enhanced low-light performance.

London, March 2013 – JVC Professional Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of the new JVC GY-HM70 shoulder mounted camcorder. This new model offers a professional appearance together with excellent image results in low-light situations, making it ideal for videographers working at weddings and other special events. Offering superior image stabilisation and loaded with new features for enhanced dependability, it ensures every precious moment is captured in perfect detail.

Professional-level performance is assured thanks to the GY-HM70’s dynamic 16x F1.2 Bright Lens, which provides exceptional sensitivity and brilliant results when recording weddings and other social functions where additional lighting is not possible. The inclusion of JVC’s Super LoLux technology further enhances image quality and aids precise colour capture when indoors or in dark situations. The prominent lens barrel houses a 29.5mm GT Lens, which was developed specifically to guarantee optimal results with the 1/2.3-inch 12 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, yielding high resolution, high sensitivity, and excellent colour reproduction.

Professional demand for workflow versatility has also been answered by the new GY-HM70, which shoots Full HD 1920×1080/50p video in silky-smooth AVCHD Progressive, while at the same time providing the added flexibility of 1080 50i AVCHD and standard definition recording. The camera also includes special features such as High-Speed recording up to 250 Frames/Sec, and Interval recording in steps from 1 second up to 80 seconds, which make it perfect for special recording in research, sports, and documentaries. And still Image shooting up to 4000×3000 pixels is also possible due to the High-Resolution 1/2.33” 12M Pixels B.S.I. CMOS Sensor. At the heart of this imaging power is the remarkable FALCONBRID™ image engine, JVC’s high-speed processor for advanced video applications. Delivering tremendous processing power on a single chip, the on-board FALCONBRID™ engine handles large amounts of video data at exceptional speeds. Moreover, it is possible to shoot stills in 12Megapixel Ultra High Resolution, while stills and video can be shot simultaneously in 2Megapixel resolution.

Taking the flexibility and convenience of the GY-HM70 to the next level, SDHC/SDXC cards are the recording media of choice, the reliability and cost-effectiveness of which make them the most widely used media by professionals today. And for total peace of mind, the camera recorder’s dual card slots bring you failsafe shooting features that ensure you never miss a moment. When the card in slot A is full, the camera switches seamlessly and automatically to the card loaded into slot B. Also, if an error occurs with the card in slot A during a shoot, recording will automatically switch over to slot B.

To give you the long-lasting battery power necessary for those extended shoots, the GY-HM70 has been equipped with dual battery mounts, a revolutionary new feature that keeps you in the action right until the very end. Two battery mounts not only give you double the recording time to begin with, they are also hot swappable. This means you can keep exchanging batteries without interrupting the shoot. This marks an industry-first in camera battery technology, making continuous, uninterrupted power a reality for video professionals.

Other features include an onboard Optical Image Stabiliser – which by correcting for camera shake lends a professional look to the HD images captured, with no loss of quality – a 3.0-inch 230K Touch Panel LCD, a 0.24-inch 260K Viewfinder, an Internal Stereo Microphone, a Manual Operation Button, and a range of terminals for maximum versatility, including HDMI Out, AV Out, Headphone Out, USB, Mic In, as well as a Remote connection



Here is a photo taken by Sophie (the baby in our test chart who is now nearly 13) The picture was taken from the viewing area in the Shard using an Olympus TG 1 compact camera. I haven’t been up the Shard as yet, but from Sophie’s photos it looks spectacular, the best time for photos is approx 30 minutes before sunset. The one thing to look out for is reflections in the glass windows, try to position your lens as close to the windows as possible to avoid the reflections.








ILFORD introduces Canvas Natural 340gsm to GALERIE Prestige range


Free of added OBAs to ensure the most accurate colour rendition with a natural look, the 340gsm Canvas Natural offers superior printing performance with a traditional canvas structure for professional quality mounting.

Marly Switzerland – 1 March, 2013 – ILFORD (, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for inkjet printing, graphic arts and colour photographic processes today announces that it is expanding its popular GALERIE Prestige range with the introduction of the new 340gsm Canvas Natural media. Designed in response to customer demand for a canvas with natural looking characteristics, this cotton/polyester blend canvas will complement the bright white distinctiveness of the existing GALERIE Prestige Smooth Fine Art Canvas.

Featuring a matt surface and natural tint, GALERIE Prestige Canvas Natural is free of added optical brightening agents within the coating layer, making it ideal for stunning gallery wraps, exhibition and museum displays or other large format prints. Ideal for pigment based printers, Canvas Natural incorporates an advanced inkjet receiving layer for excellent colour gradation that ensures sharp and vivid images. A sturdy platform with a hefty feel, the 340gsm canvas offers reduced ink bleed and ensures optimal print accuracy. The new canvas media is available in 17”, 24” and 44” rolls to meet the varying demands of both in-studio printers as well as professional photo labs.

Incorporating a 1:1 weave structure for high quality applications, Canvas Natural’s robust, stretchable canvas features solid dimensional stability and contour definition. The dependable material can also be sewn for use as a banner, or for framed art with superior framing performance and decorative effect that is free of edge cracking or damage.

“A high quality print mounted on canvas has long been an industry staple. With our new GALERIE Prestige Canvas Natural, we are able to offer our customers the choice of canvas media to meet bright white or more natural look of their creative vision” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing for ILFORD Imaging. “The versatility of our new Canvas Natural should provide both at-home and in-studio printers, as well as professional labs with a unique deliverable for their most demanding client.”

The new ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Canvas Natural 340 gsm is immediately available in the following roll sizes.

  • 43.2cm (17”) x 12m
  • 61cm (24”) x 12m
  • 111.8cm (44”) x 12m


Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and colour photographic businesses, which include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP. ILFORD hosts its U.S. sales operations from its offices in Avon, CT