Nikon Corp. announced on August 3 the financial results for the first quarter ending on June 30, reporting that the total revenue for the period gained a 0.6% year-on-year to 170.3 billion yen, profit in operation declined 31.1% to 12.4 billion yen and net profit down 39.5% to 8.89 billion yen. In the Imaging Products segment, sales of mid-class cameras such as the D7500, a digital SLR camera released in June this year were firm, with unit sales increasing significantly in the U.S. Accordingly, the performance in revenue and operating profit exceeded the planned targets, but compared to the last year, a decease in revenue and operating profit was recorded due to a product mix change caused by the stagnant demand for the D5 and the D500. The company sold 720,000 units of interchangeable-lens cameras, 1.08 million units of interchangeable lenses and 770,000 compact digital cameras. The company said the unit sales of compact digital cameras declined but the average unit price rose about 30%.
19th August is celebrated as World Photography Day every year. To add to the celebrations, ASUS announced the launch of its latest smartphone ZenFone Zoom S. With its slim and lightweight body, this new phone is specifically built for photography. It features dual 12MP cameras with 2.3X true optical zoom and 12X total zoom. Its SuperPixel camera provides a pixel size of 1.4 micron. It features the Sony IMX362 sensor and provides a large f/1.7 lens aperture. It also features a fouraxis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and three-axis Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), RGB Colour-correction sensor for auto colour adjustments, 48MP Super Resolution mode that combines four native 12MP photos to create a single large image and 19 different capture modes. ASUS ZenFone Zoom S comes with a 5.5in Full HD 1920 x 1080 AMOLED display, along with 2.5D contoured Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, 14nm Octa-core @ 2.0 GHz processor. This new ZenFone comes with a 5000mAh battery that can last up to 2 days. The new ASUS ZenFone Zoom S is launched online and will be available exclusively on Flipkart at INR 26,999.
Venus Optics recently announced the launch of Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D for Sony Full Frame E-mount cameras. Currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens in the market, it is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens which covers both 35mm full-frame & APS-C sensors. Weighing around 500g (~1.1 pounds), the lens is 8 cm long and comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extralow dispersion elements. It provides an extreme 110° angle of view and ultrafast f/2 aperture. The lens provides a super close focussing distance of 15cm and is specially designed to remove the optical distortion commonly exist in wide angle lenses at infinity focus. The new Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers at an approximate retail price of USD 849.