Archive for February, 2012
Aspiring youth to gain first-hand tips from internationally renowned National Geographic photographer
February 2012 - Photographs speak beyond a thousand words, and provide perspectives of the world we normally would not see. National Geographic Channel (NGC) and Canon are calling for fresh viewpoints from budding photographers aged 13 to 25 years old to observe our youths’ definition of culture and heritage through the National Geographic Channel Young Photographer Awards Photography Competition. Aspiring young photographers will also gain first-hand tips from internationally renowned National Geographic photographer Ira Block and on-site photography experience with CanonSingapore resident photography instructor Jino Lee.
The National Geographic Channel Young Photographer Awards Photography Competition now welcomes students aged 13 to 25 years old to submit their best entries that capture the essence of Culture and Heritage, a topic that rings close to home. It could be photographs of a colourful festival, photographs of people engaged in cultural activities, or it could be a fond memory held close to your heart. More information of the competition can be found on the microsite, www.natgeotv.com/asia/awards. Entries for submission will close on 25 March 2012.
A rich trove of awards awaits winners and lucky members of the public. Eight grand prize winners – four fromSingaporeand four fromMalaysia– will win a Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR camera, a photo expedition toBaliwith Canon’s resident photography instructor Jino Lee with accommodation and return air-tickets fully paid for, as well as a place with National Geographic photographer Ira Block in his photography seminar.
Other photography enthusiasts can also sign up on the microsite for an exclusive Photography Seminar with Ira Block, an expert in his field who has shot ancient artifacts inGreece to dinosaur fossils in Gobi desert and documenting Moche mummies inPeru. Taking place in May 2012 inSingapore andMalaysia, Ira Block will provide inspiration for hobbyists as well as students aspiring to pursue photography as a professional career and even consider being National Geographic photographers.
Members of the public can also play their part by voting for their favorite shortlisted photos from 29 March onwards, – one fromSingaporeand one fromMalaysia- standing a chance to win attractive prizes including a complimentary night’s stay at resorts inBalieach. Determined by the highest number of votes in each country, the Voter’s Choice entries – one fromSingaporeand one fromMalaysia– will walk home with a Canon PIXMA Photo printer and a complimentary night’s stay at resorts,Balieach.
More information, as well as Terms and Conditions of the contests can be found on www.natgeotv.com/asia/awards
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI)
National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) inspires viewers through its smart, innovative programming that questions what we know, how we view the world and what drives us forward. A business enterprise owned by National Geographic Ventures and FOX Entertainment Group, NGCI contributes to the National Geographic Society’s commitment to exploration, conservation and education through its six channels: National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Nat Geo Adventure and Nat Geo Music.
Globally, National Geographic Channel (including NGCU.S., which is a joint venture of NGV and Fox Cable Networks Group) is available in more than 380 million homes in 165 countries and 38 languages.
For more information, please visit www.natgeotv.com.
About Canon Singapore Pte Ltd
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte Ltd is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company leads 18 other countries including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailandand a representative office in Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc has a global network of close to 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits about 10% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 19 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.
More information is available at. www.canon.com.sg
The Olympus Pen Lite Mark III or better known as E-PL3 was launched in August 2011. The “L” in the model code stands for Lite – a “detuned” version of the flagship E-P3. The E-PL3 sits in between the high end E-P3 and the entry-level E-PM3 (“M” for Mini). This camera was targeted at upgraders who wish to have a better quality photos from the usual point & shoot, with interchangeable lens flexibility and in a stylish, compact package.
Since the E-PL2 (Jan 2010), there’s been many practical & (I call them) “sensible” improvements made available to the E-PL3. A quick check with the regular camera stores reveals that both versions are still selling side by side today. Although there is a “slight” price difference, the different shapes from the 2 Pens attracted different group of users. (The Olympus Pen Series makes good fashion statement too with its selection of colors and its compactness.)
I was pretty happy when I received the E-PL3 review unit (together with the E-PL2) from the localOlympus guys. They sent the E-PL3 in my favorite metallic red color too.
So what has changed? As usual, I shall not state all the technical specs here which might bore you out. Instead, I shall highlight its important changes here. For the full specs, you can always google it for yourself. My style remains, layman style without all the technical stuff, but from the view of a user. As a professional photographer, (and as usual) I feel “strange” to be seen with these 2 Pens, but as I set out to test them, I realized these Micro 4/3 from Olympus are a joy to use – especially those days when I really feel like dumping the “heavy weights” at home for a weekend.
Main Differences between the 2 Pens.
11 AF Points/ ISO100-6400/ Bigger Body/ White Balance 7 Steps/
Plastic Body/ TruePic IV Processor/ 4 image aspect ratio/ 4 recording formats/
No AF Assist lamp/ 22 scene modes/ 9 pop filters/ 3 fps/ No Tilt Screen/ 317 g
35 AF Points/ ISO200-12800/ Smaller Body/ White Balance 7 Steps + Kelvin Settable/ Metal Body/ TruePic V Processor/ 5 image aspect ratio/ 6 recording formats/
AF Assist lamp added/ 23 scene modes/ 6 pop filters/ 5.5 fps/ Tilt Screen/ 265 g
I decided to test out the Pens at Lower Peirce Reservoir at a shooting event. As the Sun was extremely bright and hot this morning, this makes it perfect for me to put the camera through a few pace for direct comparisons.
Test 1: Reservoir View, Lower Peirce Reservoir, Singapore with direct Sun light from back right.
Both cameras set to 1/180, F8, ISO 200, FR 14mm, Centre Weighted Average Metering, AWB, Spot Focus on Centre AF, Manual Exposure.
I picked this scene because this scene will be great to test the metering as there are mixed shaded areas with sections that are overwhelmed by the strong & bright sunlight. Both Pens read the scene quite accurately however I would sway towards the E-PL2 for this case as the details on the clouds retained most its details while the E-PL3 sort of over-exposed the sky causing details lost on the clouds. The area below the bridge on the shot by E-PL2 has somewhat more illumination than the shot recorded by the E-PL3. Now look at the vegetations on the far left. The E-PL3 did an excellent job by balancing the overall exposure quite well, but the E-PL2 produced a darker shade of vegetation. So my take is, E-PL2: 1/ E-PL3: 0
Test 2: Bank View, Lower Peirce Reservoir, Singapore with direct Sun light from back of camera.
Both cameras set to 1/250, F16, ISO 200, FR 25mm, Centre Weighted Average Metering, AWB, Spot Focus on Centre AF, Manual Exposure.
This low shot was done to test the sensitivity of the metering system and also how the camera fares in rendering colors in a mix scene of various contrasting colors. On the E-PL2 shot, the sky rendered a nice shade of blue but the rocks turned a little pinkish. On the E-PL3, the rocks are in the exact color that my eye saw, the sky’s blue is slightly paled as compared to the E-PL2 shot, but the green on the foliages were rich and exact. With this, I will vote towards the E-PL3 as going by the percentage of accuracy, I will prefer to have my photo in a balanced exposure with accurate colors and only needing to adjust minimally on the sections that needs tweaking, On overall, the E-PL3’s shot gives a 80% accuracy which outperformed the E-PL2 that I rated about 60%.
So my take is, E-PL2: 0/ E-PL3: 1
Test 3: Snap shot of friends against the sun.
Both cameras set to 1/1250, F8, ISO 200, FR 35mm, Centre Weighted Average Metering, AWB, Spot Focus on Centre AF, Manual Exposure.
Interestingly, this shot was a random shot. I was resting and enjoying the breeze when I decided to shot both my friends. The sun was at their back and I tried out this shot to see how the cameras will fare when shooting backlighted subjects without a flash. From the shots, the E-PL2 tried to balance the exposure however making the face pale and lifeless, the E-PL3 managed to captured the scene correctly by lighting the faces correctly without having to suffer a color loss and the background colors are also well rendered and precise. It’s obvious that I will pick the E-PL3 over the E-PL2 in this aspect. E-PL2: 0/ E-PL3:1.
Test 4: Reservoir View, this time when the sun is about 45 degree to the horizon (the 10.30am sun as some landscape photographers will described).
Both cameras set to 1/1000, F22, ISO 400, FR 18mm, Centre Weighted Average Metering, AWB, Spot Focus on Centre AF, Manual Exposure.
First look had me attracted to the E-PL3 shot as the colors were very nicely reproduced and I love the details captured on the sky, the clouds, the green vegetations on the far back. The E-PL2 produced a slightly “gloomy” photo but certainly acceptable by most standards. For some strange reasons, this shot taken by both Pens sort of pulls each other apart. Although from the same product range, the shot from the E-PL2 is expected “to be like this” but the shot from the E-PL3 looks like it was shot from a Professional DSLR.
Needless to say, my take will be, E-PL2: 0/ E-PL3: 1.
Test 5: Multi Burst, testing on its AF Accuracy, the speed of Continous AF (C-AF).
Both cameras set to 1/200, F18, ISO 400, FR 25mm, Evaluative Metering, AWB, Spot Focus on Centre AF, Manual Exposure, C-AF, Multiple Shot..
I pressed the shutter for about 2 seconds on both cameras. The E-PL2 captured about 7 shots and if you are wondering why there are only 4 shots above, well, these are the only 4 shots that are sharp enough to be posted. The E-PL3 managed really well in this aspect as a total of 14 shots were recorded at the same time and 12 sharp photos were produced as seen below.
Both cameras were fired at the same time and ended at the same time. From the above, it is very obvious that the E-PL3 has my vote for this round.
So, E-PL2: 0/ E-PL3:1.
The test shots above had the E-PL3 beating the E-PL2 4:1. Let’s see how both cameras fared in other areas.
Based on the score sheet & pre-set testing criteria, the E-PL2 scored 30/50 while the E-PL3 scored an impressive 42/50.
My view, the E-PL3 is much closer to the flagship E-P3 than the E-PM3 is to the E-PL3. The image quality from the E-PL3 belongs to the “DSLR” class and packaged to lure upgraders from point & shoot prosumers who wants exceptional quality photos, flexibility with manual modes and interchangeable lens. Although I feel that the sleeker body is a little too small for my hands, I believed this body will fit perfectly into the hands of a million ladies. Light weight, well built and small enough to be placed anywhere, I am willing to ignore my oversized hands and have one E-PL3 as a back up body or a leisure camera whenever I am not working with my “larger DSLRs”.
If you considering to move from prosumer compact to a DSLR camera but hate the weight and size, the Olympus E-PL3 is an excellent choice – to start.
Below are some “Behind the Scene” photos – Courtesy of Connie Yeo (Shutter Journey)
Connect by Getty Images enables businesses to seamlessly integrate with Getty Images’ content, metadata and search technologies
Singapore– February 23, 2012 – Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of visual content and other media, today announced the release of Connect by Getty Images, an innovative new content distribution service that allows customers and business partners to integrate Getty Images’ core functionality and robust content and metadata directly within their publishing tools, products and services through use of the company’s powerful and flexible API. Through Connect by Getty Images, companies can enhance and expand their offerings to further serve their customers’ needs, more efficiently manage workflows and costs, and generate revenue through constantly refreshed content.
“Connect makes it easy for customers and partners to integrate Getty Images’ tremendous breadth of content, our rich-set of metadata and industry leading search within their platform, products, services, and applications,” said Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and CEO of Getty Images. “The platform is a comprehensive, customizable and scalable solution that enables businesses to improve their products, streamline workflows, reduce storage costs and launch compelling new services.”
A global company offering the broadest selection and highest quality creative and editorial content to well over one million customers, Getty Images designed Connect to be customizable and scalable for a wide variety of customer needs. By utilising Connect, customers and partners gain direct and immediate access to constantly refreshed and updated content in real-time, as well as Getty Images’ advanced metadata and search functionality – only available previously by visiting www.gettyimages.com – to enable new uses and avoid internal development and hosting costs.
Currently, over 40 companies, including media companies, digital media and advertising services, print-on-demand services and mobile and web-based applications, are leveraging Connect to yield value within their products and offerings. Connect by Getty Images is now available to all Getty Images customers and partners. To learn more about Connect and its advanced capabilities, please visit https://api.gettyimages.com/.
About Getty Images
Getty Images is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognised provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com.au to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.
Presenting OLYMPUS SZ-14, OLYMPUS VG-150, OLYMPUS VG-170 and OLYMPUS VR-350
· OLYMPUS SZ-14
2. The Olympus SZ-14 is available for S$398 (with GST) from end-January 2012 in black, silver or red at Olympus authorised retailers.
· OLYMPUS VG-150
1. The super-slender Olympus VG-150 offers outstanding value for money. Like all Olympus cameras, the new VG-150 makes it quick and easy to record high-quality still photos and movies in everyday situations.
2. The Olympus VG-150 is available for S$138 (with GST) from March 2012 in black and silver at Olympus authorised retailers.
2. The Olympus VG-170 is available for S$198 (with GST) from February 2012 in black, white or red at Olympus authorised retailers.
· OLYMPUS VR-350
1. The new VR-350 keeps the exquisite, all-metal design of its predecessor – and benefit from a new, slightly retro ‘smart grip’ at the front.
2. The Olympus VR-350 is available from June 2012 onwards in black, purple, silver, white or red at Olympus authorised retailers
Thirsty for the specifications? Well too bad, please Olympus’s website. (See Below Note)
NOTE on Olympus Singapore.
*Despite my continual request to have Press Releases in Word Format, Olympus Singapore’s PR Agemcy still prefer to send me PDF File. So, I am not going to post up the full specs here as it will be as good as retyping – waste of time. Go google for it or visit Olympus’s website for the full details.
iStockphoto today announced a new app that lets anyone create fast, fun and free e-cards for use on Facebook.
The iStock e-card App can be accessed via any existing iStockphoto Facebook page or http://apps.facebook.com/istockecard/. In a matter of seconds, a user can create, customise and personalise a card that can be posted to a friend’s wall or sent privately via Facebook message. With over 50 free images, illustrations and videos representing major holidays, celebrations and milestones, iStock’s e-card app makes it easy to customise an electronic greeting for virtually any occasion.
“One of the greatest things about Facebook is that it lets you stay in touch with a wide range of people simultaneously,” said Rebecca Rockafellar, general manager of iStockphoto. “If you’re one of the more than 800 million people who frequent Facebook, chances are on any given day at least one of your friends is celebrating something special. The iStock e-card app makes it easy to mark the occasion with something more meaningful than a simple comment or wall post.”
The iStock e-card App is available immediately. International versions of the Facebook app have been created in German, Italian, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and English. The application is free and available to anyone with a Facebook profile.
iStockphoto offers easy, affordable inspiration with millions of vetted, royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash® files. Using the most advanced search in the business, customers download a file every second from a collection of more than ten million files for business, marketing and personal projects. iStockphoto started in 2000, pioneering the micropayment photography business model, and has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.
as Getty Images Creative Grants
-Getty Images Calls for Entries for 2012 Creative Grants-
Getty Images today announced the rebranding of the Grants for Good as Getty Images Creative Grants, with an increased emphasis on the innovative use of creative and conceptual imagery and film.
Fostering the collaboration between photographers and filmmakers with agency creatives and nonprofits, the Getty Images Creative Grants will award two grants of $15,000, each year, to fund the creation of a compelling visual campaign that promotes positive change. In addition to the cash prize, the winning photographer-agency or filmmaker-agency team will have the opportunity to leverage the expertise of Getty Images’ art directors, photo editors and producers to execute the project. Grant applications will be accepted from February 1 to March 1, each year, on Getty Images Grants’ site at www.gettyimages.com/grants.
“Nonprofits need compelling creative content to effectively tell their stories and stand out from the documentary style traditionally associated with the nonprofit sector,” said Andrew Saunders, Senior Vice President of Creative Content for Getty Images. “Together with creative agencies and content creators these organizations can leverage innovative conceptual imagery to raise awareness around critical world issues.”
“Nonprofits work tirelessly to bring about positive change and our Creative Grant is designed to help them communicate more effectively to their supporters,” said Peggy Willet, Senior Director of Citizenship for Getty Images. “The goal of Getty Images Creative Grants is to provide the means and resource to generate new ways of using visual content that can create positive awareness for their philanthropic endeavors.”
The grants will be awarded by independent judges, each selected by Getty Images based on their industry standing and experience. Applications will be evaluated against criteria which include the strength and concept of the portfolio imagery as well as the level of collaboration between the creative communications agency and the nonprofit, to create a compelling visual narrative. The 2012 Grants for Good judging panel will consist of:
- Nick Law, EVP, Chief Creative Officer of North America, R/GA
- Jonny Bauer, Head of Strategy, Droga5
- Karl Heiselman, CEO, Wolff Olins
Winners will be announced in June at the 2012 Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. For further information on Getty Images’ grants program, including previous recipients visit: www.gettyimages.com/grants.
About Getty Images
Getty Images is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com/ to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.
2 New Zuiko lens for Olympus’s Micro 4/3 System Announced. Pending its launch in the 2nd half of 2012, both (mock up) lenses will be exhibited at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, February 9-12, 2012.
They are OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8 and OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro.
The 75mm F1.8 (Portrait Lens) will feature a full metal construction while the 60mm F2.8 Macro (a 1:1 Macro lens) is developed for elements-proofed. Final design of the lenses will be expected to be different slightly. Right Now, I only have the prototype photos. I will be back with more updates once Olympus Singapore alert me again.
Remember Olympus SZ-10 & SZ-11? Or the sexy SZ-30 MR?
Olympus updates the SZ Series with the NEW SZ-31 MR, a flagship compact that was touted as the “Light Traveller’s Camera”. Being the “lightest & cutest” ( as claimed by Olympus) compact in the “Super Zoom” class (20X Optical Zoom), the SZ-31 MR offers the user a superb zoom range of 25-600mm (35mm eqv), the 25mm at ultra wide will be great for landscape photography and the telephoto end of 600mm allows good wildlife range while managing every other genre in between nicely.
Featuring the company’s TruPic image processors, 2 of them to be exact, this gives the camera a faster response rate, better low-light performance and better focusing and it uses a dual-IS system (image stablization) best for shooting telephoto range to ensure sharp photos. Coupled with Olympus’ iHS technology, travelling with the SZ-31 MR will be stress-free.
As expected from all Olympus imaging products, the brand offers lots of built-in creative filters, shooting functions, full HD Videos and many more goodies. The SZ-31 MR comes in Silver or Black, look out for it when it hit the stores in May 2012.
* Despite my continual request to have Press Releases in Word Format, Olympus still prefer to send me PDF File.
So, I am not going to post up the full specs here as it will be as good as retyping – waste of time. Go google for it or visit Olympus’s website for the full details
Olympus claims “DSLR” Picture Quality and new iHS Technologies ups the forte against the competition.
For those who worshipped TG-310, TG-615 and even the older TOUGH series like the TG-8010 etc, the TG-620 come as a new camera more than just an update.
The TruPic VI Image Processor is by far, the smartest. The ability to recognize a huge variety of shooting scenes, faster response and even good for low-light performance. Originally developed for the brand’s flagship DSLRs (E- series), Olympus just gave its competitors a run for their money by having this in the new TG0620. Those who are new to TOUGH, these are the incarnations from the 35mm MU series which had underwent a series of powerful improvements and enhancements till today’s “element proofed” version.
TOUGH is known for its use in freezing condition, underwater shooting and can take falls. Not just knocks mind you. This little compact is truly the adventurer’s best gear and a must to have. The TG-620 has the equivalent zoom range of 28-140mm (35mm eqv.) so this is also a useable “everyday” camera. From wide to telephoto, this range covers almost every genre of photography. To sweeten the deal, the TG-620 takes Full HD Videos and offers a scratch-proofed 3 inch LCD, now that is what I call a true outdoor compact.
Standard offerings like an array of creative filters, better ISO range and control, Eye-fi Card and a host of built-on functions just round up the TG-620 as the next TOUGH compact to consider for purchase.
Think TOUGH? Think Olympus.
* Despite my continual request to have Press Releases in Word Format, Olympus still prefer to send me PDF File.
So, I am not going to post up the full specs here as it will be as good as retyping – waste of time. Go google for it or visit Olympus’s website for the full details.
LET THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES…
While the World marvels over Nikon’s recent announcement of the Nikon D4 and the Nikon D800, PENTAX pushes the PENTAX WG adventure camera series to the edge for the 13th time with the PENTAX Optio WG-2 digital compact camera.
Waterproof to 40 feet
Waterproof to a depth of 40 feet is perfect for use when submerged in a pool, lake, or ocean, or simply when caught in a sudden downpour.
Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 LBF (pound-force), preventing damage at the bottom of a backpack or handbag, or when accidentally wedged between a body and a solid object.
Dustproof design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments from the beach to the desert.
Large 3 inch LCD features a wide angle viewable HVGA resolution screen (460,000 dots), while anti-reflective coating on the screen’s protective acrylic panel greatly enhances visibility in brightly lit shooting conditions.
Durable lens cover
Tough mineral crystal cover protects internal lens elements, and an easy-to-clean SP coating helps water sheet off the optical surface, minimizing blur due to water droplets.
PENTAX Shake Reduction
Pixel Track, Digital, and Movie Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images and video, even in dim lighting.
Autofocus assist lamp
An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus, even in the most challenging of lighting conditions.
Flexible multi-purpose Green Button allows for quick access to many common camera settings, including Movie Mode, Voice Recording, and other functions.
16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
Backlit 16 megapixel CMOS sensor offers superior high resolution imaging with no-compromise in image quality, color accuracy, and noise performance.
Shockproof, ruggedized design protects from drops up to 5 feet, ensuring stable operation during rigorous activity or for life’s everyday mishaps.
Coldproof to sub-freezing temperatures of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F) is ideal for use in cold, snowy, wet conditions from skiing to snowmobiling, snowshoeing to sledding, or just building a snowman in the front yard.
5X optical zoom
Wide angle 5X internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent) provides flexible capture of subjects near or far without sacrificing any bit of the camera’s rugged design.
Full 1080p Video
Capture full HD video in widescreen 1080p resolution (1920×1080) with efficient, high quality h.264 compression at 30 frames per second.
An HDMI port (Micro, Type-D) plays back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs.
Capture perfect portraits with fast Face Detection technology, including Smile Capture and Blink Detection functions, as well as exposure modes specifically designed for portrait photography.
Extended Dynamic range
Extended dynamic range functions help bring out extra detail in shadow and/or highlight areas of an image to prevent exposure clipping.
Optional infrared remote
Take pictures remotely using an optional PENTAX infrared remote control, perfect for self-portraits or group shots, small subject photography, or rock steady exposures.