Fujifilm unveils the X-T10 camera

Fujifilm releases new Instax Mini 90 Camera in “Brown Leather”

Japan researchers target 3D-printed body parts

Tsuyoshi Takato, a professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital, displays an artificial ear made of polyactic acid and designed by a 3D printer at his laboratory in Tokyo on January 16, 2015


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Japanese scientists say they are on their way to being able to create custom-made skin, bone and joints using a 3D printer.

Several groups of researchers around the world have developed small masses of tissue for implants, but now they are looking to take the next step and make them functional.

Tsuyoshi Takato, a professor at the University of Tokyo Hospital, said his team had been working to create “a next-generation bio 3D printer“, which would build up thin layers of biomaterials to form custom-made parts. His team combines stem cells — the proto-cells that are able to develop into any body part — and proteins that trigger growth, as well as synthetic substance similar to human collagen.

Using a 3D printer, they are working on “mimicking the structure of organs” — such as the hard surface and spongy inside for bones, Takato said.

In just a few hours, the printer crafts an implant using data from a Computer Tomography (CT) scan.

These implants can fit neatly into place in the body, and can quickly become assimilated by real tissue and other organs in the patient, the plastic surgeon said.

We usually take cartilage or bone from the patient’s own body (for regular implants), but these custom-made implants will mean not having to remove source material,” Takato said.

The technology could also offer hope for children born with bone or cartilage problems, for whom regular synthetic implants are no good because of the rate of their body’s growth. The main hurdle was the heat generated by conventional 3D printers, which damages living cells and protein.

We haven’t fully worked out how to avoid heat denaturation but we already have some models and are exploring which offers the most efficient method,” he told AFP.

The artificial protein Takato and his team use was developed by Fujifilm, which has been studying collagen used in photographic films. Since it is modelled on human collagen and does not derive from animals, it can be easily assimilated in human bodies, reducing the risk of infections such as mad-cow disease.

Takato said the team aims to start clinical tests of 3D-printed skin in three years and then proceed to bones, cartilages and joints.

Researchers say their previous project on the custom-made “CT-Bone“, developed with Tokyo-based firm Next 21 and governmental institutions, gave a hint to this latest study.

That technique uses calcium phosphate, the substance that makes up real bones, but does not contain stem cells. CT-Bone implants are inserted into broken bones, or places where the bone is missing, to act as a scaffolding for new bone growth. That new growth can overtake the implant after two years, with the host bone serving as an incubator.

Animal tests have suggested regeneration could be even quicker for implants that use collagens, stem cells and growth stimulus, Takato said. Japanese medical authorities are expected to grant approval for putting CT-Bone to practical use this year.

Fujifilm announces the selfie-ready X-A2 camera

Fujifilm X100T

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Fujifilm has unveiled its latest batch of upgrades to the beloved X100, without compromising the features that have made this particular model a favorite amongst camera enthusiasts. The new X100T features include an upgraded viewfinder allowing the EVF to show over the optical viewfinder to help capture your focus in real time, a real-time parallax correction, a film-like Classic Chrome mode, a new electronic shutter that goes up to 1/32000, and built-in WiFi.

Priced at $1,299 USD, the new Fujifilm X100T will be available for purchase on November 30th here.

Fujifilm X30 Enthusiast Compact Camera

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With more photographers, enthusiasts and professionals alike, in the market for a compact, pocket-friendly camera that doesn’t sacrifice quality, Fujifilm introduces the brand new X30. More than 18 months after the release of the X20, the X30 isn’t a giant leap forward, as it still features a 12 MP 2/3″ X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens with manual zoom adjustment. It’s upgrades however, include the move from an optical to an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a larger, tilting 3-inch LCD screen,  a control wheel around its lens, improved battery life and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Fujifilm’s X30 will be available this September in black or silver/black for $600 USD.


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Fujifilm X-T1


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Fujifilm has finally debuted its upcoming X-T1 mirrorless camera. The successor to Fujifilm’s X-E2, the X-T1 boasts a weather-sealed, die-cast magnesium body and houses an APS-C 16.3 megapixel sensor. In lieu of traditional digital viewfinders, the X-T1 comes with an OLED viewfinder with a lag of just .005 for a more lifelike experience.

Designed to appeal to photographer who find themselves in the outdoors often, the camera is designed to keep out water and dirt and can operate at temperatures as low as -10°C. Sturdy design aside, the camera includes built-in WiFi and smartphone connectivity for remote controlling. The X-T1 will be launching mid-February with a starting price of $1,299 USD for just the body.

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Fujifilm X-T1


Fujifilm X100S now available in black


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Fans of the Fujifilm X100S may be happy to learn that they’re finally releasing it in black to match the X100. The Japanese company has revealed the X100S Black, which is essentially the same high-end, retro-styled camera as its silver counterpart — except in a sober, blackened hue. Perennially chic in classic black, this model will be a keeper at the same price as before — $1,299 USD.

The black beauties are scheduled to hit shelves in February. Find more information at Fujifilm.

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Fujifilm X100S now available in black


Fujifilm XQ1


Remedying the XF1‘s design annoyances while implementing the X20‘s 2/3″ sensor, X-Trans CMOS II architecture and EXR Processor II is the latest powerful pocket camera from Fujifilm: the XQ1.

Sporting a new Fujinon 25-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens alongside an improved 3″ 920,000-pixel LCD, the XQ1 includes built-in Wi-Fi, focus peaking and picture-in-picture manual focus assist. Packing the punch of the X20 in a shiny new streamlined package, Fujifilm’s XQ1 is set to drop later this month for about $500 USD.

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Fujifilm XQ1


Fujifilm introduces the X-E2


Fujifilm has announced the X-E2 camera ahead of its debut at the PhotoPlus trade show. The successor to the X-E1, the X-E2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera boasts an automatic viewfinder and a new EXR Processor II.

The prior model’s 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor has been upgraded to the new X-Trans CMOS II sensor, which should translate into improved image quality. The X-E2 is set to go on sale in November with a price tag of $1,000 USD for just the body or $1,400 USD for a bundle that includes an XF18mm-55mm lens.

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Fujifilm X-E2