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Have you ever watched a dog at play? They're in their own little world where chasing a chipmunk across the yard is every bit as important as that TPS report you've been tasked to write. And that hole Fido's been digging? He's not sure where it leads, he only knows it must be dug. Ah, the life of a dog -- rather than dress up in a Wilfred costume and freak out the neighbers, you can live vicariously through your pet with GoPro's new Fetch mount. The Fetch dog harness has two mount locations for HERO cameras -- one on the back for an over-the-head perspective and a second on the chest to see the... Read more...
It’s sometimes easy to forget how far camera quality on smartphones has come in a relatively short time; just like point-and-shoot digital cameras did, mobile cameras pumped up the megapixels and then started enjoyed higher-quality optics and manual exposure controls, as well. Samsung’s latest flagship handheld, the Galaxy S5, has what is apparently a very nice camera, as evidenced by a short film called “Sunrise to Sunset”. Unless you knew that the whole thing was shot on an S5, you’d never have guessed. Samsung Mobile created the film, a sort of day in the life bit... Read more...
Sony's overall struggles are very real, but a few areas of the company have remained best-in-class despite huge global competition. Its gaming prowess is hard to question, with the PlayStation line killing it in terms of sales and critical response. Moreover, the company's imaging department has been delivering top-notch mirrorless cameras that largely outclass anything else in the sector. And, as cameraphone sensors become more important (and the selfie craze continues to gain steam), Sony is doubling down on image sensor perfection. The company said that it would invest $345 million to "increase... Read more...
With a GoPro IPO on the horizon, it's safe to say that what started as something that extreme sports fanatics took advantage of is about to becoming a mainstream hit. In a lot of ways, the tiny action camera already is. Now, the BMW Group's Technology Office has partnered with GoPro to build the first-ever in-car integration between GoPro and an automobile. Cars equipped with BMW Apps or Mini Connected platforms will be able to configure and control a GoPro. Starting in July 2014, the integration will be functional on all model year 2012 and later BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or... Read more...
Lytro is doing something that few other companies are these days: launching into a new hardware sector using the conventional means, instead of relying on Kickstarter to simply serve a specific niche. The original Lytro camera was a rectangular device that looked nothing like a camera, but the Illum is easy to mistake for a typical micro-four thirds cam. It's the higher end of Lytro's product portfolio, with a light field mechanism that enables the focal point to be shifted after the shot is captured. Speaking of internals, the company's product page now details a 40 "Megaray" customized sensor... Read more...
The "Poke Wars" have ended folks, as Facebook has decided that nobody really cares about the Poke app, which was only available on iOS anyway -- it was never released on Android. It's the end of a 10 year run from when Poking was first made available. It would launch to mobile in 2012 and offer users a self-destruct timer similar to Snapchat's app. However, the Poke app never became even remotely as popular as Snapchat, for which Facebook reportedly tried to acquire for $1 billion in an initial bid and then for $3 billion in a follow-up offer, which was also rejected. Perhaps with the retiring... Read more...
Lytro tried to flip photography on its head a few years ago with the introduction of its original light-field camera. Sporting a funky design reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, the rectangular-shaped tube-like camera excelled at capturing the entire light field around an image, thereby allowing photographers to refocus photos and change their orientation after they've already been taken. Fast forward to today, Lytro is back with a second model -- ILLUM -- that's more functional (and more expensive) than the original. Whereas the original Lytro debuted at $399, the Lytro ILLUM is a $1,599 camera, though... Read more...
Apple snagged a patent from the USPTO for a bayonet mount for the iPhone that would be used to attach and swap out interchangeable camera lenses. It could be used for any iOS device, ostensibly, but it really only makes sense on a mobile device with a high-quality camera. Apple notes in the patent that problems with existing means of attaching objects to mobile devices have failed to be aesthetically pleasing and also are not designed to release from the device in the event of a drop. Other solutions for interchangeable lenses on mobile device cameras employ measures such as magnets, but Apple... Read more...
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is coming soon, but its release is reportedly being delayed by an issue with its camera. Specifically, according to Korean news site ETNews, is that Samsung can’t figure out a way to fit all the parts for the device’s 16MP camera together without damaging the lens. The lens module is comprised of six plastic parts, which is one piece more than the 13MP module; however, while the number of parts has increased, their thickness has not decreased, thus leading to a situation wherein the whole unit is a hair too thick. The lens could... Read more...
Sometimes a company has an idea that hits everyone right in the zeitgeist. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are terrific indicators of what people will be interested in buying, because they speak volumes with their support. We’ve seen it in the recent past with projects like Pebble, OUYA, and the Oculus Rift, and smartphone camera lens maker Moment is enjoying some of that same grassroots success. Moment was looking to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter, but it blew way past that amount right away, netting $100,000 in just 28 hours. Currently, with 25 days to go in the campaign, Moment has raised... Read more...
It’s a fact that for most of us, our primary camera is the one baked onto our smartphone. For some shots that’s been fine, and the ability to immediately share photos and video is tremendous, but the world could do without yet another shaky, far-away clip of kids’ soccer games, etc. Moment is addressing the issue of needing better lenses for our phones by developing high-quality external, easily-attachable lenses. They’ve developed wide-angle and telephoto lenses that attach to your smartphone using a tiny metal mount that doesn’t harm your device and can be mounted... Read more...
It’s an old story in tech that one evolving area of a market cannibalizes another, and it’s possible that’s what’s happening with smartphones and high-end digital camera sales. Citing IDC’s research, the WSJ notes that shipments of DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses will drop 9.1% to 17.4 million units, down from 19.1 million last year. One IDC analyst, Christopher Chute, told the WSJ that he’s found that some consumers are eschewing a high-quality camera such as a DSLR and instead spending their dollars on smartphones and tablets. Nikon Df DSLR There’s... Read more...
There's no need to squint, and there's no need to check your calendar: you're living in 2013, but this camera looks like it built in an era that many have forgotten about. Out of left field, the Nikon Df has arrived. The company has thrived on selling huge, high-end DSLRs to professionals, but it struck out with lackluster interchangeable lens options. Now, the Df aims to strike a balance between the two worlds: it's small in terms of being a full-format camera, but it's versatile enough to woo those are serious about imaging. The Df is a full-frame (FX) camera, and amazingly, it ships with the... Read more...
Maybe you still own a point-n-shoot camera or maybe you don't because the pictures from your smartphone are good enough for Facebook. Either way, most would agree that even though built-in cameras on mobile devices are getting better, they're still not as good as dedicated point-n-shoot devices, especially in low light situations. Interestingly enough, Samsung, which has a presence in both markets, is trying to close the gap. The South Korean handset and camera maker has reportedly developed a 13-megapixel camera module for smartphones with superior low light performance. Supposedly the camera... Read more...
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