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Canon Announced the Canon EOS 70D, promising that the DSLR will offer “instant and precise” focusing in both still images and video thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus feature and phase-detection AF. Canon also says the camera can shoot video near the quality of a camcorder, in 1080p HD at 30 FPS. The EOS 70D features a 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor and an ISO range of 100-12800, with the ability to snap sharp images even in low light. It can handle SD/SDHC/SDXC and Ultra High Speed cards. There’s also a stereo microphone with manual audio level adjustment that features an attenuator to prevent clipping, and Canon’s Stepping... Read more...
Oh, Samsung, you of myriad form factors and zany ideas. We have a feeling that the company will get its own large display in a computer museum someday dedicated to all the mobile devices it’s been cranking out lately, from giant phablets to stylus-equipped tablets to an Android camera. The latest is a combination smartphone and camera called the SamsungGalaxy S4 Zoom. There are a few photos of the device leaking out onto the web, and they show what pretty much looks like a phone with a camera glued to the back. If you’re hoping for a great smartphone with just a better than average camera, you’ll probably be disappointed by the girth of the Galaxy S4 Zoom, but if you’re... Read more...
Remember Polaroid? Yeah, that Polaroid. The brand that helped define an entire era of photography has had some ups and downs over the years, with more "downs" in recent years. But now, the company is staging a comeback by producing items that are far more germane in today's society. The latest is the XS80, a mountable HD action camera designed to rival GoPro and the like. It'll take 1080p30 video in the wild, making it ideal for recording extreme sports. It's housed in a waterproof case along with anti-shake technology, and it's even shock + impact resistant. Additionally a variety of mounts that come standard allow video and still images to be captured virtually anywhere. Polaroid XS80 Specs... Read more...
Technology is a wonderful thing, particularly when it's used to advance the lives of those who would otherwise never be able to enjoy it. Over the years, much has been done to increase the joy in the lives of those who are visually impaired. Screen readers, Braille devices, and even apps have been designed to enable the blind to enjoy certain aspects of technology in much the same way as those with normal vision. Now, colleagues at UC Santa Cruz have come up with a new smartphone program that helps blind users take excellent photographs. The program was built around solutions that were asked for in a survey of blind smartphone users; the students took the most-needed features and tried to construct... Read more...
While DSLRs are still quite the rage, it's the interchangeable lens format that's seriously taking off. Olympus' Micro Four Thirds division has been one of the more popular ones, and the company's introducing the new PEN Lite E-PL6 line this week in order to advance that further. Scheduled to go on sale in June, this camera offers a 16MP sensor, TruePic VI processing engine, faster focusing, and a touch panel. The camera also features a range of substantial new functions that make photography more convenient and expand the shooting possibilities of the camera. These include a Short Release Time Lag mode, ISO LOW setting, interval Shooting, Time lapse movies and a Level guide. With Red as a new... Read more...
Love 'em or hate 'em, security cameras are everywhere, and given the world we live in, it's unlikely that they'll ever go away. Instead, they're more likely to grow in numbers, especially once technology like the following takes hold. One of the greatest limitations of the traditional camera lens is its limited field-of-view. In a corner of a convenience store, for example, there's likely to be many gaps the camera's oblivious to - especially directly beneath it. And if Deus Ex: Human Revolution has taught me anything, those same limitations will still exist in 2027. For photographers, capturing a long building in a single shot can prove difficult even with a high-end wide-angle lens. ... Read more...
Onward and upward, isn't that right? For Kodak, it sure hopes so. After falling from grace as one of the premier names in photography and printing, right into Chapter 11, the company has finally announced a new plan and settlement that will hopefully push it towards an exit from bankruptcy. Eastman Kodak Company today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor. Under the agreement, which will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Kodak’s Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses will be spun off under new ownership to KPP. The settlement agreement provides, among other things, for the spin-off of Kodak’s... Read more...
It's a connected world, and we're just living in it. While the point-and-shoot camera was chalked up as dead a few years back by some -- folks who thought the evolution of the smartphone camera would do the category in -- companies are now learning to innovate the space in a way that could squeeze a few more years of life from it. Panasonic just launched a new $500 high-end pocket camera, the Lumix DMC-LF1. It's a compact shooter, but offers some pretty impressive specifications. There's a f/2.0 Leica lens, a 7.1x optical zoom, a high-sensitivity MOS sensor, and built-in Wi-Fi + NFC. That's right; a camera with not only Wi-Fi, but also NFC. The LF1 features "Touch & Share," which allows users... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Camera is most certainly a bold try at creating an entirely new segment by merging two existing ones (smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras), but for those who aren't willing to pony up for the AT&T-infused version, there's also a Wi-Fi only model. Samsung has announced this week that the Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera is shipping now for $450, offering a standard camera alongside Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), access to Google Play, and support for a variety of camera apps -- Instagram included. The camera itself boasts a 21x optical zoom, 16MB CMOS sensor, and a 4.8" HD Super Clear Touch LCD. It also integrates a new Photo Wizard tool, featuring a comprehensive set of 35 editing features,... Read more...
Sharing photos with one's friends and family is a common, everyday occurrence. Instagram has gained over 100 million photo sharing users in just two years, and this is just one of many outlets people use to share photos with the people they love. While sharing pictures taken with your smartphone is easy and convenient since you can upload and share while on the go, the picture quality you get from a smartphone isn't quite on the same level as a standalone digital camera, with a larger sensor and better optics. Connected cameras such as the Samsung Galaxy Camera promise the best of both worlds for users who want to share their photos right away but who also want the image quality that only comes... Read more...
Sharing photos with one's friends and family is a common, everyday occurrence. Instagram has gained over 100 million photo sharing users in just two years, and this is just one of many outlets people use to share photos with the people they love. While sharing pictures taken with your smartphone is easy and convenient since you can upload and share while on the go, the picture quality you get from a smartphone isn't quite on the same level as a standalone digital camera, with a larger sensor and better optics. Connected cameras such as the Samsung Galaxy Camera promise the best of both worlds for users who want to share their photos right away but who also want the image quality that... Read more...
If you've ever attempted to take a serious photograph with a cameraphone, you've probably come away disappointed a time or two. Or, perhaps even more. A lot of phones just don't have an advanced autofocusing system, so you're left with either blurry shots taken in haste, or shots that were missed completely because it couldn't focus on the subject in time. DigitalOptics Corporation is hoping to change that with the launch of mems|cam. It's described as a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) autofocus camera module for smartphones, with the modules said to "harness the performance advantages of MEMS technology to deliver dramatically improved speed, power, and precision in smartphone cameras."... Read more...
These days, camera makers are trying all sorts of new tricks in order to make up for lost sales in the point-and-shoot department. Ever since cameraphones became acceptable enough for the masses, there have been a lot fewer reasons to splurge on a compact. And with technology constantly shrinking, we've seen a number of companies attempt to shove high-spec product into small containers. Take a look at Nikon's new Coolpix A -- it's the company's first DX-format Coolpix. In other words, the sensor is the same as was in the heralded D90 a few years ago, but its size is far more mobile. The all-glass 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) prime lens has an f/2.8 aperture, and there's 16.2 megapixels to work with.... Read more...
As Conan O'Brien so frequently does, he's selected yet another new technology to poke fun of on his late-night comedy show. The latest victim? None other than Google's Glass. While the product has been inching its way from developer to mainstream, most recently in a spiffy new commercial that shows off some of its features, it seems that Google has yet another product that may be far closer to becoming a hit. Or, a sit. According to Conan's latest parody, "Google Ass" is a product that you "stick on your butt" in order to record anything and everything that happens directly underneath or behind you. Yeah, it's just a gag, but it's a pretty good one. Nothing wrong with poking a little fun at the... Read more...
It looks like Nokia is working on a Windows Phone that will include the vaunted PureView camera, which is powering Nokia’s comeback attempt. The Verge, which broke the news, expects the upcoming phone to be a Lumia with an aluminum body. The codename for the new phone is EOS. The Nokia 808 PureView is got a lot of props for its camera, but its outdated OS held it back. With Nokia planning to put the camera on a Windows Phone, things are getting interesting. Nokia first started getting attention for its excellent phone camera with the Nokia 808 PureView last year. The camera has a 41MP sensor and Carl Zeiss lens, and is widely accepted as a high-quality camera for a phone. But the 808 PureView... Read more...
Fujifilm has been producing retro-like rangefinder cameras for the past few years now, and if you appreciate style, you'll be hard-pressed to find a device that shines quite like the X series. At this year's CES, two new ones are being revealed: the X20 and the X100s. Starting with the latter, that one is the follow-up to the X100, and it includes the world's fastest autofocus at 0.08 seconds. There's also a FUJINON 23mm f/2 prime lens, a 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a hybrid viewfinder and a Digital Split Image display. It's an advanced way of seeing thing through the lens, placing dual images on the left and right which should help with manually focusing. The lower-end X20 follows the... Read more...
Who needs a GoPro when you've got an iPhone? That may have been a silly question a few years ago, but these days... not so much. Mophie has made a name for itself by producing world-class smartphone cases that double as external battery packs. While it started as an iPhone outfit, Mophie now makes cases for select Android phones as well. But as ever, just doing a few things well isn't enough for a for-profit company, and now Mophie is marching out into the extreme camera world with the OutRide. It's a specialized iPhone case that provides extreme protection, while also giving the iPhone's camera 170-degree viewing angles. It'll waterproof the whole shebang, and it's available now for $150. That... Read more...
Polaroid confirmed plans to reveal an interchangeable lens camera that runs on Android at CES in January. Earlier this week, multiple sites claimed Polaroid planned to offer a mirror less compact system camera that will be called the IM1836. This camera will be manufactured by Sakar. The mirror less camera will reportedly feature an 18.1-megapixel sensor as well as a 3.5-inch touchscreen. The camera will run on Android 4. Although few other details about the upcoming camera are available at this time, Scott Hardy, president and CEO of Polaroid emailed Imaging Resource the following statement, "There will be an Android powered, interchangeable lens camera introduced by Polaroid at CES 2013. Additional... Read more...
Ever wanted to add a filter to your photo, but not through Instagram? Perhaps only on Twitter? Now, there's an app for that. As the photo wars heat amongst the big players in social networking, Twitter has updated its iOS and Android applications to feature eight new filters from Aviary. In other words, the new Twitter app will let you add effects right to your photos, without needing to first run it through Instagram or another third-party editing suite like Snapseed. Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet, but it's far from... Read more...
Earlier this month, AT&T began offering the Samsung Galaxy Camera, a 4G connected camera that runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy Camera lets you connect to either a cellular network or a Wi-Fi network to share your photos and videos. While Samsung isn't the first manufacturer to offer a connected camera, the Galaxy Camera is in a unique position since it is currently being sold through a major wireless carrier in the US. Nikon also offers an Android-embedded Wi-Fi only camera, the COOLPIX S800c, which runs on Android 2.3. The COOLPIX S800c also features built-in GPS. In the past, Japanese companies have largely dominated the digital camera industry. That doesn't mean Samsung can't... Read more...
The greater technology world has lost a true pioneer this week. Bryce Bayer, the Eastman Kodak scientist who is largely credited with inventing much of what we currently know to be digital image, passed away at the age of 83. In fact, he created the color filter using in digital photographer that still bears his name. Even today, the Bayer Filter is used in just about every digital camera produced, despite being patented way back in 1976. The three filters in his array are necessary in order to create color from greyscale metadata that's captured by an imaging chip. Before his handiwork came onto the scene, achieving this used a process that was far bulkier. In the 1990s, Bayer retired from Kodak,... Read more...
If you're even remotely interested in technology, you've probably heard of Lytro. It's the company that ushered in a new kind of camera, one that allowed users to take photos and then tweak the depth of field in post-processing. Now, the company's spinning up innovation once more, unveiling perspective shift and living filters for new ways to experience "living pictures." The company's light field cameras will soon have an update (December 4th), enabling existing owners to enjoy the new options as well. Perspective Shift lets Lytro photographers interactively change the point of view in a picture after it has been taken. On a computer or mobile device, viewers can move the living picture in any... Read more...
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