Virvatulet: Could be an interesting niche product for special use. But only if it had some active means, like mass gyros, to stabilize its movement (especially rotational) during flight. And accelerometer optimizing algorithms to choose the right moment for shutter release for the required exposure time.
Without those I doubt this will have any impact whatsoever; could keep one parents' garage busy though...
After leaving the hands of the thrower, the accelerometer is useless: acceleration in ballistic flight is 1g downwards, and you don't need fancy electronics to tell you that.The accelerometer is there to work out how hard the ball is launched, by integrating the forces applied during the throw. Once it has done that, it predicts the time of the apex of the trajectory. I don't *know* if it accounts for exposure time, but it would be by far the easiest part of the calculation.(edit: Jonas beat me to it!)
This is terrible news for hobbyists. It pushes the Photoshop software costs from just about bearable to totally unjustifiable. Very unfriendly behaviour from Adobe.
This is great. The biggest weakness of the manufacturers' RAW formats is uncertainty over long-term support, and DNG has the best chance of overcoming this. I'd really like to see more brands jumping on the DNG bandwagon.
Mssimo: 2.5 billion dollars for a 2MP camera? Really NASA?
Well you get a motorized tripod too. And wifi. :-)
samyb123: Also from what this video shows they just took photos of the buildings with security guards, which would be suspicious to a security guard.
Put yourself in the shoes of a bad guy for a minute. Is he going to use an SLR on a tripod? No, like every spy who ever lived, he's going to use a miniature camera. A ordinary compact superzoom will do the job nicely, with a 500mm equivalent telephoto lens in a discrete and inexpensive package.
A security guard, who spends his professional working day looking for bad guys, really ought to be able to distinguish suspicious behaviour from merely unusual behaviour.
samyb123: Not really fair on the security, their just doing what they've been told to do.
...which is incompatible with UK law. Security guards have no right to harass photographers on public property.
Great job by the photographers and videographers. That was not an easy outing, arguing with security guards who clearly don't know or care about the law. The mention of "covert surveillance" made me chuckle. Covert, with an SLR, a tripod and a pink jumper?