The sensor in the S7/S7 Edge. Is it really a Sony design or actually this Samsung one manufactured by Sony like it does for other companies too?
Regurgitating ancient tech...no thanks.
GabrielZ: This all seems very interesting but I still don't understand how dual sensors, folded optics and algorithms can achieve 5x optical zoom quality if there is no actual optical zooming going on. How is this achieved? The article wasn't clear to me on that...layman explanation of computational imaging please?
@otto k - A little clearer now, thanks. But if its blurry at the edges that's not true optical zoom quality. Do they use algorithms to then de-blur the edges...if not, how's this a good idea?
SteveSFO: I hope someone... anyone.... Polaroid, here's your chance to get back your heritage.... make an agreement with Fujifilm OR buy back the production equipment and process and keep this art form alive !!
Typo! I meant 'first' not 'fist' of course. Can't edit comments on the smartphone!
Theoretically a nice idea, but I doubt it will ever happen because it's just not commercially viable anymore. That's why Fuji stopped production in the fist place.
Marcin 3M: Every time I hear about ceasing of this or other silver-halide material, I feel sad. And I'm pretty sure, that it is not only nostalgia. Almost each of these products was also mean of artistic expression, impossible to be fully replicate by digital. Don't get me wrong - digital is awesome, IQ of images is awesome, printers does very good job on premium quality papers... But I feel we loose something.
I personally don't miss film. But I know what you mean.
TriezeA72: Most films have sad endings
Anymore? That was fun!
Bowlomatic: I'm definitely an "old bore" who laments the passing of film...even though I started my transition to digital around '92 with a Leaf back on my Hassy ELM....I've owned every film format from 35 to 11x14 (two of those), shot every type of Polaroid film there is (even Polavision), shot for clients including Polaroid for advertising & collateral in-studio and internationally, and still own two vintage Polaroid cameras, an SX70 and a 195B that were signed for me by Dr. Land around 1987 (my then studio was nearby to his "Rowland" Institute in Cambridge, (I used to see him outside on rare occasion, but that's another story)
I don't shoot film anymore, haven't much since about 2000, but I love seeing someone on the street with a film camera as opposed to the masses with DSLR's, battery grips, giant cheap zooms, shoe mount flash...taking a picture of a f***ing squirrel in the Boston Public Garden...
Maybe the loss of this Fuji instant won't matter much to those who still shoot film, more to those doing it in-studio, and I defy anyone to tell me a good scan from a perfect 120 frame ( ah, my Fuji 6x9), wasn't / isn't a beautiful thing...won't mean much to those who see us "old bores" as that....but I guarantee you never got to do what I got to do, was paid to do, a lot as a.matter of fact...shooting film.It's all gotten cheaper and easier since then, everyone's a photographer. Unfortunately, although many are good, very good, most suck.
I transitioned to digital in 2005 and haven't looked back! Don't miss anything about film at all. I also have a lot of film cameras lying around too: A Nikon F, Practica BC-1, a Minolta AF camera ( I forget the model designation, even though it was my last film camera before going digital) and a couple of Polaroid instant cameras too. One a monochrome model from the 70s and a colour one from the early 80s.
km25: Digital maybe able come to rescue, a small sensor , maybe one inch. It would be a camera, to make a picture of a forcing screen. It would be in a light tight box. This would give the photographer a good idea of what they are working with.
@Bill1969 - Bloody hilarious!
HeyItsJoel: Should've done this 10 years ago. Heck, they should discontinue all film now.
There is the new APS-C D500 you know.
otto k: FWIW, active part of the sensor is not 6.69x5.55mm, that's the whole package, active portion is ~5.6x4.2mm (~1/2.3").
That makes more sense.
This all seems very interesting but I still don't understand how dual sensors, folded optics and algorithms can achieve 5x optical zoom quality if there is no actual optical zooming going on. How is this achieved? The article wasn't clear to me on that...layman explanation of computational imaging please?
Pentax's 'Limited Primes' are they FF or optimized only for APS-C?
Canon really make great pro-lenses! Their L-series really are unrivalled. Makes up somewhat for their slightly sub-par DSLR imaging sensors.
SNRatio: Of course this is very much about Huawei buying the right to decorate their flagship models with the Leica badge. But there may be quite a bit more to it, for neither seems to have a very strong position in the actual product segment - Huawei needs to be there, and for Leica it could be quite lucrative to be there. So why not go there together?
Yes I suppose. Huewai wants the prestige of the Leica branding, Leica want what could be the lucrative licensing fees from such branding. It's just a marketing thing for the former and a money making thing for the latter. That's all basically.
BostonC: Apple's patent uses MEMS drive for OIS:http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/04/29/future-iphone-may-use-mems-actuator-for-fast-efficient-autofocus
MEMS Drive company website w demo:http://www.memsdrive.com/html/ourproducts/Oppo is a manufacturer of hifi systems. The coverage here misses above related development, focuses only on "world first". Typical marketing bs.
The rumour mill has it that the upcoming iPhone 7 cameras will once more be flush with the body despite this smartphone becoming considerably thinner than current models...maybe the cameras utilise this new tech?