Imaging Science and Technology

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Sony's new 'Intelligent Vision Sensor' is the world's first to feature on-chip AI processing

The IMX500 image sensor features a stacked design that puts the pixel chip atop a logic chip to create an all-in-one system that can capture, process and extract metadata from the image in a single chip.

Samsung is aiming to develop 600MP image sensors

The head of Samsung's Sensor Business Team says the company aims to design image sensors that provide a higher resolution than the human eye.

Ins and outs of ISO: where ISO gets complex

A look at Log, DR modes, and highlighting why you don't always gain by adding amplification.

The ins and outs of ISO: What is ISO?

We look into what the ISO setting on your camera does and doesn't mean – why it can't necessarily be measured, and why your sensor's sensitivity never changes.

How HDR display could change your photography forever

HDR isn't always a popular term in photography circles, but the latest high-DR TVs could free your photos from the standard DR constraints you didn't even know you were working to.

Canon EOS R5: Here's why you probably don't need 8K right now (and a few reasons why you might)

The EOS R5 will be the first mirrorless camera to shoot 8K video, but is it just a lot of hype? We look at several reasons why you probably don't need 8K technology today, as well as a few reasons you might really want it after all.

JPEG Committee explores using AI and blockchain tech for image compression

The tech could 'significantly' improve compression efficiency and help improve the trust of JPEGs in a world where fake news is an increasing problem.

Omnivision launches high-end 1/1.7" 64MP smartphone image sensor

The Omnivision OV64C is designed to compete with high-resolution Quad-Bayer image sensors from Sony and Samsung.

Samsung details the 108MP camera sensor tech packed in the Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone

The ISOCELL Bright HM1 camera sensor features the industry's first 'Nonacell' technology.

Xiaomi  VP says under-display front camera tech is not ready yet

The light transmittance of current pixel-dense smarpthone displays is too limited to make under-display cameras a viable option.

Researchers develop lithium-sulphur battery that can power a phone for five days

Australian researchers have pioneered the development of a lithium-sulfur battery technology that may revolutionize consumer gadgets, cameras, electric cars and more.

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S11+ sensor to use Nonacell technology

Samsung's new image sensor will combine nine pixels into one for improved low light performance.

This is how the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX 108MP mobile image sensor works

The ISOCELL Bright HMX is Samsung's latest high-end mobile image sensor and comes with a range of innovative features.

MIT project uses camera and AI to 'record' hidden objects using the shadows they cast

MIT CSAIL's latest AI project uses a camera and algorithm to 'record' videos of hidden objects, including their color and motion, based only on their shadows.

These are the winning photographs of the 2019 Nikon Small World photography competition

The winners of the 2019 Nikon Small World photography competition have been revealed with an incredibly vibrant image of a turtle embryo taking home first prize.

Canon's 32MP chip marks the end of the 24MP APS-C era

Sony Semiconductor's 24MP sensor has been at the heart of many excellent APS-C cameras over the past few years, but the impressive results we saw from the 90D's new 32MP sensor suggest that Canon has finally answered with a formidable chip of its own.

Ultra-thin lenses could eliminate the need for smartphone camera bumps

A new type of ultra-thin lens uses a large number of microstructures to focus light onto a sensor.

These prototype contact-style soft lenses come with blink-controlled zoom

Scientists at the University of California San Diego have designed and built a prototype of a contact lens that is controlled by eye motion.

Harvard researchers create mini polarization camera that shows how shrimp see the world

Researchers at Harvard have create a miniaturized polarization camera that can replicate how shrimp view the world.

Researchers develop new anti-face-distortion method for wide-angle lenses

The new method applies correction edits locally to faces while leaving the background and other image elements untouched.

Video: Google's Super Resolution algorithm explained in three minutes

Super Resolution captures a burst of RAW files and takes advantage of the user's hand-shake in order to increase image detail in the merged output file.

Choosing a camera Part 3: the trade-offs of sensor size

In the final part of our beginners' guide to camera fundamentals, we look at the trade-offs you contend with when you choose a sensor size. We hope it helps you find the balance that works best for you.

Choosing a camera Part 2: is a bigger sensor better?

In part two of our beginners' guides to the fundamentals of cameras, we're going to look at the benefits that a larger sensor can bring. Part three will look at the trade-offs that this brings.

Choosing a camera Part 1: should I worry about pixel size?

In the first of a three-part beginners' guide, we're going to look at whether you need to worry about pixel size when choosing a camera. Parts two and three will look at the benefits of a larger sensor size, and the trade-offs you make.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets can now handle a 192MP image sensor

Qualcomm has updated the imaging specifications of a range of its Snapdragon mobile chipsets.

Sony's 'Real-time tracking' is a big leap forward for autofocus

Sony's new 'Real-time tracking' AF system promises much improved subject tracking performance, using machine-learning, pattern recognition and much more. Here's what's changed – and how it actually performs.

Samsung starts production of world's first 1TB eUFS storage module for mobile devices

A 1TB storage capacity in combination with fast read/write speeds make Samsung's new chip ideal for video recording at high frame rates or resolutions.

Why we haven't taken a stance on in-body stabilization vs OIS - and why that has changed

We've never taken sides in the row over whether image stabilization should be provided in-body or in the lens, but we'll now list the absence of in-body stabilization as a Con in our camera reviews. Here's why.

NVIDIA researchers create AI that generates photo-realistic portraits

NVIDIA researchers have created an AI that can create realistic portraits on demand using various elements from source images.

The essential pro feature that no mirrorless camera offers

The inability of mirrorless cameras to fire flash AF illuminators means they can't compete with DSLRs for critical shooting in low light. Manufacturers need to find a solution.

You probably don't know what ISO means – and that's a problem

We all know what ISO means, or do we? The truth is that ISO probably doesn’t mean what you think it does, and it might be holding you back from getting the most out of your camera.

Samsung's ISOCELL Plus promises better color accuracy and low light performance

A new material helps increase the light sensitivity of Samsung's next generation mobile image sensors.

Does sensor size still make a difference?

We've seen huge breakthroughs in the computational photography techniques in the latest smartphones, as well as the launch of some excellent small sensors in more traditional cameras. Does that mean that bigger is no longer necessarily better?

Brands, breakthroughs and bias: Here's why you've heard so much about Sony recently

If it feels like we've been writing a lot about Sony recently, you haven't been imagining things: we've been writing about its products and technologies quite a bit. Here's why.

Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds

To overcome the limitations of smaller camera sensors and lenses, smartphone manufacturers are leaning hard into computational innovation. Here's why we're excited about what's happening in mobile imaging.

NASA is working on an aerial 'Fluid Cam' that can see through ocean waves

We know more about the surface of the moon and Mars combined than we do about our own ocean floor, which is why NASA Ames scientist Ved Chirayath is developing a camera that can 'remove' the water from our seas to reveal 3D images of what’s below the waves.

Researchers develop low-power HD streaming tech for wearable cameras

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a low-power HD video streaming method that could eventually allow tiny, maybe even battery-free wearable cameras to stream high definition video.

Video: Understanding the science of camera sensors

YouTube channel Filmmaker IQ has put together a very interesting, technically detailed, and scientifically accurate description of exactly how various image sensors (and photographic film) work. One of the best overview videos we've seen.

The Photo Studio AR app lets you 'simulate' a photo shoot with 3D models

The Android and iOS app from Surpuba AR lets you place animated 3D models in real-world environment using augmented reality technology. You can alter poses and location, insert lighting equipment, and more... right from your phone or tablet.

Canon shows off its latest CMOS sensor tech in new promo video

Canon USA has released a promotional video showcasing its latest CMOS sensor technology. Albeit over daraticized, it’s an interesting overlook at the work it’s continually putting into its camera systems.

Tiny micro-camera sensor is self-powered by light

University of Michigan engineers Euisik Yoon and Sung-Yun Park have developed a nearly microscopic image sensor that doesn't require an external source of power.

Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor

Canon's 120MXS APS-H CMOS sensor can capture 120MP at 9.4fps. To get an idea of just how much resolution that is, Canon created this demo video, that pits the 120MXS footage against regular 1080p HD from a Canon 1D Mark IV.

This NVIDIA algorithm copies the artistic style of one photo onto another

A group of scientists at Cornell University have created an algorithm that lifts the stylistic characteristics of one picture, and drops them onto a completely different image with startling precision.

GoPro licensing deal will let third parties use the company's camera tech

GoPro has inked a multi-year licensing deal with manufacturing services company Jabil that will allow Jabil to incorporate GoPro sensor modules and camera lenses into third-party products.

Google explains the tech behind the Pixel 2's Motion Photos feature

For the Pixel 2 smartphone's Motion Photos feature, Google built on its existing Motion Stills technology by adding advanced stabilization that combines software and hardware capabilities to optimize trimming and stabilization.

'Perfect' sensors may be possible, but might not come to cameras

A recent breakthrough means the future could include sensors that perfectly describe the light in the scene, offer new computational possibilities and give film-like latitude in the highlights. And yet we may never see them in cameras, says father of the CMOS sensor, Professor Eric Fossum.

Panasonic unveils 'industry-first' 8K organic image sensor with global shutter

Panasonic has continued to develop its organic/CMOS image sensor tech, and the latest breakthrough is big: an image sensor that can shoot 8K at 60p, boasts incredible dynamic range, and has global shutter capability.

DPReview on TWiT: tech trends in smartphone cameras

On this week's episode of The New Screen Savers from the TWiT Network, DPReview Science Editor Rishi Sanyal talks with host Leo Laporte and co-host Megan Morrone about some of the newest tech trends in smartphone cameras.

Sensor breakthrough: Sony has developed a backlit CMOS sensor with global shutter

Sony has made something of a break-through in sensor development with a new backside-illuminated CMOS sensor that is capable of global shutter, a huge improvement over current CMOS global shutter technology.

Science photography award goes to image of a single trapped atom

Photographer David Nadlinger won the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's (EPSRC) science photography contest with an incredible image that actually lets you see a single atom of strontium with the naked eye!

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