Imaging Science and Technology

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Astronomers reveal first photo of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way

Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, that lies at the heart of our galaxy.

Samsung announces UFS 4.0 flash storage for smartphones, promising better performance and battery life

Samsung has announced UFS 4.0 flash storage smartphones. The new technology is faster and more efficient than the previous standard, UFS 3.1, and should provide users with better overall performance and battery life.

Newly-developed lensless camera uses neural network and transformer to produce sharper images faster

Lensless cameras have many potential use-cases but have generally been held back by lengthy processing requirements and low-resolution images. A research from a team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is looking to change that.

This light field camera inspired by an extinct trilobite promises high-resolution image with extreme depth of field

Focusing on an object a few centimeters in front of your camera is easy with a macro lens. What if you want to focus on something over a kilometer away simultaneously? New research shows that it's possible thanks to a light field camera with an incredible lens design inspired by an extinct arthropod's unique compound eyes.

Research shows how AI may help create full-color night vision cameras

Scientists at the University of California Irvine have shown how AI can be used to predict full-color images from infrared cameras.

Quad Bayer vs Quad Pixel AF: what they are, how they work and how they differ

Quad Bayer and Quad Pixel AF are two very similar technologies with utterly different impact on the cameras that use them. Find out what OM Digital Solutions is doing with its OM-1 and learn about the secret behind two of the best video ILCs on the market.

NVIDIA Instant NeRF tech converts 2D photos into 3D scenes in the 'blink of an AI'

NVIDIA Research has unveiled its latest AI technology, Instant NeRF. It is faster than previous NeRF models and can turn a series of 2D images into a 3D scene in seconds.

Researchers develop an impressive style-based 3D-aware generator for high-res image synthesis

This novel approach integrates its neural radiance field (NeRF) into a style-based generator to improve rendering efficiency, resolution and 3D consistency compared to previous models.

Researchers use quantum dots to create high resolution three-layer sensor

Researchers in the US and Korea are developing three-layered sensors based on quantum dots that promise low-cost, flexible, high-dynamic range sensors without the need for demosaicing.

CT scans reveal that iconic, affordable instant cameras are more complicated than they appear

Scan of the Month uses CT scanning technology to image different popular consumer products each month. The featured product in February was instant cameras. The team scanned a pair of Polaroid cameras and a Fujifilm Instax, and the results are fascinating.

What is dual gain and how does it work?

The Panasonic GH6's 'DR Boost' mode is based on an interesting sensor design, but it's not the same as the 'dual gain' chips we've become accustomed to. We look at the differences and why you use gain at all.

Sony Semiconductor Solutions provides additional details on its new 2-Layer Transistor Pixel tech

In a new video, Sony Semiconductor Solutions engineers explain the new '2-layer Transister Pixel' design that will improve both dynamic range and noise performance of future sensors by splitting the photodiode and pixel transistors onto separate layers of substrate using an advanced bonding technology.

NVIDIA researchers' landmark achievement in machine learning uses multiresolution hash encoding

What took 12 hours of training two years ago can now be achieved using a single off-the-shelf NVIDIA RTX GPU in roughly five seconds. NVIDIA researchers have demonstrated near-instant training of neural graphics primitives using an adaptable multiresolution hash encoding method.

Video: The Canon Tsuzuri Project combines Canon's state-of-the-art technologies to recreate Japanese masterpieces

The Canon Tsuzuri Project, started in 2007, uses Canon's products and technology to create highly-detailed, accurate facsimiles of important Japanese masterpieces.

New optical fabrication method uses liquid polymer for faster & cheaper custom lenses

Researchers at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology have developed a faster and more affordable method for fabricating custom, freeform optical lenses. Could this fabrication process be used for camera lenses?

Sony develops 'world's first stacked CMOS image sensor technology with 2-Layer Transistor Pixels'

The proprietary stacked CMOS sensor design separates the photodiodes from the pixel transistors onto different substrate layers to improve image quality.

Xiaomi claims its new battery technology increases battery capacity 10%

While a 10% improvement sounds modest at face value, it's a welcomed improvement over standard lithium-ion batteries, which have more or less had the same performance over the past few years.

Oppo teaser suggests it's developing a smartphone with a retractable-lens camera module

Based on the 15-second teaser video, the prototype pop-out module will offer a 50mm equivalent F2.4 lens in front of a 1/1.56-inch sensor. The module also appears to be water-resistant and at least somewhat drop-proof.

Nikon is licensing intoPIX's TicoRAW technology for 8K/60p Raw video in its Z9 camera

We now know how Nikon is getting 8K/60p Raw video from its Z9 mirrorless camera: through a partnership with intoPIX, whose TicoRAW technology enables resource-efficient Raw image compression.

Researchers shrink high-res color camera down to the size of a grain of salt

Researchers at Princeton University and the University of Washington have developed a micro camera that is about the size of a coarse grain of salt. Image quality surpasses previous micro camera designs due to the team combining metasurface technology and machine learning algorithms.

Western Digital is ending support for older versions of My Cloud OS, affecting many products

Following numerous security concerns this year, Western Digital has announced that it is ending support for prior generations of My Cloud OS, which will limit the utility of some older products.

Researchers develop 5D optical data storage method that can preserve up to 500TB per disc

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a method for storing huge amounts of data on a silica disc about the size of a traditional CD. The storage technology can store up to 10,000 times more data than a Blu-Ray disc.

A retrospective of the AP's 175-year history showcases the progress in photography

To celebrate its 175th anniversary, the Associated Press (AP) has published an eight-part series discussing various key moments in its history. One such moment was the introduction of the AP Portable Picture Transmitter in 1981, a device that could scan photos and send them around the world via a telephone line.

Video: First-ever look at crystals forming in real-time at atomic resolution

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have observed salt crystals forming in real-time at the atomic level for the first time.

EU proposes legislation requiring USB-C charging ports on devices, including iPhones and digital cameras

Tired of multiple devices using different charging cables? So is the European Union's European Commission. Proposed legislation will require all electronic devices to use USB-C charging ports starting in 2023.

Historical footnote to technology of the future: three moments with the Canon EOS R3 that changed my opinion of Eye Control

Eye Control might sound like a complicated gimmick, but Richard Butler found himself looking at it as a technology to cut through the complexity of modern cameras.

Enhance! Google researchers detail new method for upscaling low-resolution images with impressive results

Google might just be turning CSI's laughable 'Enhance!' scenes into a reality.

Researchers propose ‘spaceplates’ to miniaturize lenses by reducing air gaps

A team from the University of Ottawa has shown that lenses can be made shorter when spaceplates made of metamaterials are introduced to the optical path. The findings promise miniaturized lenses with no loss of quality

FiLMiC patents image remapping technology promising nearly 5x faster performance

FiLMiC, makers of apps including FiLMiC Pro, Double Take and Firstlight, has patented a new image rendering technology, Cubiform. The new tech uses color look-up tables to perform significantly faster editing and rendering.

Nikon develops 1"-type square CMOS sensor that can capture HDR video at 1,000 fps

Nikon doesn't specify what kind of products we might see this sensor inside, but due to its square format, it's more likely destined for industrial applications than consumer cameras.

Interview: Learn how robotics company MRMC puts cameras where photographers aren't allowed to go

Robotics company MRMC has seen demand for its remote camera pods explode in the past 12 months, including at the recent presidential inauguration in the US. We sat down (remotely, of course) with representatives from MRMC and Nikon recently to learn more about the setup.

Gone but not forgotten: Adobe Flash is no more

In a move that has arguably been more than a decade in the making, Adobe has ended its support for Flash, which it first acquired when it bought Macromedia in 2005. Adobe Flash has had a tumultuous nearly 25 years of existence, but despite its problems and bugs, Flash was a staple of the internet experience for many years.

Sentons CameraBar uses ultrasonic tech to add virtual buttons to smartphones

Sentons' ultrasonic technology has been used in features such as the Air Triggers in the Asus ROG Phone 3. Sentons is pushing this technology further with CameraBar, tech it anticipates will be utilized in smartphones next year.

Xiaomi announces retractable lens technology for future smartphones

At its annual developer conference, Xiaomi has announced new Retractable Wide-aperture Lens Technology. This breakthrough promises advancements in image quality across numerous situations, including when shooting in low light and capturing portraits.

Samsung details new 65/14nm stacked sensor design for improving power efficiency, density of mobile image sensors

The stacked sensor design laid out in Samsung's paper shows the analog and logic chip beneath the pixel chip using a 14nm process—half the size of current mobile image sensors on the market, paving the way for mobile sensors with more data throughput and improved power-efficiency.

Coming into focus: how Panasonic's DFD gamble may yet pay off

Panasonic's S5 shows improved autofocus performance, particularly for stills shooting. It's not there yet but Technical Editor Richard Butler thinks the changes show that DFD isn't necessarily a dead-end.

How does anamorphic photography work?

What is anamorphic photography and how do anamorphic lenses work? All is revealed in this basics-of-anamorphics mini guide.

MegaX ultra-slow-motion 4D camera records pulse of light bouncing between mirrors

The camera uses time-of-flight data and machine learning algorithms to reconstruct the bouncing light pulse.

Computational photography part III: Computational lighting, 3D scene and augmented reality

In the final segment our three-part series on computational photography, we look at the concepts of computational lighting, 3D scene and augmented reality, and their potential to change the way we capture photos.

Computational photography part II: Computational sensors and optics

In this article, the second in a three-art series about computational photography, we look beyond the basics and explore the concepts of computational sensors and lenses.

Computational photography part I: What is computational photography?

The term 'computational photography' gets used a lot these days, but what exactly is it? In this article, the first in a three-part series, guest contributor Vasily Zubarev dives deep to show us how photography will work in the future.

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.

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