Articles tagged "technology"

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Facebook posts Surround 360 camera assembly instructions on GitHub

Facebook's $30,000 Surround 360 camera records up to 8K 360-video using 17 camera modules. Now the company has posted instruction manuals on GitHub detailing how to build the camera and install its software. Read more

Microsoft Pix aims to capture better people pictures

The Microsoft Pix app aims to out-do your stock iPhone app by analyzing captured image bursts for image quality and facial expressions, selecting and optimizing the best exposures. Read more

Blincam is a wearable camera that takes a photo when you wink

A Tokyo-based startup has successfully crowdfunded a campaign to put into production a glasses-mounted camera designed to take a photo when the wearer winks or blinks. Read more

CASE Remote Air is the world's smallest smart camera controller

The compact and lightweight CASE Remote Air allows you to control your DSLR remotely and offers special modes, such as focus stacking and time-lapse. Read more

Zenmuse Z3 is DJI's first aerial zoom camera

The Zenmuse Z3 aerial camera captures 12MP images on a 1/2.3" Sony sensor and offers an equivalent zoom range of 22-77mm. It comes with upgraded stabilization and gimbal technology and can be used with a range of existing DJI drones. Read more

Interview: "The best image as fast as possible" – Motorola's approach to smartphone imaging

With the Moto G Plus and Moto Z series Motorola has launched a range of devices that take camera capabilities seriously. We had the chance to speak to three of its principal imaging engineers to find out more about the company's plans for mobile imaging. Read more

Light raises $30M and provides update on L16 multi-lens camera

After listening to feedback from its pre-order customers, Light has decided to widen the zoom range and double the built-in memory of its L16 multi-lens camera before it starts shipping. The company has also raised an additional $30M in venture capital. Read more

Apple patents system for disabling cameras in no-photography areas

Apple has been awarded a patent for a system that allows for the camera on an iPhone to be disabled remotely via an infrared signal. The technology could be implemented in concert venues, classified areas or any other location where photography is not allowed. Read more

Mystery science theater: A look inside the Samsung NX3000

Just over two years old, the Samsung NX3000 represented a nice value in a small package when it launched with a 20MP sensor, articulated LCD and integrated connectivity. iFixit gives us a peek inside the super-slim NX3000 in the name of science. Read more

New glassless 'metalens' is 100,000X thinner than conventional optics

A team at Harvard University has designed a 'metalens', around 100,000 times thinner than an equivalent glass lens. Constructed from titanium dioxide 'nanofins', the lens is a mere 600 nanometers thick. Read more

OmniVision announces 1.55-Micron sensor for high-end smartphones

OmniVision's new image sensor offers a large pixel size and impressive frame rates. Read more

X-ray: iFixit looks inside the Fujifilm X-M1

iFixit gives us a look inside Fujifilm's X-M1, its entry-level X-Trans ILC, from a safe distance. Read more

Google Art Camera uses robotic system to take gigapixel photos of museum paintings

A new robotic camera system Google has developed called 'Art Camera' has made it possible for the organization to digitize paintings faster than ever before. Read more

Primer: What is VR, and why should photographers care?

From Sphericam to Theta, and from the New York Times to your local real estate agent, the age of 'consumer virtual reality' seems to have finally arrived. What's changed and why is VR in the headlines? Read more

Under the hood: A look inside the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic's LX100 is an ambitious little camera. It steps right over the 1" sensor compact class with a 16MP Four Thirds sensor. Thanks to the folks at iFixit, we can take a look at what's inside the camera without ever picking up a screwdriver. Read more

TIME names Kodak and Polaroid cameras two of the 'most influential gadgets' in history

TIME Magazine has named the Kodak Brownie Camera and the Polaroid Camera as two of the most influential gadgets in history. Learn more

Sony patents contact lens camera with blink-triggered shutter

Sony's latest patent might raise some privacy concerns.

Raspberry Pi updates camera board with 8MP Sony IMX219 sensor

Tinkerers and DIY-ers can now add an 8MP Sony IMX219 sensor to their Raspberry Pi projects. Updating the previously available 5MP OmniVision chip, the Sony sensor accessory costs just $25. Learn more

Learning curve: LensRentals examines the workings of linear focus motors

In their latest blog post, the crew at LensRentals tears apart a series of linear drive lenses and discuss the various designs they've encountered – some are robust, others, not so much. Read more

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams showcases ISS photography equipment

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams posted a video detailing some of the equipment he uses to capture Earth from the ISS. So what kind of specialized gear does one use in space? Turns out the crew uses 'regular photography equipment' like the Nikon D4. Read more

Flexible sheet camera concept could lead to bendable capture devices

Researchers at Columbia University are working to produce a flexible sheet camera with stretchable lenses. The program aims to create very thin, high resolution cameras that can be wrapped around surfaces like car panels.  Read more

Frame by frame: 'live view' continuous shooting with the Sony a6300

One of the features we were excited by when the a6300 was announced was the promise of 'live view' while shooting continuous bursts of shots. We've had the chance to use and test it to see if it lives up to Sony's claims. Read more

Facebook's open source Surround 360 captures 3D-360 video at up to 8K

Facebook has introduced the Surround 360, which captures 3D, 360 degree video using a total of seventeen cameras, all with global shutters. Equally notable is the fact that Facebook will be making both the camera design and processing software open source to encourage developers to improve the product. Read more

Change of focus: 755 MP Lytro Cinema camera enables 300 fps light field video

Lytro is bringing its Light Field technology to the world of cinema and visual effects. Lytro Cinema turns every frame of live action into a 3D model, capturing intensity, color, and angular information of light rays. With a 755 MP sensor capable of capturing images at 300 fps, Lytro Cinema promises extensive post-production freedom, including adjustment of focus, DOF, shutter speed and frame rate, as well as the elimination of green screens. Read more

Get out your spudger: iFixit Panasonic FZ1000 disassembled

Do you like watching pricey cameras get taken apart? Who doesn't? Since we'd probably turn our sample cameras into a pile of parts, we've turned to the fine folks at iFixit to do the work for us. We've picked the most exciting parts of iFixit's 44-step disassembly to show how it's done. Learn more

Break it down: iFixit disassembles the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II

Taking apart a camera isn't for the faint of heart, but if you've chosen to do so you don't have to go alone. Our friends at iFixit publish disassembly guides to empower owners of electronic devices to make some fixes themselves. And who hasn't wanted to see what's underneath the plastic shell of Canon's top-of-the-line compact camera? Read more

Best of both worlds? Canon patent for DSLR hybrid viewfinder design published

Canon has applied for a viewfinder design patent that combines both optical and electronic displays in a DSLR style system. Read more

MediaTek launches Imagiq ISP for dual cameras

MediaTek's Imagiq ISP is designed for use in dual-camera smartphones.

Showing dynamism: EOS 80D breaks new ground for Canon low ISO DR

Our testing shows that Canon's EOS 80D features a sensor with greatly improved Raw dynamic range. The results appear to confirm that the company has moved to a new sensor design with lower read noise. Read more

Samsung announces in-house 12MP dual-pixel sensor

Samsung's new image sensor has very similar specifications to the Sony chip used in the S7 smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S7 teardown reveals Sony IMX260 Dual-pixel sensor

A device teardown confirms a Sony Exmor sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S7 camera.

Corephotonics launches 5x zoom and low noise smartphone camera modules

New products from Corephotonics use compuational imaging for zooming and improved low light image quality.

Leica and Huawei announce partnership to 'reinvent smartphone photography'

Leica and Huawei will work together in research and development, design, co-engineering, user experience, marketing and retail distribution.

Oppo announces first sensor-based IS for smartphones

Oppo claims its new sensor-based IS for smartphones is more precise and power efficient than lens-based systems.

FlatCam prototype eliminates lens using pinhole-like sensor mask

A team of researchers at Rice University are developing a thin, lensless camera called FlatCam, which replaces the traditional lens with a grid-like coded mask essentially made of many pinholes positioned over the sensor. Read more

Sony develops 22MP smartphone sensor with on-chip AF processing and video IS

Sony has announced a 22.5MP Exmor RS imaging sensor for smartphones. The new stacked 1/2.6" CMOS sensor, called IMX318, is smaller than most used by current smartphones and includes on-chip processing for AF and video image stabilization. Sony has used pixels measuring 1.0µm, allowing for a smaller sensor with higher resolution to be included in likewise slimmer mobile devices. Read more

How tough can it be? LensRentals looks at why it's so hard to make lenses

Why can't you just make them better? It sounds like a reasonable question until you start unpacking exactly what it entails, and that's exactly what Roger Cicala does in the latest LensRentals blog post. As usual, the closer he looks, the more complicated the question becomes. So why can't everyone just (repeatably and affordably) make lenses, you know... better? Read more

Panasonic and Fujifilm reveal joint sensor development, offering global shutter

Panasonic claims that it has achieved 10x higher saturation (more than 3EV greater dynamic range) in a sensor using an Organic Photoconductive Film (OPF) developed by Fujifilm. In addition to greater dynamic range, the new sensor technology promises other benefits that should appeal to both photographers and videographers such as global shutter and more flexible lens design. Read more

Sony a6300 videos show off tech that may challenge last remaining DSLR strongholds

Sony has just announced the APS-C a6300, an update to the immensely popular a6000. Its technological advances seem poised to break down some of the last remaining strongholds of DSLRs. Sony has released a few videos demonstrating some of these features. Have a look

Behind the scenes at Fujifilm's factory in Sendai, Japan

After the official launch of the X-Pro2 recently in Tokyo, Fujifilm invited a select group of press to visit its Taiwa assembly plant in Sendai, to see the camera being put together. As well as the X-Pro2, we were also able to see the assembly lines for the X-T1, X100T and several lenses. So of course, being the nerds that we are, we took a bunch of pictures. Click through to check out our factory tour

Apple iPhone 7 Plus expected to come with dual-camera technology

An analyst says Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-camera system with two 12MP Sony sensors.

Apple patent describes use of curved image sensor to design small camera module

Apple has patented a design for a very small camera module that uses a curved sensor and an array of lenses.

Google awarded patent for folding handheld camera design

Global tech giant Google could be joining the camera business if a patent it was awarded this month is anything to go by. Filed in June 2014 and just approved on the 12th January this year, the patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is for a design for a folding camera that's hinged in the middle like a clamshell mobile phone. Read more

Sony uses 12 Xperia Z5 smartphones to record 48K 360 degree video

Sony engineers designed a 3D-printed rig that can hold 12 smartphones for simultaneous video recording.

Apple patent describes dual-camera design

Apple has been granted a patent that describes how a dual-camera setup on a smartphone can be used in innovative ways.

Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR

CES 2016 saw the announcement of two important DSLRs from Nikon, including an update to its flagship line, as well as an almost mythical product many had given up hope of ever seeing: a true D300 replacement. The D5 and D500 really refine the DSLR with a number of under-the-hood improvements. In case you missed any, we've compiled and analyzed some of the most important underlying technologies in these cameras. Read on

Eyes on the Skies: Ambarella brings fast 4K to drones with H2 and H12 processors

Processor maker Ambarella has announced its two newest and most powerful chips. The H2 and H12 are 4K (UHD) capable processors, with the more powerful H2 able to compress 10-bit 4K/60p video using H.265 HEVC compression or 4K/120p with the less efficient H.264 AVC system. The company says it's the drone market that's now pushing the capabilities it needs to offer - way beyond what compact cameras tend to need. Read more

Samsung launches tiny 2TB portable SSD memory device

Electronics giant Samsung has announced it will introduce a 2TB USB memory device that is ‘smaller than an average business card’. The Samsung Portable SSD T3 will measure 74x58x10.5mm/2.91x2.28x0.41in and will weigh 51g/1.79oz when it comes to market in February. The company claims that the device will offer read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s via its USB 3.1 Type C interface, and with AES 256-bit hardware encryption and password protection it will not be readable should it be lost or stolen. Read more

Samsung patents modular smartphone camera

Several Samsung patent applications look at improvements to smartphone cameras.

Epson announces mass production of 4.41m dot LCD likely used in Leica SL

Epson has announced its latest electronic viewfinder panel: a 4.41m dot SXGA+ display, a spec that may sound familiar to anyone who's been reading about Leica's SL full-frame mirrorless camera. Epson had shown a mockup of the panel at CP+ back in February 2015, and says the unit is now in mass production. Read more

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