It's taken a while, but camera manufacturers finally seem to be following Olympus' lead to produce higher-end, fast, weather-resistant, interchangeable-lens cameras. Of course, no one can yet beat Nikon's submersible AW1, but splash-, cold- and dust-resistant still rank pretty high among nice-to-have features. Fujifilm's next in line with its latest X series entry, the X-T1, a more performance-oriented, weather-sealed redesign of the X-E2 with a beautiful new EVF, and built from die-cast magnesium. It's cold-resistant down to -14 14 degrees, compared to 10 degrees for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 -- well, insert current weather joke here. (… Read more
Just days after competitor Hasselblad tried to upstage it with similar news, medium-format camera maker Phase One announced a new digital back that, for the first time, employs a CMOS image sensor. Unlike the Hasselblad model, however, Phase One's new 50-megapixel IQ250 is shipping now.
Until now, the medium-format camera market stuck with an earlier sensor technology called CCD (charge-coupled device) for converting photons into data. Now this high-end market segment is following the rest of the digital camera industry to CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) technology, the same manufacturing approach used to build conventional microchips.
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Panoramio is a Google-owned photo-sharing site powered by Google Earth and Google Maps, sort of like a crowdsourced and much more beautiful take on Google Street View for places you actually want to see. Estonian software engineer Tanel Tammet took Panoramio data to create his own Google Maps layer called Sightsmap -- a heat map showing the most photographed places in the world. The most-photographed cities and places are also ranked worldwide and by visible sections of the map. … Read more
My neighbors have been meeting regularly to discuss ways we can report and prevent crime in our area. I have a new idea -- get Grand Theft Auto V gamers on the case. They're doing a mighty thorough job documenting crime in Los Santos.
It's all thanks to photographer and filmmaker Christopher Murrie, who a few days back let Reddit know he's been playing GTA Online in passive mode as a "war correspondent" dressed in a helmet, camo pants, and a black jacket with "MEDIA" printed across the back. Passive mode makes it impossible to attack other players while you're on foot, and makes you impervious to attacks yourself. … Read more
When it comes to consumer photography, perhaps the only thing more iconic than the Polaroid camera is the Polaroid photo. The size, the shape, and especially the white band at the bottom, where you could scribble a quick note about the scene -- for those of a certain age (myself included), it's quite evocative.
Polaroid embraced the smartphone scene a couple years ago with Polamatic, but the app didn't exactly set the photography world on fire. (For proof, see the dismal ratings for the current Android version.) But with Polamatic 4.0 (currently for iOS only), the "… Read more
Would you have done the same?
Ferdinand Puentes was one of nine passengers in a 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan which suddenly suffered engine failure off Kalaupapa, Molokai in Hawaii last month.
As he heard the engine fail and saw the plane heading for the water, one of his first instincts was to turn on his GoPro camera and film what might have been his own demise.
As KHON-TV reports, Puentes knew the danger he was in, yet the decision to film as much as possible might perplex a few.
He managed to get out of the plane alive and survived the crash. However, while he was floating on a seat cushion and wearing his life vest, he took a selfie. … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The meMini wearable camera wants to help capture those spontaneous moments that tend to get lost unless you happen to have a CCTV pointed at you.
Meant to be clipped on to clothing and left on, the $249 meMini is always recording. When something interesting happens, you simply press the single button on the device, and it will permanently store up to five minutes of captured footage before that. This means that if your friend slips on a banana peel and falls into the pool, you not only get a good laugh, but also footage of the embarrassing moment. More importantly, families can use it to capture treasured moments like a baby's first steps. … Read more
Investigators already use images from security cameras and photographs snapped by bystanders to solve crimes, but a new study suggests criminal evidence could actually be found in photos that capture the reflections in bystanders' eyes.
Researchers from the University of York and the University of Glasgow used high-resolution photography to zoom in on faces and eyes in photos to see what's reflected back through bystanders' corneas, and found that observers were able to identify the images accurately, despite their low resolution.
"The pupil of the eye is like a black mirror," research leader Rob Jenkins of the University of York's Department of Psychology said in a statement. "To enhance the image, you have to zoom in and adjust the contrast. A face image that is recovered from a reflection in the subject's eye is about 30,000 times smaller than the subject's face. Our findings thus highlight the remarkable robustness of human face recognition, as well as the untapped potential of high-resolution photography." … Read more
Lexar has joined rival SanDisk with support for the new CFast 2.0 format for high-end flash memory cards, announcing a very high-speed 3333X models with capacities of 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB at CES 2014 on Monday.
In addition, the company announced the CR-1, its CFast 2.0 reader with a USB 3.0 interface so that people can transfer files off the cards with their computers. A 3333X speed means cards will be able to transfer data up to 500MBps. Fast read and write speeds are useful for capturing high-resolution video reliably, shooting high-speed bursts of photos, and … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- There has always been a certain amount of magic to a classic Polaroid camera, with how the image emerges from a blank space. Polaroid hopes that a bit of that nostalgia will rub off on the Socialmatic camera, which originally appeared as a concept from ADR Studio back in 2012.
The Android-based Socialmatic takes a two-pronged approach to sharing the images captured with its 14MP front camera and 2MP back camera. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you upload the pics to your favorite social media sites. A built-in ink-less printing system also lets you produce 2x3-inch prints with sticker backings so you can plaster your masterpieces all over the real world as well.
Just like with classic Polaroid cameras, you will need special supplies to make your pics come out. It uses heat-activated Zink paper, which costs about $30 for 80 sheets. It takes under a minute to print out an image. As with old-school Polaroid photos, there is really no need to shake them, unless you just want to for fun.… Read more