Canon has crammed 120 million photosites--13,280x9,184 pixels--onto a 29.2mm by 20.2mm (APS-H size) sensor. Why? I'm not sure. To use a sensor that dense would require lots of light, so perhaps there are some medical imaging applications that might benefit from the high resolution and be able to supply the controlled illumination.
According to the press release, the sensor can output 9.5fps HD frames from any subsection of the sensor. That might present some cool video possibilities.
(Via Rob Galbraith)
If you're ever looking for a photographer, you could do worse than getting the Myers family to take your shots.
Somehow, they have a talent for capturing the moment--even if it's the theft of their own bag.
You see, they were standing outside the Capitol building in Madison, Wis., and decided to set their Canon G7 on self-timer, in order to snap a spontaneous family portrait.
Daddy Myers took the story to Gizmodo.
Having set the timer to 10 seconds and lined up the family as best he could, Meyers managed to get a shot that pleased him. … Read more
Over the past year I've had several readers tell me various reasons they didn't buy Canon's enthusiast compact, the PowerShot S90. Everything from no HD movie capture and the lack of an optical viewfinder to no righthand grip and not enough zoom range. (I agree with the first two, no so much the latter two.) Well, the S95 was announced Thursday, and though there are a couple worthwhile "improvements," it looks like S90 owners might want to stick with what they've got.
The S95 uses the same larger-than-usual 1/1.7-inch type high-sensitivity CCD … Read more
How do you like your compact megazooms? As small as possible and loaded with features or more affordable with a basic feature set and powered by AA-size batteries? Regardless of your answer, Canon now has a model to fill both needs.
The $349.99 SD4500 IS is the very compact, full-featured one, packing a 10x zoom lens in a Digital Elph body. Running the show is the same backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and Digic 4 combo found in the SD4000 IS, which means it should produce good low-light photos and have fast shooting performance. It also does high-speed movies for slow-motion … Read more
Laudably, camera makers are steadily improving how rugged and weatherproof their products are. But there are limits, and being in a flamingis one of them.
So discovered Swedish photographer Petra Hall and her fiance, whose Canon EOS 7D didn't survive when the MG convertible it was in caught fire inexplicably. It and the 24-105mm lens attached were reduced to a camera-shaped mass of scorched, bubbled plastic.
Happily, no humans were injured in the fire, according to Hall's account of the fire. Gear fetishists, though, might want to avert their gaze before seeing the traces of the red band around the rim of the lens indicating it once was one of Canon's high-end and expensive L-series models.
But here's the happy ending: the SanDisk CompactFlash memory card survived within the camera, and necessary photos were retrieved with no trouble once the card was extracted from the camera body's remains.… Read more
The next version of Ubuntu will get multitouch interface abilities, catching the Linux operating system up to Windows and Mac OS X in at least one domain.
"Every single major PC manufacturer has been asking for a touch story on Linux. This has been one of the major missing points for Linux in the PC ecosystem," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the company called Canonical that develops and supports Ubuntu. But multitouch support will arrive in the next version of Ubuntu, 10.10, aka Maverick Meerkat.
Adding multitouch isn't easy, particularly in the open-source world of Linux … Read more