For the past few years, DigitalGlobe has been snapping high-resolution shots of Earth from its constellation of satellites, picking the most interesting ones, and asking the public to help select its image of the year.
This year the company gave CNET access to the 20 nominees, which show our planet at its most awesome, weird, and wacky.… Read more
The group behind the USB standard has begun work on a new connector that's designed to fix a two-decade-old problem: it can be hard to tell which way is up.
The Type-C connector will make Universal Serial Bus more like Apple's Lightning connector, which is used on newer iPads and iPhones. With it, customers don't have to make sure the connector is flipped upside-down compared to the port.
USB is burdened by a variety of different connectors today, meaning that customers often must have the right cable to plug in the right camera, external hard drive, phone, … Read more
Canon announced the EOS M2 on Tuesday in China and Japan, updating the autofocus system that was the chief weakness of the company's its first-generation, high-end "mirrorless" compact camera.
The EOS M2 includes Hybrid CMOS AF II, an updated autofocus system that Canon said is faster than the M's system. It also gets Wi-Fi support, but the sensor is still an 18-megapixel model that tops out at ISO 12,800, or 25,600 if you enable its higher-noise expanded range.
But if you're outside Asia, restrain your enthusiasm for buying one. "At this time, … Read more
The Oppo N1, an Android phone with an unusual swiveling camera design, now has a price: $599.
The Chinese phone maker announced the price on Google+ on Sunday, along with a precise date, December 10, when it'll start taking orders. In Europe, the phone will cost 449 euros.
The phone is notable for its use of a camera module that can be rotated to point in different directions compared to the screen. It's also got a touch-sensitive patch on the back that people can use for scrolling without touching the front of the screen. And it's capable … Read more
I like the low cost of SD Cards. I like the fact that slots for the memory card format are built into many computers nowadays. I like that the digital camera industry has mostly settled on a single format instead of the gaggle of incompatible options from years past. I like that you can buy an SD Card all over the world if you're on vacation and you want to take more photos.
It's too bad I don't like the SD Card format itself.
My beef comes down to one primary problem: I don't think the … Read more
Many Americans have probably just become familiar with the term "selfie" in the past year or two, thanks to the rise of services like Instagram as ideal tools for feeding our vanity and narcissism. Indeed, the word has taken on such cultural velocity in recent months that the Oxford English Dictionaries saw fit to declare the often cringe-inducing pair of syllables its "word of the year."
It's believed that the first use of the word can be traced back to an Australian online forum post in 2002, but the art of taking one's own self-portrait is nearly as old as photography itself. … Read more
"By f/2.8, this lens is already sharper than most excellent lenses will get at any aperture...Zeiss did what they said they had done: gave it exceptional performance even in the corners at widest aperture," said Cicala, who tested the lens on a Nikon D800e. That camera has a very high resolution 36-megapixel image sensor and, for a little bit of extra sharpness, omits the antialiasing filter that's present in its D800 sibling.
And DxO Labs put the Otus 55mm at the top of its ranking of dozens of lenses, with an "excellent" DxOMark score of 45 on the D800. The closest rival is Nikon's 85mm f1.4 with a score of 40. … Read more
When the word nerds (a term of endearment, I swear) at the Oxford English Dictionaries sat down to consider which word commanded enough prominence during the course of 2013 to be named the official word of the year, the choice was obvious.
In an unusual unanimous decision, the group awarded the honor to two syllables which, when combined in a particular order, best describe the paradoxical nexus of narcissism and shared social experience known as the "selfie."… Read more
Fans of Google's Nexus series of smartphones often have lots of positive things to say about the devices, but glowing praise for the included camera usually isn't included.
While the recently released Nexus 5 makes some improvements on the lackluster shooter of its predecessor, the Nexus 4, a hacker over at the XDA developers forum has taken it a step further with a mod that's like digital steroids for its 8-megapixel camera.… Read more